MOTHBALLIN’ MONDAY: Last Hurrah

So there I was, traipsing through Porter Square without a care in the world.  I had just taken part in a clinical study, which left me with $50 burning a hole in my pocket.  I was thinking of using it for some practical purpose, like paying my phone bill.

And then I walked past Mind’s Eye Yarns and noticed a sign in the window: “Anniversary Sale”.  I hadn’t bought yarn for myself in months, and even though I was planning to Cold Sheep my way through the summer months, the lure of a sale proved too tempting.  Half an hour later and :cough: $60 lighter, I left Mind’s eye with a bag full of…

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…a sweater’s worth of Malabrigo Worsted in Azul Profundo.  I haven’t made up my mind, but I’m thinking of making Matilda Jane with this.  My one concern with Matilda Jane is that, because of the corset detail and the neckline, I might have a hard time styling that sweater.  The yarn’s TARDIS-like color makes me think I should knit something worthy of one of the Doctor’s companions.  Any suggestions?

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…one skein of Holiday Yarns sock in light pink.  I just got my 45s out of layaway, and I want to make a pair of Spatterdashes to go along with them.

 

…and, finally, the free gift I got with purchase.  The store was giving away a skein of Noro for every $25 purchased, which meant I came away with two skeins of the much-loved yarn.  I opted for a solid blue-based pink.  I’m thinking of making something by Caitlin ffrench from this yarn.  She does a beautiful job with lace in unusual textures, and something about this just makes me think of her.

What was the last skein of yarn you bought?

Do you buy for projects, or do you get the yarn first? 

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[Real] Thursday Blogging: New Year’s Resolutions

In case you missed the previous post (or my Twitter, for that matter), today is my birthday.  I turned 101, or at least that’s how I feel.

Since my birthday comes in the middle of the year, I like to make my new year’s resolutions now.  I’m not going to post any of the “important” ones, in part because I don’t particularly want to leave my finance and job issues hanging out for everyone to see, and in part because I don’t want to give “thatkyliechick69” the satisfaction of knowing anything about my health goals.  (Ah, trolls.)

Anyway.  Some of my goals and plans for the following year include:

  • Finding a new job that starts once my contract at the Lab ends.  (Boston area, social media/marketing with a side of admin, nonprofit or academic preferred)
  • Night journaling
  • Getting more proficient at tap dance.  I’m doing well in class and have been practicing for 10 minutes a day, but I’d like to keep growing.
  • Cold Sheep at least for the summer months
  • Work towards the goal of recording a punk covers EP: figure out the skills I need to learn; transcribe the songs and learn the strums; record myself practicing
  • Put together a capsule wardrobe and do Project 333 (probably in the fall, when the weather and my life circumstances will have hopefully stabilized)
  • Blog 3-5 times a week
  • Work on making this blog look a little better
  • 52 in 52.

That last one might be confusing, so bear with me.  I want to get better at playing the ukulele, which requires practice and playing before an audience.  I’d like to learn 52 new songs and record myself playing them.  My goal is to get some footage of myself playing on my laptop and post it on YouTube every Thursday.

I posted my first two songs today.  Here’s my version of “I’ll Fly Away”, which holds the honor of being the first song I learned to play and sing on the ukulele that isn’t a Christmas song.

I’m hoping this won’t become an all-ukulele-all-the-time blog, but learning to play has been one of the great highlights of the past year.  My next song, a cover of September 67’s “Hazel Motes”, should be going up a week from today, I hope.

Cold Sheep WIP Smackdown, 5/24-27

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on two projects.  Miss Holloway, the sweater dress, is my home WIP that I knit while I’m watching Doctor Who, and the Sangria Shrug is what I knit when I’m on the bus and subway.  ImageThis weekend, I decided to try and polish off this particular WIP, since I’m pretty close to completing it.  Sadly, I ran out of yarn before I got to the collar and bottom band.  Provided the extra two skeins arrive next week (like they’re supposed to, grumble grumble), this should be bound off and ready to wear by next weekend.  I hope I hope I hope. 

 

My Sangria Shrug is knit from Katie Canavan’s Julep Jacket.  I’m working with six skeins of Classic Elite Verde Woodlands in Red Grape that had been marinating in my stash for almost a year.  I knit this in a 40″ size (so I could wear it over blouses).  Modifications: shorter length; crochet cast-on for the hem (and will be knitting that in a smaller needle size).  

 

The Julep Jacket was the pattern that inspired me to subscribe to the summer Holla Knits collection.  I worked with this particular yarn because I love Woodland and wanted something I could throw on when the office was chilly.  This burgundy color pops up a lot in my wardrobe and I thought it would play nicely with others.  A few days after I cast on, I found this photo:

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…which is an interesting coincidence.  Carla will be playing Boston in July…would it be awkward if we showed up wearing the same shrug?