Tuesday, October 25, 2016


As I hinted at yesterday, it's time to knuckle down and get my craft priorities in order. As much as I want to knit lace tunics and cast on for new cardigans  I've got Corvin to knit for the looming November baby on the way, as well as a couple quilts to get together.

But most pressing are the Hallowe'en socks. In fact, I've got just five days to finish them!
Luckily, they are ankle socks, I'm almost ready to start the heel, and I have fairly small feet. The deadline is pressing, but I'm sure they will be done in time... even if I have to knit well past the witching hour!

Monday, October 24, 2016


As many of you know, it's rare when I knit a garment and don't make some sort of modification to it to make it fit better, or just a little more to my liking.

A few of you have complimented me on my skill in doing so. But I think it's only fair to share.... it doesn't always work out.
That is the first completed sleeve for the lace tunic (but it won't remain completed for long). I was modifying it to make it shorter (3/4 length) and more narrow than the pattern.

But I was so focused on getting the length right, that I didn't pay enough attention to the width. And it wasn't until I got it off the blocking board, that I realized it was going to be far too narrow in the upper arm.

So.... I've got to frog back to at least the first v-pattern above the lace border, and re-knit it all again. With some well-placed increases this time.

But.... it will have to wait for a few weeks at least.... but more on that tomorrow.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Freak du Chic

The other day, it was raining after work. That usually means the traffic going home will be bad (and it's rarely good on a sunny day...). Before I left the office,  I took a look at the traffic maps, and sure enough, it was a catastrophe.

Fortunately, there's a decent discount mall not too far from work, so I figured it would be a good place to wander for a few hours while I waited for traffic to ease.

While I did go with a bit of a mission to find a pair of cheap white ballet flats (which I did... along with a grey pair and a pink pair.... hey... they were 3/$10), I wasn't really planning on spending much money.

But I'd wandering into Winners to see if they had any  jeans Dave would like. They didn't so I moseyed a little further into the store towards the shoe department. On the way there, I passed the toy department, and something jumped out at me...
I've been keeping my eyes out for an inexpensive Frankie Stein doll for my collection. I almost bought one a few weeks back, but her outfit was a little on the dull side.

This Frankie is anything but - she's absolutely magical!
Frankie is the daughter of the Frankenstein monster of course, an had the neck bolts to prove it!
Of all my monsters, she's probably got one of the sweetest faces - and I love the mismatched eyes!
I love the Bride of Frankenstein inspired hair
And of course..... those boots!
I'm gonna need another shelf soon!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Going My Way....

.... is still going

It's my travel project, and for the longest time, I'd been forgetting to take it when  I went anywhere.

But after I got Maeve finished, I did a proper accounting and organization of the WIPs. Everything got put in it's project bag. And  GMW's bag is handy for me to grab on the way out the door.

As a result, she's gotten a few rows added on her over the last week or two - mostly over lunch at work. But every row counts.

I'm still quite a ways from being done. I plan to knit this one until the yarn runs out. And there's still a lot of yarn left.

But those stitches add up!

Just keep knitting, just keep knitting, just keep knitting....

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016


As mentioned in a previous post, part of my garden chores was to get the indoor plants back into the house before the frost hit.

This really wouldn't be a big issue, except we are short on indoor space with enough light.... and I might have doubled the amount of house plants we had this year. Dave made more than enough snarky comments about the "jungle" last year... I was really worried about how the main floor was going to look after I got everything inside.

Luckily, I was able to sneak my plant stand in the space between the fish tank and Grandma's table.
And as you can see... Rocky is front and centre. His rose bush didn't do well, do I got him a nice Philodendron instead.
I think it suits his personality.

And look....
Mom was right about putting the Christmas Cactus outside to get it to bloom!
The Cronton appears to have enjoyed it's time outside too. I didn't know they bloomed! It's found a home on the floor in the kitchen beside the snake plant.

I recently got moved to an office with a window at work, so I took the few remaining orchids I had there....
... which left room on Grandma's table for the Stephanotis, Corn Plant, and a few clippings I have rooting.

The Passion Flower didn't bloom this summer

But it grew enough that I had to re-pot it. I reused the pot and trellis from the pear tomato I bought this summer. It should be able to live there for a good while before it outgrows it.

The big worry was the Hibiscus. You haven't seen much of it, because over the winter, it got a horrible white fly infestation.  I almost lost it, but it spent all summer recuperating and despite not blooming yet, it's doing really well.

However, over the summer, Sam's Mom gave me a 60-year old Jade tree. It spent the summer occupying the Hibiscus' winter spot at the back door. Both trees need the sun, and we're severly limited on spaces big enough with enough sun.
Thankfully I was able to squeeze them in together!

And Dave has barely made a peep about it all..... yet!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Little lacy bits

With Maeve off the needles, I decided to behave and focus on my WIPs instead of casting on something new.

Hallowe'en is inching closer, so I've got to get the second costume sock done. Over the weekend, I was able to whip through the cuff pretty quick.
Once it was done, I had to let it block out for a day or two before continuing on. So I turned my attention to the Lace Tunic.
Isn't this a blast from the past? This is the lace tunic I started back in January. I got the front an back finished, but as the weather started to get hot, I set it aside. I'm knitting it to wear with my leggings and boots, so there just wasn't enough drive to work on it. All that's left is the sleeves, so if I keep at it, it won't take me too long to get this one finished.

There's also the boot toppers
Though admittedly, this project isn't as pressing as it was. I tried on the boots again, so I was able to get the zippers done up all the way. It's great, because it means I've lost a little bit of weight, but it means the toppers can be move to the back-burner while I finish up more pressing projects.