Sunday, June 19, 2016

Week 51

The last week of Year 5 for a 'normal' update.  Next week we will be going through our year 5 lists to see how we did.  I have only looked at my list a few times this year.  I made it pretty generic so I did not have to update it all the time.  Each year I try a different tactic.  Each year I like how I did it.  Next years list is in the refining stages right now but I am excited about that list too.

Anyone who knits, crochets, sews etc, is welcomed to join us.  We are an extremely friendly group and I actually consider the people there my friends.  We come from all walks of life and life all over the world.  Yet, we all have one thing in common......we love to craft.  So if you are interested you need to do 2 things................
1. Join Ravelry
2. Join our YOP group

Ok, so now that the commercial is over..............................let's talk crafts.

Up first............................................

The socks...........still not up to the heel but only need 3/4 of an inch and I will be there.  I have really been slow going on these lately.  We have been having some issues with the city codes where we live and that has taken up TONS of my time trying to get everything solved so we can live out lives peacefully.  Solution is just a few days away, so I will be back to a more normal routine again.

While, I like TAAT socks, they seem to really slow me down.  I get tired of untwisting the yarn, seems like I am always having to move them around on the needles,  have to make sure I have the right skein of yarn in my hand for each sock.......etc.  Yes, it is nice to have them both done at the same time and be identical...................yet, when I do them on DPN's I keep track of my rows, so they are identical anyway.  That being said, I decided to order the Knitters Pride Nova Platina Cubic double point needles in the sizes I use for my socks. They arrived this week and I am in love.................well almost in love.  There was a bit of a problem with one set of them.

Even my hubby said "I don't think those are going to work very well, huh."  I called WEBS right away and reported the issue and they are so sweet..............they already have sent out the replacement.  I did inform her that our temps were near 120 degrees right now and she might want to make sure the post office is not able to bend the package at all.  She laughed and said, that might be a good idea.  WEBS is one of the best places I have ever ordered from and I have ordered from them MANY times.

Remember, I told you about a friend that is moving and reducing her stash?  She put up the last items on her site this past week and I scored again.

Superwash sock yarn called Ballard.  It is so lovely and soft.............wish I could wear wool as this one I think would feel so nice on my feet.

 Sockotta.............can not buy it anymore and I was so thrilled with she had one skein of it left.  It is a wool blend and I am going to try and see if I can wear this one since it is not 100% wool. If not..................I have daughter in laws that love socks too. (we all wear the same size shoe!)

Regia..................another  wool sock yarn but I love the colors and that fact it self stripes.  This will be made as a gift for someone.  Don't know who yet, but I am sure whoever will love it.

A nice DK cotlin yarn from Knit picks.  This yarn is so nice to work with.  Have no clue as to what it will become, but I am sure it will be something snuggly.

As a bonus, she threw all of her purple cotton yarn in my bag of goodies.  I see some fun dish cloths coming out of this.

Her family is loading up their UHaul this weekend and starting the first leg of their move.  Next weekend will see them leaving for their new home for good.  I am going to miss her as she has really opened my eyes to some wonderful yarny things.  God's speed Mindy!

Ok, so in my 'real' life................we have been having issues with the city as I said before.  Looks like we are going to have to move our dog door and put a fence up between our swimming pool and the dog door.  Since we modified our enclosed porch, we are now subject to the updated rulings by the city.  The dog door is going to be located in our bedroom (not something we are looking forward too) and the back half of our 'grassy' yard will be fenced off.  A pain in our rears, but a necessity to be legal.

Other than that..................we celebrated my BFF's 50th birthday this weekend.  She had invited over 80 people to her party.  Of which, about 60 did show up.  Her hubby and I hosted it and I was in charge of the cake.  She is a BIG fan of cupcakes so this is what I came up with:

Yup, a cupcake cake.  It contained 48 cupcakes and I had 3 dozen individual cupcakes on the side too.  It was a great party and I got to meet so many of her friends and co-workers that I hear her talk about.  It was great.

So that is all I have for this week.  Our Grand Daughter is going to her other Grand Parents on Monday and will be gone for a month.  We have more travel plans this summer coming up.  Going to meet our daughters new dog today and pool proof him.  Lots of fun stuff happening.

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


  1. Those yarns are all going to make some lovely projects.
    Hope everything works out with getting everything how it should be for the city. Sounds very stressful.

  2. So much news! Where do I start? Ok, so I have been wanting to do 2 at a time also but I am going to do them on separate needles. I saw Dani of little Bobbins do this and thought it was a great idea! I'll just separate the different parts of the the cuff and then the leg etc.
    So sorry about your "city' problems...they can be a real pain! You sound like you are really having fun though and what a great cup CAKE! LOL! Did you decorate it? Beautiful! She's lucky to have such a great friend like you! I've thrown plenty of parties for others but never had one myself. Can you believe it...I'm 67 and I've never had anyone throw a party for MOI! It's okay though as I have learned to give myself what I don't receive from others and that has been loads of fun! LOL! Looking forward to another year with you! Enjoy!
    Oh, and your yarn lotto is great! I can't wait to see what you do with all of it! You go girl!

  3. Who would have thought a dog door could cause so much grief! Your socks are looking great, I always do mine TAAT, but I know it's not for everyone. All of your acquisitions look fab, apart from the needles, I see more gorgeous socks in your future!

  4. Who would have thought a dog door could cause so much grief! Your socks are looking great, I always do mine TAAT, but I know it's not for everyone. All of your acquisitions look fab, apart from the needles, I see more gorgeous socks in your future!

  5. What terrific yarns you've gotten from your friend's clearing out efforts. And how bittersweet it is to have to say goodbye to a good friend due to a move. You wish them well, at the expense of your own loss. And that is one amazing cake, Marsha! Well, actually, I guess it's 48 amazing cakes. And 36 more! How nice that you gave your friend such a BIG Happy Birthday party. :)


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