YOP LIST 2023-2024

Sunday, May 29, 2022



It seems this weeks update is almost an exact replica of last weeks.  All I worked on was Vixynn.  Another 10 rows were added.

The cake of yarn is a bit smaller than last weeks.  (sigh)  I do not understand why this is not completed yet!  

Maybe it is because hubby and I have been trying to get the final touches of our remodel done.  We are doing them ourselves.  Hubby is doing the baseboards this week as well as touch up painting.  Then he will finish putting the backroom together  I am working on setting up our two guest rooms and getting the backyard set up for the summer as well as doing our normal household routine.  All of this needs to be completed by Friday of this week.  Our son in Texas and his wife are coming for a short visit on their vacation to Las Vegas.  While they are here, we are hosting a family & friends get together.  Hence the reason we are hustling to get everything ship shape.

If you remember, I told you about getting a new bread machine a few weeks ago.  I have been playing around with it trying out different recipes and getting a feel for it.  Well......yesterday, I tried something totally different for me.  This machine has a 'homemade' course on it.  This means I can set how long I want different cycles to run.  (ie: kneading, rising #1, rising #2, baking etc)  I finally found a recipe for bread machine sourdough bread that does not use any yeast!  It does take 11 hours to make in the machine but then, it takes about that much time if I were to do it all by hand.  So, I programmed my machine according to the directions and let it go.  OH MY!  The flavor of the bread is fabulous.  A true sourdough flavor.  Lots of tang! I do not have a photo of it though.  I was a bit lax and did not watch it during it's kneading cycle and therefore did not notice it was a bit too wet and needed more flour added to it.  So, the loaf is not very pretty and the rise is not as good as it should have been.  Live and learn, right?  

Tomorrow is Memorial Day where we remember those who gave all for our country.  Hoist a flag in remembrance of them.  Go to a Veteran's Cemetery and pay honor to those who paid the highest price for our freedom.

Until Next Time...........................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the Veteran's cemetery where my Father in Law is buried.  He was a WWII veteran as was my father.

Sunday, May 22, 2022



Hey there!  How y'all doing today?  It's that time again to see what happened during the past week.

The Vixynn is the main item I worked on.  That being said, it did not see any love until Wednesday this past week and then again on Thursday.  

The 5 hour road trip on Thursday gave me the most time to put on these 12 rows.  I am happy to say I am now down to this much of the 'frogged' yarn.

When I started the rework, I had two of these cakes to put back in.  This means I am half way done with the reworking.  This will be my main focus until it is completed.  Everything else can just wait.

Here is one of the things that is going to wait.

I started this half sock just before we left last Sunday morning.  It won't take long to complete but the sweater is #1 right now.

I have been asked if the half socks stay on my feet.  Yes they do.  They go past the ball of the foot and with your body weight on your feet when you walk, they do not move.  At least, mine don't when I wear them in my crocs.  When I take my crocs off, the socks come off with them though.  Otherwise, I have no issue with them staying on my feet.

Also, when I make these, I make the cuff 8 stitches smaller than the main part of the sock.  This also gives them a bit more snug fit.

That is all for knitting this week.  Let's take a look at my new hydroponic garden I planted 3 weeks ago.

The 2 plants on the left are jalapeno peppers and the 2 on the right are cherry tomatoes.  There is also a cilantro behind one of the peppers but it is a little short and I am not sure it is going to make it.  It is a bit 'stringy'.  These are the only plants that sprouted out of the 8 I planted.  Since these get to be pretty large, I will stick with them until they stop producing and then decide what to plant next.  My other garden of basil and cherry tomatoes are still growing.  The tomato is just about done so will be taking those out and will remove the basil at the same time.  Lettuce will be planted in it once it is all cleaned and ready for new pods.

While we were gone, Josie took care of our dogs for us.  She left a little reminder behind.

Her happy frog hat.  Just looking at it makes me smile.  Also, while we were gone, I gave her family my car to use incase the dad needed to go anywhere while the girls were at school and work.  Good thing too.  The batteries in both of their cars died that week, just days apart.  

As for our trip.............we had a great time away.  The bingo tournament was exciting even though we didn't win.  But one of the ladies at our table won the first $10,000 game.  Yes, that is $10K!  My luck came later in the day at the slot machines.

Let's just say, I managed to pay for our trip just from playing slots!  The other excitement we had was getting stuck in an elevator for an hour.  Yup, that is not something I care to repeat anytime soon!  Luckily we were on the first floor when the elevator decided not to work anymore.  I am claustrophobic, so this was not the greatest experience for me.  The other lucky thing is the doors would open about 4 inches every couple of minutes so I could see out. That helped quite a bit.  There were only 3 of us on the elevator at the time which was a blessing too.  The hotel was so nice and even gave us a complimentary dinner at their steak house for the next time we go there.

Anything fun and exciting happening in your world?

Until Next Time...........................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2022



Hey there.  This is going to be short and sweet.  I am actually writing it Saturday evening.  By the time you read this, I will be half way to Las Vegas.

Here is what I did this past week.

Made some more 1/2 socks to wear in my crocs.  Yes, I know one of them is bigger than the others.  I forgot how many rows I had done on the earlier ones and didn't bother to go and get one to check.  Oops.  Oh well, it still is hidden when I wear my crocs with it.

I did not even touch my sweater.  It is in the car with me and I will work on it while gone.  I am also taking the yarn for more 1/2 socks so I have a choice of what I want to work on.

We finally got our floors laid in the backroom and 2 bathrooms. That happened on Wednesday and Thursday.  We spent Monday and Tuesday clearing out our backroom.  It is the room where all hubby's tools are as well where we store all our pool chemicals and surplus paper products as well as other sundry things. (trust me, it is a lot of 'stuff' in a 15 x 25 foot room!) 

This is sitting in our family room.  This is only about 1/4 of what was back in that room.  We have agreed to go through every single item when we put it all back.  Things are going to be leaving our house!  This is on the schedule for when we come back from our mini vacation.

I also had dog duty on Thursday and Friday.  This time I took care of my BFF's dogs.  They are such loves.  They mind and just want to be petted and be near a human.  

Let me just make one negative comment here.  Since I have made comments go in a pop up window, I no longer can reply to your comments!  So, I may decide to put it back to embedded comments so I can reply to questions you may have.  So far, I have had to go to your blogs to answer questions and that seems a bit redundant.  I will spend my time away to make a decision as to what I am going to do.  Also, remember, I moderate all comments.  So if you do not see your comment post immediately, it is because I have not moderated it yet.  Please be patient with me.

Ok, ranting is over.

Until Next Time....................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2022



Happy Mother's Day to all you U.S. moms, stepmoms, foster moms, grandmoms, God moms, and critter moms.  May your day be filled with love and laughter.

Now, on to the news of this past week.

This past week, I only worked on the Vixynn sweater.

It doesn't look like a lot of rows but there are over 330 stitches in each row.  I had three days this past week where there was no knitting done what so ever.  WHAT???  One day was because of my RA and the other 2 days were when the house painters were here and I was busy with things related to that. (You can see the finished paint job here) This week looks to be a slow knit week too.  We have the floor guys coming on Tuesday so Monday we will be cleaning out the rooms where the flooring will be laid and then putting it back after they are completed.  UGH!  But at least we will be done for a while with remodeling!

I did get a couple of treasures in the mail this week.

Just one skein of yarn LOL.  This is going to become half socks to wear in my Crocs.  It is close to my skin tone.  I wanted something very neutral and absorbent.  This being mostly cotton fits the bill.  I think this will be my travel project next week.

My other treasure is:

A new bread machine!  This is the Zojirushi Virtuoso plus home bakery machine.  It is a big guy too.  I have made one loaf of bread in it and am already in love.  It is so quiet when on.  This is not a cheap machine though.  I was lucky enough to have gotten coupons and percentages off from Kohl's which made it more affordable.  My biggest joy is it has a sourdough setting on it.  It also has where you can customize settings too.  There will be a learning curve for me but I am looking forward to working and learning.

The only other fun thing this week was going to  Fine Arts night at Josie's high school.

Sorry for the dark photo but it was the best I could do.  She and 8 other people were in a chorus.  They sang and danced 4 different numbers.  I will say, those 9 teens were excellent.  Four of the teens are graduating this year so it was kind of bitter sweet for all of them.

Last night, our daughter and her husband took us out for dinner to celebrate Mother's day.  They surprised me with this:

This sign will go on my front door.  I think this is just the cutest.

Hubby also did something special for me:

Yellow carnations and tulips.  Since our first date, he has remembered my favorite flower color is yellow.  That first date was 47 years ago!  He's a keeper.

We are heading over to Josie's house this afternoon for some games and dinner.  I am taking fresh strawberries, angel food cake and whipped cream.  YUM!  

After many complaints about people not being able to comment on blogger posts, I have changed my comments from embedded to pop-up window.  Hopefully this will help those who do not use google or blogger to be able to comment all the time.  We had this issue a few years ago.  It got resolved but now it seems to be happening again.  This time, it makes those without google or blogger to comment as anonymous.  This requires that person to sign their name at the end of their comment in order for me to know who wrote it.  Hopefully the pop up window will eliminated this step.  I would go to Word Press but I have tried 3 times and still do not understand the ins and outs of it.  Until I get someone to help me, I will stay with blogger.  After all, I have been here for 12 years.

Until Next Time....................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

It Is Done


Mr Squirrel shows just how happy I am to have the exterior of our house painted.  Here are some photos of the finished product.

Well we did have one wall and door painted on the inside.  It saved hubs and I a lot of time to have them do it for us.

Another gorgeous blue sky day here.  The brown on the front is what was painted.  It is just a bit deeper and richer than the last color we had.  

They even painted our shed for us to match. Pardon the trash bins but this is real life and not a magazine photo shoot. 

The back is the biggest difference.  This is only half of the back of the house.  But, this is where the difference is the biggest.  Having the door and window trim accented and getting the back door painted made a huge difference. Not to mention painting the wall and guttering too.

In a year year we have had our gutters replaced, pool reconditioned, the house painted, two bathrooms updated and next week new flooring installed in the bathrooms and the backroom.  That should do us for a few years.  

By next weekend, I will be more than ready to take off on our trip to Las Vegas!  I am amazed at how much stress getting ready for all of this has been.  Then to top it all off, Luna (the old lady dog) got out yesterday and ran and ran and ran around.  Being hard of hearing, she did not hear us call her.  She finally came near me when I crouched down like I had a treat and I was able to grab her collar.  Very scary.  We are lucky our street does not have much traffic on it.  For being 16, she sure had a lot of energy and spunk!

Until next time....................................................

Sunday, May 1, 2022



How I wish I could come up with a clever opening line.  You know, the kind that when you start a book it grabs you from the very beginning and you can not wait to turn to the next page and continue on with the story.  But, I seem to lack in clever and catchy opening lines.  Therefore, I will just continue on with my normal YOP update along with photos from this past week.


The Mehujaa shawl consumed all my time and talent this past week.  I finally bound off on Thursday evening.  Once it was off the needles, I discovered I had dropped a stitch on each side of the stockinette!  I quickly did a double knit fix on the inside and am praying that will hold it.  If not, I will make a design decision of adding a cute button to the outside of the shawl to hold the stitch in place.  Anyway.................Here it is blocking.

Excuse the toys in the background.  This is being blocked on the bed in the room Josie has used since she was an infant.  Anyway........The yarn is Scheepjes Whirl in the colorway Night Time Bubbles.  It is knit on size US 4 (3.5 mm) needles.  I started it on April 1 and bound off on April 28.  This is the second time I have made this shawl and I am already wanting to make it again.  It is the perfect size for warmth or you can bunch it up and wear it around your neck.  The pattern actually calls for the Scheepjes Whirl and uses almost the entire skein of 1094 yards. The cost of the yarn is under $30 so it is very reasonable.  The best part for me is it is 60% cotton and 40% acrylic.  Perfect for the desert climate I live in.  I would like to do one in all white or cream colored next.  This is the shawl I grab when heading out to the movies, church, a restaurant, the casino, etc.  

Once the shawl was done, I was putting away the supplies I used and discovered a UFO that really needed to be worked on.  Vixynn!  It is the sweater I made to wear when we went to my Mother in Laws celebration of life.  It was too big and the empire waist hit me almost at my waist.  I had ripped it back to the empire waist and was working on it when I got distracted by the shawl.  (Imagine that!)  I picked it back up on Friday and here is where I am at now.

The little saint marker is where I started on Friday.  I have a looooong ways to go before this will be completed.  So, now I have a decision to make................again.  Today is May 1 and I really wanted to do Stitch Maynia this year.  Ya know, where I work on my cross stitch projects for the entire month.  However, there is going to be a week in this month we will be traveling.  I am not thinking cross stitch makes too great of a road project.  But, this sweater is the perfect project for TV, road trips, dog sitting etc.  It is just knitting round and round and round until I get to the bottom.  Then it will have the same design as the empire waist does.  So, after all that, I have decided my sweater really needs my love more than my cross stitch does.  In all actuality, I could still consider this stitch maynia.  After all............I am still doing stitches............lots of stitches! LOL


The past couple of weeks, I have gotten a few items that have thrilled me.  First up:

I got a new Portuguese knitting pin from WittyStyle on Etsy.  It is magnetic, of course, as I do not like holes in my clothing.  This one is quite different from my others as the hook for the yarn is stationary and faces forward.  I love it!  The fact it has a vintage look makes it even better.

Next up are these:

Annie's Attic cozy mystery series.  These are the first 4 books in the series.  I got hooked on the cozy mysteries a while back thanks to Sam of Self Sufficient Sam fame.  She introduced me to Joanna Fluke and from there it was a downward spiral into the land of cozy mysteries.  Most of the time I get them from my Overdrive app.  Alas, these are not available that way so, I bit the bullet and bought them from Thriftbooks.  I really like these as they talk about crochet, cross stitch and knitting in them.


The next item I bought over a week ago but keep forgetting to tell you about it.

It is my new hydroponic garden.  This time I bought a Diivoo brand garden.  It is quite a bit larger than my Aero-Garden and quite a bit less expensive.  It is also wifi controlled through my phone.  This one does not come with ready made seed pods.  You purchase regular seeds and then plant them in the pod sponges it comes with.  This time I have jalapenos, rosemary, cilantro and cherry tomatoes.  The tomatoes are some I had left from the aero-garden order.  As you can see, I have not filled every growing spot.  If I did, the plants would be way too crowded.  This way, I will be able to harvest easier too.

As for my original Aero-Garden:

It is still growing basil and cherry tomatoes.  Once the tomatoes finish producing, I will use this garden for lettuce.  We so enjoyed the lettuce we got from it and really hate spending $4 for the same thing at the grocery.

And yes:

The tomatoes are still producing.  There are 3 or 4 bunches like this spread throughout the two plants.  There are quite a few blossoms also.  Looks like this will continue for a while yet.

That is all for this week.  Tonight, our entire local family is heading to Seton Catholic Preparatory school to see Josie's performance in "Little Women".  She is playing Aunt March.  After the show, we will all go to a local restaurant and celebrate closing night with our 'star'.  Tomorrow the house painters will be here bright and early to power wash the house and prep it for painting on Tuesday.  The excitement never ends, huh!

Until Next Time....................................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!