First: Charlie (C) is finished. It’s done in seed stitch. (Ignore the little dot in the top white stripe. It’s a stitch marker to denote the right side. Of course I photographed the wrong side! It’s Murphy’s law. But both sides are the same. It’s just that my yarn tails are woven in on the wrong side.
At the end of his weekly YouTube videos, Tom Daley (yes, I’m still a wee bit obsessed) answers questions posted in his comments and asks for new questions. One question I’d like to ask: Does he completely finish one knit or crochet project before he starts another? I recently went through my stash and found many unfinished projects. Here are just seven of them. (Yes, there are more!)
Seven Unfinished Knitting (& Crochet) Projects
(“Crochet” is in parenthesis because only one project is crochet—the first one shown here.)
1. Dallas Tote Bag: from Lion Brand. The yarn is called “Jeans.” I love me some denim, and I love this yarn. It’s soft and stretchy. Of course, I need another bag like I need another hole in my head, but who cares? I’ve made great progress since this picture was taken, finishing the first panel Friday night. Yay!
2. Boxy T-Shirt Top: another Lion Brand project with Jeans yarn. I’ve made good progress on this, too. Took it to the auto dealership on Thursday and knitted while waiting for my car to be serviced. (Knitting is easier for me than crochet.) I also finished listening to a favorite book from Audible—a paranormal gay romance mystery. But that’s subject for another time.
Since it’s Sunday and I just got my second COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer—we didn’t get a choice), I thought I’d list a few things I’m excited to be able to do after a year of uncertainty. So, without further ado, here are:
7 Things I’ve Put Off for a Year
In-person doctor visits I’ve had a couple appointments via tele-medicine (and other health sessions via Zoom), but some things just need to be done in person. Like the dermatologist and blood work.
Get a pedicure Sandal season is just around the corner!
Have a glass of wine with my neighbor I’d hoped to get together this coming week, but the vaccine people told me I need to wait 2 weeks before I can safely hug another vaccinated person. Dang. I guess I’ll just have to drink that bottle of wine I bought to share by myself.
Get some junk out of my trunk house Those handy bins you used to see around town for donating clothes and shoes disappeared last March. So what to do with all the clothes I’ve bagged up? Supposedly Goodwill and Salvation Army are taking donations, but I’ve heard their schedules are iffy. A junk removal company may be expensive, but I live on the top floor of a walk-up. Besides, those strapping young lads will be able to take out some of the heavier stuff.
Call the plumber I have a few minor problems that need fixing. So minor that I decided I could live with them until I was vaccinated.
Schedule a contractor Sooner or later, I’ll want to move. And I need to fix up my condo before I can do that. Fortunately, I know who I want to hire, I just need to call him. I already told him ( a few years ago) that’s I’d keep him gainfully employed for a couple of years.
Get my taxes done No, I didn’t put off paying my taxes for a year. I’m just using it as an excuse for waiting until the last minute. Last year the feds gave us a couple extra months. However, Virginia did not give us a reprieve. And we have to file our federal and state returns at the same time. The only good thing was that Virginia’s deadline for income tax is May 31st. And yes, I delayed it until the last week. At least I’m consistent.
So there you have it.. Looks like it’ll be a busy spring!
(P.S. I’m trying something new with WordPress. I wrote this post on Saturday, Mar 27, but am scheduling it to publish on Sunday the 28th. You know, since it IS a Sunday Seven.)
Finally! Have you forgotten all about Outlander? What’s it been? A month and a half since Outlander’s season 3 ended? Longer? Blame some of it on my goddamn 2-week cable outage! Well, at least part of it. Onward!
My Seven Favorite Outlander Season 3 Episodes
It should come as no surprise to you (if you’ve read each episode post) that I have a favorite Outlander character. Of course, those are going to be my top four. I have a second favorite character. Those two episodes follow. And we’ll round out the list with the appearance of a familial-adjacent character.
[All in the form of a “Sunday Seven,” but on Friday instead of Sunday. Apparently, my mind only works in increments of seven now.]
Two Weeks in Hell Heck
Two weeks ago—TWO WEEKS! FOURTEEN DAYS!—on January 19, I was working on my Outlander season 3 favorite episodes post. I began having difficulty saving the in-progress post as I had no internet connection. Not a big problem, I thought. My router is getting old and it sometimes “burps” offline for a few minutes. I had the backup plan to write the post offline, then copy and paste when the time was right.
The streak continues! How long can the “Sunday (& Not-Sunday) Seven last? Who knows. Take bets! Start a pool! At least now I’ll try to get them posted on Sunday. Unless, of course, I don’t.
I actually have three Sunday Seven posts started, but with it being Christmas Eve, I thought of something more appropriate to the season. Every year around November/December, I receive the Signals catalog. It’s “for Fans & Friends of Public Television,” (that’s what it says on the cover) which I support. It boasts unusual games, DVD sets, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and more; many items are made in developing countries. It also has a bevy of T-shirts with silly sayings. Here are seven my favorites. They’re in no particular order because I couldn’t determine which ones I liked best. (See #6 below.)
Seven Silly T-Shirt Sayings (Ha! Alliteration!)
Hyphenated. Non-hyphenated. That’s irony.
The engineer’s motto: If it ain’t broke, take it apart and fix it.
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with catsup.
People who wonder if the glass is half full or half empty are missing the point. The glass is refillable.
I prefer my kale with a silent K.
My decision-making skills resemble those of a squirrel trying to cross the street.
99 bugs in the code
99 bugs in the code
Take one down
And patch it up
132 bugs in the code.
The long-awaited, highly anticipated “print shop scene” episode has arrived! You knew there would be disappointment in the crowd. After all, everyone has a favorite moment they want to see brought to life, and you can’t possibly recreate everyone’s moment, let alone portray it exactly as they had in mind. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any particular notions or desires, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed. I, too, had read Voyager with great anticipation for Jamie and Claire’s reunion, and was thrilled to experience it, but… eh, we’ll get to that later. So let’s discuss
A. Malcolm, Episode 306
1. It’s a special episode
Just in case you didn’t realize it was a “special episode,: we got an extra 15 minutes as a reward for waiting two weeks. Then we got a cold open (the first ever of the series) that depicts a day, or at least a morning, in the life of Jamie Fraser Alexander Malcolm, Printer & Bookseller. And its title card boasts a special conceit with the writer and director coming hot off the presses.
The problem with being a procrastinator is (obviously) putting things off until the very last minute. This sometimes leads to skipping things altogether, at least when they’re not essential. In this last week’s Sunday Seven case, it was a combination of getting sidetracked and not coming up with any ideas. But I promised to blog throughout the entire Outlander season and finally thought of something Outlander related, so here goes.
Podcasts (and a Vlog) I Enjoy—to Varying Degrees
In reverse order (i.e., from least to most enjoyed):
Last week’s post mentioned the ever-increasing fabulousness of each Outlander episode would likely come to an end. It did. But we can still count and discuss…
Freedom and Whiskey, Episode 305
1. It was better than expected
Faint praise for sure. After all, it featured my least favorite character, while my most favorite character was nowhere to be seen. (Well, he was likely at Helwater with his new wife and adopted child.) But this episode sufficiently held my attention upon first viewing so as not to seem to drag. Nonetheless, I have little desire to watch it again or listen to any of its podcasts, and no desire to discuss it on message boards.
Season 3 of Outlander just keeps getting better and better. Episode 301 was great; episode 302, better; episode 303, even better, possibly the best; episode 304, possibly the best, with a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately, the streak likely ends here. The second half of Voyager isn’t nearly as compelling as the first half, falling into some pretty terrible tropes. Plus, there’s no more Lord John Grey (for a while).