Thursday, August 17, 2017

What Time is It?????

What time is it???

SHOW TIME!!!!

It's time to show those great fall colors you have stored away in your stash.

Now is the time to set them free.

Let them out.

Show the world that FALL is the best season

It's time for a fall knit-along.

Won't you join Vera @ The Threaded Lane and me 
while we whip up some fall themed projects.

You could chose to make Nutkin
or maybe Cascading Leaves* is more your style.
Both of those are free patterns on Ravelry,
but feel free to choose any pattern you like as long as your project
waves the I  ♥   Fall flag high.
It doesn't even HAVE to be socks.

Note:  Cascading Leaves is no longer available online, but since it was always a free pattern I have no problem sending you a digital copy of the pattern. 

The I ♥ Fall KAL will cast-on on September 1 and run through October 31. 

So, dig through that stash and find your spookiest, leafiest, pumpkin spice latte-ist color yarn and let me know in the comments that you want in on the fun. I'll list all the participants in my blog sidebar so you know just who the cool kids are.

And in case you need a little more incentive,
there might even be a little yarny prize for one lucky participant.

*********
I had to work around the snoopervisor to get a photo of all the great yarns.

Snoopervisor wants to know when we got the creepy new cat?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

75

75!

I have yarn set aside for two more blocks to be done this week.

Of course, you-know-who had to get in on the action.

Hey, this blanket is really comfy. It's for ME, right Mom???

With all the CAT-itude he can muster up,
he has claimed this to be absolutely HIS.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Over and Over and Over Again

Yesterday, very, VERY quietly I said a very bad word.

No one else heard it,
but I knew it was said.

I was working along on the Ashton Shawlette that I am making as a shop model.
I'm already over it and just wanted to get it done.
I've had so many restarts due to dropped stitches.

I was further than I had ever been.
I had learned to put in lifelines.

I dropped a stitch marker on the floor and when I bent over to pick them up,
about 50 stitches fell off the needle.

It's okay . . . there is a lifeline a few rows back.
But, when I got there and picked up the stitches,
my needle snapped in half.

For all that is good in this world,
I could not help myself,
I said the bad word.

THEN I proceeded to frog back the whole thing.

Maybe it needed a little time out before restarting.
Maybe I should work on something else.
Maybe I should just find another hobby, because...

...when I pulled my sock out of the project bag it was apparent that the number on the row counter
was NOT the row I was actually supposed to be knitting.

Frogs AGAIN!

The solutions:

1. I bought a better circular needle. With a $2.99 needle from the Hobby Lobby
you definitely get what you pay for. Thankfully, this yarn is very forgiving,
because it certainly has spent a bucket load of time at the frog pond.

2. Instead of spending frustrating time trying to figure out WHERE I was in this sock,
I just started over.

Yesterday I just had to channel my inner Scarlet O'Hara . . . 

"After all, tomorrow is another day."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Q & A

This week I'm just going to jump right into the questions and answers.

1.  Macarons . . . love 'em or leave 'em?

I haven't ever had one . . . I guess, by default, that's a leave 'em.


2.  Give us a good tip if you are going to BE the house guest.

Make your bed every morning before you leave your room,

unless, someone is using it.

3.  What's your smallest circular needle size?

A 16" size 2


4.  What's your favorite charity to knit, crochet, sew for?

The Bethanna Home for Children in Southhampton, Pennsylvania.


5.  Dropped stitch patterns . . . love 'em or leave 'em?

Leave 'em .... not a style I really like.


6. Does the fear of a shark keep you from swimming in the ocean?

No. The fear of catching an infection from polluted water keeps me from swimming in the ocean. We have far too many beach closures due to fecal/biologic pollution. I will walk in the water, but I won't go in so deep that my face gets wet (i.e. no boogie boarding or actual swimming).

7.  Name something you would never knit.

Underwear

8.  Someone is naming a yarn colorway for you. What is it called?

Just North of Crazytown

9.  Name a cake you can't resist?

Just one??? Oh my gosh . . . how I do love cake. I'll pick the salted caramel cake from Biscotti's. It is delicious. Thankfully, it is also $10.50 a slice. That means I don't eat too much of it.

10.  Name a word you have trouble spelling over and over.

Usually it's the small words that trip me up. I'll look at a word I have typed and think, "that's not correct", but it usually is.

P.S.
Happy birthday, Kathy!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stash Acquisition

When I decided that I wanted to go up to Savannah to The Frayed Knot,
it was to look for one of these.
It is a sock kit from Heidi and Lana

I bought one of the sock kits.
And, then I bought a whole lot more.

But, let's start with the sock kit.
This is what was inside the corrugated packaging.

You get some lovely merino/nylon sock yarn.
The colorway I bought is Foliage.

You get a pattern for shortie socks,
but there is enough yarn to make any kind of socks you like.
You get 100 grams/420 yards.

I'm thinking maybe Nutkin or Cascading Leaves.

I will definitely be giving the shorties a try, but I'll use a yarn in my stash,
one that has shorter yardage.

You also get a pair of footie sock blockers,
some cards to keep track of your rows,
and a card with a stitch marker, a progress keeper, and a darning needle.

But, wait!
There's more.

I was also looking for some sock minis to put in my scrappy blanket.
The shop was thin on the ground for minis.
There were only two colorways available and I already had the other one.
So . . . one came home.
It's an eye searing peachy orange called ... NEON peach.
That should add a happy pop of color on my blanket.

I wasn't going to go to the other yarn store in Savannah,
but since our walking-around time was cut short by a massive thunderstorm,
we did go to Unwind.

There was much yarn success there.
Cascade Heritage Silk Prints in the colorway:  9808 Desert (Left)
Lang Mille Colori Baby in the colorway: 84575

Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the colorway:  Winterberry

I'm sensing a theme here with these last purchases.
I think I'm ready for some cooler weather of autumn and winter.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Savannah

The plan for today was to head up to Savannah, Georgia
to visit The Frayed Knot.

They had an interesting sock kit on their Instagram feed
and I just had to check it out for myself.

Wouldn't it have been nice to have taken some photos of the shop for you.
Yeah ...........it would have been.
Unfortunately, I was overcome by wool fumes and totally lost all reason and sense.

I did NOT forget to buy yarn.
I'll tell you all about it (and show it to you) when I get some good photos.
It's dark now.
Too dark.

So .........you'll have to just make do with the photos I DID remember to take.

Like lunch . . .
Ya think they enjoy their job?

These are the folks that made me the most delicious sandwich in the world.
It's right up there with DiNic's roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich
and that's saying a lot ---- the DiNic's sandwich was voted best in the world by the Food Network.

But, back to today.
I'm not exactly sure what the sandwich was made from ---- beef, pork,
and some other stuff --- some coriander and cilantro,
a crunchy roll and a whole lot of fun and sillyness (see photo above).

The store's motto is "shit yeah"!

The sandwich is the Boerewors sandwich - a South African sausage
with grilled veggies and some kind of dressing.

Absolutely delicious!
And served with a heapin' helpin' of nice!

It's a tiny little hole in the wall and you have to sit outside
(remember it's southern Georgia and it's August).

Yes, we made the sacrifice (and sweat) . . . it was THAT good.


Some walkin' was need to work off a sandwich that big.

Can you think of anything more quintessential Savannah
than a horse and carriage and mossy draped oaks?
Me either.

But, the money shot for me was this one.

I think maybe they COULD fix a broken heart
and maybe, just MAYBE sharpen your wit 
while they tended to your scissors.


Stay tuned:  The NEXT blog post will be chock full of yarny goodness.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Felines

This is Spike.

He lives around the corner from us.

He's a talker,
a bit of a chunky-monkey,
a lover of chin skritches and ear rubs,
and one of the Animal Protection Services trap/neuter/release success stories.

Somewhere along the line he lost half his tail,
hence his name.

Long tail, short tail, clipped ear . . he's still a pretty handsome guy,
and given the chance, he'll tell you ALL about it.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Perfection ---

Perfection is the hobgoblin of productivity.

Two nights ago I tucked myself into bed at a decent hour. Contrary to most nights, I fell asleep pretty quickly. Unfortunately, within a couple of hours I was wide awake again. This seems to be how it goes a lot of nights.

Since I was awake, I figured I would rock in the rocking chair and knit a little bit. 

I knit and I examined my sock.
It looked kind of big.
Maybe a bit too big.

I wonder how that other sock-in-progress looked.
Hmmmm...the gusset on that one looks a little wonky.

The next sock may (or may not) have had some uneven stitches.
It's hard to say for sure in a dim light at 3 AM .

Within about 30 minutes all of the socks save one had been frogged.
It was not my finest hour nor, by the light of day, my wisest decision.
There you have it.
The "damage" was done.

The only thing that saved the one sock was that the first sock was already completed.

I'm sure IT is not perfect either,
but I wasn't about to rip back a finished sock.
THAT would be crazy.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kathy's Monday Q & A

Let's jump right in, shall we?

1.  Would you knit and wear this skirt?
Simply?  No.
I'm not sure that pattern would be flattering to anyone,
least of all me.

2.  Have you knitted or crocheted with beads?

That is a technique I have not tried yet, 
but I have been tempted.
I'm guessing it WILL happen some day.

3.  Do you wear eye shadow?

Not anymore. I rarely wear anything other than lip gloss.
I used to love eye makeup, but either it changed or I did.
It really bothers my eyes now.
I'd love to put on a little mascara now and then,
but it makes my eyes tear up and burn.

Not worth it.
The money saved on not wearing makeup goes to additional yarn stash.

4.  Do you like when men grow their hair long?

If it is kept neatly.
I am fascinated by dreadlocks.

Steve always told me that when he retired he was going to grow a ponytail.
So far, that has NOT happened.

5. Where do you get most of your knit inspiration from?

I get most of my inspiration either from podcasts or knitting magazines.

6.  What color are your toenails painted now?

They are hangin' around nekkid!
No polish on the ol' toes right now.

I did just purchase a new bottle of clear gloss and my fingernails are wearing a fresh coat.
I haven't done my toes yet.
I should.

7.  How do you store your knitted gifts until you give them to the recipient?

I rarely knit for others and if I do I usually do not wait for an occasion to give them.
I am a spontaneous gifter.

8.  What is the name of the last river or lake you visited or saw?

I see the St. Johns River every day.

This photo is a few miles east of where we live,
but our apartment is right beside the river and I can see it from our bedroom windows
or really well from our balcony.

It is the main reason we chose this apartment complex
and while I won't miss living IN an apartment when we finally buy a house,
I will miss living along the river.

9.  Elephant ears, lemon whip or shaved ice at the fair?

I'm not sure what lemon whip is.
Shaved ice is really just flavored water and by the time you get half way through the flavor is usually gone.
ELEPHANT EARS --- crispy, crunchy, sugar topped.
What's not to love about THAT!

10.  The last adult drink you had was ....

...a frozen mango-rita at Lola's.
It was about 3 hours ago.

But, don't worry.
I'm not inebriated.

Friends don't let friends blog drunk.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer In The City

I checked two more things off my Jacksonville bucket list this weekend.

Bucket List Item #1

Visit Friendship Fountain.

I had heard about this "spectacular" fountain from a friend in Orlando,
but I'll admit, I didn't really know where it was
OR how to find it.

Google to the rescue and today it was close to where we were already.


The fountain is pretty. There's no doubt about that.
But, I think it is the view of the city that is what all the hype is about
AND it's right next to the iconic "blue" bridge.

Item #2 on the bucket list has to do with the bridge.
Ever since we moved to Jacksonville I have had a goal of walking (or biking) across the blue bridge.

The first time we rode our bikes there from our apartment.
It's a bit of a ride and then . . . the bridge sidewalk was closed for construction.
BUMMER!

It's been closed every weekend since then for electrical and bridge support maintenance.

Today it was open.
We walked!
Oh yeah we did!

The view from the river walk leading to the bridge.

The bridge is officially the John T. Alsop, Jr. bridge,
but if you call it that NOBODY will know what you are talking about.
It is the "Main Street bridge" or THE BLUE BRIDGE.

The view from the top looking west over Jacksonville Landing.
The view looking east ....The Florida Theatre
I even made a selfie while we were walking.
It's my first selfie ever.
I'ma lookin' pretty darn good!

Friday, August 4, 2017

DUDE!

Remember THIS guy?
Yeah . . . he was kind of annoying,
but kind of compelling in an odd way.

And ..........Dudes I GOT A DELL!

On Tuesday night my HP Inspiron up and died. No warning. No wheezing, sneezing, or whining.
Just dead.

Due to space constraints, Steve and I use our laptops on our dining room table. When dinner time came along, I put my HP to sleep, closed the lid and put it down (softly --- I didn't TOSS it) on the carpeted floor.

After supper I opened up the lid and it didn't wake up. I tried re-starting it. It didn't BOOT up. I GOOGLED ...I tried hard reset. Nothing worked. It would NOT power up. 


So, DUDES, I'm working on a new laptop.
I didn't intend to buy one quite so soon, so I went a little more budget friendly.

It doesn't have ALL the bells and whistles of my last laptop,
but that's okay.

It's got enough.

Hopefully, this one will have a good, long life.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ch-ch-ch-change #1 and #2

When I was at my endocrinologist last week he said that if I lost some weight (fat) and gained some muscle, he felt that I could start weaning off of meal time insulin.

That same week I had been thinking about joining some kind of exercise class to give myself a little more motivation. I didn't want to go into the heavy lifting/crazy cardio that I used to do with my personal trainer. I thought maybe yoga or Pilates might be what I would like to do AND would be a little gentler on this arthritic body of mine. God love it ..........my body still works, but it sure does complain a lot.

I tried yoga . . . it's a little to Z(en) for this Type A personality.

I signed up instead for 3 personal training sessions of Pilates.

Today was my second session and was a regular workout like they do in the classes,
but was one on one with a teacher so I can learn the machines and movements.

I LIKE IT.
Even better . . . my BODY likes it.

That's change #1

Change #2 is a yarny change

Look ....it's NOT SOCKS!
It's not even sock weight yarn (although it kind of is --- explanation in a moment.)

I am almost done the Ella Rae lace-weight shawl that I am knitting for Fran's Knitting Boutique.

Who knew "lace weight" yarn could be SO, SO lovely.
(I think it may be a little heavier than a true lace weight --- maybe a light fingering.)

I know it looks like just a pile of stitching right now,
but once it is blocked?
Well, just you wait!!!

And finally, I'd like to introduce you to . . .
...the Rubberband Man.

Yes ...........he ATE one. Yesterday, I was organizing in my room and one of those black stretchy cords that they use to attach a name tag to a skein of yarn fell on the floor. Giroux was batting it around, playing with it and that was fine.

But, then he ATE IT!!

I GOOGLED.

The advice from Pet MD is as long as he is not gagging and is eating, drinking (and pooping) okay we can wait for nature to take its course*. We've given him a few extra "hairball treats" and a dish of pumpkin every day to help things along.  I've been on poop-patrol since last night. So far, no rubber band. Ain't life GRAND!

Get a cat they said. Cats are fun. Cats aren't any trouble.
For the most part that is true.
Right up until they decide to EAT something they shouldn't.

Mr. Rubberband Man says it was a little chewy and didn't have much flavor.


*If Giroux starts showing ANY signs of distress, be assured we will have him at the vet in no time flat. It just does not seem necessary at this point.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Q & A

Last Q & A of the month!
Let's GO!

1.  Best news of the weekend is . . . 

Danielle and I managed to find our way through flooded streets in a neighborhood neither of us really know to get together for lunch. 

Blogger meet ups are just the best!

2.  Do you remember Mexican jumping beans?

Absolutely! I remember being TOTALLY disgusted when I found out it was a little worm (bug?) in there making it jump. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!

3.  Does knitting a shawl sometimes feel like knitting a blanket?

I've had blankets that took less time. 

4.  Have you ever gone under a tipped canoe and had a chat?

Thankfully, I have never TIPPED my canoe. Had I tipped my canoe, me and God would have been having a VERY serious chat about getting me out of the snake and alligator infested river . . . NOW!

5.  Did you know horses like to eat peppermints?

I know a few horses that could seriously USE some.

6.  The last thing I was tempted to purchase, but didn't?

Oh .............I did NOT purchase the pecan butter cookie at the coffee shop today. Boy, am I missing that cookie right about now.

7.  Are the new school supplies out in the stores near you? How do you feel about that?

I haven't been IN a store (other than the pet store) in awhile, but I assume the school supplies ARE out because school starts the second week of August in our county. Don't really care either way. I don't have a child in school and pretty much don't think about it other than being mindful of school busses on the road and figuring that I can probably finally hit the zoo the first few weeks of school and it should be fairly uncrowded. They never have school field trips the first couple of weeks of school, right?

8.  Give me a detail ... a tiny detail about summer.

No-see-ums ---- TINY little bugs, nasty little bugs, bitey little bugs -----they thrive in summer.

9.  You are getting a box of yarn in the mail . . . 2 skeins . . . what color are they?

Purple . . . or some variant of purple.

10.  Have you gone so far as to unhook your seatbelt and search for a lost hook or needle during a car ride ---- YOU are the passenger.

Not that I remember ...........but I'm sure I have. Not wise, I know. But, honesty counts, right?

What were you thinking, young lady!
 You'd best be turning around in your seat
 and putting that seat belt right back ON!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday in the City

I got to meet a blogging friend today.

All the way from Canada ....it's Danielle.
(She hasn't blogged in awhile. She's on Instagram now.)

After much thought we decided we've been blog/Instagram/Facebook buddies for 6 or 7 years.

It was great to finally meet up.
Although, as she will tell you, too . . . it wasn't easy.

I picked a place to meet up that was sort of between where she was staying and where I live. It was a nice little cafe/coffee shop that I had been to once. It's a little north of me in an historic area near the river. I was a little uncertain of where I was going, but figured I'd just trust GPS to get me there.

Problem 1 ---- it rained last night. It rained in biblical proportions. Roads between here and there were flooded. Both of us finally worked our way around the problem areas only to find out ....

Problem 2 --- the cafe wasn't open. They are in the midst of a remodel. (Wouldn't it have been nice if they had mentioned this on their Facebook page?)

So ........Danielle piled into my car and we headed back to my side of town. We had a lovely brunch at a local Mexican dive and then it was coffee and knitting/stitching time.

But, really, we all know what went on,
a whole lotta talking and very little stitching.

When I took Danielle back to here car,
we did get to check out this girl...
I'm assuming the bright red lip and toes mean it IS a girl.
If not ....sorry dude.

And right across the street from the turtle was ...

... another Little Free Library.

It was a very special Sunday in the city.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

From Here . . . To THERE

The last time I featured my sock yarn blanket it looked like this.
64 squares + a cat
Today that same blanket looks like THIS!
70 squares - a cat
But WAIT, there's more.

When last I showed you my Velvet Elvis socks they looked like this.

Now, they aren't quite as long, but I'm groovin' on the contrasting black cuff.
I think Elvis would approve.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Felines

I'm not gonna lie.
Getting yesterday's blog posting up 
was a bit more challenging than usual.

Work around me .....I'm comfortable here.


A Little Personal Stuff:

I got my Continuous Glucose Monitor off on Tuesday and the evaluation by the doctor was very positive. There are good things in my future IF I continue to work towards them.

So, the song of the week is ......Ch-ch-ch-CHANGES! Stay tuned ... this could be interesting and it all starts tomorrow at 1 PM!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Garment District

It's been a long time since I've knit a garment.
(Something akin to 38 years)

I remember once knitting an acrylic sweater from some fuzzy, sparkly yarn,
probably from Michaels or the like.

As you can well imagine, it was uglier than home-made sin
and I thought it was terrific,
until I saw myself in a mirror.

I looked like a very fuzzy and sparkly GRAPE.

Then I jumped on knitting with thinly ripped pieces of cotton when THAT fad rolled around.
That sweater could have stood on a street corner and waited for a bus
ALL.BY.ITSELF.

Rigid was NOT the word for it .... it was an upstanding sweater
and my step-mother-in-law (God bless her) loved it and said she wore it.

I couldn't even get the blasted thing over my head.

Now, I don't actually remember seeing Phyllis IN the sweater, 
but she said she loved it, said she wore it and I'm going with that.

So ... you can see, those sweaters may have turned me a little
against garment knitting.

And, then there is that whole thing about getting the right size,
making a swatch,
you know ...........the maths kind of thing.

Not up my alley folks ..... I can do a science.
I'm not so good at doing a math.

HOWEVER,
I have cast on a garment.

It's the Windlass sweater from Pom Pom magazine.

It should look like this when I am finished.
Picture MINE a little bit wider and in blue.
I have no idea whether what I cast on will fit me. To complicate the whole sweater-fit issue that normally rears its ugly head, this pattern is size 1-5. I'm making the size 5 and hoping for the best.

Wish me luck.
I'm calling on the sweater gods to make this right.