Well, is this a Blog or Not?

Or does life just get in the way sometimes?  So much has happened since February, I don’t know whether to catch up, start from here or what.  Looking back, I can’t even tell you all that’s gone on, so let’s just go with more recent history……

I’ve started spinning again…..

My little Mini me came home with me one day in March from All About Ewe in Clark, NJ – a Schacht Sidekick.  I hadn’t any intention of buying a new wheel, but well, you know what happens when you sit down and spin on something that you don’t already own and become mesmerized by it.  Yeah.  Not to worry – the Ashford Traditional found a new home at All About Ewe and I sold my little Hitchhiker and a few spinning accessories for the Traditional that I never used – Ravelry is a wonder for selling stuff!  This is my Travel wheel and it’s already made the cut on our trip to Maryland  Sheep and Wool – it spins like a dream and I’ve produced more fiber in the last few months than I have in years.  If you are in the Clark, NJ area, stop in and say hey to Lisa and Jesh!  Great Shop, great atmosphere and you can even find some of our swifts and pins there!

Also, I’ve been weaving again….

Sock yarn warp, handspun weft – it’s awesome using your own handspun in your weaving.  This was the first project on my Norwood workshop loom in about ten years – the selvages are a wonky mess and I love it.  DH gave me a Schacht Cricket for Mother’s day, bought at MDS&W, and that will be coming camping with us this summer as well – love these compact little things.  I’ve made quite a few scarves on it….

Handspun warp and weft.  Fun!

But I’m most proud of this on the floor loom…..

Claudia Handpainted Silk in Huck Lace.  This is my very favorite.  Not only did I have to correct threading and sleying errors, I actually fixed them and ended up with something that I didn’t think I could do in my past weaving life.  I’m glad I’m older and can appreciate things differently now.

Not to worry  - I’ve still been knitting…..

I’ve since finished this first Color Affection and started a second.  This garter knitting is just the ticket right now for my nerves.  Our youngest has just shipped out for the military and this has turned out to be more difficult for us than we thought.  I’m guessing the weaving, spinning, knitting will all serve to calm my anxieties in the near future!

Looking forward to this summer…..

You might see me in your travels…..stop by and say hello!

Weekly Challenge 15, Love Your Curves, Baby!

A little nervous, but excited…..I’m participating in my first Weekly Challenge 15 – Love Your Curves, Baby,  over at the Diva’s blog….

This week it’s all about Curves!

So now this is a Knitting, Jewelry, Photography and Tangling Blog!

Most surprising is that I’ve had my first commissioned work….

I was extremely nervous, as the only requirements I was given were the name and to include a Peace Sign.  I was very relieved that the person was really happy with it.  Whew!

And I actually did some knitting today.   Still working on the Weekend Shawl – I wish real weekends seemed as long as this shawl was taking me!

And the Wind Keeps on Blowing

Let me just start with how long I’ve been worried that this tree was going to come down in a storm. 

Long time.

It was extremely windy yesterday and last night, howling winds, the kind that knock the wind out of you when they hit you in the face.

Last night, while we were out to dinner with some friends, the sucker, er, very nice considerate tree, finally blew it’s top.

The top of it is pretty HUGE…….

I think it’s at least almost half the length of the tree, probably a little less, since I tend to exaggerate when I’ve been preoccupied with said tree for as long as we’ve lived here…….I knew someday the tree was going to at least lose it’s top, and I was always very scared it would fall the other way towards this….

The back of our house.  I just turned to the right after taking the photo of the HUGENESS.  DH always assured me it would fall up hill, away from our house.  There is a scientific reason, or a physics equation that made him feel good about it, but I always thought Sh*t rolled downhill, so therefore I was always positive it was going to fall and hit our house. 

I’m quite relieved it did not.  And now, there is all sorts of happiness about the firewood and that the rest of the tree can be removed without any damage to said dwelling. 

I’m glad we were out of the house when it happened – we were having a fun dinner with friends. 

Yesterday was an entirely fun day – Jeanne came for lunch and knitting and dessert and tea – it was so nice!  And since I feel the beginnings of startitis….

Terra using Cascade 220.  I had originally cast on in some stash wool, but it was just too rustic.  Rough rustic.  Like I wouldn’t want it to touch my skin rustic - Jeanne agreed.  And while this color never thrilled me in a sweater sized project, I’m happy with it as a nice comfy shawl.  It’s a nice knit and I like how the garter stitch alternates in there.  The addition of the lace at the bottom really makes me look forward to finishing this shawl.   

I’ve been pretty one-project-at-a-time lately, and had earlier in the week cast on for Irish Coffee

Berroco Blackstone Tweed, in Plum Island.  Gorgeous, gorgeous color and the yarn is like so soft and nice to work with.  I think I might have to get more to just have.    The pattern is just above where I would start the cables.  I’m hoping to get by there sometime in the next few days.  I’m really happy with Thea’s patterns.  She designs in a style that I love, the details that I usually look for in clothing that I buy, and it is so nice to be able to make them for myself.  Last weekend I finished up Nutmeg Russian….aka White Russian -

I swear, I feel like Busty McBust in that photo.  While I love the Silky Wool, it tends to “bloom” and it’s pretty stretchy.  I made the 36/38 and modified the sleeves to be narrower and never made the length even close to what it should have been – like I said, the yarn just grows.  I’m glad to be able to try on as I go and make sure it fits me – another great advantage to Thea’s patterns, as she really makes you feel like you’re in charge of your own knitting – which of course, you are.  While I’m not happy that the photo doesn’t show my over 30 pound weight loss, I am very happy with the sweater ;)  I think I might even make this again in the heavier yarn the pattern actually calls for.  It would knit up even faster, I’m sure.

Well, whew.  Now I’m going to try to restrain myself from casting on for another sweater, and maybe another shawl.  Try.  No promises.  But I can’t be held responsible for my mood if we get more of that snow that they are forecasting right now.  I keep thinking that the weather people are just too scared to tell us the truth anymore – they’d rather do the “sorry we didn’t see that coming” report, than the “hang onto your snowshovels, we’re getting dumped on” report.  Of course that groundhog predicted only six more weeks of winter – I halfway think there might have been a line of hunters, ready to take aim if he predicted otherwise.

So in honor of doing something nice,  the DH has decided to have a SALE on his Black Walnut swifts - they are awesome and so beautiful in that wood……Go check it out, they’ll be on sale for a limited time only.  Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on our Facebook page, too!

I’m going to get back to enjoying the long weekend – enjoy yours as well!

It’s Still January

Is it just me, or does this month just seem sooooooo long….

Wintery Mountain Scene from the Backyard.

We are getting saaaa-lammmed with snow this year.  Mind you, we’re not nearly as covered as other parts of the country, or even other parts of the east coast, but dayum.  So much for the Farmers Almanac and Global Warming.

All that white stuff means there is plenty of this going on…..

Mr. Beardfasay, shoveling the snows.

We’ve had three snow days in the last 10 days.  We have four built into our school year.  We are supposed to get dumped on again this week….and something tells me we will use that one or, horrors yet another that we’ll have to make up at the end of the year.  And since this weather trend doesn’t seem to be changing…….we’re not even halfway through yet are we?  Snowmaggeddon is upon us!

Since we had two snow days this week, along with the MLK holiday, which I took for a sick day….bleech(a flare up of the Fibro, boooooo!)……I was able to finish this up, whilst sitting on the couch, watching the snow and generally not doing or feeling like doing much else….

Cranberry Capelet. She is finished.  She is ready to wear……and in the lineup for tomorrows work outfit.  I love how this turned out.  Details on my Ravelry page, but I used Cascade 22o Heathers, and this color is pretty accurate.  I ended up having a longer row gauge then the pattern so this is only 7 cable repeats and it worked out just fine.  Thea’s patterns are so well written, you can really understand them.  She is so accessible if you need help and really, you can modify something like a capelet to fit you.  As was pointed out to me, try it on!  Why not, it’s knit from the neck down, so really trying it on is the only true way to get the fit and length you want.

2011 must be the year of new electronics……

My last laptop was pretty much done.  It still booted up and took so long to get going I was maybe turning it on once every 3 or 4 days, and doing everything through my Ipad.  I wish I could say the Ipad could be the only device you need(and I love, love, Love it dearly), but I think you still need that “base” computer to be able to back up to, process photos on etc. take care of business so to speak.   Since Apple and Adobe still haven’t figured out how to really get along, there is that flash issue and then the Java issue.  So after mulling it for awhile – I was going to switch to Mac, but I couldn’t wrap my head around a few things – one – the price and two – I’d be running Windows in parrallel on the mac and so I didn’t see why I shouldn’t just stick with a PC.  I know PC’s.  I’ve had IBM, HP, Dell, and honestly, they’ve all pretty much been a let down.  I wanted something that was fast, reliable and had a lot of bang for the buck…..hence the Sony Vaio.  Super fast, super light, I’m really loving its “mac like” keyboard, built in SD card Reader (!!) and Windows 7 is something else.  Still learning all the new things I can do and damn if that Cloud is something I understand right now, but I’m having fun sorting it out.   So far I’m really impressed with Sony.   The only sticking point I would have is the sound – not that great, but not something that can’t be fixed with adding a laptop speaker.  And, the stinker went on sale less then 24 hours after I purchased it – one phone call later, and that money was credited to my card.  You can’t ask for any better……………well, it could maybe come with Microsoft Outlook, but Windows is pushing it’s own mail etc, etc.  I’m waiting on my refund from Microsoft – I purchased Office Home and Student, which USED to come with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OUtlook.  Now it comes with Word, bullshit, bullshit and bullshit.  Honestly – I want just three programs out of that suite.  So of course, I did not see my error till I was installing the newly downloaded ware.  I was told I could be issued a refund and I’m waiting on that email notification.  Be careful if you go out there and think the Mighty M has stuck to it’s same programming schedule – nope!

The cold and I do mean COLD – it’s OW degrees outside – has kept me close to the fireplace and knitting on this…..

That is the cowl of White Russian aka Nutmeg Russian.  I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, so this is going to be a little lighter weight then the yarn it calls for, but I like the drape of it right now.

Baby, it’s cold outside.  Staying inside, with a cup of Hot Cocoa, my knitting and a warm, snuggle pup…..

Stay Warm!

ETA:  I just want to say Thank you for all your comments – something went kaplowy with my setting in WordPress and I wasn’t getting emailed when they went through, hence, me not replying.  I think I’ve fixed it now……

What? 2010 is almost over?

The last month of 2010 has been craaaaazy busy. Not the usual crazy, getting ready for the holidays, ho ho rendous preparations etc. Nope. I added to the whole horror day mix by deciding, at the last possible second to hand knit 15 gifts this year. 15.  Fifteen.   Numero fifteeno.    A big ole piece of crazy cake.

I frickin did it, too.

I might be slightly, permanently holding my hands in a claw like position, but darn- it, I knit every gift for the girls at work, plus two amazing gifts for my children.

Our “Beardfasay” Boys (Scrubs reference intended)  oh and the shirt on the right – totally a game reference, Mindcraft, but I can’t tell you any more than that.

Granted 5 of the gifts were these small, fun little flakes…..

I did keep one for our tree – and I think I’ll be making more of these sometime…..just not right now.

A little after Christmas knitting, because she was very understanding about all the quality time spent cuddled into my side, while I knit all those other gifts…..

Catskill Ridge Sweater for Sophie.

I’m happy with the gifts I was able to accomplish this year.  It was something I wanted to do, as opposed to something I felt obligated to do – and though I felt rushed, it was a good feeling getting things knit with specific people in mind.  I’m glad I could share what I do with a few people that are important to me.  And furpuppies.

Christmas was surprising for me.  Not in that is was nice – it always is because we get to be together.  But Darn if DH didn’t surprise the heck out of me – again – this year.  It started with the stocking….

At first I just didn’t get it.  It’s a little notebook with an “eye” on it.  Then DS was all explaining at me……”Mom, what is it a picture of?”  “An Eye”……”Mom, what is it ON”…..”a notebook?”  doh!  A pad.  An EYE pad.  We had a nice chuckle over that – we all seemed to enjoy giving each other little gag gifts this year.   And I went on to open some incredible gifts.  Bamboo Addi Clicks!!!!  Extra cables for them!!!!  A box of Yarn!!!!  Just really wonderful, generous, way more than enough……

After all the gift giving, ooohhhh, and ahhhing was done, DH went inside and came back with a big box for me…..all explainy – it might not be the right one, we can take it back, etc, etc.  I was more than perplexed.  Unwrapping the box, I see the work “DELL” on the front.  Still don’t know what it is.  Open it up and there, tucked in between two styrofoam braces is another box………..and you could have easily knocked me over with a feather.  An IPAD.  A real one this time.  Holy crap!  I just don’t have words.  I’m still very suprised and shocked and totally feeling very fortunate and spoiled.  And I love, love, love it.  I debated about writing about it, but this blog is my journal of sorts and I really wanted to mark the amazing thing my husband did for me.  (if you look at the above photo, you can see the edge of the “real” one peeking out – I credit our youngest DS photo taking directions)

It was a really nice Christmas – oldest DS arrived mid morning and we had another bit of gift exchanging and then just enjoyed being together.  We had a lot of fun with the Beardfasay’s – despite having to figure out the pattern – that was what made it a fun project.   Oldests Christmas list was the start of that little adventure – he was being a bit of a smartass, and put a Ford Mustang on his list and then a picture of this beanie with a beard.   After doing some pattern searches, I was hesitant about buying the pattern – I should have trusted my instincts.  After spending more than I think a pattern should cost, well, I’m not going to go on and on but, long story short – I ended up designing the beard myself and I’m happy with the outcome.  The boys are going skiing next week and I think they’ll get some laughs out of wearing them around.

There is still a lot of knitting going on.  One more knit that has to get done – a baby blanket.  I did finish up the Cardi-Vest just the other day, too.  And Thea’s wonderful new design, Cranberry Capelet may have fell onto my needles.  Just saying. Thea is probably my favorite knit-designer and I can say I have yarn for at least two more of her patterns.    The Addi Clicks are amazing.  I have to be honest here…..my Knit Picks Harmony needles were just pissing me off – every cable had to be glued and RE-GLUED and still, they are popping out like crazy.  Nothing like knitting lace and having a freaking cable come out of the needle – True Story.  If you can snag yourself a set of Addi’s on sale, they’d be totally worth it.  I don’t know how or if they go on sale, I seem to remember a while ago seeing them on sale at some point.  But they are just wonderful to knit with – and the click part of it is ingenious.

2010.  It seems the older we get, the faster the years seem to go by.  Sometimes, you might look back and judge the year based on how many good vs. bad things happened.  This year I look back and feel a sense of accomplishment, which I hope will settle into  the rest of my years-looking-backness.  It wasn’t a particularly one way or the other year.  But it was a year that I seemed to work through a LOT of stuff.  It may not have had a happy outcome for each thing I worked through, but it had the kind of outcomes, that as a grownup, you can accept and move on from.  I’m ok with that.  Some events were nerve-wracking – a child in a car accident is never an easy thing to go through, but we’re all very lucky and blessed that what happened wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  We are all here, at the end of 2010, none the worse for wear, a bit older, and hopefully more than a bit wiser.  More appreciative.  More grateful.  And surprisingly, while looking forward to 2011, not entirely in a rush to see 2010 go out the door.

May 2011 bring with it Health, Happiness and Peace – Happy New Year!

ETA:  January 1, 2011 marks the sixth anniversary of this blog – it’s been six amazing years of learning and growing.  I’m grateful to have the place and the people who’ve helped me do both along the way – Thank you.

Cassis, she is done.

Cassis by Thea  Colman using Cascade 220.  Started November 6, Finished November 21!

So hard to get a good photo with a wiggly puppy….

I’ve just lightly steam blocked it after I wove in the last end today…..I’m wearing it and it’s just wonderful.  Thea has a great talent for pattern writing and I love the style of her designs.  I’m eyeing my next knit from her patterns already and I’ve still got Nantucket Red in my queue – I think I’ll have to get an updated copy of that pattern as I had a test knit copy, but……I should have enough yarn now.  This was an easy to follow, fast knit, yet it wasn’t boring at all.  And I love Cascade 220 – it’s probably my favorite go-to yarn.  Excuse my grandmothers arms – no matter how much weight I lose, I fear I’m still going to have upper arms like that.  Sigh.

I’m actually surprised I finished this up….last week did not allow for a lot of knitting time and it seemed like the longest week in a while.  But this week will be short and probably not too sweet – it’s always crazy at work before a holiday.  Tomorrow night we are hopefully signing for our DS2′s car which will take a little of the pressure off MOM’s TAXI service – but replace that with the anxiety of him being back on the road again…..I’m sure time will help with that, but I’m still going to worry.  Holiday prep and all that will make this week seem like there are not enough hours in the day.  I’m really looking forward to hopefully being able to relax a little bit sometime over the long weekend!  And the cooking – love doing that and I plan to enjoy it.

Ok, now to relax a little bit and try to decide….do I want to knit this? Or this?? or maybe even this? If your celebrating, enjoy your Thanksgiving – regardless,  have a great week!

Cassis, in Progress

Things are zipping right along with Cassis……

Excuse the cross-eyed picture taking look – although I did manage to strategically place the camera right over my remaining double-chin-ness – kudo’s for me.    I’m really liking this – the fit is wonderful.  I’m making the 36 and it really fits well across my back – the fronts will only be more overlapping as I get a little smaller up there.  Which is what this is meant to do, so I’m ok with how it’s looking right now.  I’m about eight inches down from the arm separation with about another 8 to go before the bottom ribbing.  Then the sleeves get a little something and viola!  I cannot wait to put this into my wardrobe rotation – the rotation is slim right now, but I’m good with that, too.  Don’t want to buy a lot of in between size clothes anyway!  I’m aiming for layering with lots of tee’s and sweaters over top to get me through the awkward stage…

And thank you all for such wonderful comments on my projects – both the knit and self-improvement kind.  I’m very encouraged and feeling much healthier.  Although the knits in the closet are looking like they may need to be donated, which is slightly bumming,  I look forward to making new knits to wear in smaller sizes.  I did block two sweaters yesterday – my Tappan Zee and my Redhook – I just love those sweaters and think they’ll be ok a little oversized.

This week was a bit tough – three migraines and the last one yesterday was a doozy.  It almost stopped me from riding along with DH and DS to the Knitters Edge – they wanted to drop off some samples of the handcraftiness, and I needed some yarn (shut it, I did so) for a christmas gift.  I have no idea how those 7 skeins of Silky Wool ended up in the bag.  None.  The migraine was really starting to throb and it must have been a black-out-yarn-tripping purchase.

I love Silky Wool.  I think I bought a little too much but that’s ok – I don’t think Silky Wool goes bad.

In between migraines I had a beautiful, pick-me-up….

That is Wandering Cat Yarns, Slinky Cat.  Oh. MY!!!!  It is just the most gorgeous, beautiful yarn.  Thanks to Valerie for sending it my way – I’m just spending lots of time trying to decide on what it’s going to be – a shawl for sure, but which one?  So much fun trying to figure it out!  I’m really drawn to the Holden Shawlette, which Valerie just finished knitting and it is Stunning!

Ok – since I just beaded 12 pins this morning and took a bazilliony photo’s of them to be uploaded onto our website later this week, updated everything in the Etsy shop to show new, LOWER pricing on Shawl Pins and Stitch markers,  I think I can take a break and knit some more on Cassis – it’s not gonna knit itself!

Oh and thank you for all those Scottsmtncrafts Followers/Likers on Facebook – We appreciate the support.  If you haven’t hopped on over there and would like to, just click the linky.

ETA: Anyone have any advice/good places to buy a dress form/mannequin?  I’m looking for something to basically model/photograph things on as close to my size as I can get.  Any help would be appreciated!

Have a Great Week!

Feeling Productive

I’m finally feeling like things are getting done…..

Bridgewater, At Last!  This nearly took a year for me to knit.  It turned out well, and the color in this picture is spot on.  That is a LOT of stitches you’re seeing there.  I know there are flaws in it, but I’m not going to search them out!  Follow the link for the details.  I’m just glad it’s finally done.

Of course finishing a long term project means I have to tidy some other things up too…..

Tiramisu Baby Blanket, all ribboned up.  I love the way this turned out.  The yarn is a little yellower than it’s showing in the photo, but it’s done and ready to be gifted.  Tomorrow, as a matter of fact.  One baby blanket down and one more to go, but I can start that one after I get a few other projects done…..

Cassis by Thea Colman.  Just the collar and a few repeats of the lace so far.  I’m using some Casacade 22o in a light gray that I had in stash from last year WEBS sale -I really  look forward to the cascade sale very year!  It’s knitting up beautifully and I think I’m going to be really happy with this sweater.  I’m making a size 36 – the fronts are a little oversized and I’m not as oversized as I was, and getting smaller each week.  I have a closet-full of hand knits that are already too big for me and I’m determined to make the knits that I’ll be wearing in my newer, smaller version of me.  It’s probably just a size smaller than I am right now but I’m comfortable with my choice in sizes – a little bit big won’t be bad and I’m looking forward to getting a lot of use out of this one!

As far as the unbelievable shrinking me….I have to say, I guess since I’ve lost over 30 pounds it is starting to be noticeable ( still look in the mirror and see photo’s of myself and see FAT, but truthfully, not as fat as I was).  I’m no stranger to diets.  I’ve tried most of the ones out there.  They all work.  People are starting to ask me “how did you DO THAT?” Like I’m going to tell them the ultimate, weight loss secret.

I am.

The big secret is……..There is no secret.  None.  Basically, what it comes down to is, I lost weight because I ATE LESS FOOD.  There you have it.  I actually said that to someone and they said “NO, really, what are you doing?????”  Honestly, I understand this completely.  I used to ask the same questions – how did you do it?  Was it hard?  Did it hurt?  How long do you have to diet for?  And what I can tell you is – I ate less, it is hard, it doesn’t hurt as much as you think it will and I’m never going to diet again.  If there is one “trick” it’s this – you don’t go on a diet to lose weight and when you get to where you want to be, stop.  You don’t go on a diet to fix the reason why you’re overweight to begin with.  You don’t go on a diet thinking someone or some company is going to do all the hard stuff for you and you’re going to sit back and just lose the weight.  If you do that, you’ll do exactly what I’ve done time and time again….you’ll gain it back and then some.  I think – and I can’t be sure because how can you see the future, much less how your going to handle all the stress and uncertainty that comes with it – but I think I finally had a moment.  I think the past year of dealing with a lot of my unresolved emotional family issues was sort of a gateway for me being able to realize that I don’t need this “armor” anymore.  That I can find other ways to comfort myself instead of letting food do it.  That things that hurt me in the past, won’t hurt me again and I can let them be.  And it’s ok.  That I can forgive my past and the people in it and I can move on, not necessarily with them in it (that’s not a bad thing either, and just because I forgive doesn’t mean I have to involve myself with them, either) and that’s ok, too.  Amazing.  I will tell you I read the book, Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth and that really put some things into perspective for me.  Sorta stuff I knew already, but you know how it is.  If someone else says it, well it must be ok then.   And I will tell you I’m using Weight Watchers for my food management.  But I’m not dieting.  What I actually did was make a lifestyle change.  Oh yes I did.  I found out that it’s not going to kill me to have a sandwich and not have chips with it!  It’s not going to kill me to eat more fruit and veggies.  It’s not going to kill me to watch my portion size.  It’s not going to kill me, or anyone else for that matter, if I don’t cook that favorite meal that’s full of fat clogging  ingredients.  And it’s ok for me to say NO when someone asks me to eat or cook something I don’t want to have anymore.  It’s ok for me to do that for myself.  Now, will I ever make some of those wonderful, family favorites again?  Of course I will.  But I will make them with more care and conscious of what goes into them.  And they’ll be just a delicious as they were before.  So there’s no miracle.  There is just awareness.   And I”m not saying people who are overweight all have emotional issues.  People are overweight for a million different reasons.  Everyone has different ways of dealing with/not dealing with their eating habits.  This is just mine.  Also – There is no more making excuses – I’d be thinner if I didn’t have so much temptation at work.  I’d be thinner if I had more time to cook healthy.  I’d be thinner if…….well the only person that can change those things is ME.  And if I’m going to use an excuse to have something I really, really want then I’m going to say – I really, really want this.  And not use that one event as a precursor to eat like a fiend for the foreseeable future!  I can have a girls night out and eat things I wouldn’t have on a daily basis.  .  I can go to a party and do the same thing.  I can go away on a long weekend and eat out.    The difference is….when I get home, I get back on track with my new lifestyle.   And that’s that.  This is a tough time of year to head into, but I can do it.  For once I’m looking forward to adding to the pile of clothes that are too big for me to wear and little by little, replacing them with smaller sizes!  And the biggest thing I’m looking forward to?  A healthier me.  A more active lifestyle.   Lower blood pressure.  Less risk of diabetes or heart problems.  Being more comfortable in my own skin, instead of feeling like a little sausage who’s skin is gonna pop!

 

Have a Wonderful Week!

They Say Third Time’s a Charm

The baby blanket yarn from hell.  I give you Tiramisu…..the 2nd.  The 1st was ripped after 17 inches and less than 22 inches wide….

That’s Tahki Cotton Classic.  Classic PITA.  You see all that edgy wonky-ness?  You see all that rippling?  Yeah.  Me too.  F’er. This one as not ripped.  In a fit of dispair (sorta like the PIT of dispair without the pit part) I ran into my stash yesterday and came up with six skeins of Cotton Ease.

Look at that.  All even and stuff.

But wait….there’s more…..

What a difference a yarn makes.

I could have crocheted THREE of these in the time it’s taking me to do ONE.  Not the fault of anyone but myself for thinking I could eek out a decent size the first time I started.  Then for thinking if I just go up a hook size on the second blanket attempt…..and then, what the heck was I thinking?  I hated that yarn when I as making a Ribby Shell out of it, and I don’t know what made me think it would be better for a baby blanket.  It sucks.  Suckity, Suck, Suck, Suck.  I need to finish the blanket this week – which is do-able, now.  I’m into the second skein and have over 16 inches done since yesterday.  It took me all week to get 17 inches on the other one. I’m starting to hate crochet.

In case you’re wondering – no, I’m not new to crochet.   I learned to crochet when I was 4.  I’m 48 now.  I won’t call myself an expert but I will tell you – I should definitely know better.  I used to sell my blankets.  If I sell them, I’m pretty proud of them.  I know what gauge is.  I know how to create straight edges.  Apparently, I just don’t know when to put the wrong yarn down.   This is what happens when you’re looking for love in all the wrong yarn.

FMC.

On a less complainy note….we have a new resident here….

Meet Friday.  Friday just showed up at our front door a few weeks ago.  As a matter of fact….Friday showed up during that “week” of thingsIdonotwishtodiscuss, and my husband, who is a confirmed non-cat person, picked him up and declared it was a sign and we needed to take care of him.  (note:  the kitten didn’t show up with the collar – we bought that – we wouldn’t keep a kitten that was obviously someone else’s – we called around and now one wanted to “claim” him)  So after figuring out that It was a HE (had no idea that cats had their junk so well hidden) and since we had thought HE was a SHE and the girls name we settled on just didn’t fit, on someone’s suggestion HE is now  Friday.  Friday is going to be mostly an outside cat/garage cat as I am mostly allergic to cats.  But he’ll be well cared for and warm and toasty and he’s stuck like glue on Bob.  Who knows – if I can find a decent de-allergizing shampoo, he may just be ok in the house.  But I do have the allergy to the dander pretty bad. Here’s the part where you send me any advice on such shampoos, thankyouverymuch.

And some shop information.  We now have a FB page where you can go and “LIKE” us.  So if you’re on Facebook and feel so inclined, we’d appreciate the like-ing.  And I’ve finally gotten my Fiber together and listed some of this wonder-fluff in our etsy shop

English Angora Fiber, 2 oz from our very own fluffinator, Max.   Since I’ve never sold angora before, I’m anxious for my first sale – I have lots of experience spinning fiber, and know what I like, but it would be wonderful to get some feedback from someone else.

Well…..that baby blanket isn’t going to finish itself so I better get back to it!  Have a great week!

Weathering Rhinebeck

We arrived a bit before the rain started…….just enough time to find someone else camped in our reserved spot, get a NEW spot, set up and take a long walk with Sophie….

She is such a good camp dog.  Traveling to camp is a titch iffy…..she likes to hurl maybe a few times the first few days, but then seems to settle in and start enjoying herself.  There is so much to smell!  And Sticks!  And sleeping in the big bed.   It did rain most of the night and into the next day.  And it did get windy.  But the first day of Rhinebeck was chilly and cloudy.

I bought surprisingly little.  We had a rough week the week before the trip – a family member was in a car accident (banged up and bruised but ok), some hard situations to get through for our family and the Fire Dept and another family member is in the hospital – on the mend, thankfully.  I think all those things brought to light…..that I have so much.  So much yarn.  So much stuff.  That I should enjoy what I have.  So, I was thankful to walk away with a skein of yarn for myself, a few patterns, some slippers and a gift for someone in our family.  I was happy to walk around and admire a lot of beautiful things……and glad I decided not to stand in some of the crazy lines to pay for things I can get, for the most part, by ordering over the internet directly.  I bought what really caught my eye.  And what I didn’t already have.  I’m really happy with that.  I spent a wonderful weekend with my husband, celebrating our 26th anniversary a few days early – I would say it was a perfect trip!

I did finish Bellevue before the trip…..

But I didn’t have enough time to block it before we left.  Just as well, I really want to block it to fit my smaller self.  I’m close to losing 30 pounds, and don’t want to be tempted to block it to fit me now…..it is so close!  This was a great knit – the pattern was super easy to follow – I love the way she wrote the sleeves in and the edging really finishes it well.  I did add two rows of garter stitch to the edge to keep that edge flat.  I’m really looking forward to wearing this soon.

With everything that has been going on, I really have this renewed need to finish things.  Bridgewater is out of the bag and back on the top of the basket.  I have two more sides to finish and then I’m done with that.  I’m halfway done on the baby blanket and plan on casting on for Terra when Bridgewater is done and the Shale Baby blanket when Tiramisu is done.

Plans…..I got em.  They may be  a little changed around, that’s all.

Sophie seems ok with that.

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