Saturday, April 30, 2011

Doctor Who Swap

aka, Best. Swap. Ever.

It is required that swap recipients post their thanks on a thread on Ravelry. I'm going to do that. There are so many pictures that I want to share, though, that I'm going to put most of them here.

I opened my door this morning to find a priority mail box decorated with Tardises (Tardii?) from 1929-2005. Did it come by USPS or by Tardis?

Inside where a whole bunch of packages wrapped in Tardis-blue tissue. They were all decorated with quotes and pictures from Doctor Who.

On top was this wonderful hand-drawn/painted card. Inside it said:
Enclosed please find fantastic artifacts of the Doctor. Enclosed please find wonder, romance + intellect. Enclosed please find astonishment, terror, and glee. Enclosed please find a pile of good things to help balance your pile of bad things.

I found all those things. Well, maybe not so much terror, but that's okay.

There was a skein of Peace Fleece wool/mohair DK in the colorway Blue Jay. I've always wanted to try this brand of yarn and now I can.

There was a batt of blended merino in beautiful lavender and green from One Lupine Fiber Arts.

Those two square things are magnets, made from rows of plastic beads. How cool are they? One's a Tardis and the other a Dalek in Ironsides mode. To the fridge with you both!

Next we have a dishcloth that cracked me up. It took a couple of tries with the camera (it is perfectly clear in person), but you should be able to see the bow tie and the word COOL.

The handmade wonders just keep on coming. I kept this rolled up so I could get it all in the photograph. It's a double knit scarf. Since my Who knowledge isn't always detailed, the quote attached to the package clued me in on exactly what it was:
If you ever see a little blue box fly up there in the sky, you shout for me, Gramps. Oh you just shout.

It's Donna Noble speaking to her grandfather and the scarf is the one she was wearing in that episode. Love it!

This about made my head go sploidy-boom. In a package labeled "Would you like some tea?" were two Cadbury eggs and this. My spoiler likely caught a quick throwaway post about liking them. They were there because this is a Dalek egg cosy. I took many pictures, trying to capture the detail. it's an Ironsides Dalek. The plunger arm is holding a tea tray. On the tea tray is a tiny cup of tea in a saucer. So freaking cool. If there hadn't been anything else to open, I'd have been beyond happy. But there was more.

I'd posted that I'd like Doctor Who publications and that I didn't own any. Wow, I do now! I got a book called Torchwood: Another Life. Yay! I miss Torchwood. I got a copy of Doctor Who Magazine. I was just thinking last night about seeing if it was available in the US. I got comics (that's what us geezers call graphic novels) of Four and Eleven, my two most favorite Doctors. Happy, happy. I got a Gallifrey Road tshirt. This was offered by teefury when buying another Who tee shirt would've been overindulgent. I'm delighted to have it. I got coffee mug with Daleks on it. A Doctor Who mug I don't have to hand wash, yay! Not in this picture but also happily received is a bar of Trader Joe's organic milk chocolate truffle.

I knew from the shape of the last package what it was likely to be. What I didn't know was that it was the best of the best in this package.

If I was a decent photographer with a decent camera, this would be better (and it would show the front of the Tardis, not the back). This has been beautifully knit in fingering yarn. Maybe you have to see it in person to appreciate it, but it nearly brought a tear to my eye. It's that great.

I'll err on the side of caution and just say, thank you, Spoiler. You did an amazing job. My pile of good things today is huge.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mittens are done

mittens by Paula knits
mittens, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

These are the mittens for my last Nerd Wars challenge for this round. I am very tired and am looking forward to not knitting. Well, maybe more like not feeling like I have to knit.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A week from today...

1wk2go by Paula knits
1wk2go, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

...this mess of mitts and mittens should be transformed. The goal is to have four completed pair and written instructions for making them. I'm cautiously optimistic.

I am looking forward to having a month off from Nerd Wars. I plan to think about Doctor Who only on Saturdays at 9 pm. I plan to knit both of my newest Cookie A sock club patterns and maybe nothing else.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Farewell Sarah Jane

Time out from work on the Doctor Who mittens to say goodbye to Elisabeth Sladen. The actress portrayed one of my favorite characters, Sarah Jane Smith. The cartoon won't mean anything to many folks. If you're a Doctor Who fan, you might end up with tears in your eyes as I did.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nerd Wars: Tournament 1 Round 3

Tournament 1 Round 3 by Paula knits
Tournament 1 Round 3, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

With half the month to go, I'm done with this round. I'll be working like crazy to finish my 3-month-long dissertation project. There's a month off of the Wars in May. I'm having fun with this, but am looking forward to not having to do anything on a schedule for a while.

Team Tardis is still in the lead. I expect we'll win the first tournament.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Your knitting and crochet time.

Most of my fiber crafting time is in front of the tv. I've got a favorite spot on the couch. Getting a seat at that spot usually involves convincing a large gray cat to relocate to the arm of the couch. Once I'm settled, the cat drapes herself over my arm.

The coffee table in front of me has drawers stuffed with tools: Altoid tins full of stitch markers, multiple tape measures, a pincushion left over from my cross-stitch days, scissors, and more. The top of the table is chaos: patterns, my knitting journal, leftovers from previous projects, my Ouch! pincushion, TV guides, and a couple of remotes. I have my mother's knitting basket and it holds needles and UFOs. There's a Frieda Kahlo bag my brother brought me from Mexico. It's full of Knit Picks Palette and partly completed mittens. There's usually a Coke Zero at hand and sometimes some snacks (popcorn or chocolate).

I watch a lot of British tv (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Coronation Street, BBC America offerings). I get DVDs from Netflix. I'll have just about anything on if I'm absorbed in a project.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Something to aspire to.

I aspire to knitting better. I'm right-handed. I was taught to knit by me left-handed mother. I also learned to knit after I learned to crochet. This resulted in a knitting style that is unique and fast, but doesn't always give me the results I want. The problem appears to be with how I purl. It is hard to describe, but it is like my knit stitches and purl stitches don't match. The sizes and shapes are a little bit different. I've gotten around (heh heh) this by working in the round. The knitting looks fine when it comes from just knit stitches.

I expect this will continue to only be an aspiration for some time to come. It's going to be a while before I want to give up a decades-old skill, even if it doesn't serve me well.

Friday, April 1, 2011


ffool by Paula knits
ffool, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

And now for something completely different, a fiber fool's day.