Hello From Phoenix

I have no photos to share with you right now because I left my camera back in the hotel room. I haven’t seen my sister in five years…..five years. My great nephew is twice as tall as the last time I saw him. My brothers are here and my older sister’s plane was delayed twice but she should be here soon. It’s a sibling family reunion!!!

Nicole asked a question in the comments and I need to answer it – OK, she asked several and I need to answer them all.

Question 1: Do I stay with the trusty knit stitch? Not always. I did in the one that’s pictured in the last entry but the stitches can vary however you decide.

Question 2: Do I stay with the same needle size? Again, you can switch it up anyway you like and that would really make it interesting because the larger the needles, the lacier the work. I don’t know of one where I changed the needle size.

Question 3:Do you use whatever yarn suits your fancy? Indeed I do! What I will do is take an empty bag – like a huge storage bag – and go through my stash and just fill it up with whatever I put my hands on (unless I am going for a certain color then it’s whatever yarn of that color I put my hands on) then I pull one out, use it for a few rows, then put it in another empty bag, and use another one.

Question 4: Do I follow a pattern? I look at a pattern then do what I want.

The fun thing is to do what you want how you want. There really are no knit police or we all would be in the knitter jail – just do what you feel like doing – if that means following a pattern, then do it!

I am going to have a soda and spend some time with my sister and brother. I will take some photos and show them when I get back because I forgot to bring the cord that will let me upload them – hey, it was a good thing I remembered the camera!

What’s Up With That?

I am in an uncharacteristically bad mood. I woke up with a headache and I went to bed frustrated because…well…I’m not quite sure why.

I know I was feeling a little put out because I stepped away from writing something yesterday and when I came back – a scant few minutes later – there was a man sitting at my computer. My knitting/crocheting didn’t go at all well and I always feel a little funky before I go away from home.

I was trying to get myself out of it and then I remembered a line from ‘Kingdom Come’ which I am going to paraphrase. Sometimes you don’t fix things that are wrong sometimes you ‘just let it be broke a little while.” I am not going to try and talk myself into feeling better. I also will not try and stay in this bad mood. I am going to let it live and see if there is something else within me that will either encourage it to stay or move along. That will tell me a little bit about myself.

Today is my free day. The day I can eat whatever I want and I’ve already had my sugar fix and I think I’m good. I’ve finally gotten myself into the groove of it and it is going rather well. Not quite three weeks and the results have been good. Must thank the fabulous Melissa for inspiring me onward.
This afghan, the Bohemian Throw, was ‘sold’ to the church and given to a wonderful woman named Mary who is moving back to her home in Virginia after being in this area for about 40 years and our church for five or six. Mary has one of those gentle spirits that make you know there are really nice people in the world – and you’re not one of them but may consider it for the future.

I am also getting prepped for my next sermon which is to be delivered on May 22 and will be centered on 1 Peter Chapter 2:5-10, especially vs 9-10. Being a chosen people. We are still in the Easter season – the time of sacrifice, resurrection and ascension. And perhaps that’s what I am mentally going through. It will be better. Maybe this afternoon. Maybe tomorrow. But it will be better and that’s enough to know.

This Week’s Top Ten List

It’s an interesting morning so far – Mr. Honey is home and there are three police cars outside the house – though the two event are unrelated. But something is going on next door at the newlyweds house – that can’t be good.

Atutudes Twilight TuTu by Atutudes. I don’t really know if I like the tutu or the mannequin. Either way it make the list.
Original B&W Art by Sometimesiswirl. This is one of those things that just hits you. Don’t know why. But then, don’t need a reason why.
Angel and Owl by artbykatya I like the colors of this. As always, I am in awe of folks who can paint and draw. My paint by numbers kits come out looking like a Rorschach drawing.
Handmade Shea Butter Soap by Soap Deli – Besides looking really cool, I just got a book on making soap so it’s on my radar.
Red Riding Hood Heart by Classic Keepsakes – I was just thinking I had made it through half the list and not a piece of jewelry in sight and this smoky red beauty showed up!

The cars are still there but the bride just showed up and she and my neighbor went into the house with the police. Boy, Wisteria Lane comes to Chicago. In other news, our Easter service was really good. We are slowly getting more folks into the church and the service itself is really meaningful. I feel more spiritually involved and considering I don’t have a great attention span, that’s pretty good.

Mustard Yellow Bag by marbled – Not a tote bag but then I never said I loved only tote bags.
Nuage Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits – Cowls are cool (and warm) I like this because of the simple texture.
Quartz and moonstone earrings by aubepine I have a pair similar to these in a different color. These would catch the light and be fabulous!
Crochet Doily by Crochet Style – see, this is the kind of talent that makes you want to go up and slap somebody.
Peridot earrings by Annalis Jewelry – and they come in green, too! Brava!!

Well, the cars have gone, the street is clear and it looks like everything is back to normal. Duke was outside the whole time and he wasn’t barking like a banshee so whatever it was didn’t excite him and so it probably wasn’t much of anything – as much as that can’t be anything with three police cars and a half dozen police officers – most of them female, by the way.

I completed another square and another slouch beret. Today I am working on crocheting a bikini – yes, you read it right – I am crocheting a bikini. Live in fear.

Eighth Day

I want you to close your eyes and imagine it is day eight. The very first day eight. You’ve created the world and you’re coming back after the first weekend. Day eight. Close your eyes and view the world you created.

Are there flowers? Water? Is it a lake or an ocean? Is there a waterfall? Are there trees lush and green? Grass that won’t ever need cutting and a expansive, cloudless blue sky?

Where’s the canyon? You didn’t create a canyon? This is why, as often as we play at it, we are not really God. Only God would think to create a canyon and make it as vastly beautiful and breathtaking as that hole in the ground in the place we call Arizona.

Before God (or whomever) created us, he created a place for us to be. We were given a place to plant our feet. We have something firm holding us up while we reach for that which is above us. Hard to imagine we are all on a ball floating in a sky surrounded by a bunch of other balls circling a huge ball of fire and heat.

The same sky and wind that brings a refreshing drizzle can create an awesome tsunami. The heat and light that brings forth our food can also ignite a blaze that with all our technology still takes weeks to bring under control. It works in balance with itself and the time continuum is altered only when man does something to make life easier for ourselves.
The creation of the Earth is the single most awesome thing that ever was.

Before God created us He created a place to put us. A place that we were commanded to take care of because in doing that we would be sustained. God created neither house, sidewalk or street, but a home nonetheless that carries his breath within it. Just like us.

And so we should care for it. We should do what we can to preserve and maintain the first thing God ever created and found good. We may not be able to take ourselves back from the technology we’ve created – and in truth, none of us want to – but we can be conscious that when we take oil from the earth and replace it with nothing, we have changed the construction of our home. Since we cannot do with it then we should use it efficiently when we drive or heat our homes.

We can all do something to sustain and protect the air, the sky, the sea and the land. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Turn out the lights. Take public transportation a couple times a month. Plant a salad and patronize stores that feature locally grown fruits and veggies. Really, something we do can be altered and done in a way that sustains the earth and doesn’t put us out at all.

Earth does not come in generic form. It is our duty and our privilege to take care that the beauty of the first day is there on the last day and that we don’t hurry that day along because we did not do what was commanded of us.

Stand in the rain. Hug a tree. Happy Earth Day.

Sigh…

There is a new crochet hat sitting on the ottoman waiting to be photographed. In fact, there are several things waiting to be photographed. Yesterday I was logging in my completed items and making a list and I found some finished projects that I knew were somewhere. I also found some yarn.

I am just not in the mood for the photos – wait, I did promise I would show the completed homespun afghan: When I completed the afghan and went to fold it up, I discovered a hole. I think it happened when I was cutting ends and I cut something that should not have been cut. It took some clever mending for me to fix it. The hole was in the light blue section – do you see the hole? No – you don’t see the hole. It appears what I did was cut the join when I ran out of yarn – what a dip – and I crochet/knit it all together. After I tried different things like Tunisian crochet and regular crochet. The picture really does not do the colors justice – I’ve done this afghan maybe three or four times before and this one is the most stunning. It’s also the smallest, making it more of a throw than an afghan.

Mr. Honey has given his notice at his job. Working three years after being retired has worn thin. So starting next week he will be home.

Help me, please.

He will be home. When I wake up – he will be there. No more quiet mornings. He will be here. No more leisurely listening to my radio in bed and padding off to the bathroom when I feel like it. He will be here. He will be at my laptop so I will have to fire up the computer in the office so I will have a place to work.

Now, we all know I love me some Mr. Honey – but he’s coming back and changing around the calm atmosphere I have developed. I don’t quite know how I am going to handle it. This adjustment will be harder on me than it will be on him. Perhaps I will have to visit more knitting places.

I just got a package with my books in it from a craft book club. There’s a story there and I can tell it later.

This Week’s Top Ten List

I can’t even begin to tell you about this week. Twice I’ve woken up and thought it was Saturday. I have only three sales for the year and I’m piling up finished objects! I think it’s a good week – it’s always a good week to show what artisans are up to:

Newsboy Cap by Captured Imagination – These are just cute – not as cute as mine, of course- but cute.

Beanie by Lusted to Wander – I can just see this on a little head looking good and feeling fine!

Crochet Floppy Hat
by Green Valley Crochet – I would love to be able to make this kind of hat. Maybe one day. In the meantime, this one is pretty nice.

Flower and Bee Necklace
by Eclectic Bijoux – I like this because so it’s so whimsical.

Rose Turquoise Earrings
by ildikojewelry Love the color, love the length, love the look – and isn’t that what you need to love about jewelry?

Like I’ve said, I’ve been busy this week. I’m in that mood to do more than one project at a time and this is what I’ve accomplished:

Who knew making leaves would be so much fun and also so satisfying? I don’t know if it’s because I have that little voice inside my head that says it might not be as easy as it looks or what. I don’t know but I loved making these. I have the pattern memorized so I can whip these out wherever, whenever. That’s a fun thing. What am I going to use them for? They can sell as embellishments and that’s how I am going to use them. I already have several ideas….

I also finished the homespun afghan but will place that pic up at a later time – don’t want to show you all the goods at one time.

Let’s finish the list.

Infinity scarf by Miss Priscilla Pomeroy – It’s lovely and it’s $150.

Shawl by Vara – Crazy, Sexy, Cool!!

Red Cherry Earrings by Room of Your Own – I’d eat them but then I couldn’t wear them!

Crochet Pin by By Sweet Mom – It doesn’t have to bling to be bling. This is fiber bling.

Cowl and Glove Set by reflections by ds – I don’t work with mohair much but this is a beautiful set and the pieces would look lovely on their own.

It’s rainy and cold today. I wonder what it is we’re doing to the earth – taking things out without putting things back. While I ponder that, you can shop locally – and handmade – and not only will that help the economy, it will help the planet. It’s the only one we have.

Back To The Future

We had dinner at Ruby Tuesday last night and they have changed their menu and their atmosphere a little. They are going towards being just a tad more upscale while staying neighborhood and family.

That burger was really good. It was an Alpine Swiss Burger. They do a nice burger at this particular RT and I had green beans and onion rings as my sides – it is not my fault they covered the vegetable with a really good, crunchy, tasty covering. I ordered it because it was a veggie. There are some new desserts on the menu and I was salivating over the cupcakes but I did not have any. One day a week I can eat whatever I want and that day is Monday. I will not be returning to RT to get the cupcakes – I had to think about it before reaching that conclusion.

I did return home and did some knitting. I made some progress on strip 3 of the afghan. I think with this afghan there are usually six or seven strips and it is likely to go that way again though I am doing something a little different. I am not making the strips the same width. I thought I’d play around with that a little so I have attached the first two strips already and I will have to measure when this one gets attached.

While working on the afghan (and watching Prince Caspian) I felt the urge to have some crafting success so I turned to crack crochet and I came up with these little beauties:
I also made double thick scrubbies to go with them. I just tickled myself all to heck last night (this morning) making them. I actually had a smile on my face. I imagined placing them out for sale at the craft shows (that are coming up in just six months – I better get a move on!) and people gobbling them up. I happily returned to my afghan after working on them.

Today I am working on one of the squares afghan and I just happen to be doing a crochet square and while I am enjoying it, not the high I got from making the super scrubbies. I am actually looking forward to having both hands filled with a needle.

There will be things to do this weekend. I am attending a concert by a wonderful pianist – Chulei Wang at Concordia University and Sunday we are knitting in a bar – don’t tell me tough girls don’t knit! I am looking forward to going to a new place and knitting in public.

The weather is supposed to be all over the map this weekend. Despite the conditions of the sky, I hope your spirits are all sunny and warm today and over the weekend!

We Take Them Where We Find Them

Don’t ask me what I’ve been doing today cuz I don’t know. I remember making myself get up – I went to bed before midnight, which on my planet, means getting out of bed nine hours later. That’s right. The earlier I go to bed the later I wake up. I cannot explain this myself.

I know I went to the store. I purchased my breakfast, lunch and snack meals for the week having run out of all of the same. (I had a very good week diet wise. So much so I was in the bathroom every couple of hours the past few days. No, the blood sugar levels are fine and I actually have been eating more roughage and protein, less of the simple carbs and processed stuff. I need to drink more water – odd given how close the bathroom and I have become this week.)

I’ve hardly watched the t and v and I’ve knit just a couple of rows of the next strip in the homespun afghan and yet here it is in the early evening and I have no idea where I’ve been.

I did, however, while watching Loving Leah, fringe the poncho:
I said I would like it better once I put the fringe on it and this has turned out to be the case. So I will accept this feel good moment.
Let me just give a shout out to the Joann people. They have redone some of their fiber. This one is called Sumptuous and it is a knock off of Lion Brand Thick and Quick. It costs the same as the national brand but you get 1.5 times more yarn and it’s rather nice to work with. I’m saying if they get a worsted weight yarn that can give I Love This Yarn a run for the money, they will have something. ILTY is truly great but Hobby Lobby keeps raising the price. They need some competition! Joann could give it to them.

Tonight is date night (Ruby Tuesday) and then I will come back and hopefully get some knitting in while watching shows recorded to the DVR and a movie before going to bed. I’m sure this has been a good day – if only I could remember it!

Petals, Petals, Petals

These are just so cute! Miss Marge called me a couple of weeks ago and asked me to make some kind of flower for the greeters to wear at church. I didn’t understand it but Miss Marge told me to do it – so I did. We started the greeters this last Sunday and last Sunday morning I made two of them. Put a safety pin in the back and I wore one (because I was a greeter) and gave the other one to the other greeter.

They were a hit. I don’t understand that, either. But they are awfully cute and I can see using these as embellishments for afghans, tee shirts, you can even string them together to make a necklace. The colors just make you happy – OK, you may be more normal than me – they make me happy.

The poncho is off the needles and I need another skein to do the fringe and it needs to be seriously blocked. I expected it to be longer and it fits the mannequin perfectly but somehow it still doesn’t look quite right. But maybe after the fringe and the blocking. I will take the photo of it then. Another afghan has taken its place.

So, on the needles: two squares/blocks afghan and the homespun afghan – I’ve moved into an afghan phase, I guess. There are now 12 squares completed and even though I am continuing with the squares because I am doing two block afghans I am getting really eclectic and not keeping the squares from one book assigned to one afghan. I am going to mix them together and create something altogether different. Cause that’s how I roll.

Donald Trump? Seriously?

This Week’s Top Ten List

We will not be visiting a particular city today – though I am curious about Fairfax, Green Bay and Houston – but instead, I’m feeling a little bit of wanderlust and looked a little hither and a little yon for this week’s top ten:

Dragonfly Charm from shareliving I like these because I can imagine incorporating them into my knitting/crochet. Either on a square in an afghan or as an embellishment on a hat or scarf.

Tea Pot Charms by mksupplies I can definitely see these on tea cozies or mug cozies. What? It’s not my fault I ran into two charm stores.

The Cheese Stands Alone by beanforest It was really hard to pick which one of these I wanted to feature. If you want to have some quick laughs, check out the other buttons in the shop!

Groomsmen ties by toybreaker The motto of the shop is ‘ties that don’t suck’ and they hold true to that. There are some beautiful ties here that would make any Father’s Day instantly better.

Crochet Beanie by hblackberryhunh.

I am oh so glad to be back in the house (I will not venture into my backyard with taking my keys unless I know Mr. Honey is no where in the domicile!) I’ve been a little hat crazy lately and now that all six of the heads have a hat on them my momentum may have been broken a little. I just put a poncho on the needles yesterday. So now I have a poncho and two afghans going – I also had to make some flowers for church yesterday and I knocked those off and want to do some more because they were fun and quick – I told you, crack crochet – I am working on the homespun afghan today. Nice to be busy!

Toddler Bling by dara43 – OK, these are too cute!

Mustache on a stick by maro designs – again, hunh

Rosette Vintage Earrings by bazaar latinoOMG, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna!!

Scrabble Cufflinks by Cuff links – Come on now, know someone who’s an English Teacher or involved with words?

Love Potion Necklace by mylavaliere – This is vintage, retro fresh and intriguing. I would absolutely wear it!

There it is! This week’s top ten list. Just goes to show you it takes all kinds to make a crafty type of world. The weather is cooler than the last couple of days but they were too warm for the season. This is just about right and I’m really sleepy! Didn’t sleep very well last night so hopefully I will make up for it tonight. If I don’t fall asleep right now. Which I can ill afford to do because there’s so much on my plate this evening – including cooking dinner!

Well, maybe a little nap.