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 imagine), but watching these hearings was like having a front row seat in a civics class with lessons on the division of the three branches of government, and the role of judges in general.  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.  Boring as all get out, but at the same time, fascinating to listen to.  They have been 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 a bookmark.   I'd recommend using something thinner than sport weight - like size 3 thread or even embroidery floss 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 I'm sure other things interrupted, too, 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.  


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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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15 comments:

  1. I think the emoji's appeared a few weeks ago along with the other changes. I love the bookmark and the doily is fabulous - what a lovely friend to gift it to you.

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    1. Well, I'm glad the emoji's weren't here all the time and I just hadn't noticed. I've often wished for a smiley face to add to a post. Now I've got that and more! Now I need to explore and see what other changes have been made...

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  2. Emojis?? Oh, I hadn't noticed. That bookmark is beautiful and so is your doily. You are right - they both herald the arrival of Spring.

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    1. Thanks! I'm ready for spring, that's for sure!

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  3. I think the bookmark is pretty awesome! Love the pinks!

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  4. What an extraordinary doily. It's so delicate and in a great pop of spring. Your new bookmark is fun. I like it. Thank you for your latest, sweet comments. I'm lucky to have this man in my life. He is amazing; last year he broke his foot, had surgery, had to deal with a small case of MRSA in one of the sutures, did PT on his own, and he is now running since his last August birhtday, from 5K's to 10K's. Our daughters are gifts, sometimes headaches, but entertaining for sure.

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  5. What a lovely bookmark, Becki. Those would make wonderful stocking stuffers, don't you think? I have a lot of readers in my family................I am gathering ideas for Christmas already. LOL What a fantastic gift to receive. That doily almost looks tatted, the thread is so fine.

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    1. Yes! Or Easter basket additions!

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  6. I love these! Those bookmarks would make cute curtain tie backs in bigger yarn.
    Jenn

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    1. Oh, they would! What a great idea, Jenn. Actually, I think made in this sport weight cotton, they're the perfect size for that.

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  7. I took you advice, and put a "subscribe by email" gadget on my side bar. You would think, after 10 years of blogging, I would know all the ins and outs of blogspot. Still learning as I go. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Marsha. Going now to subscribe. Even though you may not be doing YOP posts for a while, you're a more prolific poster now that you've injured your hand. I don't want to miss anything. lol

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  8. I was only able to watch bits and pieces of the hearing but I may take your suggestion and go back and revisit the entire process.
    I love your bookmark! I was thinking of gifts again so maybe I'll give it a try. I like yours in the yarn though....not sure thread would have that nice effect of depth that yours does...who cares if they can't close the book? LOL!!! Have a great week my friend! OH, and the pineapple doily is exquisite! That may be a little too much detail work for me but I can certainly admire her talent and patience and lucky you!

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