Boo is covered

The diapers are officially finished. Here and some of them in his drawer and some hanging on the line in the basement. Hopefully we’ll be able to hang them outside this summer. I still have bunches of fabric left, but I think I will save that in case we wear through any of them. I’ve had to do a quick repair or two, quality control was more interested in napping on the fabric than in inspecting the workmanship.

Saturday’s Survey 03/13

I had a busy week on the crafting home-front. I finished up cloth diapers for Boo. He now has 25 homemade ones and 6 purchased ones. I’m using the purchased ones for overnight as they seem a bit more absorbent. I may make more, I need to get the too-small diapers out of rotation and have two or three days at home to evaluate the quantity. I have plenty of fabric to make conservatively 15-20 more. I can’t see needing anywhere near that many. I’d like to save the fabric to make smaller or larger sizes in the event we need other sizes. The ones I made have hook and loop closures so that it grows with Boo, hopefully to as big as he needs.

I won a contest from The Counting Sheep Farm. I get a surprise box along with some superwash fiber I ordered. I’ve been participating in a stash down contest. Please don’t ask why I am buying more fiber while I am stashing down, I just am. I wanted some sock yarn and I don’t want to spin wool that I have to hand wash, so I saw she had some superwash on sale. The only contest is to challenge ourselves to knit/spin from the stash. We earn points that we can redeem in the store for a percentage of one item or several depending on the number of points we redeem. I added points this week by wrestling with my works in progress. Along the way Rachel, of Counting Sheep, offers mini-contests where we can earn coolie prizes. Stay tuned for pictures of what’s in my goodie box. To participate in the stash down for points and win any contests you must be a member of Ravelry and join the group for Counting Sheep Farm.

I finished a dishcloth that had been on the needles because I ran out of yarn. I finally found the yarn and reunited it with the dishcloth. I’ve made a bunch of these garterlac dishcloths. Feel free to search the archives for more. It’s a neat looking dishcloth that let’s one practice enterlac easily without fear of messing up “good” yarn.

I also finished my first handspun project, a hedgehog. I spin the brown belly and creamy paws. There is actually one strand of homespun brown knit with one strand of fun fur, but it’s difficult to see in the pictures. There are no eyes or nose because Boo is too small to have those pieces on his toys. He seems to like to grab at the fun fur, much the same as he grabs at the furbabies in the house. At least with the hedgehog he’s not hurting anyone.


A review: The Interrogative Mood

by Padgett Powell
Here is where I usually link to a reading/discussion guide or two, I’m not really sure one needs a guide. The book, itself, is a guide to discussion.

a summary
A book of questions, sometimes the questions relate to those before and after sometimes not.

a review
I couldn’t read very much of the book at a time, it overwhelmed my brain to the point of pain. The the more I read, the less nonsensical the paragraphs seem so I am able to read more at a time. I have found that skipping forward and back to be the best way for me to enjoy the book. I wish there was an index so I could find exact questions again. If you have someone in your life you’d like to know better, grab a copy and have a go at it. I think I would rate this book for adults, some of the questions I wouldn’t want to explain to my 5 year old even though I don’ have a five year old. I may add this to my library if I happen upon a copy for a reasonable amount of money.

A few of my favorite questions, copyright of course belongs to the author, quoted here only to entice others to read it.

  • Would a catastrophic global war be required to restore us to simple living? p17
  • Have you any skills in the area of weaving or knitting? p35
  • Do you miss Tab and do you fully understand its disappearance? p43
  • Can you knit? p61
  • Would it be reasonable to ask someone if he or she has a favorite musical note? p66
  • Why is a banana yellow and not banana? p67


Wool 100%

I started a list of movies I wanted to watch in August of 2007 and when I remember to find them at the local rental place, I watch them. The list was growing because the movie place doesn’t get all the movies that come out during the year. We started a Netflix trial subscription this week and my first movie arrived. Now my list is online and the movies are delivered to my door, two out at a time. We’ve tentatively split them one for me and one for husband. Wool 100% is the first movie I requested.

I saw something mentioned on a forum I frequent about Wool 100% and put it on the list. I knew next to nothing about it except it featured knitting. I’m glad it’s a Netflix movie, I’d feel horrible borrowing it for $3 at the local place. It was quite entertaining, but definitely out there. It’s a Japanese movie subtitled in English. The movie opens with children singing a song to two elderly sisters about a sheep eating an apple and the wool turning red as a result. These two elderly sisters collect things that others discard but rarely does anyone see them. They have been collecting for sometime. Their house is covered inside and out with the treasures they find. The treasures are gently wiped clean and drawings of the them are systematically cataloged special books.1 One of the treasures they collect is a bunch of red yarn. The yarn leads a young girl to their house. When she finds the red yarn she spends a bit of time knitting the yarn into a garment of some sort, tries it on and screams, “Damn! I have to knit it all over again.” This one of the odd parts of the film, she seems to have supernatural powers at this point because her screams are deafening as well as haunting. Over the course of the movie she rips out her knitting and knits the sweater/dress/garmentagain many times.2 The ladies call her “Knit Again” because she doesn’t say anything other than variations on having to knit the garment again. She won’t stop to knit, so they feed her, she won’t wash so they wipe down her legs, arms and face several times. While she knits the red yarn, the two sisters go on a walk down memory lane remembering their childhood and early adulthood. If you can put reality aside and watch a movie for the beautiful art work and creative story line, go for this one. If you need a bit of reality, steer clear.

1 which caused me to wonder why hebrew, japanese, chinese and alike are read right to left and we English speakers go left to right I wasn’t interested in an answer, just a question
2 makes me wish I had counted how many times she ripped it out, I’ve been known to rip out what appears to be perfectly good knitting many times