Roundup 2012 June/July

Roundup questions for blog

What special or unusual event occurred?

Conference at the end of June that took me to Anaheim, CA, so that I got a chance to visit Disneyland.

What were my accomplishments this month?

Presentations at conference that went really well.

I finally cancelled cable. And then I finally figured out what I needed to do to get the regular HD channels on my tv. Of course, now the problem is finding an indoor HD antenna that will do the job. So far, not a great deal of luck there. I may need an outdoor antenna to get the job done.

What were my disappointments this month?

My bike was stolen. Now, yes, this was partly my own fault, because I just left it out there. But still, no matter what, that is not an invitation to steal.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • I have totally not recorded this properly for this set of months.

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Kimonos galore
  • Socks #27
  • Percy shawlette
  • Radiating star blanket/shawl
  • Weaving old cottolin warp
  • Used up a whole bunch of leftover yarn into inkle loom bands
  • Spun gray Shetland
  • Spun brown fleece for Tour de fleece

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Mom and Sister came to visit at the end of July. We also got to see a cousin-in-law that we haven’t visited with for a while.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Final gifts given and received for Secret Sister. I think I may take a break from that next year.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Rigid heddle loom, a used classroom loom for a really good deal.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Summer cold in early July, which lingered for way too long.

Allergies are ok, but I do seem to be having a good many summer headaches. The weather is a definite factor.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Seriously contemplating the warping trapeze.

What rest did I achieve this month?

It comes and goes. I am trying to be consistent, but not succeeding very well. In fact, at the end of June, I was absolutely exhausted until after the conference, when I finally had a chance to rest up a bit.

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Roundup May 2012

What special or unusual event occurred?

Dye day with the guild

What were my accomplishments this month?

Finished mostly creating training class at work. It was a big job – and just the beginning.

Launched major project at work.

In Wednesday night class with the young ones, the teacher and I continue to deal with a mix of ages and numbers that is not really working. However, I have spoken to the lady in charge, so I have hopes that it will NOT continue for next quarter. I don’t want someone else to have the problems we are having.

Oh, and the problem child? I’ve spoken to the Sunday morning teacher, purely by chance, and she is of the opinion that he is high-functioning autistic; she has the training to recognize it, so I am fairly confident of her correctness. That gives me a clearer attitude; he is not being a willful child, but someone with a disability that we need to work with/around. Now that I know that, I can deal with it.

In the meantime, we now have had two new students come in, sisters, and one of them has the appearance of a Downs syndrome child. She has been remarkably easy to work with, happily.

Either way, this gives us good practice for the special needs children’s miinistry that the church wants to start! God provides.

What were my disappointments this month?

Nothing special

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Nalini Singh books (re-reading for brain rest moments)
  • Liaden universe – working my through them
  • Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill
  • The girl from Montana by Grace Livingston Hill
  • others

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks, purple
  • radiating star blanket/shawl
  • Baby flannel quilt
  • gray Shetland spinning
  • Percy shawlette

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Strawberry picking

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Card to ss, and a special custom-made necklace.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Been using BN gc’s from Discover; decided to buy Kate Daniels novels.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Ongoing tension, allergies

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Got some electrical work done unexpectedly

What rest did I achieve this month?

Struggling

Crafts progress 2011 to 2012

I’ve suddenly realized that I haven’t done any kind of real craft update on the blog for a while, other than as part of the roundup. I think it’s time to consider what I’ve done in the past year.

Also, I DID have some goals — I’ll have to go find them. I know I didn’t achieve some of them, so it’s time to re-evaluate for next year.

Knitting projects completed in 2011

  • Socks #22 (gift for Mom)
  • Baby kimono #3 (finished and gifted)
  • Wool Peddler’s shawl
  • baby kimono #2 (finished and gifted)
  • Socks #21 (wearing and in the dirty clothes)
  • Chemo hat for a girl at church (finished and gifted, although I’m not sure she likes it)
  • Socks #19 (wearing and in the dirty clothes)
  • Candleflames shawl
  • Bamboo skirt (I’m still weaving in the ends and have yet to line it, but all the knitting is done)
  • Now it’s to be felted (a piece of knitted fabric that I hope to use in a bag)
  • Always on hand baby sweater (finished and gifted)
  • Socks #18 (wearing and in the dirty clothes)
  • Baby blanket (2X) for charity (finished and gifted)

Huh, that’s thirteen knitting projects finished in 2011; I find that rather gratifying.

Items still in progress: Summerweight sweater, boiled wool jacket, Shelter sweater, Socks #20, Pine and Ivy shawl, and Socks #23. Already finished knitting Baby kimono #4 in stockinette version, just need to sew together and block.

Knitting goals? Finish sweaters in progress; knit sweater out of gray handspun; do more shawls, a cowl, a hat, and plenty of socks. Figure out one or two of Cat Bordhi’s new sock structures so that I can adapt them. Right now I’m just following a pattern, and I want a certain amount of mental independence from that for socks.

Weaving: did some inkle loom weaving and messed with the shawl on the loom, but actually did very little. I want to focus on this more.

Weaving goals? Do two projects on the big loom. I don’t care if they are new or old, just DO TWO. Maybe take a class?

Quilting: finished the denim quilt, but did little at home. Did work on the feathered star wall hanging, but I would like to FINISH it. Also worked on French braid quilt a bit.

Quilting goals? Do some machine quilting on finished sampler top. Also finish the feathered star. Finish French braid top. Get to the quilting of it if I can. Figure out a new hand project to do at work. (I’m thinking of wool felt applique, which will be a nice blend of quilting and embroidery.) Maybe take a class?

Spinning: worked on some stuff off and on, but nothing with much consistency. Did finish the bamboo/silk blend earlier in the year.

Spinning goals? Just keep working on something as steadily as possible. Right now it is the camel/sick blend. Eventual goal is to get to that lovely brown roving for a sweater.

Cross-stitch/Embroidery: Finished Dragon and castle cross-stitch of many years. Started Celtic cross blackwork embroidery.

Embroidery goals? Just work on the blackwork project. I have no specific goals with this, even though I may choose to play with Take a stitch Tuesday. But that will be PLAY, not commitment.

Sewing: messed around with some stuff, but didn’t really do any sewing.

Sewing goals? Finish two garments. Probably a skirt and a dress.