Category: Knitting



I finished sock one this morning.

Isn’t it weird how colors change within the cell camera? This is actually a sea-blue not gray. The hook and KB Sock Loom are the true colors. Anyway, this was a toe-up. Toe is now finished on sock number two.

Trash pick-up and Zooming with friends proved to me it was Friday. Why should that be different than any other day? The TGIFs of the past no longer apply.

As much as I feel American and love this country, I never look forward to the Fourth of July. I worry about fires. I don’t mind those pretty fireworks that the fire department controls. But wreckless people buying their own and shooting them off willy-nilly. And every year there are fires.

Still, this year has so much going on. So I am hoping the patriotic overcome the political chasms between us and the pandemic helps us care for each other.

I’m cutting this short because I am reading about early America in Outlander 8.


The only clue that it may be Thursday is the trash it out. Luckily that’s not my job. Though I am often consulted to make sure it is the right day. Because nobody knows what day it is, do they? Family members asked me how my friends were. I had to explain it wasn’t Friday. But I had to look at my phone to make sure I didn’t have it wrong.

This is normally the day I give reviews of the streaming shows I’ve been watching. But all I have been doing is knitting and listening to Outlander 8, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. No, I ran out of scrubby yarn so it’s back to socks. I have one pair ready for the brim. one pair just past the toes, and another sock nearly finished from the olden days when I did socks one at a time. I do have two hats but I just don’t like doing hats at the moments. I have plenty of yarn

 

Yep, nearly done with sock one.

Only cuffs to go.

 

Okay. I admit this looks crazy. Knitting four socks, or even two socks at a time can be a challenge on the X-Wing Fighter. The two on the right are the ones I have about three inches of toes in Jeweltone of Red Heart Soft, the upper left arm has the beginning of a sock but I am waiting for another skein of the yarn I’m using on that one. If it doesn’t come soon I will frog it and make something else. So I keep the skein in a baggy rubber banded on the proper leg. That keeps the yarn clean and untangled This loom feels like I am playing a strange musical instrument. It is large but easy to handle.

So maybe not exciting stuff. But hey, the alternative seems worse, somehow. I accept my boring life as it is still, life. So there ya go. Now back to the book. How will the American Revolution end? Or at least how will it treat Claire and Jamie?


OR

Which shall I use to make the planet? The all-knowing smile alluded to the blue.

In my head that was a one-liner. Maybe not if I need to add the rest. It was a gentle non-COVID19 dream. Obviously, two of my favorite things collided: Loom-Knitting and Sci-fi. The X-Wing (as I call it–CinDWood– can be used to make larger afghans or sweaters) loom above and the 24 peg baby hat Knifty Knitter. So if you choose to knit a planet one should choose the blue one.

On that thought and straying from the one-liner, what would you choose to take with you on the spaceship between planets? I see the shows and wonder how can they just sit there and not be knitting or crocheting that whole time. So many things could be ready at landing. Much worry and angst could be averted.

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11:05 barely 55 minutes left to get this up and still get credit. So another short one that may seem like another boring repeat of the last few days. Because, Yes, I finished yet another scrubby and washcloth. And I finished book 7 of Outlander.

I think that amounts to 6 clothes and 6 scrubbies. I’m selfishly thinking I will keep the two laying out of the stacks for my own. I still have a bit of the yellow scrubby yarn left so I may make another one or two, just to keep on hand should I want to give a couple to the Hugger Hats charity.

The Outlander book was very good. I do look forward to more in the series, as I feel there is more out there. I will write the review tomorrow when I am more awake.

Oh, it was Monday. I know because it was Easy Writers Zoom meet. I had to tell them that the dog ate my homework as I hadn’t written anything about the prompts. That didn’t mean I didn’t like them. One being, have a discussion with your guardian angel, the other a letter to someone in gratitude. Since part of what I have been doing has to do with writing to friends the second one will be done multiple ways. I may or may not share when finished as I don’t know how private I will make each letter. If I feel I can and keep the recipient’s identity hidden, it might be fun to share. Stay tuned to see if I have the guts or creative energy to pull it off. I know I’m waiting with bated breath!

What do I read now? I think I am going to go through reading withdrawal. I have tens of thousands of books waiting for me. But after two very good but huge books, I worry that I can’t top that!

As of Sunday, the weather has gone back to early spring. Lots of wind and cool. This week we may have a night that is in the upper thirties. Not freezing but Brrrr!

I don’t often include this but our county now has 15 or 16 COVID19 cases. I know to most of you that may seem a small number, but since our tiny town has barely over one thousand people, and we certainly don’t have the population of other towns in the county, I wonder how many might actually be here now.  There are things we need that our little community can’t give us. No DMV, etc. And I would love to take care of some of the things around the house and yard but need the big stores. But if our little county is having that rise, I know the bigger towns are worse.

Do you ever go through your day and think of doing something you used to do without even thinking about it and realize, nope. that can’t happen. Like a lightning bolt goes through your head that, oh, yeah, things aren’t like that anymore. For a couple of months, we could hold the thoughts of ‘be careful,’ ‘wash your hands,’ etc. But suddenly the brain can’t hold those thoughts together with the old way that wants back out to play. I guess that is why I do understand the maskless party-goers. But the thing is the adult within tamps down on all that as you look around at those you love and know in your heart that you don’t want to be a part of making the ERs and medical teams demise as they might not be there when the loved one needs them. Our brains can hold all of that at one time. Maybe a toddler can’t. But adults can. (Sorry for the run-on rant.)

Anyway, it is getting late and I need to go rest my brain. And find something to read before going to sleep.

I hope you are all doing well. Take the time to yell into your pillow the frustration of being an adult and fluff that pillow and realize it is also a good place to dream


Here’s how it stands at the end of the day.

Washcloth and scrubby before bed last night.

Tonight at sunset

I had this stack:

The count is four scrubby washcloths and two finished round scrubbers. The one beside the blue loom just needs the handle and strings wove in. Then by tomorrow or even before bed tonight the one on the loom will be finished. The little scrubbers as fast. And they are for face or skin. It helps with exfoliating.

I was feeling a little celebratory and wanted to lift a cup, so I added one.

Green tea is one of my favorites for any time of the day. I start with coffee, but only because since the shutdown our little stores here don’t carry Earl Grey. I miss that so much.

And about the time I was to take a sip I looked out and saw this:

It occurs to me that the reason I bought the colors of the scrubby yarn is sunset skies.

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “coffee, tea, or me.” Find a flirty phrase of your own or use “coffee, tea, or me” in your post. Have fun!

I think I covered it, coffee, tea, and a little o’ me.

Okay, I don’t have that many. Top left looks like Teddy, to the right looks like Panda who passed about a decade ago. In his place should be a pure black, Rosey. The next shelf looks like my Kimberlina (Kimmie) who passed about 15 years ago. In my arms are the strays. The orange one was here when we moved here. We called her Jasmine but she disappeared a few months ago. The one in my left is the newer stray kitten we call Smokey. I hope we can dig up the money to have all the current ones to the vet for check-ups. I’d love to have Smokey inside once it gets cold again.


But who can tell? I just did more scrubbies.

To prove my point I made a couple of days ago, I crocheted a scrubby.

It was the pattern on the scrubby yarn label. To learn more about the yarn I followed this YouTube:

Yes, I did crochet it quicker than I could loom knit but by the end of the project my left hand hurt so badly that I thought I would cry. This is the hand that was holding the yarn and gives the tension. And the scrubby is tighter on the end as I finished. The hook hand was fine. I do miss crocheting.

Then I made one more loom knit scrubby, just cause I could. I think I am addicted! Is there a SA 12 step program? I think when the yarn is gone I will go back to the socks I’m nearly finished with.

Here’s the latest

Just in case here’s the tutorial for this one:

 

Okay, the trash is out so I know it is Thursday. That answers the #WDIIA question. I promise to have other things to blog about in the next three days. I have other things to talk about.

Washcloth Wednesday


Second Try

I used the same pattern as I did before but used the larger gauge Knifty Knitter 24-peg loom. It was much easier on my hands and I think the scrubby itself is easier to handle. I think I am going to gift this one.

Just in case, here is the tutorial again.

I don’t know if this counts as a One-Liner Wednesdaybut let’s go check out Linda’s site for the fun prompt anyway.

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Toe-Ups Past Heels


I’m going to call this pair of socks, Stand socks. That is because I have been listening to the audio-library copy of The Stand.

We are at 91% in the book. I say ‘we’ because off and on either my husband or my son were sitting in on the listening. Now we can’t wait to finish so we can watch the newer version which is supposed to be on CBS All Access. I think we have that.

Without further ado, I’m going back to the story.

That pipe is for the thought bubbles. LOL!


A Scrubby!

I used 32 pegs of a KB Hers of a His and Hers Sock kit. The yarn is Scrubby Cotton. And it hurts and is hard to purl with. Since the pattern calls for one-row knit and one-row purl. that second row of each part of the garter stitch took me forever! And it hurt from pulling and pushing the little texture knots through the former stitch. The knit rows were easy-peasy. This took me a day and a half. Partly because I had to frog it due to the first loom, the wood with metal pegs sock loom, I think it is a KB also. I tried to pull the stitches onto a circular needle but the loom crunched apart in my hands so I just frogged the project. My brother was able to fix the broken loom back to new. But meanwhile, I just grabbed the Hers loom and started again.

If I had attempted this pattern by crocheting I think it would have been finished in an hour. Maybe it was the yarn and I should try it with the yarn recommended in Kristen’s tutorial. I think I’ll go order some of that when I get finished with this report. Here’s the Youtube tutorial again. I know! You watch this while I do a dish or two so I can report how it does its job.

Did you enjoy it? Yeah. I know. I was on my own doing those dishes. Oh, well. Oh, yeah. The dishrag easily did the job my scrubby sponge could. So there’s that. By the way, GoodKnitKisses has a left-handed tutorial, too.

I still have my craft project taking up the whole coffee table. Oh well, I think the family is used to me. They all have places to call their own. I lost my hobby room when my son moved in. So if anyone has a complaint… No one does. They are pretty mellow guys with their own hobbies so…

Speaking of guys, As of today, I have been married to this terrific man for 17 years. We’ve been together as of the fourth of July 25 years. Go us!!!

Oh, and it was a Monday because the Easy Writers group Zoomed. I do enjoy getting with this group of ladies. Each seems to have unique personalities and styles. Anyway, that answers the What Day Is It Anyway question. #WDIIA

Happy Monday

and

 


So the laptop is still getting scans. So I’ll have to blog a quickie.

Trash, check.

Knitting charity socks. Check

Finished watching Another Life. Check. I can’t wait for season two. Here is a link to the trailer (I hope)

Spent most of the day listening to the library audio of The Stand. It is due back in eight days.

Everyone here is fine. We’re trying to find the bright side of life.

How are you all doing?

Hopefully, I will have my computer back tomorrow.

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