Sunday, September 21, 2014

YOP Week #12

Another busy week doing all sorts of cleaning and clearing out and going through things...getting ready for winter, I guess, although it's still hot here and I still have outside work to do once it cools off which is this week from what they say.  It's not bad...86 but this next week will be in the 70's and that's much better!  In fact, I prefer mid to low 60's for really working outside.
Here's my progress for this week...........
It isn't still needs the ear flaps but it's one Christmas present almost finished. Below are all my preemie hats so far and September's are on the right...all done for this month.
I work on my socks during my breaks....1 round per break so it's slow going although yesterday I knit while I watched the Iowa game.  Someday these socks will be done and then I'll be so sick of them I won't want to wear them! LOL!  Not really.
Last night I pulled out my rug to work on but it's hard on the hands so it's slow but I got a few rows done.  It's crocheted with a big size P hook.  In fact my fingers are sore this  morning as I type.  Bulky yarn and I do not get along well.  Remember the chair pad?
I'm still dilly-dallying around about the cross bookmarks.  I didn't like the dishcloth cotton yarn and the filet crochet version I was attempting so I picked this up Friday at Wal-Mart....
I have size 10 bedspread cotton but it seems so tiny.  This is size 5 and I also have DMC perle cotton in size 8 and all kinds of crochet hooks except the ones they recommend.  So today I will "fiddle" with them and see what I can come up with.  I think it would be nice to use the above as it is Christmas colors and that's probably when they will all get done.  I have to make at least 10 or 11 of them.  But I'm looking forward to it if I can get the right thread/yarn and hook.  I'll keep you posted. (These are for the "cross" bookmarks I am making for my daughter's Bible Study group).
This is Day #21 of the porch cleaning and reclaiming as it was pretty much a storage garage before.  A few more pieces of excess furniture to remove, more books to bring in.  I plan on my gardening books to be under the the potting bench and I moved the plants to this little stand next to the West facing windows where they get afternoon sun.  Once I plant the mums outside I'm hoping to have a little indoor garden out here.  There are things you can grow inside such as herbs, lettuce and I think cherry tomatoes but not sure.  Things that don't need pollination but I'm thinking tomatoes do.
Anyway...that' s the plan. 
The plants I left on this unit are plants that like indirect light not full sun and I am using it for some books although I need to get some plastic place mats to put over the metal grating or the books fall through.  I had 4 leftover tiles I used that I had but need the place mats now before I can put more books there.
 This is my indoor grill.  Originally this porch was a deck so the brick wall was the outside of the house but my dad enclosed it so now it's inside and I can grill 24/7!
This is my grilling area and that's my celery plant......
This cupboard was falling apart and I practically had to rebuild it yesterday but inside are jars of seeds I saved and on top are my plant and grilling supplies.
 Underneath the table is a plastic pail with charcoal that I refill from a large garbage can filled with charcoal in the garage.  There's also a small handled "grill" for grilling veggies and smaller items under the table.
This is a potting bench I got at Home Depot years ago in a kit that I put together.  The green bin for soil though is cracked so I'm on the lookout for another one that size.  I'm thinking of putting my gardening books underneath the bench or pots or both.  The barn board with the chickens used to hang in my kitchen 40 years ago.  I painted it and it has nails that used to hold egg baskets that I also still have! LOL!   I threw out a bunch of old pots and plastic containers and there are even a pile of books to get rid of.  It feels good and I have a nice porch.  Now I just have to do the rest of the house!  The kitchen will be next as I have cupboards and drawers to clean and clear.
What have you been up to this week?  I'll be by later to check!  Have a great Sunday.  Happy Trails!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back on the road again.........

I finally put a life line in my sock and ripped back to where my "mistake" was.....

 I ended up doing it twice to get the lifeline on the same row throughout but it worked and I'm "on the road again"!
 This is Grace in a timeout...LOL!
Last night I made a #2 preemie hat for a girl...this is with the brim rolled up.... 
and this is with it rolled down........ 
Supper tonight was compliments of Barilla pasta 
via Alicia Paulson
Inexpensive, easy, filling and healthy...
There were many things I couldn't do yesterday as we had some severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and working on the porch with all those windows was out of the question
but I did manage to get out there for a bit last night and a bit today...........I've rounded another corner and it's cleaned but not finished.  I cleaned all those books individually. I spritz a rag with bit of window cleaner until the rag is just damp and wipe down my books that way.  I've divided those shelves into decorating, cross stitch, crafts, rug hooking and home far.  I replaced 2 sets of pillowcases with the last 2 yellow gingham curtains I got at a sale.  I don't think the wash tub will stay there but for now it's out of the way...we'll see.  The "church"  bookcase I bought several years back.  I always go for the unique and unusual! LOL!  I think I paid $80.00 for it.  The wash tub was on my farm in the barn when I "bought the farm".
I'm off to put my feet up and watch "the game" and crochet.  Have a wonderful evening.  Happy Trails!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Miss Elaneous............that's me!

A little bit of this and that.  I've got so many irons in the fire I'm getting no where fast.  But I did manage to get these luscious veggies at the Farmer's Market......along with some gourds and baby pumpkins and do you see the "black" peppers?  They are not eggplant.

These are sweet potatoes and turnips and that vegetable brush was my Mother's and is still going strong!
These are scarlet runner beans and wish me luck as I've never fixed them before but they tell me they are wonderful with a ham bone thrown in and over cornbread.  Sounds like a plan to me!
I finished The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman which is a first novel by an absolutely wonderful writer.  It's been a long time since I've read something I had a hard time putting down.  It takes place on the coast of Australia on an island with a lighthouse.  I can't wait to see what else she writes.  She's so good there are many, many sentences that are truly quotable and frame worthy.....great writing!
There was bread making..........
and some knitting............
and no I haven't forgotten the porch.........Day #13 was yesterday but it's getting there, slowly but surely.  I've just about got all my plants out on the porch now.
along with a little more Fall decorating with some gourds and pumpkins......
 and even a couple acorn squash for safe keeping..........
I cleaned off the old cradle my dad made for my children and which each of them slept in when they came home from the hospital.  None of them wanted it for their children so I still have it.  When I move I will probably get rid of it but when I cleaned it I noticed he had carved his name on the bottom so I can't quite let go of it yet.  Maybe I'll put all those hand knitted toys in it....when I get them done! LOL!  The "Princess Pillow" my daughter got me when I had my eye surgery so I could use it on the long ride home from the hospital (3 hours).  The afghan was a Goodwill find for $7.00.  I can't remember where the 2 little apple pillows came rummage sale?
I've gotten to the other corner and turned it...........I haven't sewn the curtains yet so I resorted back to using some pillowcases but I did get the windows washed and the "curtains" too.
Lots to do this week so I had better get a "move on".  I started reading a new book. I was reading The Book Thief and also The Storyteller but they are both about the holocaust and I can barely take reading about it at all much less in 2 books at a time. I decided to start reading Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky in order to give my empathetic nerve a little break.  So far so good!
Take care and have a great day!  I'll be around later to visit you all and see what you've been up to!  Happy Trails!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

YOP Week #11

This week did not see much progress.  In fact, there was a lot of reverse going on.  It is the 11th week of YOP but it is also the week of 9/11 and looking back on that tragedy.  There were also plenty of new tragedies around the world and there seem to be lots of  changes going on everywhere...some good and some not so good.  Here on the home front there was frogging and starting over and learning, or trying, to fix my mistakes.  But this morning was a beauty of a day to wake up to..........
Now for the progress or rather lack of it on the YOP front........
This particular project was 1/2 done but there was a gap where I first joined it in the round and another a few rows up.  It kept bugging me and I mentioned it to a fellow knitter at the LYS and she "googled" it and found "the error of my ways" and how to fix it!  See where it's joined there at the top?  No more gap!  And this is how you fix it
You all probably know this technique but I didn't and I was very grateful to the woman at the yarn shop who pointed it out to me.  So, in case you didn't know this little trick I thought I would pass it on.
 Meanwhile, I was able to pick up the supplies for what I think is the last Christmas present.  Now, I just need to get busy and make them all! LOL!
I also have been working on my 2nd sock but I dropped a stitch.  Not a biggy you say as there is a well-known technique for fixing that........except look at ladders for a few stitches and then closes back up after about 2 stitches! How do I fix that?  At this point it looks more like I need a life line.  See, I told you this was a week of going in reverse.  But I need to hone these techniques and learn if I plan on knitting for the rest of my life so "no time like the present"!
It doesn't make for a very interesting blog post though so I  thought I would throw in a few tidbits that ARE interesting and so my book anyway.  Susan B. Anderson, one of my favorite designers, came out with a new pattern that I will have to make in the future.  I have a son, Ben who has a little boy he calls "Buddy".... now look at this
Isn't it darling? 
I also found the yarn for my next socks...........these are Susan's Hudson Bay socks that she just finished using her pattern which is free here

and the yarn is from Fishknits Yarn
Another pair of socks I want to copy are these that Susan is making...........same basic pattern but look at this yarn!
The yarn is from Coloring Book Yarns but it seems the minute Susan mentions someone on her blog they sell out so check back later if you're interested in any of them.  I love Susan's blog and I have never gone wrong with her recommendations on anything.  She also shows how to wind your yarn that way....I have not tried it yet.  Plus she has lots of drawings for winning books, yarn, project bags etc. 
DISCLAIMER:  Susan was NOT driving when that picture was taken! LOL!
Have a great week everyone and I hope I have more to show for myself next week!
Happy Trails!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Moving right along!

Fall weather is here to stay!  I think we've seen the last of the hot weather until next summer, hopefully.  Now is when I can really get outside and get work done but then there's always the inside calling too.  I picked up a few pumpkins at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday.....let the decorating begin!
I've turned a corner on the porch...who know's what day it is?  Day #10 now?  Oh well, it will get done eventually as long as I keep plugging away on it.  The porch will be my library and my porch "garden" where all my plants will reside and where I will be trying to grow some winter "crops".
I've gotten all my cookbooks out here now.  Whoa Nellie!  I had no idea I had so many until I got them altogether.  I have some old ones from my Mom too that I will show in another post. I keep my library books on the little ladder so they don't get lost in among my other books.  The plant on top of my "boom box" is a mint plant that I use in cooking.  I have no idea what the other plant is but it's survived so it's a good one in my book!
This Canada Dry shelf used to hold my pantry items and "back up" supplies but they are now back in the kitchen....and no, you do not want to see my kitchen right now! LOL! But isn't the porch looking good?   There will be more books going on the shelves there but I may need to put placemats or fabric covered board over the grates or I just may use the whole thing for plants.  It's a work in progress for sure.
I finally found my sour cream rhubarb coffee cake recipe that I used to make over on All Recipes
I made it and tasted it and it is exactly the cake I remember.  So good with a little whipped cream on top and a good cup of coffee or tea.  Thanks to my daughter for bringing me all the rhubarb as I have tried growing it here and to no avail even using the recommended variety for this region.
Yes, along with the cool temps and fall weather comes the urge to bake! LOL!  Enjoy!
Have a great Friday and what are you up to this fine Fall weekend?
Happy Trails!