April Recap

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. 

It’s the last day of April. Where did the month go? This month the day job has creeped into my weekends and evenings. It put quite the damper on my crafting time. This morning, I only had two finished projects. So I went through my bins and found some projects to frog. Presenting the six projects finished or frogged for April. You’ve already seen my Resistance Hat and Cozy Twisted Cowl. 

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Among the frog pond are a TDS sock from last year that was barely past the cuff and a racing rain drops that I haven’t worked on in years. Plus it’s using an alpaca blend. I can’t even wear alpaca. Next is my Project Peace. This one had about 2 inches done and probably wasn’t going to get much further. Lastly, is the start of another pink charity blanket. I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish this one.

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This weekend, the kitties spent most of their time resting. Poor kitties had their annual vet check-up on Saturday. Fortunately, they all have a clean bill of health.

I didn’t make it to eight frogged or finished wips this month, but I’m happy with six given how little knitting time I had. In a few hours it will be May, on to my next eight liberated wips!

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The Return of Steve & Stevette

Let nature be your teacher. ~ William Wordsworth

A few weeks ago, I noticed the return of Steve and Stevette, our yard bunny couple. Their appearance always signifies the start of Spring. I mistakenly thought they hibernated over the winter, but after a little research I discovered rabbits do not hibernate. You can learn more here. Steve and Stevette munch on grass, leaves and love to sit in our front yard. They are especially found of our maple bush in front of the big bay window. This drives Burt and Ernie wild! Last year, the British Hubby commented that this is probably no longer the same Steve and Stevette from our first year in the PNW since we’ve been here for five years. I know he’s correct, but I like to pretend it’s the same Steve and Stevette couple happily living together on our front lawn.

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Update on Purpuas Wips:

  • Meandering Lace Shawl: I have five repeats done in section three. If it weren’t for the increases and decreases, a ribbing shawl would be extremely boring to knit.
  • Dewberry Entrapment: Even though I added extra repeats in each section, the hat still isn’t tall enough. Now, I’m just knitting to make it tall enough.
  • African Violet Shawl:  I’m almost done with this garter section.

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Can you guess what the kitties are watching?

I know what you’re thinking. It’s the end of the month, and I haven’t shown very many finished wips. What can I say, I just might not have eight finished or frogged wips this month.

Weekend Rewards

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

This was a short weekend for me. While the British Hubby returned home on Friday (always cause for celebrations), I had a surprise project land on my workload that required some work this weekend. Thus my weekend relaxation and celebrations are shorter, but just as heart felt. No time this weekend to try a new  bread recipe. Sometimes, I freeze half the loaf of fresh bread. It comes in handy for weeks I don’t have time to make a fresh loaf.

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This afternoon, I relaxed with a glass of wine, snuggles with Ernie and some sock knitting. Above, is a progress photo of the British Hubby’s Glazed Lumberjacks. The contrasting stripes and heel has kept this basic sock pattern interesting. I’m slowly chugging along on sock one.

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We also decided to grill out in between rain showers. Look at this amazing asparagus. Yum.

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I caught a candid shot this afternoon of Ernie and Burt. Burt is mid-wash, does that make this a risque cat photo?

It’s the last week of April, I still need to finish or frog six wips! Will I make it?

 

Small Comforts

We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our paths for a reason.

I’ve always been a free spirited independent soul. Even as a young child, I never needed or wanted help. I could do it on my own. As an adult, asking for help is not one of my strong points. You can imagine how surprised I was the first time the British Hubby traveled for work and my world seemed to come unglued. Before he entered my life, I had never really believed in soulmates. Movie love was just in the movies. Sure there were people I naturally gravitated towards, but to say I had a kindred spirit out there I was destined to spend my life with I just didn’t believe it.

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The British Hubby used to travel on a regular basis for his day job. That’s when I discovered I could only manage to cook onion rings and tatter tots when he was away. This time is no exception. Tonight’s feast is waffle fries and potato skins. Burt is currently roaming the house meowing in search of the British Hubby. Poor Ernie has been snuggling with me at night so I don’t get lonely. Even Gracie has been pacing more than normal.

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With the British Hubby away, I did have more house work than normal, but I did still manage a little bit of knitting.

Update on Purpuas Wips:

  • Meandering Lace Shawl: I started section three. This shawl is starting to get exciting now. I have increases and decreases happening. I think you can just about make it our in the photo.
  • Dewberry Entrapment: I’m on section three. It’s getting closer to the decreases.
  • African Violet Shawl:  I’m on the second garter section. The rows are just starting to get longish and slightly boring. It’s good tv or Ernie snuggling knitting.
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This red blankie is my favorite. 

Thank goodness the British Hubby returns tomorrow.

One Year Anniversary

March to the beat of your own drum.

Today is the one year anniversary of my very first post! How exciting. A year ago, I decided to mark my journey through all my lingering wips. The British Hubby calls them my Orphan Wips. On my very first post, I had about 75 projects. As I cleaned out various parts of our house, I suspect that number was too low. Below you can see the photo of all my Orphans from last year.

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This weekend, I pulled out my bins for another group photo. What a difference a year has made. I counted 45 Orphans wips! Yes, many were cast on last month during the Malabrigo March frenzy. The smaller bin even has yarn for a couple of planned projects in March.

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My original quest was to have no wips by March 1, 2017. Clearly, I didn’t meet that goal nor did I stay focused on just my wips. That said, it still feels like I had a very productive year. I’m going to stick with eight projects finished or frogged projects each month. While casting is still my favorite, I’m much more intentional with new projects than I was last year. Okay, I won’t mention the amount of hats I made for myself this year and the fact that I really don’t need any new ones. (Yet, I still keep knitting them.)

Here’s to another great year! I’m not sure what this year will bring, but it’s bound to be an adventure (I bet it will involve cat photos as well). In May, I plan to announce our summer plans (hint: it involves three wheels).

Let Them Eat Cake

A party without a cake is just a meeting. ~ Julia Child

It’s the tale end of the weekend. We’ve been celebrating life with cake and bubbly. This is the British Hubby’s favorite cake, tuxedo cake, from our local grocery store. We don’t often treat ourselves to this so it felt like a very special weekend indeed.

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Here’s a progress shot of my Malabrigo Bon Bon mittens.  These are my first mittens. I hope to have them finished soon. The mornings are still chilly here in the PNW. I think I could still get a little bit of use out of them before summer.

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Here’s Gracie’s idea of a selfie.

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Malabrigo March Wip Update

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

This has been a challenging week both personally and professionally. I’ve accomplished some knitting, but not much. Earlier in the week I cast off liberated orphan number two! Introducing my Cozy Twist Cowl. It still needs to be blocked and have some ends trimmed, but it’s off the needles. That should fix the rolled bottom edge. I sort of like how the rolled neck edge looks. Fortunately, I managed an outdoor photo in between downpours this afternoon. I made some modifications. You’ll find them on my ravelry page. This makes five completed Malabrigo March 2017 projects. Just eight more to go.

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Here’s a progress photo of my Red Spinning Wheel Shawl. I have 10 rows completed in the first fan repeat. You can see the scallops. I’m using Malabrigo Rueca in Jupiter. This is a very enjoyable knit, but man are the rows get long. It does make for some great tv or Ernie snuggling knitting.

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Ernie was trying to hide this afternoon from the storm. Poor kitty.

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