29th Stocking

Over the years, really since 2009, I’ve been making christmas stockings for new arrivals in our family, as well as for decor for our own home and a few other pieces for fund raisers and so on. I was surprised to find out that my brother will be welcoming his fourth child in July and the first thing my sister in law asked for was a christmas stocking for the next baby. So I got right to work on the 29th stocking I’ve knit since 2009. To be honest, the pattern is getting a little old and I would prefer not to be knitting them anymore, but I’ve got a reputation and a tradition to uphold. So, I got to work, with the intention to get the stocking done before my parents arrived for Miss Butterfly’s graduation.

I was successful, and yesterday this stocking headed back to the east coast to be provided for the family anticipating their latest arrival. Done and dusted, at least for now.

It’s been a hot second

And I’ve got so much to blog about, and yet, it has been WAY too busy to get that done. I’ll start with what is likely the biggest news in my life, Miss Butterfly, my lovely daughter, graduated from High School. She graduated with Excellence, meaning that she completed over 100 hours of community service. She did that two ways, she volunteered very regularly before the pandemic at a fairly nearby YMCA camp, and she also earned a lot of these volunteer hours with the dog rescue we work with. To be honest she completed far more than 100 hours but that was the cut off for her “excellence” designation. Here she is, below, at her graduation party with her boyfriend and dearest friend.

I am not entirely sure what her future holds right now, but she’s got herself a thriving little business of pet sitting so that’s what she’s doing at the moment. In fact, she’s so busy with it that she often has to have someone cover her overlapping days. But folks really want to use her services and are very pleased with what she’s able to provide their pets.

In related news, she’s taken up crochet. I taught her to chain stitch and then she took it from there, and she’s created these two items:

They are adorable and she did a great job on them. I am very impressed! I don’t do this kind of detail work so it’s fun to see her enjoy it.

There’s a ton more to post about so hopefully I’ll keep up the momentum and get it all written down now that the graduation and party are over with.

A Spring Thing

Recently there was a spring sale on Westknits patterns. I decided that since some of my most favorite projects over the past 2ish years have been Westknits mystery knit alongs, I’d indulge in one of these patterns. I ended up choosing Quadrangle Spires. I had a nice chunk of handspun I’d created out of Loop! batts years ago and I wanted to knit it into something interesting.

Since I really wanted to use yarn from stash, I went looking for an appropriate pairing. I did not have a large amount of a solid color in the yarn weight I needed, so instead I decided to hold 3 strands of undyed laceweight yarn together. One strand is alpaca and the other two are cotton.

Honestly this combo isn’t the most ideal, but it is using up some of my stash. And that, for me, is a big win right now.

This is the middle section of the scarf. Each triangle is knit building on the previous triangle, and then the square is seamed together in one section. Sort of like piecing a quilt. I didn’t love the seaming, and I did have a nightmare last evening that I had done a very poor job on it, but ultimately it looks great and I have moved on to the next section. And it holds true that I am enjoying this pattern very well!

Graveyard Project Pan 2022

I’ve been watching the graveyard project pans on youtube over the years but never quite felt like I had the space to work on one. But, with only the 22 in 2022 going on right now, and feeling pretty confident about it at the moment, I think I could fit in a graveyard project pan this year.

So the basic idea, start April 30 (oops! Failed that already, but shouldn’t be a major issue) and end on Halloween. Items should be of two categories-

Resurrection: a product from a previous project pan

Collecting Cobwebs: a product that is getting old

Choose 5-10 products total, and it’s rolling style.

I went back through my project pans over the past few years, and it was kind of fun! I could see that by and large I tend to really use up the products that land in a project pan. Nevertheless, I made a list of items that have been in past projects and I could see continuing to work on.

Resurrection products:

  1. Cover FX palette-I do not intend to work on the highlighters in this palette, only the blush, bronzer, and brightener. The hope would be to hit pan on all 3. I think the hardest goal there would be to do so on the blush.
  2. NYX shadow pan-I use this as an eye primer setting shade and it was in my project pan last year. I did not finish it but I am now so close! I am confident I can finish this one.
  3. Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer-this is the first primer I purchased ever and so it’s the oldest in my collection. It was also in a project years ago but I just wasn’t using it so I removed it. I would like to get this used up, but that feels like a very distant goal. So, I’ll get as much use as possible over the course of this project

Here’s where the three of these are right now.

The NYX shadow pan is in the cover FX palette, as I finished the finishing powder in the palette earlier this year.

Collecting Cobwebs:

  1. Mac Mineralized Skin Finish powder-I bought this at least two years ago now and just didn’t use it all that much. I like it a lot, it’s lightweight and pretty. So, I think I want to work on finishing it up this summer.
  2. Tarte Be a Mermaid and Make Waves eyeshadow palette-this is the oldest eyeshadow palette in my collection and has been in multiple projects. As you can see I’ve got so much use out of it! And I truly still love it, it’s a fantastic palette. For this goal, I am going to say use it until I’ve worked through each shadow at least once and keep tally. Then I can roll it out and then roll in a different older palette in my collection to do the same. This will kind of coincide with a personal and not blogged about project I’ve been working on in my makeup stash.

Here’s the current photos on these two items.

I am finishing up a bronzer and contour in my 22 in 2022 project but I am so close to being finished on those so I think a different face palette will be great to use over the summer months. I will update monthly on this project since I want to roll out eyeshadow palettes and roll new ones in.

Showcasing Handspun

I finished a little knitting project recently.

It’s a cowl, or infinity scarf. I used two different yarns, one is a laceweight alpaca yarn from knitpicks I purchased probably in 2007. The other is an absolutely beautiful handspun with a lot of amazing texture and color. The yarn was spun by Miss Marja, and this cowl will go to her. I wanted to really showcase the amazing yarn, so pairing it with the laceweight really works well.

I am kind of working my way through stash yarn that is already wound into yarn cakes as it frees up more storage space in my craft yarn. Both of these yarns were already wound, so I appreciated getting them knit into something. Trouble is, that something is now sitting in my craft room taking up a different type of space, so I need to get this to its new home soon.

22 in 2022 Update #4

I’ve been eager to share my progress on my 22 in 2022 project again, and while it’s a couple of days early, I’ve got time now so I am going to share it. I’ve been concentrating on certain items and then rolling new ones in when I am done or close to done with the ones I am concentrating on. This keeps it from being unwieldy with too many products to photograph at once. Last month was a fantastic month, I’d finished a whole bunch of items so it felt like I was getting a serious refresh. A refresh is always inspiring so this month was very pleasant as well. Here’s what I was working on last month.

And here’s where I am now:

I am going to quickly discuss the finished items first. I posted last month that I had finished a tower 28 lip jelly but couldn’t find the container. I found the container so it’s here. I also finished a clinique eyeliner, pretty sure it was a travel size, and I’ve added that to my bonus items. I also finished, or as much as possible finished, an ofra liquid lipstick. To be honest if this was in good shape I could have pulled the stopper out and kept going. However, it’s so so dry, I purchased it a few years ago and I think sometimes the travel size packaging doesn’t keep product as fresh as it should. I also finished my laura mercier secret brightening powder. However, I am rolling in the makeup forever powder which is a sample size too tiny to use easily, so I am dumping that powder into the laura mercier container. This is the last you’ll see of the makeup forever container.

As for progress, I cut my sunscreen packaging and there was a ton more product in it, it’ll take me all month to finish what is in there, perhaps even longer. I continue to make slow but steady progress on the mac foundation. I don’t wear it to work because it wears off fast under a mask, and I do still need to wear a mask when in the halls or elevators. I work in healthcare so the rules are more strict than many places.

I hit pan on the sleek palette bronzer which I am so proud of. And I am working away at the contour shade still. Originally I said I’d just finish the contour and then let the palette go. I now want to finish both pans. Everything else has had fairly steady progress, except for the make up forever lip pencil and the supershock shadow. I’ve worn both of those items but progress is very slow.

I am adding in, as a new lip product, my stila lipstick. I’ve actually been using it pretty consistently over this past month and I will continue to do so. I’ve had this in previous project pans and never managed to finish it, but I like the formula and the color. It’s just that I have this color in newer products. So it’s time to finish this one up.

And finally a note on the pan of blush, it doesn’t look like this anymore. I have repressed it. And, I added in a bit of leftover highlighter I had hanging around after almost finishing the pan of highlighter. So, next time you see it, it’ll look completely different. Repressed and with some shimmer. But the repressing should make it easier to finish up.

So as of mid-April, I have finished 10 items. I am pleased with this progress indeed. I am not sure I’ll finish anything by next update but if I do, it’ll be the sunscreen or the setting spray. I’d be pleased with either item. And if nothing gets finished, that’s ok too. 10 items already is a serious win and I can afford to have a slow down on progress now.

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation
Clinique eyeliner

Coaster Obsession

A few years back for my wedding I knit a bunch of coasters out of leftover sock yarn. These served as party favors. We planned out wedding in the span of 3 months so I really had to hustle on knitting them while also doing the hard work of wedding planning. Thankfully it was a very small wedding and I did finish them.

It was a fun project and I am glad I knit them, I still hear about guests who are using them in their home. I only retained one of them but I do still have it.

Recently I donated a bunch of handknit scarves to our dog rescue to be used in gift baskets which will be raffled as a fund raiser. I’ve done this for the past 4 years I believe and was glad to do so again.

I also recently cleaned out and organized my bin of scrap sock yarn which got me thinking that perhaps I should knit a few more coasters for next year’s fundraiser. I think that coasters would be even better in gift baskets. So I started knitting…

I think I can package these up in groups of 4, trying to keep colors fairly consistent, and wrap them in something like recycled sari silk or twine and they should be fun additions to gift baskets.

The obsession has abated somewhat and I am on to my next project but I anticipate going back to these from time to time this year. I think they’ll make a great little knitting palate cleanser.

Entrelac Addiction

I am suffering from a bit of an entrelac pattern addiction and it isn’t showing much sign of stopping right now. I recently finished this handspun entrelac scarf, and then went on to finish the handspun entrelac scarf below.

The top handspun scarf is out of my own wild handspun yarn, very bright and goofy. The bottom one is out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn, much more subtle.

I’ve got yet another entrelac scarf on the needles now, out of Noro yarn. Then I think I can settle down and knit something else.

Everything But The Sink project pan finale

I have finally worked through my extremely large collection of sample size items as well as a number of other items that I’d thrown into a bin at the end of last year. I think I have about three unused sachet samples left and I have used up ALL of my tiny floss samples that annoy me. I am ready to call this one quits.

But not without showing you all the items I worked my way through since January 23, the last time I posted an update. This finale comes with the finishing of a few larger items as well. I am pretty thrilled with getting all these tiny items out of my house. Overall very successful little project for me over the past half a yearish I have been working at it.

22 in 2022 Update #3

This is my “good” update. I finished a number of items I’ve been working on, some of which I’ve been working on for years now. Very exciting.

Here’s where I was last month.

I knew I’d have a very good month if I worked at it! So let’s start with the photo of the finished items.

I finished my bare minerals bare pro foundation, my juice beauty illuminating primer, my Ilia lip balm, a brow pencil, a bite beauty lipstick and my hourglass dim light ambient lighting powder. Not pictured is my tower 28 lip jelly that is also finished. I am not sure where the container went! But this is the second one I’ve finished this year and I am hoping to finish 2 more by the end of this year even though they aren’t on my list.

Now for my progress on the other items along with a few items I am rolling in.

I’ve made good and steady progress on my mineral sunscreen. In fact, the only way I can get product out of it is to take the cap all the way off and squish the tube sideways so I think that’ll be gone next month.

While I planned to roll out the mac foundation, I kind of just want to keep working on it bit by bit? I know I didn’t make great progress as I was concentrating on the bare minerals powder foundation. But I am glad I did get to work on it a bit.

The setting spray has far less progress than I would have hoped!

My Sleek cream face palette has seen a bit of use. I’ve been using both the bronzer and the counter. However, I did not use this during the time I was working on the powder foundation so that slowed progress.

The tarte undereye color corrector is seeing great progress and I am using it daily. I really enjoy this product, even more than the becca one, so it is nice to know I’ve found a substitute. I am worked at the sides to clear them out before using the other half.

elf illuminating putty primer hasn’t seen a ton of use as it didn’t work well with the powder foundation but I’ve been trying to remember to use it again now that the powder foundation is used up.

Things I am rolling in-Laura Mercier secret brightening powder, there’s a little of this left and I’ve been working at it all year. That being said, this product is slow even with daily use. An Ofra liquid lipstick which is almost dry and I am scraping the sides of the container on, it’s a great color on me and easy to wear. A pan of blush that I hit pan on last year and have just been using any time I am wearing cooler toned eyeshadow. It’s my current default cooler toned blush and I am so close now to being finished that I want to keep going. My tarte lip mask, I am keeping this at work and using it when I am wearing masks so often that lipstick is a silly idea. My make up forever lip liner which I’ve had forever and looks great with the ofra liquid lipstick, and finally, a colourpop super shock shadow in the shade frog. It’s more of a topper shadow than anything else and I am using it anytime my eyeshadow is looking particularly lackluster.

I don’t really think that there’s much I’ll be able to complete in the upcoming month except perhaps the sunscreen and maybe the powder. Next month won’t be nearly as exciting of an update I am sure, but this month has been delightful.

The list I posted at the beginning of the year, I will cross items off as I complete them:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

Foster dog updates

Our little white jack russell terrier mix was in our home all of one week before she found her new home. I kind of love it when that happens because it means that our foster never had an opportunity to really settle into our home. We were just a quick stop on the way to their forever home. She was, however, an absolutely adorable delight of a foster and I will remember her very fondly and look forward to updates.

Our sweet amputee though, she is still with us. Today marks 4 weeks post amputation.

2 weeks ago she had her staples removed and her scabby bits have been falling off slowly but surely as her scarring heals. Last evening I noticed that a scab had fell off and I could see another staple, so she’s headed back to the vet today to get that staple and one more I found removed. She’s been licking at that area so I wasn’t too surprised to see a few leftover staples.

She has proven herself to be the sweetest and easiest foster dog. Now fully healed and not in pain (except for those annoying staples!) she has settled in to being a total snuggle bug and also a lovely companion to our own dogs. They both love her very much. She’s completely housetrained and kennel trained. She’s got energy when we are all feeling playful and then she goes and chills on a dog bed. Just the easiest! Unfortunately the rescue has not had any appropriate applications on her yet. There’s a secret part of me that hopes that it takes time. Mostly because this is the easiest way to fulfill our personal foster dog obligations. She’s already been with us 5 weeks so she’s really perfectly settled in. But I’d also be very happy for her to find her new home too!

Fostering updates

If you remember, I recently posted about our foster dog who ended up needing a limb amputation surgery unexpectedly. Well, we are more than a week after her surgery and I am so pleased to report she’s doing amazingly well!

While she’s our second tripod foster, she’s the first one we’ve taken through the surgery ourselves. I am not going to lie, it was tough! That first night, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it. She hurt so bad and was so scared that I hurt for her. She broke my heart. But the rescue owner assured me she’d feel better in the morning. And then even better in 3 days. I left her sleeping on a dog bed to sleep myself, and while she cried out a few times, she seemed to have slept well. The next morning I went out to see her and she got up and went outside for a potty then ate her breakfast. By day 3 I had worried that we were running out of pain meds, but the rescue owner indicated we likely would not need them, and that any pain she was feeling was more likely the anticipation of pain from having been in pain for so long before.

She was right! Our sweet foster did so well after day 3. We are now 10 days out from surgery and yesterday we went for a walk! She hops all over the house and is clearly not feeling any pain. I am so excited to see her after she gets her staples out on Friday. The dog with the scared eyes has turned into a dog that’s just so happy to be alive, be pain free, and be giving her attentions and love to all humans. She’s a delight!

We had committed to another foster before our tripod foster, and she arrived this weekend. We do not typically take 2 fosters at once because we do not have a fenced yard and it’s tough to take 4 dogs out on leashes every time they need to go out! But we had committed and we don’t back out on our commitments to fosters.

So this weekend we got to meet our little JRT mix who is both nervous and extremely curious! She does not have any health issues to manage, and she’s ready for adoption immediately. I doubt we’ll have her long as she’s very very cute. And I’ll be honest, if she gets adopted fast, I’ll be thrilled to be left with our tripod who is by far the easier of the two fosters. Our tripod foster is a “turnkey” dog. She’s potty trained, she fits into our routine perfectly, she doesn’t destroy anything, she gets along with our dogs and she is really nice. Our new little JRT mix has energy to spare, is terribly (and cutely!) naughty, needs a LOT of attention, and whines a lot when she doesn’t get that attention. All of this makes her fun to me, but that doesn’t make her an easy foster.

Ultimately, what I look forward to most is simply seeing who will end up becoming their new homes. Will they have kids to play with? Other dogs in their home? Will the new families stay in touch and give us updates? Fostering is such a rewarding experience!

22 in 2022 Update 2

Last month’s photo:

And for this month I am rolling a bunch of things in as well as showing progress.

My bare minerals bare pro powder foundation got used but barely. Under that is my hourglass dim light bronzer and I have worked very hard on that one, just a little left to go. Another chunk of my cerave sunscreen is gone and more nice progress is made on my juice beauty primer.

I had chosen last month to keep my mac foundation in the project because we were wearing KN95 masks all day at work and so choosing a foundation that doesn’t hold up well under masks seemed wise. I didn’t need it to, I just needed it to hold up on the parts of my face that weren’t masked. So about the same amount of progress was made last month as the month before. I would say I am about halfway through the foundation now. But, we have been told we can start wearing regular masks again, so I’ll be setting this aside for days where it is warmer and I am outside without masks. I probably won’t show progress on this again until progress is made.

I added in my Ilia lip balm and tower 28 lip jelly last month. Good progress achieved on both. The tower 28 jelly might be finished next month, though now that regular masks are in order again, I might try my lipsticks again.

Because the hourglass bronzer is almost gone, I am adding in my sleek cream contour. Because I am making good progress on it, I am adding my tarte color corrector. Because the juice beauty primer is close to being finished, I am adding the elf luminous putty primer. I am almost done with the precisely my brow pencil so I am adding that, it’ll be gone by next month. And for good measure, the maybelline setting spray has been marked and added.

I believe that I will be done with the brow pencil, the bite beauty lipstick, the tower 28 lip jelly, the hourglass powder, and the juice beauty primer next month. I am also going to go in hard on the bare minerals bare pro foundation. It’ll be the one I use almost exclusively over the next month to see if I can finish it up. So far, nothing completed. But I am on track to finish a bunch of things in the upcoming month.

The list I posted at the beginning of the year, I will cross items off as I complete them:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

Foster Dog updates

We have received another foster dog in our lives and she has been keeping us surprisingly busy. We had agreed to take on a foster dog with a broken leg. The vet from the rural town she’s from put her in a splint and our rescue agreed to take her.

When we got her, we realized she was in a livestock splint, totally inappropriate for a dog. So the owner of the rescue immediately called our vet to get her seen first thing monday morning for a proper splint.

Later that evening (it was a saturday) I touched base with the rescue owner to let her know that I felt that this foster was in far more pain than she should be. I had hoped that this was because she was in a livestock splint. But I worried that there was more going on with her than we anticipated. The rescue owner got us some pain killers to put her on while waiting for her Monday vet appointment. She also indicated that the rural vet did not send any xrays. This was a red flag.

On Monday my daughter dropped her off at the rescue vet and I waited to hear from the rescue what was going on. The news was not good.

The vet took an xray and the rescue owner, outside the door, could hear the exclamation of alarm from the vet. You can see that her bone is not in a nice clean break, it’s a mangled mess. (She was hit by a car.) Furthermore, the livestock splint was making the entire thing more painful as it was not holding anything in place, and working around it was actively moving her break. This was why I was seeing such high signs of pain in her. I was reading it correctly.

The only solution is an amputation, which was set up for today. In the meantime, the vet removed the livestock splint and put her in a wrap to keep her as comfortable as possible. Plus more good drugs for her.

She was, without a doubt, more comfortable out of the livestock splint and on heavier drugs. I then spent the week prepping for her surgery. The rug in that photo is not mine, it’s borrowed from another foster home. My hope is that it’ll help her not slip on our hardwood floors as she recovers. Throughout all of this, despite what must have been extreme pain, this little dog has been so so sweet! Even though this project is a much larger project than I ever anticipated, I am very glad she was rescued, she’s worth it. And I am glad we were able to get an answer as fast as possible, showing us her best path forward. She’s our second leg amputee foster and the first one was such a fantastic firecracker of a dog! I know this one will do wonderfully as well once her healing is complete.

Entrelac

It’s been about 2 years since I’ve knit anything entrelac. I had been thinking recently that I’d like to do another entrelac scarf. So I pulled out some handspun I spun years ago. It is a 3 braid combo, I combined 3 braids in different colorways that were similarly toned. I mixed up all the colors in all three braids and then spun a 3-ply yarn. I have loved the yarn from the start but never could figure out what to knit out of it.

I am fairly certain I never could figure that out because this is what I was supposed to knit out of that yarn.

When one has been knitting as long as I have, it’s easy to knit to pass the time but not be overly thrilled with the results. We all get jaded over long periods of time. But every once in a while a project comes along where the results are quite thrilling, and that’s the case for this one. I love this. I can’t wait to wear it. It’s rich in color and feel. It’s beautiful and interesting. The color combinations thrill me. It is perfect.

So perfect and enjoyable that I immediately chose two more handspun yarns and case on for two more entrelac scarves. I gotta say, the color situation is not nearly so thrilling in either project! In one, the color changes are longer so the colors are blockier and less subtle. In the other, the color changes are shorter and so each square works through a few different colors making it quite the mash up of color in general. I am going to keep knitting both projects until they are done but it’s definitely a different feel than this project.

Another Everything but the Sink update

I’ve kept working on my bin of samples and travel size products as well as a number of items I am was close to being done with. More samples have entered my life and they got thrown in the bin as well to be used. Here’s another grouping of finished items.

The big news, for me, is that I FINALLY started making progress on all the travel size dental floss. I find the travel sizes so annoying. You use them for a week and then you go to get another length of floss and you get half the amount necessary. It’s just too irritating. But over the past month I have seriously committed to getting them used. I’ve got loads more to go through, obviously the pile of these has grown for years, but I am now determined to keep after it.

This group has a ton of sachets that I used up. Nothing here is super duper remarkable. I’ve enjoyed the project quite a bit, but it has also shown me that so much of what I use is pretty interchangeable. At least for me. I’ve got my skin in a place that is fairly good. Fairly normal. I deal with some masking related acne which is annoying but I also have products to use for that. I am no longer dehydrated, definitely not terribly oily during the winter, pretty balanced overall. And honestly that means that I can change up a thing or two here and there, use up these products, and it doesn’t screw up my skin or my routine. Kind of a fun place to be!

Back to some knitting content

This has actually been done for a bit but it took me time to get it blocked and then even longer to get it photographed. The good news is I’ve noticed the days getting longer again, something I am very pleased to see!

This is the knit night scarf which I’ve knit a few times before. I made it out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn.

I took some artistic liberty with the border on this one, and by artistic liberty I mean that I didn’t bother to follow the pattern and do it correctly, only noticing once it was too late. No matter, it won’t be noticeable to the untrained eye!

22 in 2022 Update 1

I knew in December that I was going to do this project or one like it, and as such, took photos and began working through the items at that time. I posted the official start of this project at the beginning of the year. But at that time, I did not take update photos because I wanted to make a little more progress.

Here’s the photo from the start of the project.

And here’s where I am now:

At the beginning of this year I said that the mac foundation was a “bonus” item and I’d remove it during update 1. I had also intended to wait to finish the bite beauty lipstick before posting an update. There’s been a massive change of plans. Due to the current situation with the pandemic in our state, and because I work in a healthcare facility, mask rules have changed drastically. The first change was that we have to mask all the time unless my door is closed and I am the only one in my office. Then, they instituted KN95 requirements, and, there’s a mask mandate for our city in general. Basically, we are back to where we were during the worst of the pandemic last year, or worse. Instead of happily finishing up a lipstick, I am working on a gloss that feels nourishing as no one sees my lips. Instead of putting the mac foundation that doesn’t hold up well under masks aside, I am wearing it regularly. I only need it to hold where the mask isn’t, and it’s totally up to that challenge. So now is the prime time to use it. It stays in the project.

I’ve made some progress on the bare minerals bare pro foundation. But I am definitely at the moment concentrating on mac.

I’ve made massive progress on my hourglass dim light powder. I think 2 more months to finish. The pan is expanded greatly, side pan is hit, but one side still has a fairly thick amount on the pan. Unfortunately when getting the update photo I didn’t notice part of it was out of the picture, that’s the area with side pan.

I am plugging away at the sunscreen and it is going fine. My main complaint about the sunscreen is that it smells not great to me. I will be thrilled when it is gone.

The juice beauty primer works well over this sunscreen which is perfect since it has tended to make other sunscreens pill up. Now is the perfect time to finish it off, except that I have a terrible time remembering to use it! But, with the jellypop primer gone, if I can remember to use it, I think I can be done next month.

And, the bite beauty lipstick had some progress, but sadly is at a stand still. Once the weather warms I imagine I can wear it to all outdoor events, and perhaps the situation here will get better in a month or two. At that time, I’ll work at it again. It’s a bummer since I was so so close to finishing!

Since the situation has changed, I am adding in a tower 28 lip jelly (number 13 below.) This works great as a bit of a balm under my KN95 so I am eager to use it now. I have not even opened this yet, but I recently finished another of this size and it went pretty quickly.

I am also adding in my Ilia lip mask (number 11 in list below) as I have been dipping into it pretty hard when working from home or in the evenings. There’s a danger that if I don’t add it now, It’ll just be gone before I document it in any way.

I will attempt to do updates midmonth, though planning that way these days doesn’t always work for me. I am hoping that I can have one finished item next month!

The list I posted at the beginning of the year, I will cross items off as I complete them:

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

11th Foster Dog

It has been a bit of time since we had a foster dog. Toward the end of October, our 10th foster dog went to her forever home. We committed to another foster, but she got ill in the shelter and after 2 months of trying to figure out what was wrong with her and treat it, she ended up having a stroke and passing away. During those two months we were having our own health issues, in fact my husband ended up in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism and a massive blood clot in his leg. Once out of the hospital he wasn’t particularly mobile for a bit and I was extremely pleased not to have a foster around making extra work for me, as I was already about as stressed out as I could possibly handle.

On January 2, our 11th foster dog arrived. We assume she’s a shiba inu and husky mix. I would not typically have chosen to foster a husky, they really aren’t my type. But I trust the rescue she came in from and they informed me she was very sweet. And she was! So sweet and so pretty that 7 days later she’d already found her forever home.

One of our dogs loved her and the other hated her, so it was kind of a busy 7 days. Also, while she was very sweet, she had the husky busy brain, constantly moving, constantly into everything, and constantly needing to be corrected around the house. Add to that extreme cold temps so we couldn’t even get her out for a proper run and we’d had a challenging week. Challenging, but still GOOD if that makes sense.

Oh, and yesterday I also had the opportunity to do a rescue transport. I drove 2 hours to go pick up a pair of bonded french bulldogs to bring them back to my city and deliver them to their foster home. Another great experience!

A to Z project pan finale

I began this project in February 2021 and I’ve decided I am at a point I am ready to stop it. So this is the finale. Let’s look at last month and then this month.

And my list:

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 use this update, with 12 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 13 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update with 41 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (0 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. (20 uses this update with 144 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 104 uses to finish)
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. (10 uses with 74 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) While I did not make this goal or even hit pan, I gave this palette to a friend and that still feels like a goal met.
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (18 uses for a total of 98 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (3 uses for a total of 29 uses to meet my goal)

The big progress this month was finishing the jellypop primer and hitting pan in the zodiac palette. 2 goals met.

I decluttered one item to a friend and did not meet my goal on 7 items. But I still feel like this was a very successful project overall. A total of 11 pans were hit. 3 of those were face products and the rest were eyeshadow. And I completely used up 7 items. Using up a full highlighter was always an ambitious goal, but I hit pan, repressed, and I have two tiny baby pans on the repressed highlighter. This year I plan to actively work on finishing the highlighter and the nyx cream colored eyeshadow. I know I can finish the nyx, and I think I can finish the highlighter if I keep concentrating on it.

I chose not to put any of the items from this project in my 22 in 2022 project I just started, so I am hoping that the the finishes I make with these items in 2022 will just be additional items I get to move out of my collection after finishing. Little bonuses!

22 in 2022 Intro

As stated in yesterday’s post, I have been looking logically at my collection and deciding what I can work through in a planned manner over the year. I’ve chosen 22 items total plus a few bonus items to work on in case I struggle with some on the main list. I really do want to hit that 22 item goal. This project is not meant to be a rotate through my collection project, it’s a use it up project. I may mess around with a usage project in the future.

Let’s start with the photo I took last month, I am not providing new photos yet.

My intention for this project is for it to be a rolling project. Photographs otherwise get too overwhelming. I will still use the other items in the project but photograph those I am really concentrating on. But I am going to list out all 22 here plus the bonus items. For the record, the above Mac foundation will not be featured as a main 22, it’ll be a bonus item because I don’t actually think I will be able to finish it. I will not be photographing it again unless major progress is being made.

  1. Hourglass Dim Light powder
  2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation
  3. Cerave sunscreen
  4. Juice Beauty primer (deluxe sample size)
  5. Bite Beauty lipstick
  6. Sephora green color corrector
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay color corrector
  8. Colourpop supershock shadow Frog
  9. Benefit eyebrow pencil
  10. Elf putty primer (deluxe sample size)
  11. Ilia lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  12. Tarte lip balm (deluxe sample size)
  13. Tower 28 gloss (deluxe sample size)
  14. Sleek Face Palette (darkest contour shade only with use of the light bronzer shade as well)
  15. Makeup Forever Lip Liner
  16. Makeup Forever powder (deluxe sample size)
  17. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder
  18. Coola spray (sample size)
  19. Maybelline setting spray (travel size)
  20. 1 mascara of any type
  21. Benefit tinted eyebrow gel
  22. Ofra liquid lipstick travel size any color

Bonus items:

elf eyebrow wax
Stila lipstick
Pan of blush
Mac foundation

I will go through all these items now and try to do some progress lines, and then I’ll start taking photos of them at the end of this month.

2022 makeup collection plans

I’ve been using the app GlowinMe to track my makeup collection. I have everything in there now from face primers to color products. I do not have skincare in there. I do have sample/travel size projects. If an eyeshadow is a single shadow but in a curated magnetic palette, I counted it as one palette. If they are individual shadows, I counted them individually.

This is all to say that working on this project has been a lovely way to see what I have when I go to purchase other items. Much like with my yarn stash on Ravelry, I have easily been able to make better decisions because I am easily able to see from anywhere what I have, and what is often an abundance.

These seems like a bit of a hobby pattern for me. Purchase quite a lot because trying new things is inspiring but eventually getting a bit overwhelmed and wanting to find a way to cut back again. Then at some point evening out to a place where the collection isn’t too overwhelming but remains inspiring. I think with makeup, I am at the place of wanting a bit more balance and knowing what types of things I enjoy.

Yesterday I took this screenshot with my phone from the app.

You can see on there that it says stash 239. Now that number is a bit deceiving because if I have more than one of an item, the stash entry says 2 but the app does not count that as 2 separate items. The good news is that there are only 5 items that I have doubles of. There are also two lip balms I didn’t enter into my collection yet, but lip balm seems more of a skincare item to me than a makeup product so I may leave those two items out.

For project panning, I have finally fully decided to do a 22 in 2022 project. I will also be shutting down my A to Z that I started last February, but I just want to finish one more item before I shut it down. It’ll likely be shut down before a year is out. I am not entering much eyeshadow into the 22 in 2022 project as I want to play in my eyeshadow collection.

As for purchasing, I’ve decided to slow things down a bit. First of all, for eyeshadows, I’ve decided I really like the Nabla and Pat McGrath formulas. For the most part, I want to limit myself to those. And since they are pricey, this ends up being self limiting. I would like to build myself some wiggle room there, with a potential purchase of one other palette from a US based brand and one from a K or J beauty site. I want to continue to try some K and J beauty items in the upcoming year, but I want to limit myself to one new foundation total for the year. I will allow myself 5 total lip products, 1 primer, 3 powders, 1 setting spray (unless I run out and need to replace) and 4 colored face products (blush, highlighter, bronzer.)

Meanwhile I hope to be working through my collection well enough that those amounts make some sense. And, that my total collection numbers actually drop.

That’s it! That’s the plan. A low buy (and I will allow replacements if that ever happens) and a well thought out project in order to drop my overall collection number. I would kind of like to end up with my collection number under 200 by the end of the year. We’ll see if that’s possible. But all this will be a good start. Tomorrow will be my 22 in 2022 intro.

Handspun Strider

This is my last in a group of hand knit items I have finished recently. It took me time to block them so I ended up batch blocking them and then waiting until I was home during the light of day to take photographs. I’ve actually been working on this one for a long time as it was my work project. Now that it’s complete, I need to choose something else for work. Except that I am not working this week anyhow. This is a strider scarf which shows off the self striping of handspun yarn beautifully. This was a handspun yarn of Miss Marja’s.

We have a foster dog coming in a few days. I always notice that when we have foster dogs, I tend not to knit as I am too busy training, worrying, assessing, and intervening. So there will definitely be a slowing of all these things in the upcoming weeks while we have her. And yes, of course I will post a photo as I like to document our fosters at least once on the blog!

And Another

After finishing the handspun paintbox cowl I immediately cast on another one. I just had enjoyed the first one so much! This one was made out of two different handspun yarns. The grey was one of my handspun yarns and the accent color is one of Miss Marja’s handspun yarns.

I like the final product on this one even more than the previous paintbox cowl! This one turned out really interesting and pretty. I maintain that this pattern is a joy to knit and I will absolutely do another one.

Merry Christmas!

We’ve had a lot going on this fall, and we are kind of just…not doing christmas this year. It was too much to try to plan for a family who is just on the struggle bus. Next year, if things are going a bit better, we’ll do it up right.

But as I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been doing some knitting. I made a paintbox cowl out of a handspun yarn paired with a commercial hand dyed yarn.

The handspun yarn is comparatively chunky so it has an interesting effect compared to the evenness of the commercial yarn. I enjoyed this cowl so much that I immediately cast on for another one.

Just doing a little knitting

Actually, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. Turns out when you can see your stitches, your desire to knit might increase again.

I knit this pioneer braid scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn at the beginning of the month. It knit up super fast but I didn’t have the opportunity to block it and get a decent photo until just now. This is such an easy and pleasant knit that I may do another pretty soon.

Everything but the Sink Update

It’s less than a month since my last update but I was able to finish quite a lot of tiny items from my bin of small items. I need to continue to work on rearranging my craft room as I purchased a comfy chair for the room and need to get it to the point where it is ready to receive the chair. The chair is supposed to be delivered this weekend.

There are three full size products in this batch but they were both part of the original bin of products mostly because they were close to being done and I wanted to concentrate on finishing them. Everything else is sample/travel sized or sachets. I particularly enjoyed the Biore sunscreen, it’s lovely under makeup and very hydrating. I can’t say there were any other super stand out products. I do enjoy the Sunday Riley products but they are more expensive than I am typically willing to pay and I can generally find less expensive products that serve the same purposes.

Despite continuing to get sample sizes and sachets in orders, I have mostly been working through them immediately and I don’t have too much left in the bin. The project will continue but most of the remaining items are already in rotation being used so this’ll wrap up pretty soon.

A New Quadri

Over the summer when I knew we were traveling to Idaho for a wilderness trip, I decided I needed a knitting project to take. I also knew I wanted something with the lightest weight yarn possible and a project that would take a good amount of time. I did not want to stress that I would be finished before the trip was done. And indeed, I did not have to stress about that.

Instead, it took me until last week to finally finish. To be fair, this got set down for multiple other projects since the trip. But I have finally pushed through to finish it up.

The yarn is handspun from a batt which I spun in a gradient. So I took photos of the scarf from both ends, plus one close up shot of the texture.

This is one of those knits where I am kind of like “Yep, good project, glad it’s done.” There’s not that much excitement over it, but I am glad it served its purpose this summer and provided me with a good deal of entertainment value.

Scrap Linen Stitch Cowl

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!

2022 Rolling Project Pan

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.