Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother-Daughter Week and W.I.P. Wednesday

I didn't post anything last week because my mom was in town all week - which was super nice.

The week started off last weekend, actually (May 6th) when I went to Florida for the annual Odom Family Reunion.  It was so nice and we had a pretty good turnout this year.  There were 5 generations there!  I even managed to get a photo of my mother and me, which I usually don't think to do.

The reunion was great and the weather was PERFECT!  Monday, we loaded up the car, including Pedro, of course and headed to Georgia.  He was ready for a road trip!

On the way home, my "check engine light" came on so Tuesday we went to the car dealership to get all that checked out.  Not fun!

Wednesday, we met my sister for lunch at the Blue Ribbon Grill (we are not twins, but people ask us that practically daily).

Then we did a little bit of shopping...Actually I think I did more shopping last week than I had done the entire year (my mom shops more than I do - haha)

Although she was the one that wanted to go shopping, I'm the one that spent too much money - I got about 4 new blouses throughout the week (which means I now need to get rid of 4 that I already owned) and I got a new bra - this isn't just any bra - we went for a fitting at Rigby and Peller on Thursday.  We have both been wanting to do that.  It is amazing how different you look and feel when you are wearing the correct bra for your body shape and size.  I only purchased one because they are pricey but I can understand why.  I had a lovely stylist named Candice, who assisted us - if you ever go to the Phipps Plaza location - ask for her!

While we were at Phipps Plaza Thursday, I was kind of taken a-back because it was all decorated for Christmas.  🎄 🎅

I thought (at first) - surely they still don't have their decorations up from 5 months ago and I know the retail industry gets into Christmas earlier and earlier each year but this is ridiculous.  I knew there had to be some explanation and there was....they were filming a movie there...Bad Moms 2 (aka: Bad Moms Christmas). 

Later in the week, we just had to make a stop at the infamous Varsity.  My mom loves The Varsity.  Since she hasn't lived in Atlanta for a long time, she misses it so we always try to make a trip there for a yummy chili or slaw dog whenever she is in town.

On Mother's Day, we went to church, then stopped at Mary Mac's Tea Room, for an early lunch.  I think mom was a bit surprised by the large portions! 🍗  🍛  🍴

Afterwards, my mom, sister and I went to the Botanical Gardens, it was packed!  I was surprised that so many people were there but the weather was beautiful (more photos to come later).

Sadly, mom had to return home Monday - it was so nice having her with me for a full week - I am so blessed to have such a great mother!

Since my mom was here, and we were busy, I didn't have much crafting time and I couldn't work on the shawl (since it will be a gift for her) so in the evenings, when we were relaxing, I just worked on a baby blanket - I am close to finishing it, so I think I will finish it up before I get back to the shawl.

In case you are wondering about the nail clippers....I had to go back to the car dealership this past Monday (after my mother left) because they had to order a part - I took my crochet with me to pass the time and I realized I forgot my scissors.  Well...that never stops us crocheters/knitters.  I happened to remember that I had some nail clippers in my purse so they filled in for my scissors - it worked great although I did get a few funny looks from others - haha!

How was your Mother's Day week?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

God Said No

Just sharing something that a friend of mine shared with me.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

Hello there!  Time for the weekly installment of W.I.P. Wednesday.

W.I.P. = Work In Progress

So...I have been pretty busy this past week - fun stuff !  More on that another day...

But, that means that I haven't had a LOT of knitting time...however, despite that, I have made some progress on my shawl.  It is just about 30 inches now so I am about half-way through.  Needless to say this will NOT be ready for Mother's Day, as I had hoped.

It could be but...I am leaving Saturday, a week before Mother's Day to go see my mom, pick her up and bring her back home with me for the week so I had to finish it by today really in order to have time to block it and have it ready in, this will most likely be a "just because" gift later on or perhaps I will save it for my mom's birthday.

I was really hoping to give it to her on Mother's Day but since I have plans every night this week, I just simply won't have gone it.

Oh is the progress so far. 

Trust me, it will be wider and look more uniformed once it has been blocked.  I'm happy with it so far and I really love the Downton Abbey yarn.  (You can click on the photo to enlarge)

I hope your week is going nicely - enjoy the rest of it !
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday (a day late)

I am a day late in posting this - but this is my progress as of Wednesday.

As I mentioned before, I started a shawl for my mom.  My hope is to finish by Mother's reality, hmmm, probably isn't going to happen.  If I could stay home and knit all day, I know I could must go on.  There is work, concerts/shows, house cleaning, etc. that comes first.  I suppose I should have started this earlier, maybe around January (haha) but I was working on other projects.

Oh problem, if it isn't finished by Mother's Day then it will be saved for her birthday.

I'm moving along rather well though, considering the lack of time I have had to knit lately.  I have completed 12 pattern repeats and rarely make a mistake now (click on the photo to enlarge but try not to look for the mistakes) 😛

I'm happy with it so far.  It will be wider when it is done, because it needs to be blocked, which will stretch it out.  I can't wait to give it to her!

I can't work on it tonight (Thursday is usually my "TV" and crafting night) because I am going to see Billy Crystal!! Looking so forward to it!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

There are 3 WIP's that I have set aside for now.

1) Enormous Around the World Crochet Quilt
2) Virus Blanket
3) Baby Granny Square Blanket

I set those aside to make crochet squares for someone on Ravelry.  She has a 10-year daughter with Autism and her daughter loves the show "Call the Midwife" (as do I).  Her daughter wants a blanket like the ones that the nuns and mid-wives made for Chummy.  This person knits and doesn't crochet so she asked if people would donate 5-inch squares and she would sew them together. 

I bought 6 different vintage-type colors of Loops and Threads Color Wheel yarn (I am in love with this yarn) and just made as many as I could until the yarn was used up.

I ended up with 20 (5-inch) squares.  I can't wait to see the finished blanket and I hope she posts a photo of it, as requested.

Then I decided to work on a knitted shawl.  I am hoping to finish this before Mother's day and at first I way will I do that.

I can crochet up a storm but knitting is a slower process for me and I have never knitted a lace project nor have I knitted a big project...however, how will improve my skills unless I practice, right?

So, I decided to make my mom the Edith Shawl.  I've wanted to knit this for a while and at first didn't think my mom would actually use a shawl (still not sure she will) but every time I visit her church, it is always so cold in there so I thought she could take it with her to church and use it there.

Of course the suggested yarn for this pattern has been discontinued (grr!) so I found some lovely Downton Abbey Yarn to use in its place.

I have thought (and sometimes still do) that I will not finish this in time for Mother's Day - I actually have to finish by May 6th because my mom will be in town that week before Mother's Day.

I thought this because for the first 6 rows, I must have frogged it about 10 times or MORE!  But then I finally finished my first pattern repeat (there are 8 rows repeated multi times).

I doesn't look like much but that was a big accomplishment for me!  Since then, I have completed 7 pattern repeats and I seem to be on a roll now.   I am sure there are some  mistakes in there because my count was off on a few rows but I just adjusted and went with it...  It is starting to take shape but isn't as wide as I would like..but I hope that after blocking, it will be just right.

I'll post an update next week.  Until then...happy knitting!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Yarn Hoarders - Yikes!

I am the first person to admit that I love yarn.  I currently have quite a stash but...I do have particular projects in mind for the yarn I have purchased.

About 2 months ago, I was going through my queue and realized I have a lot of projects that I have purchased the yarn for - plenty to keep me busy the rest of the year so I decided I am on a yarn diet until I have made those projects.

It has been tough, because I keep seeing such pretty yarn come out.

Take for example...Lion Brand Mandala.  I mean this stuff is BEAUTIFUL!!

It is similar to Caron Cakes.  Select Walmart stores have been carrying them but they will be sold in all Walmart stores by September (so I have heard).  Today, they started selling them on Herrschner's website.  Of course, it can also be purchased on Lion Brand's website, since they are the maker.

There is a group on Facebook for people sharing ideas and patterns for using this yarn so I joined - love seeing crochet goodness and also I thought I could see ideas for the Caron Cakes too (since the yarn is similar) - Caron Cakes are Aran weight but Mandala is DK Weight.

Well.....about 80% of the talk on the Facebook group is "My Walmart doesn't carry it, can someone mail me some" or "I found some today - drove 70 miles one way but I got it".  I understand the desire for this yarn, I do but....

So many people are hoarding this yarn - I suppose it is because it is hard to find so when they find it, they buy it all up.  It is sort of a mob mentality though - at least in my eyes.

First, I saw a photo of someone's stash that looked like this....

Good gravy!! Look at all of it - pretty yes but what is she going to do with it all?

Later, I came upon this and was truly, truly shocked !!!  I mean this lady (in my opionion) doesn't just have a yarn addiction, she has a serious shopping addiction - I mean TRULY.

I seriously thought this was a yarn store or something - NO !!  This is some lady's house.  A particular blanket she mentioned - she states needs 10 cakes (must either be very big or have a lot of detail stitches) - still...she has over 200 of them - she mentions figuring out the cost.  Well...they run for about $5 at Walmart and I am assuming that is where she got them - therefore, lets use that amount (although she could have paid more on the Lion Brand site).... $5 and lets say with 7% sales tax - that is about $5.35 each times 200 is $1,070!!!  For yarn!!

I thought that was about as much yarn hoarding as I have ever seen or heard of (plus it makes me wonder what other yarn does she have stored about her house?  Does she have a ton of Caron Cakes too? - I bet you a pretty penny, she probably does.  She must have a huge house to store all this!

But....that was nothing...I think came upon a small little comment without any pictures and literally about fell out of my chair.....

I was like 😱 (WHAT?!) when I read that.  That is 760 yarn cakes!!!  A typical afghan (which uses a lot) takes anywhere from 2 to 6 cakes depending on how big you want it.  What in the world is she going to do with 760 cakes of yarn (by the way Sweet Rolls is similar and sold at JoAnn's and Bernat Pop is also similar and sold at Walmart).  They are all lovely but 760???? It will take multiple lifetimes to use all that - plus, where in the world do you store it?  Now Caron Cakes and Sweet Rolls average about $7 a cake.  I think Bernat Pops are about the same price as the Mandela (about $5 each) so again...let's do the math

(100 x 5.35) + (400 x 7.49) + (200 x 7.49) + (60 x 5.35) is approx.  $5,350 !!!! 😱 Are you kidding me?  Who in the world has that kind of money to spend on yarn?  Well..perhaps she does I suppose but more than likely it was all put on credit cards - I suppose she could be wealthy somehow but Geez, Louise - how will she ever use all that up?  Even if she will take a LONG time...wouldn't you worry about bugs getting in it until you could use it?

Now you know...they will come out with new colors - what is she going to do then, buy a bunch of new colors.  I'm sorry but this woman (maybe all of these women mentioned here) need some kind of intervention.

Of course it is none of my business how people choose to spend their money - I'm sure I have been known to spend money on things I shouldn't have, but this is serious hoarding, in my opinion. All I can say is..

Wow ... Just .... Wow !!

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