Friday, October 17, 2014

Finished CAL

KHello my friends!  Happy Friday!

I finished the doily in the CAL with Pammy Sue over at Scotty's Place (on my sidebar.)  Mine turned out much smaller than most of them at only 16 inches in diameter.  I think it was supposed to be about 21 inches.  I crochet very tightly and I should have known to use a larger size hook.  Oh well, I like the size it turned out anyway.  The pattern wasn't a very easy one to read but once I figured out her writing style it did get easier.  I was tempted to do the entire rip out thing several times though.  :-)
It is pretty though isn't it?  I thought I was doing something wrong because of those ripples but all of the pictures I've seen of the completed CAL projects have the same ripples so that must be the way it's supposed to look.
And now some Piper pictures.  Here we were watching "Frozen" on Mandy's iPad.  She had just downloaded it and we were checking it out to see if it worked.  That's Polly cuddling with us.
We bought her some headphones on Wednesday so she can watch movies and listen to music on the plane.  Hopefully it will help with the 5 1/2 hour flight.  She's worn them a little bit since she got them so she will be used to them.  Look how serious she is.  :-)  She also loves listening to music on Mandy's Ipod and dances around.  That's hilarious to watch since we can't hear the music that she's dancing and singing to.
Are you ready for some Piper & Grandma selfies?  I let her push the buttons on my phone camera while we were sitting together reading a book.
Have I told you enough times just how much this Grandma loves this little girl?  I really don't like these pictures of me at all, but I love how it's obvious she loves me.  She runs up to me and gives me hugs and kisses all the time.  I wake up in the morning hearing her call, "Gama"!  What a sweet sound.

Now I'm making a pair of wristwarmers for Alex for Christmas.  He is a photographer in his spare time and snaps pictures constantly as he's traveling around Japan.  These will allow him to keep his hands warm while keeping his fingers free to take pictures or text!  I'm also going to make a set of wristwarmers and a cowl for his girlfriend.
I'm also planning to make Kyleigh and Caleb Wonderful Wallaby sweaters for Christmas but I won't make those until I get back home from D.C.  I should have plenty of time.  (I hope.)

Brad has bought our plane tickets to D.C. so it looks like we'll be leaving the end of October and I'll fly home on the 13th.  I admit to being a bit nervous because of all the things going on around the country and indeed the entire world right now.  However, I also know we can't live in a state of fear and must continue living our lives.  I'm in prayer constantly and if you are a believer I'm sure you are too.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I'll be back soon.

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26




  1. You are one very blessed grandma. I too am blessed but mine are all grown up. I love your doily I'm on row 32 so im almost there.
    We are blessed beyond our wonders from above.He loves us and cares about our every waking moment. Amen!

  2. It's so gorgeous, Betsy! Don't you just love it? Good for you for sticking with it and finishing! I know it wasn't easy. The pics of you and Piper are so sweet. I love the one where she has her arm wrapped around your head from the front. Aww!!

  3. Hi Betsy, bravo on finishing your doily and it is indeed a prize winner -- you should submit it to your county fair! I adored all the photos of you and Piper and like Pammy Sue, love the one of her with her arm around her face.. awww! I know you'll be okay on the plane.. but I'd be tempted to wear rubber gloves and a mask! Hope to see you soon.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Have seen ruffled doileys, Betsy, and think this one must be one of these, haven't made one but remember when doing one when younger it had a ruffled outside bit and ended up changing it cos didn't like it but I think yours is great..

    Tension with crotchet, etc may also be related to what is going on in our lives and you have lot of that at the mo...
    Love the pickies :D ...
    ... praying for you and coming times and for dear little Piper that she makes a safe trip across the states... and also for safety for you all God is with you all the way, for "He promises never to leave or forsake us" "Lo, I am with alway" and in all ways..
    .. and the verse in Proverbs I love for travel: "the horse is prepared against the day of battle but safety is of the LORD".
    hugs, and every blessing from our dear precious Saviour and Lord, Shaz in oz.x

  5. Hi Betsy, NO---we can't allow all of the 'bad' things going on around us to get us down. We HAVE to go on about our lives as normal as possible. Glad you are going to make your trip to DC.... My thoughts and prayers go with you!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the doily... I have several in my home --made my my mother and others in the family years ago. They mean so much to me. Yours is gorgeous and SO- detailed!!!! WOW--you are so talented.

    You are also a fantastic Gama..... I am Grammy to my grands... Love the pictures of you and that precious Piper. Adorable.


  6. Uh oh..where did my comment go? Love the doily Love the pics of you and Piper! Such devotion! I know you adore her as well.
    Have a nice weekend Betsy!
    xo Kris

  7. I love your doily its beautiful. I also love the photos of you and that darling granddaughter, its obvious you have a wonderful relationship. I am Granny to my grandchildren. There is nothing nicer than handcrafted gifts, made with love.

  8. Wow my dear friend Betsy you look so wonderful and so happy .... I just love your pictures and all the things you have been doing with cute little Piper . You are making so many wonderful memories and she is such a cutie !!!
    I miss you a lot ( just saw Gracie tonight at my house for knit nite ) hope you have a good and safe trip and I know God will protect you, Mandy and Piper. Lots of love to you my dear friend.

  9. Great work Betsy! What precious photos. You will have many people praying for all of your safety on that trip coming up soon.

  10. Well done on finishing your doily I still have quite a way to go with mine. :)

  11. Love those selfies and Piper is gorgeous not surprised you are all smiles!!!

    The doily is so dainty ...very fine!

    safe journey home!!!

    Amanda x

  12. The doily turned out great. I love to crochet, but I haven't mastered thread crochet yet. Good work!

  13. Aww such sweet photos of the two of you. :) I will keep you all in prayers that your flight there and back will be a safe one. These are indeed troubled times, but when two or more are gathered in His name...there truly is not anything that can not be done. Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

  14. I forgot to add, that your doily is awesome. I love it. You did such a great job. I am still hooking away. :)

  15. Sweet photos of you and your granddaughter.

  16. A wavy doily reminds me of old ones. Still have a few my mom had. You are a pretty gamma. Cute pics of u n Piper. I think of all that is happening and I wann retreat but we must not fear. Be still my soul, the Lord is on our side, wherever we go. Have a good trip and look forward to your posts. Blessings!

  17. Such sweet photos of you and your granddaughter, the love is obvious for all to see!

    I love your doily, I am still trying to find the correct weight of crochet cotton here in the UK, so I have plans to visit a couple of new yarn stores next week in the hope they can come up with the goods! I have a lovely Annie's Attic crochet doily booklet and cant wait to have a go!


  18. You look beautiful in those pictures with Piper, I love how she has her little arm up around your neck. I know you are going to miss her so much. The doily is gorgeous, I think all of them have been so beautiful.
    Hugs to you Betsy.

  19. Your doily is so pretty and those photos of you and Piper are adorable :) Hugs, Elisabeth

  20. Beautiful! I loved this post, Betsy, including your sweet photos with Piper. And that parting verse is definitely a declaration of faith for each of us every minute of every day. He is Faithful and True and Love!!! xx

  21. You did a beautiful job on the doilie. I love them and it's on "my list" to make one but I need to learn to read charts first as they all seem to be "charted" designs. Oh to be so loved by a grandchild or any child. Your pictures are great and aren't children the sweetest. By now you are home probably and I hope all went well and safely. Courage is being fearful but moving forward despite your fears so it sounds like you were courageous and full of faith! Good for you! You are now in my blog list so I will follow you regularly from now on...I promise! LOL!

  22. Love your blogs! Love the pics of you two, all I see is fun times and like you said-lots of love!