Friday, October 30, 2020

Rio Calina

I am happy to finally be working on Cat Bordhi's pattern Rio Calina. As you probably know, Cat passed away recently. She was really the most creative and innovative knitter, and I've knit many of her patterns. 

Rio Calina is very much a 'choose your own adventure' pattern--you can put the cables in wherever you want, and it becomes your own personal pattern. It's fun. And I do think of Cat whenever I put in a cable, and I enjoy thinking about her.

I had two interactions with her. First, I was trying to teach myself how to knit socks on two circulars and had her book about that topic. I was reading the instructions over and over and just couldn't visualize what to do. I sent her an email asking for a bit more clarification, and her response was "I promise you, just do exactly what the instructions say and it will all turn out fine." And you know what? It did!

The second time was when I was trying to find a copy of her pattern "Stole with Swimming Jewels".  For whatever reason, she isn't offering a copy of this pattern any longer. However, she sent me one as a gift since I reached out. I will treasure that pattern (and I need to knit it!).

I smile when I think of all the fun things Cat gave us to knit. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Oh you pretty things

 Lots of little things to share with you today! Enjoy.

1. Robin!

This is done, and now is drying out on the deck. It's a beautiful day right now but will have to tote this in before it freezes at night. I still have ends to weave in. Of course I do.

2. New beads! 

These were done with some light cardstock strips I had hanging around, as well as with some washi paper (the pink and blue ones). I like those little washi paper ones but the Mod Podge does not harden the beads made of washi tape as much as the cardstock one.

3. In the wild!

Here's one of my first (second?) beads on a blue cord. Tim thinks it is too simple. I think it is just right. What do you think?

4. Do you want a necklace? Let me know, especially if you have a color preference (Twinster, purple?).

5. Artist Trading Cards! The November theme is something you're grateful for. 

These are distressed ink backgrounds, cut out letters, and a hand colored pie with a little topper. I think they're goofy and cute.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

TNT and A Bit of Busy

 Not sure exactly what has been so busy, but it has been busy. 

Let's start with TNT, shall we? I know this doesn't look a whole lot different but I'm getting the 'big' parts done and then I'll move on to the small decorative bits. 

I still love it.

Saturday we took the dogs to Neskowin--about 7 miles south of here--and had a good walk up the beach and then through the village. Neskowin is a cute little village with cute little cottages and not much else--an Inn and a few little cabins on the ocean and some little restaurants. No gas station, no grocery store, but it does have a golf course. 

The rock you can see is called Proposal Rock.

We've had some beautiful sunsets. 

I read "The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs" which is kind of a sequel (but not really) to "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane." I liked both of these books as they involve academics and witches, two of my favorite things.

We watched the new "Rebecca" on Netflix and please skip this and rent the Alfred Hitchcock movie instead. Thank you. 

I've had two book  projects I needed to give a little TLC to but now those are (temporarily) done, and I can get caught up with all my other stuff. 

You may now return to your daily life.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday Stuff

 Not much going on here--the temperatures have dropped a bit so it is a bit cooler than we're used to, which is fine. We've had fires in the Tulikivi every morning and evening and that is keeping the house nice and toasty. We do have a heat pump but try not to use it unless it gets below 40 degrees or so.

I took this photo before I had finished the cuff, but that cuff is now finished so I have one complete arm. I also got the second arm going last night so I think this sweater is on its way to being done. There is minimal seaming to be done (just a small seam on the neck, and some reinforcing of the underarms) and some ends to get woven in but this one should be ready for fall weather.

I did a few more beads. These were made from a few pages of the most recent KnitPicks catalogue! 

I hope your weekend is warm and toasty!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

More Bees Knees

 I've done one whole repeat of the pattern--it takes a while as the whole sweater is on the needles. Here is 'half' of the pattern. Starting from the right---you can see the first hunk is the cable pattern, then a section of 'texture', then there's some ribbing that indicates the 'side seam' and then there's half of the back in the same 'texture' pattern.

Here are close ups of the texture and the cable.

I did another set of little bugs--oops--beads!--using some Lawn Fawn Christmas paper odds and ends.  I experimented with putting a tiny bit of glitter in the Mod Podge on the second coat. Lesson: a tiny bit of glitter isn't going to cut it. I may try a bit more glitter in the final coat.

We've had some gorgeous sunsets for a few days!

I finished "The Searcher" (it was good) and I'm now reading a Nancy Thayer chick lit escapism book.

How are you?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

TNT Plus!

 Happy TNT! Today we have a little recap of all my crafting activities.

First, some tiny needle work! I'm really enjoying working on my snowy stack. I have the animals almost all partway in so you can see them all!

I received my Knitter's Hunk prize from my twinnie--and there's a pink and coral theme that includes some gorgeous yarn, tea that I'm dying to try, fox things, kitten things, and soak.

I also have another potholder done but not bound off yet. You can buy a lot of colors of loops on Etsy and so that's fun.

Here is my next round of beads! Vera, this is my first go-round with Mod Podge too.  I'm not sure exactly what this magical elixir is (other than glue) but it works well and smells interesting. Not bad exactly. Just interesting.

Kym, paper beads are so easy. I think I'm going to string them on elastic for bracelets and maybe on cord for necklaces.  Tim and I have a plan that we can have some little ocean crafts booth at various craft fairs up and down the coast, and if I can get the beads done well in some ocean colors those might be a fun thing. 

I also learned you can do beads in white and just put a little bit of washi tape on the end, and that will give you a pop of color on beads. 

Thanks for your positive comments on the cards. Twinnie, washi tape is fun. You can also use it to decorate envelops and packages for the mail.  One very fun place to look at washi tape is Kawaii Pen Shop. But all kinds of places have all kinds of washi tape, and in case you want to know more, here is a list of 100 washi tape ideas. Spoiler: put washi tape on stuff.

Happy TNT!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Paper projects!

 I haven't spent time doing cards or any paper projects, but I spent a lot of time yesterday.  I obtained some moon-themed paper and washi tape, and that inspired me to do a bunch of cards.

These were made from paper. 

Here is a close up of my favorite!

These are made from washi tape on cardstock.

I also experimented with making paper beads. These are fun, and for my first 'go round' are not horribly bad. These are pretty basic: you cut out a long, skinny triangle, put glue on one side, and roll them up. Then you paint them with (ready for a walk down memory lane?) Mod Podge. Then they dry and you have beads!

They kind of look like interesting insects here. Here is a close up--this paper had some gold accents on it. 

They're pretty solid this morning. 

We watched "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and it was good---the things you don't remember from when you were ten years old though!

Have a sunny Sunday!

Friday, October 16, 2020


 There has been a lot of progress on Robin. The body is bound off, and the first sleeve is started!

The pattern has short rows to make the back a bit longer than the front, but this sweater is plenty long (yay) and roomy (yay!) so I just did the 3/4" ribbing and called it a day.

It was a lovely sunrise this morning.

I've had some insomnia this week so I'm a bit foggy. Yay Friday!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Bees Knees #2

 I've done a bit more of the Bees Knees. Keep in mind these things when you are judging me on my slow progress (kidding! We don't judge!):

-there are 247 stitches on the needle

-none of this is mindless knitting--there are two cable sections, plus three huge 'textured stitch' sections. The 'mindless' sections are two 16-stitch panels on the sides.

The yarn is Lambs Pride from Brown Sheep in a color called Sunshine Yellow. IT is really a nice gold, very close to the color in this photo above.

Here is the textured section that is hard to see. But at least you can see that it is different from the ribbing!

Here is the first group of cables. There's cables to work on every odd numbered row. So that's a lot of cables.

I'm enjoying this--I haven't done anything cable-y, I don't think, since the pandemic started. It is good to be able to concentrate a bit. 

How are you? 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A Blustery TNT

 We're having another storm---50mph wind gusts and rain (but oddly not pouring rain). We sat by the fire for a bit this morning, then after our morning routine I went to the grocery, then we had a quick dog walk. 

And now--my new TNT. It's Counted Cross Stitch and it is a pattern called "A Snowy Stack."

I took it out of the hoop for the picture. Basically, the snowy stack is a polar bear, and on top of the bear is a hedgehog and a deer--on top of the deer is a fox and on top of the fox is something I don't remember. 

This one is a bit more 'basic' than others--there are only three colors in the bear, for example, and I think three in the body of the deer. And two in the hedgehog. It's wintery but not explicitly Christmas (although I think there are some little Christmas trees on it. Anyway, I am having a blast doing this one and so yay! New TNT for you to enjoy.

I'm still reading "The Searcher" but am also reading "Someday, Someday, Maybe" by Lauren Graham and "The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes" because I need something a little lighter and escapist--I'm having a small Family Thing that will hopefully resolve soon but it makes reading more dark stuff not welcome. 

Happy TNT!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Calm after the storm


It stormed most of the day yesterday--sideways rain, 35 mile per hour gusts of winds, socked in by clouds. It was kind of a peaceful day--after we got out with the dogs, we just hunkered down. I spend much of the day reading and knitting and Tim read and then worked on his boat. We watched a great football game and had two roaring fires. A great day! 

And the pizza gathering with neighbors was great. It is hard to believe we all won't be together again til March but there will be people here off and on til then. 

Speaking of books: I read "Off Kilter" (the first book in a yarn mystery, based in Scotland). There wasn't much yarn in this one, but the characters are good, and it looks like more yarn in book 2.

I also read "Perfectly Impossible" which is a novel about a woman who is a personal assistant to a very rich family and all the crap she has to deal with. It is kind of like 'the Nanny diaries' but for personal assistants. I'm kind of a sucker for books about really rich people, and this was pretty fun. A quick rainy day read!

I spent much of the day working on this:

It looks like a onesie!

I'm down to the last 'full' stripe and then I do some short row magic and then on to the sleeves! I also did a few more rows on the yellow 'Bees Knees' sweater. And I also worked on the new TN project but that is for Tuesday!

I also made some cards for my Artist Trading Card group. These aren't the actual ATC cards but these will go with the cards. That group is a fun experience.

I use some of the cut out pieces to decorate the inside. I'm so fancy.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Quick on a Saturday

 Very rainy here--we're expected to get 2-3 inches over a 24 hour period. 

We're having the neighbors over tonight for a social distancing pizza party! We hope the rain will stop but worst case scenario we'll have it in our big and bright garage (we have a white floor and bright lights and it feels like your basement when you were in middle school).  As I mentioned before, several neighbors are leaving for warmer climes and we want to gather before they depart.

It has definitely felt like fall here--but we don't have the fall colors, which I miss. We have many evergreens and then a bunch of alders that have leaves that turn brown and fall off. I guess that's the trade off of living on the coast. 

The Botanic Shawl blocked out nicely, even without blocking wires, and I'm really happy with it.

And I couldn't wait to cast on for Bee's Knees. There were 247 stitches in the cast on, and right now I'm knitting the ribbing. This is a 'pay attention' project as there are cables and fancy stitches. But I love the color (which is hugely out of my comfort zone box place) and I think it will be a fun knit.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Thursday catch up

 Monday through Wednesday appear to be my busy days this term, and today I only have two Zoom meetings and tomorrow--maybe none. There's one I can definitely skip. My class seems to be going well--great great discussion yesterday and they are meeting in small groups and forming a cohort, so I feel positive. 

In the big news--I've started the bind-off of Botanic Shawl. I didn't do the final repeat because it is big enough now and it will get bigger after blocking, and I was just ready. It's an icord bind off which I like but which takes time. The other nice thing is that there are minimal ends to weave in.  

I also did another potholder. This one took two tries before I could bind it off without it all going to hell.

I'm a bit behind on Inktober (I have yesterday and today to do), but here was 10/5---rodent.

In reading news:

-I finished The Boy in the Field. I give it a B. I liked it but not sure exactly what the point was. 

-I finished Yesterday's News by R. G. Belsky about a news producer who solves a cold crime. I liked this one, as I thought it was a nice twist on a police procedural. 

-I finished Just Like You by Nick Hornby. I was looking forward to this one and almost put it away two or three times, it just didn't take. I kept going to finish it though.

Right now, I'm reading "The Searcher" by Tana French and "Happy and You Know It" by Laura Hankin, along with the book about starfish jewelry. 

I think that's it? How are you?

Tuesday, October 06, 2020


 I am moving pretty quickly to completion on the table runner---mostly because I started something new (I know, shocking) and I'm trying trying trying not to start all the new things at one time.

Stay tuned!

Monday, October 05, 2020

Inktober. It's a thing.

 So, Inktober. Have you heard of it? It's a way to develop positive drawing habits! There's a different prompt every day for the month of October and each day you (meaning me) do a little ink something related to the prompt.

I got a bit behind but I caught up today. That means I didn't start it til today.

Nothing has really excited me but I like this idea of committing to a bit of drawing every day. 

Happy Inktober!