Sunday, September 30, 2007
That is some scary shit.
I haven't heard yet whether or not the fire alarms went off. *Please*... make sure you have working fire alarms! To be safe, have ones that check for smoke *and* heat, plus a carbon monoxide detector. (The carbon monoxide detector should be a separate unit, since carbon monoxide sinks, and heat and smoke rise. Place the carbon monoxide detector near the floor, and the smoke and heat detector near the ceiling.) You should have a fire alarm in the kitchen and each bedroom at a minimum.
*shudder* Keep safe, my friends!
Today I didn't sleep as late (yay! I need to get back on a more normal schedule so that I get to sleep earlier on weekdays), and then got half the irises dug before my dad called. Dad and I finished installing the siding, and since he was feeling kind of under the weather, we called it a day early. Now I have the rest of the evening off, and I don't even hurt!
I dared stepping on the scale before I got in the shower, and it said about 2 lbs less than the last time I stepped on. I didn't ask it for a second opinion! It's probably a blip, and I weigh way too much to be happy about this small loss (if it is a loss), but I have to start somewhere. Perhaps my gardening is doing some good after all. (And that bag of chocolate covered almonds I ate earlier this week didn't set me back as much as I thought.)
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Slippers are finished... well, as much as I can do before they're fulled. I've given them to H so that she and C can have some fun and get them the right size. I'll probably be adding some needle felted designs afterwards... but that's for later. I'm calling these FOs for now.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Robyn (of Knit & Purl Mama) is making a blankie too, but only wants to do one square per yarn (like a charm quilt), so we're organizing a yarn swap. :) I'm sending her enough yarn from each scrap (that I've either already used, or have enough for two squares) for her to add a square to her blanket, and she's sending me some of her scraps. Yay for more variety!
Hey... Robyn has a new online yarn store, Robyn's Nest! Cool! (She even has those sock blocker keychains, and a sock club where you sign up by the month. I may have placed a small order with her. *grin*)
I mailed this at the post office on September 11. It arrived back here yesterday. It took them *fifteen* days to figure out that *they* were incompetant at calculating postage, and giving it back to me. (I live a few blocks away from the post office I mailed it from.)
I wonder if USPS could do a corporate take-over (or equivalent) of Canada Post?
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Did I mention it's big?
My feet are one size smaller than the desired size, but H's are the same.
I sure hope that fulling/felting works it's magic! We'll find out soon. I'm on the sole of the second slipper.
(Found on Zeneedle's blog.)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I have a nut challenge for cashews scheduled on October 17th. (I finally found some cashews (raw) that didn't have peanut or sunflower oil added.)
I was reading about spinning silk, and came across a scary fact: sometimes silk is soaked in "sesame milk" before spinning! Thankfully sesame hasn't tried to kill me through touch, but you can bet that I'll be washing any silk items before wearing from now on. Come to think of it, it can't possibly be too common... sesame is fairly expensive, so I can't see commercial silk spinners using it. But why, oh why, does sesame have to show up in so *many* bizzare places?!? And in *yarn*, which doesn't come with "ingredients" labelled (beyond the fibers used).
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saartje's Bootees WIP
One bootie, eight ends. This pattern is *not* for those who hate finishing! ;)
(No, I didn't hear from Saartje, I just decided that I *had* to work on these, and that probably a long tail cast-on was used.)
Instead of blindly accepting that 18 rows makes 10 garter ridges (it doesn't), I have to count rows. And recount. And try to see if there's any way that the 10 ridges could be due to fractions/rounding. (It can't.)
I eventually came to two possibilities:
1. There's an error in the pattern. (If there is, it's consistent between the two sizes.)
2. Saartje uses a long-tail cast-on or something similar that created the first row of knitting in addition to the cast on, but doesn't count it as a row.
I think it's #2, but instead of just doing that (or blindly following the 10 garter ridges, which only produces a small difference), I have to e-mail Saartje to see what she intended.
I'm waiting to hear from her. (Hopefully she's not as lazy about answering her e-mail as I am!)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
See all those leaves at the bottom? Those are weeds with taproots that you can't get rid of unless you dig deep... which isn't really possible while bulbs, etc are there.
Dug, edged, and will be dug again. But not this weekend. (Mostly so I can go grocery shopping and help dad with his siding.)
Trash cans full of tree trimmings and weeds:
(One is only half full. I also pulled some weeds from the space between our house and the neighbour's, which is why there's so many weeds.)
Baby Leaf Hat WIP
I'm almost done now... I just need to graft the border and weave in the ends. I think it could really use a blocking too, it's so curly!
Note on the grafting: the pattern writer prefers working flat, then seaming the hat and using a three needle bind-off on the border. If you want to graft in pattern (like me), leave off the first row of the border so that you have a row to add in when you graft. You can't leave off the last one, because otherwise you'll be at the wrong side to continue knitting the hat. (I didn't think of this when I started. Whoops.)
I used about 30g of my skein of koigu... more than half. I want to have leftover for a blanket square, so I'm thinking of trying to do the booties two-colour. I have some leftover Cherry Tree Hill that coordinates well, I just hope it's enough. We'll see.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Baby Leaf Hat WIP
Baby Tart well received, now a new hat for another friend. :)
I hope I have enough koigu left over for a blankie square! I should if I only do the hat, I probably won't if I do Saartje's booties too. I'm not sure if I'll have enough for Saartje's booties, though... I wonder if there's better yardage estimates on Ravelry... off to check. And then bed! Good night!
Tuesday night was the knitting get-together at McNally Robinson. Penny pulled out her camera and started taking pictures, so I decided to take one of her. While I was at it, I took photos of the rest of the group too. I wasn't in a great spot to do so, but here's some of our group:
Then I had to take my camera out again for this fantastic jacket:
That's *not* a self-striping yarn! It's a Shelridge Farms pattern/kit. Mmmm! They have some *nice* stuff. I think I need to make these two (that second one in "blueberry jam"). But not until I've finished several of my stash sweaters... *sigh*
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Crochet Socks WIP
Two balls of Panda Wool are insufficient to crochet a pair of socks for size 10 feet. While H and I await more, I've started a gloriously green sock. (The colours of both pairs are much more gorgeous in person than in my lousy photo.)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Scheepjes and Fabel are for socks, the Koigu is for a baby hat (and booties if there's enough), as is the Debbie Bliss.
I would like to say that this pattern is freaking adorable:
...which is a good thing, because otherwise I'd already be running screaming from the bobbles. (Of which I have completed 24 so far.) I wasn't able to execute the k3tog with the needles I'm using in the bobble decrease round, so I'm executing the decrease as four "pass stitch over" steps centered on the middle of the five stitches, and finish by purling the remaining stitch. This hat is for a professor friend who is expecting in November.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
PS: I kept getting an error message when I tried to enter... are you able to get through? What's your browser and/or operating system? I *think* it's a problem with their script, but I'm not sure.
Update from Storey: "We're all over it. The code is being fixed on Monday. Sorry for the confusion. Try back then."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Well, she's not really what I had been intending, but I like her enough that I'm not going to paint over her. I think I may put her up in the club art show, though.
If I do, what do you think I should price her at? (She's 8"x10", if that has any bearing on your answer.) I don't really care if she sells or not, but I'd rather not look like a doofus for choosing a ridiculous price (in either direction).
After Canada Post lost a sock recently, I took extra precautions. Every item was wrapped & taped in a plastic bag with the address inside, then placed in it's envelope/box. Then I wrote the addresses with a fine permanent marker in as clear handwriting as I could manage, then reinforced the whole package with lots of packing tape. None of them will accidentally pop open, unless they're *severely* abused (at which point the contents probably won't survive either), and the inside address is there as backup.
Fingers crossed, everything will get there fine... hopefully before Christmas. ;)
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday morning and early afternoon I pulled a trash can full of weeds. I didn't get to the front garden (B started to mow, and I'm allergic to freshly cut grass), but I did all the rest, and even pulled a few weeds in the lawn and driveway before B got to the back yard. (Heh... I initially spelled "yard" as "yarnd"... think I have yarn on the brain?) Afterwards I relaxed, then knit some squares on the blanket while watching some painting videos with mom.
Sunday I hung my grandmother's embroidery floss, plus some embroidery wool, in the sun to air out.
They're still a wee bit musty smelling. I'm not sure if I'll try hanging them in the shade some more (I don't want them to fade) or if I'll try washing them (I'd have to take all the labels off, and hopefully not tangle them!) Then I started working on a box that my mom found in my grandma's stuff (it contained the embroidery floss):
When mom gave the box to me, it was musty, and had a green velvety lining that was long past it's "better days". I pulled out the lining (the fabric was wrapped around cardboard which was glued in) to find even rattier red paper. I spent several hours Sunday morning and early afternoon scraping off the red paper. (It was very brittle, but stubborn.) Then I left the box in the sun to air and had lunch.
Dad called near the end of lunch, so I finished up and went over to help him put up siding. The office he had added to the house 25 years ago only had painted particle board, and now desperately needed siding. I manned the miter saw and passed the boards up to him (the office is above the kitchen). We did one wall up to the window, and then one side of the window to the roof. Once we had done that much, dad needed to go get cleaned up for a date. He gave me $20 for my help. Woohoo! (Yes, I'm long past the age when $20 should be exciting, but I'm not there yet. I need to graduate and get a job first.)
Then I went back home and painted the inside of my grandmother's box:
One coat of gesso primer, one coat of yellow acrylic, and two coats of "gold" acrylic paint. I *love* how it just *glows* inside the dark box!
Finally I watched some TV with the folks, and knit more squares on the blanket.
More on my grandma's box: Mom suspects it's from before 1940. Grandma got married in 1939, and mom says she probably never got anything so frivolous as a jewelry box after she got married. Grandma also got married in an emerald green velvet dress... so the ratty velvet lining *could* have been made from leftovers of her dress, which she would have made herself. (Mom hadn't mentioned that back when I threw out the lining.) However, the velvet in the box really didn't look anywhere close to emerald green, it was more of a dark, dingy green. So unless it faded, or something degraded in the dye?...
More speculation: Grandma's father had given up farming and was a carpenter. Could he have made the box? Mom doesn't think so, because she doubts he would have done the "shell" inlay. However, last night (when I couldn't sleep), it occurred to me that the odd inlay looks like it could have been made from a button. The box definitely has a handmade feel to it... it seems like it was made by someone who knew woodworking (there's a veneer over the cheaper wood, plus that inlay), but perhaps wasn't accustomed to doing fancy woodworking (no dovetailing, just nails at the joins, and the spot for the lock mechanism is really rough hewn).
The hinges are rather wobbly, but I can't do the toothpick & glue method of repairing the wood because the screws (at least, the one I managed to get out) aren't pointed. They have flat ends. (Repurposed screws?) I'd have to replace the screws with proper wood screws. Well, I think they'll hold, so I'll leave them for now.
I haven't put the lock mechanism back in because we don't have the key. It's stiff enough that I don't think anything I could fashion out of bent wire would be stiff enough to turn the lock.
Yes, it's entirely possible I could have "destroyed the value" of the box as an antique, but both mom and I suspect that it didn't have any to begin with. I'm quite happy with the changes I made, and now it will be both useable and a cherished heirloom from my grandma.
PS: Nicky couldn't figure out why I was playing with wood instead of taking him for a walk. ;)