Some Spinning

I am not gonna lie, last evening I mostly didn’t do anything. After traveling last weekend and into the week, then the extended family upset and readjusting to work, I was just absolutely DONE. So exhausted. I got a tiny bit of spinning in and a photo of my bobbin because it was scheduled to rain all day today. And then I put the spinning away and sat around watching youtube videos instead. This is highly unusual, usually I can AT LEAST knit while watching videos. So this was a sign I needed the quiet evening.

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I am very close to being done with this bobbin now. I imagine I’ll be working my way through the second bobbin by the end of this weekend. But today I’ve got a 50 mile bike ride planned. For pie. A ride where we ride to eat pie. Great concept, and I am hoping we don’t get poured on. Mr. Ink has to work so I am going with a good friend. It’s a ways out of the city so being able to carpool will be nice. Lizzie and Miss Butterfly are also off being active, Lizzie is running her first 5K. She can walk a 5K in a heartbeat but I never run them. But she does love to run! So I think they’ll have a good time. It’ll be a trail run with other dogs too, so I am hoping there will be fun photos of that.

In the garden, it’s resembling my spinning:

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The first of my tiny irises has bloomed with lots more to go. I’ve done no planting myself, but am hoping to find a yellow iris or two this year to plant in both iris areas.

That’s it from here! I’ve got some knitting for a post tomorrow, and then maybe a makeup new impressions post after that. I’ll have to see where the weekend leads me. Have a fantastic weekend!

Progress

Last evening was full of packing and getting ready for our trip tomorrow. My brother and his family are already in the air now. We are getting ridiculously excited. I have to say, it’s NICE to get excited about traveling and doing things again. After 2.5 years of extreme exhaustion with an awful coworker, and basically being uninspired about anything that wasn’t coming home and relaxing, it’s so fun to be ready to do ALL THE THINGS!

I thought I’d get this picture of the Scottish Stripes up today though. I haven’t worked on this at all lately, but I got another section complete right before I started doing all the spinning.

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It’s not that I am bored with this, it’s just that I wanted to spin, and then when I finished spinning I wanted to knit with my corespun, and also knew that this scarf wasn’t going to be a great travel scarf, but that the corespun one would. So, I’ll resume this upon our return.

That’s about it for me, it’s another full packing evening, and I doubt I’ll have any more crafting photos until after our return. Have a great weekend everyone!

Quite an Evening

First up, spinning stuff. After that huge load of two ply yarn I had to figure out what next to do with my life. I stash dove, and came up with another combo spin. But, this combo spin isn’t really a huge departure.

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The top braid is Fat Cat Knits, of which I have 6 ounces. The bottom braid is Edgewood Gardens, 4 ounces. These two are very similar, but the Fat Cat braid has more color and more depth of color. Rather than just spinning them separately, I figured the best thing to do would just be to combine them into one spin. I divided everything in half, pulled them into strips, and began to spin.

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I think this will be a real win. My plan is for a two ply. It’ll look totally “handspunny” when it’s done.

Last evening Miss Butterfly had invited Mr. Ink’s daughter and wife over for a visit, as she had figured out they’d be in town. I know full well that while they’d said 6 pm as their arrival time, they are never on time. so, I decided to go on a bike ride with friends. It had been predicted to rain which had kept many people away, but those of us who were willing to get caught in the rain were eager for a ride. Spoiler alert, it didn’t rain. Even if it did, at temps of 85, no one cares about the rain. We got a 20 mile ride in, stopped for a gorgeous sunset, and had dinner at our original meeting place. A great night with friends! Despite my concern I might get left behind without Mr. Ink there to make sure I was around, I didn’t get left behind. Here’s what I could capture of the sunset:

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We did a two lake ride, we rode around this one, out to another, and then back to this one when the sun was setting. I wish my photo was straighter, but you get the picture.

When I arrived home around 9:45, the gals were still over. They stayed until about 11:30 which is pretty late for me on a work night. But we were glad to have their company. They hadn’t arrived until around 8 so I am glad I went on that bike ride! They brought Daisy the service dog with them, as they do:

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But she was off duty. This is the first time Daisy has been in our home, and it was the first time the gals had met Lizzie too. Naturally, it was Lizzie and Daisy’s first intro. And….it didn’t go great. They were fine together in the back yard, but in the house, Lizzie spent all her time herding Daisy. Complete with snapping at her to get her to do what she wanted. What Lizzie wanted was Daisy in another room from where the humans were. Daisy, to her credit, took all this in stride.  She’d get pretty nervous about the snapping but would otherwise be herded and wait until the humans came to her rescue. (Though things got really out of hand when Daisy tried to steal Lizzie’s pineapple toy, but we fixed that quick by getting Daisy her own favorite toy.) Needless to say, cute side by side dog photos were NOT in the cards. Anyhow, KK agreed that Lizzie was the perfect post Coco dog. “Awww! She’s like Coco’s little rambunctious sister!” And many dog photos were taken. We’ve agreed in the future we’ll have to take the dogs to neutral territory, it would be easier on everyone.

Anyhow, that was one very busy evening, but also extremely pleasant. I’ve got an actual knitting photo to post tomorrow! More progress on that Scottish Stripes scarf that has mainly been neglected for spinning this past week.

 

On the Brain

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Last evening was the first evening of the monthly walk our dog at the botanical gardens. It’s SO FUN! We just love the event. We have memberships to the botanical gardens anyhow, since we are very plants positive in our home. Being able to take our dog just makes everything better. Plus we get to see all the other cool dogs. For the first time ever, Lizzie didn’t do her stress drooling on this walk. She must be feeling ever more confident in our care. They key, clearly, is exposure to new things. We’ll just keep at it.

Anyhow, the above photo was from our walk. The trees are all budding beautifully, and I must have the upcoming wedding on my brain because this just looked like a bridal veil to me. Such a gorgeous evening!

There is also an artist display going on right now for the next few days, gorgeous pieces all made out of trash. I am really happy I got to see this before it left. This was too large to even get a photograph of.

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Now on to the spinning. I finished my huge Loop! bump project, 725 yards of 2 ply yarn in a gradient.

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So, that huge gradient skein turned out great. Then I took the leftover black singles and plied those together. And I do NOT know what was going on with those. But they are significantly thicker than my gradient. I don’t know how that happened. But, this is often the case when I leave something for long periods of time and then come back to it. I can only imagine that those black singles were the first of the very first bump and way back at the beginning of December I planned for a thicker single.

These fiber bumps had been in my stash for a very long time, they were some of the original loop! bumps I purchased. I just went back and checked, these were from the end of 2012. They held up well! I have often felt that keeping Loop! bumps around sometimes gives you slightly felted fiber on the outside. This isn’t how I’ve felt about my own stash, but I don’t typically keep loop! bumps long. But it is how I’ve felt about loop! bumps I’ve received from people who are destashing them. I can honestly say that if you store your loop! bumps carefully, with very little movement and squishing, they really can stay a long time as they are with no felting on the outside. And, to that end, I think I am done picking them up on a destash.

I’ve got one more spinning related post for tomorrow! My spinning mojo has been very high lately. Then I’ll probably be mostly off the radar for a bit during our travel. Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

 

So Many Pictures

I took so many photos of crafts and plants this weekend that I had to read yesterday’s post to remember what I’d already shown.

In spinning:

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I completed this corespun yarn I began in February. I washed it and hung it to dry, then completely failed to count yardage before I wound it and began knitting. Oops! So, I’ll just try to get an idea of how many yards once it’s all knit up, I think I can because I am knitting it into another polar opposites scarf like this one:

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In plant news:

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One of the load of plants is in. This is the weepingest weeping japanese maple that Mr. Ink could find. It went into the garden bed I asked him to create last year to cover the gas and electric line to the garage. That little hill was eroding and I figured a flower bed would suit it so much better. It does! That’s the only plant that went in this weekend, the rest are all for next weekend when Miss Butterfly and I are gone. Mr. Ink is planning a marathon of planting that weekend. It’ll be fun to return to see what he accomplished!

In puzzle news, Mr. Ink and I continued working on Miss Butterfly’s puzzle despite the fact that she was with her dad this weekend. We did this puzzle the exact opposite of how Salpal1 suggested. We did all the fun bits first and are stuck with a massive slog of sky and roof now. It’s SLOW going. But, everyone still puts a piece or two in as we pass by the dining room table. Mr. Ink and I have begun working on the puzzle after breakfast for awhile, a nice pleasant new weekend tradition. Miss Butterfly and I sat with it quite a bit when she returned home last evening as well. I do believe that puzzles may be in our home to stay for awhile. (Miss Marja loaned us two more big puzzles for once we have completed this one.)

And, in project pan news, I ended up deciding to weigh almost everything I am trying to work toward using up this month in hopes that’ll give me a better idea of progress when I check in mid month. I am not having high hopes at all for the foundation choice though, after just a bit of extra sun this weekend I realized that I am looking rather ghostly today. I’ve got maybe the rest of this week to use it before I have to tuck it away for the summer, as I expect that much of our time in Alabama will be spent outdoors.

That’s it from here! More spinning photos tomorrow and the next day. For real! It was a lovely productive weekend, wonderfully low key. Much crafting was done!

Still Strong

My project monogamy is still going strong, as is the knitting of the Scottish Stripes scarf. It’s a great knit, I absolutely love it!

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I can’t get over how enjoyable it is to work those small sections and then have a large portion of the scarf completed at the end of that section. Really satisfying. I’ve always loved knitted on edgings and anything that incorporates picked up stitches one at a time. Icord edgings are absolutely satisfying to me as well. So, it’s no surprise that picking up stitches and working these sections is inspiring to me.

It’s been a very busy week. Work busy, around the house busy, just busy. That’s kept my knitting time at a minimum really. Miss Butterfly is off to camp this weekend, and Mr. Ink is currently at work so I am having a quiet morning catching up on things. However, I also have not been able to get too much sleep lately so I am exhausted and my morning, yet again, began at 5 am. (Thanks Lizzie. This routine is getting old.) Anyhow, I am going to really try to get a nap in today. Maybe even one before Mr. Ink gets home.

Things around the yard are looking lovely! Green, flowers and plants are popping up everywhere, and spring flowers are still blooming or fixing to bloom. It’s becoming somewhat apparent where some of the plants may not have made it, but considering that the season was so late, we will be reserving our judgement for awhile.

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Some of my peachy fluffy daffodils with tulips ready to bloom in the background.

In our ongoing makeup exploration, Miss Butterfly and I have been continuing to learn and practice new eyeshadow techniques. We’ve had a great time with it. The other night I got home from work and she immediately had me do her eyes. Which I did. Then she got into one of her 50 cent formal dresses (Another passion of hers, finding thrift store formal dresses) and showed me how she’d look for homecoming next year. Which…well…it didn’t even occur to me that this was a thing! But of course it’s a thing. She’s less than a year away from homecoming games and dances. That’s pretty startling.

We’ve also had fun watching “project pan” videos. And it’s really good for us too. Like with any hobby one really gets into, a stash is accumulated. And I think there’s a danger when one newly embarks on a hobby. That danger is being enamored with all things related to that hobby, before you really know what you are doing and what you truly enjoy using. To that end, we’ve been mostly trying out samples of things. But, the project pan videos are from makeup lovers who are trying to work through their stash before things expire. Unlike yarn stash, you really do have a limited amount of time to use things up, and these videos have been a great reminder to be careful not to over purchase. On the flip side of that, I did toss my make up that was 14-20 years old. That seemed wise. Did you know there are websites out there that can tell you how old your makeup is? Fascinating. We had a great time being grossed out by how old the small amount of makeup I did have was.

Anyhow, that’s about it from this corner of the internet. Have a fantastic weekend my friends!

2 Day Update

I just love when the weather warms a bit and inspiration hits. Such a great feeling. Monday was very pleasant, pleasant enough for some patio spinning. They say it was 75F but I was still cool enough to bundle up while I was outside. It was windy, and there’s still that cool spring feel to the wind.

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I finished one of my loop! bumps! So, those two bobbins indicate one full bump complete. I do have a third full bobbin and just need to do the pink section still. Once that’s done, I’ll have to finish the corespinning project on my rose in order to do the plying for this project.

I’ve done very little with knitting. VERY little. But, our favorite Tuesday evening riding group had posted that despite the forecasted rain, they’d be riding. But fat tire bikes would be used. This always indicates an adventure, if they are being specific about the type of bike. And with the warmer weather, I wanted to go. Mr. Ink’s bike is out of commission, but a friend kindly let him borrow a bike. Before we left for the ride, Mr. Ink was none too pleased about the impending rain, but I convinced him it would be an adventure and we headed out. We met up with the group, only 6 of us rode, and it was wet, and a little cold. I found out my “rain resistant” jacket isn’t particularly rain resistant. But, it’s claims to dry quickly do hold true, as I stood under a pavilion with the group. I noticed that by the time we began riding again I was already almost dry, even the shirt I wore under the jacket was dry.

We stopped at a friend’s home for a dry out in her garage. Then, one of my friends who had brought a fat tire bike that was a pedal assist bike let me give it a try. We had a quick ride back to the restaurant and I had SO MUCH fun using that pedal assist bike! I told Mr. Ink I wanted one and he says “YOU are NOT allowed to have a bike like that.” Probably because I was going REALLY fast. Hah.  (But for real, I know I don’t have to make the case for the blog, but it would be so cool to commute by bike without getting sweaty in the mornings, then commute home getting an ACTUAL bike ride!) The added bonus was getting to see my friend ride my pink fat bike with a floral pink bag attached. He decided my bike was REALLY nice to ride too, so it ended up being a fun trade all around.

We got back to our starting point, a restaurant, and all had a meal with other friends who just stopped in to socialize, and a good time was had by all, FOR SURE. When we got home, we walked in the door to this:

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Miss Butterfly had done her chores and then made cookies, saving us a snack AND a little bowl of raw dough. So cute, so sweet. Love that kiddo!

The rain continues today, and we are grateful as the ground really does need a good spring soaking. After that? The weather looks to be QUITE nice, no snow or freezing weather in the 10 day forecast. Just what we are looking for about now.