Friday January 18th 2019

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hi there!

Well, hello. :)

At long, long, looooong last, the flat is now in good enough shape that I can get back to knitting. I’ve made one birthday gift already and am working on another. (Pics later.) The workshop is still missing that crucial work table surface and some organization, and not everything has a home yet.

But I think I’m back enough to start posting again!

Is anybody still out there?

The workshop is still a bit at sixes and sevens (lots of things don’t have homes yet), but I am able to work in it, and it’s lovely to have a place to sit, where I can leave projects out without feeling like they’re in everyone’s way (including mine), and where my tools are all living in more or less their proper homes. Pics of the workshopwill follow as bits get more or less done.

Today, I got one of those little pesky projects done; I’m doing some volunteer knitting for a party and I’m making some liners for knitted cupcakes and providing my pattern. So that pattern is finally written! I just have to test it tomorrow, and then it’ll go up here.

And pesky project #2 is now done as well: I wanted to make the liners on my knitting machine, but it doesn’t have a ribber, and it’s a ton of garter stitch. So I’ve concocted a little mini-garter bar out of cardboard, plastic wool needles, and hot glue. It’s not very pretty, but it’ll do. (Maybe I’ll glue a pretty fabric to it or something, to keep my DIY cred going. Hey, I could cover it with rhinestones.*)

For those of you who don’t know, this little gadget allows me to take ten stitches off the needles all at once, flip them onto the garter bar, turn it around quickly, and re-hang it facing the other way on the needles, ready for the next row.

Could be the difference between a tedious job and…a very slightly less tedious job.

But I’ll take what I can get, in terms of less tedium. Mind you, my friend Paul says that “garter bar” makes him snigger, as it sounds “like an ideal night out for your upper-class pervert.”

*Just kidding about the rhinestones! Even though I could if I wanted to. I mean, with all power comes some responsibility, you know?

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4 Responses to “hi there!”

  1. Robynn says:

    Well hello there! :) Yes, still here. Hooray for Google Reader.

  2. I vote for cabochon shaped gems. The rhinestones have pointed edges that do not play well with yarn.
    And yes, i DO have personal experience, thank you!
    I have pretty good taste, except for that weakness for sparkly.

    • Zina says:

      Glue-backed rhinestones! One of the pluses of having made Irish stepdancing solo costumes for so long is that I own a heat-set wand for glue backed rhinestones. Just have to make sure it doesn’t touch the yarn directly (other than the glue), if the yarn is acrylic! :)

      Sparkly. It’s *nice*.

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