I had so much leftover yarn once my mystery shawl was complete I didn’t want to just put it back in my stash as it would disappear in there and I don’t think I’d quite get to using it again. So I decided to use 4 of the colors and make a linen stitch cowl.
It was a pretty quick knit and I did indeed fully use up two of the colors leaving me with just a small ball of the other two. The shawl itself is rather soft as the yarn I used is single ply and soft. I think I may cast on another linen stitch cowl very soon. This was a very pleasurable knit.
My knitting production has gone back up quite a bit lately. It may be coincidence but it seems to correlate with the time I realized I needed reading glasses. I have a theory that I had just stopped being able to comfortably see my knitting but did not actually realize that is what was going on. I just slowly knit less and less and less. Only time will tell though!
You read that right! I am already posting about next year’s project pan. I am still working on my everything but the kitchen sink, and I am still working on my A to Z. But, I am also doing a full stash rotation this month in hopes to discover what I want to pan next year and I’ve already come up with 6 items. In my opinion, 6 items is a perfect number to begin. And I don’t really want to wait until January to begin.
These items will still be used sparingly this month since I am working on the stash rotation. But I really do not want to neglect them. By the time I finish the first item I should have a pretty good idea of what I’d next like to roll in.
At the top I’ve got some Bare Minerals Bare Pro powder foundation which you can see I’ve really worked at quite well over the years. I was keeping it at work and using it when I’d ride my bike or motorbike to work. But, during my stash rotation I found two more powder foundations, one of which I liked quite a bit more, so I think it’s time to get this one used up.
Next to that is an hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light. It has been in a previous project, I had wanted to hit pan which obviously I did. This shade actually works as a pretty decent bronzer in the dead of winter so now is a great time to try to get it used up.
The CeraVe mineral sunscreen I want to love, but I like the australian gold one so much better. I kind of hate the smell of the cerave one and it also doesn’t really set down nicely for me when I use it on its own. I feel kind of slimy all the time when I use it. I have heard it performs pretty well under makeup so I have decided to try to finish it. I’ll mark this one as soon as this post is finished.
The mac studio fix fluid foundation is just not great for me. It does not hold on to my skin during a work day and mask wearing. This one may be harder for me to pan, but my hope is to use it on days I don’t need a long wearing foundation in my life. I have washi tape on the side to indicate how much has currently been used.
The juice beauty primer I’ve tried to pan before. This product is kind of a pain because there is so much skin care it doesn’t pair well with. It likes to ball up and look terrible. But lately I’ve been able to use it in certain circumstances so I am going to try to finish it. It is pretty when it’s working well! I still have another primer in the A to Z project pan so this may be slow going initially. There’s a silver line on the right hand side indicating how much I’ve used so far.
And finally, my Bite Beauty lipstick. It has been in a project pan before. And honestly, I wear the heck out of it in times of no masking. It’s just one of those formulas that feels quite comfortable to wear. And the color is kind of a neutral to cool toned pink. So any time I am wearing a mauve or more cool toned eyeshadow, this lipstick works beautifully. It’s so close to being finished though, so I’d like to just be able to get it finished and out of my stash. I may also try it as a cream blush at some point, because I think it would look really nice that way.
That’s it, 6 items to start working on in the upcoming year and even before. And while I am doing my stash rotation I am certain I’ll find more.
I’ve always wanted to knit another find your fade shawl. I really enjoyed the first one I knit years ago and I wear it often to work in the winter. In June of this year I began another out of handspun I had in stash. I used 5 of my own handspun yarns and two of Miss Marja’s handspun yarns. The thing is, I finished the shawl ages ago but the final color I used was not tonally correct for the shawl and I hated it. After blocking the shawl, I couldn’t take a picture of it and blog about it or consider it finished because I couldn’t appreciate the way it looked.
Well, I’ve had this week off, and one of the tasks I put on my personal to do list was to sort out the find your fade shawl. I ripped out the final color that I hated and then picked up all the live stitches. Then I found a new yarn in my stash that I figured would look more tonally appropriate and knit it back in. I was thankful to really appreciate the final product.
I decided to go back to my first A to Z project pan post to see how long I have been working on the project. I knew that I had not started at the beginning of the year. Turns out, it was February 15 of this year. I am proud to say that this update brings me to completion of a few other items, and now I only have 9 items left in this project pan. In fact, I am down to being able to take just one photo of the items for an update. Here’s where I was last month, two photos.
A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.) B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 11 uses total) C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this update and 12 total) D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 40 uses total) E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, 6 total) F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!) G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up) H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (22 uses this update with 124 uses total) I:IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.) J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update with 89 uses total) L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (6 uses this update, 40 uses to finish my goal) M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!) N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!) O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish) P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 93 uses to hit goal.) Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!) R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total) S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 31 total uses to meet goal with massive pan!) T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met) U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish) V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (14 uses with 64 total uses) W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.) X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (1 uses with a total of 35 uses) Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (24 uses for a total of 80 uses) Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (9 uses for a total of 26 uses)
So, two more eyeshadow pans hit and another foundation sample used up. But, I am about to take a bit of a break from this project. I am not saying I don’t want to continue, I am just saying that this time of year I really enjoy a full stash shake up and rotation. I want to concentrate on the rest of my stash and figure out what I might concentrate on panning next year. I can tell you for certain I won’t be deliberately panning eyeshadows again next year. I might do some usage goals or something to that extent. I will, of course, consider doing some other type of panning project.
While I am working on my full stash shakeup and rotation, I will continue to work on some of the items in this project. I am pretty close to hitting my goal on the voodoo eyeliner and I think I can finish up the jellypop primer pretty quickly at this point. And the cream eyeshadow from NYX is something that will continue to be useful during a stash rotation. But the work on the eyeshadows is going to slow significantly. Once I’ve completed a stash rotation, I’ll try to finish up the final goals. But for now, I don’t intend to force myself to work on this project. See you on the flipside of stash rotation! Or in an upcoming project pan, once I’ve determined which items I really want to finish up.
I’ve been rearranging my craft room and decided that I needed a quick and fun knit that would use up yarn that I’d already wound into a ball but never knit with. Mostly because I wanted to reclaim the space. So, I decided on a very simple brioche knit scarf. 2 balls of yarn eliminated from my stash and a pretty nice scarf in the donate bin.
I often knit simple items and donate them to our dog rescue to use in raffles. This is the perfect item for that, it’s simple, lovely, squishy, and will likely be appreciated by someone. Both yarns are handspun. I’d do another right quick, but just can’t manage to bring myself to cast on another quite yet.
A little over a month ago I threw a whole bunch of samples and products into a bin and claimed I wanted to get them used up. I’d been organizing my bathroom drawer and gotten frustrated with the amount of tiny items and almost finished items. I just wanted to concentrate on a few things and get them out of my drawer.
Here’s the original bin:
It’s not an organized project pan, it’s simply an attempt to clear the bin as much as possible. Quite frankly, over the month, more sample sizes have been thrown in there as they’ve come into my life. But I did try to tackle my first update in a fairly organized manner. I decided to concentrate on the sachets as well as the bigger items that had very little product left in them.
Here are the items I finished over this past little over a month. I am not going to go into great detail about them. There’s a couple of different moisturizers, all of them were almost finished when I put them in the project. I have decided I would not repurchase the murad one, it pills under makeup and that’s not great for me. I just use it as a night cream now. But, sadly, I have another full one! So I am now concentrating on getting that used up as well. Both Peter Thomas Roth items are very nice moisturizers. Through the winter I prefer something a bit heavier than the cloud cream moisturizer, but it’s a lovely one for the summer. These days, for makeup removal I prefer a cleansing balm or oil, but I am determined to finish off the three clinique makeup removers just on principle. I actually used one to assist in removing some stubborn tape residue on my craft room walls. 🙂
I am glad to let these empty packaging pieces go and start on a new batch in the upcoming months.
Over the past weeks I’ve been working toward finishing up my westknits mystery shawl. All that I had left was a colorblock border which was definitely something I looked forward to. Unsurprisingly though, it took me a rather long time to finish. That was a lot of stitches to bind off with a big border!
One of the reasons I am always happy to participate in the westknits mystery shawls has to do with the fact that I am likely to learn a new technique or create something very interesting. Plus, no matter the technique, there will be a very good tutorial accompanying it. I also enjoy very large shawls and the westknits mystery shawls are indeed very large. This one is, however, a bit smaller than some in years past. I am not disappointed necessarily, it’s just an observation.
I am not good at following along with knitting trends these days so I do hope that I am able to catch the next one! Because I do get a lot of enjoyment out of the process.
While it took me a week and a half to finish clue 2, it only took me half a week to finish clue 3. I finished the day clue 4 came out so I am feeling pretty good about that. This clue doesn’t feel like it adds all that much to the shawl, a bit of brioche and some criss crossed stitches.
Clue 4 is the final clue which adds a pretty large border to the piece and then I am done for this year. Another very pleasant and inspiring mystery knit!
In other news, our 9th foster dog went to her forever home last evening. It’s a bit sad because she was a foster we truly enjoyed. On the other hand, I do get a lot more done when I don’t have a very young dog in the house to constantly monitor. We were supposed to get our 11th foster dog this weekend, but she is ill and we aren’t quite sure why so she needs to stay at the vet and recover. I am hoping that she will recover and that she can join us next month but it’s hard to say when we don’t even know what is wrong in the first place.
So in the meantime I am doing some other interesting work. Miss Butterfly and I switched rooms. Her bedroom is my former craft room and my new craft room is her former bedroom. I am delighted because the room is arranged in a way that’s easier to configure furniture wise, plus it’s painted in a way I really love. It’s yellow with teal stripes on one wall! At one time, my daughter was super into teal and wanted teal stripes so my parents came out and helped us paint. Now she’s older and not so sure about them anymore. I will be spending the upcoming weeks repairing the walls as kids are rather hard on walls. I am also determining how I will use the space. Previously I really wanted to add a sofa sleeper to the room but it turns out the doorway just isn’t large enough to get one in there. I am now more contemplating a large comfy chair and ottoman which has been my dream for the room for quite some time. I suppose guests will just have to use an air mattress until Miss Butterfly’s room becomes a guest room.
In any case, I have purchased sheer curtains and a curtain rod to hang some really pretty matching curtains a friend handed down to me. I will have a computer desk which will be one Miss Butterfly was using for now but maybe eventually will become a sit to stand desk. I now have a work laptop to use at home and they are giving me a full dual screen set up at home. I will be purchasing a kneeling chair for the set up immediately as I will also have the opportunity to use my comfy chair when that’s the type of set up I prefer. So things are really coming along in my craft room and I am enjoying the process of using the space!
That’s about it from here but I hope to have the final shawl post in about a week!
While clue 3 came out on Friday, due to a number of circumstances I was unable to finish clue 2 until yesterday after work. I’d had my covid vaccine booster on Friday and while it didn’t make me as sick as shot 2, I was pretty under the weather for the weekend and not really knitting.
I also made an interesting discovery. I keep talking about how I am not terribly inspired about knitting these days. Which is true. But, I had an eye doctor appointment where it was discovered that like so many people who are aging, I am struggling with my near sight, and could benefit from readers. I got readers. And it may be that some of my lack of inspiration about knitting has to do with not being able to see my stitches. It was pretty amazing how much better and more comfortable with knitting I was the moment I put on those readers!
In any case, here’s clue 2 finished. I still think the grey colors are too similar. One is a grey and the other is a speckled yarn that lends itself grey. Both are used on the outer edges of the shawl but it’s pretty hard to determine that there are two different colored yarns being used there. Nevertheless, the shawl will be quite interesting when completed and this far in I am not inclined to change it.
Now I am on to clue 3 which includes brioche so that’s been fun!
I’ve begun the process of knitting the current westknits mystery shawl. Clue 2 is out so I am going to post my clue one.
The three darker colors all look a bit alike and if I could do it all over again I would have chosen some additional jewel tones. I was trying to save a little cash and use some yarn from my stash but I think I would have been happier if I’d chosen all new colors. That being said, I am enjoying the process quite a lot and will likely continue to do so.
While I don’t typically do monthly updates on this project because it’s been so very long term, this has been one of those strange months where quite a few goals are being hit all at once. Last month I had hit goal on two products, leaving me with 18 out of the original goals still left to meet. Here’s a little spoiler, I hit 6 goals over the past month! 6! So, only 12 goals left to meet on this project. Let’s take a look.
A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.) B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 10 uses total) C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 9 total) D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 35 uses total) E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, 3 total) F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!) G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up) H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (12 uses this update with 102 uses total) I:IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.) J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (10 uses this update with 74 uses total) L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update, 34 uses total) M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!) N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!) O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish) P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses with 88 uses total)
Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!) R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total) S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses with 29 total uses) T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met) U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish) V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 50 total uses) W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.) X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses) Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (16 uses for a total of 56 uses) Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (1 uses for a total of 17 uses)
While I fully expected to hit pan on both the tarte palette shades I was concentrating on, I did not at all expect to hit pan on two sultry palette shades. I am thrilled! I think I am getting close on steampunk as well. But, I am not going to commit to trying to get pan in that shade by next update. The other shades are quite underused so I think I’d rather concentrate on something else for a bit and see how I go. I think I might commit to trying to get the one pink matte “virgo” shade done in the zodiac palette, then I can put that entire palette away for a bit.
That’s all from here, I doubt I’ll be updating again in a month, I think this much progress in such a short time is not likely twice in a row. I’ll keep after it though, this has been a fun project to work on!
I had determined I’d do the westknits mystery shawl this fall. It started on the 8th. So, I’ve been working on that, though the first clue is not yet done.
Between the time I decided to do the mystery knit and the time the mystery knit started, I decided to focus on my quadri shawl (scarf) in progress. I had been feeling like I wasn’t actually making much progress and not doing much knitting, but then I looked at the previous photo. Most of the turquoise and all of the grey was not there before. So, I did make some good steady progress while waiting for the mystery knit to start.
Now it’s a bit on the back burner while I work on the mystery shawl, but I am super glad to have made forward movement with it!
I have just invented this project pan right now. I decided to go through my skincare and bathroom storage. I gave two facemasks to my daughter. But then I realized that I was feeling overwhelmed by all the small items I had for travel, the samples, the items I hadn’t finished using yet because I moved on to something new, and the items I have gotten in subscription boxes that I haven’t even wanted to use.
So, I pulled a whole bunch of little items out of my collection, threw them all in a plastic bin, and decided to try to use them up.
Originally I thought I would take them all out and photograph and document them. But then I decided I couldn’t be bothered. So, instead, I am going to leave them in this box and pull from the box. Once they are done, we’ll have a traditional empties. I threw in there even things like travel size toothpaste and floss because the idea was to truly clean out my drawer and those were in my drawer. There’s a real mix of items. Makeup removing products I don’t use because I’d prefer to use a plain cleansing oil or balm, a couple hotel conditioners that I rather liked, some sheet masks, some actives and toners, just a total mix. All that being said, I don’t think it’ll take me all that long to complete this project, maybe 3 months? In the end, I just need to concentrate on these to get them used up.
Our 9th foster came to us mid-May and didn’t leave until over 2 months later. She went to a good home a fair bit more confident than she was when she came to us. All in all, a job well done. She also joined a dog who was previously a foster from our organization so that was nice!
Because we had a bit of travel planned, we decided to hold off on accepting another foster dog until we were back from that travel. During our final trip, we’d seen photos of a dog who was extremely emaciated and hurt. She’d been picked up by animal control and given to our sister rescue in another state. The rescue owner took her into her own home. It was touch and go, she was too weak to stand and too weak to have a much needed limb amputation. She had about a week to see if she could be ok. We were asked to take her if she pulled through, and of course we said yes!
For the first two days she pooped nothing but trash and rocks, giving us an indication of how starved she was. After a vet visit, it was determined that she’d been shot, and her leg was infected. She needed antibiotics before she could have her surgery. A week later, after sufficient nutrition and antibiotics and love, she was ready for surgery. She did not appreciate being at the vet and cried constantly. But as soon as the rescue owner brought her home, she was a happy dog again.
She came to us on a transport a few days after her stitches came out. She still had some healing to do. But, over time, she’s gotten her scars totally sealed, and she definitely doesn’t hurt as much as she did. She’s around 8 months old and she wants to play play play! She’s not at all timid, she adores humans and other dogs, and she has fit in beautifully in our family.
I do love a tan dog with a black face, but with this one, our whole family is ready to foster fail. We won’t. Probably. But we are ready to. She’s a complete delight, so funny with so much character. We are 10 dogs in to this foster project and I am still consistently amazed at how they are so resilient! They just keep loving and trusting despite terrible treatment before their arrival in rescue!
Back when we were about to head out on our white water rafting trip I knew that there would be 2 commercial plane rides and 3 tiny charter flights total in order to access the trip. Plus, there was the trip itself, which would have downtime in the evenings while camping. It had been suggested that some sort of craft would be a good thing to bring along in order to stay occupied.
I did not want to bring multiple projects or anything particularly large. So, I chose some laceweight handspun singles from my stash and began working on a stole. I figured that this would be the best bang for my buck when it comes to high yardage that would also pack small.
I went back through projects I’ve already knit looking for something with interest but that was easy to memorize and something I also wore often enough to enjoy having a second in my stash. I ended up settling on the Quadri Shawl which I knit out of handspun in 2016 and tend to wear regularly in the winter. It’s mostly stockinette or reverse stockinette with a few pops of squares that are “navajo knitting” which, quite frankly, is a term that probably is incorrect. More like chain ply knitting. In any case, I enjoyed it back then and I figured I’d enjoy it this time as well.
Obviously an unblocked lace piece isn’t all that indicative of what a project will eventually look like, but here we are. The handspun is a gradient piece spun from a gradient batt so it’s been enjoyable to watch the colors change. The bulk of this I knit on the trip itself but recently I picked it back up to knit a few rows. The turquoise section is what I’ve done recently.
This is the piece which I will occupy my time with until the new westknits mystery knit along begins.
I saw that the next westknits mystery knit along begins in October. I haven’t been knitting at all. But I wasn’t knitting that much last year either but I really loved the westknits shawl. So, I thought maybe this is the opportunity I have to be inspired. I already purchased the pattern and am waiting for the first clue. I still have to purchase yarn.
But, I figured if I signed up for that, I should also maybe give a little attention to my knitting projects. So I finished one.
To be honest, that’s not as big of a deal as it might seem. This project was about 10 rows from being done since June. June!
It’s a sock head slouch hat but knit out of handspun yarn. The yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun. I had knit on it at work off and on but at the point at which the decreases began, I brought it home because I knew it would need double pointed needles which I don’t keep at work. And there it sat not getting finished for months. Never mind, it’s done now! And I really like it. It’s very pretty!
I have really enjoyed not doing monthly updates on this project pan, rather getting one posted when it feels like I’ve made enough progress to talk about. Things are going pretty well, steady progress but still feeling like I can sometimes enjoy creatively using other makeup in my collection.
A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.) B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this update, with 9 uses total) C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this update and 8 total) D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses this update with 28 uses total) E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this update, 1 use total) F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (13 uses this update with 36 uses total) G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up) H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (30 uses this update with 90 uses total) I:IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.) J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (22 uses this update with 64 uses total) L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (19 uses this update with no previous usage)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 28 uses total) N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses with 29 uses total) O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish) P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (29 uses with 76 uses total) Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (26 uses with 79 uses total) R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total) S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses with 26 total uses) T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (13 uses with 35 total uses) U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish) V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (11 uses with 40 total uses) W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (2 uses with 16 uses total) X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses) Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (17 uses for a total of 40 uses) Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (0 uses for a total of 16 uses)
So to recap-between the last update and this update I managed to hit a goal on both the Mario Badescue facial spray which is now gone and the Rom&nd bronzer which an itty bitty baby pan was hit. It’s not even visible in the photo but there’s a sliver of pan where the two colors meet.
There are a few items getting awfully close as well, both the colors on the mermaid palette are so desperately close to pan being hit. If I concentrated on that, I am sure I’d meet both goals. I also think I am very close to being done with both sample size foundations in the project. One is too light and the other too dark so lately I’ve been mixing them to make a perfect summer shade. I have been outside a ton and I no longer own a summer foundation shade so having something too dark has come in very handy. I’ve also uncovered a ridiculous amount of pan on the pur highlighter and I do feel like using it up is actually a pretty reasonable goal for that product. And finally-the jellypop primer is at a point where enough is used that I’ll actually be able to add a usage line to it. The container has now shrunk enough to show progress.
I am enjoying the longer term goal of this, and kind of at an easy pace. Basically, I am working at this regularly but not so much so that I ignore everything else. This project may take a long time to finish and I may end up really down to just a few items, or rather, just one or two eyeshadow palettes, but I am enjoying how it is going. And if I use up too much, I can always start a different project in the future.
I went back and took a look to see when my last post was and turns out it was June 24. That’s ages ago.
A lot has happened since then. Obviously.
Between June 24 and July 8 I think? I spent a bunch of time preparing for a wilderness trip that Mr. Ink and I took to Idaho. We had 6 days of white water rafting and camping in what was a complete getaway, no cell service to be found at all. We went with a bunch of family and their extended friend group. It was delicious. We regularly talk about how amazing the trip was, the scenery, the activities, and the getting away from it all. Just amazing.
Upon our return, we placed the foster dog we’d had for a couple months in her permanent home and decided to take a small foster break. At least, from fostering in our own home. We did, however, spend a lot of time volunteering for the rescue so that we were still quite involved.
There was the regular day to day life for a bit, in which work was very busy for me, and then our final trip of the year. We headed to new england to go to the wedding of a cousin. Another absolutely delightful trip which we were so glad to be at.
Upon our return from that, I had taken a little extra time off to do some chores (scraping and painting around the windows of the garage) but while some of that got done, I also came home with quite a head cold (not the C word, I did get tested.) so that really threw a wrench into the remaining vacation time. On the other hand, I could just be at home sick instead of trying to also navigate work so that was nice.
That brings us to about now. I really have done no crafting at all. A tiny bit of knitting on airplanes when the opportunity arose but by and large I am not finding myself to have any sort of crafting itch at all. And that’s ok! It may or may not return, and I am learning to be ok with that as well.
I have determined that I don’t need to update this project pan monthly, and that’s certainly been the case. My last update was May 7 so it’s been a bit of time. However, during that time there was at least one vacation in which I did not wear makeup. Nevertheless, I was able to finish 2 products over the past month. I have also narrowed my photos down to just two instead of three, as there are now fewer products overall.
A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (17 uses this month, total uses 19.) B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses this month, with 7 uses total) C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this month and 5 total) D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses this month with 19 uses total) E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total) F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses this month with 23 uses total) G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up) H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 60 uses total) I:IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.) J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (12 uses this month with 42 uses total)
K:Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish. L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage) M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total) N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 21 uses total) O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish) P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (23 uses with 47 uses total) Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (19 uses with 53 uses total) R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (24 uses with 71 uses total) S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (10 uses with 16 total uses) T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (11 uses with 22 total uses) U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish) V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (9 uses with 29 total uses) W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (10 uses with 14 uses total) X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (5 uses with a total of 34 uses) Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 23 uses) Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (4 uses for a total of 16 uses)
With two more products finished, that leaves me 21 goals left to hit. It’s interesting because many of the items have around the same consistent usage per month within one or two uses. This time I can see I really concentrated on steampunk in the ABH palette. With 16 total uses I have to be getting close to hitting pan. The other one that I have used out of that palette is pearl though since I am using it as an inner corner highlight it’s less likely to hit pan despite its 47 uses now. I am pretty sure that my next goal met product will be the mario badescu facial spray. I am already quite a long way through it despite having also used the grace and stella spray. So, hopefully I can finish that one off by the next update. I am really hoping I’ll see pan in something as well! The jellypop primer is becoming frustrating. Despite 42 uses the line does not move. I still haven’t used enough of it to get it moving. On the other hand I really enjoy the primer and it is certainly a good bang for my buck.
Hi all, I am back again today with another finished object, who would have known?
I started this one row scarf ages ago, it’s Miss Marja’s handspun and it’s a pretty bulky yarn. You would think it would be a very quick project, maybe a week or two worth of work. And yet, I started it at the beginning of February and only just finished last weekend.
Because it sat at work, and I didn’t knit on it more than a few rows here and there. There was a point at which I realized that I was close to finishing, and that was the point I brought it home and finished within an evening.
Anyhow, that’s that, I don’t have much more to say about this squishy scarf that took me far too long to knit!
I began a cozy corner shawl at the beginning of March, and it’s really been my only lives at home knitting project for the entire 3 months that it took to knit it. It is done!
This is all handspun yarn, the gray that I used as the main color was spun from a fleece I processed myself. I can say, one thing about fleece processing is that it always gave me loads and loads of yarn even though it took ages to create! It’s tempting to do another fleece some time in the future. It has been MANY Years!
The colors are from yarn Miss Marja spun and gave to me. I ended up using two of her projects in this piece. And I didn’t even finish the pattern, I ended up finishing early because I didn’t have any more appropriate handspun colored pieces to use. The shawl is immense anyhow!
This was a pleasant, easy, fun knit. I did enjoy it quite a lot! I just kind of threw in colors as I saw fit with very little rhyme or reason. If I had to do it all over again, I might just do a solid colored icord edge instead of striping the icord bind off. I would knit it again though, simply because it was fairly simple and comfortable to create.
It is consistently amazing even after all these years just how much garter stitch grows when soaked and blocked. This shawl ended up being so large once complete!
In the end, a large project knit over the span of 3 months now complete. And the hard part becomes what to knit next!
Before we got our most recent foster dog, I had been doing a fair amount of spinning. As seems to be often the case, as soon as we have a foster dog, I stop doing all crafts and just manage the foster dog. She’s still with us, as she’s being treated for heartworms, but I did manage to get some time to skein, wash, dry, and count yardage on something I spun prior to her arrival.
Already I have forgotten where the fiber came from, but I created laceweight singles on my wheel.
The green and brown colors are quite pretty and I do enjoy singles. I have 600 yards this time. Into the stash it goes, until I can find a project I want to knit with it.
While I am not sharing empties and purchases anymore, and I’ve got only one specific project pan running, I am still using up other makeup!
Last year I worked most of the year on a travel size of the Benefit Hoola bronzer. While I did not choose to keep using it for my A-Z project pan, I’ve been using it on the downlow and making good progress. Such good progress in fact that it was getting pretty hard to use.
The Hoola bronzer is on the left and since it’s a pretty small pan I just don’t have good product pick up on a brush anymore. I’d been meaning to repress it to the middle of the pan for awhile but hadn’t gotten around to it. But then I got to thinking about Benefit’s new release, Hoola Glow bronzer. I admit that while not a lot of new makeup releases sound particularly interesting to me at this point, that one did! Then I got to thinking about a pan of Pur bronzer I had depotted out of a palette ages ago. I used it a lot during the summer last year but it’s a bit dark, very glowy, and I can really only get away with it during the summer. I thought that maybe I could do a little experiment. The amount of bronzer I have left of the hoola is so small that if my experiment didn’t work, it really doesn’t matter. I figured I’d take my hoola matte and give it a bit of glow.
Originally I’d considered adding a highlighter to it but I think a glowy bronzer is better. So, I removed all the bronzer from the hoola travel size and put it in a small bowl. At that point I decided I didn’t need the packaging either, I really don’t have much product left, so I depotted the pan and recycled the plastic packaging. Then, I scraped some of the glowy pur bronzer into the bowl as well. I crushed both products and mixed them up really well then added a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the bowl. Once mixed in with the bronzer mixture, I pressed it into the hoola pan I had left.
On the left is my new hoola bronzer glowified, and on the right is the scraped pan of glowy pur bronzer.
I did have an opportunity to use my new to me hoola bronzer this morning and rather appreciated it, so the experiment was a success. I have new enthusiasm for a product that has taken me well over a year to finish and I’ve managed to remind myself that I don’t need a new glowy bronzer. If I could do it all over again, I would have left the pan in the packaging. After all, I quite liked how this turned out and could have made my own glowy bronzer using my full size Hoola bronzer and more of the glowy pur bronzer, nicely pressed into tidy packaging. But, I suspect I thought my experiment would fail so I didn’t have the foresight. In the end, I wouldn’t consider this a fail at all!
Our 9th foster over the course of a year arrived this weekend, want to see her?
She’s a gorgeous brindle girl only about 30 pounds and a year old. She’s about as opposite as she can be from our last foster in personality. She’s terrified of people. Dogs seem ok. She would prefer we did not touch her or approach her at all most of the time. She’s been a challenge because while we don’t want to scare her, I do have to put her on a leash to go outside for potty time, and she absolutely does NOT want me to do that to her. Once she’s on the leash, she’s fantastic. But the act of going to her and putting her on a leash is terrifying as far as she’s concerned.
So, she’s got a long way to go compared to some of our other fosters. With other nervous dogs, they’ve wanted to be snuggled until they feel better. This gal absolutely doesn’t want that. But, she is warming up! She plays around the house when people are sitting quietly, she entertains herself very well. She approaches us humans when we are still and sniffs us all over. She’s taking treats out of our hands, seems genuinely happy to see us even though she doesn’t want to be touched, and even hopped up on the couch to sit at the other end while I was on the couch. Progress is being made!
She has been treated for heartworms and still has about 3 weeks of kennel rest so we will have time with her. Our last 3 fosters were adopted within 2-3 weeks of getting them in, so it’s nice to have one we know will stay for a bit. She’s never lived in a home before, we suspected this before it was confirmed. She is much more comfortable outside than she is indoors. I thought there would be a lot of learning for having never been in a home before, particularly in regards to potty training. But in reality, she likes to go outside for her business, so that hasn’t been a problem at all. Now it’s just teaching her what is and what is not an appropriate toy. Since she’s so scared, she is easily corrected even in the gentlest of voices.
While the confident fosters are fun, they are often also a handful and I don’t feel I have much to give them other than a warm home until they find their forever home. With the nervous ones, I have even more of a sense of joy from fostering as I get to teach them, show them gentleness, and work with them to gain their confidence. The gains are so easily seen with a nervous foster and as such, I am having a great time with this little gal.
Last update was March 25 and we are into May now, so I think it’s time for another update. Mostly because I had finished the IT cosmetics cc cream I had depotted into a tiny container and I want to wash the container for other products needing to be depotted.
A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. The goal is to finish. (No usage in the first month, 2 uses in this update, not shown as it’s residing at work right now.) B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, with 4 uses total) C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this month and total) D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses this month with 9 uses total) E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (No use this month, 1 use total) F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this month with 11 uses total) G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (26 uses, with 50 uses total) H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (23 uses this month with 37 uses total) I:IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.) J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (14 uses with 30 uses total)
K:Kilian princess sample-goal is to finish. L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (no usage) M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses with 14 uses total) N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (8 uses with 16 uses total) O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish) P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (14 uses with 24 uses total) Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (17 uses with 34 uses total) R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan. (25 uses with 47 uses total) S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses with 6 total uses) T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 11 total uses)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (19 uses with 37 total uses) V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 20 total uses) W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (4 uses total) X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (8 uses with a total of 29 uses) Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (at the bottom of the black eyeshadow palette) goal is to use up. (10 uses for a total of 13 uses) Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (7 uses for a total of 12 uses)
I’ve now finished 3 goals out of the original 26. I have not hit any pan on any of the many eyeshadows in the project. Then again, I didn’t really expect to. I’ve not been concentrating on any one thing in particular. Instead I’ve been mostly trying to divide my use between all of the shadows plus use items in the rest of my collection. I did increase the pan in the highlighter that I am looking to use up. By next update I expect to be done with the Grace and Stella facial spray and I think it’s likely I’ll also be done with the Urban Decay eye primer. Other than that, I am just plugging away at this project and really having a pretty nice go of it. It’s nice to have a focus on certain items in my collection while also giving myself the room to play with other items when I am feeling bored.
So that’s a wrap, 2 months in, 3 items finished, a few more getting close, and a lot of plugging away on the horizon.
Our foster dog went to her new home on Tuesday evening, the fun spunky gal gets two kids, ages 9 and 13, to play with and a cute little fenced yard with a friendly neighbor dog. It’s a great situation for her and she’s already quite happy there. And naturally, that leaves me slightly more time on my hands for a blog post. I have come to the realization that when we have a foster dog, even an easy one, I just do not have the extra time and energy that it takes to compose a blog post.
But, over the last few weeks I’ve been spinning. And in fact, I finished this particular yarn before our foster dog arrived. I pushed to finish it so I could put my wheel away. I try to keep my wheels out of access with foster dogs because they are often naughty! I spun the singles on my support spindles and then created a 3 ply yarn. I’ve got about725 yards of this one.
It’s a lighter pastel yarn because it is from locks I carded and then dyed with easter egg dyes a bit over a year ago. I am glad to have it completed! The rolags were taking up a lot of space in my storage. They certainly take up less space as yarn, but it’s still a pretty large and bouncy skein.
Here’s our latest foster dog, she arrived Saturday evening. She’s a corgi mix and has the corgi long body and stub tail. What is she mixed with? No clue. But she is adorable, sweet, playful, and entirely engaging. We love her! She has made easy friends with our dogs and fits in very well. She’s said to be about 2 years old which I think is a pretty fair assessment.
But even more amazing, to me, is that we’ve got our 8th foster LESS THAN A YEAR after beginning to foster dogs! I think the longest a foster has stayed with us is around 2 months and that’s generally because there’s some sort of medical issue we are mitigating. But by and large we don’t have them all that long, they keep flying right back into forever homes!
Of the 8:
-3 were heartworm positive and went through treatment. -8 were female -7 were from louisiana -1 was a returned dog originally from louisiana as a puppy-so technically all 8 were from louisiana -1 had surgery to remove her eye -2 spay surgeries in our care the rest were done before they arrived -They ranged from 15 pounds to 60 pounds, but generally are around 30 pounds. -Only 2 (and maybe 3, jury’s still out on the current one) were properly potty trained before our care. -The youngest we’ve had was probably 10 months to a year, the oldest said to be around 3. Mostly they are one or two years old. -Our resident dogs have taken a liking to 7, the only one they didn’t like was the 60 pounder. -I only ever had to say no to one applicant after the home visit, 7 were placed in the first home that wanted them. -1 had puppies come into rescue with her-but I am pretty sure 4 were mamma dogs at one time in their past.
I doubt we’ll get a 9th dog before our first full year of fostering, 8 will probably be it for year 1. I plan to email the family of our first foster dog on the year date, we don’t hear from her and I would love to know how she’s doing.
When I last wrote, we’d just placed our 7th foster dog in the home of Miss Butterfly’s father. The very next day we left on a road trip. We drove to PA to visit my parents, both of whom are vaccinated. (I am also vaccinated.) We spent 4 days with them, then turned around and drove one of my parents’ cars back, as they had so kindly given it to Miss Butterfly. Fury dog went with us and really enjoyed the trip. We did too! It was good to be able to travel safely and see my parents as it was going on two years since I saw them last.
Upon our return, our state opened vaccinations for ages 16 and up, so the rest of my family promptly got vaccinated and we are so joyful to report that in a few weeks, after dose 2, we’ll be a fully vaccinated family!
We’ve been waiting on our next foster dog who arrives this evening so there will likely be some photo opportunities and a blog post about that. Foster dog time is always a busy time, and this little gal is younger than we usually choose so I know we’ll be extra busy. But I look forward to the chaos a foster brings. I am hoping we will find her a perfect home as soon as possible!
I have not been knitting at all really, but I have done a fair amount of spinning. A project I’ve worked on for months now is some singles on my support spindles from fiber Miss Marja created for me. I finally finished the singles and got the yarn plied. I did a 2 ply laceweight yarn and I ended up with over 1500 yards of yarn!
The skein is massive and the color absolutely gorgeous. It’ll just go into stash until I begin to knit again.
In my other spare time, I’ve been trying to gather the items we will need for a white water rafting wilderness trip this summer. Since camping far away from our car and civilization isn’t something we do very often, there are a few items we need to pick up to bring along. The trip is months off still, but there’s nothing that would stress me more than trying to find those items in the correct sizes at the very last minute.
So, that’s a bit of an update from us, how are you doing? How is the vaccine roll out in your state? It’ll be a beautiful day when we finally are able to get this pandemic set behind us.
We have some pretty good news about our most recent foster!
This pretty girl ended up being adopted by Miss Butterfly’s dad and step mom! I’ll tell you a little about it.
When she arrived at our house, it turned out that our dogs didn’t seem to like her too much. She’s big and bouncy and they seemed to be threatened by that and couldn’t understand her. We learned how to maneuver this situation using baby gates and kennels in order to keep all 3 dogs safe and happy. It was a challenge this round. Foster dog was really a joy though, and one day Miss Butterfly’s dad came over to pick her up. Foster dog was out in the main area of the house chasing balls all around the room as she does to entertain herself. Miss Butterfly’s dad just….fell in love! He texted his wife photos and videos, and she showed up at the next meet and greet to meet our foster dog. They put in an application and it was accepted!
I was very nervous about the dog intro, they have an old black lab who is ball obsessed and fetch obsessed but not playful or interested in other dogs. He likes having other dogs around but doesn’t show signs of playing with them. Since foster dog didn’t really get on with our dogs I was quite concerned that maybe she wouldn’t get on with their old dog. On the other hand, I thought, he is significantly larger than her so unlikely to find her bouncy energy intimidating.
Well, she went over there last night to meet him. And what happened? They immediately started playing together. Her bouncy energy brought out the young playful dog in him and he bounced and played and fetched with her all over the yard. Then they went inside and played tug together and ball keep away from each other. They got on as if they were always meant to be together much to my surprise and delight!
So, in the end, she just stayed at their house. I got all the adoption paperwork completed and left a bunch of goodies with them and we snuck out while former foster dog and new family got to know each other.
It’s very exciting that she’s still “with us” in some way. We’ll likely get to see her, get to hang out at the dog park with her, etc as sometimes we’d already do that with their old dog. And I am really glad that this bouncy fun dog ended up in an active home that will keep her playing fetch all evening. A fairy tale ending!