Saturday, February 9, 2008

New Pics

Here are some better pictures of the Skra-Troyer sweater. The first is the side seams and half gusset and the other is the back. I've got 2 inches done on the front so not too much to do to get the body done. Then it's just the sleeves. Yea!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Just a quick post...

I know it's a lousy pic but one has to sleep sometime and I this was all really quick. Just wanted to document the milestone of getting the back done on my Danish sweater. It's on my front but it's really the back. Do you know how hard it is to get a good picture of your back! I'll get some better pictures this weekend.


Monday, February 4, 2008

A Watch on Your Finger

Sometime before Christmas I was at a local Antique Mall and saw a watch mounted on a ring – something I’d never see before – and, of course, I was intrigued. The ring part, as best I can remember, was a beaded band and the tag on the watch said it was early 20th century. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I had several watch faces in my bead stash.

By the way, is it stash if it’s not fiber? Is it like a covey of dove or a knot of toads (really, it’s called a knot of toads – I don’t know why that amuses me but it does) or a crash of rhinoceroses or is it all just stash? Enquiring minds want to know.

Anyway, before I interrupted myself I was at watch faces. I have several but most of them were too large, I thought, to work with. My hands are really small so it may be different for others with normal size hands. Every once in a while I found myself sort of musing about what I would do to make a watch ring but wasn’t coming up with much inspiration. So last night I put on a favorite Campion dvd (Peter Davison, also known as the 5th Doctor in the Doctor Who series and Tristan Farnon in All Things Great and Small – one of my favorite actors) and sat down to put something together.

I wasn’t really set on doing some final something, I just wanted to know what I was working with and what the challenges might be to wearing a watch on my finger. This is what I came up with:

I’m one of those people who really hates to have anything on my wrists. Don’t know why, I just do. I push up my sleeves and resist wearing a wrist watch. With this in mind, I wore the ring watch all day and I have to admit to all and sundry that I LOVE it. I love having the time, not quite at my fingertips but in the general vicinity, and not having anything on my wrist. Plus I think, especially with a watch face that’s a wee bit smaller, it could look very cool. (Take into consideration my cool-o-meter and make your own judgment.) I really, really, really like it. Of course, I didn’t really do any special kind of look with the beading, the goal was just to have something to try out. But I think it’s definitely worth exploring.

Have any of you ever seen a watch ring? If so, what did it look like and what do you think about the idea?

In case you're interested, I found this:

ants: colony
bears: sleuth, sloth
bees: grist, hive, swarm
birds: flight, volery
cats: clutter, clowder
cattle: drove
chicks: brood, clutch
clams: bed
cranes: sedge, seige
crows: murder
doves: dule
ducks: brace, team
elephants: herd
elks: gang
finches: charm
fish: school, shoal, draught
foxes: leash, skulk
geese: flock, gaggle, skein
gnats: cloud, horde
goats: trip
gorillas: band
hares: down, husk
hawks: cast
hens: brood
hogs: drift
horses: pair, team
hounds: cry, mute, pack
kangaroos: troop
kittens: kindle, litter
larks: exaltation
lions: pride
locusts: plague
magpies: tiding
mules: span
nightingales: watch
oxen: yoke
oysters: bed
parrots: company
partridges: covey
peacocks: muster, ostentation
pheasants: nest, bouquet
pigs: litter
ponies: string
quail: bevy, covey
rabbits: nest
seals: pod
sheep: drove, flock
sparrows: host
storks: mustering
swans: bevy, wedge
swine: sounder
toads: knot
turkeys: rafter
turtles: bale
vipers: nest
whales: gam, pod
wolves: pack, route
woodcocks: fall

Never know when you'll need it for your crossword puzzle. Don't say I never gave you anything.