Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Clear Path


 Look at that. I can see the floor in the upstairs sewing room.


 I can get over to the basket of fiber that I am spinning without risking a fall. I spent a free morning shoveling out the room. I was merciless.



 I've also got an empty wheel so I started another bobbin for the three ply hat fiber I have been spinning.


Now I've got two wheels working on the same project. Sweet.
Confess. Where do you keep your clutter?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another One Bites the Dust

 Done. Done. Done. My wonky handspun Crepidula aka the Yeti vest is finished at looooong last.



 Spin as you go projects always seem like a good idea in the beginning but then they drag on and on and on.


 This one went out with a bang because I had to redo the last few inches over and over when the garter stitch edging I wanted kept rolling and generally looked terrible. I ended up using the pattern's knotted bind off which is what I should have used in the first place.



 It's a slouchy shawl like garment with arms. It fits Dumpy Debbie perfectly.


 It's a bit long but I got carried away with the colorwork trying to match the yoke color for color. I knew it was becoming a bit much but once I got started I couldn't stop. It will keep my bottom warm so no complaints.



 Now that this is done I can feel better about starting the Lopi vest but I think I have a few more things I want to get finished before I do. That fire has gone out.
What are you looking forward to finishing in the near future?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Getting Serious

 This is one of the two vests I am working on at the moment. Up until now I've been taking my sweet time enjoying the colorwork.



 Soon though I am going to have to do some serious shaping.



The problem is that I don't know how. I know how to use steeks to open the front but figuring out how to make the v-neck and the arm openings is another thing.




Craftsy came to the rescue once again. I bought this class during a half price sale and I've already gotten more than my money's worth. It's got everything I need to know AND a pattern that I can knit along with when Tracery is finished. I love Craftsy.
Where do you go when you need help with a project?

Monday, February 8, 2016

KAL Krazy

 On the same day that I found this orphan Lite Lopi in my stash Mason Dixon Knitting hosted a KAL for a sweater using the very same yarn. It felt like a sign.



It's for the Stopover sweater by Mary Jane Mucklestone and I really, really wanted to join but I have too much going on to commit.



 I didn't have enough Lopi in my stash for a whole sweater anyway and trying to buy more was not easy since Reynolds doesn't make it anymore. You can tell how old mine is by looking at how much I paid for it.



This is what you pay for it now and they call it Lettlopi.



In a moment of insanity, I went ahead and bought what I thought might be a match in a quantity enough for a vest.



This one to be exact but I can't start it until I finish at least one of the vests I am already working on-or can I?












Sunday, February 7, 2016

Soaperbowl Sunday

 I am off to the rink today for a rehearsal and then to Daughter's to watch the big game so all I have to share today is soap. I used some of my Valentine's Day card stash to wrap my pretty Pink Berry Mimosa soap. I've been testing it for a week and it's nice. Very nice. Even The Mister is a big fan. I also made a small batch of Pink Grapefruit lotions bars. I'm addicted.


 Last week I was in a soap making frenzy. With all my new molds and fragrances I couldn't stop myself. This is Flowering Herb with a "Clyde Slide" swirl. All the bars in the loaf are different. Cool.



 Brambleberry sent me a fragrance sample called Butter Mints. It smells like mint chocolate chip to me. It's odd but someone might like it.



 They also sent me a White Rose fragrance sample. It's nice. I had some issues with the color being uneven though. I added some warm heavy cream to the batter and it clumped a bit so the white is uneven. I have yet to get a nice even white. Boo.


Then there was the Saint Patrick's Day soap that smells like green things. It's Baby Bib mixed with Tomato Leaf also from Brambleberry. The soap drying shelves are full again but I'm not done. I've still got several new spring fragrances that I want to try. Come March I'll be needing to give most of these away if anyone is interested. Stay tuned for details.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Derailed

 You know that card kit of the month club from Simon Says Stamp that I subscribed to back in January? I've been eagerly waiting and waiting for my February kit to show up and it never did. It seems it wasn't the autopay type of club that I thought it was and since I didn't respond to the invoice that I thought was only a receipt, I didn't get a kit. Now they are all sold out. Boo. I had a major tantrum and then I went over to Micheal's and made my own darn kit-for 60% off. All the Valentine's Day stuff was on sale.


I got plenty of cardstock, pretty paper, stickers, stamps and ink. I had also bought some new embossing folders from Amazon last week.



 I had used my Christmas Gift Certificate to get these heart dies back in January. I must have had a premonition that something was going to go wrong with that kit thing.



The only thing I missed was the inspiration sheet to tell me what to do with all this stuff but Pinterest stepped in to help. I spent a happy afternoon but only have one card to show for it. I'm putting my Valentine card making on hold while I wait for yet more stuff to show up from Amazon.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Little Surprises

 Son and Daughter in Law had one last surprise for me concerning our recent big Disney adventure.



 There was something hidden in their luggage that they were waiting to give me.



 It seems someone was paying attention when I went insane over the Dale of Norway knits at Epcot and someone snuck back that day to buy me a present.



I've been a huge fan of their official Olympic designs for as long as I can remember. I want to knit them all.



I've especially wanted to knit this particular pattern. It's the 1972 Sapporo cardigan and someone just finished the very first one on Ravelry a few weeks ago. It's gorgeous which is making me twitch from a bad case of startitis.



These knitted headbands are so nice. They are even lined.



 It fits perfectly. I love it!



I also have to say thanks to #2 Son who gave the the Vermont Country Store gift certificate for Christmas. I not only got a month's supply of tasty crumpets with it, I also got not one but two bottles of my favorite vintage perfume. Does anyone but me remember this from waaay back when you did all your shopping at the dime store? It was backordered and just showed up in the mail. I had almost forgotten about it so it was another nice surprise in a week of surprises.
Thanks guys!