Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scrap Strips Blanket

I finished the twin sized scrap strips blanket. I started it early last year like March? I don't think it took me a whole year. But close..  And, I noticed the first strip (which was actually the last strip, I work backwards...) Is a lot lighter than all the other ones.  Hmmm. 

I was digging through my bag of paper/card making stuff today and saw my Iris Folding papers/printouts..  I thought "I want to do one of those."  Since I don't have any double sided tape to finish the actual cards I made...  I do have regular tape.   I haven't done a cat one yet. 

I racked my brain trying to think of a good background color to go with orange...  I think this is pretty good.  I really enjoyed making this. Which is something I can't say often..   I still do need double sided tape to finish it though.  I can wait a few days til payday though.  This is technically "scrap strips", too. But paper. And you need more than just strips you do need a couple strips of each color. Depending on what you are doing. Small shapes you would need less..  I think I posted the link for Iris Folding before but it has been a long time...  Here are a few I did before.  A snowman one I did..  I had another guitar one I started, too.  It's actually all done, I would just need to do the handle.. 

We had a 60 degree day a couple days ago (or maybe it was yesterday?).  And all the frogs came out!  I noticed this one on our house. It was there for two days. It's gone now.  Well I "had" to show it to Duke....  Ugh...  He was obsessed with trying to get it. But, fortunately for the frog, his legs are too short. :P   There was another frog on the pavement, but I think it was already dead because it wasn't moving when he tried to get it. We had to get it out of his mouth and throw it out of the backyard. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017

I finished another row on the mitered squares blanket. I actually have done five more squares since I took this picture. I decided to change it up and do one, two, then one on top of the first one, then another and another. Instead of straight across.  Isn't it amazing...  :P

Not a very good picture, but I started a Hufflepuff Scarf for Eon.  :D  He said he wanted one that was online (it was fleece, and had an emblem on it). I said (all excited). "I can knit you one!".  Of course he rolled his eyes and said "I don't want that crochet stuff." :0  I said "I can knit one, not crochet.." He wouldn't even look at any on Ravelry. :(  Well, later on I asked him again and he said, "Maybe THAT one." So, I started it. It's the Vintage Hufflepuff Scarf, a free download at Ravelry. We missed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in the theater. So, now we have to wait until it comes out on DVD..

Saturday we were low on food. I was thinking about making  french toast, but we didn't have any syrup. Or butter... I thought pancakes, but again, no syrup. Then I remembered the gazillion blackberries in the freezer... So I made some blackberry syrup. My husband would complain about all the blackberries this summer. But I said "It's free food, and it might save us one day." Well that day came..   :P We have since gone grocery shopping.

And I made oatmeal raisin cookies cookies, too,.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Some FO's, A WIP, And Food...

This is a sweater/hat/mitten/booties/sleep sack set I did, to "go with" the little outfit I bought for the OB Ward. Technically, the sleep sack doesn't really "go"...  I wanted to do the blue band in a camo yarn. But, we are flat broke so no money for even one more skein right now...  I had to use what I had.  But the sweater set goes with the outfit. :)  I don't even know if I will be able to send this this month, either.   Anyway, the bear hat is Osito's Infant Hat. The sweater is Bella Bambina's Cardigan for Babies. Booties are Crochet Newborn Booties. I wanted something in worsted weight. I like this pattern. The mittens are Ruth's Crochet Set: Mittens. My computer (internet) is sucking like usual, today. So I will try and add the links later. But the sleep sack is Bev's Newborn Cocoon.   I was kind of thinking maybe I should do a bear blanket to go with this, then it would be a whole layette.  But I don't know if I have that much ambition... Plus, I have two other blankets I still need to finish.
Another little outfit I bought. I might do a set to go with it, too. Since I might not even be sending it til next month.

And this is the "WIP" I have... (One of the two blankets I mentioned..) My bigger mitered squares blanket. Last time I posted about this, I was still not even finished with the second row. So I feel pretty good about how far I've gotten on it. And, I love it. 


I don't know if I ever posted the hat I finished for Eli?  If I didn't, then I haven't posted about Steve's either.  He wears it to work every day. :D  So it was a win. 

And I made myself another hat, too.  

It's the Iced Edge Granny Squares Hat pattern. Someone posted a link on Facebook. And I really liked it. I haven't actually worn it "out" though..  But I do like it.

And, I downloaded some food pictures I posted on Facebook...  A good old fashioned chicken pot pie.  I stopped making this for a long time, because I thought the kids "hated" it. But, it must have just been our oldest son...   They ate the whole pan.  So, I started up a "Pot Pie" tub in the freezer.  In one of my "tightwad" books a reader wrote in to say she keeps a tub in the freezer of all their leftover vegetables, and any meat that doesn't get eaten at dinner. Then when it's to a certain level, she makes a pot pie with it.  With as tight as money has been for us (Christmas, then Eli's birthday, then Evan and Jayce's anniversary, we can't catch a break...)  I thought it might save us one night for dinner time.  

Some Monkey Bread I made...  I thought I hadn't made this since we lived in Nevada. But Eon said I made it when we lived in Tennessee. I don't remember it, though..

We had some strong winds one night...  Guess it was stronger than I thought. This is a neighbor's tree, down the road from us. In the road.  That was a huge tree, too. The bottom of the tree was past where that trailer is.

Update since my last post (earlier this morning) Eon texted me.

Eli's Birthday

I made the usual cake... But, I did a different frosting this time (I will not use this recipe ever again. No matter how much powdered sugar you add, it never seems to thicken..)  It still tasted all right.  I re-used the happy birthday candles from Eon and Steve's cake. (Not going to do that again, either- they melted all over the cake.)  

Opening his first present... Clothes, for work..  (He got a job, finally. Yay.. But not yay...  I won't go into it..)

Is this one blurry, or is it just me?  

We tried to get him "adult" presents. Since he is 20 now..  Look, a smile. I think he liked it.

I had to sneak a picture of Eon in. Ha ha... He didn't even know. :P

About to blow out his candles..   

Since this post is about birthday(s), I thought I would add a belated birthday card I made for a pen pal.  Her birthday is the day before Eli's. And, we technically celebrated Eli's birthday the day before (on her birthday), because everyone had work/school, then Eli had work that afternoon. So since no one would be home at the same time, we did it a day early. Although, it turned out that they changed his schedule that day (and two or more other days, which is part of the "not yay" part of his new job- they change his schedule almost every day.) .  Oh well...     I just made the card up.  I wanted to do a "Bee-Lated" birthday card. But different.. I printed out the "Happy Bee-Lated Birthday" on white card stock, cut it down, Used a punch my Mom gave me to do the lacy black part..  And an envelope I got with my Christmas photo cards. I made the card the size of the envelope..  I have 19 more of them. So...

Eon is at a friends' house. He has been asking to have this friend over or go to his house, forever...   I would rather have had his friend over here.  But...   We went over there, "interviewed" (aka talked) to his Mom/Boyfriend..   I still am not comfortable about it.  Note to self: Do not watch the episode of The Hunt with John Walsh where a girl goes to her friends for a sleepover, and the friends Mom's new boyfriend rapes her; on your son's very first sleepover EVER... (I had no idea what episode it was, I was just watching TV..)   I kept thinking "I must be crazy...  Maybe I should just (sound like a crazy person) go over there and say I changed my mind about him staying the night..."  Other than Eon talking about this friend, and me seeing this friend almost every day, I know nothing about these people except what was said yesterday. :/   I have been texting him, so if I didn't have that... I would be an absolute nervous  wreck. Except he hasn't texted me back yet this morning... So...  :/  

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Snow Day

Today was supposed to have been the first day back to school after Christmas break. But, they cancelled school due to "ice and sleet".  Which is fine with me...  I didn't sleep good last night. Neither did my husband (he woke me up because I think Eli woke him up... Sigh...)   Maybe I will sleep better tonight.  I took a picture of the mitered squares blanket again. I finished the square I was working on and 1 1/2 more since the last picture. :P  

I made a new muffin recipe a couple days ago, pizza muffins. I didn't have pepperoni, or olives... I just did the cheese. They were pretty good, especially hot out of the oven with spaghetti sauce. :)

Serving suggestion. :P

We still have a lot of candy canes left from Christmas...   I was bored this morning and lined them all up.  I will have to figure out something to make with them... No one seems to be eating them.

I had just enough flour left this morning to make banana bread with my mini loaf pan. One batch filled each tin.  I somehow gained five pounds over Nov-Dec, so I am trying to be good.... Sigh...  But I love banana bread.   

Monday, January 02, 2017

New Year, New Rug...

We got a new rug for the bathroom.. Exciting, I know.  :P

But, it makes me happy. Now I don't have to look at the ugly floor by the tub any more. I hate that!! No amount of scrubbing or soft scrub with bleach will fix it.  Makes me wonder what the floor underneath it looks like. :/    This house was built in 1960. And I think some of the things in this house are original to when it was built...  :/   Anyway.

One of the things I got for my birthday was a wax seal kit.  My  husband says he doesn't know what I like/want. So one day when we were at World Market, I said "You can buy me this for my birthday."  :P  A couple of people who write to me use wax seals, and I think they are so neat.  This kit has three seals. 

I finally tried it a few days ago. My first one, and it came out pretty good. (The second one I did did not turn out so good.)  

I don't think I posted about the hat I was knitting for Eli...? Well technically I started it for Steve. But, #1. He hasn't even worn the one I did knit him. #2. Eli got the job he went on the interview for last week. (I am not thrilled about it, but... I won't go into that.)  He will be working outside, maybe. Pumping gas. I am not sure if he will be a cashier inside the kiosk, or pumping gas, too. It is part time, 20 hours a week. And they don't stay open 24 hours-- so I at least won't have to worry about that. 

Anyway, I finished it on December 31st.  So it was my last project of 2016.  I think he likes it. He actually smiled, and put it on.  :)

I have been working on my bigger mitered squares blanket. It's my "TV knitting" project. I should say "Netflix knitting". Since we don't have cable..   I decided it will be for the OB Unit.  I am doing it the same as the other one I did, but casting on 23, place marker, 23. Instead of 16.  It's the Knitted Patchwork Recipe pattern on Ravelry. Free download.

I am going to have to get Duke a cone of shame...   Look what he keeps doing to himself! He's chewed the fur right off (on both sides of his tail!), and I don't know what is going on...   I think he got fleas. (Maybe I need the cone of shame...)  :(  I haven't been doing his flea meds on a regular monthly basis. I thought I was doing okay. But, I looked at my calendar (where I write it down).  I think (unless I forgot to write it down) I missed from May-September!!  I could have sworn I did a couple months in the summer. That was when he had his surgery.  I thought I did.  Well, I did see a couple of black bugs on him which were probably fleas.  Sigh...  Makes me crazy even thinking about it. I have given them both baths (not an easy task with Duke, he weighs over 50 lbs, and fights me trying to get him in the tub-which isn't easy without him fighting me).  Did that twice now. Put flea meds on them. Vacuum everywhere, put baking soda on the rug (only carpet in the house- I guess I should be glad about that now), and on their dog bed. Vacuumed that, and immediately took the vacuum bag out to the trash bin. Put a flea collar in a new bag, and vacuum again. Sweep, mop, clean their kennel out with bleach water, move the kennel, clean underneath...  clean the whole laundry room; baseboards walls, cracks... I have done this a few times. Wash all their pillows and sheet in their kennel in bleach water.  Anyway. I am not sure if it was because of fleas (I think it was because of the little red spots?), or what...  I also got him a flea collar.  He seems to be itching less, and I haven't seen any more little black bugs.  He must be a flea magnet. He got them once when we lived in Tennessee, too. Living in super humid states doesn't help... Maybe we should move back to Nevada, no fleas there... :(

He loves being outside...   Here he is after I opened the door (because he scratched on it) "I want to come in".... (You can see his flea collar..)   

Then he runs away "Ha ha just kidding!!" He's a brat.  :P  It's a good thing he's so darn cute.  He loves the snow. Right when he did that (scratch on the door then run away thing), he ran over and started eating it. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I Finished Steve's Hat

The day after Christmas, I think? Or two days after.. But, I wrapped it in Christmas paper, anyway.  He still hasn't worn it. Even though it's been cold in the morning here. He said it isn't cold enough.    I started another hat that I was going to give him, but...   Since Eli got the job, I think I will give it to him. Since he will be working outside. I'll see if he wants it.  I am not happy that he got the job. Well, I'm glad kind of. He won't be sitting in his room all day, sleeping til one in the afternoon...   He does need to get out and do things.  But, if you read my last post. I don't want him to go out and do things/meet people/meet a girl/like it here...   :(     They must be desperate for people to hire there. He has no work experience at all. So... maybe this will be an experience. It's only 20 hours a week.  She's supposed to call him next week.    The other hat is just like this one but in grey Wool-Ease.  Oh, I do have something else to post about..  Let me get the picture.,.

Someone was selling this on Facebook. (Someone I used to know from a charity group who is also on Ravelry; and I don't remember where else, maybe Crochetville? Which I haven't been on in a long time...)  Anyway. She was going through her stash/projects and cleaning out. I said I wanted the mitered squares blanket.  So I bought it; and some scrap balls of yarn for $6 something.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

Did everyone have a nice Christmas?..  We had a nice Christmas. Even thought I never did find that box of ornaments (I still haven't)...  The beat still went on.  

I wasn't going to give anything to my brother and sister in law...  But in the end, I did. Nothing much. A star trek coffee mug and a Christmas candle. A knitted bell and a knitted catnip toy for their cat.

This is the catnip toy. It was a pattern from Wendy Knits, a long time ago. I can't seem to find it online anymore. 

This was actually right around the time Christmas break started, I think..  We got snow a couple days, and Christmas break started two days early. Because no one knows how to drive in the snow here. No one knows how to drive period here. But forget if it rains or snows...  Anyway, Duke loved the snow.  


Eli's stocking..

And Eon's...  Duke wanted to get in the picture. :)

Stuff I put in Eon's stocking.. Except the bean boozled candy and the deadpool sticker, it was basically the same for Eli's. 

Combs for Eon because he always loses combs... (Drives me nuts.)

And Xbox controller chocolates. I got them at World Market. I thought they would like those..

My Santa towels.. One in the kitchen.

One in the bathroom..

I made a lot of cookies...  These actually were the last batch I made. The peanut blossom Hershey's kiss cookies. Recipe is on the back of the kisses bag around Christmas.. My Grandma made these for all the holidays. :)

Peppermint Meltaways.

Christmas Sugar cookies. I like these for some reason. They're just like sugar cookies, but then you do the fork on top like peanut butter cookies, then the sugar. They have a cup of oil in them which I thought was weird. And I did have to refrigerate the dough before rolling it into balls..  Otherwise it was a soggy mess to try and roll and got all over your hands.

And I attempted (and succeeded, yay!) another chocolate cream pie.  I only made this one other time when we lived in Tennessee. And it never did get thick (the filling). I don't remember what I did wrong, I vaguely remember not having cornstarch maybe?....   Anyway it turned out this time, and was good.  Granny's Cocoa Cream Pie recipe.

Christmas dinner.  Christmas was better this year than it was in 2015.

Today Eli has his first ever job interview. He has been applying at several places, no one would call him.  Well he finally got an email, and finally got a hold of them. And today is the day....   :(   I am glad for him that he has an interview. But...   I am going to sound like I need a therapist, here...  I don't want him to get a job here. I don't want to stay here. If he gets a job, he will meet people. Maybe even a girl...  And want to stay here.  Not to mention, (well I already did mention), no one knows how to drive here and I am seriously worried about him driving (if he gets the job, which he probably will) here. It's about 8 miles to where he would work.  I want to go with him for a few weeks (months, the rest of his life..) to reassure myself. He hasn't driven very much at all. Even though he's had his own vehicle since this summer. Then, there's his asthma... (Sigh...)  He has asthma. And, we haven't had insurance since we lived in Nevada/my husband got laid off. Which means we haven't been able to afford his asthma medication ($120 a bottle which lasted a month).. He does have his inhaler. (If it is even still good..)   See why I am stressed out?...  It's not just him getting a job. That in itself would be a good thing.   Sigh...    Maybe he will hate his boss and all his coworkers and not want to stay here either.  :/  I need therapy.