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I am so on top of things. And I'm not easily annoyed, either!

Back in the spring sometime, I decided that I was going to make presents for all my lovely pregnant friends. [livejournal.com profile] drottningen, I believe you were getting knitted booties. I hadn't quite decided on [livejournal.com profile] e11en and [livejournal.com profile] blue_eyed_girl but I was partially done with an adorable fuzzy knitted teddy bear and working on another bootie pattern. (More on that in a minute.) Because I am crafty and I like the idea of being nice to people who aren't expecting it, and knitting was my current obsession and it's so quick!

But [livejournal.com profile] carrieb and [livejournal.com profile] big_bubba! Since we have been through so much together with Mosaic Minds and because I have always been a big fan of her journal--I was even her first stalker and I read all of her entries start to finish before I ever even talked to her!--and because she is basically just me in a different body... I was going to tat her a pair of booties. Tatting is a completely different animal than knitting, as it takes much longer to cover the same amount of ground. MUCH longer, and the thread is quite fine. But I had plenty of time! I started just about as soon as I found out she was pregnant! Soon enough that I worried about jinxing!

So, yeah.



Thumper is due to make his arrival at any time. This is as far as I've gotten. I don't think I'll finish, what do you think? ;) (Sorry for the horrible picture, but we're having a major household shortage of working batteries, and I could only use the crappy digital camera and believe it or not, this is the best picture of the five I took.) The problem is that it's totally wrong.. I put it down in the middle and then somehow managed to pick it up and start tatting in the wrong place, so where I stopped in this picture, I should have been back at the beginning with the end piece. If you know how to tat you will know that this is an impressive feat.. generally speaking, what I did was impossible under most circumstances. I had a discussion with the Guild at work whereby they said that I wasn't allowed to cut it off and throw it away as I had planned, but I should at least make something out of it if not a bootie. I compromised by throwing it in a drawer and forgetting about the whole thing except to feel vaguely guilty once in a while about not tatting the booties because I really wanted to send them. They were going to be really, really cute. *sigh*

(As for the fuzzy knitted teddy bear and the booties? The first set was deemed too small for an actual baby, and somehow I didn't get started on the second set and then that baby was born and I missed my chance anyway. The teddy bear is still in my basket, one side complete but for the ears. The other pair of booties is not so much a pair as it is one bootie, and it has been laying half under my desk for what must be months by now. Why can I never finish what I start? I really was thinking of you ladies, though...)

Date: 2005-09-29 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drottningen.livejournal.com
LOL!! Wow, thanks for thinking of me :) I feel loved. It really is the thought that counts!

Date: 2005-09-29 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carrieb.livejournal.com
*lol* You sound like me! I had all these plans for baby quilts and I even have the fabric for several of them, but even before I got the sciatica I had so many other projects that I just couldn't get them done. I feel vaguely guilty for sending "regular" gifts, but that's just the way it is. It's the thought that counts though! I'm grinning thinking of you tatting away on those baby booties.

Oh, and I thought of another kind of weird germophobic thing I do. When I am at a restaurant I always have to have my silverware sitting on my napkin. If it (or the food) touches the table, I have to get new silverware. Also, I'm with you on the no lemon in the tea thing. Gross! I used to work in a restaruant. We didn't wash our lemons.

Date: 2005-09-29 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh, it is so much the thought that counts! Really. I'm touched that you thought of me. :)

And I *totally* understand where you're coming from ... I'm always caught in the war between good intentions and procrastination.

Date: 2005-09-29 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-eyed-girl.livejournal.com
Oops, that was me ... not logged in on Olof's machine, I guess!

Date: 2005-09-29 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] e11en.livejournal.com
I agree with my fellow new mothers, it is the thought that counts. I'm truly touched that you even had the thought, let alone made it halfway there. As a woman who has had half a baby sweater and one baby mitten lying around in that state for four years (more actually), I know just how hard it is to get those things finished!

Date: 2005-09-30 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] big-bubba.livejournal.com
Almost done, aren't you? *g* But it is indeed the thought that counts. The toy box was a very good idea. Thank you so much!

So, how's the WoT reread coming along?

Date: 2005-10-01 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] same-sky.livejournal.com
I'm almost done with the sole of one bootie! Cause really, that's the important part, right? :)

The WoT reread is going alright. It took me over a week to finish the first one because I just couldn't make time for it, and I don't have much hope left of finishing it in time for the release. I am working this time around, which puts a damper on the reread speeds. But I guess there's no real reason to rush it anyway.. it'll just get cheaper. ;) I am currently halfway through book two, and I'm getting more into it again, and the pace is picking up. I'm a little ready for them to just start figuring stuff out already...yes, yes, you really are the Dragon Reborn so stop being such a wuss about it; the wolf thing won't go away, Perrin; you still are and will continue to be a worthless human being for at least several more books, Mat; Nynaeve, cut out the must-be-angry-to-channel stuff, it's boring; yes, yes, Egwene, you're a Dreamer, get on with it. Etc. Having said that, it is pretty enjoyable to reread even if I just made fun of how slow it feels.

Date: 2005-10-01 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] big-bubba.livejournal.com
So you mean you have the will power not to start reading KoD the minute it hits the shelves? I could never to that. Seeing everyone else making spoiler posts at FFF would drive me insane.

Date: 2005-10-02 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] same-sky.livejournal.com
Yep! I totally ruined one book like that.. Winter's Heart, I think. I couldn't remember anything that was going on so it really sucked. So, it'd be worth it. It will be hard, but I will manage. *sigh* Unless I can somehow manage to read a book a day. Don't see that one happening. ;)

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