I twisted my ankle today and am watching it with detached and vague horror as it slowly swells. So, no mileage for the sidebar today. Also, I didn’t manage to get to the Post Office, since the roads were all icy (joy!), so my Winter Handspun Swap packages are late :(

I’m also nearing the finish line with my Tea Time Swap package. I received mine today:


  1. a teapot/cup combo
  2. 2 quilted teapot flannel potholders
  3. a flannel wrister
  4. a teapot deco’d measuring tape
  5. and the yummiest tea I’ve had in a while. Who knew Jasmine Green tea was so good? It’s from Israel, too, which rocked when I saw that…

Anyway, yeah. Not much done today, since I spent most of the day with my foot propped up. Blaaaah, so boring.

Just watched the first 4 episodes of Band of Brothers. I finally decided that I wanted to know what happened before the last 2 (the only ones I’d seen). I dragged Mum and Emmett into them, too.

The wrapped raglan for baby T is going well and I have a plan for a couple of gifts for D.

I think that’s everything I’ll be able to come up with. Other than these 3 cool links:
Sheep Beats
The BBC Sheep game
Black Sheep – The Movie (I totally have to see this, y’all)

pardon me

… as I slowly succumb to gravity. I’m tilting just a wee bit to the right. Sadly, this is not alcohol-induced. I suppose the antibiotics could … nah.

I just finished setting up the Handspun Swap. Everyone has a partner, their partner’s info, In-Progress feedback, and the swap has been moved to the appropriate board. I am so brain numb. I had to wait until a couple of hours after dark to get anywhere near my computer.

It was 100F outside today. My room, where my laptop is, was probably about that. The A/C unit is at the other end of the house, where I huddled all day, knitting and spinning away. I got all my manymany knitting needles organized. Just, wow, to that. And I untangled all my knitting projects. I also worked on several projects, switching as I got sick of the pattern or my eyes blurred at anything smaller than 4 sts/ inch. So, here’s some progress:

My Tempting II, re-cast on with US 5’s. And 6 inches worth of handspun socks. woohoo.

And, good news of GOOD news, I recieved my Sew/Knit/Crochet swap package this afternoon! It contained (woot!) a hand-crocheted wool rug (similiar to the one in One Skein) AND another knitting bag (woooot!). Yummies. The rug is intended to be put under my spinning wheel this winter. And it fits perfectly:

It was just too hot to carry my wheel to my room and stage a photo-op. But, rest assured, the rug matches my Deco loveseat perfectly. I am so thrilling with it! My mother and father were quite impressed with it. And mentioned that they finally thought swaps were worth it. Mum, the artist, also commented on the colour-sense of the piece.

Wow, a family winner all around. I just love how soft and cushy it is :D All is well, in my world.

Once I recieve word that Avian Flight recieved my goodies, I’ll post pix of them. But, now, I think I need a veryvery cold shower. Sitting in my room is… warm. Fun.

blood, sweat, and tears

We’ve officially fulfilled every requirement for constructing a Masterpiece in the Dungeon, now.

Blood. I’ve already bled on my robes twice already. Thank g-d that none of it shows on the front of the black velvet. I’ve managed to poke more holes in my hands than a cheese grater. T also added to the blood count last night when she cut her hand open spectacularly with her scissors. This threw V into a bit of a first-aid rush-panic. Between the two of us, T and I have lost maybe a full quart of blood.

Sweat. Because the A/C works haphazardly when it chooses, in a room with 2 irons ALWAYS on we’re always a bit warm. I also made the mistake of wearing a 3/4 sleeve T today. I wasn’t the only one, it was cold outside. We were all a bit drippy, if you looked too closely. The fact that our final projects are due tomorrow didn’t help, I bet.

Tears. Poor D broke down today. She had sewn in the hooked side of her spoon busk into her corset wrong, TWICE. Ieee. It didn’t help that the busk was 2″ too short to begin with. Oy. She had to leave for a while, and looked a bit strained by the end of the day. We gave her a ride home, since she looked exhausted enough to fall off her bike.

So, Charlie and I sat in the back of the truck. Here he is, balancing on the balloon-like bag protecting my evolving robes:

It was too cute not to photograph. The robes are going well. I have the armholes completely bound off. I’m onto the shoulder crescents, front and hem trim, and sleeves. Getting closer and closer. Needed a break before I looked at it again.

But!, adding to my glee… when I got home, look what was waiting for me!:

My package from Eula! We did a personal swap – I sent her a intermediate/ advanced spinning kit and she sent me a knitting purse (I requested something similiar to this, but less ridiculous), a crocheted DUCK, a teddy change purse, a hand-made photo album, and crocheted cozies :D Too cool!

I am MADLY in love with this purse, guys… She made it more than 14″ long, so I could fit straights in, put in pockets all around the inside, for tools and stuff – and it’s PINK!!!:

OMG. I LOVE this purse. It’s just too cool. I love the fabric. I love everything about it. I’m taking it to campus with me… and the duck. The duckie is my new best friend ;)

Did I mention that my iPod also fits into one of the pockets? (does little dance). This totally made my day.

In other news, Mum and Dad and I trekked all over town today trying to find the PERFECT ribbon/ cord/ whatever to match my robes for the trim. It took us a while, but we did it! I found, on the bottom rack in the back room of a local boutique, an exact match for the gold in the tapestry – it’s old fashioned twisted gold cording. Perfectly accurate, and looks great.

Thank g-d. I’m going to eat something, veg in front of the TV, and then work on my robes.

Ooooh, I need to send a thank-you note to Eula. Oh!, and one to my One Skein Swap partner (she sent me a sweet letter recently). I can’t wait to graduate, I will have to be less scatter-brained, then.