Sunday, August 28, 2016

YOP Week #9

I have been battling sciatica all week and it makes it hard to sit for any length of time and do anything.  It seems better when I'm on my feet and active but I have managed to get my shawl going...finally.  It's almost like I have to "warm up" first and after having cast on numerous times I finally get going.  I'm really enjoying it now.
My yarn shipment came in this week so I was able to pick up my Giant Granny Square and get back working on it again.  It's such a great t.v. project.  I'm about halfway done on it but of course...each round takes longer and longer now that it is bigger.
My socks are to the heel now but didn't get much attention this week as I was working on the shawl.
 I really enjoyed the pattern on the leg.
 I wove in all the ends on the 30 Maybelle Flower squares and I'm ready to start joining them together this week.
The yarns arrived for my new basket to go with the fabric I bought for the lining.  There are more colors but this is what I was auditioning so far.
I also got this little Erika Knight pamphlet with several quick to knit patterns in it.
I started a washcloth of a ghost as Halloween is approaching!  There will be one for each of the grands but they will all be different.  I can't remember what the others are...a witch and maybe a bat?
They're on Ravelry as a pay for group of patterns and I have a group for Thanksgiving washcloths too.  You can just begin to see his little arms and a belly button in the middle! LOL!
I found a great knitting shop this week that's online and carries all my favorites!  You probably know about it already but it was new to me.  www.loveknitting.com   
This week there is a special if you spend $60.00 you get a free ball winder...that wouldn't be hard...to spend $60.00! LOL!
I apologize as I did not get around to trying that loop crochet this week with the needle looking tool.  Maybe this week.
I got up early as the sciatica woke me.....I may go back to bed now that I've taken a couple Tylenol!  Woe is me!  But...like I always say.......it could be worse!  My home isn't flooded or burned to the ground and there were no earthquakes here.....my thoughts and prayers are with all those who are suffering this week from so much loss. 
Happy Trails!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sympatica Sciatica and pizza and a movie!

I'm sorry I've been gone the last few days from blogging but my sciatic nerve "attacked" me.  Have you ever had problems with yours?  This is a first for me and I have taken more Tylenol in the last 4 days than I have in my entire life!  It's not a sharp pain but it's continual and you can't get comfortable....especially at night.  I hate taking pills but I have been popping the Tylenol just so I could function.   It started about 2 inches below my waist in the back and has traveled around my leg and I'm hoping by Monday (or sooner) it will have exited out my foot! LOL!    Presently the front of my leg is numb.  I hope this is just because I moved wrong and not a chronic problem.  Anyway, I pushed through it....my Tylenol and me.  This week was pretty much catch up since having company.
I finally got the laundry all done..sheets and towels and quilts and then did some ironing too......

 blouses and pillowcases mainly.
 I cleaned the frig and there are still a few "remnants" of their visit....like Gogurt and Capri Sun...I'll use them....it will be a new experience for me! LOL!
Today I made a batch of pasta sauce...my favorite general sauce using Mario Batali's recipe............
 So simple and so good!  I just print the recipes off and put them in a plastic sleeve and into my recipe "notebook".  So much easier than back in the day when we had to hand copy everything.
 My yarn order came today so I'm back in business!  I also have been working on my shawl and I cast on a new project beside that one!  I'll show it all on Sunday for the Year of Projects post.
 The leaves on my sugar maple are starting to turn color even though it was 97 yesterday!  Today we had storms and now the sun is out and so muggy!  Fall.....please come quickly!
  Tonight is pizza and a movie and the pizza is ready to go in the oven and the movie is cued up on Netflix.  I'll be watching Robin Hood,  Prince of Thieves (1991) starring Kevin Costner.  I want to watch it because my next Bakery Bears podcast they will be visiting the places in England where it was filmed!  That's my excitement for this week!  I hope you have fun this weekend and any movie recommendations are appreciated!  Happy Trails!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Moving right along.......

It is Garbage Day here and they have been and gone.  I've thrown out 3 items which count for my 52 pickup or throw out, I guess.  I've thrown out envelopes too since I made out bills...does that count?  I'm doing laundry as the rain (60% chance)  doesn't look like it's coming to us.  I put the clean dishes away that were in the dishwasher...I wonder if that counts? Well, I guess the object is to "tidy up" so I won't count those.
We've had a lot of rain here and my yard became a mushroom field...........they were beautiful and big...the biggest ones I've ever seen grow in a yard.  Plate size!
I received a lovely surprise in the mail from Tammy at T's Daily Treasures  and Tammy I thank you SO much!  Look at this lovely card she sent..........she knows me well!  I think I need to frame it.
and...she made me this lovely doily and boy do I love doilies!  Isn't it gorgeous?  I need to make some of these!  Perfect for a candle or under a lamp or a zillion different places I can think of! Tammy can I get the pattern?
My daughter also gave me some things when she came to visit.......some fireplace matches for this Winter in a cute container..........
and this little toy that is handmade from the Amana Colonies in Iowa.
They're chickens eating............you swirl it around and the ball beneath makes their heads go up and down and it looks like they're eating the grain!  Too cute! 
She also brought me this handmade (crocheted) scrubbie that I just love!  In fact, I already found the pattern on Ravelry and I'm going to order some netting fabric to make some for Christmas and more for me!  It is "the cats's pajamas" and is so much nicer than my Scotchbrite pads that are just about worn out now anyway.  Perfect timing!
This is the pizza I made Friday night...........delish if I do say so myself..
I start with these shells (2 in a package and they even give you a plastic bag to put the other in once you open them).  I get the crispy ones but there is deep dish too.  I brushed olive oil on the crust and then added my toppings of fresh tomatoes, fresh green pepper, black olives, pepperoni and red onion.  I put the cheese on top because it keeps the ingredients from falling off once it melts and it tends to keep the pizza warmer longer too.

I use a whole package of provolone cheese slices on top...........
and VOILA!...........one delicious pizza!  I love pizza and when you make it yourself you can use fresh ingredients and also leftover items from your cooking week like onions or bacon or sausage etc.  You can clean out your frig! 
That's all for today!  Oh, BTW, I finally managed to get my shawl going and now it is very enjoyable to work on....whew!  I thought maybe I would have to give up on my career as a knitter! LOL!  I have a hard time thinking that 1 ball of yarn will make a shawl though....especially fingering yarn.  Oh well, time will tell!  Meanwhile it is a very pleasant knit.
Happy Trails!