"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

6/8/16

Grand Central at the Parkarosa

It was Grand Central station at the Parkarosa on Monday. Starting just around 8:30 am, trucks started showing up at our house with materials for building our garage/shop. The came and went all day long. It was very exciting.

The first truck had the roof trusses on a trailer. I was wondering how he was going to get those trusses off the trailer, since he was all by himself. He backed the trailer into the place where he wanted to put them, jumped out and removed the straps holding them on. Then he got back in the truck, moved forward a bit, then backed up, accelerating as he did so. The trusses were sitting on metal rollers. He slammed on the brakes and the trusses just rolled right off.  I stood there thinking "Well, I'll be darned!"



A little bit after he left, another truck showed up loaded down with bags of insulation and a fork truck. The driver used the fork truck to unload the bags and a few small boxes.



Later on a truck with a very long load parked on the side of the road out front. A fellow got out of his truck, unloaded a fork truck, and proceeded to dance down the driveway with a very long load. It was so long he couldn't just drive straight down the driveway with it, so he zig-zagged sideways down the driveway a little bit at a time until the space was finally wide enough to go forward. It was very entertaining to watch him. The load was sheets of steel siding and roofing.



Over the next couple hours or so guys in pickup trucks arrived to search for utility items underground and painted lines all over the place. Then, around 6 this truck appeared with the largest load of all.



He also had a fork truck hanging off the back of his truck which he used to unload it. This is what the front yard looked like yesterday morning. Piles of wood and building materials all over the place.



In the afternoon I went to knitting group in Rathdrum, and when I got home there were several new stacks that had been delivered while I was away. I wanna see workmen assembling all that stuff together into a building. We were told they would start Monday, but so far, no one has.

We got word yesterday that the lot line adjustment deed was approved and filed. We now officially own all the land that our house sits on, as well as our driveway. HOORAY!!! It is such a relief to have it done. I am no longer sleeping in the neighbors yard. Yay!

Last night our television died. It comes on, it has sound, but no picture. I think the LED's have croaked. I have made an appointment for a Sears repair person to come out on Friday to look at it. I hope the repair doesn't cost more than buying a new television. I am very fond of television. I usually have it on all day when I'm home for background noise, and of course we watch it for entertainment in the evening, or watch Netflix, or one of our huge DVD collection movies. I'm gonna miss it.

Speaking of repair people, I had one out last Friday because the toilet in the guest bathroom was malfunctioning. It would not stop running, and the valve for turning the water off started leaking. Sweet Hubby did not want to deal with it, so I called a plumber. Now I know it's true. Plumbers are expensive. But the toilet works properly. That's what's important.

The last three days have been unseasonably hot. Up in the 90's F. That is not normal for June. It's supposed to cool off as the week progresses. Today it's thundering out there, and raining at the moment. It's also very dark.

I finished knitting the cardigan for Layette set 12 yesterday, and cast on for the hat. I think I will knit today, all day, except for the assorted housewifely chores I need to get done. I haven't had a day of knitting in awhile. I might even go out and sit under the umbrella in the rain. It's very warm out there even with the rain.

Live long and prosper. \\//







6/3/16

Layette Set #11 for KnitWits

I've finished Layette set number 11. I wasn't real sure about using this weird shade of green, but I really like it now that it's done.



The blanket.



Pattern: Scallop edging from Lots of Knots blog

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pacific
Content: 60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool, Worsted weight
Color: 11 Celery (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Lemon

Yarn: Red Heart With Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Peacock

Hook: Size H

Started: May 19, 2016
Finished: May 29, 2016
Close up of edging.



The cardigan.



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea
Size: 6 months

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pacific
Content: 60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool, Worsted weight
Color: 11 Celery (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Lemon

Yarn: Red Heart With Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Peacock

Needle size: Size 6 and 8

Started: April 26, 2016
Finished: May 10, 2016

The hat.



Pattern: Jacky's Hat by Courtney Kelley
Size: 3-9 months

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pacific
Content: 60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool, Worsted weight
Color: 11 Celery (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Lemon

Yarn: Red Heart With Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Peacock

Needles: Circular size 8

Started: May 10, 2016
Finished: May 12, 2016

The booties.



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss
Size: 6 months
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pacific
Content: 60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool, Worsted weight
Color: 11 Celery (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Lemon

Yarn: Red Heart With Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Peacock

Needles: Circular size 8

Started: May 16, 2016
Finished: May 19, 2016

So, it's been awhile since my last post. May was a highly stressful month and I did not feel like blogging at all. Getting the lot line adjustment for our property was a difficult task. Way more difficult than it should have been, but last Friday the papers were finally signed. Now we wait for the county to approve it, and the building permits to be issued. The builders are scheduled to deliver the building materials on Monday. I am relieved to finally be moving forward on this, and I'm looking forward to watching the whole building process for this garage/shop.

Besides the above layette set, I've finished a few Ellowyne outfits for my Etsy shop. I need to make the time to photograph them and get them in the shop. I'm having a hard time with motivation.

Weather-wise, we had quite a bit of rain last week, but now the sun has returned and predictions are for temps in the 90's in the next couple days. 90 is rather warm for June. I'm glad we have our air conditioning.

Mollie is doing fine. We took her on a little road trip on Mothers Day to Moscow, Idaho to visit Ruth. (If you'll remember, she went back to school and is now attending the University of Idaho.)



Mollie traveled fairly well, though she barked so much at everything we ended up stopping at a store so I could purchase a spray bottle, which I filled with water. Every time she barked, I squirt her. Eventually she got the message and stopped barking so much.

I had a very nice Mothers Day. The weather was gorgeous. We took Ruth out to lunch, and then we walked through the University's arboretum which was filled with beautiful blooming trees, and lilacs. The air smelled so good. I'd been wanting to see the arboretum for quite some time. I'm glad I finally got to do it.

After that we headed home. We took a scenic route, rather than hwy 95, that went through fields and pastures loaded with wild flowers. Some of the fields had so many Delphiniums they looked blue. I enjoyed the drive very much.

Ruth has been home the last 2 weeks. School is done for the summer. She did well for her first semester back at school. She made the deans list! I am so very proud of her. She's enjoying school too, which I'm glad to hear. She's majoring in Computer Science.

We have a broken toilet. It croaked yesterday. I'm calling a plumber for the first time ever because Doug doesn't want to deal with it. A seal needs to be replaced, and the valve that turns the water on and off is now leaking. Said plumber will be here in about an hour. I better get dressed. I'm still in my jammies.

Almost forgot, Layette set number 12 is underway.

Live long and prosper. \\//

4/28/16

Layette Set #10 for Knitwits

Another layette set finished.



The blanket.



Pattern: Scallop edging from Lots of Knots blog

Yarn
: Ella Rae Amity Print
Content: 75% Wool/25% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 220

Yarn: Montgomery Wards Acrylic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Orange

Hook: Size H

Started: April 25, 2016
Finished: April 25, 2016

The cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea
Size: 6-12 months

Yarn
: Ella Rae Amity Print
Content: 75% Wool/25% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 220

Yarn: Montgomery Wards Acrylic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Orange

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: March 30, 2016
Finished: April 15, 2016

The hat.



PatternJacky's Hat by Courtney Kelley
Size: 3-9 months

Yarn
: Ella Rae Amity Print
Content: 75% Wool/25% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 220

Yarn: Montgomery Wards Acrylic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Orange

Needles: Circular size 6 and 7

Started: April 13, 2016
Finished: April 14, 2016

Comments: I decided to try something different for the hat this time. I really like this pattern. It's well written and works up very fast. I did make one change. The cuff/ear-flaps are seed stitch in the pattern. I did garter stitch to better match the rest of the set.

The booties.



PatternJacky's Hat by Courtney Kelley
Size: 6-9 months

Yarn
: Ella Rae Amity Print
Content: 75% Wool/25% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 220

Yarn: Montgomery Wards Acrylic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Orange

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: April 21, 2016
Finished: April 24, 2016

Comments: I used a larger size needle for the main part of the booties. I like it much better. Thy booties are just a little bit larger, but not so much they don't fit within the measurements required for this size.



I am very pleased with my workmanship on this set. I'm thinking about entering it in the fair this year.



I have started Layette set #11.



Live long and prosper. \\//

4/27/16

Mini Angora Sweaters

I got my first doll clothing custom order early last week. A gal ordered 4 of my Ellowyne Wilde sweaters with the ruffled collar. She wanted Angora (rabbit), which is unavailable at the weight I would need right now in the U.S. but she found some discontinued yarn at her local yarn shop and bought three colors. She really wanted a white one but that color was not available, so she settled for Mohair, which comes from Angora goats, so technically, it is Angora. Anyway, I got them done and shipped to her. I've taken pics for my own purpose which I post here.



The pink one. These were made with Rowan Angora Haze, which is a fingering weight yarn. As Angora goes, it's very nice yarn.



This one is lavender. It's a shame Angora Haze has been discontinued cuz it makes for lovely doll sweaters. Rabbit Angora sheds a lot when knitting with it though. My clothes would just be covered in hair even just after 10 minutes of knitting with it.



This one is Beige. I used a size 3 needle to knit all of these. I'm not getting into anymore detail cuz I sell these. One thing I have learned is I definitely am not charging enough for my doll outfits. A change is forth coming.



This last one is made using Cascade Yarns Kid Seta which is a lace weight Mohair/Silk/Wool blend. I like this yarn a lot. I hope they don't discontinue it for a long time.



This is not the only finished knitting I've got. I will present another finished project in my next post.

So, you may be wondering how the progress on our garage/shop building is going. It's not. The guys got done preparing the site complete with crushed gravel pounded down to resemble concrete, and then everything came to a complete stop. Why? Because it was discovered that part of said garage was going to be built on the other side of our property line. In fact, our house is 1/3 over our property line. My bedroom is on the property next door. AAAAAARRRGGGH!

Fortunately, we are part owners of the next door. My husband and his siblings own it jointly in a corporation they formed many years ago for reasons I don't want to go into. So, the solution most have agreed to is a like kind property exchange. When my husband was young ,his father gave him 10 acres which is the property we live on. Adjacent to us is a 5 acre triangle piece that is owned by the family. We will exchange 5 of our 10 acres for that 5 acre triangle and that will solve our problem. Unfortunately, this takes time, and money. So no building going on, and now the garage is going to cost a few thousand more. I am not happy about this, but oh well. We start with a property survey. The surveyors were out Monday to figure out exactly where the property lines are. Then there will be a title search. Then paperwork to fill out and file, and hopefully the county will accept the exchange. I am taking comfort in the fact that everyone we've had to deal with so far about this has told me that it happens often and it shouldn't be a problem.

The Parkarosa--never a dull moment.

Live long and prosper. \\//

4/22/16

Ellowyne Hats

I have produced some hats for Ellowyne dolls to go with outfits I've made to sell in my Etsy shop. These first three I made last Christmas, with intent to sell Christmas themed outfits, but life got too busy so that plan never got finished, so I have 'remodelled' them for current outfits about to go in the shop.



This hat is made of wool. I used scraps of fabric from the skirt it will go with to make the embellishment. I  think I need to tighten up that ribbon a bit. It seems to be a little loose.






This hat was made with a Lionbrand yarn that has a silver thread running through it. Again, I used scraps of fabric so it matches the skirt it will go with.



The next hat is made with a cotton/acrylic blend.



The outfit this hat will go with has a skirt made of purple fabric with sparkly gold in it.



These next two hats are newly knit. I decided to try Knitpicks Cotlin DK, which is a cotton and linen blend. It comes in lots of scrumptious colors.



I like it very much. It's nice to work with and looks great in a hat. It also takes spray starch well, which is good because I spray starch the hats to give them just a tiny bit of stiffness.



I gave myself a class in making pretty bows (I love the internet) and went on a shopping trip for ribbon.



Of all of these hats, this one is my favorite.



Live long and prosper. \\//

4/21/16

More Luna

Luna and I went on a little shopping spree and got her some new clothes. Here's pics.

This first one is a dress I asked me sister Jodie, of Jodiecreations, to make for us. She makes clothes for Kaye Wiggs dolls and they just happen to fit Luna perfectly.



This next one I got from Martha Boers of Antique Lilac. Martha sews costumes for dolls that are unbelievable in detail and workmanship. I consider us quite lucky that we were able to purchase this dress from her.



The hair bows were included.



These last two outfits were purchased from Fantasy Frocks Designs on Etsy.



 I love the bonnet in this blue outfit.



There is no way we could see this purple outfit and not want it. It has a pair of pantaloons, but they don't show in the pic.



Close up of hat.



She is a well dressed little girl. I need to get knitting for her. I'm just about finished with the doll sweater custom order. I think I'll work something up for Luna after that.

Live long and prosper. \\//

4/20/16

It's Begun

Life has been rather hectic around here lately. Mostly with getting ready for the construction of our new garage building. Last weekend we moved the building we call the shop cuz that's what it is. Sweet Hubby's little work shop. He and his brother moved it with their two tractors.



Doug pulled and Dan pushed. It was not easy to move, but they managed it. They wanted to turn it so the door faced the house after this but it couldn't be done without serious damage. So it's been left where it is. We also had to take down quite a few trees and whatnot. We had to have it done by Monday for certain cuz Tuesday the guys doing the prep work of the ground were scheduled to come. This is how it looked after we got both buildings out of the way, and the trees taken down. The front steps to the house are on the right.



Tuesday the excavators showed up on time and got to work.



They removed the top soil and leveled the ground. Today they are returning to lay gravel on the area.

Molly is having a bit of difficulty dealing with the chaos, but I'm using it as a training opportunity. I really am so happy with this dog, despite her problems. She is responding to training so very well. A week ago I couldn't go out any door without her trying to bolt out it. Within just a couple days she learned to stay back and sit until I go out the door. No more bolting. And the staying! I've never had a dog learn to stay as quickly as she has. She is so very smart.

She has an excessive barking problem, which I knew when I took her home. I did some research on the internet and learned how to teach her to stop that. I started two days ago. She's already improved quite a bit. Having men coming and going while they work on the garage is providing a wonderful opportunity to help her learn to not bark uncontrollably any more.

One thing Mollie has that had me completely overwhelmed for a few days is what is called leash aggression. She hates being on the leash. She can get very frustrated with it, especially if she wants to take off, and starts barking and growling like she's gonna attack. I've learned how to deal with it, though. I've been putting her in situations where she'll get that way and teaching her to calm down. I think we'll have this licked in no time. She's responding very well to the training.

Speaking of training, you may be wondering how the dog obedience class went. Well, it didn't. We got kicked out before class even got started. Mollie was fine with the other dogs, and the people, but she did not want to be on the leash, got frustrated, and threw quite a fit about it-getting very loud and was lunging trying to get off. We were unceremoniously rejected.

Actually, the trainer was extremely rude about it. She totally humiliated me in front of everyone. Without any warning she appeared shouting at me "NO! Not happening!", grabbed Mollies leash and dragged us outside. She then demanded to know if Mollie had ever been around humans. Of course she has. She loves people. She said my dog was too aggressive and can not take the class. I said "But that's why we're here! She needs training." She them demanded "Where did you get her?" I explained I got her from the humane society. She then asked me if I could still take the dog back. That's when I started to get angry. She saw Mollie all of 30 seconds and had the gall to say that to me! She offered me private lessons at $115 a pop. I went home in a rage.

After some discussion, we've decided to learn how to deal with Mollie's issued ourselves. I've been reading and watching videos on the internet, and I've bought a book and a dvd that should teach me a lot. I've already learned a lot as it is. Dogs are quite remarkable creatures.



Last Saturday the family had a little party at my nieces house. We took Mollie with us to introduce her to everyone. She did fairly well. Still exhibited some leash aggression and barked way too much. But she loved everyone and enjoyed the attention. She got along with my nieces old Labrador, Gracie, wonderfully.

While all this training is happening, Mollie has bonded to me. I realized it a week or so ago when I woke up in the middle of the night to find her head on my chest. She was sound asleep. I started crying with joy. I love this girl so much.

I have been knitting quite a bit. I've got the layette cardigan and hat knit, but not blocked yet. I put the project aside for a few days cuz I got an order for 4 doll sweaters.



The customer supplied 3 skeins of Angora yarn and I used my own mohair for the white one. It's been years since I've knit with Angora. I'd forgotten how much it sheds. I am very excited about this order. I'm starting to get a good reputation among the doll people. I will finish up the sweaters today.

The weather has been awesome the last few days. Sunshine and warmth. It actually got up to 81F degrees here yesterday, in April! All the flowering trees are in bloom in the area. My flowering plum blossoms opened up yesterday and the air smells so wonderful. I shall be doing some deck knitting today.

Live long and prosper. \\//