Tattoos and life and everything

I want to talk to you about New York. I have finished knitting projects (yes, two!) to share. I have many a thing to talk about.

But in the St. Louis area, things have been happening lately. I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now. I have been saddened by the news coming out of Ferguson nearly every night and hope for a peaceful resolution that also deals with the changes we need to make as a society. It’s tough to watch what’s going on & I’ve had to cut back on my news consumption for my own sanity, but my thoughts are with those fighting for justice and the family of Michael Brown.

And that is all I’m going to say about that here – this is not a blog where people come to keep up on the news and so many have said what I think so much better than I ever could or will be able to.

I will come back later to tell you about New York (Hedwig! NPH! Yarn! Work!), but for now let’s just catch up a bit.

The day after I returned home from NYC, I went out for the afternoon with knitting friend and fellow Harry Potter lover Grace (check her new blog – it’s entertaining!) so I could get a new tattoo. Grace was my moral support in this endeavor, even though it’s smaller than 2 of the other 3 tattoos I have. For someone who has as low of a pain tolerance as I do, I can’t believe I’ve now willingly gone under the needle FOUR times. This is likely the last time, as I get older the healing process seems to take even longer and I’m too whiny about the whole itchy process.

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So yes, I have an HP related tattoo because I am a dork. An awesome dork. And now my tiny Stonecutter sunflower will stay a tiny sunflower and my psychedelic sun will just…be on my shoulder where I can’t see it and fade into blurriness forever. (I asked about getting a cover up and my artist suggested something like a rose b/c of the color and layers and BLEH. DO NOT WANT.) The lily on my foot will continue to be awesome.

Next subject.

I’ve been getting out of the house a little more lately (yay) and hanging out with my awesome group of friends – some new in the past year or so, some who have now been friends for nearly a decade. And I’m going to get a tiny bit sappy here because THESE PEOPLE. They are MY PEOPLE. I love that I have found my people. I realized this as I was driving home from somewhere earlier this week – they’re just all fun to be with and we have a good time together and just YAY.

Speaking of my people – during one of the escapades, Mindy & the Nugget joined me for lunch, after which I came home covered in monster stickers. That kid is awesome (like a hot dog).
Impromptu lunch with Mindy & the Nugget means I came home covered in monster stickers.

What else? Oh, there was a cluster of late July birthdays in the knit night crew, so I made cupcakes for the first time in forever. I went with the standard Guinness cupcake recipe, but used a Double Chocolate Stout as the beer and YUM. We demolished 2 dozen of those bad boys. It was one of the few times I’ve not come home with cupcake leftovers.
Step 2: Frosted with a cream cheese glaze.

I’m swatching for my Hermione inspired sweater, which is fun. I am making a cardigan instead of a pullover, but this is the inspiration & my stripey color palette. (Side note: I’m loving this PicStitch app on my phone that lets me make these collages.)
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There was one more thing. Oh, yes. The semester starts next week (I accomplished NONE of the things I was going to get done this summer) & this week we had our yearly “orientation”. I was chatting with some fellow students afterward & I made a plan that involves goal dates to finish things. I also, thanks to a conversation with Mindy, have started referring to my PhD related milestones in Harry Potter terms. So I’ll finish up my OWLS (written exams) in October, then it’s on to the dissertation phase (the NEWTS).

And that’s about it. This is long, so if you made it this far give yourself a pat on the back and a cookie.

FO – Zombie for Mindy

A couple weeks (or less) ago I was surfing around Ravelry, as you do, and I happened upon this cute little amigurumi zombie pattern (ravelry link). My immediate thought was “I MUST MAKE THIS FOR MINDY!!” (yes, in all caps, even). Since I couldn’t keep it to myself but I also couldn’t tell Mindy or it wouldn’t be a surprise, I emailed Rachel to share my find. She quite immediately agreed with me – yes I MUST MAKE THIS FOR MINDY. But I didn’t have the yarn, I said. I have some cotton slub yarn you can use, Rachel said.

And a few days later…

YIP 245.365 A zombie for Mindy

Mindy's Zombie

YIP 244.365 Mardi Gras Rileypants
Oh, wait. Rileypants is not a zombie. YET.

Matilda the Zombie Girl was gifted on Thursday, when we gathered at Mindy’s for another night of knitting. I tried to be all sly & put her on the table with the coffee/drink supplies, but she noticed pretty much as soon as she walked back in the room.

Details:
Pattern – Zombina the Zombie Girl by Jess Rollar
Yarn – Dyeabolical Cotton Slub in sage, tangerine, pink, red – all parts except hair & ribs.
Hair – Mission Falls Cotton, Skacel Urban Silk (not sure on amounts for anything, but it all used less than a skein or scraps)
Hook – Size D
Notes – LOVED how clear the pattern was, except I always have issues with the hair. But when I had another question (not related to hair), Jess got back to me really quickly with the answer. This went together really fast, too.