YOP LIST 2023-2024

Sunday, November 27, 2022



This week I worked solely on the baby sweater.  It needs to be completed and delivered to the church by the 11th of December.

It is coming along nicely.  I only have a couple more inches of body to do and then move on to sleeve island.  Then the matching hat and ta da, I will be done. I am on the lookout for adorable buttons for it.

My week has been filled with getting things ready for Christmas baking and decorating.  Throw in Thanksgiving on Thursday and Doggy Dental cleaning with extractions on Friday and my Week was pretty full.

Yes, Enrique needed his teeth cleaned and in the process had to have 7 extractions.  There were more they think will need to be removed next year during his dental but did not want to overload his poor little body with too much trauma at once.  He is actually doing quite well and is pretty much back to his old mischievous ways.  He will be on soft foods for 2 weeks.  After his recheck he should be able to go back on his kibble.

We also took Luna in to meet her new Vet.  Being 16 we were getting concerned about some changes we had seen in her.  The vet thought for being 16 she was doing pretty darn good.  Other than her hearing is almost all gone and her vision has decreased she is healthy.  She does have some beginning signs of Doggy Dementia too. 

I made my holiday baking list and got all the supplies for it.  Last night I backed my famous boozy fruitcake.  I know, most people make fun of fruitcakes.  Mine is made 4 weeks before it is to be served and each week it gets a bit of soaking with spiced rum.  By the time it is ready to serve, it is moist and really flavorful.  It will get its first 'drink' today.

Today, I will be making my grandmothers oatmeal cookies.  I have never made them before and hubby loves oatmeal cookies.  They will bring back some lovely memories for me as well as make hubby happy.

So, that was my week.  This coming week will be filled with decorating (although hubby does have the outside done) and more baking and cooking.  My infamous chex party mix is next on the list of things to make.

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

Sunday, November 20, 2022

WEEK 20 & 21 OF YOP 12

Hey there!  Can you believe I did not post last week?  I think that is the first time I have missed a YOP update in many years.  It was just way too hectic last Sunday to try and squeeze in an update.  We were scrambling to get everything into the car so we could head out of town.  Unfortunately, I was no help either.  It was not a good RA day for me.  I was lucky to even be able to walk to the car.  More on that later in this post.  Let's take a look at all the fun and good things first.

I finished my modified Nuuk.

 I am so glad I decided to put the 'lace' edging on the bottom of the sweater.

This photo was taken very early this morning just before we left for Mass.  It is super comfy and I like the fact it does not 'hug' my body but has a nice flow to it.

When we got back from our trip I found this:

My first bloom on my Thanksgiving Cactus!  Most people call all these cacti Christmas Cactus when there are actually 3 different types.....Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.  The difference is in the shape of the leaves.  Both of mine are Thanksgiving as are about 99% of the ones I see in the stores.  There are tons of buds on this white cactus.  My red one is not ready to bloom yet.  It seems to prefer to bloom in late December but continues on for several months.

Yesterday I decided to try my hand at making dinner rolls with my sourdough starter.  My reason to do this is because I am in charge of bread for Thanksgiving.

They turned out fantastic.  And yes, there is one missing from the bottom left corner.  Hubby and I needed to taste test them first.  Next time I make these I will make them bigger and only do 3 across and 4 down.  I think I will need to make 2 pans of them.

Hubby and I had a great time in Las Vegas.  We were in a Bingo Tournament at one of the casinos.  We did not win but had a great time and met some lovely people.  The first day of the trip was iffy.  I woke up and was in extreme pain from my neck to my toes.  We almost cancelled the trip because of it.  I can not even describe the pain, it was that severe.  It was so bad I could not even get all of my clothes on by myself.  (Hubby was an angel in helping)  I started taking my 'flare up' meds immediately but they do take several hours to even begin to ease any inflammation.  When we got to our destination, we were able to get a wheelchair from the casino, for me.  Hubby made sure I went everywhere and had as good a time as possible.  Monday I woke up and found I was able to walk (slowly but walk none the less).  By Tuesday, I was almost 100% back to normal again.  We turned in the wheelchair in case someone else was in need.  We got home on Thursday and I am now back to normal.  I have a Dr appointment with my RA Dr in a couple of weeks and I think it is time to discuss different meds as the one I take now does not seem to be helping as much as it used to.  (Sigh)

Our son moved into his new home yesterday (Saturday).  He has some modifications he wants to get done before the family arrives in 2 weeks.  It is so quiet with him gone.  We enjoyed having him around after 23 years of him living in other states.  Getting to know the man he has become was wonderful and we look forward to being around his family once they arrive.

That pretty much catches you up.  I am casting on a new project today.  Our church has "Advent Giving Trees" where you pull an angle off the tree and purchase the gift requested.  I got a 5 month old baby girl that wants an outfit.  I will purchase an outfit for her but I am also going to knit her a sweater and hat set.  I do not get to make baby gifts often anymore and so love making them.  Stay tuned for progress next week.

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

Sunday, November 6, 2022



Hey there.  Glad you came by.  Here is what has happened in my world.

I am still working on Nuuk.  It is getting really close to being finished.

Another 7 inches added this past week.  As you can see, I have changed up the bottom of the sweater.  Bottom ribbing is not my friend.  I like my sweaters to 'flow' or 'swing' away from my hip area.  So I found another sweater pattern with this as the bottom edging and decided to try it out.  I do like it and it gives the sweater a little oomph since it is 99% stockinette. My hope is when I finish this 10 row set of lace, it will be the length I am desiring.  A try on will happen to double check.

And that my friends, is all for my crafting this week.  Last week I showed you my bagels I made.  Just so you don't think I am a whiz at making those holes perfect............

I used these bagel molds.  You shape, boil and bake with the dough on them.  Makes it so easy.

Not sure if I will post next week or not.  Hubby and I are taking a little road trip to Las Vegas.  So..............................

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

Thursday, November 3, 2022



I am working as much as possible on my Nuuk sweater.  Our weather has turned quite cool and this will be perfect for it.  However.......You know I never do a pattern 100% the way it is written.  This time has been no exception.  I needed to adjust it for my body shape so it is now more of an a-line than a straight down sweater.  The pattern sleeves were huge so I had to reduce the underarm stitches there.  I am starting to get to the hip area of the sweater.  I do not like ribbing on the bottom of my sweaters as I feel they just draw in the sweater and make my hips look larger than they already are.  So, I wanted to do a lace edging on the bottom of the sweater.  Hmmmm.  Since I am not a designer I needed to find a lace edging that was not worked from side to side or one needing to be sewn on.

The hunt began last week.  Yesterday, I found a sweater pattern with a cute lace bottom.  Just a few things for me to do.  First off, find out how many stitches did the lace pattern take for each repeat.  Count the stitches on my needles.  Do some division, multiplication, subtraction and pray.  Hopefully, my math is spot on.  I have 3 more stitches than are needed for the lace repeats.  I will put a couple on one side of the sweater and the other one on the other side.  I doubt anyone will notice unless they want to  invade my personal space.  (I do not recommend that)

This baby is getting close to where I will be doing the lace edging.  My goal is to have it completed by next Friday.

Until next time................happy crafting!