Thursday, January 12, 2023

Episode 112: January moods

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Warm Thanks :

Everyone who did some Romjul crafting along with me! Thread on Ravelry.

Covid:  I’m FINALLY better!

Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card 😷!

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:


My Romjul 22 sweater.

Another example of why knitters should also crochet.

In Progress:  

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. Seaming onward!

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.

Hat plans

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—not yet


Interpersonal Strategies: Deferred. Holiday Strategy: Re-entry

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: 

The Cook of Castomar on Netflix: gender, power, race, and class...Wow!

The Empress—nah.

Put a Lid on It:
Tea tastings: gemmatastestea on IG continue. But I keep losing access to the account.
Tea fails: Harney & Sons chocolate and chocolate chai

Hot Artichoke Dip (can be keto)
1 can artichoke hearts
1 cup keto mayo
1 cup grated Parmesan

I used avocado oil mayo, marinated ‘choke hearts, and TJ’s exceptional cheddar

Preheat oven to 350F. (177C) Chop chokes into bowl. Add other ingredients. Spread thinly in 9”x13” baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy with just about anything dipped in it, hot.


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

Pupdate--  Captain has surgery this week. 

Hubsdate: getting better on meds.


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

And Minerva gets the last word: the resting time for self-care.

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