Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ambling Along at a Leisurely Pace


amble (verb)
:  to walk slowly in a free and relaxed way

Or, in this case, crochet.

:-)

I'm about 60 - 65% on the Bobble Diamond Afghan.  It looks the same, just a little longer.  I love the pattern, I just wish it would increase in size more quickly.  I'm working on it a little every day.

Where are those little fairy tale elves, that helped the shoe cobbler out, when you need them?


I'm hoping for a huge sense of satisfaction when this blanket is complete!

- - -

It was 11 degrees this morning and had warmed up to a balmy 20 ish degrees when I took "Blackie" out to do her "business".

She loves the snow and friskily gallops around the yard like a pony.

Please ignore the fact that she's in desperate need of a trip to the groomers.


The sun came out again today.

Hip-hip hooray!


It's so pretty glistening on the snow.


Not to mention the lift it puts in my step.

- - -

I started over on the new Jan Karon book.  I didn't get very far into it over Christmas, so just started it over.  The characters have a different feel from the earlier books in the series.  But, I'm not very far into the book and maybe that is how it starts out.  

Anyone else whose read it know what I mean?


Hope your "hump day" is a happy one,

Heather

Linking up with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good Morning Sunshine



"A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine."
Anne Bronte


Hello sunshine, I hope you'll stay for tea.

Hope your day is filled with sunshine, whether it's in the sky or in your heart,

Heather


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter in Ohio


The day started out sunny and the temperature reached 40.  

We tried to get outside while the sun was out...

but, it quickly hid behind the ever present clouds that dominate the sky this time of year. 


We took our walk anyway enjoying being together and tromping through the soggy meadow.  

There was a bite in the air with the wind whipping around, but it was refreshing and invigorating.  

We walked past this old Thorny Locust tree with barbed thorns as sharp as nails.



 Varying shades of gray and brown dot the landscape.  

Dried, curled leaves and fossilized bedrock in an old hedge row.


And when we got home, I was happy to see an earlier purchase of bright cheery candles and a ceramic granny apple on my kitchen counter.


There is beauty in the subtle shades of an Ohio winter...


But, it's nice to have vibrant colors to compensate for all the neutral.


Wishing you a balanced palette on this Saturday in January,

Heather


Friday, January 23, 2015

Chant Arabe


Dear son's new piano song for this week is called Chant Arabe.  It's a very melodramatic piece that blends flawlessly with the winter landscape.  


See what you think...


DS's piano instructor said the song was about a man traveling in the desert with no water, then he thinks he sees water, but alas, it's just a mirage.  

Winter is a desert in the absense of the sun.


Thin boney tree branches reaching for an empty sky.


A scenery nearly void of color.

Very Edger Allan Poe "ish", wouldn't you say?

:-)

On a less dramatic note and certainly a more cheery one, I made this motif last night:


It's my Winter Blooms motif from Crochet World's December 2011 issue.  

I'm going to go up a hook size.  I did this one with an "E" hook and sport weight cotton yarn.  


The motif is a series of cluster stitches.  Some are 4dc-tog, some are 2sc-tog.  I may do something a little different with the final round also.  We'll see.  
It was fun to get this out though and re-make it.  

I hope your weekend gets off to a great start!

Weight Watchers, grocery shopping and a new soup recipe are on my agenda for the weekend.

The stuff life is made of.

Toodles my friends,

Heather



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just Fool'n Around


Last summer, I bought this pretty cotton yarn with the intentions of making a solid colored blanket for the foot of my bed.  I was inspired by a beauty I saw on-line that was done in thread.  

Fast forward about 6 months and I'm finally getting around to playing with ideas for the coverlet.  We'll see; I'm still looking.  

P.S.  If anyone is interested in the motifs center, bottom center, or bottom left, they can be found in Robyn Chachula's book Crochet Stitches pg. 188 & 192 respectively.  The two in the upper right are a simple variation on a solid granny square.


The family sat down over the weekend and talked about what we would like to plant in our raised bed garden this spring.  

We've narrowed it down to Strawberries, Tomatoes, Corn, Summer Squash, Peppers, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Onions, Lettuce, and Potatoes.  Dear son wants to have a bed all his own to care for with some repeats.  

We may need to narrow it down a bit more.  I don't want it to be so overwhelming that no one wants to do it again next year.

:-)

It's been looking like rain the past several days.  I'd much rather have the cheery, white, reflective snow this time of year.  I know I'm in the minority, but it's the truth.  I have candles lit all through the house trying to brighten up the atmosphere.


Hubby has been feeling under the weather.  I think he's had a touch of the flu and his hives have been acting up.  He has chronic hives; stress, being sick, or certain foods can bring them on.  Once they start, it takes a while to get them back under control.  So, we've all just been lying low.  

I'm still working on the bobble diamond afghan and have made some decent progress on it.  This will be a record for the longest running work in progress for me.  Usually, I just rip out a work in progress if it doesn't hold my interest and set aside the yarn for something else.

I hope you are all doing well.  
I'm looking forward to spring, or snow, whichever comes first.

Blessings,

Heather

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Light, Long Division and a Work in Progress


The sun decided to come out today and we have beautiful illuminous light shining through the front windows.


The temperatures have warmed up to the 30's and the ice and snow are melting.


In the schoolroom, we are working our way through long division...

Dear son has learned all his major scales in piano...
and has now moved onto the minor scales.


After I finished up the baby blanket, I pulled out an old work in progress that has been hibernating and started working on it again.  
(Maybe this time I'll finish it?)


This week has been a bit stressful for me; my faith has been weak.  I've been putting too much focus on the negative and I need to turn that around. 

It's been said, identifying the problem is the first step.

:-)

I'm meeting an old friend for coffee on Saturday and am looking forward to seeing her.  

How has your week been?  
What projects are you working on?

I hope the sun is shining on you wherever you may be.

Hugs,
Heather

My favorite verse has come in handy this week:

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bedtime Blankie


Read me another story?

(This was one of my son's favorite books as a baby and I loved reading it to him.  Sweet memories.  My husband keeps trying to put it in a box for Goodwill and I keep pulling it out.)

I finished the baby blanket I made for this Sunday's donation.  I was hoping to complete two, but I'm not going to be able to.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in White and Orchid for the border.  I did a simple alternating drop stitch for interest and contrast.  I think the little loops around the edge add a girly touch.


I was hoping to post the pattern when I finished this blanket, but that will have to wait.  I'll post the pattern in full once I have time to write up a border.  I like to experiment with different borders and while I think this turned out sweet, my favorite so far for this blanket is the one I did a couple of years ago HERE.  


I just need to wash it and package it up.  
I like to keep those plastic envelop bags that different bedding comes in to deliver items for donation.

One less thing in the landfills and it keeps the items clean.


Wishing you a wonderful day.

I'm off to find my works in progress and hopefully make some headway.  

Happy crocheting!

Heather

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday


Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Victor Kiam

This quote made me smile this morning.  The picture doesn't go with the quote, but it's a sunny cheery picture from one of our family walks so it makes me smile as well.

I'm about done with one of the baby blankets and have the body complete.  I should have the border finished later today.  I'll share some pictures once complete.

Lots of things to do today as we get back into our weekly routine.  Wouldn't it be nice if every day was a Saturday?  But then I suppose we wouldn't appreciate them as much.

I better get to it.  It is Monday after all, and there are "miles to go before I sleep..."

I hope your week gets off to a great start!

Heather

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow


It's a winter wonderland in our area.  
If it's going to be winter, it might as well snow!

Hubby's work had a two-hour delay this morning, so he decided to work from home.  
After some school work was completed, we all headed outside to blow off some steam.


The air is clear and cold, you wouldn't want to be out there very long without a hat and mittens.

The snow looked pretty on the old cedars, ...


on the stable across the street, ...


and on the house through the trees.


I've been working hard on the donation baby blanket.  I did have to start over as I didn't end up having enough of the off-white color I was using.  

Hopefully I can make a dent in some of my yarn supply this year.   

(Then, of course, I won't feel guilty when I buy more.)

:-)


This is RHSS in white.  I'll add some color in the border.  I've been mulling over different ideas, but haven't settled on anything yet.

I'd like to complete two to donate by the 18th.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to complete both, but should be able to complete at least one.

A "homemade hug" for a new mother's little one.


Take care,
Heather


Friday, January 2, 2015

What's New?


I started a new project a few days ago.

It's a baby blanket for donation.  I'm using my "go-to" stitch pattern that I've been using for years.  
I always change up the border depending on if I'm making a boy blanket or one for a girl.  
I think this one will be for a girl.  
The body is written up and once I decide what to do with the border hope to share it with you.

- - -

For Christmas, I was gifted with an Amazon gift card.  I purchased a few books with it; two are of the crochet variety.  

The first one is a book of squares.


I'm not familiar with this designer, but I figured in a book of 365 granny squares I'd be able to find a few that I liked.

:-)

This is one of my favorites so far.


I also purchased a book to organize ideas.  
It says it's for knitting, but I thought it could easily be adapted for crochet.


It is a journal of sorts with an area for project notes and details as well as a graph page where you can make a drawing.



Isn't that a neat book?  

- - -

In other new year news...

I don't set resolutions any more, but I do have a few "goals" I'd like to strive toward.

The first is to get my craft room organized this year.  
I've been looking on "Craigslist" for some sort of wall unit that has glass doors.  
I want to have a place to put my yarn without it getting all dusty.  
If I can't find what I'm looking for I may end up going to IKEA.  

I want to get something like this....

without the big price tag.  

The other goal I have is to take off some weight.  
I know this is a common theme among us women, but one I'm going to strive toward this year.  
I have a date with Weight Watchers tomorrow morning.

I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start.

Wishing you bountiful blessings,

Heather

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.  We can help write that story by setting goals.
Melody Beattie