Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday


Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.

- PHIL 2:8-9

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"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death."
- J. R. R. Tolkien



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Double Corners


Remember back in September of 2015 when I shared a post about a ball of scrap yarn that I had started? Well it has grown bigger since then and I started using it for another knitting project. The knitting project that I am working on at the moment is another blanket. Instead of being the traditional style where you work back and forth in rows, the blanket is made in the shape of a square. The pattern I am using is called Ten Stitch Blanket.

Taken by me
As you have probably already guessed, I found the pattern on Pinterest. I found the pattern a while ago and had printed it out to give it a try, but I go stuck on how you create the first half of the mitered corner so I just gave up. I forget when I found it but I found a video on Youtube that gives good instructions on how to do the mitered corners and joining along the sides.

Even though I found the pattern on Pinterest it is on Ravelry, which has a lot of patterns for knitters and crocheters. Speaking of crocheting, even though I don't do it, there is a crochet version of the Ten Stitch Blanket and you can find it on Pinterest if you are interested in making this blanket.

About a week or so ago I was looking for another blanket pattern to try, since I was pausing in the progress of the baby blanket that I had started working on back in February because I need to get more yarn for it. So like usual I went on Pinterest and started looking for a pattern to use and I came across the Ten Stitch Blanket pattern and decided to try it again. Since I watched the tutorial video several times I was able to understand the pattern better and I have been working on it since then. The picture *points* is one of the mitered corners that I did the other day and I like ow it turned out, because it perfectly shows the color change in the yarns that I am using and the corner turned out perfect.

What I like about this pattern is that is super easy to do and you don't have to worry about stopping in the middle of a row if you have to stop and do something. Another thing that I like about this blanket is that you can use any size needle that you want, I am using a size 6 straight needle, and you can use straight, circular, or double pointed needles depending on what your preference is. The same goes for the yarn and what type you use for making the blanket. Since I typically use worsted yarn I had a lot of odds and ends laying around which I used to created the large yarn ball I am using to make the blanket. When it is finished the blanket will be a variety of color. This is the practice blanket and I plan on using this pattern in the future using one color or coordinating colors.

(the name came about because at the beginning of the pattern you have to knit two mitered corners)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Code Name: Kyle


We can all say that we have gotten sale flyers in the mail and/or in our email box at least once right? Of course we have. I get sale flyers emailed to me from Maurice, Payless Shoe Source, and Michael's. While they always end up in the trash bin, I always notice that the emails that I get from Payless always call me Kyle.

Now you are probably wondering why they are calling me Kyle, when I am not a guy and my name doesn't even start with k. Well I am wondering the same thing, because it doesn't make sense to me. The last time that I was in Payless to buy shoes, the lady who was running the cash register asked me if the name Kyle was the correct one and I told her that it wasn't and I had thought that the problem was fixed.

But I guess it wasn't, because when they emailed me a sale coupon for my birthday at the beginning of the month, it said Kyle. The only thing that I can think of as to where they are getting the Kyle from is that someone with the name had my cell phone number before me and had shopped at Payless and then just never went back once they changed their number. I had forgotten that the emails from Payless were calling me Kyle until the one arrived for my birthday, of course I forgot about it again until the other day when a reminder email came through that the sale flyer was ending.

The next time that I go to get shoes at Payless, I need to remember to ask them to change the name with my phone number/email address from Kyle to my name.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Malt Baby Blanket: Part 2


Back in July I wrote a post about a baby blanket that I had started making using a pattern that I found Pinterest. I finished the blanket several weeks ago and added the three shamrocks that I had made.

When I first started working on the blanket the pattern told me to do a certain amount of garter stitch rows and then do the rest of the blanket, with the exception of the border, in stockinette stitch. I thought that it was a little weird/odd that they would have you do that, though I'm sure that it would look pretty. Since I didn't see the point in that one of my sisters suggested that I keep making the blanket the way that I had been. So I did.

In October or November, I can't remember, after having worked on the blanket for several months I needed a break so I stopped working on the blanket. Instead I started working on a different knitting project that I had started back towards the beginning of last year that I have been work on and off. I also made a scarf for one of my sisters as well during that time period, though I forgot to take a picture of it.

In mid-January I decided that I had taken a long enough break from working on the blanket so I picked it up again. When I measured the blanket to see how long it was, since I had stopped working on it for a while, I realized that I was closer to finishing, though it still seemed far away, the blanket then I last remembered. The measurements for the finished blanket is 30 x 32. I made it an inch longer which is fine because babies grow up fast. So it works out well :)

Even though it is hard to tell from the picture the shamrocks are a light green/white color. And it was my mom's idea to add a little bit of green to the blanket. If you haven't seen the post I did already about making the shamrocks go check it out, I included the link for the post in the first paragraph. And that is the story of how I finally finished making the baby blanket. Thanks for reading and I hope you stay around.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Work + Late Nights = Made up Words


Tuesday evening last week I had to work late and on my way home, thankfully when it wasn't terribly windy or rainy, I was thinking about different things and I randomly combined two words together and created a new one. The word that I came up with is: Snarkastic.

As you are probably wondering. Why would anyone want to combine the words snarky and sarcastic? Well people combine words all the time and create new ones and that is what I did. I also did it because I can be a bit sarcastic and snarky around my family.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I had to work late and my brain is always going in multiple directions, which is how I came to making up a new word. It was also a way to help me stay awake while I drove the few minutes home. Even though I made it up over a week ago, I sort of forgot about it and never came up with a definition for it. Though I'm not entirely sure how you would create a definition for snarkastic.

So that is the story of how I created a new word while driving home from work late at night. I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and stay around for more.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What I've Been Reading


Over the past month I have slowly been making my way through a biography entitled "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith. I came across this book back in January while I was wandering around a small bookstore called "Books a Million," the acronym is BAM which I think is cute. Since I was just looking and not planning on buying anything I wrote down the title and the authors name in the memo app on my phone and placed a hold on the book at the library.

Speaking of libraries, when I checked out this book, when it came in, I noticed on the receipt that it told me how much money I had saved in the past year by checking books out at the library. Since I had checked out another book besides this book it said that I saved $70.00 just by checking the two books out. Over the past year I saved a total of $784.68, just by using the library instead of buying them.

One of my favorite stories, that I read in the book, is about when the queen was visiting the USA in 1957 and wanted to see what a football game was like. So the White House set it up so that she could go to a college football game. On the way there they drove past a supermarket and the queen said that she wanted to go in one to see how American housewives shopped. During half time security went and organized a tour to be given to the queen at the supermarket. And after the football game she went and visited the supermarket.

That is currently all that I have to say about the book and if you are looking for something to read, I would recommend picking up a copy from the library.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

8 Weeks In


Well we are eight weeks into the second half of the school year and so far it has been going well for me. All of my classes are very interesting and I am enjoying them so far. So far I have had two tests, multiple quizzes and discussion boards. The classes that I am taking this semester are Desktop Publishing, which is fun, Intro to Visual Arts, and Advanced Microsoft Office.

In my Desktop Publishing class we are learning hoe to create certificates, newsletters and flyers. I find this class to be a lot of fun and pretty easy. On the first day of class we learned to how to add pictures, watermarks, and similar fonts and colors to a document so that they stand out and don't look boring.

Intro to Visual Arts is a really interesting class, because we are learning about how art is influenced by the culture and time period when and where it was created. We are also getting a brief introduction into a lot of the materials that are used in the creation of art. The homework for this class is pretty easy because there is a chapter quiz/test each week and they are easy to do and then there is a discussion board for each chapter. For the discussion boards our teacher gives us several questions that we have to answer and then we have to respond to two of our peers.

The last class that I am taking this semester is Advanced Microsoft Office. It is a continuation of a class that I took back in the fall and we are learning how to use Excel and Access more. the first two weeks of class were introducing ourselves to our class members and then doing a brief refresher of Word. Besides turning the homework in each week there is a quiz for each chapter as well as a discussion board that we have to participate in when we finish doing all of the homework.

That is all I have to say about this semester so far and I hope that you enjoyed the short break from the yarn/knitting posts that I have just done.