Thursday, January 5, 2023

Episode 111: Raise Some Heck


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Warm Thanks :

Everyone who did some Romjul crafting along with me! Thread on Ravelry.
DCAlaneKnits working on her bear- if that’s not the spirit of this KAL award
Twinset Ellen and her awesome blanket - the terrific use of skills and leftovers award
Gigi Knitmore and her Cocoknits sweater- the High Good Taste Award
Chrisaah and her Alpenglow sweater…and her gorgeous cardis- extra points for more projects award!
KarenRS75–awesome award for posting her tracking of how she went with all the rules. And thank you for donating against sex trafficking. Most adherence to rules and spirit award
Jasmin Knitmore—the making art out of scraps award
Cutiefulchristina—the excellent donation award as well as the drGemma can’t locate your post prize
Tinyshinythings- the Neckwarmers in the Face of the Odds Award
Sustainablelivin—the hearty effort prize for donating to great causes
ChrisH—Overall Moral Support award for noting that I was actually caught photobombing Minerva.

Covid: I haven’t got it! AND I’m FINALLY better!

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Get your kids their shots!

Thanks to DCAlaneKnits for advising me that you can order another 4 free Covid tests.

What's On My Hooks and Needles:



In Progress:  

Romjul plans: glorious blues, KAL—report your plans, progress, etc here or on our Ravelry group, please!

Romjul KAL: The Rules:

  1. start your sweater any time before Dec 25.
  2. Donate some old woolens to a shelter or donate wearables made from your leftover yarns.
  3. Make any sweater you like from your leftovers.
  4. Drink good tea and eat good food
  5. Finish your sweater early in the New Year.
  6. Spend time with friends.
  7. Use any pattern you like, even if something other than a sweater and other than knitted.
  8. Deck your Halls.
  9. Give $5 minimum to the homeless.
  10. Fa-la-la-la. La La la la LAH!
Ripping out the Twinface brick and letting go of failure. Thanks for the help, Jasmin Knitmore, via texts!

Lanesplitter Skirt- I’ve turned the first corner and I’m on the straight-away--32 inches along!

Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward! Seaming experiment — 5 bottom rows are seamed, joined, and ends are woven in.

19 x 19 blocks! Romjul planning to seam.
18(19) squares=361 squares. And extras

Arranged, photographed, and clipped.

Wrapped in Tiny Chains crocheted cardigan- back is done. Use measurements, not gauge. On to the second front panel! Stalled for ASL class

Lady Eleanor Shawl-- The Next Big Thing. Progress in middle of skein 7/11. 32” long so far.

My Favorite Resources:

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day
Unboxing the new Nano


Interpersonal Strategies: Deferred. Holiday strategies: start your savings plan for next year's fun.

Help Ukraine from President Obama
More ways to help from Lovecraft
Fluffy Books:

A Brazen Curiosity  by Lynne Messina—the Beatrice Hyde-Clare series 

Something I Really Like: 

Keto pumpkin spice earthquake cake

Put a Lid on It:
Tea tastings: gemmatastestea on IG continue. But I keep losing access to the account.


ASL:   Readying myself for 102 in February. 5 words a day

Pupdate--  Captain has surgery this week; Queenie in the kitchen

Hubsdate: getting better


Grand Canyon: June 5-9, 2023
Sunnybank: August 17-21, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: raising heck

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