Saturday, November 10, 2018

Year of Projects Post: Week I Don't Know

So if you are a friend on Facebook or Instagram, you are aware of what's been going on....On October 10, my mother-in-law passed away from a heart attack.  My father-in-law is physically disabled, as well as having dementia and is bi-polar.  The day after my MIL passed away, FIL fell and broke his ankle.  He was able to walk with a walker.  He has not been able to walk since.  We suddenly were thrust into the role of caretaker for him.  It has been very stressful, overwhelming, sad and so many other emotions.  My husband has been taking care of his father 24/7 at their house, so we have been living separately the past month.   FIL is now in a rehabilitation home for at least two weeks.   Things happened, we brought him to the hospital, they evaluated, etc....It is a break for the Hubs, who has been picking his father up and moving him for the past month.  Also the sundowning part of the dementia was getting to him....we have now hired an elder lawyer to help us through all of this....it has been a shock to everyone, as we all expected FIL to go first, as he really is ill and has been for a long time.  We are trying to preserve the house and land as best as possible...His dementia has gotten really bad, really fast.  Luckily we were able to get a power of attorney right before he went downhill. Three weeks ago, he knew who we were, he no longer knows who we are.  We are taking it day by day, but it has been new learning every day...and the Hubs has struggled....he really couldn't mourn for his mom.  He was super close to his mom and not so close to his father, so there are mixed emotions there.....anyway...

I did go to Rhinebeck and the Fiber Festival of New England....I will post about them later this week, maybe.....I am attending a Veteran Day luncheon with FIL at the nursing home, as he is a veteran.....

I have worked on some things, but have finished nothing......I may finish a pair of socks this weekend....

Johnny back in 2010 with the hat I made him......

Riding in the gator with my MIL.....

Hopefully I'll be back next week with an actual YOP post....

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 42

Just popping in to post this....will have more time hopefully....things have been happening that have cut down on my online time....

I did got to Rhinebeck and I'll post about it later this week.....

I did not get a sweater done....but I worked a lot on my Beekeeper Cardigan....
I think this is the latest picture, they all look the same....anyway, I hope all is well...and I hope to be back soon...

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 30

Good morning!  I am spending my day watching The Walking Dead along with Doctor Who...can't wait to see the new Doctor at 1:45 and the start of the new season from The Walking Dead...with a female showrunner!!!!!!! So yesterday may have been a day of anger for many here in the US......(and no I don't believe Kavanaugh should be a judge...I watched his hearing....I did not see Dr. Ford's testimony, but he does not have the temperament to be a Supreme Court judge...and I believe her)....November is coming......

Anyway back to yarny things.....I have been working on my Beekeeper, almost exclusively....I stayed home on Wednesday...Tuesday was one of the worst pain days I've had in awhile (my infusion is tomorrow)....and I worked on socks...since Thursday was a Once Upon a Sock post.....so you can check out that post to see what I've done....

Yesterday I also stayed home...and today, we were possibly going to go out, but I had a bad night....so we are again staying in....I do love to hermit......

Anyway, I pulled out Beekeeper and worked on it some more...I'm about 4 inches below the armholes,,,another 7 or so to go.....
So I started this about two hours ago...my pictures were not uploading....so just spent time deleting things and trying to upload....I take a lot of pictures...so need to delete occasionally....

So I am going to go find my Time Traveler Felici yarn from Knitpicks and cast on some socks to watch the new Dr. Who...see you next week.....

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Farewell Sockhead - July 4, 2018
Multnomah - July 10, 2018
Colourscape Cowl - July 24, 2018
A & C Vanilla socks - July 30, 2018
Swap Gift - August 20, 2018

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) - 1 done
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Once Upon A Sock - Socktober!!!

Welcome to Socktober!  Do you do anything fun for Socktober?  I am just trying to finish socks up...then start ALL THE SOCKS again!!!!!!

I don't have any finishes, BUT I have put some heels on several socks!  And I will have a couple of finishes before the end of the year.  AND I have done the Fish Lip Kiss heel a couple of times (6 as of Wednesday night), although I am having some issues with holes....

Put some yellow FLK heels on my Kiss Me I'm Irish socks....these will be done by the end of the year, maybe by the the next post in November...

Also put a FLK heel on my Dia de los Muertos...and almost got to the toe before I realized that the foot was WAAAAAYYYYY too big!

Now I can handle a slouchy sock...I'm an 80's girl, it was all about the slouch...but the foot needs to fit me...so since I was home sick on Wednesday...I tinked back about 13 stripes...over 2 hours of tinking....if I was Tinkerbell...I wouldn't have minded...but this was tedious!!!
And then I spent about an hour and a half finishing that sock!!!
I can't believe how well the red mini (on the heel) matches the red in the sock!  The mini is from Two Sisters and the stripe is from Desert Vista Dyeworks...I will cast on the second one this weekend...maybe have them actually finished for dia de los muertos....

This is where my Keep on Swimming socks were at the beginning of Wednesday.....this by 9:00pm...
I've got another FLK heel completed! This was the sock I wanted to learn the Fish Lips Kiss heel for...because DUH! "Keep on Swimming"  I'll complete these socks this weekend, especially since it's a three day weekend....although I do want to finish my Beekeeper Cardigan. 

I may recast on my Faces in the Wallpaper socks...bought the pattern several years ago and loved it...but I lost my place, so then frogged them, but have a hankering for a nice grey sock and I love the spooky faces.....

Also should maybe work on my Christmas Stripe socks.....
We'll see.......If I get distracted by the new pretties and well Rhinebeck is in two weekends....I'll be looking for new self stripe, so there's that!!!!!

If you'd like to join up on our fun roundup of sock projects, please head over to Paula's blog
Spin A Yarn and link up with us...

Stitch Along: Week 39

Good morning...I am actually home today....I had a really bad day of pain yesterday and I worked all day because there was an important meeting I needed to attend....so I'm letting my body heal today...I was still in pain this morning, but it has gotten better....

So I posted on Sunday for the Year in Posts that I had picked my Beekeeper Cardigan back up...that's what I've been working on this week....I now have about 2 inches of the 11 body inches done....
I really love this stitch!   I know there is a cowl and a pair of socks that also use this stitch...
So that's about it....since I am home, I'll get my post ready for tomorrow's..Once Upon a Sock post, especially since it is also Socktober!



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 39

Good Sunday morning! Yesterday I pulled out my Beekeeper Cardigan....it was that 4 day challenge back in July...haven't worked on it since July!  Had to figure out where I was, as I hadn't left myself any notes!

I am feeling better, but still dealing with the exhaustion part of my disease.  I came home from school every day and take a nap...and I'm still in bed by 9 most nights...just so tired....

But I worked on it most of the day....got past the arm divides....doesn't seem like a lot was done, but it was about 16 rows, I think (could be 12) but around there.....now the body is easy-peasy...straight shot down, may even have it for Rhinebeck, depending on the sleeves!  Trying to decide if I want to do a full sleeve or not...

That is pretty much all I've worked on this week....Next weekend is a long weekend, so maybe I'll get it finished!  Then I need to start my Vintersol...

So this is how the lists stand:

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Farewell Sockhead - July 4, 2018
Multnomah - July 10, 2018
Colourscape Cowl - July 24, 2018
A & C Vanilla socks - July 30, 2018
Swap Gift - August 20, 2018

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) - 1 done
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 38

Good Tuesday evening!  So if you saw my post on Sunday, you know I picked up some socks and put some heels on them...tonight I worked on my dia de los muertos and almost finished the foot....but it's too big on my....sigh...

I usually reduce stitches once I get to the foot...I have very skinny feet...and I forgot, so I'm going to have to rip it back and restart the foot with some decrease stitches....thankfully I did not spend a ton of time on the foot, abotu an hour since it's just a vanilla pattern....
So that;s about all my content...the season premiere of This Is Us is coming on....so I'm cutting it really short tonight....

If you'd like to play along...



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 38

Look at me, two weeks in a row!  And I have knitting content.  I still have not had a ton of knitting mojo, but the weather finally cooled down on Thursday!  So it's bearable now to have woolly goodness in my hands...

I have been fighting the exhaustion part of my disease this week....I've been in bed between 8 and 8:30 pretty much all week....I'm also congested, so that doesn't help...if it's not one thing....I got the flu shot for the first time last year and I suppose I should get it again.  It's recommended because of my compromised immune system.

But I did pick up a couple of socks last night and put some heels on them.  So I am trying out the Fish Lips Kiss heel, but am having issues with holes.  I do pull the last stitch as recommended, but the issue is when I go back to working with the main color...So attaching the heel back to work in the round, I get a hole...how can I fix that?  I know I can go back and close it, but how do I fix it while knitting..
So I actually put on two heels, one of the yellow yarn and now both heels are on my Irish socks...I am knitting these concurrently...I think that is the way I will knot most of my socks from now on..
I had done one heel already, which I hadn't realized until I pulled them out of the bag..so onto the feet! I'll have another pair done before the end of the year....
Then I put my first heel on my dia de los muertos socks....the red from mini skein from Two Sisters matches perfectly the red in the  Desert Vista Dyeworks.

I have to order some more mini skeins, but that will be it until Rhinebeck....

So my finished list for this year remains the same...

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Farewell Sockhead - July 4, 2018
Multnomah - July 10, 2018
Colourscape Cowl - July 24, 2018
A & C Vanilla socks - July 30, 2018
Swap Gift - August 20, 2018

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) - 1 done
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Stash Acquisition Saturday

Good morning!  So the latest acquisitions came from a destash from one of my groups on Facebook.

It was a lot of three yarns.  I have some Biscotte, but the other two dyers were new to my stash. Although I had heard of Kirby Wirby.

And then when I found out the Kirby Wirby was called, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." Well the deal was done!

Biscotte and Cie in Cerise et Citron

and this one from AlaskanNancy called Zak...which has some great colors in it.....just looked her up and it seems her company name is Fireweed Dyeworks

I think that will be it for awhile....as Rhinebeck is in a month.....I don't know if I have anything else on order right now...I do have a swap box sitting here, but I can't open it until September 30....

What have you stashed lately?




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stitch Along: Week 37

Hello!!  It is Tuesday night and I am ready to go to bed.  But I'm determined to keep on my schedule after taking that six week break.

Today, we had administration doing walkthroughs.  They have specific "look-fors"  I was not teaching at the time, so it was kind of relaxing for me.  I'm sure I'll get another at some point...

So, if you read my Sunday post, you know why I had such a long break....and I really have not been working on much, except tv marathons...I've watched lots of movies and caught up on a tond of series.

One thing I have been working on is my latest pair of rainbow self stripe socks...
This was at my friend's house last Sunday for the fish fry.  It's been slow going.  I've also started another FLK heel, but haven't finished it.

This was me today waiting for the Union meeting to start.  I am one of the Union reps at our building. It finally started.  I was so tired and in pain today because of the weather....

Isn't this awesome?  My students created their Me Museums and this student decorated his box to look like a camera!  How creative!  This is the same kid who looks for bugs at recess.  He wants to be a "bug scientist."
One of his finds
And our Fergus has been a naughty bird!  He loves the remote and when we hide it, he still finds it!
And I leave you with my naughty boy!  Have a great week! Come join in!!!




Sunday, September 16, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 37

Good morning!!!!!  It has been six weeks since I last posted an update....wow...as I said in yesterday's post, it's been an unintentional break.  Between the weather and my health, I just was not crafting....

One of the side effects of the PsA medicines has been extremely high blood pressure (like stroke region).  So I am now on medication for my blood pressure.  I also was having some issues with perimenopause (menopause) and I was having suicidal thoughts.   So I am also on some medicine to help with that....so it's been a bit of a roller coaster this summer and then with the heat and humidity, the last thing I wanted to do was hold wool yarn in my hands.

I'm not disclosing this for sympathy, but I think we need to be open about these things.  Women's health, especially sometimes gets swept under the rug.  And definitely mental health issues are taboo to talk about.....I was not in any real danger, but the thoughts happened enough for me to be concerned and seek help.

There have also been some family medical issues going on with my husband and his father.  So I have had lots of other things on my mind this summer.....

But I'm back in school, my health has stabilized (as much as it can for an auto-immune disease) and my husband's issues may be coming to an end soon.....so I am ready to get back to the yarn...and just because I haven't been crafting doesn't mean I haven't been buying yarn...you can check out yesterday's stash acquisition post for the latest....

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Farewell Sockhead - July 4, 2018
Multnomah - July 10, 2018
Colourscape Cowl - July 24, 2018
A & C Vanilla socks - July 30, 2018
Swap Gift - August 20, 2018

So, yeah the only thing I finished was a swap gift.  I actually made three things, but didn't take any pictures.  That's how out of it I was.....

I did work a bit on some socks, but that is it.....so no goals were met, except to finish the swap gifts...I'm going to skip September goals for now.....

So that is where I have been.....

I went to a Gansey sweater talk on Friday night at Sheep and Shawl in S. Deerfield, Mass with Beth Brown-Reinsel.  It was good, but I was not feeling well, so missed some of it.  I had invited two friends along and they really enjoyed it.  But I did buy this gauge tool I've been seeing online and wanted to try.
We had a fish fry at my friend's house last Sunday.  It was very good!!!!

I think that is about it...I need to do lesson plans, we have administration visiting our building on Tuesday, so need to make sure everything is good....and I'd like to catch up on reading some blogs....

Hopefully I will be back next Sunday....


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Stash Acquisition Saturday


My goodness, it has been weeks....I didn't purposely stop blogging....the weather was just so gross and it affected my hands, so I wasn't crafting at all.....and I wasn't doing anything because it was too icky to go outside of my air conditioned bedroom!!!! And then school started.....

The weather continued to be icky.....we had several half days.  Here is the first day of school...at 7:30 in the morning, before the students came in...
Yes, that was my look for several days...I'd come home every day and take a shower and just veg out, had no energy in the heat and humidity...

But I did do some online shopping, so let's see what I added to the stash.....(and I just received one in the mail as I was typing this)
So Freckled Whimsy posted on Instagram that she had some Pride, Prejudice and Love Actually based on the Keira Knightly movies and I snapped it up...but it's because Colin Firth was also in those movies...so it's my Colin Firth skein!
I also bought her Spring Fling the other day because GREEN!!!! There's about three shades of green in this!

And unfortunately several indie dyers have recently stopped dying....I was able to snag a skein of Gynx Yarn, she had some in her shop...and sparkly green! So I bought C-137, I had no idea what the reference was, but I guess it is from Rick and Morty....


Yeah I know, green...but I can't help it!  And if it's close to chartreuse green, I'm utterly helpless against resisting!

I also received my last two Tits Out Collective yarn

Nomadic Yarns Electric Boobaloo and Rusty Ferret.  The Nomadic Yarns was a dyed-to-order and took awhile to come in, but so worth the wait!  The Rusty Ferret re-opened her listing.  I was so glad I was able to get it, as I was bummed I hadn't ordered it in the first place.

I also won an online giveaway from The Yarn Badger.  It is a Frida Kahlo themed kit.
I really like the sock pattern she used in her giveaway picture, but I haven't been able to find one similar (I think hers is an unpublished pattern)

 So I think that is it...I have bought a couple other skeins to finish up some projects....

How about you?  Any stash acquisition lately? I'll set up a link, just in case...




Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday, What Am I Reading?

I haven't joined in on this in awhile, but I actually did some book reading this summer.  I read a lot of online articles and things, so I'm always reading.  But I haven't been actually book reading in awhile....

Several years ago I read Game Change and Double Down  by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.  I was really looking forward to their book of this past election.  But then Mark Halperin got caught up in the #metoo movement and the publisher canceled the book,  I am hoping that John Heilemann can some how release some kind of book at some point.  So when I saw that Katy Tur released a book about her being embedded in the Trump campaign, I was interested.
It was a good read.  At one point, I actually had to check to see if she was still working for NBC because she was very blunt about the business and her bosses....(she actually has a show on MSNBC now)

I'm not going to get all political....those of you that have read my blog, know which way I lean....but the book was very interesting for that behind-the-scenes look....and yes I know since it is one person's experience, it can be biased....but she tries hard not to be....

My husband brought me home a book to read:
He said, "It's your kind of book."  Which it is.  It is based during WWII and concerns the hiding of Jews. I've read many, many books about this topic.  Non-fiction and fiction...I am fascinated by the different ways people acted during that time.  I also think it is the highest honor that anyone can receive to be considered a Righteous Among Nations by Yad Vashem. 

It's also a fairytale that has been re-imagined.  I also love those kinds of stories.  I collect Cinderella tales.  In almost every culture, there is some type of CInderella tale.  I own about 30-40 different versions.  This is a re-imagining of the Hansel and Gretel story.  I'm only a little into it..but it was engaging from the very beginning....

The other day I was Netflixing (can you believe that wasn't flagged as improper?  The words we can turn into verbs...) Anyway I saw...
I remember LOVING this book!!!  So I watched the movie...it was very good....and Lily James is a great actress...I had just seen her in Mama Mia 2.....she was perfect in both roles....and of course, she does a great job as Cinderella too ;)

I do recommend the movie, but decided to pull out the book again to re-read...
Obviously there are some differences...but I am enjoying the re-read very much....

So here's the thing...the medication that I take for the auto-immune disease that I have affects my memory.  It is a low-dose chemo drug and you get "brain fog" and memory loss.....so I don't actually remember the book...I just remember that I LOVED reading it and thought it was one of the best books I'd ever read.  So this is like reading a whole new book.....and enjoying it immensely....

How about you?  What have you read lately? Join in with Kathryn at The Book Date