Sunday, December 21, 2014

YOP #51

Two days of school left...and my mojo returned!  So I have finished 5 Christmas gifts in the past 4 days...I have been working almost nonstop this weekend and my thumb is wrecked right now..I alternated between knit and crochet, but my right thumb still bears the brunt of the work and is achey right now..

I also worked for a bit on my Have I Ever Steered You Wrong? Socks....I'm on the leg and they fit the best of any socks I've made so far...maybe toe-up is the way to go?

I have started two hats for myself....and a project owl I bought in a kit.....

In other news, it spit some snow today, but it didn't last....we are going to have a rainy Christmas, but no white stuff...sad face...it just doesn't feel like Christmas without snow...

I've also received a bunch of new yarn....I'll show those sometime this week...and I'll be going on a somewhat yarn-buying embargo for the New Year....as I have plans to go to Norway!!!!!!  I'm so excited...my penpal invited me to visit, so gonna go this coming summer, if all goes well....and she has already talked about visiting some yarn shops there, as she is a knitter and just getting back into it!  So need to save my money for the trip....but will still stay in the yarn clubs.....I'm thinking I'll bring yarn over to gift to her..and that will leave a space in my suitcase for new yarnz...good plan?

2014 Completed Projects:    
Gift Cowl 1/3/2014
17/17 Hats for students (December/January 2014)
Chicago Mitts (1/15/14)
Take Two Cowl (1/11/14)
Take Three Cowl  (1/22/14)
Twin Cowl (1/23/14)  
It's a Flesh Wound cowl (2/3/14)
BOK BOK (2/23) Ravellenics
Rainbar (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainmitts (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainbow Pom (2/9) Ravellenics
Helmetbow (2/22) Ravellenics
Jasper Hat and Mitts (2/23)
Elegant Downton Hat for swap (3/16/14)
Leprechaun Tam and Beard (3/16/14)
Baby Jacob Hat (3/23/14)
Sockhead Hat (3/28/14)
Dr. Who Scarf (2/13/14)
Oliver's Hat (4/8/14)
Crochet Crown (4/6/14)
Crochet Mermaid Barrette (4/6/14)
Crochet Rose Barrette (4/6/14)
Bunny Hat (4/17/14)
Snake bookmark (4/28/14) 
Tutti-Frutti Cowl (5/11/14)
Fifth of November (5/22/14)
Apocalypse gloves - for a swap (6/8/14)
Swap Secret Sprock  - for a swap (6/28/14)
Out of Gas - for a swap (7/7/14) (sooper secret project)
Hop on the Bus, Gus (7/20/14) NW T11R2
2 Stargate keychains as prizes
Zelda Cloche (7/21/14)
Spring Gloves (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Chiana Cuff (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Guantlets (8/6/14)

Vanilla Latte (8/14, /2014)  
Rainbow Wings (8/22/14)  
Swap Cowl (8/21/14)  
Bella's Kawaii (9/13/14)  
Stargate Swap (9/20/14)  
Flower Power Hat (9/28/14)  
Big Squooshy Cowl (9/24/14)
Pond Friends (10/5/14)
Stargate Swap 2 (10/6/14)
Cedar Fingerless Mitts (10/6/14)
Brioche Cowl (10/10/14)
Dragonfly Mitts (10/13/14)
Vincent Gauntlets (10/13/14)
Swap Mitts (10/13/14)
Rhinebeck Last Minute Cowl and Mitts (10/17/14)
Aran Wrap (10/19/14)
Braided Infinity Cowl (10/23/14)
Lanesplitter (10/25/14)
Turtleneck Capelet (11/5/14)
Lynn's Mitts (11/8/14)
Do Zombies Skype? socks (11/15/14)
October Fire socks (11/19/14)
Outlander Mitts for swap (11/22/14)
Outlander Cowl (11/23/14)
Orange Cotton Wrap (11/23/14)
Yellow PomPom hat (11/23/14)
Arm Knitting Cowl (12/6/14)
Gift Cowl - Lisa (12/18/14)
Gift Cowl - Johanna (12/20/14)
Gift Cowl - Deidre (12/20/14)
Gift Cowl - Danae (12/21/14)
Gift Cowl - Evie (12/21/14)

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

Elf hat (Dec 7, 14)
 

Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14)
 
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  
Swap mitts (8/9/14)  
Turtleneck Capelet (8/12/14)  
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Olivia Owl (12/14/14)
Holly Golightly (12/16/14)

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)

Hey, Have I Ever Steered You Wrong? (Dec 2014)
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt
Water Bottle Cozy
 
Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies

Kimberly Skye's tunic  
garter for Caitlin
 

WIMs: Projects I have the yarn and the pattern
Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
  Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

StitchAlong Wednesday


It's been a very mojo-less week....finally Tuesday night I started to feel it coming back...so I started a gift cowl...and a hat for myself...

Excuse the pictures, taken at night, everything is dark...

I'm going to make two of these simple HDC cowls...they will be warm and snuggly....

I started the Holly Golightly hat, I bought the pattern in the indie pattern sale on Ravely..
I had started a Santa/elf hat...
It's that truly awful Bernat Boa yarn..it sheds everywhere!

I started an owl from a kit I picked up for 50% off...there are even little tiny plastic needles..
I started a boot cuff, didn't get far...(it's a dark plum color)

My "Have I Ever Steered You Wrong" started to come together..
And I put a few more rounds on Shark in the Woods....trees!  I see trees!
But serious mojo issues going on...hopefully that has passed now and I can finish some of these..or at least stick with something!

I did buy yarn for an Elsa thing I have to do and a couple of other gifts....

Come on and link up with us!  How is your gift crafting coming along? 






Sunday, December 14, 2014

YOP #50...close to the end

I absolutely lost my mojo this week.....I've put a few stitches on a few things here and there, but that's about it...I was uninspired by everything and stuck in a couple of places...

Last night I picked up my Have I Ever Steered You Wrong socks again and was determined to figure out the short row heel....YEAH for me...after two youttube videos..I got it!  But there is a hole...I plan on stitching that up from the inside...since it's worsted they are going fast!

That's about it....I did a few more rows of Shark in the Woods...not sure I enjoy cabling much...I have to keep little notes to keep it all straight..sorry pic is so big...


I committed to making 2 Elsa blanket doll things.....I need to find some Elsa blue yarn....

I thought about the Christmas presents I need to make...yep..just thought about them....

Got a package of yarn from my friend in Norway, a sock kit from Simply Socks, ordered yarn for the new Downton Abbey MKAL with Jimmy Beans, even though I have not yet finished either the Game of Thrones or the Outlander one...ordered some of the Yarnmas yarn from Jimmy Beans...and received a swap package....whew!  So my mail has been busy with yarn, even if I haven't.....

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend....

2014 Completed Projects:    
Gift Cowl 1/3/2014
17/17 Hats for students (December/January 2014)
Chicago Mitts (1/15/14)
Take Two Cowl (1/11/14)
Take Three Cowl  (1/22/14)
Twin Cowl (1/23/14)  
It's a Flesh Wound cowl (2/3/14)
BOK BOK (2/23) Ravellenics
Rainbar (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainmitts (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainbow Pom (2/9) Ravellenics
Helmetbow (2/22) Ravellenics
Jasper Hat and Mitts (2/23)
Elegant Downton Hat for swap (3/16/14)
Leprechaun Tam and Beard (3/16/14)
Baby Jacob Hat (3/23/14)
Sockhead Hat (3/28/14)
Dr. Who Scarf (2/13/14)
Oliver's Hat (4/8/14)
Crochet Crown (4/6/14)
Crochet Mermaid Barrette (4/6/14)
Crochet Rose Barrette (4/6/14)
Bunny Hat (4/17/14)
Snake bookmark (4/28/14) 
Tutti-Frutti Cowl (5/11/14)
Fifth of November (5/22/14)
Apocalypse gloves - for a swap (6/8/14)
Swap Secret Sprock  - for a swap (6/28/14)
Out of Gas - for a swap (7/7/14) (sooper secret project)
Hop on the Bus, Gus (7/20/14) NW T11R2
2 Stargate keychains as prizes
Zelda Cloche (7/21/14)
Spring Gloves (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Chiana Cuff (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Guantlets (8/6/14)

Vanilla Latte (8/14, /2014)  
Rainbow Wings (8/22/14)  
Swap Cowl (8/21/14)  
Bella's Kawaii (9/13/14)  
Stargate Swap (9/20/14)  
Flower Power Hat (9/28/14)  
Big Squooshy Cowl (9/24/14)
Pond Friends (10/5/14)
Stargate Swap 2 (10/6/14)
Cedar Fingerless Mitts (10/6/14)
Brioche Cowl (10/10/14)
Dragonfly Mitts (10/13/14)
Vincent Gauntlets (10/13/14)
Swap Mitts (10/13/14)
Rhinebeck Last Minute Cowl and Mitts (10/17/14)
Aran Wrap (10/19/14)
Braided Infinity Cowl (10/23/14)
Lanesplitter (10/25/14)
Turtleneck Capelet (11/5/14)
Lynn's Mitts (11/8/14)
Do Zombies Skype? socks (11/15/14)
October Fire socks (11/19/14)
Outlander Mitts for swap (11/22/14)
Outlander Cowl (11/23/14)
Orange Cotton Wrap (11/23/14)
Yellow PomPom hat (11/23/14)
Arm Knitting Cowl (12/6/14)

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

Elf hat (Dec 7, 14)
 

Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14)
 
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  
Swap mitts (8/9/14)  
Turtleneck Capelet (8/12/14)  
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)

Hey, Have I Ever Steered You Wrong? (Dec 2014)
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt
Water Bottle Cozy
 
Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies

Kimberly Skye's tunic  
garter for Caitlin
 

WIMs: Projects I have the yarn and the pattern
Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
  Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Thursday, December 11, 2014

9 Work Days to Go

I read a post the other day about a little boy asking how many "sleeps" left until Santa....well I count how many work days left until Santa...because then I get a nice long break...

and yes it is one of the perks about being a teacher...but seriously folks, think about 22 seven year olds who are expected to sit still and "learn" during this time of the year...not only that, but our weather has been crappy...too cold, too wet...to go out for recess, or play when they get home..so they have also been cooped up inside....

So I have 9 more work days until Santa....and for some reason we do not have a half day the day before the break...yeah there will be tons of learning going on that day!

but 2 more until the weekend....




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stitch Along Wednesday





Truth be told..I don't have much to report on my end...I've added a few stitches and a couple of rows to a few projects..but not much else...it's just been one of those weeks...

But how has your week gone?  Link up and let us know...


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A-Z of Connecticut: Avery's Beverages

I have a friend who is doing an A-Z of Hamilton, Ontario...and I thought I'll do an A-Z of Connecticut...it's a small state, that tends to get overlooked, but I know there are some wonderful things about it..so first up..

Avery's Beverages in New Britain, Connecticut.  New Britain is a town that has seen some ups and downs..but Avery's has been making their brand of soda for 110 years!  That is amazing!!!

Everyone I know remembers having an Avery's soda when they were younger....

You actually go to their factory and pick out which soda you want in your case.

 There's the Hubs...scoping out the flavors....

It's a ton of fun!  Now you don't have to get an entire case....but there are some very interesting flavors of soda to try...

Here are some of the ones we chose....

Look at that register!!!
So if you are every in the center of Connecticut, it's an easy on/off of Route 72.

They also make speciality ones..look what I still have in my fridge from 2012...

And for those not in the US..they are not calling President Obama a donkey...a donkey happens to be the symbol for the Democratic Party (go figure)....they had one for the other guy, but I didn't buy it.








Sunday, December 7, 2014

YOP # 49....4 More to Go....

Well I thought being home sick that I would get lots done...uhm..nope..but I watched a lot of tv...good shows, crap shows..shows I've wanted to watch but didn't have the time....and several movies...

I did work on some things, mainly the Shark in the Woods cowl...but I hit a standstill, as there is quite a bit of cabling, and I had to ask questions a couple times, or search for what an abbreviation meant...so didn't get as far as I would have liked...

Today I'm feeling better, but I have 5 more days on the medicine and the roof of my mouth hurts..way back at the start of my throat...weird...probably from all the coughing and sucking on cough drops...I go back to work tomorrow...I have a voice, but I haven't really talked in 4 days, so we'll see if that triggers the coughing again...

And I started a few things....I had some Bernat Holiday Boa yarn I picked up last year and decided last night I needed to make the elf hat...the pattern they gave is knit and child-size, so I'm winging it..

I also decided I needed to start my "Have I Steered You Wrong?" socks..a kit from Schmutzerella Yarns...it's worsted and toe-up...I'm stuck on the short row heel..I've been looking for videos but haven't found one yet...I started it on a circular, but had to change to dpn's....

Oh and I tried arm knitting...that was an experience....I'll have to get some truly bulky yarn to try it with..I pulled some slighter bulky stuff, doubled it...but like my regular knitting, my tension was too loose... I'd be surprised if it doesn't fall apart...gonna wear it tomorrow, so we'll see...
I'll get better pictures for Friday...

I think that is all I started...there could be more...I was bored....but also sleeping a great deal...

2014 Completed Projects:    
Gift Cowl 1/3/2014
17/17 Hats for students (December/January 2014)
Chicago Mitts (1/15/14)
Take Two Cowl (1/11/14)
Take Three Cowl  (1/22/14)
Twin Cowl (1/23/14)  
It's a Flesh Wound cowl (2/3/14)
BOK BOK (2/23) Ravellenics
Rainbar (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainmitts (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainbow Pom (2/9) Ravellenics
Helmetbow (2/22) Ravellenics
Jasper Hat and Mitts (2/23)
Elegant Downton Hat for swap (3/16/14)
Leprechaun Tam and Beard (3/16/14)
Baby Jacob Hat (3/23/14)
Sockhead Hat (3/28/14)
Dr. Who Scarf (2/13/14)
Oliver's Hat (4/8/14)
Crochet Crown (4/6/14)
Crochet Mermaid Barrette (4/6/14)
Crochet Rose Barrette (4/6/14)
Bunny Hat (4/17/14)
Snake bookmark (4/28/14) 
Tutti-Frutti Cowl (5/11/14)
Fifth of November (5/22/14)
Apocalypse gloves - for a swap (6/8/14)
Swap Secret Sprock  - for a swap (6/28/14)
Out of Gas - for a swap (7/7/14) (sooper secret project)
Hop on the Bus, Gus (7/20/14) NW T11R2
2 Stargate keychains as prizes
Zelda Cloche (7/21/14)
Spring Gloves (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Chiana Cuff (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Guantlets (8/6/14)

Vanilla Latte (8/14, /2014)  
Rainbow Wings (8/22/14)  
Swap Cowl (8/21/14)  
Bella's Kawaii (9/13/14)  
Stargate Swap (9/20/14)  
Flower Power Hat (9/28/14)  
Big Squooshy Cowl (9/24/14)
Pond Friends (10/5/14)
Stargate Swap 2 (10/6/14)
Cedar Fingerless Mitts (10/6/14)
Brioche Cowl (10/10/14)
Dragonfly Mitts (10/13/14)
Vincent Gauntlets (10/13/14)
Swap Mitts (10/13/14)
Rhinebeck Last Minute Cowl and Mitts (10/17/14)
Aran Wrap (10/19/14)
Braided Infinity Cowl (10/23/14)
Lanesplitter (10/25/14)
Turtleneck Capelet (11/5/14)
Lynn's Mitts (11/8/14)
Do Zombies Skype? socks (11/15/14)
October Fire socks (11/19/14)
Outlander Mitts for swap (11/22/14)
Outlander Cowl (11/23/14)
Orange Cotton Wrap (11/23/14)
Yellow PomPom hat (11/23/14)
Arm Knitting Cowl (12/6/14)

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

Elf hat (Dec 7, 14)
 

Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14)
 
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  
Swap mitts (8/9/14)  
Turtleneck Capelet (8/12/14)  
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)

Hey, Have I Ever Steered You Wrong? (Dec 2014)
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt
Water Bottle Cozy
 
Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies

Kimberly Skye's tunic  
garter for Caitlin
 

WIMs: Projects I have the yarn and the pattern
Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
  Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag