Sunday, May 5, 2024

Episode 181: Communal Cats

This episode will upload May 11, 2024

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Warm Thanks : 
Knit1Pug2: for reminding me that it was Carmen who gave us all those beautiful Crossbody granny square bags and also for letting me know that the arm strap is done in a crocheted seed stitch!
Carmen T. : for suggesting a fantastic class for cognitive fiber retreat 10 and for giving me the encouraging news that our beloved Orange County group will be coming back this year in full force!

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 10 (2024): ALL INFO IS RIGHT HERE! It's the info thread on Ravelry. 

We now know that our group knitting pattern and project is going probably to relate to making the lovely across-the -body-bags that Carmen makes. This gives everyone a chance to learn to make the ever-functional Granny Square to use up extra yarn in a fantastic and usable way. Stay tuned for details!

What's On My Hooks and Needles:


My leftovers: no yarn chicken or shortage of anything

Woobles again: the hook is unmarked, but measures as 4.0 mm, a G
Woobles (Felix) on Ravelry. Pattern has been withdrawn.
A few more things: 
Eventually, I did get instructions + video to learn magic circle and other crochet stitches with this kit.
Yarn is 80% cotton + 20% nylon
You DO LEARN more stitches in the intermediate kits.
ALL her tricks and a ton of fine videos are on her YouTube channel.
QC issues: rough hook on the Potter kit, missing pieces in a kit online. I haven’t seen this at all. 

In Progress:
Stash toss 2024 (23 in versus 35 out) 
Stash tossing…
5th CFR23 Sock Yarn Cowl: …6” out of 8”

Cleo Wide Brim Hat: Serious swatching!

Crochet block experiments:

Sewed (by machine) the zipper to the liner! Pinned liner into place, ready for hand sewing.

I also cut the template to make the liner for future bags.

Lakeside cardigan : sewed together two of the two long strips for the top of the back and down the arms. I added blocks to make each strip 10 blocks long. Then I sewed to long seams together.

Lydia’s pinks socks:  on second sock. On the foot.

Vestuary24: finished the back! Working up the front.

Unofficial Wednesday Crochet: pattern is on Ravelry and kit can be purchased from website of Chartwell Books
Purchase the kit HERE. (Greenlight Bookstore). Pattern is by Kati Gálusz.
Hook is an E, marked as 3.5 mm.
She now has a full body.

Dizzy Blondes: 

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

Strategy:  give yourself rewards. Often. Make a list. 

AW shoot!: cycling along at 35 mins/day on my bike/desk ("FitDesk") 360. About 4 miles per day.
miles since late November.

Fluffy Books: docudrama on Netflix about Alexander the Great
Re-reading the BH-C series

Something I Really Like: 
Scrub Daddy + holder!

Put a Lid on It: 
Soda stream update: of glass and plastics.

Mending pile
Weight loss and fasting: Down  19 pounds in 8 weeks. Off the plateau! Testing glucose and ketosis—REALLY good!

Project G: back on the rails again. But close to finished.
Project Cookbook: internet keto recipes to paper recipe cards continues

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie--doing fine. 

Greenfingers report: waiting for die-off

Community Resources:
Books I’ve UsedA Knit/Crochet Library on the Ravelry group for CogKnitive
My Favorite Resources to Buy: The entire list can be found right here.
Skills and techniques list : links


Yarnopoly and Second Saturday Stitchers—look them up on Facebook! meet-ups on the 2nd Saturday of each month (usually)
Sit and Stitch group: 9-noon, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Joanne Darcy Library in Canyon Country
SCV Free Craft exchange: Find them on Facebook.
CFR10—Courtyard by Marriott, Valencia on Sept 28, 2024. Information
Romjul: Dec 21--Jan 1, 2024-25

And Minerva gets the last word
Communal cats: Let he who drinks alone catch his own horse (B. Franklin)

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