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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching, August TUSAL, a New Granny Square, and a Few new Reads

This week has flown by with a few projects underway and a few in the design or planning stage life is good.

I finally got my car back from the repair shop with a nice little surprise which had me slightly irritated but what can you do.  The mechanic nicely pointed out the drivers side door was hit by a piece of equipment which left a nice little dent in the door so I need to get an estimate for the shop owner will be paying for the repair.
The following morning on my way to the post office I notice the window control panel was sunken in the buttons still work which is great because the long buttons control my door locks and the round on adjust my mirror.
I don't think it happened at the shop because the bottom buttons looked a bit recessed a few weeks ago, I believe the Florida heat melted the glue that holds it in place. one of the reasons automated window come off the track is the glue disintergrates in the heat or at least its the most common explanation we are given.  So that will need repair next which will be some time this week or the next but not at the same garage.

On the up side of things we finally got a good soaking rain yesterday afternoon, and the hand embroidery for this Green Woman project has been started, it's not my design it's from a decal I purchased a while ago and enlarged.
So once again I am working with mostly green floss. Yesterday was the New Moon for August which means it's time once again to post a photo of my Orts for the August TUSAL which is the Titally Useless Stitch Along.
You can see all those green threads with a few snippets of pink and purple yarns from the Granny Square afghan I crocheted for Tessa my 5 year old great niece. It measures 60 inches square.

 I started another Granny Square for my sister which was slow going over the weekend because my hands we aching so I put it aside for a while.
This one is being done in the Mandala yarn Spirit colorway, I may have mentioned this yarn has quickly become a slight obsession I just love the colorways and the way the flow when worked.
In my last post I mentioned having to abandon my shopping cart the other day after being overcome by an odor that left me quite breathless.  Well I went back on Friday morning to see if those cakes of yarn were still in stock and to my surprise they were.
The six on the left is the Magic Moon colorway with lots of luscious purples in the mix, the 6 on the right are actually 2 different colorways 3 Echo Caves and 3 Wishing Well, I am going to combine them for an afghan. The Wishing Well looks very beachy,  the Echo Caves has 3 of the same or nearly the same colors which should work up very nicely.  I want to try my hand at knitting with one of these yarns.

I am linking up my post to these wonderful blogs today:
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2018/08/slow-sunday-stitching_12.html

https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-orts.html

On my reading table I have a two new to me publications I am reading, the first feeds the earthy side of me and the second one feeds my love of plants and natural dying.
http://www.ravenous-craft.com/zine
https://rebeccadesnos.com/plants-are-magic-magazine/
 These are just what I need to lose myself in when my fingers and hands are too sore to pick up a needle or a hook. I included a link below each photo if you want to check out the sites.

And finally a recent jewelry making project is my stone cairn pendant with a small piece of green beach glass dangle from the bottom.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Rough and Rocky Start to August

Well began a bit rough and rocky with my car still in the shop for repairs, I dropped it off on July 26th where it was going to be put on the lift and looked at with the knowledge the work wouldn't begin until the 31st, which didn't happen because they were busy at the shop so I was told work would begin on the 2nd, it didn't and the excuse was they sent the wrong part  so work would begin when the part arrived and I should have the car Friday evening or Monday.  NOPE still working with the hope it would be ready yesterday but there was another problem so did I want to have it done I wouldn't be charge labor only for the part.  So its there and I said okay as long as it won't take a week.

All this reminded me of why I stopped using this shop for auto repairs, unfortunately my regular mechanic is undergoing treatment for leukemia and isn't always available and he didn't want to take on the repair because my car the transmission has to be removed to get to the engine, long story short about  a 10 hour job.   The current shop where the work is being done has one mechanic the owner and 1 employee that doesn't do the repair job my car needed.  Leaky oil pan, gaskets etc.  a common problem apparently on the 2006 Cadillac.   Well received a call last night the  major work is done was just waiting on something for the oil filter and I should have it today,  I am not optimistic and figure tomorrow, which will be two weeks, what I find irritating is he suspected such a long delay I would have like to know so I could have arrange to rent a car, the first week I didn't care because I was still not feeling 100%.  grrrrrr!  That's how August began here.

On the up side I feel better, no more fever, nausea gone after a nasty stomach ache all last weekend.  And for the most part the cough is gone.  House hunting is underway and we found two that have the space we need, both still in Ocala.  This week we had to Orlando area to look at a few.  Though we get more house for our dollars here so that will be a determining factor.

The one house that we are considering has the size I need, a lovely entrance with wrought iron gates which I love and this a little perk in the guise of a pool.
I finished the hand embroidery on the piece for the Stitch at Home Challenge I call it Herbal Tea and will use it as a banner in my herb garden
My inspiration for this piece is my love of brewing blossom tea in clear tea pots, always a hit at my tea parties.
The theme for the challenge is Burlesque which translates to an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something and not the fans and feather boas.  Anyway I finished well before the deadline of the 15th, to my great surprise the Kreinik threads didn't unravel or run when I washed it.

The Granny afghan I crocheted for Tessa I finished last night so I will be starting another crochet project today
Granny Afghan
 I used Lion Brand's Mandala yarn in the colorway Wood Nymph, Tessa loves pink and purple.  I have become somewhat addicted to this yarn and how it flows from one color to the next.  I let the colors flow for this, I admire people that cut off to control the color flow but for me the purpose of the yarn is to just let it flow.
spirit
The next project is an afghan for my sister in the Spirit colorway and then I have another project in mind and I am going to combine Troll and Unicorn Cloud as they have some of the same colors or nearly the same, I will alternate cakes.
troll and unicorn cloud
Yesterday I was at Walmart and found some new baby yarn colors so I tossed them in my cart 6 Magic Moon, 3 each of Wishing Well and Echo Caves which I had planned to combine and while I was shopping I was so overcome by an odor that I had to abandon my cart and leave the store.  My inhaler wouldn't respond and I just couldn't get a breath. I think it was detergent or a similar heavily scented item.  This happens sometimes when I visit Bed Bath and Beyond in the Villages and the scented products are so strong I often walk in the door take a few steps and have to leave.  Some scented products set off my allergies, just had to stop using a deodorant because it kept making my eyes itch and run at first I thought it was the detergent maybe I had bought a scented version, but after a shower this week and dressing I could smell the scent my eyes began to tear up and I knew.  Luckily I had a backup.

 I'll plan to go back today to see if the yarn is still on the shelf, it sells out fast and the baby yarn is new.  So while the month began rough and rocky it's turning out pretty good.

Now on to books this week I am reading A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan, I don't know about you but I tend to have themes, the repeated patterns, that keep coming up in my reading  for me it's witches. I just love witches who wave wands, I love witches who brew potions, I love witches who heal well you get it.  What is your repeated theme in books you read.   I am linking this post here https://www.gsheller.com/2018/08/yarn-along-august.html  for the August yarn along, click the link to see what other bloggers are reading and knitting or crocheting this month.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Slow Sunday with all types of Stitching

July days in Florida are not for the faint of heart, with the humidity rising along with the temps it makes for some sticky days.  I am in the second week of a summer bug, the fever returns every few days though not 102 like it was for 3 days running, the cough is nearly gone but the nausea lingers daily, the one good thing is I'm making progress on my stitching though some days I just felt so miserable I just laid around and slept for hours.

Friday was a full on rainy day and I was feeling well enough to sit up most of the day so I made lots of progress on the granny square afghan I am crocheting for Tessa.
I like working with this Mandala yarn, the way the color changes saves me the time of changing colors and weaving in all those loose ends. The changes aren't always perfect but I like just letting the work flow, one of the groups I'm in some crocheters will cut off sections of the yarn to have a more even flow, I suppose that's a great idea for symmetry but to me it's a lot of extra work.

Yesterday I decided to unravel (frog) the a few rows of crochet I had completed on the Ruana I'm making, the stitches didn't look quite right to me, not realizing I wasn't seeing too clearly while I'm under the weather.
After looking at the pile of unraveled yarn I had second thoughts (after frogging 519 stitches) ugh! So I re-crocheted all those rows and then worked 2 more rows.  Do you ever do something like that, look at something not sure if you are happy with how it looks so you undo all your work only to realize it was fine?   I do it more often than I care to admit.

I'm nearly done stitching the Stitch at Home Challenge piece,  I think to finish it I will use a hoop as a frame so I can hang it.
If all goes well and hopefully feeling better I plan to have it completed this week or early next week which will give me plenty of time to make the August 15th deadline.  My fingers are holding out fairly well with all the stitching and crochet, but the right side of my neck gets so stiff I can barely move it.  Well if it isn't one thing it's another, we do suffer for our Art don't we?

I will link up to Kathy's Quilts today for Slow Sunday Stitching, hop on over to see what Kathy and other talented bloggers are working on:  https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2018/07/slow-sunday-stitching_22.html

I'm feeling a bit weary so let me post this, make a cup of tea and try to get some stitching done today.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The ORT report for July's New Moon

Today is the new moon which is also time for the TUSAL ort report, now if you aren't familiar with what a TUSAL is jump on over to the link here to read what it's all about and perhaps join in the fun https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-totally-useless-stitch-long.html

In a nut shell TUSAL stands for Totally Useless Stitch a Long but to me it's so much more than that, it is sharing with other bloggers what we are stitching and showing off our orts.  If you aren't familiar with the term orts its those little snippets of thread, floss, ribbon yarn etc. from the project you are currently working on.  Here are mine for July so far.
July New Moon Orts
There are a variety of snippets this month so far, I have been working on hand embroidery, some crocheting and even stitched up few Barbie doll dresses for my great niece Tessa.
All the green orts are from the Green Woman piece I recently finished stitching, the purple and pink shades of yarn are from the granny square afghan I am crocheting.
The blue metallic ribbon is from the piece I am making for the Stitch at home Challenge hosted by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design.
Kreinik Threads provided a Bag o' Bits to each participant for this challenge and each of us has to use some of the threads in our design. As soon as I saw the blue metallic ribbon knew exactly what I wanted.
I didn't have too much trouble threading it through my needle and it stitched easily through the fabric and the stabilizer with no fraying and I plan to work with it again in the future.

Earlier in the week I came down with a summer bug, fever, sore throat, cough and now a tight congested chest which feels like bronchitis again so my stitching is slow going for the most part I am getting as must rest and sleep as I can so I can shake this bug fast. 

We had a brief but very drenching rain this afternoon so I don't need to water the plants

Well that's it for now I need a cup of tea and a place to rest my head for a bit.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

For Hiroko the raised beds I was telling you about

These are the raised beds I was telling you about  this is how I made my cement block bed
before planting
early planting net for peas
These are the boxed kits I was telling you about available at Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart store an online and at Amazon
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Greenland-Gardener-Raised-Garden-Kit/40410332?athcpid=40410332&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS002&athguid=466001f5-c97d5990-b9e0e969c0f80818&athena=true


Here are some old photos of my raised beds from 2012
I hope this is helpful to you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A new month begins with a birthday, a good read and a yarn a long.

Here we are starting a whole new month, summer is well underway here in Florida with lots of hot humid days and thunderstorms rolling through just about every afternoon.

On the 1st of July I celebrated my 63rd birthday, enjoyed a lovely day with my son and some birthday cake in the afternoon.


The day before my sister and great niece Tessa came for a visit, Tessa made me a sweet birthday card and bookmark.
I am using my new bookmark to keep my page in this week's read Hardcore Twenty-Four another fun Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, I really enjoy her Plum novels they make me laugh out loud and always bring back memories of my home life back in NJ.

We spent a few hours at Silver Springs State Park, took the 30 minute glass bottom boat ride which Tessa just loved.
fish seen through the glass bottom boat
I finished stitching the Green Woman hand embroidery piece last week, now I am trying to decide whether to frame her or make her a wall hanging or pillow cover.
In the meantime I am crocheting a continuous granny square afghan for Tessa using Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Wood Nymph colorway. It's odd for me to be crocheting an afghan, usually the summer months in Florida are too hot to have a large project on my lap even with air conditioning yet I have been itching to crochet and so far the heat isn't bothering me. 
growing granny square
When Tessa saw the afghan she rubbed it on her face claiming it was so squishy and soft it was like fluffy clouds.  She says she loves pink and purple so I told her it was a good thing I was making it for her.

So yesterday I spent 45 minutes at the DMV to renew my driver's license and to my surprise the birth certificate I have had for 63 years is no longer acceptable and I will have to send for a new copy. Which I just finished doing, hoping it is processed quickly but I have the ugh moment of ordering a new birth certificate from NY.  In the meantime, I have an exception letter so I can drive using the new license for the next 60 days and if I don't have the new certificate by then I just bring in proof that I sent for the birth certificate and I can get an extension.  I'm fairly confident I'll receive it in time since the place I ordered was actually an outsourced company, which take up to 3 weeks to process and I paid $17.00 for UPS express shipping rather than the US Mail.   Our local DMV office is quite helpful, the employees are friendly and I always have a pleasant experience. Oh and the eye test was a breeze.

For my birthday one of my friends sent me some lovely Shawl in a Ball yarn in the Prism colorway
I love this blend of cotton and acrylic yarn and I love the colors. I'm not sure what I'm going to make yet though I was thinking of trying the Virus Shawl pattern, I've watched much of the YouTube video and think I will use it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOQ6GBjTjO8

I am linking today at Super Mom No Cape https://www.supermomnocape.com/embroidered-felt-christmas-baubles/
And also here for Yarn Along http://www.gsheller.com/2018/07/yarn-along-july.html