A Bright Spot

•April 14, 2014 • 8 Comments

One day when I was in the midst of the drama that has been the last month I stopped home for a minute to let the dog out and gather up the mail. Imagine my surprise to see a package for me! I was pleasantly surprised to see that the return address was Beth. I ripped into the package before I even let Simon out and was awed by what I found inside: SOCKS! Hand knit socks for me! I had never had anyone knit me socks (other than a swap). The feeling was amazing! I got love in the mail in the form of hand knit socks! First I stroked them and stared at them and loved on them then I tried them on. They fit! I love them. Thank you so much Beth for sending me a little hug in the mail just when I needed it. The yarn is Shalimar Yarns Breathless in crayfish. I’m not sure what the pattern is but I love it!

What I’m Knitting

•April 12, 2014 • 6 Comments

Lacrosse season has started up again so I can be found hanging out at the park with my current sock in progress. The pattern is Down The Rabbit-Hole by Purrlescent. The yarn is Loops & Threads Luxury Sock in balloons that I picked up on clearance at Michael’s. I am really enjoying knitting the sock. The pattern is perfect for self striping sock yarn. The yarn feels pretty yummy too.

I absolutely love how wildly bright the colors are. The orange and the bright pink make me very happy. It’s impossible to look at these colors and not smile. What are you knitting? I hope it’s something that you love.

FO Friday: Catching Up

•April 11, 2014 • 8 Comments

I knew I’d been away from the blog but I didn’t realize for how long until just now. Wow! Things have been crazy to day the least. Here is a quick recap of what has kept me away. My father was in the hospital for nearly a week and then transferred to rehab. He did really pretty well there and is now at home. He’s had some setbacks (like having to use a walker) that are likely permanent but overall he seems better. The rehab he went to is located at the nursing home where my uncle (my father’s brother) lives. They were able to spend some time together but unfortunately my uncle had a stoke the first week my father was there. He spent some time in the hospital and then only a few days after returning to the nursing home he had a blood clot in his lung and went back to the hospital. My father came home the day before my uncle returned to the nursing home. The past 24 hours have been the most peaceful in a while.

I did manage to squeeze in some knitting and finished the socks I had been working on. The yarn is Studio June Sock Luck in snowy sky. The pattern is my usually one over 64 stitches. I’m pleased with the way these came out. They were great mindless knitting for when I had a few minutes sitting waiting for the next thing to happen.

I have cast on something new but I think I’ll tell you able that tomorrow.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

FO Friday: Is It Really Friday?

•March 14, 2014 • 9 Comments

This week has been long and it just won’t end. My father is back in the hospital though we have been promised a transfer to a rehab facility yesterday or maybe today or tomorrow. Also there is so much coughing and mucus going on around here. Wash your hands when you’re done reading this just in case. The Husband took a couple of days off from work to get a few things done and he has done nothing but cough and blow his nose, then N started and so did H. I am hanging on just this side of healthy with the threat of illness at any moment. Fortunately there has been knitting.

I finished the Alternate Steps socks just last night. They are for the second quarter Loopy’s Challenge. The yarn is Another Crafty Girl strong sock in little green aliens. First let me say I loved knitting this pattern. It is the kind of pattern that pulls you though row by row, repeat by repeat. They are fairly easy, maybe not first socks easy but first patterned sock easy for sure. I did only one thing differently than the pattern. I knit my socks on 4 needles using the 5th needle to knit. The pattern calls for using 3 needles and knitting with the 4th. I prefer the balance of knitting on 4. This did require that I rearranged my stitches a few times to keep things where they belonged. The yarn is lovely. It’s one of the first I’ve purchased without fondling in person that was even better than I expected. I will be buying more in the future.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

Spring?

•March 10, 2014 • 9 Comments

These beauties were peeking out from under some leaves in my mother’s yarn on Saturday. I was pleased to see them but I don’t think it’s spring quite yet since we had another dusting of snow last night and the weather report calls for two more snow events this week. Spring, where are you?

That Was Quick!

•March 8, 2014 • 2 Comments

Usually it takes a good long time for  law to pass but it seems just about everyone knew this was something that had to dealt with.

A Tasty Treat

•March 7, 2014 • 5 Comments

I read a few food blogs and sometimes scan the freshly pressed food blogs on WordPress. I like finding new things to cook. Everyone here, except me, get bored with the same thing more than once every few weeks. On one of my regular reads I found this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Pie and I was both pleased and surprised to see that I had all the ingredients. Normally I have to add the ingredients to my shopping list and often just don’t bother buying the stuff. Anyway, I took some time yesterday to make this cookie pie and it is quite yummy. It was easy to throw together and baked in a short amount of time. I think it would be a great dessert on a week night when you feel like something sweet. I followed the recipe as written except I used chocolate chips instead of chunks.

 
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