Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Le Tour-ish?

Well, it is that time of year, so I have been spinning, but I am not challenging myself in the tradition of Le Tour de Fleece.  I am participating in the way that a member of Team Crankypants does, in that, if I can convince myself it counts, it counts.  I'm spinning Malabrigo Nube in the Plomo colorway.  Note the pin and Labbit, both prizes from Mochimochiland.  I bought the fiber from the grand re-opening/relocation of the lys.  The first bobbin of singles is done, and I am making nice progress on the second.  

A few days into the Tour, we were off touring a different part of the country, exploring possibilities for Taki's probable move.  We checked out possible locations in the area, work things, and just generally got a feel for the area.  It has a lot of potential, plenty to do and see right there, and only a short drive for other adventures.  Three hours from the beach, three hours from the mountains--that's how one person summed up the location.  It was a good trip; we made a lot of progress, got answers, settled some uncertainties, and enjoyed our time away.  As nice as it was, it is good to be home.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time to Return to the Sweater?

Ta-da!  Julia is finished!  I like it, and think it will be a nice addition to the wardrobe for cooler weather.  I -alonged this with Stacey, but I think she might have abandoned hers for now.  I understand, because I needed to take some breaks, too.  Thank you for bringing this pattern to my attention and inviting me to knit it with you, Stacey.  

Now that it is done, I need to decide what gets my attention next.  I could return to my socks.  The roller coaster that was May caused me to have something of a gauge issue, and I need to rip back, but I'm not really feeling it.  If I didn't already have the first sock finished, I'd just frog the whole mess and forget about it.  
I could focus (no pun intended) on getting to know my new camera.  It is a hand-me-down from my brother, and there is a lot to learn.  I have had it for a little over one week, and I have been reading, but this is definitely going to be a process for me.  I joked that this nicer camera would mean that my photos would magically become better, but like so many other things in life, it will take time and effort.  The time, I have.  I can put in the work, too, but we are still rather worn out from everything.  

So, that leaves the sweater.  The big brown blob waiting for its turn.  The big brown blob getting close (well, it was for a while) for me to decide whether I want to keep the reverse stockinette hem, or opt for something different.  I recall that I was thinking garter stitch, but I don't remember why.  What I do remember is that I wanted to have this sweater finished this summer if possible.  So, I guess that makes the decision for me.  Besides, it's too hot to do anything else besides stay inside--it's sweatering time.  If you have any input on the sweater, please chime in with your opinions.  I only have about ten more rows before it is decision time.  (ETA: the sweater is Featherweight Wrap to Knit)  
Of course, I did pre-order this book and am already enjoying it, so we'll just see what happens.  As you can see, I've already knit a dolphin and a crab.  I love this book, and these cute little creations are perfect for taking a break from those long sweater rows and all the brown.     

Friday, May 29, 2015

So Much (with too many pictues, because words are hard)

Life continues to feel like it is more than we can handle, but we're still here.  I guess that is a good reminder.  There has been good.  The babies keep growing, the big kids get bigger, the niece and nephew twinset graduated from high school, and my sister got engaged.  

Then there has been the sad.  After an extended period of many health difficulties, Bruce's oldest sister, Avonelle, died on May 23, 2015.  Through the tears there has been laughter as family gathered together to share stories.  It's possible that this may have even lead to the beginning of some understanding and healing.  Things that didn't make sense before came together as each added their piece to the puzzle.  The kids of yesterday are adults today, sitting at the big table soaking up family history.  My husband and his siblings are and were far more normal and healthy than they had any realistic hope to be. 
Cassie, Deanie, Avonelle, Oscar, Ruby, Earl, Sandy, Bruce
Now we come to the good and the sad.  Our Taki's job looks to be taking him much further away from us.  It is a significant promotion with the company, an excellent opportunity, and we are so proud of him.  It also saddens us for him to be moving so far (about 500 miles) away from us.  No, it is not as far as it could be, but it will be hard, and it is far enough that we will not be able to see him very often.  I think we're looking at a July or August start date for the new position, so there is a lot to do between now and then.  

Life doesn't look to slow down anytime soon, and we just keep trying to put one foot in front of the other, keep our heads above water, and do the next thing, but sometimes we just feel like...  


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bunches of Boring

Life continues as it does here.  There have been struggles and setbacks, nothing special, but that is boring.  Wait, maybe you wanted to hear The Saga of the Sleep Study:  The Quest for a New CPAP (with surprise BIPAP ending), but you'll have to wait for the eighth, and possibly final chapter next month before that story can be told.  

So, while we're waiting to not tell that tale, what do we discuss?  Hmm...well, I had a knitalone instead of a knitalong due to a communication issue.  The pattern is Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn, in Knit Picks Shadow, TheLastChanceForThisColorwayBeforeThisYarnGoesAway.  This little shawl will go to family of family.  Earlier this year I decided the next shawl would go to this woman, it was time for the knitalong, (or so I thought) and here we are.

Speaking of what was supposed to be an -along but has been an -alone, I'm learning some Japanese.  Two or three years ago, our son bought Rosetta Stone, and he did not pursue it.  Then he asked us if we would go through the program with him--learn, practice, encourage, you know the drill.  Well, Bruce (who already knows a good bit of Japanese) made it through one lesson and declared it frustrating.  Taki has not made it through any lessons.  I've bought flashcards and workbooks, and made it through the first unit.  I started the second unit, and see that I need to maybe go back and do some of the first over again, as I am not doing well with it.  My progress has stalled like many a hibernating ufo.  

Now that I mention a stalled, hibernating ufo, and since we're talking boring here, I can tell you about the sweater I'm knitting.  It's not easy to make a brown blob of stockinette with too many stitches on the needle to spread out look good, so we'll just wait a bit for pictures.  The pattern is Featherweight Wrap to Knit, and I think I will like it when I finish it.  I'm just having a little trouble returning to the knitting of it after I took a break for some reason I cannot recall.  

So, what else have I been knitting?  Well, there were the four gnomes I contributed to Project Gnome Diplomacy.  


I also became part of a knitalong with Stacey for Julia.  I'm on the home stretch of this project, but the rows are getting a bit long.  Again, we'll just wait for photos on this one, but this time it's because I'm almost done.  Sure, we are likely months away from when I can wear it, but that will not stop me from finishing and enjoying.  I hope you are finishing what you need to complete, and enjoying at least one thing today.            

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Guidance from the Groundhog

Happy Groundhog Day!  Yeah, so that was yesterday, but considering how far out of everything I have been, one day late is practically early around here.  Anyway, my enjoyment of Groundhog Day is ignored tolerated legendary, and people look to The Groundhog and the stars for predictions of the future, so it seems like the time is right to show this.  

Yep, I completed my Celestarium, and it is wonderful.  I finished it last month, and then let it stay pinned out for a few days just to admire it.  I haven't managed to get better pictures of it, but I am mostly ok with that.  I have covered up with it, paraded around the house in it, and pulled it up over my head and snuggled up under it.  Now that it is done, I occasionally think about knitting Southern Skies or Equatorial Nights.  Maybe I will, but not today.  

So, as we look to the stars and The Groundhog, do we have any answers?  I kind of doubt it.  Do I have any predictions?  Nah.  I might have a few guesses, but certainty is not really happening here right now.  Maybe I will ease into things with a few posts sharing a bit about what I have done over the last few months.  I will probably pop in with some comments here and there.  I will knit.   

Monday, November 03, 2014

Happy Halloween and Time Change Weekend

I hope your day was no tricks and all treats!  I also hope that the time change was not too taxing on you. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to get into the leftover (we had a grand total of two trick-or-treaters) Halloween candy.  I think I've earned it--those Boo the Bats are Christmas presents.  Yes, I just might avoid the horrible crushing pressure of finishing Christmas knitting on time this year.    

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Place for Everything

And everything in its place?  Well, it seems unlikely that I will ever be that organized, but I am making progress.  Today's proof is a new cabinet for my sewing machine.  Up until now, when I wanted to sew, I was using a tv tray as a table, and while I was able to make it work for some things, it was not ideal.  There is so much I like about this new piece.  It allows me to have a proper place to sew, it offers storage for various sewing tools and accessories, and it can close up and keep everything protected and out of sight.  

SewingCabinetOpen SewingCabinetClosed
It might take me a little time to organize everything in it, but I am already using it for sewing.  I finished Eva's birthday blanket, and I love it.  

I first saw this blanket pattern over at Grumperina's, and I bookmarked it immediately.  I read the tutorial and thought it might be something I could make, so I bought some fabric.  I washed, ironed, and assembled, and then it was time to pack and move, so it sat.  One day I decided I had better get going on it, so I even managed to do most of the sewing on my old tv tray setup, including making the binding.  I finished the blanket the other day after I assembled my table, and I love it.  I think it is cute, and can see more of these in my future.