Today? She is soapbox day. I’m not talking about those little cars Boy Scouts race (everybody knows those races are for the dads, anyhow); I am talking about being on one. I have been jumping on them all day. I will not go into details, as this post is not actually about soapboxes, but whatever. It was a really great copout intro.

So. Today I finished the giant project of thumb-cramping doom (doom!) and now I can do other things only I am not and instead am blogging and making snake gourd curry, because the husband bought one and thought I might like to experiment it (actually, I think he bought it because it let him say “snake” and “gourd” in reference to each other, which I can’t totally blame him for).

I spent the rest of the time between getting home and cooking gourds planning how to do the printing project. Here is my Plan:

1. Research enough that I can do this pretty confidently. I’m just about halfway there.

2. Purchase supplies (Hancock has muslin real darn cheap, and I’m not picky). This is concurrent with #1.

3. Test. This will take a while, and will make me curse. However, better that I curse on little 6″x6″ squares than on a whole big piece of fabric.

4. Print fabric, once tests have yielded a successful result.

5. Make skirt and revel in the success of a first project. Plot for entry into an ArtSci competition at some point.

Oh, and in there is to carve a block for the border design, or maybe get some trim to sew on (but I’ll probably do a printed border, too).

I can totally make this happen before July 17, right? Right.

And because I haven’t gotten to the doing stage yet, here’s a spiffy guy in Jaipur, printing away. He makes it look so easy:

And this guy? Not a cheater like me. No, he’s making the print block the old-fashioned, non-linoleum-and-Speedball way (I’m still practicing with linoleum and the Speedball lino cutters, because if I went to all this trouble and screwed up, I’d be pissed):

Tomorrow is Friday! Woohoo!

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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2 Responses to Today.

  1. Janice in GA says:

    Holy cow, those videos are amazing. I can’t imagine the patience it would take to make those blocks. And using a bow drill.. whoa.

    • HappyGoth says:

      We shall see how much patience it ends up taking – I plan on making some myself! I will have to work up to it, though. I have immense amounts of respect for those men.

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