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

7/14/16

A Quick WIP Post

Just a quick WIP post. I've been working on the cardigan for layette set #14.



I love these 3 colors together. The green is actually brighter and greener than the pic shows.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. I got to spend about an hour and a half out on my deck enjoying it while knitting and listening to music. It was a very pleasant time. I had Mollie out with me.



The garage almost got started yesterday. It was supposed to start, but it didn't. The builder showed up around 9:30 in the morning. I was just about to leave. I had  to take my husbands pickup truck into Post Falls to the DMV office to get a State Park sticker (for an upcoming camping trip). I talked to him, then left.

Our builders name is Andy. He introduced himself and told me he was going to start digging holes. The roof trusses are sitting right where he needs to start digging. So he said he'd call and get a forklift brought out to move them. I left after that.

Daughter said that after I left, he talked on the phone quite a bit, and then he left. When I got home they were just delivering a couple pieces of equipment, including a forklift. I didn't see the builder again. He called Doug and told him he'd be here today. This is starting to get annoying.

I'm going to Yarnies this morning whether he's here or not. I need to get away and be with friends for a bit.

Live long and prosper. \\//

7/12/16

Layette Set #13

Yes, another one is done. I am having a fun time making these, which is odd because I don't usually like knitting the same thing over and over again. But I think changing colors with each outfit is somehow making it not boring. Anyway, this is the last of the polka dot fleece. I present set number 13.



The cardigan.



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

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 1 White

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Jockey Red

Needle size: Size 6 and 8

Started: June 20, 2016
Finished: July 3, 2016

Comments: Yes, the red is that bright! My camera had some trouble photographing it. Little ones love bright colors. I also did something new with this one. I crocheted the button, and I like it.



The hat.



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

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 1 White

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Jockey Red

Needle size: Size 8

Started: July 4, 2016
Finished: July 5, 2016

The booties.



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss
Size: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 1 White

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Jockey Red

Needle size: Size 8

Started: July 6, 2016
Finished: July 7, 2016

The blanket.



Pattern: Scallop edging from Lots of Knots blog

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 1 White

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Jockey Red

Hook: Size H

Started: July 5, 2016
Completed: July 6, 2016

Detail photo of edging.



All in all, I'm happy with it.



I am out of fabric pieces cut to size with the holes pierced. So I will be digging some more out of the closet and getting it ready. In the meantime, I've chosen the yarns for the next set and will be casting on the cardigan today. I'm trying to decide if I want to go with the same pattern, or try something new. Decisions, decisions.

Update on the garage: Well, things happened yesterday. Both a step forward, and a step back. I'll start with the bad news first so I can end this blog post on a positive note. We received a letter from the county informing us that there are errors regarding the property description in the paperwork we filed for the lot line adjustment. They enclosed a copy of the page with the errors on it with the errors marked. Well, I have 3 copies of that document stored away so I dug one out. It turns out that the page they sent us does not match the page that was supposed to have been sent to them. The one we signed is correct. We think the surveyor may have made some changes after we gave the document to him to file (after we had it signed and notarized). Needless to say, I am furious! We have to refile, which costs money, not to mention the hassle of getting things straightened out. At least it won't affect our building permit which has been approved.

Now, for the good news. Yesterday this was delivered.



It's a Bobcat with a very large post hole digger. They are going to start building Wednesday. The first thing they are going to do is dig holes for the posts, thus, the above machinery. Then the holes have to be inspected by an official hole inspector. I did not know there was such a thing. I hope that goes well. After that inspection, assuming they pass it, the building will go up. I'm told it will go surprisingly fast. We'll see. Having this show up returned my faith that it will be built.

The weather this past week has been unseasonably cool and wet for July. I'm not complaining. It's been so nice. I even liked the rainy days. But it is rather odd for it to be in the 60's and 70's in July. Normally we bake in relentless heat and praise the fellow who invented air conditioning.

Live long and prosper. \\//


7/4/16

Happy Birthday To My Homeland









Our country has it's problems, but they can be overcome in time. I still think I live in the best place on earth.

Live long and prosper.\\//

7/3/16

Two Finished Projects Today

It's a busy summer, but I'm getting that knitting in. I've got two finished projects to share. Layette set #12 and a pair of mens size mittens, all for KnitWits. We'll start with the layette.

Layette Set #12



The cardigan




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

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Limelight

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

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

Needle size: Size 6 and 8

Started: May 24, 2016
Finished: June 7, 2016



The hat



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

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Limelight

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

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

Needle size: Size 8

Started: June 7, 2016
Finished: June 12, 2016

The booties.



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss
Size: 6 months

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Limelight

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

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

Needle size: Size 8

Started: June 14, 2016
Finished: June 16, 2016

The blanket.



Pattern: Scallop edging from Lots of Knots blog

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Limelight

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

Hook: Size H

Started: June 17, 2016
Finished: June 17, 2016

Close up of edging.



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Now, the mittens



Mens Mittens (for Knitwits #18)

Pattern: Little Brick Checks by me.
Size: Mens Large

Yarn: Berroco Vintage
Content: 52% Acrylic/40% Wool/8% Nylon, worsted weight
Color: Pumpkin

Needles: Circulars size 5.

Cast on: May 21, 2016
Completed: July 1, 2016



And that is that.

There has been no progress on our garage/shop. We have been waiting for the county to approve the building permits. It's a slow process that takes a long time as this is the busiest time of year for them. Rumor has it it's been approved, but we won't know for sure until later this week, probably after the July 4th holiday. I can't believe it's been well over 2 months since we signed the building contract and forked over large sums of money and no building is happening. Keeping my fingers crossed that this week it will start.

Live long and prosper. \\//

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. \\//