Wednesday, September 2, 2020

What is going on in my corner of the world...

  Here it is September 1st and it has been a wild few months since I last posted.  We have been living through a pandemic and my husband and I have been in lock down since the beginning of March 2020.  This virus had just started and we decided with our health conditions that we should not take any chances and stay in.  By mid March the whole country was put on lock down and who would have thought it would have lasted this long.  I have kept myself busy with crocheting, knitting, and reading when I have felt like it.  I have been having some issues with pain in my legs and going to bed seems to relieve it--I am not one to take meds if I can help it. 
  Below, I will share a couple of pictures from our yard as of today and also pictures of things I have finished.  Our yard use to be beautiful but my husband is not able to do all that work anymore.

This shows a large section of pompous grass at the end of our deck.  Out in the yard is an old birdhouse that our grandson, Stephen, built when he was a little boy.  There is not a lot of it left but I don't have the heart to have someone to remove it.  There is a large bunch of Autumn clematis to the right of it and some tall yellow flowers at the house.  

 I took this picture from the corner of the deck, as you can see.  To the left is ivy growing out of old flower pots.  In the background is Rose of Sharon and some yellow flowers.  There is a bird church there, but it is covered up with the growth of flowers.  The birds really do enjoy that area.

Now on to pictures of what I have been working on.

This pattern is Whispers in the Wind Socks by Crazy Sock Lady Designs.  The yarn is Knit Pick's Stroll, Tonal, in the colorway, Seashell. I used a size 1 needle.

This is pattern College Girl Hat by Erin Harris. The yarn is Bernat Chunky and I used a size one needle.  I knit this for our granddaughter who is a senior at OSU  in Stillwater, OK.

I didn't use a pattern for these--I cast on 64 stitches and knitted a basic sock using Premier wool-free fingering weight yarn in the colorway, Vegas Lights and size one needle. 

This is Ruffle Baby Vest by Kamgam. I knitted it using Hobbit Tivoli Print yarn in the colorway 102 using size 6 needles.

Simple Ridge & Eyelet Dishcloth by Lily Sugar'n Cream and Bernat Design Studio.
Hanging Dishtowel: Knit Hanging Kitchen Towels recipe by Dixie Schill

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave me a note please to let me know you were here.
Love, Marie

Monday, January 27, 2020

Back to say "hello"....

  It seems every time I post, that it has been such a long time and it has been.  A whole lot has gone on in our little corner of the world since the last time I posted.  
  My husband continues to have issues with his health.  Besides his MS, he now has a blood condition and is on chemotherapy pills for that.  These pills are very expensive and we have had a foundation that paid some on them but will not be continuing doing that.   We don't know what that is going to mean for him.  I am still on oxygen 24/7 and that will be continuing.  Our son-in-law has a scan done this week to see where his Mantle Cell Lymphoma stands.  It seems there is a lot of sickness all around us with friends and family.  We are trying to get up and make the best of each day.  My knitting, crocheting, and reading books helps.  I thought I would share some of those projects with you.

  This is a crocheted granny square pattern and I used Hobbii Tivoli Yarn that I purchased from Denmark.  It is such pretty yarn and easy to work with. It took 3 skeins. My husband wanted me to make it for the nurse at the cancer center.  He took it to her today and she was so excited and said that it made her day.  That really made me happy.  We always like to no that our work is appreciated. 

  This is another crocheted granny square baby blanket.  This is done with Knit Pick's Filici, in the Dove Heather and Cotton Candy colorway.  This was also a gift. Our son and his wife in California wanted it for a friend.  

  These socks were knitted for my husband.  The pattern is Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes.  I used Knit Pick's Filici in the steamer trunk colorway.

  These socks are for me. They are knitted using Knit Pick's Filici in the Jamboreo colorway. The pattern is Solar by Gill Slater.  Most of these patterns can be found on Ravelry. 

This is Canaletto Cowl by Megan Goodacre.  This pattern is on Ravelry.  I used Red Heart Soft yarn to knit this.  I made it for a Christmas gift.

  This is Toddler Hooded Cowl by Bethany Dearden. I did the cowl part different--I crocheted rows of hdc to make the band which is the cowl part.

  This is Serpentine Hat and Cowl by Premier Yarns Design Team.  I did not do the cowl.  I did this hat to be sold at our church festival to make money for missions.  I used Premier Yarns colorway Appalachic.  The pompom is made by wrapping yarn around two toilet paper rolls held side by side.

  I hope you enjoyed viewing what I have been knitting and crocheting.  I have also enjoy books.  I am so blessed that I can pick out books on line and the library brings them to me and picks them up when finished. Being able to order books, yarn, and groceries on line is such a wonderful blessing.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, April 14, 2019

What I have been up to....

  It has been a while since I posted.  At the end of April last year, I was in the hospital with heart and lung problems.  I came home with oxygen and am using it 24/7 for the remainder of my life.  I am doing okay with it and know that it is necessary for me to be able to breath.  I have not felt like getting to this PC to update my blog in a while, but decided tonight to try to post a few things that I have been working on.  I try to stay busy with my hands to give me something to do and it keeps my mind active--I don't know if that is working because I can't seem to remember "stuff".  Ha

  This is a crocheted baby blanket, Call the Midwife blanket by Rebecca Langford. I used a size 6 needle and King Cole Smarty yarn, 1475 Candy Ice colorway.

These cute little bunnies are knitted from the pattern Huggie Bunnies by Sandra Paul.  I used a size 8 knitting needle and scraps of yarn.  You can place a Cadbury egg inside of it. 

I made these two different sizes of hats and mittens to sale at our church for a mission project.  I used Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho, Red Heart Super Saver solid in white.  I used a size 5 and 7 needle.

Spring into Summer, Rompers and Jackets by OGE Knitwear Designs is the pattern.  I still need to get the buttons to have it finished.  Size 6 to 9 months and I used King Cole Smarty Yarn, 1475 Candy Ice colorway.
This little girls top is Entrechat by Lisa Chemery.  I used Knit Pick's Swish Worsted. I used the size needle the pattern called for but I don't remember.  Most of these patterns can by found on Ravelry.

  Thanks you so much for stopping by to see what I am up to.  I have some more things to post but this all I can manage tonight.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Well, here it is another year and another Spring.  My husband went out on his scooter this morning and took some pictures for me.

Carolina Jasmine

Rose of Sharon

Trumpet Vine

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

First signs of Spring around our home

I took these pictures about a month ago and now the azaleas are beginning to bloom--I will try to get out and upload some pictures of those in full bloom.

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.