Friday, November 9, 2018

One More Hat...

"Copper Canyon" colorway on Opulence MCN
80/10/10 Merino/Cashmere/Nylon
from Jo Dee Fish of Fishknits Yarn

This is the latest Sockhead Slouch Hat on the needles, the last skein of this yarn I have from Jo Dee that I ordered for hats. I love Fall colors and this will be perfect. I try to keep a small project on hand for 'travel knitting' when I am away from the house and since Brad retired we run errands together quite a lot so I can knit while he drives.

Here is my progress on Brad's Afghan, just beginning the third strip.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Freedom....At Long Last!

Today, Tuesday, the 6th of November, 2018...midterm election dearest, darling husband is finally RETIRED!!! Final. Done. Last time. For. Ever. Retired. He is 65. I am 64. It was time.

In 2005 he retired from law enforcement after 28 yrs. He was only 52. He spent nearly 5 years teaching at our regional police academy after he retired, then became director. I really thought he was going to put in a full 10 years as director, but I am so glad he finally admitted that he was tired and ready to retire from the rat race. And the best thing about it, aside from having him home and him being away from the stress and BS....we can afford it! Whew!

We got up when we felt like it this morning. I made a pot of coffee. We made smoothies for breakfast and took a walk. In. The. Morning. So much nicer than trying to walk of an evening with all the traffic and exhaust fumes.

We will have lunch out at our favorite Chinese restaurant, run an errand or two, and then head off to the spa for massages. We will stop at the post office for mail. And come home. Period. Tomorrow we will do some shopping and yard work and I will start my Fall cleaning. Brad can help me get some furniture moved, then head off to his work shop and not have to inhale the dust I will be stirring up!

We need to clean windows and window screens, probably after mowing the yard one last time. There are twigs, pine needles and leaves that need to be picked up. The front porch is covered in dust and dirt and it would be nice to be able to sit out at our little table and enjoy a morning cup of coffee when we choose.

Life just got a whole lot better. He feels better. I feel better. I told people when he retired from being a cop that I retired from being a cop's wife. Well, ditto me retiring from being the wife of the police academy director! He has told me daily, for decades, that he couldn't do what he does if I wasn't here when he got home, doing what I do to make this house a home and refuge for the two of us.

We are a team. We do things together. Big decisions. Small decisions. We talk to one another all the time when we are together. We never run out of things to talk about. We read, we enjoy watching TV and movies together. We are both deeply religious and have some pretty deep conversations about God now and again. We also enjoy some alone time. He can sit in the master bedroom at his laptop while I am in the living room typing away on my laptop or knitting on my latest project. He will go off to the gun range on the back side of our 86 acres and I smile whenever I hear "Pow" "Ding" when he hits the metal targets.

When I drive out of town for an appointment or to visit my mom I always call him to let him know when I leave the house, when I arrive at my destination, and when I get back home. He always calls to tell me he is on his way home from town when he is away from the house. We communicate better than any couple I have ever met. And we've worked HARD at it over the past 43+ years to get to where we are today. We are best friends, and have been since before we were married.

I am now cooled off from our walk and will head to the shower to get ready for our trip to town. I can't believe how relaxed and relieved we both are. I haven't seen that man smile like this in years. The drawn, tired facial expression is gone. Now is when life gets interesting!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time Out

It seems I have an irritated ligament in my left shoulder and any knitting or spinning has been put on hold for a week or so. It wasn't too bad....saw the chiropractor and had a treatment....but then I reached up to get a robe off the back of the bedroom door and felt a 'pop' in my shoulder and now I can't lift it more than a few inches. Dang.

It's amazing how often a right-handed person uses their left hand to reach for things without thinking about it....sigh.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Next Long-term Project

I ordered some fingering yarn from Jo Dee Fish at Fishknit's Yarn for a light-weight throw for myself. I like to have something to throw over my legs while kicked back in my recliner and I already have a heavier throw out of Fisherman Wool for cold weather. This will be perfect for summer when the A/C is on and I'm knitting or reading.

This is Jo Dee's Woodlands colorway on her Stalwurthe base. It's a two-ply, fingering yarn, 85/15 Superwash Merino/NEP Nylon that has a wonderful drape to it.

I knitted a Sockhead hat out of a skein of this yarn. I LOVE it! I'm thinking that the Ten Stitch Zigzag Throw pattern would be nice in this yarn. I need to do a pattern swatch with the left-over yarn from my Sockhead Hat.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brad's Afghan

I've been wanting to knit a throw for my husband for some time now and finally came to the conclusion that, in order to have enough of the same yarn to make it, I would have to order yarn. Ahem. Yup. With all the yarn in my stash, there just wasn't enough of anything that would work together for this project. So, I bit the bullet, ordered Cascade 220 from The Yarn Barn in Kansas, and cast on for a mitered square afghan.

I ordered one skein each of three colors and had no idea how far the yarn was going to go until I started, so I ended up ordering more yarn. Twice. And to my amazement, all three skeins of eight colors each of Cascade 220 were the same dye lots! Woohoo! WTG!

I'm halfway thru the second row of squares...quite a ways to go...and enjoying having a 'stay at home' knitting project. Actually, I could take this with me to the coffee shop if I wanted at this stage. Later, I will be wearing the thing across my lap while working on it, lol. Brad is over 6' tall and I want this puppy to cover him from chin to toes and drape off the sides of his recliner.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Ten Sockhead Slouch Hats and Counting

Sockhead Slouch Hat #10 is finally finished. After knitting one after another, after another, after another for weeks earlier in the year, this hat was my travel knitting thru the Summer. I took it with me when I went shopping or to appointments and worked on it a little at a time. 

I have cast on for another hat out of another skein of Fishknits Yarn, also a Superwash Merino, Cashmere, Nylon blend. Not sure who will eventually end up with some of these hats...they would make great gifts...but I plan to keep a few for myself. Three of them are for my husband. One I gave as a gift in the Spring.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Back to more time...

Many times over the years since I started blogging I have gone for weeks, even months, without posting anything. At. All. Well, here I am again, deciding to get back in the game, so to speak.

Last night, after a day of frustration during which I was unable to see ANY posts on FB from my friends, yet inundated with garbage I don't want to see, I decided I had had enough of FB. Again. I'm really, really sick of ads popping up that seem to be targeting me because of my religious and political that go 180° against MY beliefs! WTH???

I got back on FB to keep in contact with family and be part of different groups of like-minded people who share my interests. But, apparently, FB has decided that is not to be. Fine. Take your one-sided, one-size-fits-all demographic and flush it where it belongs. I'm done. I am now off of ALL social media. No Twitter. No Facebook. No Ravelry. No Pogo. No Instagram. No Pinterst. And guess what? I never felt better about making a decision in my life! Bottom line: I will NOT be part of ANY online 'social media' of ANY kind that doesn't respect my beliefs and the things I hold dear. Take your hatred, your bigotry, your 'my way or the highway' attitudes and stick em where the sun don't shine!

So. Here's what's going to happen: I am going to plan out some spinning, weaving, and knitting projects, and do some breed studies with fiber I already have in my stash, and post about those things. And, I might even throw in some religious posts, articles about local and state businesses and suppliers as well as other sources of fiber/yarn/supplies from other places. After all, it's my blog. I decide.