Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thank goodness Christmas is over . . .

Don't you hate that after Christmas letdown? ME TOO! We didn't really have a Christmas here. We moved. Who moves over Christmas???? I guess we do. It's been a nightmare. Can I say FREAKING nightmare and not offend anyone? Well, that's what it has been. It rained here in Havasu for like six days STRAIGHT. It never does that. The water was running down the wash behind our new house. Not terrible but like a stream would be. Very unusual for here. You'd have thought we were in the middle of the monsoon season and not winter. In some ways it is good it rained because we found where the leaks are -- yup. Leaks! The roof in the back leaks and water came in somehow into the living room area. So, in the process of moving in we also have water coming into the house. One of the leaking areas the owners had disclosed because they had already repaired it once. I guess it didn't work cuz it was leaking again! Also, we had a nasty little sinkhole develop near the retaining wall.

The sinkhole is actually larger now. It's nearly three feet deep. We were worried it would wash away the retaining wall and then we would have a real problem. Fortunately, The Hubster thinks these are relatively easy fixes. He's quite the Jack of All Trades. I tell ya, that man can do anything. Not as quickly as he used to he says but he eventually gets it done.

The only crocheting I have accomplished was while stress dumping. I really needed it too. I made this lovely cowl using Tunisian crochet and Premier Yarn's Festive (I think it's called but will have to double-check). It's a lovely lovely gradient yarn. I'm working on one using the grey and I have to tell you, I think it's probably my favorite and I don't even LIKE grey all that much.

Sparky is also stressed and he's having nothing to do with this moving business. The poor little fella really has had a hard time. Not so much with changing houses but with the whole "If you have your shoes on that means car ride so please, please take me." He jumps all over you and goes just nuts if he thinks you are going without him. If you tell him, "You gotta stay and watch the house" then he jumps right into the window to sit guard until you get home. He's become part of our family. I don't know what we would do without him. He's just Ken's little buddy and shadows him everywhere.

Well, that's all my news here in Arizona. The only other thing I wanted to say is to Dorothy. She asked about the stitch I used in my last post. It's called the Maeve stitch and is on Ravelry. Just click on Maeve and it will take you to it. The only thing I did differently is I used half-double crochet instead of double crochet. I liked it better a little tighter. I'm working up a shrug in that pattern now for a CAL in the group Cat's Crochet Corner. I had hoped to have it up by January 1st but with the move and my son and DIL coming for a few days I think it will probably be the first part of the following week. I'll try and get back to post a pic of its progress so far.

I hope your Christmas was merry and that you will have a fantastic New Year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A scarf, a scarf, my soul for a scarf . . .

Well, not really, but that's how it feels today. We are right in the throws of moving and I HAD to do some crocheting last night. I swear The Hubster has boxed up absolutely everything we need and nothing that we don't. When we unpack I'd not be surprised to find a pickle jar in my underwear. I had had it last night. Had to take a pause in lieu of homicide and crocheted this scarf. I used the stitch pattern called the Maeve stitch. Of course I didn't do it the way it's written. It's written with double crochets between the patterns and I did half-double crochets. I also only skipped two spaces instead of three and did two half-double crochets around. I know that means nothing really but maybe you can kind of tell from the photo below. It was a fun stitch to do but got the old carpal tunnel going I'll tell you. It was great therapy and I plan to do the same tonight.

We close in the morning at 9 a.m., move the next morning, go to Utah the next morning, Christmas luncheon and bowling with the kids/grandkids on Sunday. Dentist on Monday and home on Tuesday. Unpack and begin the tedious job of picking pickles out of my underwear drawer. LOL!

Last year I belatedly joined a group for getting projects done and with mom's passing, etc. I failed miserably at it. This year I joined a new group on Ravelry called 17 in 2017. My list of 17 include (so far and as always, open to adjustment/redefinition/change):
  1. WIP: Lace Bolero
  2. WIP: Vintage Collared Vest
  3. WIP: Happy Patternmix Wrap
  4. WIP: Hats for Cancer (I try to do at least 50)
  5. WIP: Shawls for Nursing homes (whatever I can get done)
  6. New: Pearl Tube Scarf
  7. New: Teal Tenacity
  8. New: Cartwheel baby blanket
  9. New: Caro’s Loop 
  10. New: Fluid Ice 
  11. New: Purple Gold Scarf (but not purple and gold) 
  12. New: Miss Dragoness 
  13. New: Spiral Afghan (Tunisian)
  14. New: Willison Shawl
  15. New: Several Dressy Towel Toppers (for gifts) along with dish clothes and mug cozies
  16. New: Golden Bee Shawl 
  17. New: Granny Has Wings Shawl 
It might seem a bit impossible but those are the 17 things on my current project list on Ravelry. So if need be I'll make adjustments as we go along. Isn't that what life is about? Adjustments, reorganization, etc.? Hmmm. So they say. ;-)

If I don't get back before Christmas please have a very merry one! I hope you find everything your heart desires under your tree this year.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Can I report progress? VERY little my dears. Very little.

Things have been crazy here at the Matheson Mansion. We are in the process of buying another house (here in Havasu), packing and preparing to move, having a big Christmas party for family and friends (in Utah no less) and trying to get in a bit of crocheting. Thank goodness I didn't plan on any yarny type gifts cuz I'd-a-never-made-it. ;-)

I did finish up this cute cowl for my daughter. It's called the Elemental Triangle Cowl by Cre8tion Crochet. It was SO fast. I used a lighter weight (cuz I had it and wanted it lighter) and so it used more yarn and took longer but even then it was a 2-day project. So fast and so easy.



My daughter was here yesterday (from Utah) and waited until this was finished and extra hour before leaving so she could take it with her. Looked great with her blue jeans but she wouldn't let me take her picture cuz her "hair looked ratty." I told her you would never even see her again and she wasn't having anything to do with it. I was worried about the color distribution but once she got it on the drape was so perfect that it just looks amazing.

Next post will be from the new digs. I hate it. Seriously. Swore I'd never move again when we moved here. Actually, the first time I said that was 8 years ago and we have moved three times since then. Guess I'll stop saying that. Maybe it's bad luck or something. I won't do it again though. Told The Hubster in no uncertain terms. Next time he goes on his own. Yup.