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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Auld Lang Syne 52

It is the end of the Year 6 for our Year Of Projects group.  I have completed all 6 years and have loved every minute of it.  There are some in our group that go from January to December so they are just a little bit past half way for their year.  It is such a great group and I have "met" some lovely folks there.  If you knit, crochet, quilt, sew, bead or craft in anyway............why don't you consider giving it a try.  You can find us HERE.

If you follow me on a regular basis, you know this week was my week of being in the frog pond.  If you don't follow me on a regular basis, there is a place on the upper right hand side of my blog where you can enter your email address and each time I post on my blog, you will be notified.  Or you can follow me using Bloglovin (My favorite spot to follow all my blogging friends)  

Anyway..............back to the frog pond issue.  I tried to finish up hubby's socks and as I was nearing the end of the first one, I decided to try it on him.  Could not get it on him in any way shape or form.  The yarn has negative stretching ability.  Both socks were frogged and the yarn caked up and will be used for a shawl later on.

I then decided to complete Mr Darcy sock #2.  As I was knitting away on it, I kept thinking it looked a bit smaller than sock #1.  Put the two together and tried them both on using my hand and WOW..........Sock #2 could barely fit over my hand!  A frogging I did go again and caked it back up and it is sitting in time out.  I can not understand what the problem is with it but will give it another try later on in life. LOL

So what is a crafter supposed to do..............................Work on a shawl of course.

My Eva Shawl is making great progress.  I have complete one skein of Bernat Sox in the colorway Camouflage.  I have one more skein to use on this.  It will be the perfect size when the other skein is completed.  Then it will go to our Cancer Ministry's prayer shawl closet to be given out to someone that needs extra love, comfort and peace.

But............I wanted to finish something this week.  So yesterday, I decided to make pans liners for my new cookware.  I got the idea from a crochet magazine I perused while in Texas.  They made coaster type liners but I wanted something that would protect all aspects of the lower pan.

Ta Da..............Just a bit dishcloth pattern I had.  

As is this one.  Now I don't worry about putting one pan inside the other.

My last set of pans, I did not think of doing this and they ended up getting some fairly good sized gouges in a couple of pans.  This time, I would like to keep them for a little while before they get destroyed.

Remember I told you about my new luggage I got?  Did I forget to tell you about that?  While in Texas I found the perfect "THAT'S MY SUITCASE ON THE CAROUSEL" luggage and convinced the hubby we had to have it.

Go ahead and try and tell me this is not something that will jump out at you in the airport terminal!  Got 2 pieces and then a lovely toiletries bag to go with it. 

And the last bit of personal news:

These are sitting on my dining room table making my day brighter.  Being raised in Kansas, these were the state flower.  Being born in Iowa..............these are called weeds.  Living in Arizona............These are sunshine in my house.

Ok, Lets take a look at my list from last year and see how I did on it.

 YOP 6

Baby Items:

Seamless Cable Booties (Decided not to do them)
Corner to Corner blanket COMPLETED


Celtic Denim Sock  HAVEN'T TOUCHED
Hermiones Everyday Socks COMPLETED
Snoqualmie Socks HAVEN'T TOUCHED
Pedicure Socks  COMPLETED
Spring Tulips Socks COMPLETED
Scatterby Socks  HAVEN'T TOUCHED



Stockinette Hug COMPLETED 



Hubby Socks  NOT TOUCHED
Dive In Shawl  NOT TOUCHED
Log Cabin Afghan  NOT TOUCHED
Corner 2 Corner baby blanket COMPLETED


4  Azel  (Matching sets for 2 mother/daughter teams)  MADE 2 OF THEM


6-12 of them, varying patterns MADE 4 THIS YEAR

Other Items for the Year:

Test knits/crochet  HAVE DONE 3 THIS YEAR
Try something new for me in knitting  LEARNED HOW TO ADD BEADS TO KNITTED PROJECT
Photos of completed projects  YUP..........
Give myself the right to change (add/delete) this list as needed  DID THAT A LOT.  JUST LOOK UNDER THE SHAWL CATEGORY LOL

I have my list for year 7 pretty much completed.  Just need to do a bit more tweaking on it.  I am looking forward to the fresh start.

I will leave you with a picture of my boy, Enrique.  He knows when we are getting ready to leave the house.  He gets so saaaaaaad LOL

Until next time........................Happy Crafting!!!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Frog pond

Ugh.....I frogged another half completed sock.  Mr Darcy was going fine but I thought it looked a bit smaller than the first sock.  I laid then side by side and..............crud!  Sock #2 could barely slide over my hand!

This is how I feel about socks right now.  I checked my notes and I am using the same size needle as sock #1.  Same yarn, same stitch count.  My tension hasn't changed in years so what gives?  I put it away for a while.  I might go up .25 mm on the needles just to see if I have a change in tension or...........I wrote down the wrong needle size in my notes,

I am working on my Eva shawl instead.  It will be donated to the prayer shawl ministry at church when completed.

Right now I am functioning on 4 hours of sleep.  My insomnia has picked up again.  Looks like it is time for tea before bed.  That has helped in the past.

I did get quite a bit done this morning.  Banana bread has been baked and is cooling, laundry started, dishes done, kitchen cleaned, dining room cleaned, fridge cleaned, chicken pasta salad made for dinner, and now time for me to season my new cookware and get it put away.

I bought a Gotham Steel pan a while back and like it.  Tried out the Copper Chef pan and LOVED it.  Sam's club had a set on special, so hubby bought it for me.  It needs a little TLC before the first use and should always be hand washed.  Not a biggie for me.  You are never to use cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil in the pan either.  And food truly does slide right out.  I love to cook and this just made my life a whole bunch easier.

I have some mending to do today too.  Will work on that after lunch.  There might be some crafting happening then too.

Ok, gotta go change the laundry around........until next time......happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Dance

Another happy day in Casa de Noce.  Once again, the eyes popped open at 6 this morning, even though I was up past midnight.  I felt refreshed and ready to tackle the day though.  I fed the dogs and then sat down and worked for an hour on my tablet.  How nice it was not to have network interruptions today.  I got everything done on my tablet in an hour.  It has been taking me upwards to 2 hours a day to do my normal stuff!

I made out a Sam's club list for hubby.  He is so nice to go and do the big box store shopping for me.  I don't mind going, but it seems, when we go together, we do more impulse buying.  Going alone is a much wiser idea.

While he was gone, I set my Cricut up and learned how to work it.  After a bit of problems downloading the correct Adobe Air program I finally got everything to work on it.  Thanks to Rob C at the Cricut help center!  I think I am going to really enjoy working with it and learning some new skills.

This was the only thing I made by myself today.  It was fun and very interesting to see how the little machine works.

Have do have some sad news for you.

These are my hubby's socks.  After doing over half if the leg, I decided to try them on him.  I could not even get them past his heel.  This yarn has NO give to it at all.  I may decide to make a shawl or something like that out of this yarn.  It will not be on anyone's feet!

I picked up the frogged Mr Darcy sock and cast it back on again.  I am being very careful this time that it will match in size the same as the one that is completed.  I am on the first repeat of the leg pattern and am very happy with it.  That will be my TV watching  project now until it is done.

I am trying to stay a bit more monogamous in my knitting right now.  It's not that I don't have may WIP's hanging around.  But I am trying to only have one of each kind LOL.    So, I only have one sock on the needles, one sweater, oops............3 shawls, one blanket etc.  I bet, if you follow my blog regularly, you can kind of get an idea of what my list for next year's YOP is going to consisting of.

Ok, it is mid afternoon and extremely hot outside.  Time for me to go into energy conserving mode.  Also known as knitting until dinner time.  We set our A/C up to 80 during the hottest time of the day to help conserve energy.  I do not do any housework during that time as it is just too warm for me.  Around dinner time, the A/C goes back to 77 and is quite comfy for us desert rats.  That is when dinner gets prepared and dishes done and maybe a load or laundry if needed.

Until next time...........................Happy Crafting!!!!!