As promised

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The scarf is blocked and drying.  I wish the details were more obvious, as it’s quite a pretty pattern and beaded…but maybe I’ll get a closer photo of it later.  It’ll be done by morning and I can throw it in the car before we leave.

I’m still not packed, which is almost hilarious since that’s why we took an extra day here. I have stuff laid out, I just haven’t cared enough to pack it.

I like procrastinating a bit TOO much.

So much that I baked French Onion bread.  This is my second time making it so I altered the recipe a bit because I didn’t think it tasted oniony enough the first time and hubs agreed.  You know, never having it before because Linnie died before we were born, we’re the experts or something.  It’s something my husband’s German great-grandmother used to make and nobody in their family has had it for over 40 years sooo epic task to lay at my feet.

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They rose a bit unevenly in the oven but I’ll blame the onions.  ;D

Good news is hubs couldn’t wait for it to fully cool so we’ve tasted it.  The bread would pass Paul Hollywood’s poking finger and it has a good, lingering aftertaste of sweet onion.  It also toasts up amazingly.  I’m packing one loaf up and freezing it to take to hub’s dad as his Christmas gift from me.  The cut loaf will surely end up as a road snack or I’ll give it to my step-father when we arrive in VA tomorrow.  He’s a bread fiend.

I packed a Steampunk Gears scarf for the road, as well as a pair of socks to finish.  We’ll see how much gets done on either.

In case I don’t get online during the holidays — hope all that are reading have a fantastic bit of celebration and a healthy, happy new year!

All finished! Or close enough.

I finished the scarf!

It took a day and an age (or at least two hours according to my friend that was tracking it) to bind off.  It was miserable and one I don’t plan on doing again if I can avoid it. D:

The rest of the scarf went great.  I’ll be lightly blocking it this evening and hope to grab a photo then if I remember.

Hubs and I were supposed to be traveling south tomorrow but his work and stuff at home got in the way so we’re having to delay our trip by a day.  It’s really kind of annoying but I’d rather be well rested for the 12 hour drive and not have a frozen pipe lurking in the house.

So, for now, while I procrastinate packing a little longer…a quiz I got from a friend on Facebook.  I won’t respond to tags there but I’ll certainly steal them for here!  😀

Take a break from negativity and learn about each other! 😉
1. Are you named after somebody?  Middle name for my dad who I think was named after my great-grandfather’s sister.
2. When is the last time you cried? I had some angry tears going on last week. I rarely cry when I’m sad but when I’m mad, I turn into a leaky faucet.
3. Do you like your handwriting? Not really but it’s legible
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Bologna or pepperoni.  Changes based on mood
5. Do you have kids? Negative, unless furkids count, then I have five.
6. Farthest place you have traveled? Hawaii
7. Do you use sarcasm ? No, never…
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Nope
9. Would you bungee jump? I would if I was a bit more fit.  I was going to in Austria but they closed by the time we got to the bridge
10. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms. Never growing up!
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off ? Most don’t even have laces, so no
12. Do you think you’re strong? Not really. My legs are pretty jacked though
13. What is your favorite ice cream? Butter pecan or chocolate marshmallow, depending on the mood
14. What is the first thing you notice about a person? I tend to hone in on hair and clothing — you can generally tell a lot more about a person by what they choose to put on themselves rather than what they actually look like.
15. Football or Baseball? Ugh. Neither. I don’t like sports at all.
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Wouldn’t be my least favorite thing if I liked it, now would it… Probably my weight or that my skin is still an asshat and I have breakouts as a 30+ year old.
17. What color pants are you wearing? They’re a really trippy pink and purple pajama pant
18. What was the last thing you ate? Peanut brittle
19. What are you listening to right now? “Heartless World” cover by Unleash the Archers
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? White. Everybody’s least favorite ^_^;
21. Favorite flavor? Salty, spicy.  Does that count? I prefer savory to sweet flavors every day — gimme homemade Chex Mix, jalapeno pretzel bites, and hot fries.  Mmmmm.
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? My mother
23. Favorite sport to watch? I guess if I had to pick something…gymnastics
24. Hair color? Naturally that weird dark brown color that lightens to gold in the sun, currently dyed jade, green, and mint
25. Eye color? Green with gold
27. Favorite food? If I refuse a steak or country ham (again, that salty thing), there’s probably something very wrong with me.
28. Scary movies or happy endings? I prefer dreary and violent…but scary is just boring for me so I guess I’d have to go with happy, with the exception of romance movies since I can’t stomach those.  I do still like cartoons and whimsy and they’re usually pretty happy
29. Last movie you watched without falling asleep? If I can’t fall asleep, I also can’t walk away half way through it and finish it later; I have the attention span of a gnat so rarely watch movies all the way through. I think it was “Klaus” on Netflix.
Come on….someone do this with me. 😄 Let’s have some fun, take a break from negativity and learn about each other!
Just copy & paste and change the answers to your own.

Snail’s speed

It’s been a bit of a wild week.

For some reason, every year around the holidays, Hub’s work goes insane. I don’t know if it’s poor planning on his part or just the nature of businesses wanting to wrap things up in a neat little bow for the year end…but I’m quite annoyed with it.

He’s been getting about 3 hours of sleep per night and, therefore, so have I.

The good news is I did finish adding lace to the pillowcases Grandmother stitched.

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I went with the easiest option imaginable and topstiched some prefinished eyelet lace I picked up at Joann’s on it.  There is a heart pattern in the lace so I thought it was fitting considering the pattern of Grandmother’s cross-stitching.

I’ll be happy to hand these back to her in a few days!  It’ll be fun to see if she even remembers them. She gave the cases to my mother over a decade ago and asked her to put something on them.  Mom, of course, lost them and forgot about them. Funny how things always end up in my lap, isn’t it?

I’m also working on the last repeat for the Taimi scarf.  I decided in the end to do all three.  I think I have about 10 rows left, including the cast off.  I should have it done tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!

Also going to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra tomorrow, so I may not.  We’ll see how this bizarre cycle of no sleep goes.  My only goal is to stay awake through the concert.  I’ve fallen asleep during metal shows before, so wish me luck!

Done and done.

Finally, some stuff is done!

Here’s the MKAL shawl that I can’t wait to get out of my house:

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That alpaca yarn bled everywhere…and not in the color I expected. It turned my sink purple.  The yarn is definitely more of a burnt orange.

I also got the baby quilt finished!

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It’s not my best work but it’s done. Hubs picked the colors because it’s for his sister. She wears a lot of the same colors and dresses her (soon to be oldest) child in them.  The dark blue border has bunnies in the same colors as the rest of the quilt and is the backing as well.  Satin binding because it’s for the pending kid and I’ve yet to meet one that doesn’t go crazy for it.

I have some eyelet lace sewn onto one of the pillow cases and will tackle the second tomorrow when I feel up to stabbing myself with pins again.

For now, picking back up the infinity scarf for Grandmother.  I’m about 5 rows from finishing the second repeat and really debating if it needs a third like the pattern calls for.  I’ll decide when I get to the end of the chart.  The repeats are about 2.5″ wide and my grandmother is very petite so I’m afraid if it gets that much larger it may swallow her whole.

Gotta get there first!

A hint of progress

I finished the first repeat of the Taimi chart. There  are two more and then finishing. It feels slow but at least it’s moving forward!

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I also managed to piece together all of the blocks for the baby quilt yesterday. I should assemble the rows today and get it ready for quilting. I hope.

The sewing machine I was using broke when I started piecing and I had to take it apart and rebuild it. If there’s one thing I’m thankful I can do, it’s knowing how to  fix most of my sewing machines. I cannot imagine the time or money investment required to get somebody else to do it! One of the connections between the flywheel and the arm shaft had worked loose and I think it threw off the timing over…time. Hard to know of there were additional problems since I skip troubleshooting after the basics and just go all in by breaking it completely down. If I’ve already cracked it open, might as well service all of it! It’s cleaned, oiled/greased, reassembled, and working like a champ again.

I then had to bribe one of my cats, Joule, with some scraps and a plastic bag. She stole some of my 2.5″ squares and I was five short yesterday when piecing. D’oh.

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She’s not the most effective helper but she’s very enthusiastic about her job. 🙂

I also managed to go to the fabric store and get my grubby hands on some eyelet lace for the pillowcases. It shouldn’t take long to add it. It can wait until I’m done with the hot pink quilting thread.

…but I was horribly naughty and also brought home a yard of some absolutely delicious faux fur. It’s gray and feels heavenly. It’s normally 40 bucks a yard but it was a remnant so I happily snatched it up for 16. Looks like I’ll be making more stuffed animals soon! I’ve wanted to make some fleece ones anyway but the fur is already singing to me. Then again, maybe I should hide it away for clothing… It really does feel that yummy.

Are the holidays over yet?

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That’s cast on number 3 for Taimi.  This one better stick!  I was pretty far along with my first attempt when I dropped the whole shebang and several dozen stitches loaded onto the needles popped off.  I can fudge one or two weird stitches in lace but couldn’t fix a whole section of dropped and pulled stitches.  Bah!  I’ve made a few weird mistakes with it, like adding a stitch or dropping a stitch out of turn but I’ve been able to (roughly) fix them in an unnoticeable way…I hope.

I’m also trying to cram in some other projects this week.  I have to make a baby quilt, start to finish.  I need to wash and block the MKAL shawl because I didn’t get to that before Thanksgiving.  I need to get my hands on some eyelet lace and add some to the edges of some pillowcases for my Grandmother.  …and I need to keep chugging along with the infinity scarf.

I don’t know if I can get it all done this week but I have to try!

Also: my stress levels are sky high.  Family is making it worse at every turn.  I’m completely ready to throw in the towel for the holidays, tell everybody to bugger off, and find a cave to hide in until everything blows over.

I’m a bit behind on reading blogs but I saw this quiz over at both the NothingButKnit and Highland Heffalump blogs from almost a month ago and I couldn’t resist!

MY SILLY KNITTING QUIZ

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

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Ruby Lace Dress by Suzie Sparkles on Ravelry.  I’d absolutely knit it except the sizing is quite small when you’re built like a linebacker or a giant like I am.  I’m not confident in my abilities to scale patterns, so it will probably always just be one I admire instead of make.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?  Beading.  Every project I’ve made with beads, I’ve enjoyed immensely.

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?  Totally depends on the project.  I tend to like wool and wool blends the best, but also devour my fair share of cottons and alpaca.  My current project is 100% silk — so yummy!

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein? Metal. I love how slick they are, that they generally don’t bend on me, and that little click.

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?  Not an entire vacation specifically for knitting but you can bet I was hopping in and out of every yarn shop I met while in Ireland and Scotland!  You know I’d be haunting them in New Zealand and Australia as well….basically if I see a shop while on vacation, I’m visiting.

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)  Only one?!  For knitting I’ve really been diving into lace weights lately and I figure I could hold multiple strands together if I got desperate enough for a larger project.

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?  Sometimes a piece of candy or a bit of chex mix but usually not. I’m a slob and don’t want to ruin my knit.

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no? I’ve only used it on a few baby blankets.  I can’t really find any adult looking color way that I like enough to invest in.

9. Favorite knitting slang word? Domiknitrix.  I’m a homemaker.  I *hate* when people ask where I work or what my job is and the judgement and awkward questions that follow. No, we don’t have kids. No, we’re not religious. No, I’m not looking for employment. No, we’re not milking the system somehow. No, we don’t support female subservience. Soooo my husband gets a kick out of butting in and telling people I’m a domiknitrix.  He’s also told people I am a stripper (quilting) and a hooker (crochet) in casual settings.  I’m tall, wide, have blue hair, walk the line between goth and geek, and am painfully shy.  It’s always worth answering with one of those just to see the reactions.

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.  If I have the pattern memorized I can walk around while knitting.  If I don’t have it memorized, don’t even breathe in my direction while I’m counting!  I’d love to be able to read while knitting but I don’t get along with ebooks and I don’t tend to crack the spines of books so don’t see how it’s possible.

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer? Probably Tania Richter. I’ve made a few of her knits and find them fantastically fun and simple to make — especially the Quests she puts together. My nerdy heart loves rolling dice to find out what I’m knitting!

12. Favorite yarn brand?  I don’t really have one.  I do purchase often from KnitPicks just because they’re affordable and have a decent variety and quality control.

13. Intentional felting: yes or no? I have before, it can be fun. I often join my yarns by felting when working with lighter weight yarns to avoid knots and thick spots.

14. Who taught you to knit? I taught myself with books and youtube.  I wish I had a single person that I could point out as a fab teacher but I don’t like doing things the normal way and needed a wide variety of information before I found what made sense to me.

15. What’s your next knit? Currently making Taimi …it needs to be my “next knit” until I finish it and not get distracted by other shiny things.  It’s Grandmother’s Christmas gift!  I need to work on it!  But since every crafter I know has a mile long list of their next projects, for knitting I’ve been waffling between: Arachne (I’d love to make a sweater for me and this one screams me), The Tourist Shawl (I really want to learn brioche!), Phoenix Wing (one of the first patterns in my favorites when I was learning to knit) and casting Yggdrasil back on since I ripped my first attempt at it after I went cross-eyed and transposed some of the rows.  Gut feeling right now is I’d pick learning brioche or picking up Yggdrasil so I have a simple double-knit project going during travel.