Even a small project is helpful in chasing away the blues while sitting with or tending to a patient. This week I knitted 2 wash cloths to chase away the Covid blues.
For this Christmas Flower Washcloth from NobleKnits.com I used Knitpicks Dishie and a size 8 needle. Next time with this yarn, I will try size 9 needle as it is just a smidgeon small.
Then I knit “Pumpking” by Teresa Gregorio using size 8 needles on Bernat Handcrafter Cotton. The size knit correctly. However, I have never tried this type of increase (KFBFB) before and I pulled the stitches a bit tight. But it was great learning a new stitch while lowering the stress level.
I requested this be done several times over the last few months and it seems it wasn’t important enough to get to the top of my handyman’s list. I was so tired of the mud, I thought I’d give it a try myself, even though I’m still learning how to operate a tractor. Well, I had 4 spinning wheels, the tractor was stuck and I decided to leave it where it was.
Today, my neighbor came over and showed me the proper way to move mud. I will need to practice this technique and will probably get it stuck again before I get good at it, but I love what a tractor can do.
I did get this little wash cloth knitted, which helped me relax.
These are the socks I started with the Felici yarn pattern called Hopscotch on number 2 needles. The photo is true to the colors. Since I am a slow knitter it takes me about 40 minutes to do each color stripe and this pattern is just k3, p1 around and around. I am ready to do the heel. After I finish the heel and the turn it, I’ll put it in the car to work on while waiting for appointments, etc. So far, I’ve been working on them in the evenings when I’m too tired to do anything else.
Today was a good day. I have 2 stalls 12 x 15 each, this being one. The other area is 12 x 30. I cleaned the larger one yesterday and this one today.
Then I worked at getting hay down. The shadows changed the color of the hay, but you can see a bale on the tractor and I did manage to get another bale on top of this one. This type of work takes more thought and tractor maneuvering, because I don’t have the strength yet to lift these 100# bales. But I did get it loaded and moved down the road and into the rams area to be able to feed them. Usually my neighbor man does this, but was not available today.
After this and lunch, I took DH to the chiropractor and while he was there, I was able to get the groceries. After dinner, I rested for a bit. I don’t want to spoil a night’s sleep by resting too much.
It makes me happy when I can see accomplishments like this and I feel like I didn’t waste the day. I’m hoping to get back on track after too many of life’s interruptions. Well – after the holidays anyway. Part of the problem is that I didn’t set goals and make schedules for myself this year like I normally do. When I don’t, it seems I don’t get much done.
These are going to be an interesting pair of socks. The colors on the ball are pretty enough, but I’m starting to have doubts about how they will look. However, no one will see them under jeans anyway, so I’m plunging onward.
Remember these very green tomatoes that I picked a couple of weeks ago and wondered if they would ripen. Here they are today.
I’m not sure what happened in the raspberry patch, but some of the supporting posts are lying on their sides. It may be that they have just rotted off. I’ll have to inspect, but for today, I just trimmed them back to knee high. We only need a few.
Between bouts of Montezuma’s revenge this week, I was able to finish the softest scarf ever. The white in it is angora rabbit and the black is a very soft wool which I spun a few years ago. It finished at 8.5 x 48″. On a #12 needle, I cast on 30 stitches and knit every row. I will not bother to block it as its intended use is to keep me warm during the cold months when I go to the barns to care for animals.
Yes, I can get up there. Grandma Moses started her painting at 76. I bought my sheep as a business at 76. I think I have a good model to follow. So now when the sun shines again, I’ll take a driving lesson on the new machine. There is so much it can do, that I would never have been able to do without it. I’m a happy camper today.
My sprained ankle is not healing very fast, probably because I don’t stay off it, plus there is this knee the doctor would like to replace that has been troublesome, so other than feeding animals, I spent time knitting, which keeps my leg out of trouble. This is yarn that I spun maybe 30 years ago. Black wool and white bunny, then plied together. It is extremely soft and cuddly. There is enough left to make a scarf for barn duty when lambs arrive and it is freezing out there. I have about 24″ knit, using a large needle and garter stitch, which goes fast.
Chicks moving day finally happened!. They are now in the barn in a safe cage and out of the sewing studio. I know they weren’t in here very long, but they don’t belong in here. They belong in the barn and now that they are feathered, that’s where they are. They also have perches and more room, so win for all.
We picked up the building permit to be able to double the size of the barn roof, picked up a gift for a friend and went to the feed store.
Many of the apples are ready to pick, so I spent some time picking 5 grocery bags full. I don’t climb ladders, therefore I tried to shake some down. I will pick more tomorrow and then the rains will be back. It seems at this point, I’m running out to do what I can on the days that it doesn’t rain. And it wasn’t that long ago that we were wishing for rain. It would be nice to have alternating days.The last three days, I worked on this scarf during appointments and free time, but decided there are things, I don’t like about it, so raveled it and will start again. The white is angora rabbit plied to black wool, so it is very soft and warm and I anticipate wearing it during the cold this winter.
Looking for more trouble, I joined the group Super Scary sockshttps://www.ravelry.com/groups/search#view=captioned_thumbs&pp=1&query=super%20scary%20socks&psort=bes on Ravelry. And yes, they are out of my comfort zone, but I have now cast the “Finding the Yellow Brick Road” socks onto the needles. Let’s see how far I get with them.
The other fun things I did today included calling the vet this morning and asking about a charge. It was a double charge. Then I looked at my credit card bill and my utility bill. Both were wrong. Both payments had been credited to the wrong account. I guess it was just my day.
But it ended well as we want to add a loafing shed roof to the barn so the sheep will stay dryer this winter. I went to city planning and they had someone there who took the time to do the drawing for me that I needed, then look over my paperwork so I was able to submit it right then. That was wonderful as it saved a trip and will speed up the process.
The winter hat left me with extra yarn, so I knitted a headband for fall using K2, P2 ribbing for 4″, then bound off. I chose 4″ because I wanted to get it done, but may do 5″ next time I make one. I like a headband when I don’t want to mess up my hair or flatten it, but want my ears covered
Today was busy from start to finish including business calls, picking blueberries, cleaning one stall, and so the day went. Tomorrow, I hope to clean another stall, pick apples, and get a massage. The apples are early this year and have started falling and I need applesauce. It seems I usually put more on my agenda for the day, than I have either hours or time to do.
My winter hat is finished and a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I have enough yarn left to make a band to go over my ears when I don’t need a hat.
This morning we went to the heart Dr. The news was very good. DH elected not to have a stent put in last year and the doctor was surprised that he hadn’t had any pain in that time. He told us that 95% of the people that he recommends having a stent ended up having to have one within two months. But DH is in the 5% that didn’t need it. We credit it with having changed his diet, but the Dr. wasn’t interested in that. So we will continue the way we are eating and enjoying the results. Dr. did remove one medicine from the list and cut a second one in half. If nothing changes, he will remove the second one from the list. That is all good news. We do have a Divine Physician who designed our bodies. We are trying to follow His ways and are thankful for each day He gives us.