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: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis-blue)
This time I watched them back-to-back.
I liked the second half better than the first half.
spoilers will be kidnapped )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
(Yes, there were previous adventures.)

I've decided to stop using the term "knooking", and am going with a suggestion someone made in a forum on Ravelry, and start calling it "hook knitting". It's more precise, I think. Less confusing.

Why am I bothering with hook-knitting? Because I want to. Please don't call this craft a "rip off", "a waste of time", or "not real knitting". It is "real" knitting, it just uses different tools to achieve the same effect, just like loom-knitting does. Then again, loom-knitting also tends to be called "not real knitting". Enough - or I will end up derailing this post with a rant about Realness.

So... I've been doing more hook-knitting, trying out tools and methods and modifications.
Trial 1 )
Trial 2 )
Trial 3 )
Trial 4 )
Trial 5 )

further thoughts )
kerravonsen: TARDIS in a field: "Somewhere Else" (tardis-somewhere-else)
Well, I've now seen part 2. I'm... not really sure what I think.
spoilers will be shot )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I tried doing some knooking yesterday, using a bamboo Tunisian crochet hook with an extension made of a plastic tube attached to the end of the hook (one of a set of them which I bought on E-Bay - like this). I was finding it quite difficult, and now I have figured out why. It was the plastic tube. It was too thick, and thus getting in the way.

See, an "official" Knook hook is a crochet hook with a hole drilled at the end, and a cord which you thread through the hole. This works because the cord is small enough not to get in the way. Likewise, there are extended Tunisian crochet hooks which work because the extension part is coated wire which is about 1mm thick, not a plastic tube which is 4mm thick.

So it isn't that I can't do knooking, it is that I was using the wrong tool for the job. Good to know (and now I need to get more appropriate hooks...)


Nov. 1st, 2015 09:24 pm
kerravonsen: fireworks: "Yay!" (Yay!)
I had a surprise for my birthday. No, it isn't my birthday yet, not for another week and a half. Which is how they managed it, clever people.
Read more... )


Oct. 25th, 2015 09:16 pm
kerravonsen: Joe peering around a corner: Just watching (Joe-watching)
After looking at the "Design" category on Pinterest...

* Clothes design: the more avante-garde, the uglier and more uncomfortable it is
* Interior design: everyone has enormous rooms with no sign that anyone lives there
* Furniture design: I wonder how these pieces even stay up, or why anyone would want to sit on them
kerravonsen: cartoon 8th Doctor: "perfect fit" (Doc8-perfect-fit)
I'm an organised thinker, and I'm thinking about organisation. These thoughts were prompted mainly by the process I have taken in organising my craft stuff, but the principles apply to other things as well. This isn't so much a series of tips or even necessarily a "how-to"; instead I'm being rather more analytical than this type of article usually is, not just saying "do this" but also the reasoning behind why it is a useful thing to do.

First Principle )
Second Principle )
Third Principle )
Putting This Into Action )
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: "Any place. Any time. (but not where you intended)" (tardis-any-place)
I'm not sure why I feel a bit meh about this episode... I mean, it wasn't bad, there wasn't anything wrong with it. Maybe it just doesn't live up to the contrast with seeing "The Martian" last night.
spoilers will be drowned )
kerravonsen: Snape: Anti-hero (Snape-anti-hero)

The current prompts seem to be mostly slash, with a little bit of het and hardly any gen. So here I'm begging for more gen prompts -- you don't have to participate in order to leave prompts.
kerravonsen: Cat staring upwards: OMG iz fulla starz (full-of-stars)
I just saw The Martian with JB. It was good. I'm now going to retract what I said to him on exiting the movie; I said that it was better than both Apollo 13 and Gravity. I love Gravity too much to let that stand: The Martian was just as good as Gravity, but in different ways. Gravity was... more intense; The Martian was more real.
rambling spoilery discussion with reference to all sorts of things )
kerravonsen: hand stretching up: "Help!" (Help!)
Help me, oh HP friends! There's a Harry Potter story I'm trying to remember the name/author/location of, and I've already gone through my bookmarks and can't find it.
This is an AU First Year story, one of those Snape-mentors-Harry kind of stories. Also a Manipulative Dumbledore story.

Alas, the only thing I can remember is that, rather than Snape just assuming that Harry is pampered and spoiled before he ever lays eyes on him, Snape is given reason to believe that is so because of the things that Albus keeps on saying before school starts; like Albus has this conversation with Minerva which indicates that Harry is on luxurious holiday etc.
There's also a bit -- though possibly it's from a different story -- where Snape has to be the one to fetch Harry, and Dumbledore is reluctant to let Snape do it, and then tries to manipulate Snape again by mentioning James, in order to make sure that Snape is not sympathetic to Harry when they meet. But Snape gets suspicious of this, so he doesn't fall into that trap.

I fear, alas, that (a) that's not enough information for you folk to find it for me and (b) if I can't find it in my bookmarks, it's probably because it turned out to be a crappy story with a promising beginning.

But still, my curiosity is killing me, I want to find it. Help!

ETA: Found it. It was "Petunia's Boys" and I'm not going to give the link because it was, indeed, crap.
kerravonsen: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: monsters, aliens, robots, battles, disasters and being England, it's raining as well (Brig)
Yes, I watched this a week late... so I wouldn't have to wait for part 2. Still going to give my reaction now before I actually see part 2.
spoilers will be drowned )
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis)
spoilers will get the sharp end of a pointy stick )
Yes, I'm not being terribly analytical this time, but I did enjoy it.
kerravonsen: Hermione: "You won't like me when I'm angry" (angry)
I have just been informed that someone at RainFurrest 2015 was giving away copies of Refractions #3 for free. Now, that would be nice and all... if the zine wasn't out of print and therefore the copies are obviously unauthorized reprints. I don't give a damn that they -- whoever they are -- aren't making money out of them, they should have bloody well asked permission! Just because there is a version online does not mean that people automatically have permission to mass-produce copies.

Can anyone out there give me more information about this?
kerravonsen: chainmaille pendant, diamond-shaped, going from black to silver, from brown to gold (alchemy-friendship)
This is my entry in the current M.A.I.L. contest: "Steampunk". A maille-wrapped cane.

Steampunk Cane by Kathryn Andersen. Large Anodized Aluminium (gold) washers tied on with leather thonging. Two wrapping chains spiralling around the shaft. Japanese 6 in 2: washer WD=2.0mm ID=3.0mm (Brass); large ring WD=1.0mm ID=4.76mm Anodized Aluminium (gold). Rosetta: WD=1.0mm ID=4.0mm (Anodized Aluminium, Steel) (gold)

Steampunk Cane by Kathryn Andersen. Large Anodized Aluminium (gold) washers tied on with leather thonging. Two wrapping chains spiralling around the shaft. Japanese 6 in 2: washer WD=2.0mm ID=3.0mm (Brass); large ring WD=1.0mm ID=4.76mm Anodized Aluminium (gold). Rosetta: WD=1.0mm ID=4.0mm (Anodized Aluminium, Steel) (gold)

I am pleased I got it finished before the deadline, it was worrying me a bit.
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis)
Finally saw this. Hmmmmm. This is prompting a bunch of thinky thoughts. That must mean it was good.
spoilers will be exterminated )
Edited to add: I thought this went without saying, but apparently it doesn't: I have not seen "The Witch's Familiar" yet, and I want NO SPOILERS for it!!!!
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
And this post, is some craft tools I made, some old, some recent.
lucets )

peg loom )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I bought this yarn on Friday, and I though I would kill two birds with one stone with it: I would make swatches of stitches I hadn't tried out before, and I would use those swatches as bases for scrumbles for my Amazing Housecoat (which doubtless will take years and years to finish).

And here are what I have done so far:

Swatch: HDC rib stitch; Patons Cosmos grey yarn, Acrylic/Wool/Lurex.

Swatch: Mesh stitch; Patons Cosmos grey yarn, Acrylic/Wool/Lurex.

Swatch: Griddle stitch and Crumpled Griddle stitch; Patons Cosmos grey yarn, Acrylic/Wool/Lurex.

Swatch: Staggered Diagonal Basketweave stitch; Patons Cosmos grey yarn, Acrylic/Wool/Lurex.

I have decided that I like this yarn a lot. Of course, it turns out that it's discontinued, which is why it was on sale... oh well I'll go back to Lincraft next week and see if they have any left (I only bought two balls).


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