Yarn Turkey

You may remember that on Thanksgiving Day I played yarn chicken and lost, which led me to wonder if this would then be called yarn Turkey.


This pretty little scarf is called Knit Night, and honestly, it’s just a lovely and easy to work pattern. I would knit this again in a heartbeat. In fact, I absolutely KNOW that I will. Soon.

But, back to the yarn “turkey.” There are various ways of finishing this scarf, be that a picot bind off, a regular bind off, and various ways of knitting the final border. I’d chosen one way, but ended up with not quite enough yarn to finish the bind off. I stopped, I regrouped, I decided to do the border as I had, but a different bind off. I pulled out the appropriate number of rows back to accommodate the yarn needed for this. And then:


That’s YET ANOTHER yarn turkey moment. Those picot bind offs take FAR more yarn that one might expect. So, I pulled that back and went with a regular bind off. Which I was then left with a fairly sizable amount of leftover yarn. But not ENOUGH enough, obviously.

Anyhow, in the end, I have a lovely LONG scarf. Did I mention that this yarn is handspun from Miss Marja? It’s a colorway I fell absolutely in love with.


For good reason, right? It’s stunning.

In other news, we woke up yesterday morning to Lizzie not being able to keep one eye open. Her eye was red and irritated and she was CLEARLY miserable. I called the vet before I left for work and found out they were going to be able to get her in by 9:20 that morning. So thankful for their quick response, I was totally heading to urgent care with her if they couldn’t fit her in. Turns out, this time she’s got a corneal ulcer. They cared for her so quickly and so expertly that I was quite surprised but extremely relieved. She was given every possible way of managing her pain. We go back in a week to make sure she’s healing properly. Between that and on Tuesday losing the use of my work computer for all but 2 hours of my work day, it’s been an interesting week! Certainly not one where I’d been able to do all the catch up I had needed to do upon returning from a nice long vacation.

And that’s about it from here! I hope your world is slightly less chaotic, but it is the season for that, right?

Rolling 10 Pan update 3

When we last left off, I had managed to finish 3 items. Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation, Trader Joe’s cleanser, and a matte lipstick from Maybelline. Here are the photos from last month:

My list for this month:

  1.  Foundations
    1. Hourglass vanish stick
  2. Concealers
    1. Maybelline age rewind
  3. Bronzer/Contour
    1. Wet n Wild contour palette
  4. Highlighter
    1. Frankenhighlighter
  5. Perfume
    1. Gucci Eau de parfum II (Get halfway through this product)
  6.  Haircare
    1. Deva Curl Shampoo
  7. Eyeshadow
    1. One pan of clinique eyeshadow.
  8. Miscellaneous items
    1. Becca Undereye Primer
  9. Body Care
    1. Mary Kay Satin Hands

And the photos:


The hourglass foundation stick, you can see that I only managed to use the tiniest bit. To be honest, I am using this more like a concealer, in the sense that I am using it under foundation to cover redness. I can then use less of an appropriately colored foundation. But, while I thought I was done with the UD foundation last month, it still squirted out enough foundation for another week. Ugh. Then, I had vacation, so I wore less makeup in general. So, it’s slow going right now. I am hoping to see more progress next month.

The maybelline age rewind concealer, I really thought I’d be done with this. But, it looks like Miss Butterfly isn’t using it much right now. I will certainly be done next month. I’ll be replacing that item with another concealer item.

I am completely done with the wet n wild contour palette. And, to be honest, I was so used to using the same palette I am struggling to adjust to a new powder. What I am trying to use now applies with a heavier hand and it’s not as easy to blend. I’ve got a whole new learning curve ahead of me.

I had 3 pans of my frankenhighligter. I didn’t pull out all 3 pans, just the one pan that has had use. And as you can see, it’s quite a lot of use.

I am plugging away at the perfume, slowly, though my previous marks had worn off the bottle. My goal is to use half of this, and it’s old so I can apply quite liberally and not be even remotely overwhelming. I’ve got a back up at work that is much newer and that one only needs one spray to get an even more powerful scent.

I finished the Deva Curl shampoo this month. There’s not much I can say about that except it’s done.

The clinique eyeshadow I am using as a base has major pan, so that’s good. I am sometimes also using this as a transition shade if I can’t be bothered with anything else.

The Becca Undereye Primer is gone. I’ll use the container to hold a milk makeup undereye cream sample until that’s gone. I don’t think I’ll repurchase the becca product right now, I am going to wait and see if I like something else better.

Mary Kay satin hands-I did get some of the hand softener used, but there’s no discernable use on the exfoliating product associated with the set. So, I didn’t even bring it out for a photo. I do think I’ll be done with the hand softener at next update.

So, where does this leave me? 3 products used up, so 3 more can be rolled in.


There’s a Laura Mercier cream stick eyeshadow that barely shows up on my eyes and Miss Butterfly doesn’t like it either. I am ready to get this out of my stash, and my intention is to do so by using it as a primer. I gave it a try this morning and it seems to work.

Then there’s the clinique setting powder I tried to pan over the summer. I am trying again. As you can see I am about halfway through now, and not simultaneously trying to pan a powder in a contour palette. So I think between me and Miss Butterfly we can work our way through this pretty quickly.

And then there’s a tarte blush sample in Paaarty. Everyone has one of these. It’s a lovely color. And a lovely formula. No one is upset about this blush. Miss Butterfly and I both use it and it looks great on both of us. I can see the ring on the pan now, so my plan is to use it until I hit pan, then roll something else in.

It’s interesting to see over time that I use up about 3 products in my project pan each month. This upcoming month my prediction is the concealer, the clinique eyeshadow, and the satin hands softener.

My list for the upcoming month:

  1.  Foundations
    1. Hourglass vanish stick
  2. Concealers
    1. Maybelline age rewind
  3. Blush
    1. Tarte Paaarty
  4. Highlighter
    1. Frankenhighlighter
  5. Perfume
    1. Gucci Eau de parfum II (Get halfway through this product)
  6.  Powder
    1. Clinique setting powder
  7. Eyeshadow
    1. One pan of clinique eyeshadow.
  8. Miscellaneous items
    1. Laura Mercier stick eyeshadow
  9. Body Care
    1. Mary Kay Satin Hands

And that’s all from me, hope to see you here next month!


Pan that Palette Update 1

At the beginning of October I decided to pan my tarte be a mermaid and make waves palette. This was after the epic fail of panning the clinique palette which I then destructed for my own purposes.

Here it is when I started:


I’ve reconsidered this endeavor multiple times during this month, but always stuck it out. What I’ve been doing is wearing this palette every other day. Does this mean I get to really indulge in a ton of other palettes? Not really, but it does take the edge off. I do get to use them. After all, there’s no huge rush to pan this one, it’s not even a year old yet.

I’ve found myself most effective when I pick a particular look and really try to pan that look in particular. The look I am most likely to create is shore thing as a transition, shipwreck in the crease, fin-tastic all over the lid with salt water popped on the middle of the lid to add some brightness and dimension to the eyelid. Often times I’ll add the darkest turquoise color, lagoon, in there as an eyeliner.


So, I’ve increased the pan on sandbar, hit pan on shore thing, and today I began looking for other mattes in my collection to use with this palette as clearly, I won’t be able to stick with these for the duration of the panning of this palette. I’ve also got a decent dip going on salt water, even though it’s not going to see pan any time soon. I’ll keep going with panning that “look” until I am sick of it and then try to find a new look to work on.

All in all, despite thinking that maybe I didn’t want to pan this after all, I am rolling into a month and a half of use pretty pleased with myself. I am going to continue, and I am still really enjoying it. Are there other eyeshadows in my collection that I don’t get to as often as I’d like? Yep, but at this point, I am balancing that with enjoying getting use out of my very first “precious” palette.

I promise I’ll try to clean this thing up a bit before the next photo session!

What Next?

I’ve got a knit blocking and I wasn’t sure what to knit next, even though I knew I needed to use up the yarns I had purchased for Miss Butterfly’s sweater.

So, this weekend I settled in to find the next project, plugging in the yarn weight and “3 color”  and yardage into Rav to see what I could come up with.

I came up with the 3 color brioche scarf. Which looked just lovely! And I decided that’s what I would knit.

I am not going to lie, it’s kind of boring. But, boring can be good. And the fabric I am creating looks great! Even the back side looks fantastic.


Isn’t that just fantastic? I am in love with the fabric, but I am also picturing pairing a slowly transitioning colored handspun with some solids to get a particularly interesting result!


An update on the rest of vacation. Once family left on Saturday, I took Rose to the dog park. There were a ton of testy dogs there. Even when she could get one to run with her, she had her hackles up because they were feeling a little off. I’ll have to keep that in mind for the future. Dogs that probably had their routines upset and strangers in their homes might feel testy with my dog, and those weekends extra care must be taken. I am glad I left Lizzie at home. Anyhow, Rose got a good amount of running done, and then fell fast asleep when we returned. Isn’t she the cutest little solid ball of muscle?

In fact, that exhaustion mimicked our own really, I think after so much company and routine upset in our own home we were all really feeling it. Rose was very low key yesterday and no one wanted to go anywhere at all. In fact, even when she did want to play or chew, she sort of would fall asleep while doing it.


I am not sure anyone was particularly ready to get up and go to work today, but we managed it. Back to a routine!

Post Thanksgiving Visiting

Our guests were in town until Saturday, so of course, on Friday and Saturday, we had continuing visits. Mr. Ink, unfortunately, had to work on both days. But Miss Butterfly and I were free. Friday morning we’d agreed to go downtown to swim at the hotel. We all felt a little silly when we got all dressed in our swim gear, went down to where the pool was 3 years ago, and realized they’d taken out the pool! We never imagined that might be the case. So, instead we went shopping in the little shops in the downtown area. Then we met the rest of the family at a brewery, waited for them to finish their drinks, and then went to have some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted.

While at the brewery, with Miss Butterfly wearing her new sweater, I looked over and realized the lighting was beautiful in there and the decor was also lovely, so I insisted I get a few shots of the sweater. She was less than pleased about this as she hadn’t washed her hair or done her face because we’d thought we were going swimming. But she did indulge me where I got this lovely modeled shot of the sweater completion.


She has decided the nice long sleeves are her absolute favorite part of the sweater. And I’d say that the darker yarn at the bottom almost looks planned. So all in all, we are both quite happy with the end result.

After pizza, we had all decided to part ways before getting back together for dinner. Everyone wanted a nap! But, when I arrived home, Mr. Ink had just walked in the door early and he was eager to take advantage of being home while the sun was still shining.

So, we put the dogs in the car and walked them around a lake, and I got lovely pictures of the sunset.

I did still get a short nap in before dinner. I didn’t take any photos of dinner because we went to a rather famous place where diners can watch raccoons come to the windows but it was actually quite a dive, smelled terrible, and I found the throwing of all the chicken scraps outside to get the raccoons to eat at the windows rather distasteful. So, I decided I didn’t want photographic evidence of the experience.

Saturday morning started quietly, then the fam came over for their last visit before they had to leave. One more game was had, more chatting was done, coffee was consumed, and then it was over!

All in all a strangely successful holiday and visit. The difficult players behaved themselves beautifully and as such, we all had a wonderful time. The remainder of yesterday was spent running errands so that we could have today as a quiet day. Overnight it rained, then iced, then snowed. We are supposed to have snow for a while now. The roads are quiet and the house has that snow insulated feel as well as the warmth of knowing that no one need go anywhere at all today. We are officially tucked in for the weather and quite pleased about it.

I hope you had a lovely holiday if you celebrated. Otherwise, I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

Pre Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving

Hi all! We had such a nice holiday, and I really hope you did as well. When last we talked, I had left off to do a little cleaning before company arrived on Wednesday. Our company arrived at 4 pm, kicking off our holiday in a lovely way. We’d split up dinner between 3 people cooking (and everyone else helping) so everything felt very manageable. On Wednesday, before company arrived, Miss Butterfly and I had made 4 pies, a fancy cranberry jello salad, and I’d mixed dough for homemade bread on Thanksgiving day.


Miss Butterfly also took some snuggle time with the dogs that morning, being that it was her day off.


Miss Lizzie acted quite bored all morning since we weren’t paying her any attention at all, but what she didn’t know is that everyone arriving on Wednesday are dog lovers and she was going to have more attention than she knew what to do with shortly.

Sure enough, the dogs got ALL the attention when the east coast family arrived (and one from california) and Miss Rose, despite her fear, quickly warmed up.


There were many selfies with dogs taken, and much was made of our dogs, which is just how it should be.

Thanksgiving morning I woke up early as usual. East coast family, knowing exactly what I like more than anything, had brought me the gift of cannolis and I enjoyed that with my coffee and quiet.


I also lost at yarn chicken, which begs the question, is it yarn turkey if it happens on thanksgiving day?


Yep, that’s a project you haven’t seen yet, but it’s close to being finished so you’ll have to wait.

Once our visitors were around, we headed to the dog park with the dogs, as Rose is just too much fun to watch, and would certainly deal better with a house full of strangers if she had the chance to burn off her energy.

After that, we got back home and began cooking while snacking on appetizers of bread/cheese/crackers/nuts.

With local family included, we ended up with a total of 11 people and 3 dogs in the house. It was also an extremely lovely day, and we were able to have a firepit outside, which helps when the house is full of people. Once dinner was cleaned up and it got too cold for the firepit, we headed back in for games.


We started out with farkle and then moved on to munchkin since some of the “kids” wanted to learn. (The only actual kid is Miss Butterfly, and it’s lovely to have a Thanksgiving with grown-up kids, as they are extremely helpful.)

I taught munchkin while they played, and they got a great giggle out of calling me their dungeon master, as they felt this was an extremely out of character role for me.

The 3 dogs settled in as well but were quite exhausted by the end of the night.


Rose could barely keep her head up and eyes open at this point. And since the guest dog had taken her bed, she wasn’t sure what to do with all this.

It was 11:30 by the time everyone left, and the dogs kept running to the bedroom door in hopes they could go to sleep now. Here they are waiting for company to finally give all their hugs and walk out the door.


I’ll post more about after Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow. Our company officially leaves by noon today. Probably a good thing too because we have a storm rolling in this evening and I am hoping to be well and truly snowed in tomorrow. I’ve got a ham bone and am ready to make black bean soup for a snowy day. Pair that with ALL the leftovers and we are going to be in great shape for staying in!


Happy to Report

I am happy to report that Miss Butterfly’s I See Spring sweater is complete! Toward the end there I was doing one round then adding a new scrap then the next round. Plus, I wasn’t even able to do all 22 garter stitch rows, but what I have will have to do. There were a LOT of ends to weave in! But, it’s done and blocking and I am looking forward to her trying it on and maybe even getting a photo shoot in today.

It’s a day of cooking for Miss Butterfly and me. She’s decided that we will make breakfast today, and then we’ve got Thanksgiving prep going on. Our guests arrive later this afternoon and the home will be VERY loud from that point onward. Though they are staying at a hotel downtown so we will get early mornings of quiet. Their plan is to leave on Saturday so it’s a nice long chunk of time to visit.

Over the weekend when I was struggling to figure out what project to start next I pulled out some fiber. I figured a little bit of support spindle spinning couldn’t hurt while I contemplated my project choices!


These are some of my own batts created on my drum carder. This set has a smaller amount of green batts that go with them, so I am working on this section first and will move on to the green later. I do not anticipate these being done anywhere near now. This can wait for the new year. But, I just needed a knitting break, a moment to regroup, and this provided that for me.

Miss Butterfly went to a dress fitting for a May quinceanera, as she has been asked to participate. After that, they all went to a movie, so she arrived home a bit late. I had been JUST about ready to head to bed when the dogs turned heel from the bedroom and tore into the living room. I’d been slightly confused, but when I realized Miss Butterfly had come home, I understood. They wanted to greet her and get some booty skritches.


Then we were allowed to go to bed.

And that’s about it from here! Have a great day, enjoy any prep you may be doing if you are celebrating tomorrow, and have a lovely holiday!