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.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

It Takes A Year

In case you're feeling daring enough to pack up all your possessions and move to a new location, let me warn you that it takes about a year to achieve any sense of normality.  That doesn't mean you'll have figured out where you stashed things when you unpacked, or know how everything works, or anything of that kind--that will still be happening.  But to go back to any sort of activity that you would have done before the house prep/sale/move saga rather than something dominated by the ordeal. 

This morning I visited blogs while eating breakfast.  I haven't regularly done that in a year and a half.  I've barely done any knitting all year, but last night I sat down with the Kauni cardigan and got 5 more rows in.  I cooked TWICE yesterday--the new house has the kitchen of my dreams, but we just haven't been "settled" enough to get back into the swing of cooking rather than "scrounging."  It's August and stupid-hot, so gardening is at a minimum, which is a nice break--especially considering there will be a crazy number of tulip bulbs arriving sometime soon.  I'm still not crazy about my job, but with the horrible "training" finally being at an end, I've stopped spending my evenings and weekends looking for jobs, so I finally feel like I'm coming up for air just a little.  And yarn!  The fall stashdash has really motivated me again, and I was excited to run across this yesterday:
 
The Alice Starmore sweater!  To be fair, it is probably the only WIP I could have found that is even slower than the Kauni cardigan, but as it's on size 2 needles, it's a great one to do for row-count challenges as it's still years away from being finished.  And I think I even know where the extra yarn for it is, which gives it an edge on Kauni--which is what I was looking for in the first place when I found the Alice Starmore sweater.  You know, as long as I find SOMETHING useful, it doesn't matter what I was actually looking for, right?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fall Back In Love Stashdash

110--that's how hot it got last Friday.  110 degrees, in Idaho. Blech!  In spite of enjoying the flowers,
I think I'm ready to break up with summer.  To be fair, hiding inside with the air-conditioning did give me time to finish two more table runners,
but still.....

So, I'm ready for fall, and as a special request, I brought back a challenge I'd created several years ago on Ravelry - Fall Back Into Love Stashdash.

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From August 15 until November 30, it’s time to fall back in love with the things you already have. New yarn cannot compete with a long-term love.

Complete as many of the following as you choose. As always, please feel free to involve other hobbies or crafts as well:

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

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love

“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

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


 Of course, for me this challenge has an additional step:  FIND my knitting WIPs!  Currently, I'm making do with a sock, which does count as being at least a year old as it's mate was my don't-dirty-the-house project during the house-selling saga: 
But there are some really cool sweaters on my Ravelry projects page, and if I finish one of them, I can wear it to work!  Honestly, I'll even clean the sewing room for a chance at new clothing.  :)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

I KNIT SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good heavens--

I finished the scarf!!!!!!!!!

Which brings me to a grand total of TWO finished projects for the year.  On a knitting blog.  WHEW!  Watch my speed.............

Obviously, I'm doing more sewing than knitting lately.  I'm having a lot of fun making clothes,
as you might have noticed.  I think I now have 6 of these jackets, but I'm pretty sure that no one wastes time thinking about my clothing except me, so I can wear whatever I want.  Besides, a crazy amount of clothing is better than a crazy amount of stashed fabric FOR clothing, right?  

Next up are shirts for Andy and I out of a floral cotton shirting,
 though mine is slow-going because it's a new pattern with lots of pieces and instructions that don't always make sense to me. But I'm hoping I'm making progress.  Either that or I don't yet know what I've done wrong--one of the two.

The extreme heat has wilted much of our plant live, but my zinnias have finally really hit their peak,
and it seems I have raised some mutants.  At first I just thought the seedheads on some were very unusual afer they shed their petals, but these aren't spent zinnias--
 
 

they're actual flowers.  I've never seen any zinnias like these, and as these were all planted from seeds I harvested from both the zinnias in the bed when we bought the house last year and my striped zinnias at the old house, they have to be some sort of cross between those two.  The new zinnias are kind of fun, and I'll definitely be keeping all the seeds from these to see what happens next year.  Hey look!  A hobby that's even slower than knitting! :)

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Tiny Break From The Heat

 So thanks to global warming, our summers which used to get maybe 1 day over 100 now rage at a consistent 99-105 degrees for all of July and August, which makes the lace merino travel knitting project
 a spectacularly poor choice.  Today we're getting a tiny break from the heat--all the way down to 86--but will be back to 101 shortly.  Luckily, we took the escalating heat into consideration when we moved, so our house has lots of trees and shade, so it's easier than at the old house.  We're close enough to the water table that our trees are SUPER healthy, and I can have shade plants, like my new hellebores,
 which even have nice leaves in the worst of the summer.  Theoretically, they will flower in January or February, but we have such strange winters, that could vary.  But it's something not being baked into oblivion by extreme heat.  Yay!

Venus is becoming my most dedicated sewing companion,
but when she's too hot, sinks are good too.  At first I wasn't sure it was a good thing to have acquired 2 more sinks with the house, but as the kittens like to drink out of one, sleep in another, the additional sinks give Andy and I a shot at one of them now and then.  

We have now been in the new house an entire year!  We've graduated from "Which box might that be in?" to "Where did we put that?" and the rousing follow-up game, "Rats, did we give that away?"  Who says adults don't know how to play games?

Our mail forwarding order has now expired, but not before this found me:
I kind of/sort of/barely cross stitch, but I did order a gift from them for a friend when I lived at my first house.  Once--that's it--and not even for myself, but these folks have tracked me through 3 moves and a post office box when we were in the transition between selling my house and buying another while I lived with Andy.  I guess when you find someone with the optimism to buy a kit containing thousands and thousands of wee little squares to cover with thin thread, you hang onto them for dear life.