A Couple Of Projects

22 Oct

I’ve started knitting a new pair of socks.


I don’t know what pattern they will be yet. I’ve got 64 stitches in those toes so I’ll have to browse my sock patterns for a stitch that’s repeatable by 4s or 8s. The yarn is a nice blue – I believe it’s Cascade sock yarn. I always work on two socks at a time – but separately. So I knit one toe, stop, knit the other. I find that I don’t have second sock syndrome (for non-knitters that’s where you make one sock and then either don’t get around to the second sock or it takes FOREVER). I also like that it sets mini-goals that I can reach. These socks will take a while because knitting time is hard to find these days.

Last night I blocked a “Brickless” scarf that I knitted up a while ago but just didn’t block.


I didn’t get around to blocking it because it wasn’t scarf season! But now that fall is upon us, I want to wear this new creation! The yarn was a purchase I made last December when DJ sat for the SAT test to get into IMSA and I hit the two yarn stores in Bloomington , IL. The brand is “Mountain Colors Crazyfoot” in color way “Harmoney Aspen”. The color is rich and the yarn was squishy and nice. However, it bled like a son-of-a-gun when I soaked it. The pattern called for worsted weight yarn and size 6 needles. I used fingering weight (although it seemed a bit closer to sport weight – so I’ll call it a heavy fingering weight) with a size 5 needles. The pattern called for 6 total repeats and I did 5. I like the size and weight of it. I do believe I’ll make this scarf again sometime.

I’m still here

16 Oct

I dislocated my thumb so sewing and knitting has been at a standstill. Although recently, I’ve been able to knit for a few rows. I can’t squeeze very well with my left hand – it’s still sore.

I’ve had a heck of a few weeks! It seems I wake up on Monday and before you know it – it’s Friday!

Today, after putting in three consecutive 12+ hour days, I came home and made homemade chicken and dumpling soup using this recipe.

I didn’t have chicken broth so I made my own using bouillon. I didn’t have canned biscuits so I made my own dumplings using this recipe. It was FANTASTIC! I had everything in my cupboard but still ran out to get a loaf of day old bread from Jimmy Johns for $0.50. A nice relaxing night of doing nothing was just the dessert for that perfect meal.

IMG_0576.JPG (Not my actual soup – picture borrowed from the Pillsbury website/recipe)

Another Diamond

29 Sep

Are you bored with this project yet? It’s slow going and there’s not much to report on other fronts. However, here’s some exciting news. I was prepping the hexagons with thread and that was taking somewhere around forever. I watched a Sue Daley video and she uses a very thin glue stick. I ordered one and…. It’s awesome. It cuts the prep time down significantly. It cuts it down so much that I prepped and sewed that second diamond in two days whereas the first one took a week. So I’m sold on this method. Onto number three…

Slow Going

26 Sep

Like everything else around here. But I have one diamond finished and attached!

And I have to say that I like the back too!



23 Sep


Yep, I like this gray better!

Gray Too Dark?

22 Sep

I feel like the gray I’ve chosen is too dark. When I change the photo to black and white, the contrast is still good. But I don’t know… Seems like it’s going to overwhelm the star in the middle instead of accent it. I don’t think I have any other grays in my stash. Hmmm…. Need to let this sit a bit and see.

Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day. We had a total breakdown of girl hormones at softball practice. The coaches are truly nice guys who are constructively criticizing the girls to help them get better, but the girls feel overwhelmed and have no self-confidence so they feel the criticism without the constructive-ness. And, being a girl, I can see how the girls are feeling. They feel like three coaches are telling them what they are doing wrong while a beacon of light shines only on them. The other girls are watching them get corrected and it’s too much to bear. So we’ve got two girls in tears. I’m talking to one on a car who wants to quit because she’s “the worst one on the team” (her words)…. Then I come out of that crisis to talk to another who is holding back the tears and anger and her frustration is spilling over. The coaches stopped the practice twice to calmly point out that no one is being picked on, they want to help the girls take their game to the next level. But what you feel as a 13 year old girl and what others see as reality can be two different things. What’s my role in all this? I’m not really a coach (by choice ) but I try to be the one on the field saying the positive things. Yesterday I was not doing that because of the “girl-in-the-car issue”. Ugh…

After leaving practice a little early, I had to race home to take DJ back to school. It’s an hour and ten minute drive. I didn’t do my usual walk through but just loaded his laundry into the trunk, asked if he had everything, ran through a mental checklist and we took off. Got to his school before realizing that we left his keys to get in his dorm, dorm room, school, and his school ID which gives him eating privileges sitting on the kitchen table. Oh… And some Japanese worksheets. I was going to fed ex them to him overnight but his mailbox key was on the lanyard too. Of course. So I woke up this morning, took a personal day, got into the car and met him during his break at noon to drop off the things he forgot. I can take two different routes to his school. Yesterday he and I saw a small fender bender on the way there (that evidently still required an ambulance) and then I saw a bad accident on the way home that needed a fire truck, 4 squad cars, and two ambulances. Traffic was backed up and re routed. Last week there was a plane crash on the same road (there is a small aircraft landing strip near that stretch of road). Today I took the expressway / tollway there and back. It’s 5-10 minutes longer but I am just spooked by the danger of the other, shorter two lane route.

Hexagon Progress

21 Sep

I just finished this off-white row of hexagons.


So what’s the plan? I didn’t know before this morning when I sat down with EQ7 and started playing. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.


If I get that far, it will be a miracle. My ADD will never let me finish it before getting totally bored and stop it unfinished. But if my some miracle I do get that far, it will be pretty cool looking, don’t you think? AND even if I do get that far, this isn’t even lap sized yet! LOL.

I’ll keep on plugging away with those diamonds next.


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