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Eye Candy Friday...

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...and am I ready for the weekend, even the abbreviated one I'll have.

First the photos. Some lemon blossoms:


Orange rose:



Asian pear blossoms:



and yesterday's sunrise:



Up this weekend: Our company party is tomorrow night, so I need to do a little baking. Our theme this year is "Tardis in the Tearoom: Doctor Who visits Downton Abbey." I am making a blueberry trifle. I don't have a bowl shaped like a tardis, so the blueberries will just have to stand in for the tardis. It also helps that the company color is blue. ;-)

I need to bake the sponge cake, make the pastry creme, whip the whipping cream, and potentially make lemon curd.  The curd will come off the table if I run out of time; I'm considering skipping the alcohol as well. I have a combination of fresh and frozen blueberries, plus some frozen blackberries to add a little more berry-ness to the mix. I'm not that fond of blueberries, so the addition of the blackberries is for me.

The plan is to do the …

WIP-it Wednesday round-up...

...now that I've finished a couple of things, it's time to reset the WIP list. Sorry, no pictures today because nothing looks substantially different.

WIPs in rotation:

Carbonized Zombie Socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
I actually knit a few rows on these socks last night. I'm working on the gusset decreases and have lots of rows to knit to finish this part of the socks. After that it's the feet and the toes, and then I'm done. I might not have found my sock mojo again, but at least I'm not avoiding them anymore!Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia, originally started 11/6/11; restarted 9/1/13 (cross stitch)
Still working on the beading. I'm finishing up the beaded swirls that flow from her front fins. Next are the swirls off of her back fins...at least there aren't as many. However, the swirls that flow off of the urn she's holding will be a P.I.T.A.Rockefeller Moon shawl  [Ravelry
I'm back to knitting the 32 wedges that compose the top portion of the s…

Top-of-the-waves Tuesday...

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...because it's already 6pm.

Facebook changed their UI yet again.  Way to go! Give us less space for posts and photos in the newsfeed and more room for the crap on the right. Thank goodness for Fluff Busting Purity! I can block it from view. I'd just like to have the space back in the center column so I don't have to scroll all the time!

Flickr changed their UI yet again. They are using the same model as Facebook: Let's give the users less space for the important stuff! Let's make the users click A LOT to find what they need. Let's make it hard to read by using white, unbolded text on a black background! And I pay for this?!  Rethinking that decision...and I'm definitely not recommending Flickr to anyone anymore!

I tried stitching on the mermaid over the weekend. For the most part, I was successful. The hardest part is not being able to focus down far enough to thread a fine needle with rayon thread. It takes me a few attempts, but I eventually get it. I ho…

Catching up with Eye Candy Friday...

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...more photos, less talk. :)

From a walk around the neighborhood: Wisteria


Cape Mallow:


Fortnight Lily:


Single-petaled rose:


From our yard:  Cherry blossom with a moth


Pink ruffled tulip:


and a more detailed view:


Flowers in a container:


And topping it all off with yesterday's sunrise:


Up this weekend:  I also need to do whatever cleaning I couldn't do last week because of my post-op instructions. (It's really nice to be able to bend over and pick things up, instead of doing a deep knee bend and groping around the floor trying to find what I dropped!) And I'll cram in as much crafting as I can.

Looking forward to the weekend!
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WIP-it Wednesday...

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...while not a lot is happening on the WIP front, I do have a couple that I haven't posted.

These are Sparkly Boot Toppers [Ravelry]:


The yarn is Red Heart Boutique Midnight that I found at Michaels. It's the first time I've used it and I figured boot toppers were a small enough project to see how the colors flow, etc.   So far it's OK. We'll see how I like the finished product.

As I mentioned in the last post, I started spinning Violets in the Grass [Ravelry] over the weekend  Here are the singles, ready to ply:


I'll be interested to see what it looks like when I chain-ply it.

Here's the updated list of WIPs.

WIPs in rotation:
Anasazi by Susan Portra (needlepoint)
Working on the center squareMediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia, originally started 11/6/11; restarted 9/1/13 (cross stitch)
Still working on the beading. The beaded swirls that flow off of her fins are very time-intensive. Sparkly Boot Toppers [Ravelry]Violets in the Grass (4oz) from Miss Babs [Ravel…

Yes, I'm here...

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...everything went well and I can see well enough to not wear my glasses for computer work! I have to restrict my activities for another two days (no lifting anything more than 10-15 lbs, no bending over further than my waist) , but then I can get back to normal.

I haven't attempted to do any stitching, but I am able to spin without any problems. I can also knit as lit's not too intricate. One I get my new glasses in 3.5 weeks, it will be much better! Until then, I'll be limiting the amount I drive at night, just to be on the safe side. I can see fine during the day, but night-time driving might be a challenge.

I spun most of the weekend. I finished the project I started as Spin-In. This is Twilight [Ravelry]:


and a close up:


Specs:
Started 3/8/14;
Finished 3/14/14;
Glitter roving (4oz) from Greenwood Fiberworks;
178.7 yds chain-py; 10 WPI

It nice and springy even before being washed.

After I finished Twilight, I started the next one. I'm spinning Violets in the Gras…

Top-of-the-waves Tuesday...

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...I probably won't be posting again until Friday, if then. A lot depends on how I'm feeling by then.

I worked on the mermaid over the weekend. I scared myself, thinking I'd lost some of the Mill Hill Treasures for her. After a lot of searching, I finally found the bead packet. Whew! I really didn't want to order another packet because it would take too long to get here.

At Spin-In, I started spinning a Sparkle Roving from Greenwood Fiberworks [Ravelry]. I bought it at Stitches West 2014. I spun about 2 ounces

I've been working on a stealth project. Enough said...

I finished spinning something I started at January's Spin-In. This is Denim:


and a close-up:


Specs:
Started 1/11/14;
Finished 3/9/14;
Alpaca-Merino top (5.5 oz) from Ranch of the Oaks;
275.4 yds. chain-ply; 11 WPI

Nothing else has received any play. I hope to get back to a rotation schedule within the next couple of weeks.

I'm going to try not to freak out as much with this surgery as I did the la…

Eye Candy Friday...

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...and so ready for the weekend!

Today's eye candy is from the courtyard of our office complex. Things are blooming there faster than they are at home.


The bush lilies started blooming this week:

and a closer look:


Up this weekend:  Spin In tomorrow! Yay!  I'm going to spin some of the new fiber I bought at Stitches West. I decided not to bake anything this time. Instead, I'm taking some Irish/St. Patrick's Day cheese and crackers. I bought a great pesto gouda (green) and an Irish cheddar with porter. I've had the pesto gouda before and it's yummy. The cheddar will be an experiment.  :-)

I need to get some chores done, but I'm really just planning for a laid-back weekend. I'm looking forward to spinning with my crew and then working on the mermaid as much as I can.

Next week will start a challenging four weeks starting with cataract surgery on Wednesday. They make you wait 4 weeks before they'll give you a new glasses prescription. Until then,  I wo…

WIP-it Wednesday, sort of...

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***Somehow this did not get posted on Wednesday like it should have...posting it now***

...I just posted my recap and it lists all of my WIPs and UFOs, so I'm not repeating them in this post.

Instead, how about a couple of completed objects? I listed them on the recap, but I haven't posted any pictures yet.

I finished hat #4 for Halos of Hope. I will drop if off at Purlescence Yarns for delivery. This is Lacy Blue Hat [Ravelry] (it's a little more blue IRL).


Specs:
Started 2/20/14;
Finished 2/25/14;
Pattern: Lace-Edged Women's Hat by Julie Hentz;
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in blue;
For Halos of Hope

Here is the second class project for the "Playing with Pcik Up Sticks" class (Deborah Jarchow) I took at Stitches West ETC.


and a closer look:


Specs:
Lacy Scarf
Started 2/24/14; Finished 3/2/14;
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk in dark purple and purple
Warp: Length 80 inches, 10 dpi, 68 ends
Weft: 10 ppi
Finished: 48" long x 6" wide (did not use all of the wa…

February 2014 recap...

...a short, but busy month!

Finished:
2/9 Teal No-Noro Hat [Ravelry]2/10 Creampuff handspun [Ravelry]
Camel-Llama-Silk top (1 oz) from Knitifacts;
2 ply from plying ball; 65.1 yds, 14 WPI
2/11 Red No-Noro Hat [Ravelry] 2/13 Ancient Breeds Handspun [Ravelry]
Ancient Breeds Sampler (5 oz of 5 fibers) from Tactile: A Fiber Arts Studio;
199 yards total;
Shetland: 37.2 yds chain-ply, 11 WPI;
Finn: 63.2 yds 2-ply, 13 WPI;
Icelandic: 31.6 yds, chain-ply, 11 WPI;
Gotland: 35.4 yds chain-ply, 11 WPI;
Norwegian: 31.6 yds 2-ply, 10 WPI2/17 Basic Chocolate Hat [Ravelry]2/17 Amazonia handspun [Ravelry]
Zen top (4oz) from Lisa Souza;
219.6 yds chain-ply; 15 WPI2/23 Stitches West Class Sampler [Ravelry] 2/25 Lacy Blue Hat [Ravelry] Books: Up from the Grave, Jeaniene FrostLemon Meringue Pie Murder, Joanne FlukeCherry Cheesecake Murder, Joanne FlukeThe Drowning Spool, Monica FerrisWild Things, Chloe NeillVision in White, Nora RobertsBed of Roses, Nora RobertsSavour the Moment, Nora RobertsConcealed in…