Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Felted netbook case
Materials: One skein of Cascade 220 or approximately 200 meters of yarn that will felt.
Needles: 6 mm circular (I used a 16").
Gauge before felting: 17 sts and 21 rows to 4 inches.
Cast on 100 sts and join in the round. Circumference is approximately 22.5 inches. Knit for approximately 10 inches.
Next round: cast off 50 sts.
On remaining 50 stitches, knit flap as follows:
6 rows stockinette, beginning with a knit row.
Next row: k2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2 tog, k2.
Purl next row.
Repeat last 2 rows until 30 sts remain.
Cast off remaining stitches.
Sew bottom closed and weave in ends. Felt to dimensions of netbook. One round through the washing machine (hot wash, cold rise) with the lowest water level and two pairs of jeans did the trick for me.
Sew on buttons or clasps. To make a button hole, pierce the fabric with increasingly large needles until the desired size is reached.
84 g of yarn used.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
This is the view behind my desk. I can't believe, now that I think about it, that I have been looking at this for four years. Clearly, I only see what I want to see.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
That's better.A hat.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I got home at 5:30, and my normal practice when I don't have plans is to jump in the shower and then put on my jammies.
However, my lawn care guy was supposed to come at six to pick up his payment, so I didn't do that. Call me old-fashioned, but I like to be dressed when tradespeople come to call.
He phoned at 6:45. I told him, "I've been waiting for you to come, so I can get in the shower."
Cue the long silence.
I nattered something about not meaning it like that.
He came and got his money, still pissing himself with laughter.
I'm getting into the shower, now. Alone. Which is how I like it.
I grabbed some yarn that had been sitting in the stash for a while (I can't believe I just ganked my own photo; it was just easier) and some needles.
I got 22 stitches and 28 rows to 4 inches. Perfect... for something.
During the next commercial break, I grabbed the binder where I keep all the patterns I've printed/photocopied (legally, of course) and found...
Yes, I know. I was all about the vests. But, I have a sweater's worth of yarn, I need a new cardigan, and the gauge was perfect. Really, I cannot stress that enough. THE GAUGE WAS PERFECT.
Monday, November 15, 2010
- I layer things, and a vest, by its very nature, is meant to be layered.
- There are no pesky too-short sleeves that make my extra-long arms look freakishly long.
- I have lots of yarn in the stash that isn't quite enough for a sweater, but is just right for a vest.
- Vests are probably fast to knit. See again: no sleeves.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I got these. On sale (it's hard to find stock in my size on sale).
Perfect for showing off hand-knitted socks. I didn't even know I needed these until the salesperson pointed that out.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
My home is my castle and all that stuff.
However, I visited the public library website the other day, and noticed that a used book sale is coming up.
I immediately put it in my calendar. I was going, because I haven't bought a book since sometime in 2009 (sadly, that is not an exaggeration).
I spent $25 and got many, many books. I am a happy woman right now (not that I have time to read, but whatev).
The first thing I found was A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence. For fifty cents. Sold.
I did a book report on it in Grade 10. It was the first Laurence novel I ever read, and it started a lifelong love affair with her work.
I have sworn to never read this novel, because Bella is an annoying twat and VAMPIRES DO NOT SPARKLE.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I get busy... I am usually drunk... I do stupid things.
And then people disappear off the face of the earth. Fair enough. It's probably my fault.
But sometimes, thing re-align themselves, and the world is perfect again.
As in, I just spent six hours with a dear, dear friend I have missed greatly. The world is a happy place right now.
Will, I will be your Grace any time. Always and forever.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
That said, I love gardening. And, I grow tomatoes and basil for just one reason.
And, that reason is something I only know in Spanish. Tomates salades
It's stupidly simple. I don't know why I didn't think of this before I went to Spain.
Slice some provolone or goat cheese, and layer slices of tomato and red onion. Top with a fresh basil leaf. Drizzle with olive oil, the best you can afford.
Nom, nom, nom.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Since it's been like this for the better part of the past two months, I've pretty much been living outside (one of these days, I will get a laptop and wifi).
Here's a little snapshot of some of what I have been doing:
Want a closer look?
And a few odd things that are shaped like feet:
It's not all about the sticks and string, though. There's a mountain of greenery. Most of which is producing food:
In summary, I just haven't felt like writing. Not sure if I am depressed, not sure if I am just not into it. Lots of good things are happening in my life.
Some not so good stuff, either. I just registered for a course, and that is indeed a sign that summer is over. :(