Monday, January 15, 2018

Car Shopping and Happy MLK Day!!!

Hi Everyone....How was your week?  Mine was fine.  I am happy to be off today for MLK Day.




This past Tuesday Paige and I went car shopping....one of my least favorite things to do.  I had my knitting packed and was ready for lots of waiting and paperwork.......nope.  I never even pulled out my knitting.  We got there, looked at the car we saw online....Paige test drove and was in love......came in, some clicks on the computer, then over to the sign the paperwork while the car is washed and gassed up.....badda-bing, badda-boom.....Paige is off in her new car and I GET MY CAR BACK!  I have been without my car for 18 days and I missed it so much.

CarMax congratulated her on the big screen:



And here it is:


It is a little bit of an upgrade from her last Jeep, this one is a Liberty (instead of a Patriot) but this one is a 2011 (instead of 2015) so we got the extended warranty.

Paige also got Jazz spayed.....she was worried that Jazz would be all upset and wondering what she did wrong and why mommy took her to that place that made her hurt.....She is just sooooo cute!



Thankfully, she was her same old self when Paige picked her up...here she is on her way home


Okay.....on to some knitting.  Apparently I have been in a it of a knitting funk.  I am not sure if it is because I know I am not allowed to buy yarn and I am letting that get in my head or what....but I am snapping out of it.  I did knit something special for Darlene that I cannot show yet till after I give it to her for her birthday.....I have a stash enhancement.....now before you yell at me for buying yarn....this is a gift from Louise at Biscotte Yarns....I moderate her group on ravelry and she is far too kind to me for doing it.  I got the Knitting Game Shawl Kit (colors # 2).  Not my exact colors, but I am looking forward to rolling the dice and knitting it.



I also worked on my blanket some more:


I also worked on one of my sister's sleeves for her cardigan....I am almost done with the increases.


I also blocked some socks that needed blocking!



I took Antonio to a Birthday Party yesterday and decided toward only Portage...because I have not worked on it for so long...it was probably the wrong project to take...but I got about 2 or 3 row done.


The birthday party had nachos.....these are like crack to me....I LOVE THEM!!!


Well, that is all I have.......you might get tired of sun rises after a while, but I just cannot help myself:







Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wow....What a week!

Well, I hope the rest of the year is not like the first week of the year was like for me......home repairs, and not even my home....Paige's.  She called me the morning after our coldest night.....I think Wednesday morning.....and she was near tears saying that her house was 59 degrees....she was cold!  So after work that day, I went to Home Depot and bought her a new thermostat and went and installed it. 

Old Thermostat:


New thermostat:



Done......(It looks crooked, but it is just the angle of my camera):


I sent a pic to Paige and this is what she sent back......makes it all worth it!


Crisis averted right......wrong!  She called me later that night that it was getting colder and a little panicked....so I went back to her house.  Turns out I did have one wire wrong...so I fixed that wire and the air started getting warmer....but only in Antonio's room because it appears that is the only room that was getting air flow period!  We called and called the warranty company, but nothing, so she had to go to bed that night with only air flow in one upstairs room......she told me the next morning that her room got air too (thank goodness).  We finally got an appointment for someone to come out to look at the duct work on Saturday.  They literally sent the largest man and he cannot get in the attic, so they have to send someone else again.  In the mean time, he did find the plug was burnt up and a fire hazard (yeah) but they do not do electrical work so he told me to call the warranty company again.....however, Jaime fixed it.  It was probably all burnt up because Paige was using the unit nonstop to try to heat the whole house with 2 vents working.


Okay....enough with house repairs....I hope it all gets fixed this week.

As for knitting......hmmmmmmm what did I do?  It felt like a short week!

Well, Darlene and I podcasted on Thursday evening and I worked on my Boxy Cape


I wore my fingerless mitts I showed you last week to staff meeting last week.  My boss asked if I knit then and of course I said Yes....so he asked if I could make one for his one year old.  Everything he finds in the store has a covered hand or is too large.....so I published a pattern here on this blog, and make his daughter, Madison, some fingerless mitts.


I think the only other thing I worked on is my brioche blanket......


I did have Jazz a this past weekend and also went with Jaime to work on Paige's AC/Heat plug, plus I also took down my Christmas Tree.......so with all of that, I just did not have as much knitting time!

I do have some great pics of Jazz:



She finally sleeps :)



Well, that is it....I hope I have more next week!  I leave you with some amazing sunrises from my work view and some knitty/yarny stuff :)







Happy Happy Happy Knitting!


Fingerless Mitts for a One Year Old


Fingerless Mitts for One Year Old


I was wearing a pair of fingerless mitts to a staff meeting when someone asked me if I made them, of course I said Yes!  They asked if I could make some for a one year old because all they ones they find at stores have covered fingers or too big.  So off I went to see if I could make a ‘small’ pair of fingerless mitts.

This is what I came up with:

  
Here is the recipient wearing them...she does not quite know what to think of them, but hey, at least the mitts match her pacifier :)

 



Pattern

Supplies, approx. 55-60 yards worsted/bulky yarn.  I used Biscotte Cie Griffon yarn in the Bouquet colorway.

US 8 DPN’s, I used the new Addi CraZyTrios.

Gauge = 5 stitches per inch  

 

Abbreviations

k – knit

p – purl

m1l: (make one left) lift strand between the needles from the front on the left needle, knit into the back of the loop

m1r: (make one right) lift strand between the needles from the back on the left needle, knit into the front of the loop

Backward yo: make a yarn over the right needle with your yarn coming from the back to the front.

 

Directions:

Cast on 24 stitches, join in round being careful not to twist stitches.

Row 1:  *k2, p2*, repeat till end of round

Rows 2-5 :  repeat row 1

Rows 6 – 13:  knit all stitches

Row 14: k2, m1l, k1, m1r, k to end of round

Row 15: knit all stitches

Row 16: k2, m1l, k3, m1r, k to end of round

Row 17: knit all stitches

Row 18: k1, slip next 7 stitches onto waste yarn, cast on 3 stitches with backward loop (I try to do these 3 stitches a little tight), k to end of round

Row 19 – 23: knit all stitches

Rows 24 – 28: repeat row 1

Bind of loosely: * k1, backward yo, k1, slip yo and first stitch over the last stitch,  p1, slip first stitch over second, p1, slip first stich over second * repeat * * till two purl stitches remain, p1, slip first stitch over second, p1, slip first stich over second, pull yarn through stitch to fasten off and weave in ends.

 Thumb:

Pick up the 7 thumb stitches onto DPN’s, attach yarn and pick up and knit 3 stiches from the cast on edge.  You should now have 10 stitches on your needles.

Row 1: *k1, p1*. Repeat till end of round

Row 2: repeat row 1

Bind of regularly, fasten off and weave in ends.

 

I hope this is clear…..please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!!!!!

Happy New Year and Happy 300th Blog Post!
 

I hope you had a fabulous time ringing in the New Year.....I was asleep before midnight, but woke up right before midnight because of all the fireworks around being popped....man, some fireworks these days are getting very loud!


Well, I am officially on a yarn diet!  Yes, you heard me....YARN DIET.  NO BUYING YARN!!!!  No, remember, I do have that 3 month Harry Potter Subscription that Darlene bought me.....and I just bought yarn for my sister's sweater....and I am DONE!  Now, I have told myself that if I am good....at the 6th month point, I can buy yarn....maybe for a blanket or something....but no buying yarn right now!  You guys have to help keep me accountable!

I did get my last Leading Men Fiber Arts Yarn, December 2017 colorway Sea Turtle:




Here is my last purchase of 2017...the yarn for my sister's  Ranger Cardigan.  My mom said it looked exactly like my dad's yarn....but it isn't...so I am also showing a picture next to my dad's red color.


 
 
I even got the sleeves started:




I finished Paige's socks:


and I made myself some mitts.......so, it has been COLD here in South/Central Texas.  With Paige having the car accident, she is driving my car and I am borrowing a car from Jaime (he has 6...he can surely spare 1).  Well, the car I am borrowing is an older model and does not warm up fast, and frankly does not even warm up before I get to work....so I had been driving to work and I did not even want to put my hands on the steering wheel cuz it was COLD!  So I decided I needed to make myself some fingerless mitts.....in worsted, and I got some self stripping Turtlepurl yarn from my stash.  I cast them on Sunday and finished yesterday (Monday) and am wearing them today...I knit them extra long not only to get the striping repeat in the yarn, but also to make them long to cover my fingers or fold them over if I do not want them long.......I LOVE THEM!!!!



It was so cold this past weekend hat I even had Jaime start me a fire:



I had Antonio a lot for the holiday weekends....he got a new thing called Oonies....they are pretty neat....I got a picture of him holding a fish one.....and then just some pictures of him in general......oh, and over the holidays I felt a little domestic.....so I made cookies and bread.....






We got some fireworks for him to do at his new house with his mom (and Bizzle and Sam and Sam's kids all went over)....they had a good time.


The only other eventful thing I did was go see one of Jaime's friend's yesterday.  He moved to Jourdanton (about an hour south of where I live).  His name is Nick and he is on the deer lease with Jaime....well, he shot a hog and had the hog processed....ribs, porkchops, ground pork.....and it was too much meat for him, so he halved the meat with Jaime....we went to go pick up that meat and then we went out to lunch with Nick and his girlfriend, Star.....it was nice.  Now we have some great porkchops that I know Jaime will be grilling soon!

That is all I have.....I leave you with a picture of my mug that matches my PJ's and some other fin yarny pics!

Have a great week!




Happy Happy Happy Knitting!