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Sunday, January 25, 2015

YoP 4 week 30







Another productive week for me in the completion area.  In fact it will be much better by the end of today.  But for right now, this is what I have completed this week.


Another pair of boot cuffs.  And yes, that is a bit of shimmer you see in them.  It is called Shimmer by red heart.  I really like this yarn.  It is so soft and really easy to work with.

I will have another boot cuff done today to go along with the gray one I posted last week.  I have about 2 inches of ribbing left to do on it and then it will be done and ready to go to it's new home.

I think after that, I will pull my new CAL pattern off the computer and see how I do on it.  I love going from knitting to crocheting and vise versa.  There is never a dull moment when I do that.  I have to completely change my thought process and that is a good thing.

As for my job this week.............................The week started out just horrible.  One of my coworkers went home to find her husband dead.  He was only 59 and this was pretty sudden.  No real clue that he was this sick.  They thought he had a sinus infection but seems like it was something totally different.  We are waiting for the autopsy report to know for sure what happened.  We have no idea of when or if she will return to work.  Her entire family is in a different town and we think she might just move there to be close to them.  She is a vital part of our company so her absence is really noticed.

By the end of the week, things seemed to have smoothed out a bit.  We are still working like crazy, trying to get all the data re-entered that was lost in the crash, as well as keeping up with the daily things that we need to do.  

Happy Crafting!

Let's take a look at the list again:

YoP 4 List

New items to do

.5 PAIR OF BOOT CUFFS
STARTED 1/1/15

Sweater for me
Started 12/21/14
DIDN'T TOUCH IT THIS WEEK

WIP's to complete

Log Cabin Blanket
(This has been in my WIP pile for about 3 years now.  It needs to leave it)
DIDN'T TOUCH IT THIS WEEK

Yearly projects I do anyway

Socks
( I love doing them and can not say how many pairs I will complete but need to do some)
STARTED A NEW PAIR 10/7/14
DIDN'T TOUCH THIS WEEK

Things to increase my skills

1 test knits/crochet
(I have done a few of these over the past year and loved doing them.  They totally test my skills as a crafter and help me branch out into areas I would never ever think of going)
I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO A COUPLE BUT UNTIL AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, I JUST DON'T SEE THAT HAPPENING.   

JOIN A CAL OR KAL
STARTED 1/8/15 TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 2015
ONE SQUARE DONE 1/15/15

Personal Goal

Use only the yarn from my stash for all the above projects.
( I am truly going to try NOT to purchase any more yarn this year.  I have already gone 4 months without buying any yarn and I figure I can continue that trend for at least another 12 months.)
NO YARN BOUGHT AS OF 01/25/15

Take photos of ALL items when done.
(I have a habit of gifting items and never photographing them for my blog)
YUP, SO FAR AS OF 01/25/15
OOPS, DIDN'T TAKE PHOTOS OF THE SCARVES I MADE AND SOLD 12-19-14

COMPLETED ITEMS
Lapghan for my mom
(I started on this on July 1st since this is when the official YoP 4 started)
FINISHED 7/6/14

2-3 Doll Clothes
(I really want to get this done this year......I really do)
ALL FINISHED BY 7/22/14

1 fingerless mitt
( This is for a Christmas gift this year so it WILL be done soon)
FINISHED 8/12/14

One sock
(This also needs to be done for Christmas.  It's been lingering around for 6 months)
COMPLETED 9/27/14

Be Loving
Unplanned project but did it for love
COMPLETED 10/19/14

Slippers
(These make the best Christmas gifts and my entire family said they need new ones)
8 PAIR COMPLETED 11/09/14

12 dishcloths 
( These also make such nice Christmas gifts and are quick and fun to do)
THIRTEEN COMPLETED 11/16/14

5 RUFFLED SCARVES
12/19/14

BOOT CUFFS FOR DIL
2.5 COMPLETED 01/25/15

NEW PRAYER SHAWL FOR MOM
COMPLETED 1/6/15


Sunday, January 18, 2015

YoP week 29




I'm so happy last week is over.  It was a week from hell.  I had hives most of the week from stress.  But as soon as Saturday rolled around, they disappeared.  YEA!  This is a long weekend for me since the office is closed on Monday, so there is only a 4 day work week next week.  Of course there was only a four day work week for me last week too.  I am being optimistic that next week will be much better and things will go smoother.

As for my knitting/crocheting...........................Hubby and I took a road trip last weekend which is why I didn't do an update.  But I did manage to accomplish some crafting and am glad I had that to keep me busy while he drove.

First up:


Another boot cuff is completed.  I still have to do the other one but started on a different pattern with a different  yarn to see how it would look.  So I have one pair of cuffs complete and 2 pair partially done.  They don't take long so I am not concerned about completing them by the end of this month.  They are a birthday present and I am sure the recipient is going to love them.

I also forgot to mention the last time I posted, I joined a CAL this year.  It is 2015 Moogly CAL.  We get a pattern of a different 12x12 inch crochet block every two weeks.  Once we have done all of them it will make a 4 foot by 6 foot blanket.  I am so excited about doing this.  I have made a point to make each of my grandchildren a blanket.  I have done well other than for one grandson and one granddaughter.  So this one will be for the grandson.

This is the first square.  I learned three new stitches doing it.  I am amazed too.  I have been crocheting for 41 years and I didn't think there was much else to learn.  I know the square is a bit wonky, but it is acrylic and kind of hard to block.  Hopefully when I join it to other squares it will straighten out a bit.  It is just a little under 12x12 too, but I can always do another round on it to make it exact.

I have plenty of yarn in my stash to complete this blanket.  It will really help me get rid of some that has been laying around for years.  WOOHOO

This is the first CAL or KAL I have ever done and am quite excited about doing it.  The moderators are fantastic.  The blog owner is extremely kind and helpful.  The participants are wonderful and I am meeting people from all over the world.  If you have never done a CAL/KAL, you might want to give this one a try.  Even though we have already gotten the first pattern, it is still available to download and it is free.  We will get our next square pattern this Thursday.  All the squares will be designed by different designers and they will all be free for the duration of the CAL.

Other than all that, Hubby and I took today and went grocery/supply shopping.  Man, that was an expensive little outing.  But we are set for food for at least a month and supplies are good for a while too.  I could not believe some of the deals we got and just decided to go ahead and stock up on meat while it was on sale and really cheap for a change.

I gave the two dogs a bath today.  They are not very happy with me right now.  But they will get over it.  I noticed that the little boy dog has a chunk of hair missing from his side.  I don't think the female could have done it since she doesn't have any front teeth to nip him with.  So we don't know how it happened, but it doesn't look like the skin is broken on it.  The hair will grow back eventually.  Tomorrow, they will be going to the groomer to get their nails clipped.  I normally have the groomer give them their winter baths but it is going to be 78 today and lots of sunshine, so they can lay outside and get all nice and dry.  I just can't clip their nails, because they are black and I can't tell where the quick is.  I would hate to make them bleed.

So lets look at the list.  I have made a few changes from the start of the year:

YoP 4 List

New items to do

2 PAIR OF BOOT CUFFS
STARTED 1/1/15

Sweater for me
Started 12/21/14
DIDN'T TOUCH IT THIS WEEK



WIP's to complete

Log Cabin Blanket
(This has been in my WIP pile for about 3 years now.  It needs to leave it)
DIDN'T TOUCH IT THIS WEEK

Yearly projects I do anyway

Socks
( I love doing them and can not say how many pairs I will complete but need to do some)
STARTED A NEW PAIR 10/7/14
DIDN'T TOUCH THIS WEEK

Things to increase my skills

1 test knits/crochet
(I have done a few of these over the past year and loved doing them.  They totally test my skills as a crafter and help me branch out into areas I would never ever think of going)
I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO A COUPLE BUT UNTIL AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, I JUST DON'T SEE THAT HAPPENING.   

JOIN A CAL OR KAL
STARTED 1/8/15

Personal Goal

Use only the yarn from my stash for all the above projects.
( I am truly going to try NOT to purchase any more yarn this year.  I have already gone 4 months without buying any yarn and I figure I can continue that trend for at least another 12 months.)
NO YARN BOUGHT AS OF 01/18/15

Take photos of ALL items when done.
(I have a habit of gifting items and never photographing them for my blog)
YUP, SO FAR AS OF 01/18/15
OOPS, DIDN'T TAKE PHOTOS OF THE SCARVES I MADE AND SOLD 12-19-14

COMPLETED ITEMS
Lapghan for my mom
(I started on this on July 1st since this is when the official YoP 4 started)
FINISHED 7/6/14

2-3 Doll Clothes
(I really want to get this done this year......I really do)
ALL FINISHED BY 7/22/14

1 fingerless mitt
( This is for a Christmas gift this year so it WILL be done soon)
FINISHED 8/12/14

One sock
(This also needs to be done for Christmas.  It's been lingering around for 6 months)
COMPLETED 9/27/14

Be Loving
Unplanned project but did it for love
COMPLETED 10/19/14

Slippers
(These make the best Christmas gifts and my entire family said they need new ones)
8 PAIR COMPLETED 11/09/14

12 dishcloths 
( These also make such nice Christmas gifts and are quick and fun to do)
THIRTEEN COMPLETED 11/16/14

5 RUFFLED SCARVES
12/19/14

BOOT CUFFS FOR DIL
ONE COMPLETED 01/03/15

NEW PRAYER SHAWL FOR MOM
COMPLETED 1/6/15

Friday, January 16, 2015

BUG

You have all heard the expression "somedays your the bug and somedays your the windshield"?  This week I think I have been the bug.  

So what am I saying?  This has not been a good week at all.  I have had hives for the past 4 days from all the stress.  So tonight??????  I am going to my BFF's house for brats and beer.  She knows what I need and when I need it.  And the best part of this weekend????? I do not have to be back to the office until TUESDAY!  Then it can all start over again.  UGH!


Time to grab my knitting this weekend and bury myself in my current project and forget about everything other than my hubby, dogs and fiber.  Yup, that's what I am going to do.

TTYL


Sunday, January 4, 2015

YoP Week 27



Hello everyone!  Happy New Year to each of you.  I am hoping this will be a stellar year for all of us.  Both in the crafting world and in our everyday lives.

I have seen so many blogs with a review of their entire year of projects and what they have completed and I am totally impressed.  I am just not as savvy with my blog so you won't see that here.  But I do have pictures to show of what has been happening in the past 3 weeks here at the Casa de Noce.  So sit back and enjoy the show.

I L.O.V.E. this!  My DIL made it for me for Christmas.  She got the idea off of Pinterest and just flew with it.  There are yarns on there from her, me, her mom and my mom.  The needles were from her mother and I think it is totally adorable.  Of course this is going to hang on the door to my craft room.

Since we are talking about Christmas.......................................

We wanted to celebrate it with my mom at her assisted living facility.  This is four generations of us.  Not only is it Christmas but it is also...................

my mom's birthday.  She turned 87 this year and other than some physical issues, she is perfect in every way.  We had a marvelous time with her and all the people that live in her place.  The whole family (that lives in town) was there and we think she had a great day.  She says she had the best birthday ever and was so pleased that we all made the effort to come and spend some quality time with her.

BUT...................................When we were there a week earlier, my DIL borrowed my mom's prayer shawl I had made her several years ago.  And what did I see?????????????  A huge hole in it.  Well, that will just not do.  Nope, this is my mom and she deserves that best.  So.............................................

A new one is being made for her.  I am over half way done with this.  I am using a one pound ball of yarn and when it is gone, then the shawl will be complete.  It is crocheted from my Leisure Arts book entitled "Crochet Prayer Shawls, 15 wraps to Share".  I have had it for some time and finally decided to look through it.  I love the pattern.  It has an open-ness to it but is actually very warm.

I also have been working on a birthday present for my DIL....................................

Boot Cuffs!  She loves to wear her boots and saw girls with these and loved the look.  The first pair is done, but I am going to do at least one more pair and possibly 2.  These only took about 4 hours each to complete.  I have a road trip coming up this weekend, and think this will be one of the projects I take with me.  I am going to do all of them in different patterns so I don't get bored.  Ravelry has tons of boot cuff patterns and I am perusing all of them.

I am at an impasse on these...............................

I am at the point where I have to do the wrap and turn heel.  I HATE wrap and turn heels and am trying to find another heel that I can do from the toe up.  I have the gusset made and all, but if you have any ideas for me, PLEASE!!!!!!! let me know.  I am about ready to rip them totally out and start them over from the top down on DPNs.

Speaking of DPNs...............................................

I bought myself an after Christmas present.  Yup, square 5 inch double points to make my socks on.  I truly love doing top down on double points, but my hands no longer allow me to it on regular round needles.  So I am going to give these a try.  They work great for me in the circulars.

And, now onto New Years News..............................Don't stop reading this just yet.  I know it is long and photo heavy, but I saved the best for last......................................

See this adorable little black and white dog?  She showed up at our back door on New Years Eve, terrified of all the fireworks that were being shot off in our neighborhood.  She was the sweetest little thing.  We couldn't turn her away.  We brought her in, cuddled her, let her sleep with us and the next day put an ad on Craig's List and found her owners within an hour of the ad.  They lived 5 houses away from us!  We made 4 children totally happy when I took her back home.  (Ok, so we have lived here since 1988 and we only know about 4 of our neighbors.  That is what fences will do to you)

However......................................................

Those two fawn colored dogs were not sad to see her go.  They were good with her, but their noses got a little out of joint with all the attention she got for the evening.  I love this photo......................yes, that is my hubby.  The love of my life, my best friend.  He is not the most animal loving person but because I love animals, has allowed me to have several over the 39 years of marriage.  I laughed when he ended up with all three of the dogs on him.  But he took it all in stride and loved on all of them.

Today, we are taking down our Christmas decorations and getting our house back to normal.  I am hoping that I can get some crafting done sometime today.  I really want to finish the shawl and look for more patterns for boot cuffs.

I am looking at my list that I made in June of 2014 and feel that I have done pretty good on most of it.  Lets take a look......................................
YoP 4 List

New items to do

2-3 PAIR OF BOOT CUFFS
STARTED 1/1/15

Sweater for me
Started 12/21/14
DIDN'T TOUCH IT THIS WEEK

NEW PRAYER SHAWL FOR MOM
STARTED 12/19/14

WIP's to complete

Log Cabin Blanket
(This has been in my WIP pile for about 3 years now.  It needs to leave it)
DIDN'T TOUCH IT THIS WEEK

Yearly projects I do anyway

Socks
( I love doing them and can not say how many pairs I will complete but need to do some)
STARTED A NEW PAIR 10/7/14
WORKED ON THIS WEEK

Things to increase my skills

2-3 test knits/crochet
(I have done a few of these over the past year and loved doing them.  They totally test my skills as a crafter and help me branch out into areas I would never ever think of going)
I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO A COUPLE BUT UNTIL AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, I JUST DON'T SEE THAT HAPPENING.   
Personal Goal

Use only the yarn from my stash for all the above projects.
( I am truly going to try NOT to purchase any more yarn this year.  I have already gone 4 months without buying any yarn and I figure I can continue that trend for at least another 12 months.)
NO YARN BOUGHT AS OF 01/04/15

Take photos of ALL items when done.
(I have a habit of gifting items and never photographing them for my blog)
YUP, SO FAR AS OF 01/04/15
OOPS, DIDN'T TAKE PHOTOS OF THE SCARVES I MADE AND SOLD 12-19-14

COMPLETED ITEMS
Lapghan for my mom
(I started on this on July 1st since this is when the official YoP 4 started)
FINISHED 7/6/14

2-3 Doll Clothes
(I really want to get this done this year......I really do)
ALL FINISHED BY 7/22/14

1 fingerless mitt
( This is for a Christmas gift this year so it WILL be done soon)
FINISHED 8/12/14

One sock
(This also needs to be done for Christmas.  It's been lingering around for 6 months)
COMPLETED 9/27/14

Be Loving
Unplanned project but did it for love
COMPLETED 10/19/14

Slippers
(These make the best Christmas gifts and my entire family said they need new ones)
8 PAIR COMPLETED 11/09/14

12 dishcloths 
( These also make such nice Christmas gifts and are quick and fun to do)
THIRTEEN COMPLETED 11/16/14

5 RUFFLED SCARVES
12/19/14

BOOT CUFFS FOR DIL
01/03/15


I hope you all have a wonderful week and
HAPPY CRAFTING!