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Monday, January 9, 2012

Good Morning Week!

AHHH!  I feel like I might be on the mend.  Finally!  My fever has been gone for an entire day now.  My spots have all started the first steps to disappearing.  I think the anti-viral medication the Dr. gave me was the turning point.  Hubby and I had a very lazy weekend, full of knitting, (for me), and movies on the television.

Just as we were falling asleep last night the phone rang.  We've learned not to panic when it rings after 10:00 p.m., it's usually Alex in Japan.  And it was.  He was calling to tell us all about the apartment he's found in Tokyo.  It's about a 15 minute walk to the university he'll be working at.  I was appalled at the price but he assures us that it's very reasonable for Tokyo.  He can see the Tokyo Tower, (Looks like the Eiffel Tower) from the street outside his door.  Now I have a fairly good idea of the part of town he's in since I've been to the tower a couple of times.  He begins his new job on February 1 and his emotions are torn.  He absolutely loves the people in northern Japan, but his girlfriend lives in Tokyo.  The jobs are in Tokyo.  You could just hear the excitement in his voice about new beginnings.

Here's a picture of Anri, (Alex's girlfriend), and me in September.
 And here's Alex, Anri and her dog during the same visit.

Now a few ta-da moments for you of different projects I managed to finish up while laying around all week.  Enjoy!  I also made 4 pink hats that I forgot to photograph.  These were boxed up this morning to send to the "Lil Troopers" charity.  It's a group that provides baby items for miliary families.  I just found this pattern and I love it.  A hat takes about 1 1/2 hours to knit so it's a fast, satisfying knit.  You can change the size just by adjusting your needle size.  Very easy.
 This will be a hat for our local hospital.  I was trying out a new crochet pattern and it looked huge so I tried it on a doll I have that is newborn size and it fits perfectly!
 This blanket is one I wasn't really happy with the end product, but too much work went into it for me to rip it out.  It was boxed up this morning too, for the ongoing baby shower at Pine Ridge Reservation, another charity group I'm in.  It's the feather and fan pattern.
 I think you'll be able to see the pattern better here.
There is another box to mail with two scarves and two hats for the "Outreach to Appalachia" charity group I'm in.  I forgot to take pictures of those items for you.

I finally finished the queen size crocheted blanket for the wedding shower I have later this month.  It seemed to take forever, but maybe that's because I was sick.  In actuality, it was only 9 days.
 A close up of one of the squares for you to see.  I love the pineapple detailing.
So apparentlybeing sick was a productive time for me!  Three boxes off to different charities and the wedding blanket done.  Now I can relax a bit and plan my next projects besides the ongoing baby hats.

I collect angels and my best friend gave me this one for my birthday last year.  She hangs on the wall right next to the bed.  Isn't she beautiful?
 And, of course, my Chloe baby.  She's been right next to me on the sofa the entire week.  How I love this dog.  She's such a great companion and so gentle.  She acts so shy when I take her picture!  Just like a girl!

I hope I'm well enough tomorrow to take all my boxes to the post office. I really want to beat the rate increase.  Now I need to get started on more hats for the local hospital.  My needles sure seem to keep busy. 

What are you up to today?  The sun is shining here.  How about where you live?  Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Blessings,

Betsy

3 comments:

  1. My husband and I are oooohhhhing and aaaahhhhing over the incredible amount of work that you have done this week! Wow!
    He said that maybe he should learn how to crochet so that he can make more things faster... Hmmm... Do I dare let him near my hooks??? Haha!
    I'm still working on a sweater for Etienne and also a scarf. I *never* work on two projects at once. I'm too loyal to each one. But I've got two. That's a first... Nathan found some great yarn for the scarf that I've wanted to do for over a year. I just had to cast on.
    Ps. the weather is still grey and overcast. It will be that way until the Bay freezes over and then everything will turn white! I can't wait!

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  2. What beautiful work, particularly love the queen size crocheted blanket. Chloe looks like a lovely friend.
    It was a nice day here today, the sun came out.
    I continued decluttering and took lots to the charity shops.
    Carol xx

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  3. Kaylana-Crocheting is MUCH faster for me than knitting. Maybe because I've been doing it for, *gasp*,almost 45 years!? I usually have a quick project that I can stick in my purse and a bigger one for at home work.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your sweater when it's completed. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

    Carol-Thank you so much for the nice compliment. Chloe is a fantastic dog. Hubby and I were just talking about that last night. We've had 3 dogs in our 33 years of married life and although they were all great dogs, she seems to be the most attached to the two of us.

    Now ladies, I have to admit, I did some stash raiding this morning and I'm planning to begin a granny blanket. Different size squares joined as I go. I'm sure this will take a looonnngg time with all the color changes! Don't expect any fast results here. :-)

    Blessings,


    Betsy

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