Hey everyone. Welcome to my blog. I have a lot to talk about today so let's get to it.
I finished my RCR socks.
They do not match 100% but then, they will be in shoes so who will notice (or care)? These are now my favorite socks to make. Seldom do I ever wear 'tall' socks. It is just too warm here, even in the winter, for a normal sized sock.
My mojo is still kind of lacking. So what should I do?
Make some dishcloths and scrubbies. I had never made any scrubbies before. This was kind of fun for me and they go super quick.
No real pattern was used for these. My friend in Las Vegas had a couple that her sister had made for her. She loves them so I thought, why not? I got the basic 'recipe' from the sister and ran with it. They only take about an hour to make.
I am in love with Hobby Lobby's sugarwheel cotton for dishcloths. It stays soft, wash after wash, and there is not a lot of shrinkage when dried. The color changes are also very subtle as you can see from the above photo. Each skein makes at least 5 cloths and possibly more depending on the pattern and size needle you use. I always use a US size 8 (5mm) for my cloths.
My thought was if I managed to finish some quick projects I would possibly want to cast on something new. So far, that feeling has not hit me.
I did add a couple of rows to the giant granny square blanket. Doesn't look much different so no need for a new photo.
Since I was lacking in mojo I decided it might do me some good to do a little retail therapy.
I am quite lucky to have a Hobby Lobby close to my home. I picked up 6 skeins of Cozy Toes for some more RCR socks. The pink is for me and the other two are for hubby. Since I was out of sugarwheel cotton, I picked up a couple of skeins of that and then two skeins of the scrub-ology 2.0 yarn for the scrubbies. (yarn was on sale for 30% off) The idea was if I bought new sock yarn, I would want to cast on right away. Not so much. But I am sure it will hit me someday soon.
Last week I said I was going to start my Aero Garden. Well, I did just that. Here is how it is going after just 7 days.
Above are my salad greens. They popped up after 2 days. It will be a little bit longer before I can harvest them for a salad. I just get so excited each morning to see how much they grow.
The two pods on the outside are the cherry tomato plants and the one in the middle is basil. These took a bit longer to show up but seem to be growing at a faster rate now that they have popped up. This is the easiest 'garden' I have ever taken care of. I feed it nutrients once ever 2 weeks and add water ever 3-4 days. The light for it is on an automatic timer according to what you have growing in it. There is a digital display on the front to tell you how many days since you planted and when you need to add water and nutrients. Takes all the guess work out of it. My kind of gardening.
My sister in law contacted me yesterday about a product she discovered and is in love with. She is NOT a knitter (although she can knit) but knows how time consuming making items can be. I made her a pair of wool socks a year ago. She felt so bad because they had pilled horribly and was blaming herself for it. I tried to tell her that socks pill as do most knitted items after quite a bit of wear. But, she found an item that removed all of the pills without harming the fabric of the socks.
Hello "The Steamery Sockholm"! She saw this demonstrated on YouTube and figured she would order it and give it a try.
Look at those socks! They look just like the day I mailed them to her. She did want you to know this is not a cheap item to order but well worth it if you have sweaters, socks, hats, scarves, etc that are pilling. She got it off Amazon (where else). Thanks Susan for the good info.
I have been reading the Hannah Swenson Murder Mysteries by Joanne Fluke. There are 28 books in this series and I am on book #19. These are perfect mysteries to read even at bedtime. I get them through my Overdrive app and send them to my kindle app to read there. They are free through the Overdrive app which makes it very nice.
I am also reading this:
I have always wanted to read the entire Bible but do not find myself disciplined enough to do it on my own. This has me reading, each day, part of the Old Testament and part of the New Testament. It also gives a reflection at the end of each days reading to help with understanding and applying it to your daily life.
Then I have another book I am reading and loving it.
This was recommended by one of my fellow YOP bloggers, Sam. She said it was a good guide as well as quite humorous. She was 100% right. I used to clean houses for a living. This book has some cleaning tips I wish I had known about when I had my business. Not to mention, she has a fantastic sense of humor.
Today, I will do the grocery shopping for the week. Hubby is teaching a class at the church (via zoom) so I want to be out of the house so it will be quiet for him. There will be tortilla making this afternoon also. We have decided it is better for us to have the homemade tortillas than a loaf of bread that goes bad after a few days. In doing so, I am noticing my clothes are fitting a bit looser too! (who knew eating less bread would help me loose weight!) Last week I made tortillas with a mixture of rye and white flour. The week before it was wheat and white. This time I am going to try white and pumpernickel flour. The rye, wheat and pumpernickel give the tortillas such a good flavor. Hubby even made a PP&J sandwich with a tortilla yesterday. Plus, I never have to throw any away like I was doing with my bread. WIN-WIN!
If you made it this far, you deserve a gold star. You can tell we have gotten back into our normal routine. This means I will probably start posting mid-week again so my Sunday updates are not so lengthy. In order to follow me, go to bloglovin.com and sign up to follow my blog. I really dislike the fact blogger took off the email notifications for followers of our blogs. I tried to go into my WordPress blog this week and figure it out but it was just so dang complicated for my old brain. I need someone to sit down with me and show me how to use it. Then I would be happy to switch platforms. Until then..............Blogger is going to be it.
Until Next Time..............................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your aerogarden sounds perfect to me too. I'm looking forward to seeing how the harvest goes. I too only make anklets now that I winter in the south. Extra bonus is the less time it takes to make shorter socks. Sadly, I've had to increase the leg as I want them to show a bit above my sneakers. Looks like you have lots of pretty yarns in your future knitting.ReplyDelete
I’m in awe of both the Steamery and the aero garden and will probably spend an evening investigating both now!ReplyDelete
I love your RCR socks. Those will be my next pair. I have not tried Hobby Lobby's cotton yarn but I will. Look at all your pretty new yarns! I need to make some more scrubbies as I love them! I love your Aero garden! I'm going to try and grow some things on my porch but if that doesn't work I will probably get something similar. How fun! The pilling remover did fantastic. I need one as my socks are looking bedraggled. I, too, have always wanted to read the Bible from cover to cover and I have tried m any times and failed. I can never gt through the old testament. That Bible looks like it might work! I'm glad you like the cleaning book! I ordered the book as I had it on my Kindle and it was too difficult to go back and forth when I wanted to review something. I am still following it just slowly...like me! Have a great week!ReplyDelete
I can't handle Word Press,either.ReplyDelete
Such cute socks!
I have to check out the de-piller. I have a handful of them, and none work very well.
My bedtime reading has been the Vera and the Shetland books by Ann Cleeves. It's funny where there is something comforting about murder mysteries.
You may know that Jews are supposed to read the entire Torah (five books of Moses) every year. I'm in a great Torah study group, but we meet every other week, and I'm not always good about reading the parsha (section) assigned to the off weeks. I've been in the group for 6 or 7 years and I never get tired of the text.
I wrote down the author you are reading and will take a look at her titles. Thank you for that recommend. I did not know about the Jewish people reading the Torah each year. How did I not know this when 50% of my high-school friends were of the Jewish faith? I just finished Genesis and started on Exodus. I have read both if them before but have found something "new" when re-reading them.Delete
I am so curious about the Aerogarden, and the steamery! I used to have a little battery operated fuzz shaver from the 80s that finally died. I’ve tried the Gleaner and just got a Sweater Stone, but I’m not crazy about either of them.ReplyDelete
This one is charged by a USB cable so no battery changing. I too, have tried many defuzzers without luck. This one seems good. There is a YouTube video showing how it works too.Delete
nice yarn buys! I've been digging into my massive stash to knit something new. I read the bible through in a year two years in a row then had to take a breather. it was good though!!ReplyDelete
I'd never heard of an aerogarden before but it sounds interesting enough. How long does it take for the plants to grow big enough to be put in soil?ReplyDelete
House cleaning is an art? Does that make me an artist? Problably not, since I shy away from it regularly. LOL. Since you like the Hannah Swenson mysteries, have you read any by Sally Goldenbaum, Donna Andrews or Charlotte MacLeod?
You never plant the plants in soil. It is all hydrophonic based. Thank you for the author recommends. I have written them down and will take a look at them when finished with this series.Delete
LOL. Retail therapy seems to be a theme this week. I love your purchases. That book is intriguing - the bible read in a year. I too want to do that but lack the focus. I think this book might be right up my alley.ReplyDelete
Your aerogarden looks intriguing. It will be fun to see how your plants continue to grow. I was just online looking at ordering some seeds for the garden we bought recently (it came with the house). I'm telling myself it will get me outside everyday this summer. We'll see how that goes... I bought that same cleaning book after reading about it on Sam's blog. I only got a short ways in before it went the way of many books I've started in recent years. It's on my bedside table collecting dust. The author does have a sense of humor. I will pick it back up and start reading it again thanks to you. :)ReplyDelete
I need a depiller for a few knitted pieces.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the Steamery product. I’m going to take a look at that. Its great that you got sprouts from the Aerogarden already. I’ll be following your journey with that, it’s intriguing. Your socks came out great. They have a nice pattern.ReplyDelete