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!

 

The Week July 3-July 9

Last week:

      • Pick up Aranami (which I did knit on over the weekend) and knit more wedges.
        I finished the row I was working on and wove in all the ends from the row before (I’m spit splicing ends and using them to pick up stitches for new wedges where I can to save on weaving in).
      • Continue the fox embroidery project.
        I’m almost done with the pinks; I have another quadrant of the pillow to embroider with them.
      • Go to TKD at least once.
        I went twice. The second one was a doozy.
      • Suck it up and do the Strength Training workout.
        There was no sucking up and no workout.
      • Pick out a spinning project and spindle to kick off Tour de Fleece (July 1-23).
        Done. I’ve spun every day! (It’s only been 2 days, but I’ll take those victories where I earn them anyway.)

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    Spunky Eclectic BFL in the Ballroom Dancing colorway from MDS&W 2016 on my favorite spindle.
  • Set goals for TdF. I know I want to spin every day, but I need to look at my fiber stash (and those fleeces I still have) and set more goals than just that. Or maybe less is more? Some pondering is in order.
    Less is more; spinning every day is the one and only goal.
  • I’m taking a road trip to Norfolk, VA Friday-Sunday;
    It was a lovely trip! Saturday we did our usual walk around Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood; Local Heroes – the comic book shop, Stella’s – a great café, Baa Baa Sheep – the yarn store, a new used book store, then Toast for dinner.

This week:

  • Carry on with Aranami/Imanara. (I give all of my Ravelry projects names that sometimes are a nod to the pattern name, sometimes not. In this case Imanara is Aranami backwards.)
  • Finish the pinks in the Fox Embroidery project.
  • Spin for Tour de Fleece every day.
  • Go to TKD once or more.
  • Get the house ready & grocery shop for the return of my family from S. Korea. They’re on a trip with the TKD school, which my middle and youngest started 2 weeks early so they could train with the Koreans. It appears to have paid off; Henry (my youngest) won his division in a jumping front kick competition and won his division in sparring!
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Jumping Front Kick Competition
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On the Podium for Sparring

The Week June 26-July 2

Hoo boy – I skipped a week last week after getting back from a really good trip home to Vermont, but rest assured I was still knitting. I even finally stopped at Webs but timed it badly – I arrived 10 minutes after they closed. I also realized that I drive past Green Mountain Spinnery every time I go home and yet have never stopped there either. Perhaps I will remedy both when I go home again for my Mom’s 70th birthday in August.

My to-do list from 6/13 with progress indicated:

  • Finish the front of Summer Lovin’ and get to at least finishing the armhole decreases on the back.
    I finished it and have worn it. Project details are on Ravelry, but here’s a picture of it with me in it:

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    Summer Lovin’ (aka Petrie from Knitty Spring + Summer 2011)
  • Go to TKD once.
    I didn’t go the week of the 13th – my buddy Julia was at the beach and I got lazy, but I did go last week.
  • Crack open Strength Training for Fat Loss and make a plan to lift weights and lose some fat.
    I made the plan. I even got out the notebook I record my workouts in and wrote it in there, but that’s as far as I went – I didn’t actually do the workout last week. I’m looking forward to the meat of the workout (Lifting! Yay!) but dreading the warm up. (Squats and bodyweight stuff. Boo.) I know it won’t be so bad if I actually just do it – the warm up is only 10 minutes of my life; I can spare 10 minutes to do something I’m not overly fond of but that will feel good once I’m done.
  • 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.
    All done, including an adventure over the Tappen Zee – I can’t cross that bridge without taking a wrong turn after – and a side trip with my brother to Rehoboth, MA to visit my Dad’s grave for Father’s Day and the drive home. The visit with my Mom was good, I had lunch with my favorite Aunt, saw my cousin, celebrated with my nephew, and got to hang out with my Mom and brother. A good trip! I haven’t been home on my own without my husband and kids in years, so that part was a little odd.

Okay: this week. The plan is:

  • Pick up Aranami (which I did knit on over the weekend) and knit more wedges.
  • Continue the fox embroidery project. What? I didn’t tell you guys about that, did I? I got a a kit from Sublime Stitching with this foxy pillow cover a while ago and have been relearning embroidery. I started it in early May and have been working on it off and on. To be honest, I’d rather do my own thing, make up my own design and generally just fool around with stitches and floss, but I love foxes and thought this would be a more disciplined way to relearn (and learn) stitches. I’m trying to use all the colors that I don’t really like first while saving the best for last (blues and greens). Yesterday I finished embroidering the second fox, the acorns, and started more of the pink hearts.
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    In-progress Fox Embroidery

     

  • Go to TKD at least once.
  • Suck it up and do the Strength Training workout.
  • Pick out a spinning project and spindle to kick off Tour de Fleece (July 1-23). I’m spinning on Team Fibernate and Solitude Yarn since my knitting group hasn’t organized a TdF team in a few years now. I should also probably
  • Set goals for TdF. I know I want to spin every day, but I need to look at my fiber stash (and those fleeces I still have) and set more goals than just that. Or maybe less is more? Some pondering is in order.
  • I’m taking a road trip to Norfolk, VA Friday-Sunday; Becky and I are visiting Stephanie, who I missed here in NOVA when she came up the weekend before last because I was in Vermont. The three of us all met at our knitting group and have remained really good friends through the waning of the group. An added connection: Stephanie and I are from the same area, the Upper Valley – one of the Connecticut River valleys that spans Vermont (where I grew up) and New Hampshire (where Stephanie grew up), it’s roughly the area surrounding Dartmouth College.

I also need to apologize: I’m really behind in reading blogs (but caught up everywhere else on the interwebs – twitter, FB, IG). I’m sorry I haven’t been reading and commenting; please forgive me. I’ll get back to it again soon. In the mean time, I hope all is well and that you have a great week!

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.