Brittany, Grieving Loved Ones

1461 days = 4 years

Brittany…

Who You’d Be Today
Kenny Chesney

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
I see your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
I still can’t believe you’re gone

It ain’t fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I’ve been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today

Would you see the world, would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Some days the sky’s so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
I know it might sound crazy

It ain’t fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I’ve been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today

Today, today, today
Today, today, today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know I’ll see you again someday

Someday, someday

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Allergies, Handmade Gifts, Hat

Helix Hat 

Hey All! 

Three whole days until school starts!!! I’m excited but my children are not. 

My Grandma left a funny comment on my last post and I thought that I’d address it here! Grandma thought that I was up posting blog posts before 5 AM. I’m pretty sure that she was trying to figure out how I became such a morning person when I was such a pain in the rear as a child. 

I’m still not a morning person. I never will be. I tolerate mornings with more dignity and grace than I did with a child. I would say that with age and maturity I’ve learned to shut my mouth and to keep my gripes to myself. I still dislike mornings but I think a lot of it now days is due to allergy, sinus, breathing, and sleeping problems. I wake up with headaches and jaw pain and I just want to be left alone with my coffee for a good hour. NO TALKING PLEASE!!! In the summers this means waking before my kids do and during the school year it means rushing everyone out the door. Hence the excitement for school days and routines. 

The funniest part about this whole thing is that my Son acts the same way I did as a child. What is that saying about your children paying you back ten fold? I’m pretty sure that has nothing to do with yarn money. 

So, no Grandma I’m not up posting on my blog before 5:00 AM! I’m currently sitting and typing this post at 9:05 Wednesday morning while I’m cooking breakfast. I will schedule it to automatically post at 4:44 AM on Friday morning. Isn’t technology grand!!! It’s rare that I post in real time. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Daughter 
  • PATTERN: Stashbusting Helix Hat *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size 
  • STARTED: Aug 21st
  • COMPLETED: Aug 22nd 
  • YARN: Scraps of worsted weight acrylic 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 103 yards
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7 

I really like how this hat turned out. I foresee making a bunch with yarn from my scrap bin. I think that the concept will apply to socks as well. This cheerfully colored hat was a great palette clenzer after knitting the black sweater. The other night I started knitting an Advent calendar and I plan to make at least one more. One to use and one for decoration! The one for decoration is made up of traditional Nordic mitten patterns. 

*** My allergies and sinuses are currently bothering me so bad that I have trouble sleeping at night. I end up grinding my teeth and waking up with headaches and jaw pain. Tuesday I noticed that both sides of my lower jaw are bruised on the inside of my mouth from all of the teeth grinding. I’m really not exaggerating when I say my allergies are trying to kill me from the inside out. I’m tired of feeling sick and tired. 

Sweaters

Flax Sweater No. 3 

Hey all! Last week I was knitting like crazy trying to finish this sweater in time to share on Friday. However, I ended up binding off the last few stitches at 12:07 AM on Saturday but I knit this sweater in 12 days. 12 DAYS!!! I’m so ready for winter and colder weather all I want to do is knit warm and cozy garments. 

I used Knit Picks Brava which is about the most inexpensive yarn you can purchase in a wide variety of colors. It is acrylic but it suits this purpose very well. I wanted a sweater that I could wash a lot. I plan to wear it with my pajama pants all winter. Someday I’d like to knit a nice sweater with a rustic yarn but it’s just not in the budget for now. I spent about $15.00 on this yarn and the rustic yarn I would buy is about $115.00 plus shipping and tax. I could knit about 7 inexpensive sweaters for that price not to mention keeping myself entertained for that much longer. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me 
  • PATTERN: Flax by Tin Can Knits 
  • SIZE: Large 
  • STARTED: August 6th
  • COMPLETED: August 18th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Brava in the shade of Asphalt Heather 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 1313 yards/600 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7 
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: I omitted the garter panel on the sleeves and I added an extra inch to the sleeves and an extra two inches to the body 

This is the third sweater that I’ve knit with this pattern! Each time I’ve changed it a little.

the first sweater knit as directed 

the second sweater I omitted the garter panel and added the stripes 

This is our last week of summer break and we are going to be busy. We’ve got to update vaccines for Meningitis. We’ve got an open house and pictures. We need to finish shopping… ugh shoe shopping with kids. If that’s not enough I plan to do fall cleaning in the kids rooms. How in the world do their closests get so messy? 

I hope you all have a great, happy and productive week 😻☕️ Missy 

Handmade Gifts, Kitchen Items

Dishcloths 

I’ve been knitting these dishcloths since the beginning of the year. I plan to use this bunch as Christmas gifts. I still a have a bunch of cotton yarn left so I plan to make some for my kitchen and some to sell too.

Here’s a list of the patterns incase anyone is interested

 

Brittany, Grieving Loved Ones

Happy Birthday in Heaven Sissy 

Today would have been Brittany’s 28th birthday 

Charitable Donations, Handmade Gifts, Hat

Hats 

Hey all! I hope that you had a happy and safe Independents Day. We didn’t do a whole lot but we did grill out. 

I also spent a good amount of time with yarn in my hands and I have a couple new hats to show for it. This first hat will be donated to Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.  

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: donation 
  • PATTERN: Wide Ribbed Hat 
  • SIZE: large
  • STARTED: July 2nd 
  • COMPLETED: July 3rd 
  • YARN: karabella yarns aurora 8 – navy 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 107 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7 

The second hat that I knit is a Christmas gift for someone who likes to roll up the cuff of hats even when they don’t have a cuff to roll up. Nothing like a classic hat pattern to make that gift recipient happy. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Christmas a Gift 
  • PATTERN: Classic Cuffed Hat 
  • SIZE: Largest 
  • STARTED: July 3rd 
  • COMPLETED: July 6th 
  • YARN: Lion Brand Heartland – Mount Rainier 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 124 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7 

Last night at about 11 pm I decided that I wanted to start knitting a new shawl. So I started dying yarn for it at that time of night. I wanted the yarn to dry overnight so I could start knitting it as soon as I got done with the gray hat. 

Shawls

Mara Shawl 

Happy Independence Day!!! 

Here we are right in the middle of a hot and dry summer and I’m knitting heavy duty shawls with worsted weight yarn. 

I have all of my stash listed on Ravelry and lately I’ve been scrolling to the bottom of my list to find my oldest yarns. I’ve been doing really well with using up my older stashed yarns. I’ve only purchased yarn twice since my Christmas/Birthday yarn from my hubby in January and they were for specific projects. I also have a storage bin full of odds and ends of acrylic yarn. I’d like to turn it into a scrap afghan to leave in the car. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: sale item 
  • PATTERN: Mara Shawl 
  • SIZE: – 
  • STARTED: June 16th
  • COMPLETED: July 1st 
  • YARN: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in the shade of Purple Mist 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 723 yards
  • NEEDLES: 5.0 mm/US 8 
Misc. Crafts

Stash Basket 

My Grandma gave me some vintage rug yarn that was made of polyester and cotton. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to make a garment or any like that with the yarn but I thought that I might be able to use it. The other day I pulled it out and whipped up this basket in about five hours. I have that gigantic shanklet shawl in there plus 11 cakes of yarn. I think that I will call that big basket success. I need to make more of these. However, next time I think that I will use a smaller hook to make a denser fabric. The sides don’t stand up as well as they should. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Me
  • PATTERN: stash basket by Emily Bolduan 
  • SIZE: – 
  • STARTED: June 15th 
  • COMPLETED: June 15th
  • YARN: Coats n Clark Rug Yarn 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: about 350 yards 
  • HOOK: 4.00 mm/ US G 
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: – 
Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

Bright & Cheery For My Dark Soul 

Hello All! Wow! Summer has arrived! It has been so hot and dry these last few weeks. My yard and landscaping are dead but the stinky tree is still alive and well. 

The other day my daughter over heard me saying that my newest socks will be bright and cheery in the dead of our Midwestern winters. She replied that they are perfect for my dark soul. I’m pretty sure that was not a compliment but it sure was funny. 😂

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Afterthought everything 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: June 1st
  • COMPLETED: June 14th 
  • YARN: white – Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn & striped – Patons Kroy in the shade of Meadow stripes 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 65 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1


I thought that I’d share some pictures of how an afterthought everything sock is knit up. 

Hope you all have a great week! Take care! 

Afghans/Blankets

Modern Granny Rectangular Afghan 

This Afghan was really fun to make. I started it in February and worked about four rounds before loosing interest in it. I picked it up a few days ago and sailed through it. I’ve never crochet an afghan like this before but I have already started a second afghan. This pattern made a really sturdy, dense, and cozy blanket and since I used acrylic yarn its machine wash and dryable. I even took time to stitch the ends down with matching embroidery floss to help the ends when being machine washed. 

I love how the increases made visable lines and how you can see how it grew.

Sorry for the dirty carpet. Its right by the door and everyone walks in the door and throws their stuff right there.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: craft sale pile 
  • PATTERN: Modern Granny Afghan
  • SIZE: Adult 
  • STARTED: February 23rd
  • COMPLETED: June 5th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver in the shade of Grape Fizz 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 1708 yards 
  • HOOK: 5.00 mm/H 

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week! 💞 Missy 

Allergies, Box0Sox, Socks

Melted Crayon Socks 

Wow! I love how these socks turned out. This is the last skein of my anniversary yarn. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to knit with it. I think that they make great cheery socks. The ribbing that I added makes them extra soft and squishy. 


RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: basic sock plus 3 x 1 rib 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: May 22nd
  • COMPLETED: May 29th 
  • YARN: Knitted Whit Victory Sock in the shade of Melted Crayon 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 335 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/US 2.5 
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES:  – Judy’s magic cast on 32 stitches  – Increase to 60 sts – Knit 3, purl 1 rib


Here are the other items that I knit with my anniversary yarn… 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Grand Central Socks
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: March 24th
  • COMPLETED: April 26th
  • YARN: Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the shade of Periwinkle
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 292.5 yards/65 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: true afterthought heel

RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat
  • STARTED: October 24th 2016
  • COMPLETED: December 20th 2016
  • YARN: Knitted Wit Pixie Plied in the Shade of Bad Santa
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 280 yards/70 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 92% Wool – Merino/8% Other
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 and 3.25 mm/US # 3

* School is out for the summer so I have extra helpers in the house. This year I ordered workbooks from Amazon and I plan to bribe encourage my kids to do a page each week day. They also have; reading goals, creative goals, cooking lessons, chores, and outdoor activities to complete before they are allowed to play with their electronic toys. Their response was that I’m the worst Mom ever. 🤣

I managed to get food poisoning at the end of last week. I’m pretty sure that I made a smoothie with spoiled Greek yogurt. I figured out that the yogurt was bad when I went to make another smoothie a couple of day later. I don’t think I’ll eating yogurt anytime soon. 

If that wasn’t bad enough my sinuses are so swollen and irritated that I’ve had a headache that has settled right behind my eyes for the last five days. All I’ve wanted to do is sleep. 

I hope you are all having a happy and creative week! 💞 Missy 

Charitable Donations, Hat

Donation Hat 

My donation hat for the Month of May was an interesting knit. It offered a little challenge but it wasn’t really difficult once I figured out the chart. I love the texture of this hat.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: donation hat
  • PATTERN: Tweedy Honeycomb Toque
  • SIZE: one size
  • STARTED: May 19th
  • COMPLETED: May 21st
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Silver (I held two strands together to get a bulkier yarn)
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 254 yards
  • NEEDLES: cuff 5.0 mm US 8/hat 6.5 mm US 10.5
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: a lot of the notes on Ravelry said that this pattern runs a little small. I chose to hold two strands of yarn together to get a bulkier yarn and I also increased the needle sizes to make a bigger hat. Much easier than changing the math in a charted pattern.
Afghans/Blankets, Handmade Gifts

Baby Blanket 

I made this cute textured blanket for my cousin’s 9th child. I really wanted a practical baby gift that would see a lot of use. I made it a little larger than the pattern called for so hopefully the little guy will get some use out of it for the next few years. It’s funny that I didn’t notice the difference in the yarn until after I took this photo.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Cousins baby
  • PATTERN: dainty textured baby blanket 
  • SIZE
  • STARTED: May 8th
  • COMPLETED: may 16th 
  • YARN: Bernat Baby Sport in the shades of Funny Prints and Baby Green 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 3981 yards 
  • MODIFICATIONS: I held two strands of yarn together to get a bulkier working yarn. I also used a larger hook 

I love how this blanket worked up! It’s so soft and squishy!!! 

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire. 
L. Frank Baum