Gardening 2015

•May 25, 2015 • 3 Comments

The Husband spent some time at the garden center and bought some things to plant. He then spent a few hours digging in the dirt. He put in a good assortment this year. We have cherry tomatoes, broccoli, eggplant, celery, green beans, yellow beans, bell  and habaneros peppers. It should be a bumper crop if the critters don’t get to it before us.

Here is how the Clematis looks this year. It suffered a bit with our many feet of snow but looks like it’s going to be OK. As you can see the lawn didn’t survive. We had so much snow piled on the lawn and a ton of road sand and salt. We’ve raked and will be putting down seed over and over. If nothing else the birds will be well fed.

The Husband also picked up some flowers to go under the light pole along with the Clematis. I really like the Zinnias. They are so happy. We’ll check back with all of this in a month or so and see how it’s going.

 

Camp Loopy 2015

•May 23, 2015 • 6 Comments

June 1, 2015 Camp Loopy starts. I am thrilled to be participating again this year. If you’re looking for some knitting inspiration give it a look.

I ordered my yarn a week or so ago and I am happy to say it arrived. Of course this means I keep looking at it impatiently waiting for the start date to arrive. The yarn I have chosen is Tumbleweed yarn Aurora in confetti. The colors are super bright. The pattern I am going to knit is Zigzagular socks by Susie White. The pattern has just enough to be interesting and looks really good in wildly bright colors.

FO Friday: Confessions Of Lazy Blocker

•May 22, 2015 • 6 Comments

I finally got all the stuff together to block Sweet Tantalate, my Loopy Academy extra credit project. It really isn’t a lot of stuff but I do have to dig out the blocking mats and the pins and then run some water in the sink, which I have to clean first, and then get the Eucalan and soak the shawl. The only thing that got me going on this is the fact that I need my living room next week and having a shawl sprawled out on the floor doesn’t make a very good impression or work for traffic flow.

As you can see in the first photo I am a lazy blocker. I don’t measure . I don’t fuss. Basically I squeeze the water out with a dry towel and flop it on the mat. From there I just stick in some pins and call it good when it looks like I can wear it and have it look blocked. There will be no award for this blocking but the shawl looks good on and that is my only concern. It looks perfectly blocked in the second photo and I am nearly as bumpy as the Hosta.

I sort of went crazy with the photos. I wanted one that showed the color and stunningly enough I got one! That never happens. The pattern, Swwet Tartalate by Lindsey Freeman is very well written. It’s fun to knit but tricky in spots. I just couldn’t remember some of the pattern rows which made it very slow. I also discovered I had made errors but not until I was 2 rows further along. This made for some frustration and plenty of ripping back.

As for the yarn, it’s Cascade Heritage silk in marine blue. I love the color but the yarn was a bit splity when I was knitting. A short trip into the sink for blocking left it a bit fuzzy. I can’t say I would use it again. As for the shape of the shawl, I really like it. It sits nicely on my shoulders and doesn’t seem to require a shawl pin. Would I knit it again? Maybe. I’d want to use a nice silk and wool blend, something very soft with a lot of drape.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Freshly Finished Friday with hardknitlife and Flash Your Finishes.

 

Just A Little Tease

•May 21, 2015 • 6 Comments

  

I finally got out the blocking equipment and every pin I could unearth in this house. Let’s hope it dries quickly. 

WIP Wednesday: Now With More Procrastination

•May 20, 2015 • 8 Comments

Ack! I know I said I’d block the shawl right away. I intended to block it right when I hit publish but something shiny caught my eye and off I went. Then I had to make food and shop and do dishes and drive people places and pick them up and go to lacrosse and an art show and the mall. I went to the mall. I hate the mall. All the while I had every intention of blocking the shawl. Even now I’m talking about doing it and still not actually doing it. That is blue ribbon professional procrastination. Don’t try this at home people. You might get hurt.

I have made great progress on the Monkey socks. The first sock just needs to have the toe kitchenered and the second had been begun. The yarn is Patons Kroy Stripes in rusty stripes. I love knitting this pattern.

Now I am off to be distracted by yet another project. Today is my mother’s birthday so I am cooking dinner at her house for everyone. I picked the most Whole 30 recipe that is something every like what she would cook herself. It’s yummy and pretty easy too. Now I’ll go wrap her gift and maybe get that shawl blocked.

If you’d like to read about more projects in process be sure to visit here and here.

The Whole 30: Day 23

•May 19, 2015 • 4 Comments

We are still holding strong. No dairy, no grain and no sugar has passed our lips. We are eating way more eggs than a human should. I may never like eggs in the same way in the future as I did 24 days ago. Grocery shopping has become a different kind of challenge. No longer am I reading every label. 90% has ingredients to be avoided. Now I spend my grocery time filling the cart full of meat and fruits and vegetables. Then I try not to be shocked when the total is $25 more than the last week.

I am still making condiments like mayonnaise and salad dressing. It is required since salad is a staple that is being eaten for lunch daily. Everyday by most of us. One of us, *cough* H *cough* has discovered Applegate hot dogs that meet the requirements so she has had those to break up the boredom she feels.

I have started making an effort to make things pretty. I’ve always been a throw it on the plate and just get it on the table kind of cook but not any more. Pretty is easy and makes people think they are getting something nicer than lettuce, again. Typical lunch with things arranged nicely in a box. See those slices of turkey, over $10 a pound. Yes, turkey. See addition $25 a week on groceries. N asked if I would make him lunches like this all the time, even when our 30 days is up. The good mother in me said yes. The bad mother wondered why he wasn’t asking for Twinkies.

Not all is doom and gloom. It is obvious that some of us have slimmed down. Pants are loose. Faces are thinner. I have even slipped a few treats in. We’ve had bacon and it was very good. It almost made the eggs tasty.

Funday Monday

•May 18, 2015 • 4 Comments

Last week was so much fun! I really enjoy Knit and Crochet Blog week and look forward to participating next year. Thanks so much to Mimi for coordinating and hosting us all. I hope she and her little one are doing well.

CROCHET!

I feel as though I should have a bit of exciting knitting news for you all but I don’t. What I do have for you is a bit of exciting CROCHET news! Yes, I did say crochet. I finished all the knitting on my Sweet Tantalate shawl the week before last and really procrastinated on the bind off. Between the lack of yarn which I had mentioned and the fact that I haven’t really crocheted in the last 30 years all that much* I kept putting it off. This is my Loopy Academy extra credit project so I had to get it done by the end of the month or there would be no extra credit for me and I’ve always been all about the extra credit.

It took me 2 sittings a few days apart to get through the entire bind off. I felt like I was fighting with myself the entire time. The crochet hook kept knocking into the knitting needle, I dropped stitches a couple of times and my blood pressure shot through the roof, and I was sure I’d be blind by the end. The entire time I had to quiet the voice in my head that kept saying I was going to run out of yarn before the end. I was chanting in my head “Shut up, It will be fine.” Over and Over and Over…

Not too close…

And it was! As you can see there was plenty of yarn, quarter added for scale. My inner nag was wrong and I will remind her of that endlessly. I will not procrastinate on the blocking. I will block today. Must block now. I do have to hunt up about a million and one pins though since all those little crocheted chains have to be blocked out. Yes, all bazillion and twelve of them.

*I crocheted a few afghans when I was first married. I had learned a few simple crochet stitches when I was in 4th grade and then did nothing with those skills for a decade.

 
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