Sunday, June 24, 2018

Books and Blanket

Friday I went to one of my favorite summer events, the annual used book sale.  For a book nerd it's like Christmas in June.

It was a very rainy day and I spent the morning looking for treasures. 

I always manage to find a few that peak my interest.  I was hoping to find some drawing or painting books. There weren't many in that category.  I did find a book on drawing Zentangles.  I haven't made those before and this book looks fun.

Besides searching for books I've been working on my Cozy Stripe Blanket.  Bru thinks it's a perfect place to wait out a passing thunder storm.  I'm trying to use the summer months as a time to finish outstanding projects.  We'll see how far I get with that prospect.  It seems every time I say I'm going to only work on WIPs I end up starting three new projects. 

Maybe this time I'll stick to my resolve and finish some things.  One can hope! 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit,  Lisa

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Knitting, Mistakes, and Books

I seem to have lost my blog flow.  The problem is I overthink everything, what I write, the pictures I post,  am I saying the same thing over and over?  Then I think what difference does it matter as long as I like what I'm doing.  So I'll plod along at what ever rambles pop into my head. 

I've been knitting away on my rainbow scarf.  However, all knitting abruptly stopped when I managed to make two mistakes.  It's frustrating to know I've made a mistake but not be able to figure out how to fix it.  My first plan of action was to text my sister.  Knitting help over text messages isn't alway helpful.  I ended up having to go to the local yarn store.  The clerk was extremely helpful and I learned about their weekly knit night.  None of my local friends knit or crochet so I am very interested in attending a knit night. 

My second mistake I did fix myself but honestly I'm not sure exactly how I did it.  I'm just glad it looks correct and I'm back to knitting and purling.

After the mistakes I checked out two knitting books from the library.    I'm going to read through them and decide if I might buy one to have on hand for the next time I make a mistake.  YouTube has been great so I'm not sure if I will purchase a book.

Besides knitting I finished A Little Life.  This was not my favorite book.  I had a hard time sympathizing with the main character.  What had happened to him was horrific but I didn't like his interactions with the other characters.  I felt he was very selfish.  It was recommended to me by two work friends.  They both count it as one of their favorite books.  I'm not sorry I read it.  It has given me plenty to think about.  It would make for a great book club discussion.

The next book I'll read is The Immortalist.  I've heard good things about it.  We'll see if I like this one any better.  At one time I was very diligent about listing everything I read or listened to on Goodreads.  I'm trying to get back in the habit of tracking the books I'm reading.

Bru has giving the Cozy Stripe blanket his seal of approval for being a good nap blanket.

I may have to follow Bru's lead this afternoon.  A nap sounds like a very good idea.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit,  Lisa

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy First Day of Spring!

Ok, so today is not so much spring like.  Winter is having one last hurrah.  We've had very little snow this season so I'm ok with the tiny amount that we've had today.

The weather personalities on the news are saying we could get more but I'm not hopeful.  They haven't been right about any of the other snow forecasts.  At least this year my daffodils haven't bloomed.

It must be March Madness but I've been diligently working on my Cozy Strip Blanket.  I don't know if I'm going to have the stripes go horizontal or vertical.  If I choose horizontal I will make it more of a throw size.  If I pick horizontal then it will be more of a bedspread.  I'm not sure if I want a bedspread size.  It's very heavy as it is right now.

I was making this for my son but he has deemed it too colorful.  It is very colorful.  I was making it to use up my stash of acrylic yarns.  I still have a ton of acrylic yarn.

I did discard the dead violet that I had shown in my last post.   I reused the pot and replanted a violet I had in my kitchen.  Maybe it will survive.   

It may be snowing outside but inside it's looking more spring.  Every year the decorations get less and less. I hope the cats leave the pink bunny alone or that will be one less for next year. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Lisa

Thursday, February 22, 2018

untidy and weeds

I am usually a very tidy person.  The beds get made.  The dishes are washed.  The counter tops are cleared.  The laundry is at least in some state of progress.  But not lately, I've gotten very good at turning a blind eye to neatness.  There is a list a mile long of the things I should or need to do but don't.  Why bother?  The laundry is never done.  The counter tops seem to grow clutter, it's a shame my money doesn't multiply as fast.  Maybe it's a bad case of the end of winter blahs.  I don't really think that's the issue because I like winter.  I like grey days and cold temperatures.  I'm not ready for the heat or blinging bright days.  The inexhaustible weeds are already creeping into the flower beds.  It's still February, this is too early for weeds.

I know the above picture is only a fraction of the messy desk.  If you look to the right of the picture you can see my bright green list making notebook.  It has not had much use lately.  My sister sent me a make your own monkey kit.  Making a monkey will be more fun than sorting papers or making to-do lists.

While I haven't been doing many chores I have been doing some crocheting and knitting.  I've used up all the yarn I purchased for my Liula scarf.  I didn't use the suggested yarn.  I used a Knit Picks yarn.  My scarf is not as long as I would like it.  The yarn is currently out of stock.  I'm hoping it will be back in stock in March.  I know the dye lot will probably not be a match but I'm not too concerned.  I'd rather have it long enough and know I'll wear it. 

My knitted scarf is coming along nicely.  I am feeling a wee bit more comfortable with making my knit and purl stitches.  I went to my local yarn store and the owner helped me to hold my yarn the continental way.  I like this much better than throwing the yarn.  I'm a little faster too.  The buffet cabinet is showcasing a mixture of winter, Valentine's, and Easter decorations.

The Cozy Stripe blanket has had very little progress.  It's kept in one of my favorite tote bags.  I'm hoping that inspires me to keep working on it.  This is what I like to call a long, long term project.

Besides the weed issue our front bushes are not looking too healthy.  I don't have the greenest of thumbs.  I don't even know what king of bushes these are.  I like plants and flowers but the heat of summer, weeds, and mosquitos,  keeps me from really enjoying gardening.  I plan on emailing our local garden co-op and asking if they have any thoughts on what the problem of the bushes might be.  I'm hoping they are molting, that is if bushes molt.

Plants are not safe in my care.  I really should remove the pot of dirt from the living room since it's very obvious there is no hope for a regrowth.

Why can I not kill weeds as easily?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I hope your garden is weedless and your house plants are all thriving.  Lisa

Monday, January 8, 2018

The big chill

I am so cold!  All I want to do is sit by the fireplace and knit.  The cats are very happy with this arrangement.

When the cats aren't snuggling on me they like to sit on the heating vent.  We call them heater huggers.  Sometimes they nap there as well.  Honestly who can blame them?

I really haven't moved far from my crafting spot in the family room.  I had to start over twice on my scarf but I've finally finished the first color.  If I mess up now I'll need to search YouTube to help fix it.  Hopefully I won't mess up! 

Sunday I did venture out to take my son to his basketball game.  I brought my crochet to work on during the game.  Having something to do with my hands keeps me calm.  The scoring in basketball can go back and forth so much I find it very stressful. 

I didn't make any big New Year's resolutions or lists this year.  The things I'd like to do are much the same as what I've had in the past.  Continue to de-clutter no longer needed items, scan old photos and kids artwork, and be better at budgeting are all things I want to keep working on for 2018.  The de-cluttering is never ending.  We had one last end of year gathering of items on December 30.  It will be interesting to see how our taxes change from a donation stand point between 2017 and 2018.  There is still lots in this house that has to go!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Lisa

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas is coming

I've been making my list and checking it twice, sometime multiple times a day.  All the things that need to be done is never ending.  A hidden stash of Christmas candy is a nice afternoon treat to help the work day move along nicely. 

Whether at work or home I've noticed I indulge in a sweet treat most every afternoon.

Maybe I should share a treat with with Avi.  She seems to be waning.  Actually, I think she just likes being in the middle of what I'm doing.

As I'm out and about running errands it's been fun to see all the festive decorations.  The book return at the public library was cute.

This hay bale snowman is so clever.  He has an orange caution cone for a nose and those are tires for his hat.

Santa and Rudolph ride through our neighborhood on a fire truck.  This is one tradition that always makes me smile.

Most of the houses in our neighborhood have decorations.  The three Santa flamingos are one of my favorites.

Once things are checked off the list it's nice to end the day with some crochet time.  I was making progress on the Cozy Stripe blanket till Avi decided it was the perfect place for a snuggle.

I hope things are getting checked off your To Do List.  Don't forget to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit,  Lisa

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winter Project Link Party December 2017

I'm not as late to the Jennifer's Winter Link Party this month but I have been a little behind with blogging.  We've had a few internet issues, we won't talk about Verizon.  I've also had some issues using Blogger.  I can not seem to leave comments on other blogs.  Well, I leave comments but they won't show up after I publish them.  It is very frustrating.  My apologies for the lack of commenting.  I have been reading your blogs.

The Cozy Stripe blanket is a slow growing blanket.  This may be a forever project because I swear it's going to take me FOREVER to finish it.  I think I'm going to add a progress keeper and move it monthly.  Then maybe I'll feel like I actually see it grow.  The goal was to use only stash yarn but I think I may buy another skein of the cream color.  What's shown in the picture is all I have left of it.  The cream color adds a bit of brightness and helps break up the dark colors.

My take-a-long project is the Liula scarf.  It's a pay for pattern by Potter & Bloom and can be found on Ravelry.  She did a CAL in early fall.  I didn't participate because goodness knows I'd never finish on time.  Most of the scarfs for the CAL were done in beautiful gradient yarns.  I wanted a more neutral color so I went with Knit Picks Stroll Fingering.  It's a lovely pattern and I will probably make another at some point.

The blue peaking out from behind the scarf is a recent splurge.  I bought a Fringe and Co. field bag.  I have wanted one for the longest time.  I got it on a recent trip to Fiber Space in Alexandria, VA.  I didn't buy any yarn and there wasn't any shipping cost so it was a win/win situation.  Oh, the stories I tell myself to justify a hefty purchase.  But I do really like it :) It's already accompanied me on a recent road trip to pick up my daughter from college.

We put up our tree on Thanksgiving Day.  Binxy is always the first of the animals to nest under the tree.  I call her the first present.

Not to be outdone, Avi wanted to nest is the Christmas card basket.  Every year the number of cards we receive is less and less.  Most of our friends post their family pictures to Facebook.

Count-down Santa and I are back at watching the days of December tick away.   I wished they didn't go by quite so quickly. 

I hope you are having a wonderful start to December.  Thank you for stopping by for a visit, Lisa