Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow in South Texas!!

Hi everyone....did you get snow this past week?  I did!  I was so excited (you can make fun of me if you want)!  The official reading at the airport said 1.9 inches.....and the last time South Texas got that much snow was 32 years ago in 1985 when we got 13 inches (that was the first winter after I moved here....I was in 7th grade)!  I only say all that so you know how rare it is for us to get snow that 'sticks'.  Here are some pics around my house:




Pics of Antonio enjoying the snow:



The bad side of all this snow is the accidents that can happen....Most San Antonioians (myself at the top of the list) do not know how to drive in snow or ice because we never get it to practice or learn.  There was a large multi car pile up on the highway:


Which is why the city usually shuts down with ice and snow....LOL!




Okay, Okay...enough of the weather and traffic reports (LOL).....as far as knitting goes, I finished my dads sweater (sans buttons)!  It is a little big on me, so I hope it fits him okay....we will see on Christmas Eve!


I worked a little on Paige's socks!


I did a little work on my Portage:


I started a new crochet blanket (for me or my sister...I'm not sure yet):


I started this blanket with a stash enhancement....I got the Bernat Blanket in a Dark Grey, Vintage White and Pumpkin Spice color to make like a Longhorn blanket!  Hopefully it comes out okay!


Lastly, I finished that crochet blanket for a co-worker.  She loved it!


I have a picture of my weeks worth of mini's from my swap partner.....I love them all!


Well, that is really all I have for this week......I do have a picture of Precious trying to claim a blanket and a beautiful sunrise this morning from my work view.




Have a great week everyone! 




Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Is it really December?

It does not feel like December to me....I think today it is supposed to be 83 degrees....and that just does not feel like December!  I put up my Christmas tree yesterday and I was sweating and had the A/C.....there is just something wrong with putting up a Christmas tree when it is so hot outside. 

Here is the tree!

 
I got my new phone....I ordered the iPhone X on October 27th and just go it....yup, took forever.....I love it and  am getting used to it.  I am also going to let Paige try it for a day or two and see if she likes it.  I may let her have it...but I am not really sure if she is going to like it more than her iPhone 8 Plus....we will see!
 
 
 
I have to say that even with all my griping about the weather, I am happy it is December!  I get to open my advent calendars!  I have the advent mini skein swap I did and I also have the David's tea advent calendar that Darlene got me.....
 
Here is my Mini Swap:

 
I did not have a day 1 of tea to open because I drank that day 1 tea the day that I got the calendar....LOL!  Here are my mini skeins and tea for the last 3 (2 for tea) days...

 




I will not bog down this blog with every single picture in coming weeks...but I will have each day's picture with the name of yarn and tea on my Instagram account if you want to check it out.  :)

So what did I do knitting wise....well, I mostly worked on my dad's ranger cardigan....I took some time off work last week because it was Jaime's birthday and we were going to go out of town for one night and have dinner and then come back.  Well, he could not think of where he wanted to go and he ended up getting an emergency call for work so we did not go out of town and I was waiting for him to get off so we could go out to eat and I got lots of knitting time....so I knit my fingers to the bone on my daddy's cardigan to try to get it done.  It is not done, but it is getting there :)




I decided I wanted to block it before I picked up stitches for the button and button hole band.....so at first I really stretched it sideways to make sure it would fit my dad.


But my dad is not that big around....lol, so I brought it in to a more natural look...


I brought it to work for a coworker of mine to try it on...he is about the same size as my dad, but my dad is taller and it looks great on my coworker, so I hope it looks just as great on my dad!

I also worked a little on my portage...but not as much as I should have...I am behind on it according to my spreadsheet...oh well, maybe I can catch up!


Funny how my body form was getting no love and collecting dust and now I needed it for 2 items....LOL!

Lastly, I worked on a crochet blanket for a co-worker.  She is about to get her first grandchild...a boy.  She saw one of my crocheted blankets and asked if I sell them...and I of course said no....and she asked if she could get me to make her one for her grandbaby....and I said "we will talk".....so I am making her a much smaller version of a crochet blanket:


I do have a couple of stash enhancements.....the first is not really a 'stash' enhancement, just and enhancement...Antonio had a fundraiser at his school and they had those big 30oz yeti knock off cups....in Burnt Orange, so I had to get one.  It matches my Portage and I LOVE it!



Then.....I got a surprise package in the mail....my aunt and uncle recently took a trip to New Zealand.  When they were there, they messaged me that there were LOTS of sheep in New Zealand.....well, at one place they stayed a lady was spinning yarn that she sold.  My aunt bought me a skein and mailed it to me.....it is a Corriedale sheep and about 110 yards.....I think I will make my aunt a nice cowl or hat.....they live in Napa, CA and it gets much colder there than here :)


I think that is it......the only other 'big' thing I did this past week was clean out my deep freezer to make room for more deer meat....Jaime had been hunting every weekend.  I already got one deer back from processing and hope he or one of the boys shoots another really soon :)


Have a great week everyone!





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving ER visit

Hi everyone.... How was your Thanksgiving?  Mine was great....except the end...we ended up in the ER.....Paige's jaw locked/dislocated.  I am not sure if I have mentioned it before because it has not locked for several years....but Paige has a form of TMJ.  If she yarns too big or opens her mouth too wide, her jaw bone moves out of place and gets locked/dislocated.  If she takes a muscle relaxer or two right away, she can usually massage it back into place....but not this time.....so off to the ER we went.  Thankfully our Thanksgiving celebration was over by the time it locked.

We went to Christus Santa Rosa on 151 and it was the most inefficient ER/Hospital I have ever been in...we were there almost 5 hours...it was ridiculous.  The next day she felt like someone had punched her in the jaw and throat, but she is much better now.




My knitting week was pretty uneventful....I do have some stash enhancements from last week I think I forgot to show you.....I got some stitch markers from fipperies and bibelots


And I got my DVD free skein of yarn and other swag for 100 Instagram posts:



As far as knitting....I really only worked on 2 things.....the socks for Paige...I only got about 2 or 3 inches done, but they are at the same place now.



and my Portage....this is a thinker....so while it does not look like a lot, it takes me longer to work on this and show any kind of progress.  I was able to divide for sleeves and I am pretty happy with it.



That is really all I have knitting wise.....I do have some other 'random' things.  With Thanksgiving, my aunts got together and were going thru some old photos and shared some with me.....I think my dad must have been the skinniest (and most handsome) man in the Navy!



Here is my mom feeding me, and my sister sitting next to my mom (I am digging my mom's pants!)


Here are Paige and Tone right before thanksgiving (can you believe she was at my house 3 min early?)


Antonio and I made sugar cookies.....





And, I had Jazz most of the weekend too....Wednesday, Wednesday Night, Thursday Night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday....she is slowly starting to get a little more relaxed at my house.....


 (this picture was at 3 in the morning, she would not go to sleep!)




Lastly, I got a fabulous package from a lady in The Netherlands, we have exchanged a couple of packages and she sent me Labello....My favorite chap stick!  Thank you so much Jennifer!!!  This Chap stick is the greatest!  She also sent me some stitch markers, but I started using them right away and forgot to snap a picture!


Well, that is all I have.....I hope you all have a great week!







Happy Happy Happy Knitting!