The needle is pointing to another little purple one. I decided there are enough perfectly cute craft photos out there, this is a picture of my WIP and my usual work space-the kitchen table. It’s pretty clean, honestly. This is the detritus from one day, lol. I like the kitchen because there is a lot of natural light and a nice big table to sit at. I prefer having a table for all my stuff. This is the center of our house, right in the middle of where anyone can be, so I’m still with the guys without hovering. They haven’t argued much this afternoon and are currently playing happily with trucks and magic sand. I’m going to bask in it as long as possible, until I change the dynamic by offering dinner. ;-)
I hear thunder outside…cross your fingers for rain tonight! It was a balmy 98 today, yesterday was 101 or something. I know it’s like 204 in places like Phoenix, but hot is hot!
I’m also in the last stretch of that reddish hooded vest!! I just might have enough yarn after all…if not, I found some bright pink stuff in my stash that looks great with this dark red colorway so whatever happens I’ll finish it and I’ll wear it asap. Hot or not!

I’ve been cleaning and planning and organizing and getting ready for summer! Kids are almost out, and I’m planning a family road trip to Colorado, plus a trip to ride the Numbers & Toltec Railroad in June. I’m so excited!!

I finished my first pair of socks knit on straight needles. I knit them super quick compared to double circulars, so much so that I frogged about 2 inches of a new sock to start over on straights. Woot!

We went to an Isotopes game on Friday and we all got little overnight/travel/toiletry bags at the gate. Wouldn’t you know it, it fits a bunch of projects just right!

Coffee stored separately.
Coffee stored separately.


I fit about 4 in there for now. :-D there are lots of pockets for little stuff.

I also got into reading Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner. He goes into how we remember languages and has some neat ways to remember in the long run, instead of short term. I’m excited about it! I want to be fluent in Spanish, right now I’m intermediate I guess. I took classes since 7th grade and being in ABQ I’m surrounded by it. I love Spanish and I hope Wyner’s methods will get me to my goal! Maybe if this works I might get back into German…but one thing at a time!

It’s a beautiful day, I’m going to get back to knitting and reading.

Another doily! So many doilies. This one is crocheted with the cool Poe colors I posted before. There will be a lot of ends to sew in, but that’s OK. (Not as bad as a Dr Who scarf!)

I learned how to do the eyelet foundation/stitch, which is a lot easier than it looks. Elizabeth White is something else. Check out the stuff she comes up with at Bella Crochet.

Two more days and I’ll be finished at this job. I’ll be home again. :-)

Poe Doily, round 6.
Poe Doily, round 6.

Two more days and I’ll be home with the kiddos and outside in this chair as often as possible, reading and crafting and being me.

Two more days…

Well, no fevers, thankfully. My youngest got sick and now I have something…coldish…stuffy  in my sinuses. I took my allergy meds and have a nice cuppa coffee this morning to battle it. ;-)

Lots of stuff happening on the home front that kept me from blogging last week-I gave notice at my job (been there 8+ years, and with this boss for over 10) so I started getting things caught up/just right so I can train my replacement soon. We also have a big internal audit coming up so there’s a lot to do! I’m leaving for lots of reasons, but the main one is to be home for awhile with my family again.

Regardless, I got some tatting done last week and this weekend! I’m taking a break from the crochet projects (this vest and this vest) and Yei. It’s warm and sunny out and this thread color fits my mood. Spring=tatting for me and I have an obsession with doilies lately.

Amusement Doily in Lizbeth 131 sz 20
Amusement Doily in Lizbeth 131 sz 20

I found this awesome thread this week too! I can’t wait to use it on some massive doily, lol. I need to finish up a very old WIP and then I can dive in to this thread.

Artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton size 10 crochet thread in Pewter, Terra Rosa; and Country Rose. I looove this gothic mix of colors.
Artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton size 10 crochet thread in Pewter, Terra Rosa; and Country Rose. I looove this gothic mix of colors.

I’m thinking of crocheting a big doily because it’s faster than tatting and I found a very cool pattern on pinterest. (More on that as I get to it.)

We have a different kind of March Madness around here-Netflix new releases! We’re into Game of Thrones season 5 on dvd, Daredevil Season 2 on streaming, then House of Cards season 4 and the Madagascar movies with the kids on dvd. We don’t have cable, we use Netflix pretty muchexclusively, not counting PBS on the rabbit ears. Gotta have PBS!

This means lots of yarn time for me, I can get a lot done while there’s a good show on. I’m a little more than halfway done with the Ninja vest and finally changed colors on the hooded vest. I think I’m 1/3 done then, with my yarn math. The project takes 3 skeins worth of yarn, I have used 1 skein. Thus, 1/3 done. Yarn math= truth. Years ago Ben gave me a head lamp for Christmas, not for hiking or camping but because he got tired of me trying to knit in the dark. ;-)

<achoo!> well, off to sit and tat for awhile. I’m hoping for a nice lazy day. Hope you have one too! Go do something you love, and hugh someone you love. Maybe give them a smooch or two.

It’s still Wednesday! I didn’t miss the post!

We went to Angel Fire for a 1.5 days over the weekend with an old friend. I didn’t get a lot of pictures, we mostly sat around, and it was great to slow down for awhile!

I crocheted a lot in the car! It’s nice not to have to drive sometimes.

Another beautiful day in NM!
Another beautiful day in NM!

The mountains were simply gorgeous. I could have stayed there forever. I took these pics on Sunday morning, quite early, somewhere around 5am. My guys and I just happened to all get up then. I’m secretly glad I did.

It snowed the night before!
Still chugging along. About halfway through this colorway.
Still chugging along. About halfway through this colorway. I hope it fits…
I'm reading Crimson Shore by Preston & Child. Good stuff!
I’m reading Crimson Shore by Preston & Child. Good stuff!

I got a few minutes tonight to stitch on the Yei, too. Pretty chuffed at how fast this one is going, even with everything else going on. :)


But as these things go, now that I have time to sit and stitch, I’m running out of juice. A few more minutes stitching, then off to bed, where I’ll read until I fall asleep. I hope I don’t bonk myself in the face with the book…again…