Reelin’ In The Years

Bitching about the Kitchener stitch, outdoor painting, 4 x 4 driving

Naw, we’re not going to talk about Steely Dan and that bitchin’ song. It’s a lazy Sunday and I’ve been editing my Amazon music playlists. Every time I remembered a song I wanted to add, a flood of memories followed. I’m sure I could spend my time better, but eh – some days are meant to while away. I have decided this is one of them.

Then it occurred to me what I could do that was…well, if not productive, then amusing for me! I’ve embedded a video detailing the most difficult part of making socks – the Kitchener Stitch. It’s not a tutorial. It’s just me snagging on about it.

Just me being frustrated!

In the meantime, I continue on my trial month with Outlaw Soaps as their social media content writer. I hope this turns into a regular gig, but like I said earlier, if not, then I’ll just go back to being a customer – their most important job!

With summer in full swing we’re going out with the new Jeep, and discovering areas relatively close to us – COOL! Yea, after Hawai’i, we had to have one! And yea, now we are broke, so the forays are few and far between! We also added a new rescue doggy to our family, Nala and we’re getting to know her. She’s the one smiling! This was a Saturday visit to Donner Summit – see the snow? Yea, that was earlier this month. Neat, huh?

And speaking of cool, a friend of mine and I were able to go out and do some painting. The weather has been sooo mild, it’s gorgeous! Here we are at Emigrant Gap, which is about 15 miles up the road a piece from where I live. As this happened on a weekend, we ended talking to so many people. They’d come up and talk to us, and I thought we should start charging for art lessons! In fact, I let an extremely curious little guy paint on my canvas – hey, it’s acrylic paints. No harm, no foul, and I think he enjoyed it.

Wow. This entry has been all over the place, hasn’t it?! That about sums it up, though. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Is it done yet?

The left and right fronts, and the very beginnings of the back.
The left and right fronts, and the very beginnings of the back.

On September 25th, I set a goal of one month to have this lovely sweater completed.  With two days remaining, the due date looms ever nearer and I’m not even halfway through.  Instead of getting my groove on with cute items and gifts for family and friends this Christmas season, I’ve been mired in an ordeal!  I’m not one of those clever crafters who can have more than one project going at a time.  Coming from a person who thinks, works, and sometimes even speaks in a circular fashion, when it comes to my crafts, curiously, I’m a one-at-a-timer.   Mostly.  My husband works for the Union Pacific as a conductor, and as part of his job, he gets outside at all times of the day (and night) to walk the train for safety inspections.  The route he works takes him over the Donner Summit, and that’s a mighty cold place to be in the winter, especially in the middle of the night, so I made him a heavy-duty cowl.    It took less than a day.  Easy, quick, useful and gratifying.

Detail of right front
Detail of right front

But I digress.  My issue is that I’ve been struggling with some basics, such as counting, and it’s making me mad.

My most recent frog involved a dropped stitch – a dropped stitch!!!  I can’t remember the last time I dropped a stitch.  On the bright side, I have been discovering how to creatively undo and redo stitch types while picking up dropped stitches from 6 rows back and not having to frog.  That is a good thing.  But I want to wear this and not be working on it – wah!  And in my world, when a project is finished, I have at least another

Look at this beautiful yarn!
Look at this beautiful yarn!

lined up and waiting…but that’s another entry.

Happy crafting!