Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How Does This Even Happen?

  I know I mentioned that I was going to turn the piece of knitting I have into a vest, but I've changed my mind again.  I took another look at it and noticed that I must have been looking at both sides stacked because it didn't look so long as I remembered.  Then, just for fun, I decided to look at some off the shoulder raglan sweater patterns.  The first pattern I looked at matched my stitch count perfectly.  So it looks like it will be a sweater after all.  I have still not decided if I will be adding sleeves or making it a cap-sleeve pattern.

  I also noticed when I looked at it closer that I did some decreasing before I switched to stockinette.  I did a k2, p1, (k2tog, p1)x5 along the whole top before doing two rows of knit with 208 stitches.  I'm also pretty sure that I changed needle sizes too.
  This will also be nice because it will be good to take to knit-night.  I won't have to pay too much attention to it, but it won't be too boring, well, at least it won't be until I get to the main body.  Then it will be good mindless knitting, so hopefully there will be a lot of interesting conversations going on around me.

  The biggest monster was made by Jan and the little crochet guys were made from a lady in the Knitting Guild that a few of our K&CC group also belongs to.  I love how they look like they are going for the chocolate.

  I didn't catch either of their names, but this is a small section of a blanket that was donated.  The mother of the knitter/crocheter came in to donate a few large blankets to us.  Her daughter was too sick to come in to hang out with us, but hopefully she will be able to make it next time.  This was my favorite one because it looks like it was so difficult to make, but was so easy.  I love the basket weave feel and the mock cable.

  I was a bit slow getting a picture, but you can get an idea of how large that blanket on the left is becoming.  It has cables with feather and fan panels.  I might have to make a blanket with cables in it if I feel like tackling another large project.

  I started this swatch back when I made the other honey-comb cowl.  I thought it would be a lot of fun to do it in two colors.  I probably saw someone else's in two colors and loved the way it looked.  You can see both colors when you pull the knitting out a little, but just sitting as it is now, you can only see the red.  If the yarns were a wool I might be tempted to make it, but since these are acrylic they won't block as nicely.  I have another cowl idea for them.  The pattern I'm going to be using will be based of the CC hat.

  I almost forgot about this guy!  I finished it and then just put it right into a bag to take with me to donate.  I wish I could remember when I started it, but I think I have narrowed it down.  I started it somewhere within the years 1997-2002.  It was going to be a bed spread.  I wanted it to go over my twin size bed and reach the ground on both sides.  I didn't get very far before I got distracted by a lot of things and didn't even find it again until last year when I was really starting to get my craft-storage room in order.
  I know I will never finish it as is, but it was a really good width for a scarf or a wrap.  All I had to do was to finish the double crochet row I was on, do a full treble crochet row, and then finish it with a single crochet row.  I really like how that pattern looks and while I have fun doing it, I know I won't finish a giant bed spread.

  Happy Pi Day everyone!  This is only one of many pies that I enjoyed.  For dinner my mom and I had a piece of pizza pie.  Then I had a piece of bourbon walnut pie and my mom had a rhubarb strawberry pie.  The one above is Bill's piece of pie.  I wish I knew where to get a single serving of Shepard's pie, but I could have also gone with pot pie for lunch.

  You might have noticed that the giant list for my Project Pan isn't at the bottom of this post.  I have not given up on it already, I just don't have an update.  I didn't want it to get repetitive, so I think I will only include the list when I have an update.  It will make it easier if someone sorts by the Tag and they won't have to see the exact same list a few times.

Friday, March 9, 2018

I Sense a Theme

  It can be hard to tell size in a picture, but this was going to be a brioche hat.  It ended up being about 42" in circumference.  Definitely a good size for a cowl, but not a very good size at all for a hat.  I still have no idea how it managed to grow in width as much as it did.  Everyone told me they loved the colors as I was making it.  It was a ton of fun to make and I would definitely make another one.

  This might just look like a plain hat and you are probably wondering why I wanted to finish this before more interesting things.  This hat has decreases that have been prefected by my friend.  I really liked how they looked and she sent me the instructions on how to do it.  I really like how it turned out and I'm wondering how it would look if I did the same decreases on a plain knit hat.  It actually was a really fast knit and I had fun with a simple project.

  This was an interesting project.  I had planned on just using the green and the orange/brown.  I ran out and switched from the green to the blue.  I was temped to switch the orange/brown to red, but then I worried there might be too many colors.  The decreases on top might have looked cooler if I had switched, but I like it this way.
  I have a few more scraps, but I think I have gotten all I am willing to get out of them.  I don't want to throw them out, so I will be brining them with me to the next K&CC meeting.  I'm sure someone will be able to use them.

  The next thing I will be working on is something I started a long time ago.  My original plan for it was to be an off the shoulder raglan style sweater with a fold over shoulder thing.  Well, I went a little overboard on the folded shoulder thing and I don't think this sweater will stay on your shoulders at all.
  I really don't want to undo all the work I have done, so I think I will take out the last few rows and turn this into the body of a vest.  Once I get this done, then I can use the needles for the project I keep teasing you with.  I did a quick Ravelry search and have a few options for patterns I might try and follow for the top of the vest.

  I decided to re-do how I'm keeping track of my Project Pan items.  I know I will be adding more samples as I go through my make-up since I am working on reorganizing and I will find things I forgot I had.  I also wasn't sure how to take note of those things, so now I will divide them up into the 'regular products' and the 'gimmie products'.  The 'gimmie products' are things I know I will finish without a problem and just haven't been finished before because I forgot about them.  It will be really amusing if I manage to not finish one of the 'gimmie' items.

Project Pan List:

Regular Items:
  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Eye Refresh Eye Cream
  • NYX HD Eye Primer
  • Kat von D Lock-It Primer (sample size)
  • Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
  • Pur Minerals Correcting Primer
  • Dr. Brandt Pore No More Primer
  • Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment
  • NYC City Proof 24HR Eyeliner in Dark Brown
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Shimmering Sea
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted
  • Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer (sample size)
  • Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ in Light
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan
  • NYC Ultra Last Lipwear in 416 Berry Rich 
  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Body Mist (travel size) 
Gimme Items:
  • Origins Grapefruit Body Souffle (sample size)
  • Origins Mega Defense SPF 45 (sample size)
  • Origins mystery moisturizer (sample size)
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Eye Primer
  • Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus in Espresso
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara (sample size)
  • Revlon PhotoReady Powder in Fair/Light
  • Skin 79 Gold BB Cream (sample size)
  • YSL Black Opium Perfume (sample size) - 3/5
  • Balenciaga Floraboranica Perfume (sample size)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Project Pan.

  I'm definitely not one to notice new things when they happen, but I usually stumble upon them at some point.  I don't know who started this trend, but I really like the idea of it.  It could also be applied to non-makeup things, even though the name wouldn't make as much sense.
  The idea is to use products up and to 'hit pan' on them.  This is usually referring to powder make-up products since they are pressed into a metal pan.  Many people I've seen have also been trying to use other beauty products like moisturizers and cleansers.
  I'm following the style of Project Pan that I saw Hailey (Just Buy The Makeup) doing.  She called it a rolling Project Pan because she had a bunch of different things, but not too many of each type of item.  Once one thing was done, she was going to replace it with a like item.  Like if she ran out of foundation, then she was going to put a new one in there.  Some people choose all their items for the year at the beginning.  I've seen a lot doing 18 items in 2018.  I'm way too indecisive to pick out everything I would want to focus on all at once.

  Here is the basket of things I have in mind.  The picture is already inaccurate because I couldn't find some items and I also forgot to check my purse for the lip products I put in there to try and work through.  I've added an eye cream, one more face primer, some perfume samples, and a lipstick.  I put the starting list at the bottom of the post.
  You are probably wondering what this has to do with this blog.  If I try and work through things I already have open then that means that I won't be opening new things that are of the same type of item.  Then once I see how quickly I go through each type of item I can judge how many I need.  If I find out that there is no way I will go though all my similar items and I can donate some of the unopened ones before they get too old.
  I've also been doing something similar with my yarn.  That is why I have been making so many things with the leftovers, so a skein of yarn will be done and I won't have a bunch of small bits laying around.
  On that note, the needles I want to use are currently in a project.  I tried using my usual US size 8s in the yarn I have for the leafy green project.  They are too big and you can't see the leaf pattern as much as I would like.

  I got woken up around 3:30am by sounds that made me feel like someone was trying to lift my house off to Oz.  Bill mentioned that we were going to have some high winds and that we might lose power because of it, but he made it sound more like it was going to be starting later than it did.

  I was woken up a little before nine by the sound of wood breaking and I had horrible visions of the big tree right out front of my house coming down and landing on the garage and damaging Bill's Firebird.
  You can click on the picture and enlarge the picture.  You can see that it was a really big tree that came down and took some smaller ones out with it.  Luckily it was in our shared wooded area and wasn't next to someone's house.  It probably came down because it has been raining more days than not over the past few weeks.

  It is kind of scary to see what some moving air can do.  This perfectly healthy branch was broken because some wind knocked it around.
  The wind and other sounds have got Tank on edge.  He was extra snuggly last night and when I got up to get my hanging plant inside he was following me around as far as I would let him.  Now he has been either doing a perimeter sweep or fast asleep in my lap.  At one point he partially woke up, bit the blanket I had on my lap and then was out cold again with the blanket in his mouth and nose down.  He woke-up really confused a few minutes later.

Starting Items List:

  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
  • Origins Grapefruit Body Souffle (sample size)
  • Origins Mega Defense SPF 45 (sample size)
  • Origins mystery moisturizer (sample size)
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Eye Refresh Eye Cream
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Eye Primer
  • NYX HD Eye Primer
  • Kat von D Lock-It Primer (sample size)
  • Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
  • Pur Minerals Correcting Primer
  • Dr. Brandt Pore No More Primer
  • Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment
  • Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus in Espresso
  • NYC City Proof 24HR Eyeliner in Dark Brown
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Shimmering Sea
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted
  • Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer (sample size)
  • Skin 79 Gold BB Cream (sample size)
  • Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ in Light
  • Revlon PhotoReady Powder in Fair/Light
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara (sample size)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan
  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Body Mist (travel size)
  • YSL Black Opium Perfume (sample size)
  • Balenciaga Floraboranica Perfume (sample size) 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Katsucon 2018 Recap.

  We might have started later than planned, but a ton got done anyway.  We picked up one of Bill's friends and braved the tiny hail to head to The National Harbor.  I was glad Bill was driving because the traffic was crazy.  All the parking lots were full and I'm sure a bunch of the people on the road were trying to circle while new people joined them.  We were told we had to park at the MGM Center and that there was a shuttle we could take back.  It was close enough to walk, but the hail/rain/snow encouraged us to find the shuttle.
  They were out of lanyards when we checked in, but at least there was no line.  We did a lap of the Dealer's Room while trying to see where people I knew were.  It was time to meet people for dinner by the time we out of the Dealer's Room.  It was a bit slushy out, but not too bad.
  While still trying to locate people we did a quick look through Artist's Alley.  It was smaller this year and didn't take too long to get through because I was looking for a certain person and I didn't see their booth.
  We were finally able to locate people!  Kat hadn't had dinner, so we went to Nando's Peri-Peri with her.  I just got a drink while the guys got some snacks.  It was so fun.
  After we got back we found more people and hung out until way too late.

  Sunday was a quick one.  We saw Kat and John before they had to head back home and kept an eye out for anyone we knew who we had missed on Saturday.  It was also the day when we bought everything that had caught our eye the day before.  I may have bought too many sets of shard dice, but I couldn't pick a color.

Now on to the few pictures I took.  Kat and I were talking about how there used to be a lot more hallway shots taken than are taken now.  I have noticed that I also tend to take less, so I'm not helping change the situation at all.  It is just interesting to see how things have changed since my first Katsucon back in 2001.

  I actually saw the person in the next picture first, but she looked busy and I didn't want to bother her.  I figured I would see if she was still there when we looped back.  When I saw her the second time I also saw this person dressed as Vex from Critical Role.  She looked so good and I'm kind of sad I didn't get a picture with her Trinket in it.  She told me that she learned how to hold her bow and arrow that day and was so glad she no longer looked like a dofus in pictures.

  This is the Keyleth I saw and then was starting to kick myself that I didn't ask for a picture when I first saw her.  Luckily she was still there and then the timing led me to see that Vex.

I've considered making this dress and being Morrigan from Dragon Age II.  It had been intimidating to me, but this one looks amazing.

  This picture was kind of funny.  I saw the Mimikyu and wanted a picture.  They were facing the line to get into the Dealer's Room, so I was trying to take it between people.  I had to try three different gaps before I could get it.  When I looked up I saw my friend Bailey to my left in line.  We both said a slightly surprised hello to each other before the line moved.

  I was so excited when Bill pointed these two out to me.  I chased them down the hall before I could catch up and get a picture.  Nott and Jester are my two favorites from the new characters of Critical Role.  I'm always glad when cosplayers have cards so I can find them later online.  Nott is being played by turnfolio cosplay and Jester is being played by ArmariaSeole.  They mentioned that they were Vex and Vax the day before, I'm sad I missed it!

  I did get to see a Vax though.  Everyone else I talked to about seeing Critical Role characters had all seen a few Vexs and a few Keyleths, but I only got to see one of each.
  Now I might have exploded if I had seen a Pike in person, I have since seen a few pictures of some that were there.

  This was exciting.  I like seeing people cosplay from a series they love that isn't always the newest thing.  Xena and Gabrielle were unexpected, but made me happy.

  Kim Possible was another one I wasn't expecting but was happy to see.

  I personally don't see the appeal of posing with the people in costume, but I also don't see why people pose in pictures when they are on vacation.  However, other people are all about it and these guys were so happy after posing with this Halloween Mercy from Overwatch, so more power to them.

  Also, as it always happens, I brought my knitting and didn't work on a stitch of it.  I'm not mad about it, I got to see a bunch of people and had a great time, but just wanted to make a note about it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Day 4: The Finale.

9:02 am
  There was some confusion from our project manager.  He told us that the door and gutter people would be working on Friday, which worked a lot better for going to Katsucon.  Turns out that he thought that Friday was the 17th.  He then checked his notes and told me that the 17th was Monday.  I told him I was pretty sure it was Saturday and he told me he sometimes gets his days mixed up.  I think he was thrown off by the fact that we finished the fascia and soffit replacement two days early.  At least I got to sleep in some this morning before the door people rang our bell.

9:12 am
  While I still liked our back door, the wood around the bottom was rotting.  I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but we were told it would work out better just to get a new one.  We are keeping the handles I picked out because we replaced the old ones when we moved in and they are still good.

10:24 am
  Our house looks so much more open with a big hole in the back.  Poor Tank got to see the hole when he was being moved from the bedroom and got super excited before he got locked in the mud room.  I wanted to make sure that if he had to use his kitty-box he would be able to.  He also had not been served his canned food for the day.  Not a good morning for him.

10:32 am
  I heard some sawing and it seems the gutter people have arrived.  Soon after I took this there was a knock on the front door so we could open the garage and get them some power.

10:39 am
  They have been doing a good job at checking the door as they have been installing it.  Bill thinks the old door was also a spot where we were losing a bunch of warm air, so hopefully this new door will fix that problem.

11:18 am
  The original plan was to have only one of us stay with the crew and the other was going to head to Katsucon.  However, when I was mostly ready to go, Bill mentioned that I should bring my big camera.  To do that I had to empty an SD card and make sure I had at least one charged battery.  That took some time and I figured I would hang around until the job was done.

12:18 am
  I was working on typing up this section of the post when Tank got relocated again.  Bill thought he might like a change of scenery.  I think Tank was glad that he was trapped forever in a room with someone else.  He kept resting his head on my hands while I was typing until he saw one of the ladders go up.  He then growled at the workers and ran to where he could keep an eye on them without getting too close.

12:19 am
  I was informed that the gutters were all done.  It is interesting because the down spouts go into the lower gutters and not just to them.  Bill said we were told about this, but I didn't remember that fact.

12:52 pm
  Finishing touches time.  The paint above the door was also a bit marred, bit it looks like the trim they put at the top covers that nicely.  Tank was upset that I left him alone in the computer room.

1:02 pm
  David is the one cleaning, and we told that he would be out every Saturday to clean them for us.  I like that they can joke around like that.  It makes everything more fun.
  A few minutes later, they were all cleaned up and headed out.  Not too long after they left, about 20 minutes, tiny sleet started to fall.  Good timing for us, less so for the next person they were installing a door for.
  Now hopefully Tank won't lick the caulking while we are gone while it is drying.  He's done weirder.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day 3: Start of Phase 2

8:09 am
  We had a slightly later start today.  There are also a lot less stuff in my driveway.  In fact, there is currently only a truck, some tool belts, and my old gutters.  I was told before that the dumpster for this group was going to be delivered at some point yesterday when I got a call on Sat, and I was told that they were going to be bringing one with them this morning.  Hopefully one shows up at some point.

9:13 am
  Still no dumpster, and it looks like they are putting new wood up.  This makes me hope that they don't really need to take the sections down that have the dentil molding, but I'm also making sure to not get my hopes up too much.

10:19 am
  Edwin is the one in the picture.  Looks like the molding is down.  Luckily Bill helped me get a rough estimate of their size before he left for work.  They are about 1" thick and 2.5" wide and tall.  Some are a bit taller than others, but they are evenly spaced apart.  Bill thinks I should try and live with the house without the dentil molding for a bit before I start getting people out to get quotes.  He points out that I will still have it around the front porch and that might make it more special.  I tried looking around in their pile of discards to see if I could find any of the squares, but I didn't see any.

11:19 am
  I think they are using their second truck to take away the garbage.  There is still no dumpster and the piles are made of different things than they were before.  It is really interesting to see that where the squares were there are now holes, so that must have been what helped hold them on.
  I'm hoping they get a lot done today because I won't be around for most of the day tomorrow.  I have a busy day and I don't know if I can get Bill to take as many progress photos.
  I will have a small sample to show from the knitting class I'm teaching in the early afternoon.  I'm hoping the New Member Orientation doesn't go too long because I don't want to miss any of the new Critical Role.

  I got brave and talked to one of the workers.  It sounds like they won't be pulling the wood off of the front of the garage.  I asked if they could save me one of the blocks and he said they were just going to put the aluminum over that wood since it was still nice.  So that means I'm not totally losing my dentil molding, but it will be hidden.  I think it will look interesting to see how the bends look.

12:24 pm
  Their design also has more details than I had assumed.  I thought it was going to be just a flat right-angled thing.  I like the little edge it has that gives more dimension, like the molding did.  This means that Bill will get to tease me for being so upset about the dentil molding and not believing him when he said everything was going to be okay.

1:18 pm
  I'm not sure if they are on lunch or what is happening.  Two of them are not around but the other three are still working.  Maybe the two are getting lunch for everyone and they will eat when they get back.

2:20 pm
  Looking that what it looks like from this angle I think the holes I saw were for ventilation and not what was holding the dentil molding on.  It looks like they built the front down some and added the aluminum on top.  Comparing the space between the bottom of where the dentil moldings were and where the bottom of the new ledge is leads me to believe that they are still under there.

3:31 pm
  It looks like they are almost done.  The lead guy was joking with me that they will be out next year to do our siding.  He was also impressed that they got the roof done in two days.

4:04 pm
  I got a knock on my door and the lead guy told me that they were all done for the day.  We did a walk around and everything looked good to me.  He told me the guy to do the gutters will be out tomorrow.

  On the sides and back they did what I was worried the front was going to look like.  It is just flat.  I'm okay with it on the sides because the siding gives it some interest, and I don't look at the back very often.  I do like the little detail on the bottom at the corners.

  My neighbor put a sign on the basketball hoop that I'm pretty sure doesn't have an owner.  Some of the kids from further up the street use it sometimes, so it isn't totally unloved.  I'm also not sure why Ms. Jackie thinks the people who are coming out to work on my house would want a basketball hoop, but she's trying.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Day 2: The Loud People Are Back, but That's Probably Because we Are Paying Them.

  Bright and early at 7:20am, the crew was back.  Though it is still really chilly out, it looks like it is going to be a nicer day for them.

8:12 am
  Same story as yesterday, they are really getting it done quickly.  It is a whole lot louder and also a lot more vibrations going through the house.  Now I see why they tell you to move anything on a high shelf that might not be the most stable.

  This thing is so cool.  For the shorter sections they just had someone hand the plywood up.  That would be a lot harder to do on the main roof.  This little guy holds the plywood and quickly takes it to the top.  It also hauled the shingles and other things with ease right up.

8:15 am
  Here is a closeup of the little machine.  It just has some wheels that carry it up and down the ladder.  Easy and effective.

9:54 am
  So many pieces of plywood are needed to cover the top of our house.  I know it is because we do not have the traditional two sided roof with siding on it, but I really like our roof profile.  I've put similar roofs on the houses I have made in The Sims a lot.

10:30 am
  It stayed colder than would have been nice for them, but at least it stayed sunny.  I'm sure the sun didn't actually help them since it was so bright.  Hopefully it helped them feel a bit warmer. It made some fun silhouette shows for me.

11:10 am
  They took lunch earlier today.  A few of them also are using our lawn furniture we moved to the front tree.  I was surprised no one used them yesterday, they are in one of the sunny spots in my yard.

12:20 pm
 They are doing a good job taking everything off.  I think it helps because we are getting the wood replaced.  It means they are cutting the old plywood and pulling everything off.  There will be a lot less leftover nails found around the house later.  They are going around and putting down tarps and using magnets, but some will always be missed.  It's like when you drop beads, spend a while looking for them, find some more the next few days, and somehow still vacuum some up weeks later.

6:04 pm
  I went to work, hence the jump in time.  I was really surprised to see them still around when I got home.  I heard from Bill that they got really rowdy around 2:30 pm, that must have been when they were getting the shingles on.
  The crew tomorrow will be arriving later than the first phase crew.  They should be showing up around 7:30 am.  Goody.