2,487 and Counting

Let me just say I’ve been knitting and crocheting my little fingers to the bone to keep pace for this year’s stashdash (details here). So far I have four – count them – FOUR finished objects!!! Wootie woot!!! Here are the deets:

1) Barley by tincanknits (my project: Chestnuts & Barley)

Dates: May 5, 2014 to May 25, 2014

Yarn: Patons North America Classic Wool Tweeds in Chestnut Tweed

Needles: US 5 & 7 circulars

Yardage: 148 yards


2) Half Granny Square Shawl by Anastacia Zittel (my project: Half Granny Shawl)


Dates: May 25, 2014 to June 2, 2014

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock in S221

Hooks: US G & 1.4mm

Yardage: 462 yards


3) Yellow Dwarf Shawl by verybusymonkey (my project: Kittywake)

Cute puppy alert!

Dates: July 29, 2013 to June 19, 2014

Yarn: Quince & Co in Finch

Needles: US 6 & 7 circulars

Yardage: 548 yards


4) Sunny Spread by Ellen Gormley (my project: Avocadoness)


Dates: September 20, 2010 to June 21, 2014 (yes…just shy of four years this thing took)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in Avocado and Forest Green Heather

Hooks: US I & H

Yardage: 1,329 yards


Currently I’m at 2,487 yards (45.5% complete). I’m super stoked!

I’m working on two other projects at the moment, my Haiku shawl & my Garter Squish blanket.

The Haiku shawl is working up quite nicely but is kinda slow. This is mostly due to a few of the repeat rows just being tons and tons of chains and single crochets that doesn’t add much to progress. But it’s going to be totally worth all of the work – I can tell. It’s going to block out like a freakin’ champ and all that detailed work is going to be the business!

And let’s just say my Garter Squish is going to be the shit.

Let it be said, what was initially holding me back from starting this project sooner was twofold: 1) I felt that I should finish my Washington Square Cardigan before starting another large project (even though the color I was using was looked HORRID next to my skin tone) and 2) I couldn’t settle on what yarns/colors to use.

Well let me tell you! Frogging my Washington Square Cardigan squashed all that shit!

BOOOOM! Sweater WIP no longer an issue! Oh, and look at that…I now have my main color yarn which magically makes picking out the other colors so much easier.

As a previous hairstylist would always say, let’s do the damn thang.


I Got My Nails Did

So for those that don’t know, I kinda have a thing for nail polish. I have over 100 bottles of nail polish, I keep my toes painted all the time and I keep my fingernails polished about half of the time. I don’t like doing my pedicures simply because my feet are sooooo far away – or at least that’s the way it feels when I try and paint them. So I usually hit the nail salon every two to three weeks to get my feets did.

Lately, I’ve been getting a mani and pedi when I go just because it’s nice to be pampered and things have been crazy stressful for me lately (hence all the quiet on my site – sorry about that). The salon that I go to is usually really good. Most of the folks that work there do at least a decent job. I can say that I’m usually totally happy with my pedicures (probably because my eyesight isn’t great and my toes are far away) and I’m usually okay with my manicures. I do however take my own stuff with me simply because I have a pretty good arsenal of products that work well with me and give me the results that I desire.


However, I got the most awful manicure of all time this past weekend. I ended up with a guy that I’d never had before and he was horrible. He called me picky to my face when I showed him the nail shape that I wanted, when I insisted on using the color I picked out for my hands and when I told him I just wanted a minimal cuticle trim. He threw my hands around and glared at me the whole time.

The actual manicure looked and was awful. First of all, the layers of nail polish were so thick that when he put on my fast drying top coat on (Seche Vite) the polish literally ripple on multiples nails. It would have probably rippled on all of the nails had he actually covered all of my nails with top coat. I wish the photo showed how some nails literally where only half covered with top coat (you can actually see how shitty it’s done on the thumb nail). He just slapped it on every which way. Let’s not even start talking about how chewed up he left my cuticles.  ANGRY.

Look! How is this an acceptable way to send a client out of the door? SO JANKY.

After I left the salon and looked at the mani in the sunlight (and after I asked the random gas station attendant if it looked as janky as I thought – which she did), I went back to the salon and had them redo the painting of my nails. When he first sat down at the table to fix my mani he was like “did you mess it up?” “No, its just a bad job.” I responded. Jerk. He proceeded to be very rough with me and tried to make me feel like I had messed up my nails (“No! No! I’ll carry all of your stuff!” Like that was the problem.).

He did a decent job the second time around but he manhandled me like mad and still gave me a below average mani (my poor cuticles…thumbnail still looks like shit too). At this point I just wanted out.

Not only did I speak the manager about all of this, I didn’t tip this guy either time. He did a shitty job, was rude and I’m not going to reward either one of those things.

This is why my mom never got a manicure in a nail salon. She knew that if you patiently do your nails at home you’ll do a better job. Tru dat mama. Tru dat.