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Yo Knife, I’m Really Happy For You & I’mma Let You Finish… December 31, 2009

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BUT THE T-SHIRT QUILT WAS THE BEST PRESENT OF ’09!!*

BEHOLD!


This is a quilt made from 20 t-shirts bought from various casinos/hotels on the Las Vegas Strip over the last several years. All the pieces were cut and sown together by my Mom and hand tied by my Dad. Cool huh? Check out what the back looks like:


I picked out that fabric all by myself! I wanted something to kind of reflect the chaos of color and movement one experiences when visiting Las Vegas for the first time. 🙂

I know it’s a bit hard to make out all the panels so I thought it would be neat to do each one in its own post and to tell a bit about where they came from and some of the stuff I know about them. Fun! Well, fun for me anyway.

*Yes, yes – that whole Kanye bit is terribly old and WAAYYY over by now. I like jumping on bandwagons after they break down and everyone else has already jumped off. By Grabthar’s Hammer that’s just the way I roll.

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Christmas Present December 29, 2009

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Among the many things my Parental Units gave me for Christmas was enough cash to buy something that I’ve lusted for in my heart. So I went online the other day and ordered it. And now it’s here!!

BEHOLD!
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This is a Benchmade 940ti-91 Osborne design knife.   Modified reverse tanto acid etched stailness Hakkapela Dmasteel blade with hand crowned spine.  Blue anodized and machined titanium handle scales with black carbon fiber bolster.  TiCn (Titatium Carbonitride) silver coated hardware and clip. 

It’s also #45 of a limited edition of 200 and the most beautiful knife I own.

Merry Christmas! December 24, 2009

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I’m off to The Parental Units’ house for cherry pie and Christmas Eve dinner soon, but I wanted to make sure I got this up before everybody checks out for holiday and/or weekend. Check it out: the Santa Hat Project is finished!

Yup – that’s me!  Here’s another shot of the hat itself:

Overall I have to say that I’m fairly pleased with it.

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for the visits! Let’s all hope and pray that 2010 will be better than 2009.

Big Bowl O’ Yarn December 16, 2009

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My yarn shop is having a big yarn sale going on for the past week or so where almost all of it is 1/2 off. By Grabthar’s Hammer – what a savings!! So, I’ve been stocking up:

Yeah, that’s about $200+ worth of yarn right there at the sale prices. I don’t have a problem. I can quit whenever I want to.

Anyway, that bowl is about three feet long at the handles and two feet wide, so it’s pretty big. It’s really neat, and really old. My Mom gave it to me a couple days ago. It was just sitting around in a closet since she really didn’t have a place for it anywhere else. So, what am I going to do with all that yarn? I dunno. Knit and/or crochet it up eventually I guess. Now I’m seriously considering getting a yarn baller & umbrella to help me wrangle up those skeins into a more user-friendly format.

Related: Politically Incorrect Yarn. I like the Fat Bottom Girl and WTF OMG LOL yarns particularly.

Really Cool Song December 14, 2009

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It’s not a particularly Christmassy song, but I really like it.  Into the Sun by the Weekend Players:

The version from the album is actually a little better, if only because it’s longer.

Entrelac December 10, 2009

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So I’m a frequent shopper now at a local fabric store where the Jedi/Kung-Fu/Ninja Master of Fabric holds court and the place is festooned with many examples of her amazing handiwork.  My Mom also shops there for some of her quilting supplies and fabrics and she frequently mentions one of the scarves she sees there.  Mom never remembers enough of the details to describe it adequately so I know which one she’s talking about.  She just referes to it as “the blue one in the back”.  Um.  OK.  Last week I finally remembered to bring my camera when I went back and got permission to take pictures of all the stuff there so Mom could point out which scarf it was in particular. 

As I went around taking pictures I took special note to look at them all closely.  As I got near the to the last of them I got a bit of a sinking feeling when I noticed one in particular: That Looks Complicated

There are actually five scarves hanging there but I was pretty sure I knew which one she was talking about now. To be fair I guess there is some blue in it. Sure enough, that was the one. Take a closer look:

It’s not actually woven, just knitted in a way to make it looks like it is. Very pretty! It also looks really hard. Some searches on the interwebberytubes eventually turned up the term for this kind of thing: Entrelac. Knitterists have developed their own arcane language to describe knitting patterns to each other and I’ve yet to crack this code. Still, you can get some idea of the complexity of a project by looking at the code that describes it. I have looked at the code for an entralac scarf. I tell you know that to gaze upon this is to gaze upon madness itself! And yet this is the next project I mean to try.

Pray for me.

Christmas Knittery December 6, 2009

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I’ve been working on my knitting lately. This is my current project that isn’t quite finished:

It's almost Suessian isn't it?
Yes! It’s a Santa hat! I love wearing a these during this season and I’ve got a couple that I switch between. This was supposed to be my really cool one but it isn’t going quite as I expected. The ribbing and cabling make it a lot stiffer than I planned so it’s going to stick straight up all the way. That wasn’t what I was going for actually. Also those cables pulled the hat in a lot tighter than I thought they would so it’s a bit snugger than I wanted. Also also there’s a problem with some of the cables. They ain’t doing right. Check it out below the fold:

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Christmas Music! December 4, 2009

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It’s getting to be that time of year again! So let’s celebrate with some wonderful Christmas music. Enjoy!

I just love the old classics. Don’t you?