Friday, January 30, 2015


I am terrible for never putting plans out there, or not until they are mostly a done deal. If I tell people, then when I don't manage to get them done, I dont feel as if I look the fool. (I'm very very good at making many many plans, most of which dont come to fruition.)

So while I might fail, here's my aim before Kingdom A&S in April (early April. Oy.)

I'm hoping to enter the Pentathlon. Cause I'm dumb like that. (Much like my second race was a triathlon when I took up fitness, again with the dumb like that.)

Five entries, five categories (again, dumb like that.) Knitting, bobbin lace, horn carving, calligraphy and a research paper.

Bobbin lace entry is done (unless I get another spool of silk, and then it's 4/5 done.)

Knitting is eternal. (Seriously. Tiny needles, tiny gauge, big leg. Eternal.)

Horn carving is 1/3 to half done.

I'm not sure /what/ I'm entering in calligraphy. (I'm brand new at it. As I am most things on this list.)

Research is into medieval sheep breeds. (Why yes, yes I am a fibre geek.)

It might work out, I might just enter a couple pieces and do pent next year. Hopefully admitting it will help it come true! (or have people tell me I'm nuts.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Burn the candles

I understand that this has been mostly a maker blog (food, textiles, stuff!), but as I'm really writing for an audience of one (me! Hi me! Nice of you to stop by!), it'll end up wandering off.

I shared a post on FB not so long ago titled 'Burn the Candles' which most took literally to burn candles they haven't used, and I took more generally. Burn the candles, but also use the good china, the fancy hand creams, the new pretty undies.

As I sit here using the nice hand cream (formerly being saved, now sitting on my desk at work being used many times a day), I realize how nicely that post dovetails with another post I read recently. It was on the other side of the coin, of getting rid of stuff. Only keep what brings you joy. Use the good stuff, the gifts, the pretties, but it's OKAY to get rid of the hand cream that you kept putting to the back of the cupboard because you hate the smell. Share it with a friend who likes it, or just get rid of it. It doesn't need to clutter your space, nor your guilt.

I've some throwing out to do when I get home tonight.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Chilly fermentation

To judge by my posting regularity, the holidays ate me. It's not wrong. I also suck at New Years resolutions (as in I dont make them, I tend to prefer to alter behaviours all through the year, not just at a calendar enforced time) so I didn't start posting again on Jan 1. It's Jan 12 now, and hey, a post! :)

It's admission of a duh moment. We keep our house cool. Cold even. 18C when we're home, 15C when we're not (or asleep.) I'd rather enjoy blankets (and the creatures that are there during the day have both fur /and/ blankets and sunbeams) than pay the gas company. 

I also habitually fail at fermentation. Sourdough starter? Nope. Sourkraut? Nope, soggy cabbage. For whatever reason, we've worked out that bread needs to proof overnight in the oven with the light on, so clearly we realized that short term it's cold. So in a discussion with friends over how to make kimchee (while enjoying pulled pork made 3 ways for comparison, cause yes.. we are all foodies.) he noted that the house was cool. Oh yeah. Beasties rather prefer not to be half frozen while eating. Whoops! 

Now I'm thinking of setting up a box in the back room lined with tin foil that catches the afternoon sun to warm it up. It seems to work for the calico (who thinks that's the best side of the house to spend her afternoons.)

Thursday, November 13, 2014


I am not good at the preparation stage for a project. I get an idea, I get enthusiastic and I want to DO RIGHT NOW! Swatches? Practice bits? BAH! That's for other people.

Arty shot of the warping mill

I'm learning. Weaving is forcing me to change my ways. So is bobbin lace. There's a lot to be done before you get to the fun stuff. There's warp to weave, there's pricking to prick, there's bobbins to be wound. I'm finding this is extending to my knitting too, I knit more swatches. I accept it as a part of the project, not a waste of time. Or at least, I'm trying.

Winter is here, it's time for a new sweater.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Time sinks

Most of what I do is a terrible time sink. MUSHes, WoW, everything I do in terms of handwork. Today's time sink was WoW. A free week, and I can guess where I'll spend much of my free time. And then feel horribly guilty for how little I've gotten done. Today's photo to distract from a lack of content is a very sleepy Malkie.