Friday Eve

I saw this over at Petite Slice of Life, and I think from now on Thursday will forever be known to me as “Friday Eve.”

This Friday Eve I am up late washing. a. band. competition. uniform.

My unspirational calendar was, once again, on point for the last day of my vacation.

I only gained two pounds on my vacation!

Tomorrow I will divide the stitches for the chest and back of my Weekender sweater!

I received the fabric for my Ace sweater. It is beautiful. It should be a quick and simple sew. It will probably take me longer to cut and piece together the pattern.

Only 10 minutes until Friday!

Day Off

Yesterday I needed a day off from the go go go and we stayed in and watched horror movies.

Look at these cute earrings I purchased at the Iona Port Farmers’ Market on Saturday. A young woman was selling them. She makes them out of Fimo. I’m wearing the leaves today! You can see more of her work at catsandcrafts.shop. I kind of wish I had gotten a pair of yellow leaves, too.

Woe is Meee Tra La La

I wore my Cumulus Blouse yesterday and it is pilling a little. I’m going to use my sweater shaver on it. Maybe once I wash it a few times it will settle down.

On a happier note…

My last orchid flower is hanging on for dear life. Let go, beautiful blossom! Fall is here and it’s time to rest!

Summer lasted so long this tomato thinks it’s a pumpkin. I helped it along with a sharpie. You do you, little pumpkin tomato!

My older children think it’s funny to close their eyes in photos. I might have taught them that. This was from family movie night when we watched Great Pumpkin and Hocus Pocus. Snuggly.

Selfie of the week. My hair is growing and I went back to my old skin care regimen. My skin won’t tolerate anything else.

Today I’m going to cast on my Weekender! I had planned to do it last night but I didn’t realize I was going to need three different needle sizes and scrap yarn. I went to the studio twice to collect things yesterday and still didn’t have everything I needed, and finally gave up. Today is the day!

Monday, A List

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1. I know no one wants to hear about my workout, but I’ve recently started circuit training at the gym: 15 minutes rowing, 15 minutes elliptical, and 15 minutes interval walk/run on the treadmill. Today I ran for 7 minutes straight, and I was so happy. I never thought I would run again.

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2. This weekend was our Strategic Planning Retreat for work, so today’s unspirational quote is on point. I’m glad when I took the Game of Thrones quiz I was Jon Snow and not Daenerys Targaryan.

 

3. Yarn bombs in Bloomington, IN.

 

4. On Sunday, while in Bloomington, we went hiking at the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve. It was beautiful.

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5. Hair goals above, only salt and pepper. This is also a pretty good show, if you like horror. But, we recently watched Marianne on Netflix, and it was so good, I’m ready to binge watch it again!

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6. We will be in Nova Scotia in 2 weeks and 2 days!

All Words Sunday and a Quiz

We have a Peregrine Falcon who has moved into our neighborhood. She calls and screams after crows. Peregrines were introduced here for repopulation after they almost went extinct. She must be young because she looks a little small to me. She might be a he. I tend to think of falcons as female.

We used to have Barred Owls, but I haven’t heard them this year. We also have foxes and many, many deer. It’s weird living in the city with deer grazing in your front yard.

Yesterday Bob and I went to the thrift store for some new-to-him cotton flannel shirts. Then we went to see “It: Chapter 2” and out to Eden Burger for dinner. “It” was good. Scary and fun.

Eden Burger is a vegan burger joint, and they have some gluten free options. I ordered loaded fries and avoided the bun altogether. I think it’s funny how we try to eat organic and vegan, but end up eating organic and vegan versions of junk food. Still, I’m not one to be happy with salad for every meal.

I am hoping to spend some time at the studio today, although I’m developing a phobia about going there. I don’t understand why. This is a great segue into a quiz posted by compassionknit:

Q. Do you think of yourself as a worrier or as risk averse? 

A. As I have aged, I have become more risk averse. I worry more now. I have more to worry about. More responsibility.

Q. Do others call you a worry wart?

A. No, I don’t think anyone has called me that. But I was curious where this term originated and I found this:

“Wart” has been a colloquialism for someone obnoxious or objectionable since at least the late 19th century.”

I had no idea!

Q. Do you consider yourself brave in any particular circumstance?

A. I’m brave at work although I also worry about work. In business you have to be prepared to take calculated risks.

I have been brave (or stupid, depending on your perspective) most of my life. But age is tempering me and of course I have had my fair share of trauma, which makes me more cautious than I used to be.

Q. Do you fear: a)running out of yarn that is no longer available b)giving a gift and hearing it unraveled or c)having to confess how large your stash is?

A. A) Yes, I fear running out of yarn for a project. I try to buy an extra skein if I can.

B) No, I don’t worry about my hand knitting unraveling. Although, it has once or twice.

C) I don’t have much of a stash, so I don’t fear this question.

Q. Are you afraid of air travel? 

A. No, I love air travel. But I do have those momentary panics when there is turbulence.

Q. Do you fear a hand injury ? 

A. Hmm. I’ve never really thought about it. I guess that’s a no then.

Q. This one is quite personal, feel free to skip it: Did you ever fear you were pregnant? 

A. No. If I were pregnant, I would embrace it. But I had pleasant pregnancies and hard, though normal, labor and births. Back labor is not fun, but not dangerous either.

Q. Were you afraid of a something as a child?  (the dark, etc) 

A. Oh my. Can I skip this one? When I was a child, I was scared of demons.

Q. Do you fear having to get a shot? 

A. I don’t like shots or having my blood drawn. I take a deep breath and look away.

Q. Are you afraid of sharks, jellyfish or coral in the ocean? 

A. No, but I’m a little afraid of the ocean. When I lived in San Diego my surfer boyfriend took me way out in the Pacific (where the waves break), and I thought I was going to drown. I did make it back to shore myself, with him coaching me. That instilled a fear of drowning and a healthy respect for the ocean. I still love the water and will swim and body surf when I get the chance. But I’m cautious. I don’t go beyond what I perceive as my limit.

So why am I resisting going to my studio? Has anything bad happened there? No. Just not having enough fabric for a project. Am I afraid to be alone? I don’t think so. I think I ruined it when I turned it into my office temporarily. It feels like going to work.

Well, there’s nothing for it. I’ve just got to go and have fun. Maybe I need to rechristen it with a good day of crafting!

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Look at that sleeve happening! I was afraid I might run out of yarn so I ordered another skein from Cestari. Luckily they still have this dye lot.

I’m really enjoying Traditional Danish Sweaters and this Aastrup Sweater is my favorite pattern in the book. Of course I would extend the body. Thanks to quiteayarnblog for mentioning this book on her blog.

Bob’s birthday is tomorrow and I’ve already given him his present, a Pendleton wool flannel shirt in the MacLean Tartan. It’s itchy, though, so we’ll see if he wears it. I found it used on Poshmark so not a big deal if he doesn’t.

Are you glad it’s Friday? I’m glad it’s Friday.

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I finished the neckline on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse.

Picking up stitches can be such a crapshoot. I’m not 100% happy with some of those neckline stitches, but I’m too lazy to redo it. Maybe it will block out. Hopefully today I’ll get started on the sleeves.

About halfway through the day yesterday I started coming down with something. I blame my youngest who was home sick yesterday. Just an upper respiratory thing, but I’m going to try to take it easy this weekend.

It’s almost September. Can you believe it?

Check It Out Wednesday

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Check out my beautiful baby’s long gorgeous locks! What color is that? Chestnut?

No, he didn’t know I took his photo. Yes, he needs to brush his hair. But he just got braces, so I didn’t say anything.

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Check out this Madonna from the 1300’s knitting in the round. This was taken from Vivian Hoxbro’s Traditional Danish Sweaters book. This is my evidence that if you want to understand how the Universe was created, you just need to learn how to knit.

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Check out my new pencil. You know what’s so funny about the unicorn stuff? The Head coat of arms is three unicorn heads. Our motto is “Study Quiet.” I think our motto should be “Magic” (whispered).

I didn’t bind off the Cumulus Blouse last night. I had a glass of wine and got sucked into bad 80’s horror movies. We watched “Monster Humanoids from the Deep” and “Chopping Mall.” Pew pew.

I knew today would be a good day when this song popped up on my workout playlist. Vote for Pedro.

Short Pants and Docs

Here are my new-to-me short pants which I hemmed yesterday. They are probably a little longer than they should be, but I’m short, so it’s fine. I do love this silhouette. I also love my new-to-me, real-deal-made-in-England Doc Martens I got on Poshmark. They do still make them in the UK, but they are about $150 new. I found these for half that and they are like new, so I’m pretty chuffed. (Just wanted to use “chuffed” in a sentence.) I am waiting on new laces, though.

Speaking of Poshmark, I’ve started selling a few things from my closet on there. I am raising money to pay for a new travel backpack since I expect I will be doing a lot of traveling next year. You can check out my goods here. There are a number of fair trade items. Everything is pre-owned by me. I do not purchase items to resell. It hurts my soul to see fair trade, handmade, and good quality items go for next to nothing at a yard sale or given to the thrift store. If you see something you want but think the price is too high, make an offer! I’d be excited for them to go to a good home.

I am challenging myself to blog every day, even if it’s just a little thing, like hemmed short pants. I have also worked up to running again. (Using “running” loosely, because it’s really a jog.) I’m still doing half elliptical and half treadmill, but slowly and surely I am running without hurting myself! I have missed running. I’ve also lost 10 pounds on Noom, and I have about 20 more to go.

I still have a few centimeters to knit on the body of the Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse before I can work the i-cord bind off, which I worked on yesterday. Other than that, it’s back to work today. I got a good review last week so I’m super happy about that!

Have a great Monday!

Sundeee

I had fun in my studio today. I had intended to cut out one pair of Emerson Shorts in this natural linen, one pair of Emerson Pants in black linen, one Lily top in blue linen and one Lily top in the cotton bird print. I was so excited after cutting out the shorts to have enough natural linen left over for a tank top I just whizzed through and finished it and forgot all about everything else.

This is the same pattern as my tie dye Easter Twiggy tunic/dress, but instead of following it I made the front wider, added neckline pleats, trimmed the bust sides, and encased all the edges with a rough bias so that it will fray when washed. I’m pretty excited to wear this top as it has really been hot and I’ve been wanting a linen tank top.

Last night for Satur-date Bob and I went to see this adorable independent film Bite Me. The filmmaker is touring with the film and she was there for an intro, Q&A, and a “joyful vampire ball” for afters. We were supposed to wear “whatever makes you feel joyful” which is pretty much what we wear all the time, but there was a station at the ball with temporary tattoos and bling so I went for it.

I also picked up a new sweatshirt for October.

You may know that vampires are my favorite “monster” but I won’t say that anymore, because this is a fictional film about people who identify as vampires (there are people who identify as non-supernatural vampires in the real world) and the story is about love and acceptance. We really enjoyed it. If you want to watch it, it is all over the internet for a modest sum.

I feel like my life is more manageable now and at a pace I can maintain. Work is busy but rewarding, kids are doing the things that will lead them to being independent humans some day, I lost 5 pounds on my Noom plan, I am making things in my studio again, and Bob and I are thinking of buying a house.

I hope you are also having a great Sundeee! Toodle-loos!