Thursday, September 13, 2007

Finished Objects

I built two desks yesterday. They came in large flat boxes from Target and they had instructions like this: "Attach the two support posts (D) to top side of the top board (E), making sure the small sheets with holes which on top of the post should be facing toward the back side as shown."

Yeah.

Mark said, 'This must be hard for you--you're so text based. I just look at the drawings and figure it out."

But the drawings showed the "small sheets" (if that's what they were) pointing, um, right. Or maybe left. I get a little confused "reading" pictures.

Nonetheless the desks are built--I triumphed! And once I get the remnants of the boxes off the floor I may even be able to arrange the room.

In other news, I finished a knitting project the other day. It has instructions like "*ssk, yo, repeat from * to last stitch," which make perfect sense to me.

7 comments:

Magpie said...

Wow - that bag is cool! And congrats on the desk - I have trouble with those things too.

laundrylessons said...

Arrgghh. Everytime I'm say I'm never buying another piece of put-together furniture, I find myself oogling a five drawer dresser at IKEA. The last one almost did me in, that was two years ago, and so far I've kept my word. More power to you for getting yours together.

This is my first visit. Fun spot.

Mom said...

What is our family thing about desks? My mother used to buy a new desk when she couldn't cram another piece of paper into the old one (or all the paper fell off the top.) I just ignore drawers, filing cabinets, and file archeologically. Oh well, the apple doesn't fall far....

Love,

Mom

Mom said...

P S: I know what yo means, but ssk? slip stich, knit?

Mom (again!)

Libby said...

it's another way of decreasing, Mom. You can either k2tog (knit two together), or slip a stitch, knit the next one, then slip the slipped stitch over the knitted one. Thus, yes: slip stitch, knit. (Sometimes it will then say psso: pass slip stitch over.)

Libby said...

actually, Mom, I lied. SSK is a different kind of decrease than s1, k1, psso--which is what I described before.

SSK is slip, slip, knit: you slip one stitch, slip the second, then insert the left-hand needle into the two slipped stitches and knit them, leaving them on the right-hand needle. It's much easier than the description sounds!

terry said...

ok--let's go back to this: Mr. Literature PhD says YOU are text based?? I know he is an artist too, but...