Lighter Than Perfume

I dunno about that pattern name, I’ve met some pretty heavy perfumes. Then again, I’d say that my Lighter than Perfume stole is probably not all that light. The color is dark, and it’s pretty hefty overall.


And I LOVE it. It turned out so much better than I imagined. I really thought the handspun stripe thing was going to take away from the overall pattern quite a bit, but it doesn’t. It’s fairly muted, and there’s nothing consistent about it. It seems a bit more like shading.

Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy creating nupps, and while I had originally thought I would get bored of creating them every fourth row, unexpectedly, I didn’t feel that way at all.

Feels like another fairly strong finish! I think I’ll be putting more lace work on my needles fairly shortly, it really is satisfying, even if slow.

Not too much new to report. Most of the plants are still indoors, it rained all day yesterday. I got a quick bike ride in last night and another quick one this morning. That leaves me only one more bike ride to complete my 30 days of biking. Unless I get a longer ride in tomorrow, that is looking like it’ll put me at 145 miles for the month of April. Not that much really, but way more than I would have put in without 30 days of biking.

I am hoping to up those numbers in May though, with bike commuting. That’s the one piece of this month that really felt like it stuck. With the warmer weather, it should be easier to get a bike commute in. Another possibility I’ve been considering is putting my bike on the bus, taking the bus in to work, and then riding home. That would give me another half hour to 40 minutes at home in the mornings. We’ll see what I can come up with this season.

In any case, it’ll be a slow weekend around here with all the rain. We can’t even mow! I hope you all have a great one!

Knitwear Model

Popping my head up on the other side of a stressful grant situation. I had one due on Wednesday, it was one I’ve never done before, and we ended up pushing it until quite late. At one point, we were still waiting on information from one participant, even though all our other documents were gathered. I was told “Well, I haven’t heard from him.” And I basically said “It’s time to take to the internet, see what we can find, and make something up ourselves, because we are in danger of doing all this work for nothing.” And that’s what we did. Desperate times and all.

I got home Wednesday evening, late, and quite mentally exhausted. Fell asleep on the couch, and then once I woke up, really knew I didn’t want to do anything. So, I finished the Venetian Blind cape, soaked and blocked that, and then finished the Lighter Than Perfume stole. I didn’t block that, it would have been way too much work. But, it was satisfying to have an evening of getting stuff off the needles.

Last evening also felt like a finishing evening, as I blocked the stole, and then had Miss Butterfly pick out a great vintage button for her cape, and attached it. I was tired, and didn’t really want to grab a photo, but I did anyhow. Miss Butterfly chose the knitwear model shot, all I did was snap a photo.


It’s pretty fantastic, her shot set up as well as the cape! I must be honest, I don’t know if she’ll wear that cape or not, though she didn’t take it off immediately when she got back indoors. It does fit me as well, so if she doesn’t perhaps I will.

I am glad I got that photo though, as it looks like it’ll just be raining for the next 4 days. My photo taking opportunities may be less than ideal, few and far between. It also means a pretty tough end to 30 days of biking. I guess I’ll get my rain badge?


This is what our kitchen/dining room looks like at the moment. This is what happens when you’ve got two gardeners in the house who absolutely CANNOT manage to wait until all chance of frost is over. We had to bring in all the hanging baskets and potted plants due to very low temps overnight. They’ve been indoors for 2 nights, (There are 3 more hanging baskets elsewhere) and the weekend has a couple more pretty low temp nights in store for us. I suspect these will go out during the day, but back in at night for a bit. A little extra work, yes, but I am also hoping it means a head start on a growing season.

In other crafty news, I finished spinning the yarn wench singles, and began on the dyeabolical singles for my 3 braid combo spin. I am about 1/4 of the way through those. And goodness, that Iris You Were Here is a gorgeous colorway, I’ll be getting more of that!  I began one of those irritating messy bun hats for Miss Butterfly who will likely use it regularly in the winter. I am about halfway done with it, but I am not quite sure it’s big enough. If it isn’t, I’ll evaluate and begin again. It’s been a pretty quick project. I also began another shawl out of commercial yarn. It’s one I’ve knit before, the Lillia Hyrna out of Knitters Book of Wool. I brought the cotton slub yarn Big Waffle to work, as it wasn’t seeing much knitting time. It still isn’t, I’ve had lots of skip lunch days but it should, in the future, see some more.

That’s about it for around here, when it’s busy, I treasure the weeks that aren’t “exciting.” And that’s exactly what we’ve had this week. Not exciting, but busy.


I rode my bike to work yesterday. It was windy in the morning, but I didn’t really bother about it much. It didn’t slow me down. But, on the way home, the wind had picked up significantly, and I had to fight it all the way home. Despite my heavy fatbike, I was struggling to keep myself upright in addition to fighting against the wind. It was a rough trip home. Thankfully once home and showered I really didn’t have much else planned other than regular chores. No more commuting to work this week, it’s supposed to be 34F the morning that I could ride due to the forecast being dry. No thanks, I’ll save it for another day. Needless to say, I am exhausted.

I remember this feeling from when I was training hard for RAGBRAI a few years ago. (520 miles in 7 days). I’d train and train and train and then I’d just hit a wall where I almost couldn’t pedal my bike. I worried, that entire spring, that the wall I hit would happen on the week long ride. Then, I realized that’s why all the experienced riders took the week before off. Or at least seriously cut back on their rides. They rode for fun during that week, gently, and spent a lot of time packing rather than riding. And it was true, it worked!

So, tonight is my night “off.” I’ll do a ride around the block to get my 30 days of biking ride in, but I can feel that I need time off the bike now. Actually, I’ll probably do a ride around the block 2 days in a row. By Thursday, things should be looking up.

I got a photo of the 3 braid combo spin. I am working on the yarn wench braid, as of this morning I am halfway through it.


Somehow those colors are a lot more muted in real life. But, if we put it next to the dyeing arts braid:

Well, already I think this will be fun!

I also grabbed a photo of my huge mulching project. A before picture of a small section, and the after photo.

I still have a small but complicated section to work on to the left of that mulched garden photo. And sorry about all the drooping plants, Miss Butterfly and I actually sat on them in order to access other areas of that garden.

And now on to the front banks. Over the winter, Mr. Ink chopped back the spirea on the front bank. He decided that the older dead wood had to go. He spent an amazing amount of time on it, and it surely paid off.

The rock alyssum is blooming nicely now, the sedum look great, and the spirea on the front bank give it a burst of different greens that looks really nice. Still a ton of work to be done on the front bank, but it sure is different from when we moved in.

front bank original

Check this mess out!

It’s good to look back at what we started with from time to time. In fact, I need to do it regularly.

This Week

Last week’s list:

  • Ride bike every day
  • Finish “Sugar Skull” spin
  • 2 repeats of Lighter than Perfume
    • This is actually pretty close to being done now, I’ve got a lot more yarn, but there will be a point at which the length gets ridiculous. I keep reminding myself how much lace grows upon blocking as I knit yet another repeat in hopes to use more yarn.
  • If weather continues to hold beautifully…scrape, sand, and paint around shop doorway.
    • I didn’t do this. The weather held, but I didn’t do it. Instead, I took that really weedy flower bed, pulled weeds section by section, and mulched it really well. I spent all weekend on it, and it’s not done yet. But, I also dug out the ditch lilies and planted hollyhock and poppy seeds. I figured that while the shop doorway would hold, those weeds weren’t going to get any easier to deal with. Priorities, right?
  • Commute by bike one day this week.
    • Yeah, did that Friday and again this morning. It’s wonderful!

This weekend was just a whole lot of getting on with it. I am afraid I didn’t do very well at all with gathering pictures. I was just too intent on all the things I was doing. It was an absolutely lovely weekend.

We went to my favorite little farmer’s market style plant shop on Saturday, just an open air place with inexpensive fairly local plants. They don’t bother with shrubs or trees, so I think that keeps prices down, needing less real estate over all. We got a bunch of plants for our containers and hanging baskets, and spent a good portion of Saturday creating baskets. I also decided to work on that flower bed, and it looks fantastic now! I am not quite done, but it’ll be a lot easier to keep up with now. I will get a photo of that this evening. I am only not done because I ran out of both time and mulch.

On Sunday, we went to another plant nursery. Mr. Ink said “It’s too bad my bike is out of commission, we could go there by bike.” I had a sadface. Then I thought about it for a minute, and thought about the fleet of bikes in the garage, and thought that there had to be a solution here. I said “Do you want to ride my fatbike?” His hearty YES! told me that he’d been waiting for me to ask.


I told him later “You look good on that bike!” And he responded “EVERYONE looks good on this bike!” It’s so true. Sadly, the bike is ridiculously small for him, but he carried on and enjoyed the ride. As did I! Today marks day 24 of 30 days of biking, and I will certainly do it again next year. It’s been a great way to get back in biking shape, renew the interest, and just feel all the joy there is to feel about biking. Long gone are the days of sore butt and cramping leg muscles, that ended pretty early in the month. Now it’s just hard work and good fun!

In spinning, I did begin my 3 braid combo spin. I did get a photo of the first braid in progress, it’s the one from The Dyeing Arts.


I did finish this braid and I started the next one, the one from Yarn Wench. But, I didn’t get a photo of that one, I was too busy just getting on with it. I’ll try to slow down tonight for a photo of that too.

There’s cooler weather and rain in the forecast, that might be what’s driving our motivation at the moment. However, we’ve been hitting the yard pretty hard, and the rain will be a welcome down time, at least for me.

I am not making a list this week. I’ve got a grant due and a progress report due and a bunch more visitors coming in. There’s just no telling how this week will look, and adding the stress of trying to achieve a particular list probably will not help stress levels. I’ll be back at it next week I think.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!


The Sunrise

Guys! I did it! I woke up very early, and rode my bike to work, and got to watch the sun come up while I was at it. It was lovely! It took me exactly 1 hour from my doorstep to the bike rack at work on the fatbike. This means next time I can move my leave the house time back another 15 minutes. Somehow, 15 minutes makes ALL the difference at 5:30 a.m.  In fact, pushing my wake up time to 5:45 means that I’d be waking up at the same time I often do when not biking to work.

This morning I was so nervous about missing out on the morning ride that I woke up before 5. So, I actually got coffee and knitting time in before I left. I think the hot coffee kept me warm in the 45F weather. My toes are a bit cold, but other than that I was ok. The ride home should be a pleasant 65F, so I’ve got no worries at all about the afternoon ride.


Check this out! That’s 760 yards of fingering weight 2 ply! It may end up being one that ends up wound and on the needles in short order. There’s just something about those bright colors that calls to me. I showed it off to Mr. Ink last evening and he agreed that it really does resemble a yarn dyed with candy buttons.

While plying this handspun, my brain was already on to my next handspun project. I decided that after watching so many others do one of those 3 braids of different colorway combos, it was my turn.


This is what I picked out. On top, Iris You Were Here from Dyeabolical yarns, Peacock from The Dyeing Arts in the middle, and Gypsy Soul from The Yarn Wench at the bottom. After I took the photograph, I divided all the braids into smaller color sections, set two of the colorways aside, and began on the middle color. I am going for a fingering weight 3 ply, so I am spinning very thin, and the project may take quite a bit of time.

Our front bank is looking quite charming this spring, our rock alyssum is blooming nicely all of a sudden, and Mr. Ink cut back the dead stuff on all the spirea. With the spirea beginning to grow again, the bank is fairly tidy, neatly trimmed, and getting colorful. So, I took some photos for you. Charming photos. Except that when I went to post them, I realized an errant piece of newspaper had flown into the photo, ruining the shot. So, I’ll try again tonight!

Intention Vs. Reality

I had it all arranged. I brought two changes of clothing to work yesterday, along with my lunches for two days. I packed my bike bag with an extra tire tube, and all the things I’d need to fix a flat. I packed my wallet and my work ID in the bag. I put an ear warmer and an extra jacket and full fingered gloves in there for the morning. I filled my water bottle and charged my lights and got all of that on the bike in preparation for a work commute this morning. I intended to remove any and all excuses for not doing it. I intended to commute to work by bike.

And then? I slept through my alarm. So did Mr. Ink. The reality is, by the time I woke up, all ability to commute to work by bike flew right out the window. I guess I try again tomorrow.

Last evening I did manage to finish up my bright two ply yarn, but it’s still drying so I’ll have to get back to that. However, I’ve been working on a little project that interests me but I haven’t posted a picture yet. I decided to make the Venetian Blind cape/capelet. I used my 6 ply yarn combo recently finished. But, I needed to go down in needle size, and thus up in number of stitches. I have a feeling this will be better suited for a younger person. Miss Butterfly if she wants it. But, maybe with a bit of blocking it’ll be ok. In any case, half the fun was trying out the yarn and that I managed to achieve.


I’ve got a bit more to go on this and the going has been a bit slower since I seem to have had a serious uptick in gardening and spinning. And bike riding of course. But, it’s pretty and rich and mindless so I have been picking it up here and there to work on it in all the in between spaces.

In garden news, my long awaited black parrot tulips have made an appearance. I planted these with the blush tulips in hopes they’d come up at the same time. No luck. But, I am still thrilled with them.


Please excuse the mess of this garden. This is my rose of sharon garden that we worked so hard on last year. We really REALLY should have mulched it well last year, but we didn’t. I wanted to keep working on it and we never got around to it. We are paying for that this year. Also of note, everything we assumed we’d fully pulled out of that garden is back. INCLUDING the 50 year old rose that barely produced blooms but was misplaced as it desperately wanted to climb something. I thought I got it all. You can see one of the shoots in this picture, lower left corner. There are 3 shoots coming up. I think I’ll leave them be and see what happens. There’s also a nasty vine I can’t seem to get rid of trying to climb the trunk of the rose of sharon, and both 50 year old peonies we tried to remove and place elsewhere are back. They are back, and they are elsewhere. So, all we did was divide them. And I’ve decided to just let them exist in both places. I think at this point my plan with this garden is to take it a chunk at a time. I’ll take a section of plant, yank back the weeds, and then mulch around that plant. Then move on to the next section when I feel like it. Rather than trying to do it all at once and feeling completely irritable and overwhelmed.

I am thankful for this upcoming weekend, it’s to be a comfortable temp, with no rain predicted. Hopefully that’ll mean quite a lot will get done around the yard.

Garden Views

Things are really starting to move in the garden. I mean, we’ve had warm pleasant weather and lots of rain. Ideal growing conditions. Which means great results with flowers, and unfortunately, also great results with weeds. Here’s some updates:


I bought this bleeding heart last year. I planted it on the north side of our house, but the soil there is awful. It just didn’t do well at all. So, I moved it partway through the year to the north side of the shop. It is already this year about where it was when I planted it last year. Meaning that last year it died back really badly. But, it has survived, and must like it’s new home.


I got this plant from a friend last year. It stayed green all winter, and has spread considerably. I didn’t really know what it was. This is the first flower, and my flower ID app says it’s a creeping buttercup. Which is….basically a weed in this area. Meaning, once it’s established, it’s really hard to get rid of. But, it’s so green and pretty! I am having a hard time saying no to it. I may dig some up and put it on the north side of the house where the soil is poor and I desperately want ground cover, that way if it spreads I won’t mind, and if it dies, I won’t mind.


Check out these lilacs! The neighbors have 5 lilacs that hang over our fence line. I like to say this means we have lilacs too, until I think about the other stuff that hangs over our fence line creating actual problems. Like, volunteer black walnut trees, volunteer paper mulberries, and volunteer chokecherries. Meaning that we spend a LOT of time during the year yanking volunteer seedlings from these trees out of our yard and garden. That being said, these also provide a nice addition to the fence line, keeping extra privacy between the two homes. Mr. Ink is working to fill in the privacy gaps with what he’d call more appropriate trees.

In spinning, I spent less than 5 minutes spinning to finish up my singles and grab a photo:


I then took a nap. Being out late at that show had me worn out more than expected. I was having trouble driving home without falling asleep! Then I began my plying project.


These colors, even though they aren’t “my” colors, are fantastic together. I am really loving the resulting yarn. The fractal spin was a perfect choice for the colorway, as everything looks pretty nice together. Though I find the lime green plied with bright pink maybe slightly less than awesome. However, that’s just a small portion of the project. I suspect I am about halfway through the plying of this one.

30 days of biking and a highly recognizable pink fatbike has yet another unexpected advantage. Last night Miss Butterfly and I made a new acquaintance. Actually, we met an entire family. Now, a few days ago I was riding pinkie up a hill in the neighborhood with Mr. Ink in the lead. I was, naturally, struggling up that hill. I got to the top of the hill where there was a stop sign and stopped. Some guy in a car coming the other way was also stopped, and hollered out of the car window at me. But, it was nice hollering. “I like your bike! Is it hard to ride? Are you doing 30 days of biking?!”

Yesterday, Miss Butterfly and I headed out on our bikes over to the park. On the little trail through the park, there was a man pushing a stroller with 10 month old twins. He said “Hey! I saw you the other day, riding up a hill!” I was like “Hey wait, are you the guy hollering from the vehicle?” “Yep, that was me!” he replied. We stopped, admired his twins, chatted with him, he showed us pictures of his older kids and his wife. Miss Butterfly recognized the older kids from school last year. He proudly showed us a picture of him taken last year, 175 pounds heavier, and mentioned that he’d done 30 days of biking last year for the first time, it was his start to biking regularly. He told us where he lived and how he bikes late at night because with 4 kids there’s no time until they all get to bed. Then, his wife dropped by, and his kids dropped by and we met the entire family. Very nice people.

We got home and told Mr. Ink about it. I said “He was VERY talkative. But in a friendly and kind way.” Miss Butterfly immediately agreed. “Yep, not creepy at all.”

It was a very good day.

Some Band

Last evening, Mr. Ink wanted to go see a band. A band I didn’t know, but he loves and was surprised they’d come to our area. Quite frankly, the entry into my day planner was “some band Mr. Ink likes.” He’d tried to get me quite interested ahead of time, showing me youtube videos and so on. I didn’t think I’d hate the show, but I wasn’t super excited either. Thankfully, I was more than willing to be out, so that helped. The band turned out to be pretty good! Kind of a garage band punk feel to them, and it was very loud. Mr. Ink found them to be way better than he’d even imagined. All in all a good evening out, and I suspect my good mood was in part due to having recently had a little extra time off to be at home.

I believe I promised to show off some corespun yarn I finished during my time off.


I don’t think corespinning is something I am overly good at, I always seem to get too much twist going on in the core. However, I really love the way it turns out anyhow, and haven’t hated that which I knit out of corespun yarn. I mean, it’s all meant to be a bit nutty right? I do sometimes see people who make super smooth corespuns, and I am not entirely sure how they do that but I suspect they do NOT start with a wild chunky batt and a bunch of dyed wool locks. Which is what I was working with. I ended up with 205 yards of this, and I am considering another one of these scarves:


This just alternates commercial laceweight rows with corespun rows on big needles. It’s easy, and the results are fun and dramatic. I wear the above scarf so regularly during the winter. It’s also a great way to use up laceweight stash that I’ve completely failed to use over the years even though at one time I was REALLY into knitting lace.

That’s about it from around here. Not much time for spinning last evening due to the show. I got up a little early this morning and put in some time on the singles. I’ve got a tiny handful of fluff left but couldn’t quite find the time to finish it up before work. I’ll quickly finish tonight and get a photo of the two bobbins of singles. Maybe I’ll even get some plying done after a bike ride with Miss Butterfly.

Spring Color and This Week April 17-23

  • Ride Bike Every Day
  • Finish Lintilla shawl
  • Finish brown batt plying project
  • Work on some corespun yarn
    • I finished this actually, and I’ll show that off tomorrow.
  • 3 repeats of Lighter Than Perfume shawl
    • This was quite a slog actually. Even with the extra days off, I had trouble completing this.
  • Work on something off the master house list.
    • Windows were washed, the outsides of them anyhow.
  • Rearrange furniture in craft room and den of slack (Weather permitting)
    • Nope nope nope. It was supposed to rain all day Saturday. It didn’t rain at all. We spent all our time outdoors. It’s getting bumped from the list at this point, as next weekend looks to be lovely.
  • Get Miss Butterfly a haircut!
    • Not only did I get this done, I also went so far as to set up her next appointment so that we don’t get to the point where we cannot run a comb through her hair again.

When we last left off, the girls were dyeing easter eggs after having a living room tent sleep over. I’d found eggs for 50 cents a dozen, so I boiled a dozen and a half for dyeing, anticipating plenty of had boiled eggs for egg salad and other yummy things. I really should have known better, of course our young guest wanted to take her decorated eggs home! I don’t know why I imagined she wouldn’t! Plus, the girls were eating eggs as well as decorating eggs. At least they were well fed.

After they were done with the 13 cups of dye (!) I threw some silk hankies in some of the dye cups and microwaved them. The girls had a lot of fun watching that process as well. I mixed cups of dye, which gave me some variegation in color.


I got a nice assortment of springlike colors out of leftover dye. I am glad I thought of my 2 oz. of undyed silk hankies laying around in the undyed fiber stash.

Later on, I’d decided to start a new spinning project. Miss Butterfly caught me contemplating my stash, as I was having a lot of trouble deciding on a fiber. She quickly made a choice for me, and the colors absolutely reflected the easter eggs she’d just dyed.


This is “sugar skull” from The Dyeing Arts. It really reminds me of candy buttons, remember those? The little dots of sugar candy on paper? I remember my cousins purchasing them at the five and dime store, and wanting to like them, but really secretly hating most sweets. In any case, I’ve gone off track. The fiber is superwash merino with 10% nylon and 10% sparkle. I have another 4 ounces in addition to this, which is just superwash merino. Should make a fun 2 ply yarn, and it’ll be a fractal spin. I began this on Saturday, and as of this morning I am about 3/4 done with the second bump of fiber. It’s busy tonight, but I should be plying by Tuesday or Wednesday.

This week:

  • Ride bike every day
  • Finish “Sugar Skull” spin
  • 2 repeats of Lighter than Perfume
  • If weather continues to hold beautifully…scrape, sand, and paint around shop doorway.
  • Commute by bike one day this week.

That’s it! Can’t wait to catch up on all the blogs I’ve missed this weekend.

The Past 24 Hours

Guys, I am having such a lovely vacation! Yesterday it was supposed to rain, but it didn’t. Miss Butterfly and I left the house by bike at 8:45 in the morning and didn’t get back until almost noon, having gotten a lot of sun, a great bike ride, a bunch of pokemon playing, and lots of wonderful time together. We took a bit of a break once we were home to do our own thing, had lunch with Mr. Ink who comes home from work at lunchtime, and then headed out again to run errands. We got Miss Butterfly’s hair cut, went to a shop to get a new bike tire for the fat bike, stopped at a creamery for ice cream, and then went to my favorite farmer’s market to buy plants.

Once home, we got lettuce planted, and then a bunch of little flowers we’d picked up as well.

The orange poppy was Miss Butterfly’s choice. The other two were for me.


I began working on a corespun project using a very chunky sparkly batt with tons of extra dyed locks thrown in. I do love a good corespun! And, in the project of using up more stash than I spin up, I figure corespun is a neutral. I make new yarn using yarn that’s already in stash. Pretty cool.

In the evening it was sleepover time. Miss Butterfly and her friend set up the tent in the living room and “camped in.”


The house is a ridiculous mess right now, and I can’t even care they are such good kids.

This morning I boiled a bunch of eggs before the girls woke up so that they could have a marathon egg dyeing session.


I got them an extra large dye kit with an assortment of various decorating supplies included, and Miss Butterfly had leftover dye from last year as well. You may notice I’ve got some undyed silk hankies hanging out on the table. I am figuring I’ll throw those in the dye cups and microwave them a little later. Can’t hurt to use up the dye in another way!

This morning was beautiful! And once Mr. Ink left and I finished boiling the eggs, I was able to spend a good amount of time spinning on the patio and listening to the birds. Unfortunately it is now raining quite heavily and looks to do so all day. We are hoping for a short break so we can go walk Miss Marja’s dog Max. I don’t think he likes the rain too much, so if it could settle down for a bit, that’ll be good.

I may not have gotten much on my list done, but none of that matters right now due to all the good fun and memories we are making.


Since I’ve been unsuccessful thus far in staying off the internet, I figured I’d get a quick post in. There was just unexpectedly a little too much going on last evening to put the phone down and leave it. I’ll try again later today.

In the meantime, I can show off the Lintilla shawl! It’s done. I rocked that edging awfully hard the past two evenings.


I am thrilled with it! I love how the touches of colored silk wander diagonally through the shawl. And I really do find the ruffles on this so charming. A good success and well chosen pattern for the yarn, I think.

We are headed off on a bike ride, Miss Butterfly and I. And we’ve got a full day of chores planned after that. Mr. Ink and I put my pink fatbike back together last night after the massive tire blow out, only to discover that my tire is toast. Even patched, it won’t hold together enough to ride. The tube is fine, but the tire has a large hole in it. On our list of things to do today is to take that wheel into the bike shop and find a new tire. Perhaps even one that’s a little more capable of handling abuses.

Have a great weekend all!


When I began the Lintilla shawl out of Miss Marja’s handspun, I knew I had a really large amount of yardage so I knew the shawl would be big. Knowing this, I brought it to work even though I would not typically bring to work a project that requires one to weigh the remaining skein to figure out when to begin the edging.

I knit and knit and knit during work breaks, quite happily enjoying the way the yarn was knitting up. At some point I looked at it and said “Yep, that’s getting large!” But I would say “Just to the end of this work break” and then forget to bring it home and weigh the skein.

Once I did weigh the skein, I realized I had far less than the 25% required for the edging. However, I’ve fudged that number pretty hard in the past, so I was willing to give it a try rather than ripping back out. There was a time there that I really felt like I was going to make it! Spoiler-I didn’t make it.


You can see at the top right that I have only a few stitches left to finish, but I ran out of yarn. Ooof. Despite knowing this was the likely outcome, I still felt like I’d have to let this hibernate for a long while before I started again. But, after an evening of biking and mowing lawn, I was ready to sit down and do the mindless work of frogging and picking up live stitches. I’ve already begun again.

In biking news, Miss Butterfly and I headed out on a quick ride due to the many yard chores needing to be done while the weather was pleasant. We rode down to a local park, rode around the park, and then headed back another way. We were riding over some quiet roads with narrow streets and no sidewalks. I am teaching Miss Butterfly to ride roads from time to time so she can be confident with it, since often doing so is actually safer. As we were riding these narrow roads, we heard an SUV come up behind us, it was revving it’s engine and I could hear it going way too fast for the area. I couldn’t tell if it was driving aggressively because of us, or if that’s just how that person operates. It’s common here and probably most other places to encounter cruel car drivers who believe it’s their sole purpose to scare people on bikes. This SUV passed us quite fast, and then I heard a police siren. I thought “It cannot be that the cops are after the SUV that just passed, could it? That would be too wonderful.” But it was true, the cop passed us, and pulled that SUV over. I don’t know if the traffic stop was due to us or previous bad behavior, but it’s always nice to feel vindicated when one is following the rules of the road by bike. We didn’t figure we wanted to try to pass the SUV even with the cop there, so we headed up a different road and went home.

My 3 ply yarn from the brown batts is done and dry!


That’s 615 yards of I’d be willing to guess DK weight yarn. Sport to DK. It’s good and chunky but even enough to easily work into a project. It’s got a lot of fantastic depth in color yet retains the overall earth tone nature of the original batts. I am quite pleased!

I am taking two days off to spend extra time with Miss Butterfly. She’s off school and so we have many errands planned, a sleep over with a friend, and I keep planning a bunch of chores. I mention this only to say I think I am going to try an internet free vacation. Doing so for a weekend was so helpful in feeling more relaxed and as if I had more hours in the day. I would promise to take lots of pictures for next week, but it looks like it may just rain the entire time in which case pictures may be mostly impossible. In any case, have a great rest of your week, and I’ll do my blog post catching up early next week!



I failed to take any photos last evening. The temps dropped a ton yesterday, quite dramatically, and once I got home I took my quick bike ride and then bundled up indoors.

But, I do have photos I took this weekend. First from my own garden:

The tulip and funny looking peach daffodil are ones I planted in the fall, and they are looking great! I am very pleased with them. I’ve got them in various places throughout the yard. Now, one of the things that seems to be a pattern recently is that Mr. Ink cooks a late dinner after working in the yard all evening. We all eat together, and then we sit around pouring over plant catalogs. A new one came in last evening. Mr. Ink was flipping through the daffodil section. He pointed to the ruffly peach daffodils on the page of the catalog, scrunched up his nose, and said “EW! Look at these!!!” I said “We already have those in the yard, they are blooming right now!” He says “Get them out!”  I told him in no uncertain terms that if he hadn’t noticed them at this point, then they stay!

I planted the primrose last year. I then spent the rest of the year trying to protect it’s petals from being eaten by rolly pollie bugs. I had a serious problem with them last year, I suspect in part to the decaying wooden garden edgers. We got rid of all of those rotting edgers, replacing them with stone. And, I had an influx of those darn bugs. Due to their large numbers, they really went after all the fresh and tender garden plants. This year seems better so far. The primrose bloomed this year, to my absolute delight!

The last one, the white flower that just won’t photograph well at all, is an anemone I planted in the spring. Again, it didn’t flower last year, and even looked like it would die off completely. But this year I see tender shoots and a few flowers. It seems to like it’s shady home near the lamium. All the tending I did of these tiny plants last year has paid off this spring. Can’t wait to see what’s next! I’ve got a bleeding heart and delphinium from last year’s spring planting that seem to be coming up nicely as well, even though they struggled along last year.

Over the weekend we also went to the botanical gardens. We have a membership now, so going for a short period works just fine. I failed to take pictures of all the nicely blooming magnolias. But, I couldn’t resist a picture of this guy:


We were right next to him, and he was unconcerned about us.

They also have a lego display going on right now, and Mr. Ink made sure to take me in to see my favorite spider.


A Lego Argiope aurantia! It’s quite fantastic. However, I failed to check out the other side of that lego display. Both sides of this spider in real life are really wonderful, but I didn’t think to see if the backside of this display mimicked the underside of the spider. I guess we’ll have to go again soon!

That’s about it for today! I’ve got some upcoming time off with Miss Butterfly at the end of the week. It’s supposed to rain the entire time, so I am not entirely sure what we’ll plan. But, with as fast as the weather changes around here, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with outdoor activities anyhow. I am willing to bet by the weekend I can have the Lintilla shawl done. That is, if I don’t get myself super involved in some around the house project that takes over everything!

This Week, April 10-16

Last week’s list:

  • Resume daily push ups.
    • Failure. I think I might take this off the list for now.
  • Rearrange furniture in craft room and den of slack
    • Failure, we really need a rainy day for this and thankfully we didn’t get one of those this weeked. I’ll leave this on the list for the upcoming week as it currently looks like rain on Saturday.
  • Finish Find Your Fade
    • Success!
  • Establish leftover yardage amounts from yarn used for find your fade
    • This is also done. Bonus, I had to have Mr. Ink help me with the math, weighing the skeins in grams and figuring out what that would equal in meters using the amounts listed in the entry for this yarn in the yarn database on Rav. I am not so math minded, so for me this was kind of a big deal.
  • Work on Big Waffle, get into next color at least
    • I did this, worked my way into the next color and that’s about it. I then moved on to a couple different projects.
  • Spin a little
    • More than a little, I spent most of the weekend spinning, you’ll have to see those updates below.
  • Ride Bike Every Day!
    • Did this too, and there are stories.
  • Work on something from the master list of house projects
    • My master list house project work was to move plants out of the veggie garden and rehome them elsewhere. There are a couple tulips left, but I want to see what they look like before I rehome them.
  • Commute to work by bike one time this week
    • Did not manage this one. It seemed like such a good idea, but on the days I actually could do this, it was 33F in the morning, and I just…couldn’t bring myself to do that.


I did a whole bunch of spinning this week, bringing my current batt project far further along. I finished the singles.


They were a pleasure to spin, and they are both smooth and chunky, and definitely luxurious. I did also begin plying, while hanging out on the patio in weather in the high 70s.


I am more happy than I thought I would be with this 3 ply, the yarn has a ton of depth, in addition to it’s chunky bits. Far more color than I imagined seems to be making an appearance. I got this large bobbin finished, but didn’t get an opportunity to start another bobbin. It should be done in the very near future, if not tonight.


There’s quite a lot to talk about for both Friday and Sunday’s rides. Saturday’s ride was just a simple one around the block, as between gardening and going to the botanical gardens, we’d already been on our feet all day.

On Friday, Miss Butterfly and I drove to a local park, then hopped on our bikes to ride to another bigger park. There were pokemon there she wanted to get, so we knew it would be a slower roll around the park, with numerous stops. It was getting pretty late as we wrapped up our trip, and she was about to get one last pokemon when it happened. I heard what sounded like a gunshot, and then the hiss of high pressure air leaving my tire. My fatbike got an epic flat. It scared Miss Butterfly quite a bit, and as she turned around she said she could see sticks on the trail flying to the sides, so large was the hole to release air pressure.

Quite frankly, there’s no turning back from that kind of flat. I could have tried to fix it, but first of all, I didn’t have my supplies as I knew this to be a short trip, and the likelihood of being able to do so anyhow is pretty slim with as large a burst as it was. In fact, I didn’t even look at it. I phoned Mr. Ink, but I knew I wasn’t going to catch up with him, he’d have been out gardening. And then I started walking, pushing my bike. Miss Butterfly wasn’t too upset, she entertained herself by riding slowly and doing tricks on her bike. We got home far later than anticipated, but in the end no harm done.

Once in the car, we hit every single red light on the way home, further annoying me. I got home, took the bikes off the car, and put my fat bike away without even bothering to look at the flat. Of course, Miss Butterfly headed right out to Mr. Ink to tattle about it, telling him he’d better watch out, I was annoyed! This was really only half true. I was annoyed, but I wasn’t taking it out on my family!

Saturday morning I took a look at the tire. I had a larger than half inch gash in the tire itself, and the tube was looking terrible as well. I didn’t have a spare tube for that bike, so I pulled out my patch kit. Unfortunately, the glue on it was dried and unusable. We will patch both the tire and the tube, as fat bike tires are ridiculously expensive. I’ll keep the patched tube as a spare, as a good friend of mine had a spare fat bike tube from her bike which she just converted to tubeless tires. I should be up and running on the fat bike again shortly.

Next Up, Sunday’s ride. We had planned to ride as a family from our house to meet up with a small group of cyclists for a family friendly jaunt around town. We decided to ride to a restaurant first to have lunch. We left the house, headed down our long hill, and got on our trail. Now, I am sure I’ve mentioned it before but in case it’s been forgotten, I hate snakes. REALLY hate them. And, I recognize them very quickly. Mr. Ink was pretty far ahead of Miss Butterfly and me when I looked at what was in the road and yelled “SNAKE!” By this time, Mr. Ink had already gotten past it. Miss Butterfly and I came to a screeching halt far away from the large bull snake over the trail.

Mr. Ink tried to get it to move along, but in true bull snake bad attitude form, it decided to do it’s impressive impression of a rattlesnake instead, coiling up, hissing, rattling its tail, and acting like it was going to strike Mr. Ink. In fact, soon it had him fooled, even though in our area of the country, rattlers are very rare. Other cyclists passed by as well, not noticing what we were stopped for and it was rather comical to watch them startle and their bike shake and swerve as they came right up on a coiled snake. In the end, Miss Butterfly and I walked through the grass, giving that thing a really WIDE berth. Mr. Ink wanted to take a photo, but thankfully he hadn’t brought his camera.

After that rather shudder worthy encounter, we had quite a nice day. Miss Butterfly saw a ground hog, and we got quite close to geese on the trail, and she decided she enjoyed seeing wildlife by bike. We had lunch, we met up with friends and Miss Butterfly participated in her first ever group ride. She followed our fearless leader very nicely, staying a couple feet away from the leader’s back tire the entire time. She was an extremely consistent rider. We did some trails, some road riding with a bike lane, and even a little road riding without a bike lane and she didn’t get too upset about any of it.


We’d gotten a bit ahead of our group so we stopped to see a fun cement art installation and she wanted a photo. This is about 2/3 of our way through our ride. We ended up with over 17 miles yesterday, a personal record for Miss Butterfly. She got home with sore legs and couldn’t wait to make herself a large smoothie. We are all slightly burned today, and have that residual next day hunger from a nice long hilly bike ride. (I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to have food, as I couldn’t sleep through my hunger!)

All in all, a great family oriented weekend. I’ve got photos, just a few, from the botanical garden as well. It’s a bit of a problem going there, as we always find new plants that we want to add to our own garden.

List for this week:

  • Ride Bike Every Day
  • Finish Lintilla shawl
  • Finish brown batt plying project
  • Work on some corespun yarn
  • 3 repeats of Lighter Than Perfume shawl
  • Work on something off the master house list.
  • Rearrange furniture in craft room and den of slack (Weather permitting)
  • Get Miss Butterfly a haircut!

Find Your Fade


With my fantastic model!


And one on its own. The tencel is indeed heavy, but the shawl is large enough that this makes it drape nicely and stay put, rather than be fussy. I am, overall, highly pleased with this knit. It turned out beautifully, feels soft, looks rich, and has so much interest in it’s odd construction. I am glad I added this surprise yarn and pattern combo to my year of trying to knit mostly from stash.

I was so tired last evening. I mean, we’ve been going full force for a couple days, with very little downtime. That’s not my ideal really. Miss Butterfly and I got a short bike ride in before her dad picked her up. And by short, I MEAN it. My legs were exhausted from the combo of daily biking hills and then rollerskating the night before. I was also just plain TIRED.

After the bike ride, I settled in on the couch but couldn’t even knit. Miss Butterfly left, and I closed my eyes for a nap, but then Mr. Ink got home earlier than usual. And what did he suggest for an evening activity? A bike ride. I looked at him and turned up my nose at that suggestion. He decided he’d go ride alone. I began to knit a bit but soon found my eyes closing yet again. I let them. Only to quickly be interrupted by Miss Butterfly texting me about her pokemon game. So, a nap was clearly out of the question.

I knit about half a repeat on the lighter than perfume shawl before castonitis completely took over, then I balled up this yarn:


And I began a cape out of it. Now, the pattern I am using is for super bulky yarn. And this is Just bulky. I had to go down a couple needle sizes, which meant I had to increas the number of stitches needed as well. I’ve got it on the needles while not being quite sure it’ll fit well in the end. If it doesn’t fit me, it will fit Miss Butterfly though. Not sure she’d wear a cape, but maybe? We’ll see. I guess, in the end, I am back to knitting just to knit.

In the end, even knitting in the quiet home couldn’t keep me awake. I went to bed early, quite soon after Mr. Ink headed out for some grocery shopping. And I slept SO well. I am again just waiting for that weekend to arrive!

Now Orange

I finished Find Your Fade last night! Of course, with the blocking of it, I have no photos. But, I am wearing it today, and I am thrilled with it. If it’s not raining when I get home, you’ll get to see a pretty fabulous finished object.

In the meantime, here are more batts I created over the weekend.


I’ve got over 8 ounces of this color. I started with two fibers in “aztec gold” my absolute favorite dye color. 2 ounces of bfl/silk and 2 ounces of grey romney. Then I put all my add ins together, keeping within the orange/grey/brown theme. Once the first batt went through, I looked at my dyed fiber stash, decided the color on the batt wasn’t yet complex enough, and grabbed a bright orange to divide up and add in to the batts. And with that, I  was happy.

Miss Butterfly and I headed out on our fourth bike ride of our 30 day challenge. That kid, she has no respect for hills. And while I am aware I am going to bike hills when biking from out my back door, I still try to manage finding the easier route. When biking with Miss Butterfly, I mostly let her choose the route. This finds us going down very steep hills, which is fun, only to have her turn around and want to go right back up that hill. That being said, one of the reasons I haven’t taken her down to the trail is that I am never sure she’s going to be happy handling the very large and long hill back up to the house. I mean, I LIKE hills and it makes me a little grumpy every time I see it. We did it yesterday and she powered up that hill like nobody’s business. So, her desire to take the trail to a local park on Thursday should be completely doable. I think that’s a route we’ll take as a family. Again, it wasn’t a long ride yesterday, but it was hilly.

So, when I had the opportunity to go rollerskating, which I took, my legs were already exhausted! As soon as I got on my skates I could feel all the hills I’ve been doing daily. Nevertheless, we had a nice time skating, and I also love it because it’s good exercise, still manages to count as steps, albeit a lot more slowly, and certainly seems to work muscles I don’t typically work. Plus, since we’ve done it pretty regularly over the past year or so, I feel pretty confident and am not constantly worried I will fall and break something.

Now that I am finished with Find Your Fade, I am struggling to find my interest in the two shawls I have on the needles. I think it may be because Find Your Fade was a lovely knit, but an easy knit. Endless garter stitch punctuated by easy but uninteresting lace detail. Don’t get me wrong, this type of knitting absolutely has its place. However, I pulled out the Big Waffle shawl and put in a few rows on that and found myself completely disinterested. Probably because it’s endless basket weave. So, I am feeling a case of startitis, but am hoping to head it off at the pass with some quality time spent on the more complicated Lighter than Perfume lacework. Or spinning. I guess I could do some spinning. But, it’s going to be tough to keep my eye off my queue right now!

Happy Wednesday friends, halfway through the work week now, and I am looking forward to a nice weekend!




Last evening was nutty. I got home from work, grabbed Miss Butterfly and the bag of aquarium plants and headed out to deliver them to a friend. Then I took Miss Butterfly to a nearby park so we could take a walk together. During that walk, I’d received a text from Mr. Ink notifying me that there was more extended family drama happening on his side of the family and another conference call would be in order. So, we got home and did the conference call and made some more decisions. It’s not a surprising thing to have had happen, as this is what usually happens when I say I am going to go bike with friends. And I’d done that the day before, it’s just that the kitchen plumbing issue already made that idea null and void.

After the call I grabbed my little bike ride around the neighborhood. Longer this time than Sunday evening. And hillier. But still not what I’d call a serious ride. Then back home to head to the hardware store with Mr. Ink. Once home from that, Mr. Ink got started on the kitchen sink project, and I got started on getting Miss Butterfly fed and ready for bed. Though I did get a bit of knitting in at that time. Once the sink was fixed, I had a nice pile of clean up to do while Mr. Ink cooked. I sat down after dinner to knit, and Mr. Ink came out and said “I am so tired….” which is not a thing he ever says before I do. He’s the night owl. It was, of course, after all this mess, after 10 anyhow.

This is a long way of saying that I didn’t get Find Your Fade finished. But I’ll tide you over with photos of batts again.


Here are some purple toned batts I created over the weekend. They’ve got all sorts of wools in them, and are likely to not be the softest stuff. But, they’ve also god a lot of silk and bamboo so maybe they won’t be too bad. I wanted purple toned batts, and I wanted them quite rich. So I used all sorts of different purples and also a very dark burgundy as base wool, and I think I got the effect I was looking for. I ended up with over 10 ounces on these.

Last night as I was riding my fat bike in the neighborhood, discovering parts of town I previously didn’t know existed, I think I began to realize the point of 30 days of biking. I mean, the point is to get on your bike a little every day. But, beyond that, it’s to realize that riding can be cumulative. Over the years I haven’t done this challenge because I was always a cyclist looking for the next big ride. The cyclist who would to 30-40 miles with friends after work. Except, my schedule and life doesn’t allow for that right now. And when thinking about this challenge, the idea of riding 30-40 miles every day and giving up regular life to achieve that felt overwhelming. But, that’s not the point. The point is that if you get on your bike a little bit daily no matter what, there’s still a cumulative effect. I’ve been tracking my tiny rides with an app, and realized that I’ve done more biking in the past 3 days than I have in the weeks previous to this, and way more than I would have without the challenge. (Because with everything going on, I would have biked not at all.)

Furthermore, with our house positioned at the top of a large hill, and our town being hilly in general, even the shortest ride on the fat bike still gives me a workout. It still makes me stronger. And using the fat bike exclusively as I have been doing will help quite a lot when I am finally able to ride with friends on a faster ride with the touring bike.

And the other wonderful thing about 30 days of biking? Getting your bum in shape. Meaning, the one big reason I used to ride right through the winter was to keep my bum from being sore in the spring. Well, that didn’t happen this winter. So, I am starting at a disadvantage. But, getting on the bike daily for a short time really gets the bum in shape quickly, the pain goes away fast and with that, the desire to get on the bike increases. No one wants to get on the bike after the first spring ride!

Tonight? Another short neighborhood spring ride. Then, we might go roller skating. I say might because the moment I say we will, something will happen to prevent that. It Is Known.


This Week April 3-9

Last week’s list:

  • Let’s try for 4 step goals during the week.
  • Resume daily push ups.(I had to quit due to a shoulder injury, but I’ve been injury free for more than a week now.)
    • (Big failure here, I never even tried.)
  • 30 days of biking begins on Saturday. That means I’ll need two bike rides this weekend.
    • Done! Last evening’s bike ride with Miss Butterfly was very short, just around the neighborhood. But we had a great time together!
  • Rearrange furniture in craft room and den of slack.
    • Not even started. But, this task depends a bit on Mr. Ink, and it’s not a project he wanted to tackle.
  • Finish Marled Mystery shawl and DO NOT CAST ON ANOTHER.
    • Even the temptation to cast on another abated after it was done. Maybe in the future, but I’ve got a few WIPs to tide me over.
  • Work on Find Your Fade. Not making a goal, not sure how long that icord on marled mystery is going to take.
    • I got quite far on this one.
  • Photograph and list on Rav the pile of fiber in living room, then put it away.
  • Establish leftover yardage amounts from yarn used for find your fade, and put that away as well.
    • In the end I decided to wait until I was done with the shawl. I tried running the yarn through my yardage meter, but the high tencel content leaves so little resistance that I cannot get it to register. Math skills will be involved in this project. Best to do it all at once.
  • Spin a little bit.
    • So very little. But I did it.


There’s the latest fade photo. This is the last one I’ll take before the photo is of a finished object. I actually only have 10 rows left now and then a bind off. I was hoping not to break into my second little skein of the final color but it’s not looking good. I’ll probably have to haul it out during the bind off itself.

We had quite an evening around our place. Mr. Ink began the evening working on his fish tanks. He managed to break one of his prized driftwood pieces while downsizing some overgrown plants. Then, he carefully kept back some aquarium plants for a friend, and tried shoving the rest of them down the garbage disposal.

This garbage disposal really can’t handle much at all. I mean, within the first few days of living there, I’d killed it with potato peels. Mr. Ink suggested that next time I just put fewer peels down it at a time, but I decided better safe than sorry, and have thrown them out ever since. Recently, I decided that carrot peels should be ok, so I very carefully put them down the disposal a little at a time. I almost killed it again, and I became quite worried we were going to have to take it apart again. But that time I was able to keep it working.

Well, as Miss Butterfly and I were heading out for our little bike ride in the neighborhood, Mr. Ink says “I think I killed it!” Upon our return he asked if we had any drano. I told him we did not, and that I really would prefer if he’d just take the thing apart. I lived in a rental home for 8.5 years with plumbing the land lady would never fix properly, and the only solution was to use drano frequently. I know it isn’t great for pipes anyhow, and I’ve spent more money than I ever wanted to on the stuff. I don’t like it! Mr. Ink said “Taking it apart is what I am trying to avoid!” I shrugged my shoulders.

Mr. Ink took the disposal apart. Then asked for my flexible plastic drain clearer. I gave that to him. He began clearing out the disposal, and then decided to send it down the trap. It popped right out of the bottom of the trap! He’d made a sizable hole with a flexible plastic drain clearer. And that is when he said “Well, that’s fortuitous. That was bound to happen at some point in the near future, and this way we don’t have a leak under the sink we aren’t aware of! as he attempted to make a stop gap measure with epoxy and duct tape. Miss Butterfly and I grabbed the dirty dishes and the dish bins, and headed to the bathroom to clean up.

I did tease him a bit about how everything he touches was breaking that evening. And I am a little grumpy that yet another bike ride with friends (tonight) will be impossible due to an emergency. On the other hand, I don’t have dirty rotten sink water under my sink causing problems while I am unaware. So, tonight is for plumbing. We seem to be at that point in home ownership where every weekend something breaks. Last weekend it was the main toilet flushing system, it would stay open and run water constantly if you didn’t go back in and lift it up. This week, kitchen sink drain.

List for the upcoming week:

  • Resume daily push ups.
  • Rearrange furniture in craft room and den of slack
  • Finish Find Your Fade
  • Establish leftover yardage amounts from yarn used for find your fade
  • Work on Big Waffle, get into next color at least
  • Spin a little
  • Ride Bike Every Day!
  • Work on something from the master list of house projects
  • Commute to work by bike one time this week

Focus in

Work has been so busy these past few months (well, if we are honest it’s like closing in on a year now) that often times since this fall I am too tired and mentally overwhelmed to be in any way productive around the house after work or on the weekends.

Work has not gotten better, but spring has somewhat brought on a renewal, and looking at those old lists that Mr. Ink and I made at the beginning of last summer really helped focus me a bit. On the list was the desire to clean both fridges. We’ve got the normal kitchen one, and then another in the garage. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think cleaning a fridge is a miserable job, and while I knew it needed to be done and put it on the list, I ignored the job and just kept wiping a tray out once in awhile as a stop gap measure.

This weekend? Both of them were thoroughly cleaned. And that feels like a measure of focus.

It’s also 30 days of biking, day one was yesterday. We were to get rain starting around 11, so when Mr. Ink mentioned he’d like to go to the grand opening of a local garden center under new management, I suggested we do so early by bike. So, day one of biking was also complete. And that rain never did show up. The bonus was to have that off my plate nice and early so I could work on other projects.

Of course, this morning it is raining. But, Miss Butterfly is also doing 30 days of biking so I will wait for her to get back from her dad’s so we can bike together.

Rather than spinning which I just wasn’t inspired about, I made batts in my spare time. Batt making is really one of my favorite things right now. I am not that good at making plans, but when I make batts, I do plan them out nicely. It’s fun to see how they go together and it’s really nice to imagine how they are going to spin up. I also like that feeling of adding to my fiber stash out of my fiber stash. Meaning, I’ve got all this hand dyed fiber floating around in my craft room but I don’t document it. It’s like art supplies, they don’t actually count. They are the tools for creating a project. Once the batts are made, that’s when they get stash status.


These were yesterday’s batts. There’s a lot going on in them as usual. I started with a base of superwash wool of an indeterminate type. I added a bit of alpaca, some sparkle, a ton of silk including, of course, throwster’s waste. There’s some merino and a little flax mixed in as well. And I ended the project with over 11 oz. of fairly similar batts that are nice and full of fun add ins, just as I like them.

I think I am going to keep working on the batt project. It feels good to be making progress on cleaning up the dyed wools, and turning them into something I will use. This in turn cleans up my craft room. I may never have a craft room that’s completely free of the tools to turn wool into batts, but the overwhelming amount I have now that I dyed last year could easily be paired down significantly.

The one other thing I managed to do yesterday was make some almond meal buns. A very simple recipe turned into a very edible item for a couple who have given up carbs. I was looking for something that I could use to carry soft cheeses as a snack. I did manage that, even though the texture is more like cornbread. Mr. Ink, as he is eating one for lunch says he was just happy to have a platform for some butter.

All in all, it was a pretty decent day. Relaxing despite the return of a bit of focus. I am hoping the upcoming weekends find more of the same.


I’ve got another fade color knit in to show off.


Only two colors left now! That’s good, because I am getting exceedingly tired of this particular lace pattern. It’s not for me. Not in the least. I find it highly tedious. But, I’ve only one more lace section to knit now, and I couldn’t be happier.

I am also surprised at how heavy this shawl is. I should have known really. 50% tencel is heavy and drapey. Since the shawl style is new to me, I am hoping it likes to sit on shoulders nicely, otherwise it could be a real pain to wear. I guess I’d better keep knitting to find out!