Monday, April 29, 2013

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's Spring!

Yes it is spring in Texas. So far we have had the typical spring rainstorms passing through. Day before yesterday we had a 79 degree day followed by a drop in temperature that night so that when we woke up the next day it was 34 degrees. Ah Texas, you gotta love her in the spring. By Saturday it should be 80 degrees. But today to my excitement I saw my first bluebonnets of the year. Yeah! They were in the grassy divider between the highway lanes. It was wonderful. Of course since I was driving I could not take a picture but I wanted to celebrate that they are now appearing. So here is a picture from two years ago. It won't be long until I am taking an updated picture just like this one.

Monday, April 8, 2013

All Done

The second scrap yarn rectangular afghan is finished. I am not sure why I am "into" granny squares right now but is seems an obsession, perhaps a distraction. My hands have been having arthritis issues lately and I have found that crocheting is easier on them than knitting. So here is a pix of the afghan. It is from a 1976 pattern leaflet by Leisure Arts. Of course when using scrap yarn you do not get a definite color pattern so I just went with what I liked till the yarn ran out. One change I made from the first rectangle afghan was I added a single crochet between the double crochet clusters along the sides. I felt the first afghan was a little tight between the stitches.

I love it. In the background so can see the original rectangle granny. Also in the picture on the chair is a granny square afghan my grandma made me in 1973. I treasure it and it has not had the rough treatment that the ones I have made have had. 2nd scrap afghan is 65"x55". One thing I like about this pattern is the length. Yes I know I can do that with granny squares but remember all those tie ends I had to take care of in the Daisy Afghan? I don't enjoy sewing. The border is again Bunny Mummy's Double V Edging. I really like it. It is just enough to look pretty doesn't overwhelm the afghan.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Finishing Up

I am finishing up the second retangular granny scrap yarn afghan. One problem, I like things balanced and when the afghan starts to get large the more yarn it takes. Here is what I have left over.

There was not enough in each of these balls to make a full row. So now these balls will get used for hats for the Knit A Cap project. Now it is time to hide the strings.

Fortunately there are far less strings to hide than in the Daisy afghan.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The New Healthcare Law and Chronic Illness

Check out the most recent post on . The title is Healthcare Coverage Change - Impact on a "Medically Vulnerable" Patient.