Monday, April 17, 2006

Gee, how would I guess it was a Monday??!

I'm this side of madness, I tell you.

Ever had one of those projects that you just knew was going to be an eternal pain in your nether regions? I’m here to tell you that right about now, the shawl I’m doing for the Tyler Hamilton Foundation is rapidly approaching that exalted status. Where are we with the blessed thing? Well, we’re still in the beading stage. We all might be still beading when some Archangel or another sounds the trumpet to mark the onset of Armageddon for all I know.

Hmmmmmm, you know I’m stressed when I start referring to myself in the third person but I digress…

Back the truck up to the start of this ker-smozzle -- Fredericton, my hometown burg recently lost the only decent craft supply place in the region. I know Liz will cringe because the staff used to make her crazy and the owner was a bit of a doofus and and and and there was a million reasons NOT to shop there, all of which were true, but in spite of Liz’s misgivings, at the end of the day, you could be pretty much guaranteed you’d be able to find the basics.

Basics like beading needles.

Now a week ago, I noticed I was on my last package of beading needles. I don’t buy these things in single packages. I buy beading needles by the fistful and with this shawl, I was breaking the eyes on the needles at a rapid pace. Not surprising, really, pearls are notorious for being drilled with very small holes. Usually about every third or forth dangly bit I do on the shawl edge requires a brief tug on the needle with a set of needle-nosed pliers. It’s a testament to the strength of beading thread that it’s the metal needle that gives before the thread.

In any event, I was clever enough to recognize that I was going to need replacements in short order. So the last time I was up at the last surviving craft supply place in Fredericton, Wal-Mart I bought beading needles.

Yes, Wal-Mart. You all know where this story is going -- right down the drain. I bought beading needles at Wally-World. That’s what the package says. It’s very clearly marked “Beading needles” and “Aiguilles Pour Perles” for those of you who missed it in the English format. I had every reason to believe they were needles. For beading.

Did I ask about sizes? Of course, I asked about sizes. And of course, the clerk looked at me like I was from outer space and told me with a perfectly straight face that they only had the 6 packs available. They didn’t have any other sizes. I quit while I was ahead on that matter.

So last night, I took on the task which has no end -- beading the edge of the Tyler Hamilton Foundation shawl. Actually, I’m about 75% done but it’s feeling much, much less. I was motoring along at a reasonably productive clip when, wouldn’t you know it, I broke the eye on the last of the beading needles. Have no fear, I have replacements on hand because I’m smarter than letting myself run out of a crucial supply like that, aren’t I?

I have no idea what ‘beads’ they had in mind when they manufactured these puppies. They’re long enough for beading needles but they’re shaped like a spike. They won’t go through regular glass beads, let alone a pearl, so the beading project has ground to a temporary halt.

I’m off to check Fabricville as soon as they open this morning. Failing that, there’s always eBay…because Texas right now is easier to get at than Michael’s in Saint John which is an hour drive from here.

Speaking of eBay, I spent the better part of the weekend trying to write the eBay thing, both for products and just the OddBall bit in general. Apparently, much to my disgust, being the Boss Babe around this joint means I’m the PR flack and advertising rep as well.

If you all don’t mind, and you’re more or less bored, would you check this “About Me” section and let me know which obviously glaring error I’ve overlooked and/or which incredibly important piece of information I’ve forgotten. Random bits of advice can be hurled in my direction as well.

On the bright note, the sock is coming on well and it’s doing its bit to calm this savage beast.

Talk at you’se all laters; thanks for reading.


At 9:43 a.m., April 17, 2006, Blogger Liz said...

Thanks I had just about washed the hatred of that place from my soul. Well, it was mostly just the sciffy I couldn't stand, shudder, gross now I need a brain washin'

At 12:09 p.m., April 23, 2006, Blogger Severina said...

Have you tried flex-needles? They're made of twisted wire and the eye squashes when it goes through the bead. Apparently they're made just for pearls. There's another type that looks like a regular needle but has a really long eye that's flexible.

When I checked out your "About Me" eBay thingy of course I had to do some shoppin'. I am now the proud owner of a vintage 1950s knitting machine and have bid on several more. Crap. Crap crap crap.

I blame you, Kate!

See, the plan is to use up this yarn stash so's I can buy or spin more.

It's not much of a story but I'm sticking to it.


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