Saturday, October 30, 2010
Yay new project. And nope, not feeling guilty about ignoring the numerous UFOs. Why am I not feeling guilty?
1. Life's too short, and
2. It's a sweater, so it's going to be very useful
Ok, so maybe there's a tiny bit of guilt, but I've never made myself a sweater! Which possibly should add to the guilt, but it's not... Perhaps it's just because the pattern name is Wicked, and I'm feeling a little contradictory... Hmmm.
Yarn: New Lanark
Pattern: Wicked by Rachel Bishop
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Have I ever mention that during college I was the president of Cheese Lovers United for three years? Not only the president, but the president and founder. And yes, there were other members. Yay liberal arts education! The cheese club is a whole 'nother blog post though.
This time I'll just leave you to ponder the pincushion I just listed:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I was selling at another craft fair yesterday and ran into two people I knew fro craft clubs, one person I took a class with, 2 people who knew me from the bead fair and one who had bought a pincushion from me in the last fair.
It must be crazy for the people who've actually lived in this city for more than a year!
Do you live in a small town? Do you ever get used to running into people you know?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
So I thought this week I'd do a bit of cross-stitch. I wanted to do something I could keep by my crafting corner. Something short, something relevant, something that would inspire me and motivate me.
And this is what I came up with:
Let's see how effective it is :)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The day started off clear, bright, crisp, and very cold. And then it turned into cloudy and cold. It feels like winter already!
This is a wonderful doorway!
Really I think everyone should have their own coat of arms. Mine perhaps would be a hedgehog and a piece of cheese.
It's amazing to think that people once lived here.
Queen of Scots stayed at Craigmillar a few times! Though once you visit a few castles though you realize that nearly all of the surviving castles had housed royalty at one point or another.
Am I the only one who thinks old latrines are fascinating?
This is the inside of a dovecot:
So that was Craigmillar Castle! Where to next?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The other day I saw these individual silicone cupcake molds at Pound Land (and for my American friends who are wondering - yes, it really is called Pound Land). I haven't made cupcakes in ages. Or at least I don't remember making them. I do oddly enough remember having cupcake liners at one point, but I don't actually remember making them. Perhaps I didn't make them with icing (why would I bother to remember naked cupcakes?) ...
In any case, I poo-poohed any concerns I had about getting cancer from baking in 99 pence silicone and made some cupcakes this evening!
Apparently mixing coco powder and green food coloring in your butter icing produces yoda cupcakes! (cupcakes I like)
As you can see I was too eager to consume it to actually apply the icing in a neat and pleasing manner. Tasted good though.
And then I made a little pincushion, one with considerably neater icing. And sprinkles. And it's full of fibre. And I don't have to actively ignore it's fat content (or lack thereof).
(it will be on sale on etsy tomorrow).
Saturday, October 09, 2010
My first attempt looked brown and withered. I'm a California girl. Back where I'm from we have green alive leaves and brown dead ones.
And really, when Autumn arrives here I'm usually too obsessed with the change of temperature than the change in trees.
But the leaves are quite pretty, aren't they?
Do you notice the changes in season?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
And I wasn't completely idle and bored for all of that time.
Here's a few of the things I made:
And I read a book (Oliver Sacks) and I'm half-way through two others (another Oliver Sacks and Subversive Stitch (it's about the history of embroidery and femininity)) and I'm a bit better at the ukulele.
So now, looking back, I'm wondering what all that whining was about. Um, no, wait. In half an hour I'll have to recharge this battery and won't be able to use the computer for a few hours. *whine*.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's blogs again, and see what I've missed these past few weeks!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
And I can vaguely remember what it looks like too - a mushroom with a white stem and red top.
I got this little spool at a charity shop on Tuesday, and after 5 minutes of the normal thing you do with these (I was surprised that it really was knitting! but with metal loops instead of knitting needles, which, you know, makes sense since it's called a knitting spool ...) I decided it might be a little more interesting to try and knit around one of my felted cords with sewing thread.
I'm not sure what I expected, but this isn't it:
Hmmm. Looks a little like some worm from another planet.
But I suppose you never know until you try!
Monday, October 04, 2010
The other side now has a Saint Andrew's Cross! (Scotland's flag)
And just a little update - nope, I still do not have a computer, which might actually explain why I'm now finding plastic bags to be fascinating and blog-worthy...