Where Have I Been?

No where really.

 

I am still here.

Just not much happening. I have been spending most of my time crocheting now that it is full on winter. So that relates into doing more of my blogging over at my sister site Skrappy Skarves. I have been doing at least 3 posts a week over there. Wednesdays are for posting works in progress, I started a Throw Back Thursdays using crochet posts from this blog, and on Fridays I post about any projects that I might have finished that week.  So if you want to keep up with me you can head on over there if crochet talk does not bore you too much. 😀

I don’t go out much because it is cold. I have no yard or gardening things to do.

I have done a bit of snow shoveling.

 

I do go out once a day to check on Milly the Shed cat. I make sure her food is full and her water is not frozen. I remove the ice if it is and give her fresh water.

It has been unseasonably warm for the last week and a half so that has made Christmas Shopping more enjoyable.

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I also have been staying cozy in bed watching dvds I have been borrowing from the library. I have been watching Arrow. I had borrowed Season Four two weeks ago but did not finish it. I could not continue on after they were going to bring a character back to life that had been dead and buried for I think at least 3 months. I feel it is hard to tell how much time has passed sometimes in a series from one season to the next let alone from episode to episode. I really think my problem with bringing this character back to life is I didn’t really care for her and was not too upset by her passing. They brought another character back using the same procedure after she had died but I liked that character. I don’t even think she was actually dead yet, she had been on life support in a hospital when they flew her to the place to be “cured”. I guess depending how long the flight was, if she was dead it was at least less than a day but not much more than that. So I thought I would take a break from Arrow.

I have also been watching The Flash as it is a spin-off/crossover from Arrow. I think I am actually enjoying it more than Arrow. I am glad that I am watching them both at the same time because of this so when The Flash mentions someone or something from/about Arrow I am not totally in the dark. It is also good that I have watched more seasons of Arrow for the same reason. I just finished Season Two of The Flash. I will probably borrow Season 3 of The Flash after the Holidays. I will also give Season 4 of Arrow another try. Now that I have cooled down about the bringing a certain character back. I also went to IMDb to read how the season played out, there was a lot more exciting things going on later in the season that I would actually care about. Yes, another character is brought back from the dead, but I liked him and his rebirth seems plausible. I know these are all based on comic books from back in the day, so people were always dying off and coming back in some fantastical way. I just feel some of them make more sense to me then others.

I was finally able to borrow the 3rd Season of Outlander. This is such an awesome series based on the book series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. I have only read one book in the series, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” it was the sixth book at the time I read it. Her books are not short either each one is around a thousand pages or more. So I was glad to get into the tv series from the start. When you read the sixth book in the series first you really don’t feel like going back to the beginning book, well at least I didn’t. Besides she gave enough background and flashback type scenes I didn’t feel I really needed to go back.

I also borrowed the first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead. I liked it. It teamed Bruce Campbell with Lucy Lawless again. It also stayed true to the movies.

I have also thrown a few movies into the mix of dvd watching. Some newer titles and some older ones. The newer titles included Spiderman- Homecoming, Black Panther, Ready Player One, Kong: Skull Island and The Avengers: Infinity Wars. The older titles included Die Hard 4 film collection,  The Flight of the Phoenix, Aliens and Cowboys, and How The West Was Won.

I am hoping that the library will be starting their Adult Winter Reading Program after the holidays. I will then be doing more reading than crocheting. I want to continue reading a series I started on my kindle app. It is by Jeffery Archer. I also may read a few books in the Lincoln Rhyme Series by Jeffery Deaver.

Well for not much going on I sure have blabbered on for quite a while. 😀

It Only Took Four Months But I Finally Sold an Item In 2016!

It was this book.

 

Wicked Resurrection the final book in series

                                                   Wicked Resurrection the final book in series

I wish it would have been a crochet item, but hey, a sale is a sale! 😀

David’s Kindle Klearing #1

 

David got bored one evening when there were no sporting events to listen to on the radio. We live in the country and  opted not to get satellite tv. Since there was a dvd rental store in town or if it was a movie we really liked we would buy the dvd. Besides you get a bunch of channels and there is nothing on. Our way we got to see what we want. 🙂 I digress, so any way I let him borrow my Kindle. Now he reads it more than I do. I have fun though going through the Best Sellers Free list looking for books he might like. Now it has lots of science fiction, space alien, outer space stories. He also likes adventures that have to do with archeology and police/detective stories and thrillers and suspense. Sometimes he surprises me and reads a book I picked for myself without his interests in mind. lol

Since I got my Kindle Keyboard I have downloaded well over a thousand books onto it. Sometimes I catch some books on a free day that later are paid books. For example I have gotten a couple of books by  the popular author James Rollins for free. Of course they were some of his early releases, but hey, can’t complain. I also get emails about books and sometimes I will run across some free promotions there too. Some of my crochet books were found in free email promotions. I have purchased a few books that David said he would be interested in reading if it could be found for the Kindle. I have also purchased the sequels of some free books that he just had to read the next installment of. One of the purchases I made for myself was the Hunger Games Trilogy. They were on special sale after the first movie was released. I got the whole trilogy for $ 5.00 rather than the $4 to 6 dollars for each book. Just checked and the trilogy  set is now $19.97 for the Kindle edition. I knew I scored when I purchased it!

The other day I posted about not having fishing or gardening stories to post right now. I have my crocheting I do to keep busy. I said David mostly does his Castle Age game and reads on the Kindle Keyboard. I said that I really couldn’t post much about his game other than he makes progress. I half jokingly said I could post the titles he finished reading on the Kindle.

Well I guess I was not joking after all. I think I will check the Kindle on Thursdays and post the titles on Friday. Here is the list of books he had finished as of Thursday December 17, 2015. All the books were free at the time they were downloaded.

Enemy in Blue by Derek Blass

The Bone Polisher by Timothy Hallinan

Skin Deep Simon Grist #3 by Timothy Hallinan

Incinerator Simon Grist #4 by Timothy Hallinan

and

Eden’s Ore – Secrets by B.V. Bayly

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from Amazon

My Newest Crochet Items

and items that are in progress.

The first item that is new, a beard beanie that was crocheted as a gift for my son-in-law.
I first saw this pattern in this Kindle Ebook Man Crafts: 10 Free Patterns to Crochet for Men (Kindle Location 203). Prime Publishing. Kindle Edition.Publishing, Prime (2014-05-15).

The pattern is called Das Beard Hat By: Andrea Hoglen for Craft Disasters and Other Atrocities at
http://craftdisasters.blogspot.com/2011/03/das-beardhat-revised.html

110 Justin's beard beanie 3 colored

The next new item is a pair of hand/wrist warmers for my daughter.

I found this pattern on All Free Crochet at the following link.

http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Fingerless-Gloves/One-Hour-Wrist-Warmers#vvEsaqeDzgTlMvtC.99

I then go to the go to the pattern designer’s page that is provided to get that link too. Most designers like you to refer to their sites if you use their pattern and blog about it.This is the pattern name and designer followed by her blog link. One-Hour Wrist Warmers By: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite
http://www.crochetdynamite.com/2013/12/crazy-simple-one-hour-wrist-warmers.html

3 kay's warmers 1 colored

I am working on a nice market bag/tote. I call it 7 Shades of Pink. The original pattern calls for seven different colors. I have an over abundance of pink yarn. When I had it all laid out on my bed, my son saw all the pink and said “It’s 50 Shades of Pink! ” That gave me the idea to make this bag that was in my kindle book.

I first saw this pattern in 14 Easy Crochet Bag Patterns Copyright 2014 by Prime Publishing LLC

The pattern is called Grab N Go Bag By: Lily Sugar’n Cream

It is also available on All Free Crochet at this link:

http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Totes/Grab-N-Go-Bag-Lily-Sugar-N-Cream#0lrUKG4obwbMsOh1.99

I also was able to find a pdf link for it at:

http://com.yarnspirations.pattern-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/Lily_SnCweb144_cr_bag.en_US.pdf

7 shades of pink bag in progress.

7 shades of pink bag in progress.

The next item is just a simple beanie. I used the Quick and Easy Double Crochet Beanie pattern by Kris Hopper from a YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35I6IiQE7rg

I call it, green and rainbow beanie. The rainbow part is a different stitch than double crochet. I alternate single crochet and double crochet on the same round.

Green and rainbow beanie in progress.

Green and rainbow beanie in progress.

And that my friend is what has been going on in my crochet world.