Stash Busting Again

I was digging thru a bin of yarn and came across a single 50 g skein of Manos Silk Blend left over from a previous project and decided to find something to do with it. I figured it would be enough for a hat and so far, so good.

The pattern is The Amanda Hat by Gina House. I like the texture and the lacy appearance. It’s written for worsted yarn but I’m working with DK so I made adjustments to the stitch count and the number of pattern repeats.

This is a singles yarn, very soft and fluffy, and will definitely require hand washing. I can use the wicker hat form to shape it and let it dry instead of laying it flat.

I had a good visit with my new pulmonary specialist. He and his staff are top notch and I feel a lot better after seeing them today. He is happy with my lung function and the medications I’m taking. He may want to do some allergy testing at some point to see if there might be some possible triggers as far as allergies and asthma. My biggest problem is with house dust and there is no blooming way to avoid that! I’ve tried wearing a dust mask in the house while cleaning and I just can’t manage it. I think I’m better off taking an antihistamine an hour before I start cleaning instead of after I’m feeling symptoms. It mostly affects my sinuses but it may be affecting my lungs as well.

We had a VERY windy day yesterday with gusts up to 50 mph at times. I think we are over that now. When I dumped out the rain gauge yesterday it had right at an inch of water in it. I thought we’d had more rain than that, but I suppose a lot of what we were hearing was the wind. It must not have been raining that hard during the night.

We are on the list with our electric coop to have power poles replaced and trees trimmed back from the lines. The two poles on our property were put up in the 1960’s and the one nearest the house is leaning more than it had been. There is no huge emergency, but the guy who came out yesterday said he wants the work completed before the end of the year. They are swamped, as usual, and need to plan ahead. Our portable generator is ready for pickup at the store and now that the wind has died down we can go and get it and make arrangements for an electrician to come out and put in a transfer switch so we can hook it up to the breaker box in the event of a power outage.

With cooler weather I’m in the mood to do some cooking. I have a chuck roast and a whole chicken in the freezer and just need to decide which one to thaw. I’ve got plenty of veggies to add to the pot but I need more garlic so I’ll make a run in to Albertson’s today for a few things.

I’ve been enjoying the Doctor Who marathon on BBC America. David Tennant as the 10th Doctor is my favorite, followed by Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. Don’t care for the female Doctor. At. All. Nope. Not for me. Of course, Tom Baker is another favorite. Someday I really need to finish knitting that scarf…

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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