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Friday, February 10, 2017

Another Friday

Hello my friends!  Another week has gone by.  Another week of sitting in my chair and crocheting/knitting.  I've been enjoying podcasts from crafters all over the world.  It's been a snowy, icy, windy, cold week here, so it has been good to be cozy at home.  My back is still very painful.  I'm not sure that's normal at this point so if there is no change over the weekend, Hubby is wanting me to call the doctor on Monday.  Would you please pray for a huge improvement over the weekend?

I have been busy though.  My hot pads were in a terrible, disgusting shape.  Stained and burnt.  (Don't ask!)  This week I thought, this is crazy.  I've made tons of these to give away, I need to make some for us.  So I chose my brightest cotton yarn that makes me happy and crocheted away.  Within a couple of  hours I had these.  They are SO easy and are a free pattern on Ravelry.  Just look up double thick crochet hot pads and they'll pop up.  The ones I had before I made over 20 years ago, so they last a long, long time and are completely machine washable/dryable.
I finished the "Wonderful Girl" socks.  Another free Ravelry pattern.  I did change the pattern a bit and put one cable up the outside of each sock.  I love these.  Knit Picks Tweed Fingering weight yarn.
I also finished the "Lala's Simple Shawl" and will be donating it to the local Veterans Home for the ladies there.  People seem to forget there are ladies in the VA Homes, and these are perfect around their shoulders.  I have donated many of these shawls and they are always received with gratitude.

The bottom photo shows the stitch pattern a bit closer.  These photos were before it was blocked since I'm not physically able to do that right now.
Another pair of socks have begun.  These are the "Petty Harbour" pattern again, which is fast becoming a favorite of mine.  Knit Picks "Gemstone" hand painted yarn. This photo was from last night.
Here they are this morning.  One heel turned and I'm working on the second.  I have a big sock yarn order that is supposed to arrive tomorrow.  It will have enough yarn to keep me busy all year. Possibly Christmas presents????
Two more pairs of mittens are done.
And four more baby hats.
I bought the pattern below on Ravelry yesterday.  I've only purchased two patterns online and both were from this lady.  She is amazing and a really nice lady too. Her "real" job is a physical therapist and she's been messaging me hints about my back ever since I hurt it.

This pattern uses up the ends of sock yarn skeins since you don't use an entire skein for a pair of socks.  I've started two blankets with my "mini" sock yarn skeins, but don't like either of them very much.  So I thought I would give this a try.  My colors are going to be different than hers because of my particular leftover colors, but the pattern itself is lovely.
Here's my view most of the time.  In my recliner knitting and watching podcasts. You can see a little of Chloe there on her bed on the floor.  She's never far away from me.  I love my Chloe girl!

For a change of pace.  Here's our youngest son Alex in the building he's rented for his business.  It's in Tawada, Aomori, Japan.  This room originally had 6 classrooms in it.  This week the construction guys tore out all of the walls. Yesterday we got a picture showing the green floor is all gone too!  His office will be in this building, (he lives in an apartment behind the building.)  The local museum is renting part of this space for display and a library.  Another young business person has rented office space from him too.  That's good, because he still has an apartment in Tokyo.  He spends about two weeks each month at each location since he still has several clients in Tokyo.  His heart is in northern Japan though, and he has many friends there.  He has lived there since he graduated with his Masters Degree at 19 and spent his summers teaching English in Aomori since he was 13.

Isn't he a good looking guy?  He's my baby, even if he is 28 years old now!  He's accomplished much in his young life.  He translates fluently in Japanese and Chinese and also teaches often.  We sure miss him.  He still finds time to FaceTime with us several times a week.
Here he is clearing a path from the business end of the building to the living quarters.  Did you think Japan is tropical?  They get more snow in Aomori on average than we do in Spokane!
And here's his Dad clearing our steps on the same day, only here in Spokane!  It has begun to warm up into the 30's this week though, so we're hoping for some melting.  Yesterday we had an ice storm that shut down most schools.  They don't close schools often here.  Yesterday was our first snow day in Spokane this school year and we have over 4 foot of snow in our yard!  That gives you some idea of how bad the roads were yesterday.  Hubby went to work though.  Nothing stops him.
I'm going to go back to my chair now.  I hope things are going well for you all.  I'm trying to read all of your blogs and stay up with all of your news.  Have a lovely week everyone!

"Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"  Philippians 4:4

Blessings,
Betsy














Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Friday

Hello my friends and HaPpY FeBrUaRy!   I'm excited for February because not only is it my birthday month, but it means spring is ever closer.  I'm still on recliner chair/bedrest for several more weeks so this again will be fairly short.  I can't seem to concentrate to finish projects so I have several in the works I'll show you.

First off, another Lala's Simple Shawl which is a free pattern on Ravelry. This is knit with Caron's Simply Soft yarn and will most likely be donated to a local nursing home.  They are great around the shoulders of the ladies in wheelchairs and are easily washed/dried.  I think I could make hundreds of these and not have enough for the demand.
I did manage to put out a few Valentine's decorations.  The Scandinavian crocheted hearts are Teresa's pattern, (on my sidebar).  She offers the pattern free on her blog.  You should hop on over and get it.  They're loads of fun to make. :-)
Three more baby hats and two pairs of mittens have made their way off the needles.
One sock done and another started.  I like this Knit Picks Stroll Tweed yarn. It's very soft yet has nylon in it to make them hardwearing.
Can you see the tiny cable going up the side of the sock?
It's snowing again today.
6+ inches predicted today and tonight.  I WILL NOT be shoveling it.
My birthday was Wednesday and I got this beautiful card from my Hubby.  I won't show you what he wrote inside, but let it be known that I adore this man more every day.  And that's saying something since I've been madly in love with him since I was 15 years old!
Friends brought me balloons!
Mandy, Brad and Piper sent me a candle that a former co-worker of Mandy's who lives in Lake Oswego, OR made.  She has a business, zcandlestudio.com and let me tell you, this candle is amazing!  It came wrapped and packaged in this sweet box and cord.
The little box is full of wooden matches!
My candle is lavender scented.  You can see the lavender leaves in the soy wax.  I love this!  I wish you could smell what I do!
Jenny and Neal gave me this sweet cast iron squirrel.  I'm not sure if he'll stay in our yard here at home or help guard the trailer at the lake this summer. :-)
Another friend gave me flowers and lots of cards have arrived.  Alex has face-timed from Japan almost every day this week and Mandy face-times with Piper every day.  Jamie called from Montana on my birthday, so this Mama was very happy after hearing from all of our kids.
Look at this cute photo bomber!  Mandy and Brad are getting ready to list their home for sale and move from the East coast, probably back to our hometown in Nebraska.  Mandy had taken down photos in the stairwell and touched up the paint.  She was taking this picture to send to Brad and Piper jumped into it completely unexpectedly.  Isn't she a doll?  I wish they were moving here, but Omaha is the next best thing since Brad's entire family is there and all of both Dennis' and my families are also there.  They will have lots of people around that love them and that makes me very happy.  Who knows?  Maybe we'll head back there after retirement.  You never know what life will bring.
I made a bunch of these hearts last year or the year before and have them scattered around the house.  I want to spread love everywhere, here, there, and all over the world.
And now, I have to go sit back in my recliner and out of this desk chair.  Have a lovely, lovely week my friends.  I hope you're all spreading LOVE everywhere you go.

"Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be Holy; without holiness no one will see the LORD."  Hebrews 12:14

And another caught my eye this week.

"Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools." Ecclesiastes 7:9

I pray for peace and love in all of our spirits during this month that we celebrate LOVE.

Blessings always my friend,
Betsy












Friday, January 27, 2017

Crack!

Hello Everyone.  This will be another very short post to bring you up to date on projects I've been working on.

Another doily for the gift closet is done.
Three more pair of mittens for the first graders.
Five baby hats for the newborns at the hospital.
A crocheted baby blanket "almost" done.  Just the last corner and a border.  This will go to the crisis nursery or the hospital.
I began a pair of socks with the yarn I won. It's pure wool and I broke out in a rash so I'm not sure I'll be able to finish them.  I may be ripping them out.
My valentines hearts from Teresa's pattern are hung on the island in the kitchen.
Miss Piper at a park just outside of D.C. yesterday.  It's based on the theme of the Wizard of Oz.  She had a great time there.
This morning she was busy making Valentine's cards.  I love this little girl.
Remember my ice fall?  I finally went to the doctor this week and found out that I did indeed fracture a vertebrae in my back.  No doing anything for at least another month and light duty for several months after that.  All from a 2 second ice fall.  I can't sit at this computer very long, so I'm going to close now.  I'll be thinking of all of you my friends.  I am getting lots of crochet/knit time in!  SIlver linings and all that!  Ha!

I'm sorry I still haven't been out anywhere to find out the name of the non-pilling yarn at Hobby Lobby.  I haven't forgotten.  As soon as I can drive and walk I'll find out for you. :-)

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?" Matthew 6:25

Blessings always,
Betsy