Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Hair Update

I haven't posted anything about my hair in a while. It has been driving me nuts. For a while now, I've been dealing with scalp itchiness that seems to be from buildup. Washing with shampoo helps that, so I have been making sure to do that once a week. Problem solved. BUT. It has created a whole new problem. My hair is constantly falling out of updos and braids. When I shampoo, I use conditioner and my hair is now very slippy. Buns that used to hold like iron in my Jeterforks or my own hair sticks now will not hold. I think I liked it better a few years ago when I was doing the Water Only (WO) method and my head was kind of greasy and sometimes flaky. I didn't need anything to keep my hair in place. Right now, the only thing that is dependable is spin pins.

Yesterday I wore a head scarf so I wouldn't have to deal with my hair. I put my hair in a ponytail, stuck on my sock bun ring (homemade from old socks), wrapped my hair around it, and used a spin pin to keep the ends in. Even with my hair under a scarf or 3, I still want it to stay where I put it. The scarves above are the ones I used. I wish I had thought of getting pictures before we went shopping. By the time we got home it was slipping and I had to redo it and add a headband to keep the white cotton pashmina in place. I'd forgotten how beastly those things can be.

Today I wore my hair in a braided bun where I wrapped the braids around my hair sticks and that seemed to work well. However, I am rethinking my hair care routine since I can't seem to keep it up anymore.

What is your summer hair care routine?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sword of Gryffindor Mitts

Here are my Sword of Gryffindor Mitts. I started them a while back and set them aside to knit some other things. I have sworn to myself that I won't start any new projects until I get a few cleared out. Back to the mitts. I have really been enjoying this project. It is just right for taking along with me. It's small, with a lot of plain knitting. And with just enough lace to keep things from getting boring.

This lace pattern isn't a one sided lace. Some lace patterns are purled or knitted across on one side. This particular one isn't and you have button holes to place on the arm of the mitt. It requires you to pay attention and I like that.

I am knitting this in a new sport weight yarn I've been putting in my shop. It is Moon Stone FarmSuperwash Sport in Summer Berries. For the buttons, I think I will use buttons from my grandmother's button box. It requires a lot of buttons, so there is the chance I might have to buy some buttons instead.

What are you knitting this summer?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yarny Leftovers

I've finished off some projects lately that have left me with a lot of yarn left over and I've been thinking about what to do with them. I know I can get shorty socks out of them, and I am pretty sure that's what I will do with some of them. And there WILL be more of these, because I have three balls of yarn involved in a couple scarves. One may get used up, but the others won't. That means I get to go on a pattern hunt to see what I could do with them. Happy times.

Our garden has been getting over run with grasshoppers. I was talking with Brent about it and he said I should put the chickens in there. I have tried herding all the birds in there before. They really don't seem to care for being in the garden. Maybe because we keep it closed a lot of the time and they don't go in there very often. This morning I caught 2 hens and put them in the garden and shut the gate. Hopefully they ate a lot of grasshoppers before escaping. I had wanted to put 3 or 4 of them in there, but after I snatched the second one, the others were decidedly nervous. Chickens may not be parrots or ravens, but they do have pretty decent survival instincts.

This last picture is from the other day. When I was helping Knitter #3 make her first brownies, Brent wanted a taste of the bread I'd just pulled out of the oven. It is a white bread recipe, but I throw a couple cups of rye flour in it. My family loves it. What is your favorite bread? Do you bake your own?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Bit Hot for Knitting

Phew! It's been a bit warm lately. The other day it was 108 degrees here. And when I went
to bed at 10:30, it was 93 degrees. It sure makes me thankful for air conditioning. I turned the ac off at 6 am when it finally got down under 80 outside. But I had to turn it back on by 9 am. It has not been quite so hot at night since then. This happens every summer, so you'd think I'd get over it. I could pass on gardening at 5:30 in the morning. This time of year, I kind of enjoy that we live in a valley that keeps the sun from shining on us early in the morning. Unfortunately, it also means we have lots of hot afternoon and evening sun. In the winter we enjoy it, though.

Knitting still happens here:

I did a kal last month in my Ravelry group and this is what we were knitting. This month we are doing another scarf kal. No pictures of that yet. As usual, there are a ton of things I wish I was knitting right now. I have long list of projects I want to make all the time. One of my next projects is going to be a sweater made with aran weight yarn. I am convinced it will knit up faster than all the fingering weight projects I've been working on.

One of my goals this year was to get more of my patterns up on Ravelry and I've been doing some things towards that end. The biggest issue is choosing charting software. First I thought there wasn't anything much out there. And then after a few different searches, I realized there are quite few options. I think I have one picked out, now. And I am working on a website all my own. When it is up, I'll post about it.

I've been thinking about a new knitting technique to learn. I used to make a point of trying to learn 3 new things every year, but after a while it got hard to come up with something I wanted to learn. If finishing all your projects was a technique, I'd have it. I am looking for ideas. Do any of you out there have a suggestion? Tell me!