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

11/23/20

Snow Set For Everett

I have finished the snow set I was making for my new family member, Everett. 



Patternb13-5 Winter Snuggles by DROPS Design

Size: 6-9 months

Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport
Content: 100% Acrylic, sport weight
Colors: Indigo and White

Yarn: Patons Astra
Content: 100% Acrylic, sport weight
Color: Dark Rose

Needles: Circular size 2 and 4

Started: May 13, 2020
Finished: November 16, 2020

Comments: I would not recommend this pattern to a beginner. The pattern is not well written. It assumes you have certain standard knowledge in your head that more advanced knitters would know. It's also originally written in Norwegian and translated into English, so it's lost some things on the way to English. 

One of the things this pattern has that may give folks problems is single stripe rows. If you're knitting on circular needles it won't be a problem because you just slide the work to the other end of the needle and start the next stripe. So don't knit this on regular straight needles or you'll find yourself in a quandary.



I made 2 major changes to the pattern. The first thing is I added a 3rd color. It really adds to the outfit. I took a look at pics of what other Ravelry members had done knitting this and saw a couple with 3 colors and really liked the look. One of the good things about Ravelry.

I used pewter buttons. Originally I was going to use white ones but I couldn't find any I like around here. A knitting associate suggested pewter, which is perfect for this outfit. I got these buttons on Amazon.



I made an adjustment in the dot pattern. I put 4 rows between the rows of white dots instead of 5. It just looked better to me.



I've never knit baby pants like this before. It was a real challenge for me.



There are some pattern errors and one in particular is in the pants pattern. The waist ribbing is supposed to be folded in half toward the inside and hemmed down. I used the contact link in the pattern on Drops web site about it and got a very quick reply letting me know they'd accidentally left it out. So if you do have questions, they are quickly answered.

One aspect of these pants that I really like is you do some short rowing just below the waist ribbing to add a bit of fabric to make room for a diaper. It's pretty clever. You can see it in this pic, the area with no dots just below the waist.



The challenge for me in the hat was continuing the dot pattern while decreasing the top. They don't write out the specific rows, so I had to guess and hope I did it right. It looks like I did.



The socks turned out way too big for a 6-9 month old baby. I probably did something wrong, but I'm going to just leave them. He'll grow into them.



All in all, it's turned out pretty good. I hope I get to see it on Everett later this winter. I need to get this to his parents before the end of the month.



Live long and prosper. \\//

11/5/20

Layette Set 49

Layette set is finished, and turned it in yesterday.



Cardigan



Pattern: Polka Dot Baby Set by me.

Size: 6-9 months

Yarn: Unknown 
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Big Twist
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Solid
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: October 10, 2020
Finished: October 31, 2020

Comments: My daughter started this to test knit the pattern for me. She ran out of black yarn before the sleeves were knit, so lost interest. I asked her if I could finish it. 

Since the yarn she used was an unlabeled Acrylic that was donated to KnitWits, I couldn't just go get another skein. I picked 4 different balls of unlabeled black donated yarn and found 3 of them would work, but the colors were off just enough to be visible. I solved the problem by putting red stripes in-between the 2 blacks so the difference doesn't show. Then I made the neckband, bottom band, and button bands red to make it look like it was meant to be this way.

Hat



PatternPolka Dot Baby Set by me.

Size: 6-9 months

Yarn: Unknown 
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Big Twist
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Solid
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: November1, 2020
Finished: November 1, 2020

Booties



PatternPolka Dot Baby Set by me.

Size: 6-9 months

Yarn: Unknown 
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Solid
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: November 2, 2020
Finished: November 2, 2020

Blanket



Pattern: Unisex Blanket Edging

Size: 30 by 36 inches

Yarn: Big Twist
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Hook: Size G

Started: November 3, 2020
Finished: November 3, 2020

Comment:  I found this edging by googling it. It was fun to do.



I'm glad to have this set done and out of my hair. There are a couple other projects I'd like to get done, or started, as the case may be.

The yarn for the Cowichan cardigan has arrived. I love the colors. Made my test swatches yesterday. I'm going to be knitting with size 13 needles , which feels weird to be working with such large needles. This is the pattern:



Looking forward to making it.

The baby snow set got set aside for a few days so I could finish the layette set. I'm back at it today. Got the button bands almost done and the hat half knitted. Hoping to finish it this weekend.

Last week I met with my C-PAP therapist and got a new mask. The one I was using wasn't quite working for me. It wasn't keeping it's seal and I'd be wakened by the sound of air escaping, which sounds like loud farts. Richard found one that works perfect. He did an exchange so I didn't have to pay for it, and gave me two extras along with it. It's amazing how much better it works. I've had 4 nights in a row where I actually got 4 solid hours of sleep. For me, that's almost miraculous.

I've been learning about cooking for a diabetic, and trying new recipes. It isn't as bad as I initially believed. The literature Doug was given had an extreme diet in it. A moderate one actually allows for pasta and potatoes, and what not. I've made some adjustments that I can live with and Doug is doing much better. He's even lost a few pounds.

The snow has melted away. The temps have warmed up into the 50's and we're getting rain now, which is much more normal. We did have a couple nice sunny days earlier this week.

Well, that's the news for today.

Live long and prosper. \\//

10/25/20

WIP Update

 I have finished knitting all the main parts of the Snow set. I blocked them yesterday.


I still have a hat, socks, and button bands to knit. Should be able to get them done this week. I plan to have the whole thing done by the end of the week because I have yarn coming for another project.

I've decided to try getting a sweater made by Christmas for a gift. I'm going to make a Cowichan style cardigan. The pattern calls for bulky weight yarn and big fat needles, so I figure it should knit up faster than my usual adult sweaters.

Did I mention I was getting new glasses? I have been using cheap magnifier glasses for seeing things close since the cataract surgeries, and taking them off to see things far away. It's okay, but there's this distance from me that I just cant's see-right where my laptop sits on my lap. My left eye went a little blurry on the far distance too, so I decided full time glasses were in order. This is me.


It's so nice to be able to see the laptop screen. The frames are purple. It was easy finding purple frames because about 90% of the frames in the shop were purple. I guess it's a hot color for glasses right now.

Fall ended last Friday. It snowed. I mean, it SNOWED! We got 7 inches, in October! What's with that? I took this pic Friday while it was snowing. It's from the front door looking towards the driveway.


This is the next morning in the side yard. It was pretty, but friggin cold!



All of our baby deciduous trees still have their leaves. Only 2 of them have their fall colors. The rest are still green, so I went out Friday afternoon and shook the snow off them. The snow was heavy and I didn't want branches to start snapping off. I was going to go out and do it again before bed, but the wind started blowing a bit and took it off for me. All was well in the morning.

It was 9F degrees when I got up at 8 this morning. It's too early for that. The weather forecast for next week is supposed to be warmer temperatures, so hopefully this will all melt off. Something tells me we're gonna have a crazy winter.

Live long and prosper. \\//

10/12/20

The Simple Woman's Daybook - October 12, 2020


For Today




Looking out my window

It is decidedly autumnish out there. Half the leaves have blown off the flowering plum and it's dark and raining out.

I am thinking

Summer went way too fast. It's just not long enough here. When we lived in the San Francisco bay area, the thing I loved the most was how long spring and summer were. Winter was so nice and short.

I am thankful

I don't live further north. I think I would be miserable in Alaska. I'm just not a winter kind of person. I've always dreamed of living in Hawaii. I've been there 3 times and I love it.

One of my favorite things


Garlic peeler. Unfortunately, mine is broken/torn. I found it that way in the kitchen drawer over the weekend. I shouldn't complain. It lasted way longer than the last one. I was amazed how well this thing works the first time I saw one. You put your cloves of unpeeled garlic inside, press down, and roll it on the counter. The peeling comes right off. It's made of silicone, so if there's a sharp edge nearby, it will probably end up sliced one way or another. I think that's what happened in the drawer. I need to get a new one.

I am creating

The cardigan for Layette set #49 is under way. I figured out how to deal with running out of black yarn.


I just put a little red in. I put red at the hem and neck so it looks like it's supposed to be this way. Then I put 4 rows of red garter stitch in where the held sts on stitch holders are put back on the needles. That way the color difference in black yarns doesn't show. I had to worry about shininess and thickness as well as color. The original black has little to no shine in it and is rather thick; more aran than knitting worsted weight. I found two leftover balls of yarn in the stash that will work. I think I am pretty lucky finding them.

I am wearing

Black pants and a black and red button down blouse with 3/4 length sleeves. The blouse is one of my favorites.

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to

The Closer, on the television. I miss this show. Glad it's being played on one of the cable channels right now, though no new episodes are being made.

I am hoping

the new C-PAP machine works for me. I've had 4 nights with it now. It's going to take some time getting used to it. It's not the noise. The thing is surprisingly quiet. It's the apparatus itself, wrapped around my head and pressing against my face. It is uncomfortable.

I am learning

how to use the C-PAP machine. It's kind of a cool little gizmo. It has a built in humidifier, and a tube heater that warms the mist and tube attached to the mask. I learned what happens if it runs out of water during the night. Pretty much nothing but a funny smell. I woke up to use the bathroom and smelled a warm plastic smell. I checked the water tank and it was empty. It's easy to fell. It only holds about a cup of water. It lasted 2 nights the first time. Only 1 night the next time. Probably because I turned the humidity up one notch. My nose was feeling very dried out. Not enough humidity.

In my kitchen

it's been frustrating for me. Hubster was diagnosed with Diabetes a couple weeks ago. Figuring out meals has turned into a bit of a nightmare. Life without pasta and potatoes is no life in my opinion. Especially since I'm not the one with the problem. I've been making meals without them, and I'm feeling rather resentful about the whole thing. I have no idea how to deal with this situation. I also have no idea what I'm making for dinner tonight. He was given a booklet with meal plans but their suggestions were absolutely horrible, Blah, lifeless things. What about flavor?

In my garden

I've been trying to grow stuff in the flower bed across the front of the house ever since we moved here in 1992. The soil is gravel. I've not had much luck with it. Three years ago I read about Daylilies. Apparently they'll grow just about everywhere. I got a catalogue from a well recommended dealer, ordered a bunch of bulbs and planted them that fall. The next year nothing sprouted. Not one darn bulb. I planted some annuals for the year and went back to looking. I decided to try Peonies. I bought 3 and planted them. The next spring the Peonies sprouted and even had a couple flowers. Hurrah! Success! So this spring I purchased a package of Peony rhizomes. I went out to plant them and noticed ---- the Daylilies sprouted. All of them! The plants are small babies, but they're growing. One has actually bloomed. Behold!



Board room

This refers to Pinterest boards. We're to share one of our favorite pins. So, here's one. Cinderella Red.


This is a ball jointed doll that I want very much. I was just about to order it when husband lost his job. I was told no new dolls unless I earned the money for them. At the time I was teaching knitting at a local yarn shop. I started saving the money I was earning. Then, suddenly, the shop went out of business. I only had half the money saved up and no idea how I was gonna earn more. Then, to add salt to the wound, the doll sold out. So, even if I got the money, she's no longer available. I've been searching for a used one, but no luck so far.


Post Script
Supposed to share a link here. I'm sharing the one to my pattern blog. I have a bunch of free patterns I've written.


Shared Quote
{share a favorite quote}
 
This is a quote I've found to be totally true from Elizabeth Zimmerman, a famous knitter. "Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." 

Closing Notes

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Live long and prosper. \\//

10/7/20

WIP Wednesday

 How about the wips. Making progress on the pants.


I think I'm going to take that white pattern at the bottom out and do it in red, like the jacket. I'm almost to the bottom rib. The pattern requires increasing from 48 sts to 72 for the rib. That seems like an awful lot to me.

This jacket is one my daughter started for me months ago. She was going to test knit the larger size in my new Polka Dot Set pattern. But she ran out of yarn at this point, so she stopped working on it. I asked her if I could take it over and finish it. So that's what I'm going to do.


I took it with me to KnitWits today and got lucky. Jan brought the black yarn to the meeting. I dug around in the bag and found a few skeins that might work. We'll see. I need to figure out how to finish this thing if they don't.

Still haven't set up the C-PAP machine. I think I'm going to have to retire my clock radio. We really can't afford to buy new night stands.

We have had absolutely gorgeous weather this week. I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can. Colder weather is on its way.

There is a cricket in our sunroom. It's doing it's cricket song. I've tried twice to find it but it goes quiet as soon as I step in the room, no matter how quiet I am. I suspect it's in the plant by the window. I guess I'll have to depend on the cats to catch it. That's assuming they catch crickets. I can't say I've ever seen either of them do that.

Live long and prosper. \\//


10/6/20

Layette Set 48

 I saw an optometrist this week. I'm getting new wear-all-the-time glasses. I kind of hoped I could live without them because I'm enjoying not having them, but I need magnifiers to see things close, and my left eye is blurry at all distances, making it hard for me to see things at certain distances which most things seem to be in, including my laptop. My eyesight is not as bad as it was before the cataract surgeries. I can drive without glasses. However, constantly putting on and taking off the magnifiers is driving me crazy. So bifocals are in my future. I'm kind of excited to get them.

I have completed Layette Set 48 just in time for tomorrow's KnitWits meeting.



The Cardigan



PatternSuper Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Blue

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color:  Tangerine

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

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: September  8, 2020
Finished: September 17 2020

Comments: I am enjoying the bright colors. This is the last piece of this fleece though. I love the button.



The Hat



Pattern: In my head. Not published.

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Blue

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color:  Tangerine

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

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: September 22, 2020
Finished: September 23, 2020

The Booties



Pattern: In my head. Not published.

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Blue

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color:  Tangerine

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

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: September 24, 2020
Finished: September 24, 2020

The Blanket



Pattern
: Shell stitch

Size: 30 by 36 inches

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Tangerine

Hook: Size G

Started: September 28, 2020
Finished: September 28, 2020

On to the next one.

Live long and prosper. \\//





9/28/20

Ramblings

Well, this is interesting. Since my last post, Blogger programmers have messed around with the post creator. Looks like everything is different. Rats! I hate it when they do that. The formatting is all messed up. Darn it! This is gonna take awhile.

Since my last post, there has been no change in my cough. My frustration level is off the charts. I did the sleep apnea test. It showed I have sleep apnea and yesterday a brand new C-PAP machine was delivered. I haven't unpacked it yet. Haven't figured out where I'm going to put it.

We got rain, which got rid of the smoke that was surrounding the house. Many of the fires are out, or under control. It's lovely to have clean air again.

Things have happened in my life the last few weeks that have not been good, but I do not wish to write about them. Let's just say the stress level in my life is off the charts. I've turned to beading, as well as knitting, to help me cope. When I'm beading, I don't think of anything else. I've started another Peytwist necklace.


So far, so good. It's taking about an hour an inch. It's a fairly easy pattern ,surprisingly. I was able to memorize it fairly quickly so I don't have to keep referring to the pattern chart. That speeds up the process.

I have finished knitting the 48th layette set.



I still need to put on a button, make some laces, and a pompom, and block of course. I currently am crocheting a shell edging on the blanket.


I've slowed down on the outfit for the nephew's baby. The baby arrived two and a half weeks ago. He's adorable. I have been working on the pants,


but haven't been enjoying it. Makes it hard to finish when that happens. Baby Everett has some growing to do before he'll fit in it anyway, so I have a little bit of time to get the set done.

Fall has arrived. No dinking around with it either. One day it's summer, the next it's fall. I've actually had to turn on the heat it's been so chilly. The days are getting significantly shorter too. Winter is on its way. Sigh.

Husband Doug has pretty much finished his thesis. Now he's going for his doctorate. He's got 3 classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He's teaching a class too. He goes in to school to teach the class then comes home for the classes he's taking because they are being done online.

I am so so tired of the pandemic. I miss some of the activities I used to do. I'd love to be able to go to a restaurant, sit, and enjoy a meal. I especially miss Applebee's. However, until it's subsided to an acceptable level, I am continuing the mask wearing and social distancing.

That's about all the news for now. Until next time.

Live long and prosper. \\//