Sunday, October 28, 2018

I've Been With This Cold Longer Than Some Ex-Boyfriends

Yep--the cold and I are still together.  I'm thinking a new bottle of Nyquil for our one-month anniversary later this week.

Last weekend we planted the obscene number of bulbs I ordered months ago when the threat of having to plant them was MONTHS away and meant nothing at all.  Next spring I am just going to turn my credit card over to Andy for safe keeping.  Our yard had better be beautiful come spring, and for hopefully a bit longer than a week or two.

Last weekend we also saw the touring production of The Lion King.  I took a lot of drugs to make it through, but it was great.  If you haven't seen what they did with the Broadway show, this is the opening from the 2008 Tony Awards (the show's 20th year):
After such a busy weekend last weekend, the cold was a bit worse this week and I ended up working from home quite a bit, and have spent this weekend resting with the vaporizer and the kitties,
and knitting when the youngsters were sleeping, except for when they slept ON the knitting.
While I am totally in love with the new yarn, I noticed the other day that the fall stashdash goes to the end of November, not October, so I could finish another WIP for the challenge....  (Aren't you amazed that I'm only working on finishing ONE more?  I am)  So, I have been knitting the sleeves for my bulky-weight sweater:
and they're just a few rows from being done.  Why am I thinking only one more project if I'm this close?  Because I have to rip back part of the last piece I finished, which I thought was the back and turned out to be a SECOND back because I don't always take very good notes, so when the sleeves are done, I have to rip back part of the second back and convert it to a front, and it's taken me two weeks to even be willing to admit that.  This is why I should learn to be a monogamous knitter.  Not that I couldn't still do it, but I think it would be infinitely harder to forget what pieces one has knit if the project hasn't been shoved into a drawer for two years....

Thanks to all the embroidered towels, I have managed to hit my 50 Finished Projects goal, but as I used to count 2 embroidered towels as a finished project, it feels a bit like I'm not really at 50, so a couple big finished projects would make me feel better.  I'm thinking next year maybe I need a goal for number of sweaters finished.  I tried once for one sweater a month and got crushed by swoopies, but I think a sweater every 3 months could be perfectly reasonable, so therefore I'm thinking of trying for a sweater ever other month.   Why start being reasonable now?

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Tale of Two Weekends...

First, there was the good weekend, with lots of time for kitties and sewing,
finishing a new pair of flannel pajamas,
and some quilting with Valentino's help.  He's discovered laps lately, and I think it's as much for the petting as the being in the way of everything--or at least close.  Luckily,
there's also a good napping chair.

Then the bad weekend--SICK AGAIN!  Thursday I had such a bad sore throat that it woke me up, and I spent the day at home gargling saltwater and sleeping to try to make it to some appointments on Friday, but ended up having to cancel.  I was so miserable that I just took Nyquil every 6 hours to either sleep through it or rest enough to get rid of the darn thing.  I didn't even knit until Sunday.  I know!!!!!!  Andy was QUITE concerned, as you can imagine.  The cats loved it. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Apparently, One Should Never Joke About Colds...

....because it guarantees that you'll get one.  Last Sunday was our 12th wedding anniversary, and I rounded out the evening by coming down with a sore throat and cold.  Clearly, celebrating milestones with wild abandon is a BIG part of our marriage.....:)

We had declared Saturday a DAY OFF, so I spent the day with the quilt
and went on a towel marathon:
My embroidery machine is having issues again, but I'm able to coax it through designs with only a few color changes.  I'm seriously thinking about getting a new machine in December as I'm now avoiding projects because of the machine's problems, but getting a few things made helps.  The fur-brigade was thrilled:
They're pretty certain the sewing room is just for them.  Isn't everything?

Being sick did give me extra knitting time,
so the birthday trip scarf is now done. Yay!  And before jumping straight to the new sweater, I spent some more time with the Kauni cardigan, then finished the scarf I've been keeping in the car--bringing me to FOUR knitting projects for the year.  Whew!  Watch my speed.....

I was seriously tempted to cast on the new sweater, but I ran across this over the weekend,
 and as I love this yarn, it would count as another WIP for the fall stashdash, AND it's on size 11 needles, I've been working on it.  I love fast projects!!!!!!!  The large needles do wear out my hands eventually, so I did end up checking gauge and casting on the new yarn
which is completely fabulous.  It's so soft--totally worth waiting three years for.

This weekend there's been more knitting than sewing as I've needed to rest still, and we're having some wonderful fall weather finally,
 so today was a walk, gardening, and rest.  And lots and lots of kitty time--isn't there always?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

I Have Finished Knitting Something!!!!!

Can you believe it took over a year to make a single pair of socks?
 The stripes aren't even close to matching, but when it takes the span of a year, it's probably a miracle that they are even a bit similar. 

So, to update the fall stashdash:

Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.  I'm going to count the travel scarf for this--I think one could argue that pretty much ALL of my lace yarn was purchased on impulse, so

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better   Done!

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent DONE - socks

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project
Kauni cardigan

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love  Ripping back the Kauni cardigan far enough to fix it

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)  SOCKS

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn long-languishing sock

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have
  Kind of all I do in the sewing room right now, to be honest.

Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project Sock

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project  
Done - socks

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

 Now I'm torn--I have fabulous new yarn to play with, but I also have other categories that could be checked off for the stashdown if I work on existing WIPs.  Either way, I get a sweater, so that's a big win/win, but is it wrong to be hoping that there's a serious cold that strikes my workplace this fall so I can spend a few days just knitting...........?


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Portland!

Last week we took a quick trip to Portland to celebrate my birthday.  We've traveled a lot for Andy's birthdays but never mine, so it made for a nice change.  Work has been busy for both of us so it had to be only a few days, but even that made a nice change.

As a crafter, you know you've picked the right city when you find this in the airport:
It's made from rolls and folds of felt.  There were several, but this was my favorite.  Not only do I find it lovely and clever, I admire anyone who can handle a glue gun without permanently removing his fingerprints.  The artist's name is Xander Griffith.  Clever, isn't it?

Knowing we were going to Portland, a good friend sent me a gift card for a Portland yarn shop, so after a 3-year streak,
 I have new yarn.  I'm showing great restraint though and working on
my existing second sock to finish it before casting on. There's also this now,
which was my travel knitting project.  I'm going to count it as my "Love at First Sight."  Technically, almost all my yarn could be considered "impulse buys," but I think lace yarns should get special credit as they are my weakness.  I'm actually proud that I bought yarn for a sweater rather than lace or sock yarn--those would have been tempting as "souvenir yarn," but I already have SOOOOOOO much. 

Must knit faster......................

Monday, September 10, 2018

Fall Progress

Getting my knitting and phone or camera in the same place seems to not be happening right now, but I have turned the heel on the second sock and might even get it finished for this dash.  My progress so far:

Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project
Kauni cardigan

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love  Ripping back the Kauni cardigan far enough to fix it

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn long-languishing sock

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have
  Kind of all I do in the sewing room right now, to be honest.

Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project Sock

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Progress!

Meet Finished Project 33:
and because 60-degree ruler projects tend to need enough triangles for a second project,
project 34 could be done this weekend.  50 projects is still within striking distance!  Especially with a three-day weekend coming up......

The Fall Stashdash has been really motivating--or at least for some of us,
so I've probably done more knitting in the last month than I have in the last year.  I've gone back to keeping knitting in the car.  For Boise, I have a long commute involving a lot of stoplights, and it's surprising how much knitting one can do at a stoplight.  Bonus points for totally freaking out other drivers--I think they think I knit while driving.  I have seen people doing all kinds of crazy stuff while driving (reading a book on the freeway, texting, applying makeup), but so far no handicrafts, though I honestly wouldn't say it doesn't happen.  But I've been in outside sales for a long time and have learned to drive, not like the other drivers can't see me, but like the other drivers CAN see me and want to kill me.  Idaho has made a few lists for the rudest drivers in the US, and I think that's very possible.  We're certainly in the top 10.

Checking in on my fall stashdown progress:


Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project
Kauni cardigan

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love  Ripping back the Kauni cardigan far enough to fix it

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have
  I had to complete this one to find this:


Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

 And I'm working on a sock to give me the 40-row category and hopefully, "soul mates."  Some of us aren't impressed,
but he's more of a quilter anyway--they're easier to lay on.