Saturday, June 7, 2008

Arrows by Annette Petavy, and I've been tagged!

Arrows is finished and I'm in love with it. It was so interesting to make, and the Malabrigo was so soft, the colours so dark and intense, that I'm considering making another one just like it. But no: one more week and I'll be free to work on my own stuff again, which I miss terribly.

But wait! I've been tagged by Skamama! That was over a week ago, so here goes:

The rules; Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing ten years ago?

More or less what I'm doing now! Living in this house which I love in this village which I love, only it was smaller then. Playing concerts, teaching and conducting. DS was five then so I was still in Mommy mode. I wasn't directing a school (oh, happy days...) but neither was I crocheting, so I didn't know what life was about.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?

Take rugs to dry cleaner. (done.)
Pay for airline tickets to Toronto. (done.)
Take pics of Arrows Stole. (done.)
Update Blog. (doing.)
Prune front garden.
Make sour cherry pie. My sour cherry tree has produced its first crop this year: about 25 cherries. Enough for a very small pie.
Choose a crochet project small enough to keep my mind healthy for just over a week.
Do NOT think about my to-do list for Monday.

3. Snacks I enjoy.

Pa amb Tomaquet, the crowning glory of Catalan cuisine: Toast (or even better, grill) a slice of country bread. Rub lightly with a cut clove of garlic. Halve a ripe tomato and rub it all onto the bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a bit of good olive oil. Unbeatable, addictive, very good for you.
Mmmm cheese. But not goat cheese.
Spiced sunflower seeds, another great Spanish invention. The shells are covered in salt and spices. You suck on them until all the good stuff is gone, then crack them and eat the seed.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire.

No idea. I can't even imagine it. Classical musicians just don't become billionaires! It's like that joke, what's the least-used sentence in the English language? A: "Isn't that the banjo player's Porsche?"But I know what I'd do if I had 200€ to spare: buy a dressmaker's dummy.

5. Places I have lived.


6. Jobs I've had.

Waitress. Worst waitress in the Greater Toronto Area.
Plant-Waterer in fancy office buildings.
Sandwich girl.
Picture Framer.
English teacher.

7. Peeps I want to know more about:

All of these are fantastic crochet designers and bloggers from around Europe.

Annette Petavy, only once again I can't seem to access her blog.
Pyogazel (turns out she's already been tagged!)
Since Pyogazel is already spoken for, I tag the talented Pimpampum!


Julie said...

I will definitely have to try the Pa amb Tomaquet, it sounds delicious. I love toasted, crusty bread rubbed with garlic and I love tomatoes. So, pairing them.....mmmm.
Annette is at

Anonymous said...

Arrows is gorgeous! I'll let you send it to me when you get the second one done! (wink, wink, with a very big grin!)

Anonymous said...

Hey you! I have the sewing dummy idea of your DREAMS!!
I have made a clone of myself using a fabulous method from a sewing mag. I bought several years ago.
Here's how you do it (and these are great sewing dummies because they look exactly like YOUR OWN TINY SELF!)
1. purchase a disposably bad turtle neck t-shirt and a roll or two of brown paper tape (art supply store.)
2. Enlist a friend to help who can commit to an hour of not laughing too hard at you.
3. Don the turtle neck, and wear the chest-related undergarments (ahem!) that you would typically wear.
4. Have the friend wrap you in the wetted brown paper tape like a giant paper mache.
5. While still half-wet-half-dry, have friend slice up right through the turtle neck (but not the undergarment of choix) and create a break away cut line right through the back of the new sewing dummy.
6. Use patching pieces of tape to close the gap (we lay ours in the bathtub when we did this part) and prod the semi-damp dummy back into shape as you go.
7. Leave to dry fully and mount it on whatever old lampstand or busted music stand you can manage.
8. You can also mark lines on the dummy.

These are TERRIFIC! The magazine was "Threads" and I can scan the article if you want- but it's pretty explanaselfic. You can also make one from duct tape, but you need to stuff it full of old clothes/stuffing to keep the shape after it's made.
Cool yes????
Always happy to help and LOVE the new shawl, but cannot spell (nothing much changed)
Love Jen xoxoxox

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Anonymous said...

..and one week later, I finally took the time both to read your answers to the meme, and to write mines.. :-)

Azaharania said...

The shawl is incredible!!! Good work!!

MaryjoO said...

I'm way behind on blog "looking."
this piece is stunning!