I hate this pattern. I was very worried when I started stitching the "Medium Pumpkin" (DMC 920). It seemed almost the same shade as the "Dark Brown" (DMC 938) of the pumpkin ribs. Well, I thought, when I get to the center parts "Light Pumpkin" (DMC 326) maybe this will start looking more like a pumpkin. Nope, this looks like a brown blob. You can hardly tell the pumpkin from the stem.
I thought it would look like THIS! See, nice and orange with slightly brown ribbing. First I wondered if it was a translation problem. The chart is listed for Anchor thread, but there is a conversion for DMC. But on checking other Anchor to DMC charts, I see that the threads specified for Anchor match those from DMC exactly. So no matter what thread you stitch with you get a brown blob and not a pumpkin. Phooey. I'm not sure what to do with it. I could just keep going or I could completely start over with totally different threads and fabric. I can't do anything about it here, so I will probably go back to another project tomorrow.
D is for Databases
OK, this is not a very ordinary word. But it is a word that has defined my life. When I first started studying Computer Science, I learned several programming languages as most CS students do. But I was lucky enough to have several interesting jobs where we had to track huge amounts of data. A simple file will not do when you have several million records. You need software to keep track of all these records and find them quickly when you want a particular record. When I worked at Lane Country in Eugene, Oregon, they had a lot of money from timber taxes and bought IBM's largest computers to keep track of every inch of road in the county, and this is not a small county. In New Zealand I worked for the Department of Health tracking everything from employees to buildings to the first comprehensive complete patient records for an entire country. When I moved back to the United States, I worked for Tymshare and did customer support and training for several different database products. Which finally led me to my last job at Oracle Corporation, now the largest database software vendor in the world.
Even after I left Oracle, I kept up my database knowledge, this time on personal computers rather than large mainframes supporting hundreds of users. Whenever a club needed to keep a membership list, I whipped up a database for it. I even wrote a database to take cat show entries and produce catalogs and judging sheets. Today, I have a thread/fabric/pattern database, a database for my cookbooks, one for my science fiction books, one for producing program items and panels for conventions, and one for our foundation. If I ever need to keep track of more than ten items, I will probably create a database for it.