Project planning mind dump

I have too many ideas…

  • Dishcloths for weaving on floor loom — high priority as I would like to do some for Xmas gifts
  • Cowl for me — linen stitch?
  • Hat for Mom — or maybe a headband? Make sure it is super soft!!!
  • Hat for me! — I want ear flaps
  • grey handspun sweater — shaping my ideas
  • I would say brown handspun sweater, but it is till being spun
  • Charity knitting: preemie hats — need to check my numbers
  • Inkle bands with leftover sock yarn? — I need some time to focus on the new patterns in the book
  • Rigid heddle scarves
  • Pinwheel quilt — idea testing stage
  • Felted wool applique quilt — in process
  • Christmas stockings? Request from a family that I am willing to consider (for pay!), but it needs some idea shaping
  • Stole with combination of lace and cables; I can’t seem to get a creamy white out of my head, even though I’m really not a white clothing person.
  • Baby sweater or two, or maybe booties? Hats?
  • Finish off friend’s quilt (for pay!)

Okay, I think that is all that has been floating around in my head. When I look at it, I can prioritize.

Belt idea

What about a belt made of different yarns, all different shades of the same color, braided into a long belt?

I can imagine one that would match what I’m wearing.

Ten on a Tuesday: what’s on your mind?

Inspired by Carole Knits Ten on a Tuesday

What’s on your mind right now?

  1. Allergist appointment — I really hope she listens to me and believes that I do know my own body. I do have a sinus infection.
  2. Busy schedule Tuesday through Thursday, much of it in prep for
  3. Stressful thing on Thursday
  4. Followed by massage appointment — yeah!
  5. Funny how I did the same thing seven months ago, also on the second Thursday of the month. I’m reliving my own life.
  6. Prep for interviews! I like interviews, but they are still intense and stressful.
  7. I really want the warping using the warping trapeze thing to work well. I want some dish towels made by me!
  8. Then maybe I could make some for gifts.
  9. Technology is both a love and a hate right now.
  10. I need to go to the library to check out some books. I’m running dry of new things to read that are really catching my interest and that is frustrating to me, as I am an obsessive reader.

design ideas

I have this idea for a sweater out of my grey handspun: top down sweater with a cable knot on the shoulder, that then has cables going down the front on each side and down the arms, also maybe down the back? I

I want it to be a square yoke sweater, done top down with purls for the turn point of the arm; follow the basic logic of a top down raglan, but not raglan shaping, looking more for set-in sleeve shaping.

I hope this is going to be possible, I’ve been dreaming it up for a long time.

Of course, if it doesn’t work, I can always try again later.

But I cannot start until I’ve finished the two sweaters that I have close to completion. It’s a rule.

Roundup 2012 October


What special or unusual event occurred?

Well, Hurricane Sandy happened. It was pretty intense and unusual.

A coworker, someone I know only lightly, unexpectedly died way too earlier of a massive heart attack. I attended a memorial service for him at work on Nov. 1st. It was moving to hear the tributes by the many people he worked with across the institution. he was in a position that put him in contact with many.

What were my accomplishments this month?

I made good progress on quite a few things at work, including seven classes of the training this month.

I successfully taught my children’s classes at church, but man, I am so looking forward to this quarter being over. I’m too tired to do this justice right now.

What were my disappointments this month?

This was somewhat of a disappointment, but I didn’t make it to a specific recording session for something at work. However, I have decided, upon reflection, that I was just as happy not to have made it.

I barely did anything with the Katrina Kennedy class. But I will get to that info and practice! I will! I promise!

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

  • Kate Daniels stories again
  • Better late than early
  • The Hunger games movie — really did a good job with that; must re-read the book
  • The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow — really good, better than I expected
  • Hexed by Kevin Hearne; part of the Iron Druid series; okay, but definitely check of out library and do not buy choice for me
  • A goodly bit of fairly mindless reading, especially during the time of Hurricane Sandy. I did not have a great deal of brainpower to over-focus.
  • White Collar, season three on Netflix
  • The Immortals movie, which was fairly depressing and dark, via Netflix
  • The Mentalist, season 2 continuing via Netflix
  • Chuck, season 2 continuing via Netflix
  • The A-Team movie — severely disappointing; it lacked what made the tv show really good, via Netflix
  • Cadfael: the Holy thief episode, via Netflix
  • Poirot episodes from season 5 & 6, via Netflix
  • Re-watched Sherlock, from season 1, via Netflix — in preparation for working through season 2
  • The Quilt Show, some of the most recent episodes

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

  • Percy shawlette
  • Finished the Cat Bordhi socks
  • Started socks #25
  • Finished little red baby sweater, Facile Pullover
  • Brown Romney spinning
  • Weaving on rigid heddle with a warp bought via a stash sale. All pearl cotton 5, I think. Finished the wool weaving.
  • Did a little inkle weaving
  • Finished a batch of stuff for the guild sale. Mostly hand-sewing prep, since I’ve already done the knitting and weaving parts.

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

Well, I visited my brother and family.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

I gave the baby sweater.

I gave my brother a lovely birthday wish for his 50th.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Weaving yarn.

My first purchase from Persnickety Prints.

A really cute toy for a friend’s child for Xmas. ha! started my Xmas shopping.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

I am fighting off a sinus infection by the end of the month. Iron levels continue to be a little low, but I continue to dose with high iron amounts.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Shocking news of a retirement at work.

What rest did I achieve this month?

It fluctuates madly.

Teaching the kid’s class on Wednesday night was a mistake. Be careful next time — say maybe, until you’ve had time to think about it.

Roundup 2012 September

What special or unusual event occurred?

Carnival for children with special needs and their families put on by my congregation. It was our first attempt, which went fairly well. We were certainly well-prepared. Myself, I just served on the day; I was amazed at all the prep that had been done. It was great!

What were my accomplishments this month?

Raspberry picking and jamming and canning and freezing and making of sorbet

Moved into teaching more of the class topics that are “new” to me at work.

What were my disappointments this month?

Realized a conflict at work with a family visit in October.

Realized a conflict in potluck with another family visit, this one in September.

Realized both family visits conflict with my scrapbook crop schedule. I must schedule something on my own in order not to fall too far behind. And I don’t want to take my laptop with me on my visit, even though that would be the only way to get anything done during the visit, which is unlikely anyway, so…

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

  • The bandit king / Lilith Saintcrow (oddly intense, although not the best quality story — although some of that may just be my own preferences about communication)
  • Bewitching / Jill Barnett (okay; unrealistic but set up that way)
  • A Texan’s promise / Shelley Gray (mildly okay with definite lack of realism)
  • The War of the Roses / Alison Weir: didn’t finish it as I did it on Overdrive and time ran out. Now I need to check it out, as I was finally getting into it just as the “war” was starting.
  • Legend of the seeker tv series – must check out the book it is based on
  • Chuck tv series
  • Warehouse 13
  • Poirot episodes (Agatha Christie’s)
    • interesting to note that I am getting to a season where they are clearly not based on Agatha Christie stories. They feel distinctly different.

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

  • Percy shawlette
  • Cat Bordhi socks restarted with a simpler pattern, but trying to use the Cat Bordhi pattern of increases & decreases for the Sky architecture
  • Seaming together summerweight sweater
  • Flannel baby quilt, absolutely finished with binding and everything
  • spinning brown roving
  • yellow knit for felting
  • Starting little red dress (Very Cherry by Alanna D???)
  • Rigid heddle weaving

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

Quiet day at home

Visited my sister

Volunteered at a festival where we did fiber demos. I did the inkle loom.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Baby quilt given to the next baby at church. It was the yellow and green flannel, and it went over quite well. I’m pleased with it.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Trying out a skirt purchase from Down East Basics. I like their style, but it didn’t fit, although I may be able to make it work with some elastic in the waistband. I got it on clearance, so it is cheap enough that it is not worth returning. It leaves me with a debate about trying anything else by them — maybe only if it is elastic waistband?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Some persistent headaches and a bit of low-iron fatigue. The low-iron problem was especially noticeable during that time of the month. A friend strongly suggested I look into hypothyroidism due to that and a complex of other symptoms that I have been dealing with over the past ten years. I’ll check, but I fear I am a bit too skeptical; on the other hand, she may be right that it is a slow-growing thing. But I confess, I don’t know that I want to hear it! But really, the low-iron thing got rather extreme, enough that I started having the peeling, sore spot on bottom of foot thing again. Very irritating.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

New online class on photography with Katrina Kennedy, although I greatly fear that I won’t be able to give it as much time. Fortunately, it is something I can always get back to later.

Finally started using OhLife. I think it is working, at least for now. I am making sure to limit myself in how much I write, because if I write too much, that will become a barrier to getting it done.

What rest did I achieve this month?

It’s a struggle.