Fastest in the West

In the grandest tradition of procrastinators everywhere, I have been putting off finishing some stuff. I would keep saying to myself, "Oh, I have time!"  Last night I realized I had about 16 hours.

In the last few days, I've finished two hats (a combination watch cap/regular guy beanie in Cascade 220 Superwash Orange and a Barley hat in Patons Classic Wool in Navy). Since we haven't regularly had internet, I noticed today that I never made a project page for either hat (until right now). The watch cap was started a while ago, but since I'm really good at starting new projects, I kept putting it off.  PLUS, I wasn't exactly overly jazzed about the 6 inches of ribbing.

What I did was about 4 inches of ribbing-so it could be folded for extra ear padding, and then just knit until it reached the length I needed, then did the decreases as called for in the watch cap pattern.

The Barley hat, I did a larger than called for brim, and made the hat about 9 inches long before starting the decreases. I actually JUST weaved in the ends.

Now all that's left for me today is to wait until the appointed time and pack up the car and go meet my husband and his friend to deliver his bags and then come home. Where I'll have two whole days during the week all to myself.  I won't have to wake up at 3 am and don't have to worry about driving back into town to pick anyone up until Thursday afternoon.

Since I have so little to do today before I have to leave, my plan is to try and finish the last wool sock I have on the needles and sneak it into the bag so he'll find it later. His other socks got washed, and because it was cold in the house on top of being cold outside, I decided that a few minutes in the dryer wouldn't hurt and then proceeded to forget about the dang socks.  So one pair is now really messed up and the other pair just seems a little more fluffy, at least to my hands anyway.

When I get bored with that, I have to go out and clean out the car a little. It's a hot hot mess.  It looks like we went on a long road trip with the kids, except that we haven't and it hasn't been cleaned out for months.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get one thing done.  Maybe.

Et Voila!

According to the battery readout on my laptop, I have 42 minutes of battery life left. For some reason, recently, it hasn't been reading that it's actually plugged in. It does have power, as it's plugged in right now, but...whatever.

OK, so my biggest problem since moving (besides that one freak out I had about not having a car and being able to do things I needed to do) has been the internet.  See, we were told that two weeks after we made the appointment a tech would be here to install phone and internet.  That didn't happen. According to Frontier, the appointment was made 3 weeks after that initial call.

Fast forward to the actual install date, and I find out that we can't have internet installed here, just the phone.  Apparently the area can't handle more than a certain amount of high speed internet set ups (through that company), and no one thought to say, "Hey. There's a chance you may not get internet, but we can turn the phone on for you right now."

Instead they let me wait.  When I called to inquire about possibly getting an ETA on the tech, they said no internet, but we can turn on the phone.  Well, hell.  Why wasn't the phone on for the last two weeks then, people??

Total ridiculousness.

Yesterday, the problem was solved.  Only one person on the block has wi-fi. In certain parts of the house, we can get that internet connection. But there hasn't been a reason for me to say, hey lemme get in on that.  Until yesterday: my daughter went to use their printer (ours won't stay connected to the laptop or computer-another bad connection. I am sensing a pattern), and took my laptop which they graciously connected to their wi-fi.

The problem now is, I can get a good signal in the laundry room or in one of the boy's rooms. I'm sure he'll love that. He hardly comes out of his room unless he's eating or watching TV anymore. I can't say much, as I sit on my ass a lot in the house.

Not that I'm not busy. I spend entire days cleaning the house top to bottom and shopping.  I deserve the time I take to sit on my butt.

Now that I have a connection to the internet in the house available occasionally, I can post regularly and actually have pictures of stuff. Which reminds me, I need to get the camera up and running. I found it at the bottom of my knitting basket and I think it still has pictures or videos on the SD card.

My husband is going hunting tomorrow, so LOTS has been getting knitted up for him to take with him. A blanket I finished long before we moved specifically for this hunt, socks, hats and the famous sweater.

I'm running errands today and tomorrow before he goes, so look for something on Wednesday! I'm very excited about all the stuff that's been going on around here and can't wait to share it with you all!

All of the Things

So.

Yeah.  I'm still alive.

Getting the internet at the new house is like pulling teeth. Only I think I could get all of my teeth pulled faster than I can get the internet at my new house.

I'm working on it. I'm also still working on putting the house together. It's taking time.

The biggest change we're dealing with is the weather! It gets so cold here! Like bonkers cold compared to what we're used to.

We had SNOW one day. It was pretty cool to wake up to a white covered yard. Until I went outside in it.

The whole experience has been wonderful.  Even on the days when I ended up in tears because I hadn't gone off of the property (or had even left the house) for days. I'm out most of the days of the week, even if it's only to drop the kids off and pick them up from the bus stop.

I'm baking again, and doing most of the cooking, as usual. Especially with temps getting down into the 30's and lower. It just gets to be too much work to cook on the grill. And a lot too cold.

We have great neighbors and we're getting some great neighbors soon, too. It's all very exciting.

As far as crafting goes, I finished my FLAX sweater! It fits perfectly, and looks nice, even though you can plainly see there are two different dye lots. It actually got worn out to hunt for rabbits a few days ago.

I made some hats, and am making more hats for the boys. Oh and I finally finished my daughter's mittens! They match her acrylic yarn worsted weight socks. A blanket is in the works and should be finished soon, and I started another, a knit zig zag blanket.  All in an effort to stave off the cold of the winter that's feeling more and more like it's already here!

Right now, my life is scheduled in such a way that I have time to be here once or twice a week to blog, until I can get the internet set up at home, Hopefully that actually happens instead of me getting sucked into all the books available in the library! 

Pictures soon!

Well, That Escalated Quickly

About four weeks ago, the phone rang.

It was no death knell, but, damn, it was a whopper.

A few weeks prior to this call, my husband had put in paperwork for a transfer request for work.  Usually, these things take time, and since we were planning on being ready to move when our lease was up next June, he thought he'd get the transfer duck lined up and ready, since besides some place to live that was the most important thing on the list.

We were basically waiting for that ever important note stating that the request for a transfer had been received and was being reviewed when this call came in.

What the caller on the other line said was that the transfer had been approved, and it could happen either on this one day in September or another day two weeks later than that.  The husband chose the two weeks later date.

That set a lot in motion.  Most importantly, that set me on a path that sent me to give a two weeks notice to work.  Which was hard.  I liked where I was working and who I was working with.  We had fun.  And it was for like 3 years or something. 

That also set the hunt for a place to live in motion, and deciding exactly WHERE we wanted to live. We had a good idea of where we wanted to move to, but also had to take into consideration commute times and things of that nature.

Strangely enough, the week before we had gone to look at houses, just to look, thinking that next year we could be living there.  We went that day to look again, and made arrangements to see some places the next week (this was the ONLY day of the week we were able to this).  In the next few days, we also made arrangements to see more houses in a town that was almost an hour east of there.  And we talked.  We talked and talked and made some decisions.  The biggest one being WHERE exactly we wanted to live and where he'd like to drive all that way from.

We went to the town that his job is in, and while we saw some great places there (there was an awesome house that had carpet in the kitchen AND red counter tops, a bar with a mirrored wall and a bathroom shared by the master bedroom and another bedroom (can you imagine my daughter sharing a bathroom with my husband!  HA that would have made for some funny shit!)), it wasn't where our heart was.  To us it was like we'd be settling for living there just because it was close to work.

We ended up settling on a town that's about 90 minutes from work.  We found a lot of places to choose from (our very favorite was not in the cards for us and I won't say I wasn't worry we couldn't end up buying it.  A neighbor that was referred to as Crazy Jenny on our ride home who's house was about 10 ft away.  NO.  Just no.)

Before leaving to go look at all these houses, our real estate agent got a call about a house that was literally just put on the market.  It wasn't even in the system yet.  We went and looked at that one, and at the end of the day, that was the home we fell in love with.

It's been a crazy ride and it's going to get crazier still, but we're almost there. 

We're almost HOME.

It's Not Over

Well...what can I say? Have I ever really been good at keeping this thing updated?  No.  No, I have not.

This time, though, is for a good reason.  A great reason, even.

We're moving.  We're not JUST moving, we're BUYING A HOUSE!

A request for a transfer was put in, thinking that after Christmas we could start looking for a place to move to.  Someone else had another plan, I guess.

Two weeks later, before even having received the standard letter saying "We've received your transfer request and will put it under advisement" we got the call to report on 26 Sept.  Fast Forward to today, when I sent off a check for a LOT of money as earnest payment on a house.  It's been crazy.  Seriously, I think it's been exactly two weeks since the call came through.

We finally did get the letter saying that they got the transfer request, about a week after all this happened.

Things here are pretty crazy right now and will be probably until about a week after we've moved into the house.

We've been busy, on the days that we can, without that pesky work interfering, we've been taking care of things.  Getting our ducks in a row, you might say.

One of those ducks is taking care of our vehicles.  The family car is good, now.  This time it was the motorcycle.  The speedometer hasn't been working, along with some other stuff that it needs done, so David suggested that he ride behind me so that he didn't speed and get a ticket.  If you know anything about the freeways in Arizona, you know that at any given time someone is going at least 20 over and/or under the speed limit.  It gets pretty crazy.

Before we even got out of the driveway, I was in distress.

In January of this year, I was rear ended at a stop light.  My car was spun around and somehow I hit my head badly enough that I needed 22 stitches in my forehead (I'm the Boy Who Lived!). The first time I got behind the wheel was when the Traverse came home from the dealership, because someone had to drive it home. I was in distress then too.

I am in distress a lot when I'm driving in the car.  Phoenix traffic being what it is, I am ANXIOUS a lot four days a week at the tail end and the beginning of rush hour in Phoenix.

Some days are better than others.  I get to work and I have all but forgotten about what transpired while I was driving.  Coming home is another story.  There were times when I had to go a certain way, and I would get scared about the car behind me driving up as fast as they were.  Most of the time I'm good.  I'm trying more and more to NOT be watching the rear view mirror. I recognize that I'm doing it and I know it's only going to make my driving experience suck so I try really hard to not look into it unless I need to.  When I get home from work, it's easier for me to not push it away, because this is home.

Fridays and Saturdays were especially rough.  I would get home and collapse in tears into David's arms.

It is getting better though.  Until today.  Today really pushed me to the limit.  I have no trust at all that the people behind me will stop in time anymore.  Add to that the fact that my husband is on a motorcycle behind me, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Several times, I considered getting off the freeway altogether.  I stayed on, knowing that getting off wasn't going to help matters at all.  The only thing that would happen would be that David would have two cars and a stubborn hysterical woman on his hands, miles from where he needed to be and from home.

As soon as I parked though, I let it out. I cried.  Part of it was out of fear, part of it was out of frustration for feeling what I was feeling.  I hate myself when I get like that, because I know it's irrational.  OK, it's rational, but it is outside of what I would consider the norm for me pre-accident.  I'm still coming to terms with post accident Shirley.  Because while at the core they are the same, post accident Shirley is different.  She is more like 11 year old Shirley who stayed quiet and cried when someone teased her. Post accident Shirley is a scared Shirley.  BUT she's also a tough Shirley. I'm some kind of mixture of the really old me and what I was becoming already before the accident.  Does that make sense? To me, it does but it sounds crazy.

I don't want what happened in January to rule over me like it does sometimes.  Most of the times, it's almost forgotten about. The only reminder I get outside of those incidents on the freeway that set me on edge are when my scar starts to itch.  Then the wise cracks about the Dark Lord start if anyone else is around.

I did not run away from my duty today.  I didn't speak up when we left, because I hadn't figured out why I was so anxious. I also knew that this is something that needed to get done and had been put off for far too long.  Having to try and explain what the hell was going on seemed like too much.  Even once we got to the shop, when I was crying, I couldn't articulate what was wrong.  But David knows.  He understands about how freaked out I can get.  We're still learning about what triggers it, but we know that it's tied to being in the car.  Which of course can't be helped.

So moving to where we're going where the actual freeway is fairly far away, will help me out. I can't tell you how glad I am that Saturday is my last day of work, so I don't have to make that drive anymore.  Of course I'm sad that I won't get to hang out with my friends at work anymore, but there's no way around it.  This move that been in the works for a while, it just got pushed WAY ahead of our schedule (Or what we were thinking would be the schedule).

This is probably the third time I've written a blog post about this, and I'm still not sure if I'll hit publish, because most of the time I've not the strength or desire to go back and read what I've written to make sure it makes any sense at all.  

The moving of the house is beginning, And things are really about to get crazy around here.  

I can't wait.

All The Crafty Things Video Podcast Episode 3: Take 4


The week has been wrought with disasters.

OK that's OVERLY dramatic.  It's normal around here.  Get used to it.

I recorded a total of 5 videos on the day I did this.  3 were 20 minutes or longer, the fourth one was a test for sound.  Because that was the problem-no sound.

OK, Let's get into it!





FOs

Box Pouch by Melanie Ham
Box Pouch Tutorial by The Plaid Scottie

This was fun!  The tutorials were great.  I used the video to start, and then the written tutorial with pictures for a different perspective if I was finding myself getting stuck.

Consensus:  My sewing skills lack.  That's it...I've gotten better at sewing straight (a little) but the zippers kicked my ass.

Drawstring bag:

I just did the same pattern I did a few bags ago, except this time, I actually put the drawstring in! Two layers of Fabric, no interfacing.  Paracord for the drawstring.


WiPs:

$5 in Paris...I've named it the Slightly More than $5 in Arizona, simply because it cost about $3 for each skein of yarn and I think in the end it'll be 4 total skeins (thought I probably won't use all 4 for the sweater, and there'll be a hat to go with it.  Once I get going on the actual stripes, it'll be  something like 10 stripes of black and 2-4 stripes of the green per my daughter's request). Yarn is Caron Simply Soft in black and neon green.

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.  Knit in Gherkin's Bucket Spring Step Sock in the Dream Coat colorway

Sock yarn Patchwork Blanket...I don't have a Ravelry page for it right now, but I've had those 3 squares knit like that for a LONG time, and I just keep adding leftover sock yarn skeins to it, instead of doing something with them!

Tree People Beanie by Vickie Howell. It's from the Fall Issue of Knit Simple Magazine and is knit with Paton's Classic Wool Worsted in the Plum Heather colorway. Pictures are forth coming-I'm nearly done with it!

Flax for Men by Tin Can Knits.  Knit with Patons Classic Wool Worsted in the Navy colorway on US 6 and 8 circular needles.  I am about 1/4" from casting off the bottom of the body.

Souffle Girl Socks, or the sorely ignored socks I started knitting and put aside to knit just about anything else.  Or you could just call them the forgotten socks, since that's what happened.  Knit with Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn in the Aquamarine colorway.


New Acquisitions:

Last in Line Shop Dairy Land bag... I LOVE IT!
Colinette Jitterbug yarn in Color 132 Fruit Coulis

Clover Wonder Clips

Summer Fun Plastic Bucket from the Dollar Tree

Fabric Stax from the sewing section in Walmart (because my last trip to JoAnn's resulted in the total being over $120 before coupons)


An Update since the Video:

My YarnBox Package arrived safely in a tube and it's pretty freaking awesome!



Movies:  I FINALLY watched Dark Places.  It's available for viewing for money on Directv.  Until it was released in theaters, it was $12.99 for a 3 day rental.  Once it came out in theaters, the price dropped to $7.99 for a 3 day rental, so I took advantage of it.  Only 3 theaters in the valley are showing it and all of them are quite a distance away, and there was no way I was going to be able to time things so I wouldn't be either hanging out in Phoenix for hours or getting home extremely late. I had been hoping it would have been showing in our local Harkins Theater, so I could go hang out by myself, but of course not.  I'll have to go hang out there alone for some other movie.  I am glad I didn't pay $12.99 for the movie, but it wasn't terrible even though Charlize Theron is tall and has no boobs which is the opposite of what Libby Day is described as in the book.

I don't even know why I bother to talk about TV, I don't pay attention to what's on the TV when it's on.  I put it on when I'm bored and alone in the house.  It's a terrible friend.


As a note here, since this is the end..My computer battery has been threatening to die on me for MONTHS.  It finally did the day I recorded this.  It barely got processed and loaded onto YouTube before the computer went kaput.  I was able to turn it on ONCE for a brief time later that day, but I have had no luck since.  I have placed an order for a new one, and it SHOULD be here tomorrow, but my record with the postal service is bad lately.  So we'll hope for the best and expect the worst.  Or something like that.

Technical Difficulties

I promise I recorded yesterday.

Mind you, it was a comedy of errors and I'm thankful that what was uploaded last night didn't involve karaoke or booze of any sort.

But it's there, in YouTube land limbo.

I sat here yesterday and did two 30 minute videos and one less than 2 minute video only to discover the sound didn't record. Once that problem was resolved, I did another short video to test the mic (probably should just do that at the start from now on), and then another video that wasn't of me miming things and shaking knitting and sewing stuff in front of the camera in silence.

Then, the unthinkable happened!

OK, I SAY unthinkable, but inevitable would probably be better. Sometime last year, I got a red warning sign about how something was wrong with my laptop battery. It eventually disappeared. Then came back. It was a vicious cycle.

I knew deep down I needed to replace the battery, but I'm lazy and cheap and bought more important things like fabric and Oreos instead.

Yesterday, right after I moved from where I recorded, I noticed the charge was disappearing rapidly on the battery and there was no indication that the laptop was even plugged in. Then the warning light came on and the whole thing shut off.

So I ordered a replacement. It should be here next week, I hope sooner though.

Once everyone is gone or asleep, I'll reach the video and write up the show notes. There's some really good stuff this week and I'm excited to get the video out for you all to see.

I am working from tablets and my phone though, so there may be posts of me pulling out my hair and screaming because I really dislike doing stuff like this from tablets and my phone.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Tomorrow

It's Sunday!  My favorite day of the week.  This is the day I get to send the kids to bed early and sit up and do what ever I want.  Which will most likely be something like eat a bowl of cereal, because I am a bad person.

Also, I'll start getting prepped for recording tomorrow!

Lots of new stuff and different crafts!  Come check it out!




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It's Not the Doctor

Episode 2: It's Not the Doctor

August 3, 2015



WiPs or No More Test Knit:

My own pattern that I'm designing, has no name but does almost have toes. Knit on US 1.5 needles on Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn in the Aquamarine colorway

Hermione's Everyday Socks, by Erica Leuder. Knit on US 1.5 needles on Patons Kroy Socks in Bramble Stripes

Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman. Knit on US 1.5 needles on Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn in Lavendar Topaz (I had Violas on my project page, but that is a completely different colorway)

Tube Socks from Hand Knit Socks from Threads by Kathleen Taylor on size US 5 circular needles in Patons Classic Worsted yarn in the Forest colorway.

Flax by Tin Can Knits Simple Collection on size US 6 and 8 circular needles in Patons Classic Worsted yarn in the Navy Colorway

New Aquisitions:

I shopped this week at The Fiber Factory on Main Street in Mesa, AZ; Tempe Yarn and Fiber on University Drive in Tempe, AZ and Bookmans on Country Club and Southern in Mesa, AZ

Gecko Yarns Sock Weight yarn in the Fire in the Night Colorway 400 yds, 80% SW Merino 20% Nylon, machine wash, lay flat to dry

Malabrigo Yarns Sock in the Dewberry colorway

Berroco Sox Yarn by Berroco Colorway is listed as 1464, and of course Berrocco's webpage for Sox starts at 1465

Fall 2015 Knit Simple Magazine- because nothing says fall like 105 degree Mondays

I picked up a BUNCH of books, most are on my Goodreads To Read shelf:

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  by Douglas Adams (Book 1 in the series)
Life, the Universe and Everything  by Douglas Adams (Book 3 in the series)
The Gunslinger book 1 of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King
New Knits on the Block by Vickie Howell

As Bookmans is a used book store, this was $31, and I used a store credit I had from turning in some old books of my own.


Blue Bonnet Spinning Wheels are made in Cleveland, TX and are available for purchase on Etsy.



*Disclaimer: All book links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links, all other links link to yarn companies or Etsy shop pages*


Agony!

Hey there!  It's Saturday afternoon, and left over night at my house.

I am almost done with my test knit, and that's good because it's got to be done in the next couple of days.

I am VERY excited because in the next couple of days, things are going to be happening that will allow me to be able to order a SPINNING WHEEL!  I am so excited, the waiting is almost unbearable!

My wheel of choice is the Blue Bonnet Bumble Bee wheel. 

So that I am prepared, and don't have to worry right off the bat about how I don't have things that I could use, I am also going ahead and ordering the 3 bobbin Lazy Kate and 3 extra bobbins.

In the meantime, I'll be fixing up a part of the front room, where I do most of my crafting that isn't knitting or crocheting.  I'll record a video in the next couple of days and talk about what I'm going to do and what's been done.  If I don't, then it means that there's an unholy mess behind me while I'm recording.  Which is what it is right now.  Tomorrow will be my best bet for being able to start that, since the kids won't go to bed tonight and will just sit in here watching crap on the television that I don't want to watch.  I have a higher standard of crap.

As soon as the wheel gets here, though, I hope to have the area cleaned up and ready to go once the wheel is properly oiled and assembled (they obviously can't ship it already assembled from Texas, that would be crazy!).

So now I'm goofing with my computer, which I just upgraded to Windows 10 (again.  Long story), and trying to reconcile the stitches to this pattern.

I hope you're having a great weekend!  See you in a few days!




The Show Grows

Here's the show notes for my first video podcast!

I will get better, I promise!



WiPs:

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder, size US1 Chiaogoo circular needles (I got mine at Tuesday Morning for $2.49), yarn is Patons Kroy Socks in Bramble Stripes colorway


Worsted Weight Tube Socks, by Kathleen Taylor in the Big Book of Socks (I used the Hand Knit Socks book by Threads that has the same patterns but doesn't show them as in the book in Ravelry) size US 5 Addi Turbos (I think) in Patons Classic Wool Worsted Forest colorway.

Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman, aka LalaKnits on Ravelry, size US 1.5 Deborah Norville circular needles (purchased at Tuesday Morning for $3.49) in Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn in the Violas colorway.

Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer, size US 6 Knitter's Pride Dreamz ciruclar needles, in Cascade Cherub DK in the Ruby Colorway. This is part of the PlumDandi Ravelry Group Campside KAL that's going on right now

$5 in Paris by Anna Maliszewski, Size US 7 and 8 Clover Takumi bamboo circular needles, and knit in Caron Simply Soft Black and Neon Green Colorways

Flax by Tincan Knits, Size US 6 and 8 Clover Takumi bamboo circular needles in Patons Classic Wool Worsted in the Navy colorway.

Sewing Projects:

The Van Gogh bags were made with:

Keepsake Calico Fabric in The Starry Night Print
Fabric Quarters Fat Quarter in Green
Fabric Quarters Fat Quarter in Yellow Dot print (I cannot find a link online for the specific print)
Pellon lightweight interfacing
Attempted to make it a drawstring bag using the instructions found at the pattern linked below.

The Drawstring bag was made with:

Basic instructions from this pattern for the Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial found on In Color Order
Two Fabric Quarter Fat Quarters in blue and turquoise
a needle
thread
later, bottom was squared off with a sewing machine using the instructions in the linked pattern.

Red Paris bag was made with:
Red Paris Print from Waverly  Fabrics  purchased at Walmart (lots of different colors were available at my Walmart store; blue, green, purple, yellow)
Red Dot Print from Waverly Fabrics purchased at Walmart

My T-shirt bag was made using this tutorial I found on Pinterest. I didn't use the hand stamped idea, because I used old t-shirts with characters on them. For closing the bottom, I used a small safety pin and a length of mason cord purchased at Home Depot.

Then I modified the pattern in the tutorial slightly, when I made my bag out of my old tank top.  I just sewed the bottom closed, and squared it off, and am repairing the tear in the strap.

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So, Hey

I sort of fell off the Earth.

Just kidding.  I've been meaning to get on here and blog, but it's always really late at night and I'm worried that if I start a post at that time, I'll end up doing something that seems really brilliant at the time but ends up ruining people's lives or something.  So then I don't.  Then the whole cycle starts again.

However, I have been looking into just doing a weekly video segment to at least get something out there.  I know in the beginning it'll just be me talking to myself, but I hope that it'll at least get a few views.  The thing is, when I bought my webcam, I just got a cheap-o one from Walmart, and the one that's built into the laptop, well, I can't figure out how to get the picture un-inverted and it's just really odd to watch myself upside down.

Also, I reserved my Windows 10 upgrade and that should be happening in a few days-probably when I'm at work (I hope!) and not wanting to use the computer for anything life shattering. It SAYS my computer is ready and compatible, but the webcam isn't always attached (and the other one just makes me look like I'm floating upside down).

So, Tour de Fleece is ending today.  I have not spun in weeks. I finished the yellow, and started on the blue on my home made spindle, and damn if that doesn't keep breaking on me.  I have never had fiber break as much as this one is.  So I decided to use my good Schacht Spindle and I barely got any fiber one before it broke again.  I put it aside.  I'm doing lots of knitting that has to take precedence over spinning right now.  There are so many things I've started.

First off, though, let me say what a mess my knitting area has become!  It's so crazy, I can't find needles.  Yesterday I started going through everything and putting the circulars back into their packages just so I could make sure I had everything, and of course, I found some were lost.  When I go out, all my stuff stays in it's individual project bag which when I'm not knitting are sitting in another larger bag. I think I have four project bags in my big bag currently.  One project I may end up frogging.  I have been thinking about it a lot. Here's what's currently on almost all of my needles:

$5 in Paris-though it cost a bit more here in Arizona. Doing size small with Caron Simply Soft in Black and Neon Green

Flax- XXL size in Patons Classic Wool in Navy

Hermione's Everyday Socks in Patons Kroy Socks in Bramble Stripes

Hitchhiker in Gherkin's Bucket Spring Step Sock in Dream Coat colorway (this is the one I might frog, just so I can make some GB socks)

Campside in Cascade Cherub DK in Ruby

Socks on a Plane in Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in Violas

Wool Tube socks in Paton's Classic Wool in Forest

Malt in Red Heart Super Saver in Cornmeal

I'm test knitting some socks

And there are two other pairs of socks that are somewhere in limbo, one pair will get finished if it kills me, the other I believe one sock will have to be frogged completely because I stole the needles to make something else.

Then of course there's something else I was looking to make that needed a size 8 needle for and I couldn't find...and I don't remember what it was, but of course I found the size 8 needles.

I've been practicing my sewing.  I'm still awful.

Life here is great.  School started last week (Thank you, Sweet Baby Jesus!) I'm glad for it.  Because of wanting to do stuff or hang out with the kids we've been slacking on actual grocery shopping, and it's mostly been popping into the store every few days to get something we need.  First day back at school, I went shopping and I have only been to the store twice this week and I think one of those was for something that we had in the pantry already but didn't remember was there. So, another trip to the store tomorrow.  It's nice to sit and be able to make a list and think about what I'm going to buy instead of just grabbing a few things to throw something together.


That's it around here.  I will probably be recording Mondays or Tuesdays, most likely Tuesdays since Mondays are going to be shopping days and I'm hoping to get a better camera to record with and to quickly figure out the editing side of making a video.  I may end up giving production credit to my 13 year old.  We'll see how that goes.

Have a great Sunday and happy crafting!



Le Tour Begins!

So, we're 4 days into the Tour de France, and because the crafty community is completely awesome, someone thought of having a big spinning extravaganza during the tour and calling it Tour de Fleece. I don't know when the Tour de Fleece started, but it's HUGE.  Just about every podcast/videocast I watch is participating.

I've been watching posts for years talking about TdF (as in Fleece, not France (no offense, France)) and thinking, "wow, that's crazy that people are spinning their own stuff.  I'd never be able to do that!"

Joke's on me, I guess, because I'm shopping around for a wheel to bring home.  Daily, I get discouraged, because DAMN they are expensive! It makes me crazy, and it also makes me want to see if there's someone that's made their own.  Of course someone has and of course I've found one that's within an acceptable price range for me, but it's not what I thought it would be, as it's a spindle wheel.  I think that would be OK though because I've only really spun on an actual wheel twice, so I'd still have about the same learning curve.

I am however, getting pretty awesome spinning on the spindle.  My home made spindles aren't that awesome, but they'll do.  I sanded, stained and sealed one of them- the top whorl and have been using it for my second color for my TdF spin.  I found that while the whorl part is pretty big, it probably could use more weight on it.  Of course, this has been discovered AFTER I've gotten a bunch of fiber spun on it.  It's about 2 oz though, so I think adding the weight of the fiber to it should make the spin better soon.

My 'goal' for TdF is to spin for as much as possible each day-at least 10 minutes a day (which I did today...exactly 10 minutes, I'll explain).  Each day of the tour, I've done at least 30 minutes, with yesterday being an hour long spin (I'm getting faster, though so I'll be able to do more each hour, I hope).  The thing is, my house can get pretty warm in the room I am spinning in.  Even with the air conditioning on.  During the day, we have the ceiling fan running, but if I spin with the ceiling fan running, I hate myself, spinning and the entire world in general, because things get ruined for me.  Spinning without the ceiling fan on, though, also makes me hate the world.  Honestly, I should just bring all my stuff up to my room.  My room gets the warmest, but it also gets the coolest.  That's why I get to frustrated.  Because I'm up in my room, freezing my butt off, laying in the bed actually considering putting the second blanket on my bed before I get up for the day.  Then I come downstairs and it's like the Sahara compared to my room.

I have considered lowering the temperature on the air conditioning, but then I run the risk of freezing the teens out of their rooms, and that sort of defeats the purpose of me spinning early in the morning alone, where no one is diverting my attention and focus with questions about who would win in a fight Superman or Wolverine.  (Which I have been getting a LOT lately.)

OK, onto everything else:

WIPs:

There's a billion of them, it feels like!

Flax for Men:  Still going strong.  I have separated for the sleeves and am now at the tedious part of knitting the body.  BORING!  It's the worst.  I think I'm close to halfway done, though, so that's something.

Hitchhiker:  I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do last night, so I knit a few rows on this, finally.  I'm not sure how many teeth are on it now.

Malt: this is sort of on the back burner, just because I've been spinning and I started something else so I've been ignoring it, though I did knit 2 rows of it watching a movie.

Campside: I started this, then found out that they're doing a KAL in the designer's group, which worked out well, because I screwed it up anyway and had to frog the entire thing and start over. I'm using Cascade Cherub DK in the Ruby colorway (25 is the color number)

I also am starting on Christmas/Birthday gift knitting/crocheting. First up are some birthday gifts for a couple of kids that are having birthdays soon.  I'm doing the Kid Hero buddy patterns from Mary Smith.  I haven't exactly chosen all of the ones I'm going to do, but right now I'm doing the "Arachnid Buddy"  who happens to be my least favorite hero, simply because we don't need to have that many movies about that guy. For reals. So I want to get him out of the way because I don't want to look at his face.  The other thing is, the Hulk.  His particular color of green is Red Heart Super Saver Tea Leaf Green.  Which is just very ironic to me.  Hulk Smash does not remind me of tea at all.  But, I must get some.  A little girl told me her favorite was The Hulk.

FOs:

I finished 2 oz of yellow merino on my Schacht 3 oz Spindle.

Then I started on the blue.  It's gorgeous, and while I'm spinning each piece up faster everyday, today I just gave up.  It's too warm and I was too lazy to go upstairs and change

Movies!

We actually went to an actual movie theater!  We saw Terminator Genysis.  It is excellent!  And Matt Smith!  YAY!  I heart him.  He had a larger role than I had anticipated when I heard about him being in this movie.  

Then we got two movies from the RedBox.  Jupiter Ascending and Chappie.  I liked Jupiter Ascending, though I didn't pay attention to a lot of what happened in the beginning.  I was assisting with cooking dinner and then eating dinner.  Chappie, I had no interest in watching at all, and since that got put on last, I went to bed.  Hugh Jackman's face and those damn shorts just really bothered me.  


Books:

I haven't really read anything at all, not even the stuff that I had already been reading. But I did download something onto the Kindle.  Oh, I got There's No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige.  It's a Dorothy Must Die Novella that's a prequel.  I finished it fast and I'm going to get the next one this weekend.

Also I downloaded Dark Places by Gillian Flynn onto the Kindle.  It was like $2.99. My iPod is in dire need of a charge, I keep forgetting to charge it and currently have no idea where the hell it is, so I figured I'd just read the damn thing.  Also, it's playing in the theaters and on DirecTV ($12.99!!!  Are they bonkers!?!)  I want to watch it, but I'm thinking I will just go watch it in the theater for $7.50 by myself.  Hopefully, it won't scare the crap out of me.  At the point I have gotten to in the audiobook, it hasn't been scary, just sort of weird.

OK, the husband will be home soon, so I'd better wrap this up.  It's Wednesday, so I'll be at work today, but I'll still be working on projects.  Mostly, I'll try to get some pictures up onto my project pages so you guys have something to look at besides my project notes which aren't that good to begin with.  Have a great hump day and Happy Crafting!




And Then There Were Nine

So I just finished a row of my Flax sweater for my husband.  A row.  Not the first row or the last.  But it's the last whole row that'll be completed with the first skein of yarn. I think there's maybe 12 inches of yarn left of it.


The sweater is going well.  There've been a few mishaps.  I have managed to fix all but one of them, and I can't say I think it'll be a huge deal for my husband for what he's using it for-to help keep him from freezing his ass off while hunting.

Flax has a garter panel on the sleeves.  I keep losing my place when it comes to the garter panel.  and there has been plenty of tinking back to fix it. Including one that had me tink back an entire row, only to find that I was doing it correctly in the first place.

There are about 5 rows of the garter panel that I purled every row on.  The only way it's completely obvious is if you look on the 'inside' part where it's all knit stitches.  I think if I pulled it out to fix it now, after I've discovered it, I might just scrap the whole thing and go buy him a sweater at the Army Surplus store.  He has one of those, and let me tell you, they are NICE sweaters.  I love them.  There's even a button closure at the neck and ribbing and OMG I should totally just make one!  They're amazing, and for what I paid in yarn, I probably could have gotten him at least one.

So I am trying to be more careful for the rest of the sweater.  I honestly know he'll wear it no matter what sort of mistakes I make.  BUT we all need to remember, this is the largest garment I have ever attempted, and though I'm through a good portion of the top of it, it's still pretty daunting, especially knowing that he's going to USE it in a way that seems more than normal wearing of a sweater.

I finished ONE of the Hermione's Socks.
This pair is in Patons Kroy Socks in the Bramble Stripes Colorway. I did a Fish Lips Kiss heel, with 1/2 inch of stockinette instead of a whole inch.  Which, by the way, I had been neglecting to do in all the socks I've made with the FLK heel.  I thought the inch of stockinette was just for toe up socks.  I guess I should actually read stuff before I start project, eh?

I've been spinning a LOT lately.  All to practice for the class.  Tomorrow is part two, where we'll be plying yarn.  I have two balls ready to go, and I'm working on another bunch of fiber.  That'll be 3 plys, if I can finish.  BUT I was thinking more along the lines of, since with each bunch of fiber I spin, I get better, I might do a 2 ply of the two good ones, which will obviously be the one I'm working on now and the one that I haven't started yet.  OR I might just wait and do a 4 ply of the four together (that wouldn't work though because with each spin I do, I lose less fiber to stray tufts  or breaking, so they're uneven lengthwise).

I really do think I'll get something nice from the blue and purple yarn and who knows I might re-ply it with the orange and yellow.  My big huge plan was the do the orange and yellow with red and call it Good Morning, Sunshine.  We'll see how that goes.

All the plying will be done on the wheel, though and Lord knows I'm still not too good at using the wheel.  It'll take some practice with using my feet and hands at the same time.  Which sounds so lame!

My Stash Dash hasn't moved one tiny bit.  I'll change that when I ply my yarns and measure them.

On the homefront:  My garden is still suffering.  We're trying to keep it watered well, and I cleaned out all the dried up dead leaves, which makes my garden look pathetic.  Like a desert scene in a movie.  Not very far off, considering where I live, but still.  It was going well, and then someone tripped and turned up the heat.

We cleaned up the backyard some today.  It was just after 10 am and 95 degrees out already. So when we finished, we washed up and went to Sonic.

Now we're just sitting around doing whatever.

We HAVE NOT watched Falling Skies yet.  I was hoping that we would this morning before the husband went to bed, but he thought the kids would be interested in watching so we watched The Last Ship instead.  It was pretty good.

Well, that's about it here.  I'm just biding time until it's time to start cooking dinner and watch Falling Skies and trying to figure out which way I'm going to start using the new skein of yarn on this sweater.  Once I get that done, I'll probably just keep working on it instead of putting it aside.  I'd really like to separate for the sleeves today.  My daughter looked at me like a lunatic and asked me, "What are you supposed to be making there?"  She said she thought it was a hat, so finishing that much would be good.

I hope your week goes well, and Happy Crafting!

Week End

Aah, Friday.

It means absolutely NOTHING in this house, except that Dad gets to stay home at night instead of going to work.

It's today.  Yay.  I have to work tomorrow, and so does the Husband (thought he's working at night).

Nothing is going on today.  I just felt like typing, really.

I had planned on going to spin a little at Arizona Yarn, but I realized I'd left home without any fiber, and seeing as how there's 2.5 bundles of unspun fiber here, I decided to skip it, and try to go tomorrow, or Sunday at Tempe Yarn.

Instead, I sat here and was spinning with my Schacht Spindle, which is awesome.  And heavy.  It's the big 3 oz size, which I thought would be perfect since I have 4 oz bundles of fiber. (I do not...I just keep thinking they're 4 oz because my first fiber bundle WAS 4 oz.  The ones I have now are 2 oz.)

So, I got a bunch of the blue fiber done.  In fact there's only tufts of it at various locations of the house.  I'll have to clean them up, since the Husband is bound to make the kids vacuum tomorrow and I don't want to get in the way of that.

I did some of the purple fiber yesterday, but it kept breaking on me, so I just have these little purple balls of yarn.

Today, though, something clicked.  I was doing really well until a little while ago, where I was spinning at the size I think you're supposed to spin fiber at if you're going to ply it.  Mostly it was even, though there were a few spots things got thicker.  It looks really cool.  I'm going to finish the purple up, maybe tomorrow night, and then try to keep it up with the 2 oz of yellow and orange so that I can ply those on Tuesday. I think if I go into spin whatever I spin up on the wheel will be what gets plied with the blue I did Wednesday.

On My Needles:

I'm almost done with the first Hermione Sock for my niece's pair of socks.  I did a 6.5 inch leg, Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and am almost done with the foot part.

That's all I've been working on since I got to the point where I started the heel.
Everything else is feeling lonely and crying for me.  Just listen very closely and you'll hear it.

On The Telly:

We watched the season premiere of The Last Ship last night.  OH. MY. GOODNESS.  What an episode!  It was more like a season finale episode than a premiere.  And can I just say, Adam Baldwin and Eric Dane are so HOT! Especially Adam Baldwin.  I heart him.  Big puffy heart him.

We watched Life Below Zero, the episode after Sue's accident.  That was scary! Sue is my favorite on the show, I love her hats! Anyway, it was good to see her back, I was scared and almost cried.  The Hailstones are awesome!  I love that they took two snow machines and made a good one.  That was awesome.

The Husband and The Boys watched American Sniper last night.  The Husband approves.  He said they did it right, and did right by Chris Kyle.

Today at work we watched Out of the Dark with Julia Styles, Scott Speedman and Stephen Rea. I liked it, and might watch it again on Monday (since, you know, I was at work and missed a bunch)

Our second movie was Lee Daniels' The Butler with Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey and OMG was everyone in this movie??!!  I forgot how many 'faces' were part of this film.  It's was excellent, and I was sorry that my time to leave arrived before the end of the movie.  Cecil was reading to Caroline Kennedy when I left.  I might suggest we watch it together this weekend.

In the Books:

I began the novella There's No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige.  It's from Dorothy's point of view after her return from Oz.  The Kindle says I'm at 2% of the book, so I'm not too much into it, but it is good.  It'll be interesting to see what Paige does with the return to Oz and all that happened in the next books of Oz.

Out of Doors:
My garden is falling to bits.  It's just too hot out, and things are dying.  I know they need more water, so I'm trying to get everyone to pitch in in taking care of that while I'm not here.  Most days I don't get to water it, after the first watering in the morning, until the hottest part of the day. I went and took all the basil leaves of and put them in paper towels then froze them in a bag.  There's cucumbers popping up, though they aren't supposed to be ready until next month.  I'm waiting to see what happens with the tomatoes.  Cross your fingers!


Unnatural

This past Tuesday, I took a spinning class at Tempe Yarn and Fiber.  It's a two part class, with the second part this coming Tuesday.

I have no pictures or anything, though I brought my camera and phone with me.  I walked in and found myself nervous and eager.  Of course, I wanted to also wander around the store and buy all the things, but I took myself to the back of the store to the classroom.

There I found Michelle, our instructor, and Todd, the only other student.  We had an Ashford wheel and a Ladybug, which was the one I got to use.

Things I learned in class:

How to get the spinning started
That the wheel will go into counter clockwise if you stop
How to use the wheel
I'm no Rumpelstiltskin
And finally:  That I actually have to work at spinning!

Can you believe it?  The nerve!

I had dreams of going in there and spinning up a whole mess of beautiful singles to ply in the next class.  I came home with a few ounces of a blue mess.  It wasn't awful, but it wasn't what I had hoped to be carrying out of the store at the end of the class.

I also walked out with homework.  Ewww!  Homework is to spin as much as possible during the week between classes.

So I went to Arizona Yarn & Fiber to spin and made a mess.  I was only going to spin for about 30 minutes, but I took so long figuring out what was going on that I ran out of time before I really got to do anything.

I was going to go today, but my daughter wanted to shop for toiletries today and took her sweet ass time getting out of bed, knowing full well that if I am going to go to the store after 6 AM, it had better be before 10.  We left AFTER 10, and didn't get home until 11:30.  That sort of threw me off a bit.

So I sat and did some spinning on my Schacht drop spindle with the top whorl.  I got it on Tuesday after my class along with some yellow fiber that I can hopefully ply with the tangerine to make something cool.

Spindling is becoming easier to me.  I can get a pretty uniform strand.  I did the purple today and it kept breaking, so I stopped.  I did a really good go at Blue yarn on Tuesday afternoon. I have wound that into a ball and plan on bringing it with me to ply on Tuesday.

OK onto good stuff:

I finished Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.  It was good.  A little unsettling when the main character Amy swears and stuff, but then I have to remember that she came from a more modern time that Dorothy had.  Also, all of Dorothy's clothing reads sort of slutty.  And apparently time runs different from here because Dorothy is a babe.  With cleavage.

There are several prequel novellas that are out, so I'm thinking I might read those first before continuing on with The Wicked Will Rise.

I'm going to pick up Podkayne of Mars again.  She's sort of a pain in the ass.  She's 9, but I think time moves differently on Mars so she's more like a teenager than a 9 year old.  The cover art shows a girl of maybe 15 years old.

I'm looking forward to finishing that so I can start on The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. After that, who knows.

I'm waiting on Falling Skies on Sunday.  We watched the second episode of Dark Matter on SyFy.

OOOOH! I got to see an episode of Defiance on SyFy and I think I must have been super tired or completely delirious for about 5 minutes.  Linda Hamilton is in it as Pilar, Rafe's wife that hadn't been seen in I think almost the entire first season.  So Nolan and Irisa are under attack from some Castithans and she came up to save them and she turned to them and said, "Come with me if you want to live!"  And I died in a fit of laughter.  I don't know exactly why that was THAT funny to me, but there ya go.

I'm slowly going through season 3 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix.  I think I finished the third episode today.  Maybe the fourth. The one when we learn about Chang.

The kids and I are making our way through Parks and Recreation on Netflix.

Yesterday at work I watched the Sisterhood of Night on Netflix.  It was pretty good.  I'm going to sit and watch it with my daughter since I was at work and didn't get to see parts of it.

So Stash Dash is still going strong, I guess.  I've done the heel of my first Hermione's sock. Shouldn't be too much longer before I'm closing the toe.  It's for my niece and I did a 6.5 inch leg, and only half an inch of stockinette on my Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

I cast on another pair of tube socks for my husband.  These are in Patons Classic Wool in the Forest Colorway, and like the other pair, will feel as though they are taking forever.

Biggest goal is to finish all this little stuff and try not to cast on anymore, so I can concentrate on The Sweater, which still hasn't gotten to the point of separating for sleeves yet. That means I finish the two pairs of socks and get a bunch done on my Hitchhiker and the Malt.  Malt is second most important, then the two pairs of socks and the Hitchhiker.

Biggest news:  The It's Them Aliens! pattern from JavaPurl/C.C. Almon went live today!  I test knit the pattern for C.C. and it's a GREAT pair of socks.  Mine were done in 100%  Merino wool and 72 stitches.  They fit perfectly on my foot  and look fantastic.


I started this late today, so now it's time to cook some dinner.  I hope your week is going well.  Happy Crafting!


Woe is Me

I had a day, a few days ago.  Sunday, I think.  It must have been, I remember being glad that I'd have two days off when it was finally over.

There's stuff going on I can't talk about.  Nothing truly huge, but it could have been.  I'm pretty sure it's over and nothing came of it.  On  top of all of that, on Sunday, the house was attacked by a large swarm of ants.

Can ants be called a swarm?

Anyway, it took about an hour to get past the ants that were on the surface-mostly because ants just kept coming from where they were coming from.  I hadn't even gotten a chance to look at where they were coming from.

I was angry.  No one wants to take up to THAT many ants in their kitchen. I got a lot of them and put down some stuff behind the stove and that kept them from coming in (for a time).  Then I said screw it.  I hadn't even gotten a chance to make coffee, and it was close to 6 in the morning.

So, I went into the stash closet, and pulled out my bag that basically is holding seven skeins of Berroco Vintage yarn. I rewound most of them, for figuring out which I'd like to use in sweaters.  Baby sweaters specifically.  Who knows what I'll do. I have seven skeins after all.

Then, when my husband got home from work, he said he wanted actual grits for breakfast.  I made the grits and when I opened the lid to stir the pot, the grits bubbled up and got me on the thumb.  Damn, that hurt!  With everything that's going on, that was the straw that broke the camel's back.  I stood in the kitchen and cried.  So, I was very glad when 1:30 rolled around and I could come home.

I finally finished my Wool Many Socks for my husband.  They're pretty awesome, and he wore them for about 30 minutes after we took pictures of them.

A far cry from the first hot mess of woolen socks I made for him.  Thank God.

The are Cascade 220, all 220 yards of one skein and about a quarter of a skein for the cuff. One looks stretched out a bit more because that was the first and it got tried on a lot to check for length and that it'd fit around his foot in a way that he liked.

It's a 3x3 rib on the instep and leg, and a 2x2 ribbing on the cuff. done toe up with a Turkish cast on, which I think I will never do again for a pair of socks like this.  Definitely buying two skeins of yarn and using one for each foot and just doing it in one solid color.

That's my one FO for the week.

My WIPs are:

Hermione's Everyday Socks in Patons Kroy Socks Stripes in the Bramble Stripes Color way.  Miraculously, I think the pair might be actual twin socks, at least that's what It seems like to me so far.  I'm still working the leg of the first, but the beginning ends match as far as I can see.  Going to do a Fish Lips Kiss heel and they will be for my niece when she gets home from California.

The Baby Diamonds Blanket in Red Heart Super Saver yarns in the Amethyst, Gold and White colorways.  This is to go with the Simple hat I did in the same colors for my Father in Law, when he brings my niece back from California.  I have 6 of 9 squares done and I think almost 3 are put together so far.

Everything else has been on pause trying to finish the socks.  All the woolen stuff is priority, especially the sweater since it's so large and I only have basically to the end of November to finish it.  BUT I want to get these two things finished so I can give them to who they are for and be done with it. So I am going back and forth between the two while I'm sitting here.

Today, I will NOT be doing any sitting here because I'm going out to Tempe Yarn & Fiber to take the Learn to Spin class! I registered last week on Wednesday and have been chomping at the bit waiting for today.  I was such a schmoe yesterday when Candy called to confirm the class.  What a dork.

For the class, I need 4 oz of fiber in 2 different colors.  I had blue, purple and tangerine on hand already, so I'm thinking I might use two of those, though I don't want to use the tangerine with any of the other two.  I'm figuring today we'll be actually spinning and then next week plying?  But I'll find out today.

Father's Day was on Sunday.  We surprised my husband with a gun case, some of his favorite candy, some field dressing stuff, and a movie-American Sniper.  I figured he kept bothering me about finding it in the Redbox, and it was, but I am thinking this would be one of those movies that he would definitely go out and buy, even without seeing it.

I'm sure he'll watch it on Friday while I'm at work.  I have no desire to watch movies about modern wars anymore.  My brain just cannot handle it now.

Other stuff:


*************~~~~~~~There May Be Spoilers From This Point On!!~~~~~~~**********

I'm reading an actual book.  Yep.  Pages and everything.  This book is Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. It's about Amy Gumm of Kansas who is whisked away in a tornado and lands in her mobile home on a crumbling precipice in the land of Oz.  I am on page 256, and it's NOTHING like L. Frank Baum's books.  In fact, it's sort of ignoring some of it,

DirecTV is showing commercials that Dark Places will be on while it's playing theaters.  This is exciting for me, because I want to watch it. It's what's queued up on my iPod.  I think.  It also might be Taylor Swift, but that's cause my daughter took it.  I'm pretty sure it's the audiobook though.

TV wise...I have no idea what we've watched the last few days.  We have Last Ship on the DVR list, but honestly, I don't care to watch that.  Every time I see Eric Dane, I remember that I had a dream that my husband had Eric Dane's head...I mean, it was my husband but his face was Eric Dane's face.  Which all in all is not a terrible thing, but now that's all I remember when I see him.  And I'm sort of lost when it comes to the show, since I don't think I saw the entirety of the end of last season.

I'm really waiting to see the season premiere of Falling Skies, I think that's this week.

I DVR'd the series (I think) Premiere of Michiko to Hatchin, to watch with my daughter.  She's really in to Anime and Manga these days and wants to read all the things and watch all the shows that go with what she's read..

That's it.  I'm super jazzed about my class today, and woke up before 4 AM, which I wish I could say was unusual lately.  Also, as you can see, I am under 300 meters from my Stash Dash Goal, thanks to those silly man socks I finished.  Hopefully I'll have some good stuff to report later on my Facebook page.  Go on over and check it out later today.

Happy Crafting!



Ermagerd!

OK, check out my ticker at the bottom of the page!  Did ya see?  Did ya see?

I finished my Go Team Throw last night and entered the meterage.  Each ball of Red Heart Team Spirit is 223 meters and I used six for a total of 1,338 meters.  I am now 488.3 meters from crossing my 3,000 meter finish line in Stash Dash.

See, when I found out about Stash Dash, I didn't fully understand that WIPs counted towards meterage, and I figured I MIGHT be able to start enough stuff to make it to 3,000 meters by the end of the run.

It wasn't until I had already committed to 3K that I realized that I easily could have made it past 3K and possibly even 5K.  I have a bunch of socks to finish, a pair of which will bring me VERY close to finish line, because I will have used over 1 skein of Cascade 220 (it took half of it and a 2.5 inch cuff in a contrasting color to make it the height he wanted, which is basically a knee sock on my legs). Then socks for my niece and daughter.

So, here's my list of current WiPs:

Malt by Tin Can Knits
4x2 ribbed forever knitting woolen man socks
Flax for Men (oooh, that's a clever name for the sweater project!)
Hitchhiker
Hermione's Everyday Socks
Souffle Girl Socks
Baby Diamonds Blanket (which I don't wanna any more!  Who would want to sew all those damn squares together!  And who the hell thought it was a good idea to start the damn thing??)
A Corner to Corner throw, which I might just end up tossing.  I think I might want to let that one go and use the yarn to make the Monkey Jacobus pattern.  I will decide on Tuesday when I'm at the LYS

OOOOH and the 3 hour sweater.  I forgot about that.  I'm still working on the ribbing on the back side of the sweater.  The Go Team Throw was so close to finishing yesterday when I left for work, that is all I wanted to do when I got home.  I finished it, and I didn't have to pull any back to the end of the last row, which I normally have to do when I'm working on a project until the yarn is gone.

I'm also going to start up a sweater for me, but I think I Might wait until I'm done with the man sweater and the baby diamonds blanket.  I have about 3 more squares to make and then I have to put them all together and do an edging.

I'm thinking about leaving the Malt set aside at least until these man socks are finished.  I am also, probably very stupidly, considering trying to make sweaters for EVERYONE in the house.  Mine would be last, of course, but I have enough to make at least one other man sweater in acrylic (because the boys would wash a wool sweater and shrink it up), the daughter's sweater, whichever one that might be, and I could probably rustle up enough stash yarn to make another man sweater for the other boy.

I filled up my loyalty card at my LYS when I paid for my registration (TWO STAMPS!) for the spinning class, so that's 15% off. I would just need to figure out which yarn I would use.  I have two balls of Cascade 220 in a purple that haven't been used yet and I also have a skein of Cascade 220 in Cobalt Heather.  I am leaning more towards the Cobalt, simply because I love blue and this one is wonderfully soft.  So, the two sweaters I want to make would require about 1400-1700 yards of yarn, so I'd need a lot more.

That's all my crafty news, and there isn't much more to talk about.  I might be quiet for a few days, simply because I'm working and knitting/crocheting on stuff, but I'll definitely let y'all know about my spinning class.  First 2 hour class is on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!



Check it Out!

A little about the set up at Chez Moi.

My chair that I sit in in the living room is a chair that a lady I worked for gifted me.  She was clearing out some of her stuff and asked if I wanted them.  Sure why not.  They're old school living room chairs.  I don't know if that makes sense to anyone but me.  Anyway, there were two.  Somehow I got them both into my Pontiac (RIP, Bessie), and managed to drive home without incident.

My daughter immediately stole one for her room, but I took it instead and put it in my room.  The other never made it upstairs.  I decided that since my husband was basically ruling the house from the chair that is part of the living room set, I needed my own throne.  So it's down here.

It fits me perfectly.  Normally, when I sit in a chair, any chair, even the one I'm sitting in now, my feet are not flat on the ground, unless I sit in an uncomfortable unnatural way.  My chair is low enough that I can sit with both feet flat on the ground and be comfortable.

My table that the laptop sits on, is higher than it should be for anyone to type on when sitting in that chair, though.  So in order for me to comfortably sit and blog or type anything at all, I either have to just use my smartphone (which makes me feel like an a-hole for doing stuff on my phone on the same page that the computer right next to me is on) or I have to move the entire laptop and try not to forget the mouse (because I hate using the navpad on this damn contraption.  It is completely disabled because I will end up with the cursor all over the place otherwise.)

That being said, a lot of times, when I have planned to blog, it becomes a decision to move all this stuff over or continue to sit right where I am and work on a project.  95% of the time I chose to not move.  So that's the real reason why things get so quiet here for so long.  Because I'm lazy.  There, I said it! Are ya happy now?

OK good.

Alright.  Here's some personal stuff I wanna share;

Yesterday my youngest son turned 15!  He's an awesome kid and got spoiled. He ate so much, he decided to wait to have his birthday cake til today.

In crafty news:

I had been thinking about taking a spinning class.  For spinning on a spinning wheel.  My LYS, Arizona Yarn & Fiber in Gilbert, AZ has a class in August.  It's perfect- Two Tuesdays for 2 hours each day.  I am off on Tuesdays and am likely to be wanting to go the AZ Yarn anyway (truthfully, I want to go there every single day of the year).  Then I got the brilliant idea to check and see what their sister store Tempe Yarn & Fiber had to offer.  Tempe Yarn is on University Drive and I almost always get lost when I drive over there, because I'm worried about finding the place and then I always drive into the driveway before or breeze right past it to McClintock.

Tempe Yarn offers a spinning class, also on Tuesdays at 11 AM.  And they have a class that starts on this coming Tuesday 23 June.  I made a decision to just do it, and registered for the class.  I am every excited.

In other spinning news, I did about 2 (ish) ounces of Merino on my drop spindle and it was pretty freaking awesome.  It's my first that's pretty consistent all the way through.  I went and ruined the hell out of it though, wrapping it on the Niddy Noddy.  It was twisted and loose and I tried to fix it and broke it all to pieces.  So I'm pretty pissed, because now, it's not as awesome as it was when I was finished spinning it.

Here are some things I've finished in the last few days:

Turtle Shell, to complete the Ninja Turtle set. I haven't put any information into the project page yet, but it's all acrylic yarns and is super cute!


Turns out, that's the only thing I've finished.  Yay me.

WIPs:

My Go Team Throw is now on ball 6/6, and well on it's way to being finished, hopefully by the end of the year (if my track record is any indication).  The pattern is easy to remember, which is nice, but sometimes, I just get bored with it and want to make all the other things. That's why it's taken over a year to finish it.  It will be awesome though, and ready to go hunting in December.


I'm STILL making the yoke of my Daddy War-Flax sweater for my husband.  Summer vacation is really cramping my style.  I think the kids being around the house a lot more is part of why there isn't a lot of finished stuff, because they are distracting.  I keep getting lost on the garter part of the sleeve, I can never remember what I'm supposed to do.  I think the sleeves are halfway done to being set up.

I'm doing Malt, by Tin Can Knits.  I really think I'm going to end up having done every pattern in the Simple Collection at least once. It's going well.  It's my travelling project, so it goes with me to work.  I got to the point where all the markers are added, so I've got a pretty good rhythm going.
I started the 3 Hour Sweater yesterday.  I'm trying to knit it as the pattern states, even though I HATE seaming things.  I am the worst seamer ever!  Every thing I seam look like Freddy Krueger did it with his knives hand.  I am not making any mods at all, so we'll see what happens.  I might end up giving it to my daughter who really enjoys wearing the stuff I make. I think this might take me more than 3 hours.  I'm using straight needles instead of circulars, which is an odd feeling for me.

That's really it.  I work on the baby blanket at work, and go back and forth between the big blanket and the sweaters while I'm home.

Stash Dash update:  1137 meters are done, and when I finish the Go Team Throw it'll be over 2400 meters done.  If I finish the Flax sweater, it'll put me over my 3K finish line, but I may not finish by then, simply because there are things that I have to start working on again before the end of this month.


So you're aware, there may be some spoiler-ish things about books and TV shows and movies coming up.  Continue if you dare!

OK Books stuff:

I purchased Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, because yes, I need more books to read all at the same time.  I wanted it, and got a good deal on it.  I am pleased.

I am still reading The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin, though I moved the books and haven't touched it in a while. It's pretty good, but I've been concentrating on knitting and other stuff so I haven't read much of anything.

I am considering re-reading the Game of Thrones books, though not the first one.  I don't want to relive Ned being parted from his head. I'll start with the second book, and actually finish the rest, then get  A Dance with Dragons

I've still got Dark Places queued up on my iPod, but haven't finished it. My daughter took the iPod to listen to Taylor Swift and have headphones on so she could ignore the world, so basically my iPod is dead and needs a recharge. I will have to get back on the ball though because I saw that the movie is going to be on DirecTV soon, and I need to see that, even though Charlize Theron is set to play Libby Day and I don't think she's anywhere near the age that Libby is in the book.  But I Haven't finished the book, so what do I know?

On the Telly:

Watched the Season Finale of Game of Thrones.  All I have to say is I certainly hope that Sansa didn't just commit suicide with Theon Greyjoy, because NO! And what the hell...The Mountain Zombie.  Really.  He looks awful, even with the helmet on.  Hooray for Brienne killing the crap out of Stannis!  My husband and I were both in agreement that it was good that Jon Snow let Sam leave with Gilly and baby Sam, because they'd all be in the same boat as Jon if they'd stayed.  Oh and I wish that what's her name that got tossed over by Theon had landed on Ramsay's head and that they were both dead.  The Husband thinks that Dany has run into her old Khalasar, which would be something, though I am not sure if that's something good.

Wayward Pines:  I haven't watched the last episode that was on last week.  I started it, but then found out that the video was up for the Chain 344 Podcast so I shut it off and watched that instead. So far, Matt Dillon had climbed the cliff face and was shooting randomly into the dark woods.

I think that's all.  We're waiting on the season premieres of The Last Ship (I once had a dream that my husband was my husband but he had Eric Dane's body.  It was weird, same voice and mannerisms as my husband, but it was Eric Dane), and Falling Skies.  Those should be fun, though I don't really pay attention to The Last Ship.

OH, the husband was lent a copy of Planet Earth by a friend from work, so we'll probably end up watching that, which will make the Daughter happy.

So that's it.  I'm planning a sweater for myself, but I keep changing my mind about which one I want to make.  I have time though because the needles I need are in the husband's sweater now anyway.

Here's to Friday! I hope your weekend's a good one, and Happy Crafting!