Friday, August 22, 2014

Motivation Wanted

I am lagging behind on my Camp Loopy Project #3. For some reason I have lost all of my motivation right here toward the end. I have to body and 1 sleeve done, 1 sleeve and the ribbed edging to do. My goal was to do the 2nd sleeve this week, but I haven't picked it up at all! I blame work. And the fact that I picked a project the requires a cable needed. I don't really enjoy cabeling. Love the look though and I think I am going to love this sweater. If I ever finish it.

So instead of finishing my Rocky Coast I cast on 2 new projects since we last spoke. I started and finished a project in a couple days. I did a Zuzu's Petals in Lorna's Laces Honor. Using one of Jimmy Beans Wool's limited edition colors Besties. I LOVE this yarn and I got a couple skeins back in February to make something for my Besties! Zuzu was the perfect pattern for this soft and yummy yarn. I've barely broken into the second skein and I've make a Measure in Love hat in this yarn too. I definatly will make another Zuzu for my other friend and perhaps another hat. These will be Christmas gifts. Sorry but I haven't blocked it yet so I don't have any pictures.

My second procrastaknitting project is a pair of socks for my oldest son. He picked out the Fluromania yarn himself and has been asking when I would make his socks. I am using the Family Socks pattern again in the Mens size. This kid has grown so much this summer. He is adult sized already but I don't think he's done growing yet. I have to wrap my head around making him man sized stuff now! I am loving working with this yarn. This is my first time using Regia and it seems like it is going to be very rugged. I kind of want to make myself some Fluromania socks in a different color, but I normally like softer socks. But it is going to be perfect for my kid/man. 

I blamed my procrastiknitting on work earlier. We have so much going on right now. In addition to just the normal stuff we have 2 extra curricular "voluntary" projects going on too. One of them finished up yesterday! Yay! And the 2nd is due next week. On top of that we had some higher ups visiting this week. My boss's boss's boss was in the office for several days this week. The first day I totally forgot and wore jeans. We are normally pretty casual but like to look spiffy when we have visitors. So I got to do some unexpected shopping Tuesday morning. I think I did pretty good for a break time run to Target!

Reading: I finished Fool Moon and The Quick this week. Both were good. I would like to go back and listen to them both a little more closely though. On our trip we started listening to Eldest in the car with my kids. I am finishing it up now.

 Fool Moon (the Dresden Files, #2)

 The Quick: A Novel

Eldest (Inheritance, #2)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Vacation

I've been out of pocket for a bit and this is why. We spent an amazing week in South Padre Island, TX with a stop off at Sea World in San Antonio. I have never enjoyed my kids so much. We are now beach people. It was perfect. We would get up and have breakfast, get to the beach about 10 and play around until about 1, have a late lunch then go back to our awesome rent house and nap until dinner! Then we'd watch movies together. It was my kind of vacation. I'm sure my husband would have rather been "doing something" but that just isn't restful for me. BUT the beach kept him busy enough I think. We may have found the perfect balance of doing and not doing to make everyone happy!

I got a couple things in the mail right before we left. They are both new to me dyers that I have been wanting to try for quite a while. First was Cannon Hand Dyes. I joined her Gone With the Wind club and this was the first shipment. It represents the red earth of Tara. It was a perfect start. I got mine in her Charlotte

 base which is 100% sw merino. Don't you just love her tag!!!
Then I finally got my hands on some KirbyWirby. This was a pre-order I caught for the #RBF (Google it!) colorway. It's more self striping sock yarn! 

I didn't get as much knitting done as I thought I would. As I alluded to earlier, I did A LOT of napping. But I did finish a couple things. I finished some child size socks in my rainbow Lollipop yarn. These will go to a birthday girl at the end of the month. I also finished another Sockhead for Fibernymph's Head to Toe KAL. July was head obviously. This one was out of The Cyborg's Craft Room in her Softwear base. Which was really yummy, you would think it was MCN but it's not. Just super soft. The colorway was Impromptu Dance Party!

My last finish was after the trip and I finished it on the very last day for Stash Dash. I'm # 269. I ended up with ALMOST 3k yards. Pretty good I think because most of my projects were completely new. I didn't finish any real WIPs. I just couldn't make myself work on those projects for some reason. But I did finish my second Carson shawl. It's not blocked yet so it will grow a lot. I really liked knitting it, even though it was for the second time. I did the extended border this time
 which I thought was really fun. It went much faster this time because I looked up how to do the twisted stitches without a cable needle.

Speaking of cable needles, I started my Camp Loopy Project #3! I'm doing a Rocky Coast Cardigan in MadTosh Vintage in Tart!! It was a splurge but I think it will be totally worth it. So far it is gorgeous! This is actually an old picture. I'm really almost done with the body. I think I am going to use this one a lot.
My reading wasn't very productive either on the trip but I did finish The Fiery Cross. It was sooo good! I've moved on from The Quick. I'll go back to it later, when I can think more. And I've started Fool Moon. The second in the Dresden Files series. It'll be fun and quick. Which is where my brain is these days. School is starting soon and I can feel the craziness coming!

The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2)

The Quick: A Novel