Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This afternoon, I was talked into doing more baking, so I produced a batch of pecan scones. And I also proved that tinfoil isn't an impermeable substance, though how butter gets through the tinfoil and onto the baking sheet is beyond me.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
According to Wikipedia, during the late 1990s, a number of Japanese high school girls started wearing oversized socks with their uniforms. Originally, the socks were intended for use by hikers and mountain climbers; I assume it was pretty much a tube sock, but eventually a number of companies started manufacturing deliberately oversized socks specifically for export to Japan. Since these socks have cuffs that are wider than the average high school girl's leg, they're not likely to stay up without assistance of some kind, be it a garter or glue. Some clever person came up with the idea of using a glycerin- or water-based adhesive to do exactly that.
The fad caught on among younger students who wanted to imitate their older counterparts, and even the negative reaction by a number of school officials made the idea gain wider appeal... except among adults. Still, it's not hard to find sock glue on a number of websites catering to Japanophiles and cosplay culture.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The flash still makes the colors look garrish, but without it, the picture doesn't do the yarn justice, either.
As I mentioned in one of the previous posts about these socks, the name I chose for them comes from the Welsh story of Blodeuwedd. Here's the relevent passage from the Mabinogion:
"Then they called together the whole of Gwynedd, and set forth to Ardudwy. And Gwydion went on before and proceeded to Mur y Castell. And when Blodeuwedd heard that he was coming, she took her maidens with her, and fled to the mountain. And they passed through the river Cynvael, and went towards a court that there was upon the mountain, and through fear they could not proceed except with their faces looking backwards, so that unawares they fell into the lake.
"And they were all drowned except Blodeuwedd herself, and her Gwydion overtook. And he said unto her, 'I will not slay thee, but I will do unto thee worse than that. For I will turn thee into a bird; and because of the shame thou hast done unto Llew Llaw Gyffes, thou shalt never show thy face in the light of day henceforth; and that through fear of all the other birds. For it shall be their nature to attack thee, and to chase thee from wheresoever they may find thee. And thou shalt not lose thy name,
but shalt be always called Blodeuwedd.'"
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was right.... sort of.... Spring, it seems, has come to Vincenzo's tank. And it was a very, very scary sight.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Llyn y Morwynion socks are also on my to-do list, specifically for the Folklore and Fairytale Spring KAL. The pattern is Lakeside, which also ties in with the story of Blodeuwedd, though in a slightly less obvious image taken from much later in the story. I cast on early this morning and have forged my way through two pattern repeats of Chart A. Much to my consternation, the stitches seemed a little off, but when I turned the sock around and looked at it from a different angle, I said, "I'll be... It actually looks like it's supposed to!" Shocking. Shocking.