Never Stop Learning

So, in the past two weeks I have learned three new crochet-y things. One of them being the corner to corner afghan and how to make pictured afghans. Thanks, Mikey!!!!

So what do I go and do right after I figure that out? I go to Pinterest, of course!!!! Where I found a gazillion ideas! One of them being just plain ol plain ol changing color, and doing corner to corner stripes. Of course I can’t just do plain ol plain, and even though sitting around with a big ol blanket on my lap while it’s so dang cold seems like a wonderful thing right now, we are still neck deep in appointments, so I want something portable. So I came up with this…


I’m going to make four of them, and either make a bulls eye blanket or some kind of funky pinwheel look. Then I want to attempt something cooler with a picture on it. I’ve already been all over Craftsy and Ravelry looking at patterns galore!!!! So there will be more interesting things to come.

In other around the place news… two days ago a neighbors home burned to the ground. Both of the people in the house were taken to the hospital. But they no longer have a home. So we’re going to get with some other people in our little town and see if there is anyone taking up items for them or donations or something. So sad to have fire hit our small neighborhood twice in the past two months. Once was just the people across the street setting their yard on fire with a burn pile, and now this. Be careful out there folks!




This and That

So last week we stopped by GoodWill again, and I got another bag on yarn for $6. I’m beginning to find the most dumped off colors are the hot pink, bright yellow, and baby boy colors.  Yarn is yarn, is yarn, is yarn. And I am having fun mixing and matching from my stash too.

So here’s what I’ve been working on this week. I had a skein of Bernat Pop cake yarn in my stash, so I pulled that out and wondered how much I could make out of it. I usually make those long triangle scarves out of the cake yarns, but this one, Scarlet Sizzle, the color combos were so close it was hard to tell where one started and the other ended, so I decided to make a neck warmer first, and then I made a hat, and still had a good deal left, so I used some of the fluffy white yarn that came in the GoodWill bag to make a brim, and then I used every last bit of the Bernat Pop and changed to a light rose color Red Heart yarn to finish the top of the hat. So a five dollar skein of yarn and a wee little bit of scraps can make three very warm items! I love that!

So here’s the neck warmer. Plain simple 33 stitches on size 8 needles, knit sideways til it’s a little wider than a hat, and seam up the side.


Here’s the first hat. It started out as just a regular hat, but then I decided to do some purl bump rows, and that morphed into a five (or ten depending how you look at it) row repeat. 70 stitches on a size 7 needle, ten rows of k1p1 for the brim, and then four rows plain, and then a purl row, then two knit rows, and then a knit one purl one row, two more rows of knit, and then another purl row. Repeated three times, and then do the decreases. Wah-lah! Pretty patterned hat!


And then the last hat from that same skein of Bernat Pop. If I would have done 60 stitches instead of 70 I think I would have been left with about 3 yards of yarn leftover. But 70 stitches, I came up just a little short, so I grabbed a rose color pink for those last 5 or 6 decrease rows. Not too shabby, and it’ll keep a head warm!


Life in general here is slowing waaaaaaaaaayyyy down. I actually had three days this week without appointments, and how weird is that sitting around thinking you should be going somewhere? lol I have made soooo freakin much progress in therapy this week!  EDMR is an over the top a Lifesaver! I am processing through so many years of crap, and beginning to feel like normal ol Me again! But I guess better than normal ol me, because normal ol me was still hurting. I wish I would have tackled this years and years ago! No time like the present though, right. 🙂

Oh, and in other sadder news. My dear Buzzy Bird died earlier this week too. All of the kiddo’s were bawling messes for about a day or so. Buzzy was six years old when I got him, and I have had him for 21 years!!!! I haven’t ever had a pet for that long before, and I don’t think I will ever have another pet for those many years again! So, I’m a little down about that, because I keep catching myself talking to his cage, and then he’s not there. I will miss him greatly! ❤


On a brighter note… the geese are flying south for the winter, and just about every time we step outdoors you can hear them everywhere! I love that! Anyway back to knitting and such for me. Best crochet/yarny video of the week for me…


Easy peasy hoodie scarf

So, I mentioned making this on one of the knitting groups, and everyone was asking for pictures, so here they are. I got this pattern off of one of my yarn labels. I think it was a Big Twist label. The pattern called for two rows of knit, and then two rows of purl, but y’all know I am awful at following directions. So, I did three rounds of knitting and three rounds of purl. The pattern called for knitting it flat, and then doing a seam with a half twist to make it an infinity cowl. Yeah, I didn’t do that either.  I cast on 120 stitches on one of my shorter circ needles, and just knit it in the round.


Here it is laying flat. I seamed it not quite halfway down the back to make the hood area.


Here’s the back of it. I guess if I were more professional I would have made the purl bumps meet up more, so it wouldn’t have a weird ridge down the back. I’m not. I’m just fudging things. 😛


I’ve been thinking of maybe adding a hanging tassle to the back of it, so it would make the hood part rest more like this than with a point up in the back.  And the tassel would hide the weird ridge a little more too.  I like it either way though because the knit and purl ridges make it soooooo freakin waaarmmm!!!!!


So, there it is. I hope it inspires, or at least makes you look at doing things with patterns a little different-er. So many ways to keep warm in the winter, so many patterns I’d like to try this with.


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