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Showing posts with label crocheting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crocheting. Show all posts

Monday, November 10, 2014

Time To Throw Another Blanket On

This is a very large afghan that I crocheted many years ago. It is not only large but also quite heavy and very cozy warm. It was made with an acrylic yarn and has held up nicely through quite a few launderings. Through the years I have used this pattern many times. It has just enough variation in the stitch pattern to make the crocheting interesting and not boring. Perhaps, it is time to make another similar afghan. I will have to take a look at my yarn. I know I do not have to buy any!!!


Now, how about a little Sleeping Trivia?


And, a little Food For Thought!



Take Care of Yourself and Others.

Mary 


Monday, March 31, 2014

What Is A Baby Cocoon? Do You Know?


When I first heard at the end of 2012 that "The Stork" was going to be visiting our family I was very surprised and thrilled. Oh my, where does the time go?  I wasn't blogging at that time so I thought I would blog at this time about the Cocoon. 

I got busy with my crochet hook and made a Cocoon. I had seen theses cozy little bundles in blog land and thought I could make one for the baby that would be gender flexible. So, I chose yarn that had both blue and pink. 

It was nice to give the mommy and daddy to-be something at Christmas time before any of the special baby events started happening. They were very surprised and appreciative.

 
So, here we go. The cocoon is just a big sack for the baby to slip in and usually there is a matching cap. Kind of like "Snug as a bug in a rug".
This is a Google Image showing you the idea.
The cocoon is used when the baby is a newborn and for a short time after, depending upon the size of the baby.
I placed a blue ribbon on one side and a pink ribbon on the other side so they could take off one of the colors when the baby was born. 

I do not have a picture of my Great Grandson in it. I'll have to ask if one was taken. And, I do not know if the cocoon was ever used.

I do know that from day one this baby boy was definitely going to be a boy-boy. There were a lot of sports team tiny baby clothes! The cocoon may have been too foo-foo like.

When a baby is born "these days" it's a very different world than when my babies were born 50 some years ago! Yes I sound old, but it's only a number?

None the less, all of the baby things are cute.







Thank you for letting me share these cute baby photos and "a cocoon" with you.


Come back and visit soon.

Mary 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Lunch For One And Some Crochet Time

Why not, have breakfast for Lunch? Are you one of those people who some times like to find a restaurant that serves "Breakfast All Day"? I know I am not the only one or they wouldn't serve it all day,


Well, my lunch was delicious with nice crusty french bread, thick sliced bacon and fresh eggs with golden yolks. Topped off with a nice glass of 100% orange juice.


Just look at those perfectly fried eggs with firm whites and yummy golden creamy yolks.  I did good, don't ya think?


And, now a little "hooking".


It is nice to return to some of the things that I enjoy so much. I love these spring colors for dishcloths. It always surprises me when someone is so happy to receive one or more of these dishcloths.


These colors just make me feel happy!


Thanks for stopping by. Take good care of yourself and others. OK.

Mary

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Activity Overload

Today is my Knitters and Hookers Day. I have so many things to do outside in the garden and I feel like I am going in circles. Not good. And, I also have many things that need to be done in the house. I better use the following words as my mantra throughout the day and stay calm.


And, maybe, intersperse it with a little laughter.




I am still working on the photos for my Yosemite vacation post. For some reason I have a lot of difficulty when working with a lot of photos for a post.

Must run. No - Must Slow Down.

Have a Great Day.



Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Knitters And Hookers

A couple years ago, I was actively involved in Charity Knitting with some of the women in the community and from my church. Actually, another woman and I started the group. We made many knitted or crocheted items for people in the community that were going through some difficult times or were in care facilities. Life seemed to get in the way of us continuing our scheduled gatherings. Some continued on with their craft and we always had handmade items available. So many times it seemed overwhelming how appreciative the recipients were when we presented them with a shawl, afghan, slippers or hat.

Well, once again we have started meeting together and will be meeting two times a month. We now have a name - Knitters And  Hookers. Let me tell you, when we announce our meeting in church, there always if a big laugh. Our church is a happy group! We, also have a new meeting place that is very accommodating and in a neutral location so all will feel welcome.
 

Quite awhile back I started knitting a Tasha Tudor Shawl but I was unhappy with the way the yarn was working out. It was Lion Homespun yarn and not a good choice for the project. So, I did a little frogging and now I am using the yarn for a plain triangular shawl. We tend to use large needles and heavy yarn for our charity knitting/crocheting. That way, we can make the items in less time.

I can't leave you without giving you a little laugh. Isn't she the greatest? Poor thing! I never have tried to dress a chicken. How about you?


Keep A Smile On Your Face.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Feel Stitchy

At least, that is what I am telling myself.


 
It's time to bring a little sunshine back into my life. Maybe these colorful coasters will help. They are so easy to make and I love making things for other people. Maybe, I will have a little give-away here on blogland. It would be a first for me. It has been so difficult getting into the mood to do any handwork. It seems as though I enjoy cooking at this time more than any stitchy sort of thing.

So, yesterday afternoon I put the big stockpot on with Corned Beef. It is so easy to make and I generally try to make it each year. Of course, I added carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage. I had to do it, especially, since my little town always has a big Irish Day celebration to honor its Irish heritage. The activities included a pancake breakfast, parade, street fair with lots of art and crafts and food vendors and music. The weather cleared enough so that it did not have to be canceled. But, it started raining again quite hard after the parade. I stayed home where it was warm and I could take better care of myself with the fireplace warning the house.

Mid afternoon yesterday, I looked out the window and much to my surprise this is what I saw.

 
The snow was coming down so fast and before long everything was very white. The St. Patrick's Day activities really snuck in between the weather systems of rain and snow. And, that was wonderful. When events have to be canceled at the last minute because of weather, I always feel badly for all the many volunteers who have provided many hours of hard work.

AND, when my doggie woke me up at 6:30 AM this morning it was snowing again and there was about three inches of snow which was another surprise to me.

I hope you have a Wonderful Sunday. I just may have a Ruben Sandwich some time today or tomorrow.


Sunday, March 04, 2012

Mindy Came To Play And Hookie Business

What a fun Saturday evening. Lily had a visitor and I had a "doggie sitting" job while the parents were out for the evening. The best descriptor for the evening would be PLAY, PLAY and some more PLAY.  Wow, would I ever like some of that energy and stamina. And - - - then they fell asleep. But - - - not for long! I am surprised I could get these photos because these two little girls can move fast.



Since I am way overdue to enjoy some "hookie business", it was time to retrieve my Stripey Blanket from the deep recesses of my craft room and "get to hookin"! Oh, was I ever feeling excited with all those bright colors draped across my lap just saying "hold me - hold me". So much joy in the fact that I was doing something again that I really enjoy and that I have missed for way to0 long.





I am not caring much for the borders that I have already tried, so I am going to take a another look at these books for ideas.



And, after the border or intermittently while I do the border, I must start weaving in all the ends! As you know it is a rather mindless activity that can seem like it goes on forever. But perhaps, that is good for me at this time of decompression from the recent past super challenges. 

I hope you are having a Fabulous Day.



Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm Getting Close

~ ~ ~ to finishing my crocheted Stripy Blanket that I started about six months ago.  I am in love with it! The feel of the soft wool (Cascade 220)  is so snugly and will be lovely on my bed this winter. I have really enjoyed working on this project even in the summertime because we really have not had very many days of high temperatures that can make working on a large wool afghan very undesirable. 


The colors have worked out nicely with my bedroom color scheme which is basically white furniture that I have pained and walls that I painted  in a cranberry faux finish.

I am showing you a photo of my headboard that I covered with some quilted upholstery fabric that has a beautiful cranberry color and highlights of slight green when you change your visual angle just slightly.  Several years ago, I picked up the headboard at a Goodwill store.





I ordered some border print fabric that I plan to make into pillowcases for the bed. I looked and looked for fabric that would work with my what I wanted to see in the bedroom. Since my shopping consisted of surfing the Internet I was pleased to find this floral border print.



 I found it a little difficult shopping for a border print that was large enough to have a good visual impact along with the vibrant colors of the blanket.  I can't wait to sew the pillowcases. But, I must finish the blanket first. And, that means weaving in all of the ends too!   Can you see flowers all across the width of the bed like they are growing along a garden pathway?



This is a companion fabric that I will use on the back side of the pillowcases. The fabric line is, Botanika Collection by Paula Prass for Michael Miller. 



And, this is another companion fabric that I purchased. I am sure I will have some fun deciding how I will use it. This little picture I found of a little pillow is sure cute!



 It's been fun showing you what I am planning. I hope you enjoyed it.

Today is my Birthday - - - - 72 years - - - - I can't believe it! 

Have a Wonderful Day and remember to Hug Someone!

Friday, July 08, 2011

I Got A Brand New Pair Of ~ Books

Do you ever get a song in your head and it won't leave for days? That is what is happening to me with the song "Brand New Key".  If you are one who remembers the early 70's, then you may recall ~ ~ ~ "I got a brand new pair of roller skates, you got a brand new key. I think that we should get together and try them out, to see . . . " Silly, how the brain won't let go of something like that!

Well, this is "my brand new pair of books". 

  
I have been interested in these books for quite some time and thought this was a good time to get them.  I have been having fun looking at all the different ways that I can do the borders on my Stripey Blanket. Stay tuned!

I hope you are having Fun on this Summer Day.



Thursday, July 07, 2011

Rolling Right Along

And, WHAT FUN I am having. This is the project that my thoughts go to in the evening when I watch television. It is so relaxing and rewarding to work on my crocheted Stripey Blanket. I am a multi-tasker and always have been. If I am watching TV,  I am not happy unless I am doing something else. Or course, many times I am not able to multi-task , especially when I am lying dowm on the sofa because of my back problems. I have found the resting of my back in that manner is very helpful.



I love the colors. 
I love the Cascade 220 wool yarn. 
I love the feel of the yarn. 
I love selecting the "next" color.
I love how it is progressing.
I love the size it is going to be when finished.

YES, I LOVE IT. 


It seems as though I just ordered yarn, but it is time again. You can see where the Raspberry color ends with a strand of yarn. That is where I ran out of that color of yarn. I am also short on a few other colors. I know the border will take a lot of yarn. Just not sure what colors I want to use. I am planning on making about three or four rows of border, each in a different color.  I try to order enough yarn so I do not have to pay for shipping. Every penny saved, helps!

With the very hot weather, I have the air conditioning on when I work on this project because it is way too hot to work on a big and somewhat heavy project like this without the cool air.  


Stay tuned for the next progress report.

Take Good Care Of Yourself Today.




Saturday, May 21, 2011

I Absolutely Love Sweet Peas

And, this time every year my neighbor brings me some from her garden at her primary home in the San Jose, CA area. I enjoy them so very much. 


Some time before Easter I started a Stripey Blanket with the Cascade 220 wool yarn that I had in my stash leftover from the Babette Blanket  (renamed "Fruit Punch" by me) which I crocheted in 2009. The sweet peas have so many of my favorite colors just like my new crochet project.



 


I will be posting more photos of the Stripey Blanket as I progress.  Before long I will have to order some additional yarn because I am planning on making it large enough to cover a queen size bed!.
The pain that I am experiencing in my back and left leg is persisting and I wear a back brace/support almost continuously during the day. If I am not wearing the support I am lying down with ice packs. I continue to do as much as possible. And, that includes going outside to the garden every day and working for at least one hour, sitting and pulling weeds, pruning and dead heading. The garden is so lovely at this time. Being outside in my garden is so good for my soul. It seems as though I am totally lost in my garden without a care in the world - - - until my back is to painful to continue, and then I know I must stop and go into the house.
I am looking forward to the next medical appointment with my Family Doctor this coming Friday. I have received a very limited report of the MRI results. Reportedly, I have a nerve impingement in the lumbar-sacral area. I am being referred to a neurologist and if need be, then to a surgeon. The part about the surgeon is the scary part. I have already had one back surgery for ruptured disc in my low back and additional "foot drop". That took place 19 years ago and it was partially successful. Primarily, the "foot drop" improved but pain has persisted through the years.  But, I am working hard at taking "one day at a time" and "living with my glass half full".  I have had so many incidents where I have been able to heal even though I did not have surgery as suggested. The last experience was with my right shoulder when I was being treated for a Rotator Cuff Tear.  I have little to no problem with the shoulder at this time and I did not have surgery. The body is truly miraculous in its ability to heal! 

I can't help myself - - - Just one more garden photo of a beautiful honeysuckle in bloom.



Until next time, I am wishing all of you some Joyous Days.

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014