Monday, December 11, 2017

Week 50: Home Inventory


Monday: Read Organized Home Challenge #50: Home Inventory
Tuesday: Begin creating home inventory
Wednesday: Take photos/video of home contents for inventory
Thursday: Continue taking photos/videos of home contents for inventory
Friday:  Fill out home inventory forms
Saturday: Continue to fill out home inventory forms
Sunday: Copy/back up home inventory documents/files on and off site

Cleaning and Tidying for a Home Visit


This afternoon, we have a home visit by the local dog shelter. They are coming to make sure our home is a safe place to re-home a dog. So, we're cleaning and tidying, picking up and putting away.

The biggest problem will be the back yard. There's some garden rubbish and two sheds waiting to go to the tip, and it it not secure. The garden rubbish is being removed this weekend.

The following weekend work will start on demolishing the existing back wall, and rebuilding it closer to the house. This will create a parking space and a place for the rubbish bin. There will be a gate/door in the wall for access. In the garden, raised beds with seating will be made. The rubble from the old wall will provide drainage for the beds. I'm looking forward to creating a veggie garden.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Broken Ribs Fingerless Mittens

Company: King Cole
Yarn: Moods DK
Composition: Acrylic 70%, Wool 30%
Colour: 84
Pattern: Broken Rib Fingerless Mittens
Size: Woman
Needles: 4mm
Amount used:
Started: 10th December 2017
Finished: 11th December 2017

Cast on 40sts and join.

Work 20 rounds in k1,p1 rib.

1. (K3, p1) x 9, kfb, kfb, k1, p1.
2. K.
3. (K3, p1) x 9, kfb, k2, kfb, k1, p1.
4. K.
5. (K3, p1) x 9, kfb, k4, kfb, k1, p1. 
6. K.
7. (K3, p1) x 9, kfb, k6, kfb, k1, p1. 
8. K.
...
15. (K3, p1) x 9, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, p1. 
16. K.
17. (K3, p1) x 9, k to last stitch, p1. 
18. K.
19. (K3, p1) x 9, k to last stitch, p1. 
20. K to last 18 stitches. Transfer 16st to spare yarn. K2.

21. (K3, p1) x 10.
22. K.
23. (K3, p1) x 10.
24. K.
25. (K3, p1) x 10.
26 - 30. (K1, p1) repeat to end.

Cast off in lace bind off. Break off yarn.

Return to the 16sts on the spare yarn. Knit 5 rounds of (k1, p1), and then cast off in lace bind off.

Weave in the ends, using the one at the thumb to sew closed the hole.

Generally two mittens are required.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Cushions


Today whilst shopping, I saw the cushion above and thought it would look lovely in my sitting room. However, I would need five., and this would bring the cost to £75. Instead, I decided to make some. The materials for the cushions was £54, and that will make six. 

When I will have time to make them is a very good question!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ava, will you be ours?


The Younger Offspring has been asking for a while to have a dog. At her 21st birthday, we agreed. They have been going to the local dog shelter to volunteer, and fell in love with Ava. She is very chilled, and very importantly for me, she doesn't pull when she's on the leash!  The dog would be the Younger Offspring's, but a part of the family.

Various things need to happen before we get approval. There's a home visit on Monday, then at the weekend garden refuse and the old shed will disappear. Just before Christmas, a new wall will be built and a new gate installed.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ribbed Wrist Warmers

Company:  King Cole
Yarn: Moods DK 
Composition: Acrylic 70%, Wool 30%
Colour:  841
Pattern: Ribbed Wrist Warmers
Size: Woman
Needles: 4mm
Amount used:  
Started:  5th December 2017
Finished: 8th December 2017

Cast on 40sts, join.

1. (K1, p2, k1) to end of round.
2-20. as round 1.

21. K1, yo, (p2, k2) repeat until last stitch, yo, k1.
22. K1, (k1, p2, k1) to last stitch, k1.
23. K1, yo, (k1, p2, k1) to last stitch, yo, k1.
24. K1, (k2, p2) to last 3 stitches, k3.
25. K1, yo, (k2, p2) to last 3 sts, k2, yo, k1.
26. K1, (p1, k2, p1) to last stitch, k1.
27. K1, yo, (p1, k2, p1) to last stitch, k1. (48sts)
28. (K1, p2, k1). 
29. K1, yo, (p2, k2) repeat until last stitch, yo, k1.
30. K1, (k1, p2, k1) to last stitch, k1.
31. K1, yo, (k1, p2, k1) to last stitch, yo, k1.
32. K1, (k2, p2) to last 3 stitches, k3.
33. K1, yo, (k2, p2) to last 3 sts, k2, yo, k1.
34. K1, (p1, k2, p1) to last stitch, k1.
35. K1, yo, (p1, k2, p1) to last stitch, k1. (48sts)

36. (K1, p2, k1). 

37 - 39. (K1, p2, k1). 

40. (K1, p2, k1) to last 8 sts, cast off with a lace bind off.
41. Cast off 8sts with a lace bind off, continue in rib pattern.
42 - 49. (K1, p2, k1). 
50. Cast off with a lace bind off.

Use the tail of the yarn to re-enforce the area around the top of the thumb hole, and then weave in the ends.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 49: Holiday Decorations and Gift Wrap


Monday: Read Organized Home Challenge #49: Holiday Decorations and Gift Wrap
Tuesday: Declutter Christmas ornaments, wreaths and garland
Wednesday: Declutter Christmas lights and outdoor decorations
Thursday: Continue decluttering Christmas decorations
Friday: Declutter and organize extension cords and power strips
Saturday: Declutter and organize gift bags and boxes
Sunday: Declutter or organize gift wrapping supplies

This task has been moved over until the end of the week, or possibly next week. This is when the tree will be going up and decorating happening. 

Part of this year's decluttering is not buying any new paper and tape. The plan is to keep making fabric gift bags and wraps, fading out the paper. Although paper will be used for presents being posted out.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Hello, December


November was a bit of a wash out health-wise. I'm still struggling just now with a huge amount of tiredness. But I'm happy December has arrived. It's a new start, and I'm looking forward putting into action many of the plans I had for November.

The Christmas tree quilted hanging is the one I really one to get done, along with a few knitted items for friends. And, the little quilted Christmas trees.  I'd love to make some knitted Jultomten, but I suspect there will not be time.