Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Things have changed already

I knew there would be changes to my Year of Projects list but surprised it is happening in the very first week. I started the baby blanket but really didn't like the Tunisian stitch pattern with the yarn so -- now I've started another one.

The yarn is some cheap stuff I bought from ilovecrochet.com. It was $1.23 per skein. Good for a baby blanket though.



I also received an order today from nordicmart.com. They had a $25 surprise box and I chose cotton. I think there's a  nice assortment here. Lots of possibilities for my Year of Projects. That's only about $1.60 a skein.


Now, the GTO. I'm so excited that I can hardly stand it -- yet I'm scared about it too. This has been such a major undertaking that I am a little sick of it and we can't decide if we should sell it and try and recuperate some of our money or keep it for a while. On the other hand, of all the cars we have owned our '68 GTO was one of my favorites. (However, it was not a convertible.) Right now there's less than 10 miles on the engine, tires, etc. It will never be in better shape than it is right now. Also, we don't think we want to drive it down because of rock chips, etc. so will have to ship it. Gosh, it's all been such a pain in the neck. UGH! But it is pretty. First and last convertible we will probably ever own. ;-)


Ain't SHE a beauty? I tried to talk them out of red. We have seen two other GTOs this same year (both convertibles) in red just in the last four months. I think we should have gone with pink (not an ugly shade but a pretty one -- real pale with a bit of mother of pearl in it) with white interior. No one else would have had one like it, right? Let me just say this and then I'll try not to continue bringing up the cost of this car: MY ENTIRE 30 YEARS OF YARN BUYING HAS NOT COST THIS MUCH!!!!! I told The Hubster to never bring up the cost of my hobbies EVER again. ;-) Had we only known. It was a huge mistake to undertake this restoration.

I went for a walk this morning at 5:30 a.m. and it was already 94 degrees outside. Good grief. What have we done? On the hottest days in Utah it was still cool in the mornings.

Come on back next week for an update and get some information on a drawing. All you have to be is a follower of my blog. International is okay.

Talk atcha later skater!



Monday, July 25, 2016

Year of Projects 2016-2017


I would like to participate in a group on Ravelry called A Year of Projects. Hopefully it will get me motivated to complete a few things this year. Every week we are to post on our blogs what we have been doing towards our goals. Mine are:

Mood Scarf
Caress All Seasons Shoulder Wrap for DD
Around the Rosy baby blanket
Shawl for a friend (Crossing Sontag?)
Design new Tunisian crochet shawl
Flurry of Foliage shawl
Volkswagen graph pattern for one of my BFFs
Cancer hats using Cancer Charity Hat by Christins and others. Goal is at least 50 (great take along project).
Cardigan for DIL birthday
3 projects from my Ravelry Library, including gifted baby blanket patterns
Use stash as much as possible for them

Of course, as you know me so well, this list will probably change a hundred times between now and June of 2017. That's just the way I roll. Things come up and you have to change, right?

I have lost my Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks. I have NO idea where they have gone. Goodness gracious, they gotta be here. This house isn't that big. I've searched for the last two days and no luck so far. If I buy a new set then the old one will show up, right? I'm going to tear things apart again today. They gotta be here somewhere. Dagnabit! I think I'm fairly well organized. I'm always ragging at The Hubster because he never puts anything away. Then when he can't find it he says, "You must have thrown it away." Good grief! When was the last time I threw something away that he needed or wanted??? Never would be the answer to that. Maybe I should accuse him of throwing my needles away. LOL!

I think I need a chuckle today. Do you?


I've always said that God had a sense of humor -- 
otherwise He wouldn't have given US one.

Have a great day!







Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mood Scarf Madness

A couple of years ago I joined a Mood Scarf group in Ravelry. It was a lot of fun and really eye-opening. I never realized how many bad days I'd had until then and became determined to have more happy ones to improve the looks of my scarf. With the pain in my back getting worse I know I'm having more bad days than good and The Hubster doesn't deserve having a snarky wife so . . . it's Mood Scarf time again!!!! Yay!!!

The colors I have chosen are bright magenta (over the top day or OTT), light violet (good day) and dark violet (grumpy day). Getting started made for an OTT day. Today was a good day so the light violet comes into play. I'm going to try hard not to use the dark violet very often but suspect the OTT will be the exception. I just don't have very many days that are Over-The-Top.


There are no set color. They are up to you. Some people are using a LOT of colors. I can't get my mind around more than two or three at a time but I love all the colors others are choosing. Maybe next time . . . The yarn I chose is yarn that I had in my stash that I really didn't have anything planned for. It's a Universal Worsted Weight yarn called Uptown. Nice yummy stuff. I've used the DK quite a bit but not this is the first WW I've used.

We're going to run the Mood Scarf at least through the end of the year and then see where it goes from there. The first time I participated in one it was for a year and I ended up with two HUGE scarves that the step-granddaughters loved. I also used it as an opportunity to practice Tunisian stitches. I think I'll do it again -- at least that's how it's started but I do like this stitch combo a lot.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

San Diego Fun and the Little GTO

We had such a good time and our grandson, Austyn, really had a good time with his Uncle Rob and Aunt Amy. They took him on the trip of a lifetime while we enjoyed their condo and Little Italy.



Yes, that's my son with the long hair in the back row. He's turned into an "artist" and his hair is really long (it's always been pretty short). He has beautiful curly hair though.



It was hard getting up in the mornings. Everyone just wanted to sleep in. Late nights will do that to you.



The beach was absolutely PACKED. Not so bad near this boardwalk but if you look in the distance they were practically elbow to elbow. It was a gorgeous day to be out and about.



It was hard finding just the right wand. He had one at home but it wasn't a "real" one. Rob and Amy said they thought they'd never leave the shop but eventually he found the one "that spoke to him."



This is my favorite picture of their adventure at Universal Studios. I know, the bug thing IS pretty creepy but I love the picture of Austyn. And yes, he does need a haircut, but he's determined to grow it out just like Uncle Rob's. Good grief.

We have been restoring a 1968 GTO convertible and it's almost ready to bring home from the restoration hospital. Let me just say that this has been one expensive venture. It has now cost us 4x what we were originally told it would cost. Much of the equipment, etc. that came with it from the other owner wasn't even for this car. We'll probably never get out of it what we put into it so I guess we enjoy it and stop bitchin' about the cost.



Now it's time to get back to yarn-y goodness. I've got a shawl and a Mood Scarf in the works.





Saturday, July 16, 2016

Catch Up Time

As promised here's a few recent projects completed:


Tunisian crochet blanket in pink and white. Light blue shawl with Sparky in attendance and multi-blue shawl. Blanket going to the darling daughter for her baby gift stash and shawls to the local nursing home.

My sister asked me to make a crocheted Christmas tree so she could fill it and send it to her son in England. I tried several different patterns and this one was the best.

Having the grandsons here was a blast. Lots of swimming in the lake and public pool as well as a fun trip to San Diego. There was lots of sleeping in and, of course, the trip to Hogwarts. One went home two weeks ago and the other will go home on Monday.
 

I've been asked to teach a class on Tunisian Crochet at our church's Super Saturday in August. I posted some examples on their Facebook page. So far there's been quite a good response. I wish I could say I'm excited but I'm not. I've taught this so many times to so many people that it's kinda boring but it is kind of fun to see so many people embrace something new.


My DIL asked me to make some Ninja Turtle hats for her little nephew. For the life of me the only pictures I can find are out on Ravelry. Click on this link and it will take you to them.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

We're Off to See the Wizard . . .

Those at Hogwarts (Universal Studio) of course. Well, actually we are headed to San Diego to drop off our grandson, Austyn, so he can go with my son and his wife. I'd love to tag along though. Doesn't it sound fun? We are going to spend a week in their condo and enjoy ourselves so I'll not complain about not going to Hogwarts.

There's been a bit of crocheting going on at our house but time constraints for getting on the road doesn't give me enough time to post them all.

I did want to share this with you though.