Friday, April 12, 2013

Blanket Edgings

by Kelly

While I was looking for a neat edging for this blanket that I've just finished, I turned, of course, to the Internet, and discovered several beautiful things on Pintrest. The trouble with Pintrest, of course, is that once you've seen the breathtaking photo and decided that you MUST make that blanket / scarf / pillowcover / impossibly difficult cardigan, you have to find the pattern. And finding the pattern may lead you down many obscure Internet pathways, where you will discover even more beautiful things that you absolutely MUST make, right away, if only you could find the pattern.

You see where I'm going here.

An additional problem with Pintrest is that photos break the language barrier. This means that the blogs or sites those photos are from could be written by anyone in the world, with the result that the patterns may be in Dutch (or is that Danish?), Italian, German, Chinese, or possibly something even more obscure. And running these patterns through a translator program is usually an exercise in futility. Trust me on this one.

But here is one of the images anyway, with a link to where I found the pattern. And if you do manage to make one of these, please drop me a line with the pattern you used and save me a lot of hair pulling. Thanks!

via CharAmi

Meanwhile, I'm going to add a shell stitch edging and call it a day. I've wasted enough time on the computer today.

Now, should I continue in the white yarn, for a lacy look, or switch to yellow again?

Monday, April 8, 2013


by Kelly

Today we're going to interrupt our normally scheduled crafting posts to talk about Science!, mostly because I haven't made much photogenic progress on the baby blanket, except for making it quite a bit larger.

Meet the newest member of our extended outdoor family:

The interesting and sciencey thing about this little guy is that he's a red squirrel, but all the other squirrels in the neighborhood are grey. I always thought that red and grey squirrels were separate species. So is there a new family of red squirrels nearby? Or will this baby get grey fur when he's older? Is the gene that gives squirrels red fur a recessive trait that just pops up once in a while? Am I the only one who finds this stuff interesting? I know our cat is interested in squirrels, but I think his fascination is a little less abstract than mine.

Oh, and there's another sciencey thing we've done lately - we bought a Fallout Shelter sign from American Science and Surplus. It was actually an afterthought, because the thing about AS&S is that your order has to total a certain amount or they won't ship. Since most things in the catalog are $5 or under, this can sometimes be a challenge, and we often have to pass the catalog back and forth between us for a while before we can come up with enough stuff so they will ship the few things that we actually want/need. And so now we have a Fallout Shelter sign. What on Earth will we do with it?? Time will tell....

Oh, and as for the other item in that picture above, that's the free gift you will receive if you can identify the April Fool's Day item in their printed catalog. Hint: the fake item isn't this one.

What will we do with a Hurry-Up Hamster? We have even less use for this free item than the one we got last year, which was a semi-functional chocolate bar shaped calculator. We tried to give the hamster to our cat, but when it was squeaking and running around on the floor, he minced around it warily, much like a bomb tech investigating an abandoned piece of luggage at an airport waiting area.

I suppose I'll just toss it in the large basket of other unloved cat toys. Unless I sell it on Ebay. I've managed to sell some surprising things on Ebay, so that might just be worth a shot.

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