Thursday, February 25, 2016

Making My Own

For several years I have been using Young Living essential oils, ordering online as a retail customer. I am considering upgrading to independent distributor later this spring. In the meantime I am making some salves using coconut oil as a base and blending in essential oils for different things.

I deal with respiratory issues, asthma and allergies, and I combined Peppermint, Myrtle, and R.C.  for those issues and added some EndoFlex for hormone imbalance as well. I put everything in a Pyrex custard cup and set it on the hot plate that I use to keep my cup of tea or coffee hot. In just a few minutes it is all melted and easy to blend together. Then I pour it into a small jar for storage.

Just finished a jar of salve for hubby's feet using Wintergreen Oil. It smells so good! His feet ache at the end of the day and I think he will enjoy a foot rub this evening when he gets out of the shower. The coconut oil will solidify and be easy to use in salve form later.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lace Edging

The lace edging on the throw is coming along. Slowly. I am now half way down the second side, 48 repeats of lace, 10 rows per repeat. Now it's time to work on socks.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Glorious Day in Texas!

Good morning, Texas! Another glorious sunrise! Will be off to enjoy a cup of coffee at C.J.'s Coffee Cafe in town later. Hope to be joined by a friend if she is free. There will be knitting going on....

Monday, February 15, 2016

Running out of ideas....

I am having a difficult time coming up with topics for daily blogging. I don't have any projects close to finishing. It seems all I am doing is knitting, knitting, knitting and not getting anything finished. Too many projects I guess.

I have managed to get out and do a bit of work in the yard for a couple of days. We have a truck load of pine cones to be picked up. Already filled one 50 gal leaf bag and there are STILL pine cones on the ground.

Hubby spent the afternoon on Sunday with our soon-to-be eighteen year old grand-daughter. They have a project nearly outdoor aviary for her birds. The weather is perfect and the birds will love being out in the fresh air. I will get some photos when it is finished and occupied.

On a side note: I knew one day I would be glad that I have slowly accumulated a DVD collection of the newer Doctor Who episodes. Netflix took the show off of streaming on the first of the month. I have started watching the whole series from season one with the 9th Doctor. I am now on season three with the Runaway Bride and the 10th Doctor. 

And now...back to regularly scheduled knitting...almost ready to turn the heels on a pair of toe-up socks...ready to start the legs on another pair.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2016 DFW Fiber Fest

This year the 11th Annual DFW Fiber Fest will be held April 1st thru 3rd at the Irving Convention Center. I will be attending a class on photographing fibers on Friday afternoon. Then, there is the Friday Night Event: "Mending Through the Ages" at the Marriott Las Colinas.

The featured Charity project is "Knit Your Bit", hand-made scarves for veterans. They can be knitted, crocheted, or woven using neutral colors. You can also follow Fiber Fest on Facebook.

There are still class available, but many have sold out. Take a look here and see if something catches your eye: Class Descriptions.

The Vendor List has not been posted yet, but I will add an update when it is available. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beginning a Lenten Journey

It's that time again. Lent is upon us, beginning today with Ash Wednesday. It is a wonderful time in the Church's liturgical calendar when we have the opportunity to embrace abstinence and learn the value of sacrifice, for our own sake and the sake of the Church.

There is a good article to be found here: "Ashes to Ashes"  that explains the importance of Ash Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Changes in Lifestyle

After finishing my purification program with Standard Process I decided to try adding a few servings of wheat spread out over several days. End result: bloating, upset tummy, sleepless nights. The following week I tried adding a couple of servings of dairy. Same result. Ate a Mounds Bar one afternoon and wished I hadn't. Not as bad a result as the wheat and dairy, but I now have NO taste for any of it. I also put three pounds back on as a result of my little experiment.

Each time I do a cleansing diet I find I lose my appetite for the things I shouldn't eat anyway. I think  it will be a long time before I am tempted to go back to old eating habits. I am determined to get the excess weight off and I really enjoy the morning smoothies, green salad for lunch and fish, chicken or lean meat with veggies for dinner.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Making Progress

I got the lace edging done on the first side of the wool throw I resurrected from my WIP stash. It took just over an ounce of yarn and about 6 hours of knitting. I'm making an effort to keep track of how much yarn I use and how long it takes me to knit large projects like this. I kept track of how long each pattern repeat took and multiplied by 48 repeats, which came out to between 5 1/2 and 6 hours.

My gauge is slightly different, more open, on the lace section from when I last worked on it, but I don't think it will matter a lot after wet finishing.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Two Pair At A Time

I usually have several projects going at a time, quite often more than one pair of socks at a time. I am ready to start the leg on one pair...

And I am 1 1/2" from being ready to start gusset increases on the second sock of this pair...

Didn't care for the pattern I picked so I am doing Vanilla Socks for Ten instead.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Longest WIP

I have started several sock projects over the past month, always nice to have small projects that can be tucked into my purse when I am away from home. But, I also have a WIP (Work in Progress) that I began in November of....ready for this?....2009!!!! OMG! I had no idea it's been that bloomin' long!

The thing is, it's a heavy wool throw out of Lion Brand Fisherman Wool and I really don't enjoy working on it in the warm months. It is a Stonington Shawl pattern from Elizabeth Zimmerman that I thought would make a nice afghan to use in the winter.

I am going to see how much of the edging I can get done along the first edge this evening. It's a simple pattern that doesn't require many brain cells and is perfect for TV knitting. And when I am tired of working on it I can just let it lay across my lap and grab a sock to work on for awhile....or read my email... or check my Facebook page...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

And....I'm Back!

After taking a month off from blogging I am ready to get back to it. Health issues are resolved  after a three week purification program thru my chiropractor on top of medications from my pulmonologist. The pulled muscle in my arm is mending nicely.

While on my break I intended to set up a website with Word Press and transfer my blog thru Blue Note. Mistake! It was very confusing and frustrating. I thought I was going to be billed monthly only to be told when I got to the verification part of the process that I was expected to pay the entire amount up front. That convinced me the whole thing was a huge mistake. I was transferred to billing to cancel  and ended up with someone who wanted to argue with me about it.Then, I didn't get my email verification and called back to check on it. Seems that they had a 5 min power outage and the email didn't go thru! THEN, while filling in the pertinent data on the form from the link in the email that was resent, I got an error message. The whole thing sucked. Big time. Never again. blog will stay a blog right here. On Blogger. No confusing website hosting thingy for me!