Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Mishmash

Did you know that blogger Lori is in the soap-making business?  Well she is, and she sent me some bars of her soap recently:
Thai Silk, Lemongrass, and Sea Mist - ooh, my bathroom and kitchen smell so good now!

Not only do they smell wonderful, but I couldn't get over how soft my hands felt after using the soap!  Her website is Savonology.com - these would make nice stocking stuffers or holiday gifts, especially paired with a handknit washcloth...hmmm, wonder if I can add that to my knitting projects in time for Christmas?

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Speaking of Christmas, and the holidays in general, I've issued myself a "no candy 'til North Carolina" edict - Jeff and I bought a six-pack of Toblerone bars at Sam's Club last month "for the children" (HAHAHA famous last words), and let's just say that the children are gonna go hungry.  Neither of us have any control when it comes to delicious Swiss chocolate, apparently.  I'll be released from this challenge in time for Christmas, so I think I'll survive until then.

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File this under SERIOUSLY???  I was excited to discover that Ikea now makes a drawer unit for my desk that includes a drawer for hanging files!  My files are in two boxes in my closet - not the easiest way to access them, much less keep up with filing stuff.  I bought the unit, took it home, assembled it, and ordered some cute teal hanging files from Amazon, which arrived Wednesday.  Guess what?  They don't fit.  WHAT.THE.HECK.
I mean, REALLY.  Do hanging file folders come in a special Swedish size??
It's pretty nice looking...just wish it actually held the files properly!

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I finished a couple of knitting projects!  First up is my Dammit Hat for my cousin's husband, who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment:
Pattern is Four to One Beanie, yarn is Madelinetosh DK, colorway is Worn Denim.  The hat is super warm and soft and squishy and I hope he will like wearing it.  I can't cure cancer, but at least I can help keep the patient warm with a handmade hat.

I also made a hat for myself, to wear while I'm spectating the BCS half marathon next week.  I saw this pattern on Ravelry, loved it, and even better, realized that my stash held the exact same yarn they used, which was a nice bonus:
Pattern is Hibernate, yarn is Malabrigo Chunky, colorway is Buscando Azul.  One skein makes the hat and pompom!  I haven't attached the pompom permanently because if I wear it with my rain jacket, I want to be able to put on my hood and not have a huge bump from the pompom, so I've got this on with a safety pin.  Seems to work - I might keep it that way...two versions of one hat!

I'm also knitting on some socks - hopefully I'll have a pair or two completed by next Friday.

Have a great weekend!

15 comments:

  1. I am sure you checked but, I wonder if the rail on the Ikea drawers should be flipped around. It looks like it is just a little too narrow. We have the wide version of those drawers and I love them for art supplies.

    Love the hats!

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    1. I did check the rails (thinking at first it was the way I put the drawer together) but no - the file folders are bigger than the drawer by a skosh. Just enough to not work. :(

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  2. Well that stinks about the drawer!! I'm certain you've contacted them about this?

    Haha my 100 days of clean eating group is doing a no sugar challenge right now and so far everyone (except me) is bascially signing in each day and saying they failed for that day. Seriously? Why are you even part of the challenge then. Dumb. Personally, I restrict myself to once a year treats and homemade things that I really, really, love. That helps keep me from going completely off the rails. (Chocolate covered cherries, I'm looking at you.)

    Those hats are terrific!

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    1. I have not contacted Ikea yet - I can't find anywhere to leave a review, which would have been helpful to read before I made this purchase. I will email them, but hold no hope for a response...I mean, they're probably too big to deal with customer emails, wouldn't you think?

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  3. That is a bummer about the file drawers. Does Ikea sell the folders? Stupid question, probably. Love the knitting updates. Your hat is really super cute on you.

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  4. I need to go check out Lori's website! Thanks for the reminder :D

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  5. Thanks for the shout out! That's a great picture, too.

    The file things are American, right? Sizes of everything American are bigger, didn't you know? :D

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    1. LOL, that's about right - American files are super-sized...

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  6. Ikea and frustrating go together, Swedish files....hilarious!
    Your knitting looks professional.

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    1. Thank you - I am pretty happy with my knitting for the most part. :)

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  7. Aww that stinks about your file folders. That is a nice desk though!
    This is a bad time of year for candy! I have been good though, I have not bought my Ghiridelli holiday chocolate squares yet!

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  8. Your file drawer looks great Shelley. Shame it doesn't fit. We have that problem with things that come from the US to Australia. Ikea sizing tends to be similar to ours but your sizing for files, folders etc is smaller than ours. One of those quirks. Perhaps a metric thing? Your knitting is just beautiful and it's great to see you still so enthusiastic about it. Have a great Christmas.

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  9. I have the same issue with keeping my files in a closet, it just doesn't work. Half the time I end up throwing things to be filed on a nearby table until it's so deep I can't ignore it. So sorry that your solution, well, wasn't one.

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  10. A4 files not foolscap? I work in office supplies in UK and we have both sizes. One goes across drawer front as you have and one goes front to back, usually with a little extra rail?

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  11. Don't you just love Lori's soap? Even R. likes it very much.

    There might be different sizes, when I used filing maps back in the days at work, I often grabbed the wrong size.

    The knitting projects look beautiful as always.

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