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Projects on My Needles – September 22, 2018

HAPPY AUTUMN WOOOO!

Sorry for shouting. But Autumn means time is actually moving even though I’m 798 years pregnant and feels like I always will be. I’ll be 40 weeks on October first, so baby will likely be an October boy.

Since my last WIP update last month (I swear it always feels like 3 days passed rather than 30), I’ve had a few goings on in the Etsy shop.

  • I had a bit of a shop update with some new colors (mostly Once in a Lifetime – if they’re well-loved I may try to approximate how I came up with them again!).
Electric Sunset
Pumpkin Spice Latte
French Silk
  • And I’m having a giveaway – not for any reason in particular. Maybe 200 Instagram followers, maybe pre-baby crazies, maybe I just felt like it! At any rate, go to this Instagram post to enter. You’ll win your choice of one of these 2-3 skein project bags (quality AF if you ask me) and any skein of yarn from my Etsy shop!
Comment & tag a friend on this Instagram post to win!

I’m trying to be more of A Photography so that my website, shop, and Instagram look more professional. I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m trying!

Moving right along, I have 0 finished objects. :(. That feels like a bit of a let down, but everything I’m working on is pretty sizeable, and I’ve put in a lot of work on each one. SoOoOoOo we’ll just skip right ahead to WIPs!

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

I did like maybe 5 more rounds on these socks since last month, but look! The first stripe color is happening! I had a day where I was waiting for Renee’s sweater to dry (I had to block the shit out of it), so I picked these up out of obligation to giving my husband socks before winter is over.

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

This is what I have been working on monogamously since I finished quadrant 2 of my Rose cardigan below. Renee will be visiting in early October, and while it’s basically impossible that I would have it finished by then, I’d like it to at least be try on-able at that time. Here, you’ll see it being blocked the ever-loving shit out of. Some of the textured stitches I was trying out for the yoke are quite inflexible, so I wanted to see if it was even worth incorporating it into the final design. Otherwise, the sleeve stitches are separated and I’m a good 5 inches into the body. I’m working on some texture for the body, so we’ll see how that turns out as well. At any rate, I will be working on this until it’s DONE so Renee can actually wear it, and so I can move on and knit for MEMEME because I’m selfish.

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga on a OOAK color
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

This cardigan is what I really want to be working on. I’ve finished two quadrants now, and I’m itching to start the 3rd. I might do like an inch of it just so I can pick it right up once I finish Renee’s sweater. But that would be a breach of my monogamy. Whatever, these are self-imposed rules.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga (Mauve, Muffin Top, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, and Rural Juror)
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

Scottie’s R&R Hoodie

I hadn’t started this yet during last month’s post, so I feel like this is significant progress! I got Scottie’s hoodie going up to connecting the pockets back to the body, and now it’s just stockinette up until where sleeves get attached. I think I may bring this with me to the hospital for possible mindless knitting after the baby comes and we have to stay a night or whatever. This may possibly be a ridiculous thought (that I’ll be able to knit even 1 stitch after baby comes), but I’m bringing it anyway.

Pattern: R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Sap
Ravelry Project Page: R&R Hoodie

Classic Sweater

Okay this is just a swatch, but it’s progress. I think I might actually properly start this soon once I find gauge. It’s a primarily double crochet pullover in DK weight, so I know it’s going to be a quick project. I just need another project bag.

Pattern: Classic Sweater by Rachel Choi
Yarn: Knitcraft & Knittery Merino DK in Ohio in Springtime
Ravelry Project Page: haven’t started one yet!

Future Castonitis Afflictions

This section is going to just keep growing. Why don’t I keep it to the next 3 things I plan to cast on! (And a sewing project that is probably going to remain only theoretical.)

I’m really excited about this shawl – both to wear and to showcase these Game of Thrones Dragons Colorways. I have already dyed up a skein of Viserion for myself, but need to find time to dye a Drogon and Rhaegal. Full disclosure, I dyed a TON of these for an Etsy order and need a little separation to make my heart grow fond again.

So, once I actually get Jason’s socks done, I’ll be casting these on. This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! The Elder socks are available for preorder now through her Ravelry page if you’re interested! I haven’t bought it yet, but will once I have a minute. I can’t wait for 3 pairs of contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Deathly Hallows. Let’s not hold our breath on my knitting speed though.

When I first saw this pattern I was like “omg no why stop”. However, since then I’ve seen some others make this in some more muted colors and use techniques to make it more cohesive, so now I’m like “omg this is brilliant for leftovers”. What I plan on doing is using the same color for the neck, body hem, and sleeve cuffs; the entire thing will be marled with charcoal; I will fade 4 colors from top to bottom rather than just striping them; and the right side is going to be reverse stockinette so the fade is even less stripey. Now, I’m usually only a proponent of fades that actually were meant to blend into each other, but I think with the combination of holding charcoal with the colors I’m fading and doing reverse stockinette will make them blend a bit more. This will all make a lot more sense when I cast on. Which I technically could do at any time because I don’t need to buy or dye anything to accomplish this pullover.

We’ll see if I ever manage to make this, but I do have all of the materials. Maybe I’ll cut the pieces out one day and just do like one sewing instruction a week and then the baby will be in kindergarten and I’ll have a sweet backpack.

Teddy Mommy & Me Diaper Backpack - Daily Backpack - RLR Creations

So this is what I’ll be working through until baby gets here! Then he’ll be dubbed “The Showstopper” until I relearn how to get anything done like eat or pee or just-run-a-business-from-my-house-nbd.

Looooooove youuuuuuuu

Larissa

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Projects on My Needles – August 22, 2018

Hey everyone! It’s time to write an update on what I’ve been working on. In addition to the knitting I’ll talk about, I’ve been doing lots of other making-type things!

I added 8 projects bags to the Etsy shop. They are amazing. 2-3 skein-sized, tie-dyed, made with organic cotton, zippers and labels are from the USA, interior pocket… It’s the Per. Fect. Bag. for a smallish project. I have two of my own of that size which are housing 1) a sock project and 2) the beginnings of a fingering-weight sweater. I’m working on larger sizes now, too. I’m trying to decide on handles/straps and whether interior flap pockets would be a good addition to the zippered pocket. Probably.

Love the contrast bottom & the cute AF fabrics. Also these zippers are fan-damn-tastic.
Pretty obsessed with this blue.
This is my XL prototype.
Kelly T loves it. Also it’s much bigger than it appears.
This is holding 7 skeins of yarn and it’s barely 1/3 full. So. Make Hagrid a sweater.

I’ve also added lots of yarn options to the Etsy shop. At the moment I have 3 bases:

  • Ohio – DK 100% Merino
  • Geauga – Fingering 70 Merino/30 Silk
  • Erie – Fingering Single Ply 100% Merino

And all of my colorways now have the option to be dyed to order, in the event that what I have in stock isn’t the base you’re looking for. This includes a fade kit and a set of colorways inspired by the 3 dragons from Game of Thrones.

I love this so much. In fact, you’ll find it in my Rose Cardigan WIP below!
Game of Thrones Dragons – Viserion, Drogon, Rhagal

Finished Objects

Portage

I finally finished this cardigan! I got it done in just under 2 months, but I must have thought it would take less time, or maybe I’ve just been really busy because it feels like it should have been done a while ago. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yardage for it since it calls for 1700 yds and I only had 1600 yds. My usage clocked in at 1438 yds without having to modify anything (maybe sleeve length, but that was a short-arms decision rather than a yarn usage tactic). I really love it. It fits and is a really good wardrobe item that I know I’ll actually wear (precious pocketses). I might make another sometime, but I think I’d use a yarn that was a legit DK weight rather than what I used – sport weight leaning towards fingering. It’s a bit gauzy, but it’s still perfect.

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

Okay guys, I suck. I haven’t done any work on these since my last update. I think socks are a bit boring, there’s no hurry since it’s August, and frankly, since they’re not for me, I don’t have the urge to get them done so I can wear them. I’m glad they’re in progress so that I have something simple to work on when I need it!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

I finally cast on this pullover design! This prototype will be gifted to my BFF Renee. It’s a top-down circular yoke with different textured stitches. I keep designing & frogging and changing things. I’m still not sure what I’ll do for the body or arms precisely, but the sweater will tell me when I get there. I think I will actually send this pattern to a tech editor and have test knitters help out with this, so it will be thoroughly vetted before release!

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

I know I said I was going to cast on a pair of socks, but I couldn’t resist this cardigan. I dyed up a fade for myself (which is available in my Etsy shop if you love it as much as I do!). I’m already fading in the 3rd color after working on it for 1 day. the beginning of each section goes so fast, it’s really gratifying. However there are 4 of them, they get REAL big toward the end, then there’s grafting and the collar and sleeves and…. well whatever the fading sequence is really fun, I don’t want to put it down. Also, this pattern has an amazing chart that helps keep track of all of the “at the same time” things going on. This is a livesaver.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

What I Plan to Work on Soon

I’ll make one for Scottie now (The 4-6 year size so that he can grow into it. He’s quite huge.), and the baby later. Probably a 1-ish year old one for babe since I don’t usually find much use for sweaters on babies until they can move around.

I have already made one of these, but I didn’t really know that the yarn I used would not really yield a good result. So, it’s high time to try again with some locally-dyed yarn!

I saw Tracie make one of these on the Grocery Girls Podcast and I knew I had to make one in this Dragon set.

This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! I’m excited to make 3 contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Invisibility Cloak, Resurrection Stone, and Elder wand <3.

I don’t technically need another diaper bag because the one I have is perfectly fine, but I have a bee in my bonnet about making a backpack one. This pattern is a lot more involved than anything else I’ve sewn, so we’ll see how I manage.

We’re on countdown to baby time, so we’ll see what I can accomplish before he becomes our newest roommate. And if I can manage to get anything at all done once he’s here… Fingers crossed!

<3 Larissa

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Projects on My Needles – July 27, 2018

It’s been a little over a month since my last project update. I feel like I’ve done a shitload since then, but it doesn’t look like a whole lot in 6 weeks. But in addition to the knitting I’ve been doing, I’ve published a Natural Yarn Directory for anyone to use and contribute to, I’ve published my Hero of Time hat pattern (see below!), I’ve been dyeing a lot of yarn, and I’ve been sewing project bags. I do think that after I’ve worked on the sweater design I have up next, I’ll take a break from pattern designing. I have so much dyeing research and development to do still, I AM IN LOVE WITH the project bags I have in the works, and I just want to knit more for myself – I keep adding to the list of yarn brands/bases I want to try.

But at any rate, these are the things I’ve been knitting while watching the Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Rick and Morty, Archer, Ozark, etc…

Finished Objects

Hero of Time x 3

I was in progress on the first of these three during my last WIP update, and I’ve finished all three and published the pattern since then! These were a ton of fun to work on. I wrote a post that details the story behind this design, and if you’re so inclined, I have kits of the 7 contrasting colors available for purchase with a FREE pattern download in the Etsy shop.

Pattern: Hero of Time (Ravelry), Hero of Time (Etsy)
Yarn: My own Fuzzzy Green Fibers in Erie, and some Recycled Yarn (fingering weight)
Ravelry Project Page: Adult Large, Child/Small Adult, Toddler/Small Child

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

I finished my own pair of Okanogan socks, and have cast on a pair for my husband! This time I’m doing the calf-shaping for him. The main color will be the deep gray and the stripes will be the green that my socks were made from. I’ve only ever made him 1 pair of socks, so hopefully these fit him even better and he gets legitimate use from them!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Portage

I hadn’t even started this yet during my last post, so I think this is considerable progress along with 3 hats and casting on a pair of socks (and the 685683 other things I’m up to). I just finished the tubular bind off last night (omg so much kitchener) and will pick up the front/collar tonight. I may have to block the shit out of this when it’s done since I made the XS, and I may have to do some color shenanigans for the wrist cuffs since I have 100 yds less than it called for, but I’m so excited for POCKETSES!!!

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Near Future Cast-Ons

Contrast Heel-Toe-Cuff Socks

Kelly T
October

I’ve been dyeing up a storm and working on colorways. This was my first prototype of Kelly T which turned out gorgeous, but it isn’t exactly what I had in mind for the colorway. However, my intentions with many of my colorways are to make sock kits with their related base color, so I’m going to use this as a beta-test for that (weight/yardage needed, how the dye technique knits up). Kelly T will be a colorway available for purchase soon, and October is available now!

Pattern: Personal toe-up recipe (Judy’s magic cast on, maybe Fish Lips Kiss or scrap yarn afterthought heel?)
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga in Kelly T with October contrast heel/toe/cuff

Rose Cardigan

Another thing I want to offer is dyed-to-order fade kits. Since fades will usually be a differing number of skeins in whichever color depending on your project, I can’t so much have them available ready to ship, but I really like fades that are dyed to be faded, not just colors striped together that hope for the best. Those tend to look tacky and “omg did you knit that yourself, bless your heart!” I’m going to make myself a Rose Cardigan with this fade (even though it’s fingering weight when the pattern calls for sport weight – the gauge calls for 26 sts/4 in, I think we’ll be okay), while coming up with other fade kits too (I’m thinking a navy to beige fade, a gray to mustard fade, etc). I would just buy a fade kit from someone else, but I cannot find another indie dyer using non-superwash yarn who dyes just precisely what I’m looking for, so I might as well DIY and offer it up to the world!

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga in Mauve, Muffin Top, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, and Rural Juror

Pullover Design for Nae

For Christmas, I gifted my friend Renee the promise of a pullover that I designed. I’ll probably need to make multiple in a few sizes to make sure the pattern is all mathed-up properly, so I’m happy to gift one of them to my bff. I let her choose what color she wanted it knit in, and while I didn’t quite nail what she described (sry, am dye n00b), she liked the resultant colorway anyway :). This colorway isn’t going to be available in the shop, mostly because I had to do some messing around to attempt to correct it, and I would have no ability to recreate it exactly. However, if this speaks to you, let me know and I can do my darndest!

Pattern: It’s all in my brain at the moment!
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga

That’s all for now! I do a lot of daily updates and whatnot on my Instagram page, so if you’re interested in more nonsense from me, check it out.

<3 Larissa

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Projects on My Needles – June 17, 2018

It’s time for a semi-regular episode of What Is Larissa Working On? Well, let me tell you, I have been on a tare to actually finish everything that was in progress. If you compare this to my last WIP post, all of the projects have been completed! This is because my frenetic brain has been coming up with about 40 ideas per day, and I’ve been working on tangential projects. To be more specific, I signed up to do FibreShare again (read about my maiden voyage here), I’m compiling a list of companies with natural yarn including specific bases, I bought undyed yarn, used Kool-Aid to dye some, bought acid dyes to do it for real, I made a few project bags, and I’m working on a hat design. I really needed to finish these projects so that I could focus more on the other half-baked activities I have planned for myself. So, I think it’s quite a feat that I forced myself to finish these before diving into 27 new ventures.

Finished Objects

Kitty Ears Beanie

Frankie as the cutest kitty alive <3

I made this little hat an official pattern that you can get for free on Ravelry (see below). My lovely cousin asked for a hat to be made for her baby girl Frankie. I’m always happy to oblige making adorable things for babies because DID YOU SEE HER?!

Pattern: Kitty Ears Baby Hat
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Shale
Ravelry Project Page: Kitty Ears Beanie

Zweig

Cruising. Snacking.
Love.
My attempt at an Instagram-worthy shot.

My slow ass started this sweater in January and finally finished it in June. Granted there were a few months in there where I was trying not to barf and sitting upright seemed like a whole lot of bother (thanks belly friend #2). At any rate, I’m very pleased to have this sweater in my wardrobe for the fall. I had plenty of yardage, and I love how not bulky fingering weight sweaters are.

Pattern: Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Swan’s Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering in Teal and Oyster
Ravelry Project Page: Zweig

Tristan

This adorable little cardigan is a free pattern in the Newborn size. There are lots of other sizes in a paid pattern, too. I’m calling this done even though I haven’t sewn on the snaps yet. I’ll get to it, stop hassling me.

Pattern: Newborn Tristan
Yarn: Pichinku Iskay in Q’era
Ravelry Project Page: Newborn Tristan

Okanogan

I have wanted to knit socks in this Blacker Yarns base for quite a while. It’s such a challenge to find yarn that is sturdy enough for socks but isn’t superwash and doesn’t contain Nylon. And let me tell you, this is hardy yarn. I figured it would lend itself well to the camping-in-the-wilderness Okanogan socks pattern. Also, this was my first time doing a heel flap for a sock. We’ll see how I prefer the fit when I actually wear them with boots this fall. Jason is getting an evil twin version of these, too. Eventually. Again, don’t hassle me.

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan Socks

Works in Progress

Hero of Time

A very FLASH nighttime photo of the colorwork.
Yarn mountain. 2 of 3 hats will be knit with what is seen here!

My husband is kind of obsessed with the video games that he played as a kid. Several of the Zelda ones included. So, I am tasked with the design of a hat (precursor to an eventual sweater!) that depicts some of the motifs you’d see in Ocarina of Time. You’ll see the overarching Triforce, Link’s Sword, and the Spiritual Stones… some combination of which and in some order make you the Heroooo of Tiiiiiime!!!! Also, I dyed all that yarn, soOoOo…

Pattern: Hero of Time, coming soon!
Yarn: My own hand-dyed, and some Recycled Yarn (fingering weight)
Ravelry Project Page: In progress

Portage

Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t started knitting this yet. I did cake up the yarn though. Maybe I’ll even print the pattern! Look, I got 1600 yards of wool that I wanted to try for $50 (retails for about $175) at the Great Lakes Fiber Show in May. I’m chuffed AF. I intend to actually cast this on in the next few days. Once my brain starts to fry from all of the colorwork and math and general pattern-writeyness that is my Hero of Time hat design. I’m making the smallest size of this cardi which calls for 1700 yards of yarn and I have 1600 yards… so I may be ordering a skein and hoping they have the same colorway still. Or making the ends of my sleeves a different color. I just really want to make this cardigan okay?

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Okay. That’ll about do it. As I mentioned, I have a lot of things going at the same time, and I hooooope they’re well-received when I finally get around to telling everyone about them. Welp, ttyl.

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Projects on My Needles – May 21, 2018

Hi hi! You guys, I think I’ve got my knitting enthusiasm back! I’ve cast on 2 more projects since my last update. They’re small, but I’ve made significant progress on my Zweig sweater in that time too, so I’m feeling pretty good. There are still so many projects in my queue that I’m itching to buy yarn for, but that is going to have to wait until the money fairy puts yarn under my pillow. Or some other more elegant metaphor/joke.

In the meantime, I’m working on something free, just costs time. I’m compiling a list of yarns that are in the realm of “natural” – no superwash and no synthetic fibers. I didn’t realize how many yarn brands carried bases that were compliant in this regard, so the list is EPICALLY HUGE. It’ll be available to download when I’m finished; you’ll get to organize and Ctrl + F your preferences. It’s either going to be very helpful, or else I’ve just added a major aspect of analysis paralysis to your lives. Sorry, but you’re welcome?

The first two projects here I’ve already written about in my previous WIP update post, but the next two are new!

1. Zweig

I have finally finished the body of this sweater and the left sleeve! I’ve got the second sleeve cast on. I think I’ll focus on this project as my priority so that I have it as a garment to wear. The other WIPs aren’t really things that’ll get use in the next few months anyway, so they can take longer to achieve FO status. Oh, and I’ve got plenty of yarn to finish the second sleeve at full length, never fear :).

Pattern: Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Swan’s Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering in Teal and Oyster
Ravelry Project Page: Zweig

2. Okanogan

These may not look any different from my last post, but I promise they grew 1-2 inches. I think I’ve still got another 1.5 inches or so of the leg to knit before I start the heel flap. I’m actually excited to work on the heel flap since I’ve never done one before, I just have to slog through the boring legs first!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan Socks

3. Kitty Hat

Every now and again, my cousin will ask me to make something adorable for her daughter, and of course I’m happy to oblige! She settled on wanting a little dusty rose beanie with kitty ears on it. Since it’s spring now, and we live in Ohio, I made it in a size that’ll fit her come fall when little Frankie turns 1 (!). I used my free stripey baby hat pattern as the guide for measurements for the beanie. And I completely made up the ears on the fly! I did write down the rough pattern in the notes of the project page though, if you’re interested! All I’ve got to do is sew on the ears and give it a bath.

Pattern: See Project Notes!
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Shale
Ravelry Project Page: Kitty Ears Beanie

4. Tristan Newborn Cardigan

I finally have a reason to use my skein of Pichinku baby alpaca yarn that I received from their Kickstarter! We’re expecting another baby boy in October this year :). I knew I wanted to use this yarn for something small and compact since alpaca can grow and stretch with time if the piece is large, heavy, or drapey. This little sweater will have snaps down the side opening, maybe with some buttons sewn on top for funsies. I did totally miss a cable early on, but I figure I’ll just cinch it up on the wrong side to make it look like a cable? I guess? Whatever, babies don’t care what they’re wearing.

Pattern: Tristan Newborn
Yarn: Pichinku Baby Alpaca (Iksay)
Ravelry Project Page: Newborn Cardigan

So, what with these projects, the garden, the toddler, and general mom-life, I’m keeping busy. I think maybe we’ll decompress with a hike or a bubble-making leafblower later.

ttyl love you bye