One Month Gone

January is tricky. It seems to last forever, with its cold weather and 31 days. And yet, I’m surprised it’s already February. Tricky.

It’s been awhile since I’ve stopped by for an update and all the usual things are to blame. Lots of activities competing for time. Not feeling like writing. It’s not honoring my commitment to myself to blog weekly. All is not lost. It’s a new month (and a new week) so time to refocus.

Craftiness

I am usually a small project knitter, wanting to work on something for a week, finish it up, and move on. (It also makes it easier to bring a WIP with me everywhere when it fits in a small drawstring bag.) Unless I’m on a trip, I don’t tend to work on anything with more than one cake/ball or maybe two small cakes/balls. The last few weeks, though, I’ve only made significant progress on larger projects and I find myself looking to start projects with that same size and time commitment to finish.

Small Stuff

Lots of little project have been picked up, had a few rows or maybe an inch knit, and put aside again. I feel a bit of guilt over not making progress on the socks I began for my boss last summer and the vanilla socks that don’t even have a recipient in mind (but the next two pairs I’ll make after them do). The hat (bottom) is a new start for Lizzie in gifted baby alpaca and the cowl (top right) is a WIP I keep misplacing.

FO: Portage

Yes, Portage is finally done, nearly after a year after I cast on. I started with the Portage (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/portage-4) pattern but switched out the cables on the back for a simple knit/purl 3×3 rib which shifts every row. I’m not great with cables and wasn’t sure I’d have enough yarn to add the extra length the recipient requested.

I’ve been promised better photos of the sweater being worn but didn’t want to delay posting about the FO until I got them from her (ahem, RR).

FO: Bay’s Edge

I started this project because, well, I liked the pattern and the yarn combination. It sat for a bit, waiting for inspiration to strike. Apparently, the only inspiration I needed to work it was a recipient. Once I’ve had a chance to block this, it’ll be on its way to a high school friend of Matt’s who recently lost her husband to brain cancer.

I knit the pattern as written with the exception of some, uh, intentional design modifications. I’ll certainly be making more of these when I pick up another Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes gradient set (plus a coordinating neutral). Maybe at Maryland Sheep and Wool in May? (I’m actually in town this year for it! Third time in 11 years!)

Sick WIP

A cold has been my nemesis this week. It knocked me on my behind on Tuesday with fatigue and a very sore throat, disappeared for a bit, then knocked down again the last 24 hours with fatigue, sinus pressure, and a runny nose. When I’ve not been napping or playing connect-three games on my phone, I’ve been working on a blanket from my stash of Spud & Chloe Sweater. I’m making it up as a go and am not even sure how large it’ll get. It’ll be done when I run out of yarn. I have three skeins of the raspberry color, one of navy, and one white. I may take out the navy and replace it with white as it’s all very dark right now. May even break my yarn fast to get more of the white.

Healthy Habits

Several of my 20 for 2020 goals focused around adopting healthy habits. My big goal is to get to a healthy BMI by the end of the year, with small goals like “run a 5K” and “walk 20 minutes a day.” I had a solid week of keeping up with things – bringing healthier lunches to work, joining Orange Theory and going 3x that week, recommitting to counting WW points. Then, let’s be honest, I let things slide. Just wasn’t choosing to do the preparation needed to make healthy choices easier and went back to my stagnant, always-eating self. Being sick wasn’t made it easy but I could have focused on healthy food choices while letting my body rest.

Thankfully, all is not lost. I can (and will!) re-start tomorrow. My plan to meditate daily in February will slid to March (so daily yoga moves to April) and I’ll delay a plan start to 5K training until I’m done with the cold. But! I will prep healthy lunches and move as much as my body will let me.

House Projects

When we were thinking about the transition from summer through fall to winter, we had our usual conversations. Chance to make those meals with winter squash and long cooking times. Maybe pick out a house project or two for especially cold or snow days. Really, though, I never expected anything but the smallest of projects to get done.

Then last weekend happened. We went to Home Depot Friday night and picked out a new vanity, faucet, and fixtures. While I was at a friend’s house, Matt pulled out the old vanity and replaced the grout between our tile and tub – put in by an inept professional before we moved in – with caulk. By the time we went to bed that night, the vanity, sink, and faucet were in. The next day, we picked out new paint (Lunar Surface from Behr) and painted.

We still have work to do. Fix places where we didn’t apply enough paint, install the new mirror/medicine cabinet combo, towel bar, hand towel ring, and toilet paper holder. Soon, though, I’ll share before and after photos. You’ll have to imagine a small, half-done bathroom refresh.

What’s new with you all?

WIP Wednesday: Simple Things

I’ve been focusing on simple things this week. Removing apps from my phone that I never use (or use far too much, like Yahtzee). Reading before bed. Moving more. I’m trying to be deliberate in how I fill my hours, instead of picking up my knitting and watching TV the second I have my daily chores done and Lizzie is asleep. As a result, not a ton of progress this week.

Portage

I’m now on the second sleeve, a few decrease rounds in. I plan to focus mainly on this the next few days so I can perhaps get it done by next Wednesday.

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Matt’s Hat

I’m done! I wound up using the shaping from Roku but alternated 18 rows of k1, p1 with 18 rows  of p1, k1 to give it this fun look. When I was trying to sew up the top, I pulled so hard on the working thread that it split in half. A bit of knitting surgery was required to recover, using a separate length of yarn to sew the end back up. (Ignore my crazy eyes.)

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Rider Cowl

I decided to pull this out, after all. The yarn will be used for a basic stockinette cowl which I guess you can say is in progress, as the ribbing is done (reused from Rider). I hope to re-start the pattern in a plain color soon.

Socks for Lizzie

In typical kid fashion, she no longer wants socks, so I’ve pulled out the little progress I had and have set the yarn aside to become socks for someone else.

Started and Finished: Dishcloths

I wound up making two little dishcloths – one slightly larger than the other – using the Delightful Dishcloths pattern. Quick and easy knit. This starts me on my one 20  for 20 goal to make 10 of these for work. Perfect for carrying a hot lunch from the microwave to my cube.

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New Start: Spa Day Facecloth

Making this from the same Pima 100 yarn I used for the others. Again, plan to make two.

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WIP Wednesday: Setting up for 2020

Howdy, everyone! As always, I’ve set myself a goal  to blog more in 2020. It happens to be Wednesday, so figured I’d take the easy way out and blog about the current status of my WIPs. 2019 was a year of getting back to old crafts, so you’ll note a reappearance of embroidery, cross stitch, and sewing plus a new addition, shashiko. We’ve got lots of ground to cover, so we should get started right away.

And, yes, a new photo background. Matt now has a comfy couch in his office, so I’ll be hanging out with him in there and taking advantage of the good natural light and plain backdrop.

Knitting

Portage

Early in 2019, my friend RR and I made an agreement to exchange handmade items: I’d make her a sweater and she’d make me a quilt. We both started in February and we’re both working hard to get our respective projects completed.

It’s hard to take photos of a dark purple sweater WIP, so excuse the photos. I’ve finished the body, edging, pockets (except for sewing them onto the body), and most of the first sleeve. I’m waiting on an arm measurement so I can finish the sleeve and move on to the second one.

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Knitting on the sleeve while watching Lizzie play at a playground in my hometown

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Working on the veryyyyy long edging parts. My guess is there were over 500 live stitches at this point.

My quilt? She’s got the top all done and the layers basted together, with intentions to complete the edging and quilting while she’s out of town for the holidays. She’s a meanie who won’t share WIP photos but I requested blues and something traditional, as far as pattern.

(Ravelry project page is here. Not that I’ve made a pretty major design change and added length to account for her long torso.)

 

Syncopation Socks

I started this sometime in the summer for my now-former manager. I’ll be honest that I put them aside when he left our team for another opportunity. He’s also a good friend, so I plan to pick these back up as soon as I finish the socks I’m making for Lizzie (which I’ll show in just a bit). These have extra stitches to account for a dude’s wider feet. Hopefully I have a note somewhere as to his foot size…

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Close up of the pattern (Syncopation)

(Ravelry project page is here.)

 

Hat for Matt

After going to take photos while on a business trip to Denver in early October, Matt requested a warmer hat. I dutifully started one for him right away…then got distracted with other projects. I’m not sure what pattern I’ll use, but probably one of Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s genius ribbed hat patterns.

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Yarn is De Rarum Natura Cyrano (I think) in Merlot. (Note to self: Call fibre space and ask what yarn this actually is.)

No project link here as, well, it’s got nothing in it.

 

Bay’s Edge

I purchased one of the big 2-Ply Yummy gradient kits from the annual Miss Babs trunk show at my LYS. The first half was used for another shawl and I was left trying to figure out which of the MANY potential patterns to use the other half. I decided to combine it with one of Miss Bab’s lovely grays – think it’s Quicksilver but I’m not sure – and make Bay’s Edge. I put this aside to work smaller projects which were more portable, but it’ll get picked back up as my only-work-at-home project once Portage is done.

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(Ravelry project page here.)

 

Rider Cowl

I discovered a brand-new designer via a #knitstagram tagged post. This is her fourth design, the Rider cowl. The pattern is easy and just goregeous…if you don’t choose too busy of a yarn, as I did. I’m waffling back and forth as to whether I want to pull this out and remake it in a skein of pink Berroco Pure Wool DK I’ve had in stash for over a year. What do you guys think?

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There really is a lace pattern here, promise.

(Pattern page is here.)

 

Socks for Lizzie

I just started these the other day, after Lizzie requested a new pair of socks. I had the yarn out to make adult socks – obviously forgetting about the orange ones already in my WIP pile – and she pointed out how pretty the colors were. So, Lizzie socks they’ll be. I’m just doing a simple, vanilla sock with a short row heel.

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Barely a WIP, but a WIP, indeed.

 

Ya’ll still with me? Lots to go, still, so you may want to take a break and get more caffeine. The Internet will still be here  when you get back.

 

Cross Stitch

Mandala

I think I worked on this early in the 2019, but I’m not sure. There are still two or three more colors to add before this is complete. I’m using colors Lizzie selected and knitting on 32 count Monaco, two over two.

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Pattern is from Etsy. I need to look up who designed it.

 

Pretty Little Berlin

This was really the project that got me back into cross stitch. I started it in early November and brought it with me to Florida when my dad had surgery. I loved the city of Berlin when we visited in 2016 and snatched up the pattern from Satsuma Street right after we got back. I’d guess this is 80% complete.

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Fused bead needle holder made by my neighbor. Wrinkles in fabric are made by me.

 

Nutcracker Parade

Another new designer I found in 2019 was Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They make the cutest patterns featuring little people and animals. I purchased the Aida kit for Nutcracker parade after the SAL started. I’m putting this aside for awhile as I’m rather Christmased out at this point.

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The sugar plum fairy and Clara and her nutcracker float are done, as well as the lettering and parts of the border you see here.

 

Embroidery

Sweet Kitty Cat

I purchased this as a kit when we were in Honfleur, France in May. The instructions were all in French but the images were  detailed enough that I could follow along. When complete, this will probably be hung in Lizzie’s room.

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If you’re ever in France, look out for the sweet patterns from this designer, whose name you can squint and see on the pattern page.

Embroidered Mandala

I picked up this pattern on a random trip to Joann’s with Lizzie, probably when we were in Florida. Not quite sure. I’ve barely, barely started this, it’s so intimidating. It’s not a pattern, per say, just an outline of one that you fill in however you would like.

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Need to work up some nerve to continue.

 

Shashiko

Sampler

I was inspired by January One to try out Shashiko. I purchased a little sampler (from Minature Rhino) and have made some good progress. By design, you’re to stab the needle through as many layers of fabric  as you can. Very therapeutic for stressful days. Guess that means it’s a good thing I haven’t felt a need to pull these out lately?

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All six tiles

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I’ve narly completed the second tile

Sewing

Gift Bags

I’ve not actually done any of the sewing for these, but I have done some prep. Fabric has been torn down to rough size for a dozen, with three actually cut out and ready to sew. I’m using the Runaway Bag pattern from Ellen Mason (via Etsy).

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Another project I’ll pick back up once Christmas over exposure has worn off, as most off the fabric is Christmas.

 

That’s it. Heh. I’m going to try and focus on completing these before I start anything new. Exceptions, of course, allowed because I make my own rules.

What’s in your WIP bin?

WIP Wednesday: 16 January 2019

 

I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting for someone who has a full-time job again. None of it was done at work, either. Well, maybe like 5 rows total but no major contributions as I’ve been leading meetings and updating models, not waiting for things to happen or trying to figure out how to approach things.

Finished – Y-Chromosome Socks

I took these with me on our annual ski trip with college friends (and their friends from trivia and work and..). This year we were at Wisp and I had more chances to knit as Lizzie did ski school all day Friday and I chose not to play board games in the evening, but knit while chatting with folks. I’d only knit a few inches on the first sock when we arrived there and they were done well before we left. Very much my sort of way to spend a weekend, watching the snow falling in big flakes outside while knitting and chatting or reading. (Bonus point as I rarely changed out of PJs until I took a shower in the late afternoon.)

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These are for a coworker who has been out the last two days so I haven’t had a chance to make sure they fit. I’m eagerly awaiting the news as I worry that the socks I knit for men won’t fit well as their feet have more variation in widths and thicknesses than women’s feet.

I really enjoyed working with sport weight yarn as these went really fast and it’s so squishy. It’s good to know I have a solid pattern I can use again, should I choose to make more sport weight socks.

(Ravelry project is here.)

 

Finished – Lizzie’s Colorful Hat

This was another finish from this weekend though after we had arrived at home on Sunday. For being mostly improvised, this hat turned out pretty well. She loves the strands of colors on the background of other fun colors. Of course, I have yet to get her to try this on but she didn’t immediately declare she didn’t want it when it was done (unless the last five things I knit for her).

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This was only my second time using Killington from Miss Babs and I really enjoying working with it. Think I’m going to make a good-sized cowl with the remainder of the skein.

(Ravelry project is here.)

New Start – Socks for Matt

I’ve only ever knit Matt one pair of socks, done in a 50/50 wool/acrylic worsted yarn. They turned out well but were far too warm for him to wear them except when skiing on a really cold day. So, he’s rather due for another pair. He chose the yarn from the pile of sock yarn I have in my stash. “It’s nice and dark. It’ll work.” When asked about what sort of pattern, he was honest – “I’m never really going to have an opinion one way or another. Just make what you want.” Oh, Matthew.

I’m just getting started, so no pretty picture to show yet. Going to do a toe-up version of Petty Harbour by Rayna Curtis. Simple but classy looking.

 

Other Things I’ve Messed Around With (but have no good photos of..)

I started a cowl with the leftover yarn from the trio of orange hats. Then pulled out my progress as I wasn’t sure if it was working.

Started swatching for a sweater for a friend but got distracted with the idea of finishing the coworker socks in time for his birthday (which was on Sunday).

WIP Wednesday: 9 January 2019

I’m made it through a whole week’s worth of work days which means much less time to knit than when I was home all day long. Matt’s also been out of town so Lizzie and I have been having more painting parties, movie nights, and snuggles than usual. All those excuses aside, I have done some knitting this week.

Progress – Lizzie’s Hat

Very little progress, but 6 or 8 rows still counts as knitting on something. This is being knit using a pattern I sort of made up using Miss Babs Killington in Perfectly Wreckless.

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Started – Danny’s Socks

One of my coworkers loves merino wool socks. They’re one of the few ways he’s willing to spoil himself. I’m making him these in a shade of gray so they’ll fit with his very neutral wardrobe. The yarn is Miss Babs Yummy 3-Ply in Oyster and I’m using the Y-Chromosome pattern. I haven’t actually ever made sport weight socks before so it feels a bit weird but is zooming right along when I pick them up.

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Started and Made Progress – Dishcloths

I took Lizzie to Walmart on Sunday so she could buy an exclusive My Little Pony miniatures set. While there, we wandered through the craft section and I couldn’t resist the siren song of the Peaches & Cream dishcloth yarn. I bought a large cone of plain white and two small balls of Blue Lagoon. So far, one of the small balls has been turned into three cloths and I just started another in white last night. I’m using some published patterns and some I made up.

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WIP Wednesday: 26 December 2018

Welcome to the very last WIP Wednesday of 2018! I did some finishing, some knitting, and some frogging this week. Lots can get done when you’re off work and don’t have many errands nor chores to get done.

Finished – Dotted Rays

Lizzie claimed the Dotted Rays as her own so I finished it up – with about 50% not yet used – and gave it to her.  Mind you, she’s not actually worn it yet. Oh, 5 year-olds! (Ravelry project page is here)

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Finished – Sockhead Slouch

When I was making this hat, I had no idea who it would be for. Then, it came to me, our amazing mail carrier! She’s always careful to take all of my (many) letters and the occasional bill and is never bothered by a little snow or a cluttered front step. (Ravelry page is here)

 

Frogged – Adventurer Cowl

I decided that this did need to get frogged to I could re-start it with fewer stitches. I also decided I wouldn’t re-start it right away but wait until I was in more of a mood to knit a lace cowl. Maybe this Spring?

New Start and Finish – Knots Coming Untied

This project started out as a Tied Knots hat for Matt out of Berroco Ultra Wool DK. After completing the first cabled chart, I had him try it on. While it does fit, it’s rather snug. Thought about it for awhile and decided to go a different direction. The new recipient is one of the neighbor kids and I didn’t do more cables but followed (very roughly) the Saku pattern for the remainder of the hat. (Project page is here.)

 

New Start – Tale as Old as Time

This project is more inspired by than closely following the pattern I’m using. I just sort of picked up needles and started on it, only to realize after that I have a pattern for exactly what I’m trying to make (a long, stockinette tube to be turned into a cowl). Too lazy to re-start, I’m going to keep going and hope I can make sense of how to finish it when the time comes. I’m going to work on this here and there as the mood strikes. More photos will come once something exciting happens with it. Otherwise, it’ll just get added to my WIP report the weeks I work on it. (Project page is here.)

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New Start – Cradle Me

A few months ago, I bought this yarn (Socks That Rock BFL) from someone’s destash on Instagram. The color is beautiful and the hand so lovely, I had to use it for a special project. I decided to use it to make a blanket. This is one of those knits that will find a recipient when it’s complete. I’m just happy to knit with this yarn. No photo for now as I’ve only done a few rows of the garter stitch border. (Project page is here.)

What’s in your WIP pile this week?

WIP (Bag) Wednesday: 19 December 2018

One of my goals for 2018 is to keep my WIPs to such a limited number that they’ll fit in the custom Fringe Supply bag I picked up at my LYS (fibre space) back in November. Well, we won’t count sweaters as the bag can hold a sweater WIP only without anything in there, but we all know I only knit one of those a year, anyway. And, well, my current WIPs don’t entirely fit.

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So, let’s see what I’ve got in there this week…

Adventurer Cowl

I had this queued as soon as I saw it pop up on my Instagram feed. I’m using two colors of Miss Babs 2-Ply (Orchid is the purple and Threshold is the green) and Hedgehog Fibers Twist Sock in Concrete. I’ve done one repeat thus far, all done on Monday as I watched too many episodes of The Ranch in a row. I put it aside as I’m trying to decide if I want to pull out my progress and do one or two repeats less. It’s quite wide and I’m worried it won’t be very long with the amount of yarn I have left (about 450 yards). The pattern does have some fiddly rows though, so I’m putting it aside to really think through what I want to do with it.

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Sock Yarn Scraps Blanket

This project will pop its head in every now and then. That large ball of yarn represents all of the leftover sock yarn that’s less than ~100 yards per color. I’m making simple mitered squares which expand to be 100 stitches wide and 8″ or so square. This one is square 5. Think I’ll try to use this as my default running-errands project as it’s quite small to haul around. Well, it would be if I hadn’t decided this morning to roll all of that yarn into a single ball for the mere purpose of seeing how large it would get.

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Sockhead Slouch Hat

I made a ton of these over the summer. Yes, summer. This one is in Socks That Rock Heavyweight in the colorway Royal. I’ve just gotten past the ribbing so have a good 5″ or so still to go before the crown decreases. I get a few rows done on this here and there, mostly right after I climb into bed. I’m hoping to finish before the New Year.

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Dotted Rays (Mine! All Mine!)

As I’ve probably shared on here before, I can work with most wools but can’t stand to have any of them against my neck or arms. This means any projects I actually want to keep for myself have to be made in acrylic or cotton. This is yet another Dotted Rays shawl, but being done in Lion Brand Mandala in the Unicorn colorway so I can keep it for myself. Nice and subtle to throw on my shoulders when I’m chilly at work or wear with a black t-shirt and jeans on the weekend. If I had to guess (too sore to stand up at the moment to get the scale), I’d say it’s about 25% complete at this point. I really want to get this done before the New Year so I an wear it when I go back to work.

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Anastasia Socks

I had every intention of keeping these for myself, then I finished the entire first sock and realized that it was too large. So, I put out a call for recipients and my friend said they’d fit her sister perfectly. Excellent. I actually lost this WIP for a few weeks, hiding in my office here at the house. I’ll pick these up and make some progress whenever I feel like working on socks again which could be a little while.

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What are you all working on lately? Rushing to finish holiday knits or knitting what you please, like me?

Week in Review: August 5-11, 2018

Before we get into the normal topics, I want to share a few special things that happened this week.

New Blog Name, New Site Location

After lots of thought the last few months, I decided to change the name of the blog and it’s address. The WordPress link remains the same, but the domain has moved to thatangelaleese.com. I wanted to stop pretending I’m a brand. I’m just me. I’m Angela Leese. That Angela Leese. That one who sat next to you in engineering classes or who you saw spill an entire iced coffee down her top or who gets bit by spiders anytime it’s possible. I may not be the only one with my name, but I am a pretty awesome Angela Leese.

Health Update

It’s been a horrible week, I’m not going to lie. I was basically useless most of the week when I was at home and maybe got two-thirds of my hours in at work. Everyone has had to cover for me and did so before I could even ask. Matt. Bob and AJ at work. I also got some amazing support my countless medical office staff members who squeezed me in and let me move things when needed. Answered my many stupid questions. Don’t know what I would have done without all of them.

I may have mentioned last week that I hadn’t been feeling well, maybe about a weird cramp in my abdomen. It got worse, so I went and saw my primary care doctor as soon as I could get in on Monday. His thought was gallbladder issues, as I nearly punched him when we pressed where my gallbladder is. Ultrasound and blood tests came back normal. Saw a GI specialist who guessed stomach ulcers but wanted me to get the CT scan my doctor had already ordered. And, after what seemed like an eternity of intense pain, a diagnosis: Crohn’s Disease. I’m on steroids and start working on figuring out long-term treatment tomorrow.

Okay…back to our normally scheduled programming…

Life of Lizzie

Lizzie was, of course, impacted by my health issues. I was too sore for hugs or snuggles and often couldn’t help her do things. Matt also had to do work at home each evening, unfortunately about the time my pain was at its height for the day. She got ignored a lot. But, she was a trooper.

She very excitedly helped Matt make cupcakes on Thursday night. I got zero photos, but they were yellow cake with chocolate ganache covered in as many large sprinkles as she could fit on each one.

Our neighbors got a new trampoline so she had a blast jumping on it a couple evenings.

We went out to Shenandoah National Park for the weekend with some old friends. She had a blast blowing bubbles, getting her face painted, hiking, and having a dance party with one of our friends.

On the Needles

I finished the hats for Lizzie and her BFF, at least the knitting part. She insisted that they have pom poms which I need to make and attach. Hats are using the Barley Light in the child’s size, knit in a yarn I cannot recall right now. Ha!

I also started and completed a hat for her BFF’s sister. Pattern is the Sockhead Hat and yarn is Miss Babs 2-Ply Toes in a colorway I can’t remember at all. I made the adult size, despite her only being 8, per her mom’s recommendation. No FO photo, so here’s one of me with the hat 80% of the way done.

I also started, just yesterday, on a shawl in Kelborne Wollens Mojave, a lovely cotton and linen blend. I was going to make a hat with it but it’s got too much drape to it, even at a fairly tight gauge. I’ll offer the FO to the person I was going to make the hat for, with the option to decline in exchange for a hat in the same color but a different yarn. Pattern is Dotted Rays.

I made zero progress on the two shawls I started last week, as I got on this hat kick. Really should have grabbed one of those for the Shenandoah trip but it didn’t cross my mind. I’ll probably work on the purple one next, for a break from this pattern.

Adventures

Our big adventure was to Shenandoah. I’m all out of words to describe one of my favorite places on the planet.

Discoveries

    My diagnosis, obviously
    Iced slightly-sweet tea
    Cotton and linen yarn doesn’t make a good hat but is heavenly as a shawl

Oye. Ugh. Sigh.

Enough of my whining for one week.

A Better Me

Zero progress on this, as I’m just trying to get back to normal. May have lost weight, but I don’t really care. I stopped keeping away from gluten, dairy, and soy after my doctor told me forget about it. I may start it again but, again, I need to get back to normal.

On Tap

  • Treatment plan development
  • Finishing the three-color shawl and picking up the purple shawl
  • Mailing off a few things that have been sitting for weeks
  • Weekend with no plans! (I think.)

FO Friday: Twofer

I have two finished objects to share today which is pretty remarkable, given my inability to focus on projects lately.

Campside

The first FO is a large shawl I made for a coworker who wears lots of clothing on this color palette and loves scarves.

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The pattern is a free one, Campside by Alicia Plummer. It starts with a stockinette section that’s followed by four sets of eyelet sections, each with fewer stitches between the eyelets than the previous section. It ends with ribbing which I really like the look of on a simple shawl. I blocked it gently and it still wound up huge, 56″ across and 25″ tall. My poor coworker can get eaten by the thing!

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I could not get my phone to take a picture accurately of the color, which is a heathery purple with lots of red in it. Regardless, I really love how it turned out and will certainly be making something using this pattern again.

Vestigial

The second FO is a pair of socks in a pattern I’ve not used before, Vestigial by Beata Jezek. While it’s a simple enough pattern to memorize, I did mess up a few times. I did them toe-up with a short row heel as I didn’t want to have to do any complicated counting.

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As usual, these took a month to knit because I got bored after the first sock. Maybe I should have two pairs of socks in rotation?

I’ll be back on Sunday with a review of the week which will have some other knitting content.

Week in Review: 22-28 July 2018

Yes, I’m back. I’ve taken an assessment of all that I have going on in my life and decided that blogging can fit in. A few things got taken off my plate to accommodate it (regular letter-writing, most notably) and I’m pretty confident I’ll be sticking with this for awhile. So, let’s get going, shall we?

Life of Lizzie

This week, she picked up a habit of saying, “Get it?” Except she’s not using the typical application of saying it after a joke that didn’t land well, but for just about any declarative statement. “I had a Popsicle today. Get it?” “I want to wear this dress today. Get it?” Once I figured out it didn’t mean she had tried to make a joke, it made everything make much more sense.

The non-allowance allowance experiment continues. This last week, we owed her two week’s worth, $8, and she decided to spend it on the fish-catching came that I remember from when I was a kid. Turns out, it’s pretty hard for her so she quickly forbid Matt and I from playing and chose to play it by herself for quite awhile the day she got it. I need to encourage her to try again so she doesn’t forget about it entirely. Maybe we’ll even be allowed to play with her again.

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On Thursday night, I took her out for a special “date” so she could have extra time with me before I was gone for the weekend. (More on that later.) The original plan was to wander around the toy section at Target then go to Chick-fil-a. We did wander Target very, very slowly. After she got her game, she insisted we get 1) Cheerios – “they’re for the weekend” and 2) crazy-shaped Annie’s boxed mac and cheese. I will admit I pushed her to the mac and cheese rather than going out as I’d had Chick-fil-a for lunch and it was going to start pouring soon.

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(Yeah, that’s her feet under a toilet stall door. She does this anytime I need to do my thing, to make sure she stays close. Very literal interpretation of “I need to be able to see your feet.” I try not to think about the fact she’s got her face pressed up against the door.)

On the Needles

Most of my week was spent knitting – then pulling out and re-knitting the Campside shawl from Alicia Plummer in Berroco Ultra Wool DK in the Heather colorway. More about what happened with the first attempt in a bit. The second attempt is going really well and I’ve only got the final pattern of eyelets then the ribbed border to go. This will be given to a coworker who enjoys a muted color palette – and is opening her house to our team to watch Spaceballs next Friday.

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I’ve also made a tiny bit of progress on the Vestigial socks in Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock in the Parkland colorway. I like the pattern plenty but haven’t been in much of a sock mood. These will be my on-the-go project next week so I can make some real progress towards completion. The recipient lives here so obvious doesn’t need them for quite awhile but I hate having something hanging over me like this. (I’ll post a pic next week.)

Adventures and Discoveries

Yesterday, we went to DC for the first time in months to see a special exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Lizzie was very impatient on the walk from Archives to the museum but happily walked through the exhibit with Matt on Dutch paintings of watercraft. (I stayed in the courtyard and knit on the socks in peace.) We were all very hungry at that point, so we went to b DC, a burger place. Lizzie didn’t eat almost any of her mac and cheese, but Matt and I really enjoyed our burgers and sides (tater tots for me, truffle fries for him). She really wanted to see the butterfly exhibit at the National History Museum but the line to get in was, no kidding, two blocks long. Guess everyone else was happy to finally be out of the house, too. Amd, you know, tourists. We promised her we’d get back to see them in the fall. I, of course, was too busy sweating and avoiding people to take any photos.

 

Oye. Ugh. Sigh.

Several things didn’t go so great this week.

My trip to Cleveland for a friend’s baby shower got cancelled due to a traffic control issue and no available flights that would get me there in time. I got a refund and immediately spent the money on a new watch and sock yarn from Miss Babs. Thankfully, I found out hours before I went to the airport and the United folks were great in trying to help me fix things.

It rained almost all week. Lots and lots and lots of rain. The immediate issues of cabin fever, getting soaked, and needing to carry an umbrella everywhere were easily dealt with. Harder was the water that came into our basement and wet our carpet when the outside drain was clogged with dirt. Thankfully, our cleaning lady discovered it after a few hours so we were able to unclog the drain, get the water up with a shop vac, and finish drying it out with a fan pretty quickly.

And I pulled a very Angela move at one point and left my badge inside my work area when I went out of it to use the restroom. Thankfully, someone was coming out very soon after who went and got my badge from my desk for me. I almost never take the thing off, too.

 

A Better Me

This was week two of my combination Weight Watchers restart and gluten, dairy, and soy elimination diet. Almost no headaches, at last! No real signs of improvement, health-wise but it’s only two weeks in. Lost 3.6 pounds since last Sunday. Had some issues actually eating enough points; turns out most of my points before were eating all the cheese and bread. This whole thing resulted in a few great culinary discoveries: almond-milk lattes, spicy eggplant dip, rediscovery of yumminess of Mojo chicken on the grill, Wegmans chicken tortilla soup.

 

On Tap

  • Kid’s birthday party at the community pool
  • DC Pen Show,
  • Likely shawl FO and Vestigial socks FO

 

Have a great week!