Friday, November 17, 2017

New and improved











This morning, the Bear and I went to the hair salon. He needed a haircut. I've been trying to let my hair grow for the past month or so, since I had a really bad haircut at this same place. But while I was sitting there, I realized that the stylist I really like was going to be finished with her customer very soon, so I had myself added to the list for a haircut. I wanted to see if she had any advice for my hair while I'm trying to let it grow; I'm finding it really unmanageable lately, especially as we go into winter and the air is so dry indoors and out. 

When it was my turn, she took one look at my hair and wanted to know if so-and-so had been the last to cut it and whether he'd used "the razor." Yes and yes. I'd had to trim it myself with sewing scissors when I got home the day of his haircut, because there were chunks of hair three or four inches longer than the rest. She was kind of horrified. She gave me a much better haircut, for free, and I was so glad I had decided to get mine cut too. I like my haircut; it's nothing special, just a "long bob," as they're calling it these days, but it looks and feels much better. Now I'm wondering just how bad I'd been looking before. Her face really told the tale when I sat down in the chair. The Bear is too nice to say anything. Or maybe he thought I'd gotten that haircut deliberately, in which case he knows better not to say a word.

I've been crocheting up a storm this week. Now that I'm finished with Maybelle, I feel at loose ends. Which is weird, because I actually had a few tearful moments toward the end of Maybelle when I just couldn't stand to be working on it anymore. I just wanted it over with. But after a few crochet-free days, I actually found myself missing it again. So I gathered all of my worsted-weight acrylic yarns and started a new blanket. I know. But this one will be really useful in the living room, where two of my oldest (and most amateur) blankets live. We could use bigger and nicer-looking blankets in there. I'm making large (15-round) one-color granny squares and joining them in cream, like a big patchwork quilt. I like it so far. It's basic and almost totally mindless, which feels right at the moment. Plus I'm using up all that yarn. I love stashbusting, it feels great. You should see how much yarn this blanket uses, especially with a size I hook. I'm thinking about naming this one Big Gulp.

Also on the hook: more Flowers in the Snow circles, for another small dolly blanket. Santa Claus is bringing a very special doll to a little lady in Albuquerque this year, and she's getting a fully-equipped handmade bed of her own, like the other dolls already have. There's just something about crafting for dolls. It's so much fun to make tiny versions of real things, isn't it? I still have a mattress, pillow and quilt to churn out before Christmas; wish me luck.

I'm so excited to have a new plant in my kitchen! I bought a little ivy plant just after Christmas last year, putting it on a small table in the living room. I'm bad at keeping houseplants alive, but I must have done something right (or this plant is just miraculously hardy), because it's still kicking and I'm actually enjoying indoor-plant care again. So I decided to get one for the kitchen too. I ordered a macrame plant hanger and a little white plastic pot from Amazon, and bought a small philodendron plant at Lowe's. I hung it in the corner of the breakfast nook and I think it does a lot for the room. Nobody really walks through that corner, so it shouldn't be disturbed. My best houseplant ever - which I had to leave behind when we left New York for New Mexico in 2006 - was a huge philodendron. And my mom still has philodendrons in her dining room that she planted when I was about six years old! So I have hope for my little friend.

We're watching a storm roll in this afternoon. The temperature should drop substantially tonight, and we may freeze two or three nights in a row. November has been unusually warm and dry here, but I haven't minded so much. Often, I feel weird and disconnected when the weather doesn't match the calendar, but it didn't bother me this time. Maybe I was just too busy to notice. Today, though: windy, dark, still a little warm but dropping fast. We're going to get a pizza for dinner. Then it's stove popcorn and TV for the Bear and me. It's Friday night, you know.

21 comments:

  1. It's lovely to start a new project isn't it. You know I'm a big fan of handmade blankets. Mine (for the living room) is languishing on a high shelf away from the puppy. I've got a cowl under way that he's already got hold of. The ball of yarn had to be wound into two attached balls, I don't know what he did to it. Anyway, it's all gone very awkward. The thing I love about blankets made of squares is that they're nice and small to work on to start with. I didn't know you used to live in New York, how exciting. Love the houseplants, they're always a lovely addition. I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  2. How lovely to get your hair "sorted" for free. Keep cosy! :o)

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  3. I know what you mean about a bad haircut. Once when we were living in Turkey I went in for a trim, I've always worn a long bob, and I ended up with a Pixie cut. I cried and my hair grows so slowly. Glad you got yours sorted.

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  4. We have had a beautiful day here today until about a half an hour ago. Now the clouds are coming in and rain is predicted for the next week. I heard on the news this afternoon that Mount Spokane opened for skiing today. It’s the earliest opening day in the history of the ski resort. I guess all the rain we’ve had here in the valley has been snow up on the mountain.

    I’m glad you were able to get your hair fixed. It’s so frustrating when you get a bad cut. I got mine trimmed a couple of weeks ago too. She didn’t cut much off, but it sure made a big difference and it looks much better. I haven’t had a haircut since January!

    I love the idea of your patchwork blanket... maybe that’s what I’ll do with all of my leftover scraps from the mittens. Remember that basket on my blog post? Even if there’s not enough to make an entire square, I can combine colors. I could make them toddler size for the crisis nursery. What do you think? I just hate seeing the scraps sit there and not be used.

    We’re having pizza tonight too! We’re getting carry out and taking it to our friends from the lake. It’s a nice way of getting together in the off-season. I hope you have a lovely weekend with your family Jennifer.
    Blessings always, Betsy

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  5. that's so nice, the plant! my goodness, I am so sorry about the hair cut and so glad you got a better one!!! sounds like the person you went to today is the one you want!!! :) :) I am excited to see your blanket for the living room! what you have done already looks so beautiful! :) I hope the storm is one that is good and that you stay warm and cozy! Have a blessed and peaceful weekend!

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  6. Wow - a bad haircut is just so awful to deal with! I'm glad you got this one for free.
    I like your crochet hook holder - very organized. The new plant looks good too.
    It's been raining here, almost all week!

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  7. Lovey snippets of a beautiful life. It's great to use up our yarn stash and enjoy the process. I recently chopped my hair but the girl was afraid to go too short since she said we can cut more but can't add it back. I told her it's just hair and I didn't mind but she still erred on the side of caution.
    My hair had become quite long and I wasn't really taking care of it so it was definitely time for a change. Glad you got your bad haircut sorted out. I'm growing avocado plants from seed now and really enjoying the process of seeing that happening. Wasn't so successful at it in the beginning but now have many many plants and more sprouting. Happy weekend.

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  8. Well it certainly looks like November from your pictures. It’s not a time of year I look forward to but that might be different if I had your summer heat. Frosty here two nights now and most of the leaves off the trees. Brrrr!

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  9. I'm glad you got a free haircut, it sounds like you deserved it after last time, it was good of the hairdresser to put things right. It's a long time since I've done any crochet, knitting is my thing at the moment, but I've taken a blanket out of hibernation, I just need to decide what to do with it now, carry on or start again.

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  10. I have changed my hair stylist because my old one always like to use the razor blade, which I think makes hair all frizzy. I also didn't like the sound of the blade on my hair. I am so glad you got a hair cut for free and that you are happy with it. I like long bobs, very sophisticated. It is lovely to start a new project and I don't think you can ever have enough blankets, particularly if they get used and loved a lot. Squares are nice and portable, which is always a bonus. Happy weekend! xx

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  11. Hope you had a lovely evening. I've been making doll bedding for the pram we just gave our grand daughter. It was her 2nd birthday.
    Your crochet looks lovely :)

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  12. I'm so pleased to hear about your new hair cut Jennifer. It is so important that we do nice things for ourselves when we're always so busy looking after others. I haven't done any crochet since finishing a ripple blanket for my daughter in September and I remember at the end I just wanted it off my hook. Oh and an infusion of fresh rosemary left to steep like tea, strained and then poured over the hair as a final rinse is a really nice conditioning treatment for brunettes and leaves hair smelling wonderful. Hope you're all keeping warm and cosy.

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  13. It is good to have a haircut that doesn't feel like it is wearing you. I have started another blanket this week but I couldn't settle on a motif - I tried Maybelle but mine was too holey because my crochet is so loose so I fell back on the granny square. Now I have seen your circles I want those now - maybe next time. Have a good week. Jo xx

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  14. Lovely reading about your cosy crotchet as the cool weather and snow moves in. Your new crotchet is so bright and colourful, just like that first leafy picture. Happy good luck with your new hair-cut: wasn't that meant to be! Sometimes I get a bad cut from the same lady who usually does it well. So difficult to complain, I do what you have been doing - just try to grow it out and put up with the weird bits.

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  15. Wish I could crochet as well as you do!! My biggest hurdle is following the instructions...

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  17. Yay for the new haircut..
    I am not good with confrontations either.. I get that from my mom.. thankfully I've never had a disastrous haircut but my mom had her hair colored this one time and the lady colored it orange brown instead of black brown!! And we payed her and came home and had to redo it.
    I like the hanging ivy plant..

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  18. It is wonderful that you got a good haircut and are launched into stitching projects that you are enjoying, Jennifer :) My local kids are headed off to spend Thanksgiving with their in-laws, accept for my youngest son, Tim, who is a bachelor. He and I are headed over to some friends to have dinner at their home along the Clackamas River. I hope you and yours have a great birthday/Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant! xx :)

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  19. How nice it is to be back reading your gorgeous blog again Jennifer. I have been absent from blogland for months, and am now slowly catching up with my reading. I am glad to hear you got your hair sorted out, it is a very importand part of how we present ourselves to the world I think. Not in a vain way, but it should be something we are hapoy with as it is always on show. I have had some howling haircuts over the years, (self chosen) but luckily my hair grows very fast so usually i can dispense with a disaster within 6 months or so. Have a super weekend x

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  20. I get majorly twitchy if I don't have some kind of crochet project on the go. It kind of unnerves me. I think your new patchwork blanket sounds lovely actually. And I really like the hanging planter. I'm a big fan of house plants. :-) xx

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