Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Commision: Skello, Obitsu 27 cm girl Aran Sweater

So this is a real challenge!  An Irish (or Aran) knit tunic small enough to look right on a 1/6 doll.  Just finding the yarn gave me fits, because is it pink or is it white? O_o it looks very very very pale pink to me, but since I can finish the tunic before any dye is put in, the customer can decide.  Not even fan art of the character shows the back as having cables, but I learned to knit starting with Aran knitting, so I'm doing the back and the sleeves as well for authenticity.

Note: this has been changed from Obitsu to Very Cool and back again, if you were interested in the Very Cool.
I'm still seeing crystal pink. O_o 
Usually a natural yarn, even a blend, for this size would be in the superfine, super expensive sock yarn range or equally not too cheap, but not happy acrylic. So I went looking on Etsy and found some gorgeous ICE brand silk/Kashmir blend; and the person is selling it one skein at a time, rather than the 10 pack the ICE company in Turkey sells it for!  It says about Sept 12 or so, on the receipt, so I hope it shows up in good time, what with the troubles in Greece.  And for ONLY under $5!  with 7 for shipping!  

I was shocked to see the economy is tanked with the Euro, too.  It used to be just figure 2 to 1 for anything Euro to dollar, now it's less than 0.86?  So if you're going to buy anything from a Euro based shop, buy now!  It will help the company, plus be half the US price in the end! 

I'll have to do some swatch tests and figure the correct gauge and how to spread out the cables and so forth before I can get the tunic actually going.  Usually I take about three false starts even on my own sweaters (pattern, what pattern--that's like reading instructions! Pfft! Who needs instructions!)  I have a tutorial planned for BDJCollectasy on knitting to a paper pattern for December or so.  Maybe January, can't remember, but this will be a two-fer that way.  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Commission: Cadmuss22, an Azone 50 Girl outfit

This is an Etsy order, half deposit paid.  Hoping for a finish target of 10 weeks or less.  The original outfit is for a Dollfie Dream, so it wouldn't fit the Azone girl (5 cm shorter and some width difference as well.)  Customer is loaning a perfectly fitting outfit as well as measurements, and I have Dollfie Dream patterns to alter down to Azone size.  ^_^

I'll go shopping for the fabrics next week when the hellish heat is off.  >.<;;

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What the heck! And OMG Perfect CAT Face for a Doll!

I had a custom order to list for Cadmuss22, and found out that almost all my Etsy shop listings had gone dead.  I don't get it, I always get a notice when things are a few days from going down and I had clicked the automatic renewal button on the multiple items listings!  I nearly had heart failure!  I immediately  thought, what!   Someone's stripped my shop because I did something wrong! O_o Is this one of those weird Etsy glitches?  Have the listings really been up there that long?  Gods, time goes fast!

I'm getting very tired of having to keep up with all the 'improvements' to web sites always being made.  Renshuu.com improved and now I can't use it on my Nook, even though the Nook is Android based.  Southern California Edison's web site is constantly down for improvements, and now I can't use it on my Nook either.  It only goes so far and then never loads. 

Etsy is driving me mad, because every time I finally catch up with how to do things, they 'improve' and I'm getting rather lost, because frankly all I want to do is bang up a listing and get back to work.  I'm not the kind of loony who sits there all day, immersed in the culture of Etsy.  I tried the forums when I first joined and was like Oh give me a damned break!  If I wanted to spend all day fretting my brains out on the computer, I'd go back and finish up with the whole I.T. thing, which is pretty much all stress all the time because CSS will suck the life out of you more than anything else known on the planet.  You want to torture someone, force them to do CSS coding cross platform.  

We're heading for the 100s again this weekend.  If at 86, the interior temp of this apartment goes up to 100, I'm not even going to look at what 100 will make it in here.  I'm going to be awfully selfish and postpone my animal shelter volunteer work until I won't be passing out just walking up there.  They have AC but 7 blocks in 90 degrees uphill in the early morning, not a good idea with the thyroid.  

Tama has discovered that the best spot in the house is on the glass table top directly across from the AC.  I read an article recently that said cats can be comfortable in higher temperatures.  How the heck do they know the cat is comfortable?  I've always had at least one cat in the house that found out how to take advantage of or actually turn on the AC unit.  Even lions will all line up in a stringy bit of shade.  

I want this girl's face for my holy grail cat girl doll.  You must be assimilated into Tracy Butler's art work and Lackadaisy Cats.  Click on or Open the image in a new tab or window (depends on your browser) for the wonderful details of her work to show better!

Full page of comic Here

If you read the pages she's on, her dress is the most awesome Art Deco Egyptian influenced beaded flapper era thing. I don't know what I love more about Tracy's art, her clothing, her cars, her architecture, her story telling, or her cats.

The possum invasion seems to have moved on, thank goodness, there really is nothing here for them to eat, unless people are leaving trash on their back yards, and once all the lizards are eaten, that's about it.  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Volunteer Orientation at the Animal Shelter

So, this morning while hubby slept to his usual 8 am,  I went for orientation at the Upland Animal Shelter. (Blurry eyed and one cup of coffee.) Our shelter has been a no-kill shelter for years, and people keep taking swipes at it in the local newspaper op page, saying it's not profitable and things like that, and that it should be outsourced to a commercial company, and I'm wondering WHY?  What the hell is the interest of anyone who thinks an animal shelter which provides a good service (safety, anti-crime, health conditions) to any community should be profitable?  I can think of places where there is no service but the vultures and scavengers, seriously people, third world much?  Probably the same type of people who think it's a great idea to send out bills for attending church.  Now volunteering isn't going to pay the water and food bills, or the taxes for the property and all that, but surely there are people who can donate more to a no kill shelter than "kill 'em all to save them from us" places like PETA. There were over a dozen of us newbs this morning to sign up for volunteer work, people of all ages, guys and girls.  And finding out last week that the City cut so much out of the budget is not a happy.  

Before I had only been in the foyer of the two older locations, but the new shelter is the first one I've been in the guts of and I was very impressed. The shelter is obviously worth every penny of the money put into it.  My family has cattle.  Diary on one side, beef on the other.  The facilities were as clean as a dairy, not like some of the other shelters I have been in. It's rather military like in it's set up, very professional and the care is obvious.    All the facilities are meant to be easily cleaned, all the animals we saw (and we saw them all) were in comfy cages with blankets and toys and cleaning is 'as you go' in other words, don't let it pile up for a certain scheduled time.  I've been in commercial  shelters where it was once a day if the animals were lucky.

The shelter doesn't let out any adoptions without the animal being neutered.  It used to be you got a half off discount when you went to your own vet and had the op performed before the animal hit 6 months, but now, you get a "pet ready" pet for a most reasonable fee.  Shots, health care, socialized to people, and its little pants altered all for a price much lower than you would pay with the old cumulative vet visit process.  You can get your pet 'chipped' there, too for a low fee or I believe free on certain days, but that might have gone with the last budget.  The animals are cared for by veterinary students, which is awesome, these animals are all very well cared for and the students get to learn from live animals who need them. The shelter also allows for volunteers to foster care for animals that are not so healthy but need peace and quiet.

So, I'm trying not to be very upset and I do really want to do the volunteer work, but the idea of bonding with animals that might be headed for the gas chamber (which was not at all in the picture when I started this thing) is hurting.  But on the other hand, things can change for the better.  And if they do change for the better, I may come up with the 52$ for the background check to continue volunteering after my 20 hours are used up.  I seriously need to get out of the house for something besides sitting around doctor's appointments.  It's like a doll meet, only with cats, (and dogs, which I like just as well, but sort of blip over).  Frankly, I need to stop having long conversations with MY cat and go talk to other cats.  Yeah, that sounds sane.  Not.

Or, I may end up hording a hell of a lot of cats, but I'm trying not to think about that, because that's just crazy. *twitch*  Tama is tolerating this business of his helper monkey taking off only so far.  Then it's death to every power cord in the house!

Anyway, back to sewing doll clothes before it gets too hot in here.  We need to find a cooler place to live, this place is an oven by noon time, and the AC bills just can't cover it all.

Hubby's eyes are starting to look like people eyes again, btw.  But we did take lots of horror movie monster photos for the album.