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.

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Year in Review, 2015

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I saw that you and I forever have been free
The light became too heavy, and we fell into a dream
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, ‘If I Were Free’

I’m sure a lot of you thought that this year was one of the faster ones. I mean, January was here, then we blinked and it’s already July. Another blink, and it’s the end of the year. I have this feeling that it will get worse next year, but hey, who knows.

Like last year, it got pretty cold after Christmas. Cold and grey and wet. Perfect winter weather. And just like last year, no Chinese food noms. At least there’s next year. *chuckles*

Last photo of 2015!

Tried doing a duplicate of the first year photo, and I succeeded, somewhat. A bit less jowly of cheek, shorter hair, more humbled than I was back then. Ye gods, if I knew what I knew back then, I’d try to do far more good than did. *grump* Ah well.

So, to review, this year…

I took photos of signs, moose, without shirt on.
Had tooth removed and body checked out
Frightened myself with anger, cried myself to sleep, laughed my ass off
Knitted enough to dress a platoon
Enjoyed new musics, food, and friends
Started a gym journal and found a new place to hang out
Got addicted to coffee and bara porn
Danced, both two-step and waltz
Wrote both tame and naughty stuff
Received new books, beds, artworks
Found just how much music I have in storage
And, of course, got another 364PhotoChallenge down. Most of it. I’m missing a bit under a hundred, which is pretty good, really. Anywho, some of my best ones:

20150219_112148 20151218_083844 Wiggin' My nephew Adrian 20150626_134501 King Moose!

ONWARD!

Reading and knitting

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My room is round when I lay down, when I wake up it's square
When I go outside it's on a spiral set of stairs
-Phish, "Round Room"

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I decided to recheck out one of my favorite novels: Berry's The Manual of Detection. Always a remarkable book, and worth the time spent reading.

I don't know, but I recently discovered that when I have a book in my possession, I tend to ignore it and to toss it aside (or lovingly place it in my shelves), only to find search for another book to read. I think it would be the reason why I have so many books, but haven't touched them in a while, years even, waiting for me to get them and to read them again.

Also, I'm getting hooked into lacy shawls again.

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A half-circle pi shawl, courtesy of Mwaa (Ravelry link, sorry). She made three full-circle and three half-circle shawls to commemorate Elizabeth Zimmerman's 100th birthday a few years ago. I'm making one as a farewell gift to my oldest sis, who is leaving the Valley sometime this month. So I'm hurrying to finish before she leaves. If she does, then I can mail it over to her.

No, this isn't an excuse not to do the Doctor Scarf. Nuh-uh. *shifty eyes*

Yay!

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Forgot about the old camera. Now I still have a camera! Yay? *shrugs* Need new batteries though.

Anywho, I got my first major package of last year.

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First off, the creator of this game, Kory Bing has a comic, by the name of Skin Deep, dealing with mythical creatures and the humans who are kinda ignorant of them. Anyway, in one of the strips, she made mention of these cards. With the help of Kickstarter, she has them now on sale.

Anywho, I was one of the backers of the drive, and this was my prize: a free deck of cards. I can easily play a game of solitaire with this, if only I knew how to do it.

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At last…

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Flower I

A photo of the campus landscape. Went for a walk today and snapped lots of photos. This was one of them.

Post-processed with Photoshop: Auto Levels, then tweaked the contrast with a Curve layer.

I honestly do not know what flower this is.