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A Blanket For Emily

Do you remember this from a post in November?  At that time my plan was to make a ripple blanket for myself, using Lucy’s pattern. I love the look of ripple crochet and once I correctly followed the directions (my first few attempts didn’t look very ripply — they just looked lumpy) found it very easy to do — without a lot of concentration — quite relaxing. I was looking forward to a colorful ripply blanket for me. 

But — after several attempts I found that I just didn’t like the ripple blanket that was supposed to be for me. I was choosing the color for each row randomly and even though I liked each of the colors separately, I didn’t like them once I put them together into ripples.  So —  after unraveling my ripples  — I started over and made a Granny Square  blanket for a little girl that I know. I was pleased with this blanket for Emily and I will make myself a ripple some other time.  Emily said that the blanket was  BEAUTIFUL : )  Of course you want to see some pictures of this beautiful blanket and of course I wouldn’t want to disappoint you — so here they are.

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I Hope You’ll Miss Me : )

If you have ever moved you know that is is very time consuming and can create a fair amount of stress. I haven’t actually moved to a new house, but I feel like I am putting in almost as much time as though I did and I am definitely feeling that stress. About a month ago hubby and I decided to sub-divide a part of our house for someone else to live in. The idea had been in the back of our minds since we first moved into this house. The house is larger than we really need now that there is only 2 of us (and the 2 cats of course). When we started I didn’t think it would be very much work — just consolidate the 2 bathrooms into one, move hubby’s office kind of stuff to a room upstairs, empty out 2 closets,  re-arrange the kitchen so that we can share it,  install a door on each side of the kitchen and put in a gravel path so that we can use the front door without having to walk through the grass. I often under-estimate how much work a project will be when I start — you would think I would remember from one project to the next, but for some reason I always forget.  To my amazement there was a LOT of stuff in those closets that had to find a new home which led to moving things around in other rooms and building shelves — it kinda feels like someone turned my house inside out. I have moved many times in the last 30 years so I am really quite good at organizing and packing things into boxes and making sure that everything is nicely labeled (sometimes even color-coded to what room boxes go into), but this has been very different — definitely NOT organized — actually quite hodgepodge.

You have probably noticed that my blogging in the last few weeks has been rather sporadic and not very creative — well now you know why. So, I am going to give myself a break for the next 2-3 weeks to work at getting my house back in order. My daughter is coming home from Illinois for Christmas and right now you can’t even get into the guest room, so I really need to focus and get things cleaned up and orderly. I  would much rather spend my time blogging and doing other creative things — but I really must be diciplined for a while and get my work done. I know that what we are doing is a good thing and I don’t regret it, but I definitely was clueless as to how much work it would be and to how long it would take.

So, I do hope you will miss me while I am gone — I plan to be back early in December — time seems to fly by so fast these days. I will leave you with a couple pictures of baby cuteness and two other things that I will tell you about when I get back : )

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For My Crocheting Friends

I couldn’t resist sharing this with you — enjoy and have a great day : )

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Hubby Has Something To Say

Yesterday hubby and I had an interesting conversation, after which he wrote what is todays post. The title he gave to his version of this story is STRING. I hope you enjoy reading something from his perspective — just for a little change — I will be back for the next post.

It was my day off and I had come back to bed to snuggle with Betty Anne. When I commented on how much I liked some of  her particular curves, she responded by saying that she didn’t understand what men found so pleasurable in them. My reply was that there’s no need to understand, just accept that as a man, I find pleasure in things that she as a woman can’t understand, just the same way that she finds pleasure in things that make no sense to me. Unsatisfied with the philisophical nature of the discussion, (which by the way was meant to be romantic) Betty Anne wanted a practical example.

I quickly remembered our vacation this summer. One day, we left our cottage to do some sightseeing. Now, the sights I was under the impression we were looking for were things like sandy beaches, rocky shores and beautiful landscapes. But on our journey, we found a little village. It should have taken no time to drive through. But there in the middle of Main Street, was this quaint little yarn store. There was no point in suggesting that this was not one of natures wonders. Betty Anne was drawn by the lure of what might be hidden inside  this little shop with such a cute name — The Purple Sock. So there I sat, parked at the curb, sweating in the sun, as my wife , with great pleasure disappeared behind the door. But, I as a loving husband expect these diversions.

However, my story does not end there. In that yarn shop my wife learned of  another, larger, more elaborate yarn store in Barrie. And though Barrie was not actually in the direction towards home, somehow Google Map was altered to include it in our route. We had had a wonderful vacation, and though a great deal of Betty Anne’s attention was given to blogging or crocheting, we loved being together. But now, looking forward to getting home, I found myself  lost in the city of  Barrie trying to find a yarn store. After what must have been an hour of driving around, we found the store. By this time I needed to use a bathroom so I went into the store with Betty Anne to find one. It was as I was coming out that it struck me. We had driven out of our way so that my wife could spend time in a store filled with string balls. There they were all around me stacked in piles, thrown in bins and placed in cubby holes all around the walls, in all kinds of colors and textures, but there was no doubt about it, they were all just string balls! That’s it?   How did I get tangled up in this?  And there, gazing, smiling, reaching, holding and longing to take these balls of string home is Betty Anne, the women I love.  Am I supposed to understand why these string balls give her pleasure?  It’s not going to happen. I just know  that they make her happy and I like it when she is happy. And she is not alone. All over the world through blogging she connects with others who also have this strange attraction. So, what’s a guy to do?

Now that you have read hubby’s story — I have a few things to add. I am sure that I told him that part of our sightseeing that day included stopping at The Purple Sock — it was the reason we drove in the direction that we did — I guess he just doesn’t remember. And driving through Barrie to get home was supposed to be a quicker way to get home than the back roads we usually take — how was I supposed to know that we would get lost or that there would be an accident on the highway that blocked up traffic? The moral of todays story is that husbands and wives don’t have to understand everything about each other in order to love each other — because after 30 years of marriage there are still things we don’t understand, but, we do love each other very much : )

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Baby Blue Blanket Is Finished

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Here is my finished Baby Blue Blanket. It doesn’t lay very flat — I think probably because I used the thicker fuzzy yarn for every third row — but once it is covering the baby you really won’t notice that it doesn’t lay flat. Actually, you probably won’t even notice the blanket at all — you will be so focused on the beautiful baby boy under the blanket : )

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You can’t tell that I doesn’t lay flat when it is all scrunched up.

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A close up to see the fuzzy blue yarn.

I am so looking forward to seeing the baby under my blanket : )

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First Grandchild : )

In April of this year our son and daughter-in-law popped in for a visit to give hubby and me some great news. They told us that we were going to be grandparents! I was excited, thrilled –estatic really. I have really been very much been  looking forward to being a grandmother.  I stayed in my seat, but inside I was jumping up and down. I am sure the neighbors must have heard my squeals of joy. For the next few days I was feeling all-a-flutter. I went shopping and oogled over baby clothes and other baby stuff, but resisted the urge to buy a cart full.

I needed to do  something  to make me feel like a Gramma. I thought about making a quilt, but decided that it would take too long.  So instead, I did this —

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Crocheting a baby blanket would give me the Gramma feeling I was looking for and wouldn’t take as long to make as a quilt ( I will make a quilt later though). I chose this yarn because it has always said ‘Baby’ to me and now I had a baby to use it for. I had it done in 2 weeks and gave it to my daughter-in-law for Mother’s Day.

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The white on the edge is a very soft, cuddly feeling yarn.

A few weeks later the ultrasound revealed a baby Boy. This time I rushed out and bought some blue yarn to make another blanket. This one is taking longer to complete because I am working on a number of projects at the same time — one of which was my daughters birthday blanket that I posted about earlier. I knew that I needed to crochet things other than baby blankets — one baby can use only so many blankets.

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It is not finished yet, but here it is so far. The pattern calls it a round blanket even though it really is an octagon with 8 sides. I am doing 3 rows with the plain blue and then one row with a thicker fuzzy blue to give it some texture. It is nice and soft which makes me happy — I like soft and cuddly — I am so looking forward to holding the soft and cuddly baby in his soft and cuddly blankets.

I really am enjoying my re-found interest in crocheting. I take something to work on where ever I go and quite miss the relaxation it gives me when I get too busy to crochet  for a few days.

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Birthday Blanket

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I crocheted this blanket in June/July  to give to my daughter for her birthday on August 17.  She helped choose the colors and watched it’s progress, but she had to wait until her birthday to actually get it. As it turned out I gave it to her a few days early — just as we were leaving her in her new apartment in Illinois. It was my way of leaving a little bit of me with her — I can give her a hug every time she snuggles up in her blanket.

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Here the blanket is in it’s new home. My daughter learned to crochet so she could make this cover for her footstool with some of the leftover yarn.

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