The Outer Limits (of my mind)

I don’t know about you, friends, but I feel stretched to my limits. I am no longer capable of further complexity in my life. I made a silly mistake on my Farmhouse Cardigan and had to rip it out. I began some Wide Legged Pants only to be confounded by taping the pattern pieces together. It is important during these troubled times to recognize your limits, be gentle with yourself, and reach for what comforts you.

I decided patterns are a no go right now (although I wouldn’t turn down an oatmeal raisin cookie) and cast on a simple cowl. This is Knitpicks Swish Bulky in Saffron from my stash. It was a FibreShare gift. Sweet simple hygge bliss. I will make a hat to match! (And call him George and hug him and pet him…)

Why do we have a large hunk of quartz in our house? I think it was here when we moved in. Maybe it was meant to be a doorstop? It has migrated to the living room.

If you’ve watched a lot of Time Team, as I have, you will remember they find early medieval church altars made from quartz. Was this because it was believed to hold special properties? Was it because it was readily available and shiny? Did it raise the spiritual energy of the congregation? Do you believe quartz holds special metaphysical properties? I think I do believe it, as do many people of different cultural backgrounds. So what is the significance of this chunk of quartz in our house? Is it clearing out bad vibes?

Ooommmmm. I know you probably can’t tell what I’m doing, but it’s a face plant on quartz. There are definitely some weird things afoot at my house, and not just yours truly needing a mental clearing.

What’s bending our forks? Poltergeist?Misdirected quartz vibrations? Teenagers eating ice cream? (Or… aliens?)

I stopped by my LYS to show my support in these times of economic uncertainty. (It had nothing to do with me needing yarn therapy I assure you.) I did my patriotic duty and picked up the knitting game I’ve wanted since Christmas, plus yarn to match for good measure. It’s such a happy blue. Maybe another simple cowl and hat is in my future. At least there is some certainty to be found in knitting.

Weekend Quizzaroo

(Image credit The Knitting Goddess)

Karen posted a sock quiz! I’m a notorious sock knitting eschewer but quizzes are great for personal development and blog fodder.

1. Do you knit/crochet socks?

I want to knit socks. I have knit socks. But generally, no, I don’t.

2. If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?

It doesn’t sound fun. I’m primarily a sweater and hat knitter.

3. What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?

I prefer toe up so I can make sure the foot fits well. I hate a baggy sock. I prefer fine yarn for socks but they sure do take a long time! I like a well-turned heel. I’ve never tried an afterthought heel. Are their more flaps than that? Double point needles for me.

4. Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?

Never! I am considering knitting a pair for Bob, though. It’s a lot of pressure.

5. Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?

If I can knit one more pair of socks (I’ve made two pair in my life so far) I could be happy the rest of my life never knitting them again. Or, who knows, I might knit another pair and enjoy them so much I will want to knit more! That’s my hope.

6. One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?

For me it will need to be crazy hand painted colors or solid yarn with textured knitting. Wool plus silk (for strength) is my favorite fiber combo. Throw some cashmere in there and I’m hooked.

Well, that was fun and inspiring. Maybe I will cast on a pair of socks today.

February Frogs:

I’m pulling out the linen stitch cowl. It is taking too long and I am afraid I don’t have enough yarn for it. My Hogwarts yarn will make a great pair of clog socks though.

I’m pulling out this Bousta Beanie. It’s not happening.

Do you like my new photo prop? It’s Fair Trade and I picked it up at Pachamama Market when I was in Troy, OH for a work meeting.

I think one should feel good about frogging and this wool felt sunflower does the trick for me.

The new The Just Craft is up!

Quiz Deux

Here’s another quiz from Karen via Hannah! Why not?!

1. Are you named after somebody?

I’m named after my Mother. Her name is Alethea, but mine is Alissa. It’s pronounced Alisa. I think I’m going to start spelling it the Finnish way, Aliissa. That way everyone will know how to pronounce it.

2. When is the last time you cried?

Today. I’ve decided to get off medication so right now everything is making me cry.

3. Do you like your handwriting?

No. It’s a mess. Maybe I should slow down and write more mindfully.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?

Egg salad

5. Do you have kids?

Yes!

6. Farthest place you have traveled?

France

7. Do you use sarcasm?

See question number 1

8. Do you still have your tonsils?

Nope

9. Would you bungee jump?

Hell no

10. What is your favorite cereal?

Mesa Sunrise

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

If required

12. Do you think you’re strong?

Emotionally I am. It doesn’t always feel that way, but this life has thrown a lot at me and I still manage to show up everyday. I’m not that interested in being physically strong. This may change if we start a sheep farm.

13. What is your favorite ice cream?

Honestly, I’d rather have a cupcake. Anyway, I can’t eat ice cream. I am casein intolerant, yet surprisingly fine with lactose.

14. What is the first thing you notice about a person?

Eyes

15. Football or Baseball?

No

16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself?

My sense of humor. I amuse myself.

17. What colour pants are you wearing?

Navy sweats

18. What was the last thing you ate?

A piece of salted caramel chocolate

19. What are you listening to right now?

The soft rumbling of the furnace accompanied by the shrill shooshing of the toilet refilling.

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Cerulean

21. Favorite flavour?

Rosemary

22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

My friend Iderah

23. Favourite sport to watch?

Bob trying to keep all the Tupperware from falling out of the cupboard

24. Hair colour?

Silverrrr

25. Eye color?

Sort of golden brown with a ring of olive green (BROWN)

27. Favorite food?

Any form of potato

28. Scary movies or happy endings?

Scary movies, of course

29. Last movie you watched without falling asleep?

Little Monsters. Really adorable zombie movie. I highly recommend. “One two three! Eyes on me!”

New Year’s Quiz

Yay, a New Year’s Quiz from Karen!

How will you spend the last night of 2019? Will you party all night? Will you go to bed early?

I will knit on the couch while watching TV and then go to bed early. I wish I lived near Karen. We could do that together!

Do you have any little superstitions about ringing in the new year?

Black eyed peas must be on the menu New Year’s Day.

Do you have craft plans for 2020? Are you hoping to try new things or improve your current set of skills?

I’m hoping to set up a new craft area in my house since I have moved out of my studio. I’m also hoping to primarily knit and sew from stash.

Do you have resolutions for 2020? If so what are they? If not do you have a word or goal for the new year?

Both. I will journal every morning, a practice I’ve already started. I think my word for 2020 will be “mindful”, as in mindful exercise (walking, yoga,) mindful eating, mindful planning of my day. Being mindful is a great way to slow down and savor life, as well as take care of yourself and act in accordance with your core values. At least, that’s what I’m hoping will happen. 😆

I’m almost finished with Twilight Toujours. I can’t wait wait to post a pic!

I am the Twilight

And JoJo is The Night.

I conquered my social anxiety and went to my LYS’s holiday party. It was fun and I got to chat with fellow Harry Potter nerds. There was a dirty Santa gift exchange and I “stole” this yarn.

I almost felt bad but it was the only yarn I liked, and I figured that’s what a Gryffindor would do. (And according to Pottermore, that’s what I am.)

I have a sudden desire to knit a Gryffindor hat.

Another Quiz!

50 questions! Will it ever end?

1. What is the color of your toothbrush?

I have two at the moment. I’m not sure how that happened. One is pink and black and white, the other is orange and black and white.

2. Name someone who made you smile?

JoJo makes me smile in the morning as she rolls around on the kitchen floor making cute kitty noises as if getting fed depends upon her being cute.

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?

8am is still yet to come!

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?

feeding JoJo

5. What is your favorite candy bar?

River-Sea Chocolate Rum Caramel

6. Ever been to a strip club?

I think I went to a Chippendales (male strip club) for a Hen/Bachelorette party once. I don’t see the appeal. I think it’s a combination of humorous and embarrassing.

7. What is the last thing you said out loud?

Some garbled stream of laughing and nonsense as I was looking at Animals Being Derps on Reddit. “Oh heeheehee look at this kitty hahaha it doesn’t share its food hehehohoho.” But seriously, look at this kitty.

8. What is your favorite ice cream?

I can’t eat real ice cream, tragically, so So Delicious Soy Vanilla.

9. What was the last thing you had to drink?

Coffee with eggnog

10. Do you like your wallet?

I love my wallet! It’s a little big, but I carry it as a clutch sometimes, so it’s all good.

11. What was the last thing you ate?

Gluten free peppermint JoJos from Trader Joe’s

12. Did you buy any new clothes this weekend?

Yes, I went to the thrift store. I bought some new (to me anyway) flannel PJ pants (LLBean!) a cotton sweater, a couple of long sleeved cotton tops, a wool skirt (JCrew!) and — the score — a pair of Harve Bernard wool flannel pleated pin striped trousers that still had the tags on them that looked like they had been hanging in someone’s closet since the 1980’s. They were exactly what I wanted. Thank you, Universe!

13. The last sporting event you watched?

I do not sportsball

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?

Bob’s garlic and herb. By Bob I mean my Bob. He makes the most amazing popcorn with nutritional yeast in the seasoning.

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to?

Board Treasurer. For work.

16. Ever go camping? Oh yes. I love fall and spring camping.

17. Do you take vitamins daily?

Yes

18. Do you go to church every Sunday?

No

19. Do you have a tan?

Not at the moment

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?

No, I pretty much will always choose pizza.

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw?

I do not soda. I do not straw unless it is my metal reusable ones. Save the sea turtles!

22. What did your last text say?

It was a link to a spreadsheet. Man, I am boring!

23. What are you doing tomorrow?

Driving to Indianapolis for a Board Meeting.

24. What terrifies you?

Insanity. Abandonment.

25. Look to your left, what do you see?

A wool blanket from Lesotho that my stepdaughter gave us.

26. What color is your watch?

I do still have a watch, even though I don’t wear it. The band is hand tooled leather. I love it, but watches are now obsolete if you have a phone.

27. What do you think of when you hear Australia?

Throw another shrimp on the barbie. Do you come from the land down under? If you leave me, can I come too? Crocodile Dundee. Kangaroo Jack.

28. Favorite Soda?

I do not soda, but if I must, ginger ale.

29. Do you go in a fast food place or just hit the drive thru?

I do not fast food.

30. What is your favorite number?

14

31. Who’s the last person you talked to on the phone?

Board Chair. Work work work work work.

32. Any plans today?

Yoga and Pilates. Work meeting. Work stuff. Volunteer. Go to bed.

33. How many states have you lived in?

5: Oklahoma, Texas, California, Virginia, and Ohio

34. Biggest annoyance right now?

The necessity of dieting and exercise

35. Last song listened to?

I’m not sure but it was on the Pumpkin Spice Latte Frame of Mind Google Play Channel, something hipster and hygge, which I was ironically enjoying

36. Can you say the alphabet backwards?

No but I will probably try now

37. Do you have a maid service when you clean house?

I wish.

38. Favorite type of shoes you always wear?

Dr Marten’s oxfords

39. Are you jealous of anyone?

I don’t think so

40. Is anyone jealous of you?

I doubt it

41. Do you love anyone?

Of course

42. Do any of your friends have children?

Most do

43. What do you usually do during the day?

Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, knit

44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now?

I do not hate

45. Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily?

Probably

46. What color is your car?

Basque Red. Yes, that’s the Honda name for the color. It was a selling point.

47. How many kids do you want?

I have 3 bio, 4 step. I think we’re good.

48. Are you thinking about someone right now?

Yes

49. Have you ever been to Six Flags?

Yes, I grew up going to Six Flags over Texas regularly.

50. How did you get your worst scar?

I have scars on both knees from a bicycle accident when I was a kid.

Thanks for posting this, Karen!

My Silly Knitting Quiz

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein?

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no?

9. Favorite knitting slang word?

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer?

12. Favorite yarn brand?

13. Intentional felting: yes or no?

14. Who taught you to knit?

15. What’s your next knit?

Here are my answers:

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

Also there is a pattern for his long underwear.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?

2-color stranded

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?

Wool, of course

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein?

Wood when I can find them

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?

Yes, please! Probably Shetland is my number 1 but I would also love to go on a Finnish knitting holiday, if there is one. Iceland would be on the short list as well, along with any Scandinavian country.

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)

DK

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?

Rarely because I don’t want to get food on my knitting, but occasionally chocolate

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no?

Hell no

9. Favorite knitting slang word?

Knitty Litter: The knitting related detritus that collects all over the home when one knits (I tend to scatter much knitty litter when I’m deep into a project)

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.

For some time I have been on a mission to learn to read a real book while knitting, but I am not coordinated enough, apparently. I would also like to knit while walking, but same problem. I think someone should teach a knitting yoga class. There’s cat yoga, and even goat yoga. There should be knitting yoga!

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer?

It’s still Kate Davies. There is something about her simple precision and elegance that appeals to me, with just a little quirky fun.

12. Favorite yarn brand?

I have to say, Scout by Kelbourne Woolens is becoming my favorite yarn. But Peace Fleece will probably always be my favorite brand because of their mission. I would love a sweater quantity of Peace Fleece yarn for Christmas.

13. Intentional felting: yes or no?

Slippers yes, but anything else, no. I like drape.

14. Who taught you to knit?

A friend but it didn’t “take” so I took a class a couple of years later. I’m mostly self-taught

15. What’s your next knit?

These slippers for myself in raspberry red

Please answer on your blog, and let us know in the comments if you’re playing along!

Everyone Is Doing It

It was an up in the middle of the night kind of night last night, so I filled out this quiz all my blog friends are doing.

40 odd things about me . . . join in with a comment or a post on your blog.

1. Do you like mustard? Mustard is my condiment of choice.
2. Choice of carbonated beverage? Brew Dr. kombucha in Love or Happiness
3. Ever traveled to another country? Yes, England, France, Mexico, Canada
4. Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka? Only tequila in Margaritas
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers
6. Favorite Type Of food: it used to be pizza, but now it is tacos
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Coffee with oat milk
9. Can you do a 100 pushups? Doubtful
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Or Fall? Fall
11. Favorite hobby? Knitting.
12. Tattoos? Yes, two
13. Do you wear glasses? Yes
14. Phobia? Heights, drowning, cockroaches
15. Nickname? I think I outgrew all my nicknames, except for mom and motherrr
16. Three drinks you drink?  Water, coffee, herbal tea
17. Biggest Downfall? Gluten free peppermint JoJos from Trader Joe’s
18. Rain or Snow? Snow
19. Piercings? Two in left ear, one in right ear, one in left nostril
20. Age? 52
21. Taken or Single? Married
22. How long taken or single? married 7 years
23. Kids? 7 altogether
24. Favorite color? It’s green right now
25. Employed? Yes
26. Can you whistle? Yes
27. Where were you born? Oklahoma City
28. Brothers or Sisters? 1 sister
29. Ninjas or Pirates? I think ninjas are funnier for some reason
30. Surgeries? Gallbladder and Wisdom Teeth removal
31. Religious? It depends on how you define it. I’m spiritual. I have faith and beliefs.
32. Shower or Bath? Shower
33. Like gambling? No
34. Are You Loyal? Yes
35. Broken bones? Foot
36. How many tv’s in your house? 1
37. Worst pain ever? Gallbladder attack
38. Do you like to dance? I love to dance!
39. Are your parents still alive? My mom is
40. Do you like camping? Yes as long as my comfort needs are met. I do not want to be cold or hot, and I can’t sleep if I can feel tree roots or rocks in my back. Gee, I’m a fussy camper!

Now there’s a 50 question quiz going around! Give me time.

My Weekender is blocking!

A Quiz! And Felting Blues

Here’s a quiz from Karen at nothingbutknit.

1. What was the last food you ate? SunRype Chocolate Chip Bites

2. Do you sleep with socks on? If I’m cold, but usually not.

3. Worst physical pain you’ve had? Gallbladder attacks

4. Favourite place you have ever been? Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

5. How late did you stay up last night? I went to bed at 8:15 and I was snoozing on the couch before that. I’m a little under the weather.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be? Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

7. What is your favourite sport? I don’t have one but I would like to cultivate an appreciation for a sport and a fandom for a team. Maybe curling.

8. When was the last time you cried? It’s been a few months.

9. Who took your profile pic? I did.

10. Two of your favourite movies? There are so many good movies, it’s hard to choose. Auntie Mame is one of my all time favorites, as well as Nosferatu by Werner Herzog.

11. What’s your favourite season? Autumn

12. If you could have any career what would it be? I love my career but one thing more I would like to do in my lifetime is knitting pattern designer.

13. What was the last book you read? It Was a Dark and Stormy Knit.

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? My Dad

15. Are you a good influence on other people? I think so. I try to encourage people to accept themselves as they are and also inspire them to be the best they can be. That’s good, right?

16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza? If there is ham, then yes.

17. You have the remote, what show is on? I just finished The Bay on BritBox, and just started watching Blandings. Hilarious.

18. Last text message: Catchy

19. What’s the last concert you’ve been to? SaltfishForty

20. Favorite food: The Universe has conspired against me enjoying my favorite food of all time which is cheese.

21. Favorite album all-time? Josephine Foster and the Supposed “All the Leaves are Gone”. When I think about listening to it I imagine the scene in Mars Attacks! when the aliens’ brains quiver and explode to Slim Whitman music, only it’s my brain and it feels good.

22. Favorite day of the week? Saturday

23. Have you ever drank alcohol? Yes, I like good wine with food, hard cider, mead, and beer (although I can only have gluten free beer). Also, it’s “drunk”. Also I try not to drink very often because it’s a depressant. See number 25 below.

24. Did you go to college? Yes. I worked my way through college and it took me nine years to get my bachelors degree. I’m proud of that.

25. Have you ever experienced depression? Yes, it started with post partum depression after my second child and has continued as clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Yes, I take medication and have accepted that in order to fulfill my potential for a life well lived I will probably have to stay on medication the rest of my life. And I’m ok with it.

Please join in. The more the merrier. Feel free to answer in the comments or leave a link if you’re posting it on your blog so we can read your answers.

My Blue Ribbon Beanie got a little stretched out on my trip. I thought, “I know! I’ll put it in a lingerie bag and wash it on cold WITH A LOAD OF JEANS and then reblock it!” It felted right up! Of course. The good news is it still fits. The bad news is it has lost its jauntiness.

Before I took my expensive wool knit fabric to the studio to sew my Ace, I thought I should probably wash it which led to me thinking, “I know! I’ll put it in a lingerie bag and wash it on cold WITH A LOAD OF JEANS and hang it up to dry!” And yes, it felted. I don’t know if I have enough to make Ace now.

I think I have finally learned my lesson.

PS: Happy Halloween! I accidentally turned my comments off for this post, but they are back on again, in case you want to leave one.

A Good Button Down

Hello. I have worked very hard today and I am currently relaxing on our hammock in one of my favorite shirts. There is nothing quite like a good button down, is there? When I saw this one at the thrift store, it reminded me of my youth. I wouldn’t call myself preppy, but I would call myself eclectic which includes occasional forays into preppiness.

My pleated shirt pattern came in the mail, and I hope to make myself a new favorite button down soon.

I ordered new Halloween decorations this year. These are fair trade, and made complete with pumpkin chai scented candles. This is a big deal for me. I haven’t bought decorations in years.

It’s very possible I could finish this sweater before I leave for Nova Scotia! Sleeve Island here I come!