A bit of ridiculous

I have to say that I was pretty excited for this Monday Listicle prompt, “10 Ridiculous Things I saw Online” – perfect for looking back over Pinterest. It seems I have liked a lot of ridiculous things.  These made me giggle and snort and that’s not too bad of a way to start the week.

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I would not be surprised if my family thinks this is what I will be like when I’m older.

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I love this saying, but dude. Julia Child said it, not Julia Childs. And this is for sale on etsy.

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Cute idea for pool noodles supposedly. Who has time to make those cuts so flush and notches just right? Someone without kids.

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Oh heaven help the bald babies. Though I am tempted to see if I can do this, just to see.

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Yes, save the Tree Octopus!

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It’s possible my 5yr old would love these unicorn poop cookies.

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So tempting for my dachshund.

 

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Any Nail Art I’ve seen on pinterest.

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Giraffe sweaters.  (And pretty much any other animal in a sweater, though it is a fine line to ridiculously awesome!).

10. You said it Abe!

 

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FO Friday – Blanket

BlanketI have so many WIPs going on right now, my knitting bag / basket / project area is starting to overflow.  I started taking a look at what was in there to see if there was anything I could possibly move along.  I started a Reversible Crochet Baby Blanket earlier this spring intending to give it to a friends baby (who arrived last month) but in the end I’ll be keeping it. It just needed a few more rows and now it is 33″ long. Jackson took to it right away.

This was very much a stash busting project; I’ve used up most of three big skeins of Red Heart yarn, so that’s good. I also have a length of fleece that I want to attach to the back of the blanket. That will probably take me a while to get around to actually doing, so for now, this project is getting a toss in the wash and being marked as finished. I would make this again, but maybe next time only holding two yarns together. I am also considering maybe double crochet instead of single crochet too, as this blanket is quite dense and heavy.

I have marked a lot of fabric on etsy as “Favorites” for this sort of project – so tempting!

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A new shawl, new book, new socks

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Last week in my WIP Wednesday post, I had just downloaded a new book for the kindle. I haven’t even looked at that book once because on Thursday I got the notice from the library that Me Before You was in for me to pick up. I have had trouble putting it down, it’s fantastic. Project wise, I’ve been moving along on the socks for L. She has seen me work on them, but hasn’t asked about them and I haven’t said much about them to her either.  They are moving along quickly which is great! The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll and I keep finding myself thinking about how soft these are! I hope they hold up okay. I should be on to the foot tonight or tomorrow. I have started an Augusta Shawl as my third project for Camp Loopy. I’m using Manos del Uruguay Serena and it is heavenly. Here’s a shot of the project with the colors I will be using:

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Do you see that black thing holding the pattern on the left? It reminds me of when I was in elementary school. The daily attendance was marked off on a paper and then each classroom would hang it on the door for collection. My k-8 school had one long corridor (one door for each grade) and when I was in 8th grade I got to be the one to collect the attendance and bring it to the office.

There are also a few other secret projects that are in progress & finished, but I can’t share them yet.

Have you linked up?

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Impractical.

This was a tricky listicle to come up with, in my opinion.  Impractical things – huh. I know them when I see them.  And then I started to take a look around.

1. My Ravelry Queue. 36 pages, 1054 items.  You’ve heard of S.A.B.L.E (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) I think I may have a case of Q.I.B.L.E (Queued Items Beyond Life Expectancy), but it still won’t get you points in Words with Friends!

2. Me in heels. I was always one of the taller gals, used to standing in the back for photos. I never think of my height until I see a photo of me standing with my friends (they may or may not be in heels) and I am almost a whole head taller. Also, I have never been one who has been drawn to a pair of heels. Flats, sure (I pinned and then went out and bought polka-dot converse!), but heels? Meh. Although these caught my eye:

3. White clothing / sheets / towels / onesies. I may have an irrational feeling that white is just a magnet for something to be spilled on it.

4. Try to folding fitted sheets.  Also, why bother?

5. Picking up after the kids. Seriously, Nate’s most favorite thing to do is to dump out the box of people to play in the castle. Or food stuff for the kitchen.

6. Candy crush.  Stupid game.  Level 165 was seeming pretty impractical for about the last month or so.  Now level 167 is keeping me awake.

7. No coffee in the mornings.  Let’s just not. It’s not good for anyone.

8. Right now my Beekeeper Quilt feels pretty impractical.  I don’t think I’ve made any hexiflats since the summer Olympics (my Modular Relay project).  And yet, I’m still drawn to that sort of project.

9. Trying to buy kids shoes without them there. If you do, it just means another trip to the store to return and exchange.

10. Getting the dog to stop barking.  The windows are open as the humidity has finally gone away – so, you know, the rabbits are farting in his general direction.

I know this quote references the impossible not the impractical, but I couldn’t keep it out of my head when I was trying to write this post!

Linking up!

FO Friday: Stripe Study

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I am so very excited that I finished my Stripe Study shawl. The first mini-collage was right after I cast off. This was my second project as part of Camp Loopy with The Loopy Ewe. The pattern is so straight forward and perfect for tv-knitting, if you do that sort of thing. This was my first time to use Kauni and I would use it again.  This yarn, being 100% wool, is a bit more on the sheepy-rustic side. I did occasionally find small bits of vegetative matter in there and as the humidity picked up I felt like I noticed more of a sheepy smell.  After a bath in Eucalan (Wrapture), it smells less sheepy and is a bit softer. I absolutely adore the way the colors are so saturated and this gradient colorway. I would seek out Kauni again for other gradient projects. I really would love to get my hands on the rainbow colorway!

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The last few rows seemed to take forever, but this project does really move along and I think having a color-changing yarn helped keep my interest.  Now comes the challenge (for me) – how the heck do I wear this thing? As my husband said “It’s not symmetrical.” Yeah, I knew that when I started, but I’m realizing it makes it tricky to wear. It is cozy over the shoulders so I may just wrap myself up in it, or go bandit style.

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Jackson approved!