Yarn Along 7/31/2013

I have been meaning to post on our island progress, but this week there just has not been any time.  I hope to find some time tonight!

So, quick post for yarn along!

IMG_20130731_100527_867I am working on a Bulky Blankie, using the Autumn Lace pattern and the yarn is Lion Brand Hometown in Houston Cream.  This has knit really fast and I am almost done!  I may have to get a few more balls of yarn to complete it though.

This week I’m reading High Fidelity, which is so much better than the book last week!  Atonement had 100 pages that just described three guys walking across France….boring!

Yarn Along 7/24/2013, Poor Man Pickles & FO

Yesterday I dug back into my stash and started on a new project!!!  This is a free pattern form Lion Brand: Autumn Lace.  I tried to connect to the yarn along today, but I keep getting Problem Loading Page 😦


So far I am liking it a lot, but I may have to buy more yarn to make get it to the right size.  I am using Lion Brand Hometown in the Houston Cream for this blanket.  I just got started yesterday and I am really surprised at how fast this knits and how soft this yarn is.  Love it so far!

I have not had much reading time this week, so I still stuck on Atonement.  The story is getting better, I just have to find some time to read!

And this week I finally get to make so poor man pickles!  I love these so much!!! it was my grandpa’s recipe and it calls for the dill flowers (not the leaves) so you can’t just buy the dill at the store 😦  But my mother in law had some dill invade her yard and was more than happy to give me some!!! So I made up three jars, and I hope I remember the recipe correctly.  The amount of salt is the critical part.  My mother thought it was 1 teaspoon for every cup of water, but when I tried that last time it was WAY to much salt.  That could be because I was using sea salt not table salt.  So I am cutting the salt in half and hope this works!




I also finished another Kitchen Sink Bag for  my sister Annie.  I am hoping she’ll let me know if the 100% cotton did it job.  The first bag I did for my self is to stretchy (more on THAT later!).  So for this bag, I also only cast on 60 stitches, nto the 76 the pattern calls for and double the number of rows for the mesh.  I think it looks great, now I just have to hope that it does not expand….






Now, I just have to shipping it out to her!

Outdoor Shower Progress

We started working on the outdoor shower (you can get pretty dirty on the island).

I know there are so many other projects I should start on, like the outhouse or the yurt/cabin.  But we choose to start with the shower because I felt like it was the easier project and I just need to see that we got at least on thing complete.

I was in Menard’s for hours on Saturday trying to everything we needed ordered, loaded, driven and then boated out to the location.  And it is still not complete.  The stones were very heavy; so we left those have to pick them up next week.  But we were able to get the basic structure complete this weekend- despite the unexpected rain! Yeah!!!




The structure consists of 4 premade cedar fence panels and 6 cedar 4×4 – 8’.


Everything was of course dog approved…


We dug the first hole, added the first post,


leveled it out,


then slowly filled the dirt back in and pounded it down.


Then we brought one of the panels over to determine where the next hole should go.  With two poles up, we attached the panels using clamps and 3” deck screws.


Repeat this until 3 panels are up.


The last panel, we cut the support in the back need so the panels were now in 5’ and a 3’ pieces and attach these )split them at 6 panels on one side and 10 on the other).



I love the look and the wonderful smell of the cedar and it was super easy to put up!  Next weekend, we hope to add the flooring, the benches, the shelves, hooks and the shower equipment (I hope we can get all of that done).

 For the shower equipment, we finally decided against the sun shower.  I have ordered a propane water heater + water pump + water filter so we can just pull water from the river for the shower.  This should be awesome! I like the sun showers, but you do have to fill them, lay them out in the sun, move theto your shower (before the sun starts going down) and then use them quick.

My original plans:

Primitive Shower Plans

Yarn Along – Summer Bag and Summer Reading

I kept coming across “yarn along” from other blogger I was following and finally took the time to see what it was.  What a great idea!  Post our work one Wednesday to keep you motivated to keep at you projects!!!  So here is my first “Yarn Along” post!

IMG_20130717_190051_035I am working on another Kitchen Sink Bag.  My sister say my first one on Facebook and wanted one.  I decided to switch yarns for this one.  The Lion Brand Cotton ease is so soft and has great colors, but the bag came out way to stretchy.  The first one was HUGE and won’t hold it’s shape….but it is still a great boat bag for towels etc.

So for this one, I am trying out the Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, it is 100% cotton instead of cotton and acrylic.  I am also making the bag a little smaller (cast on 60 not 76 stitches) in hopes that it will be a better size bag.

My other most recent bag (from old stash Lion Brand Cotton Ease) cam out pretty good.  For this one, I only cast on 50 and it is a prefect size for a market bag.  I did some how get the handle perpendicular to where it should of been, but it still looks great.





This week, I am reading Atonement.  It is starting to pick up, but the beginning of the book keep putting me to sleep.

Also today, I went to Lather and chopped off my super long hair…LOVE the results!!!!!
















Finally, the island update…

I have meant to post on the island for a LONG time, but just have not seemed to get a round to it.  Could be I was avoiding it because it was just so depressing.

This spring, it flooded…BAD there was 4 feet of water over the WHOLE island!!!  We did not leave much, but almost everything was destroyed.  The platform we had built (in hope of making a tree bog) was just high enough that everything there was untouched.  But our tent, chairs and some tools and the shed itself was destroyed.  And the picnic table and a large part of the dock were also washed away.  😦


But, the flooding this spring (and again more flooding this June/July) taught us a very good lesson before we built too much.  The west end of the island we were building on we had chosen because it was the open area (no tree cutting!).  But we found that there is really only one area of the island (the north end) that was not flooded this summer.  It is a little higher than the other areas.  Although there are many trees that we will have to cut to build here, it does have the best view and has the sandiest beach.  YEAH! (I’ll have to take a picture and post that!)

This last Wednesday was the first day that the flooding had gone down enough that we were able to stay on the island.   We were off for the week, so we headed out to get started on projects.

Project one: new picnic table and rebuild the dock. We got a picnic table kit, added some wood preserver with color.  Looks great.


Of course it had to be dog approved first….



The 12×4 piece of the dock floated away, so we had to replace it.  We also found that the water is much more shallow on the northeast end where we had to put the dock (there was only one spot that did not have to many fallen trees).  So in rebuilding we went with 2 8×4 pieces instead.  The end of the dock is still very shallow, so we may add more piece to the dock later.  We used a modification these plans for the dock.



The big 8×8 piece of the dock did survive, but it was up in the west side of the island in a lot of mud, that was NOT fun getting that piece back into the water to move it over to the new position.  A little muddy, but I like the results…



While putting in the dock, I also found some really cool, old railroad ties that I was able to use to make some great steps down to the dock.  (Sorry again, I need to take a picture and post).


Next project: an outdoor shower.  I have designed a really quick shower we are sure we can get up in one weekend, so we’ll do that project next.  I am using cedar-fencing panels so it should go up super fast!!!  For now, the shower will just be for solar camp showers (those plastic bags).

We used them before and they do get hot!  We may upgrade to a nice propane outdoor shower later, but we want to figure out the well first and see if we could pump water to the shower from there.

Here is a sneak peak at me design.

Primitive Shower PlansFor the benches, I am planning on using Ana White’s simple outdoor bench.

I think I will change the 1×4 legs to 2×4 and the 1x3s for support also to 2×4.  I want to be sure it is sturdy,

Long term goal is to get a yurt on high decks or a cabin on stilts put in.  We kind of envision…

island north end

I hope to update with the results when we finished project 2.


Finished not Frogged :)


Am I am so glad I did not frog it.  Instead, I bought one additional skein on the yarn and made the bag as long as it is wide 🙂

Now It has 4 extra large beach towels and has tones of room to spare.  This bag is going to be AWESOME for going out on the boat.




I also have started on bag #2, this one I made less wide and ignore the basketweave stitch in the round and went with the mesh all they way around.  Loving it so far.IMG_20130705_111637_984

Heading out to the island this afternoon.  Hope there is no more flooding….but more on that later!