Mostly Teal

I am so very happy it is Friday. This week has been a bit much to bear and there has been a lot of stress, I’ll be posting about some of it soon as I’m finding a new cause to support but still finding the right words as it involves kids, and sick kids just make my heart hurt. In a nutshell, my father is dealing with a broken wrist (surgery is done, casting next week), my grandmother took a spill, and my niece has a rather long road in front of her dealing with a newly diagnosed health issue.

My FO’s this week are simply a few new hexipuffs, a random green one that was half finished and three teals that I dug out of my stash of minis.  Perfect for Tealtember. I really enjoyed getting a bit of hexipuff mojo back. Each one still takes me 45minutes to an hour, so they aren’t particularly quick, but they are satisfying. On the top (left to right): Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Peacock, Spud & Chloe Fine in Anemone, bottom: Wollmeise 80/20 Twin Fritzi Frizzante (perfect teal IMO) and random one. Have a good weekend and I hope you get to work with yarn you love!

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Teal and Violet

Here’s hoping this is the day when things turn around. The new school and work routines are still in progress. My WIPs are somewhat under control (after I wind up a lot more yarn today), and I’ve been finishing things too! First up is a project for my niece. I saw the pattern for these baby bloomers in early August and as I knew there was a new baby girl on the way, I just had to make them! When I picked the yarn, I did not know that she would be named Violet – I just really liked the color. I did one row of the hearts and the end result is very sweet. Though they are meant for a 3 month old, I think they might be more of a 3-6 month size. If I were to do them again (which I might) I would use a stretchier bind-off at each leg opening, so there would be a bit more give for chubby baby legs (or layers with tights). My other FO this week is in support of “Tealtember” to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. I bought a skein of Malabrigo Rasta in the Spring for Malabrigo March, but never started the project. When I pulled out my teal yarns, I spotted the Rasta already caked up and ready to go. I used Liat Gat’s free pattern for Super Bulky Toe Up Socks to make a very warm pair of slipper socks. I did not divide the cake before I started, so I did play a bit of yarn chicken and my result is that one sock is slightly shorter than the other. I’m fine with that, and when they are worn this winter it won’t bother me. These are super warm and worked up super quick. I started the first one Friday afternoon waiting for the bus to come home and that night, after watching a few video podcasts, I had a sock!

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It’s Time for Teal-tember

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month! There are so many ways to get involved and help spread the word.

Maybe you have heard about Teal Toes? The idea is to get in one more pedicure before the weather turns and by having an unusual color like teal, when people comment on it, it is an easy way to start a discussion about OC. Long have I loved blue-green colors, and I’m finding that teal is really my favorite color (even if it wasn’t the color of this fabulous cause). It can range from blue-blue-green to green-blue-green, it can be mermaid-ish, or peacock-ish – but when it’s good, you know it when you see it. I tend to favor the bluer teals, more jewel-toned than shimmery. My usual go-to polish was OPI Ski Teal We Drop, but when I went for a pedicure on Saturday, I couldn’t find it! Instead I chose Essie Go Overboard, which I really am pleased with.

I’m also happy to see so many in the fiber community get involved as well. Last year I bought a special StitchedbyJessalu bag as part of a fundraiser, I also bought “Fade Out Ovarian Cancer” handdyed / handspun (since I don’t spin) from Stitches’n’Rows. This year, I have pre-ordered a skein of Tealtember Journey Sock Yarn Ovarian Cancer Awareness from unwindyarncompany. The High Fiber Diet podcast is behind Tealtember. Check it out on Ravelry too – there is an “everything a-long” with prizes if you: donate to http://www.ovariancancer.org/ & post that you did; Paint your nails (toes or fingers) Teal and post a photo; Talk to someone about teal toes or ovarian cancer and post about it; Crochet, knit, spin, sew or weave something teal and post a finished picture.

Teal toes (Essie go overboard) & my teal yarn, ready for #tealtember #ovariancancerawareness #tealtoesI pulled out my stash of teal yarns this morning and took a photo of my toes! Now what to make? I would really like to finish that sock’s mate (CookieA’s cusp from when I test knit it, in Alchemy Juniper) and I have Malabrigo Rasta already caked (probably for the project I intended to do during Malabrigo March). That’s probably a good start, considering the state of my WIPs.

Please take a moment or two and check out ovariancancer.org to educate yourself! Unfortunately, there is no test at this point in time, so awareness and education are key.