Saturday, September 13, 2008


I don't text.

Partly, that's because I've discovered that the texting feature for my mobile doesn't seem to work and it would take time that I do not have to get the situation remedied.

Mainly, however, it's because my nails are too long and my vision is entirely too poor!

I've decided that texting from my mobile would require me to wear one of those enormous magnifiers around my neck - the kind that your grannie probably uses when she does needlework. Not exactly a trendsetting accessory and nothing that I'd be caught dead wearing in public. Unless they make them in black.

As for the fingernails.... I understand why the fashion is for short, short nails. It's hard enough for me to enter the correct phone number - entering an entire message is perfectly ridiculous! I clearly wouldn't last 5 minutes as a contemporary twelve-year-old.

Hmmm.........What I really need is a personal assistant. Someone to text for me.

Must get working on that!

After my polish dries.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Latest Crochet Project

This is my new "Water Lilies" shawl.

I have already made a scarf and pair of mitts, using this yarn and the same stitch pattern. The stitch pattern is comprised of interlocking fans made in double crochet and has long been one of my favourites. Not only does it work up very quickly but it's extremely simple to do. If you can make a Granny Square, you can do this! The only stitches required are: chain stitch, single crochet & double crochet (US).

I was working with an inexpensive yarn that I purchased simply because I liked the colour. As I worked, the variegated patches of greens and blues with ivory fans reminded me of Monet's water lilies. After I crocheted the scarf and mitts, I decided to use the remainder of the yarn to make a shawl to keep my shoulders cozy while I'm studying.

Here is a detail of the stitch pattern.

See how the clusters suggest leaves and lilies?

That's one of the things that I enjoy about crocheting with variegated yarns - they can be used to make really interesting patterns. Of course, if you work entirely in one stitch, the yarn will stripe - just like it does when you knit row upon row. I'm not really a big fan of stripes so I prefer to use those yarns for a more random look.

Suburban Wildlife: Tortoise Edition

This morning, I spotted this visitor to our backyard.
He was moving at quite a clip, too!
All of that stuff about tortoises being slow....sounds like rabbit propaganda, to me!