A tale of several grannys

While I was on vacation in Texas, I ran across this yarn. It was so brightly colored that it made me happy just by looking at it. I thought it would be perfect to make a granny square blanket. It was only Red Heart but the cheerful colors were just what I needed to boost my crafting mojo.

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I made a few of these squares and thought I would add some rounds of solid colors. The whole crafting plan slowed to a crawl. I made square after square and couldn’t seem to find the look that I wanted.

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I really want a traditional looking granny square blanket with bright colors. The blankets I like have squares with only one row for each color. I kept shying away from that because I didn’t want to weave in a lot of ends.

It still wasn’t doing anything for me.

I finally sucked it up, made the squares with only one row of color and I think I have finally arrived at the look that I want.  These will either be edged with white or black.

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Another blanket or two

I finished a baby blanket.  It’s been handed over to the new mother to be so I can post about it here.

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A simple granny square made with Caron Simply Soft. This is the first baby blanket that I’ve made with bright colors.  Before they’ve always been traditional baby colors.  I love how it turned out, the yarn is very soft. I have to say though, that I didn’t care much for the yarn while I was crocheting with it.  It untwists horribly while crocheting.  I have enough yarn left to make another blanket if I change the order of the colors.

I’m making another blanket now with Lion Brand Baby Soft and in comparison, it’s heavenly to work with. No untwisting at all and it’s an S twist just like the Caron. This colorway is Circus Print.

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I also finished another blanket made from Red Heart Baby Econo, a yarn that is sadly no longer made. It is also easy to crochet with. They have a similar one now but this particular colorway Rock A Bye, is out of production. It is one of my favorite colorways of this yarn, so this blanket goes into my Future Grandbaby stash. The yarn isn’t soft right out of the skein, but it softens up just fine after a few washes.

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So, this happened

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I’m going to fix this myself. I figured if a guy could do it, and it didn’t involve procreation, I could do it, too.  Hubby wanted to call a guy and I almost did. But then I started watching some youtube videos and it honestly didn’t look that hard. I’d already started some of the demo when this picture was taken.  It was really quite disgusting under there. All of the bottles and containers, cleaning products mostly, were spattered and there was slime!

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More demo done, but the leak was still present, made worse by the dishwasher installation.  Oh yeah, I have a new dishwasher! Squee.  It didn’t fit like the old one did so the install guys left (I said it was okay, no disrespect meant to the Home Depot folks) after giving me a couple of options.

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Almost all of the demolition is done, I’m just waiting to make sure everything is nice and dry and that the fixed leak (thanks Honey) stays fixed.

I bought a few supplies.  #whoneedsatruck

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So, I’m sure I shall be invoking the anger of the Universe by asking:

How hard could it be?

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The new dishwasher looks lovely and seems to work well enough.

Nine row repeats

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This is after nine row repeats, so 144 rows. I like how this picture shows off the leaf pattern. I also like how it’s finally gotten to the point where I can kinda tell what comes next by looking at the row before.  My knitting friends call this “reading my knitting”.

Good thing I like to read.

Knitting is a mystery

Can someone explain to me why I can take this easy little chart

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out of a cuff down sock pattern, drop it into a toe up sock pattern, use another pattern for various bits with relative ease. Btw, I’m not good at socks.

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And yet a simple shawl with this easy little chart (Fall Leaves Shawl, Spin Off Magazine)

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with no other modifications has taken me down a three year trail of painful woe, frustration, and heartache?

Even though I’ve just finished the 7th 16 row repeat, I don’t dare say it’s going well. But I can safely say that I like how it looks.

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Can’t I?

Dear Keeper of the Knitting Mysteries, may I?

Happy Hatchday, Joshie

It used to be all fun and games


Turning 18 isn’t all you thought it would be?


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Maybe next year will be better.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful son. I love and miss you.

And again

Why yes, yes I am fixing something on that damn shawl again.

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It’s a really good thing I love my mother or I would have made a bonfire, tossed the thing in, and danced around it.

Who needs a truck – part 2

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Seriously, it always makes me giggle when we do this.

Who gets Startitis 5 days before Christmas?

Why does Startitis have to strike just a few days before Christmas when I already have a pile of crafting to get finished and I’m flat on my back with the worst series of sinus headaches I’ve ever had in my life?


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But seriously, who could resist these colors?   Not me.

These are Regia Fluoromania in Neon Rainbow that I ordered from Amazon and Opal Shafpate in orange/black/gray that I got from Dizzy Sheep.

While in Texas

We found interesting ways to watch paint dry.


We had a lovely Thanksgiving, except for the part where Chynna was sick.And the part where I was sick the next day.


We played video games.


We photographed the dog


and the nephews

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and decorated cookies

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and gave my sister’s cat somewhere to sit.

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It was a good trip.