Thursday, December 01, 2016

Jetta's Sweater Is Finished

It had been done except for sewing the arm hole bands on and weaving the ends in...   We went on a (horrible) trip to the coast. It was a six hour drive. It rained the whole way there. And the whole way back. And both the dogs whined the whole way there.  I did not even want to go. But for the sake of keeping my husband happy, I went...   It was not fun. Have I mentioned how much I hate Oregon?...

  Anyway, I hadn't done any of the above (sewing the arm bands on, etc) yet. But Jetta wouldn't let me take it off. So...  She wore it for two days before it was even finished.   When we got bsck home, I washed it and then sewed the bands on and weaved in the ends.  It is a little bit big. But she likes it..

This picture was when I first put it on her and it was still warm from the dryer.

She finally put her ears up.

I saw some Christmas table runners at the store, and I wanted to get one. But, the least expensive one I could find was $15. My husband said next time he gets paid...  Then, I thought "I should look for crochet patterns for one. Duh...."  I am only always crocheting things for the OB Unit. So...  :P   I liked a few. But (of course) the ones I liked were filet crochet, no pattern just a graph. (The old me might be able to do that, but not now..).  It came down to two: Either the Holly Trim Table Runner, or the Holly Table Runner.  I chose the latter. Sorry for the not very good phone picture..   I just need to crochet the holly leaves and berries. I hope I have enough green left... (Sigh..)   The thing is, I am pretty sure I got the green sparkly Christmas yarn at Hobby Lobby. And of course there are no Hobby Lobby's here...  Sigh... 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I finished a baby set for the OB Ward...  Everything here I've posted about/crocheted before. But the booties are a new pattern I got recently.  I added ties to them, chained 80 and sl st back.

I was cleaning out Eon's closet this morning. This is all from his closet. :0  On first glance/without knowing, you would think, "What a slob!"  But this was all in bags and boxes that he still has not unpacked from when we moved here.   And, I was getting overwhelmed unpacking/organizing it all.. And, we have moved SO much in the past ten years....   Well I posted this on Facebook (and said technically it was all still unpacked so I unpacked it for him). My irritating sister-in-law commented "Oh my God!!!! They are old enough to do their own laundry and that would not happen in my house!"  Oh. She put an "LOL" on the end of it, so it was all okay...   Not.  This is the Mom who abandoned her own kids. I don't know all the details, but I can tell you she was not a good Mom.  And she's going to tell me that my 14 year old son should be doing his own laundry???....   

I should have posted this for her. But, I unfriended her.
Grrrrr....   What is wrong with people..  

By the way, I found the afghan I posted about a few days ago, in his closet.  And three pencil sharpeners (he says he doesn't have one ever...), three pairs of nail clippers, a calculator, a USB flash drive, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of pajama pants, three pairs of shorts...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Scrap Blankets Progress... And Rainbow Bridge Doggies :

I took a picture of my scrap log cabin baby blanket... 

This was/is another scrap strip Tunisian blanket I had going. I don't even know when I started this, I forgot I even finished one whole strip. I was looking for the little strip on the left that I knew I had started.. :P And I had two little strips?  I don't even know.. 

This is one that I finished when our boys were all younger...  I took this picture when we still lived in Colorado.  I don't know what happened to it.  :/    I posted it on our oldest sons' wall on Facebook this morning asking if he had it (but other things have come to my attention since then that are more important...)  :(

Some muffins I made, and the hotpads Barbara sent me. I used them when I made these muffins. :D
I found out that Bailey died last night.  I am so sad about it....   Evan said she wanted to go out a couple nights ago, in the middle of the night. And Jayce let her out, but she ran away.  Well something attacked her.  :( I don't know what (they don't know either), but it must have been pretty bad.  I could just cry. And I probably will.  I kept saying "Take her to the vet." But they are broke... Which I can understand.  They gave her a bath and shaved her and bandaged her wounds.   It must have been way worse than what I even imagined. Poor Bay Leaf!!! :(  I texted Evan yesterday and he said she was howling...   I would have taken her in if I couldn't even make my car payment. If there was nothing they could have done for her, they could at least have put her out of her misery. She was probably in terrible pain.  I feel so awful for her... And them.  I'm not sure they should get another dog...  Poor Bay Leaf...  :(

And, my brother and sister in law's dog died a couple weeks ago, too...   Sweetie.  She was very old, 13 years old and not in good shape.  She had a tumor and all kinds of other problems.  She was shaking so bad and couldn't walk and she wasn't eating. So my sister in law took her in and they had her put to sleep.  I know I have posted about Eli house sitting for them, and watching their dog... This is her.   Sad day today...

Monday, November 07, 2016

A Card, Christmas Stuff again, and Another Update on Dad

I haven't blogged in a while. It seems like I have a lot to blog about. But, I can't find any pictures... We got this brand new computer. And every time I upload pictures, it goes into a weird folder. Like July 2011. ???? What?  I don't know anything about computers. Also, websites will not load. But I know we have internet.. Sigh...   Anyway, this is a card I made and sent a couple weeks ago. I don't know if she has received it or not yet. I saw it on Pinterest and thought it was fun. A Kleenex box that says "Get Well Soon."  There wasn't any instructions, I just tried to copy the picture...

I was trying to find my crocheted Christmas tree the other day, to work on "ornaments" (I still haven't..)  And I found this old thing. :P  It's a Yo-Yo Snowman. I think it was from a Crafting Traditions magazine. I can't remember.  I will have to look one  day to see if I can find it..  Wait. I just googled it. I don't know if this is the pattern but it sure looks like it! Snow Yo-Man. Other than that, I am drawing a blank on when I crocheted it..  

I know I already posted the Granny Square Candy Boot. But... I got a candy "jar" to fit in it.  :D

I got it at Michsaels. Well guess what? Ants were all inside the container the other morning (I am not the one who left the container open sitting on the table..)  Grrrr!! How are there ants in November???  Oh well.  

And, this is the crocheted Christmas tree I was actually looking for. I haven't crocheted any "ornaments" for it. But, I have been looking for some. I got the mini-ornaments at Jo-Ann's on sale a while ago. (Now I just need pins to hang them..)  I saw a cute crocheted garland in a new magazine I got (shhhh), I want to try it in thread.  The magazine is Annie's Christmas 2016 special issue. There's also some mini stocking ornaments. There's also another cute snowman in there.   I haven't started any of them. But I did start another Santa scarf.  I want to do an Elf one, too. There isn't really any pattern, and I can't find anywhere where I wrote down what I did. (What is wrong with me?...) But I did go on Facebook (where I saw the scarves- Santa and Elf), and found her "general" instructions...  

Anyway, my Dad gets to go home on Friday.  They had to have a handicap ramp and railing built (done) in order for him to be released.  He is doing so well, I am so shocked... What I am shocked the most about is his 100% completely positive attitude about the whole thing. I guess that's the most important thing towards recovery.  Or, one of the important things... But it helps a lot.   :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Halloween Food, Christmas Project, and a Dog Sweater..

I started a dog coat/sweater for Jetta.  :)  I haven't made her one since the one in Nevada (which didn't even fit her..)  So.. This time I am making a Large. It's the Bernat Super Value Crochet Dog Coat pattern.  Doesn't she look like she is getting old? :(  She'll be 7 in January...

So far...

And, I finished a Christmas Project. Crochet Christmas Bootie Candy Dish  I think I might need a different "dish" inside it..  That's a 18.5 ounce Progresso Soup can and it looks too small.  

I made some Mummy Dogs in a Coffin for Halloween dinner (macaroni and cheese and corn, too).  :P

Some Halloween pretzels That isn't where I originally saw the recipe, but it's the same thing.

I bought a new Halloween candy bowl. I had one in Tennessee... Must have sold it at the moving sale. I liked that one, too.  Oh well.  :P  Now that Halloween is over I am all about Christmas.. :D

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Granny Square Christmas Candy Boot and Popcorn Balls

I saw a cute Christmas Bootie on Pinterest. I don't know why, but I like it..  So I had to make one.. :) I brought all my yarn to carpool to pick Eon up and go two squares done. (I finished that square after I took this picture.)  

Here it is with a can in it..  The can is an 18.5 ounce soup can. The pattern says to use a 12 ounce can. But that was too small..  I am using an H hook for my squares, and they are coming out to what she says hers are.  So I don't know..

I don't remember where I saw an idea to make popcorn balls (probably Facebook), but... I said "Oh yeah, popcorn balls..."  Then I googled an easy recipe.  I used this one. I was going to use this one, but... (I think she is so cute... Vanilla abstract..:P I love it.) I used the other one.  I bought regular old popcorn and popped it in a pan (like the second video). That's how we always made it when I was a kid. And I made it, too. (Not always, but I always asked if I could!)   That girl has another video to make donuts out of biscuits, she is going to be the next Rachel Ray.  :)

But, Eon did pretty much all the rest.  :D  We used the whole bag of marshmallows, and didn't use the dried cranberries.

I'm not going to win any awards for picture taking or end up on Pinterest... Lol.  But I think Eon had "fun" making them, and they like them.  I'll have to get some more marshmallows. ;)  

Guess who else liked them?....   ;P   Well, Jetta loves popcorn anyway. Ever since she was a puppy..  

Duke doesn't like popcorn. But... he begs anyway.  Well guess what? He loves popcorn with marshmallows on it..  He is so funny.  I gave them both a bunch of it, and after I did the dishes and put everything away, he was sitting by the counter where the popcorn balls were, and whining! I didn't know what he was whining about, so I turned around and saw where he was and laughed.    He cracks me up.     The other day I got them a new bag of dog food. Well there was still a little left in the old bag so I put that in their food bowl (it was almost full).  Duke stood there staring at the bag of new food!!   (Before that when we first brought it home, Steve said he was sitting there looking at the dog on the bag of food and he could swear he was smiling.)  I showed him the bowl had food in it. He stood there. Staring at the bag...  So, I opened it and put a scoop of the new food on top.  He ate it all up (ONLY the new food on top. though..)  He's hilarious...Poor Jetta. Had to eat the "old" food in the bottom of the bowl...   :P   I swear it's like having two furry (stinky) little kids.  :P

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Baby Bunting Set and Eli's New Glasses

I finished the hat/whole set today..   I just love this set and I wish I could have had this pattern when all our guys were little. :)  Although, the hat is more of a bonnet..  And therefore more girly? I don't know. I definitely want to do more of these, though. In darker colors maybe.  But I do love this one.  I hope the Mom and baby who get it love it, too. I wanted to get a little sleeper, too; to send with it.   I don't know if I mentioned before this pattern is from the Big Book Of Crochet. I haven't been able to find it on Ravelry or online so I don't know if it's anywhere else. It was written by Sandra Abbate.

And, we took Eli to the eye doctor. Because apparently he hasn't been able to see for the past three years?  I said "Why are you just now telling me????..."  "I didn't want to bother you."  ??  Okay..  You kind of need to see, Eli...  ?  Now he can. Doesn't he look handsome? And smart?  :)  Does it look blurry to you? It's a phone picture so..

More Baby Things, Birthday Mail and An Update On Dad

This was the Baby Scrapghan  (do you like my word?) I started. Well, now it is finished. It kind of looks crooked...  But, it is very warm and will keep a baby warm on Pine Ridge. I didn't send it this month (I sent the blue/variegated one), there was only one more needed. So I will send it next month..  This is how I did it (copying and pasting from my Ravelry notes):
I just chained until it was about 6 inches + one chain. Then did hdc in 2nd chain and each chain across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- until 6 inches tall: Hdc in each hdc. Ch 1, turn. I did two rows of each color for stripes. Then finished off.
Join new color in side next to last hdc. Ch 1, did 3 hdcs in each color “block”. Then 3 hdc again in corners. Hdc across extra loops on bottom. Repeat around.
Rounds 2- throughout: Ch 1, hdc in each hdc with 3 hdc in middle hdc of corner 3 hdc groups. Join with sl st in top of first hdc. Repeat until afghan measures 40 x 40 or as big as you want.

I started a baby bunting, too (for Pine Ridge also, but for a different Ravelry Pine Ridge group- I am in three I think? For PR..)  I have wanted to do this baby bunting forever. And I did start one, once. But I don't know when/or what happened,...  I can't find it anywhere. After doing this one, I bet I got to the back/shoulder neck shaping and said "Huh?"...  Because it can be confusing. Especially for someone like me, who confuses herself over nothing anyway!! Lol...  If you just do what they say, it does work (at least in the case of this pattern, it does..)

I sat there for ten minutes trying to find the end inside the skein. No luck. So, I reached inside and pulled its guts out. Lol...  the end was in there! :P

I took a picture of it for future reference...  So I know which sides the decreases etc are on...  

Ta-Da!!!! I just love it...  I wish I had this book when my guys were babies! I would have made them one for sure (in boy colors), for the Arctic Tundra weather in Michigan...  I have since this finished both the mittens, and the hat is done but I still need to do the trim/tie on it..     I think it is so sweet. I hope the person/Mom that gets it will think so, too..   I used Caron Jumbo in "Baby Rainbow", and for the trim I used Big  Twist in "Light Teal" (it looks mint green to me, does it to you too?). The pattern uses a light variegated with white trim. But every group I am in for Pine Ridge says to not use white or use sparingly because washing machines are few and far between on the reservation and white gets so dirty fast..  Now that I've done one, I want to make a bunch more.   This one is supposed to be 3-6 months size.  

And look at all the birthday goodies I got in the mail yesterday!!!! All from the same person, RunningKnitter on Ravelry. We are in the same "Love of Letters" group and have been pen pals for a long time.  I LOVE everything, so much!! I know she put a lot of thought into this package. Because that yarn is my absolute favorite color. That dishcloth is my absolute favorite dishcloth to knit and use. And, I can use that little green and white checked journal for my "Three Things" journal.  I love the stationery, she even got specialized personalized notecards for me from Vistaprint!! I almost cried from it all.  I have been having the worst time lately, worrying so much about my Dad, still struggling with not liking Oregon (at all)/the rain here, and your package totally made my whole week/month/year. Thank you RunningKnitter! 

I don't know if I posted this, it's the baby shower gifts for Jolene all wrapped up. She got the box yesterday, and sent me a thank you note on Facebook. That was so nice of her. She told me her Mom said I was a master crocheter. (She is the one who helped me learn.) I said to tell her Mom thank you, and "I had a lot of help from a master crocheter!"  That was so nice to get a thank you. I half the time don't even know if they got the package, except by checking the tracking number...  

I almost forgot... The update on my Dad..  He was moved out of the hospital and is in a physical rehab facility (the same one he was in the last couple of times).  I talked to him yesterday for a long time. He is in great spirits. He was joking around with the nurses in the hospital when they were trying to help him get out of bed, he said "My leg I don't have is getting in the way."  And when I talked to him yesterday he said "I haven't given up yet." He wasn't depressed about it, either...   He's a tough cookie!! :)