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!

 

TBT: World’s Oldest Needle

You’re looking at the oldest sewing needle in the world, found last summer in a Siberian cave. It’s estimated to be 50,000 years old and made by our Denisovan ancestors, a recently-discovered hominin species or subspecies named after the cave in which evidence of their existence was found. The needle is made from the bone of a to-be-identified large bird and appears to still be perfectly usable after all this time. More information about the find here, with more information about Denisovans and our ancestry here.

The Week May 22-28, 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 out. So I ripped the whole thing out and picked up 1 st per row of knitting instead of 3 st for every 4 rows. I’m on the second set of short rows (after the buttonholes) and might finish today, if not then tomorrow for sure.

Owl Creek, Aspen

  • Look at and maybe choose patterns for a summer top to get started on.
    Nope. I was too busy being unhappy with the collar on Aspen.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more.
    I finished a row of wedges and started the next row! I have 2 rows left and then a different final row that gets bound off all at once (instead off binding off individual wedges). I’m going to have yarn left over, too. Maybe I’ll make some socks with it – it is sock yarn after all.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.
    Nope. I know I need to do these, I just am not.
  • Ethan’s graduation party planning: order food from Wegmans, pig from that place in Alexandria or Arlington or wherever the pig place is.
  • Make college physical appointment for Ethan for the 1st week in June.
  • Start cleaning for Melanie’s visit Memorial Day Weekend.

This week:

  • Finish (sans blocking), wear, and photograph Aspen again. Update Ravelry project notes again.
  • Look at and maybe choose patterns for a summer top to get started on.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.
  • Ethan’s graduation party planning: remind Ky to order the pig.
  • Super clean kitchen, vacuum Thursday, clean bathrooms Friday for Melanie’s visit.

I also visited the kittens again on Saturday. I have a favorite, or at least a type; I’m not sure if the same black kitten fell asleep on me this week, but a black kitten definitely fell asleep on me and I really, really would love to have one of them. Pucka, the girl, is a little odd and standoffish with the others, but she’s also a bit of a battle cat. Selkie, the boy, still suckles his mama (Irelyn) even though the kittens are fully weaned at this point. But he’s also an adventurer and a bit of a battle cat (not afraid to play). Either one of them would fit in well with Jeff & Eevee and the dog crew.

Selkie
Awake!
Selkie
Getting sleeeeepy …
Selkie
Asleep! All in a few seconds.
Selkie
Totally zonked out Selkie. I repositioned his head so it didn’t look uncomfortably crooked.

LOL Friday: Cat Squad Goals

My apologies for skipping my usual posts for this week. Part of me thinks that so many posts a week is overwhelming for people following me (and sometimes for me) and part of me thinks that having a regular M-F schedule is a good thing. At any rate, it’s been a busy week!

Is anyone with me on this? If not tiny sweaters, perhaps:

The Week May 15-21, 2017

Last week’s goals with progress indicated:

  • Continue up Aspen‘s back.
    The back is finished. The collar is finished. I’m in the middle of seaming – I have to set in the 2nd sleeve, sew the side seams, and sew the buttons on. If I can get it done today I’ll be able to wear it tonight before the weather heats up tomorrow for the rest of the week.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more (crucial since I got more fiber at MDS&W but still have all the fiber from last year).
    I finished 2 more wedges of Aranami – it’s my Wednesday meet-up project.
  • Embroider more.
    Nope.
  • Go to TKD once.
    Nope! I don’t want to get ahead of the friend I’m doing TKD with and she’s having surgery this week, so I walked twice on the treadmill to get up and moving.
  • Write post about MDS&W to replace one of my regular days.
    Not exactly – I didn’t have to write anything because I chose Wordless Wednesday as the easy post to replace.
  • Start planning Ethan’s graduation party before it’s June and I haven’t done anything.
    Guest list set, evites sent.

This week:

  • Finish (sans blocking), wear, and photograph Aspen. Update Ravelry project notes.
  • Look at and maybe choose patterns for a summer top to get started on.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.

I’ve been trying to keep this list fiber-related, but I’ve started to slip a little with using my bullet journal to track everything else (as in: I’m not really using it for planning at this point). In that spirit:

  • Ethan’s graduation party planning: order food from Wegmans, pig from that place in Alexandria or Arlington or wherever the pig place is.
  • Make college physical appointment for Ethan for the 1st week in June.
  • Start cleaning for Melanie’s visit Memorial Day Weekend.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the sweetest kitten ever. I have friends that are kitty fosters for a few different local rescues. They currently have a mama (Irelyn) and her 6 week old babies. The gave the kittens Celtic names in keeping with Mama’s (misspelled) name, so this is Pucka, who fell asleep in my arms during my second visit. I’m smitten with this kitten.

Kitten time again and we tuckered poor Pucka so much that she zonked out in my arms. I'm never leaving The Cat-House! #cats #catsofig #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catsoftheworld #kittens #kittensofinstagram #kitten #blackcat #puckaCat

LOL Friday: Knitting Is Everywhere

TBT: Les laines du chat qui pelote

I’m having a moment with cats, with black cats in particular. If you follow me on Instagram you know I visited the cutest litter of kittens yesterday, which includes two black kitties. I have my eye on Selkie, the boy, though my husband has said “No more pets!” and I know it would be slightly financially irresponsible to take on another when we’ve got 2 ailing elderly dogs. But still – a girl can dream.