Wobbly Wednesday

I’m still trying to get over the fatigue of this flu. I’m hoping this is my last day spent mostly in bed. I took a couple of days off work to rest.

Sarah sent me my project bag for completing The Weekender. Isn’t it wonderful? And she included a treasured skein of precious Garden Wool and Dye yarn. Thank you!

I finished my slippers and have felted them. They are blocking and drying now. They are looking pretty lumpy and I’m not thrilled with how I can still see the stitch work. But they fit and I’m sure at some point they’ll need a wash and felt up a bit more.

Today I’m thankful Bob is the cook and I don’t have to worry about Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating!

All in for Shetland

When I was at my LYS a week or two ago I lunged at this yarn in colorway mossbank. I bought 10 hanks. At first I thought I might make yet another sweater but now I think I might knit up a throw blanket. This is the first yarn I’ve purchased in a long time without a pattern in mind. I was thinking maybe a gansey patterned throw but this yarn is so pretty I might stick with something simple. Maybe this Hip to be Square blanket?

I am feeling a little better but I tire easily.

Who wants to go on a knitters trip to Shetland?

2020 might be ambitious, but maybe 2021?

The View From Here

I have been fighting the crud all week and I finally fell sick on Friday. I’m feeling better now, and this has been my view for most of the weekend. I’m knitting on my slippers and they are working up fast. JoJo and Bob have been my constant companions.

This yarn is Germantown from Kelbourne Woolens and the color is Persian Red. The pattern is Women’s Felted Slippers by Monique Rae. It’s been a long time since I’ve made felted slippers and I love that these are knitted in one piece before felting.

See You on the Weekender!

I have an idea! What if we- this online knitting community – met up for a knitting holiday somewhere! We could plan and save and in a couple of years go on one of these Stitchtopia Knitting Holidays! Or some other one. It doesn’t have to be theirs. What do you think? Doable? Or worst idea ever?

Also, mildlygranola, I want my project bag. 😁

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!

Solid Gold Sunday

Yesterday I got really excited about dyeing my Cotswold with turmeric, and I did it. I followed these instructions. It was simple and I love the color. It is still a little damp. I made a mistake by dyeing it at first while still twisted in a loose hank, so I untwisted and dyed it again, resulting in the beautiful gradient. So be like me and make a mistake and love the outcome. I don’t think I would like it as well if it were all the same color.

The dyeing process blew out the lanolin so I ordered some and I’m going to give it another rinse with lanolin. I had someone tell me recently that you don’t want lanolin left in your wool. Well, maybe they don’t. But I sure do. Especially in the Cotswold which got toothier after dyeing. The lanolin makes it softer and also moisture repellent. Why wouldn’t I want that?

With only 10 minutes to spare and my hands still yellow and smelling of turmeric, I rushed to the COWFG meeting. I got lost and was 15 minutes late, but still enjoyed most of the presentation by the owners of Oak Knoll Farm.

I knit on my Weekender and listened to wonderful stories about a sheep named Charlotte who goes into a trance when she gets sheared, and another one who wags its tail and follows you around like a puppy. Yes, I now want a hobby sheep farm when I retire. I want protective dogs and sweet Shetlands.

I purchased some of their fiber. You know they love their sheep when they include their photos on the product.

I also purchased this.

Do you know what this is? I’ll bet HighlandHeffalump does. I am going to take a class today and then I will share with you all about the mystery of this beautiful tool.

Random Thankfulness: Today I am thankful for our immigrant and refugee communities who bring their amazing food to our area, like baby bananas.