My Latest WIP

My work life has been pretty interesting, and this week I am flying to San Antonio for a meeting. Then this weekend, I’ll be home for a day before going camping in Maine. Then, home for a day before going back to Texas for more work!

Busy schedule, but my goal is to knit at least for 5 minutes every day, so I’m working on a baby sweater.

The pattern is called Denme, and I picked it mostly because I couldn’t figure out quite how it’s made by reading the instructions. This brought back a kind of knitting magic for me, and when I surfaced from my nostalgia-induced fugue state I was significantly invested and now there’s no turning back.

What broke the magic spell was the fact that when you go to work the back, you just randomly add stitches so that the back of the cuff is 3 stitches longer than it was before. I refuse to tolerate this foolishness, and so my back collar is only 3 stitches long. 

Or maybe it’s not a mistake? When I was correcting this perceived error, I realized that my sweater is backwards. Even though the instructions say “left front” this is the right front, or maybe we are talking about the baby’s left? Either way, the photos of the pattern show 12 stitches for the front collar, and so the numbers still don’t add up. 

Then, what is this? I cast on the same number of stitches for the front and back, but the front is longer. I’m hoping that this is because of the provisional cast on, and that it will work itself out when I go back and knit the full front.
Overall, this has definitely taken me back to the early days of learning to knit, but not in a good way. What I imagined would be “magic” is more like a painful anxiety that what I’m doing is wrong and I won’t know until just after I’ve weaved in the ends, or (more likely) when the baby that this sweater is intended for has his picture up on Facebook, and it would be considered rude to ask his parents to send the sweater back so I can fix it.

Send words of advice, reassurance, or good restaurants in SanAn.

Oh, Sorry. Were You Working on That?

Sweater progress, and a cat

JT loves to sleep on things that I need. Like the shirt I’m going to wear to work, the book I’m reading, or… the chart I need to work on my sweater.

Bonus points if you can guess what I'm making!

My 2016 FOs

I knit more this year than last, but I still have a little bit of locker-room-esque shame when I compare my fancy FO collage to the ones on the other blogs I follow.

Anyway, here they are – and here I am, in MY TENTH YEAR of blogging. Ten whole years, guys. WHOA.

No NaNos for Me This Month!


This year, I’m not doing NaNoWrimo, NaNoKniMo, or any other monthly challenge… and I feel kind of guilty. I just have a lot of stuff on my plate. I want to finish my 16 in 2016 challenge, I’m working on a new secret design that I thought was SO AWESOME but now think it’s a little lame… I just don’t have a lot of knitting confidence right now, which translates to not a lot of self confidence.

I’m happy to watch from the sidelines while everyone else works hard, though! 😉

I DID print a copy of the novel that I finished last year. It’s languishing away, unedited and un-looked at by anyone. (Maybe it should stay that way?)

Stitch Along Wednesday – Week 14

I worked from home today because I’m getting a cold and want to rest up before my VACATION in Virginia Beach next week. I’m lucky that today was slow, and I got to sleep in, work on stuff that I normally don’t have the bandwidth to do when I’m in the office (with people coming through and interrupting me) and catch up on reports. (Ok, I don’t like to catch up on reports, but you really have to do it… so it’s nice to do it in pajama pants with my cat on my lap)
Anyway, it also meant I had daylight to photograph my WIPs in! So here I am, participating in Gracey’s Stitch Along Wednesday 🙂
My Hue Shift Afghan is coming along square by square. I work on it in the car on the way to and from work, when Dan drives. 
Dan’s Matchstick Socks are flying off my needles! I’m so happy with how this pattern is. I think I’ll be making these again 🙂
I’m having trouble picking my next project after I finish Dan’s socks. I have one that I really want to do (it’s a design, so I wouldn’t blog about it) but I’m wondering how to make it fit in my 16in2016 Challenge criteria…
Well, those are my knits. Join up your blog here!

Stitch Along Wednesday – 2016 Week 5

Oops, I skipped week 4 because I was just SO DONE with everything. I had really bad carb flu, and was just miserable. But now I feel great! Yay, Whole30!

Anyway, here are my updates:
1.) Most of my Bunny Mittens work has been technical – writing the notes down, adjusting the charts. I’m going to try and get some people to test knit it on the Ravelry forums when I think I have all my ducks in a row (and when I think that I have the second sample done!) I did make a cute little fork pom pom for it though!


2.) Another square on the blanket! I’m almost at the point where I’ve caught up all the work I had to tear back.

3.) My Marlene sock’s heel is turned and I’m decreasing the gusset. I’m really surprised that I can knit this while reading! Well, until my hands get tired and I just read.


4.) Yeah – I have a fourth project (kind of) – my next 16in2016 is going to be Purple Baby Hats!



I really liked making these last year, and my friend gave me some very fun purple hand dyed yarn, so I figured “easy come easy go” and that I should get some karma back by donating it to CLICK. I found out that you can send in hats any month of the year, so I can work on one at a time. (The improvised pattern I do is really easy, and takes about 2 hours to make a hat)

There’s my update! Make sure you check out the other updates here!

Stitch Along Wednesday – 2016 Week 3

3 Weeks into the Year! Whoa. Here’s the status of my projects.

1. I finished my first 16in2016 project! I’m going to post about it later this week.

2. My little design is coming along well… Bunny mittens! (In the same vein as Kitten Mittens, hehe)

3. Added a square to the blanket! If I knit a square a week, I will some day finish. That’s the level of project management on this baby right now. I just work on it when I can in the car.

4. My first sock is growing! Hoping to turn the heel this week.


I’m doing Whole30! Here’s how my first week went…

 My friend Alysia and I decided to convince our significant others and eachother to try the Whole30 challenge. It’s 30 days of clean eating – and it supposedly changes people’s lives. I figured I’d record my experience somewhere, and why not here?

Day 1: Let’s do this!
Breakfast: Breakfast stack with Japanese sweet potato, sauteed spinach, onions, homemade sausage, and an over easy egg.
Lunch: I messed up here. I went to make tuna salad, and looked at the label… and Bumblebee tuna has soy in it! So, I threw together a random bunch of stuff for a “salad.” Endive, Beet stems, tomatoes, shallots, avocado, sausage and Mitchell’s Fresh Salsa. I called it “failure salad.” It was actually really good.
Dinner: Slow cooker chicken Cacciatore with onions, mushrooms, and lots of crushed tomatoes.
Mood: Breakfast took FOREVER to make, and I was bummed about the tuna fiasco, but overall, things were good. I got home late, but I had a little snack of celery + cashew butter to hold me through.

Day 2: Did I drink a bottle of booze in my sleep last night?
Breakfast: Dan made an awesome breakfast bowl with zoodles, sausage, salsa, egg, and avocado.

Lunch: Raw vegetables, Cashew Butter, and tears.
Dinner: Coconut water, an apple chewed really slowly, tea, and more tears.
Mood: I spent the entire day nauseated. I loved the breakfast bowl, but about a half hour after eating the feeling came back. At lunch, I wasn’t hungry but I tried to to eat and managed to keep down some carrots, tomatoes, and sweet peppers. It was suggested that I try and eat some fat, so I slowly ate a spoonful of cashew butter while trying not to throw up. I failed, and vomited spectacularly around 2PM (about a half hour after the cashew butter went in). Felt a little better after, but went home and took it easy. I ate a thinly sliced apple and whined. The Whole30 forum has mixed reviews on what to do if you’re nauseated, but I decided to listen to my body and skip dinner. I was just going to throw it up, and it’s no sense wasting the food. Dan and I snapped at each other, because he didn’t know what to make for dinner that was compliant, and I tried to give him advice but just ended up sounding bratty. We made up though.

Day 3: This is not fun.
Breakfast: I cooked up some sausage, egg, and Japanese sweet potato. I felt so nauseated, I asked Dan to eat it, and he couldn’t either. We both felt like crap. I drank two mugs of bone broth and that was delicious.
Lunch: I didn’t want to pack a lunch, so I just put together an assortment of snacks, some bone broth, peppers, and vegetables. I ended up going to a meeting, and ate two oranges instead of the chocolate croissant that I desperately wanted to eat.
Dinner: Seared steak with baby kale, tomatoes, pepitas, and Tessimae’s balsamic dressing. It was awesome, but I felt a little sick after.
Mood: Snippy. Snappy. I wanted to snap at everyone. Dan felt worse. It was a another tough day.

Day 4: I think I can do this.
Breakfast: Sweet potato, Bacon, and scrambled eggs with salsa. I couldn’t eat it. I was just too nauseated.
Lunch: I went to Chipotle! It was very tasty.

Dinner: Taco salad with sweet peppers.
Mood: Still nauseated this morning, but it went away as I got up and walked around. I survived eating out, even though I felt pretty nauseated after. Before cooking dinner, I grabbed a coconut-covered date and munched on it. My appetite was instantly back. Instead of eating a ton of dates (I bought a whole box) I made dinner and ate it all. I’m excited that I tricked my body.

Day 5: Ok, goodnight.
Breakfast: Half a date and a Paleo frittata with leftover taco meat, onions, and tomatoes. The frittata recipe was so easy and good:

Lunch: Roasted Brussel sprouts with dijon dressing, bacon, walnuts, and cranberries. Adapted from this recipe here:

Dinner: Roast chicken dinner with garlic smashed potatoes, gravy, and roast vegetables.

Mood: I’m happy that I didn’t mess up any meal today, and they all tasted AWESOME. But, I’m tried. I slept after lunch for 3 hours, and stayed up until 11 because I just couldn’t get to sleep. I was happy that my roast chicken was mostly the same as before we went whole30 – I just subbed the butter with ghee and used arrowroot powder instead of flour in the gravy. Overall, a good day, but I’m glad that I didn’t have to go to work today because I just have ZERO energy.

Day 6: Kill all the things.
Breakfast: Paleo frittata with salad and bacon.

1st Lunch: Leftover brussel sprout salad with leftover roast chicken.
2nd Lunch: The other half of the first lunch that I couldn’t eat, with sweet potatoes.
Dinner: Kalua slow cooked pork from So Let’s Hang Out with asian veggie lover’s salad. Both turned out ok.


Mood: I want to throw stuff. I’m not hungry (again) and just plain grumpy. Everything sucked. Whole 30 sucked. Just… mindless grumpiness.

Day 7: I want to lie around and cuddle.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with marinara sauce, an orange, a cucumber.
Lunch: Tuna salad made with avacado instead of mayo because I can’t make paleo mayo 🙁

Dinner: Olives, prunes, compliant deli turkey, coconut, and sprouts.

Mood: I just want to stay in bed. Thankfully, I have MLK day off, but Dan doesn’t. I tried to use my time to do chores, laundry, etc, but I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I finally got some energy when Dan came home, and we went shopping and had a buffet of compliant snacks. It was like when I had non-whole30 bad days, and we’d just snack on crap for dinner – but healthy. Nothing was pretty enough to take a photo. It was just all really blah.

So, there’s my first week. It’s sucky. I’m not having a good time. But, it really ISN’T hard. I’m sure it’ll be easier once I get over my carb flu and my hormones balance out.

Stitch Along Wednesday – 2016 Week 2

I really like reading Gracey’s Stitch Along Wednesday, so I figured I’d link up! 🙂

Right now my three projects are:

1.) A new design for mittens! I’m really excited about it. I haven’t really started. But I have the plan!

2.) My color block blanket that I got into a bind in. I laid it out and did some frogging. It hurt. I wish I could say it was like lancing an abscess, and the hurt was fast. But it was more like peeling the bandage off a bad cut that should’ve gotten stitches, but instead you decided to wait until the clinic was open the next day and now you feel like a dummy. Not that I recently cut my thumb cooking or anything…


3.) My first 16in2016 project!


I decided to start the year off by knitting something for myself. I’ve had this knit.1 magazine since I first started blogging, because it had all these designers that I looked up to. Well, I went to ravelry page and… there’s errata?

But the website doesn’t mention any errata!

But the pattern page says there’s errata!? I’m so anxious. Am I doing something wrong? What do I do? The projects are not helpful in this regard. So, for now, I’m at an impasse. Will update as new information becomes available.