What I’m Spinning

While I am still desperately trying to keep my knitting totals way ahead of my spinning totals and failing at the moment, this is not the time of year where I can just not spin. I tend to put my wheel away in the fall and do large amounts of knitting in the winter. I don’t want to give up spinning entirely during the time frame I really want to spin!

So I began another spinning project. I pulled out these fibers I dyed while decluttering the secret stash.


The yellow went into some batts, but the two blue colors made it into my next spinning project. I divided them and have begun spinning them into a three-ply yarn.


The wool on these is pretty rough and I am not sure what I’ll be able to make out of the finished object but for now, just working on the process of spinning is enjoyable. I just pick up on the spinning project when I can’t keep knitting sweater sleeves. It’s a nice way to keep motivated. This is bobbin number 1 so progress is a bit on the slow side.

That’s it from here in crafty news!

Surprise Finish

Well, it’s not a surprise to me, but it may be a surprise to you, my dear readers. I never mentioned I was going to knit it and I showed no in progress photos.

I’ve got a couple goals with my stash, in addition to knitting more of it than I spin. One is to begin knitting the balls of yarn I’ve wound but never made it to finished object. The other is to work on knitting the oldest handspuns in stash.

This project is the first, a yarn I wound into a ball but tried knitting into various projects, none of which I was pleased with. I decided I needed to choose a pattern that didn’t matter. Meaning, any color situation would work, any gauge would work, and almost any yarn would work. I found that in this little ruffled Spiral Scarf. It took me 3 days to knit. The pattern is easy if short rows are your jam, and I had only 280 yards of yarn so I knew it would be a very short project.


I really like how this turned out. Knitting it was really enjoyable as well, as I had the color changing nature of handspun to keep me engaged through the process. I will for sure knit another one of these.

Now that this little palette cleanser project is off the needles, I am back at the handspun featherweight sweater that’s been on the needles a little bit too long! I’ve only got the sleeves to knit so I don’t think the finish is too far off. But, I always find the sleeve knitting a little rough. I am trying to power through at this point since it’ll give me a nice finished object yardage boost.

I realized that early on this year I challenged myself to knit 40 items in 2018. I have knit 15. That’s….not really enough. I am really going to need to step up my game and move some smaller yardage yarns from my stash if I truly want to hit that goal! Much more planning is needed. But for now, finish another sweater. My makeup habit is getting in the way of my knitting habit!


Shopping the Stash for the Week

It’s another week, and so it’s time for another weekly makeup plan. I agonized over this one, would you believe it? I had decided to use a particular palette I really love, but I think because it’s midway through August and my summer project pan is drawing to a close, I ended up going a different direction.

I decided to pull in almost all of my small eyeshadows instead. One of the wet n wild quads is in my project pan, plus I got a little quad in a subscription box I wanted to try out.


Headed vaguely left to right:

Primers: I’ll be getting more use out of the becca undereye primer this week. I also pulled the mac primer I’ve been working on, it’s almost gone. Then I also got a Becca matifying primer in a subscription box, so I pulled that too in case I have the opportunity to see how that works.

Foundation and concealer: I am still working on panning the Urban Decay all nighter foundation, and I am still far from done. I don’t think that it will get rolled into the next project pan, to be honest. I’ll still try to pan it after this month but I don’t want to be working this hard at it when I have other foundations I actually love. On that note, I threw in my Hourglass Illusion skin tint for this week, I miss it and I want to use it. I also pulled my maybelline age rewind concealer back in this week, again because I miss it and want to use it.

Below all that is blushes: I am going to keep working at the makeup revolution blush, but I also added in my tarte blush for something a little more muted. I also received a pixie blush/highlighter combo in a subscription box, but it works best as a blush topper/highlighter. I’ll play with that a bit more this week.

I am still working on that Hermes perfume, I think it’ll be gone this week. And, I pulled in the nyx eyeshadow brow pencil again as it’s so easy to use. Still working on my wet n wild contour palette too, especially since I want to use up as much as possible in the next two weeks.

Eyeshadows: At the top is my tarte tarteist pro to go palette, I haven’t used it much and am eager to wear it again. To the right of that is a super tiny quad I got in my subscription box, I can’t wait to try it. Below that is a pacifica palette I’ve used twice maybe, and below that the wet n wild shadow I am working on panning. In the top corner is an ella eden eyeshadow that doesn’t make for a great eyeshadow, but does make for a good blush topper. Maybe I’ll get to using that, and maybe not.

Eyeliners: I also received a brown gel pot eyeliner, I don’t hold much hope for it being any good but I’ll give it a try this week. It might be better in the eyebrows or as a base for the eyelid for shadow. I also pulled in both my jonteblu eyeliner that is charcoal colored and the style sepia I am trying to pan.

Lip products: I’ve got a maybelline lip liner, my only lip liner now. Then I’ve got the maybelline nude matte lipstick I am trying to pan. I received two lip products in subscription boxes, a sample size of makeup forever, and then a smashbox full size brown colored metallic which looks awful on me. I’ll see if I can manage to use my brown ofra lipstick and add the smashbox metallic lipstick in the middle, but I am not holding my breath. It’ll just be an experiment for this week. And finally, I added my L’oreal infallible lip paint in that hot pink because I haven’t used it since the wedding in May and I have pulled some neutral tones for this week.

The only thing left to talk about now is my wander beauty mascara. My mark jacobs mascara is beginning to flake on me, as all my most favorite mascaras begin to do. So, I pulled this one out to try.

That’s it for this week, this feels like a lot of product, but most are things I won’t want to wear more than once at a time anyhow. They aren’t things I can spend a week with. So, it makes sense to group them together.

Today we’ll be doing some back to school shopping so I’ll probably even wear makeup today, giving me yet another opportunity to wear one of these shadows. Ok for real, that’s it from me today. Have a great week!

800 Yards

Finishing an 800-yard project went a long way to bringing me close to even in my knit/spin totals this year. Adding the 800 yards of knitting has me at 6.22 miles knit and 6.8 miles spun. That’s fantastic news! I would like to fully even that out before finishing another spinning project, but I would also like to spin the two projects in various bags sitting in my living room. I do NOT want them to end up back in secret stash where I could forget them. Even if I do get more spinning done before I even out the totals, I am sure that as soon as the colder weather hits, I’ll be able to get back on track with attempting to knit double the amount I’ve spun this year.

Now on to that finished object. I finished that Nix shawl that I’d decided in November that I didn’t like. Upon picking it back up, I realized I must have been angsty at that time. Because it was a perfectly lovely knit. It was lovely the whole way through!


And it turned into a perfectly lovely large shawl! I am thrilled this project is finally finished, though once I really got started, it went quite quickly. I am also quite pleased with how nice the color combination turned out. It’s bright and cheery and looks just as nice as I had hoped it would when I chose those three yarns to go together all those years ago in New Mexico.

Palette Update

If you are watching/reading my makeup posts, you’ll remember that earlier this week I expressed some disappointment in the Sydney Grace eyeshadow bundle I purchased, and some trepidation about the free bundle I received with the bundle I spent last week experimenting with.

For reference, here it is:


To be clear, the brighter yellow, and the copper shimmer to the right of that yellow are not Sydney Grace colors. The yellow is Vanessa’s Vanity and the copper is Elizabeth Mott. Now, the three transition looking mattes the row above the yellow all lean quite yellow on the skin, so I felt like those two colors fit right into the bundle so I added them.

I am SO VERY PLEASED to report that my enjoyment of this eyeshadow bundle is complete. I love it. It looks gorgeous on my eyes, and that light green shimmer (middle top row) is stunning and stays on my eyes beautifully. This bundle is precisely the bundle I was hoping for in the quality I had expected according to reviews of the company I’d seen all over the internet.

Now, I purchased a glitter glue this weekend as well, but I wanted to try this bundle without it. And it was great. But, I also discovered that I LOVE glitter glue! Glitter glue is clearly the hooded eye gal’s secret. No more glitter/shimmer transfer far above the crease, it’s amazing stuff!

One more thing I love about this bundle is how versatile it is. I’ve taken it cool toned using the darker colors or warmed it up with yellows. I can go for a more metallic eyelid, an entirely matte look, or concentrate on the green tones, playing them up completely. I am definitely happy with this bundle, and even if the other bundle never works out as I want it to, the purchase will have been worth it for this bundle.

That’s it for the makeup talk this week. I’ve got a finished knitted object to post about tomorrow, and I am thrilled!


This’ll be a full post with no crafty content. It’s been busy this week. Miss Butterfly headed to HS for the first time yesterday, so we’ve been swamped with preparation. Knitting time has been very light. And I am exhausted.

Sunday Miss Butterfly and I went shopping, we spent a lot of time on that. In the end, we only got a few staple items so, despite the fact that we were out for so long, it wasn’t that exciting of a trip.

Then in the evening, we decided to do our nails. She wanted to choose something for school the next day. So I did her nails and then her toenails. I grabbed photos because I’d made her two bowls of ice water for her nails, but she didn’t tolerate this well at all. So here she is with her partly painted feet on my legs attempting to stick her hands in the ice water.

Despite being unable to sit still and unable to put her hands in the ice water, she didn’t ruin her manicure too badly. After two weeks of project polish, we decided we could let go of 3 nail polishes. The color and the formula weren’t great on all three. I don’t know if this is partly because they are old, or just cheap. But, no matter what, they weren’t for us and we were happy to let them go. Working on these projects with Miss Butterfly have been eye-opening to her. She’s ended up realizing that maybe collecting JUST to collect isn’t the best idea. She’s realized that you want products around that you actually desire to use and look forward to using. Forcing her to use the products she’s hoarding has made her realize hoarding products isn’t the best strategy. All three of the nail polishes we tossed on Sunday were her choice to toss.  I feel like even two weeks in we’ve managed to get more out of project polish than I expected to.

While we were doing our nails, Lizzie was under the table bored. Here’s what that looks like:


But, Miss Butterfly rectified this with lost of hide and seek, Lizzie’s favorite game. This is what Lizzie looks like when she’s playing games:


The moods of Lizzie are extreme.

Yesterday Miss Butterfly began school. Now, I’d taken time off at the end of July as it was absolutely required we check in and pick up her schedule. Yesterday morning Miss Butterfly couldn’t find her schedule, which caused us a quick panic until I found it on her desk where she’d stored it for safe keeping. She’d highlighted and color-coded her classes to make it easier to see which ones were this semester. Turns out, she didn’t need that schedule as they handed her a copy as she walked in the door. Since they did not indicate this may have been updated, she stuck to her original color-coded schedule.

She then indicated that she hadn’t been on the roster for a couple classes, and then I realized that I’d received unexcused absence notifications for a few classes. Turns out, she was following the wrong schedule. No harm done though, with her new class schedule, she gets 2 classes and a lunch with her best friend! Prior to this, she got no classes or lunch with her best friend.

That morning was pretty crazy too, she was clearly feeling anxious and this became clear when she had to apply eyeshadow for the third time, as the first two looks didn’t work for her. And, she changed her outfit twice. She was looking great as she was ready to head out the door though!


We had open house yesterday evening, so we did get to meet and touch base with the teachers she missed out on going to class with. When asked about her day, she said “Meh” but then proceeded to tell me all about it, and in particular about debate class. I met her (totally geeky and dad jokey) debate teacher, and he loved how she laughed at all his jokes. Apparently, she was the only one. She’s in a class with only 4 freshmen, the rest are upperclassmen, so it’ll be an interesting class for her. One of the other freshmen is a new gal, so she’s decided she’ll align herself with the new gal right from the start.

For me, I did manage to finish flick carding all that wool this weekend. It was a dirty dusty job, but one I was super happy to complete. Now I have two bags of flick carded locks in the living room, and three bags of dyed top divided out for a 3 ply in my living room. I am going to have to break out the wheel again soon!

I am also getting pretty close to being done with the shawl I just picked up again. The rows are super long now though, so it feels like it is slowing down significantly. I hope to have it finished and blocking this weekend.

It all feels like it’s part of the start of school like we are working our way into a season change as well. Even though it’s still hot and in the middle of summer. We’ve started another puzzle and the games have come off the shelves. I guess we are all thinking our way into autumn.

Have a great week!

Shopping the Stash for the Week

Before I post a picture of what I’ve pulled for the upcoming week, I want to talk a little bit about last week’s eyeshadows.


These are from Sydney Grace which has pretty good reviews, particularly for their matte shadows. And, I’d agree with that assessment, the mattes are really nice. But I am not that impressed with their shimmers, not even a little bit. And I am SOOOO disappointed, I’ll be honest. They don’t seem to pop on my eyes, and they seem to disappear throughout the day. I’ve tried two kinds of primer and I’ve tried setting the primer and not setting the primer, and I get the same result. I am going to pick up a glitter glue next and try that. But, I am not overly pleased. My next complaint?  It’s not about the eyeshadows themselves, but my own choices. I picked this bundle up assuming it would be on the pink and blue end of the spectrum, but in reality, these are really close to the colors and the idea of the Tarte be a mermaid and make waves palette. Now, I LOVE that palette, and I have it in my head to try to pan that palette, but I didn’t really need another full set of similar colors. On the other hand, it’s not all bad news. As I mentioned, the mattes are great and I can easily use the mattes with other collections. The brown mattes are a nice cool toned brown, which is very different from most of my collection.

Now, let’s move on to what I chose this week.


It almost pains me to say this, but my eyeshadow selection on the left side there are from…Sydney Grace. Ugh. You see, I picked up last weeks bundle during a huge sale they were running where I received this bundle for free. I should also mention that two of those shadows are not Sydney Grace. The yellow one is Vanessa’s Vanity and to the right of the yellow is a coppery shimmer from Elizabeth Mott. It’s just that they looked nice all together so I put them together. I am thankful that this bundle actually doesn’t contain much in the way of shimmers since I really like the mattes from this company. And, I can also say that there’s no way I’ve got anything like this color story in my collection. I think it’s fair to say that I will be less disappointed with this collection than I was last week. But I guess only time will tell.

On to the rest of what I pulled. Still panning the UD all nighter foundation, and honestly, I think real progress is being made now. Even the container feels lighter. But, for the days where I just can’t stand it, I’ve pulled my Bare Minerals matte foundation. It’s been a while since I’ve touched the Clinique powder so I pulled that out this week as well.

Miss Butterfly had some opinions on makeup this week. First, she asked me if I could stop trying to pan the benefit dandelion twinkle highlighter as she liked how it looked on her skin. So, I am going to do that, leaving that one to her and I’ll explore other highlighters. Then, she decided that the benefit hoola bronzer she wanted so badly and I got her for Easter doesn’t look great on her. She prefers the butter bronzer. So I am going to experiment with that on myself. And while I am experimenting, why not try out how that Pur contour and highlight palette looks on days I am not wearing UD all nighter?

The blushes I chose this week are nice warmer toned blushes, I figured with the eyeshadow bundle that may look best. I am still working on the mac primer sample and the Hermes perfume sample. I added in a becca undereye primer that I’ve used a ton but not lately. I want to see if I add it back in this week, does it make a difference for me now?

I’ve pulled the typical marc jacobs mascara, which I adore. And then for eyebrows, I pulled the Chella cream I really love and then a nyx pencil that is warmer toned. I don’t love it, but I want to use it up and if I am already going warm toned in general, this may be a good week to get some use out of it.

I pulled two eyeliners out, the style sepia brown/green which will be great for this week, and then if I want to do something crazy with the yellow eyeshadow, it might be fun to add a pop of teal at some point.

And finally, I pulled two nail polishes. Sunday night I’ll go for that metallic color again, and then I also pulled a white shimmer color from the project polish in case I need a second color this week. To be honest, I am trying to stick predominately to two nail polish colors so that I can see actual progress but I’ll throw in another color here and there to keep it interesting.

That’s it for this week! It’s going to be a week for boxy charm and ipsy so it’s likely I’ll get to play with some new things next week!