Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Annabel and Angus.....

Last week, I was checking mail and decided to look at a few crochet blogs. I found a new pattern that was shared on Annaboo's House blog for a Scottie dog. It was love at first sight!!! I grabbed some yarn from my stash and started at the very minute. But when my little doggie was done, I thought he needed a mommy. So I used a double strand of the same black yarn and went from a size 4.5mm crochet hook to a 8mm. For the red trim, I used a size 6mm hook. Since the batting showed through, I lined the inside of the dog on both sides with some black fabric. A little bit of ribbon found in one of my ribbons jars and my new little friends were born...

I was originally making the large one to send off to my little grand-niece for her birthday in June. She will be 2 years old. But I think my sweet little Angus (yep...I named him) needs his mommy Annabel since he is a wee little thing. I am going to make another dog for Abigail to love and keep all to herself.

Off now to grab that yarn and hook once again. I have been doing a good bit of handquilting but no finish yet to share. Soon I hope...

It has been a while between posts as I have been busy with Jos. He has surgery on his esophogus a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately that operation failed. They did  find out that he problem is mainly his muscles which is used to swallow. The surgeon stretched the muscle which is all he could do to temporarily help until we can discuss the possible next operation which is highly risky. We have a great deal of questions to ask first. And I have told Jos that no matter what he decides we will go through it together but I can change how we eat if needs be should he not want to take the risk of the operation. He is healing slowly from the first operation with good and bad days. His sense of taste is gone and that is bothering him most. He is a man who enjoys a good meal.

Once again, having my handwork to do is a wonderful form of therapy. I sat in the hospital crocheting with him watching me. I am very blessed to have my handwork.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nook Pocket

Last night, I decided I needed to crochet a pocket for my Nook (eReader). I had thrown it in my purse to read last Sunday on the way to a museum but thought it needs some soft protection from now on...

Love how it turned out!


Monday, April 8, 2013

March's giving.....

My two RAKs for March have been received and I can now share them with you. These are both projects that were also in my UFO challenge list for this year.

I found Matruska beads at a German Christmas market almost two years ago. This keychain was made for Susan who I thought it would have a special meaning for. She has two adopted boys (well they are actually becoming young men now) who are Russian born. I have enjoyed watching them grow up under her love and care.

Patricia shares my love of old fabrics, trims, laces, etc.. I made these lapkins from remnants I bought in Rebeauvillé, France at the Beauvillé factory. They made beautiful table linens which are very pricey. I bought some factory samples to sew some napkins. Each of the samples has been cut into various shapes. I decided to share some with friends and Patricia's are being called lapkins because of the oblong size fitting just right over your lap. I felt I wanted to do something more with them so I got out some yarn that matched and created simple crocheted napkin rings that are closed with vintage brass buttons.

I am busy making my April RAK gifts right now. It is so much fun to match a blogging friend to a gift each month. I am so happy people are enjoying being surprised with a gift but my tell you that the greatest gift is in the giving!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Autumn Infinity scarf.....

My latest finish...autumn infinity scarf crocheted over the Easter weekend. I fell in love with a pattern on Ravelry but found out the yarn indicated for pattern was no where near enough. No problem...I just turned it into an infinity scarf instead.