pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
We had a hot water bottle failure last night. It's the sort of tremendously frightening thing you hear about theoretically happening to other people with DEATH AND DISFIGUREMENT and you always assume that although every hottie must die eventually it will never actually happen to you. I imagine floods of scalding water and being trapped in the blankets unable to escape the simmering puddle, but in fact it was just a little dribble causing no injury and only a minor wet patch.

Now you can't put rubber in the recycling bin and it looks sort of useful, what shall I do with it? A quick google reveals that the world is short on ideas: cut the hot water bottle into squares to use as jam jar openers or non-slip mats, stuff it to use as a garden kneeler, or hang it on the wall as a modern sculpture. I expected to turn up pages of results of hot water bottles turned into various things and sold on Etsy, but no such luck. My main plan is to cut out a replacement rubber washer to fit on my vinegar bottle with the wire clamp top... otherwise perhaps I can use the ribbed sides to re-sole shoes, or cut it into gigantic rubber bands for powering big balsa planes.
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
Cleaning up my sewing and fabric department I found a couple of perfectly good T-shirts which I was saving to cut up into new things. They've been sitting there for over a year because it seems unethical to chop them up somehow. I got given them and wore them once or twice before deciding they were far too short and wide to be wearable, and almost certainly too oddly proportioned to be any use to anyone else. Now I wonder: are there people so much shorter in the body than me that these shirts would fit? Are there people who LIKE their T-shirts to barely meet their waistbands? Should I chuck them in the charity bin and find another source of fabric?

I would be causing more entropy by cutting up a T-shirt, with inevitable fabric wastage, to make something new out of it. I'm sure people would say the T-shirts belong to me and I can do whatever the hell I like with them -- people who live in a world of billboards asserting that one "deserves" chocolate simply by existing, who have never entertained a thought about the greater scheme of things. These T-shirts have become a huge moral conundrum to me.

On third thoughts, perhaps my inability to believe in people who would fit the shirts is rooted in reality rather than unimaginativeness and I would actually be doing the world a service by removing them from circulation. Imagine the frustration I could be saving an op-shopper who bought what seemed like a perfectly serviceable T-shirt and then found uncomfortable cold draughts around her middle. She might end up with the same dilemma I'm having -- or she might send the T-shirt straight to landfill.
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
All my pattern pieces are cut out ready to sew. Cutting satin on the bias is like doing origami only it won't crease like paper and it tries to get away in every direction. I have to coax it very gently with much use of set squares and pins. Putting the skirt together is going to be a bit of a job so it's a good thing I'll be doing it under experienced supervision.

The satin I bought for the skirt was $2 per metre (thank you Geoff, and proprietors of other emporiums everywhere) and very nice except for being a sort of brownish colour which is very difficult to co-ordinate with anything; I got 5m to be on the safe side, since the skirt is going to be full and cut on the bias, but only needed 3. No idea what it's going to look like when it's finished since my dressmaker is spectacularly more talented at designing and sewing than at making concept sketches. The blouse, also bias-cut, is white and will look somthing like the right-hand one here or like this one, with the fluttery sleeves. And to avoid being too dull I'll have an orangey-red sash, which is the only bright colour I found that looks good with the brown.

Men have it easy. They can wear the same suit and be in fashion for at least the last century.
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
Humph. The 1920s was the era of short skirts. Some of them almost showed the knee. I had intended to wear a skirt to this event before finding out it was themed, but I'd planned on something down to my ankles with thick tights under it. I feel very undressed and vulnerable in skirts, and as well as that it's sure to be friggin' freezing. Some flimsy little barely calf-length thing with nylons under it will be most unsuitable for the weather.

I've found some pictures of '30s dresses which come down to the ankle, and even one stylish woman in silk evening trousers. I'd be so much happier if I could get away with wearing trousers.
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
Eep. Social occasion with fancy-dress theme of 1920s and 30s and gangsters. Am researching.

Straight away I had the image of that fancy-dress-hire flapper costume, the short shapeless dress with all the fringes. Do not want. May go for 1930s instead. Have no concept of what the 30s looked like at all but it must be an improvement.

But have been informed that I'm one of the few people the right shape for 20s gear; this is not necessarily a compliment but may be worth considering. So far am much preferring the 1928 floaty asymmetrical hems to the boxy 1924 outfits.

This telegram brought to you by urgent need to go grocery shopping.

(Need cigarette holder.)
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
I have a pair of fingerless gloves and they're fantastic for keeping my hands warm, but I lent them to the boy to wear on the bus and my fingers have been freezing. Another pair would be lovely. How to achieve this goal? I can knit, just barely; I made bootees for my niece when she was born, with much running to mummy for help with mysteriously expanding ribbing and reminders on how to k2tog, and gloves should be only ten times more complicated, so I've been looking for patterns.

First I investigated a pattern for gaming gloves I'd seen in Cerise magazine a while ago. They look pretty simple, but they're not exactly gloves and they're crocheted, not knitted. Apparently crochet is easy to learn; I know how to make a chain, I have books with instructions, and there's a crochet hook kicking around in a drawer somewhere. This is definitely worth a try.

Then I searched the vast interwebs for other patterns and found that a huge proportion of what are labelled as patterns for fingerless gloves are something completely different, the same as the ones from Cerise: more like fingerless mittens than gloves, in some cases nothing more than a tube like a small legwarmer with a slit for the thumb. Easy to knit, but really not what I'm after and most misleadingly named.

What I really want to make is these lovely gloves. The pattern looks a bit beyond my current knitting capabilities though, with double-pointed needles and lots of fiddliness... but I WANT some.

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