Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Long Time!

So, once again, like the rest of my blog, it has been way to long since I posted here, but there is a reason.  I will keep this short since it sounds like it is time to put Missy down.

They are growing up.

Currently, there is no quilting going on.  I lost my room when youngest son graduated college and moved back home until he can get on his feet financially.  He is working on it, I will give him that.  At any rate, until I can get my sewing room back up and going (which will be when he moves out in a few months) I am not working on much of anything.  That was really starting to take a depressing toll on me so I pulled out some crochet projects.
Finished the spider-man afghan I have been working on for TWO years.  Not as big as I wanted, but I ran out of blue and can't find any to match.  I may have another skein in the storage unit, but have not felt up to tackling all those boxes.  Now that the summer has faded a bit and cooler temps are showing up, the goal is to start purging unwanted and anything not needed any more and then clean out and pack the storage up a bit cleaner.  I will be able to empty it out and get rid of that expense once my son moves out, his sister is going with him as well so I will have to empty rooms to work with.  One will be set up for my crafting, one will be set up for the grand babies to play and nap in.

I am having fun with the crochet once again, even though most of it is all in storage.  I have been working on some smaller projects.
 Boot cuffs for my oldest daughter.  She found the picture on Pinterest or Etsy and ask me if I could make her something similar.  I also just finished a cowl in matching yarn for her, just need to sew the buttons on.
 Making a stack of beanie hats for some school kids that our church is helping with.  They will be giving them away to each child in a few months.  They are easy and quick to make, plus uses up my scraps.
 Found this fabric for crocheting scarves and had to try it.  I LOVE IT. It works up easily and quickly.  Just be sure you don't drop a stitch with it because you will be starting all over from the beginning if you do.

 These are some scarves in Peach colored yarn, the color for uterine cancer.  A lady at church was recently diagnosed and wanted to give these out to ladies in treatment with her.  But, she doesn't crochet so she is buying yarn and a couple of us are crocheting them up for her.  The photo above is a pattern for awareness, can you see the little ribbon design?  However, after making this one I have decided that I do not like that pattern at all, or the worsted weight yarn for these scarves.  That pattern, in my opinion, is very unstable.  I found the lacy one shown, it works much better and used softer yarn.  I will be making more of them.  I hate the color orange and peach, especially the peach family as it reminds me of Bayer's Children's Aspirin that I had to take...a a child.

I fell in love with a variegated yarn called "Dakota" because it reminded me of native american jewelry and the south west that I love.  However, in beginning the pattern I had picked, it just started looking like a bunch of melted crayons or something.  This particular yarn has a very strange seemingly random color pattern to it and I think that is the problem.  So, on to plan B.

Now, this is a classic granny square that I ended up going with to make and afghan for myself.  Wow, like my quilting, have not made anything just for myself before.  At any rate, I fell in love with the variegated yarn in southwest colors, so just had to buy it.  That particular brand does not have a blue that matches it, so I got as close as I could for the centers.  Was able to match the cranberry.  Will connect them with a matching tan yarn.  Each square has a different look to it as well due to the strange variegation in the yarn.

That is for now, so guess until the house gets worked out I will use this for crocheting.  I have to say it is a more portable hobby. thankfully.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

She's Here.

The last few months have been totally crazy.  First of all, let me show off.
 My newest grand baby arrived.  Pink this time.  She was just hours old in this photo.
I am so happy, so thankful to God that everything turned out so well.  She was full term, healthy, and her mom is doing great as well.
Miss C arrived July 14, 2013 weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long.  She has lovely long fingers and long toes and a long little foot as well.  Not sure if the hair will be blonde or brown yet, but she has quite a bit.  After three grandsons, am so happy to have a grand daughter to dress up.

Life is still really busy around here with all the cleaning, remodeling and catching up I have to do from being sick and some dental work that went a little wrong.  We are soon to be heading out on our big vacation adventure as well.

I received my beautiful crazy quilt block back home today.  All the wonderful additions made to it each time it stopped to visit at some one's home for a few weeks are just beyond words.  I have it sealed up with some dryer sheets to get rid of the smoke, my asthma has just been so easily triggered lately.  Soon as I get back from our trip I will post a photo so all can see how lovely it is.

Got to go for now, so will be back in August and hopefully in full swing with all my sewing and crafting.  I have a list of projects to get cracking on before my daughter in law finishes her maternity leave and I will be back in day care mode.  Plus school starting back for daughter, Miss Zebra's senior year.  Wish me luck and check back in August.