Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Knitted WIP Wednesday

I started another knitting project this week.  It is going to be a baby sweater.  The yarn is a kind of heather mauve/maroon that I purchased at Big Lots for a dollar a skein! I am using a pattern from a box of leaflets that I got in the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble, so I guess you could say I am being really thrifty with this project.  So far, I have finished the back side of the cardigan.  I am not really happy with the bodice part of the pattern, but I will see how the rest of it goes before I try it again...

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Granny a Day Week 7

Since finishing the baby blanket, I have gone back to crocheting granny squares from my BH&G Crocheting & Knitting book, using my stash.  However, I did make one special square that I found online for Valentine's Day.

Granny Heart Square

Diamond Circle Motif

Diamond Circle Motif

Violet Motif
Rose Motif

Diamond Square Motif (modified)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Award Update

Since my original post about this award, I have had two other blog friends pass this award on to me as well. Because of my limited time related to health issues, I am only going to follow two of the rules, # 2 and #3.

2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.

So, thank you Karisma (again), Tracey, and Mary.

Karisma was one of my first followers, when I discovered and posted on Tuesdays Tallies at Gingerbread Girl.  Like me, she crochets quite a bit, and enjoys taking pictures.  She lives in Australia, and maybe even lives in the same province as I did when I was there.  She blogs about her crocheting at Karisma's Kraft.

I "met" Tracey through Creative Every Day, and we are part of what I call a "mutual admiration society."  She also crochets and is participating in the Granny A Day 2012 project, like me.  She is also 40-something, and has a husband, two boys and a couple of pets. Her blog is called Whistle Stop Crochet 

The third person to pass on this award to me is Mary.  She is one of my newer followers, through my new Linky Follower button.  I haven't done much posting about this, but we share the love of cooking, and both deal every day with a chronic illness.  It is wonderful to find people that understand a little better what I go though.  Mary's primary blog is Go Ahead...Take A Bite.

And now, seven more random things about me.

1.  I have lived in 21 houses/places in my (almost) 48 years.
2.  I was late at becoming a mom, for the first time, at 32 years old (young?).  
3.  I married a man with two children (my bonus kids), and my daughter had her first child (a son) six months before I had my first, also a son.  My last grandchild (a granddaughter) was born 20 months after my last child (a daughter).  There is one other granddaughter in between.
4.  Before I had children, I was very active in community theater.
5.  I love to sing, but since I am a "working woman", I don't have the energy to participate in any choirs/groups like I did before Multiple Sclerosis.
6.  I write poems.  I post some of my poetry here, and some at Mlissabeth's Musings.  I also write small stones there, and if you click on the link above, it explains what they are.
7.  I am a foodie.  I love to cook, but don't do as much as I used to because of  a family of picky eaters and a lack of time.  But I still love to look at recipes online, and collect cookbooks.

Okay.  I wanted to share a little more, and acknowledge some good blog friends.  Mission accomplished.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Linky Follower Party and Blog Hop

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Many of you have probably already heard that GOOGLE Friend Connect will go away
on Feb 29 for any one that is not with blogspot, but rumor has it that it is being completely phased out for everyone soon.

However, there is good news!  There is a NEW awesome tool–Linky Followers.  It has so many amazing features (that GFC never had). If you have not signed up you should. (and yes you can have both.) I love the new tool so much and want everyone to enjoy all the new features.   Its super easy and FREE!

What better way to celebrate a fun new blogging tool than to have a party!

So break out your poodle skirt and saddle back shoes cuz’ we’re having a LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOP

1. you MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.
If the LINKY FOLLOWER tool is not on your site, your link will be deleted.
{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool to participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3.Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER–
just under that it says: 

WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? Go to to get the blog hop code.  You can grab the party button code in the FOOTER at Its So Very Cheri

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.
If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers–(see rule #2)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

An Early "Ta-Dah!"

The baby blanket is finished!  I didn't want to wait until Tuesday's Tallies to post.  I just love it.  I think it turned out so pretty, and I hope the person who receives it will be blessed in using it.  It will be going to my local children's mission project.

Linking to:
A Creative Harbor

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Apache Tears Redo

Two weeks ago, I shared the first twelve rows of the Apache Tears pattern I was using to make a prayer shawl.  The above photo shows what I had finished, so far.  My intention was to use a variegated rose yarn as the fourth stripe, and as the week went on, I did that, plus another repeat.  So I thought I would have 32 rows done,  but in the middle of the thirty-second row, I ran out of the variegated yarn!  When I was trying to decide what to do, I discovered that I had completely missed the fourth row.  Being the conscientious crafter, I had to frog all rows back to the third row, and, as long as I was there, I decided to add four more colors to the mix.  I am really happy I did that, and this is the result, so far.

Monday, February 6, 2012

GAD Tuesday's Tallies

So here is the latest on the Granny A Day/One a Day Rainbow Baby Blanket...32 squares, and 4 more to go, across the top.  It is getting so close, I should have a ta dah next week.  I am going to edge it in the traditional granny style of  3 dc, chain 1, and single crochet at the top.  I am getting really excited about finishing it.

You can see some more One a Day projects on Gingerbread Girl.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Patriotic Newborn Dress


Here is another dress for my chruch mission project.  I have been using up some left over yarn, and don't have enough to make it all one color, so I decided to make one red, white and blue.   I also crocheted the back button with the white.  Not all baby wear has to be pastels, right?

I will be linking to:


Magical Monday

Create with Joy

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

When I saw Karisma's comment on my last post, I was intrigued.  Someone thought well enough of my blog to give an award?  Well, thank you, Karisma!

And now I must pass it along, so here goes.

The rules:  (yes, there are six!)

1. Add the award to your blog.   
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5.  Award to 15 other bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

My entries:

#1--see above

#2--see above  (LOL)

#3--Random things
               a.  I like to take pictures of my family, and they don't like their pictures taken.
               b.  I write small stones.
               c.  My favorite foods are bananas, mushrooms, chocolate and peanuts.  Mushrooms
                    are not in combination with the others. :)
               d.  I was a bonus grandmother before I became a mother.
               e.  I met my husband singing in a church choir.
               f.  I graduated with my masters degree before my husband completed his bachelors degree,
                    but he is four years older than me.
               g.  I have always been a shy and sensitive person, but writing online and blogging have
                     helped with that.

#4--see above, again

#5  Awarding to these lovely friends:

#6  I am headed over to these blogs once I finish posting.

This was a good way to connect with several people today.  I am pleased I took the time to do this.  Congratulations to everyone, and thanks again, Karisma.