Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All Work, No Play

So I'm just dull this past week. 
I have been studying for my food safety certificate, which I achieved with a 96%! So you may all be welcome to eat my food with the added assurance that it is prepared in a provincially approved safe manner. The two questions that I got wrong were not food prepped related. One was a matter of my lack of attention and the 2nd was a tricksy one.

Work has also commanded much of my energies. 

Today I practiced my cake ringing! 
 Completely satisfactory, much better than my initial efforts to be sure. 

I have put aside all studious and obligatory matters, taken up a beverage, both refreshing and intoxicating, 
 and have taken up my needles to perform an act of wonder - The Turning of the Heel.  

Petey was so endearing last night. He picked up the bone that Robbie had left behind and jumped up into my bed with it. I put it off and told him that the vine stayed on the floor. He tried again, same result. For those of you who don't know, Petey has a penchant for chewing and eating bedding. He has improved a great deal, but I don't tempt the Fates by allowing him a chewy in my bed. He was utterly torn by his conflicting desire to sleep in bed with me and his newly found savoury chewy. 
He did as I expected. He chewed his bone (finders, keepers) on the floor for a bit, then tried to sneak it up into my bed, then settled in with me in his customary spot behind my knees. I love this wee beastie ๐Ÿถ ❤️ 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Slow day

I pulled out my flute and practiced yesterday!! It was only 20 minutes, but my fingers didn't completely forget what to do. I did a few scales and arpeggios, then a few of my fave songs. It was nice and I'm going to have to make up for lost time. 

I baked some cookies last night. I'm experimenting a bit, but the first round is promising. 
 
I woke up this morning with about 5 different headaches. I medicated for all of them, had a cup of coffee and a glass of water then went back to bed. The puppies guarded me from all the imaginary noises, but I still managed to sleep the worst of them off. I went to DQ for dinner since I really wasn't feeling like cooking anything. That and my food stores are low ... a Costco trip is desperately needed!  
Since then, it's been me and some easy knitting. Petey has been especially attentive ❤️
 
The leggings are from Legging Army. I am surprised by how light and comfortable they are, while also being warm. If you're interested, my niece reps them here

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Frolic

Totally got the Sleeveless Slipover done and blocked for the Frolic. Once again, I didn't get a picture of a FO, but I know that Julie will take a pic that I can snag ๐Ÿ˜

We were up and on the road early. Craig offered to come and drive, even though I explained how much knitterly things that there were going to be and it was a whole day. He was adorably eager, and I want going to turn down a driver and traveling companion. 
 I needn't have worried - he was well occupied hitting up the Pokรฉstops at the JCCC  and there were judo, aikido, and archery classes to educate and entertain him.  
 
 
He also did a Tim's run for us and he might have to come to every show from now on!! 

It was a terrific day, I saw all sorts of friends, customers and students from previous years. It's so gratifying to hear how taking a class had changed how they knit and how much more they enjoy the entire process, including finishing because the result is more polished and with practice, easily achieved. It's why I enjoy teaching and maybe I'll submit to do it agin next year. 

I was at the indigo dragonfly booth first thing to get my Frolic colourway in the 3 bases. One of these years I will decide on what they will be ... 
 

After much deliberation, picking and choosing, 2nd guessing, walking away and coming back, I made my colourway choice for the Starting Point MKAL  It's the Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibers. I loved knitting with the Singles so much on my Building Blocks shawl that this was the easiest choice I had to make. 
I am pleased with the combination and look forward to the winding and knitting of it. 

I also got another bottle of SOAK for all of my soakworthy projects! 
 


I hadn't bought a ZigZagStitches bag in awhile, but the batiks the Catherine had hanging called my name. I also bought a smaller Northcott Canadian one for a friend. 

Craig was photoshopping this morning ... he's really quite good and in comparison to what he usually does, a Mother's Day project for DQ was a simple diversion. He made my initial efforts look basic. He's going to be pressed into service all the time now!!  I'm going to knit on my sock 
and study for my DQ mgmt exam while I wait for my next work project from Julie. Some relative down-time. ๐Ÿ˜☺️ 
 




 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mid-blocking

So I decided to block the back after the armholes to make sure I was on track, no loosening up at all. 
Sometimes my gauge changes from swatch to garment, especially if I'm making a conscious effort to knit tighter than on the swatch. Though it's easier for me to be consistently more tight than loose, things can change. Everything is good - the yarn def seizes up with the wetting, so swatching and relying on your swatches gauge to calculate your rows required to meet the measurements is key!! 

The puppies had a good dig outside yesterday. 
 
It's mostly Petey, but Chica gets in there a bit to make sure that she isn't missing out on anything delicious! 
I had to give Petey a quick tubby because he had dirt packed into his nails and pads!
He is so much nicer to sleep with now ๐Ÿ˜Š he's also gotten over his habit of chewing on my bedding. He's still adorable in the morning; he senses when I'm awake, as opposed to going back to sleep, and he comes crawling up and licking on my face. Then when we get out of bed to go get Chica (who still gets crated because she is so guardy of her space that she growls when I move at night), he acts as if he hasn't been with me all night and jumps around like we've been apart. He's my boy and has my heart. 

I went out last night with work friends. I made a concious effort all day to make it a positive in my head and not talkyself out of it. That's kind of my go-to strategy - accept invites when they are days/weeks away, but find a way out at the last minute. And I truly believe that I will go, have fun, and I look forward to it the further away it is. 
But then it gets closer and I start stressing - mentally and physically. Even though I know and like these people and I interact with them on the daily, socializing with them is different. I felt physical symptoms from the anxiety and cancelling was just a text away, it was painfully tempting, but I battled my mind and put one foot in front of the other and just went. 
It took a few drinks to relax a bit and I allowed myself to be drawn into the group; I didn't rely on my phone or knitting as a coping mechanism (which was sorely tempting). I didn't beg off early (though a knitting deadline would've been legit). One of the ladies provided an amusing diversion, and we had a lovely night. 
I was deeply relieved to be home and stayed up later than I should've to decompress with the puppies and knitting, but I am proud of myself for just doing it. 

My rhubarb is coming along. 
 
I am looking forward to the first batch of rhubarb muffins! My mouth waters at the thought of it!! 

Okay - back at it before my mid-shift today! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Best of Intentions

So I closed the last three nights at work, and I had taken pictures and fully intended to do a quick post each night in my break. 
But as things are wont to do when you've laid out a plan, it went awry. 
So now I'm writing up a post on my day off! It's not been a knitterly day - trip to see my dad and a sneak nap attack - but I've got a few quality hours ahead of me. 
 The 3rd swatch was the key. Still a stitch off, but I am making sure to knit snugly, and the row gauge is spot on, so I forged ahead.  
I made excellent progress! 
 

I signed up for the Joji Knits Starting Point MKA  - I am tingling with excitement to pick out yarn!! I am screen-shotting colourways that catch my eye, and I'll see what Julie brings to the Frolic  This may require a road trip out to The Needle Emporium though ... 
 
I don't really want to buy a pre-fab kit; I want something unique. 

I have been plagued by a relentless tension headache for the last couple of weeks that is radiating from my right neck/shoulder. I've tried all sorts to remedy it, all to no avail. I caved and went to see a professional yesterday, and I have found my new massage therapist!! Lindsay went hard and deep, and even though I knew I'd be feeling it today, it cured what ailed me for a day. Today the headache has come back a bit, and I hurt like I took a beating, but it's a start. I'll have to see her on a regular basis, and I'm adding a chiropractor to the mix. Gotta stay in fighting shape ๐Ÿ˜

Ok - now that you're caught up, I must make more fabric! The Frolic is fast approaching, and I don't miss deadlines.  ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ