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Shawl Pictures

September 28, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I really like getting pedicures.  Most nail places around here are not unlike a greasy spoon.  You’re not sure of the food on your plate and you’re definitely not going to use their lavatory.

Happily, there is The Day Spa in Blades. Everything is fresh and clean and the ladies are just lovely and it’s just one mile from my house.

They are also very accommodating.

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Blue Scarf

September 21, 2018

This is a very nice scarf, alpaca and a bit of mohair.  I lost the label or, more likely, one of the cats carried it off.  It’s about eight feet long.  The mid-section is about a foot wider.  I just wish it wasn’t blue.  I left it on my glass head for a few months hoping I would warm up to it.  Never happened.  My  daughter said her attendant would like it.  She has to stay at the back of the bus which is colder than the front.  My daughter drives the school bus for the special needs kids.  She says she loves them all, but they can be a real handful.  I believe I need to make some gloves before it gets chilly.

Olive is Stoned

September 19, 2018

  Notice her eyes are half-open.  Also, she had a heck of a time getting up on the buffet.  Normally, it’s one perfect lunge with one perfect landing.  She is very graceful and she loves to pose.  A few weeks ago Sweetums finally finished assembling the patio chairs.  He had left the parts on a pillow on the settle with all the catnip toys.  Got that?  And now I’ve got one very happy cat.

I was trying to take a picture of the hat in Superman colors.  It is for my great-nephew who lives farther north.  Should I add ear flaps?

  

Physical Therapy

May 24, 2018

Going to PT three times a week is really cutting into my crafting.  I know it is good for me and I’m noticing a difference, but I can’t help think, I could have gotten so much accomplished by now.

Even though I really can’t stand it, I’ve decided to try organization.  I want a designated space for my serger.  I’ve found some great videos on serging and I am anxious to start.  The end of work table #2 would be nice, so that’s where I began.  I looked at the yarn that has been piling up.  It has gone from bad to worse since MD Sheep & Wool.  I got out some handled bags and printed up patterns.  Suddenly everything started to fall into place and I’m making some progress.

Here is little A’s quilt.  It was so much fun to make.  I switched a few things and added some birds and planes and elephant family to help to make it personal.  And the sun too.

 

Not Getting Things Accomplished

April 28, 2018

Lately, I’ve been trying to do everything without getting any sense of accomplishment.  Having physical therapy three times a week does not help.  At least this place is much nicer than the last one.  The walls are a soft taupe, not a hard bright yellow.  The place is well-lit without being bright.  There are windows.  It’s not noisy.  There is a television, but it’s not laud.  Compared to the clapping, stomping and singing at the other place, it’s down right quiet.  I still don’t see the joy of daytime TV.

I tried to install my old, old embroidery software.  I finally gave up after a couple of hours and removed everything. What can I say?  It was handy.  The better one was in the closet under a bunch of stuff.  I shouldn’t be so lazy.  So now I have to install again and input my personal information.  Ugh!

I’ve been watching serger tutorials and have cut out a knit dress.  I am anxious to start, but I have to complete the quilt label by next Thursday.  It’s hard to  be good and impossible to be orderly.

Then there is the baby sweater for little A.  The front and back are finished and I have started the sleeves.  I would like to finish that by Thursday also.

 

 

Another Reason to Knit

April 19, 2018

My brother called on my birthday.  My nephew and his wife’s baby was born the day before.  Drat!  He missed by one day.  I’m so very happy for the new parents and grandparents.  They have been waiting so long.  Now, I can make a proper label for his quilt.  And knit lots of stuff, of course.

  Baby socks from leftovers.  They probably won’t stay on his feet because it is silk and bamboo yarn.

  A boldly striped sweater that won’t fit until he’s two.  He will, however, be easy to find.

A don’t have much in the way of baby patterns, so I’ve been pouring through my books and magazines.  I can’t find what I have in mind, which doesn’t surprise me.  I may have to wing it, but some guidelines would be helpful.

 

Rain

March 7, 2018

 

I think it rained for 24 hours.  At least it wasn’t snow.  We would have had to change the dreaded appointment.  We had to go up to Harrington this morning and I drove through pouring rain the whole way.  Sweetums was a little anxious, but everything worked out.  We had omelets at IHOP on the way home.  We chatted and laughed and enjoyed the meal and the coffee.  He felt so much better.  I don’t know what he would do if I died first.  There is Uber, but he would probably suck it up and drive himself.  I wouldn’t want to be behind him.

I Was Away

February 15, 2018

How did this happen?  My daughter loves musicals and my son loves opera.  And I love both.  And them too.  I am one lucky Mother.

The Met simulcasts several operas every year on Saturday afternoons.  I could go to Lewes by myself, but it’s much more enjoyable with someone else.  This time, it was L’Elisir d’Amore, a romantic comedy by Donizetti. It was beautifully rendered.  We had a great time.

Two days later:  I’m still trying to catch up from this trip.  It seems everything takes too long.

On the way home, I stopped at Cloverhill Yarn.  I keep forgetting that they are open Mondays.  This has always been a great place to shop even though it have been through four owners, I think.

  Her is some of which I bought.  There are so many wonderful things to make in my new West books that I believe they would last me until I die.  Well.  Except for socks.  Maybe he’ll bring out a sock book.  The neon mini-skeins are going to be socks, of course.

  Olive is not certain she knows me.

 

 

Busy Week

September 5, 2017

Last week, I never seemed to have the time to write.  My daughter stopped by for a short visit.  She seems so very happy these days.  The last two years have been pretty hard for her.  It is so great to see those big brown eyes sparkle again.  Mothers worry.

My son came by on Friday.  He had been in Ocean City for the week.  He said he had a lot of fun.  He even went parasailing with a friend.  This really surprised me.  He is very near-sighted (like me before cataract surgery) and tends to be cautious.

  My new rug finally came and I love it and so does Don.  I also got a runner for the foyer.  Sweetums is so tickled with it,  he wants a small one for the back door.  I wonder how long it will take to get here.

  I am also making a dress.  I’ve been wanting to make this all Summer.  It’s supposed to be cooler the next several days.  Will I get a chance to wear this year?

Still Raining

April 25, 2017

Even though it was raining, Sweet Baby Rue had to check on the geese.  I didn’t think there was that much room in our little pump house.

At least he had enough sense to seek shelter.

I found backing for my Splendid Sampler.  The print is 104″ by 88″ and my quilt is 106.5 by 106.5 so I had to get the orange to add a border.

It was time for my machine to have a check-up.  It was getting a little laud.  Time to get out my embroidery machine and make a label.

The goose babies hatched early this year.  The warm winter was probably the cause. I don’t think I will ever tire watching them.

On the knitting front, I decided to try this mitten kit.  I liked not having to weave all the ends.  I didn’t like having to constantly watch where the colors changed and trying to adjust my tension.  They are knit on size 2 and I would have preferred size 0 or even 00 with this yarn.  My daughter said the little kids on her bus will get a kick out of them, so she was happy.  Isn’t it all that  really matters.  I also bought a sock kit that will quite different when finished.  There is no way that I am going to use size 2 needles for socks.