Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week 47

Howdy, dear blog readers.  Another week has passed by.  I hope it was a good week for you.  It is amazing how much can happen in a matter of 7 days, isn't it?  

If you will recall, last week, I was on the foot of my Tadpoles socks.  Here is a look at them today:

I might have shed a tear or two when I had to frog them.  I tried them on to see how close I was to starting the toe decrease.  They hardly fit over my heel and it took forever to get them off my foot, once I did manage to get them on.  There is no stretch to this yarn!.....none, zip, nada, zero!  I had not used this brand in quite a while and had forgotten that small fact.  So, all that work is down the tubes.  I will use this yarn to make a shawl or something like that.  It is not a good sock yarn for this lady.

I did not let that keep me down.  I got right back into my stash and pulled more sock yarn out.  Naked Sock Yarn...............lots of stretch!

I am doing these on my 9 inch needles.  I started out doing My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth pattern but realized, the pattern is lost in the colorway of the sock.  I am now just doing a plain vanilla sock.  No need to rip these out because I changed my mind 4 pattern repeats into it.  They are my socks and no one will see the tops of them under my pants anyway.  Besides..................I had messed up the pattern repeats on one of the socks right by the ribbing and didn't catch it until pattern repeat #3.  I plan on sticking to the 9 inch circulars all the way through this time.  They are quite nice to work with when doing a plain sock.  Plus, I want to try and do the FLK heel without moving the heel stitches to DPN's.  

I am thinking about doing another To The Point Shawl today and also start on another market bag.  Those are both crochet items.  Crochet goes so quickly for me and I am in need of a quick project again.  Dishcloths are not on my radar, even though they are a quick knit.  No one I know NEEDS any dishcloths at the moment.  There is also a test knit coming up in the next week or so and I have already asked to be in the test group.  Once the test starts, I will be concentrating on it so I can complete it in the required amount of time.  Hence the reason for quick projects this week.

That is all for my crating news this week.  I do take my knitting class this coming Tuesday.  The excitement is bubbling up inside of me.  The pattern I want to learn has been sitting in my house since last fall.  I have it cast on and the first row knit BUT..................I do not understand the instructions from that point on.  It is a 2 hour class, so I should be able to get it through my thick head how to do it.  

Hmmmmm......after reading through this post I realized something..............Startitis has hit this crafter!  Stay tuned this week.   I will let you know if I succumb to this disease or not.

Until Next Time......................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

My Yard

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I had some spare time today and decided to go outside and take some photos of my flowering front yard.

 This is our Texas Rain sage.  It only blooms when it has water.  We do water our plants every 3 days.  Now when it rains, this bush explodes with these little purple flowers.

 Our Mexican Bird of Paradise.  We have two of them.  One on either side of our front walk.  see those little reddish round buds?  in a couple of days they will open up and look like the ones below them.

Our purple Lantana.  This grows like a weed.  I love the purple color.  So many people have the yellow or orange lantana...........I wanted to be different.

That is it for my yard.  My next door neighbors have this plant

I have no idea what it is but it sure is pretty.  They have 2 of them and they bloom all year long.

I have shown you this before, but I had to show it to you again.  This is across the street.

A gorgeous bougainvillea.   

I love our blooming desert.  I have lived in many states and each of them have their own beauty.  You may have to look hard to find it, but it is there waiting to be discovered.

Here is a shot of a plant given to me for my mom's memorial service.

I love peace lilies.  I am so happy this one is blooming.  Of course, this is inside the house.  I was able to keep the last one I had, alive for about 7 years.  Hopefully, this one will last quite a while also.

Until next time...................happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Simple Pleasures

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There are so many things to be thankful for.  Especially those simple pleasures in life.  What are some of those things for me?

Waking up to see one of my dogs with his nose right in my face.
A sweet 'good morning' from my hubby.
Catching up on my blogs and emails while enjoying my cuppa.
Sitting on my front porch enjoying the fresh morning air while knitting.
The smell of homemade bread waffing through the house.
Reading a book.
Saying I love you.............often.

These are just a few things I enjoy and appreciate daily.  Today, I got to enjoy another simple pleasure that felt like a little luxury.

I got a haircut!  Now mind you, I do not enjoy having my picture taken, but for you to see my new do, I kind of had to.  It had been almost 2 months since my last cut.  Seems my hair decided to really grow during that time.  She cut over an inch off today!  It feels so much better.  Little things make me happy.

What are some of lifes simple pleasures you enjoy?

Until next time..............happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Getting There

It is Tuesday evening and we have had a busy day.  I had to take my car in for an oil change early this morning.  I also needed a new air filter and tire rotation.  After my car's insides were all clean and shiny, I took her to the car wash and got the rest of her all cleaned up.  She looks so purty LOL.  I was also able to get one pattern repeat on my socks done while I was waiting for all of this to happen.

While I was doing that, hubby was busy getting our pool filters all cleaned up for the upcoming season.  He needed one little rubber grommet to be able to put it all back together again.  Three pool supply stores later and I had to deliver the bad news...........there was not one in the entire valley.  He ordered it off of Amazon and is patiently waiting for it to be delivered yet today.  It is guaranteed to be here before 9pm.  We are both hoping it gets here before the sun goes down .  It will make it much easier to get everything put back together if we do not need to do it by flashlight.

I don't know how many of you know, but our desert does have it's blooming season.  That season is now.  Here are a few photos of what is blooming at the moment.

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This is our state flower................the Saguaro cactus.  What is kind of cool is.......after these blossoms are done we get this:

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It's almost like we get a second burst of color.

The other bloom happening

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Ocotilla blooms.  It makes this cactus look like it has flames on it's tips.

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The Yucca cactus

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Prickly pear cactus.  These babies can bloom in many colors.  The Yellow is the one we see the most but there are also pink, red and orange.

There are so many more, but you get the idea.  We do have a blooming season.  I haven't even mentioned the trees we have that bloom here.  Before you think I have been out shooting photos...............all of these were pulled off of google.  I will say..............I have all of these blooms in my neighborhood though.  Next time, I will take photos of all the blooms I have happening in my own yard.

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