Wednesday, July 29, 2015

YoP week 4




Wednesday already and I am just getting around to updating my blog.  Yikes.....where are the days and weeks going.

As far as my fiber crafting this week.................nothing to show other than that you saw last week.  Although, I did start a new project......................a market bag for a lovely lady for Christmas this year.  I am over 1/2 way done with it and will post photos when it is complete. Many stores in the USA are now charging you if you want plastic or paper bags when you buy groceries.  So, I figured, I would start with this one bag and see how well it is received and then make more for those who would like them.  They don't take much time to do and I should have this one done by the weekend.  Then it will be back to my socks and shawl and other gifts for Christmas.

I love reading other crafter blogs.  One of my favorites is; Page after Page.  Kim is so creative and doesn't just do fiber crafts.  This past week she posted about coloring books for grown ups.  I was intrigued, as my Grand Daughter and I do a lot of coloring and I love it. So I decided to give it a try myself.  I took a little trip to Hobby Lobby and found an intriguing coloring book for adults and got some colored pencils.  I came home and that evening I set out to try this new craft.  I LOVE IT!!!  It is totally relaxing and really lets your mind work with colors and designs in a whole new way.  I am still on my first page of coloring.  I can see where it will take several days to complete one, unless you work on it nonstop all day and night.  But I just do it to take a bit of stress off the day.

Speaking of stress...........................Hubby and I have finally finalized our plans for 2 bathroom remodels and our kitchen remodel.  None of them have been worked on since the house was built in 1972.  I know for some of you that seems like a 'new house', but here in the desert where the humidity is very low and the sun is very intense.................things start to kind of dry up and fall apart after a while.  Hopefully, everything will be completed by the end of October when our first house guests will be arriving for our Daughter's wedding.

Wedding???????  Oh my goodness...............I really need to get going on the box for the all the wedding cards.  Grand Daughter and I have already worked a bit on the lettering.  Today we will paint all the letters for the box.  I also have to sand the box and stain it.  Then I need to make a pillow and cover it for the bottom of the box.  I really want to get started on it so it will be completed and ready to go and not be a last minute thing.

That is all for this week.  I will catch up with all of you again next week.

Until then.................Happy Crafting!


Monday, July 20, 2015

YoP week 3



A big hello to all of my friends and family.  Hubby and I have arrived safely back home.  We got home around 1 yesterday afternoon.  It was so good to be home and be able to sleep in our own bed.  But the downside is..........................we know we won't be seeing our grands in TX again for at least another year.

But before I get to the vacation story, let me show you what kind of fibery goodness I achieved while away.

This is my Dive In Shawl that I started just before we left.  I know it doesn't look like much, but it is done with fingering yarn and I have already used about 50 grams on it.  It is going to take quite a bit more to make it a nice size for a prayer shawl.  It is an acrylic yarn, but extremely soft and does not have that plastic feel to it.  This actually is left overs I had after I made myself a slouchy hat and fingerless mitts last year.  I have plenty of it left, to complete the shawl.  (Can you say, over buyer?)

Next up

Our future Son in Law's sock.  This is a great yarn too.  It is premier yarn (non wool) in the colorway, Grand Canyon.  I love yarn that changes colors as you go.  It makes stockinette stitch not near as boring.  I have another inch or two before I start the heel.  

So that is all I accomplished while away.  Doesn't seem like much, does it?  But I was enjoying my time with my grandsons way too much to be worried about progress on knits.

So now I have some photos of our trip:


This is one of the rain storms we encountered on our way to our first nights stop.  It was totally blinding and there was lots of flooding because of it.  


Do you see the deer under the tree?  That is what we saw as we ate breakfast on day 2 of our trip.  This is my hubby's brothers home.  They live in the country and we also got to see a skunk just wandering around his property as well.  Very rural..............but so peaceful and lovely.

Our first outing was on day 3 of our trip.  We went to see the cattle drive through old town Fort Worth, TX.  I had wanted to see it for several years now, so I can scratch that off my bucket list.  It was not what I expected at all.  These long horns just mosied a long the brick streets for about 2 blocks and then went back to their corral where they are well taken care of and fed well too.

This is the lot of us, minus 2 grandsons.  We went out to eat, just to get out of the house.  Our server was kind enough to take our picture for us.


The youngest Grandson turned 12 on Sunday, but since we knew we would not be there, we took the family out to dinner on Friday and the serving staff gave him a wonderful birthday send off.  He was very surprised by it.

That ended our 10 day trip with the Texas family and then we were off again to do the 16 hour drive home.  Here are a few pictures of what we saw:

Wind turbines that produce energy.  These are popping up everywhere here in the USA.  And what better place to put them, then in breezy Texas.

We did not drive straight through, but made a stop in Las Cruces New Mexico.  We were about 3 blocks away from La Mesilla, so we took a little stroll through their shops and this gazebo was right in the middle of their square.

And, we went to church while there.  I love old churches and their architecture.  This was the altar at San Albino Parish.  The church was built in the 1800's and is small but beautiful.

Sunday morning we got up early and headed back to AZ.  We had to take a couple more pictures though because:

This is the club that my hubby's Grandfather owned and operated for years and years.  It has been passed down to his sons and now down to their sons.  It is now for sale as the town it is in is dying.  Businesses are closing daily.  So sad to see this happening to a once thriving community.

As we were leaving the club photo shoot, we noticed that the street it sat on was named for Grandpa!  How exciting to see your name on a street sign.  It's not a common name in the states either.  Very common in Italy though. 

That is all from this end of the world.  Today will be spent getting back on our time zone and doing laundry and visiting my mom.

Until next week.....................

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

YOP5 update

Happy Sunday from sunny Texas.

Hubby and I left home last Tuesday and began our 17 hour trip to see our grandsons.  We arrived safe and sound Wednesday afternoon.  We did encounter some blinding rain during our journey, though.  Thankfully, we did not get caught in any of the flooding that occurred.

As for fibery updates.......I was so thrilled with the scenery we met while driving, I didn't pick up my needles until a few days ago.   I have been working exclusively on the sock.  It is the easiest to put away when we decide to do an activity with the boys.

Once i return home, there will be pictures to share of our trip as well as my progress.

Until next week......happy crafting.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

YoP Year 5 and going strong again.

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I missed blogging my wrap up last week.  I don't know where the time goes.  This retirement thing is so busy.  It doesn't help, either, that hubby and I are getting ready to take another road trip this week.  We are heading to Texas to visit our Grandsons.  We haven't seen them for 2 years!  Last year, my mom was so sick and we thought we were going to loose her......................so we stayed home just in case.  Needless to say, she is doing quite well now.  The wonders of modern medicine is fantastic.

But I will give a quick wrap up of last years list.


Sweater for me
This didn't get completed and infact, I am going to frog what I have done so far, as I have found a pattern I love much better than what I was trying to do.

WIP's to complete
Log Cabin Blanket
Once again, the poor Log Cabin is still lingering in the WIP pile.  I really like working on it but...I just seem to get sidetracked with all the other really fun things to make

Things to increase my skills
JOIN A CAL OR KAL
This was a total fail for me

Personal Goal
Use only the yarn from my stash for all the above projects.
I did not purchase any yarn for over a year.  This was one of the hardest things for me to do this year.  BUT......I did not use anything other than stash yarn for all projects last year.
Take photos of ALL items when done.
I only missed taking a photo of one item this year.  Not too bad

COMPLETED ITEMS
Lapghan for my mom
2-3 Doll Clothes
1 fingerless mitt
Be Loving
8 Slippers
12 dishcloths 
5 RUFFLED SCARVES
3  PAIR OF BOOT CUFFS FOR DIL
NEW PRAYER SHAWL FOR MOM
1 test knits/crochet
4.5 PAIRS OF SOCKS

Now, to think about this years list.  I have been racking my brain as to what I want to put on the list this year.  I already have a few things on my needles that I want to do (actually, I have to do them for presents)  I guess I can start with that.

2015-2016 YoP list

Socks
Once again I can not tell you how many I will do.  But these are my favorite items to do during the hot summer months here in the desert.  I do know that I need to have 2 pair completed before Christmas as they are gifts.  I already have 1/2 of one pair done and have started on the other pair this week, just to get them on the needles for the road trip.

Shawls
Diving In  (this is already cast on, also for the road trip)

SWEATER
After I frog the sweater I started, this is what it is going to turn into.  It even asks for the fiber that I already have in my stash.  But I will be making this longer, as at my age, no one wants to see my tummy.

Sewing items
Another gift for Christmas this year

Crochet
I have had a request for at least 2 of these for Christmas.  Now that I am not on yarn restriction, I can purchase the fiber for this and get going on them.

Wood Work
Staining and decorating treasure box for Wedding in October

This is a pretty short list this year and I will tell you why...............every year I make a HUGE list and then about January, I realize, there is no way I am going to complete everything.  I would actually like to complete a list just one year.  I have also included non-fiber items, as I am not just a knitter/crocheter.  I enjoy all crafts and look forward to learning new ones all the time.  Although my first love is fiber arts and that is what you will see me traveling with everywhere I go.  (kind of hard to travel with a sewing machine LOL)

Also, I am joining the prayer shawl group at my church this year.  So there will be many more shawls made there to be given to those that need them.  Of course, when I complete those items, I will add them to my YoP list.

Here are some of the photos of the things completed in YoP4.  I sure wish I knew how to make a slide show instead of having to put the photos on individually.  If any of you use BlogSpot and know how to do that, please feel free to email the instructions at menoce at cox dot net.  I would greatly appreciate it.

Until next week.....................Happy Crafting!