Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Might Have

I might have done a little bit of yarn store shopping.

Okay . . . there is no *might* about it.

I DID go to the yarn store.

Okay . . . I went to TWO of them.

While we were at St. Simon's Island, I stopped in at

And what should appear before my eyes?
My FAV-O-RITE words.

YARN SALE!

I know .....I said I wasn't going to buy yarn,
but I did.
Of course, THESE weren't on sale,
but they came home with me anyway!
2 Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails
1 Fiber Seed Seedling
1 Frolicking Feet  - Colorway:  Tartan
But, wait!
There's more!

Remember this sweater from Monday's Q & A?
Remember how I said I figured I would never make it so I threw away the pattern last week?

Well, darn if I didn't decide I really did need to make it after all.
But, the Interweave magazine that the pattern was in was from summer of 
2014.

What was the chance that I would find it without hunting the internet?
Well, as it turns out - - -  actually ......pretty good.

I remembered that A Stitch in Time in Jacksonville had a selection of past-issues
of most of the popular knitting magazines on a rack by the cash register.

This one was not out on the rack,
but after quite a bit of searching Justin found a copy in a storage box.
He was relentless .....I would have given up after the say .....10th box?

Along with the magazine, a couple of other bits came home with me too.

Now I really, REALLY need to resist going into yarn shops for a little while.
Which could prove difficult since tonight is knit night at
Yarn Cow

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pretty In Pink

I this yarn.

It is a Crazy Zauberball yarn, but I'm not sure about the color.
The ball tag has gone missing.

Steve and I spent the day today checking out neighborhoods in 
St. Marys and St. Simon's Island (GA).

Both places are really nice, but probably not right for us.

However, St. Marys had an awesome swing set.


But, I guess that is probably not enough reason to MOVE there.

If you would like to see more pictures from our day in Georgia,
click on the link to go to my other blog.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Q & A - Week 2

Can you believe it's already another Monday?

Time for Q & A with Kathy.

1.  How lost would you feel without your phone for a day?

I'll say, right up front, that I DO my phone. However, depending on what I was doing that day, I would either miss it VERY much or not at all. 

It is more of a toy than a necessity.

2.  Have you ever had Pavlova?

Yes, of a sort. A friend of mine makes the shell, but then fills it with chocolate. So, I'm not sure that it is technically Pavlova, but it's close enough for me and it is AWESOME!

3.  Have you ever seen a feral cat colony?

Sadly, yes ---------both in Orlando and here in Jacksonville. At one time, our neighborhood colony had about 50 cats in various stages of health. Because they were doing so much damage and some were quite aggressive, the county did come and remove them. 

Here in Jax, there is a catch/neuter/release program, but I'm not sure how well it works. Haven't lived here long enough to judge that. I DO know that Jacksonville is overloaded with street cats. It's hard to tell which are "outside" kitties and which are truly strays/ferals.

4.  Are you a loose or tight knitter?

Tight, but I'm trying to loosen up a little bit and it *seems* to be working. Don't want to get too loose though. Loosy-goosey socks are no good to anyone.

5.  Do you play the lottery?

No, but I play a damn good game of yarn chicken.  (Steve plays the lottery, I think.)

6.  If someone gave you the yarn, the pattern and a guarantee that you would knit it to perfection, what would you knit?


I even HAD the pattern in my stash AND I have the yarn to make it. I was sorting through my patterns the other day and in all honesty, I KNOW I would never have the patience to knit my way through this. So .....in the recycle bin the pattern went and I will find another project for the yarn.

7.  What's your limit for a day of driving on a trip?

I used to be able to say --- when I got there. We made many straight-through 22 hour trips back to Pennsylvania. I'm pretty sure I could NOT do it anymore. I'm guessing about 6 hours would be my limit IF Steve and I were both going to switch off the driving. Driving myself? I probably could do 3, but I don't think I would want to do much more than that.

That's it for this week.

Happy knitting, everyone!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Feline

Today it is all about Giroux!

HE would say it should be that way

EVERY DAY!




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Riding the Wave of Fugly

Seriously, I DO NOT have the words to tell you just how badly it went when I made socks with this yarn.

One side of the sock looked like a tribute to John Deere.


The other side looked like camouflage for hiding in a mud puddle.

The only thing I could do is hope for the best
and cast on a hat.


Really, not bad at all as a hat.
And, it is soft and squishy ... just the right stuff for a chemo hat.

So, a hat (or two) is what it shall be.
There is a hella lot of yarn in this skein.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Q & A

It's my favorite post of the week,

1.  What is your favorite fiber or blend to knit?

I'm a terrible knitter. I don't really pay attention to the composition of the yarn I purchase. Yes, it HAS come back to bite me in the arse a few times.

For socks ---- I'm guessing a nice merino/nylon blend would be my favorite. A little stellina never hurts either!

2.  What is your favorite fiber to wear?

I agree with Kathy ---- cotton, especially a nice brushed cotton. My second favorite would be linen. I do ♥ a nice linen top.

3.  Have you seen someone on television that you know personally?

Yes ............recently our niece was on a television crime drama. I think it was on the Discovery Crime channel. She had a small part, but it was fun to see her. Laura recently moved from NYC to LA to further her acting career.

4.  Do you have a locket?

I do not. I have two necklaces that I wear ------the gold one is a sand dollar. The silver one is a Kokopelli.

5.  What is your favorite pizza topping?

Spinach!!!

6.  A box of Valentine candy is in front of you. Which candy do you pick?

The little Whitman man right in the center of the box. The Whitman man gets it FIRST! (Then the chocolate covered cherry goes next!)

7.  Is there a state you haven't visited that you would like to?

Maine!

8.  What is the oldest thing in your wardrobe?

Me????  Hmmmmmm...that is a REALLY hard question, Kathy. It is probably one of my pairs of running shoes. ALL of my clothing is fairly new.  Maybe it's some underpants ...........wow, I really don't know. I'll go with the shoes.

9.  When are you most likely to give up on a knitting project?

I give up after a few tries if I just can't make sense of the pattern. I had a shawl project that I could NEVER get the right number of stitches after the first repeat. I gave up on that one.

10.  Name one thing you love about your husband?

Steve is, without a doubt, the calmest man on the planet. 

So, there we are.
Another week of "getting to know you" has gone by.

Want to know more?

I have a new blog -----All JAXED Up!



Come on over and see what has me JAXED up this week.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Next Big Thing

Something BIG is in the pipeline.


It involves Roy G. Biv
and this is just a portion of the yarn it will take.

For now I'm calling it my 
Jacksonville 
Project.

I'm designing it on the fly.

Stay tuned to see if it actually works.


Friday, February 10, 2017

A New Adventure Begins

This afternoon we went to closing on our Orlando house.

Finally!

So glad to be done with this.
To say it was stressful would be a gross understatement!

Thank you to everyone that lent an understanding ear and said everything would be alright.
You'll never know how much THAT was appreciated.
I didn't always BELIEVE you,
but I DID appreciate it.

We will take a little R & R time and enjoy stress free apartment living in Jacksonville for awhile,
and then it will be time to decide, after 32 years in Orlando,
(21 years in THIS house)
just where our new home should be.

"Wherever you go, you'll take me, right?"
Yes, little buddy.
You get packed first!!!