Posts tagged ‘silliness’

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!

May 17, 2013

Promises, promises

I know, I know, I keep saying I’m going to actually write more here, and I don’t, so who’s going to believe me now? Especially when I just joined Facebook.

The All Cats Are Grey hat has been re-knit in Cascade 220 Sport, which was just awesome to work with.

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)

The test knit for it just finished up, and I need to do some final revisions before sending the pattern off to my tech editor!

Next on the designing list is a pair of socks. And I have kind of a vague plan for something in the current Design Along challenge, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it any time soon. But it’s the fifth month of the year, and I’ve still only released 3 patterns. I’ve got to get cracking if I’m going to manage 12 this year!

In non-designing news, at least with me as the designer, I’ve been working on a test-knit for Rachael Richardson. She released the pattern yesterday, Connemara Coast. It is really, really cute, and I definitely recommend it, if you have any little girls in your life.

I’m also supposedly working on Laura Nelkin’s Juego, and Laura Aylor’s Sunstruck, both of which are mystery knit-alongs, but I’ve been so busy with other things that I haven’t gotten past clue #1 on either! They both started last month.

I really will try to post more here. So far, this year has been kind of crappy, to be overly polite about it, and I haven’t felt much like writing anything. Here’s hoping it’s getting better, for all of us (even if you weren’t having a crappy year)!

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 27, 2011

Glitter and Be Gay

If I’m not pure, at least my jewels are!

“Glitter and Be Gay” is an awesome song from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta of Candide. (I really, really like Dawn Upshaw’s recording of it, but I’ve never heard a bad one from anyone else, either.) And I feel like it’s appropriate for me right now.

You see, I just had some ice cream (Blue Bunny Premium Super Fudge Brownie, to be exact), and I’m also the proud owner of a copy of Laura Nelkin’s Adorn collection.

I didn’t cheat!

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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!

August 16, 2010

This is not the ‘blog you are looking for

I think it’s really funny that the search term(s) that seem to generate the most hits on this ‘blog is a line from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and variations thereof.

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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 30, 2009

The world is in trouble now

Say hello to Fuzzyhulhu.

He's going to eat me first for this.

He's going to eat me first for this.

My mom got tired of my griping about not having a digital camera, so she got me one for an early birthday present.

My biggest reason for wanting a digital camera is that I’d like to try selling some things I’ve designed, or have plans to design, and these days it’s kind of hard to do that without pictures. It’s hard to find someplace that does good film developing for a reasonable price in a decent amount of time. And I hate feeling like I’m possibly wasting film taking crappy pictures. So, a digital camera seemed like the best way to go.

Now my problem is to decide where to submit designs.

I like Knitty. Its submission guidelines are clear and easy to follow. The guidelines say, “This is what we want from you, and this is what you’ll get in return.” It doesn’t have a set style, either. It’s a knitting magazine. The patterns they publish range from stylish to silly and useful to purely decorative. There are very few things I want to design that I think would be out of place in Knitty.

Then there’s Twist Collective. This one, I think is more of a fashion knitting magazine. The layout and patterns are much more likely to be stylish. Some things I’ve designed or plan would not be good for them. I have a couple things that are pretty utilitarian or geeky, and I don’t think Twist would be interested. Some other things would maybe be better for Twist than for Knitty. They definitely fill different niches. One thing that bothers me about Twist Collective is the submission guidelines. I kind of like the idea of patterns being sold through the magazine instead of getting a flat fee for them, but I’d like to know before I submit something what I’ll be getting. At least a ballpark idea. Twist Collective doesn’t advertise that. You have to wait until your design is accepted before you get a publication contract, which outlines the compensation structure. I don’t like not knowing what I’m getting into. It feels vaguely shady to me. And before anyone gets their skein tangled in a knot up over this, I’m not saying Twist has abusive or exploitative practices. I’m saying I can’t tell what their practices are until after a design is submitted and accepted, at which point, sure, I can say no thanks, but how much time has passed since I finished work on it? Would it be a good time to submit it elsewhere? Or will I have to sit on it for most of a year, during which time fashions will change, possibly too much for my design to be marketable? If the guidelines said, “E-mail us for our current compensation structure,” that would be great.

And, of course, there’s Ravelry. With Ravelry, you don’t have to submit your patterns to anyone, you just put them up for sale (well, that’s oversimplified, but not by much). Of course, Ravelry doesn’t really advertise for you, either. It’s a marketplace, and you’re competing with every other designer to get people’s attention.

I haven’t looked much into print magazines, although I should. I like actual magazines. I like holding things that I read. The kick from having something published on paper would be great. (However, I’m not even going to think about Vogue Knitting. I’m not that fashionable, ever, and from what I’ve heard they expect you to give up your design’s first-born as far as copyright and reprint goes.)

I know there are other websites and internet magazines I can try, also, but for now, I’m limiting myself to these (plus looking into print magazines more).