Almost done with my Amalthea shawl!! Only 8 rows left! What a treat, this was so fun. All the stripes were fun and the colorways are gorgeous. I wove in the ends as I went, like one does in a Doctor Scarf. (more on that on my project page) Weaving/knitting the ends as I go saves so much time at the end. All I have to to then is clip the ends and block it.

I can’t wait to wear it. It feels amazing finishing something while there’s still some winter time left to wear it!

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Pattern is the Stratocaster Shawl from Wooly Wonka. Yarn is Wooly Wonka Fiber Ceridwen sock weight- the four purples came in a set called Nocturne and the silver is one skein of Pewter in the Arianhrod sock yarn. it has little bits of silvery thread throughout that gives it a nice sparkle. I used a size 5 circular Boye. It’s the same one I slammed in the car door, crimping one needle, lol.

I had a rough time last year, getting back into working full-time-all-the-time, and other stuff, so, I took a little break from everything and got re-centered, re-balanced. Away from the black.

That being said, I have some good plans to post at least once a week, as well as using Wednesdays as an excuse to post about WIPs.

One wonderful thing that happened during this was I got back into the joy of crafting,  not just the industrial attitude of finish-all-the-things after I would start something, lose interest, then forget about it. I started a couple amazing projects that were FUN, not stressful and I finished them quickly! My WIPs are dwindling, but somewhere along the way I stop worrying about them. Whew! Now I work on what sounds fun. I have a new project bag that’s awesome at holding enough to keep me interested and not too much!

Well, one of the new fun projects is the Holiday Luxe Box from McNeedles. I love all things New Orleans and saw their offer for French Quarter Blues on ravelry. I jumped on it! I received a very glittery package with some beautiful blue yarn and the Jackson Square shawl pattern by Beth Kling. It’s based on the wrought iron fences in the French Quarter. I’m in love with this kit. Look at those glass markers!!

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McNeedles sent the little sweater measuring tape as a lagniappe. I love that word. The yarn is String Theory, custom dyed for this box. Luxurious, indeed. So squishy and…blue. I can fall into that blue.

This pattern is very easy to get into and dig in.I have it in my favorite project bag in my purse; it’s excellent for picking up to knit a few stitches or rows, then stuff back in the bag when I need to get going. I want to visit them sometime, and New Orleans. Maybe next year? J’espere!

Having lots of hobbies is fun when I feel like doing “something else”, I can just reach for something else! I’ve been nuts for the hook again lately.
I organized and found a good way to connect some granny squares a friend gave me. They were her mother’s and she gave these to me after her mom passed away, along with a bunch of hooks and needles. It means a lot, hard to describe how much, that she gave me those. Projects, tools, yarn that have been passed on in some way mean a lot to a crafter. I can continue where she left off and add my own spin to it. I’m trying to use what I have a lot more. I found this pink yarn in da stash and it looks cute. Love that wooden rainbow hook! The purple would look very nice as a border.
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I punched out some gloves last month! They were so fun to make with the stripey stuff I found in my stash. Details here, as always.
I finally finished Trillian and the Fortune’s Shawlette too! That shawl (and Moogly) are whom I blame for getting me crazy for crochet again. ;-) I found those gloves there, too.
(no, Trillian isn’t crochet but isn’t it nice that she snuck in there and finished up?)
Remnants of sock yarn are lately going towards a sock yarn granny blanket. I’ve been using up the last bits of shawls and such into big granny squares. Eventually they might become a blanket. I’m thinking I might be the blanket mood come cold weather time.
Here’s my pile so far:

Unicorn for scale.
Unicorn for scale.

I have the Robot Overlord yarn from Fortune in the work truck. I stitch a little here and there.
I had some adventures with my Juicy Top; I got the gumption to finish it once and for all! Then I ran out of yarn. You may know where this is going. It’s the same old story: I run out, I figure I can buy more (this is an old project remember), can’t find any, none online either, it is…DISCONTINUED. noooooooo!! Luckily the interwebs thought that might happen, and I found this site for suggestions on replacements. Seriously, I love you, internet.
Knit Picks to the rescue! I got two more balls because I know better now. I get one more than I think I need anymore, because really, it’s not like it will go to waste, lol.
So here is my progress! The yarn is not exactly the same, of course, and if you were to look closely you would see that right away, but I don’t mind. I’ve come too far to give up on that shirt now! I’ll be sure to use my dressing dummy when I construct it so I’ll know it fits.

My unicorn-for-scale wandered off...
My unicorn-for-scale wandered off…

I finished a cowl for my brother too! He asked for another scarf, and I made this. The yarn is perfectly named Zombie BBQ and he loves zombies.
Finally, I started a nice long cowl for my friend. More stashbusting! I could write more but here’s the link to my project page.
Today is International Crochet Day, so off I go! Hook on!

Or Silly Problems To Have, as Beth would say.
My boss, I’ll refer to him as VP, organized with some clients/foremans to meet at Marble Brewery for socializing and general silliness yesterday afternoon. Well I got there early, and figured it would be an excellent opportunity to knit a bit with a frosty beverage! Alas, the place only served beer and stuff like lemonade and root beer. I don’t drink beer; I like it but the stomach ache isn’t worth it. Sigh. However, I settled in and worked on the toe of a sock that I pulled out of the vault. It’s toe-up construction, and luckily I wrote enough notes and stopped in the right place (a year ago? more?) that I could pick it up no problem. I enjoyed a tasty root beer and got a lot done on the sock!

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Alas, later one, when everyone was there, we were all comfy and laughing, B was even there, I thought “hey this is an excellent time to knit a bit. Huzzah for me! I can start on the foot chart now!”
Aaaaand, I didn’t have a copy of the chart I needed. Zip. Sigh.

But I do now! :-D Let Saturday morning commence!

P.S. Pattern is Hundred Acre Wood by the amazingly amazing Alice Yu from her book Socktopus. My project info is here, if you’re inclined to snoop. ;)

Well, I lost some posts. I don’t know why, B says it’s my Anti-Computer Aura. Sigh.
I managed to save one post, from Week 9. Luckily not much has happened since then. ;-)

Week 9: I went to Santa Fe for work as usual, but this time I met my hubs and our friend for dinner at Buffalo Thunder Casino! I finished about the right time, but instead of having to drive home I went to (where else) Yarn & Coffee! I had over an hour to sit and chat and knit and shop and it was wonderful. I got some coffee and caved into another ball of yarn, which I cast on right away into another 22.5 Degrees. :-) I love Freia, this colorway is just the bomb. All the colorways are the bomb.
Here’s my view from my chair…

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And I worked on Potter Shawl a little too! Look at those shawls, they’re already friends.

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See that red dress and the orange scarf it’s wearing? I bought that pattern from Ravelry right in the store! woohoo! I didn’t know that was an option now. I think it will be perfect for the Robot Overlord yarn I have. The pattern is Sweet Summer Rays by Holly Priestley.
I left about the time they were going to close, and met the guys at the casino.

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We went right to the buffet, which was awesome, and I had to take some WIP pics throughout the night, of course. I taught Rich a little about wine and a little about yarn. ;-)

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Ben and I haven’t been there before so it was a lot of fun to walk around. We didn’t stay in the actual casino long (too smoky and we don’t care about gambling, but I did win $5 at roullette!) and it was just a gorgeous place. It isn’t too big or crowded. We’re definitely going to go back sometime for a weekend stay-cation. The art was really something…

 

 

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He’s playing cards, not holding a phone like I originally thought. lol

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Not sure how I feel about this guy. He looks an awful lot like a Borg…he’s cool though, so unique.

I bought a couple books from the gift shop, a book by Antonio R. Garcia-New Mexico Ghost Stories (it’s huge! I can’t wait to dive into this), he had a sequel to it too but I decided to wait on that and got The Witch Narratives: Reincarnation (Land of Enchantment book 1) by Belinda Vasquez Garcia. It’s weird and creepy and wrong in all the right ways. I love it so far. I got 80+ pages into it this weekend already!
The next day I had an extra 45 minutes and went to Cafe Bella (in Rio Rancho) to knit and sip for a bit. Here’s my other favorite view:
Such a nice place. I love the big windows to stare out of.

(I’m going to try and post this first, then get Week 10 back up. We had pretty nice springy weather in Week 9, up to 50s and 60s, then this week we got the worst snowfall since 2006! lol more on that later, and a recently Finished Thing!)