Our next chapter in the ongoing saga. So, for a living, the husbeast spends his time measuring things in hundredths of a millimeter. Thousandths? Hm. Hundredths, I think. At his new job, he made them buy new scopes that were more accurate. Just today he sarcastically referred to a ruler as 'a wooden stick'. As in, "at least they weren't measuring it with a #@#(%* wooden stick".
Enter our villain.
Plastic calipers. I'd been using them for super high-tech stuff like measuring beads to make sure they'd fit through the orifice of my spinning wheel. I'd compare different kinds of jewelry bits to see if they were the same size. You know, really horribly important stuff like that. World's riding on the accuracy. I could probably do it with a wooden stick, but I'm lazy. That sort of thing.
Well, since we started sharing this work table, the husbeast has had to look at this affront to his sensibilities. Sunday he couldn't stand it any more, and came home with two things allegedly for me. (I suspect they're for his own peace of mind.)
This, apparently, is crap. But easy to use. You turn it on, put whatever into the clippy bit, and you get a readout on the LED display in metric or imperial. Right. But it's crap, so he also got these:
Because there'll be an industrial accident if the gears don't fit through the orifice on my wheel, don't you know. These work much like the 'crap' above, but much more accurately. You can see they're sensitive enough that they're kept in a padded case. (Alwen, they are NOT from Starritt. But if I demanded some, I bet he'd get them.)
Now I'm wondering what in hell I'm supposed to use these things for, because I'm sure as hell not planning on inspecting any nuclear reactors. He can't make me. Zoomies give me hives.
Pretty sure I'm keeping the plastic calipers and framing them, though. To hang up in my lair. Or maybe the living room.
I'm spinning! I've gotten the first third of the singles spun. It'll be plied with purchased threads, so I've got just the one ply to spin.
AND I've finally figured out what camera setting to use to get accurate colors. That looks right on my monitor.
This stuff is a batt or roving (I can't tell) with rayon icicle in it; it's a shiny thread that is not quite as thin as silk. It's also got silk in it. And carbon fiber. So I've been picking fibers out of my eyes all week. The husbeast always loves it when he finds fiber on his work clothes. Don't know if he's had to explain it to the guys he works with yet; the Navy dudes were quite boggled over the idea of a spinning wheel.
The other night, the Goober's stuffed animals had a tea party on her bed.
I went in at bed time, sighed heavily, and started picking up stuffies and tossing them into the stuffed animal bin.
Didn't see the cat until she meowed at me. I'm pretty sure she was worried I'd throw her too.
Sekhmet, you stealth fucker.