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.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Sunday

Everyone knows what the title means, right?  This was our first Easter Sunday as a church-going family.  And Knitter #2 and I took the big plunge.  We got baptised in a horse trough at the end of the service today.  It was nice to see some steaming 5 gallon buckets of water coming in to warm the water up.  Not to say the water was really nice and warm.  But it wasn't freezing cold, either. My husband and Pastor Johnny dunked us under the water and that was it.  It was an experience, for sure.  I was bordering on terrified while I was standing in the trough waiting.  I hate having my face under water.  Just when I thought I was out of air, there I was back up in the nice, dry oxygen.  After that, I made huge puddles in the floor while a teenager and her father got baptised.

It was awesome.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Finally, Spring

Since I last posted, we went through some sad times. About the time of my last post, my nephews flew their mom to Montana and put her straight into the hospital to detox her. My sister in law started drinking when she was 12 or 13 years old. At first things seemed like they would be ok. That there would be a good outcome. She was in BAD shape when she got to Montana. But everything started going wrong after about a week. They had a treatment program all lined up for her, but she never made it there. She died on them, they revived her and put her on life support, but when they started easing her off the meds, she didn't wake up. I wouldn't want to be in the position my niece and nephews were in having to take their mother (age 55) off life support. It was really, really hard on everyone. When you hear people talk about getting sober, there is a lot of talk about 'rock bottom'. When someone hits there, they will truly WANT to get sober. But not everyone has a rock bottom. My sister in law was a wonderful, fun, kind person. She was a fun aunt and the girls will miss her so much. Brent misses her a lot. They used to talk quite a bit. That was who he could call when their mom was getting on his nerves. At the same time, we lost one of my aunts. First her husband, my Dad's little brother passed away in January. She only outlived him by a month and a half. My kids loved those two dearly as well. The last half of the winter here was ROUGH to say the least.

Spring has come and things have to get better. That said, when Brent started the rototiller up in the garden this morning, it blew out a rod and is toast. We can't afford to replace it, either. I am confident that things will turn around. I've been working on new ideas for my etsy shops and I'm feeling really positive on that front.

I've been knitting all through the hiatus. I have most of a purple penguin sweater knit. ALL of the blue horse sweater is finished. AND. A lost knitting book was found! If that isn't an awesome turn of events, I don't know what is. To my knowledge, I only have one other lost knitting book. When it turns up, all will be perfect again!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Why I Love Low Tech

I almost had a huge disaster yesterday. I dropped my tablet and I couldn't get it to come back on. Previously, I hadn't worried much about the documents I keep on the tablet. My tablet is fine now, but after a lot of worry, I got all the important stuff stored in 'the cloud' and I can now access them from anywhere. When I was holding that thing and couldn't get it to come back to life, all I could think was that my work was all lost. In the past, I didn't want to store my stuff in the cloud, it was just so much easier to just have it on my pc or tablet. Technology can be wonderful, and also the bane of your existence. I have a friend who dislikes technology and seems to think that if she doesn't allow it in her house, it will go away. Ha. But it is nice to have a friend who likes low tech stuff as much as I do. Some of my favorite low tech stuff: my hand powered can opener, my hand crank coffee grinder, our french press, and, of course, our old school cheese/potato/chocolate/anything shredder. To operate those things, all I need is hands. They don't quit working and nothing is lost if it can't quit working.

Today, the sun is shining! That means knitting pictures:

First, the socks I've been working on. I have worn the first pair I made that are orange and red and love them. These are made with a different MSF yarn.

And now the sweater. It has come a long way. I am hoping to finish it this weekend. I hope it fits Knitter#2. If it doesn't, I will be upset. I don't have extra yarn to make it bigger or longer. No one likes to work on a project for a long time and have it turn out too small. The worst of it is I can practically see Knitter#2 growing. Her feet are almost as big as mine. I am pretty sure that even if the sweater fits her now, it won't in the fall. The risks you take knitting something for your kids.

Saturday, February 08, 2014


It is snowing. It has been snowing for days. If I'd known that whining about our lack of snow on my blog would work, I could have done that the day after Christmas! In spite of the fact that it started snowing on Thursday, it didn't really start to pile up until last night. It was too cold before. Now it is even warmer and there are big fluffy bits falling from the sky. No complaints here.

Snow makes it perfect knitting weather. I've gotten the mug cozy I showed here the other day all figured out and almost finished. I can't decide if I want to make several more for the pictures or just stop at one. I think I will probably make more. They are fun, quick, useful, and I have lots of worsted remnants to use making them. What I really need to do is finish the horse sweater I was making for Christmas. I haven't touched it lately and I think it is starting to feel unloved. The last time I took a picture it was just a few inches of blue knitted up. Now it really looks like something. The next one up on the list has penguins on it. It was also supposed to be for christmas. This year I will make a mental note about not doing any swaps when I am working on Christmas projects.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Cold Anyone?

I've been knitting a lot lately. Yay! I love getting time to knit. I'm getting closer to done with the first Christmas sweater. For the past week I have been working on some patterns for the shop, so I've been neglecting the sweater a bit. My brother was also in the house and he is allergic to wool, so I packed up a lot of my projects and got them out of the way while he was here. He headed over to our other siblings house Monday afternoon, so I dug everything back out. While he was here, I mostly worked on this:

It is a design for my pattern shop made with my Moon Stone Farm Wool Bamboo yarn in Red. The yarn is soft, I just love it. I've also been working on writing up the pattern for this little thing:

I couldn't believe it, but I never wrote down any notes when I made it. No needle size, no stitch count, no nothing. It is driving me nuts. I try a new needle size every day. I will have it down soon. And this is an updated shot of some green shorty socks I've had on cute little circular needles for a while:

These are the Pom Pom Peds pattern from Purl Soho (ravelry link).

You know, I really thought last winter was a long, cold haul. This year gave it a run for its money and has beat it. We haven't had as much snow and below zero cold here in the Northwest, but it has been cold. Last January it got cold and stayed that way. This January it got cold, foggy, and hazy thanks to a couple inversions. I'm sick of being cold. But at least the sun is back. If you have some extra snow, send it here. We are a bit short so far. Whatever you have left, send to California. Someone Brent and I know went through Donner Pass a while back and he said there was almost no snow there.

We are well into the New Year now. How are my goals going you ask? Hmm. Some not so good. Some, much better.

  1. I am going to knit more with my own yarn. Great!
  2. I am going to knit at least 6 big projects that I already have the yarn for Still working on this
  3. Keep up with an exercise schedule Eh. I am having a HARD time getting into it
  4. Drink 4 jars of water every day So so. One week good, another not.

I really don't know how to get myself more enthused about getting into my exercise. The past couple of weeks have been a bit off because my uncle was in the hospital and then the nursing home with terminal cancer. It was sudden and quick. Anyway, maybe things will start to get back on track, now.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Things Looking Up

This January is getting interesting. Brent's business is doing better and I've already sold more hair sticks this month than I did last January. Hopefully I will sell some yarn this month, too. My dream is to spend my days making hair accessories and dyeing yarn. Of course, I do want room for knitting.

I wanted to finish the sweaters for Christmas, but that didn't happen. I am still working on the one for Knitter #2. And a pair of green pom pom peds. I love that pattern. Simple, easy, and I love that style of socks. After I finish the green socks, I have some other socks on the needles to work on. After the sweater, I will start Knitter #3's sweater. I hope I can get both of the sweaters done while it is still sweater weather.

Last year when I got septic shock, I had no idea the changes one day would bring in my life. Maybe not everyone is changed by coming so close to death, but I was. There are things that I just don't care that much about anymore. And other things have become more important. When I came home, I read stories online of people whose experiences were so awful. Energetic people who never completely regained their strength. I realized how lucky I was to be in the right hospital at the right time. I appreciate the life I have a lot more. I hug my kids and laugh with them every chance I get. Most of all, I appreciate what a gift my husband is. He spent every night with me in the hospital except the last night when I was out of the ICU and in a regular room. He said anyone could do that. But not everyone DOES. That is love and devotion. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful man.