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Fingers worn to nubs

I’m still crochet-ing stuff. Scarves, hats, doll blankets. At new year there was also an impromptu teddy bear jumper as well, in festive red and green. No, there are no photos. its hideous. Teddy loved it.
The latest thing, because hey, who needs spare time, is a crochet blanket for my godsons sister. Lets call her K.
I decided to go with the Wool Eater by Sarah London

I let K pick the colours.
Basically she found every ball of pink wool in the local hobbicraft. Every single one!






Adipose (R) ex

My Dr Who adipose has suffered a bursting, from an over extended eyeball. resulting in brain matter oozing from the cavity in a toothpaste like swirl.
Alas, I rinsed out his flabby carcass , trying to work out if I could refill him and provide a duct tape eyepatch.
Adam put his hide in the freezer, resulting 3 hours later in wobbly frozen jelly vileness.
Its disgusting.
I shall keep him



There was a long discussion the otherday about what, exactly, one calls a crochet-er. Which doesnt sound right. Crocheteer? Crochet-er ?

I voted for hooker, which was surprisingly unpopular with the masses. Can’t imagine why.

As you may gather from this, I decided that I wasnt going to mess my wrists up with NaNoWriMo this year. Heck no. Instead I have resumed crochet. Because who needs carpal tunnels anyway?

I started small, in october, with a few balls of yarn from my mum’s old stash, and a packet of hooks from amazon, plus my old metal ones. Then I visited strontian with the parental units, and found .

Yarn was purchased. recycled sari silk to be precise. And a wooden hook 7mm.

And then I got Stitch and bitch crochet from amazon which led me further into misadventure. Then hobbicraft was having a three-for-the-price-of-two sale on yarn.

So, anyway, I have a laundry basket full of acrylic, cotton, silk and wool, and a mission!

I volunteered to make topical christmas hats for my team of 5 at work. And also anyone else who I can inflict crochery on. ( siblings, neices, nephews , passers by )

I discovered that when I follow a pattern I get mutated-yarn boggles. Or hats that can be worn as sweaters

On the other hand, .if I sit and noodle, it turns out okay. I’ve learned specific stitches and techniques from youtube, ravelry, etc. But on the whole, I’m making it up as I go along. And infecting others.

( Sis B is now into headbands and flowers in a BIG way . If anyone wondered what they were getting for xmas )

I, on the other hand have constructed :-

  • Purple beanie n scarf in shell & Half double (usa)
  • Two black/blue beanies. One in appropriate size for 9-12 in single crochet stripes. And then a much bigger one in back post crochet stripes when realising that Nephew B has a very large head.
  • A green beanie in what might be some sort of popcorny stitch, which is made of 5 triples in the same stitch.
  • A hat which slightly resembles a jellyfish, in mohair & pink fuzz
  • A fuzzy lamb- like thing. With ears.
  • A santa hat, ripped open to show a crochet brain, complete with small zombie nomming on the grey matter, itself with its own santa hat.
  • Grey, black and white cloche made from unbelievably thick acrylic wool ( super toasty )
  • Dalek! with eye stalk, and blue glowing light! ( much tv related research! )






pi pi pi pi pi ( raspberry )

why pockets are not good places to keep a cadburys creme egg. ARGH

In other words, for those who knew me as a young child in the run up to christmas …. I’m about to lie on the floor and wail “BUT I CAN’T WAIT”

Of course, it always turned out that yes, yes I could wait. And if i was daft enough to do the above in front of my mum, then I’d be waiting in my bedroom, not allowed out to play.

I registered my interest in a raspberry_pi many score years ago. In a galaxy far, far away. From whence I received the occasional taunting email which advised that RS Online didnt have any. But they would sooon.  Eventually, these emails said that RS Online DID have some. And I couldn’t order one yet.

Is that mean, or what?

Then, on 30th May, I got the “Well, now you CAN order one”. So I did. Probably within miliseconds of the email arriving, to be honest.

Dispatch within 6 Weeks.

They should have sent me an advent calendar with little windows I could open! thats still potentially another 10 days to go. TEN ! I CAN’t… er. nevermind.

It only particularly gripes as one of the chaps I work with has had his for a week. And he hasnt opened the box yet. That’s just plain unnatural, that is!

Anyway, the entire point of THIS, was that I’ve been wondering what the heck to encase it in.

  • LEGO CASE : Fairly awesome. Child B would build me one. Mine would have wheels and a siren.
  • PLASTIC PREFAB : Lots on ebay. See thru. teeny. Meh!
  • PAPER : susceptible to spilled milk. And not as robust as one would like.
  • WOOD :  Well, this is more like it. Maybe
Today a certain Zombie fixated person of my aquaintance and I were discussing the options. He became enamoured of encasing the thing, plus a USB hard drive, micro USB bluetooth and wifi dongles, and a tiny tiny USB hub all inside a book. This is good.
I am currently scribbling plans for the worlds tiniest computer tower. Complete with overlarge fan and glowing LED lights. ( to make it go faster )
I simply need to work out how to construct one.


goggles and cogs

I suspect this is brought on by having spent some considerable time reading Girl Genius, [ Online, PDF comics, and printed novels ] and a lifelong love of taking things apart, and sometimes putting them back together again, but I am starting to drift steampunk-wards, with an affectation towards the mad-scientist part.

My suspicions were mostly confirmed at christmas, when I managed to, er, convince several members of my team at work that they should wear festive hats adorned with assorted minion labels. They even wore them when I wasn’t in the office. [ I do have photo’s, but it would be unfair to share them ] I’ve also been doing some sterling work on my maniacal/evil laugh, lusting after various gadgets and gizmo’s on both Warehouse 13 AND Sanctuary, and have been dusting off my corsets.

( Neice A is also showing leanings in this direction )

It was brought home to me today when I started looking for a new ipad dock, and instead of looking at the ones with sparkly lights and smooth brushed aluminium lines – I was browsing through brass and wood in interest, and looking at my box of obsolete technology ™ and wondering what could be re-purposed.

  • Hard Drive enclosure into old hardback books. No problem.
  • Convert one or more keyboards into a more… elegant style. Can Do !
  • Raspberry_Pi on backorder… bwahahahahahahahaha. Well, you know. So adaptable and so tiny. So to speak.
  • Big white imac. rubs chin pensively.
I also appear to have colleagues, locally, who are already into the whole re-enactment and steampunk type affair. It’s highly possible that I could tag along, perhaps, to the next outing, just to find out what is going on.
In the meantime I shall haunt ,




today I will be mostly

… doing book related things without getting suckered into reading them again.
I had plans to scan the remaining Cubes from my wall of cubes(tm) into delicious library, and from thence import the csv file into Goodreads so that I can organise thingummies online.
However, that gets mildly scuppered as i keep reading the blighters and not scanning them. Also, if Nephew B hears of scanning occurring without his assistance, there may be consequences. Or Sulking. Perhaps both.

I have therefore developed a cunning plan, which is to sort and backup my ebook library and not the dead-tree(tm) collection.

Currently I am reading in epub ( ipad ) and mobi ( kindle. on my ipad ) format. I’ve always tried to buy DRM free stuff to prevent the unable to read when device is changed over, versions. I also have PDF comic books for my girl genius addiction.( Its the Jagermonsters and not the steampunkness. Honest )

Therefore, I need to make sure that

a) I have backup copies of everything I have purchased

b) That I have said backup copies in appropriate formats – preferably non DRM’d

c) That I file things carefully under Author

Plan b is to Summon the child and make him scan books for me while i read.

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