Saturday, January 6, 2018

What happened?

  I bet you noticed that this year came to an end differently than previous years.  There were no posts about me frantically trying to finish as many things as I could to get them in before the end.  The End Of The Year recap was even late getting posted!  So let me tell you what all happened.

  First of all, I got sick.  Not sure what it was.  It could have been the flu, food poisoning, a stomach bug, or someone sneezed too close to me.  Either way, I was totally out of commission for a bit.  I rung in the new year with Saltines and Green Apple Gatorade.
  Not too long after I started to feel better we got a set of bookcases from my friend.  She has since moved out of the state and her mother isn't allowing her to throw them out.  Since I had not touched the living room at all, we had to do some re-organizing to get them in.
  I also fell really far behind in work.  I had scheduled my days out to get as much done as I could.  Sleeping all day puts a damper on that.  I've still not caught up all the way, but some changes we have implemented will make doing that be a lot easier. 

  If nothing else, I have found a home for all of these.  I tried selling them, but no one was really interested.  I hadn't thought they would be, but it didn't hurt to try.  54 back issues of popular comics isn't really something people are looking for.
  Second Story told me they would take them, but not until after Jan 4th.  Today is the 6th, so I think it will be fine.  They also won't go straight there.  I'm giving them to Andrea (the one who takes the pictures) since she makes more trips than I do.  It makes more sense that if she is already going that she take them.  Gives me more time to see if I remember how to knit.

  I know it hasn't really been long enough for me to forget, it just feels like it.  I even finished another hat on December 25th that never got a mention.  It was going to be the first on my post about getting things done last minute.  Hopefully I can get a good picture of it before I hand it off and forget to.

  Along with getting shelves to organize some of the things we have, Bill has been trying to be more active in getting rid of some of the stuff we have gathered that we don't really need.  As much fun as it is to have 100 Amazon Prime boxes laying around, most are too small for Tank to enjoy.  While trying to figure out what to do with them, besides break them down and put them in the recycle bin, we found Give Back Box.  It is such a cool idea!
  So many people have Amazon boxes laying around and I'm sure there are people with items they would like to donate, but don't have a center that is easy to get to.  This solves both problems.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Here is a quick list of everything I got done in the year of 2017.

Crochet: 8
~~~Cupcake/Mushroom Hat
~~~Blue Waves
~~~Green and Brown Boy Scarf
~~~Neck Warmer
~~~Spring Shawl
~~~Granny Varient Shawl
~~~Free Form Granny Square Shawl
~~~Waterbottle Holder

Knit: 26
~~~PussyHats (3)
~~~Boy's Not Fully Ribbed Hat
~~~Spiral Ribbed Hat
~~~Brioche Ribbed Hat
~~~Rocket Pop Hat (2)
~~~Wish Hat v1
~~~Hearts and Waves 3
~~~Hearts and Waves Ver 2
~~~Small Pink Scallop Hat
~~~Small Brown Scallop Hat
~~~Wish Hat v2
~~~Super Slouchy Feather and Fan Hat
~~~Multi-everything Scarf
~~~Slippy Cowl
~~~Short Scarf Cowl
~~~Impulse Scallop Shawl
~~~Simple Mobious Cowl
~~~Neck Warmer (1, 2)
~~~Purples Baby Surprise Jacket
~~~Grey Cabled Shrug
~~~Sweet Gale

Other stuff: 170
~~~Monster Bow Parts (2)
~~~Deodorant (20)
~~~e.l.f. Lip Balm (9)
~~~e.l.f. Lip Gloss (20)
~~~Eyeshadow Brushes (20)
~~~Eyeshadow Pallets (20)
~~~Eyeshadow Primer (20)
~~~Face Wipes (20)
~~~Jordana Lip Balm (11)
~~~Makeup Bags (18)
~~~Mascara Multi-packs (4)
~~~Sanitary Napkin Pack (1)

Others Work: 2
+ 26?
~~PussyHats (2)
~~~So Many Things (Maybe 26?)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Doing Adult Things

  Remember how I got my front porch/awning thing done?  Well, we are getting more done.  When we got the front done the guy who did it also mentioned that some of the wood around the house was going bad and would need to be replaced soon.  We got a quote from him but kept putting it off.

  The funny thing is that we went in asking for an estimate for windows and came out with a lot more.  A quick survey from the estimate guy and he pointed out that there are more pressing matters than the windows.  The wood around the house had really gone down hill and our "upstairs neighbors" had made a hole in the roof when they moved in again.

  The wood around the back door was also looking bad, since it is open to the elements and not protected by any kind of overhang.  The way they do it means that they will have to put in a new door.  I really like the one we have and we even asked if there was any way to keep the one we have since it is in good condition.

  I don't know if there really wasn't, but they said there was no way to re-use our current door.  They mentioned that if they did that it probably wouldn't sit straight and the door would act a bit funny.  Not sure how much of that is true and how much is them getting us to buy a new door, but either way the paperwork is signed.  The new door should be more energy efficient and we decided on the one without the decorative lines.  It should make taking pictures of the animals outside a bit easier.

  They also do not have the exact same color of shingles, so the roof will change colors.  The option I liked the most was graphite.  I thought that dark grey would look better than the other lighter colors they had.

  Something I am ready sad about is the fact that since they are replacing the wood around the house they said they won't be able to replicate the block details easily.  The guy who came out to check the details said it shouldn't be too hard to get someone out to do it for us.  What will be interesting will be to hear if the trim gets turned down by the HOA because of the change.

  I have all my presents wrapped before Christmas eve!  It is both nice and also lame.  Nice to not have to worry about it when all the stores are closed, but now I have to wait a few days before anyone will open their present.  I want to see their reactions now!  I know, patience is a virtue and all that.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The End of the Colorful Hats

  Krissy, the one who did my banner, mentioned that she wanted to go to Eastern Market.  I told her about how fun it is the last time I went and donated some of my fabric.  Since I had another bag to go through and we decided to do a Girl's Weekend, I thought it was the perfect time.  This is what came out of the last mystery bag and I took to Jamie, though I almost forgot it in various places three times.
  After getting some Bloody Marys and breakfast foods for lunch, we bought some brownies and headed home.  Later, while I got her hooked on Critical Role, we ordered our favorite things from the local Thai restaurant.  It's funny how no two places have the exact same things.

  This house was pretty impressive.  Every tree was coated in lights, every edge on the house had a bright line, and there were faux deer and giant ornaments in the back yard.  I also love the sign right out front.  My phone isn't the best at taking pictures in the dark, so you might not be able to read it.  It tells people to text LIFE to 50333 to donate $10 to St. Jude.  Many other people stopped to take a look as well, so I like how they we getting that donation suggestion out.

  So many colorful hats!  One for each of her grandchildren and a few of them have the brim and top colors based on what they like.  The one in the far back only needed the top and that cords added to be finished.  She brought them all in so we could all take a look before she mailed them off.
  It is so impressive that she started these back in the beginning of October.  With as many color changes, and so many ends to weave in, I can say that I am blown away.  All the hats have the stripe pattern and the fleur de lis, which are both in the book knit hats! edited by Gwen Steege.  She also had a bunch of grid paper tucked into the pages because she made up a bunch of her own to make them more interesting.

  It has taken me so long to publish this post that almost a whole week has gone by (coming up on tomorrow) and I even finished that hat made from all the leftovers.  The picture isn't the best, but Panera's lighting isn't made for photography.  It was a pretty fun hat.  It is a small feather and fan and after I finished it I wondered if I should have made a brioche rib with it.  Too late now.
  Time to go back to the Hearts and Waves hats!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bright Colors.

I thought I was knitting with bright yarn...

  I was wrong.  She has been making these neon hats for a while and we like to tease her about her dull color choices.  I love them and will be a bit sad the day when there are no more neon hats.

  I finished my scarf that was supposed to be a cowl.  It was fun to make even though I forgot a few times that I was working in the back loop only and had to take some out a few times.  The yarns were also slightly different weights and one also had more in it.  I would have had enough to make another stripe of pink but I only had enough to do a few rows of the blue.
  I kept worrying that it was going to be too short, but the scarf is about 94" long when measured down the middle.  Things just always seem smaller when balled up on your lap.

  Anyone remember when I mentioned this?  The top I started back when I was in college sometime in either 2005 or 2006.  Well, I finished it today!  I again had the problem of putting off the last step for a while.  I didn't want to sew the buttons on because I always worry that I won't secure them well enough or that I will put them in the wrong area.
  I had so much fun when I finally sewed the buttons on that I felt the need to do it again.  In other words, I sewed the buttons on the wrong side and had to do it again.  I used some crochet cotton, so hopefully those will hold on and no one will have to sew them on again any time soon.

  I know I had that leaf thing in mind for my next project, but I keep getting distracted by other things.  Right now I have the small Heart and Waves hat on the needles for my future written pattern, and I also have a random hat that I'm using odds and ends for.  Hopefully not too many people were super excited to see what the leaf thing was going to be, because there are a few more hats in my head before I get to that.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Turkey Day/Thursday

  I was right!  She was able to get a better picture than I did.  I had definitely not planned on that thing getting to be that big and it didn't feel quite so big when I was working on it, but it sure is a doozy.

  I also feel like I haven't done any knitting or crochet in such a long time.  I did teach that knit hat class last week.  I didn't finish that project because it was knit flat around the head as a flat piece that was then made into a tube and cinched at the top.  I thought that was a silly design since there were no short rows and the top would be very bulky.  I taught the class and my students seemed happy, so that is a good thing.  I also showed them the importance of gauge because my sample was not done with big needles and chunky yarn but with smaller yarn.  Theirs would fit their hat and mine would have fit a large doll's head or a very small baby.
  Since that I had not gone to any knit-nights for various reasons.  I skipped Saturday because I needed to finish some work so I could get the table cleaned off for D&D and I also had the New Member Orientation during the morning.  I then spent Monday getting another tally group done so I could have another mailing done for work on Tuesday.  The Wednesday, that was yesterday, was used to get anything done we needed to for today.
  It's only been about a week, but it had definitly felt longer.  It definitly felt weird, but I have plans to go to knitting this coming Saturday.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Distracted by Distractions

  Not sure why that picture looks like it is in black and white, I swear it isn't.  This is the re-do from the Wish pattern I did before.  I definitely like it a lot better and I like the decreases I did on this one better as well.

  I kept meaning to finish these earrings and listing them online.  I have a bunch of charms that I have been making into super easy to make earrings to list for the Holidays.  I took some pictures and listed a few online.  I don't want to list too many at once because Etsy has a section on the front page for recent listings and you have a better chance to get noticed if you only do a few at a time.  I'm also pretty sure I had made more than I found, so I will have to see where those went to.

  I've noticed an interesting habit of mine.  If I teach a pattern class I tend to want to finish the project.  This is the last class I taught.  I tried to find the pattern and couldn't find this one either.  I'm wondering if the people within JoAnn's corporate office have found someone to make patterns for them.
  I am in the middle of writing patterns for a small and a large of my Heart and Waves hat pattern.  That is now put on hold because of this crochet thing.  The pattern tells you to make it into a cowl but I want to use as much yarn as I can, so it might be a scarf.  Just remember, the more yarn I use the less I have to organize.

  This has been done and sitting in a bag since February.  My problem was that it is so big and was so hard to find a place to take a good picture of it.  I'm also standing on a chair to get this picture, so you are welcome that I put myself in danger for you.
  Okay, not real danger.  I will also post a better picture if Andrea manages to get one.  This thing is oddly shaped and huge.  Some free floor space probably would have been a better choice than some tables pushed together.

  I'm also getting distracted from organizing my house.  It doesn't help that I'm really bad at it.  I know a lot of people claim this, but I know I am.  Most people can work in a room for a few hours and make a big difference.  It takes me at least 6 hours before any real difference can be seen.  It also doesn't help that I didn't take as much time as I meant to during my down-time at work and now we are getting busy.  I also have more things that I need to list more things on LetGo or just donate them.  I'll get the hang of it someday.