Friday, December 31, 2021
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Nine more rows and I will do the edging on this sleeve. It should be completed today. After that, I will weave in the ends from the sleeves and add 2-3 inches more onto the bottom of the sweater. If all goes according to plan, this will be done in plenty of time for our trip to Las Vegas in 10 days.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
The top photo is flour tortillas. My mother in law taught me to make them shortly after I got married. I still use her recipe to this day. We all love them. The bottom photo is my regular bread I make using 'stale beer'. It is our favorite bread of all time. After dinner was over, I was asked to leave the rest of the tortillas and bread. Guess they liked them.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
All that was left to do on it was sew up the left side/arm seam and do the collar. I did the side seam this week and made the collar I had designed. Tried it on and this is what it looks like now.
I was greatly disappointed in it. It was had no real shape to it other than the sleeves which were my own design. The body of this sweater did nothing for a full figured woman. In fact, it made a full figure look even fuller! Anyway, I am reclaiming the yarn and have picked out a poncho pattern to make with it. That will suit our weather here better anyway.
I have never made them before. They were the easiest candy I have ever done. It is all done in the microwave and took me about 5 minutes from start to finish. Now, here is why I made them this year...................Hubby bought peanuts from our bulk grocery bins. When he got home he grabbed a handful of them and started eating them. He got a funny look on his face and then it turned into a sad face. He was thinking he had purchased dry roasted peanuts but instead had purchased salted peanuts. He was going to throw them away but I told him I would find a recipe in which to use them. Ta-da! I have enough Vanilla bark to make half of what I made the first time. I will be making that today and taking them to our family Christmas dinner along with other goodies I have been making this year.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
And with a ponytail. The pattern is ponytail-poof hat and is free on Ravelry. I had a real hard time making gauge on this hat. I was using a worsted weight yarn (at least it said it was on the band) but when completed, it could have fit a third grader. I tried changing needle size but that gave it too much of an open weave. I finally broke down and bought the yarn used by the designer. It is not an expensive yarn by any means. I just didn't want to buy yarn. LOL Once I got the proper yarn, it only too me a couple of evenings to complete the hat.
It is pretty easy knitting now that it is joined and being knit in the round. I have a couple more inches to go and then I will be starting on the ruffled bottom. My plans are to make this longer than the pattern calls for. I bought quite a bit of extra yarn just for that purpose. My idea of having this completed in time for our trip in January is starting to fade. In a weeks time I only got about 6 inches completed. That means in 2 weeks I could have the ruffle done and then there are still sleeves and a neckline to do. We will see how it goes.
Monday, December 6, 2021
My DIL is a dear person and does not ask much of me. Her mom is also a great knitter. I asked if she had asked her mom and she had. I don't know what her mom said. I would imagine her mom declined since she is visiting here from another state and probably does not have the necessary needles and other supplies to make this.
At 9pm I started the hat and managed to get 2 rows of ribbing completed before I finally decided I needed to go to bed and start fresh today. Well, that is, after I do some laundry, and make menus for the next couple of weeks. One nice thing about hats, they normally only take a couple of days to complete. Hopefully this one will be no different.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
I got a few more rows completed in the gusset. They are perfect for watching the Hallmark Christmas movies.
Picking up the stitches from the cast on edge, to make the front of the sweater, was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I kind of like the ridge it created too. At least I will know where the top of my shoulder is.
Once the front is as long as the back, I will connect the two parts and start working in the round. I am really enjoying working with this yarn. Now, my plan is to have this finished in the next month. Not sure if that will happen, but that is my dream. I would love to wear this for my MIL's interment in January.
Friday, December 3, 2021
Have any of you ever made the Rolo Pretzel Delights? They are so easy to do. The most time consuming part is unwrapping those little Rolo candies. After they come out of the oven you are supposed to push a pecan on top or another pretzel. I used pecan halves and also:
Reeses Pieces! So yummy. I made 450 of these little gems. Hopefully there will still be some left when Christmas rolls around.
This little cactus was given to me last year by my daughter. It was just 2 stems with 3 leaves on each stem. I babied it and loved on it for the past 8 months. Today I see it has buds ready to bust open. I am so excited.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
They were such a fun and fast knit. Hopefully they will keep the recipients tootsies nice and warm this winter.
Eventually this will become Vixynn. I purchased the pattern from Knit Picks a couple of weeks ago. The yarn is also from Knit Picks and is Comfy Mist in the colorway Ditto. It is a cotton/acrylic blend and oh so soft. The pattern is done much differently than any other top down sweater I have done. You do the back and then pick up stitches from the cast on edge of that, to do the front. It has a boat neck so I can see why she made it this way. Also, I will be able to make the neck opening to my preferences this way too.
Saturday, I woke up to a wonderful RA flare. Luckily I always have meds on had to treat it when it happens. The meds took about 6 hours to finally kick in full force. Hubby and I were able to go to Mass. Afterwards, we went to visit some friends of ours. The husband has cancer and just started chemo. It has made him quite ill. We thought visiting with them would help take their mind off of all the illness for a little while. We had quite a few laughs and enjoyed being with them.
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Howdy! It feels good to be back home sitting in my chair writing on my blog with Enrique curled up next to me snoring away. Routines are very comforting and hubby and I are happy to be back to ours.
Knitting has been happening the past few days. Letting yarn slip through my fingers and watching things form is a wonderful thing. I have 1/2 a finish today..................
This is a worsted weight Rose City Roller sock. Never have I made a sock from worsted weight yarn. It goes super fast! I made this one in 2 days. The mate to it will be cast on later today. They are going to Texas and being gifted to my Sister in law's mom, who is on hospice. They will be bed socks to help keep her feet warm. This is leftover yarn from my Roe Cardigan. I wanted to get these done before cold weather hit them.
I also worked on my fingering weight RCR socks...................................
The heel is completed and now it is gusset time and then the everlasting foot knitting. I am so happy I chose this self patterning yarn. It is Hobby Lobby's Cozy Toes yarn in the colorway "All for Alabaster".
That is all for knitting this week. I still need to sew up the side seam of my Roe Cardigan. Maybe later this week, I will get to it. Right now I am enjoy some semi mindless knitting and crocheting.
Hubby and I returned home last Wednesday. We did not expect to be gone as long as we were. But taking care of final arrangements and coordinating with the other siblings took longer than we expected. Now we wait until January for our final goodbyes and a bit more closure.
After unpacking and getting things put away, I made out two weeks of menus and a grocery list of what would be needed. We decided to go to our new super huge grocery store to see if we could find some of the more 'unusual' things on our list. Success! Our pantry is now stocked as is our fridge. It only took 3 hours and two stores to complete the list.
Today I am making Italian sub rolls to eat with our kielbasa links. It is a new to me recipe so hopefully it turns out. I am trying very hard, not to purchase store bread anymore. My larder is stocked with all sorts of flours that are begging for me to use them. The family has also asked me to make the bread for Thanksgiving this week. I will make a loaf of sourdough as well as some dinner rolls. My house is going to smell so good. Most of the bread recipes I use come from the King Arthur website.
I want to thank all of you, again, for the condolence messages you left. You are all very kind. Fiber folk are the best!
Until Next Time............................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
I prefer the rolled brim hat. This way it isn't too restrictive on the forehead. Hoping to complete this soon.
This is a self patterning yarn so I thought it would be interesting to use. I am up to the heel flap.
The sleeves have been sewn on and the right side is completely sewn together. All I have left is sewing the left side and doing the collar. Not too worried about it as it is still in the high 80's.
Sunday, November 7, 2021
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All pieces are completed. Now, I just need to convince myself that sewing this together is going to be so much fun. I have been working on that for the past 4 days. So far, it has not happened. It is not like I need this sweater yet. We are still getting upwards to 90F daily. Our morning lows are in the 50's which could be sweater weather but it only stays that low for about 2 hours. Anyway...........I am happy to have it ready to put together. Then I have a collar do to. I am not going to do the one in the pattern. I have my own idea of what I want to do. Fingers crossed it will work out.
After getting off of sleeve island, I needed a palette cleansing project. Two dishcloths have been added to my stock pile of cloths. This finished up my sugarwheel cotton from hobby lobby. It is super soft and stays that way even after washing. Also, they do not shrink like Sugar and Cream cloths do.
I finally finished this cross stitch piece. It was started back in March! It will be given to my daughter since she is the one that gave it to me to stitch. The reason I did the saying in Spanish is, our daughter is the only 'child' who continued with her Spanish through college. It is fun to listen to her and my hubby converse in Spanish. And me? I pick up a word here and there but I am not anywhere close to being bilingual.
Both of these colors already have patterns assigned to them. Once I get a swatch made I will start and then let you know which color will go with which pattern.
My daughter called Friday night and asked if I would make a prayer shawl for a friend of hers who will be undergoing 5 months of chemo. The above yarn is for that endeavor.
I started the To The Point shawl again. I am hoping to have enough leftover yarn to make her a chemo hat too.