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Shawl Shenanigans

July 8th, 2018

The Bisirator did this. She grabbed the ball of yarn and set out to make a map, pulling the needles out of the shawl in the process.

There wasn’t enough yarn left to make a map — what we call her extensive art installations created by pulling the yarn in and out of furniture until she has a stunning network of lines of yarn.

My shawl has lots of errors, to tell the truth. Not just the ones Bisi brought about this morning, and not just a few in the early rounds. I have about half the length of the scarf completed. That’s not half the scarf, since it gets wider as it goes along, but that’s a lot of the scarf.

Should I rip it out? That’s what I have always done before with lace shawls. That’s why I’ve never finished one. Or, I suppose, the failure to start over after ripping them out is the reason.

I am determined this time.

I’ve been watching all the Craftsy lace shawl courses.

I’ve figured out how to read the charts… I think.

I understand how the triangle shape is formed.

I’m using stitch markers and lifelines and trying to catch and correct errors as I go along.

Perhaps Quixote will have to be my badly knitted shawl, after which I can knit the next one (or ten) well.

Wii Back

July 7th, 2018

Is Quixote developing a cinnamon bun vibe? Or is it just my projection of a craving?

I replaced my Wii console. I went for days without exercising, which is not okay. Rather than spend weeks working toward developing new exercise habits (which I probably should do anyway to step things up), I bought a used console.

As #1 daughter pointed out, I no longer have records. My new Wii console gave me a new Mii.

She looked like Kellyanne Conway. Obviously, I couldn’t have that. I made myself a new Mii, but it’s not the same. I had a pleasant, friendly Mii. I haven’t been able to recreate that. My new one is kind of homely.

I also had my family and pets at the Wii Plaza. Now it’s just me. And I exercised virtually not only with my family but also Barack Obama. No more.

Still, my new Mii has no history. She doesn’t have the graph showing how she used to be in the Obese area of the chart. The Wii claps and says she’s normal, and just wants her to lose 10 pounds and work on her balance.

A Few Weeks

July 6th, 2018

It’s been a wild few weeks. It zoomed by in a whirl of work, meetings, conference time, family time, and social events.

In amongst all that there have been some weekends and evenings spent in an intensive regimen of lolling on the sofa reading, knitting, and watching TV mysteries. There’s been some housekeeping, cooking, errands, and such, even a tiny little bit of exercise and self care, but mostly I’ve been madly working or intensely relaxing.

The Glorious Fourth

July 4th, 2018

#1 daughter and #1 son brought their kids and a dog over for lunch. We had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, cherries, and pie. We played board games and had some good conversations, and then I settled in to knit and watch Season 7 of Suits.

The Quixote Scarf. I put in stitch markers between the pattern repetitions, which I should have done in the first place. It’s going quite well now. I have decided to ignore the early errors. When I wear the shawl, my hair will cover them.

The neighbors are setting off firecrackers, so I will probably be up late reading. I took the day off apart from a couple of hours of work, though. There is still a huge amount of work waiting to be done, so I may regret it, but #1 daughter insisted. She’s probably right. I’ve already worked more than 22 hours this week and I have three more meetings coming up. A holiday is just what I needed.

Craquante Pour Notre Crevettes!

July 2nd, 2018

My package from La Droguerie arrived. It contains the makings of the Baby’s birthday gift, a dress and cache-coeur in Salade de Fruits colorway Peach Milkshake and Kaleido colorway Rose Coral.

It also contains fancy shoelaces and a bracelet kit.

The shipping is high, but the prices are not.

#1 daughter and I had a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy treatment today. I was hoping it would cure my cataract. No such luck. I didn’t have anything else to cure, but apparently my blood will be much friskier now.

Quixote Shawl

July 1st, 2018

This is the Quixote Shawl from Wanderlust. I’ve been wanting to make a triangular shawl for many years. I’ve started several, but I’ve given up. Now I’ve taken a couple of Craftsy lace shawl classes and figured out how to read the charts.

So I am undertaking the Quixote Shawl, not with size 10 needles and worsted weight yarn as written, but with size 4 needles and Alpaca Cloud laceweight in violet.

Complete Ketch #2

June 30th, 2018

This is Amy Herzong’s custom sweater Ketch, knitted up in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes sport weight, colorway Haze. It took 11 skeins, almost, and I knitted it on size 3 needles, with size 1 for the ribbing. I used vintage buttons from Etsy.

It’s a nice, traditional wooly sweater with a little bit oversized look. The collar isn’t really the way I want it. If I make it again, I will have to figure out the issue.

Next Knit?

June 28th, 2018

I have a dress for the baby on the needles, plus two sweaters and a shawl. I have another shawl in mind, too, and I’ve swatched for the Ginger Lace Cardigan from Vintage Modern Knits.

I know I want to do a lace cardigan with Venus Blue Prism. This one from No-Sew Knits also appeals to me, and I would definitely have enough yarn. I have quite a bit of Venus, but it’s hand-dyed, and to my eye it doesn’t all seem to match. I’ve gotten accustomed to ignoring the dye lot — and that’s a mistake in this case.

However, I think I have just enough time before Christmas present making season to make one thing for myself. I’ve been planning to make a lace shawl all year. Will I be disappointed if I don’t make that shawl?

I always enjoy the decision.

Ketch #2

June 27th, 2018

Here’s my second Ketch before blocking. It’s made of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Sport weight. It’s soft and wooly and fluffy. The collar and button band aren’t right, though. I might have to redo it, as I did for the first.

Here it is blocked. I think I’m going to like it.

Here are the vintage buttons I bought for this sweater. I think they may be too small. I don’t have lots of purple buttons, as you can imagine.

I have some rather showy iridescent ones with dragonflies. They seem like a better size, but they may just be too fancy for the project.

The Death of Wii

June 25th, 2018

My Wii Console has died. I have been doing my 30 minutes of stepping — 3,000+ steps — every day for years. I miss it. Should I replace it?


  • I own a lot of Wii games the kids can play.
  • I find it easy to start my day with those steps, even though I often do not get to other exercise plans.
  • Wii Fit tracks my weight and movement toward weight loss goals, as well as the number of steps.
  • It encourages me, even though it is a robot.
  • Replacing the console would cost about $50, which is not an unreasonable amount.


  • $50 is a week’s groceries or a haircut. It’s not an insignificant amount of money.
  • I own a treadmill, a biking desk, various exercise DVDs, and a subscription to Daily Burn. I could go on walks outdoors, too. It might be better to step up my workout instead of sticking with the 3,000 steps.
  • I will lose my Mii and all tracking hitherto. I will be starting over anyway. I could, #1 daughter says, get an Xbox instead and then I can play games and watch movies with my kids, tossing virtual popcorn at them and everything.

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