What to Knit next??

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What to Knit next??

That thought is always on my mind.  What to knit next?  If I don’t have an order ready to go on the needles or my crochet hook, what do I do.  I know you think that to, maybe not about knitting but about other things in life.  My life is planning, I like to know what is coming next.  Substituting is great, but knowing I have a job to go to 5 days a week, that is happiness!!

The Plan for now

Right now, I am working 5 days a week until May.  That is great for me.  Steady income.  I need that steady income.  Life needs income.  Wish it were not that way.  My Etsy site is income.  I love making for others, love their ideas about colors.  One of my favorites was the rainbow golf club covers.

It was great to not have 4 of the same colors to knit with.  Sometimes variety is great!!  I know this particular pattern well.  I have made a ton of these for sale and for gifts.  But I need more on my site.  That is always my problem, I have no idea what would sell that I could make.  What do you think, what could sell!  Let me know in the comments and if I can find a pattern, I can probably get permission to sell the finished  product.  Check out my website and see what is there and what is missing.

Family Life

So you know my family is very important to me.  I knit to make extra money to try and do fun things with my kids and as they turn into teenagers, that is getting more expensive. Much more expensive!  The free things we used to do they are not interested in anymore.

We have so many things to do in the Atlanta area and for my 2 kids, it will cost even more as I can’t get child prices anymore!! Even eating at church on Wednesday nights is almost 20 dollars for the 3 of us!!  So I am always looking for ways to make some extra money.

I know I could probably get a full-time job and work the 9-5 route, but then I miss out on doing things with them.  I miss being off on the summer breaks, the spring breaks.  So I find other things to do which is where my knitting and crochet come in.

It is always a great time when there are new movies coming out that I can share with my kids.  My son loves all the Star Wars movies, some more than others.  I love that since I am a sci-fi geek and love all those kind of movies.  He is also a history buff and we can share those kind of movies.

My daughter likes other things and now that she is becoming a teen, I am not sure what that is.  You know what that is like.  I keep talking to friends about middle school and how things are different but they are the same.  We joke about it but seriously, I have no idea sometimes what my daughter is thinking. I love her to death, and we share a love of knitting and crochet, but she has moved away from that and You Tube is her new thing.  I love it when she shares videos with me, cats are a favorite, but I always think, what would I have done if I had all this technology when I was growing up.  Probably watch this:

Knitting Along

As I type,  I am finishing up my slippers.  I will ship them on Saturday and I will post the finished product then.  Part of what I want to do is start adding to my Etsy Site.  I miss my cardigan but I will soon be back knitting that!!  You remember my cardigan:

My latest picture of my current knitting project.

In addition, I am considering of Easter stuff to add to my site, I found some really cute Easter baskets, then I am thinking of what to add for the summer.  Always looking.  If you have an idea, please comment below and let me know what you think!!

Ketogenic Diet

I will be talking about this diet occasionally as I will be restarting it shortly.  I had eaten this way in the summer and fall of 2017 and I felt fabulous.  No migraines, no joint pain, weight loss of 20 pounds until I fell off the wagon.  I am not a doctor but I know how I felt eating this way and it was not all that hard.  I found such wonderful recipes online, what a great resource.  So you might read here about my latest great recipe.  In addition I might link to one I think can be eaten by anyone even those not on this diet.

Well I am needing to attend to other things, so I will sign off for now!  As Always, Be Blessed!!


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The Flu, DNA, and Me!!

What a week it has been!!  I am sorry that it has been so long since I posted, my life has been crazy!  The Flu, DNA, and knitting have all come into play!

The Flu

As you all know, the Flu has been rampant all around and it is not any different in GA.  So many people have been down for the count and it has touched my life too!  On Superbowl Sunday my husband took our kids and went to a friend’s house to watch.  I was down with bronchitis, but I was up to knitting and watching the game.  Just saying Go Philly!!  They came home and all was well with the world.  Till the next day when one of the kids my kids were with were hit with the Flu.  Then a couple of days later the other kid got it.  Then strep hit that house.  So I am wiping down everything and spraying the furniture with Lysol!  

My first attempt at the adult slipper.

Too big for my foot!

With all that sickness it has become very rainy and dreary here, perfect time to knit but it also caused me a migraine that lasted 3 days.  Still dealing with it, but because of that I could not knit over the weekend and it was not good.  Remember I have the slippers to knit, and I am being paid for these so I am on a timeline.  Luckily I can get them out this coming weekend, I have already gotten started on another one.  This one in the picture was too wide and long, so I had to redo the pattern.  That happens a lot when I am redoing patterns.  Makes life a lot of fun!!  So I am halfway done with another one that is the correcting sizing for my order.  Thank God for the Olympics, I can knit to my heart’s content and cheer on our athletes!


Back at Christmas, my 14-year-old son who is big into geography, he won and went to the state competition last year for the National Geography Bee, really wanted to find out his where he came from.  So we got him a kit from Ancestry.com and sent it off.  Today we got the results and sadly he is our son!!

I’m Kidding!!!  We are actually kinda stoked from the results.  The coolest result is from the matches.  Now my Dad had an account so of course that was his #1 match but then there is this huge list of people who have similar DNA and are listed as cousins.  Alex and I decided to contact the first name on the list and JACKPOT!!

Turns out this is a cousin related to my Father-in-law and they live up in Massachusetts so in the summer when we go north, we have some new people to meet!!  It is amazing to me how connected we are in this world.  They have older kids but who know who else on the list of matches will be out there.  New adventures to be!!

Knitting Update

Well I am still working on the slippers as I stated above.  But I sneak in a few rows of my cardigan and I am so close to the separation of the sections.  I am going to work hard on the slippers to get them out of my hands so I can go back to the cardigan.  That is until the next order comes in.  I love getting orders as that helps me out, but I really want to finish my cardigan before Summer hits!!  It will be so pretty, love the color.  Here are some pictures just in case you missed my earlier updates on it.

I am so loving working on this project.  The yarn is yummy soft and the pattern is not too hard so I don’t have to think about it too much.  Makes me very happy to knit!!

Temperature Scarf

Well I have not had any time to work on the temperature scarf at all and if you want to work on it with me, click below and I will start sending out weekly updates on Sundays just like with the blog.

Not sure how to fit in this knitting, but I will.  Actually I might crochet this. I will use it as a relaxer for my hands.  Changing from knitting to crochet uses different motions and muscles and actually helps me to relax more.  As always, if you ever have knitting or crochet questions, you can always email me at cetrulson@knittingprettythings.com and I can try and help or if I can’t, I will find someone who can.  Until we meet again, Be Blessed!!

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The Human Touch!

February is one of those tricky months. You have left the hopefullness of Christmas behind and Valentine’s Day approaches. Now if you are in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is great for you. You have that human touch, that connection. Celebrate it to its fullest. Buy a gift or better yet make one. I have some ideas that are pretty quick to make in a prior post. Get someone to make something for you. Find something that is meaningful to that person. Candy, flowers, jewlery (except engagement rings) are ok but really think about that person.

We are Family

I have been married for 22 years years in October and the fondest memory was when my husband gave me the gift of time. He took the kids and let me have a free day to do what I wanted. See a movie, eat out, be away and feel like me again and not Mom. I love being Mom, it is the greatest joy in my life and those kids are my heart! Are they not the cutest things you have ever seen!! My babies are teens and tween and I cannot think of my life without them or my husband. I met my husband in 1990 and besides my siblings, he has been part of my life the longest. My human connection.

Don’t go for the same old thing!!

There are so many ways to show you care for someone. Give it some thought. What is that person’s passion? For me a gift card for knitting supplies or getting my nails done is the Bomb!! A movie and dinner is awesome too! Going on a famly outing to somewhere fun is also great, love doing things with my kids. Stone Mountain, museums, World of Coke, The GA Aquarium. Just fun things. That means more to me then flowers that die or a card that will be thrown away. (I can’t stand clutter) Really put some thought into it. That is why I love things that are hand crafted. I love making gifts that I give or when someone orders gifts from my Etsy Site. There is nothing more special and something that was made just for you.

My work in Progress

The other day I got an order from my Etsy Site. I am knitting some Adult sized ballet slippers. Very cute but I have to adapt the pattern. So not stress relieving. I made the first one and it is just too big. So I punt and start a new one. Once I get the sizing right I will write up the pattern so I have it. You can see this listing here. I have a hard time creating patterns but I can adapt patterns well. Unless the author has explicitly asked for the pattern not to be altered. Which happens. So I am creating these slippers and the sizing can be tricky. Made one and it was way too big. Luckily it does not take long to make one so I can play a bit.

Birthday celebration

My beautiful daughter turns 12 today. How did that happen? She is my amazing, creative, and funny child. She has ADHD and that has always been a bump but we are working with everyone to help her learn to live her life as normally as possible. With all the teen angst that middle school brings, it is tough but on day at a time. And knitting! Crochet! Something to relax my mind and hers. She taught herself to knit and crochet, she is amazing!

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Thank you for February but more Winter?

The ground hog came out today. Did not like Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction at all! So done with winter and January.  The cold weather is causing the Flu to become rampant and today as I type I am down.  Had a temperature over night, took Advil and now I feel better.  But still not 100%.  I want some chicken soup and sleep.  After I write this!!  But I am so happy it is February!!

Life is better since Tuesday

It was a rough week.  If you read the previous post, and a lot of you did, you know we had a major meltdown on my part.  My daughter is having problems in school and we need to get her 504 modified.  If you do not know what a 504 is, read this article.  It explains it much better than I could.  She has had one for the past few years and in elementary school it worked well, but that was in 1 classroom with 1 teacher.  Now that she is in middle school.  The multiple teachers and changing rooms is bringing out the worst in her executive function.  Or should I say the lack of it!!

Dear Daughter

My DD (dear daughter) cannot break apart tasks.  She see 1 big glob and drowns in it.  She gets frustrated, and feels like a pest if she asks for help.  Even though I tell her to ask, her teachers beg me to ask.  She acts like she is working but she cannot figure out how to start things.  Break it down.  Pull it apart.  Then she will come home and say she is working in class, which is what the teacher see.  She is not doing any work.  Then she does not turn in work and I find out too late with a zero posted for a grade.  So the 504 is being changed to have her work broken down and doled out in little bits.  Or that is my plan for it.

Great Resource I Found

 I have been searching for what I can do at home to help her learn how to break things down so she can handle things better.  I found the website Additude Magazine and it has been a lifesaver.  So much stuff on ADHD.  Found some Facebook groups.  Been reading and learning.

A Friend saves the Day

One of my neighbors and Facebook friends surprised me on Wednesday.  She had the same issues with her son and a book was recommended.

I started to read it, have not gotten through much, but I know it will help me understand my DD and hopefully be able to help her.   So armed with this and the 504 I hope this semester will be better for my daughter.  I almost forgot, we also took her out of the gifted science class, that was just way way too much for her to deal with.

The Cardigan

I have had some time to knit this week, not as much as I wanted to.  Here is the latest picture I have of the growth.  It is now at 8 inches from the lace to the top.  I need to do 9.5 so I will get that done tonight.  With SuperBowl Sunday tomorrow, I will get in a bunch of knitting, not rooting for either team but really want the New England to lose.  I hope to get the cardigan worked in sections tomorrow so I can start getting to the fun part, the fitted sleeve!!  That will have to be a post alone!

When I feel sick, I love to knit, so soothing and it helps me relax enough to sleep.  I cannot wait to knit right now.  But I have to finish this up for you all!!  That would not be nice to do!!

Temperature Scarf

In a previous post I talked about a knit/crochet along and I have decided to do a temperature scarf.  Your choice, you can either knit or crochet it.  There are a few places I have found it and I think I want to use this one.  It is a knit pattern.  Here is the crochet version.  Get the free pattern or if you want to support that crafter, buy the pattern.  Here is where I am getting the temperature for the dates.  You can look it up by your zip code.   I really want to see what you are doing!!  Please join my email list for weekly updates.  If you want to be part of this, I will set up a special email list.  Click below and join in on the fun!!






                                  In Conclusion for Today

I really hope that you join me on this.  It will be fun.  Since I am sick I was not able to get out to get some yarn to start my crochet version.  My plan is to get out on Monday afternoon after doing a field trip with my son.  I will write about that on Tuesday, it promises to be fun!  I do have a favor.  My son is in a lottery to get a into a Math and Technology High School here in GA.  GSMST.  The lottery happens Monday the 5th starting at 7:30.  Please pray for his number, 314, to be picked to make it in.  If you think of it, just add that in.  Anticipation as He really wants to go there as he wants to be either a quantum physicist,, or a photonics engineer.  Way beyond me but he loves Science!!

In conclusion, as always, Be Blessed!!

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Weekend Getaway

This weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I get to go away to a Girl Scout camp up in the Mountains in GA and be alone! No internet, no cellphone, no way for anyone to get in contact with me except to contact the Camp Ranger. A 3 day weekend that lets me recharge, meet other Girl Scout leaders and network, learn some new skills, and I get to teach. This year I am teaching how to crochet.

I love to crochet as much as I do knit, and to teach some leaders this relaxing skill so they can hopefully practice it and pass it on to their troops. There are 10 women that I will be teaching, one of which already has some experience but asked for help with some things.

I am so excited to do this. I got called this year to teach this class, I was not going to go this year but the leaders that run this asked if I could come and teach. Not having a lot of extra cash, I was able to get a scholarship and had cleared my weekend. Then I needed to set up what exactly I am teaching.

I am going with the thought that these women have no idea how to do this, so I am starting with the kinds of yarns, the kinds of crochet hooks, and then a basic chain and single crochet stitch to create a book mark. Then I will have them try to make a dishcloth square, just to get practice in.

I have a simple scarf pattern I got for free and I will try and help anyone that wants to start this scarf. That is my plan. I know that will not happen, but we shall see!! Had planned on giving them sheets, but we had a snow event here in Atlanta and I was not able to get out and get copies made.

I will try and do it in the morning, but my kids will be going to school late, a delay to the start of school, so I hope I can get that done early.

In past years, I have had a lot of classes and no free time. This time I decided I wanted a block of time for me, and I was going to give back by being a camp helper. I am so excited because I really want to get this cardigan done and quiet time to knit is just what I need. No Facebook or twitter or Pinterest to distract me, my phone can get FM radio so I will have music, and the campground is beautiful and peaceful, just what I need to recharge my batteries.

Here is the latest picture of the cardigan, I hope it is longer before I get home!! There is about 7 more inches before I start working on the left front, back, and right front sections.

Well I am going to sign off as I have a ton of things still to do before I leave in the early afternoon. As always, Be Blessed!!

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Knitting Saturday

Been working on the poncho, I hope it is done today. I have a Netflix series that I have binged in the last day, Travelers. It is a sci-fi series where people time travel back to our time to prevent the end of the world. They come back into people as the people die, so they just replace them. As they change things here, the future is changed but there is a group that tries and stops this. Really cool and sometimes mind twisting plots. I actually have to put down my work and concentrate on the plot because the time travel and future changing aspect sometimes blow my mind. The episode 17 minutes was awesome.

My blog is more than just my making things, it is my life too. As we get to the end of 2017, I am glad. It was a hard year and I am glad it is going.

I lost my dad in November.

In the back of my mind I knew my parents would die and go to heaven, but when it happens, your life shifts. Mom passed in 2012 on my daughter’s birthday. That was very hard as it was her 6th birthday and I did not tell her or her brother until 2 days later after her birthday party was over. I packed suitcases for them in secret and had to be strong and show nothing while I was in their presence. Luckily they both had school so I had hours to grieve without them around. This time they were older and very aware that he was sick and when Dad passed, I could grieve with them. My son was devastated, he loves his Opa so very much. We are still talking about him and being the holidays, truly mourn him. He is on my mind all day. Now I am an orphan and I feel very alone. Cutoff and a drift. I have my husband and kids and friends here in GA that anchor me beyond what they know, but my home in NY is gone and that anchor leaves me feeling adrift. While I knit I think about it. My link to my past is gone. I have to go on so I can be there for my husband and kids, my present and future, and I have God whom I have chosen to rest in and gain strength from Him. Every morning I wake and I thank God for today and ask that he help me get through the day. I wake wanting to just stay in bed and never be out. Cover my head and wait till I get called back to heaven to be with my heavenly father. To see my parents again. God tells me I need to get up. My kids need me, my husband needs me, so many people need me. I have a purpose, He has a plan still. I rest and go on with that knowledge and I get out of bed.

I want to create posts in the future to show you know to knit and crochet so you can know the peace it brings. I will make a separate page with posts on that. Be on the lookout! Be blessed today and I will post later to show you my knitting done today!


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