Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The "I am finally going to be a grandmother" baby blanket

This is the baby blanket I am working on for "grandchild-on-the-way".


So, you really need to read the post after this before you look at these pictures. I am so excited to finally know how to do this.

Okay, so apparently they go on in the opposite order I was going for. Oh well.

I did it!!!!!

Okay, this is the picture of the sampler.

This is my sampler, still obviously a work in progress.

I'm back

Well, I am back. I had decided to give up on this blog thing, and lo and behold Lyda has inspired me to keep at it. I have fooled around and not put any pictures on but I am determined to learn how to do this.

I am currently working on a several things. The first is cross-stitch : Museum Celle Sampler 1926. I bought the pattern so many years ago at the Counting House at Pawley's Island. [I've been told that they first introduced cross-stitch in America in the late 60's or early 70's.] It is all in one color, so I work on the first half-cross when I am at home and can concentrate on counting. Then I cross them when I am out and about. I got a lot done when I flew to Minneapolis to see my son. I'll try for a picture when I finish writing.

Secondly - I am knitting a baby blanket for none other than MY FIRST GRANDCHILD!!!!! YAY!!!! I went out and bought the yarn as soon as I hung up the phone from hearing that my Jeni was expecting. It's a pretty pattern that I got online. It looks sort of 'cable-y' but is sooo easy.

Thirdly - a Halloween pattern. The truth is, I am ALWAYS working on a Halloween pattern. [I L-O-V-E Halloween decorations.] This is a Prairie Schooler Pattern, Pumpkin Patch.
Okay, so I am going to work on the pictures and see what happens.
Thanks Lyda, I read your blog daily and yaw'll always make me smile.


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth !

I have planned to have a quiet day. I thought I would have a lot of those during the summer, lots of time for stitching and knitting and quilting, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

I have been cleaning out and THROWING AWAY. My goal is to have in this house only what I need and to know exactly where everything is. Crafty people tend to be pack rats, so, being a crafter, I have soooooo muuuuuuch stuuuuuuff! My first thing tackled was my 'craft closet'.

I actually built the shelves - oh about 15 years ago - when I was stronger and more industrious. I took everything out and it's hard to believe that all of that stuff fit in that closet. Anyway, I am actually turning loose of stuff, well some stuff. With scrap booking, and painting, and cross-stitching, and sewing, and all of the stuff they require, plus seasonal decorations, AND all of the projects I have bought the stuff for and just not made yet, there's a lot of stuff.
So.....right now all of the stuff is in the music room, the closet is empty, and I am on the computer!

I also got rid of a lot of books. I tend to be a book buyer rather than a library patron, so I had a lot to get rid of. [When I was a library patron, I think I actually built the Greer branch with my fines!] I kept a lot of the black books, sans the covers, to set up my Christmas Village. DD is going to take the discarded ones back with her and sell them for me. [She and hubby will be coming through tomorrow on their way back to Louisville from Hilton Head.]

My mother will be 90 in August, Labor Day weekend actually. I am planning a party and trying to get the whole family together for a surprise party. [The whole family only consists of one living uncle and a bunch of cousins, and my children of course.] Not quite sure yet how I am going to pull that off, but that's my plan.

So, I really rambled on didn't I. Now I am going to - NOT work on the closet - but stitch!!

Keep stitching and smiling!

BTW I was going for a red, white, and blue look!