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Monkeys and Nanners

I’ve been meaning to update for a while, but it was one of those things I just kept putting off until later. Honestly, though, for the last few weeks I haven’t been feeling that great physically. Recently had some medication changes that didn’t effect me well. I think I’m adjusting better now, but I’m still quite tired most of the time. Went to the Physical Therapist on Thursday for my back problems (two herniated discs in my lower back) and was given some exercises to do. So far I think they are making the pain worse. I go back on Monday, so we’ll see what she says about it. Anyhow, enough about all that stuff. There’s knitting and garden stuff to talk about!

Last weekend I completed my Monkey Socks! I really love how they turned out. They’ll be nice and warm to wear this winter. I also found that I love picot edging and I’m sure I’ll be using it on socks in the future.

Pair #1 Done!

Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A.
Started: June 29, 2008
Completed: July 13, 2008
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, mediumweight, color: Cobalt Bloom
Needles: US 1 bamboo DPNs
Notes: The only difference I made in the pattern is knitting a picot edging instead of the ribbing. I really love how they came out!

After finishing those, I cast on my next pair of socks almost immediately. I’m working on a pair of Nanners (pattern by Wendy).



The garden is doing okay. I have one cucumber growing (well a lot of little small ones, but only one that has REALLY grown), a bunch of tomatoes, three Hungarian hot peppers, and one yellow bell pepper has finally sprouted. The herbs haven’t faired too well. The thyme, sage, and cilantro all died. The basil, lavender, mint, lemon balm, and rosemary all seem to be doing good, though.

I am a little concerned about the cucumber plant. A bunch of the leaves have died off and I have no clue why. It also killed two little cucumbers that were growing. I’ve been watering and feeding all the plants pretty good, so I don’t know what might be eating it. Seems to just be the cucumber plant, though. A few leaves have died on the tomato plants, but nothing to be really worried about. The cucumber plant, on the other hand, has parts where it’s not really green, but yellow and those are the parts that the leaves are dying on. Hmm. Must research and find out what might be going on.


Tomorrow Matt and I are going to the Dayton air show. It’s supposed to be really hot tomorrow and possibly rain. I’m hoping for no rain and hopefully the heat won’t kill us. Should be fun, though :o)


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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