Friday, June 11, 2010

wild Friday night

TGIF, and all that stuff. It's Friday night, hubby is doing CQ over night, and Bird is fast asleep in her bed. That leaves me with the time to do whatever I want to tonight. Or so I thought... if if weren't for this headache, I'd be knitting lace. Yes, because I like to, silly! :) In place of actual knitting, I'll share a bit of what I've got going on my needles.

A Tea Leaves cardigan. Designed by Melissa LaBarre for Madeline Tosh, this is a simple but striking knit. I use the word "simple" because the pattern doesn't consist of cables or lace, it's a straight forward project that uses garter and stockinette with a little decrease here, and increase there to make it subtle and gorgeous.

Melissa LaBarre's Tea Leaves

A fine yoke, have I.

I have a way to go but, I'm making good progress. After looking at enough yarn to make my eyes hurt, I finally decided to go with Lion Brand Yarn's Wool-ease in "Blue Heather". The color is fabulous, and the price didn't hurt much either... bonus!

Another project in progress ... and one that I really need to pick back up is my dread slouch. Ziggy, a sideways knit slouch cap by Woolly Wormhead. I have about 5 panels done, of the 9 needed to make a "large".

Ziggy ... a great way to knit a hat!

That about does it for my rundown for tonight. I've got some cool water and ibuprofen waiting for me. Have a great weekend, and I hope you enjoy your WWKIP day!

Monday, May 31, 2010

the dread pirate J

Having dreads isn't non-maintenance like many think it is. I wash my hair a few times a week and maintain my locs on a daily basis by palm rolling, light pulling on each dread, applying aloe and one or another home made scalp/dread freshener to perk 'em up. Basically, clean dreadlocks are happy dreadlocks.

Sometimes, though, the scalp can become unhappy. My theory is that scalp unhappiness occurs because with dreadlocks, you can't brush thru and stimulate blood flow under the skin like you can more easily with un-dreaded hair styles. Well, that along with things that can dry the scalp out, and you can be one uncomfortable dread head. By trial, error, and advice from others with dreads, I have a new "no poo shampoo" recipe!

Jamie's dreadlock wash recipe

1 liter (1000ml) bottled or filtered water
4 TBSP sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
1 TBSP Dr. Bronner's liquid soap, peppermint
juice from 1/2 fresh lemon

Mix ingredients together. Divide recipe into a few small containers and store portions that won't be used right away in the refrigerator. Shake very well prior to use! Apply to entire scalp area and massage well. Rinse after a minute or 2 with cool to cold water - always do final rinse with cold water! Cold water closes the cuticle and leads to less frizzy and much happier dreads ... as well as pleases even the most upset scalp!

Another recipe I use is for a daily spray. I use it to wake up my dreads in the morning or refresh them midday, or when ever.

Jamie's daily dread tonic recipe

3&1/2 ounces fresh water
9 drops peppermint essential oil
2 TSP vegetable glycerine OR
1 TSP jojoba oil

Mix ingredients together in a glass 4 ounces spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray onto dreads and more directly on scalp as desired, for good smelling and more touchable dreadlocks.

It's really hard for me to resist referencing Jack Sparrow when talking dreads so, why try? :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

round up

Not much happening this gorgeous, but hot, May morning. Just relaxing in the air conditioned tv room with Bird, watching The World of Beatrix Potter & Friends on dvd. I'm taking a break from trying to figure out what went wonky with the lace pattern I am using on a traveling scarf. It looks fine ... until I start the new pattern repeat row ... that's when it starts to look like something went amiss. Hmm...whatever the wonk is, I'll figure it out today...eventually*.

Catching up on getting some recent photos I've taken off of my phone, and on to my laptop, it's time for a little photo run down ...

Trying to tame my dreads a bit on a warm day
My Ishbel. Blocked, beautiful, and making itself a lovely shade covering :)
Miss Babs lace weight was used for the main stockinette and beginning of lace pattern section, and Mini Mochi combined because I was running short! It turned out fabulous!
A growing project with Bird. Wild flowers, butterfly bush, and delphinium are sprouting up in the window sill. Outside (and not pictured here) are more wild flowers, and a recently transplanted Lemon Queen Sunflower. They are doing good as well! I'll share pics as soon as it's more comfy outside for hanging out and taking photos.
That's it for this photo round up. Hopefully I'll figure out my lace issue and post pics of it's gorgeousness soon!

*Yep! Figured it out! It seems that when you toss in a K2TOG that isn't part of the repeat, but only the first stitch on the row, things go awry. Who knew?! ;)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

When is a bag not a bag?

When it's rendered "useless" by the jaws of a Labrador.

My cutesy pink woven straw knitting bag only cost me 2 bucks via thrift store, and it definitely paid for itself 100 fold by the time it met it's maker ... Or should I say, "destroyer"? :)

My almost 3 year old is slightly traumatized by this development. I think she's taken the blame a half dozen times this evening. Such a sweet baby girl :)

Fortunately, my in-laws rock, and only days ago I received a birthday package that contained two bags - one Oakland Raider re-usable bag (go Raider Nation for being environmenta,l as well as *mental*) and two, a fabulous pink Chico bag! I've wanted one for a long time now so on it goes as my WIP bag!

...action shots to come :)

and in my head, I just keep screaming....

...over and over! Was I the only one half way between tears and yelling at the tele last night, during the second season's finale? I mean, I know an intimate relationship between Beckett and Castle could mean sure death for the show but, couldn't we just have a taste, writers?? For goodness' sake! Satiate my need to witness the consummation of their desire, only to return in the fall to find out the finale was all a dream while Bobby was in the shower, if need be, ABC! I can't stand it anymore!

Gahhhh! Is it fall yet??!!