Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Practically Done Deals


 The Nurmilintu scarf is back on track after its major surgery. I think I have enough  handspun for one more garter and one more lace section.



 The Ghazal  cowl has to be done. I am out of handspun. Now I have to pull out those provisional stitches and graft it. That's always scary.



The Eponymuff cowl is just a few rows short of also being a done deal.


This week we are heading to the high 70's temp wise. So much warm and wooly neck wear-so little winter. I suppose there's always next year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pins and Needles

I am in the process of quilting the mini quilt. For some reason I forgot all about this step and went right to binding.


 It's actually a good thing I did or I would never had got it in a hoop. It would have been too small.



 I wanted to hand quilt it since my wonky machine quilting would look pretty bad on something so small.



 My stitching is not as tiny and perfect a my great grandmother's was but it'll do. When it comes to sewing, I never aim for perfection because it ain't gonna happen.



I also want to thank Elizabeth for the nice note and the sweet bookmark. Isn't that just the cutest thing? And the little sheep's not bad either.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Two Down

 This weekend we went to our second skating competition of the season. Thank goodness it was local. I'm still worn out from last weekend's traveling.



 It was a good chance for some of our individual skaters to vindicate themselves. The Ohio competition was tough. We weren't exactly on home ice but it was close enough.



It was an pretty horrendous day for me on Sunday when I had to put up all three team's worth of scenery plus manage all of the bits and pieces that go with the numbers. It was not fun.


That explains why I don't have lots of wonderful photos of everything that was going on. I never had time. I was furiously assembling pvc frames and using up rolls and rolls of duck tape behind the scenes which is not in the least bit glamorous.



Though we had three production events, I only skate on two teams so I only came away with a first place for my turn as the Old Hag in Snow White and a fourth place for being a jellyfish in our hot mess that is Yellow Submarine. Everyone loved the concept and the overall appearance but our skaters who are mostly our new kids left a lot to be desired. The adult team that did the Hair number I had hastily put together for them in December also came in first so it wasn't a total bust of a day. Now I have an entire month before I have to think of any of this and I am going to enjoy every minute.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lip Service

 I started making my own soap stuff because I could never use the store bought kind without itching and burning.


It was the same for things that you put on your lips. All the usual brands of lip protection made my lips itchy. Anything with an SP value makes my lips swell.



I wasn't sure where this was going but I bought some supplies for making your own lip gloss type potions from the same company that sells me my soap supplies. At first I was skeptical but now, after a few months of use, I love the stuff. I've got a little pot in all my pockets.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tough Stuff

 The new warp is getting threaded slowly but surely.



 There was a few false starts but I think I've got the hang of how to keep track of this really complicated draft. It involves lots of highlighters and sticky notes.



 The next installment of my towel of the month club showed up.



 I love the colors but it's getting shelved.



Even though it is still February, spring is already in the air around here so I think that this kit will be a better choice, right?

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Sign of the Times

I went to see Daddio yesterday and what I found was a nursing home filled with oldies glued to the TV. Usually it is the Hallmark station but yesterday it was CNN thanks to you-know-who's unhinged rant of a presser. Anti-Trump sentiment runs high among those left of The Greatest Generation. They didn't make the sacrifices they did for the freedoms we enjoy to have it being mangled by the man baby from the golden tower. As for all those lovely immigrants whose hard work and dedication keep the place going-God bless you for being kind and patient with my old man. What would we do without you?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Brain Freeze

 I finally finished sewing down all the pieced sections on my mini quilt and then promptly proceeded to goof it up. For some reason I can't explain I sewed the binding on before I had made the quilt sandwich. It took some adjusting but I managed to figure out how to work around the problem.




Things got even goofier when I tried to follow the directions for the sleeve on the back that holds the quilt on the little frame.


The designer gives a very vague description of what has to happen and for a non-sewer like me it took a lot of hits or misses until I finally figured out what should be going on. That's as far as I got. I had used up all my brain power for the day. It doesn't take much anymore.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Post Valentine's

 After all of yesterday's comments on kathy b's blog about the big yellow box, I had to have one. Sadly I came up empty handed. I could only come up with the itty bitty ones. Truth be told. It's all I need.



 Last week I had made a few Valentine's using my Christmas sheep stamps.



 I also did some embossing and watercoloring with my February card kit.



 I did the watercoloring with my new Zig markers. I didn't quite get the hang of using them. They are going to take some practice.



The Mister, bless his heart, brought me home my favorite pizza. It's from a place near where we used to live and where his mom still lives. Since it was his day for mom duty he stopped in to pick up a couple for our Valentine's dinner. Pizza beats flowers any time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Home Again

 Daughter and I spent yesterday on the road.



 It was 60 degrees in Ohio and in Pennsylvania we drove through snow. It was a shock to our system when we got out at the first rest stop on the turnpike. Brrrr.....it was cold.



After dropping off Daughter I still had another hour plus to get home in rush hour traffic. It was worth it though to get to see my little Valentine again. Nothing is better than being welcomed home by a dog. Nothing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Whew...

 Sunday morning we were up at 5 am and out the door of the hotel for a 6 am practice session.



 That's ice for a bumped head, Not mine. One of the little kids. Not a great way to start the day.



 Things went from bad to worse when the lights went out at 8 am. Everything came to a halt for a couple of hours while the power company figured out what went wrong.



 When the lights went on we had some luck. Three of our kids came in first.



 In between the days events there were sparkly things to look at.



 There was a great lunch at a little cafe near the rink.


 At 6 pm it was time to turn into the Old Hag from Snow White. I really rocked this costume. I need my hair to get grayer faster.



 Sharing a dressing room with our herd of teens is always a challenge. I got to spend a lot of time with them and I have to say they are fabulous people.



 As I mentioned yesterday there was tons of amazing competition. These are the Famous Potatoes. They've competed at every big competition for years dressed as... potatoes. The crowd loves them.


 We did our thing and came out in third place....out of three teams. Oh, well...we compete again next week. It's always good to have another go.



 Back at the hotel at 9 pm my friend Jose helped me deal.




So did Mr and Mrs Cupcake. It was a rough couple of days. Now for the 10 hour drive home in the morning. Oh. my...see you on the other side.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ohio

Ten hours. I drove ten hours on Friday to get to Oxford, Ohio.



 More specifically, to Miami University. I know, I know, I said the same thing. Miami? In Ohio? It's actually a very nice little college town.



 Their new rink complex has two sheets of ice.



 One is a huge arena. We compete there at this evening with our medium production team. That's the only team that came along for this long ride.



 The best part of the day was lunch. They had great pretzels.



 The weather is amazing. 60 degrees. I took a break to sit in the sun and knit for a while on Saturday. I was just along for the ride while the individual skaters did their thing.




The competition is fierce here and the judging has been a bit harsh but the kids are taking it in their stride. Travel events are always tough but it's been fun to see teams we have never seen before. Next weekend we will be at first local event so maybe the ice gods will smile on us once again. We may be down-but we are certainly not out.