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

10/16/17

Autumn Gold

I have finished a beading project! I've made a necklace with pale amber matte superduos and gold plated size 11 seed beads. I used size 6 Fireline for my thread. It's a net stitch tubular rope. Instructions here:  Superduo tubular rope. The tutorial is in Russian, but Google does a good job of translating.

I put bead caps on the ends and attached a toggle clasp. It's a total of 19 inches long. I love this necklace. I see myself wearing it a lot!

I took tons of pics using different colors of scrapbook paper as backgrounds and various small props. I've posted my favorites. Click on them to embiggen.












Live long and prosper. \\//

10/11/17

Layette Set 25

Hello Blog! Long time no see. Sorry for the neglect.

We had a fantastic time on our cruise to Alaska! It was our first time cruising with Princess and I was very pleased with them. The food was very good. Better than any we've had before, and the crew was awesome.

Alaska is so beautiful. If you get a chance to visit it, do so. You won't regret it.

I have another Layette set finished. This is the 25th set I've made.



This set was hard to photograph because the red is so bright. While working on it, I got asked "Christmas?" about the colors all the time. No, it's not Christmas. It's Mexico. It's too early to be thinking about Christmas.

Cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Size: 0-6 months

Yarn: Caron Perfect Match (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Yarn: Lion Brand Sayelle (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Emerals

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5008 Buttercup

Needles: Circular size 5 and 7

Started: August 31, 2017
Finished: September 14, 2017

Hat



Pattern: Chibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Caron Perfect Match (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Yarn: Lion Brand Sayelle (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Emerals

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5008 Buttercup

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: September 24, 2017
Finished: September 24, 2017

Booties



PatternSeamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss
Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Caron Perfect Match (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Yarn: Lion Brand Sayelle (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Emerals

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5008 Buttercup

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: September 25, 2017
Finished: September 27, 2017

Blanket



Pattern: Two rnds of (sc1, ch1) all the way around, join rnd with sl st in MC, then one rnd of (1dc in sc, ch1) all the way around in CC, join with sl st.

Size made: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Caron Perfect Match (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Red

Yarn: Lion Brand Sayelle (Discontinued)
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Emerals

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5008 Buttercup

Hook: U.S. size G

Started: October 1, 2017
Finished: October 2, 2017

Comment: I really like the fabric I used for this. I found it in the clearance bin at Joann's. It has football helmets, footballs, and hockey sticks all over it. Nice and boyish.

Detail shot of edging.



Layette set 26 is almost done. I finished the booties yesterday and will get busy on the blanket today. Same fabric as this layette here.

I have found, or maybe I should say made time for beading. I'm always wishing I had some beaded gold and silver jewelry. So I finally have done something about it. Here's the two necklaces I have in progress.

This one is made with superduo beads. I had half the beads of what I needed. I ordered more which arrived a couple days ago and thankfully match perfectly. Being a knitter, I worry about dye lots. Sometimes it matters with beads.




This one is just a basic spiral rope.



It feels good to be beading again.

We've had nice weather. Mostly sunny with occassional rainy days. Temps have been in the 50's during the day and mid 30's at night, though the last two nights got down into the 20's. Brrrr...winter is definitely on it's way.

Sweet Hubby has not found a new job yet but he's still looking. He found out about a job right in Coeur d'Alene looking for a programmer. They make micro LED lights. He's pretty excited about the prospect. I sure hope they interview him.

Speaking of Hubby, he qualified for unemployment. It's not a lot, but it helps.

Zoey is doing great. I took a pic of her after giving her a new toy. One of the reasons I love the new vacuum cleaner. She had fun eviscerating it.



Live long and prosper. \\//

9/9/17

On Vacation

I am on this ship today. See ya when I get back.





Live long and prosper. \\//

9/8/17

Rest in Peace




Chenille Park
2002 - 2017

I will miss you, my little girl.

9/4/17

Layette Set #24 for KnitWits




I finished this set just a few days ago. You could call it my July project. The cardigan is my design and I have been writing up the instructions for it. My bff Phyllis is knitting it as I write it. She's learning how to knit in Intarsia, which is what technique is required to make it, and she's test knitting it. I think that's pretty cool.

The cardigan



Pattern: Sporty Raglan Baby Cardigan by me.

Size: 0-6 months

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5004 Medium Gray

Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Light Green

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: July 25, 2017
Finished: August 20, 2016

Detail pic of the cool buttons.



And here's the ribbing. I went with 1x1 ribbing this time instead of the 2x2 I did on the first prototype. I like it much better.



The hat



PatternChibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5004 Medium Gray

Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Light Green

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: August 24, 2017
Finished: August 27, 2017

Comment: Instead of the garter stitch cuff, I did a 1x1 rib one.

The booties



PatternBaby Chucks by Laura Helton

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5004 Medium Gray

Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Light Green

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: August 22, 2017
Finished: August 24, 2017

Comment: This pattern is somewhat fiddly to knit, and a bear to block, but it was worth the effort. They turned out so cute!

The blanket



Pattern: Two rnds of (sc1, ch1) all the way around, join rnd with sl st, then one rnd of dc in each stitch and ch1 space, join rnd with sl st.

Size made: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5004 Medium Gray

Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Light Green

Hook: U.S. size H

Started: August 31, 2017
Finished: September 1, 2017

Comment: I thought I found another piece of the green and grey/blue zigzag fabric. After I got the cardigan, etc, done, I found out I was wrong. So I hot footed it down to Joann's Fabric and Craft and got a yard of light gray fleece so I could finish the set with a blanket. I really like it!

Detail shot of edging.



I have half a yard of the fabric left. However, I am sick of the colors so I'm gonna put it away for another time.


I've started set #25. I'm using bright red, yellow, and green. My eyes are so happy they're dancing a jig.



I think Chenille's appetite is definitely coming back. I've been feeding her 1/3 of a can of cat food each day as well as the unending supply of dry food. She ate almost the whole 1/3 last night. I mean, she was really chowing down. That's the most I've seen her eat in weeks! I am so relieved to see her really eat. Hopefully she will keep improving and we'll get some meat back on her bones. She pretty much slept the whole day and night last night. I hope her body is healing some. I sure wish we knew exactly what her ailment is. I'd feel a lot better knowing.

It is still disgustingly hot and smoky out. I have stopped using the hot tub and hardly go outside now. If I do go out, it sets of my asthma. Ugh! We had a small fire nearby in the Twin Lakes area. Fortunately, the fire department knocked it out quickly. I hate fire season. I wish it would rain for a couple days. Looking forward to the cruise-being on the ship and breathing in fresh salty sea air.

Live long and prosper. \\//




9/3/17

Layette Set #23 Finally Done



I got the knitting for this done weeks ago, but didn't get around to doing the blanket until last week.

Cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Size: 0-6 months

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Buttercup

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

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

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: July 5, 2017
Finished: July 16, 2017

Detail shot of the shoulder.



I found this button at the Knit-n-Crochet shop in Coeur d'Alene



The hat.



Pattern: Chibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Buttercup

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

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

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: July16, 2017
Finished: July20, 2017

The booties.



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

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Buttercup

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

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

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: July 20, 2017
Finished: July 24, 2017

Blanket



Pattern: One rnd of (sc1, ch1) all the way around, join rnd with sl st, then one rnd of (2 dc, 1 trc, 2dc) in each ch sp all the way around, join with sl st.

Size made: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Buttercup

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

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

Hook: U.S. size G

Started: August 30, 2017
Finished: August 31, 2017

Detail shot of edging.



I entered the cardigan, hat, and booties in the North Idaho State Fair and won a second place red ribbon. All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out. I am now out of that fabric too.



The weather is still unseasonably hot and dry and we are well socked in with smoke from wild fires in outlying areas. Nothing close to us that we have to worry about so far. We're keeping our fingers crossed. The 90F degree temperatures are predicted for at least another whole week. We are about 20 degrees above normal. The woods are super dry and crunchy. The nights, though, are being their normal cold, in the forties, and even 30's, though we haven't gone below freezing yet. So, a typical day is 93 degrees, and the night gets down to 40, though we did have one get down to 33 last week. That is a HUGE temperature difference in a 24 hour period.

As I mentioned in my last post, my husband was laid off his job. He worked for them for 17 years, and we were not expecting it. It's been quite a shock to us. He's been applying for jobs now, but so far has not heard back from anyone. This is a bit scary. We have some savings, but there's a limit to how long it's going to last.

I'm so glad the cruise is all paid for. We have less than a week before we leave.

Chenille is doing good on the medication. She's been eating a little bit more, I think. It's hard to tell. She certainly scarfs down any treats I give her. She likes the medicine too. A couple times I accidentally squirt it on to my hand instead of in her mouth and she licked it all up. She's sleeping a lot these days and wants to be in my lap whenever I sit down. Zoey doesn't like that at all.

I will post another finished layette set tomorrow.

Live long and prosper. \\//

8/29/17

The Simple Woman's Daybook for August 29, 2017

How about a Daybook post.



Outside my window...
The sun is shining, but the air is thick with smoke. Most of the smoke is coming from wild fires in Oregon.

I am thinking...
that it's been a very stressful month. My husband lost his job when we returned from our camping trip earlier this month. He's now looking for a new job, which is going to be difficult because of his age. He's home 24/7 now, which I am not used to. He's putting a cramp in my life style.

Added to that is the fact that my cat, Chenille, is seriously ill. I took her to the vet 2 weeks ago because she's lost an enormous amount of weight-for her, that is. She usually weighs around 10 pounds but she's only 6 pounds and looks so thin. She hasn't been eating hardly anything.The vet wasn't able to determine exactly what is wrong. Maybe cancer, or kidney problems? The blood tests don't say exactly. Just that something is seriously wrong, so we're kind of winging it as far as treatment goes. I now have to give her medicine every morning. She's on a steroid. I think it's working because she has started eating a little more. Sure wish we knew exactly what's wrong. She's 15 years old now.

I am thankful for...
the fair being over. It's a lot of work dealing with the KnitWits entries. We had 38 entries this year. Lots of ribbons were won.

From the kitchen...
the dishwasher is on. Other than that, nothing going on. I don't know what I'm making for dinner yet.

I am wearing...
my black nightgown and leopard print furry robe. Haven't taken my shower and dressed yet.

I am creating...
doll clothes and baby layettes. Yesterday  I knit a sleeveless top with a lace collar for my JID dolls. This is the third one. The first two didn't fit right, so I frogged them and started over. Got it right this time. It fits Sierra perfectly. Yay!

I also have finished the knitting of the 24th layette set. Still need to do the blanket yet. That's two sets waiting for blankets.

I am going...
on another cruise in 2 weeks. We're cruising, via Princess Cruise's ship The Ruby, to Alaska for 7 days. I know. 2 cruises in one year! Life has been grand. We're going with Dan and Sue this time. I paid for the cruise before Doug became unemployed, thankfully. So we're going. We need to get away for a bit anyway.

I am reading...a rather fun series by Monique Martin. I'm on book 6, Sands of Time. A husband and wife team travel in time to 'fix' things. I've enjoyed it very much. In book 6 they find themselves in Cairo, Egypt during the 1920's. It's pure entertainment reading.

I am hearing...
train noises. They are putting in a second track and there's been the constant sound of heavy equipment as they bring in load after load of trucks filled with gravel and machines to flatten out those piles of gravel. Every train that goes by slows down and toots it's horn every 30 seconds as it goes by. It's been very noisy.


Around the house...
are bits of fluff and plastic. I got Zoey a new toy that has 9 squeekers in it. So far she's pulled 3 squeekers out. 6 more to go. She's a real mess maker. I use my new vacuum cleaner almost every day. If she isn't pulling apart a dog toy, then she's brought sticks or pine cones in to chew apart and spread all over the house.

One of my favorite things...
Air conditioners. Thank you to the inventor. The weather has been hot and dry for weeks now. It's supposed to get up to 93 today. I could not stand it if we didn't have the air conditioner.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I've got Rathdrum Knitalong today. Yarnies on Thursday. I plan to get those 2 blankets done, and a new layette started.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...
My Chenille. I think soon we will have to say goodbye to her.



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Live long and prosper. \\//

8/27/17

Results for 2017 North Idaho Fair

We went to the North Idaho Fair yesterday and I found out if I won any ribbons. I did. I won 3 blue first place ribbons, and 4 second place ribbons.

Blue ribbons first:

The doll dress. Asa was the model. I put a short hair wig on her so it would be easier for the judges.



 I actually debated entering the little fairisle mittens because I didn't think the workmanship was all that good. I guess I'm too hard on myself because they won a blue.



My one and only beading project I got done this year won a blue too.



Penn's Star Trek sweater won a Red ribbon.



So did my stranded knit hat,



The yellow baby set (cardigan, hat, and booties),



and the denim blue baby booties.



The denim blue jacket and hat set did not win a ribbon. I kind of expected that.



So, that is this years results.

Live long and prosper. \\//