Monday, July 22, 2013

Working on my PhD... LOL

Time flies... the older I get, the faster time flies.  And for the last ten weeks, I HAVE been working on my PhD.  I have finished some projects, but I have started many that aren't quite finished... yet.  Oh they will be done, I just don't know when.  

I showed you the following two shawls in states of being made in my last post. They are both finished now.  The pattern has become a favorite of mine. 
 I also finished this baby blanket a few days ago.  

The following are in the process of being finished in the somewhat near future:

 Mermaid's tears bag - need to be lined and handles made.  

I was given 10 skeins of pink Homespun yarn to make blankets for Project Linus. Another PhD. 

Need to complete the border on this small blanket:

It's just too darn hot to hold blankets on my lap at this time of year. So I am trying to think of a small project that will finish quickly and not cause me heat distress. 

Thanks for stopping by. I will take more picture soon.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Distribution of my treasures

Sometimes it is really hard for me to let go of projects I have become attached to.  These last two weeks I have had to make decisions about what stays and what goes. The bottom line is that these items have been sitting around my house when they should have been given to those who really can use them.  

“SHOWERS ON WHEELS” (a Sacramento organization celebrating mothers and babies) is having a huge baby shower at the Immaculate Conception Parish on Saturday, June 1 . Any handmade baby items would be appreciated: blankets, booties, hats, bibs, sweaters, etc…  For this charity, I donated these two blankets and some infant hats.  I am hoping to get a couple more baby things done to donate. 

Project Linus gives all kinds of blankets to homeless/shelter children. I was so torn about giving my quilt-like crochet blanket that I designed.  However, in over a year, I have never used it. Someone else certainly could use it.  So I put my ego in check and donated it and 2 premee memory squares to Project Linus.  

 The last baby blanket went to Handmade Especially for You. This is a charity in Southern California that makes, collects and distributes comfort scarves to women in shelters.  "Handmade Especially for You is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit charity that organizes knitters and crocheters to make handmade comfort scarves for abused women. Most who receive our scarves have never before received a personal gift, much less a handmade gift. The directors of the 60 shelters through which we distribute our scarves tell us that the women who receive them are amazed that anyone has thought to give them anything. They are thrilled with our scarves and take them with them even when they leave the shelter. Receiving the scarf helps break the cycle of low self-esteem which allows them to accept abuse. It is amazing what one scarf can do."  Many women have babies that they must bring with them, so HEFY has been also asking for donations of baby blankets.  This blanket went to HEFY.  

So each blanket got a hug and was sent on its way to help comfort someone in need.  I am happy to do it... even though it may take me a while to actually "git 'er done."

Thanks for stopping by... have a wonderful day :D

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


AND I am all smiles....

The yarn: 
The reds (bright and not so bright), whites, blue and varigated are for my grandson's afghan.  I already had the navy blue.  After working many color combinations and patterns, I have decided on the following pattern and color combinations:

The navy works better in this pattern and there is not so much that my eyes will rebel.  I may or may not add the varigated around the outside edge. The squares are 12", so I may only need to make 20 of them. That will make the afghan 4' x 5'.  Now to get it finished before October. 

In my "box of Joy," I also found two prize possessions (for a crocheter, that is).  
These are lighted crochet hooks. I bought them for working on darker colors -- like that darn navy blue and, of course, black. 

The rest of the yarn will go into making squares for Charity Crochet Exchange.  I know I promised more information about that organization... perhaps tomorrow.  

I also got a bit daring in April and tried some new  patterns.  The one I like most is a shawlette.  One finished and one in process... 

I have no idea what I will do with them, but I always have a stash of finished projects.  

That's it for today... thanks for stopping by 

Saturday, April 27, 2013


This is so appropriate as I sit waiting for the mail-person to deliver a package of yarn and a couple new crochet hooks (lighted ones, at that). There is also yarn for my grandson Jacob's blanket.  I was going to make an American flag until a friend mentioned that it would remind her of the flag on her father's coffin at his funeral. That was enough to make me change my mind as Jacob is in the National Guard. When he graduates from high school, he will be in the Army.  Then I wanted to make him an "easy" wave blanket.

Isn't that pretty?  Well, I just could not get the "hang" of the  pattern.  So now it will either be striped OR I am thinking of making 12" squares in a log cabin pattern.  And, of course, I have several different shades of red, blue and white.  Did you ever notice how many different shades of white there are?

Oh... I am experiencing a problem leaving comments on other blogs. I have tried everything I can think of to rectify this with no success. Can anyone think of a reason this would happen?

So I am waiting for my box of goodies.  And I am experiencing a wee bit discomfort in my right hip and leg. Perhaps a flare-up of my sciatica? And that is why the wait for my package is so painful. I did take one of my pain pills which is having that calming, light-headed affect on me. So I guess it is time to sign off for now and thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Remember one of the early commercials for Shake and Bake chicken coating? The young girl with an obvious Southern accent? Sadly, I could only find the commercial with the two kids who exclaimed: And WE helped!    

Howerver, today I feel like that young girl in the commercial. Please follow the link to my friend's blog... With Hook In Hand 

I had my annual eye exam today and am a bit blurry-sighted at the moment. Maybe a nap will help.