January 1st, 2009

Mama Deb

My Yuletide stories

Sweet Run, for Senji. Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War. Rated G. Original characters. What happened to another of Vatta's ships during the crisis? This was the main story I wrote.

Beloved, for Eon. Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette's A Companion to Wolves. Isolfr/Vethulf/Skjaldwulf. Rated NC-17, and slash (well, canon slash.)

My Pain, for wickedfox. Scrubs. Rated G. Dr. Cox rants.

And, again, the lovely story written for me, The Greatest Potter in Emelan , Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series. G.
by que_sera, whom I thank once again.

I'll be sending responses when I'm home and can access my email account.

Instant project

I decided that I wanted an example (and a dry run) for my knitting class.

So I made a baby hat, for the baby staying here.

Pattern is as follows - measure or guess the circumference of the head, and add a half-inch. Or not. Cast on enough stitches to go round the head. I guessed 12", and cast on 60. Knit an odd number of rows in garter stitch. Then knit an inch in stockinette, ending on a knit row, turn, knit the next two rows. This creates a purl ridge. Repeat until you read 1/3 or so of the circumference, ending on a purl row. Bind off. Sew the side and top of the hat together to make a sort of envelope. If desired, and I DID desire, make a pair of tassels to tie at the corners.

Took me about three hours and it fit her.
Mama Deb

Tales of the Inn I

There are a number of small children here, including a pair of four year old girls - Elana and Eden. Who will probably be friends for weekend.

They were fascinated watching me wind ginormous skeins of Bernat yarn into less ginormous balls by hand. I have my ball winder with me, but the commercial skeins were too tight.

And so, I have spent the past half hour manufacturing a tiny hat and a tiny purse for small but demanding children. And that's after being left in charge of Elana, without realizing it. *sigh*

On a cuter note, Eden's little brother, Daniel, took a look at Jonathan and his big beard and proclaimed him "Wabbi!" Daniel's father has a beard, but not so big.

There is also a cat - a large tabby cat named Winston. Why do innkeepers keep cats? Fortunately, there are few carpets, the cat stays in certain areas and the second zyrtec worked. It is also infested with these beautiful spinning wheels, which I want to learn to use. There's a walking wheel *and* an Ashford.