October 15th, 2008

horror, elizabethan

book meme

Book Meme
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"Apparently alarmed at the deadly efficiency of Saviolo's method, Silver astutely complained, "These Italian fencers teach us offence not defense" (Castle 130)."

No books near my comfy chair, just string projects, so the closest book is the top of Alan's pile on Elizabethan Swordplay.
braids, lost cause

political meme

You preferred McCain's statements 11% of the time
You preferred Obama's statements 89% of the time

Voting purely on the issues you should vote Obama

Who would you vote for if you voted on the issues?

Find out now!

Somehow quite comforting...
italian, sewing

a real entry, and query to the brain trust

I am definitely watching the Project Runway finale tonight instead of the debate. To say that I am tired of the negative ads and bickering would be an understatement. Luckily we only get the crossover ads from NoVA since MD is obviously in the democratic bag we're no where near a swing state, so the impact isn't as strong as others are getting. That and I'm sure I could catch the debate online, but I must know the winning designer tonight. Please not Kenley, Leanne for the win.

So I've been looking for more information on the Tudor stocking with a square heel since finishing the pair of socks and planning to web them for my site. The pattern says it is based off of a pair of stockings in the V&A, but all my searches of their online collection haven't turned up the matching pair. I've also found a reference in Rutt, History of Hand Knitting to another similar pair with a square garter-stitched heel in the Museum of London, and I have a small picture of it with a mitten and vest in the London Bodies book, but again search of the online collection turns up empty. Anybody got any clues on what other search parameters could turn these stockings up? Or have you found pictures of them elsewhere? I'd like to make sure I've exhausted the online search capabilities before bothering someone at the museums.

people watching

First of all Kelly Wearstler is obviously insane. Green and white turban, green pumps with black ankle socks with a purple ruffle mini-dress. The dress is kinda cool, but the rest is mad. I swear, seeing what the heck she's going to wear or do to her hair each week is the highlight of Top Design, which is sad for the designers.

And hooray for Leanne's win over Project Runway Season 5. I wasn't a fan from the beginning, but she has totally grown on me, and I love the playful easy nature of her clothes. I also adore Korto as creating designs that could size up to fit and flatter real women. I did appreciate Kenley's bold color choices, but hate most of her silhouettes. 

Yay, tv and escapism!