[misc] Penny Thursday

Penny, napping in a basket of wool and semi-finished handknits:


Stopped by my aunt and uncle's last night to help her block a shawl. I was able to score from fresh venison- I'm going to try to make some traditional mincemeat (with lean meat and suet) for pies around Christmas time.

I think I'll try this recipe for mincemeat filling but use the misc dried fruit I have. 


[crochet] Star Ornaments

Working on some quick crocheted ornaments to give as gifts:

Whipping up some star ornaments. ⭐️️Only two rounds to work, each one only takes a few minutes to make. ✨ #crochet #ravelry

The pattern is free on Rav: Star Christmas Ring Ornament by Doni Speigle. In the past, I've done the same designer's wreaths and snowflakes.

I can't even believe how easy these stars are- only two rounds to work over the ring. Gobbled up leftover yarn nicely. I'm going to have to dig around the stash for more DK-weight yarn to use. Hopefully I can find more yellow...


[misc] Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Last Saturday we went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Manchester, NH. This has become an annual tradition and it's always so good. The music, the lights, the storytelling- it's so awesome.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

So good. If they're going to be anywhere near you, you should try to see them. It will put you right into the Christmas spirit. The first half of the show is story-telling, with video and singers. The second half is more of a fun free-for-all with familiar Christmas and TSO songs. The musicians are always excellent and the light show is the best ever. And there's lots of pyro!


[misc] Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was a hit. I cooked all day Wednesday to make what I could ahead of dinner Thursday. 

Apple pie:


Pumpkin pie:


Chocolate bundt:

Chocolate bundt. And desserts are done.

Pumpkin rolls:

Pumpkin rolls 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃:

Roasted and pureed butternut squash:


Here is the 20lb turkey the night before:

20 lb  See you in the morning.

I have no pictures from the actual day of Thanksgiving- too busy. Roasted the turkey, made 10 lbs of mashed potatoes, two kind of gravy, stuffing (in the bird and in casserole dishes), peas, roasted carrots, reheated the squash, whipped cream for dessert, shrimp cocktail for appetizer hour... Then it was time to eat!


It was a mish-mash of table linens and plates and a scramble to get enough chairs and silverware but it all worked out. And everyone was gone by about 5pm, which was perfect. I just collapsed on the couch and tried to stay awake for football. Friday was a clean up day and I still had Sat and Sun to relax. I'll be read to host Thanksgiving again in five or so years.


[knitting] Even more hats!

Finished five aran caps:

✅✅✅✅✅ #knitting #aranknitting #hatknitting

Patterns clockwise from lower left:

Spicule - Frazil
Spicule - Shuga
Spicule - Nilas (all three come as a set - by Hunter Hammersen)

Blue Star Beanie by Shana Schasteen (modified for worsted weight yarn)

Candide Aran Cap (Out of print- I have an old leaflet pattern. Have made this four times now.)

Ugh, if I never have to look at a twisted stitch again, it will be too soon. Will prob give them a nice, warm, soapy soak. Some I did as beanies, some I did with a fold-over brim. 

I think I'm done with hats for now. I did nine hats in three weeks. That's... that's enough. I've moved on to knit some plain vanilla worsted socks. The what-I-knit-when-I-don't-know-what-to-knit knit. 

I have some WIPs I can finish up. And I'd like to do some scrappy ornaments to give as gifts.

Will be going offline for a while- Thanksgiving prep, party and recovery. Hopefully I'll have all the dishes done by Saturday. 


[art] Fluid Painting

Was able to pour a few more fluid acrylic paintings last weekend.

First, I wanted a bright one with just white, red, yellow and blue:

🌈 #fluidart #fluidacrylic #fluidpainting

That is my largest one to-date. I did two cups of colors and poured them across the canvas, rather than doing an upside-down pour. I love the large cells and bright colors.

Next, I tried an ocean-meets-beach pour:

🌊 #fluidart #fluidacrylic #fluidpainting

I like it okay. Next time I might not add any of the oil to the browns- so it's not as dynamic as the blue/white. I swiped through the blue and used a straw to blow some of the white at the surf back onto the blue.

With the leftover colors, I just put them all into a cup and poured over a small canvas:

#fluidart #fluidacrylic #fluidpainting

These "leftover" pours never disappoint, it seems. Not matter the color combo- it always looks interesting.

Oh, and one more planet:

Fluid Acrylic painting

These round ones are poured onto a wooden disks that are only 1/4 in thick. They kind of warp a bit as they dry. I have them all stacked up with a weight on top, trying to flatten them out. I would like to make them into clocks- but I will have to research more on clock mechanisms and frames.

The craft room is all tidied up and the paints and paintings have been put away:

Craft room

Because we need the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Thank goodness I'm taking Wednesday off to prepare- 17 people are coming. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGOG. It'll be fine. I'll just start drinking at noon. 


[knitting] Hats and Hats and Hats

I am so obsessed with hats right now.

It's so flipping cold out. I'm just going to stay under blankets, netflix and knit. The hat pile grows. #netflixandknit #knitting #hatknitting

In two weeks, I've made 7 hats and just started the 8th.

The first was the purple one at the bottom right of the photo. Pattern is The Elm Road Hat at Ravelry but it's just a twisted rib beanie. The yarn is a lux 50% cashmere / 50% yak blend (Lhasa by Debbie Bliss) gifted to me by my sister. The hat is so warm and so soft- already claimed and being worn by Dollar. 

Next was the dark blue variegated one in the top center. Pattern is The Glen Abbey Hat. Nice, a little long to make it slouchy. Yarn is Mountain Goat by Mount Colors, 55% mohair / 45% wool. It's a little itchy at the forehead if I'm being honest. But this is a great pattern for breaking up variegated yarn.

Then the brown one. Pattern is Graham at Ravelry. Basic broken rib. I like that it's knit on the wrong side and then turned inside out for a nice, nubbley purl texture on the outside. Knit a little long for slouch. Yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 50% alpaca / 50% wool. 

The blue cabled pattern at the bottom center is Father Cables. Knit the smallest, fitted size and it's still quite large. The yarn is Aslan Trends Invernal, 50% angora, 25% nylon, 25% wool. So soft- I don't work with angora enough. The yarn is whatever while you're working with it but after going around and around and around and pushing stitches along, you can see the angora start to bloom and make a nice halo several rows down. I particularly like this hat.

The natural colored ones to the left in the photo are from a pattern called Spicule- which is actually three hat patterns (and three little matching hat ornaments- so cute!). I'm doing all three. My plan is to do five natural-colored aran(ish) hats and then give them to Dollar's bandmates. And then they can wear them out to winter gigs. The yarn is mystery undyed wool from the stash (ripped from a big, off-white cabled sweater that someone started, never finished, gave to me and I've reclaimed the wool).

I've started the fourth aran hat (from a pattern I've made three times). Now to scour Ravelry for the last pattern... Then I miiiiiiiiiight take a break from hats.


[knitting] Seascape Scarf

I've had this Seascape scarf finished for quite a while but only got around to blocking it this past weekend.

Seascape stole

I think the pattern as written only has you do six repeats for a wrap-around-the-shoulders type stole. I made it much longer (ten repeats) for a scarf length.

I used less than three skeins of Louet Kid Mohair (discontinued- bought at Webs years ago, I think). Overall the scarf is light and fluffy and sun-shiny. I just had to be very very very careful at the start to get the pattern right- because ripping back mohair is never easy or fun. Once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.

☀️ #knitting #seascapestole

Murderface helps me pin out the blocking wires. His nails come in handy.

Murderface helps me block a knit scarf. #knitting #seascapestole

The scarf is getting mailed off today- sending it to a friend for her to give to her mom for the holidays. I think she'll just have to look it over for cat fur before she wraps it. Because there's going to be cat fur.


[misc] Murderface Monday

It was so flipping cold this weekend. Temps in the 20s with wind chill in the teens. UGH. Murderface shows me how to cope...

Find a spot in the sun:


Lay down on a blanket:


Relax and wait for someone to rub your belly and scratch your cheeks:

Murderface has the right idea.

It was a pretty productive weekend- baking, painting, knitting... all my favorite stuff. After moving along at a galloping pace knitting hats, I've slowed to a grinding trot. The last pattern from a trio of hats has a larger cabled motif that is a little slow to work across.

[misc] Santana Monday

Santana is so needy for attention on the weekends:

So needy on the weekends. 🐯

Had a good weekend- made even better with a extra hour on Sunday (I always forget). Got a lot of knitting done. Working on an angora cabled hat now (while we watch Stranger Things Season 2)- and then will move on to a series of five natural-colored aran watch caps (all different patterns) for Dollar's band members. The band is called WOOL, so it seems fitting ;)


[art] Misc. Fluid Acrylic Pours

Still waiting for some of the paintings I poured last week to finish drying. Here are a few random ones:




I can hopefully spend some time this weekend cleaning and varnishing some.

Still knitting along on a new hat. I need to take some more pictures of things this afternoon...


[knitting] Fall Palette

After knitting on the sunshine yellow mohair scarf for so long, when it came time to pull yarn from the stash for quick hats, I went darker...

After sunshine yellow, this is my color palette 🎨. One hat down, three more to go. #knitting

Already one hat is done and I'm well into the second. Super simple hats to work on while watching Mindhunters on Netflix.