So where are we again?

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I was all set for enjoying Spring when I realized, “Shit. When did I update the blog?”

Truth be told there is precious little to talk about. The days go by with the swiftness of time. Nothing but the soft hiss of sand through the hourglass.

No, I tell a lie.

A little thing I am making with sport weight acrylic. Yeah, I know. Whoever heard of sport weight acrylic? Certainly not me. But there’s that thing of pure fascination. And this is certainly fascinating.

The yarn is Lion Brand: Mandala. Colorway is ‘Pheonix’. Right now, I’m just knitting, hoping that something will work out in the end. Or not. Who knows.

It is better than the hourglass, eh?

Letting it out

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Now Listening: Atmosphere – We Ain’t Gonna Die Today
Mood: Exhausted

So, last we met, we have started the Marley, and I might have used up all of the time between the last entry and this making it. Might. *cough*

Finished Marley!

Name: Marley by Tin Can Knits
Needles: US11
Yarn: I cannot believe I had so much scrap wool yarn to make this. Er…various stuff, all wool.

Adding color!

I had to scour the yarn bins to look for more yarn. And I found lots of them. Most of them worsted, of course, but I found lots of sport, fingering, and lace. After this stripe of dark green, I decided to make a rainbow, and I sorted out colors.

So much color...

I forgot that I had several skeins of discontinued KnitPicks lace and fingering yarns, so they went in. Some leftover sock yarn. Lots of scrap from other projects.

Sailor Moon!

Watched a lot of Sailor Moon SuperS while knitting it. Also took it wherever I went, where I got lots of compliments on it.

It's so big...!

I casted off yesterday, and spent about ten minutes or so weaving in all of the ends that I couldn’t on route of knitting, then I tossed it into the washer.

Yes, you read that right, I tossed it into the washer. I filled the washer halfway and put in about a half-travel bottle of baby wash, then I gently placed the blanket into the bath. Closed the lid and let it agitate for ten seconds, then opened it for three or so minutes. Did that twice more before letting it soak for ten minutes, drained the water out. Repeated for the rinse, making sure the water did not hit the blanket while it was filling.

Sadly enough, I did not have enough foam square tiles for blocking, so I improvised: placing a few unused garbage bags on the floor, making an appropriate rectangle around them, and pinning the blanket’s lace border on the tiles, making sure not to stretch too badly. But it worked!

[imagine there’s a photo of the living room floor with the described here]

So yes, it turned into a really nice thing. Squishy and drapey. Oh, and it grew! It was 33x52in. before blocking and expanded to a generous 33x57in. Really nice and warm. Perfect for the summer nights when the AC dips to a frigid 75F. Yes I know it isn’t really. Hush.

Letting it in

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I have no idea what is going on to this tablet. Everything is just so wonky with it, crashes all over, and its just crazy. I think I might have to do a reset to see how it goes. *sigh*

How’s you guys? I am cursing the fact that I had to trip ove a shoe last night and thus spraining my right thigh and knee. Nothing major but dammit, the mere presence of it has me skipping the gym. And I was so wanting to do today’s workout…

At least I’m enjoying the knitting.

Marley

Funny back story: Getting bored with crochet, i was looking through the wonderful blog of Tin Can Knits, and they were talking about blankets. Namely, the largest, bulkiest blanket I have seen so far. I mean, look at that post and tell me that is one of the coolest things you have seen. I’ll give you time to read through the post.

Done? Good! Carrying on!

The blanket got me inspired. I looked through my stash and found lots of stash yarn that I know I am not going to use. Things like seven skeins of natural wool. Or thirteen balls of scrap. You get the idea.

So I cast on. And it is growing huge.

The pattern comes in four sizes, each one based on yarn weight. I chose the Bulky option, for which I am holding various worsted and lesser weights double (or triple). Right now it is giving me this squishy fabric that drapes rather nicely and will probably do more when blocked. Yes, I do understand the complcations that might occur when it is time for such a thing. We will do something unadvisable and ignore those complications until we are done. Or until the yarn runs out. Hm.

Impromptu Poetry

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So, while I’m on Facebook, I occasionally see posts from a local poet by the name of Edward Vidaurre. He’s a very neat guy; I’ve seen him recite his works in person. Anyway, these posts are prompts. He gives five words and tells us to write a poem with them. I’ve been meaning to post them on the writing blog, but I think I can do better if I put them here.

In the darkest of yesteryears,
mermaids drifted through the seas
speaking in heavenly dialects,
luring sailors to their dooms.

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Raindrops in my heart
Tears falling all around me
Sorrow is the sea

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The smell of watercress
renewed dissolving memories
of me and you, walking barefoot
through the thorny garden.
Tears falling, reliving such glad moments.

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I strolled the urban cupolas
Enmeshed with the rails.
The threnodies of trains
Leaving me numb
As they passed
Above me, the sunlight strobing.

What the hell did I miss?

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Now Listening: B.B. King – Worry, Worry (Live at the Regal)
Mood: Short and beefy

No literally, what the heck. I blink and it’s mid-March. A few days until Spring Break. A few more days until the annual trip to the Island. The hell!

At least I’m not the only one here in this realitorical realm of the world with that mindset. I’m more focused on Instagram than on here that I am seeing Dust Kittens™ gathering all over the place. And don’t get me started on Twitter. Gosh.

At least I am here. I need to play catch up later on. If I don’t forget.

Ramblings of night

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Now Listening: Yo La Tengo: I Feel Like Going Home
Mood: *shrug*

So in a moment of insanity, I blocked Twitter and Facebook from the laptop. I can still get them on the tablet, but seeing that Facebook crashes it and it takes five minutes for Twitter to update tweets, I don’t think I will be on either any time soon.

Why did I do it? No idea. Just felt like getting away from it all.

At least I still have Tumblr. Hm.

Penelope is getting so BIG it isn’t funny. I really need to get her shots so I can get her out more often. She and I are tired of having her leashed up and unable to explore. She’s needing exercise also; she’s getting a bit too chubby. It could be the food, though. *sigh* I’ve been through so many to see what could work with her, and I found only one to work with – Alpo. Oddly, she can’t get enough of the brand.

I’ve been thinking of making a set of nested crochet bowls for my sister as a random gift. Little bowls for knickknacks and other things that might be used in a craft room. I think I have enough bulky yarn for it…

So a while back I got a gift certificate from the Bath&Body Works from my Moose Cousin in Chicago, and a couple of weeks ago, I finally got some.

Yummy scented lotions

It is official: I am in love with the Sparkling Limoncello scent. I smell so citrusy and spritely. [Gosh I sound so gay!] Right now, I am having the stress relief lotion on, like I do mostly every night. I feel relaxed when wearing it. So there’s another thing I’m falling in love with. 😄