Secrets…

Secrets. All the secrets.
It seems I’m always trying to hide something from you guys. Club is what I’m working on but I can’t show you because so many want to be surprised so I post this:

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I’m trying to get ahead of weaving club so I post this:
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I’m working on an article or an item for publication so I post something very vague like this:

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I don’t know if you realize how many secrets I have to keep from you…. Eventually it’s all brought full color and often with lots of words. Until then, you’ll still be getting lots of vague photos and pictures of Argyle being a goofball.

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Designing on the edge of sanity

A couple of months ago I released a sweater in it’s raw form. Imperfect math and a few problems. I released it for free before my tech editor got her hands on it. Why? Well, I think that’s what a free pattern is worth for one. Once I pay for all the tech editing, it deserves to be a paid for pattern. Two, it’s a really interesting process. If you’ve never designed anything then you may never know the shear terror you feel when you have transferred a full line from your spreadsheet into the pattern, only to have a knitter tell you it’s wrong and you realize that you transferred the WRONG line. Or your math is just off a little bit. You didn’t set up the calculations right in excel for one size. You forgot to update the pattern when you updated the spreadsheet. All kinds of little errors happen. This is why tech editors are worth their weight in gold. Far fewer heart palpitations when someone you trust has fixed all your woopsies.

Clearly I like living on the edge.

So this is the sweater, all done and waiting for a picture debut. In the meantime, I’m going to start spinning this Merino Silk for a solid version of the same sweater.

The multicolored version has been coveted by one of my kids.

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Weaving Club Wrap up 2017 – Part 2

Last week I did the first 3 months of weave club and this week I’m going to wrap up the end of the year.

August – “Seniorita”

Spanish Lace. I debated on this scarf. I like it but I don’t love it. I like how the lace stands out but I don’t think the colors are really me and that’s where some of these fall down for me. I enjoyed weaving it. I love anything that needs all these manipulations to work. It was a fun weave and it’s on my list to redo in colors that I’ll wear more. Eventually this one will get gifted to someone that adores the colors.

October – “Candy Striper”

This is a crazy setup. It takes a bunch of work to get it all set up right. Or at least it does for me to get it worked out and write the pattern so you all can duplicate it easy enough. I like the way the stripes work out so it’s absolutely worth all the set up effort. This one originally started out white and red. I had it in my lap and spilled my tea on it. Which necessitated a dye over since it wasn’t going to come out. Seriously, I’m not allowed to own anything white.

December – “Furrows”

I was walking through my mom’s house to borrow her rotary cutter to trim the ends and she made me stop. It’s such a stunning scarf she had to really look at it. It’s so fun and I love the little bobbles this made. I love when a scarf gets that kind of attention. This one might be my favorite of the year or maybe that’s just because it’s the last one and my new favorite will be February 2018’s offering. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Weaving club wrap up 2017 – part 1

I rarely talk about the club projects as they’re going on. I don’t want to give too much away if someone is expecting a surprise. I weave a lot. I have 6 projects that I do throughout the year that I send out as a kit to the weaving club. Though, there are usually at least 2 or 3 others that I save for another time or I just don’t think they’re club kit worthy. I’m only going to talk about the club successes here.

There’s a lot so I’ll do three months in this part 1 so I can talk about them too. You know I like to talk.

February – “Interview”

The husband was working on going to interviews and he needed a scarf to match one of his suit jackets. Previously I had only made him cowls and stuff that would work for shoveling snow. Now he needed something a little classier so I made something up for the club. I really love this scarf and meant to make another one for myself (in brighter colors) but as of yet, it hasn’t happened.

April – “Besties Forever”

Stripes and lace? Yes please. Sometimes you just want stripes and sometimes you want lace so I ended up putting both of these together using my favorite sock weaving yarn. It’s perfectly soft and yet so cool with it’s stripes and lace. It worked for me to be a great seasonal transitioning scarf.

June – “Peachy Soft”

A couple of years ago I made washcloths in these yarns and everyone else used them. Clearly I just needed to make more. Well, these are gone too but that’s ok. As long as someone is using them, I’m happy. I’ll just have to make a few more. I’m not sure what the trick is in getting to keep some. I might just need to be faster than the people that love these cloths

To Be Continued….

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Chilblains Socks

I have managed to get chilblains once again. Though now that I know that I contract popular diseases from the 1800s I can combat it easier. If I was really on top of it, I’d have taken precautions earlier.

I work in a shop that has a basement open to the cold and a cement floor. I also don’t turn the heat up because my middle name is Ebenezer. The way I need to combat it is not allow my feet to get wet and cold. No sweating allowed. Which means I need to change shoes and slippers throughout the day. Maybe even socks depending on what’s going on with my feet.

We all know that wool socks are the best anyway but they wick away the moisture to help keep my feet dry. Sure there are herbal things I do for my feet once the chilblains hits but I also need more socks. I put the sweater away and started on the socks that are long languishing and half finished until I really need them.

I had another pair started (ok, we all know I actually have like 12 pair half started). I started to work on those and managed to finish one sock, then cast on for the other…

Then started another pair.

Because it’s clearly a sickness, this not finishing socks thing. Most of those one sock wonders I posted about haven’t been finished. Maybe when I finish my red pair, I’ll actually pick up an old one sock wonder, a new unfinished sock project (yes there are new ones not in that linked post). Or more likely, I’ll just cast on for yet something else.

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New Year… planner set up.

On the doorstep of the new year, I have my planner all set up and ready to go. I still need to finish writing in all my dates and schedules but the pages are all set up.

I bought new inserts from Jane’s Agenda on Etsy for my filofax and I absolutely love them.

I decided that since I now carry a personal size filofax as my wallet and I don’t have to worry about having my A5 overfilled (and it really is) that I can bring all my pages into this one planner. New this year is that I have a fiber idea section, a pottery idea section, and I have my 4H in there. With the kids in 2 groups, I wanted to keep it all together without needing another book. I bought meeting inserts to help organize each meeting. Whether I’m leading or attending with a kid, I think this will work out well.

After those sections I have a month to month calendar.

I don’t use this often but on some of the busier months I really need to see it all laid out. With a kid graduating high school this year and then moving on to college, I know I’m going to have a couple of crazy months. I particularly like that each month is prefaced with a note page. Like I know May and June are grad activities and August is moving activities, so I can note them and wait to plug in all the dates. It will give me a heads up when I’m trying to plan out classes and shows.

Finally, my most used section is the weekly calendar. I add pages ala Jenny Penton (Planner Perfect) so it left me open to finding a different type of page if I wanted to. I need to write down on the days of the week my day specific appointments and also have weekly tasks. Really, I love the daily task check list at the top:

I can write all of this stuff week by week and add in pages when I need to write out a full day. Currently I’m just making. All the making. I don’t need to be too specific on a daily basis so I don’t need to add in daily pages. This is why I really love the versatility of the filofax.
I’m not doing a goal section this year. I looked at last years and there was so many wrenches tossed into my gears that my larger (and many smaller) goals were left dangling. It’s a little disheartening. This weekly planner set up has an opening page for each month and I’ll likely write in minor things that need to happen but I’m not doing goals.

This year’s motto is “going with with flow”.

Happy New Year y’all!

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Sheep!!!

The other day I was taking pics for the Newsletter. I needed a new fun puzzle pic so I headed out to the sheep pen. One pic was the winner but I thought you might enjoy seeing the whole crew… or at least as many as I could get a photo of.

The whole crew:

Sue… look at his sweet face! It’s probably just love for fresh hay but a girl can think it’s about her. Right?

Molasses with his backup girl Creme Broule

My boy Argyle

And everyone’s gal Angel.

And of course Appletini.

I had put out hay to entice them all to hang out for photos and I realize looking at Appletini, that may not have been the wisest choice. She’s like a toddler. I swear she gets more on her than she eats.

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