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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.