Friday, July 28, 2017

Perfect Day

Here's what my perfect day in Galveston looks like.  First, you get in the ferry line early enough to eat brunch at Mosquito Cafe.  We like the walnut crusted brie and shrimp tacos.

Then, I piddle around on The Strand, checking out creepy dolls in the antique store and forcing my daughter to sit next to that nasty stuffed bear.  There's usually some chocolate from La Kings or the Chocolate Factory involved.

 Next, it's to the Seawall, where we park and walk or run down the beach for an hour or so.

 Then we lay on the beach an hour or so.

By early evening, we are a satisfying kind of tired from a day in the sun.  We climb the steps to the Murdochs deck to get a drink and watch the birds.  No matter who I'm with we always seem to be laughing at this point.  Last time, my daughter I got cheesy Galveston tourist shirts because we didn't know when we'd get a chance to go there together again.

 If we have time, I like to eat on a patio somewhere along the Seawall.  But if we're on a budget, it's back to the ferry.  My favorite thing is to stand at the front of the ferry and watch the sun set while feeling the spray.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some Jewelry

Maybe you have noticed the jewelry I wear in some of my blog posts.  I don't know, maybe no one reads blogs anymore.  But, I've had these photos of some of my favorite Native Clutter jewelry for a long time, meaning to tell you guys about it.

This jewelry obsession is something I never would've seen coming.  I have always leaned toward the tomboyish side of things.  I associated jewelry with the awful stuff girls bought at Claire's Boutique in the eighties.  The only jewelry I ever wore were things from my grandmother and some turquoise and leather pendant necklaces I made from a couple of keychains.  But those were the adornment I liked: vintage pieces and natural rocks.

I think I first heard of Native Clutter from Stephanie's maker's blog. I was blown away by every thing in her shop.  Every thing.  There are all types of stones, geometric shapes, and vintage fittings.  There is nothing she designs that I wouldn't wear, even if I'm just hanging around the house.

I get compliments on them all of the time- from men and women.  Yesterday it was a boy working at Starbucks.  So, if you happened to notice them in lots of my photos, it's because I wear them all of the time.

For Christmas my husband asked Stephanie if she'd make a custom design for me and this necklace and earring set is what she created.  I was speechless.  I also couldn't believe he heard all of my hinting.

So, yeah, I've amassed a collection over the last few years.  When I have extra cash that I might once have spent on a piece of clothing, I buy this stuff instead- this, books, music, and yarn.

Oh look, here's more photos of me looking incredibly solemn in my jewelry and finished knits.

Below are some functional bracelets that I also love to wear wear.   If you're a knitter, you've already seen them.  I got my Wrist Ruler from Tolt Yarn and Wool.  I wear it daily and use it constantly to make sure my gauge isn't going haywire.

The stitch marker bracelet is from Magpie Fibers.  They have some other styles that I like too, but this one was my favorite.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Seaside Colors

I've spent some time at the beach recently.  I can never get enough of the blues and browns.  Also, I want to dump some photos.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Roadtrip Knits all Mapped Out

Thanks to everyone who chimed in about how to tackle all my works-in-progress!  I have a plan now.
I've already cleared my work space by blocking 3 knits yesterday.  Thanks to sweltering summers, they are already dry and photo ready.  But I'll probably wait and photograph them on our upcoming camping trip because almost any natural scene beats refinery tanks as a background.

I'm going to put my yarn for Lonely Souls and Pomme de Pin up for at least a year until my body quits changing and until I can not feel annoyed with Pomme de Pin.  Poor Pomme.  I'll love you one day.

I blocked Gingerbread and miraculously the sleeves fit at regular length now.  I didn't even try to stretch them.  This yarn was weird.  But I'm thankful it is finished and cozy.

After the Summer Sweater KAL, I will look at undoing the bind off row on Hualpa and adding length to it.  Remember, I want a very oversized Kimono, so I blocked for width and ended up with a very wide crop top.  I'll also pick my Fire Opal tee back up then as a tv knitting project.

Cobblestone Pullover and True Friend will wait until the end of the Summer Sweater Knit-along, or else be an added as WIP projects I throw in at the end.  No sweat on Cobblestone, I've already decided to defer it for next Christmas.

That leaves me with two immediate projects:  Tommy Top (photo below) which I will seam and finish tonight, most likely, and Journey (top photo).

Journey will be my road trip knit.  I only have half of the yoke and the sleeves to knit, with hours of driving ahead of me.  Man, I love road trips!  My goal is to finish it before the Summer Sweater KAL begins so I can start Heritage, also by Alina Schneider, on Cast On Day.

Oh, yeah, and my Marley shawl will go on the trip too as a backup knit because... brioche!!  There will be many evenings around the fire, with no wifi, for all of this.

So, if all goes according to plan, and if the stars align just so....  I will have only 4 WIPs when August 1 rolls around.  And by Fall that should be a respectable number like 2 or something.  Because I gotta have some tv knitting and some knitting knitting.

Oh, and here's a cat:

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

BRK and BRP, Pwned

Brioche got served today.  It's been taunting me for 12 years, lurking in the back corners of my brain since I was a new knitter and tried to knit this Interweave sweater pattern.  It is an awesome design, but was not at all beginner-compatible.  It did, however, turn out to be rage-compatible.

tried again 7 years ago.  Same sweater, same doofy issues.  There was a flurry of needles and yarn, maybe an expletive, and somehow I ended up with a perfectly fitting Oatmeal sweater (by Jane Richmond) in 70's potholder colored yarn.  I got destroyed by Brioche, again. I keep meaning to dye that Oatmeal...

Then I took a Stripes class with Veera Välimäki.  If anyone could heal me of my brioche skills deficiency, surely she could.  I so wish I'd taken a pic of the knitted puke I created that day.  All I have is this photo of the humble set-up row, which looks normal.

Trust me, though, when I say it was bad.  Veera patted my shoulder and said, "It's okay.  You'll get it."  It's not her fault.  It's Brioche's.

All that is to say that I have finally arrived, my knitting friends!  I decided to set aside a whole morning/ afternoon/ some of the evening to figure out the Marley shawl pattern by Andrea Mowry.  She's got all these great patterns, but the hitch is that many require knowledge of this infuriating stitch.

So, I did it and I have these photos to prove it.  Of course, I did have to re-knit this beginning part two times after taking these photos because I still can't read my stitches well enough to fix mistakes.  But, brioche... brioche!

I read Andrea's directions over and over, watched a ton of tutorials and then checked this Briochestitch site, where it finally clicked.  I don't know why.  It pretty much said just what my pattern did.  Maybe it was a day full of stitch immersion that did it.  Anyway, now I am ready for all these "Hot Right Now" brioche thingies.
Bring it, Andrea and Stephen!

By the way, don't you love this golden snitch progress keeper from Owls on Dantes?  

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