Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter


Photo of colored Easter eggs courtesy of history dot com
photo courtesy of history.com

Wishing you a very happy Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Three on Thursday - Socks

I know it's a little early to be thinking about what to knit during summer's heat.  After all, half the country had a big snow storm last week and there's still a nice layer of pollen on the cars  here in the south.  That indicates spring, but... It's almost Easter which means at least in my mind, it's almost summer, and we had a massive thunder storm the other night which left cold winds and a definite drop in the temperatures.  And now my toes are cold. Again.

All that means, I'm thinking about socks.  Or more specifically, my desperate need to restock my sock drawer.  So today's three Three on Thursday things are sock patterns I'm considering. 

Adult sized, textured socks knit with speckled yarn.  Free pattern on Ravelry.
Amanda Stephens' Speckled Space Socks

Normally I just knit plain vanilla socks with self striping yarn but I'm thinking I should jazz up my knitting a bit.  I have a lot of this type of speckled yarn in my stash pile already.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/115-34-socks-with-cables-and-rib
115-34 Socks with cables and rib

Or maybe I'll knit a cable or two.  I love this design because I wouldn't have to commit to cabling the entire length of the sock. 

Free sock pattern on Ravelry.  Sock designed for self striping yarn.
Nutkin designed by Beth LaPensee

And this design looks like it would be quite simple to adjust for my boat sized feet.

And now for the hard part.  Deciding which to knit.  All three patterns are free on Ravelry, by the way.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Turned the corner

Yes!  I have turned the corner!

Diagonally knitting a full size bed blanket with self striping Patons Kroy Sock yarn
Diagonally knit Kroy blanket

I finally turned the corner on my diagonally knit blanket and am now decreasing on each end.  Progress will be much more visible now.  And mentally!  Phew!  Mentally, I feel like the end is finally in sight.  

Having to rip the entire month of February's work out and reknit it was a huge mental set back and felt horrible.  Even though I've only knit a few rows since turning the corner, I'm decreasing on each side now and it feels terrific!

Monday, April 15, 2019

I don't know

Where am I?  Last week I knew exactly where I was.  This week, not so much.

photo courtesy of yourdictionary.com

I don't know where I am and I hope you won't be expecting much from the blog this week.  I was supposed to be leaving on a multi state road trip with a family member tomorrow...  But said family member had a health issue and has been hospitalized for the past few days.  And while I should be at work, I'm either at the hospital or celebrating her release and hitting the road.  Only time and a few doctors will tell.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Supper - Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup.  Lasagna Soup quickly and easily made in the Instant Pot.  Need I say more?

Instant Pot recipe for Lasagna Soup from Belle of the Kitchen
Lasagna Soup, photo courtesy of Belle of the Kitchen

The recipe comes from Belle of the Kitchen.  The website is a little too ad heavy for my taste but the recipe can't be beat!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Where am I?

Where am I?  I find myself asking that a lot.  

photo courtesy of videoblocks.com

It's been ages, years actually, since I talked about where I can be found on the web.  If you find yourself on any of these social media locations, please stop by and say hello.

While it seems obvious, the blog, Jeannie Gray Knits, can be found at www.jgknits.com

My Etsy shop is located at JeannieGrayKnits.etsy.com

On Ravelry, I'm jeanniegrayknits

On Instagram, I'm jgknits

My Facebook (yes, I'm old school) address is https://www.facebook.com/JGKnits/

And on Twitter,  I'm https://twitter.com/JGKnits

It's been suggested that I join Snapchat but I've never gotten around to it.  Are you on that site and do you have thoughts, good or bad about joining?

photo courtesy of ashland.gov

And, most Wednesday evenings, I can be found live and in person at The Center of the Yarniverse's Sit and Stitch gathering.

Stop by and say hello and if you know of some other fabulous place I should be, of course, let me know.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Three on Thursday

It's Three on Thursday so you know what that means - three random things...

1.  Thank you all for your support and "Me too!"s on this past Monday's 52 Weeks Blog Challenge post.  Admitting to my crazy was a little scary and intimidating but y'all made me feel safe and 'normal.'  So, thank you!  It's nice to know I'm not the only one out there with a few quirks.  

And apparently, it is not the least bit weird or quirky to have kitchen issues.  So many of you responded with "Me too!"  regarding my kitchen OCDness that I think I'm going to have to wipe those issues off my weirdo list and start saying "I told you so!" to my family when they roll their eyes at me when I loose it over the dishwasher being loaded incorrectly or the knives being out of order in the knife block.  I'm not weird, my family is just wrong!

2.  I was quite excited to have my blog spammed recently.  It was the first time anyone has left multiple, weird, unrelated-to-the-post comments.  I feel like I've reached the 'big time' now.  I won't be excited the next time it happens though.  It was a time consuming pain in the rear to remove multiple comments from multiple posts.

Using stitch markers to indicate the need for increases and decreases.  https://www.ravelry.com/projects/jeanniegrayknits/kroy-blanket
Kroy Socks blanket knit on the diagonal

3.  My weirdness continues.  I've mentioned the diagonally striped blanket I'm knitting a few times now.  I'm currently knitting the sides and to get straight, parallel sides when knitting on the diagonal, you must increase on one side and decrease on the other.  When I first started the sides, I placed two stitch markers on one side to indicate the need for an increase and one marker on the other side to indicate a decrease.  

And then the confusion started.  Two markers to indicate the increase, which is done by K1, yo, K1.  And one marker for the decrease which is handled by K2tog, yo, K2tog.  

See my confusion?  Two markers to indicate a K1 and one marker to indicate a K2...  I'm somewhere around 1,000 rows into it now so it's lost the confusion factor but at first...  At first, I'd have to stop and think about it every single row.  If I ever knit another of these diagonally striped blankets (or anything knit diagonally for that matter) someone Please remind me to mark my increases/decreases differently.

As usual, I'm linking up with Carol for today's Three on Thursday.