I know that after all that teasing, some of you are wondering what the heck I’ve been going on about and when will there be photos (and possibly thinking “is she doing anything at all?”).
Well, yes . . . and not so much . . . yet! 🙂
But first, here’s a photo of my “Risi e Bisi” which didn’t last too long. I’d forgotten to get Parmesan cheese, but I did have sesame oil, which I sprinkled on after I added the butter (yes, I know . . . sigh). But it was yummy! I’ll be making it again this week, I think.
Guess what I’ve been doing . . . that’s right, I finished the stitching beside the front steek, got out my scissors and . . . CUT! Not sure if the close-up shot helps or not . . .
Here you can see the stitching on the inside; I stitched up, then back down on each side of the central column of knit stitches, making sure to go through each individual knit stitch each time. I’m not looking forward to weaving in all those loose ends . . .
And, closer to “voila” . . .
Completely open down the front. I guessed pretty well on the sizing; it fits me in most places, and will encourage me to lay off the butter ’til it fits all over. 🙂
I’d worried that the sleeves might be too large, but nope, they’re just the way I like ’em; loose enough so it will fit over a T or two . . .
Next I need to finish the sleeves, then pick up stitches down both sides of the front and make the button and buttonhole bands. I need to look for the ‘right’ buttons first . . . I have a lot of buttons, but I think most are in the storage and, I don’t know, this seems to call for ‘special’ buttons somehow. Well, we’ll see . . .
Ah, yes, the unopened package . . .
I like having unopened parcels because I enjoy anticipation so, SO much. I did learn, though, when still at home, to hide things I was savouring so that they did not just ‘disappear’ (chocolate, for one) or become ‘appropriated’ (“because, if you aren’t going to do anything with it . . .”)
However . . . I did finally open the box and found everything I expected. (but forgot to take a photo. Sorry) So this afternoon I gathered my supplies and equipment in the bathroom (to keep any possibly toxic dust out of the main living area (we have some sort of ventilator thingy over the tub that sucks air constantly).
Then I pinned up my hair and put on the rubber gloves, the dust mask and the protective glasses (in case of accidental splashing):
Go ahead, laugh . . . I did!
Here is my first dye pot, boiling away on the stove to dissolve the dye granules. I know the ‘colour’ for 2014 is Radiant Orchid and I was going for something close to that. However, I didn’t have any idea, really, of what to mix to achieve that colour, nor did I have a gram scale. I looked in the kitchen section of the local ‘landfill store’, but all they had were scales that require batteries. I want either a spring-loaded one or, if necessary, a plug-in. I prefer not to be buying and discarding batteries, thank you.
So I did what I seem to do most of the time: I flew by the seat of my pants . . . I used a teaspoon of fuchsia, a quarter teaspoon of purple, an eighth of a teaspoon of turquoise and approximately a sixteenth of a teaspoon of cobalt. I know, I’m supposed to measure accurately . . . but (A) apparently that only works with weighing the dye powders, because the different colours have different weights for the same amount of spoon-measured powder. and (B) I remembered from my recent research a blog posting saying that the person had trouble with the cobalt; it didn’t dissolve entirely, leaving bits that caused some spotting on her wool fibre. So I reduced the amount by shaking some back into the tin. I’ll never be a five-star chef . . . on the other hand, I may have some amazing, un-repeatable results . . . you never know . . . I did label the quart sealer that I will be storing the dye solution in, once it’s cold enough and on the label I wrote the measurements of each colour (in case it’s an awesome colour and I want to try making it again . . .) I’ve been agonizing over what I was going to use for my “one litre container” in which to top up the boiled mixture and then to store whatever’s left from this project. I couldn’t find affordable one litre bottles, thought about soft drink bottles, but wasn’t prepared to buy the stuff, then discard the contents. Then, looking through the cupboard, I found the sealer. Of course! So now to get hold of some more. I passed up a chance at some a couple of months ago when my crafty friend and I went to the Re-Use-It Centre. Some of them were the old style with the tall aluminium rings and the thick glass lids with a rubber ring fitted on. I love those, wanted them, but talked myself out of them. Should have listened, Linnie . . .
I don’t think this photo is going to show the colour too well, but it’s the best I can do with the phone. In ‘real life’, the colour on that wooden spoon looks like the dark orchid in the bar across the Pantone site, so I’m thinking this may work.
If I’m lucky, I’ll have time tonight to colour the first project. If not (meaning that Mum is in the kitchen until the wee hours because the best light for her reading is the lamp on the kitchen table), I’m planning to get up first tomorrow and get on with it . . .
No, I’m not showing you the raw project . . . what were you thinking? 😉
Hope you are all having a wonderful productive week with time to relax, reflect and rejuvenate . . . more to come, I promise . . . I have to say here that the tease is very good for me, as I can’t justify teasing and then not having anything to show you. So thanks for hanging in there while I move in my snail-like fashion towards . . .
I hope that some of you, after reading this post, will take this advice . . .
Two last things . . . First, Bobby McFerrin (of ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ renown):
be prepared to be amazed . . . here he sings a Bach Prelude
while the audience (a masterclass) sings the ‘Ave Maria’ by Charles Gounod.
And The Pogues, singing “If I Should Fall From Grace With God“,
the song that made me fall in love with their music. Very dancey . . .