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Wednesday wol is cable stitched

The two Egyptian geese who spend a lot of their time posing on the chimney of the residence opposite my office window are clearly a couple. This morning they've been rootling around in the res garden with a whole outbreak of baby goslings. It's ridiculously cute, although possibly unwarrantedly early. The weather has been unseasonably warm in the last couple of weeks, but you know Cape Town still has hailstorms up her sleeve. Poor fluffy birdies.

While we're on the subject of things variously avian, first_fallen, who is a Mad Knitter in spades, gave me a pair of beautiful knitted fingerless gloves for my birthday, with a cable-stitched wol pattern. In purple. I adore them. She wanted to put a photo on her Ravelry project page, so I set out to take one. A spot of fuffling around revealed that they didn't photograph at all well without hands in them, so I was faced with the interesting challenge of trying to work out how to hold the camera and photograph both my own hands at the same time. In the event, this entailed:

  1. Placing camera on top of a pile of books, carefully judged for height, on my desk.
  2. Placing black cloth over monitor and holding hands up in front of it.
  3. Adjusting distance of camera to frame hands correctly.
  4. Slowly and carefully pushing the camera button with my chin while not moving my hands at all.
  5. Repeating ad nauseam with various blurry or out-of-frame results, then giving up and asking stv to take the photos. (This resulted in a 45-minute photo shoot in which my hands in gloves were carefully posed in fifteen different positions against five different artistic backdrops, including Jo's tweed jacketed back).

They're lovely gloves. But I am fighting a desire to sew little black beads onto all their eyes, just because.

Image obviously by stv, aka Max Barners. Closeup of wols here, for all you mad knitters.
  • Current Mood: amused enwolled, begloved
  • Current Music: Seu Jorge doing acoustic David Bowie in Portuguese
I am amused by the level of support for beady wol eyes. And the degree of beauty of the gloves clearly called for beautiful rings. May I additionally compliment your daughter on her excellent taste? I'm fond of those rings.
Beady eye factor
Please feel free to embellish with beads. The original pattern calls for beads as eyes but I couldn't find the right beads and didn't know how bling you'd want them.
Re: Beady eye factor
I am slightly surprised to discover that I am entirely at one with the notion of bling-encrusted owls. (Which, for some reason, I typed as "bling-encrusted elves", which is somewhat different and far more tacky. It's early and I haven't yet finished my first cup of tea).

I am delighted to learn that the pattern suggested beads, it makes it seem like a less sacrilegious addition to a beautiful artifact, which is really what's been holding me back. Dammit, "sacrilegious" looks wrong however you spell it. I think that's right.
No, you have a big brain that has much more important things to think about than self timers. At least now you will not have to do that again!
Okay, so not only do I covet the gloves themselves, but I am quivering on the edge of flying to South Africa to swipe one of the rings from your finger.

Where did you get the leaf one on your left forefinger, and how can I obtain one?! (The Nenya tracer band,, has been on my wish list for years, to no avail. But I think yours is even prettier.)

The leaf and the wave ring came from Naga, which was a shop run in Cape Town by my dear friends jo&stv - they imported stuff from Thailand, and most of my jewellery comes from there. They have, alas, closed the shop in the last couple of years and are no longer importing, so I have no idea how you might source one. I'll ask them; the supplier may sell online, perhaps.

Good luck with swiping it. I'd accept the attempt as a reason to get you guys out here again, but I'm very attached to that ring and it would be a tussle in which I'd be inclined to fight dirty ;>. However, I'll leave it to you in my will, if you like!

Edited at 2011-08-19 07:29 am (UTC)
Yes, please let me know if it's available online somewhere!

As for fighting dirty, bring it on, sister. Ken will happily wield the video camera. ;-P

Hugs, Dayle