Sunday, August 9, 2020

Week 6: Year of Projects

Not really sure where this week went.  It felt like it flew by!  It was not a very productive week as far as crafting.  BUT, the boxes are dwindling in the garage and we've got pictures on the wall.  It feels like home more and more each day! That's a win in my book.

Last Sunday we took a ride out to my brother's to pick up our chickens. He was fostering my daughter's two favorite chickens while  we were living in an apartment.  They are now home and in their new coop.  My daughter is thrilled!

On the garden front, we are beginning to get figs.  Harvesting figs is not as easy as picking blueberries.  This tree is attracting a lot of HUGE wasps. (What's up with the huge bugs in NC?) Babygirl tried a fig yesterday and decided she likes them.  I'm currently looking for fig recipes.  We're going to try some jam and a pie recommended by a friend.   Open to suggestions if you've got any...

Stash organization has begun, I was able to catalog and photograph a tote full of yarn  it has been entered/updated in Ravelry.

I've added a few inches to the sleeve of my sweater, but no real progress there.  I'm hoping to get a bit of time in today.  I'd really like it done this week.  Not sure how realistic that is, but I'm going to give it a shot.

Fun times this morning with an earthquake hitting NC.  I was teaching a class online when my whole house started shaking.  Can't wait to see that feedback as it was with a new student. Here's hoping the rest of the day is nice and quiet.  

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Week 5: Year of Projects

It’s been another productive week. And I’ve got a post up on Sunday!  

A friend asked if I wanted to participate in Tour de Fleece Part 2.  I immediately answered yes as it’s been almost a year since I’ve touched my spinning wheel. (The apartment we were in didn’t really have a good setup for spinning or leaving the wheel out.)  I pulled the wheel out this week so I can clear the bobbins. I had two color ways in progress so I wanted to finish them up first. Here are the results:  

Both are from when I was in the Into the Whirled fiber of the month club. The plan is to ply them both this week. But that requires a bit of study. It seems I have completely forgotten how to chain ply. If anyone has a recommendation for a good tutorial, please send it my way. 

I was able to finish the yarn below. It was my first go with chain plying. I am happy with what I did last year. What I did last night is best summed up as a hot mess!  Hence the need for a tutorial. 

Last up this week is my sweater. One sleeve complete!  The goal is to get the other sleeve done within the next two weeks. I really want to start a new project, but have promised myself I won’t do that until I finish the sweater. Hopefully that will be a little incentives be to get it done! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Week 4: Year of Projects Update

Late again...

Next week's goal is to get my post up on Sunday!  Again, there has been a bit of knit/crochet progress, but the biggest projects have been house related.

This post didn't get up on Sunday because we were cleaning out the chicken coop and securing it for some chicks.  What we've done is a temporary fix, but will allow us to bring my daughter's two favorite chickens home. (My brother has been fostering them for us.) It also allowed us to add these girls to the family.

This week I was able to connect with my crochet club in Ct. via Zoom.  It was wonderful to see everyone!  I'm hoping to be able to connect with them on a regular basis going forward.  During the chat I was able to work on Humulus.  I'm almost done with the sleeve. Hopefully, I will be able to finish that this week.

The sock was not touched.  I think it may be a bit big, so it's been sitting in time out.  I need to try it on and make a decision on continuing or frogging  and starting over.  

On the crochet front a purple washcloth was added to the pile for a friend's baby.  

Next update should contain some spinning.  A friend mentioned there will be a Tour de Fleece Part II.  I'm thinking of joining her for that, which means I need to clear the bobbins.  It has been a year since I've used my wheel.  Unfortunately there really wasn't room to use it in our apartment. I’m looking forward to getting back to spinning. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Year of Projects: Week 3

It has been a productive week. Definitely not so much on the knit/crochet front, but that's o.k. 

I missed posting yesterday because I was canning all day.  The farmer called on Saturday and said she had a box of tomatoes and cucumbers available.  The rest of Saturday was spent trying to gather some last minute supplies.  It seems with the stay at home orders more people are canning.  We had to go to a few stores to get most of what we needed.  There has been a run on the salsa mix I'm looking for.  A friend recommended freezing the tomatoes as I continue to look for the mix.  So I'm going to try that. 

Yesterday I was able to can kosher dill pickles, relish, zesty salsa, and tomato sauce. Tomorrow I will do one last batch of pickles (bread and butter).

This week our living room furniture arrived!  Yay! I also finished our TV stand.  

Buying a house during a pandemic has definitely been challenging.  Our area was under stay at home orders for quite some time.  Much shopping was done online.  Even now, our numbers are high,  we are still practicing social distancing and only going out when necessary.  There are some things that are really hard to buy online or with curbside pickup. 

When we first moved down here I noticed an unfinished furniture store.  It was a great find!  I've found furniture for the house and projects to keep me busy, lol.  Coming soon is a matching end table...

Now for the knitting:  I've made some progress on the sock.  Still on Clue 1 (the foot), but it's growing.  

I've also added a bit to the sleeve of Humulus.  But that's been about it.  I'm hoping for a bit more of a crafting/house project balance next week.  But in all honesty, there's so much to do, I'm just happy things are getting done!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Year of Projects: Week 2

It has been a productive week.  Maybe not so much on the knitting front, but we're getting things done and starting to settle into our new house/routines. The week's biggest project has been getting the floor down in Babygirl's bedroom.  This morning we moved her stuff from her temporary bedroom into her room.  She is thrilled!

This week I spent some time getting yarn and fiber out of space bags.  All the space bags have been emptied and the fiber has been sorted and placed into bins.  I'll start photographing and uploading to Ravelry in the next few days.

Knitting wise I have added a few rows to Humulus.   I'm on the sleeve so it's good T.V. knitting.

I've joined the MarlyBird Sock Knit Along on Facebook.  Started it yesterday, so right now I've got a toe.  My sock yarn and winder are not currently accessible, so I visited the local craft store.  Choices were limited at Hobby Lobby, so I ended up with a new to me yarn.  It's supersoft, but splits easily, so we'll see how this turns out. 

Finished a few scrubbies for the kitchen and a baby washcloth to end the week.

That's it for this week.  Looking forward to spending some time reading other Year Of Projects posts this evening to see what everyone has accomplished this week.


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Year of Projects: Year 10

New year, new start.  This rings true in so many ways!  We closed on our house a month ago and moved in about a week and a half ago.  There are boxes ALL over!  One of my projects as I unpack is to organize and update my stash in Ravelry.  We left New York last August and I got rid of a lot of yarn, so I need to update that.  At this point I'm not 100% sure what I have, it will be nice to see it all as it has been in storage for a while.

Crafting time has been pretty nonexistent lately as I have been busy packing.  I plan on changing that ASAP.  

I've set just a few goals for the first quarter:
1. Get the stash organized and uploaded to Ravelry.
2. Finish spinning current roving.
3. Knit a pair of Socks. (I'm going to check out the MarlyBird KAL)
4. Finish Humulus.
5. Find accent yarn and start Asheville.
6. Continue to work on Xandra, this one will be slow going.  I need to focus on this pattern, it is a challenge for me.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Day 4 Homeschool at Home Resources

Sorry we checked out for Day 3.  We took a mental health day.  Sleep has never come easy for the two of us.  Tuesday night was rough, so yesterday was a very low key day.  Gigi did her normal curriculum, then pretty much just chilled for the day.  Books were read, pictures were drawn, Adventure Academy was played, and ukulele was practiced. I even got in some knitting time :) It was perfect!  

Today, I've got the options laid out for G and we shall see what she chooses.  Side note, while core subjects are non-negotiable there is a lot of leeway in how they get done in our house.  Some weeks we do social studies and science everyday.  Some weeks we do two days of science and two days of social studies.  Some weeks we are so into the lesson/subject we do all of the subject in one day.  Therefore, our length of "school day" varies.  We spend anywhere from two and a half to three hours on our core subjects (reading, writing, math, phonics, science, social studies, spanish, ukulele, art).

We attend two co-ops weekly, and usually one additional class or program a week.  All of that is on hold which is why I am providing additional activities.  I'm trying to fill that time.  Too much downtime leads to too much thinking/worrying time.  We are trying to avoid that right now.

Here's what I know we will be doing:

First up, a webchat with friends to do an art project.  I'm super excited for this one!  

Adventure Academy - Gigi is absolutely loving this one.  I want to poke around the site a little more, but I'm pretty sure we will be looking into a subscription for this one.

4pm Live Uke class.  Gigi is really enjoying this class.  I'm happy she's getting some instruction, because I am clueless about the ukulele.  She just started taking classes this year in one of our co-ops.

These are some things I've got for G to pick from, should she need suggestions:

1pm McHarper Manor Chalk Pastel Galaxy

Betty White's reading of Harry The Dirty Dog.

Baking: Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Poptarts has been on our list of recipes to try for a while.  Tonight we are having soup and salad for dinner.  G has picked this recipe to try: Baked Potato Soup.  

Since G is still sleeping, I'm thinking today will be another pretty low key day.  I'm looking forward to it!

Stay safe and healthy friends!

Week 6: Year of Projects

Not really sure where this week went.  It felt like it flew by!  It was not a very productive week as far as crafting.  BUT, the boxes are d...