Intro Post

Sep. 27th, 2020 02:22 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

This is my intro post. I figured I'd better have one.

This journal is a mix of fannish stuff, ponderings, computer geekery, art and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others.
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kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
In between coughing and sniffling, I ended up doing unexpected craft today. Using "Hama" AKA "perler" beads. These are the beads you put on a peg-board to make a design, and then melt them with an iron (with paper in between the beads and the iron so that the plastic doesn't stick to the iron). I don't remember ever having crafted with these as a child, but I stumbled across some Pinterest pins which pointed towards their potential for making interesting things, like boxes.
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kerravonsen: fireworks: "Yay!" (Yay!)
Yay for you, [ profile] izhilzha, for being there, and being quietly supportive and thinky and creative.
May there be many happy returns of the day for you.
kerravonsen: Disney-ish princess, in purple (me-princess)
A hilarious 15-character-meme answer, in which some of the answers are linked together in a semi-coherent narrative:
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
I have finished my [ profile] acd_holmesfest assignment! Only a few hours before it was due. But it is done!

I am pleased with it, though I am unsure if my recipient will be pleased with it. At least it is pretty?
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I've been collecting various Tunisian Crochet stitch tutorials (see my bookmark collection). I've noticed some stitches in the collection are a combination of a base stitch plus some additional feature, and I realized that the additional features could be added to different base stitches to make even more stitch variations. So I thought I'd be systematic in cataloguing these variant features.

The base stitch used in the variants I found is usually either Tunisian Simple Stitch or Tunisian Knit Stitch, but these modifications could be done to other base stitches such as Backwards Simple Stitch or Full Stitch etc.

After pulling up a loop, chain one.
* Seed Stitch (but I prefer to call it Extended Knit Stitch)

The "Double Crochet" version of a stitch. Before inserting the hook, yarn over. After pulling up a loop, yarn over and pull through two instead of one. (Likewise, trebled with treble crochet etc.)
* Double Stitch

Do a purl-wrap on the stitch.
* Purl Stitch

Add the "Bamboo Stitch" horizontal bar variation to the stitch.
* Tunisian Bamboo Stitch

Skip one stitch, do a stitch, go back and do the skipped stitch.
* Crossed Stitch

Then we get the stitch patterns which combine two different stitches and often get called things like "Moss Stitch" or "Seed Stitch" irrelevant of which particular two stitches are combined.

Alternating (or Ribbing)
Stitch A, followed by Stitch B.
"Rib Stitch" (using Simple Stitch and Twisted Simple Stitch)

Alternating Offset
In row 1, AB and in row 2, BA.

* "Seed Stitch" (Knit Stitch + Backwards Simple Stitch)
* "Moss Stitch" (Simple Stitch + Purl Stitch)

Resembling a basket-weave; one stitch needs to have vertical bars, the other stitch needs to have horizontal bars.


Most commonly done with Knit Stitch and Purl Stitch but I think other stitches could work as well.
kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)
Title: Lunch And Other Obscenities
Universe: ST-Reboot
Author: Rheanna
Size: 9868 words
Tags: Novelette, Friendship, Culture, Starfleet Academy
Characters: Nyota Uhura, Gaila
review of Lunch And Other Obscenities )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: Luna Lovegood, a tilted picture hanging on a wall (Luna)
Title: A Study in Magic
Universe: Harry Potter/Sherlock
Author: Books Of Change
Size: 1223K 492408 words
Tags: Long Novel, Crossover, Family, Adoption, Genderbending, Worldbuilding, AU Divergent Timeline, First Year, Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year
Characters: Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Albus Dumbledore, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black
review of A Study in Magic )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
Title: A Study in Magic
Universe: Harry Potter/Sherlock Holmes
Author: Vixit
Size: 130K 45097 words
Tags: Novella, Crossover, Adventure, First Year, Adoption, Worldbuilding, Manipulative Dumbledore, AU Divergent Timeline
Characters: Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Albus Dumbledore
review of A Study in Magic )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
Title: Never Say Remember
Universe: Harry Potter
Author: Malora
Size: 232K 94901 words
Tags: Long Novel, Angst, AU, Parallel Universe, Adoption, PoA-compatible, Third Year
Characters: Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Lily Evans, Albus Dumbledore, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin
review of Never Say Remember )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: a woman and a man's hand, barely touching (SSHG)
Title: Arithmantic Equations as a Second Language
Universe: Harry Potter
Author: Absolute Tash
Size: 23K 8873 words
Tags: Novelette, AU Divergent Timeline, Voldemort-wins, Romance, Angst, Worldbuilding, Arithmancy, SSHG2012, SSHG
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
review of Arithmantic Equations as a Second Language )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: Ron Weasley looking up, puzzled (Ron)
Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Universe: Harry Potter
Author: A Marguerite
Size: 133K 51914 words
Tags: Novel, Adventure, Humour, Romance, DH-compatible, Behind-the-scenes
Characters: Percy Weasley, Penelope Clearwater, Oliver Wood, Dolores Umbridge
review of The Scarlet Pimpernel )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)
Relatively recently I signed up for Pinterest, because they had changed their interface such that one couldn't look at pins unless one was signed in (there was a Stylish workaround, but it no longer worked). Perhaps I should have gone off in a huff, and refused to join such a non-open site, but I missed being able to look at people's pins. Because there's an awful lot of good craft stuff there. And I really like looking at craft tutorials and examples of other people's work for inspiration. So, I joined. But I was sufficiently in a huff that I didn't join as Kerr Avonsen, but used another handle.

I joined and started pinning things as well as looking at pins. But I wasn't pinning tutorials (those I was bookmarking and/or saving offline with Scrapbook). I was pinning inspirations. Because images is where Pinterest has its strength. And I wanted to be able to look at pictures of fantastic wire-work, and freeform crochet, and clever jewellery ideas and so on. Before I knew it, I had four boards with over three hundred pins between them.
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kerravonsen: Gandalf and the Ninth Doctor, with lightning: Storm Crows. (StormCrows)
Someone pointed me towards [ profile] b2mem (Back To Middle Earth Month) and even though it is near the end of the month, they aren't strict about things being finished by the end of the month (they're aware that some things take quite a while to create).

And I am eyeing a particular prompt; Faramir's wedding gift for Eowyn. Naturally, with my inclinations, I would want to make the wedding gift in question. But what should I make? Would a necklace -- however well-designed -- be good enough for such a gift? Or too small and trivial?


Please, give me ideas.
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Mar. 8th, 2015 10:16 pm
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Was my previous post really boring or something? Hello? Is anyone there?
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
I've been writing long enough to be pretty clear how I go about it. With my symbolic jewellery, it's only been a few years. But I've made enough pieces that I think I have a decent idea about how I go about it, and the interesting thing is that it isn't very much like my writing process at all. Some things may be similar, since they are both creative processes, but the pacing and weight are different.
cut for methodical ponderings )
kerravonsen: Second Doctor about to type in the Land of Fiction: "Fanfic: everyone does it" (fanfic)
Doing some experimental writing here. The muse struck, had to do this. Check it out, pls.

I am Crazy

Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:50 am
kerravonsen: I signed up to write WHAT? (ficathon-signup)
I just signed up for the ACD Holmesfest at the last minute.

Crazy. Crazy.
But I am intrigued by the thought of doing a craft-ish character study of Holmes and/or Watson.
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
I realized that my fannish and symbolic jewellery is scattered all over the place, and that makes it hard for me to point and say "that is what I mean when I say that I make symbolic jewellery". So I thought I'd make an index of my works, and links to places where both the work and its explanation resides.


Symbolic works which relate to specific fannish universes, characters or situations.

Harry Potter:

* Snape Angel (extra notes) (2012)
* Seasons (in the Potions Ingredients Garden) (extra notes) (2012)
* Protective Amulet (July 2013)
* Hufflepuff Necklace (August 2013)
* Quills and Potions (2014)
* Garland (January 2014)
* The Alchemy of Friendship (July 2014)
* Broken Heart (January 2015)

Doctor Who:

* Idris And Her Thief (April 2013)


This contains works which are still symbolic, but the symbolism is not fannish.

* Piercing The Darkness (July 2013)
* Tree of Life
* The Five Elements
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
I know I've asked this before, and not gotten very many answers, but I'll ask again, because I don't know how else to find out (googling was not helpful).

I like making fannish craft, I do. And I like participating in fests where I can make fannish craft (to prompts, for people, whatever). However, Harry Potter fandom (in specific, Severus Snape fandom) is the only place where I've found fests/exchanges where craft is welcome. And I'd like to do stuff besides Harry Potter, y'know? But 95% of fests are fic-only, and the remaining ones that accept art (or do an art + fic combo), most of them don't accept craft. But I figure it would be easier to persuade a moderator to accept craft when they already accept art, than for a ficathon which doesn't accept art at all. Or I could be sneaky and do craft and call it "art" - after all, I'd be sending an image anyway. It would just be in a different medium: craft plus photography. Which is itself an Art.

So I've been poking around, and come across a few of the "Reverse Big Bang" fests, which start with the art and finish with the fic. Which is cool, I'd like to do that. Unfortunately, the ones I've looked at appear to have died (like, last post a couple of years ago). Argh!

So please, does anybody know of any currently-not-dead fests, ficathons, bangs (big or otherwise) which are at least art-friendly? In fandoms that I know? Particularly Doctor Who.

Maybe you could ask your flists?


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