Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and book.  I finished C's sweater vest and have moved on to other projects.  I still randomly work on my Sylvi sweater and will show it to you someday.  

I started my two at a time toe up socks using the magic loop.  I actually started them about 12 times.  The directions call for Judy Beckers cast on.  So while watching YouTube I sat down to cast on.  I seriously started these socks multiple times.  My tension was off,  I wrapped the wrong needle a couple of times, and once I pulled the wrong needles when I started to knit and had to start over.  After uttering many a bad word, I succeeded and am working away on these socks.  I've had to dig out my reading glasses to work with this tiny needles and yarn!  
 Another project I started was this woven scarf from VOGUE knitting in an issue that I stashed from eight years ago.  I'm using leftover royal purple Cascade 220 superwash.  There are two garter stitch bands on either end and five 90" strips that are woven together in between.  
 I just started reading The Invention of Wings.  I'm only about eight pages in, so no opinion yet.  I finished reading The Racketeer by John Grisham.  That was certainly a page turner.
Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Sweater Vest

C's sweater vest is finished!  She wanted to wear it the day it was completed.  It's been in the upper 90's.  I said no and packed it into the drawer for this fall.   It's a little big, but it will be nice to wear over shirts for extra warmth outside this fall when coats aren't really needed yet.
This vest is called "vest with splits and optional hood"  the pattern was sent to me by Jodi from practisingsimplicity.  She had a picture of her little boy wearing one and I loved it.  She graciously mailed me a copy of the pattern all the way from Australia!

The yarn is Cascade Superwash DK that has been dyed with Kool-Aid.  We used black cherry, ice blue raspberry, lemonade and strawberry.  And then we mixed some of those colors together to make some interesting combinations.  It was a very easy pattern to follow, although I did mess up the bottom of the back and when I actually followed the directions on the front, I had to rip back to make it match the back.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Charity of the Month - May & June

Dave Ramsey says in his Financial Peace University class that "if you live like no one else now, later you can live and give like no else."  If you follow a budget and pay off all of your debt after you build your wealth, you can tithe to your church or donate to charity.  Donating is the last and final baby step of the seven baby steps.  We are far from baby step seven, but each month in the budget there is a line for donating.  We keep it small right now, usually about $20.00.  In the month of May, there was no extra in the budget for a donation.

My parents and I have season tickets to CU Women's basketball and my tickets were up for renewal in June.  Along with the price of tickets was a service fee and a seat donation.  My dad called the ticket office, yes the seat donation was a requirement in order to renew tickets.  I'm not sure why they didn't just increase the price of the season tickets rather than "require" a $50.00 donation.  I probably wouldn't have grumbled as much over a ticket increase as I did over paying a set donation amount.

I'm currently researching charities for donating to in July.  There are so many worthwhile charities but I think it is really important that my small donation actually be used for good, rather than put towards overhead (which is a need, I do understand that).  I like to check out Charity Navigator.  Each charity is given a star rating and is scored based on financial, accountability and transparency.  It also breaks down the financial and accountability aspects.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

* It's a race against time the birds.  We are definitely contenders in this race to see who can get the most cherries.  We picked a huge bowl full on Saturday and I picked another big bowl full of them today.  And as I was picking there were two big birds in the treetop eating away.  The plan is to make sour cherry jam and freeze some for pie.  I'm sure there are other cherry desserts in the works as well.  I love summer.

Pilot orders pizza for passengers stuck on his airplane when they diverted due to severe thunderstorms.   Yep that was one of Frontier's very own pilots.  He's a great guy and it doesn't surprise me that he did this.  I flew that night, but landed in between storms.  The drive home, however, was treacherous.  The lightening show was beautiful.  The torrential downpour was a little on the scary side.

Happy Thursday Friends.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The 52 Project- May & June

Well.  I certainly have been a slacker.  I've had all of these photos on my computer, but I've not done anything with them in ages.  I haven't organized them in flikr... I haven't put them into my shutterfly album... and I haven't posted them.  

May 2014

June 2014
And that brings us to the halfway point of the year!  Wait. What?  The year is half over already?

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  Now that the Dr. Who Scarf is completed, I can once again have multiple projects on the needles at the same time!

I was in Durango, CO two weeks ago and stopped into Yarn Durango.  I bought sock yarn!  Earlier in June, I was in Portland Oregon and while there I visited a crafting thrift store called The Knittn Kitten.  I bought 36 inch size 0 &1 circular needles figuring if I didn't like knitting socks by the magic loop method, I wasn't out too much money.

Anyhoo, the very nice lady at Yarn Durango printed out a two at a time- magic loop- toe up sock pattern off of Ravelry for me.   (This one!)  It's a customizable pattern...any size yarn and any size needle.  But... I have to do a test swatch!  Yikes!  I've never done that before.  I googled it and then I asked the other mama's in our Tuesday crafting group how to do it.  This is the beginning of my test swatch.  What I have realized from this so far is that I don't like tiny needles and I don't like tiny yarn.  Maybe I'll feel differently after I've made a pair of socks!

Last week I got the Snow Child from the library and was able to finish the last part of the of the book.   I must say that I wasn't all that enamored with the first two parts of the book.  But part three, I loved.  I am intrigued by how the author used a Russian Fairy Tail as the premise of her book.  Now I'm reading The Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger.  It's a murder mystery that takes place in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
Photo bomb assistance by Winston
Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dr. Who- Complete!!

It all started in November 2013.   I met my friends TT and Tim for lunch.  Tim says to me "how much do I have to pay you for you to make me a Dr. Who scarf?"  I replied (not knowing Thing One about Dr. Who)  "oh we'll work something out"  After all, I made the three of us Harry Potter scarves to wear to the midnight release parties for the books and all of the movies what could be so hard about a Dr. Who scarf?

When I got home that night I googled "Dr. Who scarf."  Imagine my surprise when I found out how long they were.  There is a website called (except I can't find it anymore, and it turns up some random page) that details different seasons and various yarns to create your very own Dr. Who scarf.  She has several yarn companies and the correct colors to match the scarf.  The ones I remember are Brown Sheep, Vanna's Choice, and Cascade 220.  I told Tim I would make it for him but he had to buy all of the yarn.  He bought Cascade 220.
The scarf itself is actually very easy.  Cast on 50.  Knit every row.  There are 53 color changes so while it is an easy knit, it doesn't make a very portable knit.  So I couldn't travel (for work) with the scarf.  But it was easy enough to knit at crafting on Tuesdays, knit on road trips and to watch TV while knitting.   I started it in January, but also worked on other projects.  Come March when I wasn't even halfway finished, I panicked a little bit and from then on pretty much only worked on the scarf.  The finished scarf is 11 1/2 feet long, just shy of what was supposed to be 12 feet!
Tim is going to wear it to Comic Con in San Diego in July.