Sunday, March 26, 2017

More small stuff...

Except for knitting some simple dishcloths, I didn't do much with yarn this week.  But mindless knitting was perfect for following along to what degree I did with the Senate confirmation hearings on Judge Gorsuch.  What a great learning experience I have found the hearings to be.   I have a basic understanding of the function of the Supreme Court, and what a judge does  (as do most of us, I would assume), but these hearings are a real life civics lesson on the division of the three branches of government.  If you didn't watch any of it live, I suggest finding some videos on Youtube and not depend on the news outlets (conservative or liberal) to disseminate it into sound bites for their readers and listeners.  Boring as all get out, but at the same time, fascinating to listen to.  They are to me anyway.  😉  BTW, fellow Blogger bloggers... have we always had these emojis here on Blogger?   I just noticed them as I'm writing this post.  I find it hard to believe they were there all the time, but I guess I don't really know for sure.   

As the weekend approached I was reminded that I was to host this next week's CAL for Our Happy CAL Group on Ravelry.  It had totally slipped off my radar so I had to come up with something quick.  I found a perfect project in the Botanical Bookmark:

The pattern writer suggests DK weight yarn, but I used sport weight cotton (Omega Sinfonia) and I felt like the end result was a tad too thick for my liking for a bookmark.   I'd recommend using something thinner than sport weight - like size 3 thread or even embroidery thread for making this particular bookmark.

It is cute, though.  And speedy to whip up.  I may have taken nearly 2 hours total to make the one above, but I was going back and forth between the video tutorial and the Senate hearings, and probably other things, so I got slowed down a bit as I made mine.  If I'd made it from start to finish it might have only taken me an hour. Really, it's that easy.  


And then on Saturday, I got a lovely surprise in the mail:

Neetsey, a fellow moderator of Our Happy CAL group on Ravelry made me this beautiful doily. Just because!  I was bowled over by her generosity - and her mad doily crocheting skills.  I didn't get a close up of the beads, but every tip has a pretty bead and every tip of the pineapples has two beads crocheted on.  

It's a beautiful item for decorating with this spring and summer.  At the moment I have a glass bowl of colorful eggs sitting on it, but I need to get something else bright for sitting on it after Easter.  The light, kind of bright green seems to beg for something like fuschia, or orchid, or turquoise, or I don't know for sure...  but something bright and colorful to go with it, don't you think?

If you're reading this, Neetsey, thank you, again.  You're too sweet!


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring is in the air...

You know... I wasn't going to post anything today because I've been feeling puny all week.  Struck with a bad cold (again), I've been under the weather. Completely unproductive.  The week was a total wash.  Or so it seemed.  As the weekend approached I didn't feel like I had anything to write about or any pictures to share.

But then this afternoon I started to feel a little better.  The sun is shining and it's warming up a bit and I'm suddenly inspired to give a little peek  at something I've been working on for the last couple of months:

I've been making and building a stash of colorful, flowery 5-inch squares that will hopefully make it into a large colorful, flower-filled blanket someday.  I know it doesn't look like much for a couple months of work, but it's a project that's going on in the background, something mindless to pick up when nothing else suits.

Some of you may recognize the flower motif in the center as the Maybelle flower from the Maybelle Flower Square.  Well, the evolution of the squares above is a story I'll tell another time (along with the pattern I've come up with that will include credits where credits are due - which is nearly everywhere else than with me), but for now it will have to suffice to thank my friend Sandra (Sam) for pointing the pretty Maybelle Flower Square out to me.   I love the pretty, simple design - and now 18 squares into the total of 80 plus I'll need to finish a largish blanket, I'm happy to say I haven't even come close to tiring of it yet.

Here in central Indiana, with temperatures in the 50's today, and with the sun shining through wispy clouds, it is the very essence of spring time.  And spring it will be here in two more days! The magnolia blossoms that popped out too early on the tree in the front yard appear doomed from last week's snow and freezing temperatures.  But I'm now thinking of the tulips that will soon be blooming along the back of the house, and the day lilies that will shortly follow them, along with potted flowers I can't get planted soon enough.  Aaahhh!   Beautiful flowers will soon replace a tired, if mild, winter here.

Yes, spring is coming!  In nature and in our spirits.  While I don't observe Lent in a traditional sense, I am aware of this season of spiritual reflection and anticipation and I am thankful for a faith that parallels the promises of spring and new life it brings forth.  Whether or not we share any commonalities in our beliefs about spiritual things, we get to witness the same new life bursting forth each spring, and revel in the gift of hope that spring brings with it as we leave the days of winter behind.  And that gift of hope is glorious!

I do realize some of you are anticipating autumn right now and some others of you have wonderful climates nearly year round, but for those of us in that vast middle place across the globe, where the seasons are pronounced and often unpredictable, spring days are a real tonic for the spirit.  And mine is lifted in anticipation of it.

Wherever you live, I hope the coming week is a good one for you.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Moroccan Tiles

I finally finished my Moroccan Tile Blanket this past week!   

Made (almost) completely from stash yarn, this was a gratifying blanket to complete.  It's a real yarn hog, though, so it's pretty heavy.  Perfect for wrapping up in on a cold winter's night, for sure. The video tutorial (at the link above) was what I followed to make this blanket.  I don't even think I looked at the written pattern.  

I found the video tutorial pretty straight forward so I don't know that there's much to say about this blanket except that I love the colors and I'm just so happy I've finished it!   :^)

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