The Week July 24-July 30

Last week:

  • Carry on with the commissioned shawl.
    I finished it and mailed it off this morning! I’m going to write a post just about the shawl for tomorrow, so keep an eye out if you’re a Wonder Woman fan.
  • Spin for Tour de Fleece every day, even today, a rest day.
    I’m calling this done even though I did end up taking a rest day last Wednesday. I finished the yarn I was spinning, which unexpectedly turned out 100% more purple than I anticipated, which is pretty neat!
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Spunky Eclectic bump and the yarn I spun from it, side by side. I did not anticipate so much purple; it’s magical!
(Well, optical blending, which is still magical.)
  • Go to TKD.
    I went Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Pre-testing is coming up!
  • Stay hydrated.
  • KISS. (Keep it simple, stupid/silly.)

I also picked up Aranami and my embroidery again after I finished Wonder Woman on Saturday.

This week:

  • Carry on with Aranami.
  • Consider casting on for another summer top using the yarn I adopted from Vanessa at Wednesday knitting.
  • Carry on with daytime embroidery; my lighting isn’t bright enough to do it enjoyably at night.
  • Finish spinning the last batt for TdF.
  • Go to TKD.
  • In my quest to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life now that the boys are older and 2/3 of them are partially out of the nest, look into what Loudoun Arts Council requires to apply to be in the Arts in the Village Gallery and actually visit the gallery to see what it’s like & if any of my stuff would fit in.

The Week July 17-July 23

Last week:

  • Begin knitting the commissioned shawl. One of the yarns has already arrived and I can get started on the first part of it before the second skein arrives.
    Done. The second skein arrived last Monday, so there was no lag time or head start at all. I’m roughly halfway through it, maybe a little bit more – it’s hard to tell because I’m working on the longest section, which will end with around 400 live stitches. Bonus: it’s garter stitch, so while knitting, I finished the book I was reading (The Solitudes by John Crowley, 6th time reading it) and started another (The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz by Johan Velentin Andraeae in a new version by John Crowley – lots of authors & a complicated explanation for that).

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    Commissioned Shawl Progress
  • Spin for Tour de Fleece every day.
    Done. I might even make it through this bump of Spunky Eclectic BFL and end up with a skein of yarn by the end of the Tour. Usually I spin much, much more and it’s hard to make myself spin and then, after I’ve gotten into it, rip myself away to work on the shawl. So it goes – I can always keep spinning long after the Tour has ended and the shawl is done.

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    One of my favorite progress photos from TdF, which I’ve been posting daily on Instagram (I’m madgefaces there). I like this one because it shows both the roving and the singles really well.
  • Go to TKD even though I don’t want to, even though it’s going to be hot and the dojang doesn’t have AC, go even if Julia doesn’t go.
    I went Monday at 6:30 without Julia and Saturday morning, where we had a lovely time faux-hitting each other in one step sparring practice.
  • Drink at least 3 Nalgene bottles of water each day (32oz) so I can handle the heat and TKD.
    I didn’t keep track of this, but I also didn’t feel faint or ragingly thirsty at TKD or any other time for that matter, so I suppose my mission was accomplished.

 

This week:

  • Carry on with the commissioned shawl.
  • Spin for Tour de Fleece every day, even today, a rest day.
  • Go to TKD.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • KISS. (Keep it simple, stupid/silly.)

The Week July 10-July 16

Last week:

  • Carry on with Aranami/Imanara.
    Check.
  • Finish the pinks in the Fox Embroidery project.
    Almost! I have four more small things to embroider with pink.
  • Spin for Tour de Fleece every day.
    Check check check check, etc. I’ve surprised myself by getting a little into it too, so my spinning mojo is coming back.
  • Go to TKD once or more.
    Nope. But I picked my family (well, 3/4 of them) up from the airport and they’re all black belts so that kind of counts! (But not really.)
  • Get the house ready & grocery shop for the return of my family from S. Korea.
    I got the house ready but I didn’t grocery shop until today – I’d rather buy and make stuff that they want, not what I think they might want.

In other news, I also got a commission for The Yarn Office (me) to make a shawl for an old college friend! I ordered the yarn and started planning for it. Hurray!

And I decided what to make my friends Stephanie & Tommy for their baby: baby mitts and hats and (maybe) washcloths. I knit two wee pairs of mitts; I plan to knit a medium and larger size, too. I do need to brush up on my elastic skills; the 1×1 rib of the cuff isn’t elastic enough to keep them on a baby’s wrist.

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Baby mitts for Steph & Tommy’s baby. She knows I made them (she follows me on Twitter and Instagram) but I’m keeping the color a secret until after they receive them.

This week:

  • Begin knitting the commissioned shawl. One of the yarns has already arrived and I can get started on the first part of it before the second skein arrives.
  • Spin for Tour de Fleece every day.
  • Go to TKD even though I don’t want to, even though it’s going to be hot and the dojang doesn’t have AC, go even if Julia doesn’t go.
  • Drink at least 3 Nalgene bottles of water each day (32oz) so I can handle the heat and TKD.

I don’t want to overload myself; that commissioned piece is the most important thing on the list and I don’t want to get distracted or bogged down with other projects.

I hope you all have a good week and that if you’re spinning for Tour de Fleece that you enjoy it as much I have been enjoying it, which is a lot!