Sunday, July 3, 2016

Too Many Projects!

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Lots of stuff to cover...first was an experiment in eyebrow enhancement. I'm not sure why eyebrows have taken off, but apparently they're big business now, so my MA talked me into giving it a whirl (she has her's waxed and dyed). This is a little kit she recommended from the drugstore, and goodness at the tiny tools that stand up over a tiny mirror! I didn't have a Seventeen magazine handy to talk me through it, but the back of the package had step by step instructions.

Here's a one-side-done pic to don't really get it. It just looks bushier and darker, like I rubbed some powder in it...which is basically what I did. Not worth my time! Do any of you "do" your eyebrows?

Next up, Drew got an idea to cook dinner for us, and wanted to do gyro wraps. He looked up recipes, shopped by himself, and got the gyro meat from FoodPak, since he didn't have time to set up a rotisserie on the grill.

Made the yogurt sauce with red wine vinegar, yogurt, and chopped cucumbers...

and roasted the vegetables you see in the background to go with the wraps - yum!

Now, behold the SOCK!

Bask in its loveliness!

Gaze in awe at the wondrous Kitchener's stitch!

Wonder at the oddness of this pairing!

Cringe at the pale leg that rises forth!

Seriously, it is a HEAVENLY thing, that will be perfect in the winter - soft and snuggly...but just a touch large, so I'll try casting on a few less stitches next pair. And there WILL be a next pair, as I'm halfway through the second sock cuff, and will be looking for more sock yarn soon...WITH my Mobile Yarn gift certificates!

Did I mention I had a birthday? This was probably the second best birthday ever, (definitely not the best one ever) because not only did my Mom give me a knitting certificate, but my office gave me one too - yay for perceptive office staff! PLUS, Dean gave me a Fluevog gift certificate to buy even MORE Fluevogs! He also sent some delicious Shari's Berries cake pops to work since I started the call week on my birthday. (Love that man.)

Now the only drawback to being on call this week is that I have to stay in town while they get to go to the beach - boo! However, one must make do, so I hot-footed it upstairs to make a skirt that would go with my newest Fluevogs, and wouldn't you know I had the perfect AC fabric (purchased 2 years ago with a birthday gift certificate from my Mom - my family is the BEST) that matches the shoelaces exactly! Another AC Swing Skirt is born.

The Swing Skirt flares just a touch more than the Fitted Skirt, and I can't decide if I like it with seams at center front/back/sides...

or with panels centered, like I saw another blogger do.

Hey wait, this AC T-shirt may coordinate as well...with a different pair of Fluevogs!

Okay, okay, I have to stop playing matchmaker with my Fluevogs and AC fabric, because I still have FOUR knitting projects on needles. Waves of Lace has been all but forgotten, the black mesh sweater is waiting for the second sleeve to be re-knitted, the second sock is in progress, but I need to get this baby blanket for a Japanese cousin done. Just need to watch that Youtube video about joining yarn by tying a magic knot again, and hope it works for 2 strands.

Luckily, the family will be back to enjoy the 4th with me, so I've got to get my crafting on today. What are YOU all doing this weekend? Might I suggest renting Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot with Tina Fey? Please be aware there is pervasive language (she's a reporter in Afghanistan, after all), but I LOVED this movie for a bunch of reasons. Have to go buy you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More Fluevogs!

But first, my first sock is nearly done! I'm in love with these stitches.

And next, look at this precious peplum - this is what I was trying to do with my shirt last week, but didn't have enough fabric. Maybe next time around...(and yes, people at work are very kind to let me snap pics of their clothes - hope they don't think I'm odd!)

So remember my years-long quest to find flats to wear with skirts at work, as I'm funny about open-toed shoes? Well, Fluevog makes a men's shoe that caught my eye, so I ordered a pair. Their customer service rules as usual - a (female) sales associate in the New Orleans store tried on a pair of 8's and 9's to be sure the 8 was the right choice. (I had an idea since I bought a men's shoe in DSW a few years back - heehee.) Remember the San Francisco store sent some candy in the box? Well New Orleans sent a shoe calendar rolled up and tied with a bow - precious! Plus a shoe horn and some stickers.

Sooo...they fit amazingly well and are awesomely comfortable, but maybe not with a red skirt...

or a blue skirt...

or this skirt...

HOWEVER, I'm digging them with pants! And they did come with brown shoelaces, but I think the teal ones are so much happier.

I love them so much that I think I'll have to make a skirt that coordinates color-wise...or make more pants so I can wear them everyday!

So have you ever bought men's shoes, and did you also go down 2 sizes? It'll be so nice to tell people I'm wearing a size 8! And if you find a flat that you love to wear with skirts, please forward me a link, though I'll warn you that I'm not a ballerina flat person, so that knocks out most of my choices. Back to the sock!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sewing Mojo Back in Action!

But first! The Century Plant, Agave americana, which only blooms once in a lifetime. Wikipedia says it can reach up to 6 feet tall...I beg to differ! Looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book to me.

Next, I love this little shrug I made, but it wouldn't stay buttoned and always hung awkwardly. Enter 2 buttons from Mobile Yarn...


Next, I made a shirt in a day! I used the Alabama Chanin T-shirt top but changed the front neckline to a Jalie V-neck. My original plan was to add a peplum to it, but I didn't have enough fabric, and an AC "babydoll" treatment would make me look pregnant.

Very proud of this V-neck, since it's been a few years since I made one.

I couldn't give up on an individualized bottom, so I tried a new decorative stitch on my Brother and loved it!

Should've done that swayback adjustment for sure, and the hem gave a little waviness to the bottom of the shirt, so I have a pseudo-mini-peplum, I guess. (Brief Aside on Aging: Do you notice that you purse your lips more as you get older? I constantly find myself pursing my lips for some reason...age? Or early Alzheimer's?)

And I was Facebook'd that Dean's Japanese cousin had a new baby boy, so of course I have to knit him a baby blanket! Enter some baby-soft DK and a blanket pattern. Heidi recommended holding the yarn double to make it go faster, so I've learned yet another technique.

Who wants to come for a mini-GCGSW(KW) Saturday? Robbie, at the very least, maybe we can get together for lunch or coffee....whatchoo doing this weekend?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pioneer Woman and Publix for Dinner

But first, some knitting ART. My Mom and I did another sock class at Mobile Yarn and these were on a display table!

They even have SHRIMP! How precious is this? And who the heck spent hours knitting it? (And what do you do with it?)

Okay, if I'm going to spend hours on something, I think it'll be something to wear. So let's look at my current art really looks like a sock!

Didn't realize I photographed the one mistake in my sock - I twisted a stitch or something and threw off the ribbing just a smidge.

Look at that gusset - stunning!

Gusset and heel flap - LOVE!

So knitting the foot gets a little boring, thus I took a minute to finish my sleeve. Unfortunately, I dropped a stitch on the double-pointeds and couldn't get it all the way back, so I decided to make them 3/4 length sleeves and call it done - yay! Except that I noticed the sleeve fits a lot better with a proper lace pattern...

so the other sleeve is not only full-length, but quite baggy.

Therefore I have committed to fixing the other sleeve, and have already ripped it back to the start. But that was yesterday while I was still on call. Today I'm off call and got home from work a little early, so I decided to cook dinner. Lucas and I perused the Pioneer Woman cookbook, and he settled on a salad for dinner...behold, the chicken taco salad!

Instead of cooking my own chicken, I picked up a Publix Barbeque chicken and shredded it. The avocado and roasted corn make it really delicious, but Dean added some roasted jalapenos - even better! The dressing is Ranch mixed with salsa and cilantro. (And have you ever put 3 corn cobs in a skillet on high heat? It starts making popping sounds and the kernels swell up before turning brown - I was worried one would blow off and hit me in the eye.)

And while I was in Publix I spotted the Apron booth's dessert - Greek honey yogurt with berries. Now Greek yogurt is kind of tart and unappetizing, so you have to sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar on it...

and let it sit for a while in the frig, then it actually does taste like a dessert. Lucas ate 2 helpings!

I'll be having it for breakfast tomorrow...and hopefully getting further along on that sock...and that sleeve!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My ADHD Knitting Weekend

So I knit my black mesh sweater sleeve too tightly on the circulars and couldn't get it to slide onto the bamboo ends to finish, and when I tried to start the new blue Waves of Lace coverup, I messed up the lace several times. I decided it was time to take a lace class at Mobile Yarn since I was still off work.

I've never done a knitting class before, but it was nice to sit with 2 other ladies and work out our lace issues. I got this far before leaving.

AND, I also tried my first knitting on double-pointed needles! Ariel kindly worked my black sleeve onto these, and I should finish it up shortly.

But I wanted to take maximum advantage of vacation time, so I signed up for another class the next day...


Only messed up once when I kept knitting with the wrong needle - Dean realized it before I did when he saw 2 empty ones lying on the counter.

Here's my progress in one day.

I am in LOVE!

Of course I can't wait to finish - I had to see how it'd look with a shoe.

Jake couldn't stop sniffing the yarn, and I realized it must smell like the sheep and alpaca at the festival.

Dang work - have to go back tomorrow and I'm on call. This is seriously going to interfere with my knitting. Wonder if I can keep one of these projects in a drawer in case of no-shows or cancellations...