Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend shenanigans, or mostly lack thereof

We had plans for this past weekend.  However, since the weather was cold, and we were all still in recovery mode, things changed.

Which meant time for crafting. Woo hoo! Actually, I did most of my crafting on Sunday.

I started a new pair of vanilla socks on Saturday, because I'm incapable of just sitting and watching tv with nothing in my hands.

Vanilla socks
Started: March 11, 2017
 Needles: US 1.5 - 2.5 mm / 2 - 24 inch circs
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici sock yarn
Color: Time Traveler / Lot #588893

I am doing something a bit different with this pair of socks.  Usually I only do 12 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing.  This pair, I did 1.5 inches of 2 x 2 ribbing.  A gal in one of my Facebook knit groups made a pair of socks out of some KP Felici yarn in a colorway I made a pair of socks out of, and I loved how her ribbing looked.  She does two inches of 2 x 2 ribbing.  I decided I couldn't handle two inches, so I stopped at 1.5 inches.

On Sunday I paid some attention to my Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery "Happily Ever After" SAL cross stitch.

I've made significant progress. I'm so excited - you have no idea!

I completed all the inside border (finally!) and I stitched the title in. Nearly two months after the stitchalong started, I'm finally past the border.

I was going to set this aside, but I was feeling that crafty high when things are progressing better than expected, so I kept going and started working on the January block. 

Not much progress - yet!  January's block is based on "The Owl and the Pussycat."  I took the time last night to read the poem, and read about the author. I think the poem itself is a hoot and a half. The author had an interesting life, and reading about it was a fresh reminder about how different things are now versus then. He made a major impression on someone, and that person was his benefactor for many years while the author honed his craft, and did a bit of traveling. Benefactors don't really happen like that anymore. Sad, because I want to impress someone with my knitting, and have them pay me to knit them stuff, and keep me in the lifestyle to which I'm accustomed.  Seriously, how cool would that be. With my luck, I'd probably get knitter's block and not be able to knit a stitch. 


It's going to be so cute when it's done. 

This week I'm starting a KAL/CAL in a Facebook knit group I'm in. I decided to make a Game Day scarf 

Game Day Scarf
Will start: March 15, 2017
 Needles: US 8 - 5 mm
Yarn: Red Heart and Mainstays (worsted weights)
Color: Red Heart (Red and White), Mainstays (Navy)


All I have to do is print out the pattern.  I'm excited to start this pattern because it will be my first time making an asymetrical anything.

 Other things that happened this weekend ... not much. Like I said earlier, we are all still recovering from the plague which is making the rounds.

We did make a trip to a town nearby that has a Tractor Supply Store.  We were calling to see when the meatbirds will be in the store, and the dude answering the phone said baby chicks were already in the store, but that they were shortstaffed so no one could go "back there" and verify the breed of meatbird.  We decided to go, and were pretty excited to get a head start on this, and be able to butcher before it gets too warm outside.

As soon as you walk into the store you can hear the chicks cheeping.  There is something about those chirps that is instantly soothing to me. I don't know why. Course I wouldn't be thinking that at 3 a.m. and they are all sciping up a storm.

The bad news: No meat birds. I think this is the store's first time with "chicks days" since it opened, and they probably aren't familiar with the different breeds. Bummer.

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