The Week

Happy Halloween! Today I’m subsisting on 4 hours of sleep thanks to a last minute drive to take my oldest son back to college last night/early this morning. We had a great 3 hour talk on the way there, so all in all I don’t mind the drive or the lack of sleep. In honor of the holiday (and the lack of sleep), I’ll be eating lots of candy. This year, all of my kids are past trick-or-treating age (or so my 12 year old claims) so I think we’ll be going out to dinner, then to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and we’ll keep the candy that I bought (which has dwindled down to 1 bag of 50 pieces, not enough to give a treat to every kid that comes to our door).

So: last week’s goals with progress indicated:

  • Clean up the spinning wheel & spin, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. For real this week.
  • Come up with some hat ideas to suggest to Henry, like making him a Jayne hat & more. Done. Still undecided.
  • Continue with the fronts of The Green Wood.
  • Last week I also decided on some of the hats I’m making for my furry crowd, so this week I’d like to finalize them and get started on at least one.
    • Eevee (kitty): Shark fin hat because she’s like a furry piranha but I don’t think I’m up to making a piranha (what would that even look like?) so shark fin it is.
    • Jeff (kitty): Mohawk? Unicorn?
    • Lily (small dog): Bunny ears.
    • Moose (big dog): Mohawk? Unicorn? (Clearly I’d like to make a mohawk hat and a unicorn hat for two of them.)

Here they are!

pethalloweencollage

In addition to my to-do list, I also started some scale mail gloves for a friend of mine to give to her son. And o happy day: Saturday I sold an Owl Honeycomb Blanket Pattern on etsy, bringing October sales to 2 (someone else bought a Double Rainbow Scarf Pattern early in the month). Etsy is winning over Ravelry for pattern sales; hopefully some of these pattern buyers will be FO makers that also post their projects on Ravelry.

This week I plan to:

  • Clean up the spinning wheel & spin, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. For really real this week. (I’m not really sure why I’m procrastinating with this – I love spinning.)
  • Finish the second dragon scale mitt.
  • Create a custom listing in The Yarn Office so that my little etsy shop has some activity.
  • Research and price out crocheted dragon scale mitts for another friend, create a custom listing for her as well, get yarn, and get started making them.
  • Continue with the fronts of The Green Wood.

Are you curious about the scale mail mitts? I would be, if I were reading this instead of writing it. Here they are, details on Ravelry.

Done with one mitt, now onward to the second!

Follow Friday: Messy Nessy Chic, BrainPickings and Bonus Mohawk

I highly recommend following Messy Nessy Chic. I always find something new and interesting in her posts, especially her weekly “13 Things I Found on the Internet Today” series. Her art, travel, and culture posts remind me a bit of Maria Popova’s popular blog BrainPickings, which is part book review, part documentation of Popova’s intellectual journey; in her words, it “is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.” One of my favorite posts, which I had open in a browser tab for over a year, is E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity.

And I present the bonus mohawk, made for and modeled by Moose, who loves to dress up and is still wearing it 45 minutes after our photoshoot ended.

Now presenting Moose's magical mohawk! (Which is a little small & keeps sliding back but he's been wearing it for ~5 minutes now without any serious wardrobe malfunctions!)
Punk Moose

Halloween TBT + Cat Hats

Henry's Halloween tree.
Halloween Tree by Henry, May 2011

Much like Henry’s Halloween tree from May 2011 (yes, of all the trees he could have drawn for this spring assignment, he chose a Halloween tree), which has “bin here sense the last Second,” I give you Jeff and Eevee in their Halloween hats. These only count as throwbacks for throwback Thursday in the way that any photograph is a throwback to a few seconds (or minutes, hours, days, years) ago. Happy Thursday!

 

Jeff's mostly ready for Halloween - we just need a rainbow somewhere.
Jeffrey Lebowski, Uni-kitty
I think I broke Eevee (though she wriggled out of this a few seconds later). It's supposed to be a shark fin but looks more like a 3rd ear (and an elf ear, at that) - I may rip it out & try again. But for now, cue the Jaws music anyway.
Eevee, shark (or extra special cat with a third ear that looks borrowed from an elf – I may re-knit the shark fin)

While I was knitting …

I finally finished reading Quiet Dell by Jayne Ann Phillips and will never get back those hours of my life. I kept hoping it would improve, but it was more shmaltzy romance (with terrible dialogue) than true crime exploration. I’m really disappointed; I remember reading Machine Dreams years ago and really enjoying it. The good news about finishing this book is that now I can move on to something else … maybe Adele Blanc Sec.

While knitting short rows and lots of stockinette for my Green Wood Cardi and while experimenting on a winter hat for Henry, I explored what the PBS app on Apple TV has to offer. Aside from catching up on Indian Summers, I also discovered The Durrells in Corfu, which features the adventures of a widow who decides to move her zany family to the Greek island of Corfu in the 30s. It’s based on Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy, which I have now just added to my reading list.

After watching those 2 Masterpiece Theater shows, I should have switched to the radio or a podcast, but instead I half-watched the first 5 episodes of The BBC’s The World’s Worst Disasters, available on Netflix in the US. I really really should have switched to a something else after I began recognizing the same stock footage and same computer animations from the first episode in subsequent episodes, but I valiantly stuck with. Then my husband took over the remote and we caught up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which he DVRs and watches during the weekend (he travels all week & doesn’t have time/energy for weekday TV).

Oh! I almost forgot! I finished the trilogy that was the Presidential Debates! About 20 minutes from the end of the last debate on Wednesday, I got disgusted and annoyed and turned the TV off, missing Trump’s “Nasty woman” comment. Thursday I did go back and watch the missing part before reading any analysis or too many memes. I turned the TV off because one thing that I can’t stand is people interrupting each other and by that point in the 3rd debate, I’d had it with weak moderators not reining Trump in. If Trump wins nothing else during the debates or the election (IMO he can’t hold a candle to Hillary in debate and I’m hoping that’s true of the election as well), he wins for most interruptions, shoutiest shouts, and vaguest of vague ideas about how to run the country. Hillary isn’t the perfect candidate – no one is – but out of the entire field of candidates, she’s the most qualified and so, as they say, #imwithher.

(Thanks for your patience with the paragraph above; the only person I know who’s not sick of talking politics is a political reporter for a newspaper in Florida. I’ve been trying to keep that stuff off this blog and the internet in general, but I did watch all 3 debates and they did make an impression. I’ll now return to the usual and look forward to next month, when the election is over and hopefully settled.)

The Week

Last week’s goals, with progress noted:

  • Do my copy edit of the patterns and send them off to Becky.
  • Get the fancy camera out (and find a memory card for it) and take picture of the Gir hat & the secret project. It was actually Ky who took some better pictures of them. I also downloaded & cleaned up Brandon’s inspiration drawing for inclusion in the patterns.
  • Finish the back hem of The Green Wood. Started both fronts; got them both to the point past the short row section where I can knit them at the same time.
  • Clean up the spinning wheel & spin, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
  • Finish the Luchadore Mask Balaclava for Ethan. I’m making hats for all 3 of my boys; Brandon asked for the Gir hat, Ethan asked for a Luchadore Mask, and Henry is still deciding. Henry also decided: there was a failed PS4 controller hat. I’ve asked him to come up with something else as a PS4 controller hat is a job for sewing & embroidery, not knitting.
Design fail: Henry asked for a PS4 controller hat & this is my interpretation. After thinking about it more, this is a job for sewing & fleece (not my forte), not knitting & wool. Let's see what I can get him to come up with now ...
Design fail: Henry asked for a PS4 controller hat & this is my not-so-great interpretation.

 

This week’s goals:

  • Clean up the spinning wheel & spin, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. For real this week.
  • Come up with some hat ideas to suggest to Henry, like making him a Jayne hat & more.
  • Continue with the fronts of The Green Wood.
  • Last week I also decided on some of the hats I’m making for my furry crowd, so this week I’d like to finalize them and get started on at least one.
      • Eevee (kitty): Shark fin hat because she’s like a furry piranha but I don’t think I’m up to making a piranha (what would that even look like?) so shark fin it is.
      • Jeff (kitty): Mohawk? Unicorn?
      • Lily (small dog): Bunny ears.
      • Moose (big dog): Mohawk? Unicorn? (Clearly I’d like to make a mohawk hat and a unicorn hat for two of them.)