Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcome to the new year!

I sincerely hope that 2016 brings everyone all that they desire.

It's a year to start off running here. I already have several things that are in the works, and I don't foresee it slowing down any time soon. :D

I am planning to take a test for school today and see what I need to work on for class. I also have several chores around the house that need to be done. Including getting a box taped up and put into the storage unit. (It's the box for my TV, and that is one of the few things that I ALWAYS keep the original box and packing material for. TVs move better when in their original box. It's designed for that.)

We have clear weather this weekend. Very clear, but cold. We are barely breaking into the 40s. And yet, no snow. It's a very nice thing about this region. We have very distinct seasons, but we don't have extremes of seasons. We do not tend to get super hot summers or super cold winters.

I finally finished the spiral ruffle scarf for the cow (long story, it's a toy cow, there's a reason.) Sadly, the scarf is about 3 or 4 times too long. I might try crocheting one, but I would need to buy another crochet hook. My current hooks go from itty bitty to medium. I have no small ones. I need a small one, of course.

Right now, the scarf will be included in the wardrobe for the cow as a ruffle wrap dress. It also fits my cat as a scarf.

See? Dress:

And yet a scarf!

Still, it's yet another item made for the cow. I am now at the point where I need a box for the clothes. I still need to find or make some more clothes, and some jewelry, but I need to be able to keep everything together.

Knitting continues. I finished a cowl using handspun yarn. I don't have a picture of that yet because it needs a bath and it needs to be blocked out so it doesn't feel like cardboard. Soft cardboard, but still. It needs to be stretched out to let the yarn relax. I have more handspun yarn that is finished and needs to be bathed as well.

You don't get to see all the colors in this picture, but I'll have another picture after it is dry. It's really pretty, there are so many colors! It's 2 strands of colors (blues, purples, fuschia, green) and 2 strands of shades of purple. It's soft, and squooshy, and I can't wait to see it finished. I have no idea what I am going to do with it. :D

Any ideas?

This is a lovely polwarth wool (soft wool, not quite as soft usually, as a merino, but really soft and springy) and mohair (goat wool, can be less soft, but is super shiny and drapey), and silk. I hope everyone knows silk, because I'd feel awfully silly having to write a basic description of worm spit. ;)

This picture is from before I ran it back through the wheel. I have a habit of under-plying my yarn, and it tends to be splitty when being knit if I leave it like that. It also doesn't hold up as well over time. So I run my yarn back through the wheel to tighten it up. I don't have pictures of that yet.

It's a post full of pictures today!

I really am working on bringing my blog more into my weekly habits. And I really want to use it to remind myself of things that I'm happy about. Because my job sucks ass. And I appear to be losing friends because I'm not always happy and chipper. Well, sorry, I did warn people that jobs like this make me angry and very unhappy ALL THE TIME. I try to keep that in check, and trust me, I do a very good job of hiding just how miserably angry I am most of the time. So if people are upset at me now, think about how much worse it would be.

Since I am having trouble even getting interviews for other positions (and no, before you roll your eyes, it's not because of my attitude. There is very little hiring going on at the end of the year. That's very typical.) Anyway, since a lot of positions that I have applied for are closed before they even do more than accept a handful of resumes, they aren't even hiring, they are just closing the positions. I am going to try to make a point of posting about at least one thing at home that makes me happier. Because I need that. It won't always happen, but I am trying to find those things.

And a new job because I really do miss my happier self.

And no, this isn't just in my own mind. There are quite a few coworkers who have commented on the fact that I am definitely singled out for worse treatment at work.

Back to happier. The sun is out, my gifts for immediate family are finally here and can be sent off, late. :)

I have handspun yarn to wash, and a finished cowl to wash and block. And I have a truly beautiful black shetland lamb's fleece blended with silk to play with!

I mentioned the fleece before, and I actually have pictures. The pictures do not show how deliciously soft the fleece is, not in any way. But it is so soft, some people haven't believed me that it is Shetland. :)

The shiny streaks are the silk, and this is 25% silk. I seriously thought about more silk, but decided it wouldn't really need it. For right now, I think I am going to take about 2 ounces from the bag, maybe a little more, and I am going to spin it up into a fine yarn. And then I think I am going to knit myself a soft, lacy cowl out of it. One that is sometimes called a smoke ring, because they are thin, airy, light, and generally see through. But this would be gorgeous. Soft, silky, and warm. However, it still needs to be a back burner project, since in my down time, I need to work on the baby blanket some more. :)

With that, I had better get hopping today! Chores to do!

Have a good weekend, and Happy New Year!

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