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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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?

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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.

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.

Sunflower Shuffle

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Several times during my work day I try to get out and go for what Bob and I call a “shuffle.” It’s a short walk around the block. It’s great for moving my body and clearing my head. One of our neighbors has a yard full of flowers, and a fence lined with sunflowers, my favorite flower. I think these are Mexican Red Sunflowers.

I am ready to start the i-cord bind off on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. I’m going to do that tonight and update you tomorrow. Accountability!

Also, I asked the art gallery owner who hosted us for our Mother Artists at Work show this summer if he would be interested in me having a solo show there in a year or two. And he said YES! I just have to reach out and set a date!

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!

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I blogged before bed last night, and I deleted it in the wee hours due to a 1am panic attack. Don’t ask me to try to make logical sense out of it. There isn’t any.

Selfie a Day

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A friend of mine posted a selfie on Instagram the other day. She looked great. Another friend has been taking daily selfies for years, although I don’t think she posts them all. She said it’s educational to watch how you change over the years.

I was taking photos of Bob, and he said his kids say there are more photos of him on my social media than there are of me. It’s true. It’s because no one ever takes my photo.

So I decided to start the selfie a day, though I’ll spare you from a daily post. I’ll pick the best one from the week to post.

Great Lakes Fiber Show

I purchased one pound of Shetland roving, some handmade birch dpns, and this wonderful orange basket from Ghana. All my baskets are orange. I just realized.

There were hanks and hanks of gorgeous yarn, of course. But I was controlled with my spending. I needed the roving for my art piece. I needed the dpns because I’m going to start knitting with wire again. And I didn’t technically need the basket, but I will put it to good use as my studio transport.

The Photo of Bob

Snapchat has the best stickers.

Slapdash Saturday

I ripped back several inches of the Ohio Star Cowl. As you can see here, my short rows were too steep.

It looks like a sleeve! I will reknit it, decreasing into a more shallow point at the bottom front. Here is a better look at the textured star, which I hope will block out nicely.

And here you can see my math scribbles on a corner of knitters graph paper because I forgot my journal.

Today I started sewing again!

Okay, no actual sewing, but some pattern cutting. I hope to get started tomorrow. I have plenty of fabric to match my plaids, but my goal here is a folksy mismatching of plaid, on the pockets at least.

I also decided I love my red Targhee sweater too much to not be able to throw it on over jeans- with no shirt underneath because it is super soft- which means it needs a handspan of length added to the bottom to cover my hips. I spent a good deal of my time ripping out stitches.

I stopped before ripping out all the ribbing because it was lunch time. I’ll finish tomorrow.

Here’s my swatch for one of the Warm Hands contest designs. I’ve decided to forget about the contest since it may not be happening, and I promised myself I didn’t have to put anything out there this year if I didn’t feel like it. And I’m not feeling like it. Ostrich Sleeves will have to wait.

Today I realized why I cram so much creativity in on the weekend. When I was working as a store manager, I used that part of my brain every day on photography and social media. Now that part of my brain doesn’t get much exercise during the work week, so I’m hitting it hard on the weekend.

After studio time it was Date Saturday. Bob and I went out for Mexican food, saw Green Book, and picked up Ethiopian food to take home for dinner. We ate out twice today! How decadent.

Thursday

I have been exhausted all week. I don’t know if I’m coming down with something, but other than working, all I really want to do is sleep.

I am still working on this Ohio Star Cowl which may be better suited to a giraffe once I finally get the short rows done on the front. I really want to finish it!

The bad news is… Kate Davies had to put the Knitting Season Club on hold due to health reasons. I’m not sure where that leaves the design contest.

The good news is… my first Ottobre arrived! There are a few things I would like to make, but that means I would have to buy fabric! That wouldn’t be so bad, but I already have sewing projects lined up.

I recently read this article which has me wondering why I always want to turn my hobbies into a job. Granted, when I was home with kids making and teaching and selling my wares at craft fairs, that line of reasoning made sense. But now I have a job, a good job I love, and I seem to be good at it. So why don’t I just let my hobbies be hobbies and enjoy them? I don’t have to justify or monetize them, do I?