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A huge public thank you to executrix, who found me the perfect holiday gift, then made it better by adding something beautiful that she created with her own hands.

I can't believe it! I got home tonight to find an odd flat package on my doorstep. Peered at the return address label and recognized the RL name of executrix and, utterly mystified, I opened it to find...

...this fantastic poster, which is not only thematically apt (bicycles! wine! French-style poster art!), but a perfect fit in my living room color scheme!:

From Executrix

It makes me smile just to look at it, so I made it into an icon. A Bikon!

And below it, there under my helmet, a lovely and warm hand-crocheted shawl that will look great piled around my neck while I'm riding in the cold.



I have no clue what I did to deserve this bounty, but it's absolutely fantastic and I'm overwhelmed. Thank you, executrix! Happy holidays!

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executrix
Dec. 23rd, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Here's a Little Story 'Bout Steak and Diane
Throw in a radish and it's a bikon with daikon! Possibly snapped with a Nikon!

I was very abashed about sending needlework to someone who can create textile art the way *you* can, but I have a lovely cookbook called "Waiting for Dessert" (by the Village Voice's one-time food columnist, "Vladimir Estragon.") He said that just before his Ph.D. orals, his wife and kids were out of town, and his next=door neighbor thought the poor guy was going to starve to death, so she knocked on the door to invite him to dinner. He said, sorry, I can't come to the door right now, I'm flambeeing the Steak Diane, so she slunk away. He said that he would have *loved* having meat loaf with his friends.

So I'm just offering tribute to someone whose posts are not only always a joy to read stylistically, but give me so much to think about in terms of Right Livelihood.

emeraldsedai
Dec. 23rd, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's a Little Story 'Bout Steak and Diane
What a great story. I wonder how many times in my own life I've missed having meatloaf with friends because I was (or gave the impression of being) too Steak Diane-ish.

Thank you again. I'm enjoying both gifts very much.

And, um...Bikon, Daikon, Nikon? Hee! \o/
starfishchick
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 23rd, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
ITA!
vampirefan
Dec. 24th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
that's awesome!!

i've actually bought that wine before because of the label. i don't drink wine, i just buy some for when friends come over and i usually just look for cool or unusual labels. :)\

love the colors on that shawl! i would like to see it stretched out :) or maybe a link to the pattern if there is one online? i have some variegated yarn that i'm not sure what to do with and that glimpse has me thinking it might be just the thing to make!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 24th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Your wish is my command. The whole shawl is about six feet long, with tapered edges (about 5 feet long on the bottom edge). Here's a picture of half of it, with the tapered edge. It's alternating bands of a variegated blue and a plain sea-green, with a third color in the fringe.

Detail:
shawl detail

Half the shawl:
shawl

It's clearly worked from a chainstitch start on the longest edge, and it looks like the triangle pattern is three double-crochets into a single stitch, then chain 3, skip 3, and repeat.

I'll ask executrix if she's got a pattern she'd like to share.
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