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Spring and sewing

State of the Me first:  The mammogram and ultrasound were normal; I just have 42-year-old never-been-pregnant boobs, with "perhaps a cyst, perhaps a lymph node, but definitely benign" lumpy bits.  No word back on the thyroid lump, but my lab tests came back normal (which doesn't really mean anything, since "normal" is quite a large range, and may not be actually par for me).

Now, on to the good stuff!  In between working on the jacket (which I have named Patience), I am working on embroidering the laurels on my fitted dress that I stamped with laurels all over in a fit of some kind.  The white paint started to wear off, so I thought "what the heck" and started embroidering over the paint.  I've been working on it as a break from the more rarefied work of the jacket, and also because the jacket is no longer portable for events (but I'll be bringing it to Sweden, I promise!), so having something else to work on makes my hands happy.  The dress (here half-way down the page) is quartered blue and white (proTip:  Quartering your half-and-half colours makes you look slimmer!), and has corresponding laurels, 27 on each quarter (plus I forget how many on the sleeves).

I got the first blue quarter - the back - done a couple of days ago.  It took me about 216 hours, and used about a cone and a half of Halcyon Yarn's Gemstone silk in white.  And here is what it looks like:

That's part of the library Bob is building behind me.  The second pic is for scale.

I've finally found the right size silk in a blue I like; I've ordered (I hope) enough.  It's coming from the UK, so I guess I'll know when it gets here.  It wasn't hideously expensive, so I'll find a use for it, even if it isn't quite right for this.  Sadly, Halcyon does not have a colour I like, and I haven't really wound my head around ordering a bunch more white and dyeing it to the right shade, but I'm not saying it's out of the question.

I figure the whole thing is going to take about a thousand hours, so well within my abilities, right?  The good thing is the style never goes out of fashion.

It's been gorgeous here, and I've been able to open the windows, because the trees haven't hit full pollination fog just yet (probably next week).  We went out today to get lumber to work on the library, and I picked up a few cheap pansy flats to perk up all my patio pots.  We've had daffodils blooming for a couple of weeks already, and I've actually snuck a few more in (they probably won't come up this year, but they'll be smashing next year), because I got sick over the winter, and then got too lazy to plant the rest of the bulbs I bought for naturalizing.  Sadly, all but one of my snowdrops either died or got eaten, but I did have one brave little snowdrop down by the mail box, which made me happy.  The frogs have gone mad, and are singing their little hearts out, and leaving great strings of eggs in all the woodland puddles.  And I saw my first seasonal bunny a couple of days ago, and my vultures are nesting!

I love spring.

Vulture eggs, 2012


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Mar. 16th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
it all sounds quite madly wonderful...
and i am pleased your health checks out well...
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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Mar. 16th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I'm teaching at Double Wars this year.
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
You are rather terrifyingly epic, did you know this?
Mar. 16th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
I have to agree with this person. You are, indeed, epic.
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Hee. Thanks!
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Baby vulture pictures,
- oh the anticipation!
Mar. 16th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
You...have... vultures.

That is awesome. I have a robin and a couple of sparrows. And pigeons. Lots of pigeons.
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
I have had vultures for a few years now. If you check on my "vultures" tag, you'll find posts and pictures from over the years.

Everyone thinks it very appropo that I have pet vultures. :)
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Fabulous, all around. Yay, Spring! Is it really early? I don't quite believe it yet. I still have my snow shovels standing by.

Mar. 16th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Always enjoy your updates and seeing your current projects. Keeps me inspired :). And Woot! Baby Vultures in the making! Awesome sign of spring. We have a pair of Sharpshinned hawks in the neighborhood that I hope will nest here.

Sorry to hear of the thyroid problems (beentheredonethat). Sounds like you are up on how the testing goes but a tip I learned was to always ask for the actually numbers. Got palmed off with 'normal' for decades and they almost missed the cancer. Best wishes on your test results.
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
I love the dress! I want one! Not with laurel wreaths, obviously, and who the hell wants to embroider pelicans? I shall have to choose something else, perhaps my blue decrescent badge. That would be fairly easy, but I'd need to pick something other than satin stitch, since the middle is rather wide... Hmmm...
Mar. 16th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
White with red droplets is really striking. Elzbieta of Atenveldt rocked the heck out of one of those for her Pelican ceremony.
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Love the dress!!!!!! Now I need some sort of particolored kirtle. Hmmmm.
Mar. 19th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hooray for normal boobs! I hope the thyroid turns out equally well.

That dress is stunning. I can't wait to see it.

It was a pleasure to see you this weekend, however brief, and it was wonderful to have costume judges who really knew what they were about. :-)
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