Posts Tagged ‘cat’

Photos

November 16, 2009

I’m afraid they’re only vaguely related to textiles . . .  On the way to the big Christmas craft market on Friday I suddenly remembered that I had my camera with me, and could take pictures out the car window.  I switched to black-and-white mode (because it’s oh-so-artsy) and went at it.  I think I took about a hundred in the 15-minute drive through town; these are some of my favourites.

And for a special bonus, here’s the cat looking almost unbearably cute.

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My . . . Other Studio

October 30, 2009

As I sat at the kitchen table working on this odd creation,

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I started looking around, and gradually realized that the room I call my studio probably isn’t actually the primary creating centre of my home.  That would be the kitchen/living room that is the main area of this tiny apartment.  Most of these pictures were taken from the very place I was  sitting, in the middle of the room.

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The Dye Area, aka the stove and stupidly tiny counter space.  I was multitasking and working on my dyeing project at the same time as the other thing.  Like I am right now, actually.  Type, stir, type, stir . . .   The first part is due on Monday (eek!) and I have 5 colours left to match, and tomorrow is a complete write-off.

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The Pressing Station, aka the hallway.  I could set up the ironing board in the studio, but since I keep the door closed so the cat can’t get in, that’s just one more step that slows things down.  You’re getting a preview of the dyeing project there – that’s the logwood and cutch with their acid-dyed counterparts.

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The Weaving Nook, aka wherever it fits at the moment, usually the floor under the kitchen table.  When not in use, it hangs on the studio wall, but I’ve been teaching DBF how to weave, so it’s been out for a couple of weeks.

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The Spinning Hangout, aka in front of the TV.  All set up to start plying here, for the Mystery Project.  On the right you can see a weaving project from my first schooling days, a nice little rug.

DSCF1023The Carding Spot, aka . . . next to the breadmaker.  Ok, maybe not The Carding Spot so much as The Spot The Carding Brushes Fell To After Being Out On The Table Because DBF Thinks They’re Pretty.

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The Projects On The Go Depot, aka, um, the random table on a table in the living room.  This is my new doublet for SCA purposes, waiting to be embroidered with that silk sitting on top.

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The CD Spindle Settlement, aka the couch.  Put up there so it doesn’t get stepped on, after taking in in to do a demonstration for my “textile” class.  Which, I have learned, means a different thing at art school than it does at textile art school.   But that’s another rant.

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The Lazy Spindle Harbour, aka on top of the books on the window ledge.  You can almost see my support spindle there with the pile of alpaca, it the place of honour within reaching distance of the couch, because I can use it whilst reclining, unlike my other various spinning tools.

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The “I’ll Put Them Away Eventually” Repository, aka also on the window ledge.  Best not spoken of.

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The “I’m Using It, Really!” Camp, aka the other end of the window ledge.

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The “I’ll Just Put This Here For A Minute” Terminal, aka the top of the  cubby shelf thing by the door.  This is a patch I embroidered for my computer geek boyfriend.  One of these days one of us will actually sew it onto his netbook case.

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The Swords and Drawings Corner, aka the swords and drawings corner.  Well, the swords corner anyways.  No, really!

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The Cotton Hideout, aka the space between the armoire/pantry and the wall, aka the broom closet, aka the place we hang the shopping bags.  I’m not sure how that bolt of cotton ended up back there.

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The Sample Book Centre, aka the kitchen bookshelf.  Those binders contain about half of what I learned at school the first time around.  Some day there will be room in the studio for them, but this works for now.

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The Hat Shelf, aka the hat shelf.  The top hat was my felt project for school, and you can see the corner of my Laminaria shawl poking out of the bottom.  There’s a bunch more, but it’s mostly hidden.

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The Reference Library, or part of it.  Aka the floor in the living room.

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The – hey, that’s where my knitting needle gauge went!

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The Chair That I Neatly Hung My Apron On.  Until it got attacked.  Which brings me to . .  .

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Who, me?  Aka General Starkiller Fangzalicious The Third, aka Argh, You Monster, Enough With The CLAWS, aka Sayiidi.  I figure there’s enough cat hairs in everything I make he qualifies as an official source of fibre.

Boots

July 20, 2009

This is Boots.

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He belongs to the two little girls who live upstairs, but he’ll take attention from anyone.  In fact, he insists on attention from everyone.

Boots 2He likes to “help” me in the garden.  Generally this involves lying on the plants, trying to snuggle when I’m weeding, and then chasing the droplets from the watering can.

Boots 4He’s also developing a taste for pretty coloured yarn.

Boots 1 He’s cute, reliable, entertaining company any time I feel like going outside.

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Which happens a lot, so it’s a good thing I like him!