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!


Anonymous said...

I am totally impressed with your sock!!! (and Drew doing dinner by himself) I've been doing some work on the black and white AC top that you and I painted last year. I left it out on my chair and anytime I"m waiting for "something" I sit and do a few stitches. Maybe I need some soothing music playing as well....

I didn't know it was your birthday! Happy Belated Birthday! I don't get the eyebrow thing either. A few weeks ago Vic's granddaughter, who is a Delta flight attendant, visited and she had EYEBROWS!!! It honestly looked as if she put a template on her face and colored it in with black marker. Vic, who usually doesn't notice things like that, even commented to me about it. That boat can sail without me.


BeckyW said...

No brow enhancements for me. Brezhnev eyebrows run in my family. I’ve had mine waxed before to take them down a notch. I’m not good at keeping up with it. I sometimes wish that I was more girlie, but it sounds like too much work!

Drew!! That looks delicious!! Here is to hoping that my soon-to-be college student comes home next summer with desire and skill to cook!

The socks! They seem so daunting and complex. How in the world to turn that corner and make the heel. The toe looks super complicated. I used to follow fairly complex crochet patterns. I don’t think that brain is capable of doing that anymore.

The shoes and the skirt are adorable!

Happy Birthday!! The cake pops are fantastic!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Robbie, thank you for my laugh of the day about the eyebrows! And I'm glad you're working on that shirt - it's only been a year now! Kind of like my couched skirt - REALLY slow sewing.

Becky, you can totally do those socks - Ariel drew a diagram about the "turn" and it makes so much sense, then the rest is just regular decreases, but it DOES look impressive I think! Now I may need your help if you remember crochet, because I'm starting a giant donut floor pillow for Lucas's birthday - shhhh! It's crocheted and didn't come in a knit pattern, and I used to crochet when I was a teenager, so I'm hoping it'll come back - fingers crossed!

BeckyW said...

Lynn, I'm not sure how much I remember of reading crochet patterns. It has been YEARS since I did any crochet. I'd give it a try though. That sounds like a fun project. Fat thread and a huge needle?

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Oh yeah! Crochet hook size M and super bulky thread - 7 skeins for the donut and 5 skeins for the icing, though, but hopefully it'll go fast. And the sprinkles are precious!

Sheila said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!! The dinner looks delicious and look at you knit diva. Ooh I do my brows every morning.
I have thinning/aging brows and use brown mascara to fill them in and then a small angle brush with light contouring to neat them up.... it's a big learning curve to get them just the way you like them.

Sheila said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!! The dinner looks delicious and look at you knit diva. Ooh I do my brows every morning.
I have thinning/aging brows and use brown mascara to fill them in and then a small angle brush with light contouring to neat them up.... it's a big learning curve to get them just the way you like them.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Sheila! I'm hanging in there with the brows - found a tiny mascara-like product with a little brush for the brows, and it's quick and easy. Now I've got to go see if you crochet and have any projects on your blog. I've stalked your knitting for a while, but this crocheting is growing on me!

Junior said...

Your brow brush thing sounds like the one I got from Birchbox. Is that where you got yours?

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Yes, they sent a tiny cute silver thing that I'm using and love it. I'm a different woman now with new contacts, new brows, and I'm wearing eye makeup from Birchbox with mascara from them too - yay Birchbox!

monica said...

Your socks are nice...but where did you get those black oxfords? they are AWESOME!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Monica! I honestly don't remember where I got them since I've had them for over 10 years now - but it was definitely in a store like Shoe Station, since I only just now started buying shoes online. I think I've had them resoled 2 or 3 times. The brand is Mix No. 6 if that helps - thanks for stopping by!