- 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.
- Quilt Along! It begins!
- Time Frame: March 2018 – September 2018 – 6 months
- Quilt size: smallest side 3 ft/36”/92 cm
- Quilt top pattern: Half Square Triangles – The entire quilt does not have to be half square triangles, but half square triangles should be a feature. I created a Pinterest board with some cool ideas.
- Quilting: No rules about the actual quilting! Long arm, machine, by hand, or tie quilting is all welcome.
- Link HERE to Jaclyn/Brooklyn Knitfolk’s quilt along tutorials
- Temporary Boss – I had about a week and a half of no energy to do crafty stuff after work because my supervisor was on vacation and, despite the fact that I am not in the Team Lead position, they make me play backup for when she’s out. I don’t mind it for a few days, but there’s always stuff that builds up in stress and intensity as people try to pile things on before she gets back.
- The Wadsworth Atheneum – Gabby, her friend Margaret, and I skipped over to the Wadsworth Atheneum (4/15/18) to check out Gorey’s World – an Edward Gorey exhibit – before it left Hartford. We joined a tour of some other artwork when we got there, missed the beginning so I don’t know the theme, but we saw and discussed 3 pieces of art – 1 sculpture and 2 paintings. We then took a wander through the Cabinet of Art and Curiosity, which is a really neat room to poke around in. Then we went upstairs to the Gorey’s World exhibit, which was really cool. There were pieces of his artwork, some animation of his playing on a screen, art that Gorey collected, and these really cool posed fur coats that Gorey owned that were suspended at the start and end of the exhibit.
- CT Sheep and Wool – This is a brilliant little show. There aren’t many booths, but every booth is quality. I didn’t buy any yarn, but I did collect a couple of business cards to investigate later.
- Twist of Fate Spinnery – A local CT mill. I was interested in some of their yarns, but I need to finish some sweaters before making a purchase from them. I also may inquire if I can buy coned yarn from them instead of skeins, which would be brilliant for the knitting machine.
- Prado de Lana Sheep Farm – Definitely interested in buying a sweater’s quantity from this farm, but that will be an investment. They’re a farm in Vermont and their booth was really well set up. They had cubbies and each cubby was labeled with information about the single sheep that the yarn came from. The yarn in each cubby came from a single sheep, which is brilliant if you’re aiming to buy something like a sweater quantity.
- Flatland Alpacas – I think they had more than one booth, but the only purchase I made was from their indigo dyed shibori booth. I bought a set of napkins, but everything in that booth was stunning.
- International Tabletop Day – Went to a tabletop party with friends and played board games.
- Codenames – team game, getting your partner to guess the right cards on the board with word association
- Joking Hazard – NSFW card game from Cyanide and Happiness, players take turns being the judge, complete a 3 panel comic with cards from your hand
- Red Flag – card game, players take turns as a single person and all the other players have to create a date for the single person with good cards from their hand and sabotage the player next to them with red flag cards
- Wits and Wagers – trivia game, a question is asked with a numerical answer, each player writes down a guess and then players bet on which guess is closest to the actual answer
- Scrap yarn pillow covers – Plain weave on the 10” cricket rigid heddle loom with a 12 dent reed – fingering weight yarns.
- Two rectangular panels sewn together, the seam pressed open, and stitched down. Traced a circle from the pillow form on each panel and then out of backing fabric – blue dyed plaid.
- I was going to put a zipper in the pillow cover so that it could be removed, but that didn’t work out, so the pillow covers are sewn shut.
- Had to unstuff the pillow forms a bit. I’m pretty sure I overstuffed them for a previous project. I used the extra stuffing and two square panels of the blue plaid fabric to create a third pillow.
- Winter Wall quilt from The Weekend Quilter- pieced with scrap clothing fabric and quilting cotton, border is an old fitted sheet from my old bed, back is two pieces of the black destash cotton seamed up the middle, quilt sandwich basted with both spray baste and pins, tied with 3 strands of embroidery floss, flanged binding with the black cotton and some of the blue fabric I dyed
- Tramontane Sweater by Amy Herzog – handspun and Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool – Silver Reed LK 150 – Finished the second sleeve, seamed the shoulder seams, neckband is done, just need to seam the arms and body
- Last Son of Krypton scarf – 12 dent heddle, warped with fingering weight yarns with vertical stripes, weft is handspun that I called The Last Son of Krypton. Plain weave.
- Multi Swatch – hung hem, alternating tuck stitch pattern, tuck rib, slip stitch pattern on one side for possible roll control (which is not great), slip stitch patterns, knit on border every other row, knit on border every row
- Knit Weave Swatch
- Swatching for next sweater – 3 swatches – Lion Brand Scarfie
- KR 850e ribber assembly for my Brother KH 836e knitting machine – there are two pretty important pieces missing, but I contacted the seller and they found replacements and are sending them to me
Stuff I’m Playing:
- Daymare Town series – point and click game (kind of escape the town?) and the game is completely done in line drawings. I bought the whole collection for $14.00, which is eight games. They’re pretty brilliantly creepy.
Stuff I’m Watching:
- Pacific Rim Uprising – awesome
- Avengers: Infinity Wars – shocking, don’t think I’ll know how I feel about the results until a few more movies into the Marvel universe
- Season 2 of Jessica Jones on Netflix
Stuff I’m Listening To:
- Heir to the Empire (Book 1 of the Thrawn Trilogy) by Timothy Zahn narr by Marc Thompson
- The White Vault – Explore the far reaches of the world’s horrors in the audio drama podcast The White Vault. Follow the collected records of a repair team sent to Outpost Fristed in the vast white wastes of the Arctic Circle and unravel what lies waiting in the ice below.
Stuff I’m Reading:
- The Red Past by Toruviel
- Hanging below the Cloud City, in shock and pain, abandoned by friends dead and alive alike, Luke Skywalker knew better than to ask for help for the third time. He begged for understanding instead.The Force heard.
- It’s a very compelling fic. This is Luke at his most hurt and angry thrust into the days of the Republic at the height of its corruption and hypocrisy before the war. Anakin’s a young teenager at this time and they haven’t had much interaction yet, but Outer Rim farmer turned Rebel!Luke spends a lot of time criticizing the Jedi Order and the Jedi Council in particular for their lack of compassion and their willingness to turn a blind eye to suffering on the whim of the Senate.
- Identity series by madame_alexandra
- A distress signal reaches Coruscant after the Empire’s demise, claiming to be the beacon of Bail Organa. what would the reappearance of Leia’s adoptive father mean for her life in a post ROTJ context. What would he think of Han Solo, and what could he tell her about the dark shadow of her heritage?
- AU where a ship from Alderaan is trapped in a weird space-time field caused by Alderaan’s destruction, which included Bail Organa, Winter Celchu (Leia’s sister), and one of Leia’s aunts. Leia’s just coming to terms with what her life might mean now that a Republic is forming after the Empire and suddenly she has to come to terms with this influx of Alderaanian survivors and deal with several familial relationships that she was in the process of grieving.
- Just a warning, the last fic in this series mainly centers around a pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage. It’s not necessary to read that fic, if that’s something that you avoid in fiction.
- Dominoes by meridianpony
- “So. We died.” Hevy’s voice is flat.
“Yes, we died,” Fives confirms. Even though his hands are steady on Echo’s shoulders, his voice trembles. “We all… remember?”
Everyone nods. Droidbait shudders, and shuffles closer to Cutup.
“How is that possible?” he mutters. “We’re not Jedi. We can’t… see the kriffing future, or whatever it was. We can’t—it’s just not possible. How could we all have had the same dream?”Domino squad wakes up to find themselves back on Kamino, hours from taking their final test… except they remember passing the final test, and they each remember dying afterwards.
- This is brilliant and I’m really looking forward to more. I mean, Star Wars time travel is my jam, but this particular squad going back in time is really fascinating, since three of them died very early on in their deployment.
- “So. We died.” Hevy’s voice is flat.
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