Thank you for all the kind comments on Helena! I'm most pleased that it was delivered before the little one was...not little enough anymore. =)
Sooo...I had a list of what I was going to be working on this month. How's that been going for me, you ask? Well...I kinda registered for two online classes, which started February 1st and 3rd. I have spent zero time on one of them, and an inordinate amount of time on the other! As in, I got started a little late and completely underestimated how much time I'd need to put into it! It's a temari class. If you don't know what a temari is, it's basically a thread ball that's geometrically divided and then stitched on. The craft originated in Japan (some say Buddhists brought it over, but the Japanese definitely perfected it). I think you'll be able to see a picture of the temari on the group page here.
When I signed up, I knew it was going to be on a larger temari than I'd worked before (you usually start off your career on balls that have a 3"--about 7.5cm--diameter styrofoam ball at their core). Like this:
So when the dimension was given as circumference, in centimeters, I didn't really pay attention. I just "assumed" that it was going to be on the slightly larger 4" (10cm) styrofoam base, kinda like this one I bought in Japan:
IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I started wrapping and wound up (heh. Wound, like wrapping the ball) with THIS:
It was a lot like the Three Stooges around here as I wrapped the thing. It constantly popped out of my hand and flew across the room. I even managed to knock over an entire glass of water in the process! Hmmm...I should've taken a picture of me holding it to illustrate. Maybe if I'd played more basketball (and by "more", I mean "some")...
If the size of the ball isn't enough, try and wrap your head around the size of the needles...
I've also never done a Combination 10 division before, either (shhhhh...I think I was supposed to have done one as a prerequisite, but I'd done a C8, so I thought I'd wing it).
Here's the C10 division completed. This class teaches us how to do 32 centers on the C10 (don't worry, I'm not sure what that means, either!). Here, I've started putting in the extra pins necessary to complete the marking.
I'm going to need a few more cups of tea before this is done!!
|You know you're in trouble when the directions say, "If you've never done this before, allow 9 hours for this step." !!!|