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.

A few rather plain pictures

I may have started a couple more baby blankets. I wanted to jump up and take pictures of the blankets, but being the only person in the house that can see spots and crumbs on the kitchen table, I had to clean up a bit first.

I remember the days when I’d have a cat that would come in photobomb a blanket picture like this, but sadly those days are behind me and likely to remain behind me for some time.  I had finally gotten up the nerve to think about going check out a local shelter to see if a cat there would accept me. A small conversation was had and I was debated right back down to staying petless for a while longer. I’ve never been with a pet before, it’s uncomfortable. So, the pictures are plain. Just small starts of baby blanket, sans cat. At least the colors are lovely and the table is clean.

 

I was amused that one of the skeins of yarn had it’s little tail sticking out all ready for me to start.

 

Every person who needs to reach up high to hook things into a computer should have a makeup mirror, don’t you think?

 

 

Color changing acrylic wagon ride

We survived 4th of July. I love fireworks when I don’t have to get up in the morning and don’t have a pet that freaks out. The show was impressive but with every single block in the valley shooting off some really expensive sounding fireworks, the place sounded like a war zone.  This helped:

I’m doing a little Tour de Fleece on Ravelry.  Work has been so busy and I’ve been so tired that I haven’t gotten to spin or knit as much as I would like.

Everyone has jumped on the self striping acrylic bandwagon.  First I ran across Caron Cakes and I thought that was neat even though the yarn itself wasn’t soft like Caron Simply Soft. Fun colors.

Then came something from JoAnns that I may have purchased a few of because the colorway was called Butterscotch.

Again, the yarn isn’t amazing, but like the Caron Cakes, it’s a step up from RHSS and the colors are fun.  What an easy way to whack out a granny square blanket and not have to change colors! The other day I learned about Bernat Pop, Caron Baby Cakes, and Lion Brand Mandala.

I haven’t found Bernat Pop in the store yet, but you can be sure I’ll grab some when I do because I just won’t be able to help myself.

I was helpless to resist Mandala at WalMart because it was just so soft and the Unicorn colorway was the tiniest bit sparkly. Sparkly. Unicorn.  I’ve started this little blanket with it and I can’t wait to see how the pattern looks with color changing yarn.