Why yes I HAVE been crafting!

I finished Nicks orange socks today.  I used a short row heel and toe and made them toe up, using a tubular bind off.  I do hope they fit him!

Tubular bind off is a technique I will need for 2 projects, one of them is a brick red scarf that I promised Nick last year, and the other is for the neckline of the modified and upsized cricket pullover.  I finished the front, and have just began the back.

The neckline will be 1×1 rib using the 2 colors of gray.

And speaking of gray….look at my latest spinning!  A merino/tencel blend in lovely shiny steely shades of gray.

Anxiety

I’ve been anxious lately, about many things.  Some of which will be off my plate shortly and some more long term issues.  Nothing to be concerned about really, just you know what we can do when we start to worry about something!

I notice that my anxiety takes on the form of dreams.  I have restless sleep, anxiety dreams, and nightmares.  In the past week or so I’ve had the following dreams:

One dream in which everything with the international conference I am planning that could go wrong, does go wrong.  I was informed by a coworker that if this particular dream was occurring while I was fully clothed, then I was not anxious enough.  I beg to differ.  This one served the purpose of motivating me to get a bunch of work done, so I am rather grateful for it.

Then for 2 nights in a row I dreamed that there was an intruder in my house.  I would wake up in a panic just sure that I could hear footsteps.  Every two hours I woke up with this dream, for 2 nights in a row.  I’ve begun sleeping with my phone by the bed and fully clothed.  And yes, these require a full lights on search the house because so panicked am I after I wake up.

Last night we moved into the nightmares.  Anyone who knows me, knows I have a terrible fear of snakes.  Seeing a snake can just about throw me into an anxiety attack, and even in my childhood, many of my reoccurring nightmares were about snakes.  Still are.  Snakes and zombies.

In last nights dream I am in the backseat of the car with my brother.  We are on the highway going fast and someone else is driving.  All of a sudden my brother is holding 2 snakes.  He is not being malicious, he is just holding them but my panic is such that I just HAVE to get out of the moving car right then and there.  But I can’t because of the child locks.  So I keep trying, and pounding on the windows and screaming.  Luckily at that point Miss Bug woke me up.  I couldn’t be more grateful for my daughter to wake me up at that moment!

Let’s hope these taper off a bit next week.

Weekend of Lace

Remember this post?  Well, the gal who gave me a discount on roving as well as a bunch of free rovings agreed to let me spin one up for her.  It has been on the back burner as I left on vacation soon after I received the rovings and life has been a bit insane since then.  I did finally start her 2 ply laceweight, and I am now more than halfway through.  It should be done sometime this week so that it doesn’t conflict with the large conference I have to host here next week.  I tell ya, this sanguine gryphon roving is just as gorgeous as it can be!  Richly colored and very saturated, and the silk just makes it shine so much!  I guess 35% silk will do that.  This colorway is “Kate’s Beach” and I just happen to have 2 more in different colors left in my stash.  This one though is truly gorgeous because of the coppery browns in it.  I can’t wait to see it finished!

In knitting, I am working on my MS4, and it is going really well.  I am currently on clue 3 and the part I am working on is lacking beads, so it is moving a bit quicker now.  Keep in mind, as you see this, that I have 2 of these exactly the same.  So though it might not look like that much, double it!  I think I will be much more inspired to finish a symetrical stole if I do both halves at once.  You know, because of my distraction problems.

I am particularly fascinated by the scalloped edges.  I’ve never done them before and I can’t wait to see what they will look like when I am blocking it.  Also, any guesses on a theme???

Bug’s Room

Bug and I have been hard at work this weekend finding ways to organize her toys because “Mommy doesn’t want to see my toys all the time!” as she tells people.  It is true, I am sick and tired of the house being all aclutter because she doesn’t put away her toys.  But truthfully, I hadn’t been giving her a specific place for her toys, so it isn’t really her fault.  I was lucky if she’d contain them to one corner.  We went shopping and got her some bins with drawers for downstairs.  And upstairs I just designated some of her dresser drawers to toys since she really doesn’t have a lot of clothes anyhow.  Additionally she has been itching to take her crib down, so I decided that a deep cleaning and rearrangement was in order.  Now that it is basically done, she wanted to show Nana so I had to take pictures. I will probably rearrange her dressers again, but this is a start.

Sleeping corner:

Playing corner:

For those of you who haven’t seen her room, she has the entire upstairs, and it is in an”L” shape with windows at each end of the “L.”  She has big plans for the playing corner, she plans to set up her train tracks in the biggest track evah! She is very pleased with her room right now, she said “It looks WONDERFUL!”

Yet Another Endeavor

I’ve been talking about doing it, thinking about doing it, preparing to do it, anticipating it, and yet I just don’t.  Until this weekend.

Dyeing fiber that is.  I just….felt like everything I make is going to turn out ugly as sin.  But I also know I have to buckle down and experiment a bit before I decide to do this officially.  So this weekend was the weekend!

I had picked up some jaquard dyes from knitpicks to begin the experimentation process.  Primary colors mostly, so I can mix my own.  It went somewhat successfully though I am just not getting the deep rich colors I desire.  I like what I got, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t what I wanted.  I’d be proud to spin any of them though.

In fact, I did a little test skein, as I wanted to make sure my lovely prepared merino did not felt at all.  And it didn’t.  The test skein also gave me some idea of how one might look all spun up.  And I like it!  Much more subtle than I thought.

Yep, I liked it, I’d like to do it again!