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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week 8

It is very early on Sunday morning here.  In fact, it is just now 4am.  Sleep has not been my friend the past couple of weeks.  I have no idea why, but I seem to catch about 6 hours max and then my eyes pop wide open.  I figured, since I am wide awake, I should go ahead and update my blog.

I don't know how many of you caught my middle of the week YoP post last week.  But, the test knit is done.  You can catch up on that here.

Today, I have another FO!  Can you believe it?  Two completed items in less than one week?  I am so impressed.  Don't expect this to happen again for a while.  The next items I have to finish will be a while....................well, I should have another one done next week, but I will get to that later.

Anyway...................on Monday, our family welcomed this precious girl into the world.

Kaidence Elizabeth has joined her mom, dad and big brother.  She is healthy and doing great.  But you know what that meant?  Yup, the C2C blanket needed to get completed.

It was completed yesterday, even got all the ends woven in.  I know it doesn't look very big there but how about this:

That's a foot long ruler in the middle of it.  I just hope it isn't too heavy.  I didn't even think of that when I started this blanket.  It is made with worsted weight yarn.  The dark purple is a Debbie Norville anti pill acrylic that is so soft and yummy (I know, and it is acrylic!).  The edging is done in I Love This Yarn.

Speaking of the edging:

That is 11 rows of edging.  I had some of you asking for me to share the pattern for the edging. is the deal..............I found one I loved on Pinterest.  I went to her pages of instructions and started out following along.  By row 7 I could no longer understand what the heck she was talking about.  So..................I winged it.  The edging is a bit ruffled which is fine with me, since this is for a little girl.  What you can not see in the edging photo (taken at 4 this morning) is the final row is the eggplant colored yarn.  We will be heading up to next month to deliver the blanket and to play with the newborn (and her brother).

So, what to do next?  I am going to finish up the men's prayer shawl.  I started back on it last night and will continue until it is completed.  It should be done by the end of this week if not soon.  I also worked a bit on hubby's socks.  I had him try then on again and they seem to be ok this time.  I will knit another inch or two and have him try then again to make sure they will go over his heel.  If not..............................they will be frogged and put in time out until I can figure out why that yarn is being so tricky to work with.  I have never used it before, so there might be a learning curve with it.  It does not feel like there is any give to it while working with it and yet is called Saucon Sock yarn.  It says it has cotton/acrylic/nylon in it.  I'm not feeling much other than the cotton.  We will see.

After the shawl is completed, The Azels will be my main project to work on.  Those will have to be an at home project.  Bulky yarn just doesn't seem to travel as well as sock or DK yarn. Which means, I will need to make sure I have socks on the go at all times too.  Gosh, I just don't know if I can handle all that pressure......LOL  But I really am itching to get to my new DPN's.  I may just have to cast on a new pair of socks this week too.  Shhhhhh, don't let hubby know.


Now...................I need to ask all of you a question.  I am looking to purchase a new camera. You know, a real one with lenses you can change out.  I have been using a little Canon Power Shot A480 for the past 9 years.  It's a point and shoot and it has been a darn good little camera to stick in my purse and use. The best part, it was a free gift for taking surveys! But, I am really wanting a decent camera to take photos with.  I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on one, but I was wondering, what kind of cameras you all use for your photo shoots of your projects.  I have 2 in mind that I think would be good ones. There is a Canon and there is a Nikon that I like very much.  Anyone with opinions on these two brands or any other brand, please speak up.  Hubby and I have been doing lots of research for the past couple of weeks and our brains are fried.  I appreciate any response I get.

Ok, I think that about sums up my week.  Until next time.........................Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Week 7.5

Yup, I am late this week.  Very late actually.  It happens to all of us......right?  Ok, it happens to some of us.

So I finally finished knitting on the test knit,  it has been blocked and I have completed my info for it.  I am ever so happy with the outcome.  I am thinking about making another one in a different weight and type of yarn.  Not right away, but sometime in the future.  I will give you a bit of a peek again.

It is so lovely and just has such a nice drape and the way it moves in the breeze was wonderful.  I will tell you it was 111 degrees out when we took these photos.  Needless to say, my model was not too happy about having a wool/mohair/acrylic shawl draped over her.

So, now I HAVE to complete the C2C blanket.  The baby was born yesterday.  She was a whopping 7 lbs 15.5 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  Mommy and baby are doing fine.  We are going up to where they live next month and I would love to have the blanket done to give to her.  She wanted booties too, but that just may not happen.  I was never a fan of booties with any of my children.  They never stayed on.  I used the Humpty Dumpty socks that could not be kicked off.  

I have been so busy the past three days, I have not even gotten to read any of my fellow bloggers blogs!  That is unheard of.  That is normally my morning routine.  I get up, make my morning nutri-blast green shake and then sit and read blogs that I follow.  So, tomorrow morning, I will have a bunch of catching up to do.  

Speaking of tomorrow...............that will be shopping day for hubby and I.  We will hit Costco (big box store) and the veggie market.  Then we are going to pick up a 30 pound bag of roasted green chili.  We will be bagging and freezing that after it gets to our house.  I love the smell of roasted green chili.  I love eating it more!  This will keep us stocked up until next year.  We will be able to make all our favorite Mexican meals and salsas, plus we will give some of it to relatives to enjoy too.

Hubby and I have been watching the Olympics since it started.  I am just amazed at the ability of all the young men and women.  I never care who wins, although, if it is the USA, I get a little teary eyed.  Otherwise, I am just happy to watch the people perform their talents and I love the interviews that take place too.

It is time for me to put away the computer, fold up my crocheting, grab a nice big glass of ice water and go and relax for a while and watch the wrap up of the Olympics.

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

Sunday, August 7, 2016

YoP 6 week 6

There really isn't much to report this week.   If you look at my post from last week, it will be the same info.  The only item I am working on isthe test knit. I am over half way done and hope to complete it next week.  Today, I am devoting my time to working on it all day.

Once that is completed, the mans prayer shawl will get my attention.  It should not take long to complete that item.  I crochet very fast, which is the reason all my prayer shawls are crocheted.  

The next project will be, completing the border on the C2C blanket.   I had almost forgotten about that one until Friday, when I caught a glimpse of it peeking out of it's project bag. I really loved making that blanket and am very excited about the border I have chosen. 

Then it will be time to hit those Azels for Christmas giving. The only issue I have with those is, the needles.  Those size 13s hurt my hands to use for very long.  They don't make that size in my normal brand of needle. 

I am resisting the urge to cast on another pair of socks.  Hubby's socks are not exciting me at all.  The taat is frustrating me and yet that is the first way I learned to knit socks.  Many of you find DPNs too fiddly, but I find their rythmn quite comforting.  Plus, I seldom drop stitches or loose my pattern place with them.  It might also be the fact, I just ordered and received my knitters pride nova platina cubics DPNs too.  I love this brand of needle. My hands never cramp and Arthur doesn't try and take over when I use them.

On a personal note........yesterday I was invaded by eleven 9-12 year old girls.  It was a pool party for our Grand daughter.  What a blast they all had.  There were a few who went home with some pink faces and shoulders.  We sun screened everyone in the morning, but seemed to miss a few in the afternoon.  I think the grand had a great time. Pretty sure there were 11 girls that slept really well last night too.  I know, I did.

Hubby came home yesterday, from his weeks stay in Texas with those Grands.  Sounds like he had a great time with them. Sure do miss those kids.  Hopefully, now that I'm retired, I can go to see them more than once a year.

That's all for today.  Until next time. ..........Happy Crafting!