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Hmm, long time no post. I just don't seem to be in the mood for posting lately, I'll often start typing a post and then think "meh, no one wants to read this arb crap". But here's an updatey post anyway :).

My lovely husband bought me a spinning wheel for my birthday! It's a second-hand Ashford Traditional Double-drive (if that means anything to you :P). I'm very excited, I can't wait to start spinning my lovely alpaca and merino rovings that I have. Also, there's a large demand for second-hand wheels so if I don't take to it I can sell it on. P is always surprised by the market for knitting stuff :). My cats are enjoying the wheel, of course anything I bring into the house is a cat toy. Also, Scroob sent me some delicious Camelspin! It's the best yarn ever.

Tickets to Germany are booked and paid for. We're also staying a night in Amsterdam, I'm really keen to see the van Gogh museum. Thank you to all those who contributed to the Honeymoon Fund, I think P sent out thank you emails last night. If you didn't get one and should've then please let us know. It was so hectic that I wouldn't be surprised if some of the cards got misplaced.  There are some wedding pics up at my Flickr stream, we have more that we need to upload.

Now that I'm married I think my biological clock has started to tick. Obviously it was just waiting for the wedding since for the past few years I've been non-committal on the having babies issue. Yes, they're cute and sweet and cuddly but they take up time and money that could be spent on other things like travel and knitting. Also, you don't get any sleep or time to read and there's screaming and tantrums and vomit and then they hit teenagerdom and it's a whole new batch of horrors. Having spent time with P's mum recently I'm beginning to see the reason for having kids. She said that she'd always wanted kids so that she wouldn't be alone when she was old and I think that now that she's a widow it's even more true. I know that statistically I will outlive P and I don't want to be the lonely widow aunt with 39 cats (well, the cat part isn't so bad). At any rate, babies are beginning to not look so bad. The cuteness of Scroob's baby isn't helping at all :P. I think I need to babysit more to reawaken me to the horrors of babies/small children. I think a few good tantrums and vomits will help me see reason and tell my clock to stfu :).

I'm dying of hayfever at the moment too, which is making me a very grumpy panda. I'm not looking forward to the weekend away SCA event next month, the venue is full of flowers and grass and I usually spend the entire time sniffling in the hall. I need a bubble. I also need to finish sewing all my new garb (Saxon, v boring but easy and comfortable until I know what I want to do).

See, a very boring post :P.
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So we're in the home stretch now, as it were. It's a bit calm-before-the-stormy as P's family start arriving on Sunday and then it gets all crazy. My sister has moved out to live with her bf, so the house will be somewhat less crowded. As excited as I am to be marrying my bear, I'm kinda over this whole wedding thing. Not that it's been stressful, it's just been so much planning and organising and stuff (not to mention worrying about finances) but everything seems ok now and on track and it should All Be Fine on the days concerned. I'm looking forward to seeing people I haven't seen in a while (and their new babies!).

My Ishbel shawl is finished and blocked and looks awesome! I've been meaning to put pics on my knitblog but the weathers been a bit yuck for taking pics so as soon as we get some nice weather I'll post pics of all my FOs. Wedding dress is nearly done, looking good. I've hit a bit of a bump with P's waistcoat and will have to re-cut the front facing and lining but the mock-up fit  so I'm not too concerned. I've been sewing at least 3 hours a night for the past week so I'm hoping the results will pay off. Or I'll possibly go blind :).

Also, there is a monkey's wedding outside today and the sky is full of rainbows. As I was driving along Settler's Way to work this morning there was a perfect rainbow framing Devil's Peak. Wish I'd taken a picture. Another really bright one against Table Mountain above Gardens, looked like I could reach out and touch it. Even though I know how they work it still doesn't take the magic out of them. See, woo people, science and knowing how things work doesn't make the world less magical or enjoyable!

ETA: due to a gigantic admin fuck-up my housebuilding henparty for this Saturday is cancelled. Basically they moved the build I signed up for to the Friday and cancelled the third build. The build that remained on the Saturday was then filled up. Then, they only booked me two slots as they didn't see the "party of 15 ppl" in the notes when I filled out the volunteer form! Completely useless. I was so disappointed that I nearly cried. I was really really looking forward to it and I know others were too. Hopefully we'll still get the chance to do it some day. There's a project I'm interested in call the Good Night God Bless sleeping bag, made from black bags and newspaper, so I might organise a day to do that sometime.

ps: if anyone wants banking details for honeymoon fund please email me or P.

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An update since I haven't posted in a bajillion years. Still alive, people (esp [ profile] egadfly  :P).

Wedding plans

Coming along nicely. Shawl is finished and blocking. Dress is kinda halfway made (pattern is graded and mockup fits), need to do some work on Phleep's waistcoat this weekend. Still need to get the table herb things but that can wait until a few days before the event.

We are expecting a full compliment of Anastasiadisesesesseseses for the wedding. I think Phleep will be very chuffed to have all the siblings there, when we first started to plan we didn't think anyone would come. My sister is moving in with her boyfriend for the week that P's sister and bf are there so the house will be less crowded. I'm a bit nevous of the reception. I don't deal well with huge parties and lots of people and I can't go hide in the kitchen like I usually do. We'll see how it goes, I guess. There are plans to do Xmas in Germany if the honeymoon funds allows it, otherwise somewhere local.


The new (since my last post) job is going well. I have more responsibility and a very varied portfolio. I'm learning a lot and it's not boring. Hopefully I will be over the backlog soon and able to get into a good routine. I can see this job expanding as we open more offices around Africa.


Saw District 9 recently. Not quite sure how I feel about it (which seems to be the general mood, people watch it and then have to think about it for some time before forming an opinion). I might blog about it, I might not. I think I've said before that others' opinions of movies don't matter to me and don't affect my enjoyment/opinion of a movie, so I don't think anyone else will care what I think about it. Suffice it to say that it's really hard to watch if you're a white Saffer. I'm still a bit depressed about it.

This weekend is the hen/stag party extravaganza. I know [ profile] zoezebra (get better soon!) is kidnapping me for an afternoon of outdoorsy fun on Saturday (must remember to dose with hayfever meds before leaving the house). Phleep is booked all weekend for various things that I think he will like. The exact details are a sekrit :P. My house-building thing is next Saturday, I'm really looking forward to it. It will be hard work and I might die, but I think it will be very rewarding.

Also, Storm in a G Cup is the best bra shop in the world! At last, no more tears when looking for bras that support and fit and don't look matronly :). There's a _whole drawer_ of lacy bras in my size. I'm so taking Phleep there after the wedding to buy me that teal silky lacey one. Mmmm, teal. They're a bit pricey but the service is excellent and they do all repairs and alterations for free.

That's about it, really. Must update the knit blog as soon as I've taken pics of all my recent FOs (shawl, Phleep's gloves, my rasta hat, my alpaca gloves). I haven't knitted much lately, I think I'm a bit burned out after the shawl. Also, my wrist is a bit sore but since I haven't been knitting I think that's probably the cold. Spring is here! The weather is chilly, the sun is shining and my nose is snurfly.

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Got this lovely piece of poetry in some spam for Viagra just now, had to share :). I'm just wondering what a "costly elephant's rope" is, or if I actually want to know. Also, "his car of precious"? Obviously Gollum's fallen on hard times and is working as a spam copy-writer. The randomness of this poetry pretty much sets the theme for this blog entry.

Device of the costly elephant's rope, was adorned is kesava
who is inconceivable. Hence, it is absurd roars. As soon
as they heard that loud peal, dhrishtadyumna auditors assenting
to this truth, he then gave me thus, he rose into the sky
on his car of precious.

In other news, Phleep leaves soon for the UK. He will be away for three weeks but I am consoling myself with the thought of all the delicious yarns he's bringing back for me (currently sitting at 15 skeins). I plan to eat nothing but beans and eggs on toast while he's away, haha! I will also install methane energy converters in a bid to save money in the lean times to come. I'm not sure the cats will appreciate it, though.

I also plan to fill the time with learning to spin on my shiny new drop spindle. As soon as [ profile] zoezebra gets her ass back from Wales she'll teach me to use the damn thing. Lookout world, phear my lumpy yarnz!

Here's a very funny article on Hayibo about the A-team resurrection:

We went to see Watchmen on Sunday night. I'm not sure if it wowed me or not, but then I wasn't particularly wowed by the graphic novel (I can hear some of you gasping incredulously from here). Maybe I came along on the comic scene too late and am jaded by all the other stuff I've read to appreciate the new ideas put forth in it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good story (even if I totally figured out the "villain" halfway through. I'm bad like that, it's a curse) but it didn't rock my world. Rorschach's pretty cool though.

Speaking of non world-rocking, I agree a bit with some online sentiments that NG is slightly over-rated. Yes, I enjoy his stuff, it's interesting and well-written, but I don't think he's the literary Messiah some people think he is. I don't particularly like American Gods, Anansi Boys was ok and The Graveyard Book was a fun read (I'm sure others with more literary credentials than I will go on about the Jungle Book comparisons and all and all), but none of these made me wet myself. China Miéville, otoh, can do no wrong (otooh, The Peoples Republic of China sucks ass and the SA govt sucks China's ass). His books, all of them, blow my mind. Maybe it's just preference, ymmv. I must read them again, if I can get through reading Watchmen for the second time (it's sooo long).

If Ysolda Teague ever shows up at my door, I'm leaving Phleep. Just FYI. And no, it's not just because she bears a resemblance to ScarJo (who supports D&G, who used fur in their latest show, woe! she's totally off my "will leave Phleep for" list, although I will probably still go watch all her movies), her knitting patterns are pretty awesome too.

And that's about it. I'm glad Autumn is finally here, I can snuggle under my blankie again! And make stew!  Mmmm, stew.

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The latest in the Pandora is an Evil Genius series: I was giving my canary*, Ringo, clean water the other day. This necessitated me taking his cage down and putting it on a table. I went to the kitchen to fill up the container and I heard his "danger, danger Will Robinson" cheep**, so I rushed back into the room to discover that Pandora had opened the flap-down door and had got her finger stuck in the bars of the door!!! She was hanging by her hand, meowing pathetically. I freed her and said "bad girl! I hope your toe falls off!"*** It's the fairly standard bird-cage door that stays shut with a bent piece of the top bar. She obviously saw me open it and thought "ah-ha!". Luckily she got her hand stuck otherwise Ringo would be no more. He might have escaped (and been eaten) if she hadn't been by the door, though. I will have to be more careful in the future, she's pretty evil and cunning, that one. Recently all his tail feather disappeared (either fell out or were pulled out) and I wonder if Pandora didn't catch his tail through the bars as he was eating. She has long, thin legs. The tail feathers have grown back now, he seems no worse for wear. Good thing they're not prone to heart-attacks!

Phleep and I have been together 9 years now. It seems like a really long time but sometimes I still have to remind myself that I have a boyfriend. People have commented that we're still really lovey-dovey like a new couple, and that we hug and kiss alot. I dunno, it's hard to be objective, we still seem to be happy and love each other dearly. He loves the cats and puts up with my luxury yarn habits :).

Today is Friday, and I am very glad about that. Tonight I will bake green tea biscuits for the Japanese-themed SCA event tomorrow. I will also work on Baby Scroob's jersey (only the sleeves to go!) and watch terrible TV. I might practice recorder a little as I'm feeling somewhat insecure about my lack of practice. I mentioned to a friend's bf (who's in a band) that I play recorder and he said he might ask me to come play with them. Eeep!

Next week will be my first Pilates class. As a complete Pilates-noob I have to take 4 private classes before I can be allowed to mingle with those more experienced people in a group class. I hope it's fun, I don't mind things being difficult as long as they're fun. Once I've learned the moves, I'll join the class with Jesse and she's promised to peer-pressure me into actually going and not being a lazy-ass. It helps that it's a few blocks from our street :P.

Also, I want to learn to spin on the drop-spindle. This is a direct result of me falling in love with Posh Yarns but being unable to buy anything from the directly and having to resort to buying second hand from people on Ravelry. The site goes live every two weeks with what they've dyed that fortnight and it's usually a mad scrum to get anything. Things are sold out in like 5 minutes :(. So, I will be buying roving on Etsy and making my own, dammit. I've already ordered some camel and cashmere, and Zoe has a giant bag of alpaca that I'm going to mooch :). I will start spinning classes in March, as soon as my lovely Ashford drop spindle arrives from New Zealand. Severe yarn-geek. I also intend to comb Puff and spin Puff-yarn :P.

It's the Community Chest Carnival soon. Can anyone say "poffertjies"? Dutch stall, here I come! And saris, one can never have too many.

* he's a Gloster Fancy and has a really cute Beatles haircut. I need to find a new female for him as the old one died of a foot infection :(. You can only paid a Corona (one with the hairdo) with a Consort (plain head) otherwise the babies could come out bald!

** birds have a language, with different cheeps for different things. This one is quite distinctive and means "omg, I thought I saw a putty-tat and it's trying to eat me!!"

*** I didn't mean it, even if she is more evil than Puff (who is merely naughty and bitey, not calculatingly evil like Miss Pandora Moriarty)

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So, that was Xmas, was it? It certainly didn't feel like Xmas. I don't know if it was the fact that everyone's po' at the moment, or the fact that I'm not taking any holiday time over Xmas, but I just didn't have that same feeling this year that I usually have. Ah, well, we all grow up sometime I suppose.

Panda and I went for Xmas-eve sushi (our local was closed, so we went to Sake House* in Claremont), then came home and opened his gift to me (us): the collector's edition Star Trek: The Next Generation (all 7 seasons on 49 dvds with loads of extras). It is made of win. We've watched the first 3 dvds so far. I have reached the height of geekdom: admiring knitted sweaters in a cheesy sf show** :P. I do love the Trek, though. Mmm, Picard. And Data (he's fully functional, you know).

The day itself was ok, had a big lunch at my aunt's place with a total of 16 family members. There were no fights (for a change!), I didn't overeat too badly (although I did make too much trifle, which was a bit heavy on the sherry or so I'm told), and I got to see everyone. It was pleasant, except for pretty much every single person asking me when P and I are getting married and having kids. Argh. The Xmas is the coolest (weather-wise) that I can remember, it's raining at the moment. Damn climate change, interfering with my laundry schedule.

My yarn from everymoment arrived (via red-headed glamazonian courier in lime-green and turquoise sequinned high heels). It's so lovely, but I'm struggling to find a pattern that will suit it.

Here are some adorable pictures of Puff (warning: the high levels of cute may cause eyeballs to bleed).


Also, here is a recipe for rice salad. I am posting it here as I have received lots of compliments from people who might like to make it themselves. I haven't given quantities, use as much of each ingredient as you like. The end ratio of rice to veg should be 1:1.

Rice rice baby

- cooked brown rice
- mushrooms
- red peppers
- green peppers
- onion (red or brown)
- can of whole kernel corn
- garlic
- soya sauce

Chop your veges. Fry onion and garlic until tender, then add peppers and fry until tender. Add mushrooms and fry until tender. When all the veges are done to your liking, add the rice and fry it all together. Then add soya sauce and mix well. Ta da! You can also add cashews to this, or lentils to make it a complete meal.


* quite pricey compared to our local, not as tasty but a much greater variety. Almost too much variety. It was ok for a treat, but probably won't go there again unless for a special occasion.

** it's a good thing I'm not in Starfleet:

*alarms ringing, lights flashing*
Redshirt: Captain, the Borg are attacking, there's a Klingon Bird of Prey decloaking off the port bow and the holodeck has malfunctioned causing fictional characters to swarm the lower decks!
Me: Is that a C4F or a Cr4L I see on your sweater?
Enterprise: *asplode*


Edit: a good reason to get your pets microchipped.

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We went to see Tropic Thunder last weekend. It might be the most awesome movie I've seen in a while. I'm not saying it's a good movie, or that I would buy it on DVD to rewatch, but it's damn enjoyable. I did get the feeling that it wasn't really "scripted", per se, but more of a general guideline, like "ok, guys, in this scene we need this and this to happen, go!" and then the actors all came up with lines of the top of their heads. If you don't like Ben Stiller and Jack Black, don't go see this. It's halfway between Zoolander and Nacho Libre, I guess.

RD Jr is just awesome as the black dude who's really an Australian in disguise ("I know who I am, I'm the dude playing a dude disguised as another dude"). Ben Stiller basically is Zoolander with a Rambo complex. Look out for Tom Cruise as Les Grossman, he totally steals the movie. He's absolutely hilarious (and I think he made up most of his own dialogue off the bat). Also, see if you can spot all the other film references (lots of war movies, Chaplin).

I seem to have developed RSI in my left wrist from too much knitting. I'm assuming it's from knitting as that's when I first noticed the pain. Time to cut down on my knitting :( and stock up on Ibuprofen. I'll go to the doc if it doesn't get better, apparently surgery is sometimes required. Add the sore wrist (typing makes it sore too) to my recent minor head-surgery and huge work stress and you can guess how happy I am with life at the moment. I feel like I need lots of chocolate mousse, but that's not really fitting in with my trying-not-to-be-so-damn-fat plan.

Last pics

Oct. 8th, 2008 10:08 pm
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Finally done! All uploaded now, go look. I think this is the best picture I took all holiday. It just sums up the English so well. 

Really stressed at the moment. Big SCA event this weekend (bleh....), exams this month and lots of work pressure. I have finished one of my Xmas knitting projects, though :).Now just 4 more to go.

Last weekend was Cara's birthday party. I bought her a pinata and I filled it with sweets. I think the best bit of the party was when Jo (perhaps Duncan?) was swinging wildly with a wooden plank and Hendrik dived to drag his son out of harm's way. I hope there are pics somewhere.

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To avoid offending the delicate sensibilities of those of you with a knitting allergy, I have created a knit-blog [1] where I will murble about lace*[2], camelsilk**[3] and the perils of blocking. Very occasionally there will be a finished object too.

I was surprised (and horrified) to see that one cannot create a new LJ blog in the old Basic account anymore, it's either Plus (with lots of horrible ads) or Paid. Hence the knit-blog in Wordpress, which has a much cleaner look and easier-to-use styling tools.

Also, I seem to have injured my back somehow (srsly, just bending over the bath!). It's really sore and I'm walking like an arthritic geriatric. It's a sad day when the pregnant nurse beats you up the stairs :(.

* omg, it's fiddly and takes really long

** hint hint***

*** Nova Scotia please


Edit: argh, since LJ isn't showing me the popup for web-linking, here they are:

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Things that make me go squee: when my favorite local yarn-dyer makes some cotton sock yarn in shades of green just for me (and posts it to me for free). Just cos I asked nicely and I'm such a fangirl :). And apparently that's just the first lot, she's also got some cotton/bamboo in various greys/blues as well, for manly socks.
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So, our last day in Dorset. Tomorrow we take the train back to London for a quick lunch with Phleep's sister and hopefully [profile] egadfly, then to Heathrow for our evening flight home. I'm sad to be leaving here but really looking forward to my own bed and my babycats.  

Our holiday has been a mixture of irritation, loveliness and rain. We saw some cool places and watched a lot of TV. Best description of an Olympic diver: lemminglike. 

Also, what the hell's with the libraries in Canada? They ban a knitting group but start Scrabble and computer games to attract kids?! 

So, see y'all* soon.

* we passed through a village called Yawl.
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Here is a short run down of what we've done this past week. It would've been longer but Sky shows lots of Star Trek late at night :). Also, I would've put in links but I'm lazy and you can all use Google.

Seen lots of people (Scroobious and husband, Stefi, Claire, Mark, frogmort, Austin and quietly-mad Korean gf Yooen Mi*, Duncan tomorrow, AndRen)**. Went to the Innocent Fete last Saturday, it was awesome. I have millions of pics, courtesy of Mark (my delicious photographer, also does weddings and birthdays but only if all participants are naked) and lots of ferret pics, I'll put them up when I have more time and less Star Trek***. Had a fleeting meeting with local SCA (sorry again about the beer spillage, bend_gules).

Went to see Avenue Q, it's awesome. Featuring such songs as "The Internet is for porn", "Everyone's a little bit racist", "You can be as loud as the hell you want when you're making love" and "It sucks to be me", it's well worth the 30 poond (each) Phleep's work paid for us to see it. I promised bend_gules a review, but suffice it to say that it's really good and funny and everyone should see it. Gay Muppet pron!

Went to the Zoo with Mark, it was lovely. Photos of baby Komodo Dragons ("those are from the Galapagos, innit?" Argh, die morons) and marmosets and giant mantis egg-cases coming soon. Also spent lots of time walking in Regent's Park. I think I might move there as a bergie, it's so lovely. Also, I've discovered an unknown passion for Pimms. Mmmm, Pimms. It even rhymes, see?!

Been doing lots of knitting on tubes and buses, travel just takes so long here. Tomorrow I start my Ravelympics projects, whee. I have one that _has_ to be finished before I leave, I hope it goes well. 

The wedding is this Saturday, I'll post again next week. Until then, hope your weather is better than this humidity and rain. My dad says my cats are pining for me but the weather is lovely. Sigh. Also, I'm glad we're leaving London soon, it's expensive and I'm becoming addicted to sausage.

* yes, yes, the joke has been made often
** I would put in the LJ links, but I'm lazy
*** so probably at the parents, they don't have Sky. If I had Sky I would never leave the house. Maybe that's why so many Londoners get groceries delivered

ps: must remember to rant about how pathetic UK parents are and how badly behaved their kids are and how I could totally snatch one and they wouldn't notice and how they've handed all responsibility for raising their kids to the govmnt.
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Congratulations to Scroobious and the Arminator!!! Wheeee, babies!!! The world needs a constant supply of new toes. Many hugs will be forthcoming in early August.

Also, super-cool to announce it on Ravelry. I'm wondering if I should knit something, or if that will be coals to Newcastle :P.

I post this in lieu of a comment as Blogger doesn't want to know me, pah.


Edit: pics

Panty shot (yes, that's taken while I'm sitting on the loo, SFW)
A greeting-card picture of a kitten and some yarn (NSFW, you might squee loudly)
Mad cablz (the most difficult thing I've knitted yet, also my new favorite yarn - 70% organic cotton/30% bamboo)


Jun. 17th, 2008 02:42 pm
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As promised, pics of the baby cheetah. Sorry for the blur, cheetahs have superior Celerity.

I have been down with the sickness all weekend. Not a bad way to spend a rainy long weekend, though, knitting and snuggling on the couch with kitties and a Phleep. Finished two projects.

The KIPday thing on Saturday was muted. Jezze, her mom and I went through early and sat knitting and drinking coffee till two older ladies arrived (via ads in the newspaper). We left them there, they seemed to be ok. The point of KIPday is that it's a self-running event, people just go somewhere public and knit, no organisers needed. I was somewhat irritated with the number of calls I got asking about craft stalls. If it was a craft market, I probably would've mentioned that in the advert. Hopefully next year will be better and less irritating. I was meaning to go back later in the day to see if more people had arrived, but I fled my niece's party early to go home and sleep and woke up just in time to go have dinner at extemp's. Mmmmm, hot toddy ftw.
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So, there's this craft group meeting that happens once a month in Cape Town. Jezze sent a little announcement of our KIP day event to this group as a private email. One of the ladies on the group, unbeknown to us, has a Cape Times column and asked if she could say something about WW KIP day. Instead she pastes (literally) Jezze's blurb (including her full name and email address) into her column with no fact checking or proof-reading by either of us. Now Chavendish is throwing a fit because I promised the events lady that it would be 10 people, sitting quietly and knitting with no promotions or exhibitions or any paraphernalia. But, because it's been in the media (even though we didn't mean it to) it's classed as an "event" and is not allowed as it might interfere with the people watching rugby in the food court. "Security has been briefed", apparently, and if it turns into 15 people then they'll politely ask them to leave. I'm totally going to email the "journalist" and her editor about how unprofessional this was and how it's fucked up our whole event.

I'm so despondent that I want to cry. How did a small social thing purely for fun turn into a media circus?! The radio guy this morning said he called Cav and they said nothing was happening, so he spoke to a lady in East London instead. I'm going to email him later and say that I'll still give him something, but I'll talk about WW KIP day in general and mention the other events around CT.

Jezze and I are going to go anyway and if more people show up then we'll tell them to move to coffee shops. The idea is that it's a self-running thing, people are just supposed to go somewhere public and knit, there doesn't have to be a reason or an organiser. I'm sad that something that was supposed to be fun and social has turned into something ugly and surreptitious. I also blame Elle for hijacking the day to promote breast cancer awareness with their KIP day kits. I don't begrudge anyone learning about breast cancer, but they've totally given people in SA the wrong idea that the day was organised by them to promote their cause.

The lady from Cav was very nice about it and totally understood that we never meant it to be in the media but she wanted me to understand their POV as a shopping centre and their duty to their tenants and so forth. She is happy to do something next year when it can be organised through the proper channels. But again, that totally defeats the object of just going somewhere public and knitting something for no specific reason. Sigh, why is it so hard to understand that people want to do something with no ulterior motive of promoting/exhibiting/selling something? If I were more of an anarchist I would organise something Flashmob style and try to get as many people as possible just to see what would happen. Totally take over their stupid ass-baring-jeans-wearing teenager-infested hellhole. But I don't want to burn bridges I might need to use next year, even if it's not Chavendish another centre might refuse because of this stunt. 
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It's more of a lifestyle choice.

So, I'm organising this KIP Day event at Cavendish on Saturday (10am in the Food Court, be there!) and it's gotten out to the press. A journo from the Cape Times contacted my accomplice Jezze and said they were doing an article about it (yesterday's paper, I didn't get it dammit). Then today Jezze gets an email from the producer of Cape Talk's morning show who wants to do a telephonic interview with someone tomorrow morning. She asks me if I want to do it, citing her nerves and lack of coherent sentences as a problem* and now I'm going to be on the radio** tomorrow. Yay.

How did I go from "casual knitter of baby jerseys out of cheap crappy yarn***" to "local organiser of knitting events and media personality"?? Eep. Where will it end?! I might have found my "passion".

* I suspect she just didn't want to be up for the 6.45 phonecall :P

** hopefully saying something other than "braaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnns, cofffeeeeeeeeeeee"

*** You know how you can tell a master needleworker by the fact that they look at the back of the worked piece? Well, you can tell a real knitter by the fact that they refer to it as "yarn" and not "wool".


Jun. 3rd, 2008 04:19 pm
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Been musing on creativity lately. I went to this Craft meeting in CT (every month at the Book Lounge) organised via Ravelry. There were 10 ladies there and everyone but me had a creative job. Designers, graphics, hand-made bags, artists and fashion importers. I felt a bit out of it with my boring accounting job. I keep telling myself (and everyone else) that it's boring and not my passion but it pays the bills and gives me money to be creative in my spare time.

One of the ladies I met was Jesse (who, it turns out, live about 3 houses down from me!) and she came to my Sewing Circle last Sunday. I've checked out her blog and she's amazingly creative. An illustrator by trade, she does prints (on fabric and paper), makes bags, knitted toys, lampshades, anything it seems. No wonder my productivity has spiked in the new house, I'm obviously getting runoff from her :P. She even has a graphic novel published! Just wow.

I've spent a lot of time on Ravelry, organising my knitting queue for this year. I've finally finished the Aran of Doom*. Eish, epic. I'm going to knit a quick hat and some booties for a lady at work who's leaving end of June and then I'll do Phleep's dad's things and then maybe something for me. Although, [profile] wolverine_nun has recently given me some Sirdar Baby Bamboo (so lush and delicious, I want to purr when I stroke it against my cheek) so I need to knit a baby jersey now. I'd love to knit something for myself from this (although, these are lavender, so probably another colour) but I'm worried the 20% wool will make me itch.

The point of this post, really, was to show you all this wonderful Gorey-esque blog, A Column Inch (via Jesse's blog).

“Someone’s moved my sewing casket”, grumbled

Mother, descending into the parlour with a hisss.

“Mmmmph… mmmphmmm…mmmph” suggested Edgar

from behind the ornamental rhododendron.

Very cute.

Kitteh update: Puff is back to her old evil self**. I think I actually watched the transformation last night: one moment still kinda sleepy and depressed, the next moment leaping on Phleep's foot and chomping him. Obviously the anaesthetic took 72 hours to wear off. She pulled one stitch out on Monday morning but after liberal application of a bitter spray, she jumps back every time she puts her head near her tummy. It's funny to watch but that stuff is gross, it made me gag.

* but I made the button holes too far apart and only discovered this right at the end. I'm still contemplating undoing the whole band and redoing the buttonholes, but the band took me 4 nights to knit. I'll only see the cardigan once a year but when I do all the work I did the past 4 months will be ruined by the too-far-apart buttons. On the other hand (ha), the recipient has developed arthritis, so might never button it up, in which case it won't be obvious. I've got till the end of July to decide.

** I think I preferred the sedated self. She was loving and cuddling and sweet, I think she was feeling sore and insecure and wanting cuddles and reassurance that we weren't punishing her by letting someone cut out her bits. I feel bad that I locked her in the lounge on Friday night, she must've been so lonely and cold, but I didn't want the other kits playing with her or licking her stitches. Poor little baby :(.
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See, this is why I wanted to become a genetic engineer*: (link courtesy of confluence - I don't know why people feel compelled to send me panda links**, it's like some sort of distributed pandar :P)

In other news, tonight I finish that damn Aran. The sewing up is taking so long, I hate finishing off projects. I think my sewing is very untidy (I should learn to crochet, it's good for neat seams) and it takes so long. Why can't I just sew it on the sewing machine?

* only evil if making small cute things is evil. Alas, AIDS research just doesn't do it for me
** please don't stop
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While innocently looking for pattern books on Kalahari, I came across a collection of "knitting mysteries". Sounds lovely! I must get these. I have a long wishlist of books to get, sigh.

I'm really hooked* on knitting. It must be the onset of cold weather. I'm nearly done with the mother-in-law's Aran cardigan (thank god, I'm so bored of cables already). Then it's on the father-in-law's cable hat and slippers. Then my lovely cotton/bamboo Aran patchwork jacket. Then a jersey for P. Then some kids' stuff. That should take me through to Xmas, when I'll cross-stitch that advent calendar P's mom sent. Then in summer I have plans for a lovely 100% bamboo lacey tunic/blouse/cardigan (I have not yet decided on a pattern**).

I went to a craft meeting at a bookshop in town recently. It was nice to meet knitters who are really _into_ it. Some of them run knitting-related businesses. I was the only person there not in a creative job :(. Oh well, at least I get to fondle baby cheetahs (photos forthcoming).

14 June is World Wide Knit In Public Day. I hope to be hosting an event at a certain bookshop in Claremont. This is also the date of my niece's 2nd birthday (for which P will be wearing a Barney suit - again, pictures forthcoming). And there's a choir concert that night at the City Hall.

Wrote my last exam for this semester this morning, yay! Pwned it.

Tonight off to see the new Indiana Jones movie. Mmmm, whipped. Also, looking forward to my second viewing of Iron Man with [profile] tsukikoneko on Monday. I'm such a Marvel girl :P. DC is full of aaaaangst. Except for Batman, he's cool but still kinda emo. Mmmmm, Christian Bale. He can enter my "bat cave" anytime.

* No, it's not a pun, there are no hooks involved in knitting. I don't do crochet, with its strange mononeedle thing.
** Some people get the pattern, then look for yarn. I see yarn I love and look for something to make from it.

Edit: ok, I love knitting and will willingly buy books on just about any needlecraft, but who the hell writes a book about the history of knitting needle gauges?! Get a real job, slacker! Also, they seem to have spelled it "guage". Kalahari: spelling, you're doing it wrong.


May. 8th, 2008 03:16 pm
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So, it turns out the wedding in August is a morning affair. Thus, my evening outfits just won't work. It's a good thing I asked the groom directly, rather than relying on P's information. I need a dress, probably with flowers on. Likely candidate is this one from Simplicity. Now, I've been clothes shopping recently. I'm a size 20/22. According the the sizing chart of these patterns, though, I'm a 28/30! Wtf. When my clothes size is a higher number than my age, it's time for stomach stapling. Obviously these are just weeord Mirkin sizes. Damn Mirkins with their Size 0.

Also, have you checked out Icanhascheezburger lately? Some really good stuff, man. I'm not addicted to Lolcats, I can stop any time. Srsly.

This one looks like our new little Puffkitten*. She is full of naughty and evil. She's very sweet when she's asleep and for about 5 seconds after you get home and she purrs and loves you like she thought you were _never_ coming home to feed her.

*I still can't embed images. I cut&paste the html, like the site says, but it shows up as text on preview. Sigh. I'm obviously Doing It Wrong.


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