Lined Flip Top Mittens – Fingerless Gloves

Oldest was working out at a local high school yesterday in very cold weather, at least for this part of Florida.  He called me after he finished, complaining of the cold.  During our conversation he told me he had lost the fingerless linings to his mittens.    I offered to make him some flip top mittens with fingerless gloves as the lining.  He loved that idea.

As I began to knit the ribbed cuff of these mittens, it crossed my mind that I did not want to knit 4 cuffs!   So I got to thinking, “how do I knit the flip top mitten and the fingerless glove inside of each other?”  There had to be a way to do this.

I remember seeing a video on YouTube about knitting socks, one inside of the other, on double points.  So I went on a hunt for this video.  Turns out there are 5, but I only needed a little information–  how to knit the two pieces yet keep them separate.  Once I found that, I was good to go.   That is until I actually got to the point where I wanted to join in the yarn for the liner and attach it only at that point.

All I had to do was knit with the outer yarn and the inner yarn at the same time for one round only.  From that point on,  I followed the instructions set forth in the video to knit the two pieces at the same time.

This is my progress so far.

So the mittens will have a single layer cuff and double layer hand/finger body.

I’ll post more pics as I progress on this project.

ETA: I had to add a 5th needle just for the thumb gusset.  That one needle had way too many stitches on it and I was dropping them.  Got tired of retrieving them. The safety pin shows the location of the thumb gusset.

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So far:

lined-flip-top-mitts-4The fingers are done.  The gold/orange waste yarn is where the opening will be.  Once the top is done, I will go back and remove that yarn and have live stitches to work with when knitting a neat ribbed section for the opening.  Then the last thing to do will be the thumb.

Well, LOL! Maybe not the last thing.  I will have to make a second mitt.

Lots of Things Going On

I haven’t posted in awhile.  Lots of things going on in my life.

Developed a sudden intolerance to wheat products.  Have no idea where that came from.  I don’t eat a lot of wheat products to begin with.  But after eating a sandwich one day,  I developed some severe joint pain. Weird! huh!

Initially I thought that was just a one time thing.  I didn’t eat wheat again for a few weeks. Let me say I have pain in my knees routinely due to an injury that happened last year.  So I have good days and bad days.  That is the reason I felt this was just a one time thing.  Any way, I ate  wheat again and got up the next day with severe joint pain.  What The “F”????

So I decided I better try gluten/wheat free, because I really do like being pain free, at least as pain free as possible at my age.

Learning to cook with gluten/wheat free products is a whole ‘nuther story.  I do have to say that the products are way better than they used to be.  Thank goodness for that.

Another thing that happened …..I developed a rash on my back .  Sometimes it itched and sometimes it didn’t.  Of course I checked everything on the internet that it could possibly be and started eliminating anything that could be causing it.

First thing to go was my statin med.  I’ve had problems with it before.  But the rash didn’t go away.  Then I thought maybe it was caused by bed bugs.  I washed everything and cleaned the mattress and box springs, checked and sprayed for bugs, etc.  Still did not go away.  (No bugs, BTW)

Then I thought it might possibly be scabies (mites), but it didn’t act like scabies. No constant, 24/7/365 itching, no head to toe rash.  I used every cream, solvent, soap, etc. available, including homemade ones.

Got on the internet again looking for things that could cause a rash.  Read that in most cases it is caused by laundry detergent and/or dryer sheets, especially if the rash is concentrated in areas where your clothing comes in constant contact with your skin.  You know…at your waist, bra, etc.

So here we go again, washing everything (without laundry detergent or dryer sheets).  I am using two aluminum  foil balls in the dryer and they work pretty well  to keep the static down.  I will be using some Castile soap in the laundry in the future since it is very gentle.

Oh, the concoction I am using for the rash is a mixture of Neem oil, Tea Tree oil, Olive oil and Vicks Vapor Rub.  Yes you read that right, Vicks Vapor Rub.  It seems to be working.  The rash is going away….slowly.  The only drawback is that you stink for a few hours.

So I am hoping this all works to get rid of the rash.  Will let you know if I am successful.

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LISTEN UP STATUS QUO POLITICIANS!!

Stop harping on President Elect Trump not being qualified to hold the office of President! 

No One Is!!

You’re afraid things are going to change.  Your “cushy” job and extravagant salary may be changed.  You may actually have to work for your money.

You’re afraid the “good ol’ boy” network you are a part of will be dissolved. The perks at the expense of the American people may be a thing of the past.

Get Over It!!.

The majority  of the American people have voted for change.  They are tired of paying for your “freebies”.  They are tired of you voting opposite of what they elected you to vote for.

They are tired of the Obamacare fiasco and terrorists being able to slip into this country under the guise of refugee.

It’s time to pull your head out of your ass and start working for the American people instead of for your own selfish means.

‘Nuff Said.

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The Side Effects of Rushing Somewhere

This post is going to be about folks who are in too big of a hurry to get somewhere.  Of course, I am going to spout off my opinion on that too.  After all, it is my blog.

Recently there seems to have been a rash of crashes involving school buses.  I don’t get the mental faculties that cause an individual to take risks driving around school buses.  They carry our children and there are laws in place to protect them from wayward drivers.

But evidently there are some folks who don’t care about those laws or the lives of the children they endanger with their reckless behavior.

About a week ago, in Albany, New York, a guy in a BMW rear ended a school bus and ended up dangling from a concrete barrier.  He got out of his car and didn’t even bother to see if anyone was injured on the school bus.

Then just a few days ago, in Kentucky, a Cadillac Escalade tried to pass a school bus on the RIGHT and hit 3 kids, seriously injuring them.  He also wrapped his car around a tree, injuring himself in the process.

What was so important that either of them had to get to that they would risk the lives of others to reach their destination?  Did they think that laws don’t apply to them?  Do they feel that they are entitled to only obey those laws that are convenient at the time?

Okay here goes my opinions on this.

  1.  You are not above the law.
  2.   If you are going to be late to your destination, call and inform them so.
  3.   Habitually late?  Get your effing ass out of bed earlier and leave for work earlier.
  4.   In the habit of texting and driving?  STOP NOW!!!  There is Nothing, I repeat Nothing on that phone that cannot wait until you have reached your destination.

Now for my opinion on these infractions:

Not stopping for a school bus or trying to pass on the right are misdemeanors in most states that carry a monetary fine and maybe a few weeks in jail.   Maybe they should be TOUGHER.  Maybe there should automatically be prison terms of 6 months or greater  and loss of license for passing a stopped school bus.  Hitting a kid while doing so should automatically be a 20 year sentence and if the child dies as a result of your negligence, it should be an automatic manslaughter charge and possibly a death penalty.

I am so tired of seeing drivers out there who think the driving laws do not apply to them.  Karma’s a Bitch, folks.  Your day is coming.  I hope I am there to see you get your just desserts.

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Essentials to a Good Pantry

Everyone has certain items they keep in their pantry/refrigerator to prepare meals for their families.  I am no exception.

These are the items you consider necessary to prepare any and all meals, to make those meals special.

Here’s my list:

Fresh Vegetables:

1. Potatoes – a versatile vegetable used in many recipes and as a side dish. Can be prepared numerous ways.

2.  Carrots – another versatile vegetable

3.  Celery – again, versatile in its uses

4.  Onion – used in almost everything I prepare

5.  Parsley (fresh) – 1/4 cup  curly leafed parsley (leaves only)  can make a dish pop with flavor

Canned items:

1.  Diced tomatoes – great in stews, soups, chili, marinara sauce

2.  Tomato paste/sauce – a must have for Italian and Mexican dishes

3.  Salsa – not just for Mexican dishes

4.  Creamed soups – cream of celery, chicken, mushroom, etc., make delectable gravies

5.  and of course, all canned veggies

Packaged items:

1. Rice

2. Quinoa

3.  beans/peas

4. pastas

Spices (used most frequently:

1.  Garlic powder

2. Chili powder

3. Cayenne powder

4. Onion powder

5. Paprika

6. Salt and Pepper

7. Hamburger seasoning (recipe can be found on Allrecipes.com)

8.  Bay leaves

These are just some of the items I make sure I have stocked well in order to create enticing dishes for my family.

What are some of your must have pantry items?

 

 

 

 

 

What Has Happened to People in America?

Have you noticed the change in folks in America?    I am what you would call the “older” generation.  And I have noticed quite a bit of change in people.

There are too many folks who don’t want to take the time to learn something. They want it spoon fed to them or implanted in their brains.

There are too many folks out there crying, whining and boohooing, using their motos “I can’t” and  “I don’t know how”.

There are too many folks thinking they shouldn’t have to work for something they want.  They believe it should be handed to them on a silver platter.

There are too many folks taught from a young age by their parents, teachers, schools, little league, etc. that they don’t have to put forth any effort to win at something.  Why? because everyone will get a trophy just for showing up.

Folks who don’t let their children learn that things aren’t always fair;  that if someone wins, someone has to lose; that life is full of hard knocks, get up and try again; are doomed to have adult children that will feel they are entitled to whatever they want without putting forth any effort to obtain it.

Life is hard, people. Teach your children this.  You will be preparing them for a future they can handle and succeed in.

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The Cost of Medicine in America

First I am only relating what is/has happened to me.

I have high cholesterol.  I have tried diet to control it, but really didn’t put a lot of effort into it.  I exercise but knee problems prevent me from becoming the world’s next champion body builder, LOL!

Anyway, my doc has had me on several Statins to control my cholesterol and I relied heavily on them.  It required very little effort on my part, other than to swallow a pill.

But each time I am on a Statin, I end up with severe muscle pain.  So this recent visit resulted in a discussion about which would be better for me.  He decided to use Livalo, not as potent as the others, but far less side effects.

So I get to the pharmacy to pick up my meds.  First , they tell me they don’t carry it, but they  do check its cost for me.

$210.00 every friggin’ month as my co-pay!!!!!!!!

That is totally ABSURD!

Of course, I tell the pharmacist I cannot afford that…who can?.  Then I call my doc’s office and tell them the same thing.  I don’t know what he will order, but I know one thing……I’m sure going to change my ways….I plan to put forth more effort into losing weight and eating right.

I just might get lucky and not have to be on a Statin to lower my cholesterol.  I sure hope so.

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