August 22, 2016

Gold Medal!

While I may not have met my WIPs Wrestling goals, I did achieve gold medal status in the Shawl Sailing event of The Ravellenic Games this year!

For the uninitiated, this means that I cast on a shawl during the opening ceremonies of the Rio Summer Olympics and finished it before the end of the closing ceremonies.  Yes, I knit a 1,002.5 yard fingering-weight shawl in just under two weeks.  Whew!

I can't show you a proper picture of the finished shawl because it's a design I'm going to publish soon, but here it is right after binding off:

Did you compete?  How did you do?  Please share.

August 20, 2016

Here a SALE, There a SALE....

The Cooperative Press warehouse sale won't be going on much longer because inventory is running out, so hurry over and check it out here.  There's not much left, but there are even a couple books that are only $1.00!




Remember, my non-CP patterns are are 20% off through September 1st with the coupon code SCHOOL.

Bag Ban Grocery Bag

Bijou Bijoux
Easy as Pi
Garcia's Cowl

Erin's Star


August 17, 2016

Houston, We Have a Sophomore.

For comparison:

The first day of school
calls for pancakes!

Before someone asks:  Yes, it felt strange only having ONE set of "first day of school" pictures to do this morning.

August 16, 2016

August 16 Crafty Chat

Oops!  Got so busy getting ready for today's Crafty Chat that I forgot to post the link beforehand.  It was abbreviated this week b/c I was solo, and we had a smaller crowd than normal in the chat room, but here it is:


August 12, 2016

Vicarious Visit

For the last few days, I've been living vicariously as my dad visited Sarah up in Sierra City, sending us photos daily.  Just over two weeks till we go visit her and bring her home!


If you look closely, you can see Sarah in the back, at work.

The Store

They went out to dinner in Blairsden.

Sarah actually willingly went on a hike with Poppa...

...and "cooked" for him.

The glorious but rarely-captured sight
of an American Teenager (female)
depositing paychecks in the bank.

Cousin Abigail and Sarah
outside My Sisters Cottage

NOT PICTURED:  Sarah's valiant effort to stay calm after she dropped her phone in the toilet, thus cutting off her WiFi access - the only way she had of communicating with the outside world.

August 10, 2016

Crafty Chat "Notes"

If you were in the YouTube chat room for yesterday's atypical CraftyChat, these are the things we discussed.  If I've forgotten anything, please let me know.

I can't remember who mentioned that she had made an egg-free Chicken Carbonara dish.  Would you please post a link to the recipe you used?

August 9, 2016

CraftLit Crafty Chat - August 9

UPDATE:  I spoke before checking my texts.  Due to the pesky intrusion of L-I-F-E, there will be no CraftyChat today OR next week.  I will, however, meet everyone in the YouTube chat room at 10:30 to chat that way.  Chat room is here (look to the right of where the video would be).

Feels like forever since we've recorded!  Hope you can join us at 10:30am PDT.

CraftLit Crafty Chat - August 9

Feels like forever since we've recorded!  Hope you can join us at 10:30am PDT.

August 5, 2016

Ravellenic Games

So, The Ravellenic Games (aka "the games formerly known as The Knitting Olympics and the Ravelympics") begin tonight when the Olympic Opening Ceremony begins.  Are you participating?  If you listen to knitting podcasts and you need a team, come join us on Team Sasquatch!

The complete list of Ravellenic Games events can be found here.

I am competing in two events:  WIPs Wrestling and Shawl Sailing.

These are my projects for WIPs Wrestling:

Scrappy Socky Stripey Cardi
for Leila's baby
(started before I knew she pregnant, much less knew
that the baby was a girl)
There's no urgency to finish it except that,
now that I know she's having a girl,
I want to knit lots of pink for her!

Not-so-Scrappy Entrelac Scarf
Remember this one from Finishuary?

Rose City Rollers, aka February 2015 Socks
Another "Finishuary Fail"

For Shawl Sailing, I will be working on my latest shawl design (see peek at prototype here).  The yarn will be two skeins of KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder:

Copyright KnitPicks
borrowed for illustration purposes only



August 3, 2016

Crafty Goodness + Kid Updates

This Pi Shawl has been happening.

I'm actually not thrilled with the current section of the Pi Shawl, but it's too many rounds of too many stitches for me to tink or frog (ONE day, perhaps, I'll learn to use lifelines).  Glad this is just the prototype.  The real thing will most likely be knit in KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder.  (I LURVE Poppy Field, but I already have a design accepted in those colors.)  There are indie yarns I love more, but the yardage I need for this precludes pretty much all of them.

Abby had a FABULOUS time in Ashland and
didn't want to come back home.
Perhaps an application to Southern Oregon University
is in her future....

Sarah got to swim in a real, live swimming hole.
Yes, it was COLD.

The RAVELLENIC GAMES (aka The Games Formerly Known As The Knitting Olympics) start on Friday; are you participating?  If you need a team, join us on Team Sasquatch.  I was so lame about Tour de Fleece that I'm torn:  Half of me thinks I don't dare commit to the Games, and the other half thinks I owe it to the team to redeem myself.

SCHOOL STARTS TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!  Speediest summer EVER!  Sure is nice only having one batch of beginning-of-school-year paperwork to do and checks to write.

LESS THAN A MONTH TILL SARAH COMES HOME.  Not, ya know, that we miss each other or anything....

I reacted to the silicone in the CPAP mask
If I put on Boudreaux's Butt Paste (yes, that's REALLY
what it's called) before I put on the mask and use
a cloth mask liner, I'm OK, but I forgot
the butt paste when we went away for two nights
and used the CPAP anyway.
Things got UGLY.
As you can see, I had to resort to wearing
the butt paste during the day when I was
at home.  As my mother would say, lovely.

P.S. That college course Abby was taking over the summer?  Kid got an A.  She says it was easy, but I'm still impressed.