Month: February 2007 (page 2 of 6)

Sal’s Visit

Old friends…
I was rather quiet this past week, wasn’t I? As some of you have worked out, I was hosting my dear friend Sal Scherer and her boyfriend Tom from Chicago. They got in on Monday night, and on Tuesday I tramped them all over Sydney. It was perfect weather, and the fact that there was a big-ass boat in town added to the festive atmosphere. Sal and I even took a spin on the Harbour Jet Boat. (I’ll post a photo of that once Sal scans it.) Wednesday they hit the Aquarium and the Rocks. Thursday they left for New Zealand and I went to the Sound of Music thing. (Nun.) As you can see, it amounted to a pretty tiring week. I had four days in a row of getting less than six hours sleep… which put me in little mood for blogging. I’ve had a nice quiet weekend of napping and knitting though, so I’m back on track. A couple photos:

Sal and the Opera House   Me and the Queen Mary 2

Cabled Jacket of Doom – FINISHED

Finished jacketCabled Jacket of Doom… FINISHED
It’s done. It’s really and truly done. After an aborted attempt at sewing in the zipper last weekend, I hit upon the idea of sewing down some ribbon along the inside of each front to hide the cut edges and provide a more stable foundation for the zipper. So I got four meters of ribbon from the shop (which turned out to be the perfect amount) and got to work. Unfortunately the Cursed Nature of this project meant that first I had to do things completely wrong. I sewed down one ribbon with the sewing machine (without pinning), then sewed down the other (after pinning). I’m sure some of you can see the problem already. I tried it on and groaned. The side I hadn’t pinned had stretched at least an inch or so in the process of sewing, so it was all ripply and crap-looking. Why the hell didn’t I think to measure and make sure the two pieces of ribbon were the same size? Because of the Curse, obviously. So I ripped out the ripply side and then wet it down for the night, hoping it would spring back into shape. (It did.) The next day I measured out the ribbon, pinned it down, and sewed it into place. It looked good! I then used the rest of the ribbon to face all the seams inside the garment: around the arms, the shoulders, and the hood/neck steeks. Lastly, I sewed in the goddamn zipper. It’s done! This sucker took me exactly SEVEN MONTHS to finish. I learned so much along the way! I learned how Debbie Bliss patterns can SUCK; I learned how photos that don’t show vital parts of the garment – like the collar – are a big ol’ WARNING SIGN; I learned that steeking saves you knitting time but doesn’t necessarily cut down on finishing. And you know what? After all that, the bastards will probably reject it for the Show. That’d be just my luck.Didn’t Snookums do a good job of taking Interweave-esque photos?


Speedcluster. It’s sorta like the card game Speed crossed with Solitaire crossed with Tetris. Or something. I’ve managed a high score of 122,150 so far. (Tip: It really helps to play with a real mouse as opposed to a track pad.) Basically, you move the cards from the bottom row onto the falling columns of cards by placing one number higher or lower. I think making a long chain gives you a bonus. I have no idea what the whole “pass” thing does. I wish they’d put the instructions in English!

Me and a Very Alive Hill

moblogged imageMe and a Very Alive Hill
I’m at the Sing-a-long Sound of Music with just about every gay in Sydney. There are nuns, Nazis, girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes…

The Next Morning: Oh, my aching head. Every time I closed my eyes all night, all I could hear was “DOE – A DEER – A FEMALE DEER!” Here’s some more information on the show for those that are interested, and Amy will no doubt have some pictures up on Flickr soon.

WTC Cross Stitch

Tragedy at 14 Stitches per Inch
This morning I helped an Australian customer in the shop who wanted to have a photograph turned into a cross stitch. The photograph was of the World Trade Center. (Not smoking or anything – thank GOD – apparently they’d taken it on vacation the year before.) I was a little stunned at first… but then I remembered that we have and sell tapestries with the Titanic on them. Give it another twenty years and nobody will bat an eye, I guess. Still, who hangs something like that in their living room?

I wonder if they call them freedom knots?

A Decade

How much have you changed in 10 years? According to that quiz, I have changed 56%. Moving continents tends to have that effect.

You’ve done a good job changing with the times, but deep down, you’re still the same person. Your clothes, job, and friends may have changed some – but it hasn’t changed you.

Link courtesy of crumpet.)

NFP is effective BC

Good to know. It appears that the Catholics may be on to something after all. German research has shown that the “symptothermal method” of natural family planning is as effective as the Pill. Huh. I would not have guessed that. (Link courtesy of Staci.)

A rumour I overheard

A rumor I overheard*…
The real reason Britney shaved her head is because K-Fed threatened to have her hair tested for drugs in their custody battle!

* Well, not so much “overheard” as “read on Kelly McMahon’s Google away message, which functions as her defacto blog.”

Me, Sal, and Big Mary

moblogged imageMe, Sal, and Big Mary
Two famous ladies pulled into Sydney last night: Sal Scherer and the Queen Mary 2! The whole city turned out to gawk at the big boat today.

Harry’s Bum

Holy crap. Harry Potter’s bum.