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!

A Questionnaire from Karen

Karen over at nothingbutknit posted this questionnaire about being “quirky”.

• Do you have any crafting rituals that you regularly follow? Do you have regular life rituals you follow? If you’d like to share the details feel free.

Crafting rituals… I have to finish a chart repeat and row before putting my knitting away. Everything other than what I am working on must be put away while crafting, especially sewing where I like to spread everything out. I sweep after my sewing project is finished, not during. If the threads start to pile up during I grab them with my hands. To me, sweeping is the sign I am finished.

Life rituals… I drink one cup of Fair Trade French press coffee every morning with 1/2 cup of scalded oat milk in it. I light incense before doing yoga. I try to go to the bathroom before working out or getting in the car. (You asked.)

• Do you consider yourself quirky? Does your quirkiness bleed into your crafting? Again, feel free to share details if you wish.

I guess I am quirky, although I might more accurately be called kooky (and have been). This definitely bleeds into my crafting as I will make something the artist in me thinks is fun, but the introvert in me will never wear.

• Do your rituals and/or quirks play into the crafts you do? Do you avoid certain crafts because of your quirks and/or rituals? Again include details if you wish.

I think I have some sensory issues and I avoid anything that gets my hands dirty. This includes working in clay, paint, meat (while cooking), and scum while cleaning. I also avoid cleaning because I am a perfectionist and once I start down that road it is a never ending rabbit hole of an unsatisfactory job. Luckily Bob does most of the cleaning. I am happy to do laundry, dishes, and I clean the bathroom (which disgusts me so I think I’m going to get some cleaning gloves.)

Life rituals? I wash my hands after everything!

My youngest son inherited this trait. When he was little he would cry when he got dirt on his hands. Dirt is the one thing that doesn’t bother me on my hands, as long as I am gardening. Also, if I spill something on my clothes, I change immediately. I can’t tolerate it. And I put some soap and water on it to try to keep whatever it is from staining. If I sweat in something I can’t wear it again until it is washed. Yep, quirky.

Artist Date Sunday

Today I took myself on an artist date to a couple of galleries in the Short North, an arts district in Columbus. It was a special day – Sunday Bazaar- when artists are working or talking about their work in the galleries and shops.

At Studios on High, an artists’ cooperative, I met Jennifer Jolley Brown, a printmaker. She was trying a new medium for her, woodcut.

We enjoyed chatting about art and life, and I love this image she is working on. She gave me some woodcutting tips in case I should ever try it. I must look like a serial enthusiast. (Is it that obvious?)

Then I came back to my studio and stewed in my juices a bit. After a long leisurely stare out the window, I opened my new planner/journal.

I had this binder made on Zazzle. This is a Carl Larsson painting. The knitting on the table and the textile on the chair, which must be Karin’s, inspire me. Really, the whole thing inspires me. It’s a home scene but so light and colorful — how I would like for my home to be.

I worked a little in my wardrobe planner. My aspirations are so modest here. Surely this is possible!

I was inspired enough to trace and cut out the Ottobre jeans.

The plaid is for the pocket bags.

I missed a few days blogging, but I did catch up on your blogs today!

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!

trompe l’oeil

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?

Friyay

As you can see, I finished the i-cord bind off on the hem. Tonight I will try to finish the neckline, and then I can start the sleeves this weekend.

I’m loving Nothingbutknit’s finished shawl, and I’m wondering if I should start one with that cake of Transitions I purchased on my birthday. Do you have a shawl pattern suggestion? I need something intuitive and repetitive to really enjoy it. I was planning to knit Morag with it, but I’m not crazy about all that garter stitch.

I probably shouldn’t be considering a new project at this point BUT ETA: I think I’ve found my shawl! Stormy Sky Shawl.

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Enjoy today’s workout playlist treasure tune! Get up on this. Salt-N-Pepa’s here (in my hair.)

Glad to be back in my old jeans.