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Sometimes having hardcore Tory parents is a Good Thing!

Mum sent me this link from the Telegraph: Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters. Five free patterns to download!
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I never thought I'd say this, but there's someone out there who's almost as nutty-in-a-good-way as [livejournal.com profile] pink_weasel.

She's knitted a zombie nun. And Slash. And most of George Romero's back catalogue.

(Meanwhile, back at the office, I have a Small Amount Rapidly Approaching Zero to do. Fic recs will be welcomed with extreme gratitude.)

Also, new icon. I like it, but damn is that song hard to get out of my head now!
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Things I never expected to learn:

Knitting while wearing a double-cuffed shirt with cufflinks is infuriating.

20 minutes to cleaner. Why am I so nervous?
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Squee!

ahem.
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Now I'm off to listen to Bowie :)

ETA: Yarn Harlot has the best pictures. The particular one I mean is called "Jacob's great shirt" - you'll know it when you see it :)
puddingcat: (Doll)
My computer thinks it's sick. *Every time* I boot it up, it runs a chkdisk. Today, I stuck it into safe mode, defragged it (and boy, does that take a long time these days) and chkdisked it again, closed it down properly & rebooted - and it's still happeneing.

I run Ad-Aware & AVG regularly, and neither have shown anything. Suggestions for what to try next would be lovely, but bear in mind they'll be met with a response of "Ok - how do I do that?" unless you explain v-e-r-y slowly in the first place.


Mum linked me here - looks interesting, especially for all these "Oh look, I've forgotten Project 365 again, so I'll take a picture of my toes" pictures.


I finished my socks. I have hand-knitted socks that fit and don't fall down or cut off my circulation. Im waiting for the Reality Police to come calling, cos this sort of thing doesn't happen to me.

More yarn - I have some Rowan Tapestry from the John Lewis sale, and want to make a Useful Bag from it. How much does it felt? I've worked out the area I can knit on the recommended needle size (or do I need bigger needles, if I'll be shrinking it all later?) but what will that end up as, after the washing machine?
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Oooh, the latest Knitty is full of lovely things!

I want to make Isabella, Ribena, Palette, Dashing, Clessidra... and possibly more things, too. All so pretty, and better than tax!
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Checked diary last night. V Glad I did. Today is Day Off.

The cavalry are giving each other queer looks. Boudica update )

I've knitted one of the beaded gloves. It looks like a very small, fluffy stormcloud.

I WIN.

Feb. 20th, 2007 11:36 am
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At knitting, at any rate. All the knitting bits of Mum's cardigan are done, and I even persuaded the 200-stitch-with-fluffy-yarn lace edging to behave and not get out of step with itself. And I have a knitting icon! Now all I have to do is attach the sleeve, sew the underarm, join the back of the neck and block it. Where "it" is the cardigan, not the icon.


The downside of writing drabbles in an Extremely Rare (i.e. I've never seen any fic for it at all, and can't remember anyone else saying they've even read the source material) fandom is that you don't get any comments. I'm not enough of a writer not to care if nobody feeds my ego soothes my insecurities afterwards.


Mum is currently in Edinburgh. Apparently, Gran is misbehaving more than usual and is refusing to get dressed most days; yesterday she was wearing a skirt over her nightie. She doesn't see the point of taking her medicine for her circulation, because legs are supposed to be uncomfortable, right? She also never got married and certainly never had a daughter. She knows the cats in the pictures in her room are owned by someone called Jennifer, but that person's entirely unconnected from the other photo on her shelf (which has "Jennifer" written on the back).


My sore throat has turned into a full-blown cold. I'm only in work because it's ingrained in me that I can't go out & play in the evening if I don't go to school during the day. Not that I'm a huge Will Young fan, but I haven't been to the theatre for ages, and Noel Coward at the Royal Exchange should be a good show.
puddingcat: (Smug lion)
I have been Bad )

GNAAARGH!

Feb. 4th, 2007 02:14 pm
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Why is lace knitting so difficult? It shouldn't be; it's just normal things in different patterns, and is (after all) just a big game of Me Vs the Yarn. I mean, really; even in my worst times, I know damned well that I'm more intelligent than mixed fibres. Thre is no reason for me to be making so many mistakes.

At least Branching Out only has 25 stitches; tinking a row isn't the end of the world. When your row is TWO HUNDRED STITCHES, though, and your yarn is FLUFFY - GNAAARGH!

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So, fanfic. Yes, I foolishly signed up for 8 prompts at [livejournal.com profile] springkink (I had ideas that wouldn't go away). I've started three of them. So far, so good.

Most of the hair-pulling, breast-beating writing angst I see is of the "Oh no! I have no ideas!" or "I can't write smut!" varieties. I, on the other hand (because I just *have* to be different) have found that I have no problem with the rude fun bits. No; what I have roblems with (apart from conversation, because my imagination is hugely visual) is emotions. Because, if a character shows emotion, that implies I've felt that emotion (or read about it in enough badfics to remember the general description), and the teenager still lurking in the back of my head says that's bad, because people will point, and laugh. At this rate, I'll end up with 8 lab reports with bonus Smut sections.

Dammit. I hate teenagers.

Success!

Jan. 7th, 2007 01:18 pm
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Yeah, that.

Jan. 1st, 2007 07:47 pm
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Happy New January. Hurrah. Et cetera, et cetera.

Marvellous not-a-party at [livejournal.com profile] nannyo's last night; saw [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz, [livejournal.com profile] kowt, [livejournal.com profile] dr_wez, [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke, [livejournal.com profile] the_mendicant, [livejournal.com profile] geekpsi and Stubedoobeedoo as well. Managed to get through an entire bottle of Choya sake (with help, admittedly) and not have a hangover.

Quote of the evening was from [livejournal.com profile] dr_wez: "I'll just lie here with my computer while the other lads pound my ass". Today, he managed to make ninja-style katana fighting on the Wii look more like beating off a swarm of bees. (*looks at that sentence & decides not to edit it*)

Anyone still of the impression that knitting circles are quiet, ladylike places for genteel folk should have heard [livejournal.com profile] nannyo and me today. The air was bluer than me after a hairdye accident. Our tentative plans for a Knitting And Porn weekend sha'n't require any lowering of the tone, at all.

But! I have the beginnings of ideas for what to knit with my Colinette Graffiti! I want puffy Victoriana-style sleeves, a nipped in waist (to make it look as if I have one), and lapels. Look, it's a start, ok?

*Grumbles*

Nov. 7th, 2006 12:26 pm
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I had to get up at 7am this morning. I actually did get up at 8am this morning. It isn't civilised, I tell you. Any sensible person would wait til the world had warmed up a bit (say, until 10.30) and then stay up late to make the most of the residual heat being radiated from a planet that had spent 9 hours or so being heated up by the sun.

I've been steadily tidying up my LJ tags to merge those with only one use into existing more common ones. My life appears to be mainly grupming about work and men (and yes, this is another one). I need to get out more.

Got all Inspired for another WK fic last night (by Don Henley - I'm so rock 'n' roll, me). Can't quite think how to start it though. It has the potential to be An Epic, or alternatively tiny. Am also being given Bad Ideas by [livejournal.com profile] wk_100's latest challenge ("Trapped"). No, really; when I say "bad", I mean "claw your brian out and stomp on it".

No further progress on Branching Out, either in RED or ORANGE. I have, however, knitted 15" of Wavy. It looks like a translucent tortoiseshell cat's tummy. The wiggly ribbing is starting to show up, though not as clearly as in the picture on knitty.com; that's what I get for knitting it out of fairy sheep instead of DK.
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Well, Branching Out is proving do-able in acrylic so I tried it in the RED mohair.

I hate mohair. The fluff was masquerading as a real stitch, and I'd gained one *somewhere* by the end of the fourth row.

So I went & played with assassins some more. Who'd have thought it? I have a nice, self-contained little 250-word ficlet. I still can't do conversations or sex, but 250 words is 2 1/2 times longer than anything else I've written :)

*Is Poked*

Oct. 8th, 2006 08:06 pm
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I Aten't Dead ;)

I've been Working (bah), playing AD&D (in a game where standard procedure is to strip the bodies & keep *everything*, including any undies), and being Persuaded into Visiting HairyGit and Spending Money.

Yes. [livejournal.com profile] nannyo sent me a text last night (technically yesterday lunchtime, but I didn't see it til I was eating my tea) and invited me to visit & attend the "Let's Make Things Out Of Stuff" show at the showground. So I visited, and watched A Knight's Tale, and admired Paul Bettany's bottom, and was entertained by [livejournal.com profile] nannyo's gloss-induced hyperactivity, and had my brain melted by 10 minutes of Brazil.

I didn't watch Robin Hood, because I'd seen a trailer and nearly put my fist through the telly at the terrible, appalling archery. Nnnngh.

And then today I persuaded her (though it took little effort) to buy enough chunky stripy wool to knit a chunky stripy elephant, while she watched me persuade myself to buy some cross stitch kits (a lynx, and a fuzzy kitten sniffing flowers), some books (including a beautiful, beautiful one about how to do Japanese embroidery) and some undyed silk fibre. I didn't buy any of the nuggets of purest green, nor did I buy the other 5 cross stitch kits I liked, nor did I buy the entire stall of Brightly Coloured Stuff, and when I went back for some fuzzy white yarn it had gone.

Next year, we're going to kidnap [livejournal.com profile] pink_weasel and [livejournal.com profile] claire_wain, and possibly [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe too, for closeness reasons, and take them along to Marvel! at the life size swan, and be Astounded! at the floral cricket boxes, and to Explain! wtf you're supposed to do with bright orange things that look like unravelled cinnamon sticks.

And Alexander McQueen's Kingdom smells like my armpits when they're very freshly sweaty, and BPAL's Voodoo smells *gorgeous* on me and actually doesn't turn sharp and flysprayish.
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Eeeee! I mean, Arrrrr!

O.O

Aug. 18th, 2006 03:24 pm
puddingcat: (Creative killing)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lark_ascending:

I can kill you with my socks.
puddingcat: (Cat in a bag)
I'm glad I don't work on Mondays. Mum's just gone into hospital, her operation's scheduled for 1.30, and I'm incapable of concentrating on even knitting.

I'm not worried so much as distracted. Mum has the constitution of a Shetland Pony*, has no problems with anesthetics and has been asking for a mastectomy for months, but I know she'll feel rotten for at least a week afterwards** and will be infuriatingly*** low on spoons**** for a couple of months.

Still, the nervous energy has meant I've cleared off the top of my chest of drawers, ready for the Big Box of Knitting Stuff. Now all I need to do (apart from clear out the rest of the house, but That's Just Being Silly) is empty out the Big Box, and fill it with Knitting Stuff.

Good luck to everyone who has exams atm.


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* Her own description; she's descended from Shetland fisherfolk (going back 3 centuries, but still), and says she's "built for comfort, not for speed" - a description with which I fully empathise.

** From personal experience of breast surgery.

*** She'll be the one infuriated by it.

**** She loves this idea.

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