Thing-a-Week #36

It’s the return of Thing-a-Week*!

Back in August, for Thing-a-Week #20, my friend Ewenique and I dyed some yarn and fiber, all in the same color: “Screen Door Purple.” (There’s a story behind that name, but I’m not telling!) This week, I finally got around to spinning the fiber.

Handspun

The 8 ounces of Corriedale fiber spun up to about 430 yards of yummy, plummy DK-weight yarn. Not sure what I’ll do with it. It’s not soft enough for next-to-skin wear, but I’m sure it’ll make a nice… something. Any ideas?

Handspun

* I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way I’m up to #36. My last Thing was #23 three months ago. I missed 13 (yes, 13!!) weeks due to work and other busy stuff. I thought about it a lot, and I had two choices: pick up where I left off with #24 and add make-up days to the end, or skip them, plow ahead, and end in March as originally planned. Since it’s a miracle I’ve made it this far, I’m taking the easier route and skipping the 13 Things I missed. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m sure I’ll still come up with some good stuff before I’m done!

And another thing

Right. So I haven’t been doing Thing-a-Week lately, but I have two things that should’ve taken a week and took a month each instead. Close enough, right?

First, we have a knit hat:

Lamb's Lace Beret

The pattern is Lamb’s Lace Beret by Christina Wall of Classic Cable Knits. The yarn is Old Maiden Aunt superwash merino 4-ply in Ultraviolet, a gift from my friend Ewenique. The color is gorgeous. I just made it for me, though I’m not sure it suits me. Maybe I’m just not used to berets.

After I finished the hat, I moved on to something I’ve been wanting to make for a while. If you know your internet memes, you’ll recognize this:

Nyan Cat Scarf

That’s right, it’s a Nyan Cat in scarf form. The pattern is Amigurumi Pop Tart Cat Scarf by Mevlinn Gusick, and it’s crocheted in wool. It was fun to make and even more fun to wear. You can’t help but smile at it!

Nyan Cat Scarf

So I do have something lined up to attempt this week, so I might just get back into Thing-a-Week real soon. Let’s hope!

So handy

Oh hey look, a post from Elle. How nice of her to join us.

I’ve been on hiatus from my Things-a-Week due to work and other home things, but things are letting up. We did finish that shed I mentioned (um, in September, I’m a bit late). It’s pretty awesome.

Shed

The shed is 7′ x 12′ and now houses all of the non-car stuff, like the lawnmower and garden tools, that were cluttering the man-cave garage. It’s built and painted to match the house, and even has cute little leaded-glass windows that hubby picked up from the Millwork Outlet for way cheap ($9 each!).

My husband is so handy that right after the shed, he built an awning for our side patio. He’s a keeper, alright.

Awning

He also fell back in love with his 1972 Firebird Formula 455 (pictured) while he was building the awning around it, so that’s what he’s been working on the last couple of weeks. He tries to take me out for rides every chance he gets. :D

Oh, and it’s his birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, schmoopie.

I do have a couple of crafty items to share, too, so I’ll post those when I take pics.