Sunday, November 23, 2014


Mr Turkey is coming along but I am pretty sure I won't have him finished by Thanksgiving. I doubt he will even be done by next Thanksgiving if I want to be honest.

Those leaves that I agonized over are coming out fine, color wise but I'm having trouble getting those loops to do what I want in tight spaces. I can't really cheat them the same way I do the big spaces.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Still Tangling

My Zentangle supplies have dramatically multiplied which means I am still hooked.

 I still spend a ridiculous time copying other people's tangles from You Tube or Pinterest. I'm pretty bad at it but I like having doodles in my head that I can use when I want. It's like being able to play a song on the guitar without sheet music in front of you. I know only one song on the guitar but I have quite a few tangles in my head.

 I was feeling confidant enough that I envisioned making my own tangle Christmas cards. I've done and re-done the same design over and over hoping to get one right. I even got The Mister in on it.

I even made templates so that if I decide to do this I can crank them out with some speed but I doubt it's happening in spite of the fact that I already bought the blank note cards and envelopes. What I am tempted to do is to draw the outline or "string" as it's called in the Zentangle world and let my family and friends come up with their own tangles as fillers. Why should I have all the fun?

Friday, November 21, 2014

It Takes Two

 Now that I've got loads of tips on how to keep my work on the needles, it's time to get down to business. Thanks for all the helpful advice. I'll be putting them into practice asap. As slow as things are going, I can't afford to lose a stitch. Speaking of stitches, I'm on the sleeves of the White Pine but that twisted ribbing is taking forever. The pattern calls for a lot of it but I'm cutting my losses and moving on. I'm really not a fan of excessive ribbing anyway and 7 inches is excessive in my book.

 The Galliano vest is moving along but still has a loooong way to go.

 I need thirteen inches before something happens. I'm not sure exactly what but something that I hope includes decreasing. Those are some long stockinette rows to plow through now that the lace work is done.

 Finally, brick by brick Tracery is heading north.

That's the steek in the middle in case you are wondering. One day, one happy day, I am going to cut it up the middle and be done with it. The slow progress is still due to The Gilmore Girls. When I run out of episodes this thing will fly off the needles. Ha. I still have all the new episodes of Orange is the New Black to get through.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Four Row Race

I finally have a finish in my group of projects I have been trying to put four rows on a day.

My latest handspun mitts are a thing of the past and I'm glad. One less thing to tick off every night.

 Among the other four row projects, I have some progress on the thrummed mittens to show. Watching the crazy color changes has been fun. These are going to be some strange looking mittens.

 That thumb should have been done ages ago but working in such a tiny space is fiddly. As cold as it is, I could really use these so now that the mitts are history these may be bumped up into the eight row club.

 The four row man socks are heading down the stretch, thank goodness. That's a lot of brown going on. Yawn.

 The biggest problem here other than the boredom issue is the needles. They are my favorites for when I want to knit fast because they are so slippery but I keep pulling them out whenever I take the project out of its bag.

 I bought one of these doo hickeys but it hasn't helped much.

Getting it on and off is risky business. The sock will come out but the needles will still be inside. Know of any good tricks to keep your work on your needles? I'm listening.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Before I knew that this project was going to be a train wreck I ordered more yarn for it. Now I have two boxes of woe under the coffee table shaming me.

There were a few gaps in my colors so I tried to coordinate a few more. If I ever get that far, these may work.

I really appreciate all the expert advice that was offered up. I think I know what's going on but I have a lot of frogging to do before I can test out my new knowledge. I've also decided to go down a hook size to reduce the holiness of the thing so I am waiting on yet another package from Knit Picks. I am trying out a new Caspian hook this time. What have I got myself into....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Uh, Oh....

 I had a grand time starting my new crochet project, the Cosy Stripe Blanket. The tutorial over on Attic 21 is excellent. Perfect for newbies like me-I thought.

It all looked great until I tried to stretch it out. Oh no, the beginning chain was too tight and the whole things was curving. I knew what that meant- a lot of frogging. Argh......

 After doing a little homework I learned that I should have used a size bigger hook to make the chain with.

 My second try was better but now a bit on the floppy side. I'll live with it.

I thought I had everything under control when I noticed my ends were not lining up right. I was losing stitches somewhere. Argh.....

 I got out some stitch markers to try to keep track of what was going on but it's not as easy to do this as it is in knitting. I think I figured out what is going on but only time will tell. Right now, I need a break. My head hurts.

 To make myself feel better I spent the rest of the night working on something I know.

 Something where stitch markers and counting actually work.

I finished the third border of purple on my mosaic sampler blanket. This I can do.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Although I am not much of a crocheter, I'm a big fan of Attic 24. When I read about her recent woes with comment trolls I felt compelled to join her latest Ravelry CAL. It seems some folks don't get how hard it is to care for a parent with a serious illness and balance your own life and she took a bit of unkind criticism as a result of telling it how it really is.

I'm of the "if you don't have anything nice to say-say nothing" school when it comes to commenting on people's blogs so when I read all those mean comments I was pretty ticked off. She spends many hours writing up free patterns and tutorials that I'm sure those meanies take advantage of. To soothe my anger,  I headed over to Knit Picks and spent a happy few hours filling up my cart with yarn in colors that were as close to Lucy's as I could get. I even added a pretty new hook to my order.

 Lucy's is known for her bright colors and what better project for a long cold winter than a snuggly blanket in colors that make you happy.

The best part of it is, after all that shopping here is what my grand total came to. Yup. For real. Thanks to Son and Daughter in Law's gift certificate, I got a giant box of fun for practically nothing.