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Days 7 and 8

September 28, 2010

Oh, playing catch up.

Day 7: A writer you don’t like.

1. Terry Pratchett.
2. Stephenie Meyer.

Day 8: Your favorite work in translation

1. I haven’t actually read much translated books. I did like Wildcat Under Glass, by Alki Zei, quite a bit.

A knitter’s guide to Comic-Con

July 21, 2010

San Diego Comic-Con starts tomorrow, and I’m expecting to get a lot of knitting done there. This will be my fourth SDCC. This year, what is really cool is the Sched based check list scheduling. You can see what panels I’ll be trying to get into here.

Anyway, here are some tips for knitting at Comic-Con.

1. Your project should not take up too much space and be something you can work on while standing/moving slowly. While waiting in line for the more popular panels (especially anything in Hall H or Ballroom 20) you’ll be shuffling around a lot. I like to use a box bag dangling off my wrist. The yarn bracelets Laci sells are another good idea.

2. Your project should be something you can work on in low light. Many rooms dim the lights for panels, and nothing sucks more than waiting through a panel you’re not really interested in where it’s too dark to knit. I’m going to be working on the stockinette version of the Lune Shawl, in a pretty blue Malabrigo Sock.

project for SDCC

3. Bring a refillable water bottle. All the panel rooms have water dispensers, but can sometimes run out of cups.

4. It will be hot on the floor and cold in the panels. The A/C is blaring at Comic-Con, making it very cold in empty panels. A great time to bust out one of your hand knit shawls.

5. Sunscreen. You’d think you’d be inside all day. You’d be wrong. The lines for Hall H and Room 6 can be outside and it’s really easy to get a sunburn.

6. Snacks. Food at the convention center is expensive and mostly gross. There’s a grocery store 3 blocks from the convention if you forgot something, it’s on 1st and G. I usually try to bring trail mix, granola bars, peanut butter sandwiches, etc.

7. Avoiding Con Crud. I try to take lots of Vitamin C and make sure to wash my hands as often as possible, especially if I’ve been shaking hands at assorted events. Con crud is the worst.

Anyone else going to be at Con?