Mystery House

Job Opening

That wasn’t hard at all.  A little bit of time and a couple days to dry, and my resurrected shawl is done.


One wool shawl, slightly wounded by moths
Rubber bands
Glass stones

I found this jar of stones dirt cheap at Target.  The jar contains several different sizes and shapes, and that irregularity appealed to me for this project.  Glass works fine, in case you’re worried.  None of them so much as chipped in the washer, but they did come out shinier than they went in.

I laid out the pattern I wanted.

Bound up each rock with a rubber band.

And toddled off to the laundry room.  With the aid of a couple pairs of “my fat behind ain’t never fitting in these again” jeans and a hot, soapy wash cycle, my shawl was quickly felted.  Removed the rubber bands and stones when it was totally dry, gave it a bit of a pressing, and then it was time for the beauty shots.

You’ve been wondering about that job opening, haven’t you?  Well, it seems that good models are hard to come by at the Mystery House.  I love the way that Kristi’s dogs so diligently model her knitted creations.  Socks, hats, sweaters, scarves–those pups model it all without complaint.

Should I steal this great idea and have our sweet little guy model my knitting?

Not a chance.

Notice that when you see a photo of a cute dog dressed in a sweater or hat or costume, it’s pretty much never a rat terrier?

Oh, they’re adorable and smart as all getout and would look painfully cute in sweaters.  But we’ve tried this with Dr. Evil, thinking that as a short-haired dog, he’d appreciate a nice little coat to wear outside in the November wind.

Yes, we tried.  In an instant, a small tornado was whirling through the room, spinning faster than you’d think a dog could spin as he tried to bite the sweater and tear it off.  Once we rescued him from the sweater monster and threw it safely on the back of the chair, he spent the next fifteen minutes barking and jumping at it in a futile attempt at revenge.

Dr. Evil would make a very handsome model, it is true.  But he’d also shred my newly felted shawl faster than my paper shredder does away with junk mail.  Thus the job opening for a model.  Because how long is this bowling ball really going to work?

It was quite cooperative this morning, but did indicate that modeling knitwear is not, strictly speaking, the traditional calling of a bowling ball.  (Neither is sitting on a display stand in my den, but for some reason it doesn’t bitch about that.)

Anyhow, troublesome models or not, I’m looking forward to wearing this piece.  And I can’t wait to do more shibori.



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  1. * kristi and otis says:

    I can have Otis’ people get in touch with your people and perhaps a modeling gig can be arranged. Wow! Great job on the shawl.

    Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  2. * Miss T says:

    Thanks, Kristi! Otis is welcome here anytime.

    Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  3. * Miss T says:

    Thanks, Kristi! Otis is welcome here anytime.

    Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  4. * Miss T says:

    Thanks, Kristi! Otis is welcome here anytime.

    Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  5. * bezzie says:

    Ha ha! Otis the commissioned model! He would look smashing in that shawl though! Shibori looks like fun!

    Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  6. * Connie says:

    Cool shawl! I had never seen that technique before! Great way to “reuse” something due to a hole.

    Posted 11 years, 8 months ago

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