The Week August 21-27

Last week:

    • Start chewing soft food.
      I ate Triscuits, my current food obsession, so I’m pretty much back to all-normal food. Hurray!
    • Get Ethan, middle son, ready to go to his first year of college 8/23.
      He’s not ready, physically packing-wise or mentally. We should have let him take a gap year – he’s not even 18 (his birthday is early September). But the show must go on, tuition has been paid.
    • Continue working on the summer top.
      I’m really unhappy with how it’s turning out and have put it in time out for the moment. I used the Flinders Sweater Vest pattern because a tank top is basically a vest and a vest is basically a tank top, but the neckline is way, way too low on me and four rows of 2×2 ribbing aren’t going to fix that. I don’t want to rip it all the way back to near the beginning again, but I also don’t want to continue with it, nor do I have another pattern I’d like to use. So into timeout it goes.

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  • Start spinning something new.
    Nope. I spent potential spinning time on social media attempting to debate with people about what’s going on regarding Charlottesville, white nationalists, the state of the Presidency, etc. I don’t think I made a difference. I did use Resistbot every day to make my views known to my Senator, signed some petitions, and persuaded 2 friends that their viewpoint was wrong-headed because they hadn’t considered all the information. I don’t get out much, so social media is my social outlet a lot of the time. I also happen to live in one of the richest counties in the US, so even when I do get out, I’m very insulated from the problems.I did stumble upon something small that could help make a difference; Hearts for Cville is a project started by an LYS in Charlottesville to hang knit and crochet hearts around town to promote healing in the wake of the rallies and deaths that occurred on August 12. I think it’s a sweet idea, so I’ve already knit two hearts using leftover sock yarn. I also posted about it on FB and in my knitting groups offering to be a collection point for hearts if anyone wants to join in. I’d do the same for all of you except it makes more sense for you to send them directly to the LYS. All the details are in the About section of the Hearts for Cville FB page (linked above), including pattern & labeling suggestions.
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My first, slightly wonky, stuffed heart for #HeartsforCville

This week:

  • Take Henry to load his locker on Tuesday, get him ready for the 1st day of school Thursday.
  • Help Ethan pack and move him in to JMU on Wednesday.
  • Work on Aranami/Imanara.
  • Make more hearts for Charlottesville.
  • Wrap & send Steph’s baby gifts. (Potential blog post.)
  • Write a post about my Knit Together Square and send it off to Melissa.
  • Set up lunch with Cecily & Rachelle. (Putting it here so I don’t forget.)

LOL Friday: Yeti vs. Godzilla

You may wonder how this is fiber or knitting or crochet or yarn related (I mean, I’m trying to keep my posts topical to that, right?) but you’ll understand when you see the Yeti’s first close up. Please enjoy the rest of this ever so slightly political and moral story, though you may be laughing because it’s a little odd, but I have a special place in my heart for such things. Plus it’s Yeti vs. Godzilla; how much more entertainment do you want from the interwebs?

TBT: Roman Dodecahedron

I’m reading Mary C Beaudry’s Findings – The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing, which is a resource for archeologists to identify and contextualize findings of sewing and needlework. It’s a fascinating book, it’s everything I wished Big Cotton was (don’t waste your money on Big Cotton – it’s sensationalized & full of innaccuracy; I’ll send you my unfinished copy if you really want it). Beaudry does discuss knitting needles (unfortunately not many survive because the materials they were made from, like wood, tend to decay) so I went looking for images of ancient knitting needles using keywords for the finds they’ve been found in and instead discovered a mystery: the Roman dodecahedron.

One example of a Roman dodecahedron – others have different dimensions and smaller holes. A Google image search reveals a lot of differences among these objects.

Over 100 of these objects have been found, most made of bronze and in varying sizes, all over Europe. They are not mentioned in contemporary literature, so no one is really sure of their use – are they candle holders? Some kind of measuring device? Gaming dice? All of the above? In 2014, Martin Hallett (an amateur I can’t find much information about) 3D printed a Roman dodecahedron and … well, I’ll let him tell you the rest, which is knitting related, I promise!

That same year, another youtuber and knitter, ChertineP, ordered a 3D printed dodecahedron to try knitting glove fingers herself; her results:

Caveat for all of this: there is no archeological confirmation that some Roman dodecahedrons were used as spool knitters, at least not yet. It’s interesting to think that they could have been used this way, but without expert archeological analysis, which my cursory googling did not find, this is just speculation.

The Week August 14-20

Last week:

  • Saturday morning I have an appointment to have a cracked tooth pulled and an implant started. This is my first extraction since having my wisdom teeth out years ago and I’m a little nervous, but I’m looking forward to not having a tooth that complains about cool breezes, much less hot or cold foods.
    Done – it wasn’t as bad as tooth-pulling nightmares, but it also wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I’m still not able to chew.
  • Brandon, my oldest, goes back to school on Friday, a day early because he volunteered to help the university/other students with move-in day. I think my husband is taking him & helping him move in, so I will have a day of quiet at home instead of spending 6 hours in the car.
    Done – we took care of all the last minute stuff and he’s all settled in.
  • Continue working on the summer top and/or Aranami.
    I ripped the summer top back to just below the bust so I can put waist shaping in and stretch the amount of yarn that I’ve got. I may still have to use another yarn for the ribbing in the collar, arms, and hem. Worked a little bit on Aranami.

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  • Start spinning something new.
    Nope. This week, maybe.
  • Decide on a yarn for my Knit Together project square and start. I’ve pretty much decided on a stitch pattern and square construction, and I’m sure I’ll write about that, but I’m not sure that it’s going to be this week.
    Done.
  • Continue with the new embroidery project during the day when the light is good.
    Finished. Here it is:

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  • Go to TKD Tuesday & Thursday.
    Done.
  • Start strength training again, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
    Kind of done.

This week:

  • Start chewing soft food.
  • Get Ethan, middle son, ready to go to his first year of college 8/23.
  • Continue working on the summer top.
  • Start spinning something new.

The Week August 7-13

Last week:

  • Carry on with Aranami.
    Done, though only a little.
  • Embroidery: finish the top half of the fox pillow design.
    Done: I finished the whole thing and bought a pillow form to fill the case!
Finished fox pillow
Finished fox pillow!
  • Spinning: carry on.
    I finished spinning and finishing (washing & whacking) all the in-progress stuff, counted yardage and weighed everything and put it all in my stash on Ravelry. I even wrote about it all here yesterday!
  • Go to TKD at least once to practice before testing, go Thurs or Fri to test. Practice form right before test to warm up.
    Done. I went Monday and practiced at home Thursday and Friday before the test. I had Henry (my 13 year old 2nd degree black belt who recently started teaching) check my form right before the test. Ethan, my middle kid who’s leaving for college soon, helped administer the test. I was shaky during my form, forgot to kiap (shout) while sparring, but broke the board with a side kick on the first try.
  • Go to the gallery. Take Ky or Becky, but go.
    Nope. I’m going to have to take this off the list.
  • Decide on next step for gallery/artist thing and stuff down all that doubt.
    I finished the fox embroidery so I feel free to do other stuff now, namely my own embroidery and other fiber projects that would be for a gallery type setting, stuff that doesn’t really fit anywhere else except maybe my etsy shop. I even started a new piece using fabric from a felted sweater and handspun singles! Anyway: the plan is to do a handful of more pieces and noodle through my goals and (maybe) an artist statement.

I also started another summer top using free-to-me yarn that one of the knitter’s in my Wednesday group brought to share/donate. It’s Garnstudio’s Bombul/Lin (Cotton/Linen). Details will be on Ravelry here once I settle on what I’m doing with it; I already ripped it out once because it was way too small.

I got a package from Melissa of Knitting the Stash fame with DPNs and instructions for a really cool group project. You can read all about it on Melissa’s blog, but I’ll definitely be posting more about it. I started thinking about what I want to do with my square and which yarn to use.

And I lucked into/bought/donated money for a print of a new mural that’s a public art project in my town. I just started following the town’s public art organization on twitter and to pay for a new fabulous mural on a building, they were offering prints of the mural for a donation. I really like the color and style of the mural so I jumped on it, and even bought a frame, cut it (carefully using my rotary cutter!) to size, and hung it in my kitchen yesterday. You can see a pic of the mural on the building here.

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The new print hanging over my pantry doors

This week:

  • Saturday morning I have an appointment to have a cracked tooth pulled and an implant started. This is my first extraction since having my wisdom teeth out years ago and I’m a little nervous, but I’m looking forward to not having a tooth that complains about cool breezes, much less hot or cold foods.
  • Brandon, my oldest, goes back to school on Friday, a day early because he volunteered to help the university/other students with move-in day. I think my husband is taking him & helping him move in, so I will have a day of quiet at home instead of spending 6 hours in the car.
  • Continue working on the summer top and/or Aranami.
  • Start spinning something new.
  • Decide on a yarn for my Knit Together project square and start. I’ve pretty much decided on a stitch pattern and square construction, and I’m sure I’ll write about that, but I’m not sure that it’s going to be this week.
  • Continue with the new embroidery project during the day when the light is good.
  • Go to TKD Tuesday & Thursday.
  • Start strength training again, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – I worked out just before sitting down to write this, so I’ve begun. I hate starting over, but it has to be done instead of just thinking how great it would be if I did start lifting again.

This list is getting a little out of hand again, but I think I can do it all. That’s how it always starts but maybe, just maybe it’s a busy week and not me having unreasonable expectations.