Favorite Videos: “Plastic Surgery,” Adam and the Ants

•July 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Another day, another row of rib stitch, another hour of trying not to split my incisions. Whoever said knitting was good for stress and long-term projects were good for recovery never had my life.

*turns the music up*

Nearly there…

•July 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment


13 inches finished for a tank top that can be anywhere from 18-22″. If I bound it off now, it would be a near tube top — and, with the warm summer weather we’ve been having — it’s a  tempting prospect.

Sterling silver meets silver solder…

•July 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment


I’ve been taking more time to practice with the soldering iron in between longer projects. This time I decided to swap out my usual 18 gauge copper wire with 12 gauge sterling silver. 

I used my wire cutters to trim a 14″ piece from the batch I bought from Amazon. The wire is half round, which made it easy to wrap and hammer. When it came time to solder the two ends shut, it got a little hinky (particularly since the mandrel is steel and heated as easily as the silver). Note: for this kind of work, use heat resistant work gloves.


Still, I think it turned out pretty good! I might try a sulfur dioxide patina on my next one, just to see how it looks with the silver.

What do you guys think?

An old friend to carry you through…

•June 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment


While long projects, medical issues, and the current political climate in both America and the U.K. have me cloistered and irritated, I’ve taken to bringing one of my crochet plushies with me wherever I go each day. Lately, it’s been SPG.

Everyone needs a Glaswegian hamster to cheer them up once in a while.

Favorite Videos: “All the Young Dudes,” Mott the Hoople

•June 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Being a queer lady in America has been rough the past two days. Fair reminder to my straight brothers and sisters: the best revenge may be a life well-lived, but we have to actually be alive for it.

I’m knitting and grieving and, in between, I’m screaming. At the end of the day (the week, the year, this lifetime), I’ll still be standing up.

Three weeks on…

•June 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment


… and we’ve gone from 3″ of ribbing to six.

In my defense, the stitches are 3.5mm and there are only 320 of them.

Back to the drawing board (bad kitty)…

•June 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

So, I ended up remaking my favorite necklace this week.

I’ve had projects fall apart on me before — jewelry projects are particularly prone to wear and tear — this time, however, was a special case.

Our bad cat (looking deceptively not bad here) has a habit of scratching us, biting our visitors, chewing on our comic books, “hunting” for discarded socks and plush toys in the middle of the night. Usually, I just say he’s in the right house. However, he outdid himself this week when he managed to chew my necklace to bits in the space of time it took me to brew a pot of coffee. I made sure none of the polymer clay bits were in his mouth or his belly, then I started shouting.

One day and an hour of work later, all’s forgiven. Because 1) it gave me a reason to shop for Sculpey polymer clay to replace the stuff I had been using (better quality, more flexible, cuts better, stores better), and 2) the stuff I ended up buying was closer to the leather pride flag’s actual color scheme.

It makes me wonder if kitty didn’t know what he was doing all along. (“Mummy used the wrong shade of blue… -nom nom nom-“)

 
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