Friday, November 17, 2017

A couple of new projects - Margene asked if I had a pattern for a slouchy hat, so....I went looking!  Turns out the slouchy hat is just longer in the body of the hat than my normal hats, so.....new hats! (and a chance to use my new pom-pom maker...)



I also found a pretty pattern for a ear-warmer.  It's a new stitch to me - a herringbone stitch.  It makes a nice dense fabric with an interesting pattern.


'Tis the season - the trees have started dropping branches in the wind.  They've lost a bit of leaves as well, but I think the big drop is coming soon.


Monday, November 06, 2017

New Project finished!  I saw this shawl pattern and had to make it (I just HAD too....).  I ended up modifying it a bit - it is so long as it is (different yarn) that I didn't do one whole set of the lace insert.





Sunday, November 05, 2017

When Alli woke up this morning, I glanced at the clock and thought "Oh good, she let me sleep in a bit - it's 5:30!"  Then I glanced at my Fitbit - which syncs with my phone, and it said 4:30...I forgot about the time change!  (Good thing all those electronic gadgets are there to keep me straight!)  At least she didn't get me up really early on the 'old' time too! 

I got new glasses this week - it's been a while since I got glasses, I have been getting contacts as well, and my glasses were over 10 years old.  Time for a new pair, and this time, the dreaded bifocals!  I opted for bifocals rather than progressives, and I'm happy with them.  I've been wearing them all weekend to try to get used to them.  Not bad!  I love the color!


I made ear-warmers with the yarn I posted last week - it turned out a lot cuter than I thought it would.  And not as scratchy on!  The yarn is a silk/wool blend, and was very scratchy to work with, but the finished project is better.


Someone knocked the cushion off the chair.  But that's okay, Picot is still going to sit on a cushion.....regardless of where that cushion is.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Halloween pictures!  My department dressed up as an insane asylum - a very gory one.  They dressed me up as the doctor, thank goodness.  Here's how I looked when I left home.....


And how I looked after Linsay got through with me....



Our file drawers got the treatment too...


Some of the side decorations.....



As a department, we got second place behind "The Adams Family", which was the Sacramento Office (but they made a video.....cheaters.....).  Voting was done via submitted photos, so it was open to the whole bank to participate and to vote.  The Sac office did great!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I haven't said too much recently about my 'yarn a month' that I've been getting.  I haven't been making anything with it - I've been busy!  But here is October's yarn - a silk/wool blend.  I really like it - a nubby, twisted yarn.  There's only about 60 yards, so not a lot can be made out of it, but it came with a pattern for a headband/ear-warmer that I'm going to try.....



I had a request for more scrubbies....


And Ralph got caught playing with my sock-monkey hat that's too big.....


Sunday, October 29, 2017

It's been a long week, and I just didn't take the time to post.  I was running low on sleep - as usual.  I planned on catching up last night, and was getting ready for bed when I got a message from AJ - want to Skype?  Of course I did, and we talked for almost 2 hours.  So much for going to bed early!  

It was really nice to see and hear him though.  He's running pretty ragged at the moment - he has school 6 days a week, taught in Japanese, and then homework for 11 classes for those 6 days of school, he's taking Judo 3 nights a week, he's working with his host Mom as much as he can speaking Japanese - she helps him with his homework! - and he's started working out again.  Added to all of that, he walks close to 6 miles a day to go to school - 3 miles each way.  He is literally black and blue from his judo classes, and he is mentally exhausted by the language barrier as well.  But....he is having fun, learning lots, and is having a great time!

Ralph and I went for a walk last weekend down in the field.  Autumn is here - some of the trees have lost their leaves, and the birds look so cool in them!


These trees are in the neighborhood - I love fall!



Book Club was last Wednesday - and I didn't read the book.  I didn't even open the book to see if it was good or bad (I hear it was really good....The Host by Stephanie Meyer)  Bookmarks this time were ghosts, and I didn't have time to photo them all.  I made them really late, blocked them Tuesday night, left for a business trip to Sac on Wednesday.  I got back in to town from Sac at 5:45, ran home, changed clothes, grabbed them off the board, and went to Rose's house.  These two were the left-overs, and one of them had lost an eye.....not my best work, but the others were pretty cute.


Ralph and I went out to the gun range to shoot after work on Thursday, and these guys were hanging out near the gate.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Last weekend, I got a request for a couple of hats - sock monkey hats - they turned out pretty cute!  The pattern is here.  They worked up pretty quickly, especially since I made the first one too big and had to re-do it.  I may have found a home for the too-large one.  If not, it can stay as a sample in my hat box, or it can be donated too - they are really cute!  

I even added to my collection of tools.  The hats need pop poms on top, and I picked up some pom pom makers.  If I had known how much easier they were to make with the proper tools, I would have gotten them earlier!  I picked up four sizes of Clover Pom Pom Makers - I'm set for a while!!


And so it begins - the Christmas season / handmade presents season has started.  I ran into a former co-worker at the grocery store after work Friday, and she commissioned a small afghan (though I was tempted to turn her down just because she asked me to make her a 'blanket' rather than an afghan - heathen!)  One more project on my to-do list......