mistakes were made

Some of you may be wondering what happened to the lovely blazer whose sleeves I was lengthening. Well let me tell you, nothing but DISAPPOINTMENT and LIES.

I ripped out the hem and lining of one sleeve. While I was turning the piece around to reach the other sleeve, I noticed that the lining was only tacked down in a few places at the bottom. “I can just pull the sleeve inside out! That will make this whole thing so much easier,” I thought, and congratulated myself on my brilliance.

Behind the cut is a photo of what greeted me in the lining of the jacket. It is behind a cut because it is full of what Google has led me to believe are spider eggs, and I don’t want that to ruin anybody’s day. (Too late, say the spider eggs. We already ruined yours! Mwahahahaha!)

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The only thing I have to say about the shutdown is that I hope it goes as well as it did in The West Wing (season 5, episode 8).

However, I’m having a lot of shutdown feels and need to distract myself, so allow me to ramble about various things for a while.

1. I finished one sleeve for Kittiwake, and the second is coming along. In addition, I’m knitting up a pattern sample that feels like it’s been going on forever (hasn’t though, and I promise the actual knitting is not tedious at all, I’m just twitchy and have been working on it for a long. ass. time.). Because of this, I knit up a quick Mini Mochi Fair Isle hat modified for worsted weight yarn.

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The poorly-lit webcam picture exists to satisfy the masses positively peeing their pants for a peek at the hat + my new flat, and totally not because I’m an airhead who spent the last few hours of daylight distracted by World of Warcraft.

2. I am officially declaring my intent to grow out my hair (again). I’ve been on the long/short rollercoaster quite a few times, and have come to the conclusion that long hair just feels more like me. I’m not used to much of anything feeling or not feeling like “me”, but since it’s only hair, I will pamper the feelings. Flowing locks, here I come! 

3. I had underestimated how exhausting the 15 minute walk (one-way) to the laundromat would be (even though laundromat time is delightful knitting time), and am investigating purchasing a breathing hand washer from Lehman’s. More research/talk/reviews forthcoming.

4. I have been seized with an urgent need to make every single Pioneer Woman recipe, right now. Please send assistance.

5. Fallen London is still a bit of an obsession. I am now “A Person of Some Importance”, it is very exciting to have it finally acknowledged.

Frosted Glass

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I can feel winter coming. Already, I’m wearing my typical Western Washington winter outfit of galoshes and wool, and there have been a few nights just shy of leaving frost on the ground and windows. In anticipation of cooler weather, knit your very own lacy frosted windowpanes in scarf or wrap form. “Frosted Glass” can be purchased here, or here on Ravelry.

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Flops

Total flop

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This was going to be Francis Revisited, but my gauge didn’t work out at all, I don’t have the needles I need, and even after recalculating the raglan increases it still would have barely fit a poodle. Since I wanted a simple, cozy sweater, I have revisited my plans and am knitting Kittiwake instead. 

Sort of flop: 

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These are Chevalier Mittens. The left mitt is noticeably larger than the right, as I knit one on dpns and the other using magic loop. Both fit my hands well enough, and I love them to bits even though I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet. 

Not flop at all

Last week I unexpectedly moved to a much larger flat, complete with a gas stove & oven (prior flat had 2 electric burners and a toaster oven)! The move went smoothly, and I baked bread for the first time in over three years. Image

It was delicious. 

shower curtain to tab-back curtains

I fell in love with shower curtains. I’m trying very hard to move into the flat across the hall, but there’s electrical work that just can’t seem to get done, so I’m stuck doing things like falling madly in love with shower curtains, and turning them into something presentable for the new place. 

Step 1: Buy yourself some cloth shower curtains to cover your windows. Like so. 

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Step 2: Examine the back of your curtain. There will likely be a wide band at the top, with evenly spaced slits for hanging. (If not, mark a band 3-4″ wide, and mark “slits” approximately 6″ apart.) Use the following formula to determine how much ribbon you will need to make tabs for one curtain. 

Magic formula of pixies and fairy dust: number of slits per curtain x (the width of the top band+2)

 

 

 

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Step 3: Purchase 3/4″ ribbon of the length you need (plus 10% to be safe) in a similar fiber as your curtain. This ribbon will be the tabs, so be careful to use a matching ribbon if you don’t want it to show on the public side. 

 

 

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Step 4: Cut the ribbon into pieces 2 inches longer than the top band. Cut the ribbon on the bias to prevent it from fraying. 

 

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Step 5: Finger press the edges of a ribbon strip down, lining up the ribbon over the pre-existing slits. 

 

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Step 6: Flip the ribbon over, and (using a matching thread in at least the bobbin) stitch both ends to your curtain with the world’s tiniest seam allowance, the top band will likely have a seam you can use as a guide. Repeat until you have tabs along the top of your curtain, spaced approximately 6″ apart. 

 

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Step 7: Trim the stray threads off your curtains. Hang your curtains and admire them! 

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The slits are slightly visible, if you wanted to cover them up you could stitch a ribbon along the top. 

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The bottom of these curtains is what I fell in love with. Seriously, none of the proper curtains were this pretty, and shower curtains will fit my new windows better. 

 

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Process

This is one of those slightly un-fun posts, so I won’t hold it against you if you just keep scrolling. Really.

I’ve been quite quiet recently, posting only photos and important announcements. I’m trying to process a lot of stuff that I don’t think belongs here. A recent death in the family, trying to decide if I should stay in school, a lovely but stressful visit to my extended family, my girlfriend’s unstable job situation (understatement), and trying to sort out whether we want to move… All of those things have been taking up so much of my time and energy, this blog doesn’t even register as a priority most days, because I’ve been in nonstop crisis-mode for at least three months.

I hope that some of my other priorities will be slowly dealt with over the course of the summer, so that I can post more if I so choose. Have a good summer in the meantime.

a few quick things

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This is the sample of a pattern I hope to publish soonish. 

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This is Fireweeds in Spud & Chloë fine, which I’ve been working on for the last couple of busy days. 

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This was my snack this afternoon. God bless pre-packaged rice krispies treats. Image

 

This is the yarn I bought today. 3 skeins of Colinette Jitterbug, a skein of Imperial Yarn Tracie. All lovely. 

Not pictured includes my hellish day of travel to Arkansas earlier this week, and the ridiculous amounts of busy I have been in between. 

Good night.