A Little Bit of This and That

 

Computer Maintainance

Saturday (04/22/2017) morning I was going to get on the computer to do a few things. When I got over to it there was a note on it saying that the anti- virus program needed to be downloaded. I knew it would be ending soon. I clicked on the program button in the tray. It said it needed reactivated. Now this is Nick’s ( my son) laptop. I knew he did not want to renew the paid subscription. So the reactive choice seemed ok to do. I thought this would just revert it back to the free subscription. I pushed the reactivate choice. It loaded and of course the program needed to do a restart. I let it do that knowing I would not be doing any computer stuff. Nick has his laptop set with a password. I was not going to wake him at 8 am on a Saturday on his day off. So I had to find other things to do until he got up.

When he did get up and he put in his password.  I was concerned by reactivating it I may have actually bought the subscription again. When Nick checked the virus program it had just given a free 30 trial. So I was happy that I had not accidentally bought a subscription. 🙂 Whew!

Sully’s Saturday and a Photo Shoot

Well Sully had been begging at the door all morning. So one thing I could do was take him out for some outdoor time. I walked him around the house and then clipped him to the deck rail. He was able to eat his grass and sniff some catnip under the steps. While he was doing that I decided to take some snapshots of me modeling the new hat I finished crocheting the night before.

I did my modeling by the back of BOB. I took a few with my glasses on and some with my glasses off. The glasses off ones I am doing a whole lot of squinting. I was facing east. 🙂

 

After the photo shoot, I decided I would move some stuff out-of-the-way to get this flowerbed ready to dig.

When I took the picture I had already moved the window glass out of the bed. I then moved the lawnmower. Well after I did that I looked over at the deck. Sully was up on the deck scratching the rail support. Then he was at the door telling me that he was ready to go back in the house.

The Spring Cleaning of BOB’s Loft and Living / Dining Room

After I let Sully in I had lost my motivation to dig the flowerbed. The wind was a little chilly yet. I thought we were going to go fishing later in the afternoon. So I thought I would spend the morning cleaning up BOB. I started by taking down the curtains in the loft bed, the living/dining room and the storage area for fishing gear. I got the extension cord and the vacuum out. I vacuumed the loft bed. I put a queen sized fitted sheet over it. The curtains were now washed and dried so I began putting them back up. The loft ones are always fun. I tend to forget the low ceiling and bonk my head scooting around  to each window. The front window in the loft is on two rods, one that goes through the top of the curtain and one that goes through the bottom. I got them onto the rods and was trying to clip them to the brackets they would not connect. I had put the top rod through the wrong pocket on the curtain. So I had to take them off and rethread them through the smaller top pocket.

I then put all the extra bedding up on the loft. I stowed some other extra bedding under one of the bench seats and some extra dish towels and dishcloth. I was then able to get the sheet and pillow cases off the couch and took them in to wash. While those were going I vacuumed the couch and bench seats.

Oh, by the way when David got up at 9:30 I realized that this job was not going to be done by the afternoon. It turns out that was ok, because David told me we were not going fishing until Sunday. I guess I picked the right day to Spring Clean BOB!

I had an old sheet of plexi- glass that I broke to fit over the flow through in the storage area. I cut the extra bin lid to fit in the bottom of the storage area. I now had a neat tidy place to store all the pole holders, fishing net, fish stringer, tackle boxes, branch cutter, 3 pound hammer, flashlights and umbrellas,  and shovel. We use the branch cutter later in the season when our favorite spots start to get over grown. The hammer is for pounding the pole holders in the ground. We use the shovel to level out spots for our chairs or dig steps down the steep banks. I thought you might be wondering what we used those strange items for when we went fishing.

Now that all that was safely stored I went about putting the living/dining room curtains back up. My plan was to use some old plastic plumbing tube as curtain rods like I did for some of the other curtains. It was a fail as the windows were to long and the plumbing tube would sag down in the middle. 😦 So I had to put them up like I had them before with the rings placed over the end of the boards that use to hold the blinds.

I next vacuumed all of the carpet. I put the rug back down in front of the door and put the cooler back down on it in front of the storage area. Again, I did not get before photos as I had not planned to do this it was just a spur of the moment thing. I did get afters though.

The coach made up and the curtain up.

Update on the Moonflowers

They are opening up their leaves.

 

Skrappy Skarves Hired a New Model.

I have not fired adult styrofoam head, her job is secure. I was over visiting The Wee House of Crochet complimenting on one of her toddler hats. She told me that she had just ordered baby and toddler mannequin heads for displaying hats and help with sizing her hats. This reminded me that I was […]

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This Puppy is Finally Done!

I finally finished the baby blanket after a total restart and a small set back in the new design. I think this finished size will be perfect for covering and using in a car seat or for a bassinet blanket. I left it this size because I did not have enough of each color to […]

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I Need More Summer Things to Sell

So to get that idea going I made this dark brown visor. I also need more items in colors that will also appeal to guys. I think these colors will appeal to both. I may need to go up a hook size too so that I can get the circumference larger than 21 inches […]

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California Here I Come!

Well not me personally, but one of my crochet items sold today!

 

One of my long time online friends purchased it. I put a status on my personal Facebook that I had other things besides cold weather gear, like these little coin purse and other small bags and pouches. So she messaged me that she was interested in this one but she had to wait for her new debit card. Well it came today. So I packaged it up for her and David took it to town this afternoon to mail it.

Skrappy Skarves ‘ Wet Wednesday WIP’s

Baby Blanket Set Back and Moving Forward I have been working alot on the baby blanket. Last week I posted my progress with these photos. Later that day I picked it up again, I was crocheting away when I noticed that my stitches seemed really loose and the edges were growing. I counted my […]

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It’s Thursday, So I Thought I Would Do A Throwback

This was my very first post.

A lot has changed since then

but we are still retired

and enjoying it!

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December 4, 2014

And So It Began

I was born with out hip sockets they were there but just cartilage. So I have had pain in one form or another because of this. I was told I would probably have early arthritis and would need hip replacement someday. I also had become overweight so that didn’t help with the pain.  I changed my diet and lost 30 pounds. I was not in pain all the time. So with this new pain-free life, I didn’t want to spend it working. So I decided to retire and begin a new adventurous retirement life. My husband was in total agreement as he had changed his diet too and was feeling better too. So what to do?

First step was to buy an RV. When you retire that is what you do right? It took us about 4 months to find the one that called out to be our RV. His name is BOB which stands for Bug Out Buggy. I wanted to call him Hank because he is a beast of an RV. He is 28 ft long and has a big engine. But BOB just fit better and has stuck.

We spent the next 6 months getting BOB road worthy. He needed some engine work. He had been sitting in a barn for sometime before we bought him. We had to replace his pip sensor. Change his oil and other routine maintenance. We also ended up doing some remodeling to the coach. We totally remodeled the bedroom and bathroom. replaced the plumbing system and removed the refrigerator, and the heating furnace.

We took it for some test runs before we went south for the winter,an overnight trip to the in-laws, a week-long trip around the panhandle of Nebraska and an overnight stay at a nearby lake.

Our trip to Arizona was supposed to be a stay for the winter, but it turned out only lasting a month as the weather turned unusually cold even down south. This when we discovered that we needed to put in a ventless blue flame heater. 🙂

So we returned to Nebraska with a better idea of what to do for our next RV adventure. We are planning to go south again but this time we are going to southeastern Oklahoma.

I will probably post some of my Facebook status of our Arizona RV adventure at a later date.

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One of the changes since then is we have a grandson now and want to spend lots of time with him.

He was born on my 48 th birthday, so I want to build a great bond with him before we head out on another extended journey in BoB.

We want and need to do more work on BoB’s coach

and of course you need moneys for that.

So on that front we have been staying close to home to save money.

We have been doing our garden, a few photos from last year’s.

and fishing to cut down on the grocery bill. Some of last year’s catches.

I have been crocheting trying to sell my items and some paperback books on Ebay.

David will be ramping up his urban gold mining this spring and  summer also.

The trip to Oklahoma is still on hold for now.

Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday! Say That Three Times Fast!

There’s really no wool, just sounded good with all the other “W” words.

The wind is really blowing this morning! There have been some really big gusts that shake the old mobile home.

So I had to keep a tight grip on my WIP’s to take these photos.

I am still working on the simply soft puppy print baby blanket. I have not gotten bored with it enough to send it into hibernation. It is because I like the new stitch pattern I am using now. It better suits this yarn. The wavy stitch had single crochet and half double crochet in it. This made it difficult to keep them loose so I could fit the hook in the next row.

I have gotten quite a bit done. I think at 13 inches it is about half done. I think it will make a good bassinet blanket or fit nicely over a  car seat.

I did start a new hat, so I can take small breaks from the blanket. I am trying to find projects that I can use up my retired, discontinued yarns that I have bought at my local thrift store. These older yarns tend to be a bit rough, so I wanted them used with like yarns rather than the newer lines of yarn. They are all old Red Heart lines such as wintuk and caress which is a brushed yarn. It is soft but it is really fuzzy. Also if I remember correctly it shrinks when dried too long or too hot in the dryer. I used it in a beanie with other yarns and it shrunk up and really fuzzed out so you could not even see the stitches. I guess you could say it felted. If I miss a stitch and have to rip it back the little fuzzies get tangled making it a pain to do so.

The beanie is about half-finished. I am using the Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie Pattern designed by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts. I decided not to make the heart graph in it though. I just want to make a nice warm beanie. This front post double crochet beanie does just that. This is the only color of this brushed yarn I have and as I said I wanted to keep like yarns together of these older yarns.

Yarn Stats for the beanie. Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn 3 oz/ 185 grams in 281 Rust.
I have 2 skeins of it so this beanie was a good fit as it does use a bit of yarn. I would not have to worry about running out before I finished the beanie. I am still on the first skein. If it doesn’t use up all of this first skein, I am thinking of making some matching mittens as I will have a whole other skein to work those with.

 

I still have not found the motivation to sew the liner for the Blue Market bag.

Designed by Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite

There is no rush to get that done.

 

The Skrappy Triangle Shawl

Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs

is back hibernating now that I have used up

the small balls of scrap from my stash.

And that wraps up this Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday!

I Whipped a Couple of WIP’s and Two Hats, I Also Found a Couple of Froggs

 

NOT THIS KIND

THE CROCHETING KIND! 😛

After frogging ” THE PENCIL CASE”, my intrest in it was renewed along with the fresh start when I decided to give it a point. So I finished it straight away. Oh, by the way I used the entire paper towel tube, I didn’t remove a piece as per the pattern, when I cut it.


Project Name: Pencil Looking Pencil Case
Pattern Used: Crochet Pencil Case
Incorporated: Halloween Treat Bag
Both Designed by: Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots .com
Finished: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and SC back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled Scrap Balls of black, peach and pink.
Other Materials: Paper towel tube and a 1/2 inch diameter Neon Yellow Button
Measurements: 14 inches long by 2 inches wide.

I have also finished crocheting the Blues Market Bag/Purse. Now I just need to find the motivation to get the sewing machine out to do the liner.


Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished on: 03/07/2017 crochet
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue, 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted wieght in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 12 inches wide base is 3 inches x 11 inches

I found a few more balls of scrap going through my stashed yarn. So I was able to add 2 1/2 rows to the Skrappy Triangle Shawl. It now has a section of Christmasy rows.

Simple Triangle Shawl

Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish .blogspot .com

 
I also finished two hats. The first one is a baby/toddler summer bucket hat in blue variegated yarns. I used my children’s size pattern, but because I crochet on the tight side and variegated yarn tends to crochet up smaller the circumfernce was more suitable for average head sizes of baby/ toddlers from 6 to 18 months of age.

Project Name: Child’s Multi-Blues Bucket Hat
Pattern Used: Children’s Summer Bucket Hat
Designed by: Sara Sach from Posh Pooch Designs . com
Started on: 03/07/2017
Finished on: 03/08/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single, Half double, Double Crochet and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 814 Robin Blue Knit and Crochet Yarn
Vonnel 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight Pop n’ Yarn in 605 Blue/White (Variegated)
Kitten Spun Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/Dark Blues Ombre Knitting
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Children’s 6 to 18 months

The other hat was this black bowler hat for Martin.


Project Name: Martin’s Bowler Hat
Pattern Used: Mini Brim Hat
Designed by Dianna Judge from Artsy Daisy Crochet . com
Started on: 03/10/2017
Finished on: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet with 2 strands of yarn held together.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black
Super Saver 8 oz. in 633 Dark Sage for hat band.
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 7 inches when laid flat. Hat band is 22 inches in circumference and 1 inch wide when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler size was made by only doing 20 rounds then doing the brim.

I made it to match the one I made for his daddy, Justin.

I had to make a dark sage hat band for Justin’s too. He did not like the neon colored one that was crocheted right into the hat. The reason I just made a hat band for Martin’s is I didn’t have two skeins of this color yarn to hold two strands together. So both hats have removeable bands.

Another way to get things off your WIP’s list is to frogg the project, so I decided to frogg the wavy blue green baby blanket.

I was not liking how it was coming along. I only have one ball of the puppy print and I think I was over using it in the stripe pattern. After I got it all ripped out, I decided to crochet a blanket using the pattern I am using for the light and airy spring scarf. I also have a better idea what I will be doing for the stripe pattern. So actually a baby blanket is still in the WIP’s but just in a new form. 😀

 

Speaking of the light and airy scarf I decided to frogg it also. I liked the pattern, but I realized that I did not have enough different variegated blue and no variegated pinks to do the color stripe pattern I wanted. I plan to start this project again. I will be finding yarn that I have enough of to complete what I have in mind the next go round.  🙂

 

 

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I always got my best grades in Speech Class for my Improve. Saturday afternoon I was working on the pencil colored pencil case. I noticed that I had added about 5 more stitches per round than I needed.I started ripping it back to find where I had gone astray. I found the place, […]

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