The Patchwork Afghan


This is a very soft and cushy afghan and I don’t know whether or not it can be called a baby blanket. When I bought the yarn, people kept saying what a lucky baby, but the pattern is for an afghan and not a blanket. I didn’t have a baby in mind when I bought the yarn and when I set out to make a baby blanket with it, I didn’t like it.

So I guess this isn’t a baby blanket.
Unless someone buys it for their baby.

This was made with Bernat Softy Chunky and has stockinette, seed stitch, and cable squares. 3 different squares, 4 colors and it still came out in order. I don’t know how it happened. It’s very soft, but not overly warm so it might make a good ankle warmer. It will be placed for sale during the Pleasant Home sale next week and since it will be a very reasonably priced $30-$35, I know it is going to sell. The photo really doesn’t do it justice. (I need to hone up on my skilz.)

The Last Lecture


I just finished bawling like a baby. I just finished ready ‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch.
It’s so simple and makes so much sense. And the reason it’s a popular book is because we know it makes sense and yet we don’t do what he says.

The tips on how to live your life are so breathtakingly simple and we don’t give ourselves permission to follow them when we instinctively know what they are. I’ve always said for every new technology we create that brings us one step forward; it also comes with two steps back. We’ve created ourselves into too busy lives that leave little room for communication even though it supposed to give us greater contact.

I loved this book and right after I finished it and dried my tears, I got an email from someone I think is truly one of the most gentle, kindest souls I’ve ever met and I told myself to tell her that and I shook my head saying to myself I could never be that vulnerable. Then before I did this post, I made myself answer her email and tell her just that.

I’m going to take note of those tips and see how I can use them in whatever time I have left. Now that I am of a ‘certain age’ I know there are far less years ahead of me than there are behind and if I am aware of that, then I should be aware that I can make them wonderful for myself, my family and my community.

At the very least, I should give it a shot.

Happy Birthday to Me..Happy Birthday to Me..There are winners in the contest..Happy Birthday to me!

It’s my birthday and I am celebrating by announcing the two winners of the yarn giveaway.

The HB bought me knitting books for my birthday but they are still in the box unopened. I asked him if I could have one of the two days ago and he refused. My sister suggested I open them at midnight, but I was busy knitting a legwarmer and the HB was pouting because he doesn’t want me to ask about presents until the day I’m supposed to get them. So there they sit.
(Don’t worry, I will open them in a minute) but let’s get on with the important stuff!!

The winners of the great yarn giveaway were selected by the HB at about 4 this morning before he went off to Menard’s for the Black Friday rush.
And the two winners are:

Chelsea and Sue!! YEA!!!!

Send me an address and your box of yarn will be on the way!

Thanks so much to everyone who commented and stopped by. This was great fun. I have no doubt I will have yarn to do it again because I did buy some more yarn last week!! ( I needed it; I really did)

Hope your Thanksgiving was plentiful!!

Cute Little Boatneck Sweater

Yes, it’s really that little. This is the cutest little infant sweater! Let me tell you, I had the front, back done and finished the sleeves t’other day so all I really had to do yesterday was to sew this puppy up.

Am I really smarter than a fifth grader? Because I didn’t get the instructions on how they wanted this thing assembled. Now, this is not my first nor my second sweater so why I just didn’t assemble it the way I had the others is beyond me. But I wanted to follow the designer’s instruction but they didn’t make any sense to me. So I did what I should have done..

I called Marilyn to read the instructions out loud to her to see if I was really as dense as I thought.

I wasn’t. “Why do they want that sewn first? Just do it the way you think.”
So I did. And about eleven last night I was doing the happy song:

“I have a sweater! I have a sweater! I have…one sleeve upside down!”

What? Why are the stripes on one sleeve closer to the neck and on the other sleeve they’re closer to the bottom? Somewhere a fifth grader is feeling quite vindicated.
Can I pass it off as a design feature? Should I just place it in the donate pile? Should I take the offending sleeve out and flip it over and reattach? I’ll just donate it. No one will notice. I noticed and I don’t notice anything. Ok, I’ll take it out and redo it. Done.

“I have a sweater! I have a sweater! It’s a cute sweater! Duke, let’s take a walk to celebrate! I know it’s midnight, but let’s take a walk anyway.” Duke is always up for a walk and so we did a midnight walk – it was only ten minutes, but it was a nice ten minutes.

And it’s a sweater!!

Hurry, It’s Almost Over

Simple Mom is doing a great giveaway for reusable bags but the contest ends in a few days…get on over to her blog and join the more than 700 people who have entered the contest. Hey someone has to win…why shouldn’t it be you? (or me?)

It’s Your What?

So, I completed the HB’s new scarf -putting my other wips on hold so he could be snuggly and warm. I thought I would put the scarf on his chair where he would see it in the morning when he got dressed. I was walking into the bedroom and he met me at the door because he was going to the bathroom. I told him his scarf was done and I was putting it on the chair.
When he came back to bed he said, “Did you say my scarf was done?’
“Yes.”
“Wow. Thanks, babe.”
Fast forward a few hours later when he’s walking into the house from work. (He works from 5am to 9am because that’s what you do after you retire.)
“How’s the scarf?’
“It’s upstairs.”
“You didn’t use it?”
“Oh no. That’s my dress scarf.”

Is your face looking now like my face looked then? Somewhere between what the___ and huh?

“It’s your what?”
“My dress scarf for Sundays.”
“Does it get cold only on Sundays?’
“No.”
“What are you using on those days?’
“Just my coat.”

There’s not a chapter for this in Men For Dummies. I don’t know what else to say.

A New Scarf for the Old HB


So, the HB wanted a plain, black scarf. No special stitches, no patterns, I couldn’t even add just a touch of brown. A plain, black scarf.

I didn’t want to knit that.

So, I crocheted it instead. I haven’t done much crochet lately and there was a time I prefered crochet to knitting. I’m crocheting one of the wips and decided I would crochet his scarf. I just finished a few moments ago while watching Pride and Prejudice on my DVR. (Along with some episodes of Knitty Gritty and Needle Arts Studio.) He hasn’t seen it yet. I will leave it on his chair so he will see it in a few hours when he wakes up. And he’ll need it. Winter has begun in Chi-town and it’s a little nippy out there at 4:30 in the morning when he leaves.

So, this is all single crochet (except for one row of double crochet I threw in just to be obstinate.) Used all of the skein of “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby. I do love this yarn. It’s cushy and soft. And knit up pretty cleanly – though I did run into a knot where they joined some yarn. No big deal, it got lost in the scarf somewhere.

He told me he would probably find his scarf after I made this one. No matter, I told him he would have an option between the black scarf and the black scarf.

What a nice wife he has. And the stash is one skein lighter.
Y’all know I’m gearing up to go shopping, right?

What Goes Around

The H-B has been bumbling around for a few days grumbling because he cannot find his winter scarf. It was there one moment and gone the next and he doesn’t know where he put it. It’s not in his car. It’s not in my car. It’s not at his mom’s condo. It’s lost.

After a few days of this, I spoke up (well, the fun was gone for me so I had to move on)
“Would you like me to make you a scarf?” (While thinking – you have a wife who knits, you could have had a scarf an hour after you lost the first one.)

“Did you make the last one?” (Hmmm, couldn’t tell if he was being sarcastic or not, but I think not, just surly.)

“No, but does it matter? Do you think it was lost because it might or might not have been homemade?” (Definately sarcastic)

“No.” (Grumble, grumble. Open closet door for the umpteenth time, close closet door with no scarf)

“So, would you like me to make you a scarf?’

“Yeah, why not?’

“Would you like another black one?”

“Yes.”

“I will check and see what black yarn I have in my stash.”

“There’s some in that box.”

That box? “You mean in the box of yarn you’re making me give away? I’m pretty sure I have more black yarn that won’t turn me into a false advertiser. Would you like a scarf or a cowl?”

“A scarf.”

Man, how I wish I didn’t have those other skeins of black yarn in the upstairs stash. I could have turned that into a legitimate reason to shop.

The Upstairs Stash


I’ve been working away on my wip’s. (I started the cutest little baby sweater last night and it’s almost done already. It’s for a newborn and it’s adorable!) I needed to go through the stash to see if I could find some more of the blue yarn I need for another project – and since we’re in the midst of our yarn giveaway and I’ve been talking about the stash, I thought it might be interesting to show it.

This is the upstairs stash – most of it. That’s right, there’s an upstairs stash, a stash on the main floor and a stash in the basement. What you don’t see are the drawers in the dresser in the bedroom that have yarn in them. The yarn on the top are some of the skeins going into the second box of yarn I’ll be giving away. There’s nine skeins there and more to be added from the other stash points. This mix of yarn can be best described as vintage cuz there are some oldies in there but there’s also some Lion brand cupcake, some bernat softee chunky and lion brand jiffy. I don’t know what else will make it in there, but something will by the 28th. So keep those comments coming and tell your friends about it – you may not win it, but they could and then you can guilt them into sharing.

What A Wonderful (Knitting) World

Who knew there was so much out there in the blogosphere that has a knitting theme?
In addition to my giveaway; there one for a book on Stephanie’s Written Word. You can name a colorway on Knit Lunabud Knit and you can find out about all kinds of contests on WiKnit.

When Marilyn and I started StitchCraft, we thought we would just get together with some other knitters/crafters at church and gab while knitting. Now, we are well on our way to making $2000 for the mission…the mission we didn’t have any idea we would get into.

And I’ve met all you wonderful folks….that’s the great thing. Who knew it would be one of those things where you get more than you give? Wow, what a great community to belong to.

So listen, hubby-bubby wasn’t too keen on the box of yarn. He looked at it and said: “It’s pretty small and it doesn’t make a dent.” I decided to ignore that comment until I looked into another storage bin that was just sitting in my office. I thought it had office supplies. It is full of…sigh….yarn. Man, when he’s right, he’s not gonna be around to hear me admit it.

I will be giving away two boxes of yarn to two different winners.

Drat that man.