Thursday, September 25, 2008

I am a sock knitting fiend

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Stripey green socks: a pair but not matching (in that the stripes are a random arrangement of greens and blues, with the cuff, heel and toes all in the same green). I am a little in love with the repeating yellow stripes in between each blue/green length.

Another multi-coloured stripey pair of socks commissioned by one of my classmates after seeing the first multi pair I knitted for myself. I am surprised by the amount of yarn I seem to have amassed in the stash since learning to knit three or four years ago (The Bloke taught me in about fifteen minutes, after my mother told me - on her 4th or 5th attempt to impart knitting skills -
that I was unteachable :) Three pairs of scrappy socks have diminished the stash somewhat, of sockish yarn at least.

Now I should return to the black shrug I abandoned at exactly the halfway point of the back, after running out of steam for knitting an apparently endless round of black, black and oooh, black. Perhaps I can convince myself that since I'm halfway, it's all downhill from here. Or else cast on another pair of socks!

Oh, and I've discovered a way to get me over second sock syndrome, a malady to which I am all too prone. I cast on the first cuff, knit to the heel flap, put that aside and knit the second cuff, knit to the heel flap, go back to the first sock and knit the heel, pick up the second sock and knit the heel, knit the first foot and toe, then - ta da! - all I have left is the second foot (I just typed 'food' instead of 'foot' three times - must be hungry) and toe and I have a complete pair of socks, painlessly. And no poor abandoned first socks languishing for want of their mate.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

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Inkblot mozzie, anyone? Now I've got the "Louie the fly" song stuck in my head :)

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Blotting my (copy)book

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My drawings-a-day were getting a bit stale, so I thought I'd try some inkblots to jolt me out of my rut. The bird and the dog work quite well, but the poor creature above is rather unfortunate. Give me a Rorschach and I give you - roadkill? Perhaps he's just been flattened inside the book, like a faded flower.


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Hmm, another unplanned and long blog hiatus = end of term madness. Two weeks of time off classes ahead of me = bliss. Much as I love school, I need a bit of head clearing space!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Brain failing, no subject heading

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Still drawin'...

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The beat goes on

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Hmm, that was an unintentionally long and unplanned blog break! Things continue apace - usually breakneck - here at Chez Exploding Brain. Our (that's the class, not the royal 'we') printmaking exhibition opening night went off swimmingly with a large crowd in attendance - we hold the record for number of wine bottle opened and consumed :) Several pieces have sold, but sadly not any of mine. The exhibition looked great (should have, took six of us four hours to hang!) and there have been many compliments. Now the class is gearing up for our Graduate
Exhibition in mid October, just a few short weeks away. But we do have a two week term break beginning on the 19th - just one more week! I need to work on getting my serenity vibe back...