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Tomorrow… See Ya!

Tomorrow morning I leave bright and early (okay, dark and early) with Nikki to make the long drive up to Washington state where I will be staying for almost two weeks. We don’t have much planned but mostly I’m looking forward to spending some extended time with one of my best friends. I do have a trip to a yarn shop planned, and I’d like to do a few touristy things, but I’m not too picky what. Then on the 27th, I will fly back home and Mattie will pick me up at the Burbank airport.

I’m more than a little nervous. I’ve never flown before and I’m really, really freaked out by planes. People have compared parts of flying to riding in elevators- I want to clarify that elevators make me want to throw up. It feels like the bottom is suddenly ripped away and its nauseating. My flight will take about 4 hours, including a layover that’s just over an hour, and then I will hopefully be on solid land again and looking for my Mattie to come and fetch me.

2015-12-25 13.25.58The freezer is stocked with lots of meat, and there is frozen and canned veggies, and the dogs have plenty of food. We have lots of eggs, and some yogurt. I think Mattie should be all set for the time I’m gone and if he wants to eat other things, that’s fine too because he will be saving me money.

Anyway, I’m super excited to be going and I’m looking forward to the trip. I’m leaving here tomorrow morning with a project bag full of yarn and I suspect when I come home it will have turned into an entire blanket. And I’m taking my tablet so I can get lots of reading done. Nikki will have to work so I need to amuse myself a bit while she’s gone, but I can do that.

We’ve also decided that Mr. Bubblegum Monster Penis would like to travel with us! Maybe we can get some photos of him seeing the sights. 🙂

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Crafting · General

Happy New Year (& Merry Christmas Too!)

I haven’t posted since around Thanksgiving. The holidays went by in a bit of a blur, but they were overall pretty good. Thanksgiving me did twice (once here with Mattie’s dad and brother, and once with my mom and her boyfriend) and then Mattie’s mom came into town around the same time. There was much gift exchanging over Christmas, and I can finally share my mom’s gift I made for her.

 

This is the blanket I spent about 4 months working on for her and finally finished just a few weeks before Christmas. Its on her King sized bed, and that’s Mildred the cat claiming it as her own. Millie was supposed to be my cat but I left her with my mom when I moved in with Mattie because Lucy is not cat-safe.

These are the details of what went into that blanket. A shitload of yarn. Almost 6,500 yards of it. Thankfully a lot of that yarn (about 5 or 6 of the 17.7 skeins) were given to me so it kept the price down.

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My mom got me a ton of yarn- yay! She has been listening when I mentioned some of my favorite yarns and the ones I use a lot of. Sashi approves!

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I crocheted what seems like a ton of scarves, 3 of which I sold (or rather I hope I sold- still waiting for payment on two of them) and I did some fun other projects. This is my bubblegum monster penis, and its about 19″ from tip to bottom of the low hanging ball. Its monstrous and I’d run away if anyone came at me with one that big! LOL

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I also pulled out an older project and added a border to it so it looks more finished. This really made a big difference and it looks so much better! I’m torn between gifting this one or adding it to my shop.

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The pattern design for the Mickey heads and surrounding stitches belong to my friend Kate. She’s fantastic at crocheting up all sorts of things, and used to run a small business making stuffed animals from crochet.

I’m also working on a knitting project that has a ton of firsts for me. I’ve run into one hitch on it but with some help from folks on the Ravelry boards I sorted it out, and hopefully in a few days I’ll be finished with it and can share it.

New Year’s Eve was spent grocery shopping, baking cookies (which I burned half of them), and toasting champagne as the new year came in. I’m finishing my third glass of champagne now and then I’m off to bed.

I hope you all had a great set of holidays and I wish you happiness in the coming year!

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Life Goals (Well, A Goal Anyway)

I’ve been doing some research and have decided that some time next year I would like to visit one of my closest friends who lives in Washington. Of course that costs money and I won’t be able to save enough to get there on my own until July. To help raise the money to visit my pretty lady, I’m offering 18% off of everything in my shop, including sale items. Everything. Just click on through to http://kittyloafdesigns.com and use coupon code CATOWASH at checkout. Easy peasy!

I’m also doing the logical thing and begging for Christmas money instead of gifts to hopefully get the money together faster because I really don’t want to have to wait until July! Below are just a few of my makes you can buy in my shop.

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Crafting · General

Busy Busy Busy!

Yesterday I took Mattie’s dad to run some errands in the afternoon. It was pretty uneventful though we did have an amusing conversation about handicapped parking. He wasn’t ready to go home yet and I wanted to pop by Michael’s for some black embroidery floss, but since he was tired, he opted to wait in the car. I parked in a semi – shady spot and he pointed out the handicapped parking on the other side. This is basically how our conversation went. I might have had to stifle a giggle.

“are you coming in?”
“no but the handicapped parking is over there.”
“but there’s shade here.”
“but I really wanted to use my placard!”

After we finished with his errands I dropped him off and came home to work on my cross stitch project I’m about half done with and to find my package from Joann’s was finally delivered and I got my opal clay and my yarn to finish my triangle scarf I’m crocheting.

I finished my triangle scarf Wednesday afternoon, after adding lots of fringe to it, and using all but about 30″ of the second skein of yarn. I love when I project uses up basically everything! The colors are much more vibrant in real life; this is just a crappy phone picture.

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I’m really pleased with it.

I did some more on my cross stitch I’m working on, then made plans to take Mattie’s dad to do the things we didn’t get done yesterday and for Mattie to meet us for dinner. I got home around 730pm and did a little Christmas shopping (I know, its so early but I have money now so did a bit of it) and then we watched some TV when he got home.

Now of course its the middle of the night and I can’t sleep so I’m finishing this blog post and going to work on some other crochet until I get tired. Tomorrow I need to water the plants and take out the recycling as well as finish the dishes. Normal stuff, I just don’t want to do any of it! LOL

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General · Music

Lazy Day

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Our dogs in this photo pretty much personify how my day has gone so far. I took some photos of them, I vacuumed (they are shedding so much hair right now I feel like the house is actually growing its own hair too), I read a lot of random blog posts and commented on most of them, and I thought a lot about working on my current crochet project. I also thought about starting a cross stitch project which I want to do for Mattie’s nerd cave, and I got tired of Sashi begging all day long for treats, snacks, and handouts. We never hand feed our dogs anything but all day today she has begged as if its a regular occurrence. Nope. Not happening dog. That’s her hopeful “please give me all the things” face, BTW.

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I did practice my ukulele some this afternoon though and will hopefully practice it again this evening before bed. Tomorrow I will check my finances again and see about calling a local music store to get in for a lesson this week if I can. I’m trying a different strumming method than I had been using and while it’s a bit slow to sink in (I’ve been using the other method for 3 whole weeks- an eternity! LOL), I think I’m getting it and it does sound fuller and louder. I also feel like I’m hitting all the strings better as well.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking Mattie’s dad around for a few errands in the afternoon, and then we’ve got pool in the evening. The season is almost over and pretty soon we’ll be getting our payouts for our wins. I don’t have as many wins as I had hoped to have this season but I’ll take what I’ve got!

We finally caught the mouse that was in the bedroom, though I’m not quite sure when. It was starting to get a little stinky when we remembered to check the mousetrap today and of course Sashi is obsessed with the idea of getting into the trashcan to get the nasty old thing. I swear the worse something smells the more that dog wants it. Yuck! I reset the trap in case he had a friend hanging around but I really think there was just the one.

I’m also feeling almost back to normal. I haven’t sneezed in two days and while I’m still blowing my nose, its been like once every few hours and not once every fifteen minutes. Tonight I’m hoping to finish my current book and maybe start another one before I knock out for the night, but don’t want to be up too late as tomorrow will be a busy day.

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