WIP-it Wednesday...

...and a finished object.

I decided to do an art yarn for Ravellenics after all. This is Peacock Shades handspun [Ravelry]:

Peacock Shades handspun

and the close up:

Peacock Shades handspun

Specs:
Started and finished 2/19/18
Purple and Teal Smooth batt (3.4 oz) from the Yarn Wench
63.3 yards, thread-plied; Bulky

I'm still trying to finish the hat I started for Ravellenics, but it's slow-going for some reason.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Finishing work
    Picked the fabric for backing the needlepoint pieces; need to sew them together
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Beading the bubbles on the lower half of the project.
  • Mirabel handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Transferred one cop to a temporary spindle; started the second cop
  • Ravellenic Hat [Ravelry]:
    Still working on the body of the hat
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
  3. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Christmas 9-patch Pillow (cross stitch)
  5. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  7. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  8. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.

One of the things on my to-do list was to sign up for a new gym. I don't think I've mentioned that my gym is closing at the end of the month. It's a bummer, because it's close to home and I really love the classes. Plus it's 99% women, so it's a comfortable environment.

Our yoga teacher has found a space so she can continue our twice-a-week sessions. As for the rest, I joined 24-hour Fitness because I get a complimentary membership through my Kaiser Medicare Advantage plan. (Yes, I'm that old...)

There are several gym friends who are going to different places and I'll miss seeing them on a regular basis.

When I got home on Friday, the Husband wasn't feeling 100%. As the weekend progressed, he developed a horrible cold - coughing, sneezing, fever - and felt miserable the whole time. He was coughing so bad all Sunday night that he kept me awake.

I immediately started pumping Wellness Formula and vitamin C. The last thing I want it to be sick for Stitches West!

So far, I 'm mostly OK. I have a sore throat and this morning I opted out of yoga class because I had a headache from congestion - downward dog would not have been fun. It's cleared up some now, but I'm still feeling a bit off. Keeping my fingers crossed that this is as bad as it gets.

For Spin In on Saturday,  I baked some oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies. I decided to take my spindle project to work on. It's been a while since I haven't had to wrangle my wheel to Spin-In and it was a nice change.

Speaking of Stitches West, I picked out the yarn and needles for my class. I had the right kind of yarn in my stash so I didn't need to buy any. Yay!

I located my badge holder and picked the bag I want to use for market on Thursday. The only thing left to do is find the small water bottle I like to use for classes.

I worked on the beading for the mermaid. I ran into a small issue with the white Mill Hill antique glass beads (#03021). They take up more room than the glass seed beads. It's a problem when they are stitched in columns - they use up more vertical space than the pattern specifies. I had to make some modification the the line of bubbles that arcs underneath her tail. It looks fine, so I'm not going to worry about it too much. One thing I notices about these white beads is that many are misshapen. Maybe I got a bad package.

I'm continuing to work on my hat for Ravellenics. I'm close to the end of the hat body and will be able to start the decreases soon.

I was feeling that I hadn't done enough for Ravellenics, so I decided to spin an art yarn yesterday. It's one of my Yarn Wench batts. I opted to autoply it with some purple rayon thread. I have named it Peacock Shades because it is teal with purple [Ravelry]. No photos yet.
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Eye Candy Friday...

...leading into a 3-day weekend and a short work week ahead because Stitches West!!

The daffodils are blooming in our front yard:

Daffodils

And the sunrises have been pretty cool:

Sunrise 2/12/18

For Valentine's Day, The Husband gave me a new plant for the garden. This is a Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana):

Princess Flowers

Up this weekend: Spin In tomorrow! I haven't decided what to make yet. I think I'll decide when I get to the store later today.

One thing I'll do over the weekend is pull together my stuff for Stitches West. I need to set aside some yarn and needles for my class on Thursday.

Then I'm just going to revel in having an extra day off! :-)
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...with slow progress.

Here's a progress shot of Mermaid of the Pearls:

Mermaid of the Pearls, beading in process

Yes, there are loose threads. Leaving a long starting tail allows me to add in a bead on that end if I accidentally miss one. I'll bury both ends of the threads in the back when I get to the end of the floss.

Another progress shot, this time it's the Ravellenic Hat [Ravelry]:

Ravellenic Hat, in progress

I'm having trouble working on this hat while watching the Olympics because I get so caught up in the action! I have to keep reminding myself to knit...lol!

I don't know how much I'll get done tonight. It depends on whether the Husband wants to celebrate Valentine's Day. Some years we do; some years we don't.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Christmas 9-patch Pillow (cross stitch)
    Working on the "C" square (row 1, square 1).
  • Finishing work
    Choosing the fabric for backing the needlepoint pieces.
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Beading her tail.
  • Ravellenic Hat [Ravelry]:
    Working on the body of the hat
  • St. Charles (needlepoint)
    Still working on the center stitching.
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
  3. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Mirabel handspun (spinning) [Ravelry
  5. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and a Ravellenic Games update.

I started a hat (Ravellenic Hat on Ravelry) while watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. I finished the ribbing and started working on the body of the hat. This is my go-to project while watching the various events.

On Friday, I finished spinning the singles for Denali [Ravelry] - my entry in WIPs Dancing. I let it sit overnight before plying it on Saturday.

Denali handspun

and the close-up:

Denali handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 12/29/2017
Finished 2/10/2018
Alpaca-Silk (4 oz.) from Greenwood Fiberworks
186.1 yds. chain-ply, 13 WPI

While I think the best thing for my stash would be to spin a Phat Fiber box next, I might see if I can do an art yarn first. I still have a couple of Yarn Wench batts that I haven't spun. They are perfect for art yarn.

The beading on the mermaid is progressing. I am slowly working my way up from the bottom. One side benefit of the beading is that I see where I missed a stitch or two and can fix the mistake before moving on to the next bead.

I broke out the Bead Butler that I bought many moons ago from Black Swan Designs. It is the best thing to hold multiple colors of beads when working on a project like the mermaid. It is essentially a flat, clear plastic box with foam lining both the inside top and bottom; one side has 6 shallow wells that hold a layer of beads. When I'm done beading, I simply close the box with the beads inside. It snaps shut, but I usually use a rubber band or hair band around it to keep it secure when not in use. It works for me!
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and the start of the Ravellenic Games!

The blossoms are starting to pop out in the garden. The flowering plum tree is usually the first one out of the gate:

Flowering plum blossoms

The Santa Rosa plum is not far behind:

Santa Rosa plum blossoms

And the nasturtiums are also going strong:

Nasturtium pollen

Up this weekend: I'll cast on my hat and work on it during the [time-delayed] opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympic Games. I usually fall asleep at some point during the ceremonies, but this year the network is starting them at 5pm Pacific time. Nice!

I have a spinning WIP to finish over the weekend, too. Then I'll probably switch back to beading the mermaid. Between crafts, chores and watching the Olympics, I think my weekend is set!
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...pre-Ravellenic Games edition.

I chose two items that I am entering in the Ravellenic Games.  I'll enter the Hat Halfpipe by knitting a hat using some Red Heart yarn that I have in the stash. I'll also enter WIPs Dancing and finish spinning the Denali handspun [Ravelry] that I started in December.

I thought about entering the Mirabel handspun [Ravelry] in WIPs Dancing, but I know there is no chance that I will finish it by the 25th. If I really feel the need to enter a third thing, it will probably be spinning fiber from another Phat Fiber box in my stash.

The Mirabel has been on a back burner for a bit, only because I haven't felt the motivation to spin. However, there is some fiber on my spindle:

Mirabel handspun, in progress

The mermaid has most of my attention. I just need to pull myself away from the stitching frame so I can work on some of my other projects.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Figured out where I left off and knit a couple of rows
  • Christmas 9-patch Pillow (cross stitch)
    Finished the solid red square (row 2, square 2). Started the "C" square (row 1, square 1).
  • Finishing work
    Finished the scissor fobs. Next up is turning the needlepoint pieces into flats.
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Started the beading at her tail.
  • St. Charles (needlepoint)
    Brought this back into the rotation. Working on the center stitching.
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
  3. Denali handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
  4. Mirabel handspun (spinning) [Ravelry
  5. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

WIP-it Wednesday...

...and a finished object. I decided to do an art yarn for Ravellenics after all. This is Peacock Shades handspun [ Ravelry ]: and the...