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Monday, July 27, 2015

Popcorn and Rainbows....so they say Crochet!


I was visiting a neighbor, Joann last week, when she ask me if I had seen her grand daughters rainbow afghan. Of course, I said no...I had no idea Joann worked with yarn until this conversation. Organized as she is her craft room had a shelf of binders filled with knitting and crochet patterns, all in plastic covers. 
Out popped a white one right to a section with a beautiful rainbow crocheted page from 1982 which was quite awhile ago. She gave me the pattern to copy, and, of course, on my way home I thought...hmmm...wonder if it's on the internet. Sure enough someone had posted the same page from the magazine. I really don't think there is nothing one can't find on the internet. It seems anything one wants to know is right here in front of us. Kind of cool and scary at the same time. I think sometimes what's going to happen someday when all the electric just quits. What is everyone going to do...how will everyone survive? For me it will be easy...I'm simple, old school...capable of fending for myself in many ways. Yet, I still can't help but wonder...Luckily working with yarn keeps one busy and relaxed. 


So walla, this is the afghan when finished which truly is gorgeous, sadly, I don't know who the designer was but they did an amazing job...don't you think? Joann is currently switching the pattern to a knitting and I can't wait to see what she has done. I plan on visiting this week to see how it's working out. I will be posting an update.


In the meantime I am going back and forth from knitting to crocheting. I am partial to knitting so I am sure this blanket will take quite awhile. But, that's okay, it will give me something to do all winter long...Winter...Arg..did I just type Winter!!










Sunday, July 19, 2015

What's on the Knitting Needles...


I am one who pops in randomly to post on my blog...I am spontaneous by nature...I am multi-talented...creative by nature. With all that said, the hot weather has finally arrived, the very hot, humid weather, the kind were you see water and just want to dive in..kind of weather. The kind where I'm questioning, why am I knitting weather, with Cascade 220 Heathers 100% wool which would say, hey, fall has suddenly reaped her wrath upon us. Twisting the cool weather into our bones, the kind of cool that is easier to get warm then it is too cool off. The kind that says, wrap yourself up in nicely knitted handmade garments, not the dreaded manufactured ones, but, the handmade keepsake kind...that say...made with lots of love. Just for you! The kind that leaves behind a treasured keepsake and hope it doesn't find itself at a garage sale, or worse the thrift shop unable to scream, " I am handmade, please keep me, pass me down as a true member of the family," kind of garment. Tell stories of me, how I came about, how grandma made me years ago. How I am one of kind. That's  what's on the needles...the Isla Cape for my grand daughter Emma Ann this fall. The pattern is from Slip, Slip, Knit blog and I love it. For those who know some intermediate it's really pretty simple and the pattern is well written, plus, I love how fast it's knitting up. So if you're looking for a nice handmade gift for an infant to toddler this is a keeper.