Friday, I’m in Love

This was a bit of a rough week, but here are are some things I’ve fallen in love with in the last few days.

Alfie the Alpaca in Adelaide
Love on the Spectrum
my blooming geranium and caravan birdhouse
my project bag from The Crimson Rabbit
Ready to divide for sleeves on my Arachne sweater!

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday at 1PM Eastern (we are currently on daylight time) for our Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit! You can message your Skype ID to me via Instagram @headknits or Ravelry @alissahead. Feel free to invite a friend!

Tuesday Treat

Yarn Sniffer nail polish from The Woolly Thistle

Oh yes I did. I have been following The Woolly Thistle for a while, but I haven’t succumbed to a purchase until now. Knitter’s nail polish, y’all! These are the Flagship colors: Fearless Steeker, Whatcha Swatchin’, and Yarn Sniffer. I had to try on Yarn Sniffer right away, of course.

And don’t tell me this is the same as any other nail polish because you would be wrong! 😂

Lovely Day

emPower People purple bandana, yarn is Wood Wool Stone alpaca blend in Concord

I had a lovely day today (Sunday). I blogged my YOP update. Bob made eggs with toast for my breakfast. I took a nap. I knit. I enjoyed our Blogville Knitters virtual knit. I finished my emPower People bandana. The boys came over and Bob made tacos for our dinner.

❤️ Nerds ❤️

We are playing a role playing game called Ashen Stars. This is my first time playing an RPG. Today we learned about the different races of characters in the game. I chose Val Mas. This week we are working on names and character development.

My brain glows when I activate my psychic resonance.

The funny thing is that Bob has been calling this game Sherlock Holmes in Space. I thought that was the actual name of the game but it turns out he made that up.

It was nice to cross something off my list today!

Saturday Words

Sheep at Highland Village, NS

Just as everyone was leaving Ravelry for inaccessibility, I seem to be spending more time over there. I’m contrary like that. I joined an audiobook group for more suggestions, and everyone is recommending Vampire Knitting Club. Vampires and knitting?! Two of my favorite things! I started it yesterday, and so far it is similar to other knitting cozies. But the intro made me laugh because the yarn shop is named Cardinal Woolsey’s. I figured that was a good sign.

Daughter of a Shepherd has a wonderful book shelf with all sorts of titles I would love to read. I settled on The Solace of Open Spaces since I can get it at the library.

Great, two books to read but nothing to listen to while knitting. I almost signed up for Scribd in desperation. Our library does have a download service through Libby, but I’m not finding much that I want to listen to there. Or the search function isn’t great. Any tips?

Today is Saturdate, and in need of something to look forward to since we don’t follow sports or anything like that, Bob and I are having movie theme weekends. This weekend is John Cusack. We are watching Grosse Pointe Blank and Say Anything. I have a feeling next weekend’s theme will be Lili Taylor in a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon unspoken rule, as she has a great role in Say Anything. I hope so, because then my choice for next weekend will be Mystic Pizza.

I lost 5 pounds last month. I jogged at intervals yesterday while walking, which is so exciting because I love jogging. I will have to be careful not to push it or I will hurt myself.

OKC (obligatory knitting content): I have been focusing on Arachne. I look forward to posting my YOP (Year of Projects) update tomorrow.

I am missing Nova Scotia. Tonight Highland Village has their 59th Annual Highland Village Day concert. You can watch it on YouTube. I told Bob we will have to have a concert intermission between John Cusack movies. Seed Savers Exchange is also having a benefit concert tonight. It’s not free, though. We may have picked the wrong weekend to start movie themes.

What are you doing this weekend?

Friday Eve No FO

Ready to start the toe shaping!

I wanted to have a finished object (FO) today — even if it was going to be one sock (does one sock count?) Alas, I have not finished even the one. My toe will be solid blue like the heel flap. I hope sock number two works out this way!

I am enjoying my blog title verbiage “no fo”. I’ve been working on grants for work this week, and a notice of funding opportunity is called a “nofo”.

Since I can’t share an FO with you, instead I would like to share with you the cutest podcast in the world. You know I’m a sucker for a Scottish accent.

Check out the Wee Sew n Sew Knitting Podcast here.

Wednesday WIP

Thanks to bonnyknits for turning me onto the emPowerpeople2020 movement and this cowl pattern. Yarn is Wood Wool Stone DK baby alpaca, merino, and silk. I really needed something new to fan my knitting flames.

I recently watched Fruity Knitting’s interview with Cecelia Campochiaro about her book Sequence Knitting. I’m excited to dive into this because I’m really into systems. I like to think of a pattern as a system for taking an idea or item and making it replicable. Sequence Knitting takes the idea of a pattern as a system to an entirely new level.

I have made a goal to blog four times this week. Two down, two to go!

Sock It To Me Monday – PRIDE Edition

I started my PRIDE sock KAL with the Blogville Knitters. This is TurtlePurl’s What Does It Mean? Double Rainbow sock yarn and for pattern I’m following a 64 stitch recipe based on Hermione’s Every Day Sock.

Also proud to have spent most of my day helping to create and communicate a Statement in Support of Racial Justice for the organization I work for. Exhausting day, but a good day.

State of Emergency Stockinette

I wanted to post about this yesterday, but didn’t have the energy. We closed two of our stores early yesterday due to a state of emergency in downtown Columbus, and protests scheduled for downtown Indianapolis which we expected to escalate. (They did.) We stand in solidarity with peaceful protest, and judging by the posts of people I know personally, the protesters themselves remained peaceful. We have kids living near and in downtown, and all reported in safe. Our staff is safe and so far no reports of damage to our stores. We are lucky.

We are supposed to be packing. Bob is. We are still waiting on the second appraisal report. I’ve been slowly progressing through the back of Deschain. I’m grateful for the stockinette. I’ve been watching a Fruity Knitting podcast each day, and it’s getting me through. It’s a moment of respite in a sea of worry. I realize I’m privileged to have moments of respite. And not to have to fear for the lives of our children because of the color of their skin.

We watched “The Vast of Night” last night. Excellent film in a throwback style. Intelligent and suspenseful with great dialogue and music. A moment of race reality acknowledgement. A breath of fresh air.