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.

TBT: My Middle Son

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This guy graduates from high school this weekend and then jets off to South Korea Monday with his little brother for tae kwon do training. Here are 2 TBT pictures taken June 11, 2011, right after the boys earned their white belts (the first belt you earn in TKD), Ethan is on the left. So proud of him and the funny, unique man he is becoming – the Hawaiian shirt and pineapple were his idea for his casual look during his senior photo session.

Give em a good belting.
 Say cheese. No, really, like this: CHEESE!

The Week June 5-11, 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 […]

The week before last week’s goals with progress indicated:

  • Finish (sans blocking), wear, and photograph Aspen again. Update Ravelry project notes again.
    Done! Pictures with me in it (a rarity) at the end of this post.
  • Look at and maybe choose patterns for a summer top to get started on.
    Done! I’m making Petrie by Beautia Dew from Knitty Spring & Summer 2010. Details (not many yet) are on my Sumer Lovin’ Ravelry project page.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more.
    I knit lots of wedges in 2 weeks. I finished another row and started the last row of one of the colors.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.
    Nope. I’ve been a lazy bum. Maybe this week.
  • Ethan’s graduation party planning: remind Ky to order the pig.
    Reminded, but still unsure if he actually ordered it or not. I have a back up meat plan but need to find out this week (party’s on Saturday!) if I need to put it into action.
  • Super clean kitchen, vacuum Thursday, clean bathrooms Friday for Melanie’s visit.
    Done. Now I need to do it again this week for party visitors.

This week:

  • Carry on with Petrie/Summer Lovin’.
  • Go to TKD once or walk on the treadmill.

A light week because of everything going on – Ethan (my middle son) graduates from High School Sunday and we’re having a party for him on Saturday. Then he and Henry (my youngest) are going to South Korea for tae kwon do training, coming home July 8. Ky (my husband) is flying out with the other TKD parents June 28 to join them. Also, Henry turns 13 June 29. So there’s going to be lots and lots of activity and then it’ll dwindle down to nothing. 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!)

Okay. My finished Aspen pictures! First, the modifications I made:
– Overall shorter length (by 8-10″)
– No belt loops or belt
– No pockets
– Shorter sleeves for shorter fold-over cuffs (I meant to eliminate the fold over but they’re too long for that)
– Neckline/collar about 2″ higher

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Aspen blocking & drying under Eevee, who thinks this should be a permanent cat hammock

 

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Aspen from the front on yours truly
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Aspend from the back