Puttering away the day

Where did my day go?¬† I’ve have been puttering on several things but I can safely say I did not accomplish much at all. Not that I planned to do a lot today other than maybe knit and sew but I haven’t even done that yet. ūüôā

I did get my Turks and Caicos sweater soaked and it’s laying out on the blocking boards to dry.¬† I did tidy up a couple things and did some laundry but mostly I was looking on line at new dishes and other things.

The set of dishes I have – are ending up in the trash one by one.¬† I have to think that it’s a flaw in the design of the dishes – one by one they are splitting in half.¬† Every so often I pick one up and it has that strange feel – the feel I recognize as it having a crack in it somewhere and although it’s usually not showing on the front of the plate thru the glaze, I can see it on the back.¬†¬† I bought a few plain white cheapy plates since I was running out and but those can’t be put in the microwave so it was time to start looking for something new.

After looking at way too many dishes ( and finally after trying to decide between two set that have square plates and then luckily remembering before hitting that buy button that square dishes do not fit well in the dishwasher) I ended up going with what I was thinking about to start with – Fiesta ware.¬† On a cold winter’s day it’s hard to resist all those bright fun colors.¬†¬† But I didn’t order complete sets¬† – for the time being I just ordered a few bowls and 6 or 8 (can’t remember the final tally) lunch plates since that’s the size I usually eat off of anyway.¬†¬† I’ll pick up some dinner plates next time they are on sale at the store here.¬†¬†¬† I did also order¬†a larger bowl and I think the other was called a hostess bowl – I just loved the design of that one – rather art deco looking – ¬†and will probably leave it out on the breakfast bar more as a decorative¬†item¬†(fill it with M&Ms?)¬†¬† Actually I can’t be trusted with M&Ms in the house so that won’t happen. ūüėȬ†¬† And in addition to dishes – why do I never have any spoons?¬† (I know why – I have a habit of not noticing they’ve dropped into the garbage disposal and they get a bit chewed up.)¬† I have wrecked more¬†teaspoons that way. ¬† So I’m replacing silverware too and will make a concerted effort not to grind it up.

And the best part – besides the fact that the dishes and silverware were all on sale was I had an additional coupon I could add, a President’s day extra sale coupon, and free shipping so saved a good sum of money.¬†¬†¬† That was my exciting day and now I’m going to¬† snuggle under a quilt and get some knitting done.



On the Needles – 2/13/16

May I first say BRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!¬† It’s been a cold week waiting at the bus stop but I’m glad I’m not out there this am.¬† The temperature is somewhere below zero, it’s very windy, so the wind chill is….. well I don’t know what it is but they were predicting 20-30 below.¬† Nope I’m not venturing out today. This weekend is the annual Winter Festival – which always seems to fall on the coldest weekend of the year — great for helping the ¬†ice and snow sculpture contests from dealing with melting issues — not so great for ski races or people standing around watching all the activities.¬† I will NOT be among them.

As for On and Off the Needles — I have another sweater completed – except for the blocking. Got my CF Turks and Caicos pullover seamed last weekend.¬† I seamed and added the neckline trim before blocking so it needs a good bath and blocking and then I’ll get a photo of it.

I had ordered yarn for my next CF but in the meantime couldn’t resist casting on a different sweater¬†while awaiting arrival of that yarn¬†– a CF version of Unbalanced.¬† The link is to my Rav page but you can find the link on that page to see what the¬† original Unbalanced sweater actually looks like.¬† Stripes on one side of front of the cardigan sweater and opposite sleeve.¬† This project I cast on last Saturday and it has been my bus knitting project.¬† I’m just a row away from starting the underarm bindoffs.


The yarn is Lion Brand Cotton-Ease – very inexpensive yarn (and even more so because I got it at a great sale price) and totally machine wash and dry.¬† When I machine washed and dried my swatch there was absolutely no gauge change in it.¬† This sweater also feels so light in weight compared to my Charlie’s Cardigan which was worsted wool – that is a heavy sweater. It’s looking gray in the photo but the¬†swatch on my Rav page is the true color.

The new yarn arrived РBlue Moon Targhee Worsted in  Strawberry Rhubarb Pie colorway.

20160213_1Check out that hank of yarn and the ball it makes.¬† It’s sitting on a foot square cutting mat but doesn’t really capture the size of that ball of yarn.¬† I had to finish hand winding it because the over 600 yard hanks are way to big to entirely wind on my ball winder.¬† But I love the fact that there will be so few ends to weave in on my sweater.¬†True color (always elusive in my photos) is a little darker than the swatch.


Here’s a close up of the design at the top of my swatch.


I’m going to make anther button front cardigan similar in style¬†to my Charlie’s Cardigan¬†but instead of the chevrons in the front of Charlie’s – each side of the button band will have this wandering vine and leaf section – this is just one repeat of the pattern (the top of the leaf on the lower left would repeat at the top of the vine on the left above it.¬† I need to generate my CF pattern for this sweater and then figure out how many repeats I need to get up to the neckline so I can end the design like I want.¬† I may also put several of these vines up the center of the back of the sweater.¬† The vine design is taken from a free scarf pattern on Ravelry called Daphne.

Off to soak and block my Turks and Caicos.