Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crochet is Back On

 I was having some thumb pain after I worked on a Tunisian crochet project.  So what do you do when we have aches that we didn't have before? We blame what we were doing in the past few days.  Well I put the hook and project up thinking it would get put in my next garage sale.  The pain subsided after a few days. Then to my surprise when I went out to do a little gardening, the bloody aching pain hit me like a ton of bricks.  It was the hoe, or the way I used the hoe that caused the pain.  Ok so it wasn't the crochet's fault. Now what to do about my garden?  I have had this pain before.  Back when I played softball, the way I gripped the bat caused me thumb joint pain.  They make these thumb guards for batting.  I used them before, but not for gardening.  I will have to give it a try.
  I did get my crochet project back out.  So far no pain.  I just hope that I get a thumb guard before the weeds take over my garden.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 My thumb is hurting.  I did a little crocheting and now the joint where my thumb and hand come together are hurting.  I had giving up crochet because it made my hands ache if I did to much.  I am trying some stretches to see if I can loosen it up.
  I wont give it up all together but I won't spend as much time on it.  I will post the pattern details for the #2 square.  I is a five stitch repeat and will be easy.
Knit 4, Purl 4 then you move over one and you purl one k4 p4 to the the end.  I call it ribs in motion.
 I have an idea for the next square already.  If I don't get it done on my schedule oh well I will get it done soon enough.
  If you put to much pressure on yourself it takes the fun out of it.  I will be back tomorrow to post my #2 square pattern.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bird of Thought

 Have you ever saw something that made you think of your childhood?  I had that happen in an odd way.  There were scissor tail birds lined up on the power lines by our house.  Why would it make me think of my childhood? Well when I would come spend the summer with my grandparents the scissor tails would wake me in the morning with a get get get get up.  At least that is what it sounded like to me.  They are very neat birds. We had very few around here for some time and then they came back.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

German Cooking

 I grew up around German food.  I talking the stick to the ribs heave in the tummy kind of cooking.  There were home made sausages and sauerkraut, and yes I can make it.  There were also kolaches.  Yeast rolls with fruit filling.  In my family there was rolache, that is like a cinnamon roll but you put a poppy seed filling in it.  Ground poppy seed and cooked in a sweet milk and sugar mixture until the are thick.  It is awsome.  I had to give it all up.  Not because I wanted to healthier, but because I have a gluten intolerance.  No bread no wheat. I thought I would go crazy.  I did in a way.  I tried every gluten free recipe I could get my hands on.  That is not always a good thing.  Most of the bread recipes have a lot of added sugar.  Well I found out that with time you loose the cravings after a while and you don't eat that stuff.  Now it is a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits and cheeses and nuts.  I have even lost a little weight.
  What gets me that there are a lot of people out there going on a gluten free diet to loose weight.  Doctors are even putting them on these diets.  In a way it is good, but for those of us that have to be gluten free, we get the oh you are one of those.  I say one of what?
  Try having to run to the bathroom after you eat.  Having bad gas and pain.  Not only that but joint pain.  You got it is funnnnnn.  I am three years gluten free and I feel  better than I ever have.  My allergies have even gotten better.
  So why am I going on about this?  I don't know. I guess I just wanted to go on a rant.
  I am going to do a little tunisian crochet.  It is a fun change.  I like the crochet but almost knit look of it.  I have found a lot of videos online.  When I first started tunisian there was not a lot out there.  I wasn't sure if I was doing it right.  Now that I have something to go by I enjoy it a lot more.
  I could go on and on about it but I am going to work today.  So I will be back later.  I have to finish the next square of my afghan.  I am also doing a loom knit version.  They look so much alike that I decided to make them different colors to keep the squares straight.  I guess it wouldn't matter if I got a loom knit square in with the needle knit squares, but I would like to keep them separate.
 Ok I am out for now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's Up With That

 I haven't been knitting.  Me not knitting.  Have I lost my mojo?  I don't think so.  We all go through times that we don't do the things we love.  I have been reading.  " The Bone Orchard " by Daniel Judson.  It is book two of a trilogy and I have not read the first one.  I should, but I might not have to.   I like mystery and who done its.  I will let you know if it is worth the read.
  I still haven't finished my socks.  If I worked on them I would finish them.  I started the second square in my afghan.  I guess I needed a break from everything.  The seasons are changing.  We don't really have a fall here.  We get a little cooler and the leaves turn brown and drop off the trees.  Some winters we even have to mow the lawn.  The grass doesn't grow as fast and if we don't have any frost, rarely do we have frost, it stays green.  Last winter we one of our coldest, and I enjoyed it.  I like it cool but I am also glad we don't have to shovel snow.
  I know what I need to reset myself, fishing.  I love to go fishing.  There is something about the quiet and the movement of the water that relaxes and calms me.  I am a water sign maybe that is why.  I have two stock ponds at my house.  One has some big blue cats in it.  The water has been so clear that you can see them swimming when they are close to the bank.  If I catch one I will have to post a picture.
What was he thinking.  That frog is a little to big for him to eat.  That is a garter snake trying to eat a pig frog.  There was another snake that had him from the leg.  The frog lived, but boy can they make loud distress screams.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014


 It has been cooler than normal here the few days.  Nice change from the upper 90's that we have had.  I don't think the heat is gone, I live in Texas, but maybe it will be a little less hot.

  I have the pattern worked out for the first square of my knit sampler afghan.  I have the loom knit version posted on my loom blog.
  This is a very easy pattern.  It is a basket weave.  I knit mine in worsted weight yarn with 9 knitting needles.  It can be knit in yarn of your choice just use the needle size recommended for the yarn.

 Co 34
knit 4 rows of garter stitch keep the first three and last three stitches in garter stitch

1) K 3, (K4, P4 ) to the last 3 stitches k3

2) K3, ( P4, K4) to the last 3 stitches K3
3) repeat row 1.

4) repeat row 2

5) K3, Purl to last 3 K3

6) K3 Purl to last 3 K3

7) K3, ( P4, K4) to last 3 K3

8) K3, ( K4, P4) to last 3 K3

9) repeat row 7

10) repeat row 8

11) K3, purl to last 3 K3

12) K3 purl to last 3 K3

repeat row 1-12 3 more times

Then repeat row 1-4 one more time
Knit 4 rows of garter stitch and bind off.

You now have your first square.  I am knitting my practice pattern in a yarn that I have now clue as to what it is.  It was given to me without the bands.  I will make my final keeper project in a yarn that I will be able to tell what it is.  I am thinking about Lion Brand Wool Ease.  I will let you know.

Friday, September 12, 2014

One Square Down

 Well I have finished the first square.  I found the time to finish it.  I know sounds like I am complaining about to busy to do the little things that I really like to do.  No that's not it at all.
  When you have a little guy come up to you with a book, and he wants you to read to him, how can you refuse.  Wednesday we worked in the garden.  Then we needed a bath.  The peppers got plenty water.

Now how can I complain about being busy?  Not going to happen.
Here is the first square.
It is a simple basket weave.  I will post the pattern on the 15.