Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Sarah and I were supposed to take a tour through the Blue Ridge Mountains and go apple picking today, but as luck would have it, her car wouldn't start.  We could have taken mine, but Little Red still needs a few more tweaks before she goes on any long trips.  (She was, after all, a one-paycheck car and tweaks were expected.)  While I'm disappointed our trip was postponed, I sure am glad Sarah's car chose to break down in our driveway instead of on some lonely mountain road.  I'd have hated to hitchhike home while carrying bushel baskets full of apples.

Knitting a Hitchhiker scarf with Lion Brand "Shawl in a Ball" yarn

Oddly, I had chosen a Hitchhiker scarf to be my knitting-in-the-car project.

To see what others are creating, join me over at Frontier Dreams for the #CraftingOn link-up.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Three on Thursday - Scary Movies

I probably shouldn't list these as 'scary' movies because I haven't seen them yet but, in preparation for Halloween, I plan to watch the following three movies on Netflix this week:

1.  The Falling
2.  Mercy
3.  Honeymoon

And in case one of those is too stupid or too gory, I'll trade it for Gremlins.  It's hard to believe but, I have never seen Gremlins!

Are you planning to watch any new (to you, not necessarily newly filmed) scary/Halloween themed movies this month?

To see who else is participating in Three on Thursday, join me over at Carole Knits.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Candy Corn

So, remember me talking about Snowblind  by Christopher Golden and how much I was enjoying it?  Well, I finished it.  And LOVED it!  I began to have my doubts over the last few chapters.  The story suddenly became very predictable.  It felt like the author was maybe under a deadline and was rushing to tidy up the details.  I became a little disappointed.  It was still a good story and told well but...  And then all of a sudden - the last two sentences.  I got chills and had to put on a sweater. 

If you like Stephen King type horror, Snowblind is a Must Read!

knitting an orange and yellow blanket and eating Candy Corn.

Since finishing Snowblind, I haven't picked up any other book worth mentioning.  I have, however, been eating my weight in candy corn and knitting on Sarah's orange blanket.  It's very strange how it's knitting up.  I knit and knit and knit and knit 100 more rows and there's no visual progress.  Then I knit one more row and presto, magic!  I've suddenly added six inches in length to the blanket.  It's very strange.  Perhaps Mr. Golden should write a book about it.

To see what others are knitting and reading, join me over at As Kat Knits for today's #Unraveled link-up.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beetle Mania

Are you sick of hearing me blather on about my new-to-me car yet?  I hope not, because have I got stories to tell!  I can't get over how much I'm enjoying driving Little Red.  People just seem friendlier when you're driving a Beetle.  Other Beetle drivers toot a friendly hello when they pass by, neighbors & strangers out on the road throw up their hands in friendly waves and people strike up conversations in parking lots.  Someone even offered to pay for my tank of gas.  Well, actually that guy wanted to pay for mine if I'd pay for his.  He was driving a giant, gas-guzzling, double tanked pickup truck so I declined his offer, but never the less, he was very friendly.

Little Red is just such a happy little car.  And, look what I found -

VW Beetle knitting stitch markers from Jill's Handmade Stuff
Volkswagen Bug Stitch Markers

VW Beetle stitch markers!  I found them at Jill's Handmade Stuff.  The listing was for blue beaded stitch markers which would never do.  After all, a girl's knitting must coordinate with her car!  I asked if the shop could make red ones, the answer was yes and a few days later....  My knitting coordinates with my car.

I can't express how much I love these stitch markers.  Besides the VW Beetle one, the set contains eight more plain beaded markers.  Of the eight, one is missing a silver spacer bead.  I'm not sure if it's by accident or planned, but either way, it's great!  It's barely noticeable unless you look for it, but it can used to indicate something special.  And, besides matching my car, I can throw a green beaded stitch marker into the mix and be ready for Christmas knitting.

I know.... Christmas.  No one wants to hear about Christmas yet.... except, I've already eaten so much Candy Corn, I'm sort of done with fall and ready to move on to Christmas and candy canes.

Anyway, if you're looking to spice up your stitch marker collection, go check out Jill's Handmade Stuff.  She's got zillions of designs to choose from, her customer service was great and shipping was super fast.  I'll definitely be shopping there again.

To see what others are creating this week, join me over at Frontier Dreams' #CraftingOn link-up.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Three on Thursday - Happy Things

Today's Three on Thursday post is a list of things that have made me happy this week.

1.  I got to enjoy coffee time on the deck with Bambi and his mom.  Please, ignore the junk piled up along our fence line.  But check out Bambi - he still has his spots!  And while you're ignoring the junk pile, ignore the blurry photo too, please.  I was shaking just a bit because I so excited that the deer hung out long enough for me to go inside and get my camera.  They're also slightly out of focus because they didn't like the sound of me dropping the lens cover.

2.  The leaves are starting to turn.

Knitting a roll brimmed hat for sale in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/jeanniegrayknits

3.  I've been knitting.  I spent a few hours at the tire store getting new tires put on Little Red this week.  It was a shame I had to do it.  The tread on the tires she came with looked brand new but they were horribly dry rotted.  As much as I hated to put out the cash, the wait time did provide me with a few hours of uninterrupted knitting.  Not only have I gotten several hats for my Etsy shop knit this week, I also feel much, much safer flying down the highway in Little Red.

Just don't ask me what happened to my "Z" key.  That is NOT a  Happy Things thing.

To see who else is participating in Three on Thursday, join me over at Carole Knits.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I didn't produce any knitting this weekend.  I was at work.  But, while I was at work....

Mike ripped out the bushes in front of our house.

My husband got productive.  He did a little "weeding."  Uh, yeah.  Our gardener hadn't shown up to work for a few years.

gray flat rocks stacked for a foundation

And he finally got the stone laid around our house's foundation.   That task was only 11 years in the making.

And, best of all, he replaced our broken dishwasher.  We've been hand washing our dishes & using the dishwasher as an over sized drying rack for several years.

I should go to work more often!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Knitting at the DMV

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Little Red (that's her name) is all legal-eagle now with real, metal license plates and everything.  And that means, I spent yesterday at the DMV.

Spent the day knitting and reading at the DMV
Knitting at the DMV

It was an interesting experience.  I sat and knit, and read and knit, and knit and read, and checked my phone, and knit and read some more....  Every now and then, I'd glance up at the reader board thing to see if possibly I'd missed my number being called.  Nope, still on F144.   (I was F148.)  After about an hour and a half of knitting and reading and occasionally apologizing to the lady waiting next to me because my stomach had started to growl.... DMV finally called F145. Good Lord, it was taking forever. Thankfully, before I got too mean and hangry, ran out of Kindle battery or finished knitting the hat, they called my number.

So, are you wondering how Little Red got her name?

Red Chevrolet pickup truck
Mike and Big Red, 1993

My husband's dad's truck was Big Red.  It seemed only fitting.

alternatives to flowers in a Volkswagen
Little Red's ready for fall

To celebrate not harming anyone at the DMV, I stopped by my local Dollar Tree and bought Little Red a fall floral thing to go in her vase.  Okay, I also bought her a Halloween decoration but you'll have to wait a few more days to see that.