Monday, October 31, 2011

Cambridge Shawl

I have been working on Cambridge Shawl by Carol Sunday since the end of July. Yes, by now I should have finished it but a lot has happened. So I have been knitting hats for Knit-A-Cap because I can knit one of those in my sleep and they take no counting. The shawl pattern came off of the Ravelry group. Carol Sunday designed it to look like a shawl Kate Middleton, the Dutchess of Cambridge worn while grocery shopping. After a few false starts getting the correct count and twisted stitches I was coming along nicely. Moving and the hospital got in my way. I pulled it out again the other day and did a couple of rows. I am using yarn that has been in the stash for who knows how many years. It is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sport which has been discontinued. I think I got 10 skeins at a couple of dollars a skein. Yeah, too good to pass up. This yarn has tried to be many things and just never found it's calling until a few months ago I made my sister a shawl and hat. Then when I saw Cambridge I thought maybe it would work. I think it has found what it wants to be.

Yes, that is a lifeline 3/4 of the way up.

The ruffle.

Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Needlework From Years Gone By

When you are packing up and moving after 34 years in one house you come across things you have made in the past. Two samplers I did in the 70's. Yes, they don't have a frame right now. Yes again, I was just as picky about embroidery as I am about all my other needlecrafts.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happiness is a Box

Scout found this box today. She played in it all afternoon. Imagination in motion.

Monday, October 24, 2011


"The fog comes in on little cat feet." This is the first line of the poem The Fog by Carl Sandburg. I thought of it this morning when I opened the front door and was greeted by this...

Then there was more....

You could barely see in front of your car. It took until around noon before it all burned off.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Many Faces of Jo

We recently went to Sam's Club for some "stuff". Lately every time we go we have to have the hotdog combo . If you haven't had the Nathan's hot dogs there they are pretty yummy. I usually have my camera because you never know when there will be something to snap. Jo started making these funny faces and I had to take a pix of them.
Scout is apparently thinking what the heck is she doing.

What is going on in her mind?

Extreme closeup.

The girl of many faces. Gotta love it.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Party Ponchette

Back in the early summer before everything in the world started happening at once, I came across this pattern on the Caron yarn website. It is called Party Ponchette. I decided that I would make one for Jo since she was to start kindergarten this year. It is crocheted with a size I crochet hook and I used I Love This Yarn  worsted weight from Hobby Lobby. I cast on 88 stitches for  a 6-8yr size. I did it in hot yellow, Jo's favorite color and then added orange beads. It was very fast to crochet. Can you tell her favorite color is yellow?

When I finished Jo's I knew I could not give her one without giving Scout one too. So I used Vanna yarn in
blue, Scout's favorite color. I used white beads for the fringe trim. I made her's in the 2-4 yr size. As you can tell she sort of liked it but was not too thrilled with having her picture taken wearing it.

The pattern also has a 10-12 yr size. It is a very fast, easy and cute pattern. I think if you kept going you could make an adult size.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More Rheumatoid Arthritis Info

Yesterday I recommended Lene Andersen's blog . Today I am recommending another blog. . This is a great blog written from a guy's perspective but if you have RA or any type of arthritis we are all one family. RA Guy's blog has loads of info and resources. Check out the 60 Second Guide to RA. Good stuff.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

World Arthritis Day

Today is World Arthritis Day. There are many different types of arthritis that affect people in different ways. Check out Lene Andersen's blog . Good info here from someone who knows what she is talking about.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An Infusion is a Wonderful Thing

I had my Remicade infusion yesterday. It's a wonderful thing. With all the stress that has gone on since my last one I really needed this one. To say nothing of the fact that we finally got some rain here, 4 inches worth. Yeah rain. Felt that coming on. The temperature has dropped some to a more pleasant low 80's. The ragweed has been in full force so I have been sneezing and blowing my nose off for 2 weeks. But all in all the last infusion held up even with "the old man's" traumatic health issue, Matthew's surgery, and Joseph's move to a bigger house. Thanks to all who have gone before me and were in trials to help find a drug that is now allowing me to function pretty normally. Wow, an infusion is a wonderful thing.