WIP-it Wednesday...

...pretend I'm posting this on a break during my cooking marathon. ;-)

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:

  • Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Finished tinking/frogging the error; reinserted the needles and just waiting for my brain to be ready to figure out where in the pattern repeats to start.
  • Christmas 9-patch Pillow (cross stitch)
    Finished the center square; working on row 3, squares 2 and 3.
  • Spice Market handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Finished spinning the singles; ready for plying.
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch) 
    This tail is still taking forever...
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
  3. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  5. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  6. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the marathon run to Turkey Day is in progress.

I'm at the "making lists of lists" stage, both for Thanksgiving and for Open Enrollment at work. I'm going to try winding up the open enrollment stuff today before I leave for the holiday. Tomorrow will be full-on cooking for Thursday
  • Mr. Turkey should be defrosted by now (I hope!). 
  • I made the dry brine on Sunday, so the flavors should be well blended by now.
  • I made the cranberry sauce on Sunday, too.
  • Tomorrow before I leave for The Daughter's, I'll get Mr. Turkey cleaned up and into the dry brine.
  • Tonight, I'll get the perishables at the grocery store...that should be a blast as there are lots of people who do the same thing. Yay?
  • I need to pack-up whatever I need that The Daughter doesn't have to prepare the food.
  • Tomorrow is cooking day. Besides getting the turkey into the dry brine, I need to make the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the gravy, the yam casserole, and bake two desserts. It will be a long day!
  • Thursday is get the turkey in the oven and help The Daughter set the table, heat up the pre-made food, and enjoy family and friends. :-)
It will be a different Thanksgiving than we normally have, but it's nice to change things up once in a while!
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and I'm still processing photos from the Arizona trip!

We spent 2 days at the Grand Canyon and I took a ton of photos. I've shown you one of a sunset, here's one of the canyon:

Hopi Point

Day 3 was Walnut Canyon, the Wupatki Pueblo, and the Sunset Crater area. I've already uploaded photos from the canyon and pueblo. Here are a couple from the Sunset Crater area.

Sunset Crater

and another:

Apache Plume

Day 4, we toured Meteor Crater:

Meteor Crater

and visited Slide Rock on the way to Sedona:

Oak Creek pool

Up this weekend: Buy what I can ahead of time for Thanksgiving. The 2 most important things are to get Mr. Turkey, start defrosting him, and make the cranberry sauce. I need to start packing up the items to take to the Daughter's, like my favorite knives, the turkey platter, etc.

And continue to make my lists of lists!
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...sorry, still no updated photo of the mermaid. However, I do have photos of two finished objects.

First, the Confetti hat [Ravelry]:

Confetti Hat

Specs:
Started 10/1/17
Finished 10/28/17
Charity knitting
No pattern
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Multis / Prints in Monet

And the Crocus handspun [Ravelry]:

Crocus Merino-silk handspun

and the close-up:

Crocus Merino-silk handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 9/9/17
Finished 11/3/17
Merino-silk top (4oz.) from Greenwood Fiberworks
249.4 yes, chain-ply; 12 WPI


WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Found and error and I'm in the process of tinking back to the place I went wrong. Sigh.
  • Christmas 9-patch Pillow (cross stitch)
    Working on portions of 3 squares
  • Spice Market handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    About 75% done with the singles.
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch) 
    This tail is taking forever...
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
  3. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  5. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  6. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...some personal issues have taken precedence the last few days. Nothing catastrophic, we just needed to focus on ourselves for a bit. Fortunately, crafts can help you mellow out when you need to.
  • The Daughter and I touched based about the things we need to do for Thanksgiving dinner and how many people will be there for the meal. You guys, it's next week!! 
  • I updated my T-Day lists. I need to make the full-on grocery list now that I know what we're going to cook. I actually bought a few of the non-food items when I went grocery shopping on Sunday.

    My plan is to buy Mr. Turkey on Friday and start defrosting it in the refrigerator. It needs to be completely defrosted by Wednesday morning.
  • I continued to spin on the merino-silk that I started at Spin-In on the 4th.
  • I worked on the Mermaid when my knees needed a break from spinning.
  • I also worked on the small cross stitch piece that I keep in the living room.
  • Photo processing continues. I have finished Day 2 of the Grand Canyon and have moved on to Day 3 of vacation. I'm about 75% done with that day. My new system is to process photos while dinner is simmering or while waiting for the microwave. Every little bit helps!

    Day 3 includes Walnut Canyon's cliff dwellings:

    Cliff dwelling rooms


    and the Wupatki Pueblo ruins:

    Wupatki Pueblo

Missed WIP-it Wednesday again...

...I need to mark my calendar or something. I have no excuses.

Sigh.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Still plugging away on Section 3, contrasting color #2.
  • Spice Market handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Started at Spin-in; about $30 done with the singles.
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch) 
    Still working on her tail; almost to the point where all the stitching is horizontal.
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
  3. Christmas 9-patch Pillow (cross stitch)
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  6. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  7. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  8. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.
  • I finished plying the Crocus handspun [Ravelry] on Friday. I then treated my wheel to a little TLC in preparation for Spin-In on Saturday.
  • Spin-In was fun! I baked some 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies as my contribution. I started spinning Spice Market [Ravelry], a Glitter roving from Greenwood Fiberworks. 
  • Between laundry and chores, I stitched a bit more on Mermaid of the Pearls. Her tail is taking forever to do. I am stitching with 5 shades of green and a bit of white to complete this portion of her tail. Boy, am I bored with stitching green!
  • I didn't do any work on the attic windows quilt.
  • It's been pretty chilly in the evenings, so I turned the furnace back on for the winter.  And I realized that it's now cool enough for me to sandwich the All That Glitters Christmas quilt in the UFO pile. The machine quilting will go pretty quickly, so I should add this to my list of things to do.
  • Because our house is poorly insulated (and would be incredibly expensive to fix that problem), I use an electric blanket on the bed. It was time to buy a new one as the previous blanket was in bad shape and we cycled it out last spring. I bought a new one, plus a heated throw for the living room. The cats are in heaven with both heated options!
  • I still haven't taken photos of the last hat or of the recently completed spinning project.
  • I finally finished looking through all of the vacation photos and deleted the duplicates!
  • I finally finished processing the photos from the Grand Canyon portion of our trip. Hooray!

WIP-it Wednesday...

...pretend I'm posting this on a break during my cooking marathon. ;-) WIPs Roll Call Worked On: Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [ ...