The Short Bit
Tuesday‘s listing of the Projects Without End seems to have helped me break through some sort of wall. Yesterday I finished the Scarves of the Endless Warp; today I made progress on two more things. Progress feels WONDERFUL after so many weeks of feeling stuck.
I want to tell you that your suggestions on what to do with the Short Black Piece were very good. Just in case not everyone reads the comments, I’ll summarize your various ideas:
- Use the short piece as a table runner;
- Make the short piece into a child’s scarf;
- Add a button/buttonhole or a “keyhole” so the scarf fastens around one’s neck;
- Give the scarf a twist and sew the ends together to make a mobius scarf.
All of those ideas were splendid, thank you; I started mulling over what the scarf wanted to be when it grew up…
…until Nicholas came home, saw the three items hanging in the kitchen, and immediately asked if he could have the black one for his very own. He wrapped it around his neck, and the result was adorableness:
So. There you have it. Decision made. Glad we have that taken care of.
The Secret Project
As I mentioned, one of the items I am knitting is for Someone Who Reads This Blog. This means I cannot post pictures of it in progress, but I can, of course, give updates which both tease and annoy.
The yarn, as I mentioned, does not match. In other words, there are two colours: Let’s cleverly refer to them as One and Two. Colour One is meant to show off Colour Two and Vicey Versailles. However, Colour One doesn’t show off anything, except, perhaps, my lack of skill with colour. I swatched and it only took four rows for me to see that this paticular combination of pattern and colour was a total loser.
Yes, that is the sound of frogs you hear in the background.
The puzzling bit is that Colour One is a solid; Colour Two is a multi-hued hand paint that contains, I swear by all that is sheepy, the EXACT shade of Colour One. So, silly me, I thought they would go together.
As I discovered by Yet More Adventures In Swatching: They DO go together, they just didn’t Go Together in the particular pattern I had chosen.
Second swatch, different pattern: Worked like a charm. Don’t ask me, I am not a colour person. I just know that now, after casting on for a new thing, I am about ten percent done with The Project. Hoooo-ray!
Swatching is good for one’s sense of order and discipline; however: Enough is enough. Simple is better. I have chosen a cable, and I am halfway done with one sleeve now.
Another day, another box. This one contained beads and wireworking supplies. I’m going to need a different sort of storage for the beads than for my yarn. And then there’s the fabrics, the polymer clay materials and tools, and what I call the mixed-media supplies, the things I create altars and small Artworks out of, with glue and paint and bits of This and grommets of That.
It’s almost as though I need a craft lab, a working lending library of supplies and tools, with worktables for things like beads that the cats will need to be kept out of…and that brings to mind another thought.
With the insightful help of a friend, I discovered something today, something that should have been obvious before, but wasn’t. I don’t like working in the studio itself very much, because it is wicked-arse cold in winter, and stupifyingly hot in summer. No insulation, second floor, and for some reason the heat and A/C don’t work in there. Well, well, well. No wonder I haven’t been able to make a decent workspace in there. Must re-think my preconceptions about how I am going to use that room, then. It’s a pretty space, and maybe I can add heat or whatever…but what do I WANT?
Ah, yes. The eternal question: What do I want?
OH PLEASE. I want all kinds of things. I have no idea what I want. How about I have my people call your people?
How cold is it?
Canada. December. Single-digits (F). Cold enough to put a cat on every vent and I can prove it:
And our snow-loving dog is curled up in front of the wood stove.
Today’s Random Good
from my pins