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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesdaying


Can we have three-day weekends every week? On Saturday I managed a nice long nap, on Sunday I got to snuggle my friend's baby, and I got six library books read. Monday I finally caught up on some housework, and I started ironing fabric for a new dress but had to stop due to an accident involving the hot iron and my foot (I'm okay! It's just a small burn and there's no blistering, so I should be back to normal pretty quickly.)

My Ripple Bralette has continued to prove to be excellent reading knitting. I've finished the body and am working my way though the first of the top fronts. I've added quite a bit of length to this, and I'm anxious to see how it will fit once it's finished and blocked.

Bell choir starts up again tonight, which I've been looking forward to, but it means I need to refigure my schedule. Historically, I've just gone straight to practice from work and brought dinner to eat quick before rehearsal started, but now that I have Lee Lee, that's not really an option. Today I'm going to try riding my bike home quick, letting Lee Lee out and feeding her, and grabbing a quick bite before driving to rehearsal. I think I'll have just enough time to make it work, and hopefully the weather will cooperate for the next six weeks so that I don't have to come up with a Plan B.

Speaking of Lee Lee, she's settling in great. It seems like her favorite spot when I'm at work is up at the head of my bed, right next to the window. I don't know which is a bigger draw for her—being able to smell me on my pillow or being able to look out the window, but I'm glad she's figuring out a routine for when I'm at work. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Rippling


Oh my gosh, I am completely blown away by how successful the launch for Suz has been so far! You can still get 20% off the pattern on Ravelry with code FAVORITE through tomorrow, so be sure to take advantage of that if you haven't yet!


After that weird mess of a summer, I'm working on re-calibrating my knitting projects. I have a couple of small design samples on the needles, but I've mostly been working on a Ripple Bralette for myself. I've had this pattern in my queue since it came out, and when I saw the BIPOC Make-a-long on Instagram, I wanted to join in. My favorite outfits to wear around the house are leggings, bralettes, and robes, and with cooler weather coming, I thought a knit bralette (or two, or seven) sounded perfect.

This yarn is a 75/25 merino/silk from Tanis Fiber Arts, and it's absolutely decadent. The color is so romantic, and I can't wait to find out how comfortable the finished bralette will be (Prediction: So Comfortable). This is a super enjoyable knit so far—it's a great purse project, and I can work on it while watching TV or even knitting. I already have a skein of sock yarn picked out for a second Ripple Bralette! 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Suz


Suz is the perfect TV knitting. Worked all in one piece, flat, in garter stitch, it was made for parking in front of the television with a pile of your favorite movies.


The sleeves and body are worked sideways, casting on at one wrist and working across the body before binding off at the opposite wrist. Stitches are then picked up and the shawl collar is knit on. The sides and sleeves are then closed with just two seams to finish.


Suz is available in my Ravelry Store and is 20% off with code FAVORITE through Thursday, October 10th.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Vacationing


I took last week off from my day job at the library, and while it was nice to have a week without having to go in to work every day, it wasn't exactly a restful vacation. You see, I decided to get into cosplay, and between Tuesday and Friday I built the ballgown from Labyrinth.


I've always loved dressing up, and making the ballgown was a lot of fun, even though it meant some very long and stressful days. I definitely want to make more elaborate costumes, but hopefully never again in one week.


The dress is made of some white jersey knit, grey lace, ivory organza, and iridescent cellophane. There's a bunch of beads and gems and fabric roses hot glued to the bodice, and I made the necklace with hot glue and beads and jewelry wire.



I also got a new dog last week! Back in August I was in my cups one evening and in a fit of missing Mystic I decided to scroll through local humane society websites. One dog jumped out at me, and I immediately saved her picture. I have never felt such a pull towards an adoptable dog before. I talked myself out of going to meet her—Mystic had died so recently, I wasn't sure I was ready.


I kept browsing humane society listings, and this dog was still there. Finally I decided that since she was still there last week the universe was clearly telling me something. I drove over and met her and an hour later we came home.


Her name is Lee Lee. She's an 11yo Jack Russel/Rat Terrier mix, and she's a huge snugglebug. I'm so glad I had last week off so we could bond before I had to go back to work, and it's so good to have someone waiting for me when I get home. She's got her issues—she's missing half her teeth, she has skin allergies, she doesn't know any commands, and she's about a pound and a half underweight—but we work together really well, and I'm so glad we found each other.



Monday, September 30, 2019

Echeveria


There is nothing quite as luxurious as a deep, lacy cowl. With plenty of depth to burrow in and a lightweight fabric, Echeveria is perfect for keeping your neck and face warm in transitional weather or dressing up a t-shirt and jeans.


Echeveria is worked in the round from the bottom up.


Echeveria is now available in my Ravelry Store and is 20% off with code SUCCULENT through Wednesday, October 2nd!


I know I've been pretty absent from this space for a while. This summer was really hard for me, for a lot of reasons, and there was a lot going on in my personal life. I wound up in a depressive episode and something had to give. I'm doing much better now, and I'm ready to get back into blogging—a lot happened last week that I can't wait to share with you!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Birthday Sale!


Hi Friends! It's September, which means it's time for my Birthday Sale!!

Everything in my Ravelry Store is 29% off with code HB29. The code is good through September 14th, so pop on over to Ravelry and get yourself something nice for my birthday! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Ocean's Daughter


The Ocean’s Daughter is a lightweight, one-skein shawl consisting of two eyelet patterns and garter stitch. Using only basic stitches, it is knit on the bias, and is an ideal choice for a portable project.


The Ocean’s Daughter is perfect for showing off variegated and specked hand-dyed yarns.


The Ocean’s Daughter is 20% off on Ravelry with code SEAMAID through Friday, August 16th!


Monday, August 5, 2019

Rambling


July was a really weird month. There was just so much going on, between my personal life, and the play, and then my dog dying, that I think it's going to take a while to fully recover. This whole summer so far has felt really long and exhausting, and I'm ready for it to be over. I've been exhausted and burnt out for at least two months now, and I really hope that I find my equilibrium again soon.

I pulled out my Old Harry the other week because I needed something pretty brainless to work on, and I've finished the body and have started the first sleeve. I have another sweater on the needles that I'd like to finish this month, so I don't know how much longer I'll keep carrying Old Harry around.

I've got quite the backlog of pattern writing that I've been meaning to catch up on for over two weeks, but haven't managed it yet. This is mostly due to my complete inability to do anything right now except read romance novels and eat cheese. Like I said earlier, I really hope I find my equilibrium. Quickly. I'm trying to keep track of all my self care—eat regularly, eat occasional vegetables, get enough sleep, try to keep my apartment from looking like a total trash pit—but this burnout/depressive episode is really stubborn. The only way out is through, though, so here I am, head down and plowing through. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mystic


My dog died on Friday.

We got Mystic thirteen years ago as a tiny puppy with a black wiry overcoat. He loved playing soccer and splashing in his water bowl. As he reached adulthood he lost the black overcoat and turned into this blonde beauty with curly hair on his butt only. When we moved to Florida, he rode on my lap the whole way down, and when I left for college he hid under my mother's bed for days.

He was my best friend.



By the time my family joined me in South Dakota, Mystic had started getting  cataracts. He was totally blind for the last two or three years of his life, and sometimes he walked into things. He had this amazing little bark that was almost like a huff under his breath, and we called him a grumpy old man. He'd been a grumpy old man almost since he was a puppy.

Mystic loved carrots more than anything else. The second he smelled a carrot, he'd be in the kitchen begging for pieces. He loved food in general, and tried every day to convince us that he hadn't had breakfast yet.

Once or twice he even got away with it.


Mystic loved sleeping, and napped for close to twenty hours a day. He had several blankets to choose from, but he'd nest in or on anything even remotely soft. He regularly slept on my knitting projects, on my mum's slippers, and even on my brother's backpack. If it was made of fabric, then it was a dog bed.

He was endlessly patient. He let me dress him up in my clothes and wrap him up in shawls and blankets. I'm certain that he wouldn't have chosen to get wrapped up like a babushka on his own, but he never protested when I tried it.

He loved being up on furniture, especially when he got to be in someone's lap or next to us. He loved cuddles and belly rubs, and he insisted on getting his belly scratched every morning before he'd deign to get out of bed, never mind that he'd been the one to wake me up and had been ready for breakfast for an hour already.

Two of his favorite words were "brekkers" and "bedtime."


Like many dogs, Mystic hated thunderstorms. Several years ago, after much trial and error, I finally discovered that his favorite music was Le Nozze di Figaro, and it was the only thing that could even remotely calm him during a thunderstorm. This video is the most played one on my youtube account.

He hated being apart from me. If I thought he was getting too bratty and wouldn't let him up on the sofa with me, he'd go up to my room and pull a blanket down from my bed to make a nest. Once, when I went away for the weekend, I came back and he laid down next to me, holding my hand between his front legs with all the might that his little fourteen-pound body could muster, insistent that I not leave him again.

Mystic taught me that I could love wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Even when he threw up in my bed, when he kept me up all night making nest after nest in the duvet, when he was at his most ornery, I loved him. I loved him so much that sometimes I didn't think I could hold it all.

He loved me, too.



I was with him at the end. He'd been sick for a few days, but I didn't think it was serious. Almost by accident, I had a cold on Friday and decided to stay home. Almost by accident, I decided to get Mystic from his kitchen quarantine and bring him to bed with me to snuggle. I'm so, so thankful that he wasn't alone.

Mystic was the best possible dog. He was even better than any of us could have asked for.

He was my best friend.

I miss him.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tech Week-ing Along


I can't believe it's only Wednesday. I'm completely exhausted, and I want nothing more than about thirteen hours of straight sleep. We have our first dress rehearsal tonight, and the show is really coming together great. I'm managing a few rounds on my Villainous CYOAT for the Outfit-A-Long each night, and now that I've separated the sleeves from the body it should go even more quickly. I'm hoping to be able to squeeze out elbow-length sleeves on this, but we'll have to see how far my yarn goes.

I am eating a lot of dry cereal and rice ramen this week, and I'm looking forward to having time to cook a real meal. Tech week is always hard on me, but this year it's even tougher, for a few different reasons, and I'm really looking forward to next Tuesday, when the play is over. My apartment is a disaster, my plants are neglected, and there might be a new life form growing in my fridge, and I'm really looking forward to getting some time and energy back to deal with those things.