I know it’s been awhile, but suffice to say 2017 is what I’ve been calling the Year of the Dumpster Fire. There’s been a lot of rough times this year, but it wasn’t all bad. Here’s a few pictures of some good stuff:

Pepper is very helpful with crochet projects.
A sunrise mimosa with creme brulee, amongst besties.
Took myself to lunch at Flying Star.

 

Some of my haul from the NM Mineral Symposium. I plan to facet those little yellow stones (apatite).

I have been trudging along on the happily ever after Stitch along; I only have 3 months left!

It’s almost finished! I even got the bottom left corner, and some of the right corner. Now it’s on to October (Sword in the Stone!)

I will bring this to my parents house next week, I really hope I can at least get October done and November started. I hope the border will line up…I’ve had such a good time with this project.

(from a couple weeks ago)

This weekend is the biennial NM Fiber Arts Fiesta!! I look forward to this every two years! It’s at the fairgrounds and it’s a big deal. This year I even printed out the layout and marked all the booths I especially want to see. There will be sashiko, embroidery, beads, felting, spinning, yarnyarnyarn, and I’m getting light headed…

So excited

And the special guest this year is one of my favorite indie dyers, Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka! Swoon!

Speaking of favors indie dyers, I met up with Lorna Miser last week! The Lorna Miser of Lorna’s Laces fame! I remember buying LL in a yarn store in Houston, it was my first “fancy” yarn. It’s affordable and the colorway are amazing. Lorna has since sold LL, and this year got into dying again and started Zombie Yarns. (Get it? “Lorna’s dying again”?) She had a trunk show at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill and was a super nice person. Her new line is fantastic! I called it “happy goth” because the colorway were all the way from deep shadows to neons. Be still my happy Gothic heart! I found a speckled cotton DK weight and am making her Gutsy Shrug with it. It’s been a long time since a color way and pattern had me this thrilled. It’s so soft and the colors pop and sizzle.

Some have accused me of being easy to please, like it’s a bad thing. I see it as I found my niche, brought a blanket and a book, and made a nice warm drink to settle in. Find your bliss, then revel in it.

*? hours later ?*

My score!!

Four! gorgeous colors from Wooly Wonka on the left, a bunch of small skiens and a bag from Zia Woolz (full pic of all the skiens below), colorful sashiko thread and a dragon kit, a cute row counter, and a shawl kit from Spruce Dragon.

Pretty things:

I already started a Boneyard Shawl with all the leftover sock yarn and new samples, I love it! This project has been so fun throughout the whole process.

Mmm mini skiens

We had such a great time. I can’t wait for the next one!

I’ve been here before. Best laid plans and all that. “Oh with this year long SAL I’ll just work on that and the Doctor sampler and finish both this year!” hahaha I’m so organized.

Then I saw this:

RTO The Gate In The Town Counted Cross Stitch Kit:

aaaannnd it may have ended up in my amazon cart and then on my porch. I love it!! Be still my gothic heart! The wrought iron….the vines…the spires…the trees and shadows….sigh…

Interesting side note, it came as a kit, but the thread code/list was missing. :-( I emailed them not expecting anything but I got an email the next day with the right stuff! Yess! I love when kits have the threads organized for me. It’s especially nice here because the colors are very similar. There are a lot of textural elements going one, like half stitches, 1 or 2 threads used for all stitches, and blending colors. I’m really pleased with it so far! All my stitches are even and I have a nice tension going on. I put this in my purse and surprisingly, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work on it out-and-about, especially at after school stuff.

Anyway, here’s my progress so far:

I, Happy Kat, hereby promise I will NOT buy more patterns or kits this year. I’ll try really really hard not to start anything else until something is done and I hereby promise to frame and hang some of the finished pieces I have!

Deep breath…repeat after me….”I’ll pin this not buy it I’ll pin this not buy it”…

(wish me luck)

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.

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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. :)

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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…

;)

It’s a busy week already, haven’t stitched much, but I did get to sit and stitch at a birthday party last Sunday. I got to stitch and watch a gaggle of 8 year olds bowl. It was a lot of fun. We had pizza and cake and he spent most of his quarters on the big bubble gum machine, the one with the spiral slide the gumball comes down.

Good times.

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(On the yarn front, the  vest still looks like ribbon candy. I only have two more rows until shaping.)