DHello fello bloggers. I don’t seen to be able to get my ducks in a row. I have been very busy and have lots to share with you, but don’t seem to be able to get the words written. I have drafted a couple of posts that I end up trashing. I’m not sure why, but they just do not sound interesting. My blogging seems to be jinxed along with my knitting.
So, let me tell you about my knitting. One of the knitters in my group made the beautiful top by Shibui. Of course, I had Shibui envy (as my friend, Marilyn, likes to say). I had not knit with this yarn before so I picked out my colors, an awesome plum, and purchased the pattern from Ravelry. I will spare you most of the boring details of all my mistakes. However, I did not like how the textured stitch was looking, so I tried modifying the graft, which involved ripping out. Ripping out something that has mohair in it is really a daymare (light nightmare, but during day time and fully awake)! Finally, gave up and just knitted as is. Making my own silly mistakes and ripping out more. I could not give up and go buy more yarn, after all this is Shibui yarn and have you checked the prices!
I have about six inches completed, with no more ripping. Then I am looking through my binder of patterns and discovery that I had bought this same pattern in my favorite yarn store, Colorful Yarns. I take a closer look and realize the textured stitch is different than the one that printed out on the pattern I purchased from Ravelry. This is why my textured stitch does not look right! So what do I have to loose, right. I’ll just rip out and do it the right way. Piece of cake, it is only MOHAIR!
I decide to contact Shibui and let them know there may be an error in how the text is converted when printed, or whatever happens with computers. The representative was very nice. It took a few emails for the representative to understand what I was trying to say, but attaching a picture made it very clear. She forwarded this to their software department and gave me any unexpected surprise, a refund!
The Shibui company was extremely pleasant to deal with. The representative really tried to help me and promptly answered by email, usually within a couple of hours. Most companies take days. A FIVE STAR RATING TO SHUBUI!!
I now have about six inches done and I do like how it is looking.Hopefully the jinx has past, but I have put it on hold for a time while I finish a couple of x-mas gifts.
I have been wanting to start knitting socks. I started these flip-flops socks a couple of years ago and felt that I should finish them before starting another sock. When I started these I knew nothing about knitting socks. One sock was complete and the other was over half done. So, this is a one size only pattern, which probably fits the majority of the population. I, however, have a very large foot. Size 10. I decide to finish the second sock before I rip the toes on the first, which is too short. My toes are not only crunched, but almost double over!
I will spare you the numerous details of ripping, dropped stitches, ripping, trying to figure out what the pattern is telling me to do, dropped stitches, ripping. Oh, did I mention ripping! OMG, I just want to take scissors to them and throw them in the bin of projects from hell, to never be completed. And picking up dropped stitches, with sock yarn, on a 1.5 needle. That is enough to make one mentally unstable. However, the more I ripped, the more I dug my heels in (no pun intended) to finish these demon socks. I figure if I can complete them, maybe the jinx will be lifted.
Here is the completed pair. I tried to match the color striping, but failed. However, I did a pretty good job getting the great toe colors to match up. The pattern is “Cable My Big Toes” by Helene Rush and published by Durant in ‘Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders’. The pattern can also be found on Ravelry. The modifications can be found at frazzldknitter.
On the bright side our family Thanksgiving was a greyt day. My son and his family were present, along with my mother-in-law, the rest of the family were in Phoenix. We also had some friends over who did not have a place to go. The dinner turned out greyt, in fact it probably was one of the better meals I’ve done, except for the giblet gravy incident.
Okay, it was just minutes before we were ready to serve and in the rush to finish I opened the wrong side of the pepper container and poured about 1/4 cup pepper into the saucepan. I was able to salvage it by filtering it through cheese cloth. I won’t mention that it still had a strong peppery taste.
The turkey breast was nice and juicy. I tried cooking it with the breast down, so juices would follow gravity and flow through the breast. It worked. Also, decided not to overcook it this year and followed the suggested temperate range. There were a few pink spots (maybe more than a few) that had to be cooked further. Lesson learned, cook the hell out of it and throw away the thermometer!
Yes, you heard me, I considered this a successful dinner. No family feuds and no fires in the oven!
I found this greyt cranberry honey butter recipe on Facebook. One cup butter, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup honey, 2 teaspoons orange zest. Mix well and spread generously on dinner rolls!
What am I thankful for. My health,family, friends. I’m thankful that I live in a peaceful and friendly neighborhood. I am thankful for my country. I am thankful that the greyt spouse and I had greyt careers and have been able to retire early. I am thankful for all my children and the unique bond I have with each of them. I am thankful for my pets. I am thankful that my mother taught me how to knit.
So where ever in the world you make be, a belated happy Thanksgiving, and hope that you have much to be thankful for and more.
Happy knitting and blogging to all and jinx-be-gone!