Another reason for:

  • Me to never become a sheep shearer
  • Australia and New Zealand to deny me entrance into their territories
  • Shear Genius to take away my scissors
  • and Charlie to run away whimpering whenever he sees me…

Luckily, within 15 minutes of finishing the most atrocious dog-haircut in the history of domesticated animals, Charlie completely forgot that it had been me to wield the Scissors of Doom:

It helped that I threw his squeaky toy around the backyard for him for awhile:

*squeek squeek*

The Most Atrocious Haircut took some time to finish (give or take an hour and a half – the dog was hairy). Afters, Emm and I went our separate ways. Him to WoW and suchlike. Me to sewing, silk, socks and stoles:

Oooh, alliteration. I promised Mum I would finish the mock-up robes for her to wear to the Harry Potter release party at Powell’s. But, since we’ve had so much difficulty with the sewing machine, I decided to test the waters before diving in.

So, I tried out this tutorial. Only, I had to change it because I didn’t have interfacing and a 12″ zipper (details, details). I used snap-tape instead and upholstery fabric to negate the need for interfacing. It all went well until I accidentally cut the fabric down the middle – forcing me to change the dimensions. At this point the bag will hold a ball of yarn and not much else. Ahwell.

At least we know the sewing machine works, right?

And the pink silk bag is my Lantern Moon project bag. I couldn’t take how open the top was (balls of yarn falling on the floor isn’t fun), so I used an awl to poke holes in the outer layer of the top hem. Elastic cord and a adjustable doohicky (no, I can’t remember what it’s called) make it easier to keep projects inside the bag.

And, now, the knitting. The Slighty Twisted sock, it turns out, doesn’t fit me. I made the heel flap just a weeee bit too long. It fits Mum. I’m too far to care to frog, so Mum gets the pair.


I take comfort in the fact that the Mystery Stole is still mine. And pretty as ever. I’m not through clue 2 yet (the sock distracts me with it’s flashy-flashy variegation), but I’m making progress without a single guess as to it’s theme. Well, maybe one.

I’m a Classicist, so I should know this, but was there a Greco-Roman g-d of confusion?

with a full plate

What have I been up to these past couple of days? Oh, well, let’s see…

Mum and I tried to start reupholstering her set of 8 Edwardian oak dining chairs yesterday (we spent the day before in Hell Depot and Jo-Ann’s getting supplies). After a practice run on a very strange footstool (has anyone ever heard of cedar wood shavings being used as cushion filling??), Mum and I pulled out the first chair seat. “If we can get two of these done today, I’ll be happy,” she told me.

Only to find that the chairs were really well made – oak seat frames, dozens upon dozens of iron tacks, silk velvet upholstery, silk batting under the seats, linen broadcloth under the silk batting and then 4″ of wool rag encased horse-hair filling the cushions. All afternoon yesterday, we’d pull up another layer only to find that the frame was that much further away.

“Mum, we’re going to be lucky if we get one chair a day done!” She waved me off, determined to finish two chairs by 6. After a couple more hours of pulling out iron tacks, ripping off jute webbing and oil-cloth, Mum sat down, huffing.

“We’re might not get this chair done today,” she finally admitted.

And we didn’t. After another hour or so, she and Dad finally agreed that we might just want to consider the possibility of making plywood copies of the frames (er, frame, as we’ve only managed to strip one) and reupholster them.

After that, we had to clean up quickly to meet with some old friends who were in town, visiting their son. Our families had been in the same congregation in MD, so they called us when they were flying this way. We took them to a truly authentic Chinese restaurant and then home for dessert. I snapped a shot right before they left:

Sooo, that should explain why I haven’t made that much progress on the Mystery Stole (scarf in my case) 3 or le Tour de Fleece

And why I ache all over and still can’t get the dirt completely out from under my finger nails (arrrrg). What’s that? Here’s a close-up of the stole IP:

I finally went back to the evil that is known as Jo-Ann’s this afternoon to get a magnetic board and line magnifier. Last night I managed to cut and paste all of the charts into one file and printed it out – just so I wouldn’t have to flip back and forth between the charts for the L and R sides. Of course, the charts are now tiny and require a magnifying rod – which is fine, because it clips to the stand.

Project specs? I’m completely crazy, but still smitten with the bamboo. I’m using Addi 2.5 mm’s (US 1.5) instead of the recommended 3.5 mm (US 4). My stole’s going to be smaller than intended, but I preferred the look of the lace knit with the smaller needles. Oh, and I am mad in love with Addi Turbo lace needles right now.

I’m also sorry (and embarrassed) to have to admit that I’m further behind than ever in my bloglines subscripts. My laptop and wireless card just aren’t up to the new LAN set-up we got, so I’m stuck using the family PC. 30 mins a day to check my email, Peace Corps status, and other web stuff is clearly not enough. Hopefully, I’ll get the cash together soon (after I get a job) to update my little Dell.

Until then? *sigh*

Well, on the bright side, maybe I’ll have more time to knit with less internet access.

I am weak

Because yesterday was so traumatic, I promised myself that I could CO any project I wanted, free of guilt. I didn’t get the chance to last night – I spent the rest of the evening frogging my Titania’s Revenge. The pattern is great, but I’m just not together enough to knit it right now. Sooo… different sock project. And a different lace project.

I’ve been wavering on the subject of the Mystery Stole 3 for several days, after seeing it on Sunflowerfairy’s blog. When the Harlot mentioned that the deadline to join was tomorrow, I seized my “guilt-free CO” card and went for it. I’m signed up, I’ve printed out the info and Clue 1. This evening at Knit/ Purl’s Sip ‘n’ Knit Night, I even bought both yarn and needles for it – 3.4 oz of silvery grey bamboo by Habu Textiles and US 3 Addi lace needles.

I have to say I’ve finally figured out the reasoning behind the Sip ‘n’ Knit Night – the workers at K/P are devious creatures. They give us glasses of champagne, leave us in the presence of luscious yarns and stay open for an extra 3 hours.

Devious, I tell you.

After Opus and I browsed, spent too much money and played in the yarn, I got Opus to get a shot of my cotlin camisole:


  • Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin in “Royal Plum”
  • Needles: 40″ Denise circulars, 4 mm/ US 6
  • Gauge: 5.5 sts/ inch in stockinette
  • Size: 42″ bust
  • Pattern: I made it up as I went
  • Recipient: ME!
  • Date started: April 5, 2007
  • Date finished: July 3, 2007

I swear to you, it looks more flattering in person. We had a heck of a time taking a picture of it. Oy. But it’s done, it fits, and it’s comfortable to wear. S’enough for me.

Other news? I finally have my little package for Bulldogknits done, and Crimson’s prize ready (yes, I am very very slow). I’m working on the package for Stephieface and Beans and TheBon’s prizes next. I’ve even taken to carrying the booties-in-progress with me everywhere, I swear. The lace shan’t distract me too much.

I hope.

*edited to add