Uppsala Slippers and a YOP Update

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We are deep in the throws of winter, under 8-12 inches of snow here. And my feet cannot get warm! I adore these snowflake slippers and I think they are just the thing to wear over hand knit wool socks for a double layer of wooly warmness. Uppsala Slippers by Fibrely (Ravelry link)

Year of Projects Update

Felting

I’m going to dye some fiber this week while I’m off work — blue and green — and finish the stitching on Hay for Days.

Knitting

I’m making good progress on Franca, mistletoe kisses socks, and puttering on my Aurora Borealis cowl. I’m going to cast on a Litmus Cowl with my Advent yarn. Liz is my Advent yarn guru, and she posted it today. It’s just what I need: mindless. I will randomly pull colors out and knit them with a section of the big skein in between. Yay. Litmus Cowl Ravelry Link

Design

I’m going to spend some time with my video class this week while I’m off.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

What I Got for Christmas, A Theme

Bob felt bad that I didn’t have much to open on Christmas morning, but he did very well. I received a breed specific fiber yarn club subscription and breed specific knitting workshop from Longway Homestead! It doesn’t get much better than that. I also got a sweary knitting mug from ChristineParkerCo and some silver snowflake earrings that are toodling their way here in the post. They are a replacement for a pair I lost hiking a few years ago. My oldest kid sent us original music on the winter solstice. My sister gave me a gift card to The Woolly Thistle and surprised me with a Faerie Knitting book. My Mom sent us cash, and I immediately spent my portion on yarn for a blue Turtledove. (Image above. Apparently I want to make whatever Liz is making.) Bob’s Mom sent us cash, and I ordered a warm robe and PJs, which I need. I also received a handmade bud vase, a hand painted card, yarn! and other goodies in the mail from friends. I feel positively spoiled! I re-embraced card sending this year. I needed it in 2020. I also Skyped and Facetimed with family on the day, which was the best gift. I hope you had a good Christmas, too!

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It’s Curtains! A YOP Update

Sewing

I finished the bedroom curtains. Each window is a different height so each pair had to be a different length. It took me a couple of tries to make sure the pairs matched each other… well, were close enough not to bother me.

I was curious why we use curtains to connote an end of something, and grammarist.com says, “The idiom it’s curtains for you is taken from the fact that the final stage direction in many plays is simply the word ‘curtain’ meaning it is time to draw the curtain and end the play.”

One more pair of curtains for the living room, and then it’s curtains for sewing curtains!

Knitting

I’ve made a good start on the second TransPride sock. Background art by Sydney, one of our delightful children. I think I’m going to frame them and hang them over our TV (the art, not the socks, which will go on another kid’s feet).

I’ve finished knitting the main part of my Shetland Tweed Throw, but I need to knit the i-cord edge. I had to order new double pointed needles for it. I’m also making progress on Franca.

Design

I’m taking a video class on writing knitting patterns. I’ve also checked out a few books at the library by the teacher. If I feel like this was worth my time and money, I will link it later.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

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Sunday Year of Projects Update: Planning

I didn’t add too many finished objects this week. Just my Barley Light Hat. But I did add a few things to my list.

I received my copy of Shetland Wool Week 2020 and fell in love with the Strom Cardigan pattern. I started looking at yarn online and realized that SURELY I had enough Milarrochy Tweed in my stash for this. And I was right! The main color will be Tarbet Blue, top. The other blue may be a little close, but I’ve got a lighter and a darker one if needed. The pink on the sweater will be orange. 🧡

I got my yarn for the Water Shawl Knitalong.

I ordered this Blacker Lyonesse with the intention of making a suit. I don’t think this is quite right for that. Instead I think I will knit one of Wolf and Faun’s shawl patterns. I’m not sure which one yet. Maybe Madda.

I’m adding to my holiday makes! This Ramen Needles DK yarn is called Christmas Village. I was thinking of knitting a Rikke Hat (Rav link) which has been in my library for a while, but geez how many hats can a person make and wear? So then I thought maybe some mittens?

And while we’re lining up holiday makes, here is my December sock yarn.

That’s four holiday makes planned for December: two sparkly cowls, one pair of mittens, and one pair of socks. That’s realistic, right?

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Sunday Sewing and Year of Projects Update

I did a curtain! I learned a lot while making these curtains, and I hope all subsequent curtains will look a little more polished. But I love this fabric. I think we made a good choice.

After finishing the curtains for one window I decided to treat myself by whipping up some new PJ pants. Inspired by Sarah, I went for these knitting sheep. Her fabric is way more cool, but this flannel is super soft. I think it’s meant for babies, like me.

Year of Projects Update

I don’t have much else to share, other than I updated my list. I posted a knitting update on Wednesday.

I may be adding the Aurora Borealis Cowl to my list in Euclid Sparkle Sock from Superfine Yarn Co. It’s got a subtle silver sparkle.

And I may be adding the Less Is More Cowl to my list in this sparkly yarn Karen sent me. It’s got a subtle gold sparkle. I’m really wanting a sparkly cowl to knit and wear for the holidays. I wish my photos showed more of the sparkle.

What about you? Are you planning your holiday makes? Are you making for you or someone else? Is anything going to be sparkly? I’m planning to be selfish with my sparkly makes in December.

Fall Back Year of Projects Update

It’s November 1. Only two more months of 2020! Even though this year has been a dumpster fire, it’s been a productive year for me. Probably because I never leave my house.

Fiber Art

I started a new piece for the solo show next year. Here it is pre-felted. I’ve wet felted it now, but it’s drying. I have to make at least one piece every month until September 2021. In November, I’m going to concentrate on dying my own fleece as I’m finding purchased dyed roving doesn’t always felt as expected.

This week our group, Mother Artists at Work, had two interviews in local publications for our group show. I also had an interview for work with the Fair Trade Federation. Three interviews in one week! It was a lot, but it was good. This must be the year of doing all the things. I also won a yarn giveaway from Ramen Needles!

Knitting

I knit a bunch of Halloween things that weren’t on my YOP list and it was fun. I knit two colorwork cowls. I want to leave a note for myself right here. Don’t knit anymore colorwork cowls that don’t have shaping. When you wear them, all you see is the floats on the back. Maybe I need to learn how to wear them.

I think I figured it out! Maybe it was still too damp and floppy when I had it on at first.

Sewing

I feel really good about finishing my Halloween Rachel shirt. I’m going to finish sewing my fall advent bags and then I’d like to concentrate on our curtains before starting on any new apparel projects. I think I found my go to pants in the new Ottobre.

Design

I kind of forgot about this. Why design your own thing when there are so many awesome designs already out there?

Fiddle

I listen to fiddle music and daydream about playing the fiddle. Does that count?

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit today at 1PM Eastern! Please message or email your Skype ID to me, Marilee, or Sarah if you are new and want to join in.

SpooOOooky Year of Projects Update

Sewing

I did a good enough job with the cuffs on the sleeves of my Halloween Rachel shirt, but I made a mistake. HAHAHA it makes me laugh. Can you spot it? No, I’m not fixing it.

Knitting

I’m plodding away on my Broom Riding Cowl. It’s tough to get a good pic while it’s on the needles. But I wanted you to see how the colorwork shows up (on parts of it at least). In places it looks like clouds are covering the moons, which I like. I wish I were enjoying the knitting more, but I guess I don’t like looking at a chart on every row.

I’m ready to turn the heel on my second Halloween sock. The stripes are lining up like they did on the first sock, which is awesome.

I haven’t cast on my Celtic Colours Mitts yet, but it’s still International Cast On All The Things Month for two more weeks.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

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The Doldrums of Creativity: A YOP Update

View from our driveway. We live here! 🍂🍁

I had so many creative plans for this staycation. Then, at some point last week, I stopped doing anything productive. I read an entire book in one sitting, and I hiked. I don’t regret it.

Felting

Haze Over Maize, Granville 2020: wool and cotton floss

I finished a piece for the upcoming group art show. I was trying to skip the photo stage and create something from inspiration. I spent a lot of time stitching on it. I enjoyed the process as it was very meditative. It is too big for my barnwood shadow box frames, so I had to order a new one. This turned out pretty much how I imagined it.

I tried felting angora yesterday, as an experiment, and it was a disaster.

Knitting

I’ve almost finished my first Halloween sock! 🎉 And I have cast on almost all the October things.

Today this blog post about The Doldrums of Creativity was in my inbox. (FYI When I share things, I do not get compensated in any way. I’m not an influencer or anything like that.) It was a helpful read. I really like the part about having faith in your ideas.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Blogville Knitters Skype today at 1PM Eastern! Then my kids will be here for tofu Sloppy Joe’s and Nightmare Before Christmas.

My mums did not disappoint this year.

Sunday YOP Update

It’s almost October, my favorite month!

Sewing

Halloween Rachel Progress

I’m sewing a little on my Rachel shirt each day. Sewing hurts my back, so I am taking it a few steps at a time.

Here’s a close up of the fabric. What I love about this fabric is I can wear it year round and no one will notice it’s Halloween fabric unless they get a close look. These buttons are from my stash, and I think work well. And I have enough of them.

Knitting

I am trying to buckle down to work on my Mom’s Franca. I have to learn some new things so I need to focus. I think the shaping will be worth it for the fit, and I’m hoping once I learn the method, I will be able to knit more of these sweaters. Like this one:

Cocoknits Molly Pattern

Eventually, I want to knit a suit — a pullover and skirt — and I think this sweater is perfect for it.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

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A Sunday YOP Update

Finished Foursquare Cowl

Knitting

I finished my Foursquare Cowl. I’m not gonna lie. I had some tension issues, which is all my fault. But I worked it out, and isn’t it pretty? The yarn is super soft. This is a fun pattern to knit. Also, I’m wearing my Weekender on the weekend, because I’m original like that.

Next up is my Mom’s Franca. I look forward to learning this construction method. I bought the book and journal from CocoKnits so there is no reason for me to misunderstand anything.

I still need to finish my second PSL sock, but at least I’m on the heel flap. I have two new projects in the planning stages, and I will share about those later this week.

Sewing

I am ready to start on my Rachel shirt. I’ve taped together the pattern and washed the fabric. I ended up getting new Halloween fabric because the print was too big on the first fabric. I am going to offer Bob a Halloween shirt from the big print. Like a Hawaiian shirt, but Halloween. He will probably decline. If so, maybe I can host a Halloween knitalong next year and make a few Halloween totes as prizes. Or maybe I can do both. It could happen.

My Arachne Knitalong goodies from Marilee.

We have our curtain rods, and once they are installed I will start sewing the curtains.

Fiber Art

I have two pieces in the idea phase, and two shadow box frames for them made from salvaged barn wood. Now I need to fill in the in between. I am taking a vacation in October and I expect I will get them done then.

Other than that, I’m still plugging away on my list. I’m not focusing on fiddle at the moment, but I am focusing on increasing my running endurance. I’m up to 2 miles, 4 times per week. In October I hope to run 45 miles for our Move 4 Fair Trade campaign at work. If you would like to show your support for me, or Fair Trade, or Global Gifts, you can pledge here: https://move4fairtrade.rallyup.com/f95b63/goalissa

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Yesterday, we had our first fire in the fireplace of the new house and it’s heaven. RBG’s passing was a gut punch. For Satur-date we ate our feelings and picked movies that we each defined as a “feel good” movie. Here’s the funny part, both movies are black comedies about ordinary people trying to cover up a death for their own ordinary reasons, money and love, taking place in beautiful scenery with great dialogue: Waking Ned Devine and The Trouble with Harry. Bob and I are the same person.

Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit today at 1PM Eastern! Please message or email your Skype ID to me, Marilee, or Sarah if you are new and want to join in.

Year of Projects Update

Finished Arachne Sweater

I finished my Arachne Sweater! I love it! I think the cropped silhouette and short sleeves keep the vintage vibe alive. I had plenty of yarn and I look forward to making a Seamwork Rachel shirt to wear under it in this print.

Surely I’m not the only one whose YOP list stays the same number, or even grows?

I want to sew more Rachel shirts, one for each season. I want to customize the fit and make it my go to shirt pattern. I also want to do that with a pant pattern, but I haven’t found the pattern yet.

Our curtain rods should arrive today, which means my linen curtains just moved up on the sewing list.

Laura Kate asked me to share a sketch of my idea for my fiber art piece. I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet, but I am glad I have a more concrete idea. I will share something later, once I’ve made a little more progress.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Bob and I watched Driveways yesterday. Highly recommend. We shared our mutual love of Brian Dennehy. Then we watched the latest episode of Lovecraft Country. Highly recommend. Then I thought we were going to make it a Brian Dennehy weekend with a Lovecraft Country intermission, but Bob surprised me with an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was a Doug Jones breakout role. I don’t love Buffy (the show, although I love the movie) but we think a Doug Jones weekend is imminent. And I wouldn’t mind rewatching the first season of Buffy in October.

Is it too early to watch Hocus Pocus? It is, isn’t it.