Saturday, March 19, 2016

Thanks so much!

I've always said crafters are the best and it's only been reinforced since the advent of Ravelry.  I've gotten to become blog friends with Araignee and if you're not already reading her blog, you really should be. She posts everyday and like the best blogs she lets you see a little bit of her world.  She is also quite prolific.  She gets a lot done!  

A little while ago she asked if her readers would like to sample her soaps.  This was actually a second offering and I absolutely loved the first one, so I said yes.  I wish you could smell the contents of this package. It smells divine.  This time she also included a lotion bar, I can't wait to try it!

She recently started card making and enclosed the cutest card.

Thanks Araignee, I love it all!


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015!

And don't let the door knob hit you on your way out! This has been our most challenging year health wise since 2007. That year, I had my kidney transplant (2 hospitalizations), my mother had  multi-bypass heart surgery and my father died. I've spent so much time in hospitals this year, I can tell you which day the cafeteria has the best food, the days the best nurse/tech teams work, where to get the best parking at any time of the day, and where the short cuts through the hospital are located.

On the up side I did get more knitting and crocheting done than I'd realized. I got 40 hats done for our church's hat ministry. My goal was to get one hat done for each week since we started. We started meeting in April and we turned them in December 1.

I knit 2 Sundry's. I rarely knit or crochet anything twice because there are so many patterns I want to make but this one is fun and addicting.  I'm seriously considering a third. I have a Zauberball in shades of black and grey that I'd like to combine with red or black.

I wrote my first crochet pattern for sale, although it's not published yet. I hope to release it early next year.

I used my knitting machine to make 3 Rayures for my sisters for Christmas.  It's a fun pattern and takes very little time using the machine. All that stockinette by hand would have driven me crazy.  I used Michael's Loops and Threads Woolike. I love this yarn. It's size 1 with a generous 678 yards per skein. It an 85/15 acrylic-nylon blend and looks and feels like wool. It's also less than $3.00 per skein.  Each scarf uses very little yarn so I've got plans to make a few more.

I no longer work or teach at the shop and I miss it, but I doubt that in the near term life is going to ease up enough to allow me to return.

Tomorrow, I'll get pics up for this post.

Harold and I wish you a healthy Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Here's hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We celebrated last Saturday.  Our oldest daughter lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She was stateside for business, but had to be back in St. Thomas on the 24th.  There were 25 of us and this was our table, unfortunately, I didn't take an after photo.

 Of all the memories and photos of the last weekend, this one is my favorite.  The oldest is on the left.



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What a Summer!

     When I last posted, I was all set to participate in the Tour de Fleece.  That was the last spinning I've done.  I managed to mess up my back big time.  A pinched nerve that was supposed to result in surgery after PT didn't work.  Before I could schedule surgery Harold's back went out.  What was initially diagnosed as sciatica has subsequently been  diagnosed as osteomyelitis, a bone infection. The initial diagnosis was mid-July and he was finally hospitalized September 16.  He's still hospitalized and we hope to have him home next week.  I've put my surgery on hold until he's somewhat recovered, maybe the end of the year.

     All I can say is thank God for health insurance.  If not, we would be bankrupt.  All hospitals are not created equal and past performance is not always an indicator of current performance. Nuff said.

      There has been some very uninspired knitting going on.  I found that I'm really unable to concentrate enough to follow most written patterns, therefore the three sweaters I had on the needles at the beginning of summer are still on the needles. Strangely enough, I've been able to write patterns and have several crochet designs in the pipeline. The mind is a funny thing.  I've made several hats for charity, but I haven't taken pics of any of them.

     Over the winter, I paired up some stash yarn with patterns and put them aside for a planned road trip. The road trip never materialized but as we were preparing to leave for the emergency room I had the presence of mind to grab a bag.  I completed this Hitchhiker in 8 days.  It's the fastest I've ever knit anything. Hours of sitting in hospital rooms are ideal for knitting.  This was a completely mindless knit and occupied enough of my mind to keep me from going absolutely  batsh!@#$ crazy. I bought the yarn at MDSW years ago.  It's 100% silk noil, which is leftover after processing silk, resulting in short fibers.  I'm not sure how well this is going to wear.  It's not very tightly spun and the yarn pulled apart in two places as I was knitting.  But it's yarn out of the stash and if it makes it through the winter I'll be happy.

     Just in case you need another reason to knit shawls, they are a must for hospitals.  They keep you warm (there's always a draft!) and in a pinch can work as a pillow.

     That's it from this neck of the woods.



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