Sunday, November 25, 2012

Finally! A Crochet-Related Post!

Sorry I have been off my game, and not had time to crochet lately.  I finished my business course (with an A - yippee!).  And now I have time to get back to my hook and yarn.  I just finished my first pair of socks.  They aren't the kind you wear with shoes.  These socks are for wearing around the house this winter.  I like barefoot, and this is close to it.

I made this pair without a pattern - just winging it and trying on as I went along.  They aren't the best looking things in the world.  Now that I've finished them, I can see some things I would do differently next time.  I've been intimidated by trying to make socks.  Don't ask me why.  I've been crocheting for over 30 years and I've made dolls, toys, blankets, vests, sweaters, doll clothes and kitchen items.  Lots of different things.  This is a first time for socks though.  I used 2 skeins of Deborah Norville Soft Worsted yarn - the color is called Toasted Marshmallow.  They made nice thick socks to keep off the chill of winter.  I finished one sock, and then used the second skein to start the second sock.  I ended up cutting about 3 feet of yarn off the second skein in order to start the sock in approximately the same place in the color sequence.  I was hoping to make them match as closely as possible.

Thank you to my inspiration Mrs. D who has crocheted many a sock and displayed them on her blog.  I've been admiring her work and it made me want to give this a try.  Maybe a little more practice and I'll be able to make socks as nice as hers!



Friday, November 2, 2012

Things I've Learned From Hurricane Sandy

1.  to be thankful that all we lost was electric power, and that family, pets and property are still with us.
2.  that my hairdryer is my best friend and I miss it...
3. that the thump in the night is probably one of the 3 cats...
4. that I am a Facebook addict...
5. that my 4G mobile device is my best friend...
6. that in spite of the difficulties, I was able to finish my online college course because...
7. Panera Bread offers wireless internet at 6:00 am...
8. that my washer/dryer is my best friend and I miss it...
9. that we don't need a house phone and I don't miss it at all...
10. that I can survive without TV (until Sunday when The Walking Dead comes on...)
11. that my dishwasher is my best friend and I miss it...
12. that T-Mobile is not my best friend - everyone else has signals and we have diddly-squat...
13. when running around looking for D-batteries, stop at the place called Batteries Plus first, not last...
14. that my coffee maker is my best friend and, yes - I miss it...
15. that food tastes better during a power outage - BBQ grill vs. microwave - grill wins every time...
16. that a portable generator is a thing of beauty!

Now on day 4 without power and possibly another 24-48 hours ahead of us.

Sincerely - my prayers go out to those who lost loved ones, who lost their homes and cars, who lost everything they own.  May God bless you all.  He has blessed me.