Sunday, November 27, 2016

YOP 22

Hello everyone.  Another week has past and each day gets us closer to the end of year 2016.  So much left to do and yet so little time to complete it all.  So, I just take it one day at a time and do what I can with the time I have.

Let's take a look and see what happened at Casa De Noce this week.

Last Sunday was "make Chex Party Mix" day at my house.  This is an annual event that Hubby and I do.  My mom used to do this and I promised her I would take over the holiday baking when she could no longer do it.  We made 12 gallons of the mix this year.  We have already handed out 4 gallons of it.  This is a favorite of many of our friends and family.

Tuesday, I picked up our 11 yr old grand daughter from school and she and I baked some goodies too.

Rolo pretzel bites.  These are a HUGE hit with all the family and last year I ran out quickly. This year I bought 4 pounds of the Rolos and the GD unwrapped them for me.  These are quick and easy to make.  The issue is.........It is so warm still here, we have to put them in the fridge to get them to set up.  My fridge will be full from now until after New Years with candy.  

I still have fudge to make along with scotch treats, pfeffernus and springalee cookies.  Here is the catch..................I leave this Thursday for Texas to help out after my son has his surgery.  So for the next 4 days, I will be scrambling to get all the baking I can done as well as decorating for Christmas, doing laundry and packing for the trip.  I will be gone for 2 weeks, so I need to really kick it into high gear.

On the crafting front:

Green Azel is completed and buttons sewn on.  May I just say....................sewing on buttons on a super bulky yarn is NOT any fun.  What a pain that was.

Also sewed on the buttons on the purple Azel too.  They are now both completed and in the 'To be wrapped/bagged" area. (lousy photo, the flash didn't go off and I was too lazy to take another shot)

Since I got Azel off my needles, I just had to cast on something else.

Of course it would be a pair of socks for ME!  These are Hermiones everyday socks that I see pop up on just about everyone's blogs.  I have never made a pair and they were on my list for this YOP.  As you can see, I am doing two at a time on DPN.  I really love DPN's and have seen many of you doing them this way, so ordered another set of my favorite needles and cast them on as soon as Azel was in the D.O.N.E. pile.  From what I have heard, this is a very easy pattern to memorize and that is something I need right now.

The socks and the Stockinette Hug Shawl will be going with me to Texas.  I might take something else but doubt it.  I have to get the Shawl done before Christmas so that will have most of my attention.  The socks will be a nice change of pace as the shawl pattern is pretty boring to knit.  

I am still working on my Fodhla shawl too.  I am making it bigger than the original pattern.  I am loving working with the beads.  Yes, putting them on slows progress down a bit, but it is worth every minute of it.  The beads make the project pop.  The other nice thing about the beads being on the bottom edge of this project is.........It will keep the bottom from floating around.  Love that!  I won't be taking it with me, as they have 3 LARGE dogs and I have visions of beads flying every where when the door bell rings.  It will stay nice and safe here at home.  I was hoping to have it done for Christmas too, as I wanted to wear it to Christmas Mass.  Don't think that is going to happen now.  Hopefully by New Years it will be completed.

Yes, I have 3 projects on my needles and one project on my hook.  I am still working on the C2C prayer shawl.  The C2C part is done and I am just doing a border on it to finish if off.  I doubt it will be done before I leave, but I am going to try to complete it in the next couple of days too.

In a little while, I will go to do my final day of cat/fish duty at my Son's house.  His family went to Texas for Thanksgiving to be with his brother and family.  I am so glad they made the trip.  It sounds like they had a wonderful time.  I have been taking care of their house while they are away and they will be back tonight.  So will go and feed the kitties and fish and make sure everything is all nice for their return.

Yesterday, we said goodbye to a lovely lady.  It was so hard on me.  We had really grown close over the past couple of years and she was such an inspiration to me in the way she lived her faith.  I posted about her here.  She was only 47, which for me (I'm 63) seems way too young for someone to leave this world.  For the past week, I have been mourning her loss and trying to understand what happened.  As you can imagine, I am a BIG stress eater, so the past week was anything but Weight Watcher friendly.  But today is a new day, and I know, Diana would not want me to grieve like this for her, but be happy and rejoice in her new life. 

I doubt I will be posting the next couple of weeks.  Unless, I can find a computer to use.  I think all they have are laptops and I just am not comfortable with them.  I would rather post from my tablet in that case.  So I might be a couple of weeks before I put another YOP on here.  I am sure I will be busy with the grand kids and my son for the next couple of weeks.

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


  1. It's certainly a busy time of year and you sound busier than most! I'm loving the vision of your fridge packed with sweets! The Azels look lovely and I'm sure will be well received.

  2. It's certainly a busy time of year and you sound busier than most! I'm loving the vision of your fridge packed with sweets! The Azels look lovely and I'm sure will be well received.

  3. My mom always makes chex mix. So yummy and much better than the bagged stuff from the store.

  4. Wow! You get a lot done! Me, not so much but I have learned to not put any pressure on myself or deadlines although I have a few but even if they don't get done I'm not going to fret about it. Your azels are lovely! Yes, I would like to pick up my socks but my 2 giraffes aren't done like your 2 azels! LOL!. I liked doing 2 at a time socks on different needles then when you finish you actually have a pair! No 2nd sock syndrome that way either. I always made chex mix too on every holiday. Thanks for reminding me! I have to substitute nuts though as we have a little guy who is allergic. I'm so sorry about your friend passing so suddenly. Have a safe trip to Texas an back and I pray your son's surgery goes well. I'll miss you next week!

  5. You sure are productive! And as you're getting ready to help your son, too! You inspire me, Marsha. I'm sorry to read about the passing of your friend. Boy, do I understand the "stress eating". If it were up to me, I'd say 47 is way too young to leave this earth. But it's not up to us, is it... I hope you gain peace and comfort with time and through your faith.

  6. So sorry about your friend. May peace be with you as you journey through your grief.
    I make nuts and bolts in my family carrying on my mother's tradition. I don't make as much as you do, but I do give lots away. My son and daughter, and nephews love it sooooo much.
    Despite your busy baking schedule you are certainly getting alot of knitting (and buttoning) done. Well done. Blessings on you this Advent time.

  7. So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend.
    There is certainly a lot happening at your household. Love all of your projects that you have on the go, and also the finished ones.
    I hope all goes well for your sons surgery and that you get the hugs shawl and your socks finished while you are there. Take care of yourself while away, and I look forward to hearing all about it when you get back home in two weeks.


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