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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

new earth toned comfy blanket story

Today, I am starting a new crochet project.....a journey, a story that I want to share with you. All three of you. LOL!!  I am calling it my 'new earth toned comfy blanket.  

I love looking back at what I have done in my past.  I looked at all of my crochet blogging, wondering if I posted them all on here over the years of my hit and miss blogging. Well, here they are!!

 (Due to the nature of this particular post, it is a looong one, sorry)


This contains the crochet projects of my past.  Not all of them, of coarse. I have been crocheting well before the days of blogging about them. I remember dreading going to school because I wanted to stay home and crochet some more.

Then there is Braveheart. Oh, how I crocheted, while nurturing our son, especially after his transplant and his long stay at the hospital. I have fond memories of teaching many a med student how to crochet. I believe at least one gal is still crocheting to this day. It took me a long time after Braveheart went to Heaven before I could pick it up again. I 'knew' in my heart, it was ok, and I knew B would understand and even smile about it with pleasure if he were here, but it was a mental thing. So tangible, like it was just not right. How could I pick this up without him??? I did. I am ready and at peace with it. Now, it is a good memory, like time spent with this dear one, missed so...ooooh, so much and each time I pick it up, I am spending a moment with him.

Crocheting always reminds me of our boy, as do birds. I love crocheting in my cozy little sitting room upstairs, with my feet up, the curtain open and all the little birds are chirping about. It is good.
 I took up crocheting during our many stays at the hospital. People donated their extra yarn they no longer wanted and I went to work making a 'crazy crochet blanket' for each child. I started with my oldest, knowing he was the first one nearing the 'leave the nest' stage of life. You can see those pictures from the posts above.

 For the 'crazy' project, I choose whichever colors I desired, to use for each blanket.  My second born and first born simply got a lovely mix of what looked good, since there were not many blues, (their favorite), but they still loved the earthy, guy colors.

  I knew, full well,  my third son, Ninja Boy, would desire a more red featured blanket, as it is his favorite color.

Then came my damsel, who received the girly, pink waves of candy like goodness.


 Then, there was the granny, crazy blanket....remember, all of this was the generous donations of people.

I, like many crocheters, love to have those 'easy, brainless' projects going. All of the above were simple single or double crochet stitiches. The kind that is relaxing, requires little thought, but exudes the pleasure of hooking stitches, getting all the benefits of creating something beautiful, while hanging with one's man or some similar endeavor. 

Now, like every winter, the fiber and crochet hooks call my name. This time, unlike times in the past, I will embark on a new that allowed me to pick out the very colors "I" like, by choice, completely, just for "ME"...for my taste, my earthy tone loving taste...oh, I am soooo excited!!

Now, here is my inspiration to whom I must give credit. Lucy at Attic 24. Although, I can safely say that I have likely been crocheting long before she ever picked it up, I found her blog back around the time B was first diagnosed, and so very much enjoyed her colorful, time consuming posts. It was always hit and miss with me, as I rarely have time to set and read blogs, but I tried a few fun projects that I likely would not have attempted without her inspiration. In addition, with all we were going through, I lost interest in crocheting for a bit and her blog, even if only once in a while. 
Well, I just so happen to check on her again, after a long absence and was please to see a new twist on a simple, brainless crochet blanket and I got all excited! I have never used so many colors, without it being a crazy blanket, of my own choosing, and this twist makes it a bit more interesting, although still easy. So, here's to a new twist on an old story for me. Thanks to Lucy and all the time she devoted to sharing it with me (us).  Wait until you see all of the color on her blog!!

Now, I will wet your appetite with pictures of the lovely colors that I have chosen. This blanket has been the most 'prep' I have ever done for a blanket. That is, thanks to Lucy. I will tell you more about that in my next post.

***THIS JUST and me and some of our friends, are joinging in, more locally, on this fun crochet story together, with the intention of working together in cyber fasion, sharing lots of good pictures and lots of fun awing and oowwing over all the fiber goodness. Do not be overwhelmed by Lucy's blog, I will show you what to do here as an America version. There are lots of choices.

You see, I love purples and I love earth tones...very much. I am very happy with this grouping of colors.
I hope to put better pictures here tomorrow.

So, for me, I decided NOT to order the yarn from the wool shop in England. (on Lucy's blog) I might someday, but this time I decided to go to my local craft store, where they had a lovely, set of acrylic yarn, on sale, very soft, with a large variety of juicy, good colors to choose from. These balls of yarn are twice the size needed in Lucy's pattern, but I knew I would use them anyway, plus, I am going to make a larger blanket than twin size.
As much as I would love to use a natural, wool fiber, it was not cost effective for me at this time, for this project. There are very lovely synthetic yarns out there nowadays.
So, be sure to go pick out your favorite colors, or use up your stash, or use less colors if you like, ok?
Stay tuned for more from this journey and encouragment on this project.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

wooly, wavy, crochet blanket

Merry Christmas to all from,


I was given this lovely, mostly wool, with knobby bits, crochet yarn, a couple years ago. I fiddled around with it some in the past, but never really made anything.  Eventually, like most winters, I start hankering for a mindless, hook sensational, crochet project. I was so happy hooking away at this. It turned out much better than I even suspected it would. I love the way it feels, the way it flows and falls so comfy on my lap, so soft and yet somewhat heavy.  I ended up falling in love with the soft, muted colors.

What do you think?

It was so easy, as every therapeutic, mindless crochet project should be.  

Here's the hook scoop:

Single crochet stich, J hook, chain across (don't remember number of stitches, so measure what you like) alternating non-equal stripes, for variety, leaving just enough to round out the edging with a lovely single, skip stitch. It turned out to be about baby blanket or lap size.

I love it, especially next to the Christmas tree.

Now, on to the next project for the rest of the winter.

Monday, December 22, 2014

christmas treats

Almond bark covered pretzels and peanuts. This is a tradition each year around here. It simply must be made. Everyone loves them. This year, I tried some peanut butter filled pretzels. It was an ok hit.

It's too easy to bother telling you, especially since you already know it, but here it goes...

Almond Bark, cheapest at Aldi, make a home made double boiler, then place bark in top pan, let melt slowly, dip goodies in bark, place on wax paper covered sheet pan, place outside for quick cooling if you like, then place on lovely little Christmas plate.

Watch them disappear!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

butter cream birthday girl!! #13

How did my baby get to be 13 years old?? My sweet, little Damsel girl. I love her so much.

Here is the picture I got of the cake, as I couldn't get it prior to digging in.

This batch was made with butter milk, which we quite liked, and a tradaitional, beautiful light blue tint to the frosting, that my girl requests frequently.

I am calling it Robin Egg Blue Frosting Delight

christmas baubles

Christmas Baubles

What do you all think? 

I may be getting the hang of it.


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.