Friday, April 15, 2016

So I bought some yarn



Um. Yeah.

That's a pile of Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock - 6 skeins! See, Sweet Georgia had a Mystery Grab Bag Sale, clearing out bundles of two or three skeins at a discount. I saw the announcement, and then hemmed and hawed for a couple of days, then decided to take the plunge. I really like this sock yarn, and socks can be either wildly coloured or more sedate, so not being able to pick my colours didn't bother me at all. I'm pretty pleased with the collection that I got! When the sale was announced, though, the email was worded in such a way that I thought the colourways were going to basically be one-offs - they were described as colours that just weren't added to the regularly-available palette. When the yarn arrived, though, I noticed the tags all had colourway names, and they were names that are in the usual palette. My guess is these are skeins that for whatever reason varied some from the samples you can see on the website, so they didn't want to sell them to unsuspecting customers. I did notice a couple of very tiny blobs of whoopsie colour on a couple of the skeins, but I'm okay with it. After all, I got the yarn on a discount, with no preconceived notion of what colours I'd be getting, and a tiny blort of unexpected colour isn't going to make or break a pair of socks. Honestly, they're so faint I'm not even sure I'd be upset with them on a more visible piece like a sweater or cowl or shawl, but that could just be me being easy going.

Either way, my sock yarn stash has been enhanced, and that made me feel pretty good on the approach to this year's Tour de Sock.

Except. Apparently, Sweet Georgia is not returning as a sponsor this year. So none of this new yarn will earn me bonus points in the Tour.

Oh well. At least I have the yarn. It's still pretty. It'll still make great socks. I'll still call it a net positive.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Auto-awesomed

So yesterday I happened to be standing out front during daylight hours, and I had my phone handy - it was in my handbag, which was on my shoulder, since we were about to go to a hardware store - so I took advantage of the opportunity to snap a quick photo of some of the flowers that have appeared in our perennial garden.



Pretty, right?

At some point since yesterday evening, an alert appeared on my phone - I was either away from it (watching a movie at home with extended family, it was Mister's mother's birthday yesterday) or had the device muted because I was sleeping. The alert informed me that one of my photos had been subjected to Google's auto-awesome feature - various filters and visual effects are applied to change up the look of the image, all automagically. It was the flower picture, and Google auto-awesomed it into this:



Pretty different, right?

This does, of course, make me wonder what sort of criteria Google is using for the auto-awesomeing. None of my other photos have been auto-awesomed. Why not?