Of Rats and Jen

Tales of a Perpetual
Work In Progress

Catching Up With Monday

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Braiding,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Movies,Rats! — folkcat at 3:05 pm on Monday, April 14, 2008

I know, I didn’t post on Friday! Sorry about that, but you know how somedays you just don’t wanna? And I mean, don’t wanna anything? Friday was one of those days.

So, let’s get caught up. I didn’t wanna anything on Friday, but I’ve been keeping busy enough every other day! My apologies to anyone on dial-up, there are a lot of pictures in this post. And that’s even after putting several after a page break!

Lucet Work:

Thursday night at Panera, I spent my time frogging some eight to ten of my earliest prototype socks. Yes, that’s a lot of time I spent knitting them. But none of them came out fitting well, some of them are knit from Sockotta, which I have learned I don’t like the feel of on my feet, and I just wasn’t wearing any of them. Better to reclaim the yarn and put it to other uses than have space taken up in the sock drawer with dead weight!

I’ll be working on turning most of those yarns into lucet braids rather than new socks. Maybe some of them will wind up like this:

Silk/Angora Beaded Lucet Necklace

That’s a necklace I made on the lucet on Wednesday. The yarn is the same thrifted silk/angora that I showed a cord of the other day. The beads are Japanese 6/o seed beads, white with a pearl finish. I pre-strung the beads on the yarn before braiding. I wasn’t sure how many I’d need, so I just counted out a hundred and went from there.

I began the cord with an inch and a half of plain braid. Then I began introducing the beads, one every fifth stitch. The bead would be slid down after pulling the right hand loop to tighten the previous stitch, but before placing the right hand loop over the horn of the lucet. Once the bead is in place, you must hold it with the fingers of your left hand (if working right handed) so that it doesn’t get caught in the loop you’re picking up over the horn. You want it staying right next to the braided cord at the center.

When you turn the lucet to do the next stitch, pulling the right hand loop to tighten the stitch you just made will lock the bead in place. It’s not going anywhere now.

By working a bead in every fifth stitch – with four plain stitches in between – each bead is placed on the opposite side of the cord from the previous one.

When I had the length I desired, I worked another inch and a half of plain braid, then finished off the cord. I added some lace end crimps (used to attach a clasp to a thicker cord, like a leather or waxed cotton lace – or a lucet braid!). Then, just a matter of a jumpring or two on either side, and a spring ring clasp. (I chose a spring ring because that’s what I had. I would have preferred a lobster claw.)

Silk/Angora Beaded Necklace Close-up

The resulting necklace is pretty, lightweight, and makes very economical use of beads. In the end, I think there were only about 80 to 90 in the finished necklace – the “gauge,” if you will, was about four beads to an inch of cord.

The current lucet braid in progress is made from a sportweight cotton yarn. Red Heart, to be exact. I have had this one skein in stash for, oh, at least twenty years, with absolutely no memory of where it came from. It’s making a nice cord, almost like a heavy cotton twine or small rope.

Sportweight Cotton Lucet Cord In Progress

I’ll be working to as long a length as I can. The purpose of this cord is for an experiment – can I cut lengths from a longer cord, and make finished ends on them just as if I’d braided to that length to begin with? I think it should be possible, with an understanding of the structure of the cord and how the cut ends will behave.

EverQuest 2

Lots of fun! My Ratonga assassin, Lolah, completed her betrayal of Freeport and endeared herself to her new home city of Qeynos. As part of the process, she had to leave her evil career as an assassin, and take a job as a ranger. That’s okay – the skill sets are much the same!

I’ve also been experimenting with new characters – a gnome defiler in Gorowyn, and an Arasai troubador in Neriak (Arasai = evil fairy). Both are evil characters, technically.

In the Kitchen

Mostly ordinary white bread coming out the machine, our utilitarian daily loaves. I’m also looking into some vegetarian slow-cooker recipes, with the intent of making more healthful foods for us to eat. And this weekend, Gryphon made another amazing pizza. Our toppings this time were fresh slices of plum tomato, strips of baby spinach leaves, and pepperoni. Yum!

Movies

I had the opportunity this weekend to see Across The Universe. Amazon Unbox was offering a 99-cent special to rent the download on your TiVo, and I’d heard such good things about it. They were all true! If you have the opportunity to see this movie, please do. Julie Taymor, the director (who was also responsible for the stage production of The Lion King, among other brilliant achievements), is an amazing artist.

On Ruffled Rattie Nests

Probably the only one that exists, I imagine. It’s finished! I worked on it while watching Across The Universe on Saturday.

Ruffled Rattie Nest - Finished!

It’s a little hard to see the real structure. It came out a little bit like a knitted version of a strawberry pot – you know, with a big round belly and extra openings on the side for more strawberry plants? My Ruffled Rattie Nest structure has two such side openings.

Ruffled Rattie Nest - Side Portal

Ruffled Rattie Nest - Two Side Openings, One Top

The picture on my hand shows the through-and-through nature of the openings, as well as giving some idea of scale.

If you’re thinking of asking for a pattern – sorry, there isn’t likely to ever be one. I knit this so much as a make-it-up-as-I-go project, with most of the decisions I made being reactions to how the shape was building. The best I can do is offer some guidelines to those decisions.

Ruffied Rattie Nest - The Bottom

The base of this project was a roughly oval piece that I’d begun some time ago. Shaped like a toe for a very large sock, it was always intended for a rat nest. Then I saw someone’s hyperbolic knitting project, and got ideas.

I began increasing a stitch on a K3, M1 pattern. Every four stitches became five – that’s a 25% increase with every round of knitting. The nest got larger very quickly, until it only fit on a 60 inch cable needle with a lot of crowding.

At that point, I began decreasing with a K8, K2Tog. This reduced 10% of stitches every round. It took longer to get small, but eventually I moved the stitches down to a 32 inch needle. I then worked even for a while.

I needed to somehow make a more bowl- or bag-like structure out of this heavily ruffled oval piece. I eyeballed a section along either of the straight edges of the oval, trying to make them roughly equal. On the nest round, I knit around the first curved end, bound off along the first striaght section, then repeated that for the other end and straight side.

After knitting across the first curved end again, I then joined the two ends of live stitches and worked in the round. I decreased a bit through the first few rounds – I think it was K4, K2Tog at this point, but I can’t be sure. Then when I decided this top opening was small enough, I worked even until I ran out of yarn. Well, I left enough to bind off the edge loosely.

At that point, it was finished. But how would the Ratties like it? You’ll find those pictures after the break!
(Read on …)

And the Bead & Button Magazine Tote Bag Goes To…

Filed under: Announcements,Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 2:38 pm on Monday, November 12, 2007

Sarah! With four kids – three of them boys girls (my error!) – I’ll bet she’s got lots of stuff she could be carrying around in this roomy bag. Congratulations, Sarah!

While I watched your comments and links trickle in this weekend, I was busy myself. I’ve made good progress on a scarf from Knitting New Scarves. And in Second Life, I’ve been landscaping our property. There’s a nice little woodlot developing, as well as small homes in various styles for a number of our avatars. Pictures of everything, knitting, landscaping, and all, Real Soon Now!

Freebie Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 – Bead & Button Magazine Tote Bag

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests,Knitting — folkcat at 4:26 pm on Friday, November 9, 2007

It’s that time again – Freebie Friday time! This week, Freebie Friday represents one of our previous winnder giving back. Judith, who won My First Entrelac Bag a couple weeks ago, picked up her prize, but also left something to offer as a new prize. So here it is!

Disclaimer: Because of the size of this week’s prize, I’m sorry to say I must limit entries to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada only.

Bead & Button Bag
Bead & Button Magazine Tote Bag

This is an official tote bag from Bead & Button Magazine. Judith won it at a bead retreat she attended earlier this year. But, like so many of us, she has plenty of totes, so it’s never been out of the plastic bag it came in.

I attempted to measure it in the package, and it appears to be huge – about 13 inches tall by 22 inches wide. I can’t vouch for the third dimension -the way it’s folded, I can’t get an angle with the ruler.

There is one flaw to note in the bag – at the bottom, it appears that a hot knife at the factory accidentally cut into the package, and nicked the bottom of the bag in two places. Technically, then, this is a factory second. The cuts are small, and right in the nylon webbing that reinforces the bag and forms the handles. This material isn’t likely to fray, but there are two tiny holes at the cut point.

The bag should otherwise be fully functional – just don’t put tiny, loose items in the bottom! Like, oh, say, beads. I can see this holding a fairly large knitting project. There is an exterior pocket, too, that would be perfect for tucking your pattern and notes into.

If you’d like to have this flawed, but official, Bead & Button Magazine tote bag for your very own, it could happen! Just follow these simple instructions to earn your entries in the drawing:

  • Only mailing addresses in the United States and Canada are eligible for entry to this drawing.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, November 12th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

Thanks once again for taking part in Freebie Friday! I hope you have a great weekend. As for me, I have started a new scarf project from that book, Knitting New Scarves, and I’m really excited about it. I’ll tell you all about it – with pictures – next week!

Freebie Friday, Nov. 2nd – Natural Beads

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 5:15 pm on Friday, November 2, 2007

It’s Freebie Friday time again! What have we got this week?

Buffalo Horn Heishe BeadsIn the category of “Things I Got At A Bargain, And Have Way More Than I Need Of” – this week’s prize is 8 strands of buffalo horn heishe beads. I purchased a large lot of these at a yard sale this past summer, for very, very little money. I’ve already given away or sold a large portion of them, and still have more than I’m likely to use in my lifetime.

So here they are, offered up for Freebie Friday – 8 strands, each one about 24 inches long. That’s sixteen feet of beads!

This week’s drawing is open to any and all entries, including international!

These are tiny beads that would look good as spacers between glass beads, or in a multi-strand necklace or bracelet with accent beads scattered. Of course, your own imagination is the only limit to how these could be used!

pb020793_edited.jpgTo give you an idea of the size we’re talking about, here’s a close-up with a penny for scale. Click through for a larger image so you can see it better.

I don’t have a picture, but I’ll also include a strand of Job’s Tears, a natural bead made from a seed pod. These pods grow on a grass-like plant, and actually have a naturally occurring hole in them, perfect for stringing. They would look wonderful strung with the buffalo heishe.

Would you like these beautiful, natural material beads for your very own? It’s this easy:

  • All readers are eligible for entry to this drawing, including international mailing addresses.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, November 5th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

That’s all there is to it. So hurry, enter now, and then check back on Monday to see who won. In the meantime, good luck to you all, and have a great weekend!

Freebie Friday – Beaded Bracelet!

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 2:24 pm on Friday, October 19, 2007

It’s time for Freebie Friday again – and this one’s open to international entries – Yay!

How about another handbeaded bracelet?

RAW Bracelet, Purple, Pink, & Green

This is a bracelet made of glass beads – seed beads and 4mm round beads – using a stitch called Right-Angle Weave. Right-Angle Weave (RAW) is a needle-and-thread technique. The seed beads in this bracelet are first stitched together to make a base band with RAW, then the round beads are added on top as an embellishment.

The bracelet is a generous 8 1/4″ long – I sized it to fit my own wrist. I’m giving it away, though, because as much as I enjoyed making jewelry, I never wear any.

The colors are non-traditional. The seed bead base is made of lavender-colored 11/o’s, with a pearl finish. The 4mm round glass beads on top are a 50/50 mix of a peridot AB finish (Aurora Borealis), and a fuschia-lined blue (clear blue bead with a pink lining in the hole). The overall effect is bright, fresh, and funky. The colors are fairly true in these photographs.

RAW Bracelet Clasp

It fastens with a magnet clasp, making it very easy to put on your wrist – just get the ends close to each other and they’ll snap shut. If you win, though, wear the bracelet with caution – although reasonably strong, the magnets can pull open if the bracelet catches on something like a purse strap or the edge of a pocket.

Would you like this bracelet to be yours? Here’s how!

  • All readers are eligible for entry to this drawing, including international mailing addresses.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, October 22nd. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

Good luck to everyone who enters, and have a great weekend!

Freebie Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 – Disney Beads!

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 1:37 pm on Friday, September 21, 2007

Hello, everyone, and welcome to yet another Freebie Friday!

This week’s giveaway is open to everyone, in every country. It’s an item that’s a little hard to find, even here in the States – Disney beads!

Freebie Friday - Disney California Adventure Beads
(Click for larger image.)

These beads were only available at Disney Theme Parks. I was gifted a number of them by a special source, and since I have duplicates, I’m offering a set of 15 designs, all unique, as this week’s Freebie.

The beads are all flat circles made of ceramic. They’re about 3/4 of an inch in diameter, and a touch over 1/4 of an inch in thickness. The holes run horizontally relative to the designs, and easily accomodate cords up to 2 mm thick.

This particular set of images are all related to Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. Some are logos for rides; some are characters associated with the park. All designs are identical on the front and the back of the beads.

If you’re a Disney collector, or have kids who love anything even remotely related to Disney, these would be great fun for you! I’ll throw in a couple of one yard lengths of 2mm waxed linen cord with the beads, so you can wear them right away if you like.

These rare beads could be yours, just for a comment and/or a link! It’s this easy to enter:

  • All readers are eligible for entry to this drawing, including international mailing addresses.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, Sept. 24th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

That’s it for Freebie Friday this week – I’ll post later about my knitting progress. Meanwhile, best of luck to everyone on the drawing!

Freebie Friday, Sept. 7, 2007

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 1:43 pm on Friday, September 7, 2007

Hi, everyone! I think I’ve found a good item for this week’s Freebie Friday.

How about a set of handmade polymer clay beads? I made these a few years ago, while I had the bead store.

Polymer Clay Large Lentils, Side 1
Large Lentil Beads, Side One

These are large, lentil-shaped beads. The largest is about an inch in diameter, the others about 7/8 of an inch. All three were made with the same colors, so they go together nicely. The dark gold color is a metallic clay, so there’s a bit of shimmer throughout, as well.

Polymer Clay Large Lentils, Side 2
Large Lentil Beads, Side Two

I’ve strung them on about a yard of quarter-inch organza ribbon, in lavender, with 6/o seed beads in matte amber A/B in between. Mostly this is to keep the set together, but it could be worn as an impromptu necklace as is. If you’d like to restring these, however, I’ll include the rest of the 15-gram package of 6/o beads for you to use in your design.

How about it? Would you like these beads to come live with you? It could happen! Just follow these simple rules, and they could be yours.

  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, Sept. 10th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

That’s all there is to it! So enter now, and tell your friends, too. Good luck, and have a great weekend!

She Knows From Rats

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Rats! — folkcat at 2:31 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2007

First and foremost, the important news. The Rattie Sisters have been seen by the new vet, and all will be well!

It turns out that about the only thing the previous vet did correctly was diagnose the lice. The treatment given – an injection of ivermectin – was absolutely the wrong choice. The new vet explained that in just about every other type of small animal, ivermectin is effective in treating both lice and mites, but not in rats. In rats, it may provide temporary relief, but it never knocks out the infestation completely.

Well! I’m a bit incensed at the prior vet’s office, which shall remain unnamed, and glad that we trusted our instincts and came to this new place. Dr. Kalb at Milford Veterinary Hospital, btw, for those in the area who might want to know. In contrast with the other vet, Dr. Kalb interacted very personably with both Star and Sable, and clearly knew what she was talking about when she explained how we should treat the lice.

She also examined the bulge in Star’s abdomen. Basically, we’ve got an early stage tumor, but it doesn’t seem to be growing much or affecting her otherwise. At this time, the only thing to do is watch it for change.

As to the lice, we’ll be picking up some Carbaryl Powder – a common pesticide that’s very effective against lice – and dusting them with it weekly for a month or so. Also, cleaning the cage thoroughly twice a week. And I don’t mean just “cleaning,” but really washing it down with a weak chlorox solution and rinsing with hot water several times. That we get to do for a month.

So, the Rattie Sisters will be okay! Thanks to everyone for your good wishes and your excellent advice through this ordeal, it’s made a world of difference.

Back to Beading

I really haven’t been beading at all – I seem to be off it for a while. Last night, though, I got together with some friends who expressed a desire to make prayer beads.

I wasn’t so much interested in making any myself, but having once owned a bead store, I have a few beads around the house. So I gathered together some strings to share, and a few tools to help the process.

As I was doing that, I came across these strands of black tourmaline beads, and the yellowish colored dogbone-shaped beads. (Can’t remember what stone the dogbones are, more’s the pity!) And suddenly, I had one of those little voices inside my head telling me I had to make my own mala from them.

You know how those little voices are, don’t you? Anything that suggests itself to me that definitively, I know I’d better listen to. So I grabbed the strands of tourmaline and the dogbones, and brought them along.

This is the result:

Prayer Beads

The beads are strung on 5 strands of Gudebrod size D black silk. There are 54 black tourmaline beads in the main necklace, with the dogbones as spacers in between. At the bottom, all strands come out through another black tourmaline bead, then a blue cat’s eye bumpy cylinder, and terminate with a good knot and a tassel below a carved carnelian goldfish.

I love how this came out, and I’m still wearing it today. Eventually, I’m sure the mystery of why I so desperately needed to make a mala right now will reveal itself to me. I’m okay with it taking its own time to do so.

Of Heads, Horns, and Half-Done Socks

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Knitting,Thrifty Shopping — folkcat at 4:17 pm on Monday, June 4, 2007

As I said on Friday, “Expect a finished, modeled picture on Monday, and perhaps even a photo of Socks for Folkcat, Pair Two, Sock One (SF/P2S1) in progress!

I do try to keep my promises. 🙂

FO - SF/P1
FO: Socks for Folkcat – Pair One (SF/P1)

WIP: SF/P2S1
WIP: Socks for Folkcat, Pair Two, Sock One (SF/P2S1)

I seem to have finally gotten my sock knitting mojo in good order. I guess I’ve knit just enough of what I originally termed “Sock Experiments” that something finally clicked. There were two crucial turning points: working toe-up socks for Gryphon, and discovering the No Wraps short-row toe and heel method at Oz Yarns (link opens a PDF file).

I now have the confidence in my sock knitting to calculate my gauge, and, knowing my measurements, just start knitting without reference to a book or pattern. So far, I’ve only used a basic 2×2 ribbing for texture – that’s what I consider my “plain vanilla” sock. I have plans, though, to start lifting stitch patterns out of other sources, including existing sock patterns that are written for smaller feet than mine, and inserting those patterns into my own toe-up socks.

As for the details about these socks:

SF/P1:
Yarn: Regia Patch Antik Colors #5758.
Needle: Brittany Birch 5″ DPN, US 1.5
Pattern: homebrew, my own assemblage of toe-up with short row toes and heels

Notes: These socks fit well. I worked the foot with a 1/4 inch negative ease (mostly for simplicity of calculations – my foot is 10.25 inches, it’s easier to multiply by 10). Since my ankle is an inch larger than my foot, after I finished the short row heel I increased a stitch on either side of the ankle on the next round, worked a round without increases, then repeated the increases. This added four stitches, just about a half inch, to the circumference of the leg, leaving about a half inch of negative ease. I then worked the legs only 4 inches from the ankle before binding off, using a sewn bind-off that I can’t remember where I got it from.

As I sit here with the Regia socks on my feet, they do feel a bit on the itchy side. I don’t know if that’s just because they haven’t had a first washing yet, or because it’s the nature of the yarn. Time and use will tell.

SF/P2S1:

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, Spanish Moss color
Needle & Pattern: Same as above.

Notes: I finished the blue pair sometime Saturday, then started in on SF/P2S1. At this moment, I’ve just reached the heel, and expect to finish that and most of the leg tonight.

I’m loving the Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn. It’s colorful (although this colorway is a bit on the somber side for me), and soft. Given my sensitive feet, I may find that I shy away from yarns like Regia in the future, and favor yarns like Cherry Tree Hill. Of course, that means my socks get more expensive. But if I can actually knit socks that are comfortable for my feet, it’ll be worth it. And they’ll last forever if I take care of them right!

Yard Saling!

I don’t know that Gryphon and I will do much of this over the summer, what with his two jobs and all. But we couldn’t pass up a community-wide yard sale happening only 3 blocks from our house this weekend.

Yard Sale Finds, June 2nd 2007

At the front, several bundles of horn heishe beads, totalling 88 strands. At least, they did before Gryphon claimed a small bundle of 13 strands for himself. Still, I’m left with 75 strands. What will I do with that many horn heishe beads? Not a clue. But when you get that entire pile for less than 5 cents per strand, you leave no bead behind.

The sad-looking little cat on the right was a whole 50 cents. I can’t believe I actually waffled over whether to spend 50 cents on “yet another cat for the Folkcat collection”. Maybe it was the heat – it was sunny and humid on Saturday. At the end, though, I went back to her table and picked her up, figuring that even on our budget, 50 cents wasn’t worth fussing over. And I’m glad I brought her home.

The real find of the day for me is the glass head to the left of the cat. I’ve been wanting some sort of model for hats and other head accessories for some time. I’m sure I could have turned up a foam wig stand somewhere, but those are boring and white, white, white.

I was delighted when I spotted this glass head sitting on a table at the sale. At $10, she’s a bargain compared to finding one online and having to have it shipped. Gryphon agreed it was a worthy purchase, and so she came home with us.

I thought about having a blog contest to name her, but no sooner did that pass through my brain than I knew what her name had to be. It is, therefore, with great pleasure (and some anticipation of ducking rotten tomatoes!) that I present Heady LaVerre.* She doesn’t have much to say, but you’ll likely see her back whenever I knit another hat or hairband.

*For those who didn’t take French, and aren’t old movie fans. There was a famous actress named Hedy Lamarr. And “LaVerre” is bad French for “glass”. (To be grammatically correct, it should be “LeVerre”, because “glass” is considered a masculine noun.)

Gray Wednesday

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Daily Life,Knitting,Sewing — folkcat at 3:23 pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Both inside and out. I’m having one of those emotionally stormy days, it seems. So while I’ll try to get some real crafting done, I’m not going to beat myself up if I only manage a comforting, mental health day.

It didn’t help that my camera batteries died. Not just the set in the camera, but also the set that had recently been charged. They’re just not holding a charge for any length of time anymore. So all I’ve managed for photos to show you that I crafted yesterday is this:

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Mystery Beadwork

I also worked on the Mystery Knitting yesterday – finished it, in fact. Once the batteries charge up I’ll take the photos I can show you after the items have gone to their destination.

And since, under the new system, Tuesday is Needlework Day, I did some stitching on that miniature knotted rug project. I’d show you a photo but, well…

If I can pull together any motivation today, theoretically Wednesday is Quilting (and other sewing) Day. If not, then know that at least I tried.

Take care of yourselves today, and I’ll do the same. See you tomorrow!

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