I made some felted bowls, but they didn't turn out as nice as my previous ones. Since I used the exact same yarn and pattern, I can pretty much pinpoint the issue as the felting method: I used my front-loader washing machine for these instead of my friend's top-loader. The bowls came out creased, not nearly as thick as my other ones, and the edges were uneven. Now, it doesn't take me too long to knit these up, but considering they were intended as a birthday gift for my mom (Yesterday she turned...older. Happy Birthday, Mom!), I was pretty disappointed. I ended up including the smaller one with her box 'o gifts, but I'll be making another one as a replacement soon.
Too bad - they probably would have been pretty. Oh well...now I know what works and what doesn't when it comes to felting.
I also gave my mom the Barley hat I made with the beautiful Malabrigo Mecha yarn. I love how the colors are shown so well with this pattern, but I'm still on the fence of being thrilled with how the hat turned out. It's supposed to be a bit slouchy, and it is, but I wasn't sure if it was slouchy enough. I didn't block it, because that would definitely make the hat "grow" and I didn't want it to become super slouchy:
If the picture looks slightly photoshopped, it is. And you're welcome - no one should be subjected to what I look like with 4:30 am eyebags. This should teach me to remember to put on make up before taking close up pictures...
I almost finished my Zuzu's Petals cowl, made with the beautiful Twisted Fiber Arts yarn that I bought specifically for that pattern. Only one problem - I was down to the last couple of rows and was nowhere near the last color on the skein:
Barely got into the golden color, as a matter of fact.
So, I unraveled it and started over, this time with the next bigger-sized needles. You know what? I wasn't even mad. The pattern was so easy to knit, and I got to this spot fairly quickly, so I figured redoing it to get what I envisioned as finished product would be worth it. I should be finished in another couple of days, provided I don't have too many unintentional naps!
We have new babies in the family - tiny rat babies! A few months ago little Civi died, leaving her sister Louise lonely. Our youngest was home for a visit last weekend and after a trip to Petco, came home with these cuties:
They are so sweet! And teeny-tiny...I don't think any of our rats have ever been this small. Louise warmed up to them instantly, and when we were up super early for running club the next morning, I found all three of them hanging out together in their bed. I hated to see them leave, but they went back to north Texas with our youngest on Monday.
Top five attempts at healing chapped lips; bottom tube is the Rx poison.
I've been dealing with chapped lips for several months now...I'd have a few days where they were fairly normal, and then they'd get painfully red, dry, chapped and slightly swollen . I tried a bunch of different lip balms, but nothing made much of a difference, so I finally made an appointment with my doctor about this problem (you can make appointments online, and yes, I did feel like an idiot typing in "chapped lips" as the reason for my visit). He prescribed a steroid ointment, but strongly cautioned me about using it too often, which made me wonder what was this poison I'd be putting on my lips?? It seems to help, but if I go a few days without using it, the symptoms come back. Weird, eh?
Have a great weekend!