Archive for ‘silliness’

August 9, 2015

He’s Everywhere

Bruce Willis is not our favorite actor. Really. We just happen to own an awful lot of movies that have Bruce Willis in them.

One of these technically isn’t ours. Over the Hedge is one of the kids’ movies. But it just proves that we can’t get away from Bruce Willis, even in cartoons.

Anyway, this isn’t really about Bruce Willis.

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July 23, 2013

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Have you seen Sally Hansen’s new polish, Fuzzy Coat? We just saw it in the store today, although I think it’s been out for a couple of months. It seems to be a polish made with knitters in mind, with color names like “Tight Knit” and “All Yarned Up.” And it is actually fuzzy. There are little bits of fibers to give it a textured look, and feel, I think.

I have not actually tried it out. I don’t know if I will. I don’t tend to like textured polishes. But I might buy a bottle of Tight Knit just for the name.

From the reviews on the Sally Hansen website, it sounds like to get the best results, you should apply a clear or colored, smooth base coat. Without a base coat, the polish doesn’t cover the nail well, and it’s also much more difficult to take off. Then, if you like the look, but not the texture, a layer or two of topcoat should smooth it out some.

Again, I have not used this. I just saw it in the store and knew I had to share it. If you give it a try sometime, I’d like to hear what you think!

March 17, 2012

Le Mouton

Or would it be “la mouton”? Does mouton refer to either ewe or ram? I’m not sure. Anyway.

Part of my dissertation proposal was that I would also be learning how to play World of Warcraft (WoW) during this Nerd Wars tournament. And I have! I’ve got a free, starter account, and so far I’ve got a Draeni hunter named Ulva who is 20th level (the highest you can get with the starter version), and a Gnome rogue named Everingen who is . . . I think she’s 13th level right now.

What inspired me to give WoW a try, at least in part, was the Jean-Claude Van Damme ad.

He turns his enemies into sheep! Jean-Claude Van Damme is the spinner’s friend!

Last night, Everingen made her way to the Valley of Kings, and has been seeing sheep everywhere.

a sheep!

I have actual spinning news, too. I’ve finished spinning the second single.

2 singles

I’ve actually got it wound into a ball now, but I don’t have a picture of that. My mom had these plastic clamshell-type containers with holes in the top to thread yarn through, to keep balls of yarn from getting tangled. I borrowed a couple, and I’ll use those to hold the balls of singles while I ply them together.

I also finally found my mom’s spindle! I have to charge the batteries for my camera and take a good picture of it. It’s a cute little thing, and it’s already got a full cop of Sapphire’s fur (my mom’s dog who died about thirteen years ago). Mom had a lot of Sapphire’s fur, and was always planning to spin it into yarn and make . . . something with it. Now I have to decide what to do with all the fur, and this little bit of yarn she spun from it.

September 19, 2011

So much time, so little to do!

At least, that’s the way I’m acting. In reality, strike that, reverse it. But anyway . . .

I went and joined another make-things-on-a-schedule kind of group in Ravelry. This time, it’s Nerd Wars. (There’s also a non-Ravelry website here.)

It’s a tournament-oriented group, with each tournament lasting three months. You join a team, one whose “nerdery” you share (I went with Team Epic, roleplaying games), and each month of the tournament, you answer from one to six challenges (how many is up to you), by knitting or crocheting something. And that something can be anything: small or large, totally simple or amazingly complex, it doesn’t even have to be related to your team (although you get more points if you can say it is). Your team earns points based on the projects made.

There are other ways to score points, too, including a “dissertation” (a project that will take you all three months of the tournament to complete) and a “team unity” project (something your whole team gets together to make).

Mostly, it’s for fun. It might also help you get some projects done in a timely fashion, and with the winter holidays fast approaching (as knitsofacto pointed out recently, there were only 100 days until Christmas, and that was three days ago!), most of us can probably use all the help we can get in that!

So, come join Nerd Wars! Celebrate your nerdiness with like-minded others, make lots of neat schtuff, and have fun!

While I’d, of course, like to see more people in Team Epic, there are some teams that I know need more members to make it to the tournament, like Team Braaaaaains (I don’t have to explain that one, do I?) and Team Meeples (board games). There is a team for Dr. Who (Team Tardis), and one for Buffy (Team Hellmouth), but those are very popular and fill up quickly with returning players. And there are lots of other teams, too, like Team Fraggle, for Jim Henson creations, and Team UU for Discworld aficionados. No matter what kind of nerd you are (and you probably are one, because there’s a lot more of us than there are beautiful people), you’re sure to find a team that suits you.

April 6, 2011

Crafting comes up in the weirdest places

She made a gesture with her hands that reminded Hollis, in some dimly unsettling way, of the crocheted model uterus her Family Life Education teacher had used as an instructional aid.

That’s from Spook Country, by William Gibson. You know, the cyberpunk author. Mona Lisa Overdrive and all that.

I don’t know which is stranger, the idea of using a crocheted model uterus as an instructional aid, or that William Gibson knows, however vaguely, what crochet is.

November 20, 2010

I can’t keep up with my reading list as it is!

But it’s just gotten longer. The Ladies of Mischief is a fairly new (started in October 2010) web story that unfolds as the narrator (known only as “The Archivist,” so far) unpacks things from a “a massive trunk containing – their words – antique lady’s stuff” she’s been given from her aunt’s estate. One pattern, for a lace gear, has been released in conjunction with the story, but I’m pretty sure more are planned.

In case you couldn’t tell by the juxtaposition of the words “antique,” “lace,” and “gear,” this looks to be a steampunk story, complete with dirigibles and a clockwork sheep shearing machine.

I’m looking forward to the next installment!

February 26, 2010

Maybe he understands, after all

I don’t remember exactly how the conversation started, but I was lying in a hospital bed today, hooked up to a fetal monitor, and while the nurse was out of the room, I asked my good spouse to get the small knitting bag out of the big knitting bag for me. I said something about figuring it would be okay for me to knit because we’d be there a while, and he laughed at me. “I’ve got fifteen seconds until I have to pull the ripcord . . . ” was his response.

That’s enough time to do a couple stitches, isn’t it?

July 24, 2009

Is it just aptly named?

Is it just me, or are the top cables with the lacy insides . . . unfortunately placed in Berroco’s free pattern, Tarte?

I should acheive digital camera ownership today. I’ll be busy taking pictures this weekend. w00t!

To be written: comparison of Summerlin and The Two Summer Sundress. I’m sure there’s more stuff I wanted to write about, but I can’t think of what.

April 17, 2009

It’s perfect!

I am an inveterate and veteran web-surfer. I’ve been spending far too much time following links for at least fifteen (hmm, maybe fourteen) years. Ravelry does not help this. It starts out innocently enough. I look at my friends’ activity. Of course, the only person who has any activity on there is the lovely Triskellian, so that doesn’t take me long, even on days when she has a lot of activity. So then I look at her friends’ activity. And that’s when it all starts to get out of control. I start looking at patterns people I’ve never heard of have put on their queues, and finding new yarns that I just really want to get my hands on, and new on-line magazines and . . . two hours later, my queue and favorites pages well filled (in fact, I have completely emptied my queue in a fit of pique recently and need to refill it), I’ll have gotten absolutely no paying work or knitting done.

Another thing I really like about Ravelry (and yes, as much as I might complain about wasted time, I do like surfing the ‘site), that I’ve had a chance to witness a lot with all this surfing, is the comments people leave about patterns. My absolute favorites are where someone will say, “Oh, I ❤ this pattern! It’s faboo! Absolutely perfect! I’m going to make it in a different color, with a different yarn, and I’m going to make the ribbing an inch longer and turn it into a cardigan and I think I’ll add a cable detail to the neckline! It’s perfect!” Okay, so I exaggerate. But not by much. And you know it’s true.

Now, let me tell you about my new favorite pattern and how I’m going to do it differently . . .

February 20, 2009

Does this yarn come in “The Colour out of Space”?

Amigurumi seems to have really caught on in the western world. There is some really cute stuff out there. Triskellian has found quite a bit that she’s put on her favorites list over on Ravelry, including a couple of Cthulhus (this one and the one from Creepy Cute Crochet).

They really are cute.

I just have one problem with this. There are a few things in this world (or out of it) that are really never supposed to be cute. Cthulhu is one of them. Trolls are another (I have never liked those Norfin things). I think nuclear warheads would fit well on that list, also. (Oh, but now I have a great urge to write a pattern for one.)

I suppose you could try to argue that Knithulhu is cute, too, but it’s just not the same.

I do think I need a copy of Creepy Cute Crochet, though. And I added needlenoodle’s ‘blog to my Google Reader. And then I spent way too much time toodling around in Ravelry, finding neat things like a pattern for a cuttlefish, which I feel it is a moral imperative I make.

ETA: Oh my . . . I’m sure someone else has come up with this, and I’m not actually coining a term but . . . are the amigurumi Cthulhus . . . cutehulhus? I think I’ve just turned my own stomach.