Not A Podcast: Episode 12

Interruptions! O A O What does a lady have to do to get 25 minutes of uninterrupted time around here?! *ahem*

Show notes, let me show you them.

FOs:
♥ None this week

WIPs:
♥ 20 Penguin Puffs–only to 9 at this point and already pretty sick of making them.  Will move onto the face patches and figuring out how to decorate them. (And hope I do not have to make more.  Oy.)

♥ Gnomies Can Never Be Broken Socks–Not going to finish them before the 30 November deadline, but I did manage to knit up one full sock and about 25% of the second at this point.  I’m hoping to be to at least the heel by Friday.

♥ “Teal Love”–My Goodale is starting to pick up steam because I want to knock it out in the next 1-2 weeks.  I need to think of a better name for this sweater.

Next On Deck
♥  Fully Lined Winter Coat.  WHOAH.  I’ve lost my mind, and I’ll likely disappear due to this one.  Wish me luck!

Stash Flash:
♥ None today.  Next week is not looking so good.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

I’ve been meaning to overhaul the look of this blog for awhile now, and I’ve finally been playing around with my blog layout and header image today, kittens. I know chevrons are really trendy and overdone at the moment…but darn if I do not love the look of them. Thanks to this nifty Photoshop tutorial, I was able to make my own this morning. I’m not 100% sold on how I did my new header…a graphic designer I am not. I was going for something more simple but still crafty. I love interesting fonts, but sometimes they are too hard to read. (But at least I didn’t use Comic Sans or Papyrus, amirite?!) What do you think?

Not A Podcast: Episode 11

This one got away from me, kittens.  I recorded late in the day and then was too busy to type up show notes until about bedtime.  Keeping them short and sweet this week.  I had issues getting words out of my mouth, both on Sunday and today…not sure what was going on there.  I haven’t had that many issues in awhile.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

FOs:
Birthday Owl– this was very well received.

WIPs:
♥ Gnomies Can Never Be Broken
♥ Pinkie Pie Socks
♥20 Penguin Puffs
♥Goodale (about time, amirite?!)

Next on Deck:
♥ Not even thinking about it at this time.  So much to do with my current projects!

Stash Flash:
♥  None.  I’ve been showing some rare will power because I’m butting up pretty close to my yardage in goal for the quarter already.  Any more purchases and I’ll blow it.  So anything acquired had better be really special. 😉

Not A Podcast: Episode 10

Apparently instead of looking pissed off in the Vimeo screen capture this week, I have boo-boo lip instead.  I keep hoping for a pleasant face one of these days!  This week’s episode is a big longer than the last two; I guess I was feeling chatty. ♥

♥ I should clarify one thing in regards to my irritation about the earlier “Black Friday” openings:  while the consumerism bothers me, it irritates me even more that all of the employees will be forced to work and miss out on family time. During one of the only holidays we have that isn’t focused on buying a ton of crap.  It’s about a nice meal and time with loved ones–family or friends.  I used to work retail before things got really crazy these past few years and even then it was mandatory to work the day after Thanksgiving.  No exceptions.  I’m really upset for anyone who is being forced to start work at 8PM Thanksgiving night and then work overnight into the morning.  This ruins their entire Thanksgiving day too.  I wag my shame finger at any retailer participating in this practice, and I hope that there isn’t enough business to justify making this a trend and the new norm.

I’ll step off my soap box now.

FOs:
♥ Welcoming Owl
   
WIPs:
Another Lucy’s Owl!
♥ This is where I buy my safety eyes: 6060 Etsy Shop
Squoosh Fiberarts
Chiaogoo needles (Thanks to the site, I now know I misprounced the brand name.)
 Gnomies Can Never Be Broken

Soon to Cast-On:
♥ Goodale by Cecily Glowick MacDonald.  Thank you so much Jen, for gifting it to me!
Reindeer from Teeny-Tiny MochiMochi.

Stash Flash:
♥  None.  Shocking, I know.

Not A Podcast: Episode 9







Again, with the pissed off face*.  I think Vimeo is trying to make me look as unpleasant and crazy as possible!  One things these podcasts have taught me: I have a very animated style of talking.  My goodness.  Another short one this week, kittens.

*Though, I will say this: I *should* have a pissed off face since a lot went wrong this week…including losing the video editing software I had and I could not get back.  My whole computer had to be wiped and the OS re-installed   So I downloaded a trial.  It chopped everything to 3 minutes and I didn’t realize it until I went to make this post.  OH, all the negative feels that ensued from that!  So I gave in and bought the software and had to put this post up much later than I had been expecting to.  At least this week’s video was easy to redo, having been done in a single cut with no real edits to speak of.  This has been my week.



FOs:
♥ None this week.
   
WIPs:
Gnomies Can Never Be Broken
Welcoming Owl

Soon to Cast-On:
♥ Goodale by Cecily Glowick MacDonald.  Thank you so much Jen, for gifting it to me!



Stash Flash:

 ♥ This wasn’t part of the show because it showed up after I filmed, but here’s some more Dancing Dog Dye Dyeworks that  I pre-ordered last month.  An audible squeal may have escaped me when I opened this.  And I may have startled The Boy when I did so.  Yeah, I’m totally winning Mother Of The Year today.

I ♥ Pinterest: October 2012

Ninja Kitten

Welcome to my second monthly post in Kitten‘s Pinterest Along!  This month, I actually tried out a few new things that I had pinned on Pinterest.  Are you all on Pinterest, kittens?  I love it; you can find me there as Sew Knitpicky.  Visual bookmarking is the bee’s knees as far as I’m concerned.  I’m jealous that I didn’t think of it first.

Let’s start off with a Pin that went very well.

I am all thumbs when it comes to doing my hair.  I apparently missed the memo about the day when I would acquire the dexterity and coordination needed to do even the most simple things… like French braiding, working a curling iron…anything more difficult than a simple traditional braid or brushing my hair, really.  Add to that the fact that my hair has serious Speshul Snoflake syndrome and well…let’s just say I wear it back in pony tails most of the time.*  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to ideas of how to handle my hair and try to fake looking like I know what I’m doing, but sadly, most are too complex for me to manage at this point in time.  So imagine my shock and delight when I watched through this video a friend of mine Pinned and I realized that no special tools were used to make those hairstyles!  No irons.  No teasing sessions.  No sprays.  No turning upside down or trying to execute maneuvers best left to Indian deities and their many hands.  In most cases they require hair elastics and maybe bobby pins if they’re buns.  WIN.

I love that it has a similar feel to a fishtail braid, but it much more simple to execute.  This style took me about 5 minutes to do…with a couple of restarts because my hair was refusing to cooperate.  It’s chilly but very humid here thanks to Sandy**, so my hair’s hackles are raised.

I can not wait to try more of the styles from this video!

*My hair is baby fine but I have tons of it.   It has the right texture to curl but won’t [it’s baffled several stylists now]…unless it’s the ever-short hairs in the very front of my head and then they curl into cork screws at the very worst times [I seriously rock the CRAZY look more often than I would like to admit…I look frazzled when it happens].  If it’s long, it goes limp.  If it’s short, it does this crazy poofy thing and even tries to curl upwards.  I will not start on all of the cowlicks it contains, or the fact that no perm can tame it.  The texture is so fine that man-made intentional curls fall right out.  But yes, HOT MESS would very accurately describe my mane.

In my fantasy world in which we win a vulgar amount of money in the lottery, I have someone to do my hair for me every day and I never look like a slob again.  I dream big.

** Sandy has passed since I started writing this post.

 My food Pins that I tried out were pretty successful as well!

Two from The Prime Pursuit–Lara Balls and the Chocolate variety (minus the coffee)–went over extremely well Chez Knitpicky.  They are full of fiber and pretty sweet as-is.  I added a half teaspoon of honey to each recipe to sweeten them up just a tiny bit more.  I found it pretty amusing that my son–like PP’s neighbor–mentioned that the original kind reminded him of cookie dough.  Too funny!  I bought supplies to make more of these for home, and I think that if I go to any get-togethers in the coming months, I’ll make some for those.  I’m pretty sure no one will complain about a filling, healthy treat.

Another winner this month was Pennies on the Platter’s DIY Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix.  The only change I made was a touch more sugar, because I used 70%+ dark chocolate in mine instead of white chocolate chips.  This is so yummy when you use milk to make it.  Sadly, mixing with water makes it taste like any old cheap packet mix.  We’re going to head home for Giftmas this year, and I think I may make up a double or triple batch of this to give away as gifts.

Simply Love Food’s Southwestern Stuffed Peppers were NOM NOM NOM.

Other food pins were OK, but require further tweaking to be GREAT!

In this category would be Lizzy Write’s Korean Beef.  It was tasty and I wanted to love it, but it was just a bit too salty for my tastes and it needs something…more.  (This may be due to the fact that I do not have low sodium soy sauce, nor do I care overly much for green onions so I left them out that day.  I’ll probably remake this in the future and then report back at that time.)  It was also pretty sweet; I would likely cut that a big when I remake this.  Even as-is, I would eat it again, but I wouldn’t be raving about it.

Crock Pot Beef Stew was also in this category.  It was edible, but I really didn’t like the tomato based “stew.”  My children weren’t too hot on this one either.  I’m not sure I would try to fix this one though; I think I’ll let it go to try another recipe more to our tastes.

I think that covers my last month of Pins pretty well!  I hope everyone else was as successful.