Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday Musings

I've got a lot to cover today it seems. First, I've been working on an Attitude Adjustment. After months of anti-Trump/anti-Clinton stuff on Facebook I had worked myself into quite a frenzy. Okay, so I understand that no one thought he'd really make it but he DID. Nothing you can do about it now short of an assassination (which is a horrible alternative). I tell ya, I'm really sick, sick, sick of it all. It was affecting me at home and with gatherings of friends. It's all anyone wants to talk about. NOW isn't the time to try and do something about it. You should have gotten passionate about it beforehand and made your voice heard. (I'm not really pointing a finger at YOU. I'm just sayin' . . . ) Rioting now only makes us look like idiots. Trump now has a chance to make the changes he proposed that people obviously supported/wanted when he ran for office. I say we let him give it a shot. I doubt he'll come out as the worst president we have ever had but we should let it be his failing and we should not contribute to it. So anywho, for a week I posted on Facebook areas that I thought might help my Attitude Adjustment. Here are a few of that I thought I'd really try and work on -- not just that week but for several weeks to come -- until they become for reals:

Attitude Adjustment Day 7: I will embrace the fact that I am now a Senior Citizen. I have been depressed about getting old. I just never imagined that I would become an "old person" but I am now considered that. I can't think about how many more years I MIGHT have. I need to think about the ones that I do and enjoy them -- and I'm gonna do it!

Attitude Adjustment Day 6: Be patient for the things I want. I have a tendency to see something and I "need" it right now. Really it's a "want" it right now. We "need" new tile in the new house so I "want" it right now. I need to be more patient. It will get done when it gets done, right?

Attitude Adjustment Day 4:
Stop worrying about the things I CAN'T do anything and DO something about the things I can.

I haven't been doing much in the way of crocheting. Well nothing in the way of getting anything DONE. I've been kinda lazy. I've started a few things but then the yarn just hasn't spoken to me and I've undone them. Does your yarn have to "speak to you" too? I mean, sometimes a stitch just doesn't work with certain yarns. A friend on Ravelry tested my Deliberately Delightful pattern and came up with some errors so I'm working on those today. I want to get it revised and fixed. I did a really pooooooooor job describing how to do the bobble stitch. I mean, it's totally wrong. I don't know where I was when I wrote it down but obviously I should have tried it after I wrote it. It just seemed to be right, ya know?

Can you believe this? I mean, what's it doing in the fridge? I'm going to have to get The Hubster working on focusing. This is like the third time in a month he has done this very same thing.

I've been doing a bit of coloring and can't really do much of it at a time. After about 10 minutes my shoulder feels like it's on FIRE! I love doing it too. I find it very relaxing and pleasant -- for the 10 minutes I can do it. Refer to Attitude Adjustment Day 7.  I don't know why it's so dark. The paper background is very white. Must be the lighting here in my office.

I hope you have a fantastic week. Here's another funny that I hope makes you smile.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Two Quick Things

First: Mandala yarn by Lion Brands:

I bought two skeins from WalMart (and was very careful to make sure all my clothing articles matched and that my butt-crack didn't show). You can see the various yarn colors here. I tried to link them separately but their site couldn't let me.

They are really pretty in the pictures and even in a roll but work them up and they are UGLY. Well ugly in my opinion -- which we know only counts to me. Anyway, I bought one skein of the Unicorn and two of the Pegasus. They come in reverse skeins so you can end with one color in one and the same color in the next.

I tried a shawl in Pegasus. Hated it (got a LOT further than this but didn't take a picture before I frogged it and tried it in a scarf.)

I had to cut it where the dark color started on the undo because it snags something fierce. Anyway, I started a scarf with it and just hate the stuff so tossed the whole thing in the round brown file by my desk (aka the garbage can).  Just to be fair, I then tried a Tunisian scarf in the Unicorn. Same feel and just as ugly. The only thing unicorn about this is that it could be the color of their poop. Seriously the ugliest stuff I've ever worked with.

Needless to say it also went into the round brown file by my desk.

I have to share with you how this yarn feels. It feels sticky. That's the only way I can describe it. It doesn't glide across your hook or your fingers. It has the weirdest texture and feel to it. Hard to explain. If you want to know what I mean just head over to WalMart and feel it. Buy some if you want but be warned -- you might be wasting your money.  I'm so glad I did't pay the $9.99 per skein that Lion Brand wanted. WalMart had it for $4.95 a skein. Even then I lost $15 that would have gone towards something worth $15. I don't doubt there are people who do like this yarn. Maybe I didn't choose the right projects for it but I didn't like it. (I guess you have figured that out by now so I'll just shut up about it.
Second: Just a funny for you on this gorgeous Saturday morning. It's a picnic at the lake and a walking of the dog for us today. Hope you find something equally enjoyable to do.

I couldn't help it. I thought it was hysterical!!! LOL!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I don't think I'll make one of these any time soon . . .

Jessica Schleicher designed this pattern and posted it to Ravelry for $5.00.  I don't think I'll be making it for any of my grandchildren -- or ANYone for that matter -- but I take my hat off to her for taking the time to write it up.

My nephew is getting married this next summer and my sister asked me to make his girlfriend an afghan as a shower gift. She is crazy about dogs so we chose this pattern.

It's basically a square and then you crochet a big granny square all around it. I'm doing it in dark blue, light blue and cream. I've got all the pieces for the face and have started sewing them down. I can't decide if I want to do button eyes or stitch them. I'll see how the button eyes look first.

I have a friend from Utah coming to visit this week. They are driving the old Route 66 and wanted to stop for a visit. I haven't seen her for a long time. We used to be best friends and had a falling out. She told me if I had bypass surgery and lost weight that we couldn't be friends anymore. I guess she thought all we had in common was food. I had the surgery and we haven't really talked since then. I reached out to her via email and she didn't respond so I was quite shocked to get a birthday card from her and then a phone call. This is us in happier days. We both bought the same outfit unbeknownst to each other and showed up at a luncheon looking like the Bobsey Twins.

It will be interesting to see how things go on Thursday. I hope we can have a good time.

Have a fantastic week -- here's a little chuckle for ya.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Get Ready to Rumble!

My step-granddaughter, Alexis,  had a baby boy a while back. She is the daughter of my daughter's ex-husband. There was a lot of trauma in their final breakup and we have not had contact with Alexis since their divorce nearly two years ago. Fortunately, Alexis and I have reconnected on Facebook and I told her I had made something for her baby but her dad had not responded to my request for her address. She gave it to me!!!! I realize that her baby will now be five months old but I am going to send her the receiving blanket and burp clothes that I made for her when I heard she was expecting. I also made a cute little sweater and hat to go along. Started it a day or so ago and finished up when I couldn't sleep last night. This is called the Rumble Jacket. I designed it a long time ago and pulled out the pattern just for this project.

We have been busy trying to get our house put together and close on the other one. It's just amazing the things you have to do. I MUST clean my office this morning and get the rest of the pictures hung in here. I need to block the little sweater. It's kind of wonky down the front. Those buttonholes sometimes do a bit of a scrunchy. Overall, I'm really happy with it and I LOVE the blanket and burp cloth.

Have a fantastic weekend. We are hoping the rain will stop so we can watch the firework display tonight. I miss our other backyard because it gave us a perfect viewing area right from our family room if the weather wasn't good and outside on the back patio with bunches of friends around the fire pit if it was. We have been invited to watch them at a friend's house tonight. There are SO many things I miss about the other house -- that is only ONE of them. We signed all our documents yesterday and the lady from California will be in on Monday or Tuesday. We went over yesterday to make sure everything was okay and left her a lovely plant with a note that we hoped she enjoyed our home as much as we had. I hope it makes her feel welcome.


Came across this today and it just cracked me up. Thank goodness I have a yarn stash.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Deliberately Delightful Scarf (or Blanket)

This stitch pattern is a favorite of mine now. I love making things with it. My scarf is coming along nicely and so much fun to work on. There's enough changes in the pattern that it keeps you interested.

This first photo is my "draft" or "swatch" to see how it would look. It looks very different depending on your hook size and yarn. My favorite combination is DK and an F hook. My personal opinion is that in order for it not to get too loose (especially for a blanket) that you want it a bit closer together.

The scarf I am working on I am crocheting the long way so I started with 101 stitches. It will draper nice around my neck twice. I am using a #3 weight yarn with a G hook for it.

I wish you could really see how beautiful this yarn is. It is a gray gradient with silver running through it. It is just gorgeous. It's a Premier Yarn but I can't remember what it's called. Anyway, it's turning out so pretty with its bit of bling.


Materials Needed:

Any weight yarn but I prefer DK
Hook appropriate for your yarn choice. I used an F with my DK yarn and a G with my WW yarn
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Stitch Definition:

Bobble: Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st and up to level of work, 3 times in same st, yo, drawn yarn through 7 loops on hook.

Pattern Instructions:

Chain multiples of 3 plus 1 (24 plus 1 for a scarf using WW or 32 plus 1 using DK; 99 for blanket using WW weight or 120 for DK)

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, * sc in next dc, ch 3, bobble in last as the last sc made, skip next 2 dc; rep from * across to turning ch, sc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.

Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as tr), 3 dc in each ch-3 loop across to last ch-3 loop, skip next sc, tr in last sc; turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first dc, * skip next dc, dc in each of the next 2 dc, working over last 2 dc made, dc in last skipped dc; rep from * across to turning ch, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first dc, dc in each dc across, ending with dc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.

Repeat Rows 2-5 for pattern.

If you have any questions please let me know. This would also make a beautiful cowl.

NOTE: My friend, Anita (Blacky67 on Ravelry) found an error and I have corrected it in the pattern. Thank you Anita!!!

I am also working on a wrap that has been languishing. I found it as I was putting away my yarn after "the move."

It is called the Happy PatternMix Wrap. The cream is the main part and then I will accent it with RED. I think it will be really pretty. Will I have anything to wear it with? Probably not but it will also make a lovely gift.

This is the designer's image. I'm not going to do multi color -- just the red.

I also made another cute hat for my sister and one for my granddaughter.

I hope you'll give the Deliberately Delightful Scarf a try. Thanks for looking.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cute things . . .

I absolutely LOVE to crochet baby things. They truly bring me so much joy. I came across this blanket this morning and I'd absolutely love to make it.

Isn't it adorable? It is available through Red Heart's website and called Scalloped Baby Blanket

This is also on my to-do list:

It is called Starlight Crochet Blanket and available on Bernat Design Studio's website.

I saw this online today and think it's absolutely what Valentine's Day should be all about:

As Valentine’s Day approached, I tried to think of an unusual gift for my husband. When I discovered that his favorite red-plaid pants had a broken zipper, I thought I had the “perfect Valentine.” I had the pants repaired, and gift-wrapped them. On the package I put a huge red heart on which I printed: “My Heart Pants for You.” I was the surprised one, however, when I saw the same heart taped to our formerly empty, but now overflowing, wood box. On it he had written: “Wood You Be My Valentine?”

Our 47th wedding anniversary is on Valentine's Day so I'm going to try and come up with something like this -- The Hubster, however, wouldn't be caught DEAD in red-plaid pants so that's out. LOL.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I'm working on a new pattern

I know! Shock, right?! Yup. I haven't written a new pattern for a long time. Not that I haven't made up a few as I've crocheted scarves, blankets, etc., but I haven't written them down. So, get your hooks ready cuz I think you'll like this one. As soon as I have it PERFECTED, I'll be adding it here and on Ravelry.

Not much going on in the Matheson household lately. Just clean, clean, paint, clean, clean, paint. The Hubster has been a busy little beaver around here getting things in tip-top shape. I wish I could say it's all come together but it hasn't. It's a mess and I still hate it. Let's hope by the time we finish yet another remodel that we actually have a home we both like. Cross your fingers for us, k?

In the middle of all this I saw a back doctor and he said, "Hey, we can do a lot to relieve your pain if we go in and clean all the bits of bone out of the spinal canal where, from the MRI, it looks like it is causing a problem. Simple procedure. Tiny incision." So I say, "Let's do it" and we scheduled it for February 9th. Well, there was a cancellation and I am now one week out from having back surgery. When he got through the muscle, etc. he realized that he wasn't going to be very successful after all. I have a condition that grows bone. Since my original fusion eight years ago my body has grown extra bone around it and he had to chisel through it to get to the spinal cord area. He chiseled for a while and then decided he'd better stop as it might actually weaken the original fusion so he stitched me up and sent me to recovery. So the end result is that I got all of the pain from the surgery but none of the success I'd hoped for. You always know when you have back surgery that there is a chance it can either go south, help or leave you as you are. Unfortunately this one left me as I am. I thanked him for trying and he said that made him feel even worse that he couldn't do what he'd hoped to do -- relieve some of my pain. I see him again on the 7th to have my stitches out and follow-up with my pain doctor on the 9th. Such a bummer.

But you know, life goes on and all we can do it take it one day at a time. My poor sister, Jill, is loosing her hair from chemo and I'm terribly worried about her. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful that I'm not going through this but so sorry that she is. I'd gladly take it from her and suffer it through but that's not how things work. Or I would do that in a heartbeat. I really would. It kills me that she is going through this. I'm amazed by her strength and courage.

So . . . on a much brighter note . . . Valentine's Day is almost here! The Hubster and I will be celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary. That's pretty hard to believe since we are still just youngsters, right? LOL! He loves macaroons so I'm going to make him some of his favorites.

Macaroon Cookie Kisses

1/3 cup softened butter
1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons orange juice
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 cups coconut, divided
Candied cherries or Hershey's Chocolate Kisses

In a large bowl cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, extract and juice. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the cream mixture and mix well. Stir in 3 cups of coconut. Cover and chill. AT LEAST one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Immediately place a cherry or chocolate kiss on top of each cookie. Cool 5 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen.

They are pretty darn yummy.

Very rich but I still dare you to eat just one. They are really pretty with the cherries on top but be sure and drain them on a stack of paper towels (and on top of a plate) until they are relatively dry. Otherwise they will still have liquid in them and "bleed" all over your cookies and then they aren't so very pretty. As soon as he eats these up we are going to dump all the sugar in the house and go sugar-free. Seriously. I'm not even going to have it in the house. Baking has become my therapy and all it's really done for either of us is give us extra pounds that we don't need. If there's not sugar in the house we won't even be tempted, right?

Big hugs to all. Be sure and watch for that pattern. I hope to have it up in the next couple of days. It's being tested right now.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Finally moved and settled in . . .

Did I tell you already how much I hate moving? I swore I'd never do it again. I also swore that I was finished with remodeling, that I was going to enjoy my home and never leave it. Well, here I am. Back in the rut of having to put down new carpeting, tile, etc. The plus is that our other house sold within just a couple of days. We had multiple offers on it and it finally sold for nearly $17,000 more than offered. I don't particularly care for the new house other than it has a slightly larger kitchen and a larger pantry but The Hubster is happier and that makes a huge difference. They always say that a happy wife is a happy life but I have to tell you that I have found if you have a grumpy husband life is pretty miserable. (You will note there was a lot of "I swore" in this paragraph and it really is quite indicative of my language the last two months.) UGH!

Well, I finally finished my sweater. I think it turned out lovely and goes well with my red pants, don't you agree? Great way to use up scraps -- and I have a lot of those still. ;-)

The last few weeks have been very stressful. My baby sister (who is 12 years younger than me) has breast cancer. She asked if I'd make her a couple of hats and even sent me a link to the pattern. I wanted to send her something to smile about so added a funny hat too. I included some hard candies and lip gloss as well. I'm terrified for her but know that if anyone can beat this it is Jill. She's an incredible woman.

This was the pattern and the red and pink was colors she chose. I made the other one and sent it along out of the same pattern. The funny one I labeled "For those bad/no hair days."

After making these and sending them off to my sister I learned that a dear friend who battled breast cancer a few years ago has a new mass and it is going to be biopsied on Thursday. How can this be happening? I just can't believe it. I hope it turns out to be nothing. I can't tell you how fervent my prayers have been for these two wonderful ladies.

I am having a small procedure on my back on Monday. It's just a little procedure where they go in and clean the debris out from around the nerves. I hope it helps. I'm just at my wits end. I'm just about ready to do anything to make it go away. No idea what that would be -- I just keep searching for answers. I'll only be in the hospital overnight. I hate hospitals.

That's all the news on this front. Have a fantastic weekend!