Vacation Knitting Plans

Sometimes you just really need to visit your mom and dad! That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling lately so Tom & I decided to do a super short notice trip to go see them. Yay! We leave tomorrow morning and we’ll be gone for a week. We’re staying one night in Horse Cave, KY, and touring Mammoth Cave. Then we’ll make our way on down to Meridian, MS to see my parents. That’s a total drive of 11 hours down and then 11 hours home. Not to mention all of the time we’re there visiting. That means lots and lots of knitting! I’m so excited to get away with my hubby and to visit my parents. It’ll be a super nice trip!

Of course the vacation knitting plans have all been decided too, lol. I am bringing three pairs of socks to hopefully finish and the beautiful Cheeseburger yarn from Artistic Yarn by Abi to hopefully cast on!! The Michigan socks are from Poste Yarn & I started them on October 24, 2015. The rainbow socks are from Leading Men Fiber Arts & I started them January 28, 2016. And the green socks are from Destination Yarn & I started them March 14, 2016. I’ve added a progress keeper on each of them to see how much I knit. The original plan was to finish all three pairs before I started the Cheeseburger socks. But now, lol, I’m thinking I may end up adjusting it to finishing one pair of socks before I start the Cheeseburger socks. We’ll see, lol!!

Here is my “before” picture…

vacation knitting

I’ll be sure to post an “after” picture when we get back home. Hopefully I get lots of knitting time on our trip! :)



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All About Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie

Have you ever had a project that you are literally completely & utterly addicted to? I sure do!! It’s Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie. I don’t want to knit on anything else. I used to be so addicted to knitting socks, and I probably will come back to them at some point, but right now all I can think about is Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie! Here is the latest picture….

sock yarn blankie

It’s amazing, right?!? I’m using the Knitted Patchwork Recipe on Ravelry but I did make a few modifications. First, I’m using a US 2.5 (3.0 mm) needle. I’m actually using two Signature double pointed needles and they are amazing! I think they might be part of why I love working on this project so much. Anyhow, I’m using a little bigger needle than called for in the pattern because I tend to knit tightly.

Also, I’m casting on 60 stitches for each square. I figure the larger squares will help Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie grow a little faster, which is good if I’d like to finish this before Ashley is 30 (she’s 23 now, lol!). I also thought that the larger squares would be a great way to showcase some of the 40 yard minis I get from various swapless swaps on my group, Sock Yarn Swappers.

By the way, if you’re working on a Sock Yarn Blankie and need more minis then I would totally suggest you check out the Sock Yarn Swappers group over on Ravelry. I have a TON of awesome swapless swaps posted currently, with lots of great ones in the works as well. You simply sign up for the dyers you are interested in, pay the fee, and then I make & send you the minis. It’s a great way to build your mini skein stash.

So anyhow, back to to the modifications I’m doing on Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie. The last modification is in regards to how I’m making the edges look, which makes picking up stitches so much easier.  Regardless of whether I’m knitting on a right side or a wrong side, I slip the first stitch as if to purl with the yarn in the front & I knit through the back loop on the last stitch. This creates a set of “v” looking stitches that run down the edges and are very easy to pick up.

Speaking of picking up stitches, in case you aren’t familiar with this particular pattern that is how you connect all the squares. Instead of having to stitch them together later, you simply pick up stitches from the previous square as you’re adding a new square. If you’re adding a square on the edge of the blanket then you also have to cast on a few stitches.

You might have noticed the stitch markers in the picture above. I’m using those as a way to track how many squares I make each month. At the end of the month (or when I remember, lol), I’ll count & remove the stitch markers and update my Ravelry page. Then I’ll start over for the next month.

Speaking of tracking my progress, I also created this page in my planner as a way of visually seeing how I’m progressing…

sock yarn blankie

Each month, when I update my Ravelry page I will also color in the number of squares I’ve completed. Once all the squares are colored in that means Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie is finished! I’m hoping to end up with it being about a full/double size blanket. As you can see, I have a total of 204 squares to make, lol!

If you’re addicted to a Sock Yarn Blankie like I am then I would love to hear about it! And if you haven’t started one then I would highly recommend that you do. It’s so much fun and so addictive. Plus, if you’re like me and you LOVE to start new projects this might be just the ticket. Every squares feels sorta like a new project since you’re using new yarn! Also, be sure check out my post about the Summer of Squares KAL that is going on as well! It’s loads of fun!



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Everything You Need To Consider For An Enjoyable Retirement

Retirement can seem like way into our future. But life goes more quickly than we expect. So, although it seems premature, it is worth considering your retirement as soon as you can. This is because the better prepared you are, the more enjoyable that stage of your life will be. So with that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the things you need to consider for an enjoyable and beneficial retirement.



Make plans

Making plans for your retirement should be a fun thing to do. It’s the one stage in your life when you are blessed with time. Something we don’t get much of when working fulltime and raising a family. This is the stage in your life when your kids are grown up and leading their own lives. So it’s a chance for you and your partner to get your lives back. So make plans for that. Take a moment to think about what you might do. Will you travel and see the world? Will you try and experience new and exciting things? A great way to record all of this down is to create a bucket list. Make a note of everything you want to do with life. That way you have something to go by when the time comes to start enjoying yourself and taking advantage of that time you have.

Consider where you live

The chances are you will have bought your home and settled some routes somewhere. When buying a property we think of all kinds of reasons to live there, but do you consider where you will live in retirement? Most of us fear this stage because we feel we may not be able to live in the home we love and adore. But that won’t necessarily be the case. Instead, in your retirement, think about making your home work for you. So just bear in mind that if the movement becomes difficult, or the stairs become a problem, there are ways to resolve the issue. You can consider installing a Lifestyle Home Elevator. So the point being that although it’s good to consider your home in retirement, remember that you can make those places work for you. No matter what your situation is. So just pick a home and a location that makes you happy.




Think about the financial situation

Finances can be a tricky subject. This is because, during everyday life we work, we pay bills, we save a little, and we live. Not many of us think about the financial situation we will have in our future. The earlier you think about this, the better position you will be in. This means considering investing in property, pensions, and savings. Thankfully most employers have a workplace pension scheme that you can pay into. But you can also consider a personal pension. Buying a property will always be a great investment for the future. It will allow you to release equity in lump sums which could fund your life and travels.

Finally, remember it is a brand new chapter in your life. So treat it like that. It’s the start of a new phase of exciting times and not something to be feared.


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