Battle Won. Frustration Over.

Finished. 7 1/2″ square, 1/2″ thick. I’ll launder it with some of my knitted washcloths but it won’t go in the dryer, I’ll smooth it flat and let it dry. It’s very elastic and plenty thick to prevent burns. Kitchener stitch is a bear using cotton yarn. The bloomin’ stuff just won’t slide through the stitches very well, but I got ‘er done!

I have to say, the best thing for my attitude yesterday evening, after putting the potholder in temporary time out, was the Margarita that I had with my chicken crispers. Yup. Best way to adjust my attitude at the time. I was able to relax to the point I could take out the grafting and redo it, then take out the provisional cast-on and finish the other opening, which went very quickly.

Kitchener stitch, aka grafting, is second nature to me with stocking stitch (purl the stitches off the back needle and knit them off the front). I had to remember to purl the stitches off both needles for garter stitch. I’m a visual person and once it ‘looked right’ to my eyes I had it whipped.

We both saw the chiropractor this morning and picked up our grocery order at the neighborhood Walmart on the way home. That particular store is very convenient when we are in the area every week and we’ve had no problems with our orders from them. I’ve had a couple of substitutions and each time they did a good job.

It’s sunny and cool and windy today so we have the heat on. It’s forecast to be in the mid 30’s tonight so we’ll set the heat pump on emergency heat before heading off to bed tonight. It’s not unusual to get a frost this time of the year, but it doesn’t happen every Spring.

As a wise lady told me over 45 yrs ago, “When it comes to planting a garden, wait until after Easter for your tender plants.” I miss having my vegetable garden and I’m hoping to recreate a smaller version this year. I’ve got plenty of room and full sun, just need to do some planning and not try to get it all done at once. It will be nice to have stuff growing again.

We’ve noticed that the price of gasoline is on the way back down in our area. It was $4.03/gal the last time I put fuel in the SUV. It’s down to $3.69/gal at one gas station today. We had to make two stops to find some Ziegenbock beer. Walmart was out of it when I made my order last night. The first convenience store we stopped at on the way home was out, but the last one on the way out of Denison headed home had a 12-pack. The other store was still waiting for their delivery.

I ordered some more circular knitting needles from The Yarn Barn of Kansas a few days ago. I don’t have enough of a selection of needles in size 6, hence the order. One of them is on back order but the other three are at the post office. I didn’t think to check before we left or we could have stopped on the way home. In the email notice I got for the order I placed they stated that package shipments are sometimes delayed at one location or another due to a slow down lately. Apparently that wasn’t the case with my order! And they don’t charge for shipping on back orders, which is nice. I’m gradually building up a selection of circular needles in 16″, 24″, 32″ and 40″ lengths in the sizes I use the most. The 32″ length is on back order. I like ChiaGoo needles. I don’t like that they are made in China, but such is life these days.

I decided after finishing “Kill Shot” to read “Term Limits” before continuing the Mitch Rapp series. “Term Limits” is the first Vince Flynn book but doesn’t have the Mitch Rapp character in it. It’s a good read and I’m going to get back to it while working on another washcloth. I’ll save the socks for evening knitting while we watch TV. I have to pay a little more attention to the ribbing to keep my gauge even so it’s best not to work on socks while I read.

Have a blessed Hump Day afternoon and evening, ya’ll.

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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