Wedding shawl

I did it. Despite having to decipher different and conflicting translations of the pattern and some vague instructions, I did it. Watching the youtube videos helped immensely along with my previous knowledge of crochet. I need to remember to put my notes into my project.

Just looking at it causes me to choke up a little. Tonight we had the rehearsal for Danica’s wedding and I had the tears down pat. It’s all going to so beautiful and so very Danica.

It’s not traditional but still so very wonderful. My daughter is going to be wearing something that I made and I’m so humbled by that thought.

New things

I was so heartbroken when I lost Keaton back in March. I knew I would eventually get another cat, one always seemed to find me. I waited and waited and no strays waltzed into my life. This is odd. I have always, and I mean always had cats. Before now the longest I’d been without one was from the time I moved to Utah to a couple of months after I got married. There was always someone with free kittens within easy reach, or a stray found behind a dumpster at someone’s work, or a cat wandering on to the property but it’s been months.

I finally decided it was time to go looking and where better to look than at the local shelter. I had put off going because I knew I was going to be a mess because I couldn’t take them all home. While I was looking over the pictures on their website I came across a calico described as shy and who had been given the name Danica.

I had to go look. I screwed up my courage. I skipped the mascara. I grabbed the tissues and went.

This is what I found:

Oops, she’s cuddled up with a friend. They didn’t come into the shelter together but made friends while there. This is okay, two adult cats, I’m not opposed to having two cats and they’re already friends.

I went out to fill out the paperwork to find that the formerly empty display cages in the reception area were suddenly filled with several tiny, fluffy kittens.

Well played, animal shelter, well played.

WIP it, WIP it good

I need to manage my WIPs.  I wonder if buying some fancy project bags would help. I keep finding really neat looking ones. I have a few cute bags, like my Nantucket Bag, and my Art Bin tote, but most are clear mesh bags or zip locks bags.

I have three little cases that hold my knitting paraphernalia. Accessories? Notions?  I think that’s the word I was looking for. I need to manage those, too. The notions get scattered and start to collect in the bottom of my knitting bag, my purse, and on the surface of every table I sit next to while I knit. Every so often I dump all of the things out of all of the bags, gather the rest up from their hiding places, and sort them back into their bags.

I’ll get right on those WIPs, after I start a new thing or two.

I might give myself permission to frog a granny square blanket WIP to make a knitted pattern. How crazy would that be? How on earth do I choose from all the ones I want to make?

 

Little things coming off the needles

These are the little things coming off my needles. I decided that I wanted to make a Halloween wreath. I don’t have the resources right now to go out and purchase the materials to make the one I want. The one I want to make involves purchasing a lot of ribbon.  Maybe after Halloween, I’ll start gathering clearance ribbon.

I do, however, have this fabulous orange wreath that Janalee made for me for my 50th birthday.  It’s so amazingly orange, I love it, and I’ve wanted to dress it up for Halloween ever since I got it. This year, I’m doing it. I’ve made a little ghost for it.

I also want to make a T.A.R.D.I.S. blanket. I looked at several patterns but nothing was quite what I wanted. I didn’t want one big T.A.R.D.I.S., I wanted a blanket of T.A.R.D.I.S. squares. I fiddled a bit and made up something that I liked.

I decided to not continue the rounds to make the top and bottom edges and the light on top. It will be obvious what this thing is without them. For my next one, I will just single crochet around the edges and use less stitches to keep the edge from rippling.

I’m also back to making the watch caps, I may or may not push myself really hard to get it finished this month for an HPKCHC.

As long as I get Danica’s shawl finished on time 😉 

 

 

Stitch Markers

While I was sorting through my accessories, I found a string of beads I purchased at an LYS that was going out of business.  They are little ceramic animals.  Chynna looked at them and determined they were Chinese zodiac animals.  Indeed, that’s what they turned out to be. I turned them into stitch markers.

While I was at it, I made a few more Halloween stitch markers

Update:  I had a very good question from the lovely Shev: How do you remove stitch markers after you’re through with them? Aren’t they stitched into the pattern?

In knitting, stitch markers aren’t fixed to the work, they slide across the needle between stitches.

When you crochet, you need different stitch markers because you don’t have “live” stitches, the kind that unravel when you knit.

This kind of marker has an opening and is made to slide out of the work without snagging the yarn.

Halloween decorations and 1900 house

I feel it’s never to early to start planning for Halloween decorations and the minute I found candy corn in the store I bought some.

Find a decoration. I liked this black stick arrangement.

Place in large jar or vase.

Fill with candy corn.

I discovered this in my basement the other day.

I shut off the water to the tanks, eventually remembered to turn off the heater, and took a couple of days to decide on what to do.  The temporary tank will be installed on Monday and a week later a new tankless system will be installed.

Until then, it’s cold showers and heating water on the stove to have warm water to do dishes. I’d feel little more like 1900 House if I weren’t heating it in a microwave.

Gulf Coast Flooding

I’m happy to report that all I hold dear are okay.  Having been glued to the news for the past few days, I am well aware of how fortunate they are. I’m very sad that not everyone can say that. The results of Harvey were devastating. The Gulf Coast took such a beating and it’s still not over. My thoughts are with all those down there that have a long road to recovery and a lot of clean up ahead of them.  The people affected have no need of my knitting so, I’ve taken the time to donate to a charity or two aimed at helping the good folk down there and urge you all to do the same. There are several to choose from.

https://www.lds.org/church/news/7-ways-you-can-help-with-hurricane-harvey-relief?lang=eng&_r=1

https://ldsp-pay.ldschurch.org/donations/lds-church/humanitarian-services/humanitarian-aid-fund.html?cde2=796&cid=LDSP-homepage-humanitarian-relief

https://www.justserve.org/

 

Prayers for Houston

So many areas I’m familiar with are in trouble. So, far, my family is safe but there are friends and acquaintances down there who are seriously considering evacuating.  My prayers are with all of you.

 

I’m not a crochet novice

So, this should be easy, right?

Right?

After years of only making granny squares, I’m about to start something a little more complicated. With black yarn, bad eyesight, and a small hook.  What could go wrong?

It’s going to be a journey. Or a descent into madness.