800 Yards

Finishing an 800-yard project went a long way to bringing me close to even in my knit/spin totals this year. Adding the 800 yards of knitting has me at 6.22 miles knit and 6.8 miles spun. That’s fantastic news! I would like to fully even that out before finishing another spinning project, but I would also like to spin the two projects in various bags sitting in my living room. I do NOT want them to end up back in secret stash where I could forget them. Even if I do get more spinning done before I even out the totals, I am sure that as soon as the colder weather hits, I’ll be able to get back on track with attempting to knit double the amount I’ve spun this year.

Now on to that finished object. I finished that Nix shawl that I’d decided in November that I didn’t like. Upon picking it back up, I realized I must have been angsty at that time. Because it was a perfectly lovely knit. It was lovely the whole way through!

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And it turned into a perfectly lovely large shawl! I am thrilled this project is finally finished, though once I really got started, it went quite quickly. I am also quite pleased with how nice the color combination turned out. It’s bright and cheery and looks just as nice as I had hoped it would when I chose those three yarns to go together all those years ago in New Mexico.

Palette Update

If you are watching/reading my makeup posts, you’ll remember that earlier this week I expressed some disappointment in the Sydney Grace eyeshadow bundle I purchased, and some trepidation about the free bundle I received with the bundle I spent last week experimenting with.

For reference, here it is:

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To be clear, the brighter yellow, and the copper shimmer to the right of that yellow are not Sydney Grace colors. The yellow is Vanessa’s Vanity and the copper is Elizabeth Mott. Now, the three transition looking mattes the row above the yellow all lean quite yellow on the skin, so I felt like those two colors fit right into the bundle so I added them.

I am SO VERY PLEASED to report that my enjoyment of this eyeshadow bundle is complete. I love it. It looks gorgeous on my eyes, and that light green shimmer (middle top row) is stunning and stays on my eyes beautifully. This bundle is precisely the bundle I was hoping for in the quality I had expected according to reviews of the company I’d seen all over the internet.

Now, I purchased a glitter glue this weekend as well, but I wanted to try this bundle without it. And it was great. But, I also discovered that I LOVE glitter glue! Glitter glue is clearly the hooded eye gal’s secret. No more glitter/shimmer transfer far above the crease, it’s amazing stuff!

One more thing I love about this bundle is how versatile it is. I’ve taken it cool toned using the darker colors or warmed it up with yellows. I can go for a more metallic eyelid, an entirely matte look, or concentrate on the green tones, playing them up completely. I am definitely happy with this bundle, and even if the other bundle never works out as I want it to, the purchase will have been worth it for this bundle.

That’s it for the makeup talk this week. I’ve got a finished knitted object to post about tomorrow, and I am thrilled!

Updates

This’ll be a full post with no crafty content. It’s been busy this week. Miss Butterfly headed to HS for the first time yesterday, so we’ve been swamped with preparation. Knitting time has been very light. And I am exhausted.

Sunday Miss Butterfly and I went shopping, we spent a lot of time on that. In the end, we only got a few staple items so, despite the fact that we were out for so long, it wasn’t that exciting of a trip.

Then in the evening, we decided to do our nails. She wanted to choose something for school the next day. So I did her nails and then her toenails. I grabbed photos because I’d made her two bowls of ice water for her nails, but she didn’t tolerate this well at all. So here she is with her partly painted feet on my legs attempting to stick her hands in the ice water.

Despite being unable to sit still and unable to put her hands in the ice water, she didn’t ruin her manicure too badly. After two weeks of project polish, we decided we could let go of 3 nail polishes. The color and the formula weren’t great on all three. I don’t know if this is partly because they are old, or just cheap. But, no matter what, they weren’t for us and we were happy to let them go. Working on these projects with Miss Butterfly have been eye-opening to her. She’s ended up realizing that maybe collecting JUST to collect isn’t the best idea. She’s realized that you want products around that you actually desire to use and look forward to using. Forcing her to use the products she’s hoarding has made her realize hoarding products isn’t the best strategy. All three of the nail polishes we tossed on Sunday were her choice to toss.  I feel like even two weeks in we’ve managed to get more out of project polish than I expected to.

While we were doing our nails, Lizzie was under the table bored. Here’s what that looks like:

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But, Miss Butterfly rectified this with lost of hide and seek, Lizzie’s favorite game. This is what Lizzie looks like when she’s playing games:

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The moods of Lizzie are extreme.

Yesterday Miss Butterfly began school. Now, I’d taken time off at the end of July as it was absolutely required we check in and pick up her schedule. Yesterday morning Miss Butterfly couldn’t find her schedule, which caused us a quick panic until I found it on her desk where she’d stored it for safe keeping. She’d highlighted and color-coded her classes to make it easier to see which ones were this semester. Turns out, she didn’t need that schedule as they handed her a copy as she walked in the door. Since they did not indicate this may have been updated, she stuck to her original color-coded schedule.

She then indicated that she hadn’t been on the roster for a couple classes, and then I realized that I’d received unexcused absence notifications for a few classes. Turns out, she was following the wrong schedule. No harm done though, with her new class schedule, she gets 2 classes and a lunch with her best friend! Prior to this, she got no classes or lunch with her best friend.

That morning was pretty crazy too, she was clearly feeling anxious and this became clear when she had to apply eyeshadow for the third time, as the first two looks didn’t work for her. And, she changed her outfit twice. She was looking great as she was ready to head out the door though!

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We had open house yesterday evening, so we did get to meet and touch base with the teachers she missed out on going to class with. When asked about her day, she said “Meh” but then proceeded to tell me all about it, and in particular about debate class. I met her (totally geeky and dad jokey) debate teacher, and he loved how she laughed at all his jokes. Apparently, she was the only one. She’s in a class with only 4 freshmen, the rest are upperclassmen, so it’ll be an interesting class for her. One of the other freshmen is a new gal, so she’s decided she’ll align herself with the new gal right from the start.

For me, I did manage to finish flick carding all that wool this weekend. It was a dirty dusty job, but one I was super happy to complete. Now I have two bags of flick carded locks in the living room, and three bags of dyed top divided out for a 3 ply in my living room. I am going to have to break out the wheel again soon!

I am also getting pretty close to being done with the shawl I just picked up again. The rows are super long now though, so it feels like it is slowing down significantly. I hope to have it finished and blocking this weekend.

It all feels like it’s part of the start of school like we are working our way into a season change as well. Even though it’s still hot and in the middle of summer. We’ve started another puzzle and the games have come off the shelves. I guess we are all thinking our way into autumn.

Have a great week!

Shopping the Stash for the Week

Before I post a picture of what I’ve pulled for the upcoming week, I want to talk a little bit about last week’s eyeshadows.

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These are from Sydney Grace which has pretty good reviews, particularly for their matte shadows. And, I’d agree with that assessment, the mattes are really nice. But I am not that impressed with their shimmers, not even a little bit. And I am SOOOO disappointed, I’ll be honest. They don’t seem to pop on my eyes, and they seem to disappear throughout the day. I’ve tried two kinds of primer and I’ve tried setting the primer and not setting the primer, and I get the same result. I am going to pick up a glitter glue next and try that. But, I am not overly pleased. My next complaint?  It’s not about the eyeshadows themselves, but my own choices. I picked this bundle up assuming it would be on the pink and blue end of the spectrum, but in reality, these are really close to the colors and the idea of the Tarte be a mermaid and make waves palette. Now, I LOVE that palette, and I have it in my head to try to pan that palette, but I didn’t really need another full set of similar colors. On the other hand, it’s not all bad news. As I mentioned, the mattes are great and I can easily use the mattes with other collections. The brown mattes are a nice cool toned brown, which is very different from most of my collection.

Now, let’s move on to what I chose this week.

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It almost pains me to say this, but my eyeshadow selection on the left side there are from…Sydney Grace. Ugh. You see, I picked up last weeks bundle during a huge sale they were running where I received this bundle for free. I should also mention that two of those shadows are not Sydney Grace. The yellow one is Vanessa’s Vanity and to the right of the yellow is a coppery shimmer from Elizabeth Mott. It’s just that they looked nice all together so I put them together. I am thankful that this bundle actually doesn’t contain much in the way of shimmers since I really like the mattes from this company. And, I can also say that there’s no way I’ve got anything like this color story in my collection. I think it’s fair to say that I will be less disappointed with this collection than I was last week. But I guess only time will tell.

On to the rest of what I pulled. Still panning the UD all nighter foundation, and honestly, I think real progress is being made now. Even the container feels lighter. But, for the days where I just can’t stand it, I’ve pulled my Bare Minerals matte foundation. It’s been a while since I’ve touched the Clinique powder so I pulled that out this week as well.

Miss Butterfly had some opinions on makeup this week. First, she asked me if I could stop trying to pan the benefit dandelion twinkle highlighter as she liked how it looked on her skin. So, I am going to do that, leaving that one to her and I’ll explore other highlighters. Then, she decided that the benefit hoola bronzer she wanted so badly and I got her for Easter doesn’t look great on her. She prefers the butter bronzer. So I am going to experiment with that on myself. And while I am experimenting, why not try out how that Pur contour and highlight palette looks on days I am not wearing UD all nighter?

The blushes I chose this week are nice warmer toned blushes, I figured with the eyeshadow bundle that may look best. I am still working on the mac primer sample and the Hermes perfume sample. I added in a becca undereye primer that I’ve used a ton but not lately. I want to see if I add it back in this week, does it make a difference for me now?

I’ve pulled the typical marc jacobs mascara, which I adore. And then for eyebrows, I pulled the Chella cream I really love and then a nyx pencil that is warmer toned. I don’t love it, but I want to use it up and if I am already going warm toned in general, this may be a good week to get some use out of it.

I pulled two eyeliners out, the style sepia brown/green which will be great for this week, and then if I want to do something crazy with the yellow eyeshadow, it might be fun to add a pop of teal at some point.

And finally, I pulled two nail polishes. Sunday night I’ll go for that metallic color again, and then I also pulled a white shimmer color from the project polish in case I need a second color this week. To be honest, I am trying to stick predominately to two nail polish colors so that I can see actual progress but I’ll throw in another color here and there to keep it interesting.

That’s it for this week! It’s going to be a week for boxy charm and ipsy so it’s likely I’ll get to play with some new things next week!

Flick Carding

I wasn’t entirely correct about that callous on my finger from flick carding. There’s still a blister under there. Which is disappointing because I really wanted to go whole hog on the last fleece to be flick carded in my secret stash.

But, I did take Thursday off to be with Miss Butterfly, and despite the fact that we were mostly working on her stuff and her room, I did find time for flick carding. Between that day off and doing an hour or so of flick carding last evening, I feel like I am making steady progress.

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The black bin is the locks still needing to be carded. The full bag is flick carded locks and they’ve been squished down so often that I can’t fit anymore into that bag without wool spilling out the top. The mostly empty bag was yesterday evening’s progress. There’s still a fair amount to go, but progress is made. I hope to spend a little more time with it this evening. But, flick carding is an awfully dusty job requiring a shower after the fact, so I am saving it for the evening.

This is a nice light colored fleece with some additional grey running through here and there. It’s good, but it’s not stunning. The last fleece was far more interesting to flick card and to spin. I purchased this already washed, and the person washing it certainly washed it far harder than I would have. It’s kind of a pain to pick the locks out from the balls of wool that were washed, and this is leaving me quite a lot of waste. My own washing technique became a technique in which I take a lot of time before washing to preserve the structure of the locks to make flick carding so much easier. And there’s a lot less waste. This fleece also has a lot of second cuts floating around in the washed wool, where my own technique would have all of that removed before the washing happened. Does my way save time? Not necessarily, the time is either taken on the front end or the back end. But, for me, it tends to keep me more motivated about the processing after washing the fleece.

I haven’t been spinning at all since I am hoping to get some knitting projects done again to even out those yearly totals. But it’s hard to have flick carded fleece around and not spin it just to see how it’s going to spin up! I am giving myself the goal of finishing one knitting project first. I’ve got three active projects on the needles.

As a nail polish update, I ended up changing out my nail color on Thursday. So, I went from Sunday evening to Thursday evening, totally a record for me. And, the honest truth is I could have gotten at least one more day out of that manicure, it was starting to crumble at the very edges, but not enough to have to remove. I just had the time and wanted to change it out. I have a hot pink on now, which is a color I love, but I think I’ll change it out again on Sunday evening. It’s a nice Sunday evening routine when I have the time for it, and going into the week with a fresh manicure is pleasant.

Let’s see, what else? Work. It’s going surprisingly well right now. I mean, there are all the little emergencies of a week of work going on, but despite the fact we are short staffed, everyone is chipping in nicely and things are rolling along. I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but I was able to get rid of one overwhelming project that takes up a large portion of my time. I didn’t have to give it to someone on my team or even someone in my department, or even someone at my university! I gave it to another university entirely. She and I communicate about it regularly still, she still has questions, but the daily work of it isn’t on me anymore and that leaves me a lot more time to actually train and manage my team. It’s an amazing feeling! Prior to this, I was so overburdened that I couldn’t get through my days getting everything done. I just had to prioritize my projects and hope for the best. And let other things drop, and see where they landed. This upcoming week I believe we’ll be conducting interviews for a new person for my team, and that’ll be exciting as well.

Miss Butterfly begins high school on Monday. She’s a teenager with all the teenage angst and irritations, but she also has a fairly positive attitude that I think will serve her well. She’s nervous, just as I would be, but I feel confident that once she gets settled in, she’ll be fine.

This morning I am enjoying a very quiet morning. Miss Butterfly is hanging out with her father, and Mr. Ink is at work. This leaves me and the dog, and there’s nothing Lizzie likes more than a quiet Saturday morning with Mom. I am convinced of this, as she gets grumpy if it doesn’t work out for me. She had a vet check this week, and besides an infected eyelid, which she now has drops for, she’s a pretty healthy old lady.

That’s it from here! Tomorrow will be a makeup post, and then I don’t know what else will get posted this week since I am still plugging away at a shawl that is growing bigger but not getting finished awfully fast. Have a great weekend!

 

Second Shawl Update

Within two days of the first photo, here’s where I am on the Nix shawl:

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Not too shabby! Progress has been easy and fun, and the color combo does play as well as I imagined it would together. Maybe even better.

In beauty news, as you know, I am trying to use up nail polish. I got frustrated with my manicure only lasting 2 days at a time, that’s a LOT of time on nails, so I looked up tips and tricks to make polish stay on longer. On Sunday evening I got a shower, braided my hair, and then did my nails. The only thing I did differently this time was soak my fingers in ice water after they dried for 2 minutes post top coat application. Well, that, and use newer nail polish which clearly was a much nicer formula than what I had been trying to apply to my nails. Anyhow-point being it’s Wednesday, and my nails look fantastic. Still. And you all know how much I use my hands. It’s unbelievable.

Planning for the weekend-after flick carding and giving myself quite a blister, I decided what I’d most like to do this weekend is more flick carding. Sound crazy? Well, it’s not. Here’s the deal. I was careful not to pop that blister, and it ended up becoming a pretty serious callous. So really, flick carding NOW while that’s still on my hand, would be perfect. I’ve got 8 ounces to get through I believe, though it could be more, and if I get that done there’ll only be one fleece left in my stash that isn’t flick carded. (And should be combed anyhow.) Everything else that needs flick carding will be done. That would be a pretty incredible accomplishment for this summer.

Miss Butterfly is already bugging me to go shopping, and we likely will, though I really feel like we need to take inventory of what she already has in her closet. Back to school shopping is fun for her, but I also need to remind her that she got a lot of nice things while out with my mom, and she doesn’t NEED a ridiculous closet. Maybe I’ll just make her go to the thrift store again, we had decent luck there in the past.

That’s really it from here. Have a great week my friends!

More Secret Stash

Yesterday Miss Butterfly and I were rearranging her room, making decisions about what to keep in there and what to move, and then rearranging my craft room to accommodate what she was giving up. Namely, we moved a table I was using as a makeup set up for us both and moved in her desk which is slimmer and makes the craft room larger as it takes up less space. It also has drawers which are highly convenient.

Because she’d done much of her room rearranging on her own, the craft room was a disaster area. She had basically used it to dump everything she didn’t want in her own room. So, we worked on cleaning that up and I came across a project I’d started ages ago.

The pattern is called Nix, and I started it in November 2017. I remember clearly working a few rows, deciding I hated the pattern and then moving it to my craft room so I could decide what to do with it. One of those situations where I wasn’t sure if I was going to frog or keep going. But, the craft room isn’t where I keep my yarn and between thinking I hated the pattern and it being in the craft room which is “secret stash” I never picked it back up.

Until yesterday. I must have been in a mood sometime in November of 2017 because that pattern is just fine. Lovely, easy, pleasant to work. I don’t know why I had a fit over it!

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I am enjoying the project immensely now! The real reason I picked it back up was that the pattern cost money and the yarn was already wound into balls. Meaning, I didn’t feel like spending money on a pattern and I didn’t feel like winding new yarn. This ended up being perfect, with the added benefit of having it out of the craft room.

The yarn is from the wool festival in Taos I went to 5 years ago now. I bought it so that all those colors would go together but never found the perfect pattern. I think my intention had been to make it into a color affection shawl but I never got around to it. I still would like to make another color affection shawl someday, but I think a drapier yarn would be best for that pattern. The yarn for this pattern are singles and they are wool. A bit scratchy and rustic but beautifully dyed. They are knitting up very bouncy and squishy. I suspect this one is going to pill like mad at some point, but it looks pretty nice so far. It has surprisingly good stitch definition for singles.

What else did I do yesterday? Let’s see. I prepped for my next spin, even though I am unsure of when I might start that. I took Miss Butterfly shopping for stuff for her new room set up. Specifically, we were looking for a cool desk chair to match her room, but we were unsuccessful. However, we did manage to find her a bedding set that she liked and that matched, and I picked up a new tablecloth. So, the trip wasn’t entirely unsuccessful, just not as successful as we’d have hoped. And since I know that kid, I didn’t want to rush into a chair choice only to find out she wanted to return it later. This is a thing she does to me often. I also painted my nails and did a much better job on those than I generally do so that was pleasant, we’ll see how long they last.

And finally, here’s a photo from yesterday morning, Lizzie isn’t thrilled to pieces about the new loft bed.

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Of course, it’s no fair that Miss Butterfly is holding her treat. Lizzie eventually got that treat by using the pillows on the floor as a launching point to jump for it. Smart doggo, she figured out a way!