Sunday, February 16, 2020

Yopping Update #33 - One done, one in process

I got the buttons on (easy to find with my organized button jars). 

For my next project I looked over my stash, and my patterns, and it seemed I had the right yarn in three colours that would work.  The pattern comes from Simply Knitting Magazine issue 187 - child's striped jumper.  I have already done the front and back and today will start the sleeves.

making size 2-3
I started to get the leather soles together for my slippers.  I cut out the leather, and sewed one piece on. 

My leather punch isn't working very well, and it hurts my arm to do it by hand with a nail so hubby says he will help me with an electric drill this week.  Stay tuned. 
I have also decided to either needle felt or water felt some insoles to make them extra warm for those Croatian floors. 

On a video chat this week I swear my granddaughter said 'Gramma!'.  That is my story, and I am sticking to it. 

In other news:

Otis is stretching out

my orchid is blooming
my amaryllis is taking its sweet time to bloom
On the health front I had a second echo-cardiogram on Wednesday morning and I see the doctor on March 2nd for all the results.  More waiting.  Sigh. 

But hey, this week included Valentine's Day which meant flowers and chocolates so win-win.  My daughter also told me about a recipe for oatmeal and banana cookies (that's it - oatmeal and banana), and they were yummy and a great way to use up bananas that are getting too ripe to eat. 

especially yummy warm out of the oven

I will leave you with this little guy.  Sloth is my familiar and this little guy made me chuckle.

hang in there, Mary-Anne

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Yopping Update #32 - Button, button, who's got the button

First of all the sweater arrived safe and sound and IT FITS!  He promises to send a picture soon. He did send this picture of the little fairy I included in his package:

Then I finished these:

Simple Skyp socks

and decided to use up all my left over Paton's decor to crochet a pair of these Frankenstein slippers (my name because they are made of scraps of yarn):

Sunday slippers (done in two hours)

These slippers and the ones from last week need their leather soles and I got the leather from Michael's on sale so hopefully I will get to that this coming week. I got all these remnants for 5.99! I might even line them with some sheep fleece to make them extra warm for those Croatian floors!

I went through my stash and decided to make a child's sweater with some Bernat Wool-Up I got on sale at Walmart last fall.

Simple Toddler Cardigan (with cables)

If it fits my grand-daughter then it will be hers.  If not it will go in the hope chest for the next baby to come along in my life.

I was at my Croatian lesson this week and I noticed my teacher, who is a fantastic quilter, had her buttons organized by colour.  So.....yesterday I went from this:

to this:

Wouldn't Marie Kondo be proud
I did finish Knit Two (a relaxing, easy read) and passed it along to a friend.  I am currently reading The Art of Racing in the Rain.

I did edit six chapters of my novel and I am glad to be working on it again. It really is coming together thanks to the edits and comments from my beta readers.

I spent a lot of this week at doctor appointments.  Mostly follow-ups and everything is fine to date.  More watching and waiting and 'we will see how it goes'.  I did have to go to the hospital for a blood test that cannot be done at a drop-in lab so there went my Thursday from 9:30am until 3pm.  (this is also how I was able to finish Knit Two!)

This coming week I am working in the morning from Monday - Thursday and then I will be done any work contracts for quite a while (she says optimistically).

I got a new fitbit - the Inspire HR - which I can wear while swimming and it tracks my distance.  It also tracks my resting and active HeartRate which just makes me feel better to see that my old(ish) heart is ticking along as it should be. 

We finally have some sun - so I am going to head out and trim some branches so they will fit in the compost container.  It is our first not-rainy day in a month. 

And, I have learned dear readers that, I cannot do a Sunday post without one of these.

love her pigtail!

OMG the Oscar's red carpet event just started.....Talk to you next week!