Yup – it’s been four years since I created my blog on Blogspot and (with a lot of trepidation) started to post my craft projects, book and magazine reviews, gardening exploits, musings, and general babblings. I never thought I would keep it up for more than a couple of months, never mind Four Whole Years! I’m pretty impressed with me. I know I don’t post every day since real life does sometimes intervene. But I do my best to get on here at least a couple of times a week. And I also know that some posts are more informative than others but, hey, who can be that exciting so often. Except maybe the Yarn Harlot. But she’s special.
Speaking of whom, you know that weaving has hit the mainstream when the Yarn Harlot gets a loom and weaves her first scarf! Can’t be long before gazillions more follow her lead if they haven’t done so already. Yes, little rigid heddle looms are real weaving looms! And a lot of knitters are discovering how much faster the stash gets used up with weaving. Amazing how many crafts are accomplished using yarn, huh? Must be a “gateway drug” or something…
Moving right along, I put the pedal to the metal yesterday and finished knitting the main body of the Papyrine Wrap. OK – it was more like paper to the metal…needles. I was sooooo happy to bind that sucker off, let me tell you! There is probably already about 50 hours work in this thing.
That’s all one continuous 4mm strip of paper, folks! Now I’m knitting several separate leaves to attach at the “top” of the “tree” and some I-cord “roots” for the bottom. Yeah, I know. Just bear with me here. After I attach those bits then I get to dyepaint the whole thing with Procion MX. There may be some actual paint involved also. We’ll see. This is going to be Art. I hope. At least it’s actually wearable even if ever-so-slightly impractical.
In other news, I went to my audiologist today to take my hearing aids in. The right ear has been a bit quieter than it should be for a couple of weeks. I cleaned it and changed out the rubber ear tip and the little tube that works as an earwax guard but it was still not loud enough. Then when I went to see my GP (for something else) I got him to check for earwax but nope, clean and clear there. This morning before I left, I opened the little hatch where the battery goes and blew inside gently and I think I got out whatever it was. But I still went to get them checked by the professionals who pronounced them just fine. Sheesh! I should have done that ages ago and saved myself an hour and half walking there and back, but for some reason I didn’t think blowing into where the computer chip is located would be a good idea. Silly me! At least it didn’t cost me anything but some exercise. Note that my hearing aids originally cost as much as five computers like the little Acer netbook that I’m typing this on! Anybody think that there’s something odd about that?
Big congratulations to my friend and neighbour Suzanne for being the first to comment on my blogiversary! Too bad she had to do it on yesterday’s post because it took me so dang long to get this one up! Anyone else out there?
Off to prepare my “finger food” to take to the Jane Kenyon lecture this evening. I usually tend to go for savoury over sweet.