Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Adventures in Wonderland

I great bit THANK YOU to Cannw90!

I received this beautimuslovely package in the Alice in Wonderland swap

 The first glimpse into the box.

I absolutely love everything about this! It’s a wee pocket watch for Mr. W. Rabbit himself! The little rabbit and flower top pops open to reveal a real working watch. It’s darling and so very perfect. That, right there, was all I needed in the box. I’m done.

However, there is so very much more in the box. Cannw90, must have folded everything up like a telescope so it would fit.

Next was a project bag with the knitting sheep from my favorite chapter in Through the Looking Glass and a traveling tea mug with strainer so I can brew my loose leaf teas. I’m brewing a Doctor Who tea in it in the photo. Amazing the universe didn’t explode with all the awesome in one place. 

So. Many. Teas. and coffee, can’t forget the coffee. I’m set to host a tea party every day from my Birthday to my next with all the Unbirthdays between. So far I’ve tried the Gypsy Rose and it’s marvelous.

 Adorable little jars of jam for the tea party and dark chocolate too.

 This is the softest, squishiest cowl. It feels like velvet and the colors are beautiful and it’s wonderful!

 The Caterpillar scarf! see how the bobbles are his little caterpillar FEET! That is too cute and the scarf is awesome.

Next up are some wonderful washcloths in the Cheshire cat colors tied in a ribbon in my favorite color along with a wee tin of my favorite hand balm. It’s all too perfect. I especially appreciate the decorative stitch, it makes the cloths so lush and thick.

 My very FAVORITE yarn! Malabrigo Twist. Thank you, Cannw90, I hope it wasn’t too much trouble to find it. And the color is Sealing Wax which is perfect beyond words.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."


And finally “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
My cat it in the process of killing the raven cat toy for asking a question with no answer.

Bravo, Cannw90, for the amazing package. You gathered all of my favorite things into one wonderful swap box. Thank you, I love it!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Put Cats in the Coffee

A new three month round of Nerd Wars has started and in celebration I'll post a project that I entered in the Spring round.
The hat was for the Big Bang Swap. The person I drew likes animals and the color orange. The orange yarn is sock yarn scraps held double and the white is Lush wool/angora yarn.

I made it thinking of all the cat references in the show. Lenard wishing for a Hypoallergenic Calico while singing emo songs, the never ending references to Schrodinger's cat and finally Cats-$20. I packaged this hat up and mailed it with the quote “This is Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Otto Frisch, and Zazzles." Because, you know, Zazzles is zazzy.

Now the Nerd Wars challenge was to choose a character from another team for a dream dinner date. The project needs to be inspired by that meal.

Hmmm and how am I going to link cats to dinner? It took a little searching and creative thinking and I came up with this...

My dream dinner would be with Alice in Through the Looking Glass (Team One More Page). It’s a favorite book of mine and I’ve always wanted to visit the Looking Glass world. I would go to her coronation banquet when she is crowned queen. One of the verses of the song sung before she enters the hall is

“Then fill up the glasses as quick as you can,
And sprinkle the table with buttons and bran:
Put cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea --
And welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!”

For such a large banquet there will be lots coffee so more cats will be appreciated and in a moment of whimsy can be used as a cozy.

The next part of the challenge was my team challenge. Team Browncoat joined up with Team Tardis for the Team Unity Project. The challenge was to use the colors significant in both of our fandoms.

Now I knit the hat with colors chosen for other reasons so I had to go searching for the colors. I also knit this in February when we were just  buried in snow as blizzard after blizzard has hit the Midwest. So the white is for snow in Doctor Who and Firefly. The orange is the color of my favorite companion Donna Noble’s hair. It’s also the color of Jayne’s hat.

And with that, I took a gift I knit with a particular person's likes in mind and tied it to three TV shows and a book.