The Week June 12-18, 2017

A day later than usual but I was thinking and talking about goals yesterday so I’ll give myself a pass. Last week’s goals with progress indicated:

  • Carry on with Petrie/Sumer Lovin’.
    Done. I got to the armholes, separated the front & back, and am done with the armhole decreases on the front.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.
    Done. I went to TKD twice with Julia.

Anyway, I also need to:

  • Shop for Ethan’s party (drinks, buns, plates, decorations).
  • Find out if I have to put my contingency meat plan into action.
  • Find out when everyone is arriving (and departing) & get rooms ready.
  • Clean the porch.
  • Make sure Ethan & Henry pack properly for S. Korea.
  • Friday app’ts: Jeff to vet, Ethan to doctor for college physical.
  • Sunday: departures & Ethan’s graduation.
  • Find out when my therapy appointment is next week so I can plan to leave early (or not) for Ben’s graduation party (my nephew, a year older than Ethan, is also graduating this year in upstate NY).
  • See Wonder Woman. (Priorities!)

Done. The party was great! The graduation was good! Ethan and Henry (my youngest) departed yesterday for (and arrived early this morning in) South Korea. They’ll be there until July 8. I did see Wonder Woman with my friend Becky and liked it so much I saw it again with my husband. I’d even go see it again, I liked it that much! It’s inspiring to see a woman in a strong leading role!

This week:

  • Finish the front of Summer Lovin’ and get to at least finishing the armhole decreases on the back.
  • Go to TKD once.
  • Crack open Strength Training for Fat Loss and make a plan to lift weights and lose some fat.
  • Drive to my Mom’s (near Hanover, NH), stay a day or two, go to my nephew’s graduation party (near Lake George, NY), stay & hike with my brother (Manchester, VT). Maybe plan the drive to include a stop at Webs.

TBT: My Middle Son

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This guy graduates from high school this weekend and then jets off to South Korea Monday with his little brother for tae kwon do training. Here are 2 TBT pictures taken June 11, 2011, right after the boys earned their white belts (the first belt you earn in TKD), Ethan is on the left. So proud of him and the funny, unique man he is becoming – the Hawaiian shirt and pineapple were his idea for his casual look during his senior photo session.

Give em a good belting.
 Say cheese. No, really, like this: CHEESE!

The Week June 5-11, 2017

Last week’s goals with progress indicated: Finish (sans blocking), wear, and photograph Aspen. Update Ravelry project notes. Done. But I’m still working on it; I didn’t pick up enough stitches for the button bands & collar so it pulled (you can see it in the bottom hem in the picture) and it wasn’t going to block […]

The week before last week’s goals with progress indicated:

  • Finish (sans blocking), wear, and photograph Aspen again. Update Ravelry project notes again.
    Done! Pictures with me in it (a rarity) at the end of this post.
  • Look at and maybe choose patterns for a summer top to get started on.
    Done! I’m making Petrie by Beautia Dew from Knitty Spring & Summer 2010. Details (not many yet) are on my Sumer Lovin’ Ravelry project page.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more.
    I knit lots of wedges in 2 weeks. I finished another row and started the last row of one of the colors.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.
    Nope. I’ve been a lazy bum. Maybe this week.
  • Ethan’s graduation party planning: remind Ky to order the pig.
    Reminded, but still unsure if he actually ordered it or not. I have a back up meat plan but need to find out this week (party’s on Saturday!) if I need to put it into action.
  • Super clean kitchen, vacuum Thursday, clean bathrooms Friday for Melanie’s visit.
    Done. Now I need to do it again this week for party visitors.

This week:

  • Carry on with Petrie/Summer Lovin’.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.

A light week because of everything going on – Ethan (my middle son) graduates from High School Sunday and we’re having a party for him on Saturday. Then he and Henry (my youngest) are going to South Korea for tae kwon do training, coming home July 8. Ky (my husband) is flying out with the other TKD parents June 28 to join them. Also, Henry turns 13 June 29. So there’s going to be lots and lots of activity and then it’ll dwindle down to nothing. Anyway, I also need to:

  • Shop for Ethan’s party (drinks, buns, plates, decorations).
  • Find out if I have to put my contingency meat plan into action.
  • Find out when everyone is arriving (and departing) & get rooms ready.
  • Clean the porch.
  • Make sure Ethan & Henry pack properly for S. Korea.
  • Friday app’ts: Jeff to vet, Ethan to doctor for college physical.
  • Sunday: departures & Ethan’s graduation.
  • Find out when my therapy appointment is next week so I can plan to leave early (or not) for Ben’s graduation party (my nephew, a year older than Ethan, is also graduating this year in upstate NY).
  • See Wonder Woman. (Priorities!)

Okay. My finished Aspen pictures! First, the modifications I made:
– Overall shorter length (by 8-10″)
– No belt loops or belt
– No pockets
– Shorter sleeves for shorter fold-over cuffs (I meant to eliminate the fold over but they’re too long for that)
– Neckline/collar about 2″ higher

Owl Creek
Aspen blocking & drying under Eevee, who thinks this should be a permanent cat hammock

 

Owl Creek
Aspen from the front on yours truly
Owl Creek
Aspend from the back

LOL Friday: What Have I Been Doing This Week?

Thanks to our celebration of the Memorial Day holiday here in the US, I slacked on my blogging schedule. To be fair, the family we stayed with in New Zealand was in town, so we spent Monday cleaning and preparing a big meal for them, and then spent Tuesday in DC seeing the sights with them. It’s just been an odd week and I decided to take an impromptu blogging break. But I can’t miss LOL Friday, so here are some alternate explanations of what I’ve been doing this week.




LOL Friday: Weaving in Ends, Magic Yarn Balls

I’m really enjoying knitting my Aranami Shawl, but there are so many loose ends waving around. I’m spit splicing where I can and weaving in at the end of every row, but there are still lots of ends hanging off the back. In that spirit, here are some funnies about weaving in ends.

So you’ve woven in all your ends and you have leftover yarn, probably not enough to make something else but also too much to just throw out – what on earth are you going to do with it, other than add it to all your other leftover yarn? Make a Magic Ball using Russian Join! Organize your yarns by weight and color and start joining & winding!