Here's a really cool thing for anyone who lives in DC. This Saturday (May 2), more than 30 embassies will be holding open houses! Visit everywhere from Australia to Zambia, all in one day. Wish I could go, sounds like a real blast! And bonus: free shuttles around town!
Let it just suffice to say: Vegemite Cheesecake. I have had some gnarly experiences with the stuff, even when not living in Australia. The brown stuff and I are not friends. It looks appealing, but don't let that fool you!
So one of the things I find I'm challenged by in knitting and crochet is how frequently you are limited to garments or blankets. Yes, you can knit or crochet (yes, that's crocheted even though it says it's knit) almostanything, but really, the functionality or the beauty (in my opinion, at least) is compromised by the decision to make it that way (versus another material, like fabric or natural materials). So I love when I find things like these. I think once I get my machine tuned up again and the bag-in-progress I have half-sewn finished, I'll try the doily pillow, and really those lamps are great design inspiration. Hopefully I'll have a submission from that for the holiday issues of the needlework magazines. (I figure if I write it down that might make me more accountable to my goals.) Anyhow, check it out.
OK, so I think I've figured out why I never actually get to the project part of colorwork knitting. It's that I try to be all good and swatch, but I can't stand the frustration for just the swatch, convince myself that the whole project will be like this and give up. Next time I'm just going to trust that the gauge will be "right enough" (knitting gods, please don't strike me down!) and just get started. This is enough already! Plus, if I start mittens in April, I might actually have them done in time for it to get cold again, right?
And really, I want them all. But the whole not having money, and not wanting to buy anything in foreign currency because the USD is in the toilet kinda makes me think I'm just going to sit here and lust about it for a while.
I hope at least. I've tried this blogging thing before in various incarnations. I've had an online journal, and a knitting blog that was hosted on a site that was not very compatible with lots of photos and links and the like. So I think I'm just going to try this and see that happens. It won't be a "my life" or a "knitting" or an anything else blog. I just come across things that I think are cool, and now I'll have a place to share them.