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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Covering Up Mistakes



Hello friends. Thank you for visiting. I procrastinate a lot anymore. I am also beginning to sound like someone who tells tall tales when I say the I am about sick of yarn, yet here I go again making another skull cap. It was made for no one in particular, just something to work on while watching some television in the evenings. I don't even remember how many I have made from this pattern. I should know it by heart. My favorite part is the straight knitting on the round with a circular needle. I hate ribbing, mainly because I hate the purl stitch. After casting on 90 stitches you commence with the purl 5, knit 4 for 33 rows. Far be it for me to have noticed what I did, and I didn't notice anything amiss until I was done and folding the ribbing up on the cap. That is where it now looks like you have knitted 5 and purled 4 because it is now turned up to show the right side of the work. Oh no, there it was, a mistake!!!!! 


I had knitted when I should have purled and it stuck out like a sore thumb. No way was I going to rip the entire hat apart because to fix that error I would have had to go all the way back to about the first 10 rows. I got a brain storm to cover it up with a pretty button. I dug around in one of my button jars and came up with this. I know no one would have known there was a mistake had I not written about it, but if this quick fix can be a help to someone else if they happen upon a similar problem then so be it.

Here lately I have just mellowed out and gone with the flow. Basically my life is hum drum and boring and for some odd reason I like it that way, uncomplicated. I don't thrive on being someone who has to be on the go all the time. I lead a quiet life and it is okay. I have never liked drama and can always find a zillion things to do right here at home. My next door neighbor told me a couple weeks ago that I have a beautiful home. I told him it is okay, but all I see when I look at it is work, work and more work. I thought about doing a post on all that I need to do around here but thought better of it. You would find it boring, I know I sure would....


Times like this finds me dabbling in all kinds of experiments and above is one of them. I am between projects that amount to anything and so I play with my yarn, mainly the scraps. I pick this up and then stick it back in the yarn tote. I decide to straighten up the smaller tote with small scraps of left overs and what do I do about a week later but set the tote on a surface only to bump it and as the lid flies off the container tips on its side and my neatly wrapped yarn balls topple to the floor and now a mess again. I just scoop them up and say, "To heck with this, why did I waste my time anyways." Then I look at this little WIP and think, yeah, yeah, yeah, why did I even start this, I do not feel like doing this. I have been burned out on yarn for weeks but to start sewing means I have to clean "the hoard" in the sewing room. I started cleaning and organizing the mess ages ago and got side tracked doing something else. In the meantime I have added to the stash of stuff. I am glad I can close the door on it and even though it is out of sight, it is never far from my mind. I feel so disorganized anymore.

Mother's Day was really nice. I did not get pictures but I got flowers from my both my girls. I was taken to dinner once again at Biaggi's in Perrysburg and got a pretty card. This last weekend I was invited to go to Port Clinton to Nagoya Chinese Steakhouse. Meals were great, but the company was even better. Love my children ♥

Forgive my crazy post. I am slowly trying to get back in the groove of blogging again. Hopefully things will improve on the home front and I will be a little bit more newsy as time goes on. As usual I hope all of you are doing well and thank you for sticking by me. Love you all ♥



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Catching Up

 
Here I am again, only to find myself back tracking the happenings of the last 2 months. Being absent for too many days always takes it's toll, like anything in life, it becomes work to catch up. I have missed this, being here and chatting with all of you. I won't make excuses, just believe that I have been busy. 
I start off with saying that in a years time I have made 8 afghan/blankets. Last year, in memory of my late husband Roger, I made and donated a hexigon one to F.A.C.T, a charity in our county that gives financial assist to cancer patients. They sold raffle tickets and the drawing was May 1st. I made the above afghan/blanket as this years new raffle item. This particular pattern I made a total of 3 times. It is a favorite.


Then I made this ^. No particular reason, I just had plenty of the yarn handy and I wanted to start using it up. I have done this pattern a few time too. Another favorite.


Then I made a skull cap for Meghan. I figured I had made one for Holden, Rachael and Chris that I better not leave Meghan out. At first she said she didn't need another hat, but after trying it on she wanted it. Purple is her favorite color.



And, since I'm on the subject of Meghan I wanted to update you on what her newly remodeled kitchen is looking like now. She has been adding all of the accessories to give it a homey feel. 


The butcher block table her dad made, plus the wooden bowl on top of it and the potato/onion bin under the window. My husband was quite handy in his wood shop.


 Love that green Kitchen Aid mixer. The green canister set I gave her. I bought it 42 years ago. Unfortunately she broke the smaller one that completed the set.







 She has that beautiful new hardwood floor and there is no way that we could leave it looking bare now could we. So she gave me samples of her kitchen colors and I went to Joanne fabrics with them, picked out fabrics and went to work.



 I always pre-wash my fabrics, dry and then I started marking off 1-inch increments and proceeded with ripping strips.


I dug out one of the crocheted rag rugs that I made back when we built our house and kitchen.


Unfortunately mine are stored in a linen closet because my 2 dogs think they are fair game to use as a toilet source. They are very soft from several washings. I love them. I needed to use mine as a pattern since I just winged it back when I made them.


Here was the WIP. 
 

Here is the second rug started. I thought I had taken a pic of the first one completed and laying on her kitchen floor, but I couldn't find it, so next time I get over there I will get photos of the rugs. I just know she loves them and she said everyone who sees them thinks they are just perfect. I'm glad :)


Then I made anther mobis scarf in the seed stitch.... K1, P1 stitch, every row. Cast on an odd number of stitches, as many as you desire, make as long as you want. I knitted till I ran out of this yarn.



I used up more stash yarn. This one in pic is Sensations Yarn (sold at Jo-Ann Stores, not sure they still sell it anymore), a mix of 22% wool, 50% acrylic, and 28% nylon. This yarn came in my possession from a friend. The color is called Green/Pink Stripes Angel Hair Yarn color, knitted up once again in seed stitch. Then I knitted up another gifted odd ball skein (sorry no pic). I have no clue as to this company but the label says www.brownsheep.com. I have not gone to the website. The yarn is 85% wool and 15% mohair. Sorry I have no photo of this last scarf but the color is Brown Heather. I doubt that I would have ever purchased these yarns for myself to use. Wool has always made me itchy, but was told that wool is scratchy depending on how the sheep farmer bedded down his flock. If it was in straw then the wool will turn out scratchy. Anyone else know about this?


During the time I was busy with the yarn we were still dealing with this ^. 


I bought one of these to cheer me up, I was so dang sick of winter.

I did take a day off from all the chores and work here at the house and went to my very first Yarn & Fiber Show in Bowling Green, Ohio. 


I am always a day late and a dollar short, but the StarGazer Alpaca farm that is about 20 minutes from here is now going out of business. The owners were in business for about 18 years. they sold all their animals and this was to be their last show.


WOW! I never realized Alpaca yarn was so soft and soooooo very expensive. She had reduced the price by offering it as buy 3 get the 4th skein free. Let me just say that whatever I make with the 4 skeins I bought will be mine and not made for anyone else....$25 a skein, heavens I have never in all my life spent so much money for yarn before. If my husband was still alive I would have had to hide this yarn in the trunk of the car for a year, lol. I treated myself, what more can I say.


These gals (mother and daughter) were nice enough to pose for me. They were not the StarGazer owners, but they had a booth selling yarn too and plenty of their homemade items. There was another daughter who had been spinning yarn on a spinning wheel but she stepped outside for a bit. Plenty of knitting going on here.


Across from them there was plenty to see, but what caught my eye was.......


the QUILT! Oh boy, was that ever pretty and it sure put me in the mood to go home and drag out my material and machine.



I just loved those colors. It was so hard to take my eyes off of it.


More homemade goodies made with Alpaca yarn.


Now to complete this post I will share with you my latest and last project. In fact I just completed these last evening. Are any of you like me, do you balk when it comes to trying something new, fearing to be a failure and having to scrap the whole darn thing? Seeing yourself as a failure even before you try is just wrong. Don't beat yourself up like I did for years over trying your hand at the unknown. You might just surprise yourself like I did. For years I have envied people who could make mittens. My mom was one of those people, she could knit anything and not even have a pattern. I would struggle and just give up. Well look at what I tried, bound and determined to do this sink or swim.


There is a story about this yarn which is over 35 years old. I had bought a ton of it and given it to my mom. She was suppose to make me a knitted cap with matching long, long, long knitted scarf plus a pair of mittens. As things turned out she and I had a falling out for many years. I did get the cap and scarf before all that but the mittens were never done and she kept all the yarn that was left.


About 3 years ago she gave me all of her crochet hooks, knitting needles and some yarn. She is no longer able to do yarn work anymore. She had lost interest. Guess what I found, yep, the yarn I had given her years ago for my mittens. I still have the cap, and scarf.
I went on Pinterest and pinned tons of knitting patterns which included plenty of mittens. I picked a pattern and got busy. Here they are folks, my first attempt at mittens.



I wanted to get a pic of me with them on but if I'm holding the camera with the mittens on then there is no way I can manage a pic. Believe me, they fit perfectly. I am pretty proud of myself, but I don't take the credit for anything I have been able to make. Only by the grace of God these were made. Any abilities I have I credit to Him. We are all blessed with talents.

Hope all of you are doing well. I will do some blog reading. Knowing how all of you are doing will be good for me to read. I have truly missed you all. Good people are hard to come by these days and I consider all of you my far away & caring friends. Hope you are all having good days filled with blessings. Until next time take care. I will try to not make it such a long time before I post again.
♥♥♥











Monday, May 4, 2015

WHY ARE MY POSTS NOT SHOWING UP!!!!!!!!!

IF I HAD A BOX OF NAILS I WOULD BE CHEWING THEM RIGHT NOW!

Where Does Time Go Anyways!

Oh Dear Friends, once again I have been so busy and can be counted as one of the slacker bloggers. I keep thinking of that song "Time In A Bottle". Truthfully I have been feeling so very guilty to not come here and post. I have so much to share with you and I am so far behind on reading about what all of you have been doing. It will take a day or two to catch up on everything I need to do on here. I want to be able to take my time and not miss anything. I have lots of photos of projects to share, so please bare with me and don't think badly of me. I hope to make time this week. Days have been full with a bridal shower, babysitting my grandson, running some errands for my mom and myself, knitting, crocheting, household chores, yard work. I'm lucky to find time between all that to do a few things for myself. This week I plan to meet a couple school chums for lunch, babysit, go out for dinner and a movie for Mother's Day with my youngest daughter. If it isn't raining on Fridays I spend a good 6 hours mowing. So hang on tight, I am still alive and kicking and promise to be back in a few days. Love you all, hope all is well with you ♥

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Valentine For You ♥


As February is drawing to an end I just wanted to let my faithful followers and friends know how much I love and appreciate all of you. I don't get tons of comments on my blog but that is okay because I know there are those of you who are faithful to leave a few words no matter what the situation I write about. I do not profess to be the most interesting blog on the block. I know some bloggers can post a photo of a flower in an old cracked vase and get dozens of comments. I am one of those people who read your blog. If you follow me I try my darnest to follow you back. I'm just like that. In the start I did not think anyone would find me interesting at all. I was wrong, there are those who seemed to like what I wrote and came back for more.  Today, this month that is known for valentines and love comes close to an end, I post this heart and share with you one of the last valentines my husband gave to me.


I normally don't share things of a very personal nature with all of you, and if I do it is usually in an email, but if nothing else I wanted to give all of you a good laugh or smile sharing with you how sweet and silly my guy could be when he wanted to show his more goofy side. It is amazing, isn't it the things we love about the people we commit ourselves to in marriage. There are both good and bad situations that test the strength of that bond. We either get through it or the marriage crumbles. For us marriage was for the long haul. Our promise to each other was in front of God and a Justice of the Peace with 2 people who worked in his office as our witnesses. These people were all strangers to us and we never saw them again. There had to be 50 other couples that day, lined up also waiting for the same judge to marry them. We often wondered how many of those couples were still married after all these 40 some years. For us there was no big wedding with all the frills, no wedding dress, no reception, no cake or gifts. We eloped although it was never a big secret. Everyone that knew us knew we went to Monroe Michigan to get married. I was too young to marry in Ohio. You had to be 21 years old. I was just 19. My guy was 24.


I ran across this the other day while looking for the paid real estate receipt from 2014 for my tax accountant. The card was tucked away in a tote with a stack of papers needing sorted and filed away. Needless to say I was also in the doldrums of feeling sorry for myself because all around me, no matter where I turned, it was Valentine's Day and personally it was wearing me thin and on my last nerve. I do not like feeling sorry for myself, woe is me, no one loves me. Then of course you have to give yourself a good talking to and remind youself that you are NOT THE ONLY ONE on this earth who feels this way, and knock it off.
It looks just about like any other valentine card doesn't it, well it does folks, until I opened it and these are what fell out..........then I remembered receiving this card from my man a few years back......


Okay!!!!! I also remembered my reaction WHERE ON EARTH DID HE GET THESE and why had I never seen them before????? Yeah, they were my legs. I knew when they were taken, way back in 1983 at the New Years party we had at our house in the basement. We had about 5 couples come. My mother-in-law had taken our girls for the weekend. We didn't have any noise makers when the clock struck midnight, but my husband had a small chain saw that he revved up outside the door and of course what a laugh that was. My 18 year old nephew showed up at the door. He came to our party cause he said the one he went to with his friends was boring and our party was much livelier. One of the guys had even taken black soot from the wood burner and smeared it on his face to do the Gene Gene the Dancing Machine from Chuck Berry's The Gong Show. We had a Mr. Microphone and if that wasn't the funniest evening. I weighed about 127 pounds and that dress was a slinky number with gathered sleeve that I later thought resembled something an undertaker would hang from the funeral home windows. But I looked pretty good in that dress (yes, I still have it in the closet), and evidently my husband thought my legs looked good too. Who snapped that picture? and evidently my husband picked the pics up when they were developed and went through them before I saw the bunch. As I remember my first question was where did these come from and what else have you taken pictures of that I don't know about? It really didn't matter, we got a good laugh out of this. I did some head shaking and eye rolling and of course wondering if he was trying to tell me I was a lot heftier now. 


There were a lot of laughs over the years. I miss that. I guess what I am trying to get at here is that when I was feeling blue a good and funny memory came back to me to make me smile and remember that life does not always have to be serious. I don't think I ran across that card by accident. I think it was meant for me to find it the other day and to cheer me up. Like so many things that make our days brighter I have to think of all of you. When you landed in my blog I think it was meant to be that we found each other and that is why I count all of you a blessing. Thank you for being there for me.
♥♥♥




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Not So New Projects, Just Repetition





 "He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes."
Psalm 147:16

One thing about quoting the Bible is that no one is going to sue you for it. There is no copyright.


Hello my followers and my friends. It is another cold day here in NW Ohio. Gee, I sound like a broken record, don't I? I'm trying my darnedest to "Keep on The Sunny Side of Life" and so I will share with you how beautiful my Christmas cactus is on this frigid February morning. I kinda found it odd that there would be blooms long after November and December, but it actually started setting buds some time before Valentine's Day and while some of you were enjoying flowers from your loved one, I was admiring something totally unexpected. I like to think of this as a way for God to tell me that my sweetheart in heaven did not want me to feel left out. Oh, and by the way, that mosaic pot was decorated by my youngest daughter Meghan back in her Renaissance days at college during art classes.


I don't have a whole lot to share with you from this week. It did snow yesterday and the weatherman said it would stop around dinner time. While waiting to go out and do some snow removal I busied myself with working on my 2 current projects. Believe me I do not mean to bore you with mundane things that comprise my life at the moment. So many of you are doing some exciting stuff and far be it of me to be envious. I just know that God has plans for us all and we can entertain ourselves and each other in our own ways.


I just can't seem to stop doing this wide brim skullcap pattern found here. This might be the 5th one I have made, I'm starting to lose count. Don't ask me why I'm making it in a purple, I just randomly grabbed a partial skein of yarn that looked like enough to make one. I like it cause I can mindlessly knit for awhile and not have to concentrate on counting until I get to the decrease rows. 


I am also making another scrap afghan/blanket. Yes, you have seen this one before too, actually 2 times before. This one will be the one I donated to F.A.C.T. for this new year of 2015. All proceeds will go to this worthy charitable cause that helps people fighting the battle of cancer. I will not go into any big detail but if you are interested you can read more about it here. There are still raffle tickets available for the 2014 afghan/blanket. The winning ticket will be drawn on May 1st. I will not put a value on the first afghan/blanket I made because there is no possible way to do that. Just consider all the colors that I used for that hex afghan/blanket and tally up what it would cost to purchase enough yarn to make so many combinations of color. Then tack on the hours of work and don't even get me started on how many yarn tails had to be woven for each hexagon, let me see, there are 5 color changes to each one, so that would be 10 tails each hex......now how many hexes, okay, there are 163, and so if I have calculated right, there were 1,630 yarn tails to weave. Only those of us who actually do this kind of work know how tedious it can be. That is why I believe we always love to see our work appreciated and lovingly taken care of by the person who is on the receiving end. 


Here is the 4 rows I have completed. I am presently working on the 5th row with 2 more to go. I think after I complete this pattern that I will give it a rest and do something different. I have learned that some times too much of a good thing often leads to burnout. For now I just need to get this one out of my system and move on. Besides, I am running low on color choices and not often happy about what color I put next to the other. I have frogged rows just because I was not happy with what I saw, and there were a few iffy color pattern choices that I'm still not too crazy about......well, maybe that is just it, I'm just not too crazy yet, but teetering on the edge, hanging on by a thread of yarn....sanity at the moment.
Love you all, and for those of you still dealing with snow, keep warm ♥♥♥

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Little Valentine


Today, the 16th of February is another cold day. It is 0 degrees here in NW Ohio, minus 1 degree in Toledo. The furnace has been running pretty much non-stop, about every 3 minutes. Yes, it is cold, yes, I am sick of winter, yes I am grateful not to be living in Boston or any of the other surrounding states close to there. Last year we had our own Boston right here where I live. We had well over 50 inches of snow ourselves. There was so much snow folks that I no longer knew where to put it. Yeah, I was shoveling it all by hand because the snow blower was out of gas and it had been 2 years before that when my husband had showed me how to operate it. I found it intimidating to say the least. I was too stubborn to ask for help and so I paid dearly for it by killing my poor back. My own fault really. For every action there is a reaction, and vice versa.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend. No I don't, I hope that box of chocolates your sweetheart gave you adds about 5 pounds to your butt, lol, but seriously, I hope you all know I am joking, lol. What does one do when they no longer have a man in their life to shower them with lots of love and attention, why you go find yourself another darling to pour all your love on and so here he is, my little guy...


He gave me a chocolate peanut butter candy, not really, his mom did. It was suppose to be from him but I have a sneaking suspicion that had he gotten hold of it that he would have eaten it and I'd have never seen it. But I bought him a Sponge Bob heart that claims to have gummy crabby patties in it. We will find out tomorrow when I go to babysit him. I also found these cute little items for his "ish" (how he pronounces the word fish). I'm not so sure they will fit in the little tank with his Betta Fish, but they will look good in the tank he bugs his parents to buy when he gets older. I know that because most of us have had an aquarium some time in our life, you know, the one that ended up out in the garage when we discovered you had to take care of it just like the dog and cat you begged for.


I also want to show you the most terrific, tasty, deliciously crunchy, healthy snacks I have run across at Kroger and Meijer stores. 


Believe me, I bought the first bag on a whim, something new to try, one bag, no big deal. Next thing I am buying some for my oldest daughter and she is liking them. She ends up with people at work showing some to her and she lets them know that she has been snacking on them for a few weeks. According to her they were acting so crazy about them, like they were the best thing to be invented since bread, lol.


I loved the Wasabi Ranch and then discovered the Black Pepper ones. Now they are my favorite. Then tried the Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil and now another favorite. Honestly, I could eat the whole contents of the bag. There are about 3.5 servings to a bag and 120 calories per serving. Price around here ranges around $1.50 a bag. If you can find them at your grocery store try them. I know you will not be disappointed. They are manufactured in California and there is a website HARVESTSNAPS.COM.......

I have not done much of anything these past 3 days. No knitting, no hooking, no sewing to speak of. I have felt guilty every evening when I sit down to watch tv. I got caught up in the Breaking Bad series quite by accident one night a couple weeks ago. As usual there are 500 channels on DISH, but nothing worth watching. While surfing through the channels I ran across the program and next thing I knew I was setting the DVR to record any new episodes. Unfortunately I started in about the last 10 or so episodes so I have to now go back (Netflix) and start at the beginning. It is a edge of your seat show, but definitely not a program you would want your younger children to watch. There is a lot of violence. I'm not prone to shows of that nature but when you flip through the channels and most are infomercials and shows you have already seen several times you are only left with 2 options, watch it or turn off the television. Sadly the main reason I have the tv on is so the house does not seem so empty. I even surprised myself with not having any project to work on because I honestly consider watching tv as a waste of precious time unless you can accomplish something as well.
Hope you all have a great week.Thank you for coming to visit me.
♥♥♥

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