Monday, May 21, 2018

Makers' Monday

I'm going to have to send my husband out of town while I stay home and eat nothing but cake more often.  I got so much knitting done last week!

Knitting a modified So Faded sweater with Knit Pick's Hawthorne yarn
So Faded Sweater

The body of my So Faded sweater is almost finished. 

The sweater is a little big.  Cough, cough.  Someone may have failed to gauge swatch before casting on.  But I think it will be okay with a few modifications.  I decreased a few stitches a couple of times and I've decided to do a split hem to avoid that blousy (blousey?? Spellcheck won't tell me.) look at the bottom.  I think I'm going to be very happy with it.  The loose style will look a lot better on me than a fitted sweater anyway.  I'm going to have to figure out something for the sleeves, but I'll deal with them once the body if finished.

So, I need to find somewhere to send my spouse this week.  Got a spare room?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Two out of Three Ain't Bad

So, are you sick of hearing about my birthday yet?  Hopefully not, because I bought myself a couple of gifts and I thought I'd share them with you.


First, I bought The Miracle TimeCube.  I was introduced to it by Amy Landino, a YouTube vlogger that I follow.  I thought it was a little silly, but I Had to have one.  Just Had to!  And I'm so glad I bought one.  I can not believe how handy this little gadget has been.  I have ten minutes to spare before I need to leave for work and I decide to spend them reading...  Instead of spending five of those minutes fighting the timer on my phone, I simply rotate the TimeCube until the "10" is facing up.  I want to do a five minute brain dump - I just turn the Cube to 5.  I have used this little gadget so much in the week that I've owned it, I'm surprised I haven't already used up the batteries.  I absolutely love this little gadget!  


The next, or second, gift I bought myself turned out to be a worthless piece of garbage.  If you're thinking about buying one of these silicone ice bucket molds, don't!


First of all, the mold is nowhere near as big as the advertisement makes it look like.  It holds absolutely nothing!  And as for those 120 ice cubes it supposedly holds.... 

Most hail is larger than this ice cube!

The cubes are tiny.  Look how small they are compared to a normal ice tray.  I've made ice in the mold three times and still don't have enough ice to fill a single high ball glass.  And don't even get me started on how difficult it is to fill the mold with water without making a huge, giant, wet mess.  In other words, this product is total cr*p!  Do not waste your money on it.

Hawthorne fingering weight yarn from Knit Picks; value pack of yarn
Sunstorm Hawthorne value pack from Knit Picks

And third or last, there may have been a yarn purchase.  I couldn't help myself.  I tried and tried to resist Sunstorm but the yarn fumes got to me.  Besides, I needed something to make up for that ridiculous ice tray fiasco.

Join me for today's Three on Thursday link up over at Carole's.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Birthday Cake

Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes.  I couldn't have asked for a better birthday.  It may not sound very exciting, but it was a perfect day.  We had the formal celebration last week because Mike knew he'd be out of town on my birthday and Zack was working.  It was just Sarah and I at home.  

I got home from work in the wee hours of Monday to discover that Sarah had cleaned the house, top to bottom.  Not only was everything sparkly clean, but there was dinner waiting for me.  I went to bed and woke up later in the afternoon to enjoy coffee and cake out on the deck.

Lemon/blueberry cake

Oops!  I didn't even think to take a photo of the cake until we'd eaten most of it.

I never thought anything could replace my grandmother's chocolate mocha cake as my all-time favorite but Sarah's lemon/blueberry cake was to die for!  To absolutely DIE for!  It makes Grandma's cake taste like an old, stale, knock-off store-brand Hostess cupcake.

I spent most of the afternoon sitting on the deck drinking coffee, eating cake (I may have had more than once slice) and reading.  I've been on a massive reading kick lately.  I discovered a Scottish historical romance series, set in the 1300's, that completely sucked me in.  I've read three of them already, just since I got home from work on Sunday night/Monday morning.  (Sunday in my mind, but technically Monday.  Whatever.)


I've also been reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.  Oh my!  This book is SO good!  I'm only a few chapters into it and I'm already tempted to toss my knitting aside and focus my time, attention and money on aquariums.  It's also got me a little hesitant to set foot on a boat ever again.  I'd never given any thought to having my boat attacked by an octopus before, but given my proclivity towards crazy, freak accidents....  I may have to give up salt water and stick to fresh from now on.  But even though I'm a little freaked about boating now, I still want a pet octopus.



So, I spent my 'morning' reading and eating cake on the deck, then spent the late afternoon/evening knitting on the deck with yet more cake and a bottle of wine.  Like I said, it was THE perfect birthday day.

Sweater knit with fingering weight Hawthorne yarn from Knit Picks
So Faded sweater

I love how my cake, the wine and my sweater are all sort of coordinating purples and burgundies.

And then the sky turned an almost matching purple just before an insane thunderstorm hit.  They'd been predicting a pretty horrific storm for several days so it wasn't totally unexpected.  Sarah and I huddled up in an interior room and decided we should eat more cake and have another bottle of wine just in case the storm blew us off to Oz.

Thankfully, the storm did not blow us away, nor did either of us get sick from so much cake and wine.  Even better, we suffered no storm damage and our lights stayed on.  We were lucky!  There were so many trees blown down in the storm, schools were canceled the next day.  I think the birthday gods were watching out for us.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Makers' Monday

I hope everyone had a


Today's #MakersMonday post is not a normal one because I've been too busy working,

(We even have Stapler wars at work!)

eating Mother's Day cheesecake, birthday cake (today's my birthday) and


a "You wanted lemon/blueberry cake for your birthday but I wanted peanut butter pie" pie.  Sarah went on a baking binge while I was at work and now I've gained about 300 pounds over the course of two days.  Yikes!

Assuming I survive the diabetic coma I'm putting myself into, I'll be back in a day or two to show you my So Faded progress.  I've started color #3 and am so happy with it!  Until then, feel free to join me in celebrating #MakersMonday, even though I didn't make anything  (except about 400 gazillion trillion fat cells.)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I'm fine

Today is Three on Thursday and I pretty much have nothing for it.  All I have done since my last post, like, literally all I have done, is knit around and around and around on my So Faded sweater.

Photo taken at night in fluorescent lamp light.

I don't even have a decent photo to show off my progress because, well, I've been too busy knitting.  My husband even offered to take me out to dinner the other night but I chose to stay home and eat a sandwich instead because, well.... knitting!  I'm seriously, neurotically obsessed with knitting this sweater.

I'm so over the moon in love with the current yarn.  It's the Arleta colorway.  I knew it was my favorite of the group while it was in the skein but....  It's even prettier knitted up!  I'm SO glad I went ahead and ordered a few more skeins the other day to use on the sleeves.  (Yes, I'm going to knit the sleeves with one yarn instead of stripes.)

But, it's Three on Thursday.  I'm supposed to be listing three things, not blathering on about my sweater obsession.

Okay, fine!*

My three favorite motivational quotes, in no particular order:

1.  "Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own.  I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.  My choice; my responsibility; win or loose, only I hold the key to my destiny."  Elaine Maxwell

2.  "My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent.  I shall attack."  General Ferdinand Foch

3.  "Destination, determination, deliberation"  J. K. Rowling


*I'm cheating.  "Fine" is actually my all time favorite.  It stands for "freaked out (or F***ed up depending on the situation,) insecure, neurotic and emotional.  And I hear that in my head every single time I hear someone say, "I'm fine."

Even though I cheated, I hope you'll still join me over at Carole's for today's Three on Thursday link up.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Makers' Monday

Although you may not be able to tell from the picture, my So Faded sweater is coming along.

Fade sweater knit with Dark Mood Hawthorne yarn from Knit Picks
So Faded

I'm only a few rows from finishing those pesky raglan increases then it's miles and miles of smooth, mindless stockinette.  And really, I should clarify.  The raglan increases aren't pesky.  It's the garter stitch sleeve caps between them that I'm struggling with.

 I keep forgetting to do the purl rows.  If it wasn't for tinking at least a few stitches on every single purl row, I'd be finished by now.  And, I'm going to have to learn how to duplicate stitch a purl stitch.  About 15 or 20 rows back, there are six knit stitches that should be purls.   I was already several rows ahead when I noticed it and at the time I decided nobody would notice.  Okay, I talked myself into the 'nobody will notice' attitude because I was lazy and didn't want to rip back that far.  But it's on the front of the sleeve cap and someone will notice.  But I'm still lazy and don't want to frog it... So I just keep knitting hoping there's a way to duplicate stitch purls.  Or maybe I can knit a flower or some other fun creative thing to pin over the bad spot.  Or maybe it's in a spot that will be mostly tucked under my arm and nobody really will notice.  Or maybe cows will fly.

Whether cows fly or not, I'm going to keep knitting.  I'm 'this' close to starting the next color and I just can not bear to loose the progress I've made.  And I really, really want to see the next color.  If Kerns, my least favorite yarn of the group, turned out to knit up so beautifully, how awesome will the next color be??  The desire to knit with the next color is greater than the distaste of a glaring garter stitch error.

On a side note, has anyone else knit a So Faded sweater?  How on earth are you supposed to know when it's time to change yarns?  How do you know when you've knit to the point that you need to save the rest of the yarn for the sleeves?  There's probably plenty of discussion about it over on Ravelry, but once again, I'm lazy.  I thought I'd just ask instead of spending precious knitting time researching.  And then there's the lazy idea I had to just order more yarn and knit the sleeves in a solid color instead of matching stripes.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Three Things

Three exciting things happened this week...

1.  So, Saturday afternoon, I was driving to work, the weather was beautiful, good tunes were blasting out the speakers, I was a happy little camper as I gawked off to my left at the hundreds of baby goats running around the goat farm field and suddenly.... BAM!  A snake falls out of the sky and lands on my windshield.  A snake!  On my windshield!  I had a not-so-brief moment of panic and eventually managed to fling it off the car with the windshield wipers.

So, besides a crazy story that isn't so crazy if you know me and know how things like snakes falling from the sky just seem to happen to me, I also have a nice hairline crack in my windshield.  The kind of crack that you don't really notice until you turn on your defroster... and then you hear that weird crackling noise and a giant gaping hole spreads across your windshield.  Ahhh.... Something to look forward to.

2.  I started the second color on my So Faded sweater.

Dark Mood Hawthorne yarn set from Knit Picks https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=726901&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
So Faded sweater knit with Dark Mood from Knit Picks

I'm using Knit Pick's Hawthorne Dark Mood set of yarns to knit the sweater and I'm using them in order of light to dark.  The speckled yarn is Berry Smoothie and the second color is Kerns.  

I am beyond fascinated with Kerns.  In the house at night under lamplight, Kerns is a mixture of grays.  In the house in daylight, it's a mixture of taupe-y browns.  But take the skein outdoors in the sunlight and it becomes a mix of purples.  I almost didn't use the Kerns skein because I thought it was kind of bla but... Wow!  Now, after seeing it knit up in different lights, I'm thinking I need a whole sweater knit in Kerns.  A sweater, a hat, some socks and definitely some arm warmers.  Kerns just may be my new favorite neutral colored yarn!

striped wool cowl knit with palette from knit picks https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=726901&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Weather cowl knit with Knit Picks Palette yarn.

3.  I added the first orange stripe to my weather cowl yesterday.  And if you are curious, orange represents 89 - 99 degrees.  Yes, Virginia.  We had exactly two days of spring.  Two!  We have now jumped directly to scorching summer heat.

The one benefit I can think of to jumping directly to the seventh level of summer heat Hell is that I shouldn't have to worry about the defroster and my windshield for a while.  But on the off chance the temperatures drop back down and we revert back to winter, let me go ahead and say - This post contains affiliate links.  Go buy some yarn!  Help me buy a new windshield!  If you'd like to make your own weather cowl or scarf, I'm using Palette which comes in practically every color known to man.  And then there's Hawthorne.   You can't go wrong with Hawthorne.  It comes in THE loveliest colorways and it's a joy to knit with. 

After you finish yarn shopping, join me over at Carole's for today's Three on Thursday link up.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spring!

I think spring is finally here.  It's been three weeks since we've had any snow or ice.  The constant rain has stopped.  Our daytime temperatures are ranging from 50 to 90 and our nighttime temps are in the 40 - 55 range.  And Little Red is perpetually yellow no matter how many times I hose her off.  I think it's definitely springtime in Virginia.  Finally!

And I've been spending every possible sunny moment outside.

Enjoying being outside in the spring weather and knitting outdoors.
Knitting So Faded on the deck.

And have no fear.  I'm not being productive outside.  There's no gardening, outdoor homeowner tasks or exercise going on around here.  I'm just hanging out on the deck, knitting and 'reading.'

Enjoying my first Audible book.
Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh

I'm still not 100% sure that it's legal to call listening to an audible book "reading" but whatever.  Plenty of people say it's okay, so I may as well go with the flow.  I finally broke down and joined Audible.  Or at least I tried to.  The credit card I had on file with Amazon had expired and I got an error message when I first attempted to join.  I fixed the credit card issue and now I have the Audible logo/link on all my devices but...  I can't seem to access any other book except this one.  I click on the purchase button and nothing happens.  I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask my kids for help.

I hope you too are enjoying some spring weather! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Makers' Monday

Welcome to Makers' Monday! 

I wanted to show you a picture of the finished blanket.

blanket hand knit with scrap fingering weight, mostly sock yarn.
Full size diagonal striped blanket

So, pardon the photo.  Actually, just go ahead and pardon every photo for the next week, month, maybe even year.  We're revamping the interior of our house and it's a disaster.   The entire house is one, giant, half finished work zone.  There are drop clothes, ladders, power saws, drywall tools, buckets of paint, lumber.... everywhere.  The few rooms that either are not being remodeled or that are finished contain the furniture from the ones that are.  There isn't a single room untouched.  It's complete chaos and extremely unphotographic.

Anyway...

The photo and background are lousy, but I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for completing the blanket.  It's laying on a full size bed, unstretched and unblocked.  I'm feeling quite cocky over the fact that I knit it on US4 needles, with fingering weight scrap yarn and knit it, start to finish, without putting it down to work on something else.  That in itself is a major miracle!

I can't get too cocky about it though.  The photo lies.  I still have a long way to go with the weaving in of the ends.  All I've done is pull all the ends to one side of the blanket.  I'd hoped to weave in those pesky ends during the hockey game the other night but....


Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Dark Mood yarn set http://shrsl.com/x3wq
So Faded

So Faded took all my attention.  I just couldn't put it down.  It's been years since I've knit myself a sweater, I LOVE the yarn I'm using, the pattern is an easy, top down raglan knit in the round.  You can see from the photo there is a slight bit of texture involved and the color changes will keep it interesting and will keep me motivated to keep knitting.  I'm definitely excited about knitting this sweater.

One last thing about that diagonal striped blanket.  I know - you are sick of hearing about it.  I'm kinda sick of talking about it but....  Many of you have asked if there's a pattern.  There is not.  But I do have my design notes and will put them into some kind of readable/understandable format and post them here on the blog.  I'll have a couple of days off this coming week and hope to get that done then.  Keep an eye out if you're interested.

Well, that's it for today.  Please join me in celebrating #MakersMonday by joining the link up below.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ta Da!

It's Three on Thursday and I'm celebrating a giant...

The bind off on my hand knit diagonal striped blanket sized to fit a full size bed.
Ta Da!

1.  Ta Da!  As promised, the diagonal striped blanket is finished!  Well, it's off the needles.  The knitting is finished.

Weaving in the ends on my scrap yarn striped blanket
One down, one million gazillion more to go.

2.  One yarn end has been woven in.  One million gazillion more to go.

3.  It may be a while before the one million gazillion ends get woven in because about three minutes after I knit the last stitch, I cast on a So Faded sweater using my Dark Mood set of Hawthorne yarns.  No photos yet.  I'm too busy knitting and loving the colors in this set.

Join me over at Carole's for today's Three on Thursday link up.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Makers' Monday

I'd planned to celebrate #MakersMonday by showing you a photo of my diagonal striped blanket with the caption, "Ta Da! Finished!" 

knitting a diagonal striped blanket with scrap sock yarns
74 stitches

But if I had, I'd have been lying.  I thought for sure I'd finish knitting the blanket last week.  I also thought I had less than 100 stitches on the needle at the start of last week. 

Once again, I was wrong.  At bedtime last Sunday (not yesterday, the previous Sunday) I finally got the courage to count the remaining stitches.  177.  One hundred, seventy seven!  How could I have looked at that and thought it was less than 100?  Wishful thinking I guess.

At bedtime last night, I was down to 74 stitches on the needle.  Barring breaking both arms (knock on wood!!) I will definitely finish knitting the blanket this week.  Definitely.  That is my promise to you and to myself.  The next photo/mention of this daggone blanket will be the Ta Da! photo.  I promise.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Three on Thursday

First, before we get into the Three on Thursday list, I'd like to thank everyone for chiming in about the font size here on the blog.  I really appreciate everyone's comments and input.  I'm also super happy that everyone chose the larger font size.  When I asked the question, I was a little worried that I'd have to be the tie breaker... and I do not like that kind of pressure.  :)


photo courtesy of www.apparentwind.blogspot.com
photo courtesy of apparentwind.blogspot.com

So...  Three on Thursday.  Can I even think of three things to talk about?  It's going to be a stretch, but here goes.

1.  Grrr! I'm growling just a little bit.  Instead of spending the day doing nothing but knitting (and hopefully finishing) the diagonal stripes blanket, I spent the day with my mother-in-law.  I'm frustrated about the lack of knitting, but it was nice to visit and it was a beautiful day for a road trip.  I hesitate to say it but, spring may have finally arrived!


photo courtesy of www.nbcnews.com
photo courtesy of nbcnews.com

2.  The taxes are done and my new glasses are fixed.  Both have been on the agenda for a while.  The taxes for obvious reasons.  The glasses... since getting them back in March, I've had to go in for multiple adjustments each week.  The ear pieces would be so tight they rubbed raw spots behind my ears.  The doctor would loosen them... and they'd slide down my nose.  I'd go get them tightened a smidge... and they'd rub raw spots again.  Loosen them... and they'd be falling off my nose....  It was super annoying and I felt like I was being overly picky but...  And finally they realized - the ear pieces were way too long.  As in WAY too long.  As in almost an inch too long.  They ordered me new ear pieces and I went in a couple of days ago to make the switch.  They are now perfect.  What a relief!

3.  Even more exciting than having well fitting, functioning glasses  is my recent weight loss.  I'm super hesitant to mention it because of karma and all but...  I've lost 22 pounds since the first of February.  I'm pretty dang excited!  


photo courtesy of www.everydayhealth.com
photo courtesy of everydayhealth.com

Other than the slight amount of exercise I get at work, the only lifestyle adjustment I've made is cutting out potatoes.  For the past year, I'd been noticing that I didn't feel so great whenever I ate potatoes.  Then I started feeling terrible when I ate them, and eventually it got to 'never again' status.  And I took that 'never again' to heart.

The strangest thing happened when I stopped eating potatoes.  I stopped craving all carbs!  Granted, I still crave individual, specific carbs occasionally, but the cravings are Nothing like they used to be.  It used to be I couldn't sleep at night until I'd satisfied the need for chocolate, ice cream or a loaf of bread.  Now, I'll just get that weird little tickle in the back of my mind saying, "Wouldn't a Hershey Bar taste fantastic?"  But it's such a tiny, quiet tickle, it's easy to ignore. 

Now, if I could just make my husband understand.  He usually stops at the grocery store on his way home from work to pick up the dinner ingredients.  Four or five nights a week, he brings home a sack of potatoes then is completely flabbergasted when I don't eat them. 

Okay.  So, that was a strange list but it's what's running through my head at the moment.  Care to read others' lists?  Join me over at Carole's for today's Three on Thursday link up.  I'm sure there will be much more interesting lists to read.  Oops. Turns out, Carole is on vacation. If anyone else forgot about that & wrote a ToT post, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

May I ask your opinion...

I'm still knitting diagonal stripes...

OTN = on the needles; knitting a blanket with fingering weight scrap yarn
Diagonal Stripes OTN 

And I'm still reading Digging In by Loretta Nyhan.  The blanket is progressing much faster than the reading.

But the real point of this post is to ask your opinion about a couple of things.

Would you rather the blog's text and photos look like the above,

What am I reading? #Iamreading #booklove
Digging In

or like this?  Which looks better on your screen?  Does the smaller text cause eye strain?  Is the larger text so large it sort of jumps off the screen and scares you?  Does the size make a difference on your phone?  And the photos - are they too large and in your face, or are they too small to see?  (Which actually, with my photography skills, may be a good thing!)

So please, let me know what you think.  Small or large text?  Small or large photos?  Which do you vote for?

And while you're voting, join me for today's #Unraveled link up.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Makers' Monday

I hope you'll join me for #MakersMonday and join the link up down below.

Meanwhile...

It's here!  It's here!

https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=738961&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Hawthorne Dark Mood

My Dark Mood set of Hawthorne yarns arrived!

https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=738961&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Dark Mood

I can not express how excited I am.  I mean, just look at those colors!

https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=738961&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Arleta

And specifically, look at Arleta!  Oh! My! Goodness!  Look at that blend of color!  Every time I look at it, (which has been every few minutes since it arrived on my doorstep,) I suddenly crave slightly under ripe tomatoes and over ripe peaches.  I've always thought all the purpley, bluish, greenish Hawthornes were my favorites but no longer!  Arleta is now my official favorite colorway.  If payday wasn't a week away, I'd be placing an order for a gazillion more skeins because I need six sweaters, a shawl, a scarf, a cowl (maybe 2) some mittens, a hat and maybe a blanket all knit with Arleta.

But as much as I LOVE Arleta, I don't want the other yarns to feel bad.  They are beautiful too and I can't wait to knit with them. 

I'm determined to finish the diagonal striped blanket before I start knitting with the Dark Mood set though.  And for backstory, I'm writing this Saturday morning because I'll be working all weekend and wouldn't otherwise have time to publish the post.  And since I'm writing on Saturday and for several days now, my phone has been warning me about possible dangerous/damaging thunderstorms Sunday night.... I'm hoping my phone is right.  Let it storm!  Let Mother Nature rage!  Let the park close early so I can get home and knit diagonal stripes!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Three on Thursday

Welcome to another Three on Thursday list.  This week...

1. I think I owe the world an apology.  I have the feeling the recent crazy, non-spring-like weather may be my fault.  I'm pretty sure my actions, or lack of, have thrown the universe out of balance.  I did not buy a single skein of yarn in March and I haven't set foot in my local Michael's in over three weeks. 

2.  As a result of #1, I thought I better get to yarn shopping and fast!  Luckily Knit Picks has their Hawhorne yarns on sale and I quickly snagged a Dark Mood value pack.  I absolutely love knitting with Hawthorne.  The colors are so beautiful, the yarn always seems to knit up quickly, even when using fingering weight, and being able to toss it into the washing machine is just icing on the cake.  Now, if I only had a clue what I should knit with my Dark Mood set.  Got any suggestions?

Striped blanket knit with left over balls of fingering weight yarn
fingering weight diagonal stripe blanket

3.  As much as I'd love to finish my diagonal striped blanket before the yarn arrives, I don't see that happening.  I have, however, managed to knit enough decrease rows so that the stitches are no longer in danger of flying off the needle tips when I set the project down.  That's a definite plus.

Linking up with Carole for today's Three on Thursday.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Makers' Monday

Too bad today is Monday and not a Thursday.  I spent my recent day off doing three things.  Well, four if you include all the crying.

knitting a blanket while watching An Affair to Remember and drinking a bottle of wine.
knitting, a movie and a bottle of wine

I turned the final corner on my diagonal striped blanket and am now decreasing on both sides.  After only an inch or so, the rows already feel shorter!

My supervisor gave me 'homework' in the form of a movie to watch.  She and I enjoy many of the same movies so when she found out I'd never seen An Affair to Remember....  I knit and enjoyed the movie while drinking a bottle of wine and cried my eyes out.  (I know! I should have been drinking pink champagne, except, yuck!)  I have to admit, I was a basket case by the time the credits rolled.  Besides the movie being a tear jerker (and I'm sure that bottle of wine didn't help,) the ending reminded me of my own back injury + boyfriend situation many years ago.  Luckily, I did not end up paralyzed, I was fine after the surgery, and the boyfriend didn't listen when I told him to go away.  I can only hope Miss McKay was as lucky.

So let's hope you've been creating more than tears and a slight hangover.  Tell me all about it by joining today's #MakersMonday link up.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Three on Thursday

Today's Thursday so you know what that means....

1. It's day seven of a lot of 13+ hour shifts and I'm sort of at that point where I no longer know my own name.  Working seven days in a row isn't all that terrible and 13 hour shifts aren't horrible or unusual either (after all, if I put the uniform on, I want to make sure it's good and dirty when I take it off.)  But having spent the winter doing nothing but Knitflixing and eating junk food, I'm dying.  I think I'll survive though.  If I make it through tonight, it will all be okay.  I have tomorrow off.  Yay!

For a more positive outlook on work...

theme park washi tape
roller coaster washi tape

Each season I choose a washi tape to be my "work washi" and I slap a piece on my calendar each day I'm scheduled as a reminder not to schedule anything else.  Could this year's washi be any more perfect for someone working at a theme park?

2.  My March knitting was pathetic.  According to my knitting journal, I knit three hats and worked on the diagonal stripe blanket.  Now, I knit a Lot on the blanket but seriously?  I only finished three hats and nothing else?  I'm hanging my head in knitter's shame.

3.  I failed to post on Wednesday so there hasn't been a book report this week.  It's probably a good thing I didn't have time to write the post because I also didn't have time to read anything this past week.

Join me over at Carole's for her Three on Thursday link-up.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Makers' Monday

Why am I further behind on hat knitting than I'd like to be?

knitting a queen size blanket or afghan with left over fingering weight sock yarn
Diagonal Stripe Blanket

Because I've been consumed with knitting this diagonal stripe blanket.  I can't believe how fast it has grown.  And I seriously hope I didn't just jinx myself by saying that.

I started the blanket on February 19th and I'm using scrap bits of fingering weight yarn and a US 4 needle (I started out with a 3 then upgraded after a few rows.)  It should be taking me years to knit this thing.  It measures 50 inches across and currently is at the 60 inches in height mark but I plan to add another 10 inches before I turn that top corner.

I'm already thinking about knitting another (or three) in different, planned yarns and colors instead of a mish-mash of scrap yarn.  Those diagonal stripes are more addictive than simple, stockinette pi shawls and I didn't think that was possible.  Good grief!

Hope you'll join me for today's #MakersMonday linkup.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mad Hatters' Party

Can you believe another month has passed?  Wow! March zoomed past in the briefest blink of an eye.  And because today is the last day of the month, you know what's happening...  It's a Mad Hatters' Party!

52 Hats challenge - knit 52 hats in 2018
Hats 13 - 17 out of 52

It's week 13 and my current hat count is 17 out of 52 finished and the 18th hat is on the needles.  I'd hoped to get a few more hats knit this month but...  My diagonal striped blanket has been receiving most of my attention.

 I'm a little, tiny bit worried about meeting the 52 hats knit in a year goal although I know it's way too early to seriously panic.  It's just that work will be going full time soon and full time means 60 - 70 hours a week.  And instead of the park closing after Halloween, this year's season lasts through December 30th.  In other words, my knitting time is about to be Greatly reduced.  I'd been on a pretty good schedule of starting a hat on Monday & finishing it by Thursday without much effort but March....  March's hats seemed to drag on and I had to consciously force myself to work on them.

The hat knitting is dragging because all I want to do is knit on the blanket.  It's such a mindless, relaxing project, I change yarns constantly, and I'm making a pretty good dent in the scrap yarn pile.  With all that going for it, I'm finding it extremely difficult to put down the blanket and pick up a hat.

Hat Tracker

But, like I said, I'm not too terribly worried.  I made myself a handy tracker and I get to color in a box each time I finish a hat.  I do love to color in boxes so I'm still motivated.  And no, the box colors have no meaning.  I've just been trying to use up some of the 40-gazillion  pens that I have laying around.  "Finishing" a pen (using it until the ink runs dry) is another weird obsession of mine.

Okay, you folks know Way too much about me!

Join me over at Maggie's NotAStation blog for today's Mad Hatters' link up party.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Three on Thursday

Do you have a TV Boy (or girl) friend?  You know, that TV star you would happily leave your spouse for if they ever came knocking on your door?  Timothy Olyphant is mine.  (Actually, I have a few but shhhh, don't tell Tim.)

Not to sound like a slug or anything but, I've had a couple of days off and I've spent them Knitflixing with Tim.  (He lets me call him Tim because Timothy is just so formal.) 

Timothy Olyphant from Santa Clarita Diet
He's also very accepting of my knitting habit.

First I watched Santa Clarita Diet.  Have you seen this show? It is SO ridiculous and I think it may be my all time favorite series.  It also proves that Timothy just gets better with age.

Timothy Olyphant in I am Number 4

Second, I watched I am Number 4.

Timothy Olyphant in Dreamcatcher

And third, I watched Dreamcatcher.

And while I could never tire of Tim, I'm now pretty much alienated out and ready to go back to work.

Join me over at Carole's to see other's Three on Thursday lists.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Progress

I'm finally making a little progress on both the knitting and reading fronts. 

#challengeyourself  Hat knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=738961&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Hat #17 out of 52

I started hat #17 and am only a few rows away from bind off.  It's a simple stockinette hat, knit with Hawthorne Vancouver from Knit Picks.  I just love this colorway.  It's a blend of all my favorite colors - turquoise, hints of grapey purple, reddish/brownish burgundy and golden greens.  And I'm going to have enough left over to knit matching fingerless gloves.  Yay!!

As for my reading, I broke my book monogamy rule.  I'm currently reading four books, which is unheard of for me.  First, I'm only a chapter or two away from finishing Weird Hikes, I'm about half way through Circle of Blood, I'm trying to spend 30 minutes a day (but failing miserably) reading Never Eat Alone, and just yesterday, I picked up Scar Tissue

An Anthony Kiedis Biography about the lead singer from Red Hot Chili Peppers
Scar Tissue

I've enjoyed Weird Hikes and Circle of Blood is okay.  My Kindle recommended it because I liked the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  Several of the Black Dagger books I devoured in one sitting.  Circle of Blood isn't holding my attention nearly as well, but it's still an okay story so far.  It's just moving at a lot slower pace and my expectations may have been slightly too high.  Never Eat Alone is encouraging me to leave my introverted bubble occasionally, so that's good.  And then there's Scar Tissue.  I'm excited to have stumbled across this book.  It's a biography of Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  I've been a Chili Pepper fan since the '80's so it's pretty much a given that I'll enjoy reading about Kiedis's life.

And best of all, my new eye glasses finally arrived so I can actually see to read! Yay!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Makers' Monday

It's Makers' Monday and I've got nothing to show for it.

Opening weekend at Kings Dominion
Back to work

Instead of knitting, or making anything for that matter, I've been at work.  This weekend was the season opener and the past week was a wild ride of getting ready for the park open and the first day craziness.  For someone used to spending their time snacking and knitflixing, the week was exhausting.  It's been great getting back to work but phew! I'm tired.  I will most likely spend today sleeping rather than knitting.

Hopefully you are able to handle the combination of job/life plus knitting/creating better than I. Please share a bit about what you've been working on lately.  Hopefully I can get my craft on through osmosis.  :)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Three on Thursday

Three things to do on a snowy spring day:

It snowed six inches on March 21, 2018
Six inches of snow on the 2nd day of spring

1.  Fold 100 loads of laundry while binge watching Grey's Anatomy.

Weather gauge cowl knit with Knit Picks Palette yarn
Temperature gauge cowl

2.  Drink hot chocolate and knit a snowy weather stripe into the temperature gauge cowl. 

Daffodils finally popped up on 3/18/18

3.  Worry about the daffodils that just popped up out of the ground three days ago.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Makers' Monday

It's Makers' Monday and I'm happy to report that I am feeling Much better!  I have absolutely no stamina and my voice has that raspy sound like I routinely smoke three packs of cigarettes every hour but...  I feel better!  I can smell the Vicks, the scabs on my nose from blowing/wiping it so frequently are healing and I feel good.   Yay!

And because I'm feeling so much better, I had a low-key, weirdly fun weekend.

The fun started on Friday when Sarah and I went to the Southern Women's Show.  After the show, we stopped for a late lunch at Pop's Dogs and Ma's Burgers.

Pop's Dogs and Ma's Burgers

It's one of those local landmark places that I've always been curious about but never visited.  I have absolutely no idea why, but as a teen/young adult, I always thought of the place as being where the perverts hung out.  I pictured the interior as being dark and smokey and full of perverted old men, most likely without pants.  But when we asked Google where we should go eat, Pop's Dogs and Ma's Burgers popped up as an option.  We decided to be brave it and give it a try.

Inside Pop's Dogs and Ma's Burgers. Lots of things to look at.

I'm so glad we did!  The place turned out to be THE quirkiest, weirdest place I've ever eaten.  And I'm a little bit in love with it.  The place (I really can't call it a restaurant.  It only has six seats.) is tiny and every inch is crammed with memorabilia and little oddities to look at and/or play with.

Pop's Dogs and Ma's Burgers

Honestly, I was a little skeptical stepping in but the food was good, the conversation with Ma, Pa and the other patrons was fun and interesting and we had a great time. No perverts in sight and I'll definitely go back again sometime.


Fair isle hat; hat #16 out of 52 being knit in 2018.

Friday night, I started hat #16 in anticipation of a Saturday road trip to celebrate my last free weekend of 2018.  Mike and I planned to drive to Colonial Beach and eat a meal on the water.  Not a big trip, I just needed to see flowing water before I went back to work for the season.

Well, Saturday was cold and a little rainy and Mike didn't want to make the trip.  Fine!  I'd go without him.

Big mistake!  I thought I knew where I was going but doh! I turned onto the wrong road and ended up on a river 137 miles south of Colonial Beach.  Good Lord!  I've always said I could get lost in a phone booth, but ... 137 miles off course!  Good grief!

But it turned out okay.  So what if I didn't see Colonial Beach.  I saw a beach.  I saw flowing water.  I had good music to listen to and my weight in junk food to eat while I drove.  I found my way home eventually and Little Red and I had a fun road trip adventure.

knitting a diagonal striped blanket with scrap sock yarn.

And since I didn't actually make it to Colonial Beach on Saturday, Mike drove me on Sunday.  I got a little bit of car knitting on my diagonal striped blanket done, but mostly I just looked out the window at the passing scenery.

Of course, I drove all that way, on two different days, and never took the first photo of the water.  Oops.

So what did you create over the weekend?