Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It has been a long time since I was here posting.  There has been a lot going on with mine and my husband's health.  We are trying our best to be able to stay in our home.   With help from family and friends, so far we are able to make it.  I stay busy with my hands or reading to try to stay sane. Ha!  I thought I would share some of the projects that have kept me busy.
This Shawl is Monarda Shawl from Sock Yarn Shawls II.  I knit it using Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted-fingering yarn-Seashell Tonal

This is a granny-square baby blanket done with Lion Brand Baby Soft Print.  The pattern for the rabbit is Mario the Artistic Rabbit by Jenna Krupar.

 Swedish Spring by Maria Monteka and knit with Knit Picks Stroll - Dove Heather

Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits and knitted with Red Heart yarn 

Adriafil Knit Col - Baby/Toddler Socks - Plymouth Yarn Co. - 0-6months - I used Jamie Yarn by Lion Brand - weight #3.

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu and I used Knit Picks fingering yarn to knit it.

Sock Yarn Shawl by Kay F. Jones and knitted with Knit Picks Stroll

The Baby Vertebrae, hat, and socks are knit using Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby Yarn.
Arrowhead by Maria Montzka -knit using Knit Pick Stroll -Seashell Fingering weight.
Sockhead Hat - Kelly McClure   Knit using Regia by Arne & Carolos
Clara by Karin Vestergaard Mathlesen - knih using Malabrigo Yarn - Viola
Mrs. Bakery Bear pattern by Kay F. Jones.  I knitted this for a very sick friend as a gift. I just used yarn I had in my stash.

The three above pictures are my first spinning attempts and project.  I used a drop spindle and spun the yarn and then plied it together, then soaked it, and then knit the little cat.  Not too bad for a first attempt.

This is my second attempt.  This time I knitted a coffee cup cozy with my yarn. 

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my projects.  They gave me a lot of hours to keep my mind off our problems.

Monday, May 25, 2015

April Showers brought May flowers

On a pretty day last week, I rode my motorized wheelchair around our yard and took some pictures.  We use to have many, many more flowers in the yard but had to get rid of them because of my husband's health.  He is having a difficult time now due to MS. I hope you enjoy the scenes around the yard.

Amaryllis that I had Christmas before last and we planted it in the yard.

A snake taking a sunbath outside my bedroom window.  We just left him there to take care of the  bugs.
Baby Doves

 The birds built a nest in my flowers over the front door.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Return from long absence....

Well, it has been a while since I have posted and a lot has gone on. We have been through cold and snow and poor health.  We are still hanging in here and truly blessed through it all.  I thought I would begin a post by showing scenes from our home during the month of April.

I hope you enjoy it and I will post more pictures later and also show you what I have been making.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sorry for the long time not posting...

Well, it has been a while.  My husband and I still have health issues but we take one day at a time and try to make the best of it.  It has been a busy and fast Spring and Summer--I wonder where all that time went.  Our son, daughter-in-law, and our grandson were here from California for a couple of weeks and that was so much fun.  Noah is now three and so cute and smart!  I am going to share some pictures from our place and what I have been doing.  I hope you enjoy.
This is a scene around our backyard patio and fence.

A baby blanket our daughter-in-law wanted crocheted for a friend's baby.  The mom
love cupcakes.
Our son wanted me to knit a Dr. Who baby blanket for a friend.  I had made my son
and the mom to be a Dr. Who scarf when they were in college and he thought she
would appreciate a Dr. Who blanket. After I finished this one and mailed it to California, our son 
said he sure would love a Dr. Who blanket.  I told him that I was glad he was old enough and 
ugly enough that he wants would not hurt him.  But, guess what, I am in the process of
making him a blanket, but doing it in squares.
The squares are all finished--I just have to sew them together and I hate the finishing of any
Hitchhiker scarf made with homespun yarn.
The socks on the left are the Mystik Spiral Socks and the pattern can be found on Ravelry.  The other socks are just a vanilla sock done with Knit Picks yarn.
This is knitted with yarn from Wild Hare Fiber Studios and the pattern is Zuzu Petals.  I did this for an autism awareness knit-a-long.

This is Mrs. Bakery Bear, the pattern can be found on Ravelry.  Our grandson and his friend took her to the park to ride on the rides.  I was entering the photo in a contest--it didn't win, but the kids had a great time.  I guess this is enough to show you for now.  I am still busy knitting some sweaters and hats for two cute little girls.  I also have our son's blanket to finish.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Catch up with a couple of months....

 I have not added to my blog in a while, but I have been keeping myself busy.  For a while, it seemed that all I was doing was going to the doctor.  I had hoped that my pre diabetes would not go to type2, but that was not to be for me.  I thought I was doing everything I could with exercise and eating right and my A1C gave a different result.  I am now on Metformin and having to do blood sugar checks.  It will all be okay, I just have to continue to work on my diet and move around as much as I can.
  I have been knitting, crocheting, reading, and everyday chores.  I thought I would take a few minutes to share a few things that have been happening in my life while I was not blogging.
  I have been watching knitting podcast on the internet and have really been enjoying watching the women from here and across the pond and all their beautiful projects.  I saw there was to be a Downton Abbey Mystery KAL--before each week's episode, we were given clues to watch for and then knit the pattern for that clue.  We could also choose beginner or intermediate pattern and that determined what your project would look like.  I bought my yarn and 40" circular needles and decided to do the intermediate pattern and cast on 200 stitches to begin.  Below, I will show you my finished shawl and my husband was kind enough to model it for me.
  I think, by the end of March, you will be able to download the complete pattern from Jimmie Bean Wool.  There were several corrections made to the pattern after it was posted and I am sure all that will be changed in the finished pattern.  I was so glad that I did a practice section of the pattern, with scrap yarn,  between two markers and errors were found and the designer changed them before I started knitting with my bought yarn.


   We have had a cold winter and this is a really pretty snow that we had around the middle of February.  This is a scene taken from our front porch.  Now, it is March and the weathermen are predicting more frozen precipitation for us this week.  I am ready for Spring.
   I finished a pair of socks for my husband while watching the live eagle cam that is on a nest in Decorah, Iowa.  The mom now has laid three eggs for this season--next is the hatching which should happen around the first of April.  There is also a live cam on a nest at Jordan Lake here in NC.  That mom has one egg and may have another one by tomorrow, March 3, 2014.
  I knitted our grandson this sweater for Christmas and then decided to knit one for his best friend, Mr. Raccoon.  Since a baby, this stuffed animal is his favorite.  Mr. Raccoon use to have to go every where, but now he has a special place to wait for our grandson to come back home.
   Friends are expecting their second little girl next month and I crocheted a granny square blanket for the baby.  I knitted a rabbit for big sister so she won't feel left out.
  Thanks for spending time with me..hope it won't be such a long time before posting again.