Antares is ready for me to come and sit down. He’s got my place all warmed up.
Most days when I’m playing Wordle:
Me: I have no idea.
Inputs mostly somewhat random guesses until I exhaust all six tries.
Me: I can’t wait until it’s the day that Canada or Mexico is featured.
Today: Hooray! I got one on the first try!
Internet advertising on Instagram did a good job targeting me. I saw a reel of this little device, and after some obsessive research, I bought two of them, one big and one small. Mine is not as nice as the one I would have bought from Snuggly Monkey, if they had them in stock. And I may yet upgrade. We shall see.
Essentially, the device is a loom that allows you to weave a bit of a rug over your holes. Here’s a sock with two holes in the heel.
Setting up the warp yarns. (I used sashiko thread for this one)
After that, you weave the weft yarns back and forth, reversing the direction of the hooks after every row. You end up with a little checkerboard that looks like this:
My first attempt shows some shoddiness, but that’s what first attempts are for, no? At the last row, you remove the loom and tack the loops from the warp yarn down on the sock (otherwise you are left with a little pocket) and then weave the ends into the sock.
I wasn’t sure if the darn would me distracting to me. It does add an additional layer to your sock. I’ve found that I can feel it when I first put the sock on, but after about two minutes, my body adjusts and I don’t notice the rest of the day.
Hooray for this fun new thing! I’m excited to see what else I can do with it.
I recently upgraded my Garmin activity tracker to a full-on Garmin 245. So now I have a watch that pushes my text messages to my phone. I don’t know how long I will want this feature. Other than that unknown, I’m really enjoying my watch.
Update from the future: Two months in, I’m still getting texts on my watch. I find it especially handy when websites text me a six-digit security code and my phone is in a different room.
Aside from the message, there were some other fun things in this sampler. I loved the curtain made from embroidery floss just hanging out after being woven through straight stitches. I also enjoyed getting the chance to embroider script (hard!) and keep working away at my satin stitch. (It took forever!)
I also learned that when filling a diamond with French knots, it’s best to start from the middle and work outward rather than doing the edges first.
A close-up of my satin stitch. It looks rough, but I’ll get the hang of it. I outlined in backstitch, which I don’t think was the best choice.
This was a great sampler! I had a lot of fun! Thanks, Badass Cross Stitch.
I correctly guessed it was a country with the final four words of S-T-A-N. But then after three countries with that ending, I couldn’t think of any more.
Worldle is really laying bare how little I know about geography.
Pandemic humor c. March 2022, when the mask mandates started going away.
This was a fun little guest perk/branding opportunity.
We even got moved due to weight balancing on the plane, and they still preserved our empty seat.
That’s probably the last time we get to experience this bit of traveling magic. But it was fun while it lasted.
The plus of leaving in the late afternoon is that you don’t have to hurry to the airport. The minus is that it can be hard to time the last day correctly.
We went to Walmart to buy souvenirs and then hung out at Nawiliwili Park and watched the surfers and SUPs until it was time to go to the airport. There were a few SUPs with hydrofoils.
After that, it was time to return the car, put our luggage through the fruit inspection, and hang out at the gate.