WIP Wednesday

I’ve never done a “works-in-progress Wednesday,” but here we go!

I’ve got a few simple projects on the burner, as well as one doozie of a sucker of a sweater.

The Rikke Hat

I’ve done a few of these already – one for my  mom and another for my BFF. Right now I’m working on one for myself and another human (not going to say for whom at this point) in these beautiful Madelinetosh colors:

Green! For me!
Blue! For someone else!

Impromptu Chunky Green Guy

On Saturday I decided to use up some Knit Picks green stuff I have and make a chunky-ass hat. (Not a chunky ass-hat.) I finished it Sunday, and it’s absolutely HUGE on my noggin. That one might be going up on Etsy. I’ll post the finished photos later. Also, check out the badass huge pom-pom I made for it. The colors are off because one picture was taken inside, at night, and the other outside, in the daytime.

A chunky beginning
Look at this thing!
Look at this thing!

Tara Jacket

Finally, I’ve got this here crazy guy. I’ve finished knitting the body, as you can see below (please excuse the Instagram photo), and I’ve started working on the sleeves. If I’m going to keep up with this Knitting Daily knit-along, I better get clickin’!

I love you, I hate you, Tara Jacket. You are a beautiful beast.

So, those are the projects I’m currently working on. Green hats are a new favorite, and I’m attempting to make a collection of them this year. All different yarns, all different greens, all different designs. I’m hoping to do one a month. Wish me luck!



Sick Day Update

Hello world. It’s been a while. I think the last time we spoke I was showing off my newly finished sweater (that I have yet to actually wear for more than 15 minutes).  I want you to know I haven’t forgotten to write a blog about my trip to Cuba, that is in working draft mode, and I still haven’t gotten my film developed. I would really love to include the pictures in the post because they help tell the story. Here’s one from my phone to tide you over:

I'm not going to tell you the story behind this yet. You just have to ponder it until I finish writing that post. Suckas.
I’m not going to tell you the story behind this yet. You just have to ponder it until I finish writing that post. Suckas.

In any case, I have done other things besides going to Cuba since November. Important things: Joey and I have started bowling fairly frequently. That reminds me to look up some tips online for how to bowl better. Oh good, the first result is an angelfire-hosted site. Thank god.

I’ve been listening to NPR out the wazoo, to and from work every day. Sometimes when I get sick of hearing about Obama’s “opinion” that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, I’ll flip over to the CSU student station. They play some pretty good stuff most of the time. I usually don’t recognize any of it.

Joey got a job. He’s working at a cabinetry place 50-60 hours a week. Crazy dude. I like hearing about the process and what he does at work all day, and when he says “polyurethane” (btw I spelled that correctly on the first try). He’s pretty great. I think Girlfriend Tha Dawg is lonelier (duh) being home alone all day. She does pretty well, though.

Speaking of Girlfriend Tha Dawg, she has worms. Grossout warning! The worms are totally in her poopy. Fortunately our new next door neighbor was a vet science student and is willing to examine dog stool and might be able to get us a prescription. Bomp. Despite the worms, Girlfriend is still a lovely and happy derg.

There's that pretty dog.
There’s that pretty dog.

I’ve been listening to the latest Backstreet Boys album A LOT lately. Here’s the thing, you guys, before Kevin left BSB their sound was pretty consistent in terms of style. Then he left and they made two or three really awful albums that were trying to be like all the music on popular radio that I can’t stand, and it sounded totally fake. BUT Kevin came back and this last album they put out in 2013 just sounds like them again and it makes me so happy. They’re corny and ridiculous and their songs really aren’t that good, but I love them anyway and I’m listening to this album right now (“In a World Like This” check it out if you dare). So there’s that.

Ah I love them. I dreamed last night that I Kevin and I did karaoke together. Boom.

Many books have been making their way into my life, but somehow I haven’t finished a single one since the new year. I do believe I should spend a large portion of my sick day today making some headway in “A Passage to India.” It’s a good read, though I admit sometimes I don’t know wtf they are talking about. I’ve also got a book about Kurt Vonnegut and another about the Dresden bombing. And to top it off with some fluff I’ve got a book about yarn! I’m trying to re-up on my yarn knowledge, for both work and just becoming a better knitter/fiber gal. The yarn book is by Clara Parkes, who wrote The Yarn Whisperer, which I read at the end of 2013. I wrote about it here, check it out!

I was knitting a lot before we left for Cuba, and since we got back I’ve mostly been knitting for work and so am a little burned out on it. I’m hoping to start the sleeves of another sweater I’m currently knitting. I need to finish up that sucker! Other than that I have an idea for a knitted collection in the works. I’m not gonna reveal what it is now! I’ve got some Etsy re-vamping to do and what-not, so I need to make a plan of action for that. More on that later.

I auditioned for the Larimer County Chorale. It went ok – I won’t hear about whether or not I’m in until Wednesday. I’m not too worried, because if I don’t make it, I won’t have to spend $110 on membership fees or moneys on a dress. So, win/win. I tried out and that’s the important thing. If I do make it, I think it will be a lot of fun.

I can’t really think of anything else right now, except that I missed Justin Timberlake at the Pepsi Center in Denver this past week. Bummer. Oh well, that would have cost me a couple of Benjamins. Just gotta let it go sometimes.

Here’s something for you before I go. It’s a photo from my first Fort Collins Friendsgiving. It was so warm on Thanksgiving that we ate outside. ‘Twas lovely.

For those who don't know: from left to right we've got Sarah (Awesome), Doug (IngerTall), Jerry Lutz, And Marlon Brando(n).
For those who don’t know: from left to right we’ve got Sarah (Awesome), Doug (IngerTall), Jerry Lutz, And Marlon Brando(n). They are lovely humans.

With that I will say to you, peace out, Girl Scouts. I hope this was fulfilling for you. It sure was for me. Love y’all like sisters.


#PFDINP (post from December I never published)

The autumn season is upon us, and winter is creeping up quite soon. It’s cold as eff out here already, though, with snow, ice, and temperatures lingering around the zero mark. I hate to admit that my physical activity has dwindled since it’s so cold out, even though I had a two week (*FREE*) membership to the Fort Collins Club (it’s a swanky gym, don’t worry about it). It’s almost debilitating to be outside, and that means that Girlfriend “The Dawg” Baker hasn’t gotten a lot of walks either. One key to surviving the Colorado cold is to knit massive scarves, though I don’t think this would work for the dog. Another tip is to just pretend like it’s not cold out. This tactic doesn’t last very long, because if it’s not cold out, why are you sporting the massive scarf and hippo mittens? Anyway, the point is that you JUST DEAL.

We’re super lucky to have the amenities that we do. I’m not just talking about Joey and I when I say “we” – I’m talking about us all. There are a fair amount of homeless people in Fort Collins, noticeably more than I’ve ever been adjusted to seeing around me everyday. I don’t even know what they do when it’s this frigid outside. Is there some shelter they can stay in? Do they just find the “warmest” spot around and nestle in for the night? I don’t even know, and I realize I’m super privileged and ignorant because of that fact alone – I don’t know. Last week our pipes froze, and it took the (very) few hours that we didn’t have running water to feel thankful that 99% of the time, we have it without even thinking about it or having to work for it. We have heat in our home that is adjustable to our liking. We have resources that make it possible for us to not have to brave the elements as they come at us. We simply go inside. 

Since weather is one of the most common conversation topics – it’s something we all share – we often have conversations with friends, family, and co-workers about how unfairly cold it is outside. But we get respite from the cruelty of the winter. We complain about the cold while we are inside, in heated buildings that have power and water and INTERNET (Oh really, it’s cold outside? How would you know when you’ve been inside, in your jammies, watching Miley Cyrus music videos all day? [This is obviously what I believe Americans do on a daily basis]). Our basic needs, most of our secondary needs, and certainly many of our wants, are met and we’re talking about how COLD it is outside. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had this kind of conversation with anyone who can’t go inside, at least not for as long as they might like.

This is my Etsy shop profile bio that I made before I graduated college:

I am a soon-to-be college graduate of Anthropology, but have discovered my love of functional art. I have been a knitter for over six years. I just recently took a ceramics class at my university and found the process to be exhilarating and therapeutic. I am very excited to continue to make pottery in order to hone my skill and challenge myself. After I graduate college, I would like to move to Colorado and work for the National Park Service for a bit, and then find a job in a yarn shop in a town where there are local opportunities to continue to make pottery. Eventually I would like to own a yarn/coffee shop, and recently have added to my list of hopes to own or be a part of a pottery studio.
I attend Kansas State University, and I live with my boyfriend, my brother, and my wonderful black lab Girlfriend.
I try to maintain genuineness and sincerity in my everyday life.