Monday, March 31, 2008

How I came out.... and other funny stories...

After looking at a thread on Ravelry, I thought I'd share how I came out - or was outted, as it were.

When I was 19, I had my first major girlfriend (i.e. longer than 6 weeks). My parents had moved to Darwin the year before, leaving me to keep a watch over my younger 18 yr old sister.

Xmas was upon us, and with having no family in the state we were invited to share it with my girlfriend and her family. The day started OK, but my sister got progressively drunker and drunker (my girlfriend's seedy older brother cracking onto her didnt help either) so we decided to take her home.

Later that night I get a timid (and slurry) phonecall from my sister....

Sis: "Bec, you're gonna kill me...."
Me: "Why? What did you do?"
Sis: "Umm. I kinda, well, outted you to mum.."
Me: "....."
Sis: "Well, I was upset, and mum rang me to wish me merry christmas, and she asked where you were."
Me: "What did you tell her???"
Sis: "That you were at your lesbian girlfriends house. And you are a lesbian."

LOL.
Actually, i didnt mind my mum (and her side of the family) knowing about it. I knew dad would freak (to be expected) - I was only concerned how nan would take it. We were (and are) really close and I didnt want that to change.
Nan was really great - she said i'll always be her granddaughter no matter what, and i'm the same person I was yesterday.
Mum became pro-active in her own way in Darwin - she put up a Pride sticker in her work, and wore rainbow badges. She's also become really aware of who is GLBTQ in her community (I think before it just wouldnt have blipped her radar).

Monday, March 24, 2008

A massive sewing/knitting effort...

After leaving my friend's hen party early Saturday night (dodgy burger at the Zanzibar in Newtown), I finished my Secret Pal Bag (Ravelry Swap) and chucked it in the washing machine - taadaa!
























Hope she likes it.

And yesterday I pulled out all stops to finish Tania's wedding dress - only need to hand-sew the hem, make the belt, and take it in a little at the waist (she's decided to do the 50's thing and wear a girdle. Unfortunately she decided AFTER the dress was sewn hehe).


Here's the inspiration:





















Here's the actual dress (excuse the pink belt, i havent made the matching belt yet). The photo is really bad, the dress fits and looks lovely in real life:


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Time to VOTE please!

My sister's wedding is in August, and she would like a lace stole/wrap. Not a granny's wrap, no frou frou; one for a fairly funky and peirced 25 year old. I have about 1035 yrd/932 mtrs of laceweight, in a yellow/pale orange/ grey silk merino.

I am leaning towards something not too fiddly as well, the first choice really speaks to me, but is it too plain? I'm not sure if i'll have enough yarn for some, and would have to make them shorter (which is fine, my sister just wants her shoulders covered).

So far the choices are:

1. Diagonale Shawl by Arlene's World of Lace (Free)

















2. HoneyBee Stole by Anne Hanson ($8)
















3. Lattice Lace Wrap by Lou Schiela (Free)






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4. Hanging Garden Stole by Sivia Harding ($7.50)








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5. Print O' The Wave Stole buy Eunny Jang (Free)









Other suggestions are welcome too....


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pattern for The Knittery

Introducing Luminare Socks!







A pattern I designed for The Knittery using her yummy, yummy 3ply Slim Sock. The sock is knitted from the top down, and uses increases and decreases to simulate cables. The lace pattern continues down onto the heel flap.

And the pattern is free! :D

Thing I learned today...

You can dye Grignasco Tango...



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I bought this yarn (el-cheapo Rowan Felted Tweed) to make the Gathered Pullover from IK, when it was on sale at Tapestry Craft. Then decided it was too blue. Then thought the gauge of the fabric was too loose.

Some red food dye fixed all my problems (black food dye didnt make much of a difference) - a great purply-grey, and the fabric has fuzzed up nicely. I measured the swatch last night and its perfect 19 sts to 10cm! w00t!

The Intolerable Cruelty skirt is coming along slowly (I picked it back up again after hiatus, doing a special sock pattern and working on my secret pal bag). The bamboo superwash is nice, and it fits! Thats the main thing I guess. This has been in my to-do list since it came out, i'm so glad theres a KAL on Ravelry.



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Congrats to web-goddess, who got a highly commended at the Royal Easter Show.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Kinokuniya - you have great customer service!

And thats why I bought Sensual Knits from you guys, instead of paying $18 from The Book Depository. I went in last week to check the book out, before deciding whether to buy it online, but couldnt find it on the shelf. The guy at Kinoukuniya was so helpful and nice, trying to help locate the book, not laughing when I explained it was about knitting (and not Sensual Nips, which sounds interesting as well). He took my name and number, and said he would have another look after the store closed.
Got a call this morning, he found it!

And the book rocks - more wearable things than I thought, great size ranges (30in bust to 48) and yummy photos. My ownly critiscm is there isnt enough photos showing details. I cant wait to cast on for the Balloon Sleeve Jacket. After the 20 other projects in the queue...