Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fun with Gollum

If Gollum had hair:
Captured while my Hubby was cleaning the toysaction figures

Not Exactly the Cavalry:
These appeared on my kb while I was outside

(thanks to my darling Hubby for the Saturday-morning entertainment)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What the Heck is That?

Since we had a long weekend I finally got my Warhammer Glade Guard glued together, minus one tiny dagger that went MIA and has yet to turn up. I admit I thought about gluing the extra elf head to the belt of the dagger-less guard, but figured that probably wouldn't go over well with his buddies.

Meanwhile, however, I am left with another conundrum; there's a critter in the pack that isn't pictured anywhere; seen here in the lower left of my pic:

And here's a close-up of the lil guy, who looks a bit like a lizard with wings:

Seriously; what the heck is it? It's not on the website, not on the box, not in the book (that I can find, anyway); nowhere. So, what is it? Is it worth points, is it a mascot, a familiar, a minion? ("Who's my minion? Who's my minion?" sorry - D&D 4E reference there...) I just. don't. know.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

De-blobbing the Yarn Stash

So, after quite a long time of thinking about it, I finally dragged all my yarn out of the closet and the lab and various other places I tend to keep it, photographed it all and organized it by color range. Here it is stacked in the library after being photographed:

Here it is repackaged by color range:
(Yes, that's Vera in the foreground, hiding in her case)
Okay, from the outside it doesn't look a lot different than it used to, but at least my photography skills have improved ;-)

Unfortunately, just when I thought I was done, I sat down at my desk only to find a box that had mysteriously been overlooked:

What's in the box, you ask?
Dang it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Life Cycle of a Yarnblob

Here we see the "egg" - the very beginning of the Yarnblob life cycle:

Note that there are no umbilicals sticking out of either end:

After a bit of assistance breaking out of the egg:

After a bit of straightening, we can see evidence of the parent Yarnblob:

After a bit more winding, we find another, smaller sibling:

And another:

And yet another, larger sibling; what a rare and exciting discovery to find Yarnblob quadruplets in captivity!

At last, all Yarnblobs smoothed out:

But don't be sad; many good eggs end up in cakes ;-)

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Didn't Lose My Head After All

This lil guy stuck to my slipper and bruised my foot when I stepped down, but at least he's been found:

I had to stick him in a bit of Museum Putty to make him stay upright; pencil for scale. Yes, that's my blackberry in the background; I was, uh.... too busy preparing the head's welcome home party to break out the portable studio. (You believe me, right?)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Yarnblobs in Waiting and Updates

I realize it's been awhile since I posted; I've been working a lot of overtime lately and haven't had time to do much of anything fun, let alone post about it :-(

However, I did buy more yarn, just waiting to be turned into yarnblobs as soon as I have enough time off to get out the winder and swift:

I also found these cuties at my LYS, made by Serendipity Needles:

Yes, they're black sheep, and yes, they have little tails (tho, no legs: can't have 'em running off to school with Mary and that other lamb, you know). I probably won't actually use them since I knit almost exclusively with circulars, but they're just so cute staring at me from the pencil cup :-)

Meanwhile, my darling Hubby bought me the full set of Master Series paints from Reaper Minis, and more Warhammer 40K minis. Before the overtime started, I'd detached one of the sets so I could put it in a baggie for later assembly. In my efforts to show my brother-in-law what they looked like, I tried to hand him one of the spare heads, but I dropped it and it rolled out of sight and into oblivion. As they say, heads will roll. Counting on Murphy's Law to help me, I thought my cats would manage to find it. So far they've found screws, stitch markers and dust bunnies, but not the missing head. Good thing it was a spare.

Meanwhile, my Hubby also got me a new camera (Canon Powershot Sx130) and bag, and a portable studio thingy that folds up into itself so I can photograph minis and stuff. So, no more pictures on the game mat. I had to RTFM (read the friggin manual) to figure out how to shoot close up, and I also have a couple of tripods now so my shaky hands won't mess up the pictures. So far, this is as good as I've gotten, but I'm workin on it: