The Week August 14-20

Last week:

  • Saturday morning I have an appointment to have a cracked tooth pulled and an implant started. This is my first extraction since having my wisdom teeth out years ago and I’m a little nervous, but I’m looking forward to not having a tooth that complains about cool breezes, much less hot or cold foods.
    Done – it wasn’t as bad as tooth-pulling nightmares, but it also wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I’m still not able to chew.
  • Brandon, my oldest, goes back to school on Friday, a day early because he volunteered to help the university/other students with move-in day. I think my husband is taking him & helping him move in, so I will have a day of quiet at home instead of spending 6 hours in the car.
    Done – we took care of all the last minute stuff and he’s all settled in.
  • Continue working on the summer top and/or Aranami.
    I ripped the summer top back to just below the bust so I can put waist shaping in and stretch the amount of yarn that I’ve got. I may still have to use another yarn for the ribbing in the collar, arms, and hem. Worked a little bit on Aranami.

Aranami

  • Start spinning something new.
    Nope. This week, maybe.
  • Decide on a yarn for my Knit Together project square and start. I’ve pretty much decided on a stitch pattern and square construction, and I’m sure I’ll write about that, but I’m not sure that it’s going to be this week.
    Done.
  • Continue with the new embroidery project during the day when the light is good.
    Finished. Here it is:

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  • Go to TKD Tuesday & Thursday.
    Done.
  • Start strength training again, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
    Kind of done.

This week:

  • Start chewing soft food.
  • Get Ethan, middle son, ready to go to his first year of college 8/23.
  • Continue working on the summer top.
  • Start spinning something new.

The Week August 7-13

Last week:

  • Carry on with Aranami.
    Done, though only a little.
  • Embroidery: finish the top half of the fox pillow design.
    Done: I finished the whole thing and bought a pillow form to fill the case!
Finished fox pillow
Finished fox pillow!
  • Spinning: carry on.
    I finished spinning and finishing (washing & whacking) all the in-progress stuff, counted yardage and weighed everything and put it all in my stash on Ravelry. I even wrote about it all here yesterday!
  • Go to TKD at least once to practice before testing, go Thurs or Fri to test. Practice form right before test to warm up.
    Done. I went Monday and practiced at home Thursday and Friday before the test. I had Henry (my 13 year old 2nd degree black belt who recently started teaching) check my form right before the test. Ethan, my middle kid who’s leaving for college soon, helped administer the test. I was shaky during my form, forgot to kiap (shout) while sparring, but broke the board with a side kick on the first try.
  • Go to the gallery. Take Ky or Becky, but go.
    Nope. I’m going to have to take this off the list.
  • Decide on next step for gallery/artist thing and stuff down all that doubt.
    I finished the fox embroidery so I feel free to do other stuff now, namely my own embroidery and other fiber projects that would be for a gallery type setting, stuff that doesn’t really fit anywhere else except maybe my etsy shop. I even started a new piece using fabric from a felted sweater and handspun singles! Anyway: the plan is to do a handful of more pieces and noodle through my goals and (maybe) an artist statement.

I also started another summer top using free-to-me yarn that one of the knitter’s in my Wednesday group brought to share/donate. It’s Garnstudio’s Bombul/Lin (Cotton/Linen). Details will be on Ravelry here once I settle on what I’m doing with it; I already ripped it out once because it was way too small.

I got a package from Melissa of Knitting the Stash fame with DPNs and instructions for a really cool group project. You can read all about it on Melissa’s blog, but I’ll definitely be posting more about it. I started thinking about what I want to do with my square and which yarn to use.

And I lucked into/bought/donated money for a print of a new mural that’s a public art project in my town. I just started following the town’s public art organization on twitter and to pay for a new fabulous mural on a building, they were offering prints of the mural for a donation. I really like the color and style of the mural so I jumped on it, and even bought a frame, cut it (carefully using my rotary cutter!) to size, and hung it in my kitchen yesterday. You can see a pic of the mural on the building here.

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The new print hanging over my pantry doors

This week:

  • Saturday morning I have an appointment to have a cracked tooth pulled and an implant started. This is my first extraction since having my wisdom teeth out years ago and I’m a little nervous, but I’m looking forward to not having a tooth that complains about cool breezes, much less hot or cold foods.
  • Brandon, my oldest, goes back to school on Friday, a day early because he volunteered to help the university/other students with move-in day. I think my husband is taking him & helping him move in, so I will have a day of quiet at home instead of spending 6 hours in the car.
  • Continue working on the summer top and/or Aranami.
  • Start spinning something new.
  • Decide on a yarn for my Knit Together project square and start. I’ve pretty much decided on a stitch pattern and square construction, and I’m sure I’ll write about that, but I’m not sure that it’s going to be this week.
  • Continue with the new embroidery project during the day when the light is good.
  • Go to TKD Tuesday & Thursday.
  • Start strength training again, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – I worked out just before sitting down to write this, so I’ve begun. I hate starting over, but it has to be done instead of just thinking how great it would be if I did start lifting again.

This list is getting a little out of hand again, but I think I can do it all. That’s how it always starts but maybe, just maybe it’s a busy week and not me having unreasonable expectations.

The Week July 31-August 6

Last week:

  • Carry on with Aranami.
    Done. I even tried doing the last row pattern, which is short rows, on one wedge to make sure it will work with the stripes I’m doing. I’m either on the next to last row or I’ve got this row + 5 more to do – I haven’t decided yet.
  • Consider casting on for another summer top using the yarn I adopted from Vanessa at Wednesday knitting.
    Yes, I considered it and decided that now isn’t the right time. I decided to focus more on spinning & embroidery, with Aranami as my faithful knitting project.
  • Carry on with daytime embroidery; my lighting isn’t bright enough to do it enjoyably at night.
    I started the greens & blues in the design, the last remaining colors. I really wish this was done already so I could move on to doing my own freehand stuff. I did order 6″ and 8″ wooden embroidery hoops in anticipation of the fox pillow being done and being free to do what I like.
  • Finish spinning the last batt for TdF.
    Done. I also started on a blue green cormo batt that was in my etsy shop and am already more than halfway through it. The two TdF batts were less than an ounce each, but the blue green was over 3 ounces, so it seems like it’s taking forever.
last of the TdF yarn
My last Tour de Fleece skein (left)
with a bonus skein (right). Both are under 1 oz of fingering weight that will probably become a hat.
  • Go to TKD.
    Once, but I passed my orange belt pre-test. Testing is this Thursday-Friday.
  • 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.
    I’d have to join LAC ($35/year), submit an application (with Artist Statement, something I hadn’t considered) & fee ($25). So there, I did most of this – I did talk with someone at my Wednesday knitting group who’s been to the gallery; she was very encouraging and excited at the prospect of me doing this.

Also, the woman who commissioned the Wonder Woman Wrap received it and absolutely loves it! She was sweet and gave me/The Yarn Office a boost on social media also. I’m so glad she likes it! What a relief!

This week:

    • Carry on with Aranami.
    • Embroidery: finish the top half of the fox pillow design.
Fox Embroidery
The fox pillow embroidery project, design by Sublime Stitching
  • Spinning: carry on.
  • Go to TKD at least once to practice before testing, go Thurs or Fri to test. Practice form right before test to warm up.
  • Go to the gallery. Take Ky or Becky, but go.
  • Decide on next step for gallery/artist thing and stuff down all that doubt.

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