I sat down and started a long and rambling, sometimes angry post on Sunday morning. A perfectly reasonable way to greet the dawning of political chaos after our woeful election results.
But the truth is I'm not really clear on what I want to say and haven't really had the time to fully contemplate it and I think it is important enough for me to uncharacteristically wait a bit.
But in the mean time I have to share that the Ingenue jumper (photos to follow) has had its first wearing and is deemed a success. It is not perfect - basically it is a bit too big. All my instincts about those big underarm cast ons should have been followed. If I'd lost 8 or 10 stitches there the jumper would be pretty much a perfect fit. I also overblocked the neck as well as cast off the hem and cuffs too loosely, but these things can be fixed and even without doing so it is an eminently wearable garment and the fabric is perfection in its super snuggly soft warmth.
I also cast on for the Alexandria cowl (pattern from Morris and Sons) because with all the election excitement and sadness I couldn't concentrate on counting the stitches in the skew socks. So I've abandoned project monogamy and will no doubt start feeling all anxious very soon.
I also made a cowl on the machine as part of my sampling yarns and stitches on the new machine kick. It's totally working for me.
And another thing. I read this post over on Sew Green and it was enough to get me off my butt and finally satisfy my curiosity about home made deodorant. I was skeptical. I have a sufficiently big issue with body odour to have tried and abandoned each and every alternative to aluminium based anti-perspirants I have ever come across. Some I found moderately effective and every now and then I return to using a deodorant crystal, and even though the stuff that's bad for me doesn't even do as good a job as I would like I always come back to it.
But can I say, this stuff actually works. It works on me BETTER than the stuff that's bad for you. I have had D do the sniff test to supplement my own observations and even after hard gardening work involving sweat and warm clothes and sleeping all night we are both in absolute agreement that it clearly does the job better than the other stuff. And I am absolutely gobsmacked. I don't get why or how, but it is cheaper, involves less waste, is completely non toxic and all of that pales into insignificance next to the real issue which is effectiveness.I will say the application is not as convenient as a roll on and adds an extra 10 or seconds to my morning routine, but maybe I can work out a better system for that...
To share the joy of this discovery I am going to make up a couple of sample pots and give them away. If you are keen to try it and are prepared to report back with your results and observations, leave a comment here by Wednesday night aussie time (25th) and I'll pick a few people out.
edited to add:
I should have specified this is a giveaway for aussies only - I figure it kind of defeats the purpose of being green if I then fly stuff halfway round the world when this product is super cheap and easy to make yourself! Please feel free to comment, but only put your hand up for the giveaway if you are a local, thanks.
edited yet again to say:
I have heard very good things about this recipe for shaving gel. Just saying.