Spring is Here

The snow is melting and the birds are out. Finally seeing some warmer temperatures. I’m so happy. It comes at a small cost though. My allergies are kicking me already. All the pollen in the air is making me sneeze.

Just an opportunity to work on some projects.

My yarn box shawl from last month is still on the needles but it is coming along nicely.

I’m almost finished with the second pattern repeat. I’m very excited about how it’s turning out. Now I just have to figure out if I’m going to keep it or if I’m going to sell it to someone. I don’t have anything that goes with it.

I’m also going to be continuing my temperature blanket today. I’ve fallen quite a bit behind.

And my last project of the day has nothing to do with the fiber arts. I do some mechanic work. And I’ve been trying to get my 92 Toyota pickup running. I finally got her going, but she needs more work. I need to get a new exhaust manifold gasket put on.and my project for today is to get the part. Then tomorrow I’ll run out to my friends place and have him give me an extra set of hands.

She’s a little rusty but she’s my baby.

Anyway. Happy knitting!

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If It Could Go Wrong

I know that in my last post I said that I had a kink in my neck that was causing pain and that I couldn’t do any knitting because of it. Well. It got worse and worse. I tried to suffer through as best I could and go to work. It was one of the more painful things I’ve had to deal with and still go to work. With that being said I didn’t get a lot of knitting or crocheting done in the last week. I feel like I’ve gotten way behind.

I got my yarnbox in on Monday. I was so excited. I can’t wait to start working on it. However, I still haven’t gotten the project from last month completed yet. Spoiler: I’ll be using the knitting pattern for this month as well. The colors are absolutely beautiful.

I also got in a box of yarn that I purchased about 2 weeks ago from yarnsupply.com. I bought some Permier Sweet Rolls, which are similar to Caron Cakes and Bernat Pop. Sweet Rolls are 100% acrylic and they have a lot of beautiful colors.

I got my truck running again with the help of a friend who managed to see everything I overlooked. So I’ve been driving my truck around for the last week. It feels nice to have her running again. She was one of the last big things my mom and I did together and her name is still on my registration. I wouldn’t give up this truck for anything.

I’m due to go back out on the road next week. Good news is that I’ll only be overnight for Monday night and I’ll be back Tuesday night. I’ll bring my yarnbox kit from last month and I’ll try to get some headway on it now that I’m feeling better!

Cookies!

Today is a slow day for me. A very lazy day with not much to do. So I decided to crack open a cookbook an make some cookies. So I grab the book that is the guide book to my spirit animal. “Eat Like a Gilmore” by Kristi Carlson.

I decided to make the rocky road cookies. They looked good in the show and they sounded good today so why not.

The recipe calls for the cookie sheets to be lined with parchment paper. Well, I didn’t have that at first, and I barely had aluminum foil. Absolutely needed parchment paper… The first batch was a little rockier than I had anticipated. They stuck to the foil.

So, I then sent my husband to the store to get parchment paper. They started to look better after that. Now that I’m making cookies from the book it’s time to watch some Gilmore Girls an knit. I have to get caught up on my temperature blanket and finish my shawl from my yarn box.

Dinner tonight is one of my favorite foods. It’s something my mom used to make especially when it was cold out. Tomato soup and dumplings. A great way to end a great day!

Yarnbox Knitting Take 2

I was so disappointed in myself that I had to stop the pattern and frog it. I was crying the entire time I was ripping out the stitches that I slaved over for a week. However, I couldn’t fix the amount of problems that arose from me not paying attention to the pattern. I always ended up with one stitch too short regardless of the measures I took to fix it.

Memo to self: I don’t know better than the pattern!

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(The aftermath)

I did start working on it again though, and it’s going so much smoother already. I’m excited about it again.

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I think it looks way better than it did when I started originally.

Sometimes just frogging the yarn is so much better and easier than trying to fix any mixups. That’s something I had to learn the hard way when I first started knitting. Even though I have make a lot of mistakes, and I’ve frogged a lot of yarn, I still love this craft.

Yarnbox Knitting Progress

I was too excited about working with the yarn I got in the yarn box. So, after my chiropractor appointment I sat in my car while waiting till I was supposed to go to work and I started knitting.

Pardon the stupidly bright red scrub pants. So far I’m loving this yarn. It’s so light and flowing.

The pattern is definitely somewhere in the intermediate range. There are a large amount of concurrent increases and decreases. However, it’s fun and it turns out beautiful.

I’m almost done with the beginning part of this pattern. I love it. I think it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to finish it and see how it looks completed!