And I’m Still Not Done

My Thanksgiving was unexpectedly small, but relaxing.  We hadn’t planned for a gigantic gala to begin with, but my daughter opted to dine with friends and my husband got called in for work, so with only two of us in attendance for this annual pig-out, I was able to streamline the menu and relax, unlike most other years.  Instead of cooking a whole turkey, I got a breast and threw it in the crock pot with some chicken broth and seasonings, believing this would alleviate the inherent dryness.  I’m sure if I’d been a little more diligent that it would have turned out fine; however, I learned that yes, you can still overcook in a slow cooker.  *sigh*  Everything else turned out fine and my mother and I were able to gobble away.

As for making all of my Christmas gifts before Black Friday, somehow, I’ve managed not to even after getting a head start in September.  It’s not that they’re incredibly complex, it’s just that there were other obligations, life got busy and here we are.  I have only to finish one more hat that’s about halfway done, but it’s been lying neglected in one of my many project bags, just waiting for me to pick it up again.  I imagine having company doesn’t help.  After my mother had been here for a few days she asked me, “Do you ever not knit or crochet?”  I took this as a sign that she wanted me to pay more attention to her.  So the unfinished hat remains…just that.

My mom should have been a concert pianist...really.

My mom should have been a concert pianist…really.

Since we both can't hear, if we're in a noisy environment, we text each other!

Since we both can’t hear, if we’re in a noisy environment, we text each other!

I have also discovered that if I take my Foxy Hooded Cowl to consignment shops, they sell.  They don’t sell on Etsy, but they sell locally.  Good enough.  I closed the account anyway.  So, any of you crocheters who want a little extra cash this season, you may have a little cash cow pattern here.

Aside from being derailed on my Christmas gifts schedule, it’s all been good.  How was your turkey day?



Sleep Knitting?

I purchased some yarn for a project about two weeks ago, and I was excited to get started on it, but I’ve been working on Christmas gifts.  I tried to get a head start on those back in July, but didn’t get around to it until September.  Typical.  They’re almost done, but I just couldn’t wait.  Breaking my rule about having no more than one project going at a time (I’m usually good at keeping this rule – honest!), last night I cast on the stitches with a feeling of guilty pleasure normally reserved for chocolate.  I had been working and running all day and was more than a little tired,

Tentative beginnings...

Tentative beginnings…and yes, I’m writing this while lying in bed since I refuse to get up until hunger or sheer boredom impels me out of it!

but I wanted to play “ketchup”.  Surprisingly, I was able to get more than a few inches done, considering I’m working with 122 stitches and worsted weight yarn.

Then it hit.  A busy day of activity and it’s 9:30 pm; can’t keep eyes open.  Must.  Knit.  More.

Suddenly, my eyes open.  When did they close?  I look down at my hands that are still holding the needles, yarn still twined around my fingers on my right hand for proper tension.  Wha…?  I blink my eyes, notice that I’m further along than I remember and look around in sleepy confusion.  Did the knitting elves show up and continue for me?  I run a hand over my brow, now thoroughly baffled.  And since I am primed to carry on, I do.

It’s not until a turn the row do I notice that the knitting elves are a confused lot because:

#1) I’m picking up dropped stitches more than once;

#2) Tension was maintained properly so the stitches that weren’t dropped are uniform in appearance.

It would be a wonderful innovation if I could fall asleep and wake up with the project half done, but I still have a few kinks to work out!


Broken Rib Cowl

It’s getting closer to Christmas and the search for pretty, useful and QUICK knits is on! This is actually a complement to another easy pattern I found online for a hat – there is a link to the other pattern and artist – but this is cool enough to make alone.  Both work up fast so you can make a set or two in plenty of time.  Click the link for the pattern.

Nice and thick!

Nice and thick!




Broken Rib Cowl

Huevos Rancheros…mostly

Is there anything sexier than fried eggs?
So much more to do - !

So much more to do – !

Hey everybody!  Has this ever happened to you?  You’re trying to beat the clock, getting all your young nieces and nephews set up with gifts they’ll actually want for Christmas, and you’re also working on a side project for a restaurant to include pictures of the food at the same time when suddenly, you’re hungry.  And you’re not only hungry for food, you’re hungry for the food you’ve been photoediting.  Problem:  they closed hours ago.  So what do you?

You can almost feel the lightbulb coming on as it rests just inches above your head.  Let’s make something!  Leftover black beans from earlier in the week, the ever present corn tortillas and salsa, eggs, cheese…sounds like huevos rancheros to me!  Since I don’t really care to cook so much as I like to eat, any foray into the kitchen is an adventure for me.  I was so proud of myself for creating something edible.  Just had to share!

It Can Be Difficult

Loosen up those muscles!

As jolly as I can be, there are times when it’s hard to hold that smile; when you’re taking pictures to show off your latest FO and angles have to be more strategic because you’re no longer 25 years-old (or even 40!), thus increasing your selfie shots to at least dozen, then it can become a chore.  There are some times when you need a little help.

I have always been the guerner in my family, and it comes in handy when amusing little children and myself.

Alas, the Malabrigo project comes to a close….

Making My Own Job

Blue Moon Burger with salad

I know that a lot of you spend a significant amount of time online, mostly checking on your social media. I mean, who doesn’t like to spend hours on Pinterest, getting new ideas for your next big project, after you purchased all the goods needed for the last big project, which you haven’t started yet, before going back on Pinterest and discover new ideas for that next big project!  Uh, wait – Am I the only one who does this?

With the onset of cooler weather, business at the cannabis clinic has slowed down, so I’ve been able to spend even that much more time online, and it’s driving me crazy!  So with that in mind, I approached the owners of my favorite Mexican eatery, Cafe Luna, and asked if we could do a trade in kind.  As their Facebook page was seriously neglected, I offered to do their social media in exchange for their wonderful food….and they accepted!  It’s been a whole week, and I think I’ve upped their game.  I’ve also had two free meals there %-D.   One happy camper here.  Seriously, if you’re in the NorCal area, you need to check this out.  Wonderful, excellent food.  But don’t take my word for it; check them out on Yelp!, the reviews on their FB page and Trip Advisor