Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time is Just Flying By!

Things have been kind of busy since Mom's passing. The only thing changing though is my weight. I think I've gained five pounds since mom died. I can't seem to get enough to eat. I'm not really hungry so it's got to be just stress. Better cut it out or I will gain back (quickly) all the weight I lost five years ago. I've done really good to maintain my weight and then gained five pounds while mom was living here and another five following her death. Not a good plan, is it? Just keep eating? Nah. I think I'll crochet instead!!!!!

I finished a shawl for my nursing home charity. The weather will soon cool off a bit here and they always like having a little something to put over their shoulders. I never really got mom to wear a shawl but I did have a shrug that she liked to put on in the mornings while out watching the sun come up.

I didn't use a pattern, just made it up with granny stitches. I used KnitPicks Heather in, I think, the color Picnic (or something like that). It was really nice to work with and I think it will be light enough yet heavy enough to do the trick. I love working with KnitPicks Kettle yarns. They are SO SO nice.

I've also made some hats for the Ravelry group helping out "Operation Gratitude." It's a group that sends hats and scarves to those in the military. I also promised some to Hats for the Homeless in Phoenix so I gotta get busy now and get some more done. Hats are SO easy to do. You can pounds those out in no time without a pattern. Scarves are the same way but I get really bored doing them for some reason.

I have a bunch more completed and when I get ready to send them off I'll take a few more pictures.

I'm working on a shrug using the Kettle dyed KnitPicks yarn in autum colors. I had to order another skein and hope that will be enough to finish it off.

I really love the pattern and I think it's working up super nice. Need a new outfit to go with it for sure.

I also completed a "neck shawl." The pattern was on Ravelry and basically what they did was take a shawl pattern and only make it to about the shoulders and then connect in the back with stitches. I had to take it in (A LOT) and wouldn't do as many stitches from one side to the other next time. It's kind of a cute idea though and you wear it in front instead of over your shoulders.

I think that about catches me up. OH! Wait! I did help a lady in Germany with a pattern translation. She had done a fantastic job translating it but needed a bit of help with some of the English crochet terms. This is what the pattern looks like and I think it's kinda funky. The stitch pattern is really really pretty and I hope to make it soon using  Red Heart LusterSheen. I have three balls gifted me and that should be more than enough to make this. It's called Happy Patternmix Wrap.

Well, ya'll have a fantastic week. I'll have more to show you next week of fun crochet projects (and hopefully less of me. It's diet time!!).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Back to Crocheting (for Christmas Giving)

First I want to thank ALL of you for your kind comments concerning my mom's passing. So many times I have picked up my phone and looked to see if she has sent me a text or if I have missed a call from her -- or to call or text her.

Mom taught me to crochet and she enjoyed this activity right up until her illness. I have two pair of slippers in a drawer that she completed while here with us.

This is mom down on the floor at 90 years old with her great-grandson, Leland. When he came to the house after her passing he told me, "My tiny grandma died and went to heaven." It was so precious. When he saw me sitting quietly he came over and gave me a big hug and said, "Everythin' is goin' to be okay Aunt Bev." I called him over a little later for another hug and he said, "Why, we're not leavin'." ;-)

It feels kind of strange to have a crochet hook in my hand after going for a few weeks without doing anything. I have some lovely KnitPicks yarn that is in beautiful autumn shades. I think I'm going to make the Lace Bolero by Tina Barrett. The pattern is on Ravelry and also the site It's free!! I love it when I can find something I really like and it's FREE! Let's hope it's as easy as it looks.

I think I even have some beads that I can use for the sleeves and around the front of it. Might be a nice Christmas present for my DD (if it doesn't fit ME).

I'm way behind on a Year of Projects. I will plug along with my list but not try to get back in sync or caught up.I just want to sit back, relax and enjoy some crocheting. I want to make a bunch of hats to donate to an organization here in Arizona that provides hats for the homeless. They yarn/hat bomb them about town in Phoenix and anyone who needs one can take it. Isn't that a fun idea?

Once again, thank you everyone for your sweet words and kind thoughts. They mean everything to me.


Oh, on purpose I haven't been working on my mood scarf. I think I'll finish it off and use it as a double-twist cowl. I didn't want to have to start using black because of my black moods so didn't work on it at all. LOL!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Catch-up Time

The past few weeks have been spent in Idaho. My mom suddenly took ill and it was a rush to get there to help her. Unfortunately the illness caused her to weaken and she passed away. Mom would've been 91 in December. I thought for sure she'd make it to 100. She had been in pretty good shape. I don't know if you believe in the afterlife but I do and it brings me great comfort to think she's with my dad again.  Her own father passed away when she was only five so they too have had a fantastic reunion. It's hard to be sad when you know she is happy. I'm so glad I got to be there when she passed away. I will miss her.

Not a lot of crocheting accomplished but upon my return to Arizona I found two packages containing YARN. It cheered me up immensely. Yay!!!