Archive for April, 2008


Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I’ve been lazy.  I meant to show photos a long time ago.  The plan is to go room by room, day by day.  (That will take four days.  Here is day one.)

The kitchen!


See that pile of crap in the left-hand corner?  Yeah.  Please ignore.  That’s recycling that I need to drive up to the school and foist.

What you can’t see in the foreground…I am standing in a curved archway.  There is another curved archway just in front of the stove (leading to the bedroom), the main door on my left, and the refrigerator directly on my right.

Amanda–note the bottle of Chianti next to the sink.

Gosh, that was some hard work.  You know, taking a photo and posting it.  I guess it’s a strength that you have to maintain…

Fifth Week…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

As you’ve probably gathered from the last post, my hair has been cut.  What you probably did not gather from the last post, I stood in as both cutter and cuttee.

There are probably few things in this world that are quite as horrifying and empowering as cutting your own hair.  I think there is a trick to it.  You can’t be that concerned with ending up with a really good haircut, and you have to be careless (committed?) enough to accept whatever results you get.  It was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, because I wanted to be responsible for both my own horror and the outcome of my own head.

It’s fun how stupidly shocked people look when I tell them I did it myself.


Tuesday, April 29th, 2008


From the front…


From the profile…


Random “in the process” photo.

P.S. Stupid photo sizing!! Again!

Who *does* that?

Friday, April 25th, 2008


“God, stupid phone alarm!! *swish-click*


“…Whaaaat??  I turned you off?  Shutupshutupshutup!” *swish-click*


“It’s a phone call???…!!  Hello?

“Hey Mouse.”

“Hi.  Uh…who is this?”

“It’s Billy, come out of your house”

Okay…feels early.  Who on earth would show up at my house this early?

The entire Senegal program, that’s who.  Having gotten up at 6AM, the showed up at my house at 6:30 yesterday to make me Senegalese breakfast.  (For my birthday, for clarification).

6 AM, people.  College students.  Who knew!

Just plain lazy.

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Still alive!!

I finished the blue socks, and the back of my sweater.  I’m in the process of setting eyelets/grommets on the corset, at which point I just need to sew down the bindings on the edges.  I’ve also returned to an older project, which is The Sneak’s blue owl dress.  That one should be finished very soon.

Uhm…yes.  I really am that lazy.

Third week.

Monday, April 14th, 2008

It really snuck up on me.  I sat down to read my e-mail after class today, and I still thought it was second week.  Sometimes ten week classes seem really long, and sometimes they’re really short.

This quarter, they hardly seem to exist at all…

Don’t worry Moom I’m not slacking off.  I simply have two first-year courses and one that is completely focused around memorizing things and enjoying myself.  (That last would be the acting class, by the way.)

Anyway.  Partly it has to do with my new freedom.  You know, that little insignificant thing where I get to LEAVE CAMPUS and NOT COME BACK until the next day.  They don’t tell you how good it is because they never want you to have it.

Anyway.  New project!


(Still working out my new WordPress photo issues…uhm, yes.)  This lovely yarn is a gift from Amanda.  I’ve been coveting it to the best of my ability.  It is becoming a half-sweater.  However, The more I look at it the more disappointed I am that I didn’t use a lace pattern.  I keep telling myself that I’ll love it either way, but…we’ll see.  Nothing wrong with a little frogging to get your blood up.

One other project…


Oh okay I see how it goes.  Stupid WordPress!!  One photo can be as full-sized as it wants, and the other stays thumbnail and gets blurry when I try to make it larger?  Grargh!

Anyway…tape and steel are installed.  Now I need:


–A grommet setter (time to scour the costume shop)

–An edging.

Boredom vs. Creativity

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Last night after my second (!!) post, I decided that I needed a laptop case. I’d been carting it around between the folds of this nice blue fabric, so I figured that it was time I actually did something to put order into my life.


This is the result. There are a few things that could stand tweaking, but now I know for next time.

I machine quilted a double layer of polyester batting between two pieces of blue fabric. I added approximately 1 3/8″ to each side, and an additional 2 3/8″ to the length on each end.

Next I folded the whole thing double and sewed the seams. I cut strips on the bias, attached them to the sides, then folded them over to encase the seams. Finally, I used more bias stips to even out the opening edge (shown on the right).

in retrospect, I would have finished off the open edges before I sewed the side seams. It would have been a neater finish. Also, I want to make some with handles…


Also, here is a close-up of the fabric. I used it wrong-side out, the difference being that the right side is shiny (until you machine wash it).


And now I’m going back to ignoring the rude approach of tomorrow’s SIP preparation meeting…

Because I can!

Sunday, April 6th, 2008


Lairi’s socks. The other is was almost finished until I noticed a needle change disaster.


Feather and fan socks made in Senegal, shown with all that is left of the yarn that became Ernestine’s Shawl.



Socks made from the new Noro sockweight!



The next thing I’m going to make (just don’t ask what it is)!!



Shoes I bought last summer that had better last me a very long time; I love them. I hate shoes, shoe shopping, wearing shoes, and anything else that fits in this category, so “love” is saying rather a lot.



And finally, can anyone guess what this last one is? No cheating; you can’t answer if I’ve already told you about the project. Hint: I need it for my acting class, and I’d never be caught dead wearing it outside a theatre.

Also, I managed to do this really cool thing with the first photo where when I re-sized it, the wordpress program told me the size in pixels. Of course, I foolishly expected it to do the same for all the photos following the first and was severely disappointed. Any hints? An answer, perhaps?

Oh, and P.S. I LOVE photo capabilities!


Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Still alive!! Still knitting!!

I somehow have a lot of during-week time commitments, but also a surprising amount of free time. My classes don’t seem to be that intensive so far, despite a rather deceptive attempt on the part of my psychology syllabus.

I have the windows open, and my oven still does not work. Someone should be by to fix it within the next few days, and then I am going to immediately make cookies. Yes.

I’m having a long and somewhat boring weekend, and I’m not complaining. I keep thinking about trying to decorate, but it doesn’t help that I’ve left everything in the world at home. “Everything in the world” would include at least four books, a hammer, drafting triangles, erasers, a giant skirt I had no idea I would need, and…well, a lot of other things that I think about in passing and then forget to write down.

Also, I would just like to point out (as I do each time) the size of these socks. If you’re planning to ask me what He-Whose-Footsize-Must-Not-Be-Named (*coughcough 11*) did to deserve my continuous sock-making services when we both know very well that the result is composed of an average of 35,000 stitches per pair…

He wore out all the others I’ve made for him.

Go ahead. Just try to make an argument for the contrary. God knows I did.

A secondhand snippet…

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Professor: “Where does cotton come from?”

Junior Econ Major: “sheep!”

(Thanks to Lairi)