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


Finally In The Shop

I spent the weekend working on my Etsy shop, amongst other things. I finished up the following two outfits to fit Iplehouse JID dolls, photographed them, and entered them in the shop. I sure hope they sell.

Sierra is modeling them. I think she looks very elegant.

I plan to make some jewelry and hats to go with a few of the doll dresses I made last year (Or was it the year before?) and getting the dresses up on Etsy before the end of the month. Hopefully, I will start generating some sales. I kind of loathe knitting doll hats, but I feel the need to have them.

The weather warmed up over the weekend and today was glorious. I actually sat out on the deck and read a novel in the sunshine for awhile. It was so nice after the last 2 weeks of snow and cold. The sun was warm, and the air smelled nice. I think spring is finally coming. I was surrounded by piles of snow, but the sun was so warm it didn't matter. The snow is melting like crazy.

I gave the scarf to Jim yesterday and he loves it. I'm so glad. He probably won't get much use out of it now, but it'll be there for him next winter.

I finished the second sleeve of the entrelac cardigan. I need to block the pieces before I can continue with the knitting. I will try to get that done tomorrow morning before I go to Rathdrum Knitalong. Then I'll be all set for knitting the next step.

That's all for now. Live long and prosper. \\//


Damn, It's Pretty!

I have finished the man's scarf I've been working on.

PatternSimple Striped Scarf by Rosemary Drysdale

Size: 60 inches

Yarn: Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop
Content: 50% Bamboo, 50% Cotton, Sport weight
Colors: 112 Black, 120 Graphite

Needles: Circular size 5

Started: Februaru 25, 2018
Finished: March 8, 2018

Comments: This scarf turned out magnificent. I love it! It is in a book written by Rosemary Drysdale titled Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1. I made the scarf 6 inches wide rather than 8. I like it a little thinner. The pattern is super simple and easy to memorize, so it's great for portable knitting.

The yarn is very soft to the touch. It should feel good around the neck.

I'll be giving it to the recipient Sunday, I hope. Following are artsy fartsy pics of this lovely scarf.

Live long and prosper. \\//


WIP Wednesday February 28, 2018

Another WIP post. I needed to start a knitting project that would be easily portable. I decided to make a scarf for a male acquaintance. I bought some Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop in black and granite. I picked one of the scarf patterns from my new knitting book,  Seed Stitch Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1. I have been enjoying it so much. It's a 4 row stitch pattern easily memorized. It's knitting up fairly quickly despite the size 5 needles and thinner yarn.

I worked on the entrelac cardigan sleeve but didn't make much headway because I frogged it and started over. I've just gotten back to where I was before frogging. It's looking much better.

I worked on my Mini Star Trek a bit too. I have a good part of the Mudd's woman wearing the green dress stitched.

The pattern has a very different green. Almost a teal color, and I was going to use it, but then I thought I'd google a pic and found out her dress is more this limey color than what the pattern has.

The third lady is wearing a light purple dress too, whereas the pattern has her in blue. I'm using the purple.

I purchased a lap stand for doing my stitching this last week. It arrived today. It's a K's Creations Z stand with the Q-Snap compatible clamp.

It makes stitching a little easier because my hands are free from holding the frame. I used to sell a lot of them in my shop. I have no idea why I didn't bring one home.

The hot tub started leaking pretty badly again. I've put in some Leak Fixer and it's working. Two days and no leaks. Now I'm waiting for it to cure, which takes 3 days. I hope it works longer than it did the first time. I'm about ready to give up on this hot tub. It's pretty old. I think the acrylic is just giving out and cracking.

Sweet hubby had a job interview this morning with a company in Spokane, WA. He said he thinks it went well. I guess we'll find out for sure eventually. If he gets hired, we won't have to move. Job hunting is so hard.

Live long and prosper. \\//


WIP Wednesday February 21, 2018

Hello! It's WIP Wednesday again. It's also me and sweet hubby's 36th wedding anniversary.  I can't believe it's been 36 years. He's the best husband a woman could ask for and I'm super thankful he married me.

So, I was working on the Mini Star Trek doing the backstitch outline on the pink dress Mudd's lady and I thought to myself that things would look much better with more outlining than I've been doing. I've just been outlining the outside edges. That kind of looked weird on miss pink dress lady. So I outlined everything and she looked so much better. Then I spent the next couple hours doing the same thing to the whole project. Didn't take very long and it all looks so much better.

10 characters are done. 9 to go. I've started number 11, the green dress lady, with her arm. ('Scuse the shadows. The sun is shining.) Someone told me they didn't like this cuz it's "too cartoony". I said "Duh. That's what I love about it."

I put the shoulders together on the entrelac cardigan using the 3-needle bind off. Now I'm knitting the first sleeve.

This project has been so fun. I'm gonna be sad when it's done.

We got sunshine today. It's not warm though. Got down below zero last night, and it's only 16F right now (about 10 am). The whole week is going to be frigid.

I went out yesterday, when it was 13F, to sit in the hot tub and the leak has returned. The water level was just above the highest jet. Feeling disgusted, I sat in it anyway. The water was nice and hot. There's something about sitting in a tub full of hot water surrounded by tons of snow and ice that just makes the whole day good. It's very satisfying. I'm going to have to put some more Fix a Leak in the thing. Didn't expect it to do this.

Sweet hubby is still looking for a job. There is a possibility in the works, but I'm not going into details until it works out, if it works out. If it works out, life will be AWESOME. The important thing is, we've got hope now.

Speaking of job hunting, we learned something about it last week. Did you know that when you submit your resume to a company online that a human is not the first thing that looks at it? Nope. A computer does. Software searches for key words on your resume and if it doesn't find any of them your resume is bumped to the rejection pile. If it does find the words, the resume goes to the hiring department. We did not know that. Good grief things have changed since the last time we did any job hunting! Hubs is rewriting his resume.

Live long and prosper. \\//


Zoey Sweater #3

Finally got some pics of Zoey in her newest sweater.

Pattern: Dogosaurus Rex by Patons
Made For: Zoey

Size: Large

Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted Prints
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Carnivale

Yarn: S.R. Kertzer Northern Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color:  0813 Violet

Needles: Circular size 5 and 7

Started: January 18, 2018
Finished: February 6, 2018

Comment: I made some changes to the pattern. First of all, I knit it in the round which was a bit of a challenge when I got to the leg holes.

I also knit it in a garter rib pattern because I knew it would look great with this self striping yarn.

Of course, I customized it to Zoey's size.

She loves wearing her new sweater.

"Can I go play now?"

Live long and prosper. \\//


WIP Wednesday 2/14/2018

Happy Valentines day! 

I'm doing a WIP Wednesday post today. First we have the entrelac baby cardigan. I've finished the back and working on the left front. It's going very nicely.

I am at the place where I start decreasing for the neckline. It's the weirdest way of decreasing. Starting on the right side, you're supposed to knit across to the last 3 sts, then bind them off, cut the yarn, then retie it on and knit the next row. Why didn't they stop on a wrong side row and start with the bind off? It's kind of a stupid way of doing it, adding 2 unecessary ends to weave in. I'm not doing it like that cuz it's too ridiculous. I'm gonna do it my way. Sometimes I wonder just what the designer was on when they wrote their pattern.

Last night I finished the 9th character in MiniStarTrek.

This is Mudd from the episode "Mudd's Women". The next character will be one of those women.

UPS delivered a new knitting book to me this morning.

It's a wonderful book with lots of seed stitch patterns. I love seed stitch. I love the way the author has combined it with colorwork knitting. I want to make a scarf for an aquaintance using one of the patterns in this book. I need to acquire some black and grey yarn. Something that feels luxurious, but won't break our quickly depleting bank account. Hmm..maybe bamboo?

The snow fairy whomped us last night. We got about 6 inches. It stopped snowing about noon today. I'm hoping that will be the last snow storm of the season, but I know it's still February. It's still a long way to spring.

Live long and prosper. \\//


The Simple Woman's Daybook for February 10, 2018

Outside my window...  Brilliant sunshine and blue sky. However, it's only 32F degrees out, so I won't be going out on the deck to knit for awhile.

I am thinking...  that I've not been very good at getting the doll outfits I've made into my Etsy store. My heart doesn't seem to be in it. Sigh.

I am thankful for...  our house being paid for. We'd be having a very hard time with Doug not working if it wasn't. So far we're managing okay.

From the kitchen... I made Spaghetti Pie for dinner last night. It was so good. I should make it more often. It's not difficult to make.

I am wearing... blue jeans and a navy blue and white print t-shirt. I've had the shirt for ages. It has a crochet lace embellishment around the neck.

I am creating...   the Entrelac baby cardigan. It's going very well. I forgot how fun Entrelac is, and it's knitting up fast too because I'm using worsted weight yarn. As i've been working on it, I've been thinking about ways to make it seamless. Might try it on the next one.

I am going... nowhere today. I was going to go to the drug store, but it isn't open today. Urg. It recently acquired a new owner and the place is in chaos now. The transition from the old owner to the new one is like watching a clown show. I've been down there 3 times this week in an attempt to get a refill and they've had 3 different excuses why they don't have it for me. I hope things get shaken out soon, or I'll have to find another pharmacy.

I am reading... Agatha Christie right now, A Pocket Full of Rye. I just started it a couple nights ago. I was reading a novel written by an acquaintenance before it. I've finish that and now I have to figure out what I'm going to tell her as to how I liked it, etc.
I am listening… to the television. Sweet hubby is watching a movie on Amazon Prime. One of those gratuitive violence movies with a lousy plot but lots of fighting and dead bodies.

I am hoping… we might get an early spring this year. It would be so nice if we do. Not counting on it though. The weather could change pretty drastically.

Around the house... the living room is a mess. I gave Zoey a new toy from the dollar store and now there's clumps of polyester fiberfill all over the place. Zoey is exhausted from doing the mayhem and is now sleeping on Sweet hubby's lap.

One of my favorite things...  Old Fred Astaire movies. He was a fantastic dancer. The way he moves makes it all look so easy. I especially love the movies he made with Ginger Rogers.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Just get through the week. Sunday is the Inland Northwest Freethought Society meeting. I'll try again at the drug store on Monday. Tuesday I have Rathdrum Knitalong. Wednesday I get to stay home so house cleaning. Thursday is Yarnies. Friday home again-so I'll probably get the grocery shopping done. But, mostly, I'm going to watch the Olympics this week.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...   
A beaded bead I made years ago.

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Live long and prosper. \\//