Thursday, February 28, 2019

Three on Thursday

It's Three on Thursday and I got nothing. Well, I have one thing, but other than that one thing, my mind is completely blank.  Hopefully as I type the one thing, a few other things will come to me.  Let's see...

1.  Hallelujah!  Today is February 28.  I am very, very joyful that today marks the end of the 28 Days of Joy challenge.  I can now return to my normal, grouchy self and sporadic blog posting.  I wonder who is more relieved to see the challenge end - me or you?

Honestly, the challenge wasn't that bad for me.  I've done a daily gratitude thing for years so commenting on something that brings me joy each day hasn't been difficult.   What has been difficult is coming up with a photo.  I'm not crazy about posts without photos and nine times out of ten, these Joy posts have been written at the very last minute.  And nine and a half times out of ten, my camera and/or phone have been out of battery.

2.  Speaking of batteries... and me being grouchy.... What's up with my Kindle?  It's battery/charge has always lasted a week or three, depending on how much reading I was doing.  All of a sudden, for the last four or five days, I'm having to charge it every single night.  I wake up and it's at 100% and I go to bed with it below 20%.  I have been reading more than usual, but not That much more!  I really, really hope my Kindle isn't dying.  I love my Kindle!

3.  What have I been reading on my Kindle you ask?  Smut.  I absolutely love reading romantic trash.  Comedic romantic trash all the better.  I've read the first three books in the Spotless series.  I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and am dying to read the rest of the series.  I'm torn between paying for it on my Kindle or reading my daughter's hardback copy for free.  I'd much prefer to read it on my Kindle but... free is free so...  Since I despise making decisions, I next read Tagan's Child by Amelia Ford and will probably read the next book if not the whole series. While I enjoyed Tagan's Child, I'm not sure the plot line can support more than one, maybe two more books.  And I just started reading Repo Girl by Jane Fenton.  I'm only a few chapters in to it and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  Repo Girl reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, except the main character repossesses cars instead of bounty hunting.

So, look at that!  I came up with three things after all.  Am I good or what??

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Smells Like Meadow

Are you a Target shopper?  Have you tried any of their Smells Like... products?  I'm over the moon about the Smells Like Meadow scent.

I love the inexpensive Smells Like Meadow line of body care and cleaning products from Target.
Smells Like Meadow

I don't normally buy products like these because my face and body are SO sensitive to, well everything.  I can't use any hand lotions, soaps, body washes, shampoos... that have coconut, avocado or several other 'healthy' oils in them because they irritate my face.  I wash my hands, touch my face and the next day I wake up with red, blotchy swollen lumps all over my face.  And just about every cleaning product on the market with the exception of Pine-Sol (the plain kind in the big bottle, not the fancy spray things) and Pledge dusting spray either bother my ability to breathe properly or give me a bloody nose.   

But, my daughter loves LOVES smelly stuff.  She is always coming home with a new soap or cleaning product, or some kind of smelly laundry detergent.  She came home with some Smells Like Meadow hand soap, I loved the way it smelled, took the risk and tried it and... nothing!  No bad reaction! Joy oh joy!  

So Sarah gave me three bottles of it for Christmas.  

And then we discovered they had more than just hand soap.  And the rest is history. 

Yes, the stuff is pure chemical.  There is not a single natural ingredient in the products but I love them anyway.  I love the scent so much, I actually look forward to cleaning the bathrooms now!  And, my house and I both smell like a spring meadow.  Oh, and did I mention that none of them cost over $2.00?  Joy oh joy!!

knitting a Simple Yet Effective scarf or cowl with Winter's Candy Cane merino wool.
Simple Yet Effective scarf

As for my knitting, I've made a little progress on the Simple Yet Effective scarf.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

52 Weeks - Travel

This week's 52 Week Blog Challenge topic is the top five places I'd like to visit.  This was actually a hard post to write because I want to go everywhere!  Well, everywhere except the very few places I don't want to go.  But in broad strokes, I'd like to go to:

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My maternal side of the family hales from Ireland and I would love to go for a visit.  It doesn't hurt that they have sheep.  And castles.  And did I mention the sheep?

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And before they migrated to Ireland, they lived in Scotland.  Scotland, also known for sheep.  And if I happened to run into Jamie, all the better.

Mykonos, Greece

And ever since I first watched The Bourne Identity, I've wanted to visit Mykonos, Greece.  Or more specifically, that little shop Marie is running at the very end of the movie.

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And I would love to stroll along the streets of Tuscany.

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But most of all, I'd like to sail the world, stopping off at any and every place that strikes my fancy.

What about you?  Do you have the travel bug?  Where would you like to go?

Monday, February 25, 2019

So, this happened

So, this happened...

I started out with a sock.

The sock was too big so I frogged it.

A sock that was so big, I could have simply knit arm holes and worn it as a sweater.  I mean, look at that thing!  It's laying on an 8.5 x 11 notebook and the width of the sock practically covers it.  I don't know how I didn't notice its hugeness while I was knitting the leg.

Anyway, I ate a bowl of Cheetos and drank a glass of wine, (It's okay to have wine with antibiotics.  I looked it up!)  took a deep, calming breath and frogged it.

Simple Yet Effective infinity scarf or cowl.
Simple Yet Effective scarf

And now it looks like this.  It magically turned into a Simple Yet Effective scarf.

As much as I despise frogging gone-wrong projects, (I much prefer to curse them and toss them into the trash rather than suffer the pain of frogging.) I'm not really minding re-knitting this yarn.  It's wonderful to work with.  It's soft, it has great stitch definition and its Christmasy colorway is muted enough that it only whispers Christmas rather than yelling it at me.  It's fairly easy to pretend I'm knitting a rose garden instead of a Christmas candy cane.  Oh, I guess I failed to mention - the yarn's name is Winter's Candy Cane and it hails from Puff the Magic Rabbit.

 I don't know why there are so few projects on Ravelry using Puff the Magic Rabbit yarns.  Perhaps it is more of a hobby business.  I bought my skein from a fiber festival but I see that they do have an Etsy shop that's been in business since  2007.  Whatever, I wouldn't hesitate to knit future projects with their yarns.  This 100% superwash merino, particularly, is a joy to knit with.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday Supper

Today's Sunday Supper recipe may not sound like much but we scarfed them down so quickly, I never even had time to think about taking a photo.

Cornmeal Pancakes

1 1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
2 TBS sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
5 - 6 slices very crispy & crumbled bacon
1/2 can of corn, drained

Mix the dry ingredients.
Whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Combine everything and stir just until moistened.

Cook as you would a normal pancake.

I have no idea why, but out of the blue, I got a hankering for pancakes.  Except I don't like to eat pancakes because for some reason they destroy my blood sugar.  Twenty minutes later, I'm nauseous and shaky.  No matter what I eat afterwards, I sort of stay that way for the rest of the day.  But I suddenly wanted pancakes.  Badly!

So, what could I eat instead? Hmm....

I decided to try making cornmeal pancakes.  I don't know why I thought they would be any different, but I decided to try.  While I was searching Google for recipes, I decided I'd put corn in them to make them "healthy."  And while I was wondering if we had any canned corn, I suddenly thought.... Bacon!  Bacon would be really good crumbled up in my corncakes.

And so I took this recipe for the basic cornmeal pancakes and added the corn and bacon.  And YUM!  Yum and no weird, shaky blood sugar issues.  Yum and Yay!

And I think I could probably add some finely chopped spinach to the mix to make them extra healthy.  I should probably mention that I have no intention of putting syrup on these pancakes - only butter.  

I'm thinking spinach, corn & bacon corncakes would be a fairly healthy and portable meal to take to work this summer.  Well, portable for sure and healthier than the hot dogs and pizza sold at the employee cafe.

Saturday, February 23, 2019


What brings me joy?

Mercury glass vases with candles in them, bought with gift certificates.  Thank you Zack!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cheetos and Wine

Phew! I'm almost done with these daily Joy posts.  Only six more to go.

But before we get to the joyful part, let me take a moment to say thank you for all the dental well wishes.  They meant so much to me.  And yes, I did get to see the dentist yesterday.  I got some nice antibiotics and will go back in a few weeks to decide what we'll do about my broken tooth.

But enough about icky dental stuff.

Let's talk Cheetos and wine.  My all time favorite food group.

Forget Pringles and wine.  Eat Cheetos and Our Dog Blue wine from Chateau Morrisette.  Yum!
Cheetos and Our Dog Blue wine

Everyone has been talking about Pringles and wine lately.  Honestly, I haven't tried Pringles and wine, but I have had Cheetos and Our Dog Blue wine and let me tell you - there just isn't anything better.  I mean, absolutely nothing better!  

Yes, even when my teeth hurt and I can't chew, I'll still figure out a way to eat Cheetos and wine.  

And yes, I do drink my wine out of a tumbler rather than a wine glass.  A tumbler is much less likely to get knocked over.  And not knocking my wine over onto my knitting is important.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Three on Thursday

Three Very random things for today's Three on Thursday:

1.  Remember me talking about receiving an Uncalendar?  I'm really loving it and have been much more productive since I started using it.  I'm not sure if that's because of the calendar itself or just the thrill of a new calendar.  Who cares!  I'm gettin' my stuff done! (Joy!) 

I haven't been using the project pages as much as I expected to.  I'm having that weird 'my new journal is too pretty to write in' experience with them.  I don't want to waste them on frivolous stuff.  But the weekly calendar.... I am LOVING the weekly pages!  The left hand page with all those empty boxes is just... Heaven!  I can not believe how handy those boxes are.

I knit another Burberry cowl with Berroco's Ginko silk/wool yarn.
Joy! Burberry Cowl #3

2.  I finished knitting another Burberry cowl.  I got kind of lazy and instead of kitchnering the two ends together, I bound them off together.  It left an obvious line of stitches... so I can't possibly give this one away.  Guess I'll just have to keep it for myself.  What a shame.  

3.  I'm throwing myself a bit of a pity party.  I have an abscessed tooth.  Or at least that's what I assume it is.  It's obviously something wrong.  I'm all swollen, achy and feel like I've been punched in the face.  Punched really, really hard.  And my teeth have this weird magnetic feel to them.  If my top teeth get too close to my bottom teeth, they sort of snap together like two magnets.  And when my teeth touch... OUCH!  It's like a lightening bolt in my mouth. 

Of course, it all started Friday night.  I was brave through the weekend, thinking I'd be able to get some kind of emergency appointment on Monday.  Except the dentist isn't open on Mondays.  On Tuesday when I called, the first appointment they could give me was Wednesday....  Except we had a snow and ice storm and the office was closed so I have to call them today to reschedule. I really, really hope they can fit me in quickly because my self pity parties are not pretty.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Finally!  It's only taken me five years to knit...
mitered square blanket

My mitered square blanket is finally finished.  Well, the knitting is finished.  The squares and the i-cord border are finished.  I'm jumping for joy!

The back of a mitered square blanket.
rear view

There's still the matter of the back of the blanket to deal with.  In case you can't see all the loose strings....

The whole back looks like that.  (Sorry it's so blurry.  My editing thing didn't appreciate doing such a huge cropping job.)

So, yeah.  Lots and lots and lots of loose ends to deal with.  Except I'm not going to deal with them.  Since many of the squares are not knit with superwash wool, meaning washing this beast could become a problem... I decided the easiest thing would be to simply cover up the loose strings with a nice piece of preshrunk fabric, which will hopefully help the blanket keep it's shape when I wash it.  One day soon I'll get to the fabric shop, then one day hopefully not long after that, I'll sew the fabric to the back of the blanket and then I'll be truly done.

And if you're interested in some truly horrifying numbers...

I started the blanket sometime in early April, 2014 meaning it has taken me almost exactly five years to knit it.  Not that I knit on it continuously, but it had been on the needles for five years.

The blanket ended up with 16 squares across and 24 down.  Each mitered square starts with 33 stitches and measures about 2.5 inches wide.  It was knit with random scraps of fingering weight wool.  The final blanket measures approximately 40 x 60 inches.

Assuming I'm doing my math right, the mitered squares contain a total of 221,568 stitches.

I added a four stitch i-cord border around the edge of the blanket.  There are 5440 i-icord stitches.

All total, this blanket contains 227,008 stitches.  Just shy of a quarter million stitches.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

52 Weeks - Favorite Quotes

Okay, this 52 Weeks Blog Challenge post should be easy.  I have lots of favorite quotes.  In no particular order and with apologies for the language in a few of them...

"I would make you dinner but I can't find the phone book."

"Do something every day to make others happy... even if it's only to leave them alone."

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."  H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"All the coffee in Columbia won't make me a morning person."

"Excellence is not a skill.  It's an attitude."

"Today is the day."  Mel Fisher

"Learning only happens when a child is interested.  Otherwise, it is like throwing marshmallows at their heads and calling it eating."

"Destination, determination, deliberation."  J. K. Rowling

"Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of."

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud."  Coco Chanel

"Dare to embarrass yourself."

"Bad planning on your part does not automatically constitute an emergency on my part."

"If it's to be, it's up to me."

"Never let school get in the way of a good education."

"I love deadlines.  I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."  Douglas Adams

"I love being married.  It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life."  Rita Rudner

"There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."  Dave Barry

"There is a strange sense of pleasure being beat to hell by a storm when you are on a ship that is not going to sink."  Captain Cleopatra Highbourne

"Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting."  John Russell

"The difficult we can do at once, the impossible may take a little longer."

"F*ck me gently sideways.  With a chainsaw."

"Right away is the easy way."

"That's a negative, Ghost Rider - the pattern is full."  Top Gun

"I run like a girl.  Try to keep up."

"My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent.  I shall attack."  French General Ferdinand Foch

"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly."  Dalai Lama

"Slow is smooth and smooth is fast."  Bob Lee Swagger, Shooter

"Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own.  I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.  My choice; my responsibility; win or loose, only I hold the key to my destiny."  Elaine Maxwell

"Buckle up, kids.  Daddy's puttin' the hammer down."  Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"Laugh at your problems, everybody else does."

"So... We got a bump coming up."  Jason Bourne, Bourne Identity

"Help, not harm."

"Fine:  freaked out, insecure, neurotic, emotional."

"Snafu:  situation normal; all f*cked up."

"Oh sh*t!  Our donkey's in the ditch."

"Pull from the tangle."

"You just have to fight this f*cker all the way to the crash site."

"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid."

"Fail better."

and of course, my all time favorite...

"Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises."  Elizabeth Zimmerman

And yes, they all bring me joy.  So what about you?  Do you have a favorite quote?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Talk about the weather

Let's talk about the weather.

Knitted 2018 Temperature guide scarf sewn into a cowl.
2018 Weather Cowl

2018's weather.  No one wants to talk about 2019's weather so far, although I am curious to know what colors people are using to represent the -50 degrees earlier this month.  

But back to 2018's weather.  I finished the knitting part of my 2018 weather scarf (cowl) on New Years Day and joined the ends sometime over the next week or two.... And then it sat.  And it will probably continue to just sit.  

I had fun knitting it and oddly, I enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with it on a (mostly) daily basis.  There were a few times I ran four or five days behind but I always got caught back up.  I never missed a day.  And I'm amazed by that.  I've said it before but.... I really never expected to keep up with the scarf for more than a few weeks.  And because of that, I didn't put much thought into the colors; I just used what I had in the stash.  So it's not as pretty as many I've seen.  The yellow is fairly harsh and the dark green isn't the best shade of green for the other colors... And bla bla bla.   I've said all that before.  But then when I sewed the ends together...  

Oops!  I'd knit the scarf/cowl in a tube and planned to sew the ends together to form a second tube... but somehow I twisted it so it sort of has an infinity scarf twist thing going on... But the fabric is kinda thick because the whole thing was knit in a tube...  And a twisted tube makes for bulky, weird looking cowl.  It doesn't look Horrible on the mannequin, but when I put it on... Somehow the bulkiness stands out even more and it's just plain weird.  So I doubt I'll ever wear it.  But I am proud of actually finishing it so I'll keep it.  (Marie Kondo will never be invited to my house!)

So, my completed weirdo weather cowl may not bring me tons of joy, but Peppermint Patties do!

We won't mention my busted "Z" key.  I'll save that one for a 30 Days of Things That Piss Me Off series.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday Supper - Barbecue Sauce

If it ever stops raining, we will have barbecued chicken on the grill for supper.  Mike loves to grill in the cold weather.  I don't understand it because he's not a huge fan of being outside in the cold but...  One of his favorite winter activities is standing out on the deck, grilling in a blizzard. 

And when Mike cooks our barbecued chicken on the grill, he will use homemade barbecue sauce.  I stumbled across this recipe five or ten years ago.  I made a few modifications to the original recipe and we've been using it almost exclusively ever since.  

Spicy Barbecue Sauce

2 cups apple cider vinegar
7 or 8 Tbsp. lemon juice (I count 7 and don't worry if I splash a little extra)
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups (1 quart) ketchup
1/2 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
3 Tbs. mustard  (I prefer yellow but any mustard works)
2 Tbs. salt
3/4 Tbs black pepper
Tabasco sauce to taste (I use 4 or 5 shakes of the bottle)

Mix the vinegar, lemon juice and sugar in a large sauce pot and bring to a boil. 
Add remaining ingredients and boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour hot sauce into glass storage containers and seal.  Once cooled, refrigerate until needed.

The recipe makes about six cups of sauce.  I usually store mine in pint or quart sized Mason jars.  It lasts almost forever in the refrigerator and the recipe is easy enough to make even when you only need a little bit.

Besides the joy of having Mike cook dinner for me...  Today's joy feature is,

Candy canes help me break my sugar and junk food addiction.
candy canes

Candy canes.  

Really, I'm not still rambling on about Christmas.  I just have a thing for candy canes.  I buy tons of extra boxes of them each year.  Several years ago I discovered that when I go on a health kick and decide to quit eating junk food and/or desert ("desert" meaning an entire giant bag of M&Ms or the entire pan of brownies....) I can eat a candy cane after dinner and be fine.  No late night sugar or salty food cravings.  And while I realize the candy cane is basically pure sugar, it's a lot less sugar than an entire giant bag of M&Ms.  And after a week or two of eating a full sized candy cane, I can cut it down to half a candy cane without withdrawal symptoms.  In other words, candy canes are my go-to health/diet food.  And they bring me joy!

Saturday, February 16, 2019


Look what I found in the $3 Walmart bin -

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Have you ever seen the movie, Secondhand Lions?  It's been years since I've seen it but I remember loving it.  Can't wait to watch it again and I know it will bring me joy.

Friday, February 15, 2019

28 Days of Joy

What do I obsess over almost as much as yarn?

Pens.  Pens bring me joy.  And that's not even half of my pen collection.  That's only the pens that live on the top of my desk.  We won't talk about the drawers and boxes full of pens.  I may actually have more pens than yarn!  

I think I might have a pen problem.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Three on Thursday - Valentines

Welcome to Three on Thursday, Valentine's style.  

Nope, we're not all lovey-dovey, we're just writing in red today.  We're also joining Carole for a backwards Three on Thursday list.

My three...

I had three squares left to knit on my mitered square blanket.

And then there was one square left to knit.

And suddenly, I was done!  What a fantastic feeling!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

FO Joy

I'm very joyous today!

socks knit with Regia 6-fadig wool

I finally got around to kitchnering a pair of socks that have been languishing in the Kitchner Me pile for years.  Yes, years!  According to Ravelry, I started them sometime in the first part of 2016. I remember knitting them fairly quickly then tossing them into the dreaded Kitchner Me pile.  

If you couldn't tell, kitchnering is NOT my favorite knitting related task. 

According to Ravelry, the socks are knit with Regia 6-fadig.  They are nice and thick and I'm super excited to have a new pair of socks in the rotation.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

52 Weeks - Favorite Fashion Accessory

This week's 52 Weeks Blog Challenge topic is my biggest fashion accessory.  Considering my idea of fashion is trading the sweatpants for leggings and the old t-shirt with bleach stains for a clean white one...  Fashion obviously isn't my thing.  So, if I have to pick a fashionable accessory, it would be lipstick.

My first 'real job' boss insisted INSISTED you wear lipstick and if you didn't have your own, she'd make you wear hers.  (It was funnier than it sounds.)  And that was the beginning of my lipstick addiction.  

It doesn't have to be lipstick.  Lip balm, lip gloss (as long as it's not sticky) or even plain Vaseline will do.  But I have to have something on my lips and I have to reapply it every 15 minutes.  Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration.  Or not.  The point is, I'm addicted to.... let's just call it lip product.  

Joy, 28 days of Joy, 52 weeks blog challenge, favorite fashion accessory

And nothing brings me more joy than finding Elf's Perfect Peach lip tint on clearance.  I bought three.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dirty Santa

No, I'm not still going on about Christmas related happenings.

Simple hat knit from Dirty Santa bulky weight yarn
Dirty Santa Hat

I'm talking yarn.  Dirty Santa is this yarn's name.  It's a bulky weight from Knitted Wit that I picked up at my LYS, Center of the Yarniverse, recently.

Hemmed brim hat with fur pompom or poof, hand knit with bulky weight wool.
Dirty Santa

As you can see, the yarn pooled a bit but Sarah was happy with the effect and that's all that mattered.  

I took Sarah to the yarn shop with me in hopes of her talking me out of buying anything.  She's pretty good about that.  She's usually immune to yarn fumes.  Except... apparently not that day.  She saw the skein hanging on the peg on the wall and announced that I was going to knit her a hat with it.  And once I saw the name of the yarn, I had to agree.  There was just no way I could not buy Dirty Santa.  

The hat knit up very quickly and the yarn was a delight to knit with.  I don't normally like to knit with bulky weight - it makes my hands and wrists ache, but this yarn wasn't too bad.  

A fake fur pompom completes the hat and does a fantastic job of covering up my weird decreasing job.  I was running low on yarn and had to get creative.  The hat has a hemmed brim which used more yarn than expected.  After doing the crown decreases, I only had a few inches of yarn left to use for attaching the pompom.

Despite the funky decreasing and a mean game of yarn chicken, Sarah and I are both quite happy with the hat. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Supper - Cornbread

Today's Sunday Supper recipe is cornbread.  My dad probably rolls over in his grave every time I make my version of cornbread because it's nothing like his.  Mine is sweet and almost cake-like but I like what I like...  And this cornbread always brings me joy.

Easy to follow recipe for sweet, cake like cornbread.


2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
Blend all ingredients together until smooth but be careful not to over stir.  
Pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish and bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Note:  I think our oven is messed up which is why the cooking time fluctuates so much.  Also, using a  well oiled, preheated cast iron frying pan works well and reduces cooking time by about 5 - 10 minutes.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Burberry #3

What's on my needles these days? 

Burberry cowl knit with Berroco Ginko from Center of the Yarniverse.
Burberry #3

I'm currently knitting a third Burberry cowl.  I just love this pattern.  

This Berroco Ginko yarn is SO soft and spun from silk and wool.
Berroco Ginko

And the yarn!  The yarn is a 52% silk, 48% wool blend and glides through my fingers like butter.  And, my daughter, who is THE most whiny person on earth when it comes to wool on her skin,  loves the navy one she received for Christmas and wears it frequently.  Wears it frequently, against her skin, without complaint.  It's That soft and itch-less! 

So far, this Burberry is well traveled.  I've taken it to three knitting group meetings and to the coffee shop twice with the intent of photographing it in a more interesting setting.... And each time I've been so happy knitting on it, I've forgotten to take the photo.  Thus, you're stuck looking at another boring photo of my knitting spread out on my desk in bad lighting.  Sorry.

28 days of Joy challenge; #challengeyourself; #photochallenge
Open windows in February = Joy!

Besides the joy of knitting another Burberry cowl, I've been enjoying the recent weather.  Look closely at that photo. (Look closely but ignore the poor dying plant.)  The window is open!  We've even been sleeping with the windows open.  Like, open open, not just barely cracked open.  That will change tonight though.  Our temperatures are going to drop steadily today and by tonight we'll be back to our normal icy February weather.  The warm spell was a joy while it lasted, but I have to admit - I'm not ready for winter to be over yet.

And speaking of my poor dying plant - thank goodness for the warm enough to open the window weather!  While opening the window, I noticed my plant's unhappiness.  Somehow, I must have watered it and another one nearby twice and skipped watering the other two that are on the other side of the window.  Two of the plants had almost an inch of standing water in them (as in, standing on top of the dirt!) while the other two were bone dry.  Can you say Alzheimer's???  Yikes!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Three on Thursday

I've had the urge to do some beaded knitting so today's Three on Thursday topic is, which pattern should I choose?

A beaded lace shawl to knit
Fenberry Shawl

The Fenberry shawl?  This one is my favorite looks-wise, but not the type of thing I'd generally wear.

Garter stitch shawl with a little beading

Smash?  I like this Pinterest version much better than the version pictured on Ravelry.  Besides, I don't think the Ravelry version is beaded.  There's only a tiny bit of beading so it should be a quick knit but...  I'm a little tired sick to death of garter stitch.

beaded shawl scarf

Or, Charmayne?  Looks to be a pretty simple design and it's the type of thing I'd wear, but that seems like an awful lot of beads.

Each of them would bring me joy.  

Aack!  I can't decide.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Easy Ragland

I'm pretty psyched.  I finished my Christmas Eve Cast On Easy Ragland sweater last week.  

Knit with Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks
Modified Easy Ragland

I still haven't had a chance to block it.  It's looking a little wrinkly and the colorwork stitches will be much improved after a good blocking.  I'm sort of dragging my feet on it now though because the polar vortex has gone away and left us with Glorious 60 degree days.  There's just no incentive at the moment.

Back view of my newest Easy Ragland sweater from Green Mountain Spinnery
back view

The yarn is Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes Mineral Heather (main color) and Blossom Heather (contrasting color) and the pattern is Easy Ragland from Green Mountain Spinnery.  

I made a few pattern adjustments.  First, I did my own version of a mock cable instead of the suggested ribbing.  I lengthened the body several inches (I'm tall!) and I added the colorwork.  

I wish I'd put a little more thought into the colorwork.  It was one of those 4:00 a.m. decisions.  You know the kind.... I've already knit a few inches of purple stockinette, I'm bored and I have a million, jillion more miles of purple stockinette in front of me.... Let's throw in some color.  

The color design worked out okay but there are a few things that bug me about it.  First, it's squared off instead of rounded like most sweater yokes.  The sweater pattern's ragland shaping calls for yarn over increases which caused the squaredness.  It also caused some of the stitches on the increase line to look a little funky.  Hopefully blocking will help that.

added color work and mock cable neckline

Otherwise, I'm pleased with this sweater.  It fits perfectly.  Oh, that's another modification I made - I did the sleeve decreases every 3/4 inch instead of every inch.  I've knit this sweater many times before and the sleeves always end up being too big and puffy just above the wrist cuffs.  

If you're interested, the colorwork design is Beacon from Alterknit Stitch Dictionary.

As for today's Joy photo, besides being happy about my sweater,

28 days of Joy, #challengeyourself
open sun roof

As I mentioned, the polar vortex is gone.  We are now experiencing 60+ degree days.  I ran errands all day yesterday with the sun roof wide open.  There is just nothing better than the sun shining on your face through an open sun roof after multiple zero degree days.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


No, not that kind of Accent.

A paper or ebook of simple but beautiful knitting patterns for modern accessories.
Accents by Knit Picks

This kind of Accent.  Have you taken a look at this new book from Knit Picks?  I want to knit all the patterns  Out of the eighteen patterns included in the book, there is only one that I will most likely not knit.  Not only are the designs pretty and wearable, they also look fairly easy to knit.  

Accents arrived in my mail box just the other day and it's already bringing my joy.  (Yes, it comes in paper or ebook format and I tend to prefer the paper form.)  I would have tossed all my current projects into the UFO pile but I ran into a slight snag with the book.  I can't decide what to knit first.

Take a look at the designs and let me know which one you'd choose.

Monday, February 4, 2019

52 Weeks - Celebrity Crushes

Today's 52 week blog challenge topic is, who is my biggest celebrity crush?

That's easy.  Jason Momoa.

Jason Momoa and Henry Cavill, photo courtesy of

And Henry Cavill.

Henry Cavill, photo courtesy of

Did I mention Jason Momoa?

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Oh, and Chris Hemsworth.

Chris Hemsworth, photo courtesy of

It's not like I have a 'type' or anything.  And because, well...

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And last on the list, but not in my heart - Charlie Hunnam. 

Charlie Hunnam, photo courtesy of

And I can't say it enough, Jason Momoa.

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Okay, maybe I do have a 'type.'

(And I think it goes without saying,  this post qualifies for my 28 days of joy challenge.)