March 6th, 2007

The Librarian

An addition ...

... to the qualifications for being my perfect mate ... a love of the tedious chore of laying out and cutting patterns. I'll keep taking care of my fabric and pattern choices and the actual sewing, thanks. :p

Sad that it took this long to realize that, even though I love sewing, I often find it difficult to get into the mood ... that boring preliminary work sucks all the enthusiasm out of me like some sort of paper/pin/thread-based vampire (chalk up more points for knitting ... grab your sticks and string and dive right in to the GOOD bit!)

'owever, I took yesterday and today off with the intent of getting sewing done and gonna make today's goals public ('cause if I'm the only one who knows, I can and will slack off without guilt).

Not a heavy load, really ... as I've also got to drive up to the other end of this burg and sign completion certificates for my recent class (and, traffic permitting, pick up some more of that kale hash mix and, hopefully, some 3.5mm doublepointed bamboo needles) ... that's going to take a while. But this afternoon:

Teal/black shirt of yesterday: nearly complete, but still needs cuffs, hemming, buttonholes and buttons today.

Dark mauve linen shirt: snapped up at thrift shop YEARS ago, but was missing buttons; only FINALLY managed to find some that matched a couple of weeks ago. Buttons must be sewn on today.

Bathrobe: tie-dyed flannelette in vivid orange/red/purple purchased last year with intent of being oversized shirt like teal/black number above. However current el-cheapo bathrobe hastily purchased for bunkroom-sharing/awards-dinner trip many years ago is showing those tiny holes that mean beginning of disintegration of cotton. Flannelette, being fuzzy on both sides, would cling to other garments when worn over leggings or as jacket over jeans/t-shirt, plus colour pattern on large side ... FAR better candidate as bathrobe. At least pin out and cut, so it will be ready to go when sewing mood hits again (and mood more likely to hit with instant gratification waiting in the wings)

Okay, I'm now counting on your impatience for photos to motivate me. :p
The Librarian

Reporting to my volunteer sewing whipcrackers

Errands took somewhat longer than expected, partially due to repetitive, one-syllable telephone conversation with UPS employee who had great difficulty with the concept of a customer wanting to pick up a parcel rather than have it delivered to workplace ... Neil Gaiman owes me BIGTIME for supporting his favourite bookstore. :p

However, shirt has cuffs, is hemmed and has three buttonholes. Must now walk over to fabric store (about two blocks) and get second spool of thread as original ran out halfway through fourth buttonhole (picking out half-finished buttonhole to start over is NOT fun, as bobbin thread goes berserk and tries to recreate Gordian Knot when main spool runs dry). Am also taking mauve shirt over to match, as have discovered that, while I own a rainbow of threads, I don't own any that actually match said shirt/buttons.
The Librarian

A highlight to the day ...

... (besides adding to my wardrobe). I'm beginning to think there must have been some unconscious she-knows-what-she's-doing expression implanted on me in college as part of the diploma ... often, when I shop, I'm a magnet for puzzled people. Today in Edelweiss, a women approached me with little packets in hand to see if I knew what they were. At Edelweiss most of the products have no English on 'em ... text tends to be in German or Dutch (which is part of what makes grocery shopping there so much fun!). Lady was after whipped cream. Packets both looked like whipped cream ... in fact they were identical in size, colour, picture on front. However the "label" word on each was different ... they were sitting side-by-side in the same display box, but there were two shelf labels underneath ... one for each of the two different words. One shelf label all in Dutch, one in Dutch with additional words "whipped cream". But as near as we could figure out, that one was some sort of whipped cream "stiffener". Maybe. Lunch crowd was coming in at that point (store includes small cafeteria and cafe), so was impossible to corner staff-type person. As I was standing in line to pay for my haul (two boxes of that kale hash & two more tins of hot chocolate), new acquaintance passed me empty handed ... told me with a grin that she'd decided to have lunch first and try for staff help afterwards, joined gent who I assume was hubby and they both toddled off café-wards (sorely tempted m'self, as the food there is YUMMY, but overruled by fear of whip-wielding friends and desire to get through downtown and home while traffic still not dreadful).

I do like grocery store encounters like that ... we discussed all the Oetker dessert mixes on the shelf that we'd tried or not tried yet, she was curious about my boxes, so I ended up explaining what kale was and what the mix was like. Then, at cash register, staffer passing by behind cashier spotted the hot chocolate and made a point stopping to tell me about Girardelli's utterly decadent brownie mix (not sold in that shop, unfortunately, but I think woman actually running cash was one of the owners/managers, 'cause she had a Swiss accent and was quizzing the staffer about it as I left ... mebbe it'll be part of the stock next time I go up there). :-)

And it was a sunny, warm, don-t-need-a-coat, can-have-the-windows-open day, with ice and snow melting off pavements as fast as it could. Spring is coming!