Old FO Tuesday! In Which I am Passionate about Harry Potter.

It’s that time again! It’s Tuesday, my sometimes favorite day of the week. (Bible study is on Tuesday. I like Bible study. But then Tuesday is so far away from the weekend. So it’s only my favorite sometimes.)  Today I get to reveal to you a yet unforeseen level of nerdiness. However, it’s a level of nerdiness you probably expected.

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Meet my Ravenclaw scarf! Look, I even posed in the library(loudest. shutter clicks. EVER!)  to legitimize my Ravenclaw status. Why does my Ravenclaw status need to be legitimized, you ask?

Because Pottermore is made of lies.

Pottermore sorted me into Slytherin. I am not a Slytherin.  I may have Slytherin qualities. I get stuff done. I also happen to like the color green. But snakes? Noooo thank you. and dungeons? It’s just not me. Nope. I’ve decided. That test was totally wack anyways. I set up an account for my dad and he took the test and his questions were sooo much better. His were all deep and interesting with five responses to choose from. I got “Do you prefer the sun, or the moon?” The heck does that tell you about me? (I am possibly too passionate about this.)

Anyways, guess where my dad got sorted? Ravenclaw. Ugh!

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Back to the knitting details. The pattern is House Scarves, for the first and second year scarves. I went with the movie colors over the book colors because the scarves were based off the movie costumes and because I couldn’t find any bronze yarn I liked. I used Caron Simply Soft (It’s like I can’t get away from this stuff!) and size 6 needles. I actually used double pointed needles for this. Never again. They hurt, and the’re awkward to use. Circular needles all the way.

This thing too me ages to finish. I blame the uncomfortable needles, and the fact that after a while, it gets pretty boring. It’s not difficult to knit though. It’s amazingly warm and toasty because it’s a tube not a flat piece. I’m very fond if it, and my family members are jealous. My older brother asked me the other day if I’d make him a Hufflepuff scarf. Maybe when he finishes the series…

P.S. It is not a Dallas Cowboys scarf!

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Challenges

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No, that is not poop.

Nor is it a giant Twix bar. I wish.

That is a rock wall.

and I have conquered it.

Okay maybe not conquered it. But I climbed it! See that green spot all the way up on the left? Next to the metal thing? I was there. I made it in my first try too. I was Very Surprised. 

I climbed the rock wall for an assignment in my Personal Wellness class. We were supposed to do something that challenged us. I chose the rock wall because:

1. I haven’t worked out in a good long while. So it would be physically challenging.

2. I am afraid of heights. So it would be emotionally challenging.

Double whammy. (Do people still say that?)

The rock wall workers were really nice and encouraging. I had only been planning on getting level with the second floor of the building. I figured that was high enough. But once I got there, the girl belaying me yelled up at me “You can do it! You’re so close!” and It didn’t seem nearly as far as it had looked from the ground. So I kept going. I didn’t really feel too freaked out, but I guess I must have been because my legs were shaking something awful. That also might have been the reason my belayer kept shouting encouragements. I slipped a little bit once, and that was scary. I may have involuntarily squeaked. Still, I made it to the top! I made it down alive too. Then I wasn’t scared any more. Just really, really, thirsty. I swear my throat has never been so dry. 

I was really proud that I was able to make it to the top. I’m usually the person who freaks out and starts crying 10 feet up the rock wall, so this was a big accomplishment. I’m really glad I did it. I’m also sore as heck, so maybe I need to go climb more often…

 

Hectic Weekend

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Hello, everyone! I hope you’re doing well.

My day just kind of ran away from me today. First there was the extremely violent, strobe light thunderstorm at 3:00 am. I swear, the weather in Texas is seriously trying to kill me. Then there was church, and that was enjoyable. After that I was planning on really sitting down and getting some serious homework done. That worked, for a few hours. Then there was a BOGO (buy one, get one free) at Starbucks, which of course had to be taken advantage of (Did I just end a sentence with a preposition? My mother will be so disappointed…). After that, my parents and I had to get ready for a volunteer dinner thing. It was 1950’s themed, and we were expected to dress up. Dressing in a fifties style for me isn’t that difficult, but trying to concoct plausible outfits for my parents (Mostly my mom. Dad was so not into it.) took a little experimenting.

The dinner was really fun. Everyone looked really cute all dressed up. I was a finalist in a hula hoop contest (I didn’t win. I blame the hoop. It was one of those flimsy light ones where you can’t get a good spin.). Other hilarity occurred involving my pastor dressed as Elvis. We ate. Pictures were taken (I’ll try to get some. I forgot my camera >.<). Then back home to do more homework; Because that is my life.

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I tried the last tea today, too. This one was The Earl’s Garden. It was a lot fruitier than I expected, and a lot less Earl Grey. I could especially taste the black currant. I didn’t have as much time to enjoy it as the other teas, since my morning was so rushed, but I drank it enough to know that it is dang good.

In other news, I have finally started on Aidez, and already made all manner of mistakes. That’ll teach me to read the pattern carefully. The pattern is actually a bit tricky starting out, but once you get the hang of it, it falls into a nice rhythm. I’ll keep you posted.

Sorry for the hectic post today. It’s been a crazy busy weekend. Hopefully I’ll get back on track tomorrow.

Dad’s Overdue Christmas Present

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They’re finished! They’re done! *Does a happy dance*

I have finally finished and woven in every tiny little end on my dad’s fingerless gloves. So many tiny little ends…

But they’re done! and he likes them. I was smart this time, and made him try them on as I go, So I can make sure that the fingers were wide and long enough. He requested extra long fingers on this pair. They almost swallow up my hands when I try them on, but he likes them this way.

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The pattern is Cigar by Kerri Cadd. I made them all fingerless, rather than just the first two fingers. I have made this pattern one time before, and again I was very pleased at how it turned out. The increases for the thumb gusset are done in a different way, and it looks really cool going down the side of the hand. 

The last time I had made these gloves they were also for my Dad. That was probably a year ago. I made them out of 100% wool. He promptly felted them. He works for a nursery (for plants, not for babies) and so he’s always working with his hands. So he got the gloves wet while watering, and then just felted them with the friction of working. To his credit, he continued to wear them, up until about yesterday. They still technically fit, but when you compare them with the new ones, the size difference is comical. The new ones are made out of acrylic. I don’t think Dad can handle special care yarns yet…

I was concerned when I was making these that Dad wasn’t going to get a chance to wear them. The weather has been very warm lately, and I was starting to think that winter was done. Then today the temperature dropped, and it’s supposed to be cold all next week. So now he can actually use his new gloves. Good call, weather. Good call.

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P.S. I tried the Love Tea #7 this morning. It was tasty. The strawberry pieces really make it something special. Or perhaps it’s my weakness for strawberry teas… 

 

Tea Time

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Look what came in the mail while I was at school! My January reward from David’s Tea! You know what this means. You get to open my mail with me.

Let us proceed.

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They included a little menu of all their teas, which is actually kind of nice. My dad spend a good 30 minutes reading all the different teas out loud and seeing how badly he could mispronounce oolong and rooibos. 

ImageThen there were the free samples. Each order comes with three little samples of tea. I got Santa’s Secret (black tea), Cookie Dough (white tea) and Cocomint Cream (herbal tea) as my samples. I’m not sure about the Cocomint Cream one (the coco is referring to coconut, not cocoa) but the Santa’s Secret one sounds really tasty, and Cookie Dough as well.

ImageNow we’re getting to the real stuff. Look! It’s all wrapped up. I love small touches like that.

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I ordered three different teas. I got The Earl’s Garden, Love Tea #7, and English Rose. The Earl’s Garden is like Earl Grey, but with strawberries and raspberries in it as well. Love Tea #7 has chocolate, strawberries, and rose petals in it. English Rose has actual little rose buds and white chocolate. I’m seeing a rose and strawberry theme here….

ImageI’ve only tried the English Rose so far, and I really enjoyed it. I love rose teas, but they’re not always easy to find. It always reminds me of going to the Huntington Library Tea Room for my birthday when I was young. Their tea room was in the middle of a huge rose garden, and it always smelled so good.

I can’t wait to try the other teas. The only problem is that I can’t decide which to try next. I know, what a terrible problem to have…

 

 

 

 

What to Watch While Knitting

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We all have our favorite ways of knitting. Some people concentrate on the knitting only. Other like to watch TV or movies while they knit. Sometimes they combine knitting and reading (I do that for homework.). It is already know that I am a big Lord of the Rings/Knitting fan.

But if you’re looking for something to watch right now while you knit (because you can’t knit when your hand is on your mouse.), might I suggest the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Freakin’. Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
So good.

It’s a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in Video Blog form (I know the picture is a cartoon. It’s not a cartoon. That’s just there because I can’t get the video to work). So it’s available to everyone on Youtube. Let me just say that I am not usually a fan of modern Pride and Prejudice adaptations. But this one is amazing. The adaptations it makes to modernize the story are thoughtfully done and (i think) spot on. I feel like it captures the spirit of the characters so well. You really get a sense of Lizzie and her exaggeration for comedy’s sake and Lydia is believable without being incredibly annoying. Also, cute guys galore! So many cute guys…

If you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice, or if you never really could get into reading it, I really recommend this video series. It’s still going on, so the story is right at the juicy part. I’m only slightly obsessed with it. Okay, a lot obsessed!

Dad’s Mitts

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I am soooo very close to being done. This has taken way to long. I only have the fingers (read: the most annoying part) left to do. One of my February Goals is being challenged already.

Do you remember how I said no more crap yarn? Right. I said it. and I meant it. But here’s the thing…

I don’t know if I have enough yarn to finish these.

Argh! I really don’t want to have to go buy more yarn, because I know that I’ll end up with 90% of the skein left over, and what am I supposed to do with that? and oh yeah, I said no more crap yarn! That would be bringing more crap yarn into my stash.

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I think that I might have just enough yarn to finish this if I scavenge from other UFO’s. I’ve got a half attempt at a granny square blanket that had some black in it (about every 6 months I like to pretend I can crochet. It usually doesn’t last long.). I’m thinking if I can unravel that, I’ll have enough yarn to finish.

I so desperately want to finish these.

Old FO Tuesday!

It’s time for Old FO Tuesday! and thank goodness, because otherwise I got nothing to show you. It’s been one of those days, and not in a good way. The traffic was so bad this morning that I was fifteen minutes late to my first class (Oh, the shame!). I’m usually 30 minutes early. It was…not fun (synonyms: mortifying, embarrassing, disheartening, awkward-as-heck). Fortunately, nothing else bad happened for the rest of the day, but I also didn’t get much knitting done either. But that’s okay because yay OLD FO Tuesday!

So let’s get to it.

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Today’s old FO is Barley Sugar by Ysolda Teague. Ya’ll know I love me some Ysolda (Goodness, wasn’t that sentence Texan..). She’s pretty much my favorite designer. This pattern is from her Saturday Treat Collection, all of which I loved, but most of all this pattern. It’s a lace weight cowl done in Brioche Stitch, with an interesting twist element done in stockinette.

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Let’s talk about Brioche Stitch. It’s absolutely fascinating. When it’s done in lace weight yarn it’s so squishy, yet light. It creates a very interesting, warm fabric. Plus, it’s reversible, so that’s nice. It can get a little bit tedious since it’s the same thing over and over for such a long time, but I promise the end result is worth it. Though, if I may pass on some Learned-the-Hard-Way knowledge to you; watch this video if you drop a stitch.

and you will drop a stitch. Just watch this before you’ve done 3/4ths of the scarf just picking up stitches willy nilly (because you won’t want to tink back for those dropped stitches either. again, trust me.). This video makes things so much better.

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Next order of business, let us discuss the yarn. This is one of the very few times that I have used the yarn recommend by the pattern, color and everything (really probably the first time…). The yarn is Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace in the color Treacle Toffee. It was the most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought and it was totally worth it. Besides, it was my birthday gift to me (I sound like Gollum. It was my own, my precious, my birthday present.).

This yarn is amazing. It practically glows. Like, the leftovers are sitting on my shelf right now and it’s just gleaming like it’s in the sun, except it’s not, it is in my room at 11:30 at night.  Plus this yarn color makes my eyes look totally cool. That’s a great perk.

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Remember how with Miette I said it was my favorite project ever? This project was the runner up. It’s beautiful pattern made out of beautiful yarn that also happens to be soft. It also looks super impressive to non-knitters. That’s always a plus.

Lazy Sunday Post

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Hello, friends. I hope you had a good Sunday. Mine was nice, despite minor frustrations related to the car stuff. We went to get the inspection on my car now that we had the new tires, and they were out of inspection stickers! So I will be needing to take my car in again! Ugh.

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Except for the car issues, my Sunday was nice. My parents and I went for a walk at a new park because it was one of the three days in Texas when there was good weather. It was quite fun. We saw seagulls, which always remind me of California. We also ran into lots of friendly people who wanted us to have a nice day. Texans are so friendly like that.Image

I also got the first of Dad’s fingerless mitts done (Hooray!). So many ends to weave in. I hate weaving in ends. Probably because I’m never sure if I’m doing it correctly. It took over an hour long skype conversation, but I got all the ends woven in. Now I only have one mitt left and then I’m free!

 

A Bad Day for Cars

Goodness. Today was a bad day to be a car in my family. My brother got into a minor car accident this morning. Don’t worry, he’s fine. His car is a little scuffed up, but doing surprisingly well. To quote John Green, it runs “not on gasoline, but on the inexhaustible fuel of human hope.” Apparently human hope is also good for dents.

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Please enjoy this random picture of some yarn.
Then there is my car. My car was NOT in an accident (thank goodness). I thought my car was fine. It was just lulling me into a false sense of security. I spent more money on my car than two weeks worth of paychecks.
Joy.

I was just going for an oil change and an inspection, but then my car failed the inspection because the tires were stripped. So I went and got new tires. Turns out the car needed new tires because the suspension was off. So I needed to get it aligned. Sure, do that too. Also, new windshield wipers. So I spent a nice chunk of time (and money!) at the shop waiting for my car to get fixed. Did I mention I forgot my knitting. gah!

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Right now I’m working on some fingerless gloves for my Dad. They are the one thing (or two, depending on how you count) keeping me from casting on for Aidez. I know that if I start Aidez, I will never finish these gloves. Fingerless gloves are not my favorite thing. Too many strings and fingers flopping around. And sooo many ends to weave in. But I owe my dad a pair of gloves. I made him a pair for Christmas, but they were a little too tight in the fingers and I was never happy with how they looked so I just said I’d remake them. Then I never did. He’s been pestering me for them for the past month (As he should. It was his Christmas present.), so I just need to get them done. Fortunately gloves move pretty quickly in worsted weight, so I should finish these soon. Then on to Aidez!