So I shoud be at TAFE today, but I have one kid barking like a seal, and the other one… well, the words “snot fountain”, while perhaps overly graphic, are apt. So I am home unexpectedly, and they are parked on the couch watching endless TV and depleting the world’s orange juice supply. What better way to distract myself from the awfulness of children’s television (words cannot express how violently I hate the Teletubbies!) than to give the blog a bit of a make-over?
Our new little friend in the header is Nyctimystes dayi, AKA Day’s Frog or Australian Lace-lid. Isn’t he a cutie, with those huge black eyes?
The Swallowtail shawl is coming along nicely – I finished the first repeat of the Lily-of-the-Valley border, and then I had a bit of a crisis of confidence about the beads. So yesterday afternoon I quickly threw together a little swatch, testing out a couple of different methods of placing the beads (apologies for the crappiness of the photos, but in order to get close enough for a good shot, I was blocking my own light. Thus the shadow in the centre pic. And as always, click to embiggen).
In the centre is the shawl as it is currently on the needles, with a single bead placed by the slide-it-up-and-knit-it-in method. On the left is the same pre-strung beads method, only with two beads placed on each nupp-stitch, which gives more bling, but smothers the yarn-overs. And on the right is the hook-it-through placement method, which I like best, because it really opens up the yarn-overs, but with this size bead it is simply way too fiddly to be doing 220 times, which is how many beads I will be placing, just on the Lily-of-the-Valley section. There will be more beads on the lace border, and on the scalloped edging, but I don’t know how many yet.
So, we continue with the shawl as it is. Unless you want a blow-by-blow report of my day at home with the Snot-Beast and his brother the Amazing Seal-boy (and trust me, you really don’t), I’ll be signing off.
Oh, one last thing – as well as the sniffles, Sasquatch also brought home a merit award on Friday. It reads: For Confident Speaking at All Times. Hee! That would be the understatement of the year! The trick with Sasquatch is to get him to stop speaking. To quote his teacher when she gave it to him at the assembly, “Every day you have something new and interesting to tell me, and I always love to hear it!” I laughed so hard!
Really going this time. ‘Bye!