Friday, December 05, 2014


It's been a while.  I started working every day in September and that was a serious adjustment. I hadn't worked 5 days a week since long before this blog existed. I think the adjustment is over, so maybe I can get back to regular stuff. Like blogging, working out, making a weekly menu, and even playing my banjo.

I have been knitting and hope to show some pictures here soon. My laptop is having issues. It is currently at friends house to see if it is the hard drive going out. I am betting that is what it is. So it might need a new one. My laptop isn't very old, so I hope it is an easy fix. Anyway, no pics for now. My tablet is older than the laptop and the camera no longer works. I may be in serious trouble soon. Hope I don't find myself down to only my smart phone. I seriously doubt hubby wants to share his laptop with me!

How about my hair? It keeps getting longer and I am now in winter care mode. I've been using sweet almond oil and coconut oil every week. My ends have been loving the coconut oil. It keeps them from getting too dried out from all the dry indoor air. The plus is that my hair smells like coconut. If I could use it on my skin, I would. Then all of me could smell that good.

My goals for the year? How have they gone? Lets see.

1. Knit more with my own yarn.

This has been a success. I've knit a bunch of stuff with my yarn this year and am currently knitting a sweater.

2. Knit at least 6 big projects with yarn I already have.

Not so successful. But I have finished up a lot of projects this year and that has been a goal for a long time.

3. Work out regularly.

Also not a success. Ever since I nearly died, I have a hard time keeping with a workout schedule. The experience changed me and I think it is some kind of mental thing. I took such good care of myself and I almost died. What I should really be thinking is I LIVED because I took such good care of myself.

4. Drink 4 jars of water a day.

It is hard to drink that quantity of water. I've worked at it all year. I do have to say, I feel GREAT when I get most of it in.

The year isn't over, so maybe I can turn no. 3 and 4 into sucess. I am feeling motivated lately, and that always helps.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Hair Update

I haven't posted anything about my hair in a while. It has been driving me nuts. For a while now, I've been dealing with scalp itchiness that seems to be from buildup. Washing with shampoo helps that, so I have been making sure to do that once a week. Problem solved. BUT. It has created a whole new problem. My hair is constantly falling out of updos and braids. When I shampoo, I use conditioner and my hair is now very slippy. Buns that used to hold like iron in my Jeterforks or my own hair sticks now will not hold. I think I liked it better a few years ago when I was doing the Water Only (WO) method and my head was kind of greasy and sometimes flaky. I didn't need anything to keep my hair in place. Right now, the only thing that is dependable is spin pins.

Yesterday I wore a head scarf so I wouldn't have to deal with my hair. I put my hair in a ponytail, stuck on my sock bun ring (homemade from old socks), wrapped my hair around it, and used a spin pin to keep the ends in. Even with my hair under a scarf or 3, I still want it to stay where I put it. The scarves above are the ones I used. I wish I had thought of getting pictures before we went shopping. By the time we got home it was slipping and I had to redo it and add a headband to keep the white cotton pashmina in place. I'd forgotten how beastly those things can be.

Today I wore my hair in a braided bun where I wrapped the braids around my hair sticks and that seemed to work well. However, I am rethinking my hair care routine since I can't seem to keep it up anymore.

What is your summer hair care routine?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sword of Gryffindor Mitts

Here are my Sword of Gryffindor Mitts. I started them a while back and set them aside to knit some other things. I have sworn to myself that I won't start any new projects until I get a few cleared out. Back to the mitts. I have really been enjoying this project. It is just right for taking along with me. It's small, with a lot of plain knitting. And with just enough lace to keep things from getting boring.

This lace pattern isn't a one sided lace. Some lace patterns are purled or knitted across on one side. This particular one isn't and you have button holes to place on the arm of the mitt. It requires you to pay attention and I like that.

I am knitting this in a new sport weight yarn I've been putting in my shop. It is Moon Stone FarmSuperwash Sport in Summer Berries. For the buttons, I think I will use buttons from my grandmother's button box. It requires a lot of buttons, so there is the chance I might have to buy some buttons instead.

What are you knitting this summer?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yarny Leftovers

I've finished off some projects lately that have left me with a lot of yarn left over and I've been thinking about what to do with them. I know I can get shorty socks out of them, and I am pretty sure that's what I will do with some of them. And there WILL be more of these, because I have three balls of yarn involved in a couple scarves. One may get used up, but the others won't. That means I get to go on a pattern hunt to see what I could do with them. Happy times.

Our garden has been getting over run with grasshoppers. I was talking with Brent about it and he said I should put the chickens in there. I have tried herding all the birds in there before. They really don't seem to care for being in the garden. Maybe because we keep it closed a lot of the time and they don't go in there very often. This morning I caught 2 hens and put them in the garden and shut the gate. Hopefully they ate a lot of grasshoppers before escaping. I had wanted to put 3 or 4 of them in there, but after I snatched the second one, the others were decidedly nervous. Chickens may not be parrots or ravens, but they do have pretty decent survival instincts.

This last picture is from the other day. When I was helping Knitter #3 make her first brownies, Brent wanted a taste of the bread I'd just pulled out of the oven. It is a white bread recipe, but I throw a couple cups of rye flour in it. My family loves it. What is your favorite bread? Do you bake your own?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Bit Hot for Knitting

Phew! It's been a bit warm lately. The other day it was 108 degrees here. And when I went
to bed at 10:30, it was 93 degrees. It sure makes me thankful for air conditioning. I turned the ac off at 6 am when it finally got down under 80 outside. But I had to turn it back on by 9 am. It has not been quite so hot at night since then. This happens every summer, so you'd think I'd get over it. I could pass on gardening at 5:30 in the morning. This time of year, I kind of enjoy that we live in a valley that keeps the sun from shining on us early in the morning. Unfortunately, it also means we have lots of hot afternoon and evening sun. In the winter we enjoy it, though.

Knitting still happens here:

I did a kal last month in my Ravelry group and this is what we were knitting. This month we are doing another scarf kal. No pictures of that yet. As usual, there are a ton of things I wish I was knitting right now. I have long list of projects I want to make all the time. One of my next projects is going to be a sweater made with aran weight yarn. I am convinced it will knit up faster than all the fingering weight projects I've been working on.

One of my goals this year was to get more of my patterns up on Ravelry and I've been doing some things towards that end. The biggest issue is choosing charting software. First I thought there wasn't anything much out there. And then after a few different searches, I realized there are quite few options. I think I have one picked out, now. And I am working on a website all my own. When it is up, I'll post about it.

I've been thinking about a new knitting technique to learn. I used to make a point of trying to learn 3 new things every year, but after a while it got hard to come up with something I wanted to learn. If finishing all your projects was a technique, I'd have it. I am looking for ideas. Do any of you out there have a suggestion? Tell me!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pattern Angst

I've been on the hunt for a pattern for some yarns I dyed recently. They are going to be introduced into my etsy shop pretty soon and I need to swatch some yarn for the gauge. And I would feel funny about selling something I'd already knit up and then unraveled. So I will be forced to make something with the yarn. Oh no, not that. And one of the yarns I ended up dyeing twice because I made a mistake the first time. So I have three balls of yarn to make into stuff. I have the hardest time finding patterns for one or two balls of DK. Well, patterns I like.

Normally when I make something it works the other way around. I see a pattern I like and decide what yarn to use for it. I was in luck with one of the yarns I dyed because there was this pattern I've been wanting to knit up from the Interweave Harry Potter Knits issue last year. That is what I am going to do with the pretty red yarn pictured above.

I didn't get pictures, but yesterday I got our coveted broccoli and cabbage planted. I thought I would take pictures and make a really cool collage. But then I forgot. They are in nice rows and covered with netting. Hopefully well enough to keep varmints from eating them.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Little Knitting

Lately, there has been a lot of knitting, but also a lot me getting mad at whatever is eating my cabbage and broccoli plants. I have bought them twice along with some brussels sprouts plants and some kind of beast has eaten them off while they sit in their pots on our deck. Currently I think it is a magpie, but it could be something else. It is making our garden rather expensive this spring. If we ever get them into our garden, I am covering them with netting. Our plan now is to take them straight from the car to the garden and get them planted. Today I will be planting some seeds in hopes of taking advantage of the rain we are supposed to get starting tomorrow.

On to the knitting! I've been working on Knitter #3's purple penguin sweater. It is coming right along, but I have run into a little snag. I am not going to have enough yarn to finish it. I will absolutely have to buy more purple to finish the sweater. I don't really want to have to do that, so I am hoping I can find something else that I need from Webs. There is no way I need more yarn. I don't think I have enough purple left to finish the second arm. I did not do a good job of estimating the quantity of yarn I would need for the project. When I do order the yarn, I may get some more of the blue and try to lengthen the sleeves of Knitter #2's horse sweater.

This sock is a new experiment. I am trying to create some striping yarns for my shop, and this one is my first. I've taken lots and lots of notes on it so I can recreate the process. It's funny how fast I have been knitting these socks up. I am hoping that by this winter I will have enough wool socks to wear them exclusively. A few years back I had enough wool socks to do that, but by the time the winter was over, I had worn a lot of them out. Sock knitting has been the bane of my existence for a long time. I want to knit a lot of them, but I lose interest. For me, the key seems to be keeping it simple. I get tired of knitting complicated lace patterns. But give me a ribbed or plain stockinette stitch and sock and I will fly through it. It has taken me way too long to realize that.