Thursday, March 23, 2017

Longing for Spring

Longing for Spring Socks - Drops Fabel (Sunset)
Yarn: Drops Fabel (Sunset) 

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you three half knit pairs of socks. Those are all  finished and now I'm casting on for three brand new pairs, because different knitting times call for different types of knitting. No more Second Sock Syndrome at my house, at least for now!

This was my third attempt at knitting with Drops Fabel Sunset. First, I cast on for a plain stockinette pair and decided that they needed some texture. I ripped that out and tried Laburnum Stitch. It was pretty, but a couple of inches into the foot I saw the Longing for Spring pattern and wished I was working on that one instead. One of my needles got pulled loose, so I cast on again.

Now that the socks are done, I can see that they would have looked just fine if I'd continued in the plain stockinette. The stitch pattern is there, but it's subtle. I can see myself doing it again in a solid color. Maybe. It was a fun knit and an easy pattern to follow, but there are lots of others in my queue right now.

Note: I used my favorite toe and heel methods instead of following the pattern exactly as written, because they're my socks and I can do that.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{Yarn Along} New Toes

I gave up. I quit. I said that I couldn't do it. Basically, I did all of those things we're told not to let our kids do. And I'm much happier as a result. I think. After so many months of waiting for Sock Madness, I wish I'd made it farther than the warm up round.

Maybe I could have finished the Twisted Madness socks. Hundreds and hundreds of other knitters did finish theirs. Instead, I made the decision to rip out hours of work and cast on for something new. And to cast on another pair of socks. And to finish those second socks I posted about earlier this month.

Like I said, I think I'm happier as a result. And even if I didn't make it far enough to get assigned to a team, I did manage to do colorwork.

For Whom the Bread Rolls by Sarah Fox

When the Flip Side pancake house is targeted by vandalism and prank calls, new owner Marley McKinney decides to confront the woman responsible. Instead of the peaceful resolution she hoped for, she finds the older woman's body and becomes a suspect herself. My reaction to this one was kind of lukewarm. The vandalism was intriguing, but the other elements of the mystery weren't. Or maybe it's just because I live in the neck of the woods were that sort of thing is more expected than surprising.

Disclosure -- I was provided with an advance review copies by the publishers. All opinions are my own. This post is linked to Patchwork Times, Yarn Along, Crazy Mom Quilts , Wrap up Friday  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

{Estate Auction Temptations} We Went on an Adventure

Many years ago, someone told me that estate auctions were off limits. I don't even know what the context of the conversation was, but I've had that bit of information stuck in my head ever since. I've also been reading Jo's posts about all of her great auction finds and getting jealous. 

On Sunday there was an auction less than half a mile down the highway from our house. I sort of knew where the place was, and I knew that parking would be truly awful. We'd had a bad experience with estate sale parking on Friday and I wasn't going to do that again, so Teenage Son and I hiked down the highway, just to watch. And I signed up for a number, just in case. 

There were clocks. So, so, so many clocks....and pictures....and cars and other stuff we had no interest in....  We watched them auction off some furniture and then headed back to the house. I talked to Hubby about the clocks, specifically the cuckoo clock in pieces in a box, and headed back down the highway to the auction. 

Look what's hanging on my living room wall, where the purple cow head once hung... 

vintage cuckoo clock

I got it for twenty bucks, figuring that even if it didn't work it would look pretty hanging there on the wall. But it does work! It's not nearly as neat as the one Jo's husband found, but I'm happy with it. And proud of myself for getting it back together myself. The top piece had been removed and the weights were off, so it wasn't a great accomplishment, but I found it.

I got this one, too...

It turns out that the batteries were corroded, but I still like it.

There's a larger fourth picture that goes with these three. They're in awful shape, but I got the entire set for five bucks, along with a few "What is that woman thinking?" looks. I'm not sure quite what I'll do with them now that I have them, but it's a challenge I'm willing to face.  (Edited to add:  Adult Daughter saw them and loves them and has space on her wall. So they're going to her place. I knew there was a reason I rescued them.)

Those are the temptations I couldn't resist. These are some that I did resist, mostly because I was still waiting for the cuckoo clock to come up and knew I couldn't possibly afford everything I loved, let alone carry it home.

The lines across her face are dirt. Really obvious, really unmistakable dirt.

These would have been great to display next to our big old fireplace, but it wasn't meant to be.

I liked this couple, too, but someone else liked them a lot more.

Giuseppe Marastoni - The Drunken Monk

This is the one that Teenage Son wanted. It's massive, and went for a price that boggled my mind considering its condition and lack of a frame. Apparently, The Drunken Monk is a famous painting, so maybe we'll find a cheaper one someday.

I don't know if this was a once in a lifetime auction or if we can hope to find stuff this neat ever again, but it was a fun way to spend the morning.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Smaller Squares are Better

Give me a big stack of 4" squares to use for a baby quilt and I'll happily cut them into 2" squares before putting them back together.

They'll look better this way. I'm sure of it!


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