Monday, March 19, 2018

Just 2 more weeks!

Just two more weeks and Darlene and I will be on a cruise ship......we are so excited.

I have so many things I want to finish before then...I am not sure I will get them all done, but I know I will give it my best shot!

Let me go to a stash enhancement is my third and final skein of yarn from the Harry Potter Sock Yarn Club.....while I love all three of them, this one is my FAVORITE!  It is called Sirius's Gift:

I worked on my socks using January Yarn....these are both past the heel and now just need legs and cuffs.....not too much longer (I hope).

 I worked a little on the new sweater that Darlene and I are making, Rugged Coat

I have also been slogging along on the edge of this Portage....I think I have one more inch to go and then 2 pockets....omg, will this ever get finished?

Then it was time to start something new.....Round One of Sock Madness.....this pattern is called Blackberry Socks....they will have a flower on the side with berries....I have only cast on one of them.

I am not sure what green I will use for the leaves....any suggestions?

Well, I know that is short, but that is all I have.  I did go out of town to see my son this past weekend and I also had to help Jaime install a new garbage disposal in my I had Antonio, and on Sunday evening we went to Jaime's mom's house for her birthday dinner celebration.  Today I have to take my car in for an oil change and tomorrow I go to my mom and dad's for my niece's 18th birthday, I am not used to having so many things going on.....but, such is life!

Have a great week everyone!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, March 12, 2018

More Stroopwafels!

Hi has your week been?  Mine has been great!  Did you remember to Spring Forward two nights ago?

Last week I told you about stroopwafels....that I learned about in the Sock Madness forums....well, I was telling a friend about them and she sent me some fresh ones (along with some amazing Labello)....fresh from the baker in The Netherlands....OMG, these are even better!  Thank you Brigit!  If you have never tried them, you need to.....these are like heaven!

and speaking of Sock Madness.....I finished my socks and qualified to be on a team!  I finished these socks in 7 days....which I know does not sound like much...but that is super fast for me.  Especially for patterned socks.  This is the fastest I have finished a pair of patterned socks!

I also worked on my Portage this past week.  I got both sleeves finished.  Now I just need a 6" collar and pockets!!!

I also got my temperature blanket all caught up to the 8th of March.....I was 3 weeks behind and it took me hours to catch up, so I hope I never let myself fall that far behind again.

Antonio had belt testing this past I took my January Harry Potter socks to work on...I got maybe an inch or so done on them...I know I have had them on the needles forever, but I love having them as just 'to go' knitting or podcast knitting!

Lastly, I started something new.....the Rugged Coat by Joji Locatelli.  I am using my new Bags By Awesomegrannie tote and I love it!  Now, this is kinda a weird construction.....but I am just following the pattern!  Darlene is knitting this with me.....I am so excited!!!!

Now for some random things.....a friend of Paige's tagged her on FB with an old, I think she was like 5 or 6 here....
 I made more bread this weekend and I mean to send some with Paige to the lakehouse, but forgot....but this was my best bread to was kinda airy and light....maybe a bit too light, but I really enjoyed next time I think I should make 'rolls' so I can freeze them...the bread goes to waste too quickly with just me at home.

Here is the sunrise this morning!

I am not sure if I have mentioned it or not...but this week is Spring Break here in SA, TX.....and Paige went to my sister's is her, Antonio, Jazz, Bizzle, and Sam (short for Samantha) with Sam's 2 kids....I have some pics.....Antonio with breakfast, Paige and Sam kayaking, and Bizz fell out of, some of these I had to snag from snapchat, and they were kayaking late at night so some are really dark.


That is all I have...Have a great week everyone!


Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Bind Off Frustrations!

Hello are you and how has your week been?  Mine has been great with the exception of some bind off frustrations that I will get into later.....but my cruise is in just 28 days....I am getting super excited!  Darlene and I have been making lists and getting things together....We are going to get our bags monogramed and I bought us some super cute hats....mine is black...Darlene's is Red:

We are super excited!

I have been working on my Portage....but ran into a huge snag, the bind off frustation....I was doing the tubular bind off and realized that somewhere along the way, I must have started doing the steps in the wrong is hard to tell, but where the darning needle is shows where it starts to look I had to un-sew the tubular bind off on at least 10" was not easy and it was super frustrating....but it is now done.  After doing so much of this tubular bind off, I can see that it is just the Kitchener stitch if your work is a 1x1 ribbing and you have all your knits on the front needle and purls on the back needle.....I think it maybe have been easier to do it that way, but oh well, it is done!

Then I worked on the first sleeve....I am almost done with it, but not quite.

I also signed up for Sock Madness.....I know, I am crazy....Sock Madness is a sock knitting competition that is kind of like March Madness...the college basketball craze.....I am not planning on getting very far in the competition, right now I am just on the qualification round.  This is my first year of doing Sock Madness and there are so many wonderful knitters to chat with in the forums!

Heel Done!

Sock 1 done and Sock 2 started!  I never knit socks this way, so I hope I do not loose momentum!

I learned something else from Sock Madness......I learned about this little pastry/amazingness called Stroopwafels......and I am in love!  I should be loosing weight before the cruise, but I am pretty sure I am now gaining it with these amazing wafels!

Well, that is pretty much all I have......I did get a picture of a pretty cool looking full moon in my backyard, and Precious loves my new quilt....LOL!

Have a great week everyone!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monogamous Knitting?

Hey was your week?  Mine was great......I may have done some 'almost' Monogamous Knitting....can you believe it?

The main thing I worked on was my Portage!

I am already 1/2 way done with the body ribbing!

The only other thing I worked on were my socks....which I really only worked on for about an hour during the podcast this past Thursday!

I did celebrate my birthday yesterday and got some amazing gifts....I already told you that my parents got me some prescription sunglasses for the cruise.

Darlene got me way too much stuff as usual, but I love it.  She made me a Bags By Awesome Grannie Tote that I will use for the Cruise, Birkenstock sandals for the cruise, a cool French press mug we will use for the cruise and a 6 month subscription to the tea of the month from Plum Deluxe....amazing!!!

I also got my February Skein of Yarn from the Harry Potter Yarn club she bought me for Christmas....I love it!

A good friend from work got me sushi for my lunch during the was delicious.  I even got Darlene to try a piece!

I got to watch Jaz on Saturday....she really thinks she is a lap dog.

Jaime took me out to dinner on Saturday night and there was a beautiful sunset.

On Sunday I had Dim Sum with my family.....My mom, Dad, Sister, brother in law, nephew, niece, niece's two friends, Jaime and myself.....Here is a high up shot of some of the food.

I got to see my sister and give her the cardigan I made her....just in time for her to go to Colorado for a week during spring break....I snapped a shot while we were in line for Dim Sum

My sister got me some beautiful flowers too!

The restaurant we went to has beautiful (and some large) Koi fish

My mommy gave me some of my favorite chocolates from Germany

Chris came over on Sunday to play with Antonio and he brought me beautiful roses!  This young man is amazing and we are lucky to have him in our life!

Lastly, I got a thank you present from Darlene's daughter, Shyla.....for making the shawls for her wedding....Shyla made me a is Flannel and I love is super soft.  I cannot wait to get home and use it tonight!  Thank you Shyla (and Darlene as Darlene did the to pinning, quilting and binding)!!!!  The quilt even has an orange alien...I have named him Allen!

Have a great week everyone!!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!