Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yarn Dyeing: Take 2

Back in August I wrote a post about how I was testing out yarn dyeing. Since it wasn't the right kind of yarn, it didn't retain a lot of the dye. Several Weeks ago a friend and I stopped in Hobby Lobby for a few minutes and we were over in the yarn section and I discovered that they were selling skeins of dye-able yarn. Even though I really don't need more yarn I bought a skein to try dyeing again. This time I tried kool-aid instead of Wilton food coloring.

This time around, instead of heating the coloring/yarn combo in the microwave, I tried the dip-dyeing method. When I was looking for a dyeing method I just put it in Google and then found a set of instructions that I liked for dyeing the yarn.

I used Black Cherry kool-aid, the sugar free kind, and I used five packets, and I like how the color turned out. Since I used the stove-top method for dyeing yarn it had to cool down to room temp before it could be rinsed out. At Wal-Mart the kool-aid packets are 24¢ each, which isn't bad if you want to use different colors.

Unfortunately the yarn wasn't as dark as I was expecting it to be. But it is still a light pink/red color and I haven't decided if I am going to try re-dyeing it or not. If I do re-dye it I am going to do the same color to see if I can get it to turn out darker.

The kool-aid does stain your hands when you ring the excess water out of the yarn. Or stick your hands in the water before hand, like I did. But it does come off, you just need a little bit of soap and some warm water and then scrub really good. So that is my second adventure into yarn dyeing.

The yarn that I used for this was white 100% Acrylic dye-able yarn and, like I mentioned, I found the yarn at Hobby Lobby.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


At the end of January I picked up a skein of Red Heart Green Tones yarn and decided to use it for a project that I will be starting. The yarn color and something that my mom said inspired me to make shamrocks for the current knitting project that I am working on. So off course I started looking around on Pinterest for an easy pattern for knitting shamrocks and the pattern that I am using can be found on the site Studio Knit.

Since St. Patrick's day is just under a month away you can knit or crochet up a couple shamrocks to add to your outfit or to carry around so that you have some green and don't get pinched. Even though I don't crochet there are patterns for shamrocks as well. The yarn that I used to make the shamrocks is the yarn that I dyed back in August. Here is a picture of the shamrocks that I have made.

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I don't know what brand of yarn I used for this because I got it for free and it didn't have the label with it. When I made it I used a size 6 needle for the leafs and a size 6 in double pointed needles for the stem. This is the first shamrock that I made and I have made two more, using the same yarn and a size 3 needle instead of the size 6 for the leaves. Once the shamrocks are on the project that they are intended for and the project is finished I will do a post with a picture of the completed project.

This is the caption that I included with the picture on Instagram/Facebook:

Even though I don't really see the point in naming inanimate objects this is Sherlock the shamrock. It only has a name because my brain keeps wanting to change shamrock to Sherlock, because lately I have been pinning stuff from Sherlock on Pinterest.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Scripture Writing

Back in October I wrote a post about how I had come across a month long Scripture writing plan. I have been doing it every month since then. Even though it is already day 8 you can still jump in and join me in doing it this month. 

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Since the theme for February is love the verses for day 1 were John 3:16-17, which are two of my favorite verses and ones that everyone knows.

John 3:16-17Revised Standard Version (RSV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The verses for days 2-7 were 1 John 4:7-21 and they explain how God is love and how love comes from God. The vorses for day 6 tell us that there is no fear in love, and that perfect love casts out fear.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Story Without a Name

A couple weeks ago I was texting a friend of mine, who we will call Elsa, and after a while Elsa suggested that the two of us do a role playing game. Once we had each created a character and a basic story line, as well as a third character who hasn't been introduced yet who I am in charge of writing we started. After we had started working on it I liked how my side of the story was going so I decided to turn it into more of a story so I started flushing what I had already written and started adding things in. Since I just started writing it the story doesn't have a name yet.

They aren't the greatest but here are the first few paragraphs that I have written so far.

At 5’2” Carrie Richards barely touched the edge of the sleeping bag that sat on top of the shelving unit in the basement that held all of her camping gear. Grasping what she could Carrie pulled the fat roll towards her. Once it was off the shelf Carrie placed the sleeping bag next to the stairs. Facing the shelves again Carrie pulled everything that she needed off of them. When all of the camping gear was out of the basement Carrie placed it all in a neat pile next to the end of her SUV. Going back inside Carrie sat down at the large island in her kitchen with a pad of paper and a pen and created a list of all of the food that she would need as well as anything extra that needed to come with her. After she finished creating the list Carrie walked through her house and made piles of all of the things on her list that she had. Once she finished doing that Carrie walked down the street to get the rest of what she needed.

When everything was packed in an orderly fashion in the trunk of the SUV Carrie walked through the house and turned a light on in several rooms and closed the blinds. Once she finished Carrie climbed into her car and pulled out of the drive way. As she drove down the gravel road towards town and the highway Carrie smiled at the thought of several days relaxing in the woods. By the time Carrie reached the campground it was late and the ranger had already left for the day. After eating a quick snack Carrie made herself comfortable in the back seat of the car and went to sleep. In the morning, when the ranger returned, Carrie got a camping sight with electricity and drove out of the parking lot. When she found the number on her ticket Carrie pulled into the camp site and parked her car. Opening the trunk Carrie unloaded the tent and started setting it up.

Once the tent was set up Carrie placed a door mat in front of the entrance and then took her shoes off. Carrie stepped inside the tent with a broom and started sweeping out the dirt and dust that had been tracked inside. When she finished Carrie placed her sleeping bag and pillow inside along with her duffel bag of clothing. Once the rest of the camp had been set up Carrie looked at her watch and saw that it was lunch time. Picking up a small bucket Carrie walked along the path towards the bath house and found the water pump and filled her bucket up on her way back from the bathroom. When she returned to her campsite with the water Carrie started a fire in the fire pit and placed a pot on the edge of the grill and heated some of the water in it so that she could wash dishes.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reverse Bucket List

I have never really seen myself as a person who does a bucket list. Instead I think of myself as more of a reverse bucket list person. Because whenever I do something that could be considered bucket list worthy I almost always say "I can cross that off the bucket list now." So here is my reverse bucket list, at least everything that I can remember.

  • Piano Guys concert (2015)
  • Trace Atkins concert (2016)
  • the musical "Wicked" (2006-ish)
  • seeing "The Phantom of the Opera" (2016)
  • flying half way across the country (2016)
  • Traveling half way across the country by myself (2012)
  • Going to the March for Life in Washington D.C. (2012, 2013)
There are probably more things that I could add to the list to make it longer, it's just whether I remember them or not. Of course the list will continue to grow as I add more stuff to it. And what I have so far is a pretty good start. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Whimsical Kitchen

Are you looking for a new dish towel or two for the kitchen? Or a new pencil bag? Or even a clean/dirty magnet to put on your dishwasher? Well I know the perfect place to get all three at once. And you can buy them all without even having to even leave your house. All three items, plus potholders, can be purchased on the Whimsical Kitchen website.

This website is run/owned by my friend Elizabeth as a way to share "Unique, Geeky, Vintage-inspired and Artistic dishtowels," and other items, with people who enjoy cooking and creating in the kitchen.Because of the variety offered they work great as gifts, especially if you know someone who is in the kitchen often.  Besides bringing personality to your kitchen and being inexpensive, there are several ways for you to follow Whimsical Kitchen online for updates on new designs and sales.

Now that I have told you about how they make great gifts and as personality to a kitchen, or office if you get a pencil holder, go follow Whimsical Kitchen. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Current Reading List

For several weeks I had been seeing a sponsored movie trailer on Instagram for a movie called "Before I Fall." After seeing it multiple times I decided to look it up. When I pulled it up I learned that the movie is based on a novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. Since it sounded interesting I got the book from the library.

Even though the label on the side of the book claimed that it was a teen novel, I personally didn't think it qualified as such. While I thought that the idea for the book, which is "What would you do if you had to relive one day of your life over again?" was very interesting I didn't agree with some of the things that were brought up in it. Because of that I wouldn't let any of my younger siblings read it until they were 20 or older.

Found on Google
Another book that I just finished reading is "The Whole Town's Talking" by Fannie Flagg. It was a very interesting book to read because the chapters were, on average, one page long so it was very quick to get through.

The book starts in the year 1889 and tells the story of a town in Missouri and the people that live there. What I found interesting was that when the characters died, they woke up as ghosts in the town's cemetery, though they couldn't leave. When the book ends it is in the year 2021 and quite a few of the deceased characters have been reincarnated as animals and plants, which I thought was rather interesting and unique.

I would probable read the book again and if anyone is looking for a good book to read I would recommend this one. It is a good read for anyone 18+.

Currently I am reading "The Darkness Knows" by Cheryl Honigford. It is a murder mystery set in 1938 in Chicago. My current reading list includes:

"America's First Daughter" by Stephanie Dray
"Dare Me" by Megan Abbott
"An Elegant Facade" by Kristi Ann Hunter
"Talking as Fast as I Can" by Lauren Graham
"The Book Thieves" by Andres Rydell

Once I have finished all of the books listed, I will start working my way through the list of books that I have compiled on my computer.