Nigeno unplugged

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 December, 2009 by brentusfirmus

Hey all!

A few days ago my marvellous kit was delivered from Quietus, and life has just been so busy I haven’t had time to give it the proper write-up it deserves. And because life is going to stay busy for the next week or so, I’m making this special verse-free post, to facilitate the voicing of my praise without the limiting contrivance of a poetic shroud.

So, here it is! Firstly in all its red-and-silver glory (click photos to enlarge):

All wrapped up

And then, unveiled for the world to see:

Kit unwrapped

This kit contains so much great stuff! Firstly Quietus had written me a poem, a gesture that really adds a personal note and makes the kit all the more special. Then came the goodies! First and foremost the hat and mitts set, which arrived just in time for the cold weather here in the Netherlands:Hat & mitts

Quietus did a great job choosing contrasting colours for the hat, which I love. The mitts fit perfectly, and the cables are very elegant! Both have been doing a great job keeping me warm in the snowy weather over the last couple of days. Next, the yarn:Nummy nummy yarn!

This photo really doesn’t do justice to the colours, with its delicious browns and caramels. The colours suit me perfectly (several people have already commented on that fact!), and merino/nylon blends are my favourite. Yay! Quietus also sent me two patterns: the Socktopia “Fawkes” socks, and Kristi & Kristi’s “Gentleman Socks”. Both patterns look great, and I can’t wait to try them.

Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly! My favourite American candy, and tons of them! I think I’ll mix them all up in a bowl and share them at New Year’s. Plus there were some m&m’s and another chocolate bar in the shape of a million bucks, but they’re already all gone now :-). I also got a “Great works of Cow literature” calendar:

Cow literature

This page is from December, representing Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Cowbell”. Other selections include “The Three Brisketeers”, “Bulliver’s Travels” and “Mooby Dick”. Hilarious! The remaining items in the kit were a wooden geometric puzzle (identical to one that I used to play with as a child but never solved), a book of Sudoku puzzles (which come in very handy on Sunday mornings), and a Ravenclaw pennant sticker.

Quietus, thank you so much for a  great kit. I know you had lots of other things on your mind during the swap, and I very much appreciate all the effort you went to! Hope your kit is everything you dreamed of, and I also wish you and the other swap members a very merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year.



Get your kit off

Posted in Uncategorized on 13 December, 2009 by brentusfirmus

My kit is sent! I’m sooooo ecstatic!
But since this week has been insane,
And I’m exhausted, thoughts erratic,
I’ll keep this post to one quantrain.

Posted in Uncategorized on 6 December, 2009 by brentusfirmus

I see the kits are now arriving!
Excitement/expectations soar,
And now I feel like I’ve been skiving,
As Fleur’s kit’s still here on my floor.
But not to worry: this week’s mission’s
To organise a few additions
(Some special extras),  then I may
Send Lensky winging on his way!

Slow and steady (again)

Posted in Uncategorized on 25 November, 2009 by brentusfirmus

The reason that I’ve not been blogging
(For those of you who’ve wondered why)
Is: lately all I’ve done is frogging!
My knitting’s going all awry!
The only thing that’s been successful
(And, gladly, made my life less stressful)
Is all my spoilee’s knitting – that,
At least, is better than the hat
I’ve cast on now three times already.
The first time I’d misjudged the size.
The second time, to my surprise,
I dropped a stitch. Now, slow and steady,
The third attempt is on the go –
But double-knitting’s oh-so-slow!

Ensimmäinen laulu

Posted in Uncategorized on 15 November, 2009 by brentusfirmus

“Setäni arvo siitä voittaa,
kun tauti hääti leikin pois:
nyt kaikki häntä kunnioittaa.
Paremmin eipä olla vois!
On esikuva muille hyvä,
mut mulle, taivas, piina syvä:
yöt päivät luona istu vaan
ees poistumatta tuumaakaan.
On kurjaa ulkokultaisuutta
puol’kuolleen luona hääriä,
kohottaa, peittää, kääriä
ja lääkettä ain’ antaa uutta.
Ei ihme, vaikka huoahtais:
periä piru sinut sais!”

Slow and steady

Posted in Uncategorized on 1 November, 2009 by brentusfirmus

This week, my knitting’s going slowly.
Just like some awful twist of fate,
Designs just go against me wholly,
And simply won’t co-operate.
The pattern for my spoilee’s present,
Though well-designed and rather pleasant,
Turned out too small when knit at gauge,
And then too big. (Perceive my rage?)
The third attempt is going steady,
And should be perfect once it’s done.
My latest socks, however – fun?
I’ve started seven times already!
But, though I love a cracking pace,
It’s slow and steady wins the race.

Animalia 2

Posted in Uncategorized on 20 October, 2009 by brentusfirmus

As Quidditch starts, and mounting tension
Takes over every waking thought,
There’s one more thing I’d like to mention
To help my spoiler (as I ought).
A look through these preceding pages
Reveals that I’m an Animagus,
Which means I have a beastly form
Unlike the human wizard norm.
The beast of land or sea or feather
Whose form I take is in this clue;
Check out my Ravelry (my queue)
And put these two (and two) together!
That should be all that you require
To find the creature I admire.