Sunday, April 15, 2018

Small things...

This was a quiet, yet profound, week with the burial service for my father-in-law on Thursday.    While his funeral service over a week ago was lovely, Bernie's burial brings a level of finality that we hadn't been able to experience until now.  While no one would have planned these two services to be separate (weather was in control of that), it actually made for a very personal and deeply meaningful graveside service having it on a separate day.  I hope you'll read the short post I wrote about it yesterday.

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While I'm continuing to crochet away on two Spicier Life blankets, they really don't look different enough to post a progress picture.   Maybe next week.

But I did squeeze in two smaller projects.  I'm hosting a CAL this week in the Our Happy CAL Place, and to fit into the theme "Kitchen & Bath" I found a pattern for this cute Turtle Washcloth:

What a fun washcloth for a child, or a kitchen in the woods, or even a potholder - if made doubled.  If doubled, I suggest only doubling the center shell part.  And then joining and finishing the turtle's legs, head and tail with a single layer of crochet.
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And then I decided to join in last week's CAL and made a bookmark (using this pattern for the stem):

 Using this pattern, sport weight cotton and a size G hook, the rose turned out crazy big.


But I sort of LOVE it!



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17 comments:

  1. I really love that book mark. Those would make lovely gifts to my reading friends and family. The turtle is cute and would be fun for children's bath time.

    I had insomnia last night so that is why my update beat yours ad Lucy's. I did go back to bed after it was written though LOL. We both have had a couple of very emotional weeks. Hopefully things will settle now for both of us.

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    1. They would make great gifts! I hope to make a few more for just that purpose. Hugs back to you, Marsha!

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  2. I sort of love it too! I can imagine you could work up a charming little bouquet of roses :) The variegation of the yarn you chose for the rose petals is just perfect!

    Interesting thought about doubling up the centre of the turtle's shell. I suppose you could even add a little something between to make it somewhat 3D. Fun!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! The color of the rose is actually two solid colors. It's just rimmed with the darker of the two colors. Someone in the CAL (linked to above) made a potholder out of the turtle pattern by doubling the shell. It turned out really cute!

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  3. The turtle is fabulous and I too love the rose bookmark. Therapeutic finishes, I hope you have a good week.

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  4. Thank you for the rose pattern! I've been looking for one for my friend's chemo hat! And that turtle is all kinds of cute!

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    1. I hope the rose pattern works for you, if you try it. It's a bit floppy and I found I it looked better when I used my yarn ends to tack the petals together more. An easy thing to do when sewing it onto a hat!

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  5. It's things like the turtle washcloth that make me want to learn crochet. And I probably should. I know some of the mechanics, I can do a single crochet chain around a neckband or something like that...but I don't really know much beyond that. ::sigh:: Someday, someday...

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    1. I feel the same about knitting. Only it's socks and sweaters that make me feel like I should apply myself more to learning how to knit. Someday... lol

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  6. You always work on such interesting projects and ones I have never seen before. I need to go visit your project page because I always love your version of everything and want to do it exactly the same! The turtle is so cute and what a great trivet too. I was thinking of bookmarks and had a pattern for a leaf one (which will be perfect for the grands) but I am really wanting to make that rose....so gorgeous and you couldn't lose your place or even your book with that one! LOL! I just now commented on your past posts. I have no idea how I missed it but I haven't been on the pc much this week...so sorry. Hugs ~ Sam

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    1. Actually, go check out the CAL (linked to above). Another crocheter (Lisa) made a much cuter one (and turned hers into a hotpad). If I didn't feel compelled right now to spend all my crocheting time on my Spicer Life Blanket, I'd be making another one - just like hers. :)

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  7. That bookmark is fun! I like how the rose is 3-D and sticks up and on top of a book.

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    1. I know! And that's what makes it so fun. :)

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  8. I love that rose bookmark! I think I might be forced (lol) to make at least one, or three.

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  9. Hi Becki :) Your post from yesterday gave quite a beautiful tribute to your father in law...he was quite a looker at age 26! :)

    Your turtle washcloth and rose bookmark are just wonderful! Great work! :)

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  10. Of course you love the bookmark because it is PERFECT!
    I am glad you are finding some peace and closure. May the spring bring you flowers and fond memories of your loved ones.

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