Sunday, December 4, 2016

YOP Week #23

I just realized I have not blogged since YOP Week #22!  But I do have my Christmas shopping done, doctor visits and blood work over until Spring and clean clothes and food made for the week!  I apologize that I have not been "present" in the blogging community this week...heck, I haven't even listened to a podcast!  Shopping, be it in person or online, is exhausting, both mentally and physically but it is a wonderful feeling to give to those you care about.  I also stopped trying to make all those gifts....why put that kind of pressure on myself?  I want to enjoy my Christmas too!  I could do it probably if I spent every moment until Christmas but then I wouldn't have decorated or baked cookies or gotten ready for my little Christmas, and since I spend it alone it is important that I make it special for myself.  So, let the holidays begin!
Be assured, I am still working on the presents but no pressure.....just steady progress.  For the giraffe.....I got the head done and need to sew on.....

The cross stitch is coming along especially since I recently purchased the right type and size of needle.  I'll be working on it this afternoon.......
I went to Hobby Lobby last week while I was in Mountain Home and picked up yarn for the 3rd giraffe and a few other skeins...........

Last night I was wanting to try the scarf pattern that Becki had shown a few YOP weeks ago crocheted in the linen stitch.  So, I grabbed my Lion Brand yarn that was similar to the Red Heart she used and checked the pattern for hook size and away I went!   I chained the required 400 and actually did 2 1/2 rows on it............
but it was a struggle and was not "flowing" like in relaxed crochet mode.  I had to quit as my hands were really hurting from it.  I checked the label and the pattern and realized that the yarn was worsted....not fingering weight like the pattern called for plus I was the using the size E hook (very small) that the pattern DID call for.........duh!  How long have I been doing this?  So......that's what I get for starting a project at the end of the day when I'm tired and not at the top of my game for sure! LOL!  No wonder my hands hurt!  So, I'll be starting over with the appropriate sized hook for the yarn weight and maybe I will go check out Becki's project notes that she recommended but which I did not read because....dontchaknow.....I wanted to "dive right in"!  But I did learn the stitch and with the right tools I think I will definitely enjoy it!  Sometimes I wonder how I am able to survive on my own! LOL!
As for future plans and know how I can't seem to stick to my original list....too many bright and shiny objects that catch my eye.  Here are a few in the works...........
This was mentioned by Breathing Life last week on her YOP post and I thought it was such a wonderful idea that I took her up on it.  It started December 1st and I just ordered my yarn and needles but what the's a wonderful sentiment especially with all that is going on around the world.  I do believe thoughts carry energy and if knitting by people thinking peaceful thoughts will help, I am all for it!  I had several "run-ins" with unhappy humans this week and just the news alone is enough to make one break down in tears so this came at a very good time. We all need a little bolstering at this time of year and a reminder of what this season is all about....peace and love.  So, thank you Breathing Life and Christina Campbell and the wonderful illustrator Lisa Orgler.  This is a free pattern on Ravelry and there is a group on Ravelry also, The Healthy Knitter.  Christina is at The Healthy Knitter and Lisa can be reached at where she blogs about garden design.  I will be late to the party by the time my supplies arrive but I will enjoy it regardless.
There was also something that caught my eye in an email I got from Deramores and I think it is so cute!  It is a kit with pattern and yarns to make these cars ............

and this playmat..........

I think it's a hoot and it's $28.50 before shipping but look at those chubby little knitted cars!  Too cute!  It is a Deramores exclusive so that is the only place you can get it.....adorable!
There's a striped hat pattern and yarn kit I want too, for myself but the budget is getting strained and I already ordered "stuff" so maybe my birthday in January?   It is this one at Woolyn which TammyG visited last week.  I went over to the link provided and that's when I saw it and fell in love!
Isn't it darling?  I emailed them to see if they had any kits left but if they don't I will try and replicate on my own.....I love it too much to let it go!LOL!  Great idea about the yarn on those cards too.  I have a bunch of those that I use for cross stitch floss.
I have treasures coming.....I got so many ideas from you all last week!  I ordered the Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball color Feng Shui to make a scarf for my daughter for next Christmas.....from the talented crocheting from MrsMcD918....I loved hers!  I've decided I'm not late on Christmas presents...I'm just early for next year! LOL!
Happy Trails!


  1. Ahhh, Sandra... If you use the correct size hook for the yarn, this stitch will flow (especially after get past the first row. Do read my project notes (they are the same on each scarf). I had to learn a few things through trial and error, but truly, this linen-stitch pattern is about the easiest thing there is.

    Now... I LOVE that striped hat. The colors, the fur pom pom. It's all just perfect. I'd be wanting to keep it, too. It will be fun to see your other projects come together. :) Glad you've released yourself from the pressure of finishing by a certain deadline.

  2. Oh dear, linen stitch on too small a hook? My hands hurt for you too! I do so love your enthusiasm though, and your willingness to dive right in. I knitted a linen stitch scarf and the needles were about 3-4X larger than you would expect for the yarn weight and it was still pretty solid fabric.

    I LOVE those fat little cars. So cute! What little kid wouldn't love those?!?!

  3. You are welcome. I am glad you are back and taking things as they come. Christmas can get too crazy but we can breathe and slow down and receive the joys and quiet moments this season brings us. Nice yarn purchases (I am stash busting this year so no new yarn for me until, well, January!) That car kit and mat are the best. If I ever become a grandmother those will be on my to-do list for sure.

  4. Congrats onworking on NEXT years Christmas gifts. You are right to ENJOY this season. Too many people rushing around and getting no where fast.

  5. Perfectly reasonable to enjoy the season and do things at your pace. I love the cars and mat - if my two were a little younger I would make that for them.

  6. Perfectly reasonable to enjoy the season and do things at your pace. I love the cars and mat - if my two were a little younger I would make that for them.

  7. The easel of the cross stitch is cute. Seeing his shoes and legs first is fun.

  8. Hi Sam, you are always so busy! I am having a give away...comment on The Ornament Giveaway to be entered


  9. Nice yarn buys, and I love the fat cars.

  10. Ha-ha! You definitely are being led astray by all those other projects. I never start anything new when I'm tired because I am bound to make mistakes, especially if I'm cross-stitching. We put pressure on ourselves for so many things. I often have to step back and remind myself to just relax and breathe. Happy holidays!

  11. Love the new yarns, a great stash addition. Love the colour of the yarn you started the linen stitch with, and it's one of my favourite stitches too. That will make a gorgeous shawl. I'm going to have a go at the Project Peace cowl too, in a little while though, because there is just too much on my plate at the moment (Christmas season is not a good time to buy another house, lol).
    Cute chubby cars and playmat, and I love that beanie hat too.

  12. You always have so many projects going! I hope I can do some sewing when I finish decorating! I'm in the mood! Holiday hugs, Diane


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