In Progress

Recently I am generally knitting only one project at once, but this week I ended up casting on two new projects.

I think I chose to do so because when I started the one which was laceweight, I quickly got bored knitting laceweight stockinette, and had to do something which had more interest to me.

Here’s the laceweight stockinette project:

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The pattern is Striped Bias Shawl but I cut down the number of stitches to make it into a scarf instead. I had plenty of laceweight yarn, but the thicker handspun I wanted to use was lower in yardage than what was called for. So, I decided to make it a scarf instead.

This should be a very soft scarf, the laceweight yarn is silk and the handspun has a high cashmere content. I like pairing two textures together, I often think this is one of the best uses of handspun. So, I think I’ll be particularly happy with this project when it is done even if I am not thrilled with the knitting of it.

Because I quickly exhausted my motivation for laceweight silk, I cast on a Flatten the Curve scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun. It’s handspun I’d had my eye on for a very long time in her collection. During our holiday time spent together, she decided it was one she would allow me to knit up. I am loving this scarf, no motivation problems here at all!

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I am sure that’s part color change and part slight interest with the bias section and simple pattern. This is one of those patterns that wants to knit itself. If I had to do it over again, I’d make a garter border and a bit of a garter stitch edge on the straight knit side, as those pieces want to curl. But, it’ll be a nice warm comfortable scarf once it’s done.

I haven’t managed at all to work on any new spinning, but I think that’s probably ok for now. Current projects and foster dog care are pretty sufficient to keep me occupied at the moment!

Brights

I’ve been doing a bit of spinning lately. I finished up 8 ounces of 2 ply over the weekend, and it was very pleasant to work through. Want to see it?

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I ended up with a sock weight yarn, and it’s 685 yards or so. I really like the brights!

Then I did a little more plying. I’ve been saving up my scrappy ends of singles for well over a year. I used a mason jar, and every time I had extra I’d ball it up and throw it in the jar. The jar was full, so I decided I’d get a skein of scrappy yarn plied.

I just love love love the craziness of a 6 ply yarn. I’ve done them as chain ply yarn holding 3 singles together before, but this time I just wanted to do a full 6 ply yarn.

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I ended up with 125 yards of bulky 6 ply yarn and it’s just so pretty! The common thread in this skein is that there is one navy blue single all the way through. I have enough navy blue singles to do at least one more skein, but I need more scraps, so it’ll have to wait. I’ll fill up my mason jar again, and then do another ply session. It’ll be quite some time before that can be done, but since handspun yarn does tend to live in my collection for a good long time, that shouldn’t be a problem.

I’ve started a few knitting projects and look forward to showing them off this week. Again, handspun will be a major component in both of them. And I do think I’ll start another spinning project soon. In the meantime, stay well!

 

Quarantimes, next project

We’ve begun our next quarantimes project here at our house. You see, all of Miss Butterfly’s summer plans have now been canceled, leaving her with an abundance of time on her hands. I continue to work from home a major part of the time, and I see that continuing for who knows how long. Our state is being particularly cavalier about this virus, so this is likely to extend our work from home status.

Since we got our Lizzie dog almost 3 years ago, I’ve been bugging Mr. Ink about fostering for our rescue. It’s actually how we ended up with Rose, he agreed to a second dog if I would stop bugging him about fostering. And it turned out to be a great decision. In reality, Lizzie wouldn’t have accepted dogs in and out of the home anyhow.

We got Fury for Rose, and now find ourselves without a quarantimes project. I mean, honestly, no one in this house wants to pick up a paintbrush or roller again anytime soon. So, a few weeks back I asked Mr. Ink again if we could foster, seeing as we were home quite a lot. This was at lunchtime. Mr. Ink said “Yep, let’s give it a go.” So, I filled out the application that afternoon, was accepted immediately, no surprise since we’ve been volunteering for the rescue in various capacities for ages now, and we were on our way to becoming a foster home.

I looked through the dogs available to foster and picked one out, but it looked like it was possible she was already taken. The rescue owner said she’d get back to me. Mr. Ink got home from work and said “Do we have a dog yet?” Which is when I realized he wasn’t going into this halfheartedly, he was all in too. Later that evening, we found out that we could get that dog in, so we arranged to have her stay with us once she was transported to our city.

And on Saturday, she made her way to our city after a 2 day long transport with 35 other dogs. Amazing! Her rescue name is Splendid, and she’s doing great. Want to meet her?

I chose her name since Fury’s name is from Mad Max Fury Road. I thought I’d stick to the theme. She’s said to be 2 years old, she’s 19 pounds, and she’s a very sweet companion dog. She came in with extremely long talon like nails curled all the way back under her feet. We are working to slowly work those talons back so she can walk easily. She’s also heartworm positive, she has received her treatment, and now needs to stay resting for a month so that the worms can clear out of her system without causing heart and lung issues. So, we’ll have her for at least a month. And really, we’ll have her until she is adopted out.

She’s an easy dog so far. She doesn’t chew things. She doesn’t get up to no good. She is appreciating the fact that her main job right now is to chill out and rest. She doesn’t mind having her nails done, she doesn’t mind being picked up, all in all, she’s going to make someone a very easy dog, which is lovely!

Our dogs are adjusting pretty well too. I wasn’t sure how Fury would do, but Fury is perfectly content with another dog in the house. Turns out, that’s unsurprising since Fury was in two different foster homes before she came to us, and in both homes, there were lots of foster dogs and resident dogs. Rose is a little bit more of a wild card, she wants to assert her dominance. And that’s fair, she’s the most established dog member of our household. But she, too, is adjusting just fine.

So, I suspect that you’ll see a bit more of Splendid in the days to come as we walk the path of our very first foster dog! So far, it’s gone very well. On the docket today is a proper bath.

Candle Flame

I pulled out some yarn I made out of rolags I had created on my blending board. Originally I wanted to pair the overall green yarn with a grey, but once I got it wound up, I didn’t have a grey that worked particularly well with the weight of that pretty green. So I chose differently.

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I ended up making a candle flame patterned scarf, and it really did turn out beautifully! I believe it took me half of the scarf to finally memorize the pattern, so now I am half tempted to make another one just so I can keep the pattern memorized.

Next up, spinning! Because I haven’t figured out what to knit next. But that’s for another day…

May Beauty Balance-One More!

I’ve spent some time reorganizing my vanity recently. And, in doing so, I decided that the one thing I do not need to keep anymore is nail polish. I just do not do my nails. I decided that on the special occasions I want my nails done, I’ll get them done at a salon. But, that’s like maybe once a year? Or less. This is just not something I need in my life. So, during my vanity reorganization, I choose to declutter all the nail polish items and give them to Miss Butterfly. She was happy to receive them.

In my last beauty balance post, I had 40 items leaving my collection over what entered into it. With the nail polish declutter I have 51 leaving.

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I am not going to go into any detail about these polishes. I like all of them, they are all pretty, I like wearing them. But I don’t paint my nails and I haven’t in more than a year. When I first started using makeup in 2018, I did paint my nails frequently. But, I just don’t like doing it that much. It’s not a creative thrill.

I do have to actually do a little balance though, as I picked up some hair products in the ulta hair event. I also picked up a blush.

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Some of the hair items were freebies and some I purchased fair and square but half price. I was running out of many items and my hope during the hair events is always to purchase what I need to get me through the next hair event. So, I hope I have done so, though there’s one more day in which I’ll pick up some powder texturizer, I just need to wait for the sale.

Miss Butterfly and I also spent a little time discussing what drugstore brand we might like to explore a few items from. We decided Milani was on our list, and so this time I picked up the iconic Milani Luminoso blush. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am looking forward to it.

This brings me back down to 44 items leaving my collection over what entered it. And that’s where we stand for May. I’ll be back with another post after June 10 and my project pan posts are up.

 

 

My Finished Object

I finished my Metanoia Wrap last week and then procrastinated the washing and blocking of it. Why? No clue. At first, my excuse was that it had to block on the daybed which is where I work when I work from home. But then I spent 3 days in a row physically at work and still didn’t block it. Finally gathered the motivation over the weekend.

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I didn’t have enough solid purple yarn to do the one final repeat I needed, so it’s slightly short. I do not think this will matter in any way.

This was such an enjoyable knit. If I find another two yarns of appropriate yardage and matching weights, I will absolutely knit this again. Just all-around enjoyable and fairly mindless knit once the pattern was memorized.

Another May Beauty Balance

Yep, already. Though, to be fair, a few are declutters.

In my last beauty balance post, I had 34 items leaving my collection over what came in. The other day, Miss Butterfly informed me she needed a mascara. Since I’ve got some mascara for moments like this, I gave her one, which caused it to leave my collection. In that moment, I figured I’d better pull out my used up items so I didn’t forget to post.

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It was dark and rainy, so the photo is not fantastic. This is 6 more items leaving my collection, I am not counting the sachets but there is a hard to see lump of almost gone soap near them that I am counting. So, 40 items leaving my collection over what has entered it this year.

I used up a full Kiehl’s creamy eye treatment. This is a fine treatment, but I won’t repurchase. I love my belif one far more.

I was pretty close to being done with the hand cream from Morrocan oil. It has the typical morrocan oil scent. I have had this for some time now, it’s been hanging out in my hand bag, but I never seem to use it or even want to use it. So, I’d pulled it out to make certain I used it up. I used it once, and ended up with such an allergic reaction to it that I realized that I always felt ill when I used it, which is why I really never wanted to use it. I was associating the two things subconsciously, but not connecting them properly. I decluttered it to Miss Butterfly.

I also gave her a essence lash princess mascara. She said “This one transfers.” I said “Beggers can’t be choosers.” She said “Eh, I guess it’s fine, I can’t go anywhere anyway!”

There are also some cover FX glitter drops that I decluttered to her. I have made a point to try these out this month, just attempting to find some way of using them, and the reality is, I just can’t. They don’t fit in my routine, they go on patchy, they are too glittery to mix into foundation, they just are NOT for me.

Then there’s a wet n wild eyeshadow primer. I am closing in on finishing my mac paint pot as an eye primer and I wanted to see if this still worked for me so I could avoid purchasing a new one. I opened it up, it has both separated and stinks. It’s gone off, so this one headed into the trash.

And then there was the soap, a homemade bar of soap I used as a hand soap in the bathroom. It was licorice scented and I really loved it! The person who made it no longer makes soap, so it’s not a repurchase. It was the absolute last of its kind.

The two sachets I used very quickly, the estee lauder night repair serum that I like and will use if I can get my hands on it in a sample form but don’t purchase, and a new to me overnight sleeping moisturizer from dermalogica which smelled fantastic, but strong. I might consider repurchasing if I really wanted to treat myself but the reality is, I’d more likely spend less and use cerave instead.

There you have it, a few more items out of my collection. I do have some items from the ulta hair event which was announced right after I made my most recent hair purchases. Nevertheless, while a quarantine did help me reduce the use of many of my hair items for a time, I do go into the office these days, and am using a lot of hair products again. So, a bit of a stock up will be for the best, as there isn’t likely to be another hair event until partway through October.