Friday Ponderings

August 29th, 2014 No comments

It’s the Friday before a long weekend, so of course I’m considering things like, casting on two more sweaters, starting a Halloween themed spinning project, and also reorganizing the craft room and my bedroom. Because you know one extra day means cramming a week worth of work into it.

What sweaters do I want to make?  Pumpkin Ale and Rocky Coast Cardigan The thing is I do have two sweaters worth of yarn.


Six balls of cascade 220 that I think would  work for the Rocky Coast.


And a giant skein of Dark purple yarn for  Pumpkin Ale.  Its a darker yarn than the one I used for Dark and Stormy but the same brand.

I want more sweaters always, and I keep working a row or two on Bayside and putting it down for a week. Not the most conducive to have  a finished product.  For those of you who have a long weekend, what are you planning for the Labor Day weekend?


Also the Birthday Giveaway closes Sunday. Go enter.

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Making Monday: Lavender Satchels

August 25th, 2014 No comments

I finally had a  chance to get the lavender out of the liquor cabinet and  get to work putting it in satchels. As  everyone saw before it has been hanging to dry since July 8th. IMG_7210

So on Saturday I decided to finally take it down and get it ready to be bagged. I also grabbed the window lavender which had dried as well.  I started separating the buds from the stems.


Something  that was actually pretty easy now that it was dry. I pretty much just rubbed the branches together, and the dried flowers fell right off.  Sometime just sliding my fingers in the opposite direction of where it grew.  Then I just tossed aside the remains of the stems. Which also had dried nicely though I have no idea what I would do with them.


Once I had a bowl full of buds except for one bundle, I decided to keep, I just bagged the lavender in some organza satchels.  These were pretty small satchels at 3″x3″. I was able to get five mostly full baggies. And one bundle to hang in my bedroom, since it kept the great color.


After adding a purple ribbon I was ready to hang it up.






Things I gathered for the next lavender adventure:

  • The buds from the liquor armiore  were much darker which makes sense
  • They were also stronger smelling
  • I hadn’t cleaned the lavender before drying it, so the idea of using any of it to make something edible has been tabled  (my hands were covered in a light film of grime so no)
  • A small scoop would help with the bagging process
  • The scent of lavender will overpower the room for a couple hours


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August Etsy Update: Addams meet Sunnydale

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

After last month’s update a few other characters decided to join the fun and I figured it was a good time to put out the Halloween items as well when you have Sunnydale, and the Addams Family influencing your update it only seems right after all.


So in this update  we have sets for, Thing, Lurch, Pugsley, Wednesday, Gomez, Morticia, and Grandmama.


Most of the scoobies were available in the last update but this month we have Cordelia and Oz joining the ranks.

BtvsOz1  queenC2

And where there are scoobies there are villians. For now the Mayor and Glory

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Still more Buffy items in the works like earrings, and more markers if my season representatives are anything to go by.


Now then what do we have for halloween?

harvest1  orangeween1   pearring2

Lots of pumpkins so far.  I want to find a Halloween-A-Long. I have some black and orange fiber that I always planned to spin into a two ply together.  And the most wonderful time of the year is approaching.


Bringing Back Some Classics

August 19th, 2014 No comments

I participated in Stash Dash (complete 5k of projects between 5/23 and 8/7) this year and while I didn’t make it, it was a great motivator to getting a lot of nearly finished projects off the needles.  I got to 3822 yards between knitting and spinning.   Between Stash Dash and reorganizing the stash I pulled out a lot of wips and have been trying to get them back into the knitting queue.  I even found the Christmas socks which had been shoved in a corner.


This is a Hitchhiker that I started with some of my first finished fiber. It is a two ply of a Loop Batt and some Orange fiber that ended up 462 yards. I  cast this on over the labor day weekend in 2012 when I was traveling for work.  It had 23 teeth when I picked it up and my goal is to finish the handspun, whatever number of teeth that gives me, but I am hoping for 42.

Once that’s done I want to get back to work on the Bayside that I frogged.  While alternating skeins makes it a bit of a mess as a travel project it would be good for sitting in front of the TV after work. I’d like it to be a second Rhinebeck sweater. Now that we have a place booked and paid for we are all bouncing excitedly about going.

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Six  Knitting Geeks at Yarn-Con  for the weekend. Wee. If last year was any indication it will be a great time.

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Agent Training, Crab and More

August 12th, 2014 No comments

There were Birthday fun times this past weekend. Starting with Japanese BBQ on  Friday and ending with diner goodness on Saturday, full of whiskey in between.  After lunch we started at the Avengers Station at Discovery NY in Times Square. You can see sis and I taking our last civilian photo.

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The station is fun, with costumes, armor, science, descriptions, even a few fitness test, even if I couldn’t get the weight machine to figure out I am WAY taller than 5’1″.  It was full of Avengers footage, props, and effects you could poke.I may have spent way too long at the Iron Man gauntlet. There were a couple things you could do for each avenger but Hawkeye and Black Widow. Though the Iron Man items were the only ones with epic lines.

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The only sad part came after everything, when my sister and I could not find a single item we wanted to purchase in Women’s sizing. They had a great red Cap hoodie that the smallest size was Men’s XL… I think the only items in women’s sizing were the Station shirts that the staff also wore, and an Avengers shirt with the ‘A’ that had it been a Shield logo or a more classic avengers logo, I would have been all over. Sigh. Better for my wallet I guess.


Saturday started with lunch in Red Hook, where a few friends and I attempted to eat our weight in crab.  We walked over to a small park where there was a great view.


We hung out and chatted until the sun got the better of all of us. Then it was off to the evening version of events. I again went to a great bar in my neighborhood. Tooker Alley and had whiskey wonderfulness.

2014-08-09 19.20.54-2So many good drinks, so many good friends, so far ringing in 30 has been great.

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FO: Shark Hat

August 8th, 2014 1 comment

The shark hat is complete after knitting the entire body in one day and putting it aside for weeks.


I don’ t know if I misread something in the pattern or what, but the first thing I had to do was do some alterations to get the red yarn to look like the inside of a mouth.  I picked up all around the hat three rows from where I switched colors,  and knit the ribbing pattern for five rows before following the setup for the ear flaps by binding off all the stitches I wouldn’t use, where I again made a mistake and was off center, I ripped back and used the fin as a center and moved everything over a couple stitches.


I’m not really sure how that was supposed to have this effect otherwise and get rid of the red line that showed on the purl stitches of the ribbing. So once that was done I was torn about actually making teeth. I asked the recipient  and she was for teeth. So I did a crochet chain, and then followed the instructions for the teeth and ended up with a teeth necklace that I attached to the my new lip spacing.


I just have to block the hat and figure out what to do with the remaining 4.75 skeins of this grey yarn. Good shark color…maybe a shark scarf to go with the hat? Or is that a step too far?


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Lavender Nearly There

August 4th, 2014 No comments

Or if I’m completely honest the Lavender is there, and I won’t have time to bag it until  the weekend.  The craft room lavender is dry, and a suppose the surprisingly cool and normal humidity made it so that this wasn’t the best drying plan.  Which was expected.  Much longer than a week but still dry.


I’ve been checking on the lavender regularly and I don’t know that I can call it anything but dry at this moment.  So it looks like its about time to pull out satchels and start filling and handing out lavender.


They have all gotten to the crunchy dry stage.  So I just need to find the time to take them down and dry them out.






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Birthday Giveaway

August 1st, 2014 9 comments

Shortly, I shall be hitting a birthday milestone. On the 9th I hit the big 30.  I did an epic birthday last year, because I like to buck tradition…really I just thought it it was fun and I wasn’t going to wait a year to put it into effect.

And we all know what birthday’s mean drin presents! And not just for me! You get a present! And you get a present! Uh okay not really but you get the idea.  Everyone does get a discount. Use code BIG30 to get a 15% discount in my Etsy shop until 8/31.


So  what do you get?

  • A WW II Knitting  postcard from the Imperial War Museum
  • A bottle of Soak Celebration
  • A blank notebook – also grabbed in London
  • Lastly a set of markers of your choice (with optional designing chat)


Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you are doing/want to be doing for your next milestone birthday, be it a week, a year, or a decade away. Me? Speakeasy in my neighborhood, and training to be an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. No one is actually surprised right?

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Let me know in the comments  I’ll keep the contest open until 8/31. Then randomly draw a winner.  Don’t forget to leave a way to get in touch with you if you win, be it your Ravelry id or email address.

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WIPW: Destash Part II: Yarn & More Fiber

July 30th, 2014 No comments

I posted about the fiber I had planned to destash right before the Tour De Fleece and you can take a look at my Destash Page and see if anything catches your fancy. I had also when pulling together my yarn from the many corners of the apartment, pondering parting with a few skeins and a couple more braids.  All the info is in the Destash Info listing on the page.  If anything catches your fancy send me a Ravelry Message, and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

One Skein of Zealana Air 191 yards $25



Two Skeins of Noro Kureyon $14 (2) $8 (1) 


One Skein of Rowan Felted Tweed $12



Gnome Acres – Robot Patina 438 Yards Fingering weight  $22


Gnome Acres Mustache Manifesto  462 Yards Fingering weight $22


And now we go to fiber.

40z 100% Merino – Jealously  by Expertly Dyed  $18



4oz Aurora Borealis 50/25/25 Merino/Bamboo/Silk $23


 4.7oz  Medusa-multiple fibers (see listing)  $20


5.1 oz Loop Aloft –  Corridale & Merino $32


40z Spun Right Round – Vamp 100% Bluefaced Leicester (BFl) $13 



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Finishing the Tour de Fleece

July 29th, 2014 No comments

The tour ended this past weekend.  I had set goals for myself and while I didn’t meet all of them I made good progress:

  • Card and Spin the locks I have had for ages   I still haven’t found these!


  • Spin up the Rainbow Tribbles I got from Gourmet Stash During the Olympics Done!


  • Spin a Loop bump -well I spun more of it…IMG_6902

Stretch goals

  • Finish the Wednesday braid – All the singles I had done have been chain plyed and I have 206 yards of finished yarn, and am now plying on the fly with the rest of the braid.


  • Finish the blue braid Done!


Super Stretch Goal

  • Spin up Smaller on the outside for socks – I didn’t even pull this fiber out of the stash. At least I was a bit realistic.


All in all good progress.  9 oz of finished spinning, totaling 568 yards, not counting anything still on a spindle.  Along with a  plan to turn the blue yarn into a hat, and my roommate may run off and knit herself something with the rainbow tribbles.  Every year I seem to get a bit more done.  So now to get on the knitting of finished items.

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