Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.
  • I actually worked on the St. Charles needlepoint piece. Not a lot of work, but some.
  • I found the kitchen floor and moved the island back into to place. Still to come, moving the remaining kitchen items back into place so I can find the top of the dining room table (and change that dirty tablecloth!)
  • I made my final visit to Purlescence Yarns on Saturday, I'm very sad to see them close, but I admit that I am a bit envious of the owners being able to retire and concentrate on creative things. Sigh...some day!

    I bought two cones of weaving cotton, two circulars, and a skein of Blue Heron rayon-metallic yarn in Rosewood (this shade reminds me of copper).
  • I was making excellent progress winding the new warp. I was well on my way to finishing it when (you guessed it) I ran out of cotton...again! I seriously misjudged the amount that I needed. Arg! I need to get more from Jo-Ann real soon now.
  • In disgust, I decided to spin something. I started Afternoon of the Faun [Ravelry] from another  Mosaic Moon top in the Pan colorway. I'm spinning this one thinner than the last few handspuns I've done. So far, I'm loving the way the colors are spinning, very gradient-like.
  • I worked a little on the Spiral Striped hat. I thought I made a mistake on the stitch count and then realized that it was correct and the only way that the stripes could spiral.
  • At Craft Coffee last night, I worked on the Mother of Dragons shawl [Ravelry]. I continue to have issues on this shawl I knit two rows and was 75% into the 3rd when something looked off on the previous row. So I tinked the row I was working on and tinked the previous row...and couldn't find anything wrong. Ack! I reknit the row and knit the 3rd row and put it away. Maybe it's not a project for Craft Coffee. I think I'll save this project for home.
  • I'm still having trouble getting a good night's rest. I work up at 3:30am on Sunday morning and proceeded to read an entire book by 10:30am. I'm still trying to recover from the lack of sleep, but at least I enjoyed the book!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Eye Candy Friday...

...hooray for the weekend.

The month is winding down and we are harvesting even more tomatoes and the occasional melon. Here's a cross-section of a pepino melon we harvested:

Pepino melon

Our herbs are blooming. Here is marjoram:


...and oregano:


Our neighbor's oleander is going crazy:

Pink oleander

Up this weekend: Purlescence Yarns is closing on Sunday. I'm sad to see them go, but completely understand the need to retire. (I wish I could!) I'm going to try an make it in there one more time, but I'll have to see how the weekend plays out.

The kitchen is done and it's time to move everything back into place. I want to take a pass through a couple of drawers to see whether there's anything else that can go to Goodwill or get recycled. We might have to replace one of our free-standing cabinets as it's very old and the wood seems to be deteriorating on one side.

Craft-wise, I need to get back into the swing of things. I haven't worked on anything except the striped hat, and I haven't actually spent any quality time with it either.

And I really should get back to the loom!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIP-it Wednesday...

...and we now return to our regularly scheduled projects.

I didn't make any progress on the Mother of Dragons shawl [Ravelry], but it's not because I've gotten bored with it. I'm having trouble getting motivated, which might be a sign of craft fatigue. (Say it isn't so!)

Anyway, here is the current state of Mother of Dragons:

Mother of Dragons shawl

I did get a few rows knitted on the Spiral Striped hat, but nothing else got any play since last week.

*WIPs roll call*

Worked on:
  • Spiral Striped Hat (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Working on the ribbing.
Works In Progress, did not work on:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Finishing work
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting)  [Ravelry]
  5. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  6. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
  5. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  7. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)
WIPs To Be:
  • A peacock or mermaid quilt for me.

Monday, August 22, 2016

and that's a wrap for the Ravellenic Games 2016...

...I didn't finish nearly as much as I planned.

I did manage to eke out one last yarn. This is Gradient Violet [Ravelry]:

Gradient Violet handspun

and the close up:

Gradient Violet handspun, close up

Started 8/20/16
Finished 8/21/16
Falkland top (4.1 oz) from Yarn Wench
113.5 yds. chain-plied, 10 WPI

Ravellenic Games 2016 Summary:

I think I'm done with [spin | knit | weave]-a-longs for a while. I'd really like to spend time with my Baby Wolf loom!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Eye Candy Friday...

...and this month is just whipping by!

We've been harvesting tomatoes for a couple of weeks. The Husband has been making salsa and giving away many more.

Tomatoes on the vine

The kale is doing well:


Today we harvested the strawberries:

Freshly picked strawberries

and figs:

Mission figs, close up

Up this weekend: The Husband is finishing the last few details in the kitchen, so I think it's safe to vacuum and mop the floors. It doesn't sound very exciting, but it needs to be done.

I want to spin one more yarn for Ravellenics. The easiest thing would be to do an art yarn--it will be faster to spin and I have a better chance of finishing it by the end of the Games. I sort of resigned to not finishing the second hat I started.

I'll just have to play it by ear...