Talk about turning your life upside down. The bedroom I worked so hard to clean out and fix up is now the receptacle for everything that had been in the kitchen. For one week my bedroom stood in for my kitchen. I put the microwave and coffee pot in there so it was convenient to get to. Dishes were washed in the bathroom sink. Nothing new to some of you, I'm sure. I have started putting some things back, but I can't really finish up until the workmen are completely finished. There is just a little left to be done, but enough to hold up the return moving.
At the same time, I am de-cluttering as well. What is no longer used or needed, but in very good condition, is going to either Good Will or the Salvation Army. The "stuff" that is just that, stuff, is going into the trash. I have found things that in 22 years I don't remember ever using, and to be honest, until I emptied out the kitchen, I didn't even know I had the item. Specifically a very cute little Corning-ware casserole dish with lid. But I am sure if I didn't know I had it, and didn't need it over the last 22 years, I definitely can live without it now. Don't you agree? This is why I have not been posting. I will try and do better from now on.
On to something I have done.
Since I have no grandchildren, I am borrowing my BFF's grandchildren this year, and knitting them each a Winter set. Hat, mittens and Twisty Scarf. The hat is a generic 2x2 rib patterned hat, and a basic generic pattern for the mittens too. The scarf is Twisty Scarf by Natalie Wilson.
The wool is Patons SWS soy wool stripes,color 70312. I used a US 8, 24" Harmony Options needles for the scarf, US 4 for the mittens and US 6 for the hat. I also did not follow the scarf pattern exactly. The pattern is for a 16 stitch or 28 stitch wide scarf. When I knit to the 28 stitch pattern, I ran out of yarn. And the 16 stitch was just a hair too thin, so I modified it just a bit and went with 20 stitches wide, following directions for the 16 stitch version. I had more than enough yarn and it is wide enough for an 8 year old girl. I chose this pattern for a scarf because of the keyhole feature, making it much easier to keep it on and covering the neck as intended. I have a few more sets to knit, and then my Xmas knitting will be done.
A while back I had knitted the Multnomah scarf by Kate Flagg, as a grab-bag gift at our last meeting of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild this past Saturday, Nov. 21st. Well, I got a little confused, it seems. It was suggested that for next year's final meeting that we bring a hand-made gift item for a grab-bag exchange. So I was just a bit early with my gift. All wrapped up too. So now it will sit on the shelf until next year, and I just hope I remember where I stashed it when I need it again. haha
Now to something more seasonal.
When my Xmas cactus decides to bloom, it really blooms. The first flower opened up the day before Halloween, as I mentioned a few posts back, and it has just opened more and more daily. It gets no special treatment. I water it once a week, year round. And it sits in the same spot year round as well.
The adorable little flying squirrels have continued to visit my little bird feeder by the window, daily, after the sun goes down. I guess it is quite likely they have been raiding my bird feeders for years, but I just didn't know about it. All of the other feeders are away from the house and It would be impossible to see anything feeding at them after dark unless I had spotlights set up on them, which I don't. I'm really glad now that I bought this new feeder to hang on my window, or I would have lived my entire life missing this wonderful little visitor.
I guess that is all for today. I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take care and keep well. :)