And Some Socks

I finished yet another pair of socks!

These are a sick day finish. I’d gotten bored of my lace project and needed something mindless. The toes and heels of a pair of socks were perfect for that.

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These were mostly a stash buster style project. I had two skeins of yarn of different colors, but not enough to complete an entire pair of socks. Striping them was my solution. You can see the original yarn colors on the heels and toes of the socks.

This brings me to 88% of my goal of 40 projects this year.

I think it’s likely these are the last socks you’ll see out of me for a long time. I only have 8 sock yarns left in my stash, and none of them are really purchased for sock knitting. And I couldn’t be happier about it! I’ve knit that stash down so far now that I will have to choose sock yarn just for me in order to knit more socks when I want to. Or decide that one of the current sock yarns in stash will become socks instead of shawls or scarves or something to weave with. That’s something that feels great, and while I haven’t knit my yarn stash to under 100 items this year, this is a good indicator that I have managed to make some serious progress. (Stash items sitting currently at 101, but also doesn’t account for the weaving cotton I brought into stash, so isn’t actually up to date at all.)

Another interesting thing about the current stash is that only 24 stash entries are now commercial yarn. (Again, not counting the weaving cotton. There are 6 weaving cottons that haven’t been entered into my stash.) Everything else is handspun yarn. I’ve transformed my stash from commercial yarn with a spattering of handspun to handspun yarn with a spattering of commercial items.

In any case, I do think I’ll hit my project goal this year, but I am not certain I’ll hit my stash goal this year. But, I really could have the same goal for next year and see where it takes me!

Can’t Remember

Here’s a quick tale of handspun yarn. A very long time ago I made some handspun singles out of a beautiful blue wool/silk blend. I loved it so much that I always wanted to knit it as singles into something gorgeous and lace. After many years went by, I decided it was time to knit with it, so I wound that yarn into a cake. This was about this time last year. I tried a few patterns but never got past the first row or two, and then our very new to us puppy Rose got hold of that yarn cake and ripped the heck out of it.

So, I salvaged as much as I could and set it aside.

The reality was that I already knew it wasn’t going to knit well into a project as singles. And that ended up being especially true once Rose had worked her magic. I had already been thinking I should ply it with something else in order to make it a better yarn. But, it took me another year or so to end up doing that.

Once I had all the blue singles complete, I figured they’d pair nicely with a wool/silk blue single! Here are the singles on spindles I’d been working on:

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Once plied with the wool/silk, I ended up with 925 yards of 2 ply.

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The only trouble? Somewhere along the line it looks like I managed to spin a single “backwards” to what I expected and it seems like the bulk of this is an opposing 2-ply yarn. Which isn’t a problem for the project I have in mind. The project I have in mind also requires more like 1700 yards, so this is not enough. No matter, I have more blue singles on spindles and more blue batts, and I don’t think it’s overly necessary to have these singles and the new ones match perfectly for the project I have in mind. I also have 2 bumps of commercial blue/black/white fiber if I really can’t manage to finish with what I have between this yarn, the singles, and the other blue batts waiting to be spun. But I think I’ll probably be ok even without breaking into the commercial fiber. In any case, it’s nice to have a spin where I have a project in mind, that’s fun!

That’s it from here today, we are on day 5 of our colds, and Mr. Ink coughed all night so I am not feeling particularly rested. The show must go on!

Day 3

I am on day 3 with this lace project, still sick, and I stayed home from work today. And boy I am glad I did! I hear the irritation of my staff when one arrives sick and should have stayed home, I don’t want that directed at me! The mornings are full of coughing, the mid-mornings are full of sore throat and wanting to sleep. It’s “just” a cold, but even a cold is highly irritating.

So, I am resting and working on my laceweight project and really enjoying it. Though, I am getting a bit bored at this point. At least I’ve worked myself into the next color. Here’s the yesterday photo next to today’s photo.

Progress has certainly been made. For the record, today’s photo is more the actual color of the yarn. I took yesterday’s photo pretty late in the day.

Yesterday was definitely a day in which we didn’t do much at all. I was very ok with that. We managed to get to a store to get some shoes for Miss Butterfly. I had a coupon that was expiring that day and wanted to be able to use it when we got her much needed new shoes. Sadly, since they were name brand, the coupon didn’t work anyhow. On the other hand, her shoes were on sale, so it worked out in the end. She’s been wearing the same pair of sneakers since the 8th grade and the soles were peeling away from the shoe. She loves those sneakers so she didn’t tell me about this for a time. Not until it got too bad. I am hoping we have found a pair she can love for the next few years. Other than that, it was hang out with the dogs, knit, and nap. I’ll do more of the same today, but without the shopping.

That’s it from here. I’ve got some handspun yarn to show off soon. I finished it last week but didn’t have the motivation to pull it off the wheel once I got sick. That being said, I may already have a project picked out for it, so that could be fun!

This Time

This time it wasn’t allergies.

That’s right, Mr. Ink and I are both sick. On Friday I thought “Gosh, my allergies are really acting up today!” But, by the evening I knew it wasn’t allergies. Yesterday morning we took Rose to the dog park to make sure she had a whole bunch of running time so we could relax. I did chores around the house when I could and then worked on my knitting. Mr. Ink planted things. Then he asked me if I wanted to go on a bike ride. Which caused me to exclaim “You and me do sickness VERY differently!”

Later on, I realized why. We do sickness differently because I have asthma and he does not. Any sickness means my lungs are shot and even climbing stairs can make me need an inhaler. He does not have this issue.

I decided that I needed a new project for a cold. I decided on the Pyropa pattern with some handspun laceweight singles. Seemed like something I could sink my teeth into when feeling like I wanted to ignore the symptoms.

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I know you can’t really see the lace pattern without it being blocked but it’s very pretty! I am enjoying the choice. The handspun is a gradient so I am looking forward to the other colors that appear as I continue. I am working on my sock project as well when I am wanting something a little less taxing on the brain, but it has been fun to have something complicated at the moment.

October Beauty Balance

Because I decided to declutter a thing or two to Miss Butterfly, I figured I’d do another beauty balance post to encompass those items plus some others I’ve finished.

First of all, I asked Miss Butterfly if she’d like that Butter London palette that I don’t care deeply about. She was extremely eager to take it off my hands, so I am letting that go along with an essence waterproof mascara that is not at all waterproof and actually transfers even more than my regular essence mascaras I am testing. I am also handing over my tarte face tape sample in case it works for Miss Butterfly. I tried it, it’s a little light and a little cakey on me. I could experiment and make it work, but the reality is that I don’t want to. She can sheer it out if the color works for her, as she’s got nice skin and no redness to cover, so sheer works for her.

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The other finished items are two from my project pan and one little sample. I finished my mac pro longwear foundation. To be honest, I am sad about that on so many levels. It’s the foundation I wore for my wedding. It looks better on my skin than ANY other foundation I’ve ever tried. It sticks to my nose. You’d think, “Ok, why won’t you just purchase more of that then?” And the reality is that the shade I had it in requires me to either be using something like jergens natural glow in order to be the appropriate shade for this foundation or it has to be summer. They don’t carry it in my best mac shade match. I do think I’ll do a little bit of sampling in the near future, in an attempt to see if I can find a shade that will work better than the one I had. I do want that foundation in my life again. However, I also have plenty of other foundations to work through so it’s not an immediate need.

As for the other two items, I finished my benefit dandelion twinkle which is really cool! I can’t believe I managed to finish an entire highlighter. It did require fairly consistent use. I do like that particular highlighter and I would consider purchasing it in the future. However, I’ve got more highlighters than any other one makeup item in my collection now so I won’t be repurchasing any time soon.

And finally, there’s the cerave sample moisturizer. I liked this quite a lot and definitely would consider repurchasing sometime in the future. I am all set with moisturizers at the moment, but I like that I got to sample a less expensive option this way.

I had 3 items leaving over what entered in my last post, this post makes it 9 items so far this month. I know that I’ll have two more at the very least by the end of the month, but we’ll have to wait and see if I can bump that up even more. I DO still need a back up texturizing spray and I am having some dry skin issues that might necessitate another purchase but I am trying to avoid that.

I do believe this will be my last beauty balance post until the end of the month though, I don’t think I’ll have anything coming in that cannot wait until then.

Baby Sweaters

I finished the second baby sweater. It was another lovely and quick knit, even though this time I knit the 3-month size.

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I was, again, able to use vintage buttons. I really love the touch of buttons that are recycled and have been in a family for a long while. It just feels appropriate.

The yarn is from Dyeabolical, I had originally purchased it for a westknits mystery knit along, but ended up not liking it for the project after all and I chose something else that worked better. So, this lovely skein has been sitting in my stash for a couple years looking for the perfect project.

I have to say that my yarn stash is now such that I have very little appropriate yarn for this type of project now. This is exciting since I’ve worked to move my stash numbers down quite a bit. But, I am really going to have to stretch to find yarn for these types of projects. I mean, baby knits really do need to be something that’s easily washed, and I don’t really have much superwash wool sock yarn in almost solid colors left in my stash. I might even be at a point where I’d like to take a look around a yarn store. *gasp!*

There’s a shop nearby that I’ve been in maybe once, and I’d like to check it out again. Part of why I barely remember it was that I was trying really hard to just NOT purchase yarn at that time, I have too large a stash. But I remember there being quite a lot of hand-dyed yarns that I’d enjoy looking at again.

Here’s another quick story. Yesterday I went in for a dentist appointment. My dentist noticed my handspun and handwoven scarf. Turns out she’s a knitter! She’s been knitting for about 2 years and is deeply in love with the craft, so it was definitely a fun chat! This is the second in the wild knitter I’ve met in the span of 3 weeks, and I’ve really enjoyed both encounters.

This baby sweater brings me to 85% of my yearly goal, this is project 34 out of 40 and it definitely feels like I am going to have no issue with achieving that goal this year!

 

My Small Challenge

I’ve got two more looks for my small eyeshadow challenge. I am working through all the shades of this palette:

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Butter London Natural Goddess palette.

Yesterday I chose to use Diva. I used my newly depotted JH morphe palette mattes for my crease and undereye shades and then just used Diva all over the lid:

This ended up being a rather pleasing neutral look.

Today I got to use the lightest colored shimmer, enchantress. Again, I used mattes from the depotted JH Morphe palette. I used slightly warmer colors in this case though. And then Enchantress all over the lid.

I lined with a teal eyeliner in this case as I just wanted something with a little more interest.

My conclusion, without having used the matte teal shade again, is that the shimmers in this palette are worth keeping. The brown matte shadow isn’t necessary in my collection. I’ll have to make a decision about the teal at a later date. But, I also think that I don’t really NEED this little palette, so I may instead allow this one to go to Miss Butterfly if she wants it.

It’s been one heck of a week, I haven’t gotten much blogging done at all. Even less crafting really. We’ve been out every evening so far and I am exhausted! Hopefully I can get some buttons sewn on a little sweater and get a craft related post up next!