I finished the first clue for the MKAL shawl I’ve been (slowly) working on! It was published last year (I think?) and I started it with gusto but things happened and I can’t remember why not but I frogged it all and set it aside. I’ve been good and not peeked at the finished projects! I picked it back up not long ago and so far, so good. I really do love lace knitting, especially with beads!
I’m not sure I love the yarn for the project and that may be why I abandoned it last year. It’s a kind of fuzzy alpaca but it’s taming itself as I go along. Hubs picked it out and hopes I’ll give it to his mother as a gift. I probably will. I rarely keep the things I make for fear I’ll be swimming in stuff.
I also seem to have a bit of a helper doubling as a menace.
My mom has joked that she knows when I’ve made something because it always has cat fur on it. I’d like to see somebody avoid that in this house. Joule is insistent on helping with everything!
I had some doubly sad news when I got home from the trip abroad: two of my favorite stores are closing! 😦
One is Kitchen Collection — I loooove going there and finding all sorts of fun cooking goodies. I’ll have to make a trip to the nearest store this weekend to see if there’s anything left for a last hoorah.
The second is my local quilt shop. I’m really quite sad about this one as there aren’t many fabric stores around and the owner there is so, so nice. After this, it’s Walmart or Joann’s for fabric and I’m not thrilled about either. It’s hard shopping online because you really can’t compare what the fabrics from different lines look like together, so I probably won’t be doing much fabric shopping until something else pops up locally.
I went to the LQS to get my last bit of fabric from them yesterday. Hub’s sister is pregnant again and he’s asked me to make her newest one a quilt. I don’t necessarily get along with all of his family but I I won’t play those petty games when it comes to the kids.
I’m not thrilled with the colors but they’re what they dress the two year old in now, so it’s a color scheme they seem to enjoy. I chose bunnies because they were always my husband’s thing and the quilt I made his first niece had rabbits as a fabric as well. I’m just using an older pattern to make something simple (not sure what the name of it is — I’m horrible about knowing what things are called) and quilting it as I go.
I did an EQ8 mockup just to make sure I was getting enough fabric. It’ll look something like this:
…and because I can’t resist…
Yoinked from Facebook (and seriously never tire of these — they can be good distractions with minimal effort):
FINALLY, an adult version. Tired of those surveys made by high school kids? Here are 23 questions for Grown Ups!!
1. What bill do you hate the most?
Power/gas bill. We use a digital utility so we can power our home with clean energy (we subsidize wind with a community solar offset) and they required an autodraft payment. I like micromanaging our finances so having a bill that not only changes month to month by quite a bit (our last one was 50 dollars, in winter with gas included it can be over 200) but posts and draws randomly drives me insane.
2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner?
Hahaha, oh man. I don’t have the slightest clue. We’re not exactly romantic, get dressed up for dinner, and go on a date types. Maybe 2017? We went to NYC to see Nightmare Before Christmas live to film (with the original cast!!!) and ate at a Michelin starred tapas place beforehand. We were dressed up a bit, had to make reservations, and it was a shared plate meal, so it may count.
3. What do you really want to be?
I’d honestly like to have a small farm. Hubs was afraid of the idea when we first bought a house but now sees that it wouldn’t be much work (and I’d be the one doing it). Little late now but ugh, some day. If not that, I’d like to work with wildlife rehabilitation (and have toyed with getting my license) or take in fosters for local shelters until they find their forever homes. Basically, give me something with animals!
4. How many colleges did you attend?
Three. I enrolled in community college when I was 16, went to a private college in SC when I was 17, and then when I was 18, I transferred to the university I graduated from. It was a bit of a mess and not all the credits transferred around.
5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on?
It’s a comfy night shirt, is green, and has Hogwarts on it. Hard not to choose it.
6. What do you drive?
2019 Toyota Prius
7. First thought when the alarm goes off?
That I need to badger hubs to get ready for work. He sets his alarm almost two hours early because he makes a morning routine of fighting with it for so long that he’s still late for work. It’s super aggravating — my dad was military (if you’re on time, you’re late!) so I ended up being one of those that wakes up before the alarm if I ever set one.
8. Last thought you have before you go to bed?
I have anxiety, I basically think myself to sleep. That embarrassing thing I did when I was four? Think about it. The laundry I haven’t washed yet? Think about it. That next crafting project I want to do? Think about it.
9. Do you miss being a child?
Not really. I certainly miss some of the people that were present in my childhood and that fearlessness of injuries (I used to jump off of buildings, now I won’t even jump off three steps) but being a kid itself wasn’t always sunshine and roses.
10. What errand/chore do you despise the most?
Folding and putting up clean clothes. I’ll do laundry all day but I hate actually putting it up!
11. Up early or sleep in?
I’m usually up pretty early unless I mess with my sleep schedule, then I’m not going to bed until hubs wakes up.
12. Found love yet?
I guess? See not overly romantic thing above. I’m married and we tolerate each other and share a lot of interests. Certainly nothing like the dramatized insanity you see in movies.
13. Favorite lunch meat?
Bologna. Always loved it, still do.
14. What do you get every time at Walmart?
Every time? Nothing. I don’t go there a lot but I when I do, I often leave with their store brand cajun trail mix though. It’s surprisingly tasty.
15. Beach or Lake?
Depends on the location but I usually like beaches more.
16. Is marriage overrated?
I mean, yah, it kind of is. We lived together for years before getting married and all marriage really did was open up his health care, retirement, and tax deductions…really makes it seem like a financial transaction, doesn’t it? Weddings are completely overrated.
17. Ever crashed a vehicle?
I did in 2010. The wheel on my Altima literally came off and passed me on the interstate. I managed to get out of traffic with an uncontrollable car but did hit the guardrail in the end. Nothing was hurt but the car and I wasn’t ticketed for it.
18. Name a place you’ve never been but want to go?
Iceland to see the northern lights or New Zealand to see Hobbiton
19. Do you have a go to person?
I do! Two, actually. It’s pretty nice to have people you can talk to about anything and somebody that will drag out out of your hole when you’re trying to hide.
20. Are you where you want to be in life right now?
Life’s pretty comfortable but I’d still like some chickens and a cow and a bit more land for privacy, so no. 😛
21. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons?
Gummi Bears, Carebears, My Little Pony.
22. What do you think has changed about you since you got older?
Not much, really. I’m taller and weigh a lot more but my basic personality is still the same. I’m not as physically active as I was as a kid, nor as confident. I also go to way more concerts and am actually halfway decent at cooking and crafting now — I loved them as a kid but was limited to what was on hand, now I can go crazy. I’m still the same shy, sassy, cynical person that I’ve always been though.