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... well, behind this geek girl, at any rate.

A while ago I fell in love with two of the Sherlock Holmes-inspired fabrics at Spoonflower, so I asked my mother if she might be willing to "do something" if I sent her some. No one "does something" with fabric or yarn quite like my mother.

Well, I just received a most fantastic box from her. From fabric featuring the original Sidney Paget illustrations of Holmes and Watson, she made me a lovely quilted book bag, covers for writing pads, and a cover for a binder to hold the postcards I collect. They are glorious. From fabric featuring the wallpaper pattern from Sherlock's 221B Baker Street, she made me a gorgeous blazer in my favorite pattern. (I'll model it soon; at the moment I'm recovering from the flu, and I look like a George Romero-style zombie.) I'm so thrilled!

Sherlockian goodies

Ah, but Mother didn't stop there. She found a pattern for John Watson's oatmeal jumper from Sherlock and adapted it for Virginia. That's right, our best friend is now tricked out in full John Watson apparel (which is fitting, actually, since Virginia can go from "cute-n-cuddly" to "badass" at a moment's notice, just like John himself). I reckoned this called for a photo shoot.

Virginia in her John Watson oatmeal jumper, a la Sherlock

You can see the detail of the pattern better below (click to expand the photo):

Virginia in her John Watson oatmeal jumper, a la Sherlock

More pictures of the goodies, including Virginia in her jumper, are here.

Needless to say, I'm one happy geek girl today. I just had to share.

It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles.
- Sherlock Holmes, "The Man with the Twisted Lip," Arthur Conan Doyle


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Mar. 30th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Alas, not true. chorale's mother is agonizingly mundane. I count you fortunate that it's not so with yours.
Mar. 30th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I count myself most fortunate, as well!
Mar. 30th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
In awe...

This is AWESOME.

Congratulations on having such a great mother!
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so tickled you like the goodies, too! Thanks for the kind words.

I'm indeed a lucky gal and I know it. :)
Mar. 30th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh. Em. Effin'. Gee!

Your mother is incredibly creative and talented (and now I know where you get your talent and creativity from). They're all gorgeous, and Virginia is adorably badass in her new sweater.

Hurrah for your mom! (And glad to hear you're on the mend.)
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a lovely thing to say! I take any comparison with her to be a high compliment. ;) Thank you, my friend.

I appreciate your sharing in my squee with me!

Mar. 30th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Your Mom's a lady of many talents. Lovely work.
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! :)
Mar. 30th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
I covet your blazer! :)
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :) I'm madly in love with it. *hugs*
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Apr. 1st, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! Virginia says, "Curse my lack of opposable thumbs!" ;)
Mar. 31st, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Those are fantastic! Your mom is amazing! I particularly love the sweater.
Apr. 1st, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so tickled you like the goodies, too! Thanks for the kind words.

The sweater rocks my socks. Virginia struts when she wears it. ;)
Mar. 31st, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Those are great, and Virginia looks adorable. :)
Apr. 1st, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks a million! :) The sweater slays me. Virginia struts when she wears it; she knows she looks good, LOL!
Mar. 31st, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
OMG, I just got home and saw this. I am DYING. There are no words. BAMF!Mom did an amazing job. Virginia's John cosplay - didn't we joke about this some time ago, and now it's a reality. And, the blazer. No words can sum up its fabulousness! So happy for you!
Apr. 1st, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much for this! I can't contain my delight. Yes, we had joked about the sweater idea - and here it is! Virginia struts when she wears it. (She loves John too, obviously. LOL!)

Thanks a million for sharing in my squee!
Abbie Culbertson
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Your mom is so awesome!!
Apr. 1st, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I think so, too! :D
Mar. 31st, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
Wow, you're mother is amazing. And while I think the book bag and covers are gorgeous (I love that pattern!) I especially love Virginia's jumper. She looks divine. *g*
Apr. 1st, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I think she's amazing, too. ;)

Thanks for your kind words and for sharing in my squee! Virginia appreciates the compliments, as well. She struts a bit when she's wearing this "John sweater"; I think she knows she looks good, LOL! *hugs*
Mar. 31st, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
That. THAT. THOSE!!! ♥ Your mom is talented and clever, indeed. You and Virginia both are fortunate to have hand-designed and fitted clothes in this day and age! :D Thanks so much for sharing photos.
Apr. 1st, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so tickled you like the goodies, too! Thank you so much for the kind words. *hugs*

We are indeed two very lucky gals! :)
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Apr. 1st, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! :D (Virginia thanks you, too.)

I'm pretty clueless and ignorant when it comes to good/bad fabric, but the prints look gorgeous to me, and I know my mother was pleased with them when they arrived. You can buy the same print in different qualities/styles of fabric, and I recall she'd suggested what she'd prefer that I send (since I didn't know one from another). I can check and see what she chose; the blazer fabric is heavier than the cover fabric, for instance.

Thanks so much! The flu's been cutting people down around here lately; I think I got off a lot easier than some did. So far my better half hasn't caught it, and I hope it stays that way!
Apr. 1st, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :D
Apr. 1st, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
What great work your mom does -- and what a patient girl is your Virginia! Good to see her looking healthy & geeky again.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you on both counts!

Just before this "photo shoot," Virginia underwent a series of tests at the hospital, just to double-check things, because it's been almost six months since the chemo ended. The results all agreed that she's still cancer-free!

She is indeed a patient girl. And a very, very good one. :)

Thanks again for your kind words!
Oct. 2nd, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a wonderful and talented mother you have - stunning.
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