Saturday, January 11, 2020

I Used The Glue Gun Without Burning Myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm not sure I'll have a prouder accomplishment all year--or a more surprising one.  I think I have a few fingerprints left.

Andy is gone for the weekend, so the kitties and I are having a crafting weekend.  With their help,
 I finished the first project of the year.
The colors are a bit more subdued in real life, but I don't know how to reduce the intensity of this cell phone's camera.  I also cut some more strips for other projects, and wound another Hank from Hell:
 A couple years ago I bought some Feza Rio that was on clearance, and for a cashmere/merino blend, it's not at all soft, and until this yarn, I didn't know one could hank yarn badly, but there does seem to be a way to do it so unevenly that permanent kinks are put into the yarn, and if that weren't enough fun, rather than being normal human beings who tie the ends into the threads holding the hank in place, these deranged maniacs tied the two ends together and snipped off the ends so that the only way to find them is to dig through the strands inch by inch.  And since it is a scratchy yarn, the rounds of yarn get caught on each other.  Probably serves me right for impulse buying yarn because it was on sale, but I'm rather hoping the current project doesn't require all 5 hanks. 

11 days down, 49 projects to go.  I can do this!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

And We're Off.........

Happy new year everyone!

So, I didn't reach either of my crafting goals for last year, but I did use up 96 yards of fabric, which would really be making a dent in the stash if I hadn't also bought quite a bit of fabric last year.  Oops.

There were a few late-finish projects, like another teal rope bowl,
more flannel pajamas which I am currently wearing, and another rope bowl which was promptly gifted:
Since I had to work the day after and day before Christmas, we decided to not have our traditional open house & game night, and instead had fun making homemade falafel and pitas--with Charlie helping herself to a pita,
hanging out in the trees,
helping organize the sewing room,
and enjoying some new toys from a friend:
Valentino has been slowest to warm to Charlie, probably because HE was the baby before her, but she's determined to wear him down:
For New Year's Eve, I won a trip for two to Phoenix to attend a Jim Brickman concert (enter to win a trip for two to Las Vegas here), and while like so many songwriters, I knew his songs but not his name, we had a great time.  Jim and his staff are really nice people, and we spent a day at the Music Instrument Museum, which is wonderful.  I'm not a huge fan of Arizona because of its politics, so I wouldn't have visited on my own, but it is interesting to see an area driven by old age.  There are doctors and hospitals EVERYWHERE, dinner specials start at 4:00, and we learned that there are "silver alerts" to notify residents that a senior who shouldn't be driving has taken a vehicle and is now loose on the roads, which is unnerving to learn while on the freeway.  Um, yeah....

 Of course, a trip needs travel knitting, and since none of my existing projects were a good candidate,
I started a new sweater.  It's on size 3 needles, so not a fast project, but it made a great travel project.  However, I think this makes sweater WIP #20 or something ridiculous like that, so I think it's time to finish a few of them.  As soon as I find them all..........