Friday, April 11, 2014

Car Woes

I received the call this morning that my new rims are in.  Yippee!  I was so excited, my rim worries are over.  So, I called my sister up and asked her to follow me to the place so, I could drop Stewie off. 

I asked them to look at the a/c as well since I hit a bump and the a/c cuts out.  That started a whole new problem that will be finding it at the dealership.  I am also on the GM recall list.  I have a 2008 Saturn Sky Redline and I love my car.  So, when it makes it's way to the dealer, it will be having this issue resolved. 

I am waiting for them to call me so, I can go pick up Stewie and his original rims.  The beading let go on the original, came with the car when we bought it at the dealership, chrome rims.  5 years old and this issue has been going on for it seems like forever.  Little did I know at the time, this is normal for chrome rims.  Never buy chrome rims because you will be replacing the expensive ass things. 

So, I have new rims that I ordered in and they aren't chrome.  I will never go that route again. 

I am waiting for the car place to call and let me know it is time for me to pick him up. 

Meanwhile at around 6 pm, I have to be at a memorial service for one of the ladies in my DAR chapter, she lost her 7 year battle with ovarian cancer.  My sister is picking me up and we are going to attend that. 

It has been the week from hell.  I am worn out and I am dealing with my allergies which are going haywire from all of the oak pollen we are dealing with.  It sucks! 

In other news...I finished one sock for my SIL last night and it is so gorgeous!  I am going to dye myself some yarn and knit myself a pair of lipstick socks.  Now, I know why my niece wants a pair of them.  Absolutely stunning on the foot.  I can't find my plastic foot right now...no idea where I put the thing but, when I find it, I will be taking pictures of the socks.  :) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Knitting Socks...Again.

Well, I am knitting socks for my sister in law.  She has been waiting patiently for them.  I had to let my hands heal.  I finished the crocheted blanket for my friend, she just needs to come by and pick it up. No idea when that is going to happen since we are both pretty busy right now. 

I am knitting lipstick socks for my SIL. 


I chose to dye her sock yarn deep red.  She wanted a sock that she can wear with both black and brown and I thought, hey why not a deep red to really show off the stitch.  They will look loads better when I block them but, I am moving along nicely on the foot right now. 

I am knitting this sock with my own yarn, this one is a merino/nylon blend that should hold up really well to wear and tear.  I am knitting this pattern with my addi turbo rockets, and my addi turbos.  I have one of each.  The rockets are so nice!  I have the rockets in the click set with the long barrels and I love them. 

Well worth every single penny I spent on them. 

I painted yarn today since I had a custom order for one of my yarns.  I took them along and went to pick up my niece, Maribeth, her teacher wanted to see my yarns.  I took a tub of them along.  She purchased some skeins and requested paper dolls.  I went ahead and painted two skeins of it today in merino/silk sock.  One skein when it dries, will go into the shop. 

I also decided to paint more yarns.  I have listed several into the shop.  ETSY seems to be really crowded these days.  I find myself drifting away from it.  No idea what I am going to do about drumming up more business.  I have thought about a website of my own but, not sure if I will get the traffic I need to support my business.  I am thinking of doing the craft fair circuit again but, not sure if my health will allow it. 

I was called the sock master yesterday and I was thinking...really, am I a sock master?  I can knit a pair without a pattern but, that is only because I have been knitting them for so long.  I have had more requests for Lipstick than anything.  Not sure if I even have it written down anywhere.  I might have to do that since it is so popular. 

I keep it in my knitting journal and I make notes about it as I knit each pair.  I am trying to figure out how many pattern repeats right now for the 8.5 women's pair I a knitting.  It was 2 repeats on the foot for the 6.5 women's pair.  So, I am calculating right now trying to figure it out.  It has enough action in it, to keep me interested. 

Another pair was requested but, in turquoise of all colors...uh, really?  You want a pair of Lipstick socks in turquoise?  My niece, Meagan requested those.  When will I find the time to do my charity knitting?  I need to start that as soon as I finish this pair of Lipstick socks.

Maybe what I really need to do is to teach these nieces how to knit and then they can knit their own socks.  I gave several of them sock looms with computer software and do you think they even tried it out?  Can you say...NO!  Oh my!  I am about to tell them to bring themselves and a pair of straight US 7's over here and their lessons in knitting will commence.  If nothing else, they will find out that I am tired, my hands are tired, and they need to learn to make their own socks.  I have plenty of yarn and they can also buy some yarn from me should they really get into knitting socks. 

I love knitting with merino wool and silk...it is so nice.  I can't stand the merino and cashmere sock yarns, biggest pain in the butt, the crap tangles like mad and it just pisses me off!  No amount of wine can help, either. I know, I tried back in the day.  Drinking days are now over with per doctor's orders, it seems that alcohol and my meds don't mix.  I got a lecture about the evils of wine and my meds.  Grrrr!  I kept trying to explain the fabulous bottle of wine in my fridge that tastes like drink mix with a kick.  It is really good stuff!  I did get the evil eye for my troubles.  Okay, I get it.  I am not a recalcitrant child, I understand that wine and meds don't mix.  I will be good.  What about tequila and sock knitting?  I don't think he would understand that one at all.  hee hee!  I love tequila.  It has made me sick on several occasions and I still come back to it.  I haven't had any in about 2 years.  I have to have the anejo if I am drinking it...not the cheap stuff.  I have been spoiled for the good stuff. 

Anyway, I am knitting this sock and hoping that I get to the end...soon.  I have my tape measure out and my plastic foot for display purposes and I am moving along on it.  Hopefully, soon I will be able to show off a finished pair of socks. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crochet Hell

I am in crochet hell right now and can't wait to escape.  Sadly, I have a ways to go before I can get out of this hell.  I had I promised a friend a blanket and I am working on the thing.  I am sick of it.  I want it gone.  I get this way with several projects when I have been working on them for a while. 

I have 6 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in this project with 6 more skeins to go.  It is going to be a huge blanket by the time I am finished with it.  I am using a size N hook.  It goes quickly and the yarn is a dream to work with. 

I have  list of items that have to be taken care of after the blanket is done.  I have socks to knit for my SIL, Kim.  I have one more mitten to knit for my niece, Maribeth.  I have charity items to knit for the kids who are needy.  Thankfully, I have a yarn stash to support it all. 

I also need to paint my spring line up for the shop.  I have a color that has been zipping around my brain for a couple of months and I have to paint it in several different yarns.  It is that kind of color way. 

Just trying to find the time to deal with it all, that is the problem.  I am hoping to be able to finish the blanket by the weekend so, it will be ready to be picked up.  I don't like for these things to hang around the house.  No way!  The cats tend to claim things that they shouldn't. The cats have their own blanket now since they claimed the one I was crocheting for my friend.  They completely took it over. So, I was forced to re-crochet this blanket for her. 

Will I be making more blankets for people?  No idea.  I am to the point where I am almost out of Lion Brand Homespun in my yarn stash.  I think I have enough to make one more blanket.  I will stash the yarn for someone special.  It is my go to yarn for prayer blankets.  So soft and very huggable.  I have made several prayer blankets with it. 

I also have to clean house.  It is an ongoing issue.  I have to clean off several tables that have just collected junk.  I also need to move my yarn bins out of the upstairs hallway and into the office.  Now to tell my back that we have to do these things.  Killer.  I am still dealing with it hurting. I did a good job of it this time around. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hairy Larry and his Pee Pee Making Machine

This morning at around 2 am my oldest dog, whom I nicknamed Hairy Larry, was coughing and so, I knew that yes, I was bad and should have given him is Benadryl before bed.  I forgot.  So, I was woken up to him hacking.  I had to go downstairs to get his meds.  No one sleeps when he hacks and coughs and gags...poor old doggie. So, I went downstairs to get his cheese and meds.  I had to let him  out of his kennel so, he could go get his water.  He drinks like a camel and loads himself up with the pee pee juice. 
 
I was in the middle of a totally bizarre dream when I hear him whining and crying...remember the pee pee juice from 2 am, it had managed to make it's way through his body and had hit is bladder by the time I was in the midst of my dream.  I popped up out of bed, opened his kennel, opened the other two kennels for the other two doggies and ran down the stairs, or pretty much limped down the stairs...bad back.  Trying to work out my kinks and move as fast as I could for a person in my condition.  I get the back door open and out he goes.

I gave him his morning dose of his meds...it makes his life easier until he goes back to the vet to figure out what is going on with him.  We have been through antibiotics with him, thinking it may have been something bacterial.  Nope, that didn't work, I think he has a serious allergy to cedar because when it has been high around here, his coughing with the meds has been worse.  I know how he feels. 

I am starting to think he is asthmatic in his old age.  He is 13 years old.  His heart is strong but, he has skin allergies, and we have him on a special dog food that has no grains.  He can't even get near rice, he tries to tear his skin off, he itches so badly. 

My vet has let me know that since he has gotten older, he is more susceptible to having severe allergies.  It is all part of having a geriatric dog.  I have two geriatric doggies.  They are the best and both of them were shelter rescues.  They make the best dogs in the whole wide world.  They are very sweet and protective.  The third dog is a pure bred Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  He is a brat!  We should have named him, Mr. Happy since he is the happiest dog I have ever seen.  He constantly smiles.  Would I get another one?  Yes, I would.  He is the runt of his litter and there is no way that he will ever be under 30 pounds. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Finished Socks! Yippee!

I finally have something to write about, I finished another pair of socks.  Yay!  This pair is the Melinda sock and I have another pair to knit for my SIL, Kim.  I even had to dye the yarn for her socks and I have been waiting for the yarn to dry. 

Am I sitting around doing nothing?  No way!  Since I knit every single day, I have a project that I am working on.  Maribeth, my niece needs a new pair of mittens, she lost one of hers and since she is now 10, time flies...she needs a bigger pair.  She informed me that she loves gold with purple, now.  Okay, that solved that problem.  I am knitting her a pair of gold with purple Selbu style mittens. It was requested by my sister.  I had picked out a gorgeous lace mitten pattern to use and since the request was made, they will be made for someone else. 




Bear with my pictures of the finished socks, no idea what my camera was doing since the hubby has borrowed it several times to take pictures of his pens.  He is turning pens on his lathe and does a beautiful job. 
  Go check out his shop on ETSY.

So, as I am waiting for sock yarn to dry, I am working on knitting the Selbu style mittens for my niece.  I decided to go ahead and make them bigger so, she can use them longer.  I am making a women's medium for her.  They fit my hand tight so, I am hoping her little hand will have room to grow in them.  When she grows out of this pair or wears them out then hopefully, by then, her mom can learn to knit in the round.  Hint, hint, hint! 
  I will be knitting Lipstick socks when I finish the mittens and those will be on their way to my SIL.  She offered to pay for the socks, nope, not going to charge her for them.  Anyone else, yes, but they do so much for us that we can go ahead and forget payment. 
  What are my plans after my current projects are done?  I have charity knitting to work on. Hats, scarves and mittens for the kids.
  Gary and I are doing a craft fair in April and he is selling his pens, I am selling my jewelry.  Yep, finally decided to go ahead and try and sell my necklaces, bracelets and anklets.  The yarn is staying home. 
  I have yarn to paint as soon as I can get back on my feet, I threw my back out yesterday and walking is a challenge today.  I am hoping tomorrow will be better since I need to clean my home up.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Socks in the Works!

Yesterday, I cast on for another pair of socks.  I have a very large family and we all have very cold feet.  So, I had promised my sister, Melinda a pair of socks.  I am currently working on the leg portion of those socks.  They are cruising along at a good pace.  At this point, I can knit socks in my sleep. 

This is the start of my sock.  I chose to dye the yarn for this pair.  It is a merino wool sock yarn.  I am calling it blackberry.  It is a nice color.  The pattern is named after my sister, Melinda.  So, this is the Melinda sock. 

I have more than this completed right now, it is moving quickly.  I can't wait to get to the heel flap and heel turn, then it should really move.  This is another lace pattern.  I am knitting this sock on US 3's. 

After I finish this pair, I have another pair to knit.  My sister in law, Kim wants a pair of socks to keep her feet warm at work.  So, I ordered in some Elann Peruvian Highland wool in worsted weight in chocolate truffle.  She wants a lace pattern, the lipstick sock pattern but, I know she won't be happy with the holes in the sock with her current cold foot issues.  So, I am going to knit her a pair of the worsted weight wool socks and then if she really wants a fashionable lace pair, I will custom dye her some wool in sock weight to knit her a pair.  She really needs the warmth factor right now and I can really move on a pair of wool socks in worsted weight. 

I knit the hubby a pair a couple of years ago and he saves them for really cold days and wears them only at his desk. 

This one is a fun knit.  It really doesn't offer much in the way of a challenge unless you are a novice knitter.  My preferred method of sock knitting, two circs and one at a time.  I love knitting each sock as one, it takes the fun out of it, to do two socks at once, then it becomes something other than a joyful experience.  I know this way, that my socks are well appreciated and well loved not to mention, I can take my time.  I tried the two at one time method and it made me crazy.  I don't need any more crazy in my life, I have enough of it. 

As much as I love hand painted yarns, they unfortunately do not show the lace patterns all that well.  If you are painting your sock yarn, please be aware, that you will need to do a tone on tone painting.  Meaning...if you paint your sock yarn pink, then use several shades of pink.  It does work out well with lace patterns.  Any drastic colors really don't show up with lace.  One of my sock yarns I paint, Witch Hazel Flies by the Seat of her Pants is a great example.  I have stressed this more than once to each and every person who requests it.  Lace will not work with it.  A heavier pattern must be used for the sock yarn to show off the pattern.  I recommend the circle socks for it.  It can be found on Ravelry.  It is a fun knit. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lipstick Socks, Completed!





I finished the socks yesterday and proceeded to block the last one.  This is the end result.  Lipstick socks for my niece, Anita.  It was an easy knit, loved every minute of it. 

I was playing with the hubby's light box with this one and I was trying to find the best place to shine the light to get the best results.  I love the shadows of the bottom picture.  It really shows off the pattern to the best advantage. 

This sock is merino/silk.  I hand dyed the yarn and the pattern does not show up with a painted yarn.  I tried it out and nope, it will not work. 

I have had several requests from family members for this sock to be knit for them.  I will be knitting this one for forever.  It turned out really well.  I haven't written down the pattern, yet. 

This is one sexy sock.  I even told my niece, she will have a pair of originals, hers were the first pair off of this pattern.  She has the test socks.  I plan on dyeing more yarn in solids for this pattern.