Bad Dalek Mitts

•May 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Last night I finished the Bad Robot mitts. Here they are, drying:

Like I said before, it’s all my handspun. I’ve been trying to figure out why one seems bigger than the other. I measured them against each other, and they appear to be the same size – except when I lay them next to each other. Maybe when they’re finished drying it’ll even out. Maybe.

I also thought I’d try changing the order of finishing ops to see if it makes a difference. Blocking first this time, then weaving in the ends. It’s a little more nerve-wracking than I thought, but that may work itself out too.

Today is Memorial Day in the US, and my dad’s birthday. Before the Monday Holiday Law here in the US, Memorial Day was always my dad’s birthday, a fact that I vaguely remember. He lives a pretty good distance from us, so a phone call and a card will have to do until we see him again sometime this summer. Baby Goth and her twin cousins all go to high school this fall (how the hell did that happen?), so we’d like to see everybody again. If all goes well with a new thing I’ve got going – and there are enough ifs that I don’t want to talk about it yet – I won’t be able to go anywhere until after December. So I’d like to go see them soon.

Happy Memorial Day – that always seems odd to say, there’s nothing really happy about it. Remember those who gave their lives for our country.

High Schooler

•May 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday was Baby Goth’s last day as a middle school-er. Apparently it was a weird day; there was a half day consisting of a)signing yearbooks and b)queuing up for the snow-cone truck. As usual on a last day of the week/year, I waited in the car outside. Obligatory Knitting Info: I worked on the second of the Bad Robot mitts I started last weekend. That and some podcasts kept me normal.

It was weird watching the kids wandering around, going from the truck outside back into the school. Many of them were doing that for the last time. Some of the kids I’ve known since Baby Goth was in kindergarten. They’re “big kids” now, almost unrecognizable when you see them from a distance. Up close, they are the same as they were (for the most part). Not quite adults, far less adults than they think they are. But not children either.

As my mom’s always said, teenagers are weird.

Finally Baby Goth got to the car, along with her friends/our neighbors. The chatter was non-stop: summer, with songs from High School Musical and Frozen accompanying them; signing yearbooks/what people wrote; what are we doing this afternoon. It was good.

I’ve been thinking for the past couple of days – well, I think about it almost every day, but a lot more now – about how fleeting time can be. In 4 years Baby Goth will be an “adult”, far later than she’d like to, and she’ll be able to live on her own. I can’t stop seeing the kindergartner who couldn’t bear to see me leave when I dropped her off from school. She may always be in there, underneath everything else. I guess it’s good that I’ve got 4 years to figure out how I can let her go.

Music to Spin By: Cocteau Twins

•May 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I should start out by mentioning how much I love Cocteau Twins. And their other iterations: This Mortal Coil and the album The Moon and the Melodies, a collaboration between the Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd. That album also happens to be just the thing for a restless baby/toddler when it’s naptime. Ah, memories.

The band was made up of Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde. They began in the 1980s and recorded their last work together in 1998, after having recorded 9 albums as the Cocteau Twins. A good introduction, in my mind at least, would be Lullabies to Violane, a collection of singles and B-sides which also has a couple of Christmas songs as well.

They are known for their dreamy sound, which got more dreamy and sweet-sounding with every album, and their nearly indecipherable lyrics. They’re also good to listen to during a plying session or spinning fine singles. Some of my favorites are:

For some reason, “Carolyn’s Fingers” makes me think of summer.

A great song from “Treasure”.

Last but definitely not least, a little something from This Mortal Coil. A cover of a Tim Buckley song, it’s one of the best covers of anything ever. You could make an argument for something else, but you would be wrong.

Happy weekend.

It’s FO Day

•May 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Or something. Yes indeed, I’ve got a finished thing to show off. The Dalek Shawl, she is done! Finally! And blocked.

I’m okay with it. The shawl is all handspun and the border is hand dyed. Next time, I’m not making a shawl unless I have at least 4 oz of fiber on hand and dyed. Nope. Preferably 8; I have a hard time with underestimating the amount of yarn I have/will need for any given project. It’s a talent of mine.

In hindsight, I’m glad that I ripped and redid so many times. The yarn held up remarkably well, stood up to blocking even after ripping out 5 or 6 times. The BFL is considerably “crunchier” than the alpaca, but even washing before blocking softened it up a bit. I’m happy enough with it to wear it to A’s band concert tonight. But we’ll see.

There’s another skein of Churro done too; 74 yards/2.5 oz of very dark gray.
Once it was washed and set, it shrunk down to 66 yds. But still not bad. I’ve got more fleece to go through, so I might have enough.

Other than that, not a lot else going on. I got Geek Knits from the library this week. I think I might try one of the mitt patterns first. Baby Goth is in marching band this year, and gloves will not work with a saxophone. It’s a sad, sad thing, especially when marching in cold and snow, but the gloves she’ll need will have to be fingerless. Since we’re both Whovians, possibly the Dalek ones.

Another Friday the 13th, Another Post

•May 13, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hello. Once again, it’s Friday the 13th. I’ve written before about how my outlook on Friday the 13th changed for the better. It could be the power of suggestion, or something more. But there it is.

I’m “celebrating” today by finishing up another bobbin of Churro, as I think my depression has lifted enough to get moving. Also finish the Dalek shawl, or at least finish up the last of the yarn. I’ve been posting pictures up on Instagram, but I’ll post something once the shawl is finally blocking. Honestly, I’m happy I tore that damn thing up 6 times (at least), because the lace lines up beautifully. There’s another idea for a TARDIS shawl that I have going, but it’ll be easier once I find a job.

I like Friday the 13th. Days aren’t inherently good or bad until they’re over, I think. On the other hand, if you have a chance to break a superstition, well, I’d take it if I were you. Which I’m not, but it’s never bad to go for it anyway.

Music to Spin By: Mothers Day

•May 8, 2016 • Comments Off on Music to Spin By: Mothers Day

Not writing about Mothers’ Day again; I did that already somewhere else. Nope. Instead, here are a couple of my favorites. Even though I’m an adoptive mom, I celebrate. Or rather, my family celebrates for me.

First, some Death in June:

Some Leadbelly:

And for my mom – the Weavers, one of her favorite bands. Yes, my mom and dad were/are folkies.

Happy Mothers Day, whatever kind of mother you are.

The Snow is Over!!!!!

•May 3, 2016 • Comments Off on The Snow is Over!!!!!

For the first time in over a week, we have no snow. No snow outside. I am so, so happy. Snow is nice, but it’s May dammit, and snow time is over. Time for summer. It would be spring, but spring usually doesn’t happen here for longer than two days. Anyway.

It’s the day before Star Wars Day. Please don’t make me say it out loud – we all know it by now. I’m going to try to talk everybody else into buying Star Wars:TFA this weekend. Money’s kind of hard to come by at the moment, but we’ll see. Maybe some amigurumi of Finn and Rey.

I’m still working on the Dalek shawl. I had to dye more yarn and it turned out…a little differently than the first skeins. Yes, my mantra is “I think I have enough to finish”. So the bottom of the Daleks and the edges of the shawl are noticeably darker than the rest of the shawl. Sadly, I have no more fucks to give. It’ll probably be okay; I just don’t want to take it apart one more damn time. I’ll take a picture when it’s done and run it by the Girl’s Gang before I decide to post it.

Also, I have an idea for a spindle case. It’s a really specific thing, that would probably only interest a few people besides me (if any). I found, a long time ago, a pattern online for a coffin purse. I’ve made one out of cardboard for myself and really like it a lot. There needs to be some modifications – not built out of a cardboard beer-can case, for openers, and with some dedicated space for roving that won’t wind up stuck firmly to the spindle end in transport. But it’s just an idea.

School is almost over for Baby Goth. We’re going to have a high school freshman (freshperson?) in the house in less than a month. Where the hell did all those days go? She is somewhat better with endings than she used to be, but I’m not looking forward to this. Several of her favorite teachers are leaving; three are going to different districts, one is teaching only at the high school, and one is retiring. The one who’s retiring is a favorite of all of us. We’re sad to see her go, but she deserves some time off. It’s been a thrill to have somebody working with kids who enjoys what she does and sparks that in her students. I only hope Baby Goth will be as lucky next year to have even one teacher like that.


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