I finished the other pullover! Took almost 3 skeins of Caron Big Cakes yarn and a year of working on it on and off. My oldest loves green. It’s the same free Red Heart pattern I used before. But for both I kept holding the pieces against the boy it was for and making it fit. Both are too big but I want them to be used and loved for a long time. It’s a great pattern and easy to adjust. There are only 4 pieces to make!

Yup… I’m going to make more of these.

I hurt my back a few weeks ago. I get sciatica sometimes but it has been some time since I had it last… Don’t know what I did, but this is the worst I’ve ever had. It felt like I had lightning for veins and my pelvis was trying to escape! Bed bound for 2 days and I used a cane for a week. I’m not looking for sympathy, just telling it like it is.

Well, one good thing about having to sit down a lot is that I had an awful lot of time to craft! It could take my mind off the pain, and it gave my hands something to do. I like to be busy, or at least have my hands busy because it’s hard for me to sit still.

(I swear I was reading too….but I misplaced my book at some point. It’s really good too so I keep searching for it! How could I lose a book!?)

I worked on my newest shawl for a long time. I’ve had these three colors hanging out for awhile now, waiting for the right pattern. You get it. I like how it looks (and feels) crocheted and at first I tried Lost In Time (swoon) but…it wasn’t right. It’s fussy to change color every row and my heart wasn’t in it. Somewhere along my third try on that pattern I tied together all the bits of rows from other tries and then I had a randomly changing colorway, lol. Then I came across Erigeneia¬†on Ravelry. I started with the random colorway ball, now I’m doing the orange gradient set in blocks next to the silver. The edging will be Duke City Knitter by ZiaWoolz (in Sundancer yarn).

Eregeneia

Side note: I just tie knots when I change colors. It’s much easier for me than weaving in (and forgetting some of it) tons of ends in a lacy shawl! Plus I don’t care about knots.

I hope this shawl is big enough to properly wrap up in!

That’s 1.5 skeins worth so far. The remaining ball is 2 skeins.

P.S. The project bag is hers too! Sometimes they’re on her etsy, but I find mine at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill. They’re soft and well made. She uses fun, unique fabrics!

P.P.S. for those who are wondering, I lost Destination Truth, which is kind of funny, really. I lost a book about lost creatures and places! It’s a great read, I can just hear Josh’s voice in my head.

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!

A friend wants a Doctor Who scarf, so I dug up the pattern for Season 12 by Tara Carstenson/Wheeler. I love this pattern. I made a Season 14 scarf for my brother a few years ago. It’s easy and it gets really fun when it goes over 5 feet long! This one will pass the 6 foot mark, I think.

There are a ton of color changes though, and to minimize sewing in all those ends I weave them in as I go. I use a technique similar to this link.

The scarf takes a lot of yarn though, and I wanted to find a way to save some money and not sacrifice the colors or the quality. Enter Knit Picks! I found all but one color there, for less than $35 (not including shipping). I already have the needles.

I’m using these yarns:

Knit picks:

Brava Worsted Yarn – Almond x2
Item #26365,
Brava Worsted Yarn – Brindle
Item #25721
Brava Worsted Yarn – Cobblestone Heather x2
Item #25697
Brava Worsted Yarn – Dublin x2
Item #25703
Brava Worsted Yarn – Paprika
Item #25719
Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn – Currant
Item #24647

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers & Twists:¬†Mustard Item #158

(I just couldn’t find the right yellow on Knit Picks, so I got the one I knew would work! I orginally bought Brava in Caution-but it’s very bright. Maybe I can make some long fingerless gloves for biking.)

I even have the perfect project bag.

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