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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Friday! 
27th-Apr-2012 08:43 am
Hearth
This weekend we will visit Wellesley (their Junior Open Campus starts at 8:30am! *wince*), host Heather Dale and Sassafrass, paint, and see The Graveyard Book. Also, I'll have Elayna take pictures of our living room for y'all.

Today I'll paint sample posterboards with potential bedroom wall colors, read more of the gardening book, actually pick up my knitting for the first time in weeks, and do the rest of the to-dos in my inbox. Then meet Elayna at the eye doctor. She'll need new lenses. At least she won't need new frames.

Side note: I cannot do the painting by myself because Judah doesn't trust me with the cutting in along the trim. I can use the paint roller all I want, but all the cutting in has to be done by Judah. This is reasonable, because my fine motor skills are for shit (for example, I can't write more than a sentence or two of longhand.) Actually, I have to pace myself on the rollering, too; the same structural damage that gives me crappy fine motor skills means it's hard to grip things for extended periods of time, and sometimes even at all on the worst days, which is why I don't have childproof caps on my pill bottles. Typing is fine, though, and so is knitting; I guess they're gross enough! But anyway, that's why this is dragging out so much; Judah's doing day-job stuff and working on his Kikori and Kickstarter rewards many nights, which totally have to be his priority, but yeah, I really wish I had cutting-in skills, because this would've been done weeks ago.

Anyway! For now, I must get started on my day. I hope to see y'all at the concert tomorrow! Come admire the new room! <3
Comments 
27th-Apr-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
I have knitting questions: for those of you who knit, I've acquired the basics for starting to teach myself, but I'm curious if you have suggestions for free online videos and/or sources in the US for non-wool natural yarns. I'm allergic to wool and dislike pure acrylics, so cotton, silk, and bamboo alone or blended are what I'm planning on working with. I'll probably suck at this for quite some time, but I promise to post progress pics when I get something to show.

You and several other friends with fibro/CFS/chronic pain have motivated me to want to learn, so I'm hoping you may have some advice. I do sew - mostly machine sewing when I can sit at the table, and occasional hand sewing when trim needs to be done which I like for when I'm watching 'tv' so I don't think this will hurt too much, but I'm fairly clueless. The intro books I got (along with some yarn, needles, etc) have patterns for fingerless gloves and socks which I plan on extending to thigh high tights are where I'm starting, and have diagrams/pictures, but I'm not sure I understand so I'm hoping there are some good youtube type videos to help me figure it out.
27th-Apr-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Gah - the questions where snipped from my lj post, and should have had quotes around them to indicate that. You get the idea, I'm sure...
27th-Apr-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
If you're planning on knitting with mostly plant fibers, especially when it comes to socks and gloves, you'll need to incorporate elastic. Silk has only slightly more memory than plant fibers, and that's not saying much.

If you want to mod standard socks into thigh-highs, I'd recommend finding a free pattern for thigh-highs so you get an idea of what you'll need to do to make sure they fit properly.
27th-Apr-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
My favorite knitting videos are here - great resource!

KnitPicks is a good source for inexpensive yarns - when you start out, you're not going to want to splurge on $50-per-skein silks. I know KnitPicks has cotton; I'm not sure what non-wools they have, because I mostly use wool and wool blends...

My first few projects were in Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. Super-soft, and the chunkiness means it works up quickly so you have a finished product in a shorter span of time.
27th-Apr-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Webs (found at yarn.com). They have a good selection and good sales. Some yarns are discountable if you buy enough, too.
27th-Apr-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Ah. Like me, your grippies don't work. Typing involves no grip. Knitting involves loose grip that does not need to be steady. I am not fortunate enough to have a Judah to do my edging. Believe me, you want him to do your edging.
27th-Apr-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! I tried to do the edging. I am not to try again. *nod*
27th-Apr-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I wish I could help with the painting! I'm no pro, but my hands are steady enough that I don't even need to mask.
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