critters, fiber, weirdness

fair critters

What knitter doesn’t love a good sheep?
metalsheep 005 papersheep
(I think the metal sheep’s name was Bob, he’s a creation from Andy, the Scottish Lion blacksmith)

baby critters!

babydonkey babycow

unpleasant critters

Or be careful what you wish for… Monday morning I was thinking, I’ll have a leisurely start to the morning and go into work maybe around 8 (versus 7), maybe do some laundry (because I’d worked the previous 9.5 days, and 12 hours each of the previous 3)…

Then… Mom, my head is itchy

A serious inspection under the bright solar flare of the bathroom heat light revealed one odd hair shaft. Which under microscopic inspection proved to be a nit. Which resulted in this,
I cut off maybe 3 inches, then clipped (using the dog clippers, shhhh) to 1/4 inch… but he still was unhappy with me dragging the louse comb through it… so, clipped to as short as the clippers would go. He thinks it feels kind of interesting, and so do I.

It also meant staying home to do a whole lot of cleaning, and a trip to the laundromat, because we only have cold water at our washer… and given that I did four triple loads, who would want to do that much one load at a time at home?? And purchasing new pillows.


Knitting? I got a few more inches up dh’s cobblestone pullover while staffing the booth at the fair
Maybe two more inches to go… he’s tall…

fair weaving

weaving 019
I think maybe one of these got made each day. Embiggen to see things written on the birch bark. A public piece…

And a few things followed me home…
frenchhillcoopworth windspun
Oddly dyed sale coopworth from French Hill Farm, and Windspun from Hope Spinnery. The colors are a bit off on both… the coopworth is a very bricky color, the other is closer to what it is.


turnip galeuxdeysines
The turnip looks like that mythical creature whose name I can’t remember (gnothu is the closest I can get). Some crazy knit site had it, but now they’ve got a book out and have ditched the online patterns. And I can’t remember what that’s called either. Help? The other is actually a pumpkin! A Galeux d’eysines (leave it to the French…).

weirdness at work

You know how I work in a building that was once part of a mental institution? I swear I heard somebody walking around on the third of our building last week… this floor is an unfinished shell… it was after 5, nobody was up there (that I could see). Maybe I was listening to too many stories from the cleaning lady. The cleaning crew and boiler folks spend a lot of time in the tunnels and see all sorts of odd things.

Look what came out of the printer…
Not only is the place haunted… the machines are trying to create life?

13 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

    Cthulhu turnip! Eeeek! That metal sheep is very cool. Bummer about the lice – hope you got them all…

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

    Yes, Chris beat me to it (once again I keep typing Christ instead of Chris. It’s not like I email Christ all the time, or even type the name, I don’t know what my deal is with that….): Cthulhu, which is NOT easy to type.

    Your bug solution is not what my 13-year-old girl would go for, but I can see a boy the same age thinking it was rather cool. Such a pain, just when you want to take a deep breath and catch up after a busy weekend. But you can’t exactly ignore it… We’ve had scares from school but fortunately not had to go the whole route.

    Always love your pictures, thanks for sharing your weekend with us. I have yet to have time to get last week’s pictures organized. First time I’ve sat down today with unscheduled time!

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    kmkat said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

    Thanks,Chris, for giving the turnip its proper name. I knew it sort of but could never have typed it.
    The things from your printer are weird — I have never known a printer to emit 3D stuff.

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    Dave Daniels said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 5:20 am

    The buzz cut is a good solution, and a stylin’ look anyway.
    The Printer Critters are pretty cool. Your photo of them is excellent.

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    Eileen said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 7:12 am

    Darn, that Chris is quick!

    Your foretaste of Halloween is tres creepy… and my sincere sympathy goes out to you and the manchild for the crawlies. The copier critters are fun, but the one time my son came home with hitchhikers, it took at least six months before my skin settled back down comfortably.

    If you find more on him, I can tell you from experience that a nice thick layering of mayonnaise under a bathing cap for a day or two does do the trick (do this on a weekend, obviously), and is non-toxic…

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    Emily said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 9:05 am

    Ugh. Now that Ladybug and Pigeon are in group daycare, I know the day will come when we have the lice battle.

    Good to see that there are lots of folks out there who know of Cthulhu! That pumpkin looks more to me like a mutant hedge apple.

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    mollybee said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    Love the buzz-to bad it was a necessity rather than a fashion choice. I used to baby sit a little girl who came home with them regularly and I had waist length hair. I never got them but I used to itch a lot in sympathy. Our public school has carpeted floors. Not such a great choice in grade school…lots of transferance opportunities! LOVE the sheep and the yarn. Whataheck is that goop on your copy? Again, if you would wear the tinfoil hat, you’d be immune to these kinds of things. :-)

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    5elementknitr said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

    What a lovely shaped head! Perfect for clipper cuts!

    That printer life is wild – spoooooooky…..

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    Julie said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

    I think that pumpkin looks like a brain; the turnip is just plain weird.

    My daughter got lice when she was 7; she had very, very long beautiful blonde hair and a very sensitive head. But, we managed to get it all without any scissors or razors (that would have been pretty traumatic)!

    Enjoyed your post about the fair.

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    Lucia said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    Heh. I was going to say Medusa. I am so behind the times.

    Great fair.

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    brenda said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

    One of my favorite things about the Common Ground Fair is the weird vegetable table. I love that people save them and submit them to the fair!

    My head it itching just thinking about the nits. Lice are no fun, and I think the shave was the best solution.

    Oh, and those strange printer people – what’s up with that?

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    olga said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    whoa. My biggest fear is lice along with ticks***shudder****
    And I know you actually live in a novel Stephen King wrote!! All that weird stuff happening….

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    Gramily said,

    September 28, 2008 @ 5:42 am

    Hurray for you two, cutting and allowing cut! Awesome cut, perfect solution! as I conducted many a head-check as a teacher, but managed to never get them myself, nor MY kiddoes…now pinworms, that’s another story. Even bugs gotta make a living. Caught E.O. Wilson on the radio, who was known as Bug Boy as a kid in school in AL and was respected as an eccentric. Wilson said eccentrics are well thought of in that part of the country.

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