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Visualise your dream *yes* record it in the present tense - Tactical Ninja

May. 30th, 2011

09:40 am - Visualise your dream *yes* record it in the present tense

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Y'know, it's been 2 months and when I get home I still glance out the door expecting to see a little black and white shape looking back at me expectantly. And I'm still disappointed when I don't. I am enjoying the lack of responsibility after 20 solid years of dog ownership, but .. yeah. And I miss Firstcuddles. She would come up to me and put her forehead on my chest and just stay like that and ooze that particular brand of adoration that only dogs can ooze. Best thing ever. Life without her is definitely different.


Because Livejournal needs to know. You never know when someone might want to choose socks in the future and it's handy to have a post to refer them to where they can gain the information they need. So without further ado:



My socks have cows on. Courtesy of rivet, who gave these to me for my birthday. They make me happy.

The other thing rivet gave me for my birthday was a future-dated fabric shopping mission. Which is now backdated cos we did it on Saturday. Now the thing is, pombagira and I are both enablers and when we get together it can be quite dangerous. And since rivet was also there, I feared it would become a Singularity of fabric-addiction. So in preparation I made a list of things I could potentially purchase for this fabulous gift:

1. Need - cotton lycra for more unitards. Yes, unitards, shut up.
2. Need - waterproof fabric for a townie style raincoat.
3. Wantwantwant - fluoro tulle for a Rainbow Brite Vomit tutu.

We went to the Fabric Warehouse on Thorndon Quay, because it's awesome and has everything including the best scissors ever. rivet needed fabric for Project Pants (she is learning to sew and wants to make fabulous pants). pombagira needed fabric for hippy clothes because she's going to Canada to be a hippy for a few weeks in July and needs to look the part.

Since this place is somewhat of an emporium, we found what we wanted but it took a bit of digging. I came away with raincoat fabric and may have slipped and accidentally bought some fluoro tulle as well. *coffcoff* And maybe some acrylic thread for warping my loom. I buy thread for this because the friction of the reed moving backwards and forwards under tension for the beating seems too much for my handspun yarn. If anyone knows how to remedy this, I'd love to know.

So anyway, the result of this is that our lounge now looks like a craft shop exploded in it. Yesterday was a hive of industry, for me broken only by collecting my offspring from his friend's in Titahi Bay where he'd spent the weekend, and pulling my sewing machine apart and drowning it in oil because it was overcome by zigzagging at high speed and swooned halfway through. When I think back I've had it six years and it could do with a service. Meanwhile, taking the cover off and oiling every moving part got it whirring nicely again. SRSLY this machine was supposed to be a cheap throwaway to finish a project because my brother's old Toyota* one blew up, and it's had a hammering - yet it still goes.

The result of this is that I now have a town raincoat, otherwise known as a city slicker. It's in the style of Dr Wheel's matrix coat, only instead of the mandarin collar it has a hood, and it's lined with hot pink at rivet's suggestion because why the hell should raincoats be boring? The result of the vaguely priestly cut of the coat and the deep hood in combination with the slightly-shiny waterproof fabric and the pink is that when I'm wearing it I look like some kind of fetish rave cultist. But I will be dry, even from the knees down. Nyah.

And then I started weaving. I know I said my next project would be in fluoro but I have all these remnants of rovings left to spin and they kind of go together, so I'm spinning them up and making a stripey blanket thing. Any wool left over after that can be added to Polly's demon trap (crochet blanket that just keeps getting bigger because Someone keeps purchasing too much wool for her projects. *more coffing*

Just for fun, here's a picture of Dr Wheel and me, which proves that sometimes we occupy the same part of spacetime. I'm not sure what we were doing here but it's on top of Tinui Rock and OMG DUCKLIPS!




And further to the topic of Friendly AI:



*Yeah, they made sewing machines once. Who knew?

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From:t_c_da
Date:May 29th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
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they made sewing machines once. Who knew?

Yes, and I've even seen one of them...

Out of semi-related curiosity, what brand is this "throw away" sewing machine?

And in related advice, over oiling a sewing machine can lead to later problems with excessive link accumulation on the over oiled parts, just saying. The machines $WIFE has used over the years (yes all 3 of them in 32 years) have had oiling holes which obviates the need to dis-assemble the device to oil it.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 29th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
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It's a Singer. A low-end model that sold new for $150, and I bought it for $120 at two weeks old after a young student had decided to learn to sew, realised it was harder than it looked and wanted the money.

6 years later...

Believe me, my machine does not get over-oiled! But it also needs grease on some parts occasionally (much like my handpiece) and there's no way to do that without taking it apart.
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From:weeweekittie
Date:May 29th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
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My God, but you are a beautiful couple.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 29th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
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And easy to find in a crowd!

(hee, thanks!)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 29th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Joel's nipples make me gasp too.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:May 30th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
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One of the things the forthcoming paper on friendly AI I'm working on will mention is the need for deeper involved discussion between people with different points of view. Otherwise it may all be about pokes and infuriating 140 character discussions.

It took me a second to remember when we had that photo taken!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 30th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
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In that case you should hook it up to Livejournal and Wordpress and ban it from Facebook and Twitter.

Oh wait, if you hook it up to LJ it'll turn into a drama-ridden emokid and start wearing ironic hats and writing slash. O.o

(we went to the country once. we didn't eat a lot of peaches)
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From:clashfan
Date:May 31st, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
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(Was there a cute kitty, who scratched you through your jeans?)
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:May 30th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
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1) Those socks are EPIC!

2) Yay sewing projects! And that raincoat sounds absolutely brilliant.

3) Awwww! Such a cute couple :-D
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From:rivet
Date:May 30th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
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done already? My god, I've only got as far as washing my fabric!

In any case, I look forward to seeing it :)

Edited at 2011-05-30 05:43 am (UTC)
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From:pombagira
Date:May 30th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
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i washed my fabric then dryed it by the fire then made two hippy skirts.. yay.. this coming long weekend there will be jules dress making and then making tops..hippy tops.. tehehe also i have an overlocker which is kinda cheeting..teheh

still looking forward to eventually having a sewing party with you me and tats.. *nods* it will be a stitch and interesting conversation while occasionally swearing like a pirate... *nods*
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