Monday, May 28, 2007

First Swap Package

Here is the contents of the package that Soozs sent me for the Fibbertygibbet swop.

This picture shows everything:
material and stuff

but hides these guys:

which are near the bottom of the panel:
material panel

The charms are great. I can recognise an elephant when I see one,
elephant charm

but I'm not sure whether this cheeky chappy is a monkey.
monkey charm

The braids are worth a picture to themselves.

The whole package is great. The blue colour is really rich. I love the flowers on the material with flowers. It would never occur to me to buy a panel, but it opens up huge numbers of creative possibilities.

Thank you very much, Sooz.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


A quick note to say that I've got my package from Sooz for the fabric swop arranged by Flibbertygibbet. Photos tomorrow.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

How much silk?

If someone you knew was going on a business trip to a country famed for its silk, and was possibly going to get a chance to go shopping, but even if they did, they were only taking hold luggage so they couldn't bring back much: under those circumstances, what would be a good amount of silk to bring back? How much would one need to make a dress?

Having got that out of the way, Vicky has tagged me for a meme: to write eight random things about myself.

  1. 1) My favourite film used to be Star Wars: it was the first film I positively wanted to see. I don't really have a favourite any longer.

  2. I don't find trousers particularly comfortable so I rarely wear them. If I could find a comfortable but stylish make I'd probably wear them more.

  3. I go to a Pilates class most weeks.

  4. I had a haircut this morning.

  5. I can't help wondering if this is the same meme as the seven random things meme, but one of them mutated. That is a random thing about me: I was also temped to search out my faithful D8 to put these in a random order.

  6. I have had an online presence for more then 10 years. I started on Usenet (sometimes called Netnews: some "google groups" are actually usenet groups).

  7. When I do left-brain/right-brain quizzes, I tend to come out fairly evenly balanced.

  8. My two favourite subjects at school were maths and English.

I'm now supposed to tag some other people, but I don't really like doing that (what if they say no?) So, if anyone wants to be tagged, consider yourself tagged (Rosamundi? Ferret? If you aren't too busy.)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

One Thing I'm Collecting: obscure fact for the day

Something I'm collecting for a very long term project are squares of cotton material which are at least 6 inches square, ideally slightly larger. Any colour or pattern.

On a completely differnt note, I've been reading about Copernicus' book De Revolutionibus. This is the book that first proposed the heliocentric solar system, with the Earth and planets circling the Sun.

No, I haven't been reading about the contents of the book, I've been reading about the book itself. It was printed on a paper size known as pot paper, with sheets that are 399mm x 282mm. Those who are capable of incredibly fast calulations will already have spotted that this is the ratio √2 : 1 . The useful thing about this ratio is that if you fold the paper in half, the length of the sides still has the same ratio.

Getting slightly less obscure, this ratio is still in use today as one of the defining features of the A series of paper. An A4 sheet of paper folded in half makes an A5 sheet. Anyone who has used this knows just how useful this ratio is: you can photocopy two sheets of A4 onto one sheet of A3, etc.

(The other defining feature of the A series is that A0 has an area of 1 meter². A4 is the European equivalent of US letter size.)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Knitting Meme

I found this meme here.

Items in bold have been or are being knit.
Items in italics are ones you plan to knit.
Leave the rest plain.

Afghan - when I was a teenager, I made a blanket out of garter stitch squares
Garter stitch - this comes into the category of "who hasn't?"
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl - I don't think I've made one
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up
Knitting with Camel Yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn - well, I might, but it isn't in my mental list of future projects
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn - well, I might, but it isn't in my mental list of future projects
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)

Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting - assuming they mean holiday in the US sense, not the British going on holiday sense: I'm just waiting for the right pattern.
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
- I think
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items

Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern - but I have made items to my own design

Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Cow Parsley

The hedgerows are full of green and white. Green, as the hedges grow new leaves after the winter. White, from the huge swathes of cow parsley in the verges, white flowers on the hawthorn bushes, white "candles" on the horse chestnut trees.

The best views are on the roadside. I see them as I drive through the countryside, from one village to another. Unfortunately for blogging purposes, the most impressive shows have no convenient places to stop for photographs.

cow parsley, a type of English wild flower

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Favourite Scarf

lace scarf
I've seen a number of versions of Feather and Fan projects recently, enough to want to point out I did it first. Well, not first first, but a year ago. I took these today, in the garden.
lace scarf

Some years these flowers form a stunning archway over the path to the back garden.
lace scarf