Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve

Here it is the LAST day of the year. Well, lets be real, the last NIGHT of the year. I was going to get this post done earlier in the day, but I got distracted with stuff that seemed a lot like work. Filling the garbage up, doing laundry, making party food. I have three girls who are so full of home made caramel apple dip that I hope they don't get sick.

Tomorrow I am going to post about my New Years resolutions for 2015. Today, I am going to update you on my yarn project. The peach yarn came out great. I wondered if it had enough color to affect the color I was trying to dye. It turns out that it is pale enough that it doesn't really have much effect. I dyed it blue, and it came out a nice shade of blue. I took notes just like I do when I am developing a new color. Now I have to decide what I am going to make with it.

I had been going to make a Kate Davies pattern, but when I went to Ravelry to look at the pattern, it used worsted weight yarn. It is Blaithin and I love it. I'll have to dye some yarn for it some day. For now, I am looking for something new. I really fell in love with the idea of a yoked cardigan, so I am hunting for one I can do in fingering weight. I might even have a pattern in one of my books.

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bring Out the Dye Pots

I decided back in November that during Christmas break, I was going to have to get some stuff done that I just didn't seem to have time for during the last couple months. One of those things was dyeing some tees I had bought for myself this fall. I couldn't find any in colors I liked earlier in the fall, so I am finally dyeing some of them. Last year I started dyeing leggings to wear in the winter with skirts. It is a far different process than when I dye my yarn.

So far, I have always like how the colors have come out in clothes I have dyed.

Yesterday I decided I should start dragging out that dreadful peach colored yarn. So today I am going to get a couple balls out and wrap them on my warping board. I may even get one dyed today to see what it looks like. Overdyeing is kind of a science experiment. I'll just have to see what effect the peach color has on some other colors. Maybe I will find something just right for a sweater or Pi shawl. Here is the offending color:

I have at least 10 more just like it. My ravelry stash says I have over 2700 yards of the stuff. I can't believe it could have possibly taken that much to make a size 3 or 4 sweater and dress. It would probably make 2 sweaters for me. I will probably dye it into a couple of colors. The yarn is Knit Picks Palette which is a great jumper yarn. It is fingering weight and sticky. It is not next to the skin soft, but the project I bought it for was not mean to be next to the skin. I honestly really like this yarn. It isn't Jamieson & Smith, but it works.

The other day, I finished a project that was a gift for a friend. I decided I could get out another languishing projects. They are pair of socks from September 2013. That was over a year ago. It might have even been August. I can't remember, to be honest. I am working both socks at once, one from each end of the ball of yarn. One is just about to the heel, the other was in the middle of the ribbing at the top. When I started looking at that one, it just didn't make any sense. I couldn't figure out what I was doing with it. I clearly wasn't following the chart. In fact, I had changed what I was doing with the top ribbing half way through what I had (about 8 rows). Neither part matched the chart. I do remember that I misunderstood the chart when I started the first sock. I ripped the whole thing out and started it over. One of the socks will have the correct ribbing at the top and I doubt anyone will ever notice.

I seriously thought about frogging the whole project this year. The pattern is Crescendo and I think they will look amazing when I finish them.So, I will stick with them and have something lovely to  show off in a month or so.

Right now I am resisting the urge to cast on something New Year's morning. Nope, I am going to finish my current projects first. Yes I am. I'll just keep telling myself that...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Snow Kitties

The day after a big snowstorm is always a perfect day for sledding, providing it hasn't rained on top of the snow and then promptly frozen. That kind of situation is dangerous. My brother cut his lip sledding on THAT kind of day when we were kids. Today was one of the perfect for sledding kind. So this afternoon after church, we all hiked up the hill and rode down the north side. Even the cats got in on the act:

GreyPaw is a silly, fun loving little cat. She likes to play in water, so it is not surprising she likes playing in the snow so much. She is Knitter #3's cat and their personalities are a perfect match. My cat, Airy, is a boy and hates to cuddle. I kept telling Knitter #2 to hurry up and get this picture:

He almost got run over by the sled and was in a mood for the rest the time we were out there.

I am back to working on my current sweater project. I've had it with no good light for knitting pictures, so today I took some out on the deck. First the sweater:

It is Lillian Fay by Ellen Mason. I've wanted to make this sweater for quite a while and am so happy with the way it is going. It is definitely a fun knit. Next up:

Estonian Lace Wrist Warmers by Evelyn Clark. This pattern has been around for a while and is a freebie. It is another one I have wanted to make for a long time. I want to stress that these are not mitts, but wrist warmers. I thought about turning them into mitts, but decided to just go with the pattern. It won't kill me to try out something new. Following the pattern and wrist warmers could both be considered something new for me.

I am really enjoying my winter break and hope you are enjoying yours too!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stash and Snow Sheep

As the year winds down around here, I've been looking at my stash and wanting to get some old projects done. There is a sweater I have had the yarn for far longer than any of my students have been alive. My oldest students are 6. That particular sweater is next in line to be started. I have some other yarn that I bought without a pattern in mind, but there is enough for a sweater. Ravelry just makes it harder to decided what to make, so I decided to just go through some of my books and find something there.

I have finished a lot of projects this year and am feeling good about it. I don't like having lots of projects laying around languishing and not ever getting finished. This year I was successful with getting some done and deciding there were others that I just wasn't interested in anymore. I've also weeded out my queue on Ravelry and have started knitting things from my list that I really, really want to have. The sweater I mentioned above has been there since 2007 and I STILL want to knit it. Our tastes can come and go, but sometimes a pattern just keeps calling to you.

My stash has vast quantities of some yarns I bought to do sweater and dress combos for my kids some years ago. And I never got to the projects. These things happen, we all know that. But now I have probably 1500 yards (maybe more) of peach colored fingering weight yarn. I don't care for the color, personally. But Knitter #3 would have looked great in it back in the day. I am thinking that what I should do is unwind the balls, tie them in hanks, and dye a darker color for a cardigan for me. Pale colors don't get along well with me. I look good in some of them, but I spill EVERYTHING done the front of me and on the cuffs of my sleeves. My clothes need to be darker than coffee stains. Maybe it could become a delightful dark red.

But in other news, it is snowing RIGHT NOW! I love snow when I have no place to be, no worrying about when a school bus will show up with my little knitters safe and sound. Or worrying about my husband and his truck getting home fine. I am loving it. I can sit next to the fire in our living room and knit away while the snow covers my sheep. They are so cute with a coat of snow on their fluffy backs.

Aren't they just adorable? Ok, I am biased towards loving them. This is our ram and his two slightly older uncles who are wethers. That means they have been castrated and can not make lambs. They are also not prone to being hormonal in the fall and early winter. Our ram, Ragnar, is on the far right. My sheep are all shetlands and are just as short as they look in the picture. When they've been sheared, you can see just how small they are, which is not a whole lot bigger than our Border Collie, Maggie.

Some Cozy Projects

This was meant to be posted before Christmas, but I didn't get it ready in time.

Well, it is sure nice to have my computer back! I've actually had it back for a week, but it takes a while to get all the stuff back on it. One of the important ones for me is the program I use to work on my pictures, because I have pictures to show. I also had the flu. Yuck. Anyway, my laptop had to have a new hard drive. One of the nice things is that now my printer actually works wirelessly and it never would before. It is like having something all new. All the outdated programs are gone, gone, gone. Along with all the information that I actually need. However, I did get it all backed up, so I have been adding stuff back to the computer over the past week. Along with wrapping presents, working, being sick, and etc.

There are some long finished projects I want to show off here. Some of them have been finished since August or September. Lets start with the scarves:

This first scarf is called Kary's Chevron Scarf and is archived. The original website is gone, I believe and you follow a link on the Ravelry page to find it. I don't know why I blocked this scarf, because the pattern makes the fabric fold in on itself and no amount of blocking seems to cause it to stop. I have a couple of them now and I have just accepted they will fold in and be a skinny scarf. I do like the way all the colors came together in this one. This picture was before I blocked it, but it looks pretty much the same.

This is the Celo scarf from one of my summer knitalongs:

I love this scarf and the way it came out after I blocked it. It is silk and wool which equals deliciously soft. It is my new favorite scarf. I need to get some pictures of it since I blocked it. The light around here has not been cooperating. We have sun when I have to do other things like music lessons and Christmas dinner. It is a fact of life this time of year. Take pictures while the sun shines.

Next up are my Sword of Gryffindor Mitts:

These aren't truly finished yet because I haven't put the buttons on yet. I think they will be super awesome when I get that done. My plan is to use a dozen (6 per mitt) of semi matching buttons from my Grandma's button collection.

Hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday!

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.

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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sewing Underwear!

The new year is going right along around here. Today I did something I should have done ages ago. I made my own underwear. I looked at tutorials on it ages ago. YEARS. Anyway, I was down to my last pair of underwear, so before I put them on the other day, I traced out a pattern for it. I think they turned out fantastic:

I am betting myself that they will last longer than any you can buy because they are made with better fabric. A few years ago I bought a bunch of knit fabric remnants at JoAnn's. Now they are coming in handy. It has been a long time since I could change my underwear every single day of the week. I am going to be doing that very soon.