Thursday, July 11, 2019

Three on Thursday

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I have three new projects on the needles.  Well, okay, one of them you've seen before.  But the other two are new.

Simple stockinette stocking cap knit with gradient sock yarn.
Cascade Heritage Waves Hat

1.  The hat.  You've seen this before.  I knit it while watching Stranger Things.  I had about an inch of it done when I started the show, binge watched the entire thing over 24 hours and all that's left is the decreasing and a pompom.  I knit the hat extra long and floppy so that I can stick my hair up under it if need be.  I  have a lot of  hair so the hat is extra long.  

I didn't have a pattern.  I just cast on enough stitches to be able to knit in the round, knit around and a round, purled a turning row, knit some more, picked up and knit the cast on row with a regular row to form the hemmed brim and kept on knitting.  You can't see it well in the photo but the yarn is a gray gradient which makes a nice, neutral but not too terribly boring hat.  And the yarn, Cascade Heritage Waves, is unbelievably soft.  If I had any sense, I should have knit it into something that would be worn next to my skin rather than on top of my thick head of hair.  But, I think I have enough left over to knit a pair of matching fingerless mitts. 

Garter and mesh shawl knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne in The Pearl colorway

2.  Reyna.  I needed a new basic, garter or stockinette in the round project since the hat was almost complete.  I must always have a simple project OTN to knit on while reading.  I almost started another Hitchhiker but I wanted to use this yarn and I didn't need another blue Hitchhiker.  So... Reyna.
Reyna shawl knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne (#affiliate #ad)

The yarn is Hawthorne in The Pearl colorway, which I believe is one of their newer colors.  I've knit the pattern before and enjoyed it.  It's a simple garter and mesh/lace triangular shawl.  And this time, I'm even following the directions!

Knitting an Eclipse shawl in Starling and Lagoon
yarn from Unplanned Peacock

3.  Eclipse.  The pattern and yarn are both from Unplanned Peacock.  The purple (Starling) will be the main color and the green/blue (Lagoon) will be the stripes.  I've knit this pattern several times before.  I absolutely love this design.  It's shawly enough to wear as a shawl but it's also scarfy enough to wear like a normal scarf.  And don't even get me started on how much I love the Unplanned Peacock's yarn.  

Both Reyna and Eclipse are mostly garter stitch so I can read while I knit them.  But, they also both have a touch of open mesh or lacework that I can't work while reading.  So, the plan is to switch projects when I get to a lacy section.

Want to take bets on which gets finished first?

Joining Carole for Three on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Knitting with Stranger Things

And so it begins...

Every summer, as work takes over my life and the weather gets hotter and the weeks seem longer, I begin to skip regularly scheduled posts here and there until I suddenly realize I haven't posted in a week.  Sometimes two.  This year I promised myself that wouldn't happen, even if I had to resort to 'phoning in' the posts.  I picked a bad year to make that promise to myself.  I think I've previously mentioned that I'm having a lot of dental work done.  Anyway, I've been averaging 60 - 65 hour work weeks and since mid May, every day off has been spent either at the dentist or taking Sue to the chemo doctor.  The schedule is wearing on me.  The schedule (work schedule that is) also got messed up this past week and I had Sunday off instead of a weekday... and I just had to say, "Ef it!  I'm spending my day knitting and binge watching Stranger Things, not writing a blog post."  So sorry, not sorry.
My new chart keeper is helping me knit Madli's Shawl (affiliate link)

Anyway... I did knit.  I knit sixteen rows on my Madli's Shawl while I finished binge watching Roswell on Netflix.  Yes, my TV viewing tends to be that of a 12 year old girl.  Laugh all you want, I don't care.  It was a good show.  And there was more than one Buffy reference made and y'all know how I feel about Buffy.  Anyway, I've finished 20 and a half pattern repeats, only ten and a half more to go.  My goal is to have it blocked and finished by October 1st.  I wanted to keep knitting on it but....

Stranger Things!  I'm not coordinated enough to knit beaded lace and watch Stranger Things at the same time.  I put down the lace and picked up a simple stockinette hat. 

Knitting a stockinette hat with Cascade Heritage Wave yarn while binge watching Stranger Things
knitting with Stranger Things

The hat is knit with Cascade's Heritage Wave yarn on US2 needles and it's taking forever!  It is my 'only knit while I read' project which is one reason it's taking so long.  The other is, well, to quote my mother when she'd get really mad, "Dammit all to Hell!"  A fellow blogger recently posted about how their ball winder had started messing up and causing big loops of thread to hang out of the skein.  I smugly thought to myself, "That never happens to me.... except for the skein I just wound yesterday did have one weird loop sticking out of it..."  Of course that skein was my Cascade Heritage Wave.  And of course, karma!  After knitting about five rounds, that loop started causing all kinds of problems.  I have No idea how that one little loop sticking out could cause SO many tangles but.... ever since, I've knit about half a round, spent five minutes untangling and freeing enough yarn to knit another half round... and repeat.  Over and over and over again.  Dammit all to Hell!

But back to topic - Stranger Things!  Have you watched it yet?  Besides being a fantastic show, I'd forgotten how much fun it is to be visually carried back to the '80's.  And that outfit that Nancy Wheeler is wearing in the photo, I had the exact same outfit!  Well, almost the same.  Her stripes look gray while mine were a faded blue.  I remember not wearing the skirt much but I practically lived in the shirt.

And now, I suddenly realize I'm running late and have to go get ready for work so I'm cutting this short.  Until next time, happy knitting!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Supper - Blueberry-Pecan Galette

So, we aren't actually having this for supper, I just wish we were.  We have quite a few leftover blueberries and I was Googling what to do with them and....

Blueberry-Pecan Galette from

Doesn't that just look like it would satisfy every craving?  Soft, crunchy, hot, cold, creamy, fruity...

I'm desperately hoping I can talk my daughter into baking this Blueberry-Pecan Galette for me while I'm at work tonight.  And if she was a really good daughter, she'd allow me to call her when I'm finishing up at work and she could time her baking just right so that it would be fresh from the oven when I got home.

It's nice to have dreams.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Making Mama Proud

It's not pretty, or big, or knitting related... but my mama would be so proud!

Picked a ripe tomato before the fourth of July
First tomato, 7/3/19

It was always a huge thing, a major source of pride, something to be worshiped and more importantly, something to brag about to the ladies at the pool when you got a ripe tomato before the fourth of July.  

Granted, it may be only slightly larger than a golf ball, but mine plucked itself from the vine on July 3.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Off the needles

Today, OTN is standing for off the needles rather than on.

Hand knit prayer shawl

The prayer shawl for Sue is finally finished.  Just in time for her last chemo appointment next week.

Simple garter and lace prayer shawl

After asking for everyone's opinion about the contrasting border color, I went with the white.  I'm So glad I did.  Color-wise, I think it looks great and besides, it looks like waves crashing on the beach.  And since Sue loves the beach....  I think it's perfect.

lace detail on a simple garter stitch prayer shawl

Well, it's obviously not perfect.  There are several 'creative design elements' in the lacy border.  Oh well.  The shawl is not perfect and neither is Sue.  They can be perfectly imperfect together.  At least that's my story of why I didn't bother to rip and fix them.

lace border knit on the outer edge of a simple garter stitch semi circle prayer shawl

Despite the those 'design elements' in the border, I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  I'm also amazed at how much it grew during blocking.  Pre-blocking, the shawl barely went across my shoulders, much less wrapped around me.  Post-blocking...I'm going to have a very, very difficult time handing it over to Sue.

But hand it over, I will.  Sue deserves it.  She has done SO well with her chemo treatments.  She's had none of the horrible side affects you hear about and didn't even loose her hair.  I'm so proud of the way she's held her head up throughout the whole ordeal.  She'll have one more dose of chemo then go for another round of CAT scans to see what the next step is.  The doctor seems confident that she's going to beat it and be considered 'cured.'  Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.

Monday, July 1, 2019

52 Weeks - Fears

Today's 52 Weeks Blog Challenge topic is my fears.  Wow!  This list could be even longer than my favorite snack list.  I'm a little bit neurotic and I know it.  Laugh if you will but in no particular order...

1.  The dentist but I've already covered that so I won't go into details.  And I was happy to see I wasn't alone in my dental fears.  Sorry for you, but thank you for the recent commiseration.

2.  Adult diapers.  Or more specifically, the need for them.

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3.  Black panthers in trees.  I'm fairly certain I've covered this ridiculous fear here on the blog at some point but it bears repeating.  Ever since reading the Little House books as a child, I've been terrified of black panthers lurking in the tree tops at night, just waiting to pounce on me.  Did you read the books?  Do you remember when Pa was late returning home and the panther was in the trees stalking him?  Yeah, well, you can't convince me that there are not panthers in the trees just waiting to get me.  I can read Jaws while laying on the beach and jump into the water with no problems, but... But those panthers - they are out there.  And they are out to get me.

4.  7-11's.  I've discussed that fear before too.  Actually, I don't like any small convenience store but 7-11's especially.  It's a shame because I do love a good slurpee.

5.  Dying and my husband discovering the actual size of my yarn stash.  Even worse than  him discovering it is the fear of him throwing it away rather than handing it over to my fellow knitters.  Forever let it be known that I'm perfectly fine with you coming to raid my stash within minutes of my final breath.

6.  The kids getting into a car accident.  I'm So neurotic about it.  Every time, every single time, my phone alerts me to an accident in an area they might be in, I have to verify it wasn't them.

7.  Accidentally felting a newly finished sweater or socks knit from expensive yarn.

8.  Suffering a stroke or any kind of health thing that leaves me unable to move or speak but aware.  Please, if that ever happens, for the love of God, unplug me.  Quickly.

9.  The neighbor's dog.  It frequently runs loose at night and comes by for a visit when I get home from work in the wee hours and am standing at the door trying to find my key in the dark.  The dog looks like a coyote (size, shape and color) and it about gives me a heart attack every time.  He manages to sneak up on me and tends to growl.  And maybe he's not growling at me.  Maybe he's growling at a panther up in the trees.

knit shawls on pinterest
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10.  Knitting intricate lace without a life line and the interchangeable needle coming unscrewed from the cable.

I'm sure I could think of a thousand more fears if I tried but that's enough.  You don't need to know All my deep, dark secrets.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Supper - Summer Salsa

Nothing like a little unplanned alliteration!

So what do you eat when it's been in the upper 90's all week and it's just too damned hot to cook?

Summer Salsa!  And hopefully you can talk your spouse into cooking some chicken on the outdoor grill to go with it.  It's great on it's own but it's fantastic on grilled chicken.

cooking from scratch with watermelon
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Summer Salsa

Mix diced watermelon, chopped red onion, chopped fresh cilantro and diced jalapeno pepper with a splash of lime juice and a spoon full of brown sugar.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or so and enjoy!

There's nothing simpler.  Specially if you can talk your spouse into cooking the chicken.... and maybe even into doing the chopping.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Broken promises

I broke a promise I'd made to myself long ago. I officially titled myself a yarn snob and swore to never knit with unpleasant yarn ever again.

And nothing looks more unpleasant to knit with than Red Heart's Scrubby yarn....

But it comes in such pretty colors...

And I had a Michael's coupon....

dish scrubber knit with Red Heart Scrubby yarn

Knowing there was a 99.99999999999% chance I'd never knit with it and it was simply going to get tossed into the stash pile and forgotten, I bought THE most boring color, Marble, a mixture of black, gray and white.  It was the unpopular color and I felt sorry for it.

Little did I know that days later my husband would decide to tear apart our kitchen and install black marble counter tops.  Black marble counter tops that perfectly matched the Scrubby yarn....

And so I did the unthinkable. 

dish scrubber knit with Red Heart Scrubby yarn in Marble

And I knit with the nasty yarn.  And it wasn't That nasty.  I wouldn't want to knit with it often, but it was no where near as bad as I expected.  

I might even go buy a fun color and knit another.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Three on Thursday - Gardening

I think my previous posts have proved I'm not a gardener.  However, there are a few plants I haven't killed yet.

My mom always called these "out house lilies" because they'll grow anywhere, under any condition.  They'll even grow in my yard!

I think that's viburnum, but I'm really not sure.  What ever it is, it doesn't mind driveway gravel and occasionally being backed into or hit with a car door.

And of course, the wild strawberries.  They are everywhere this year!

Joining Carole and friends for Three on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Red, White and Blue

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I'm gearing up for the fourth of July.

While watching Outlander reruns on Netflix I started knitting a red, white and blue can cozy.

Coffee sleeve knit with Knit Picks Palette

Except I drink coffee, not cans.  

The coffee sleeve is knit from scraps of Knit Pick's Palette on US2 dpns.

Monday, June 24, 2019

52 Weeks

Today's 52 Weeks Blog Challenge topic is favorite snacks.  This could be a long list.

First, I should probably say that I consider a snack to be junk food.  A healthy snack is simply a meal.  A snack should also be something you can quickly grab and go.  There should be no 'fixing' involved.

So, here goes and in no particular order...

Peppermint Patties,

Lightly salted peanuts,

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Store brand potato chips (they tend to be saltier) with store brand Ranch dip (except, I can't eat potatoes anymore.  I still look longingly at them in the grocery store though.)

Ritz crackers with peanut butter,

Ice cream - just about any flavor except vanilla or orange and it must not have nuts in it, except for that chocolate one from Food Lion that has chocolate covered peanuts and chunks of brownie in it,

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Peanut M&M's,

And last and probably most weird, American cheese with peanut butter smeared on it.

I'm sure there are other snack foods that I love, but those are what come immediately to mind.  Is there any wonder I have a weight problem??

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday Supper - Coleslaw

Simple recipe for coleslaw made from scratch.  So good with any kind of grilled meat or barbeque.

Today's Sunday Supper recipe is coleslaw.  So simple, yet so good with any kind of grilled meat.  


3 cups (1 head) shredded cabbage
1 grated carrot
1 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS ketchup
2 - 5 tsp apple cider vinegar (depending on taste)
1/4 tsp Worcestershire
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp - 1 TBS sugar (depending on taste)

Mix the cabbage & carrots together in a large bowl.  Blend all the other ingredients together in a separate bowl (or food processor)  and stir into the cabbage mixture.  Serve!

To simplify the process and make clean up easier, I usually shred the cabbage & grate the carrot in the food processor, then use the same food processor bowl to mix the dressing.

Friday, June 21, 2019

On the needles

Or more like, still on the needles...

Knitting a Hitchhiker shawl scarf with gradient yarn.
Hitchhiker, Sublime Yarns Eden
My goal for the month of June was to complete 21 pattern repeats on my Madli's shawl but...  This past week's hours were long and arduous and I haven't had the mental capacity to knit beaded lace.  I've been focusing on the Hitchhiker instead.  I'm on the fourth color (out of five) and have knit 34 teeth.  Progress!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Three on Thursday

Three very random things for today's Three on Thursday list.

We painted our kitchen cabinets and replaced the counter tops, sink and faucet
kitchen remodel phase 1

1.  We are remodeling our kitchen.  We had forest green cabinets and  brownish-gold marble counter tops.  Sounds hideous but I really liked it when it was new.  But, we've been in the house for 14 years and it was time for a change.  Eventually the wall between the upper and lower cabinets will be tiled.  I love the vibe of the new colors and most of all, I love our new sink.  The old one had a little lip all the way around it that collected gunk like I collect yarn and it was impossible to clean.  The new sink doesn't have any gunk collectors on it.  And even better, the new faucet isn't stuck on spray mode.  Yay!

The Wrist Ruler from Center of the Yarniverse is the perfect jewelry for knitters.

2.  I got a new toy.  It's a bracelet.  It's a measuring tape.  No more searching for the missing measuring tape!  Well, no more searching as long as I only knit things 17 inches or shorter.  My Wrist Ruler came from Center of the Yarniverse, my LYS.  That place is so damned dangerous!  I went in to buy a bag I'd seen on Instagram.  The bag had already sold out so I walked out with the Wrist Ruler and more yarn.  Yikes.

Novocaine smile.

3.  In case you needed a laugh....  I had a fun trip to the dentist the other day and that is me trying to smile widely afterwards.

I can't believe I'm saying this because I'm TERRIFIED of the dentist.  I haven't had the best luck with them.  One even went to jail for raping & torturing toddlers.  But my new dentist... I like him!  He's aware that I'm neurotically terrified and he and his entire staff do everything they possibly can to make me comfortable. 

And because of my terror, I'd put off visiting (finding a dentist, in all honesty) and so now I'm having the fun of multiple visits.  So yesterday I went in expecting to have one tooth fixed but Dr. Campbell was all, "Oh, let's do this other one."  And he was all smiley about it so okay, fine.  After it was all over and I was trying to rinse and spit while not being able to feel my face, Dr. Campbell started talking about how much fun fixing my tooth had been.  (Actually, he rebuilt a tooth, which is Much cheaper than getting a crown.)  He was so excited he got out his cell phone and showed me pictures of another one he'd done recently.  He was just gushing about how much fun it was to build a new tooth out of nothing...  And I realized we are kindred spirits.  He just uses enamel and a high speed drill while I use 2 sticks and some yarn.  I think I might love my new dentist.