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I sew

I sew. No really, I do. I have a pretty nice Janome machine that I drive like a race car (ZOOOOOOM! ZOOOOOOOM!). Thank god I can’t get a speeding ticket in the attic.I used to sew elaborate things like Elizabethan gowns. Or sometimes less elaborate things like suits. And maybe the occasional skirt. One time I made a duvet cover. That was horrible, just horrible.

So what have I made recently?

Carboy coozies.Yes. You read those two words correctly.

Empty coozie / Mead awaiting coozie / Mead with coozie

Why? Because Chad’s beer needs to be kept dark and happy.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. That is a fine piece of sewing right there. A fine piece of sewing indeed.

chris on April 22nd 2013 in Blogroll, Creativity

A Fancy Scarf

I like to knit. Which is not to say I knit particularly well. And I love scarves. So far I’ve had quite good luck with them. So when I ran across (thanks to a friend) a very easy and cool scarf pattern I was not able to resist.

I was a little confused when I read the instructions. Ok, I was really confused when I tried to read the instructions as they were in Italian, Spanish, German and something else I was not able to identify. Eventually I came across the English directions.  That only managed to confuse me further. So I got online and watched a video. Still slightly incredulous that it only involved 8 knit stiches. So I stretched out the yarn a bit and plunged on it. After all, it’s not like I’ve never frogged a project before.

I was quite pleased with the speed of the project. A good thing for me since I tend to lose focus or joy when working on a project that takes too long.

The colors really are quite lovely and my favorite. I can’t imagine why I was shocked to find that I had a scarf in similar colors.

The photos really do not do the yarn or the final project justice, which is a true shame.

Having yellow walls and being too lazy to get out the proper lighting equipment does have disadvantages.


chris on January 24th 2012 in Creativity

Ahead of the game

So I have somehow managed to produce a few items destined to be Christmas gifts. It is as much a shock to me as it is to those of you who know my perpensity for procrastination. And yet, here is solid evidence that someone is getting an ornament or five. Provided, of course, that I don’t lose them between now and the time of gift giving.





So I have somehow managed to produce a few items destined to be Christmas gifts. It is as much a shock to me as it is to those of you who kniw my perpensity for procrastination.

chris on October 31st 2011 in Creativity

Altered Book – MAGPI

Back in November a group of MAGPI was working on completing the ExploreWV Geocoin Challenge. And since we are a sensible bunch on ocassion we thought that perhaps making one big sweep from Morgantown to Charleston to Huntington to Lillyhaven to Beckley to Cass would be a great way to get all the required caches and have a lot of fun.

And so yours truly, pbump, mrs. pbump, wvhunter, Gentleman-Carpenter, Aquacache, Rock_Rat & Knight Who Says Ni set off for high adventure! To commemorate the trip, I made this altered book. 


chris on April 28th 2011 in Creativity, Geocaching