Mystery Shawl

I’ve begun the process of knitting the current westknits mystery shawl. Clue 2 is out so I am going to post my clue one.

The three darker colors all look a bit alike and if I could do it all over again I would have chosen some additional jewel tones. I was trying to save a little cash and use some yarn from my stash but I think I would have been happier if I’d chosen all new colors. That being said, I am enjoying the process quite a lot and will likely continue to do so.

A to Z Project Pan update #5

While I don’t typically do monthly updates on this project because it’s been so very long term, this has been one of those strange months where quite a few goals are being hit all at once. Last month I had hit goal on two products, leaving me with 18 out of the original goals still left to meet. Here’s a little spoiler, I hit 6 goals over the past month! 6! So, only 12 goals left to meet on this project. Let’s take a look.

Last Month:

This month:
My highlighter has broken so after today I intend to repress it, it will not look this way next time I update.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 10 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 9 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 35 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, 3 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (12 uses this update with 102 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (10 uses this update with 74 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update, 34 uses total)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses with 88 uses total)

Look at all the pan hit in the Nyx shadow pan!


Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses with 29 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 50 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (16 uses for a total of 56 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (1 uses for a total of 17 uses)

While I fully expected to hit pan on both the tarte palette shades I was concentrating on, I did not at all expect to hit pan on two sultry palette shades. I am thrilled! I think I am getting close on steampunk as well. But, I am not going to commit to trying to get pan in that shade by next update. The other shades are quite underused so I think I’d rather concentrate on something else for a bit and see how I go. I think I might commit to trying to get the one pink matte “virgo” shade done in the zodiac palette, then I can put that entire palette away for a bit.

That’s all from here, I doubt I’ll be updating again in a month, I think this much progress in such a short time is not likely twice in a row. I’ll keep after it though, this has been a fun project to work on!

Progress and Mystery Knitting

I had determined I’d do the westknits mystery shawl this fall. It started on the 8th. So, I’ve been working on that, though the first clue is not yet done.

Between the time I decided to do the mystery knit and the time the mystery knit started, I decided to focus on my quadri shawl (scarf) in progress. I had been feeling like I wasn’t actually making much progress and not doing much knitting, but then I looked at the previous photo. Most of the turquoise and all of the grey was not there before. So, I did make some good steady progress while waiting for the mystery knit to start.

Now it’s a bit on the back burner while I work on the mystery shawl, but I am super glad to have made forward movement with it!

Everything but the Sink Project Pan

I have just invented this project pan right now. I decided to go through my skincare and bathroom storage. I gave two facemasks to my daughter. But then I realized that I was feeling overwhelmed by all the small items I had for travel, the samples, the items I hadn’t finished using yet because I moved on to something new, and the items I have gotten in subscription boxes that I haven’t even wanted to use.

So, I pulled a whole bunch of little items out of my collection, threw them all in a plastic bin, and decided to try to use them up.

Originally I thought I would take them all out and photograph and document them. But then I decided I couldn’t be bothered. So, instead, I am going to leave them in this box and pull from the box. Once they are done, we’ll have a traditional empties. I threw in there even things like travel size toothpaste and floss because the idea was to truly clean out my drawer and those were in my drawer. There’s a real mix of items. Makeup removing products I don’t use because I’d prefer to use a plain cleansing oil or balm, a couple hotel conditioners that I rather liked, some sheet masks, some actives and toners, just a total mix. All that being said, I don’t think it’ll take me all that long to complete this project, maybe 3 months? In the end, I just need to concentrate on these to get them used up.

10th Foster Dog

Our 9th foster came to us mid-May and didn’t leave until over 2 months later. She went to a good home a fair bit more confident than she was when she came to us. All in all, a job well done. She also joined a dog who was previously a foster from our organization so that was nice!

Because we had a bit of travel planned, we decided to hold off on accepting another foster dog until we were back from that travel. During our final trip, we’d seen photos of a dog who was extremely emaciated and hurt. She’d been picked up by animal control and given to our sister rescue in another state. The rescue owner took her into her own home. It was touch and go, she was too weak to stand and too weak to have a much needed limb amputation. She had about a week to see if she could be ok. We were asked to take her if she pulled through, and of course we said yes!

For the first two days she pooped nothing but trash and rocks, giving us an indication of how starved she was. After a vet visit, it was determined that she’d been shot, and her leg was infected. She needed antibiotics before she could have her surgery. A week later, after sufficient nutrition and antibiotics and love, she was ready for surgery. She did not appreciate being at the vet and cried constantly. But as soon as the rescue owner brought her home, she was a happy dog again.

She came to us on a transport a few days after her stitches came out. She still had some healing to do. But, over time, she’s gotten her scars totally sealed, and she definitely doesn’t hurt as much as she did. She’s around 8 months old and she wants to play play play! She’s not at all timid, she adores humans and other dogs, and she has fit in beautifully in our family.

In this photo you can see her ample scarring. But, don’t think for a second that she’s not capable of all that other dogs do! She’s fast and playful and I regularly have to remind myself she’s missing a limb.
Seriously, how pretty is she?

I do love a tan dog with a black face, but with this one, our whole family is ready to foster fail. We won’t. Probably. But we are ready to. She’s a complete delight, so funny with so much character. We are 10 dogs in to this foster project and I am still consistently amazed at how they are so resilient! They just keep loving and trusting despite terrible treatment before their arrival in rescue!

Projects In Progress

Back when we were about to head out on our white water rafting trip I knew that there would be 2 commercial plane rides and 3 tiny charter flights total in order to access the trip. Plus, there was the trip itself, which would have downtime in the evenings while camping. It had been suggested that some sort of craft would be a good thing to bring along in order to stay occupied.

I did not want to bring multiple projects or anything particularly large. So, I chose some laceweight handspun singles from my stash and began working on a stole. I figured that this would be the best bang for my buck when it comes to high yardage that would also pack small.

I went back through projects I’ve already knit looking for something with interest but that was easy to memorize and something I also wore often enough to enjoy having a second in my stash. I ended up settling on the Quadri Shawl which I knit out of handspun in 2016 and tend to wear regularly in the winter. It’s mostly stockinette or reverse stockinette with a few pops of squares that are “navajo knitting” which, quite frankly, is a term that probably is incorrect. More like chain ply knitting. In any case, I enjoyed it back then and I figured I’d enjoy it this time as well.

Obviously an unblocked lace piece isn’t all that indicative of what a project will eventually look like, but here we are. The handspun is a gradient piece spun from a gradient batt so it’s been enjoyable to watch the colors change. The bulk of this I knit on the trip itself but recently I picked it back up to knit a few rows. The turquoise section is what I’ve done recently.

This is the piece which I will occupy my time with until the new westknits mystery knit along begins.

A Finish

I saw that the next westknits mystery knit along begins in October. I haven’t been knitting at all. But I wasn’t knitting that much last year either but I really loved the westknits shawl. So, I thought maybe this is the opportunity I have to be inspired. I already purchased the pattern and am waiting for the first clue. I still have to purchase yarn.

But, I figured if I signed up for that, I should also maybe give a little attention to my knitting projects. So I finished one.

To be honest, that’s not as big of a deal as it might seem. This project was about 10 rows from being done since June. June!

It’s a sock head slouch hat but knit out of handspun yarn. The yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun. I had knit on it at work off and on but at the point at which the decreases began, I brought it home because I knew it would need double pointed needles which I don’t keep at work. And there it sat not getting finished for months. Never mind, it’s done now! And I really like it. It’s very pretty!

A to Z project pan update #4

I have really enjoyed not doing monthly updates on this project pan, rather getting one posted when it feels like I’ve made enough progress to talk about. Things are going pretty well, steady progress but still feeling like I can sometimes enjoy creatively using other makeup in my collection.

This month

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this update, with 9 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this update and 8 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses this update with 28 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this update, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (13 uses this update with 36 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (30 uses this update with 90 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (22 uses this update with 64 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (19 uses this update with no previous usage)


M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 28 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses with 29 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (29 uses with 76 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (26 uses with 79 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses with 26 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (13 uses with 35 total uses)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (11 uses with 40 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (2 uses with 16 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (17 uses for a total of 40 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (0 uses for a total of 16 uses)

So to recap-between the last update and this update I managed to hit a goal on both the Mario Badescue facial spray which is now gone and the Rom&nd bronzer which an itty bitty baby pan was hit. It’s not even visible in the photo but there’s a sliver of pan where the two colors meet.

There are a few items getting awfully close as well, both the colors on the mermaid palette are so desperately close to pan being hit. If I concentrated on that, I am sure I’d meet both goals. I also think I am very close to being done with both sample size foundations in the project. One is too light and the other too dark so lately I’ve been mixing them to make a perfect summer shade. I have been outside a ton and I no longer own a summer foundation shade so having something too dark has come in very handy. I’ve also uncovered a ridiculous amount of pan on the pur highlighter and I do feel like using it up is actually a pretty reasonable goal for that product. And finally-the jellypop primer is at a point where enough is used that I’ll actually be able to add a usage line to it. The container has now shrunk enough to show progress.

I am enjoying the longer term goal of this, and kind of at an easy pace. Basically, I am working at this regularly but not so much so that I ignore everything else. This project may take a long time to finish and I may end up really down to just a few items, or rather, just one or two eyeshadow palettes, but I am enjoying how it is going. And if I use up too much, I can always start a different project in the future.

Long time no see!

I went back and took a look to see when my last post was and turns out it was June 24. That’s ages ago.

A lot has happened since then. Obviously.

Between June 24 and July 8 I think? I spent a bunch of time preparing for a wilderness trip that Mr. Ink and I took to Idaho. We had 6 days of white water rafting and camping in what was a complete getaway, no cell service to be found at all. We went with a bunch of family and their extended friend group. It was delicious. We regularly talk about how amazing the trip was, the scenery, the activities, and the getting away from it all. Just amazing.

Upon our return, we placed the foster dog we’d had for a couple months in her permanent home and decided to take a small foster break. At least, from fostering in our own home. We did, however, spend a lot of time volunteering for the rescue so that we were still quite involved.

There was the regular day to day life for a bit, in which work was very busy for me, and then our final trip of the year. We headed to new england to go to the wedding of a cousin. Another absolutely delightful trip which we were so glad to be at.

Upon our return from that, I had taken a little extra time off to do some chores (scraping and painting around the windows of the garage) but while some of that got done, I also came home with quite a head cold (not the C word, I did get tested.) so that really threw a wrench into the remaining vacation time. On the other hand, I could just be at home sick instead of trying to also navigate work so that was nice.

That brings us to about now. I really have done no crafting at all. A tiny bit of knitting on airplanes when the opportunity arose but by and large I am not finding myself to have any sort of crafting itch at all. And that’s ok! It may or may not return, and I am learning to be ok with that as well.

Tomorrow-a project pan update.

A to Z project pan Update #3

I have determined that I don’t need to update this project pan monthly, and that’s certainly been the case. My last update was May 7 so it’s been a bit of time. However, during that time there was at least one vacation in which I did not wear makeup. Nevertheless, I was able to finish 2 products over the past month. I have also narrowed my photos down to just two instead of three, as there are now fewer products overall.

Last Month
This month

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (17 uses this month, total uses 19.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, with 7 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this month and 5 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses this month with 19 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses this month with 23 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 60 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (12 uses this month with 42 uses total)

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (23 uses with 47 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (19 uses with 53 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (24 uses with 71 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses with 16 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (11 uses with 22 total uses)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (9 uses with 29 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (10 uses with 14 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (5 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 23 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (4 uses for a total of 16 uses)

Recap:

With two more products finished, that leaves me 21 goals left to hit. It’s interesting because many of the items have around the same consistent usage per month within one or two uses. This time I can see I really concentrated on steampunk in the ABH palette. With 16 total uses I have to be getting close to hitting pan. The other one that I have used out of that palette is pearl though since I am using it as an inner corner highlight it’s less likely to hit pan despite its 47 uses now. I am pretty sure that my next goal met product will be the mario badescu facial spray. I am already quite a long way through it despite having also used the grace and stella spray. So, hopefully I can finish that one off by the next update. I am really hoping I’ll see pan in something as well! The jellypop primer is becoming frustrating. Despite 42 uses the line does not move. I still haven’t used enough of it to get it moving. On the other hand I really enjoy the primer and it is certainly a good bang for my buck.

The Quick Long Project

Hi all, I am back again today with another finished object, who would have known?

I started this one row scarf ages ago, it’s Miss Marja’s handspun and it’s a pretty bulky yarn. You would think it would be a very quick project, maybe a week or two worth of work. And yet, I started it at the beginning of February and only just finished last weekend.

Because it sat at work, and I didn’t knit on it more than a few rows here and there. There was a point at which I realized that I was close to finishing, and that was the point I brought it home and finished within an evening.

Anyhow, that’s that, I don’t have much more to say about this squishy scarf that took me far too long to knit!

Finished Cozy Corner

I began a cozy corner shawl at the beginning of March, and it’s really been my only lives at home knitting project for the entire 3 months that it took to knit it. It is done!

This is all handspun yarn, the gray that I used as the main color was spun from a fleece I processed myself. I can say, one thing about fleece processing is that it always gave me loads and loads of yarn even though it took ages to create! It’s tempting to do another fleece some time in the future. It has been MANY Years!

The colors are from yarn Miss Marja spun and gave to me. I ended up using two of her projects in this piece. And I didn’t even finish the pattern, I ended up finishing early because I didn’t have any more appropriate handspun colored pieces to use. The shawl is immense anyhow!

This was a pleasant, easy, fun knit. I did enjoy it quite a lot! I just kind of threw in colors as I saw fit with very little rhyme or reason. If I had to do it all over again, I might just do a solid colored icord edge instead of striping the icord bind off. I would knit it again though, simply because it was fairly simple and comfortable to create.

It is consistently amazing even after all these years just how much garter stitch grows when soaked and blocked. This shawl ended up being so large once complete!

In the end, a large project knit over the span of 3 months now complete. And the hard part becomes what to knit next!

More on Spinning

In keeping with yesterday’s color scheme, I also spun 8 oz. of yarn on support spindles. Then I plied into a 3 ply yarn. I ended up with 1,020 yards which is really a heck of a lot.

This is from the dearly departed crown mountain farms. It’s been years and years since they were in business and yet I still try to grab their dyed fiber from destashes when I can.

In Spinning

Before we got our most recent foster dog, I had been doing a fair amount of spinning. As seems to be often the case, as soon as we have a foster dog, I stop doing all crafts and just manage the foster dog. She’s still with us, as she’s being treated for heartworms, but I did manage to get some time to skein, wash, dry, and count yardage on something I spun prior to her arrival.

Already I have forgotten where the fiber came from, but I created laceweight singles on my wheel.

The green and brown colors are quite pretty and I do enjoy singles. I have 600 yards this time. Into the stash it goes, until I can find a project I want to knit with it.

Makeup depotting and repressing

While I am not sharing empties and purchases anymore, and I’ve got only one specific project pan running, I am still using up other makeup!

Last year I worked most of the year on a travel size of the Benefit Hoola bronzer. While I did not choose to keep using it for my A-Z project pan, I’ve been using it on the downlow and making good progress. Such good progress in fact that it was getting pretty hard to use.

The Hoola bronzer is on the left and since it’s a pretty small pan I just don’t have good product pick up on a brush anymore. I’d been meaning to repress it to the middle of the pan for awhile but hadn’t gotten around to it. But then I got to thinking about Benefit’s new release, Hoola Glow bronzer. I admit that while not a lot of new makeup releases sound particularly interesting to me at this point, that one did! Then I got to thinking about a pan of Pur bronzer I had depotted out of a palette ages ago. I used it a lot during the summer last year but it’s a bit dark, very glowy, and I can really only get away with it during the summer. I thought that maybe I could do a little experiment. The amount of bronzer I have left of the hoola is so small that if my experiment didn’t work, it really doesn’t matter. I figured I’d take my hoola matte and give it a bit of glow.

Originally I’d considered adding a highlighter to it but I think a glowy bronzer is better. So, I removed all the bronzer from the hoola travel size and put it in a small bowl. At that point I decided I didn’t need the packaging either, I really don’t have much product left, so I depotted the pan and recycled the plastic packaging. Then, I scraped some of the glowy pur bronzer into the bowl as well. I crushed both products and mixed them up really well then added a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the bowl. Once mixed in with the bronzer mixture, I pressed it into the hoola pan I had left.

On the left is my new hoola bronzer glowified, and on the right is the scraped pan of glowy pur bronzer.

I did have an opportunity to use my new to me hoola bronzer this morning and rather appreciated it, so the experiment was a success. I have new enthusiasm for a product that has taken me well over a year to finish and I’ve managed to remind myself that I don’t need a new glowy bronzer. If I could do it all over again, I would have left the pan in the packaging. After all, I quite liked how this turned out and could have made my own glowy bronzer using my full size Hoola bronzer and more of the glowy pur bronzer, nicely pressed into tidy packaging. But, I suspect I thought my experiment would fail so I didn’t have the foresight. In the end, I wouldn’t consider this a fail at all!

9th Foster

Our 9th foster over the course of a year arrived this weekend, want to see her?

She’s a gorgeous brindle girl only about 30 pounds and a year old. She’s about as opposite as she can be from our last foster in personality. She’s terrified of people. Dogs seem ok. She would prefer we did not touch her or approach her at all most of the time. She’s been a challenge because while we don’t want to scare her, I do have to put her on a leash to go outside for potty time, and she absolutely does NOT want me to do that to her. Once she’s on the leash, she’s fantastic. But the act of going to her and putting her on a leash is terrifying as far as she’s concerned.

So, she’s got a long way to go compared to some of our other fosters. With other nervous dogs, they’ve wanted to be snuggled until they feel better. This gal absolutely doesn’t want that. But, she is warming up! She plays around the house when people are sitting quietly, she entertains herself very well. She approaches us humans when we are still and sniffs us all over. She’s taking treats out of our hands, seems genuinely happy to see us even though she doesn’t want to be touched, and even hopped up on the couch to sit at the other end while I was on the couch. Progress is being made!

She has been treated for heartworms and still has about 3 weeks of kennel rest so we will have time with her. Our last 3 fosters were adopted within 2-3 weeks of getting them in, so it’s nice to have one we know will stay for a bit. She’s never lived in a home before, we suspected this before it was confirmed. She is much more comfortable outside than she is indoors. I thought there would be a lot of learning for having never been in a home before, particularly in regards to potty training. But in reality, she likes to go outside for her business, so that hasn’t been a problem at all. Now it’s just teaching her what is and what is not an appropriate toy. Since she’s so scared, she is easily corrected even in the gentlest of voices.

While the confident fosters are fun, they are often also a handful and I don’t feel I have much to give them other than a warm home until they find their forever home. With the nervous ones, I have even more of a sense of joy from fostering as I get to teach them, show them gentleness, and work with them to gain their confidence. The gains are so easily seen with a nervous foster and as such, I am having a great time with this little gal.

A to Z project pan update #2

Last update was March 25 and we are into May now, so I think it’s time for another update. Mostly because I had finished the IT cosmetics cc cream I had depotted into a tiny container and I want to wash the container for other products needing to be depotted.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month, 2 uses in this update, not shown as it’s residing at work right now.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, with 4 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this month and total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses this month with 9 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this month with 11 uses total)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (26 uses, with 50 uses total)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 37 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (14 uses with 30 uses total)

Last month
Current

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses with 14 uses total)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses with 16 uses total)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (14 uses with 24 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses with 34 uses total)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (25 uses with 47 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 6 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 11 total uses)

Last month
This month

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (19 uses with 37 total uses)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 20 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (4 uses total)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (8 uses with a total of 29 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 13 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (7 uses for a total of 12 uses)

Last month
Current

Recap-

I’ve now finished 3 goals out of the original 26. I have not hit any pan on any of the many eyeshadows in the project. Then again, I didn’t really expect to. I’ve not been concentrating on any one thing in particular. Instead I’ve been mostly trying to divide my use between all of the shadows plus use items in the rest of my collection. I did increase the pan in the highlighter that I am looking to use up. By next update I expect to be done with the Grace and Stella facial spray and I think it’s likely I’ll also be done with the Urban Decay eye primer. Other than that, I am just plugging away at this project and really having a pretty nice go of it. It’s nice to have a focus on certain items in my collection while also giving myself the room to play with other items when I am feeling bored.

So that’s a wrap, 2 months in, 3 items finished, a few more getting close, and a lot of plugging away on the horizon.

Some Spinning

Our foster dog went to her new home on Tuesday evening, the fun spunky gal gets two kids, ages 9 and 13, to play with and a cute little fenced yard with a friendly neighbor dog. It’s a great situation for her and she’s already quite happy there. And naturally, that leaves me slightly more time on my hands for a blog post. I have come to the realization that when we have a foster dog, even an easy one, I just do not have the extra time and energy that it takes to compose a blog post.

But, over the last few weeks I’ve been spinning. And in fact, I finished this particular yarn before our foster dog arrived. I pushed to finish it so I could put my wheel away. I try to keep my wheels out of access with foster dogs because they are often naughty! I spun the singles on my support spindles and then created a 3 ply yarn. I’ve got about725 yards of this one.

It’s a lighter pastel yarn because it is from locks I carded and then dyed with easter egg dyes a bit over a year ago. I am glad to have it completed! The rolags were taking up a lot of space in my storage. They certainly take up less space as yarn, but it’s still a pretty large and bouncy skein.

That’s it from here, have a great day all!

Foster # 8!

Here’s our latest foster dog, she arrived Saturday evening. She’s a corgi mix and has the corgi long body and stub tail. What is she mixed with? No clue. But she is adorable, sweet, playful, and entirely engaging. We love her! She has made easy friends with our dogs and fits in very well. She’s said to be about 2 years old which I think is a pretty fair assessment.

But even more amazing, to me, is that we’ve got our 8th foster LESS THAN A YEAR after beginning to foster dogs! I think the longest a foster has stayed with us is around 2 months and that’s generally because there’s some sort of medical issue we are mitigating. But by and large we don’t have them all that long, they keep flying right back into forever homes!

Of the 8:

-3 were heartworm positive and went through treatment.
-8 were female
-7 were from louisiana
-1 was a returned dog originally from louisiana as a puppy-so technically all 8 were from louisiana
-1 had surgery to remove her eye
-2 spay surgeries in our care the rest were done before they arrived
-They ranged from 15 pounds to 60 pounds, but generally are around 30 pounds.
-Only 2 (and maybe 3, jury’s still out on the current one) were properly potty trained before our care.
-The youngest we’ve had was probably 10 months to a year, the oldest said to be around 3. Mostly they are one or two years old.
-Our resident dogs have taken a liking to 7, the only one they didn’t like was the 60 pounder.
-I only ever had to say no to one applicant after the home visit, 7 were placed in the first home that wanted them.
-1 had puppies come into rescue with her-but I am pretty sure 4 were mamma dogs at one time in their past.

I doubt we’ll get a 9th dog before our first full year of fostering, 8 will probably be it for year 1. I plan to email the family of our first foster dog on the year date, we don’t hear from her and I would love to know how she’s doing.

What has been going on?

When I last wrote, we’d just placed our 7th foster dog in the home of Miss Butterfly’s father. The very next day we left on a road trip. We drove to PA to visit my parents, both of whom are vaccinated. (I am also vaccinated.) We spent 4 days with them, then turned around and drove one of my parents’ cars back, as they had so kindly given it to Miss Butterfly. Fury dog went with us and really enjoyed the trip. We did too! It was good to be able to travel safely and see my parents as it was going on two years since I saw them last.

Upon our return, our state opened vaccinations for ages 16 and up, so the rest of my family promptly got vaccinated and we are so joyful to report that in a few weeks, after dose 2, we’ll be a fully vaccinated family!

We’ve been waiting on our next foster dog who arrives this evening so there will likely be some photo opportunities and a blog post about that. Foster dog time is always a busy time, and this little gal is younger than we usually choose so I know we’ll be extra busy. But I look forward to the chaos a foster brings. I am hoping we will find her a perfect home as soon as possible!

I have not been knitting at all really, but I have done a fair amount of spinning. A project I’ve worked on for months now is some singles on my support spindles from fiber Miss Marja created for me. I finally finished the singles and got the yarn plied. I did a 2 ply laceweight yarn and I ended up with over 1500 yards of yarn!

The skein is massive and the color absolutely gorgeous. It’ll just go into stash until I begin to knit again.

In my other spare time, I’ve been trying to gather the items we will need for a white water rafting wilderness trip this summer. Since camping far away from our car and civilization isn’t something we do very often, there are a few items we need to pick up to bring along. The trip is months off still, but there’s nothing that would stress me more than trying to find those items in the correct sizes at the very last minute.

So, that’s a bit of an update from us, how are you doing? How is the vaccine roll out in your state? It’ll be a beautiful day when we finally are able to get this pandemic set behind us.

Foster Pup

We have some pretty good news about our most recent foster!

This pretty girl ended up being adopted by Miss Butterfly’s dad and step mom! I’ll tell you a little about it.

When she arrived at our house, it turned out that our dogs didn’t seem to like her too much. She’s big and bouncy and they seemed to be threatened by that and couldn’t understand her. We learned how to maneuver this situation using baby gates and kennels in order to keep all 3 dogs safe and happy. It was a challenge this round. Foster dog was really a joy though, and one day Miss Butterfly’s dad came over to pick her up. Foster dog was out in the main area of the house chasing balls all around the room as she does to entertain herself. Miss Butterfly’s dad just….fell in love! He texted his wife photos and videos, and she showed up at the next meet and greet to meet our foster dog. They put in an application and it was accepted!

I was very nervous about the dog intro, they have an old black lab who is ball obsessed and fetch obsessed but not playful or interested in other dogs. He likes having other dogs around but doesn’t show signs of playing with them. Since foster dog didn’t really get on with our dogs I was quite concerned that maybe she wouldn’t get on with their old dog. On the other hand, I thought, he is significantly larger than her so unlikely to find her bouncy energy intimidating.

Well, she went over there last night to meet him. And what happened? They immediately started playing together. Her bouncy energy brought out the young playful dog in him and he bounced and played and fetched with her all over the yard. Then they went inside and played tug together and ball keep away from each other. They got on as if they were always meant to be together much to my surprise and delight!

So, in the end, she just stayed at their house. I got all the adoption paperwork completed and left a bunch of goodies with them and we snuck out while former foster dog and new family got to know each other.

It’s very exciting that she’s still “with us” in some way. We’ll likely get to see her, get to hang out at the dog park with her, etc as sometimes we’d already do that with their old dog. And I am really glad that this bouncy fun dog ended up in an active home that will keep her playing fetch all evening. A fairy tale ending!

A to Z Project Pan update 1

It’s been a month and a little over a week since I began this project pan, so I think it’s time for an update. I’ll do the letters and products in sections along with a photo from last month and this month’s photo under it. I’ll also list usage for this first month. Shall we get started?

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (no usage)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (1 use)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (24 uses)
H: Cover FX Palette Highlighter-goal is to hit pan on one of these. (I am making a change here as the highlighter is too dark, I am subbing in a pan highlighter from pur. I’ve already hit pan but my goal is to use it up. I used one or the other highlighter 14 times)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (15 uses, I depotted this and put it in the little blue container for easy access.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (16 uses, though it doesn’t look like any.)

First photo
Update1 with a new highlighter subbed in. I did not take photos of items I did not use.

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish. (Used 6 times and it is gone.)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (16 uses, MAJOR dent in this product!)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (22uses)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses)

First photo
Update 1

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (18 uses)
V:Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (no usage)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (21 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (3 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (5 uses)

First photo
Update 1

I’ve been trying to look at this project pan as a long term project and not get overly focused on it to the detriment of the remainder of my collection. And I think overall it’s been successful. There are items that I’ve got great progress on like the two foundations I concentrated on. I am hoping to have both of those finished off by next update. And I can see some good dips going on in some of the shadows. However, I’ve spread out my shadow usage between the 3 palettes and other palettes in my collection pretty well. I only finished one item over this month, but that’s all I expected to finish. I think I can finish 2 items for next update, possibly 3. The additional bonus on this project is that since I’ve got multiple eyeshadows from 2 palettes, the colors that aren’t technically in the project are also showing a nice amount of use. The mermaid palette in particular has expanded pan in two of the matte shades.

Again, I am not planning to roll in new products when I am done with goals on current products. This is just a project to complete, the products will dwindle as I complete them. Once finished, I’ll see then how I am feeling about another project. But, this has been an enjoyable lowkey project for me this season as I ease back into the office more fully post vaccination.

Another Foster Dog

When I last talked about our foster dog journey, we had a very perfect little dog who didn’t stay with us long at all, and I talked about taking a little break since we had a bit of a trip coming up. Well, it didn’t work out that way. There was a return of a 2 year old dog adopted out as a puppy. She wasn’t a dramatic case, she’d been loved well but her owner was moving to NYC and didn’t want an active dog to suffer in a tiny apartment.

She’s a boxer lab mix and she is indeed very active. Also puppy like though not destructive and perfectly potty trained.

She’s utterly ball obsessed and will entertain herself beautifully for as long as we’ll let her. She also LOVES the dog park. And she’s very smart which makes getting her the training and manners she needs so much easier.

Our taking her in was borne out of need for our rescue rather than us choosing her and waiting for her to come in. She needed a place to land and we were able to provide it.

The biggest trouble is that she and our dogs do not get along. This is not their fault, each dog on their own is a fantastic dog. But the combo of personalities doesn’t work. I think our smaller dogs are a big intimidated by her puppy like energy in a big body. I am sure it was bound to happen at some point, and we were probably lucky it didn’t happen until our 7th foster. But we are over a week in and things have gotten progressively worse rather than better. As much as we love her we do hope she’ll find a new home soon!

Thankfully if she doesn’t find a home I do have another foster home lined up for her to stay with while we are away. We are glad for the support of other homes, making sure our rescue is a village of help to get these dogs homes.

Cozy

I’ve been working on a new project, the Cozy Corner shawl. I decided that since the one project in particular that I really was inspired to knit last year was a Stephen West project, I should take a look at what else I could knit out of his pattern library. Cozy Corner really struck me as one that would hold my attention.

I am using a natural grey handspun yarn I made out of a fleece I processed paired with handspun that Miss Marja created (so far.) I am just kind of adding in color as I see fit, not being particular about color placement and just kind of knitting until I run out of a particular color. If I run out of the colorful yarns I am sure I’ll have others in my stash I can bring in.

It does indeed hold my attention so I am glad I chose it. And it is possible I already know what my next project will be as well, I am appreciating the botanique stole and if I can find appropriate handspun yarns in my stash, I think I’ll knit it.

Our foster dog did indeed find her home, she will be going there permanently on Tuesday evening. In the meantime we are really enjoying having her, mostly because she’s just such an easy dog. In other dog news, our Fury dog has been in advanced flyball class and today she ran the full course a few times, I was so impressed!

That’s it from here, it’s been a very busy weekend but also pretty lovely since the weather is pleasant!

A Finish

I finished up my striped baktus scarf recently. I actually think if I make this again I’ll elongate it instead of making it this much of a triangle. And I probably will make this again, it’s a pleasant knit.

I used handspun yarn for this, grey and yellow, but the grey had some yellow in it. So while it’s striped, the striping is a little bit vague in certain areas. I kind of love that! I ran out of grey yarn, so one end fully yellow but I don’t think it’s too noticeable.

In other news, our new foster dog arrived.

She has winged eyeliner! She’s super cute and sweet and absolutely the most laid back dog we’ve ever fostered. She’s too easy. Fully potty trained with absolutely no adjustment accidents, loves to chill and nap, is not a morning dog and would prefer to stay warm and cozy in bed, just super easy all the way around. She is finishing up her last few days of kennel rest from heartworm treatment and I haven’t had to kennel her since she’s perfectly happy to laze around the house without the kennel. Naturally, because she’s so easy, she’ll be meeting her potential new home less than a week after she arrived to us.

This went so fast that it may be quite some time before we get another foster dog! I imagined having her through the bulk of March and then getting the next in April, but she’ll likely be gone so fast that we’ll have a pretty long break between fosters this time. That’s ok, a quick turn around means she gets to land in her forever home as fast as possible and that’s a good thing!

That’s all for today, but I do have a new project on the needles I should try to get posted shortly!

The Next Knit

Since I managed to clear my queue for finished knitted objects, I had to cast on something new. I ended up going with a good ol’ baktus scarf. Striped. I forgot how easy and pleasant it is to knit these. I notice that the pattern is no longer available, but I know the pattern by heart. Or at least I think I do!

In this case I chose two handspun yarns to go with a “striped” scarf. These two skeins were from the same fiber source. One was yellow and the other grey with some yellow. So the striping becomes a little bit vague at times. But I really like the effect!

It’s kind of an interesting shaded look that is very pretty. It’s also knitting up very quickly and I’ll have to figure out what to next knit after this! Potentially another one or two of these. It’s too easy!

In Progress

Now that I am back to starting new projects I have taken a photo of a project that has actually been in progress for a little while.

The fiber spun into singles on these spindles is one which Miss Marja made for me and gave me at the end of last year. It’s very beautiful and she made it on her blending boards! While I haven’t been doing much spinning at all, I have been plugging away at this project and truly enjoying it. I’ll be making this into a 2 ply laceweight yarn, but no clue what I’ll do with it after. It should have loads of yardage though!

In order to ply it I will likely have to finish a project on my wheel that I started ages ago. It’s a very pretty brown and green single project but I tend to not bring out my wheel when we have foster dogs, and we have foster dogs more often than not these days! So, ultimately I am not sure when this project will be completed but for now it’s satisfying to plug away at the spinning of the singles.

A to Z Project Pan

You may or may not have noticed but I completely abandoned my project pan and my beauty balance posts when I abandoned the blog temporarily. I am not upset about it. I had fun while it lasted, made use of my products, and got what I needed out of it. I am ready to move on.

Beauty Balance posts aren’t coming back. I just….don’t care. I’ve been throwing empty stuff away willy nilly and kind of loving it. And sometimes I buy stuff too, and that’s fine as long as it doesn’t get out of hand.

But, I still kind of want to do a little project pan. A little something to concentrate on specific products. So, I’ve put together an A to Z project. This will have maybe monthly updates. It will not be rolling. Once the items are gone, they are gone. Or rather, once a goal is hit, the items roll out. I anticipate this being a year long project but mostly I just want to see if I can hit goal on everything and then do something new.

I’ve chosen a wide variety, some items should be fairly easy to use, some will be longer term. Some I won’t even use until later in the year. This is also rather eyeshadow heavy, there are two palettes I really want to see a lot of use in this year. I am also not going to hold myself carefully to one month updates, I’ll just get to them when I get to them. And finally, I am also going to track progress. If I use the item on a particular day, it will get tracked. I do like that idea very much.

A to Z:

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish.
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan.
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan.
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan.
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan.
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan.
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish.
H: Cover FX Palette Highlighter-goal is to hit pan on one of these.
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish.
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish.

K: Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish.
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish.
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan.
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan.
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish.
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan.
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan.
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan.
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan.
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan.

U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish.
V:Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7.
W: Lancome Teing Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish.
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow.
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up.
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade.

I really had to start getting creative there in the end, trying to make the makeup in my collection fit a letter. But I think I did it just fine! I’ve gone a little heavy on eyeshadows, but ABH palettes tend to be softly pressed, and I’ve used the tarte palette loads. The others are all more of a primer setting shadow, so I should be able to get those done as well. There’s a number of foundations but they are all sample sizes or heavily used already. I think the blush and bronzer will be the hardest to hit goal on, perhaps the highlighter as well. But, that cover FX palette is one I’d like to pan in the future so getting some good use on it will help get me closer to that goal. Since we are already mid-February, my plan is for the first update on this one to be the beginning of April. I am eager to get started!

And Again

I have yet another finished object! I really appreciate having made the time to finish up three projects in the past few weeks instead of casting on new things and letting these languish.

This one is Scottish Stripes. I’ve knit it before. This time was the same experience. Basically, I’ll get about halfway through and then just lose all interest. Then eventually I find I can pick it up again and finish. Honestly though, the lost interest part is severe and I hope I never choose to knit this again.

All that aside, the finished object is really truly amazing, particularly with handspun yarn! This one is out of Miss Marja’s handspun and it goes to her once it is finished. More than a year ago now I agreed to knit this out of her yarn for her. I bet she doesn’t even remember now! I was really looking forward to knitting it and passing it off to her, but the space in between losing interest and picking it back up was extremely long. It resided in a work drawer without being touched from before covid hit last year until just the past few weeks.

And that’s it! I don’t have any more long term unfinished but close to finished objects that need finishing, so I am back to choosing new items to cast on.

Festival of Stitches

I started this project back in September but set it aside for various other projects over the months. I knew I wasn’t far from being done, so I recently decided to pick this back up and finish it.

I used 3 different handspun yarns. The green and the pink are my handspun and the white is Miss Marja’s handspun.

I had really been trying to use up ALL the yarn, so I knit and knit and knit and then it became apparent that my scarf would be way too long to even wear if I kept it up. So instead, I cut back and ended up with a much too long scarf, and I don’t mind much to long. I would mind unwearable.

I was really taken with all the different textures and colors in the scarf pattern which is truly what pushed me to knit it. I love combining textures and patterns and it really does help keep interest in a large scarf.

This mosaic knitting was probably my favorite part to knit, though I am not sure it’s my favorite part of the scarf overall.

The raindrops pattern looks so nice blocked out even though it really felt while knitting that these would look silly finished. I am glad I knit them anyhow!

Seeing the soft colors added in to the white yarn was really fun and gave the whole thing added interest. Tiny pops of purple, yellow, blue, I just love the way handspun knits up!

I probably wouldn’t knit this pattern again necessarily but I am glad I knit it. It was a very large project and rather intense, but kept my interest and was also quite satisfying. Turns out that blocking it was the true challenge! This has been sitting around waiting for photographs for a few weeks, so I am eager to finally wear it next week when I head in to the office in the extreme cold.