Sunday, September 18, 2016

YoP week 12


Hello everyone.  I missed posting last week.  Hubby and I took a little trip to Las Vegas to visit his mother and we also were in a BINGO tournament.  It was a very busy time as we also visited a couple of dear friends while there too.  It went by very fast, and I am so happy to be back home and in my own bed.

Let's start this blog post with my crafting accomplishments.


Azel is completed...............almost.  I have a couple of ends to weave in and also need to purchase buttons for it.  This is one for a child size 8/10.  The next child one I make will be the 11/12.  One grand daughter is a little bigger than the other.

I started on another Azel right away.

  This is being done in the L/XL and I am not sure I very fond of the size.  The child's size was not as big as it was supposed to be and this one seems to be larger than told.  Same yarn, same needle size but yet different gauges.  Go figure.  I will continue on with this one until the first skein is used and then make my decision as to whether to keep or rip it out and do the next size down.  But here is the funny part................the next size down is only 4 stitches less/ or 1 inch.  Not a huge difference.  I am just trying to make sure there is enough room for them to wear a sweater under it.  Neither of the recipients is a large person but one has broad shoulders and the other is thick through the middle.  Hmmmmm

While I was on the road, this was my companion


Even though I had taken all my WIP's, the pedicure sock is what got my attention the most.  I worked on it for a few hours while in bingo and then for a little bit on the way home.  I have only worked on it a small amount since coming home.  I was kind of upset when I saw the pooling of the colors, but the more I knit on it, the better I like it.

The road trip was so much fun.  I got to try out my new camera.  Hubby was kind enough to  pull out into one of those scenic areas and let me play.

Here are a few shots:

The Colorado river running through a canyon.

Same shot without my 'special' lens on the camera.  I have the sun protector on and it seems to capture the edges of it when on wide angle.


Part of the mountains we are blessed to have in Arizona.


Every time we go to Las Vegas and I see these mountains I think of the song America the Beautiful where it talks about Purple Mountains Majesty.  I so love the state I live in.  If I head up to the mountains straight north of where I live, they are covered with beautiful pine trees.  A big difference from these mountains. Most people don't realize 65% of Arizona is mountains.  In the winter you can drive 1 hour north and go snow skiing and head 1 hour south and go water skiing.  Where else can you do that?

It also looks like I got a hair or something on the lens while shooting the photo.  It was a might bit windy out there.  We were about 2 miles away from the area where the river was running.  I am very happy with the camera and am still learning how to use it.

This week, my brother comes to town to visit mom.  While he is here, we are going to look for a group home for her that is closer to me.  I really don't like driving over 15 miles just to see her for a couple of hours.  Keeping my fingers crossed that we will find something.

I started back to the gym today.  It has been a looooong time since I had been there.  It felt so good to be there and moving again.  I don't know if hubby will be ready to start back again tomorrow, but I plan on trying to go 5-6 times a week anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Not too many people there at 8am on Sunday morning.  It was nice......I was able to get every machine I wanted to work on.

I also signed up for Weight Watchers.  I had done WW before, but only the online version. That was not a good fit for me.  There really was no motivation for me doing it alone on line. This time I signed up for meetings and received the online as a bonus.  I will give it 3 months and see how I do in that time frame. I am not expecting to be at my goal in three months........I will be lucky to be at my goal by my birthday next year.  There is a necessity to get this weight off so my blood pressure will go down, my arthritis will be better and I will be happy to shop for clothes again too.  I am also friends with a family that has been doing WW for about 6 months now and they have done so well.  They have really inspired me.

Not much else to report this week.  I have all my chores for the day done already.  So now I will turn on the TV, watch some football, knit on my WIP's and maybe take a bit of a nap.  I have been awake since 3 this morning!  That is one of the downsides of Arthur.....Insomnia. It usually continues for about 4 days and then I have a night where I will sleep for 10-12 hours.  Growing old is not for sissies!

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

15 comments:

  1. I hope the search for a closer home for your mum works out well. Good luck to you on your different WW sign up. You go on taking charge and making that gym visit goal. I hope to get in some cardio 5x a week also. I totally need variety as I'm bored trying to run 3x a week which isn't enough. I'm trying to run twice a week, roller blade 2x, and I start Zumba this coming Friday! Never took it before but always wanted to. What a sweet grandmother you are to knit for your granddaughters. How warm and cozy they'll be all by their loving nana's hands.

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  2. Tell me, friend... how do you keep such perfect tension knitting something like a sweater? Does this truly come with time and practice? I want to believe, but I have my doubts. Your mountain pictures are awesome. Makes me want to travel something fierce, now.

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    1. Perfect tension comes after a bit of practice. Once you figure out the best way to hold your yarn, it just flows. I don't even look at my knitting much anymore.

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  3. Well......where I live, I can drive a few hours and go to Tahoe (in the winter = snow for skiing and such; in the summer = jet skiing)......and you can surf at Rockaway (not that I surf but I hear it's one of the best places to surf). And mountains. I still can't get over the fact that I can see mountains every day (if I want) and I don't even have to go that far.

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    1. That is true. You also live.in a wonderful area for just about everything.

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    2. That is true. You also live.in a wonderful area for just about everything.

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  4. I hope ol' arthur leaves you alone. I also hope the WW works out for you. I tried that once and just got to where I didn't want to go. There were so really dramatic people in that group so the whole time would be filled with crying. Arizona really is pretty. My husband and I went there in 2008 and we drove to Sadona and went to slide rock all all through that area. It was so pretty. I love all of your projects. I can relate to the frustration over gauge differences. I've worked on several patterns where it just didn't make any sense at all.

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  5. I love the pooling of the colours. They look awesome.

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  6. I love the pooling of the colours. They look awesome.

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  7. Love your Azel and I hope the sizing works out after all that work. The socks are really pretty and it just looks like diagonal stripes not really pooling per se. Good luck with your goals...they're all good ones! You go girl!

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  8. I love how you love purple. Trying out Malabrigo Arroyo is a must.

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  9. Beautiful Azel! The trip sounds like fun. Good luck with WW.

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  10. Your first Azel is gorgeous, I hope the second works out. Love the pooling in the socks, sometimes you definitely have to live with it a bit to get used to it! Hope you get your sleep soon and the pics are fabulous.

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  11. Your first Azel is gorgeous, I hope the second works out. Love the pooling in the socks, sometimes you definitely have to live with it a bit to get used to it! Hope you get your sleep soon and the pics are fabulous.

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  12. You have done so well on your Azel knit. It looks lovely and the child that receives it is blessed xxx I am sure the second Azel will work out just fine, good luck xx You put me to shame with your exersizing, I really need to get into action on that one xx

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