Friday, April 24, 2015

New Toys Put to Use

 You know those little soap shapes I made last week? Look what happened to them.

This is just awesome. I am beyond happy with them. I am not taking credit for the technique. I learned it here. I love her tutorials.

I used some curls with the square shapes and came up with these lemongrass bars that smell like summer. I went a little heavy on the olive oil. They are a bit sticky but feel great in the tub.

 The Mister came up with this design. I need to make a bar like this for Grandson.

All our latest experiments were for a friend of The Mister who had a 70th birthday party on Saturday.  A bag of smelly soap and a Home Depot gift certificate-what else could a guy want?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's About Time

 Finally. I can pick up the Tracery vest again and use both hands for the colorwork.

Look at that. Mr. Thumb is back to bandaid land. The new nail still looks pretty gruesome but the dead nail is almost history so I can sort of use it like a real appendage again. It's been a loooong time coming. I couldn't be happier.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Perfect Timing

 Pup was not happy that my knitting bag was empty. We have a daily routine of knit walking but since I ran out of walking projects she has been getting shortchanged in the exercise department.

Look at that sad face.

I went sock stash diving but nothing was ringing my bell. I always buy fall colors and I wanted something springy and fun.

 Then The Mister came in with the mail.

 I had a package from Wandering Cat Yarns. Talk about perfect timing. That's sock yarn on the right and lace on the left. I don't have a yellow shawl yet-but I will real soon.

 Not only did I get the yarn, I got a new project bag. How great is this? No cat is going to figure out how to get that open to steal my precious project. There are even little pockets inside. I love it.

I even have the perfect yarn to go with the bag. I'm funny that way.

The new sock yarn in Ride to the Moon colorway is already wound-and truth be told, I already have started the ribbing of one sock with it. Pup is going to get plenty of walking time tomorrow. I've got socks on the needles again!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More Than Midway

 I haven't gotten very far on April. Between what was happening with the thumb and the scenery building, things were crazy.

Don't you think that C looks more like a G? I'm not sure what the designer was thinking. I'm going to have to go back and fix that somehow.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Reaching For the Stars

 This was a much anticipated weekend.

 We had some lovely spring weather for our latest skating team outing.

The Mister and I had to cram the car full to get everything where it needed to be. At 3 am Sunday morning I was actually re-doing the lampost lanterns after I woke realizing we might have an issue switching them on. Never underestimate the subconscious for solving problems you didn't even know you had.

 It was warm and sunny and I nearly had a heatstroke getting the sets all put together. It took me three hours of hammering, pinning and taping to get all three backdrops, lampposts and trees put together. The wind was not my friend.

Inside the rink we were crammed in like sardines. There were eight teams of 20 plus kids going on within minutes of each other. All with as much or more scenery as we had and we had a lot. It was a tense situation.

There were costumes and props piled up everywhere. I have no idea how anyone knew where their stuff was when it came time to go on.

 The girls took it in stride. They looked great in their new punk wigs and vests.

I had to skate this time around. It was my first time out in years. I thought I was going to throw up until I got on the ice and then I had a blast. I played an old lady doing what else......knitting on a park bench. I took my giant needles and a giant ball of yarn I had made from strips of knit fabric. I was more than happy that my granny wig stayed on.

It took me so long to put up the sets and knock them down again that I never really got to see any other performances. It all was a blur.

We had moved ourselves up to a higher, harder catagory to see what we could do and were rewarded with a third place finish. We really didn't expect to medal so this bronze felt mighty good around my neck.

As usual, there were laughs and some tears but all in all it was a great weekend. We've got one more competition and one show to go and then it's time to put it all away until next year. Who am I kidding? We are already in the planning stages for next year. I can't wait!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Toys

 I was hanging out at Ikea the other day when I noticed these ice cube molds in the Marketplace.

They were only $1 a piece. Sold.

 I took them home and filled them up with leftover soap. I've got big plans for them.

I also finally broke down and bought a soap miter box. It keeps your blade straight so you get even bars.

I made a mini loaf to try it out. It worked perfectly.

This was a mini loaf of a swirled patchouli mix that that came out pretty bad the first time I tried it.

See what I mean? It smells great but ugh. Look at that. It looks like a piece of rotten ham. Ewwww.....I won't be doing that again. That's just terrible.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Forty Eight

 I still love warping with counting threads. It makes everything so much easier.

I'm also still fond of rolling the warp rather than chaining. I'm all about keeping tangles at bay.

 What I'm not crazy about was having to add the single white contrast threads one by one because I couldn't figure out how to warp it along with the other threads. Thank goodness there were only forty eight.

The problem now is that I want to leave it this way. This is the prettiest warp ever. I just don't want to wind it on.