Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A pair for a pair.

It took me a while to finish these sock. I had a few setbacks and I won't lie, the extra weaving in for contrast heels and toes was not fun, but I do love to whine about weaving in.

I worried I would have to play yarn chicken to squeeze out the second pair, but once I was half way through the foot on the second sock I relaxed a bit.

When these dry out, I'll need to stick them in the mail.

I knit these for a friend and her daughter. They can share or decide who gets which pair. I hope they bring some warmth and happiness.

I think ankle socks are great warm weather knitting projects. I haven't been knitting as much as I'd like, but that's how it goes.

There is so much to do this evening, but I'm secretly hoping to cast on something else tonight. Fingers crossed, knitters.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Share

I saw this photo on the internet and I saved it and thought I'd share it because it gives me great joy. I've been trying to enjoy stories, hobbies, get my kid off to another school year, work and work and work and get over an illness and keep my sanity.

The sanity part is still questionable.

Some days I'm very tired. But today I'm laughing at cats on the backs of sheep.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Reads and I'm sorry, some ranting

I have finished 3 books this summer and it feels good. I know some of you are prolific readers, but this is the hobby that has suffered the most in the past years. Time. Never. Enough. Time.

Anyhow this is what I read and my general feelings.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
This was a real page turner for me. I had a 2 hour flight between Copenhagen and Split and I literally read over a hundred pages easily. I loved the flow of the writing. Ishiguro's style is classic show don't tell. The ability to allow specifics to be revealed through description and subtle indicators in plot is always a joy, especially when a story is being told first person -- which can easily devolve in being told what is of value.

It's an odd dystopian memoir fiction piece that may not make any sense, but it's better that way. I promise you. The truth is it really focuses on human relationships, human nature and the odd dynamics of friendship through the years.


Magpie Murders: A Novel by [Horowitz, Anthony]

I really wanted a nice little murder mystery for my travels. I had started this book a while before, but never got around to finishing it because you know, life. Well I was so pleased to pick it back up during my holiday. I really enjoyed it in the beginning it had a great familiar feel to it. It alludes to Agatha Christie, Midsommer Murders and a bunch of other British Mysteries. It captures that old "village vibe" and went with some British commentary.
I am glad I read it. I was fine with the finish, but there were a few times when I felt like it was trying a bit hard, but I liked it. Also maybe my attention span was waning because I was hurrying to figure out who did it. I read a lot of this in the car.

If you love murder mysteries as much as I do, I'd add it to your list. I have it on my kindle and I can imagine in a few years rereading it because I probably won't remember who did it. Old Age or a creature of habit that likes all things to feel like a favorite cardigan?

This is like YA RomCom. This was potato chip reading. This was best read alone at the kitchen table with a bowl of soup for lunch where I literally laughed out loud every few paragraphs. Goodness High School was such an awkward time. The FEELINGS!! So Many Feelings!!

*most of these feelings are embarrassment, confusion and frustration.

As I mentioned I hear my sister's voice as the narrator because though my sister is very quiet, she's actually a Feeler and when they get her going she can be a little all over the place. I'm just very loud and expressive. She's just chaotic emotion. Feels one way, it comes out another. Also, my sister expressed more interest in boys than I did at that age. Oh I was boy crazy in my brain but I tried to be really cool about it. My sister had bona fide BOYFRIENDS in High School.

I'd lend it to her right now but she's on my poop list. I love her, I'll be over it in another day. I should've been over it in 2 hours, but I don't work like that.

Anyways, you see? It's made me think and feel all the feelings, just like a high school Celine Dion and here we are. AutumnGeisha mentioned there is a series. So here I am, waiting for the rest of my books to come so I can decide what I think of the entire series and tell you. I do not think I'll be reading YA RomComs on the regular, but I am enjoying this.

I want my son to read it because he's an actual High Schooler so I'm sure he'll tell me what is ridiculous and I am secretly trying to infiltrate his cool guy genres of Sci Fi and Action Movies and "Art". (All of which I love too, but his Dad is really feeding some B grade stupid stuff to him and some things that require a little more focus in my opinion. But what can you do?)

I made them watch When Harry Met Sally for my birthday. And everyone was reluctantly admitting it was cuter and better than they thought it would be. I'm not super gushy, but you know, no one likes a snob. If you try different things a few times then you might have a more credible explanation of why you don't like it.

Anyways the movie is being released on Netflix August 17th. Very excited. This is how I will be spending my Friday night. AND Crazy Rich Asians is being released in the movie theaters the same weekend. In my entire life I can't remember 2 mainstream (not subtitled ART) movies featuring Asian Leads opening within the same year let alone the same weekend. This is kind of a big deal to me. 

I was hoping the Kid would read the book before he watched the movie, but I'm not going to push it. He's reading another YA right now, and he still has a bunch of summer assignments to finish so I shouldn't fuss. But ... JUST FOR ALL THAT MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, READ. PLEASE JUST READ!

Sorry that capitalized Mom moment was brought to you by teenage parenting. If you ever would've told me that one day this child would need to be reminded to read I would've given you the "what?" face. 

Oh parenthood, you tricky tricky beast.

He can cook for himself, so see you are all my witnesses and it is now documented, I mother of H has said something positive about him, as he is not just what he can do or what he should do. Nominate me please as petty parent of the year and I will make you all feel infinitely better about whatever job you are doing yourselves.

We could've had a cat. Cats are so cute you don't care if they don't do dishes or leave the convection door open ... EVERY. DAY.

Think like a Positive Mom Says: He went for a walk on his own today and took out the compost, recycling and trash and gave me a morning hug without being asked yay. (I know his hugs are a bit bonier than a cat snuggle but I'll take it.)

Alright enough venting. What are you all reading? What movies are you looking forward to seeing? What's in your Netflix queue?

OOooo maybe next post will be a media one ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Wednesday Whatknot

I'm happy so many of you enjoyed my travel / packing commentary post. Kathy mentioned she was going to share it with her boys and I have to say I really enjoyed packing the boys. They require extra socks and lots of adapters, cables and expensive @ss noise cancelling headphones. We used to have one pair that were supposedly a birthday present of mine. In 3 years I have never worn them as someone else needs them more. That's ok with me. I'm very happy with my little earbuds, the other noise doesn't bug me as much.

Have knitting will travel with a smile.

What else? Well it seems nature is having her way with the Nation's summer temperatures ... again. Flooding, ridiculous heat. I worry for people that do not have the necessary access, support and infrastructure for such extremes. Some areas have patterns so they are prepared, some ... not so much.

Well not to humble brag, but I'm gonna. Here's a tweet regarding the bubble I live in:

For the record. July is never warm in SF. It's infamously foggy. You get sun from 11 am - 4pm -- maybe in SF proper. I would say our warmer month is end of August - first week or so of October but I may be recalling my youth and not the shift that we've been recently experiencing.

Look at me, full blown grown up chatting about the weather. Ha! 

I am reading YA right now. "To All the Boys I Loved Before." It's young, so easy and makes me laugh outloud. For whatever reason the main character reminds me of my sister. It's told first person, so that's the voice I hear when I read it. You could read this thing in like 4 hours, but I'm busy! I will finish it this weekend for sure. Then I will give you my final verdict on this summer read, along with a book I finished on vacation. I know, I will have read two books. WHO AM I?!?!

I am knitting a pair of socks, meaning I'm knitting 2 pairs from the same yarn for a mother / daughter team. One pair is done, I'm half way through the first sock of the second pair. Give it a little time kids. I'm working on it. I'm a very monogamous knitter these days. It's odd.I used to be such a project slut, but you know there's no shame here. Knit your life how you want to as long as you're enjoying yourself and all projects are consenting.

There are some people I think that were hoping for a few items a while ago, but it is what it is. I never made promises. I have to follow the knitting mojo.

Whats your whatknot? What's got you happy and what's got you fraying and fretting?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ellen's Travel Items

If you're anything like me, you like to keep it efficient when you pack. Even if I over pack a tad, I want to know there was a specific purpose I expected out of an item. In this post I'll discuss winning travel items, and things that weren't used.

So this was a cross between a site seeing and beach vacation (though technically the coast of Croatia is very rocky. )


This thing was easy to pack, easy to carry in 2 ways and took a beating. Love it. Very reasonably priced for the quality. Can be used for carry on I think, Quick weekend get aways, and yes, in my 40s still dragging my laundry to our parents house when we visit. (City apartment living, man)

These were light weight to pack, though I wore them home -- I threw away a pair of Sketcher wedge mules I had worn and then beaten up on the way over. These sandals were surprisingly manageable on the cobblestones and were flexible with shorts and dresses for dinner.

3, Linen

I wore 2 linen dresses from Madewell and a pair of shorts from Marine Layer. I wear the dresses regularly at home when the weather is right and I figured I might as well have a nice pair of shorts if I'm going to wear shorts, because ugh, shorts give me some seriously unhappy middle school insecure feelings. But I think I conquered my issues this trip, at least for travel in warm weather. Don't think you'll see me sporting them to the grocery store.

4. Leggings
Whatever you like, these and a tunic shirt make for a feeling much like traveling in your jammies but a little more put together. I admit, I like expensive high waisted leggings that hold everything in if you know what I mean. There are leggings with pockets now. Did you know that? Did you know Spanx makes leggings?!?

Oh the irony. I was actually going to donate this 2 months earlier because I never used it. I bought it last year for my trip to Germany to visit Mom and I used it very little (because my mother is always pulling things from her closet she thinks are better. "Ellen, that is too small, what can you put in there? One Euro? EEGADS!"

But I digress. This my friends is a winner. After getting pickpocketed 3 years ago, I made sure to get something with zippers, snaps and cross body. I think last summer I did find it a little small, but I'm carrying less so it worked this time around. I even managed to stick a sock in knit progress in there. Though that did take up a bit of space.

The husband and I each have one of these that we cart around to the beach, river, etc. They are super lightweight and way better to pack than a beach towel. I bought a pack of them on Amazon and gave one to each of the boys that were traveling. They all had their own color so it was easy to identify. On top of this, it served as makeshift blanket and folded pillow, scarf on the road and general comfort item.

7. AE Wireless bra

This is a mall discovery. I love this wireless bra I got on sale that is super comfortable and easy to pack. It's soft but has structure and it doesn't make my boobs look weird. I've got this thing about wireless, I've always assumed it was a young girl or for girls of a certain size game. Well, this works for me. My bestie who is small in body but bigger in boobs has found her own version from the same mall rat brand.  Hey if it works, it works.

Ellen's Losers:
1. I forgot traditional flipflops so I bought some over priced ones there, but my friend Mrs. B. helped me pick them out and that means they are pretty cute, ha!
2. Lightweight sneakers. Didn't slap them on once, yet I would pack them again. What if?!?
3. Long dress. Nice idea, but I didn't pack the right undergarments. Just too high maintenance. 
4. Scratched reading glasses. Check and double check. First day back to work I sent them out to be re-lensed. LOL
5. I never pack enough toothpaste. Dental hygiene is important.

Pro tip: Always pack the following in your carry on.
1. Freshies (clean underwear)
2. Travel Deodorant
3. Toothbrush & toothpaste
4. Hairbrush/hair band
5. Scarf/Wrap pashmina or turkish towel style
6. Purell and/or hand lotion
7. Refillable water bottle.
8. Pain reliever, anti-inflammatory of choice
9. Lip balm

1 set of  clean clothes in case your luggage is lost.

What are your essentials or lessons learned?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer Holidaze

Well, last time I posted I was speeding along in the beginnings of summer. Trying to enjoy some knitting mojo. I was also trying to prep at work and home for our family summer holiday.

We went to Croatia and met up with two families filled with good friends. Our boys all met in Kindergarten and brought us all together, and well it's been so fun growing up together.

For a few reasons, we couldn't all be out at the same time. One of the families was kind enough to chaperone H. for the first week or so until we were able to fly out.

The first week the families along with some other friends sailed along the Adriatic. Our friends were sweet enough to send us some photos and keep us posted on how everything was going. It sounded like the Kid did alright and was well behaved enough. (Though our friends are so polite and sweet, I doubt they would tell us if he was a little sh*t -- but I'm pretty sure he saves his tough stuff for us.)

Teenagers lounge a lot. It's exhausting you know, teenaging while on vacation. He said it was really fun and relaxing. Living the dream right?

When the husband and I got there we met them at their final port in Split. We drove to the Marina and met them for dinner on land, it was full of outside restaurant seating and happy tourists and World Cup being shown. We got a chance to say hello to some other people that would not be traveling on with us. The vibe settled it, we were on vacation!

The next week we drove up the north of the Croatian coast. Our friends had been there previously and so we just enjoyed their previous experience and were happy to follow along their itinerary. They are such easy going and fun people. It was nice to feel like we could all travel together. I hope they felt the same.

It's beautiful. None of us had ever been to the Adriatic. It was salty and blue and easy to float in. The dining was heavily influenced by the sea and Italy I want to say.

We had a 5 hour drive back to Split to fly out so we checked out a day before everyone else so we wouldn't be rushed to make our 10am flight. We had just enough time to wander around an odd neighborhood to find some late night eats and get a glass of wine in the hotel lobby.

The next morning we flew to Copenhagen where we had a 22 hour layover. It might sound exhausting but actually it was enough time for us to get a chance to explore the city center which is great for walking and biking. We had a nice dinner outside in the Meatpacking District and as an extra treat before returning home we stayed at a nice hotel. (Though to be completely honest, everywhere we stayed was pretty awesome in it's own way.)

My husband returned to work the next day and I took one more day off to shake off the jet lag. Unlike my young son and my early rising husband (they are both morning people -- gross), I don't bounce back quite so quickly.

I have not stop daydreaming about taking another trip since. I had such a good time with my friends and family. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Looks like knitting is back on the menu.

Yes, I have found a little more knitting time. Enough to finish that pair of socks for my friend, Miche.

Shes says they fit and I'm delighted. I hope they bring her some cozy happiness.

My name is Ellen and I love German sock yarn.
I also started that giant knitting project my mother gifted me LAST year in Germany. I tried to follow the basic instructions/pattern variations/cast on my mother included from the woman who was selling the kit, but I added some stitches for the cast on and settled on doing a stockinette throw. I didn't slip the first stitch, because I read that somewhere in her general instructions, I thought it was a big yarn, big needle directive, but I wished I had. I don't wish it enough to undo what I have. LOL.

The yarn is actually 4 strands that make up an almost ribbon like look. Gives me some idea for some random yarn I have not actually purged myself of yet but I shouldn't get ahead of myself yet, and just focus on finishing this project first, right?

I thought it would go faster than it has, but even though I'm knitting more, I'm not knitting every day. I just can't. That's how it is.

I've already got another pair of socks on my needles for when I'm out and about. However my next thinking project (means home knitting only) will be another baby sweater. People and their babies. Sheesh.

* speaking of menus here was afternoon tea on Sunday:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trying to enjoy the hours: Highlights of the happy

It's been a long time since I last posted. A number of reasons. The main one I think is that I'm not knitting as much. I was baking a lot since soccer and softball were underway, but it was much of the stuff I've shared before.

And this is what's been happening, much of the same stuff as I've shared before.

It's ok. I've worked really hard at being as boring as this.

But I'm not bored, and honestly I don't think I'm all that boring. I like stuff, I like to do stuff. I know some nice people that like to hang out :)

(I think I'm pretty funny, but my son thinks my jokes are super bad. Bad like they stink, not like Michael Jackson Bad which is cool. in case you weren't sure what we all mean.)

Lately, I'm trying to think and SAY good things and not just be the natural snarky snot of commentary that runs in the back of my head. It's important to back down if all you are about to do is yuck someone else's yum. I think I have been working on battling some of the inner negative. I was wound a little tightly coming out of the winter, more than I like to admit.

I miss knitting. I started up again this week. Yes, normally I miss a day or two but never as long as it's recently been. I'm knitting some socks for my friend Miche that I hope will fit.

The last pair I knit were for my friend, Georgia.

I still have big knitting dreams, but I'm tired a lot. I sleep better, I exercise more and I'm trying to stay on top of my laundry more. Laundry is so overwhelming it really is. So instead of knitting when I'm watching sports, I've been doing laundry. Remember 1 machine for 6 units in the building, I gotta be on it. ha!

The world, the grind. I'm keeping pace. I'm ok. So here are a few highlights of happy:

Molasses Cookies

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake w/crusty sugar top!

Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake. You fold the whipped egg whites INTO the batter. FLUFFY.

Any Yay! It's Time for the World Cup!! Send me all your duplicate stickers ;)

Find your happy. xoxo

Monday, February 12, 2018

Buttermilk Biscuits

Since a few of you asked about the buttermilk biscuit recipe. I thought I'd post the link/recipe I used.

Here are a few notes from me.

1. I melt one stick of butter for the actual batter in a small sauce pan to add to my chilled buttermilk. While the biscuits are baking I melt an additional tablespoon to then brush on the finished product. Melting all 9 tablespoons to then divide after seems silly to me, but whatever works for you.

2. My oven doesn't do well over 400 degrees. I rent so getting a new oven isn't really an option and I want my landlord to like me so I do not ask/request much. So I baked them at 400. I just kept an eye on them for the timing. Not a problem. I check them at about the 15 minute mark. If you are not sure how your oven runs, check at 10 mins then 15 and watch the color.

3. I've used these for breakfast sandwiches, fried chicken sandwiches, plain as a side or in the morning just with jam. They definitely stand up by themselves. There are only 3 of us in the apartment so I keep them in a ziplock bag. I will often put them in a fridge if I'm worried about them going off/stale and then toast them back up in the toaster oven. I don't know bread storage rules so I just make up my own.

I think I've posted about this breakfast bread as well that I converted into biscuits, but just in case... Really lovely served with soft scrambled eggs with sauteed veggies. I take the batter and ice cream scoop it into a muffin pan :)

For those of you trying to determine what the posset is like I would say it's a citrus cream with the texture of pudding? Smooth and bright. I highly recommend regular lemons instead of Meyers or mix with the meyers to avoid being too sweet.

Friday, February 9, 2018

This and that

I don't have any finished knitting for you right now. I'm knitting but it's very slow and methodical. A pair or 2 of handwarmers in a chunky-ish weight yarn.

I have not been knitting as much as I'd like mainly because by the time I have time, I'm exhausted.

But you know, I'm busy. It's not crazy. I might be crazy, but things aren't. I'm just busy. But here are a few highlights of the past week. (I know you were just dying  for the info.)

My son has not been very active since Fall soccer finished. We didn't push it. We thought we'd give him some time to continue focusing on his first semester in High School. We thought, you know, he can use this time to maybe see if there are other interests or sports he'd like to explore besides soccer. (We can feel the interest waning)

Well what the heck to parents know? Squat. The Kid does better with some structure. He does not self explore without a nudge out the door.

So I signed him up for a 5k. He was not excited to be there.

I was even less enthused. I've been really good about being consistently active but the running thing? Yeah not feeling it. The things we do out of love ...

I haven't been baking much either. Just biscuits. I'm kind of obsessed with a new to me buttermilk biscuit recipe. It's so easy and so rewarding. But that will change. Next month both soccer for him and softball for me start up. Cookies for spring sports.

The Teen took a turn in the kitchen after his Dad brought home a bunch of lemons. A lemon posset so simple and so delicious. Give it a try. Bonus points if you can get someone else to make it for you.

This Tuesday I went to a Silent Reading Party hosted by some local do gooders. People come together in a public space to read silently for about 2 hours. Drink purchases and donations go towards a local underfunded public school library. I used to tease a  good friend of mine who served as hostess this month about this concept, but I really enjoyed it. I think that I haven't been able to read for more than 30 mins at a time before that. I was home in time to spend most of the evening with my family ... and hopefully I left a small donation that will put a book in some students' hands.

Wishing you all a good weekend. Be happy, healthy and crafty.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Christmas Socks 2017

Considering I finished my 2016 Xmas socks at the end of 2017, I think I'm doing pretty well. I wore those while I knit these. ha!

Aside from the tangle from hell, I really enjoyed knitting these socks.  I think this is the first time I have ever done a contrast cuff, heel, and toe. Can you believe that? I just never got around to it, but I saw the example on one of the West Yorkshire Spinners sites, (website? Intagram?) and was wooed. I didn't even mind weaving the ends in.

Something I'm noticing with my basic sock construction. I like a very wide toe and will decrease until there are still 16 or even 18 left on the needles. It means I need to knit on the foot a little longer than other people, but that's ok. I am here for relaxed toes and not squish squashed ones.

I'll tell you the truth. My love of Christmas socks is something borderline bonkers. I am obsessed with hunting down Christmassy sock yarn. I gravitate towards the red / green/ white combination, but I'm also susceptible to Gingerbread themes. I ordered some that I saw Autumngeisha knit up that just wooed me.

This means I will plan on knitting multiple pairs of Christmas socks for 2018. I will start in October. Really I will! There is a project that I'm hoarding for behind Christmas socks, I am going to eventually (maybe when I retire?) knit a sock square blanket thing that's completely Christmas sock themed. Imagine!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Baby Gramps Cardigan made by a Grumpy Knitter

I'm embarrassed to say I started this in June when my neighbor had her son early. I thought no big deal, I'll finish it way before he can grow out of it ...

And now he is 7 mos old.

I'll be honest. I usually turn to the Baby Sophisticate for my old man cardigan. However ChrisKnits knits up a beautiful Gramps AND really likes the pattern. She found the shape better fitting for babies as well, which was well worth a try.

The pattern is not difficult.

So why was this so hard for me to finish?

1. My first road block came right after casting on and the set up row:

Row 1 (RS): [knit to 1 st before marker, m1, k2, m1]
4 times, knit to end [8 sts inc]

I was perplexed. Then I went to the posts for the pattern and someone else basically wrote what I was smacking the side of my head about:

I cast on the second smallest size. Row 2 tells you to knit until one stitch before marker m1, k2, m1. 
There’s only 2 stitches before the first marker.

The response:
Right, so you will k1, m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1

It's very hard to feel motivated when you struggle 2 rows or so after casting on.

2. The color I got really tired of this blue. I know, it's Manchester City Blue so I should be like yay!! But I'm a grumpy knitter. I do not have a reason for being tired of it other than it was stash yarn. I need to get over it, because most of the coming year is dedicated to a lot of stash knitting.

3. Halfway through the shawl I realized I hadn't done any of my ribbing with smaller needles AND, I forgot how to properly shortrow when picking up in ribbing. ugh. Thank you Googles.

4. Didn't like the buttons I originally picked out so I had to go to the ... STORE. Where I spent more money than I needed to because where there are buttons there are usually other things too, like fabric, crafts and yarn. (psst, I don't even sew!)

It all worked out.

I have another old man cardigan to knit for a 3 year old and yes, I'm going to use The Gramps pattern again, with stash yarn, but this time, it's a darker heather blue. Maybe I'll wait a few projects before I cast on. Still, feel free to wish me luck ;)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2 For Friends

I made two pairs of hand warmers with stash yarn:  Lion Brand's Landscape.

I remember loving the colorway when I was in the craft/fabric store with my sister. The colors proved themselves lovable.

It was really fun watching these knit up.

The yarn is surprisingly soft for acrylic and was not as hard on my hands as acrylic can be. I wonder if it's the roving like texture. Regardless I'm pleased with the results.

Two of my friends saw the mitts I made earlier for the holidays and expressed their like so I put them both on my list. They both will do well with this colorway.

I posted one to Spain and one in SF at lunch. I hope they provide some warmth and comfort to 2 people that have always shown me kindness and comfort.

Knex Knitting Steps (yes, I'm knitting knerd enough to put a K in front of anything)

  • I did it ChrisKnits! I have all but finished the Gramps baby sweater. I'll write a full debrief as soon as the buttons are on and the ends are weaved in. Hmm, where did I put those buttons? I hope they fit!
  • Finish those Xmas 2017 socks because the 2nd sock is found and I'm about halfway through the foot ... I feel a finish around the corner.
  • My cousin's Basic Rib hat! Because Little E is adorable.
What's on your knitting agenda?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Back on Track!

Joy of joys. Your good wishes and Kathy B's magic chants have returned the wayward sock.

I came home yesterday and while I was doing the leftover dishes from the morning I asked my son to tidy up the living room a little. I said, "Hey, let me know if you find a knit sock. I can't find one of my Christmas socks."

He wandered off to his room, came back and said he found it with his clean laundry he put away earlier that day. (Of course, he just left it in the hamper) I gave him a big hug. Ah so many things we try to do at the same time, with our hands full. At least this is my excuse for it being in there.

So to celebrate I knit the heel flap last night :)

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about my gift knits that I said I was going to work on this weekend. I have already sorted two new projects into project bags.

Keep your crafting dreams alive friends! Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Okay let's just get this out of the way. Because the thought is just rolling around in my brain like a crazy train.

I have lost a sock.

Yes, remember that Christmas Sock 2017 that I knit but had gotten stuck in a tangle? Well earlier this week, I hung out with my friend Mrs. B. and her sister, Kate. Kate loosened it up with her magic hands and ... I was off knitting again. I brought the other sock with me for some reason, probably to keep my crap together.

So as I was back on track with the leg of my 2nd sock -- while taking a break from handwarmer knitting I realized I couldn't remember how many rows I knit for the leg. So, I went to dig out sock #1 to count and reconcile. Well I couldn't count.

It is no where to be found.

I asked Mrs. B. if perhaps I left it at her house. Negative.


I am hoping it turns up somewhere, but I am preparing myself I may have to play some yarn chicken and reknit it.

Something exciting happened today. My cousin in Colorado texted me that her youngest son who I knit a hat for when he was just a baby really liked the hat, but it was getting too small and would I consider making another in a larger size.


So guess what I'm working on this weekend?

I pulled a groin muscle over the weekend and have not been able to exercise properly since Sunday.

I'm resting. I'm stretching as much as I can. I'm knitting. (I have some ends to weave in, but I'll have 2 more pairs of hand warmers to share shortly). I baked a Chai Cinnamon Swirl Cake.

It was ok. the bake was not even enough.

I also got rid of 2 boxes of STUFF in my apartment. There is so much more to go through and get rid of but I'm pleased with any amount of unnecessary moving out.

Everyone's blogs have me all excited to knit as much as I can. Following other people's leads I am focusing on knitting from my stash in 2018:
  • Lunar New Year red hand warmers for Mama Chang (my friend's mother who always sends me curry soup!)
  • Pre-Schooler hat for my dear little cousin.
  • TinCan Knits Gramps sweater. I have to finish one of these in the name of Chrisknits because I know she loves this pattern. For some reason, I struggle with it.
  • Flaum for a friend of mine who looks good in everything and is perpetually elegant and modern.
  • Ellen Cardigan
  • A Throw
  • A box of socks!! I want to knit all the socks! It may be a small box since I do not plan to knit them all for myself, but who cares! I love socks, I love boxes, it'll work out!
Wishing you good thoughts.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Finish in the past and present

It really is true, there is no bigger thanks for a handknit gift than that of knowing it's used. (For baking I think it's if someone asks for seconds, for you to make it again or for the recipe!)

Thank you guys for the nice words about the handwarmers I've been knitting. I have to admit you might be seeing them a bit on the blog since it seems to be what I've been knitting a lot of.

Here is a picture of my little friend when she was just a wee elementary school lass with her original handwarmers. These were a lovely wool, Crystal Palace yarns I believe.

And here she is photo courtesy of her big brother who is besties with my son after she got them this morning.

Here's to knitting some more happiness this weekend. All the best to everyone.