Archive for April, 2013

My kind of furniture

April 30, 2013

Meet the Bibliochaise.  And the Bibliopouf.

bibliochaise

 

The chair holds 5 metres of books.   It comes in three versions, laquered in black or white, with other colours possible on request.  The cushions are cotton, leather, or furry leather with removable/washable covers in a wide range of colours.

 

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That’s a whole lot of books.

The pouf holds 1.4 metres of books, and comes in the same design range.  It can go with the chair or stand alone.

bibliopouf

 

Both are products of the .nobody&co. design studio in Milan, established by Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari, who began working together as an advertising team before they turned to design.  They have a bunch of other stuff in their catalog, including odd storage solutions, chairs with missing parts and an intriguing looking thing called a scroll table.   Next month, in May 2013,  they are presenting a new line – The Rainbow Circle – in a prestigious exhibition in London.

But they are best known for the biblio set.

What a brilliant solution to having a large stash of  books!  I would probably have to get rid of a few other chairs (or other things) to fit this in, but it would be worth it, no?

Should I add it to my wish list?  Or perhaps my bucket list?   I would have to check if it’s comfy first….  OK, so who wants to buy one for themselves so I can try it out?

Now if I can just find another chair that would hold all my knitting projects, I would be all set.  The ultimate home furnishings.

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I’ll remember that, no need to write it down.

April 29, 2013

Famous last words.

I really should know better.

I have a mystery.

Back in 2010, I received a lovely Chanuka swap package from Marielle in Pennsylvania.  Included in the package was a rainbow skein of Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus.   I fell in love with it.

mocha plus rainbow

I searched for a pattern for it, and found what I thought was the perfect pattern, but one skein wasn’t enough.  So I ordered two more online, so I would have enough to knit this perfect pattern.   The yarn arrived, and I stored it with the first skein, waiting to cast on until after I finished some WIPs.

I reorganised my stash the other day, and noticed the Mochi Plus, still waiting patiently.   (Yes, it has been a little over 2 years.  What’s your point?)  The only problem is… I can’t for the life of me remember what pattern I bought it for.   I have searched my queue, and it seems I neglected to note which pattern I intended this yarn for.  I don’t even know if I actually queued the pattern.   None of the aran weight patterns in my queue jump out as “perfect” for this yarn – and none of them call for the amount of yarn I was careful to order.

Well, piffle.

Looks like  a new pattern search is called for.  Hat.  Spiral/swirl type, maybe?  Cowl.  Some slip-stitch pattern?  Or a wave pattern.  Scarf.  Wavy Baktus could be interesting.  Slipper-socks?  Not the most durable yarn for that.  And not mitts, I already have rainbow mitts, with enough of that yarn left over to make kidlet a pair too.

The rainbow yarn is stunning with a solid colour for a stained glass effect.  Or alternating stripes.  But that would mean buying more yarn.

I see this will take some time.  I wonder if I’ll ever remember what I wanted this for in the first place.

Note to self:    Next time, write it down!!!  And in a place you’ll find it again.  (I’m having a spell of all kinds of things going missing.  Where nothing is where I put it, or thought I put it.  Where I was sure I put it.   But that’s another story.)

Any ideas??

HeadScratchingCartoon

 

A New Toy! Um… Tool!

April 28, 2013

I am typing this post with my brand new computer.  Sitting in a café while waiting to pick up kidlet from where she’s visiting friends out of town.

Now, you’re going to laugh, but for all the years I have been online I have only had desktop computers.  This is my very first laptop, and I’m busy learning everything.  (Once I got through the rather embarassing moments of trying to open the wrong side.  But you didn’t hear that, right?)  Ahem, yes.  Learning everything.  Including trying to figure out Windows 8 after having worked for years with nothing newer than xp on my old dinosaur that died.

I do enjoy a challenge.

I did pick up a little mouse for the laptop, but right now it’s put away, I want to get the feel for this without the old familiar toys.  The shop threw in a nice headset and a computer bag, which was nice.  I also got the newest Office, which will take some getting used to as well.  And there are miscellaneous ports and burners and card readers and all that fun stuff.  Yes.

Oh my, I do like the portability.

I have great plans for this new acquisition.  But first I’m having a whale of a time setting things up to my satisfaction.  Is it silly to be so tickled about it?

Now to keep kidlet’s paws off of it.

laptop lady

 

Heat. Hat. Turkey.

April 27, 2013

Aaaaand….we’re back to a heat wave.  I don’t remember April being so extreme before.

Puppy can’t stand the heat, she refuses to go on long walks.  Just quickly strolls to her favourite area outside, and then hurrys back in to lie on the cool floor.

Kidlet’s hat is going quickly, although I’ve been too busy in the house to knit much.  Did more while out yesterday.  Actively brainwashing recruiting teaching the young – went to a lovely birthday party in the forest (Happy Birthday,  Marina!!) and two of the children were fascinated by my knitting.  We made the stitch markers “leap” from one needle to another “telling me what to do”, naming colours,  they took turns holding and playing with the cable needle when I didn’t need to use it (the little boy even named it), and they helped me count.   So progress was made.

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Today I’m doing some experimenting in the kitchen.  Got some lovely turkey breast meat at the market, cut in cubes and probably meant for skewering and grilling.  I’m making a turkey stew with it.   Onion, celery, baby carrots, potatoes, corn and turkey in chicken stock.  Seasoned only with marjoram.

turkey stew

I’m using baby corn, because kidlet loves it.  I don’t know why, it always seems terribly bland to me, not nearly as flavourful as fresh corn or even canned sweet corn.  The only time I like it is in a strongly seasoned dish.   (If anyone has any ideas on how to make it edible as a side dish, I’d be glad to hear ’em.)

Let’s hope the evening brings a cool breeze.  Or something.

Taking the Bucket List a step further

April 26, 2013
(Notice I said “further” and not “farther”.  Know why?  The easy to remember trick is to use “farther” for physical distance and “further” for metaphorical, or figurative, distance. It’s easy to remember because “farther” has the word “far” in it, and “far” obviously relates to physical distance.  Grammar lesson over now, back to the post…)

There have been many versions of the Bucket List idea.  In 2004 Richard Horne published his book 101 Things To Do Before You Die, and it spawned a slew of similar lists, from 101 movies to see to 101 places to visit, 101 dishes to try, and on and on.  I even blogged a Knitting To-Do List.  In 2007 the film The Bucket List was released starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman about two terminally ill men who take off on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”.

A Bucket List can be filled with serious things, frivolous things, a mixture of the two, or just about anything else.    Many versions have you make your list, print it out, and then check things off as you accomplish them.  There is even a website, Bucketlist.org, that is an online resource for maintaining and keeping track of your list.  There are many resources out there with thousands of  suggestions for your bucket list.   One helpful list of questions:

  • What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?
  • What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
  • What countries, places or locations do you want to visit?
  • What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  • What do you want to see in person?
  • Whom would you like to meet in person?
  • What achievements do you want to have?
  • What experiences do you want to have / feel?
  • What special moments do you want to witness?
  • What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?
  • What are the most important things you can ever do?
  • What would you like to say/do together with other people? People you love? Family? Friends?
  • What do you want to achieve in the different areas:  Social, Love, Family, Career, Finance, Health, Spiritual?
  • What do you need to do to lead a life of the greatest meaning to you?

A bucket list covers your own personal goals and dreams, but most importantly, reflects your personal values.  If nothing else, making a list helps you define your value system.

My business management course instructor assigned us a slightly different slant to the Bucket List exercise this week.  He broke it down into two steps.  The first step is to create your “101 List”.  Make it as detailed and specific as possible.    Then for a second step he suggested we imagine we’re now 70 years old, and everything on our bucket list has been achieved or accomplished.   Then write a description of our life at this point, in the first person and in the present tense.  The result is what can be described as our vision.

He noted that we should go over our list on a regular basis, updating, adding, removing.  Our visions can change.

I think the younger folks in the group (19-30) were actually more challenged to create their list.  Those of us already a lot closer to 70 (50-60) seemed to be much more confident or at ease about what would be on our lists.   Some were concerned that their lists would show not their values, but rather values that they had been (sometimes rigorously) taught which they weren’t completely comfortable with.

One young fellow brought up the point that “101 things we want” was way too large a number.  He protested that he had no idea what would get him to that number, since he is not terribly interested in a lot of money or material things.   Others had lots of advice for him.  I suggested something along the lines of one of the items that is definitely going on my list, which is “Find one thing each day that brings me joy – a flower, a song, an idea, a smile, etc.”  I think another one of my items will be “Laugh at least once every day.”

Those are two on my list, and I’m working on the rest.  I’ll try and share more as I go.

What’s the most important thing you would put on your list?  (Other than being healthy?)

Back on track

April 25, 2013

Yesterday’s rest helped.  Just needed to turn off.  Was functioning again today, got a few things on my list done.  Not everything.  But enough that I felt good.  Could still do with some more recharging, but we’re back in business.

My Rainbow Hands and Ducks is finished, just needs to be blocked.  I want to get that done this weekend.  Finished most of it while I was waiting for kidlet to get out of school the other day, sipping chai latte.   I only had about a foot of yarn left when I finished binding off, which worked out well.  I used the sewn bind-off, which I don’t usually do – but I really like the control it gives over the tension and it’s a great match for the long tail cast-on.

waiting

Kidlet has been bugging me about a new hat.  I’ve been showing her patterns, and finally she chose what she wanted.  She had a hard time deciding on going with a plainish ribbed hat or a cabled one, tight fitting or slouchy.  The only thing she absolutely knew was that it has to have a pompom.  Yarn shopping wasn’t so successful, she didn’t see the exact colour she wanted anywhere.  But when I popped into a local crafts shop to get something else, I took a look at their yarns  (all acrylic or cotton, this isn’t where I usually yarn shop…) and saw a colour that was just what she had been going on about.  Bought it, and when she saw it she pronounced it perfect.

inbalit granada

So today, in between dealing with various bureaucratic issues,  I cast on for the Minty Molly hat for her.  It should knit up quickly.

minty molly brim

Waiting impatiently for the new shipment from the Smart Ass Knitters World Domination Club – of course I’ve checked out the spoilers thread and can’t wait to start the new pattern!!

I suppose I shouldn’t really stalk the mail carrier, right?  It would be rude?

Yeah, I thought so.  I’d better just knit and stay out of trouble.  (Ha.)

Temporarily Out of Service

April 24, 2013

I broke today.

Woke up to crisis mode.  I often wake up to crisis mode.  Efforts to help were met with anger and verbal abuse.  And I just Didn’t. Have. The. Strength. to deal with it.

So I broke.  And cried.

I turned off the cell phone.  Left it on the table in the living room.  Left my bag, and everything else.  Took my house key and walked out.

I didn’t walk far.  I can’t walk far.  Found an isolated bench in the park and just sat.

I thought some.  I dozed some.  I watched a lizard as it alternately darted from rock to rock and paused to sun itself.  Those suckers can really move fast.  A park worker came by picking up trash with his stick and we said good morning.  He began to tell me some of his grievances with his job and what he planned to tell his boss.  I smiled and nodded.  Satisfied, he moved on.

I wondered what was happening at home, but decided I didn’t have the energy to care.

I just sat and tried to recharge the batteries.

Didn’t want to think.  Didn’t want to worry.  Didn’t want to fight.  Didn’t want to knit.  Didn’t want to read.

Around noon I went back.  Partner had been frantically trying to reach me by phone, but kidlet had stayed in her room, hadn’t bothered to check if I was even there.

Settled in on the couch.  Napped on and off.  Turned the cell back on.

At some point I read some.  Finished one book.  Started another.  Got through the first chapter and put it down.

Made myself something simple to eat.  Kidlet’s angry that I’m not cooking.  Plenty of stuff in the kitchen that she can fix for herself, but she wants one of her favourite dishes that I make.  So she’s acting the martyr.  Tough.

Partner wants to help.  Keeps asking me if I want her to do this or that.  She doesn’t quite get that I’m not making decisions today.  Not telling anyone else what to do or not to do.

Irresponsible?  Probably.  Childish?  Possibly.

**shrug**

I’ll be back tomorrow.  I’ll be functioning again, at some level at least.  I won’t be fighting.  I won’t be taking on anyone else’s responsibility.  But I’ll be back.

Right now I just need life to leave me alone for a minute so I can breathe.

Peace.

Accio Pottering !

April 23, 2013

Have you “pottered” yet?

Pottering is one of the newer memes floating around the net, especially on facebook, but also on other social sites as well.

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Based on Quiddich, of course.  To perform pottering, get someone to snap your picture as you jump up in the air or off of something while straddling a broom, hoping to get a good photograph that looks like you’re playing in a Quiddich game, or just having a wizardly zoom around on your broom….

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Good fun with friends.

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Or solo efforts

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Some have obviously been photoshopped to add to the effect,  some are questionable.

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(I love that one…)

Some get cropped for better effect.

cropped pottering

(And here’s the whole shot…)

longshot pottering

(Which also looks like fun…)

I haven’t yet joined in the pottering craze, but I’m considering it.  Maybe figure out a way to have my knitting with me on the broom?   Hm.

Have fun with another collection of pottering peeps:

 

Want to try?

Clouds A-Creeping

April 22, 2013

On the trip to kidlet’s school this morning we were treated to a wonderful sight.  Clouds filled the sky – white clouds, gray clouds, dark black rain clouds.  And between them glimpses of very blue sky.

But what was interesting, and what prompted me to tell kidlet to get out the camera and start snapping, was the fact that many of the clouds were just sitting low on the hillsides, like little pockets of fog while we drove by below.

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From a distance, as we approached, it even looked like smoke from a fire.  But no, it was clouds.

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The lower clouds burned off later, and there was more sun, but the higher clouds still remained, at times sending showers of rain down in between the sunny moments.

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Still weird weather for April, but at least intriguing.

 

More knitting in ads???

April 21, 2013

Browsing through the Ikea website, I found this room in the youth section.

ikea ad

I love that the young man is knitting, and look at all the yarn bombing in the room!

Knitting seems to be showing up in an increasing number of ads and commercials.

There’s this commercial for Kilbeggan whiskey:

And this one

What is it with the drinking and knitting???  Smirnoff had to get in on the act as well:

Now Yoplait doesn’t seem to be a fan of knitting so much…

Heating and Plumbing join the bandwagon

Of course, not all the folks in these ads are actually knitting, some are just making motions with their arms/hands…but some are.

Sudafed has a knitted commercial, as opposed to a knitting commercial

(OK, the inside of the head made me laugh….green yarn mucus???  Ew!)

With all of this, I still encounter people who see me knitting and say things like “Oh, I didn’t think people still knitted!”  And today the security guard at the mall saw my knitting in my  bag and asked me if I was kidlet’s grandmother.  Because only grandmothers knit, right?  Kidlet’s mouth dropped open, and she told him “This is my mother!!”  And as we walked away she looked at me and said “Ouch!”  (I just laughed – thought it was pretty funny, actually.)

Keep the ads coming, companies, we’ll get through to everyone that we’re everywhere.

Breaking News.  Knitters take over the world.