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?



It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Knit and Crochet Weather

There’s a definite nip in the air and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors.  Whee!  With an adieu to summer (I’ve never been keen on that season, except when I lived in England), I am going through my yarn stash and deciding on what to use for which project.  More than likely, I will finish one before I run out to the yarn shops and purchase some more, work on a few from that, and start the cycle again – LOL!  I’m currently working on a pair of autumn colored socks – no, not self-striping yarn – of which you may or may not have read.  By and large, it’s mostly bitching.  I have a love-hate relationship going on with socks, but with each pair I knit, I learn something new and feel more comfortable with the process.  Besides, I have a whole bunch of sock yarn.¹

I would like to do another crochet or knit a-long, but am having trouble deciding exactly what.  The last one I did, Pumpkin Face Throw was actually pretty fun…for me!  I did get some feedback from crocheters having trouble with making the square, and from what I understand, they were seasoned crafters.  That had me kinda stumped.  So, I think I’m going to throw some easy crochet and knit-a-long projects out there to give everybody a sense of accomplishment – so much better that way!  And I will endeavor to post my progress as I did last time.  I think I’ve found a beginner knit pattern that all of us could do and benefit from, but I am going to sleep on it, as specialty needles are required.

Also, I wanted to throw out a reminder that I do have a Crafting Links tab on my blog with free patterns that I find online and if you click on the parent tab itself (don’t click on the drop-down options), you’ll find I have a form you can fill out to contribute your discoveries or patterns.  I do have a pinterest page that has more patterns and pretty pictures of projects I will never be able to start, let alone, finish.  C’est la vie.

See you in the funny pages!


¹See stash

Stuck in a Starbucks On a Sunday Morning

Yummy caffeinated goodness.
Yummy caffeinated goodness.

In the nearly 20 years I’ve been a dog owner, this is the first time I’ve ever taken my dog in for a grooming. That’s why I was caught by surprise – no knitting or crocheting to keep me amused. So I’m catching up on my blog reading and sharing this with you!

I’ve actually been selling on my etsy shop recently, and I’ve been fired up with all sorts of imaginative projects. In fact, I’m running into the old problem of not being focused. Each new thought requires planning, design and in general, a whole bunch of time. And then I usually trash it! I promise to post my next creation…which will hopefully be done in the next few days.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday morning.