(This year we finally upgraded our tree!)
I think I am done with my crochet project. Well, I can’t decide. Maybe I’ll be finished for this year and work on it again for next year. Maybe not.
Quite a few years ago I purchased some yarn to make coordinating Christmas stocking for our family. I started out with Bron’s and then one for me because that is what we needed for that year. That is as far as I got. Mostly because I had altered a pattern to make the first two but lost my notes and then lost the pattern and could never find it again. (honestly I didn’t look too hard) I also started dealing with tendentious in my wrists which put all knitting to a halt and I quickly moved on to other types of projects. A few years later I tried to pick up where I left off but stopped just as quickly and decided that if we were to have matching stocking they would have to be sewn. This left the yarn in a box to collect dust and move to Turkey and on to Mississippi and now Nebraska. Last month enough time had passed and I was officially ready to move on and put that yarn to use in a different project. Not surprisingly on that same day I came across this tutorial. If you go and take a look at the link I bet you will be able to tell what happened first. I was smitten.
At first I wanted mine to have cream as a border as well but quickly realized that I didn’t have enough of that color or any one color to make that happen. So I went with it and was busy for a few weeks on all 50 squares.
I bound mine together using the same tutorial linked to, using the darker of the two colors. However, since I had different colors at each corner I decided to just skip the corners altogether leaving a diamond shaped opening instead. This is where I run into trouble deciding if I am done or not. I could close the opening with the darkest of colors and it actually looks good too. I would even say that I like it better. However, I really don’t like weaving in loose ends and that would be a lot of loose ends to take care of. So, we shall see if I get around to it next year. For now, I will pretend it is done.
As you can see my Christmas Countdown made it out another year. I had thoughts of making another but have decided that this one works just fine. If I ever make it again, it will be for my grandchildren (haha my oldest is only 15) and then I can make the changes I want.
This summer our family will be moving to…
We showed this movie to our kids the night before they found out. Purely coincidence!
We have been having a very calm thanksgiving this year. Just the six of us. Everyone recovering from the stomach bug or enjoying some time away from school or other responsibilities.
We headed out for some fresh air today
and now I am preparing for another project by working through my bags of scraps. Today was the pinks bag and the browns bag. I think I only have 4 bags left. My goal is to get all the scraps organized and cut into 2, 3.5 and 6 inch strips. It has been fun to stroll down memory lane and think about what I was doing or where we lived when I sewed something with these fabrics.
Next up, some Beatles Rock Band and who knows what after that. Nothing is on the schedule till Sunday.
Hope you’re all enjoying time with your loved ones.
It has been so long since I have seen falling snow. Maybe 5 years. It was wonderful to watch Bron who has no memory of it dance happily in the parking lot as it lightly dusted us Thursday night. In her excitement she set out to make a snow angel right then and there. I didn’t realize this until she is stepping into the van dripping wet and very cold. Haha. “Next time lets wait until we are properly dressed. “
Unfortunately playing outside wasn’t in our story this weekend. Nope, not at all.
Friday morning I was busy disinfecting toilets at 5:30 in the morning. I was hopeful it would only be Bron but was taken over by the stomach pains myself by the evening. Everything else is a blur. I just remember having flashbacks from Thanksgiving a couple years ago. (no this is not an announcement!) Dave told me I didn’t need to go the ER and so I trusted him but boy I was miserable. Since I don’t remember much means that I have the best husband ever, no meals to make or kids to care for. I am pretty sure I slept all Saturday.
By Sunday afternoon I was out of bed, happy to still see some leftover snow. Actually not much had melted at all. I’m not quite ready to give up fall yet (and it looks like I wont have too) but am looking forward eagerly to a nice blanket of snow this winter.
I haven’t moved on. In fact, I am feeling inspired to start some new projects.
These granny circles are quite addictive. I’ll share some details when I have time to sit at a computer properly.
For now, enjoy a sneak peek.
Or maybe a good read. My visiting teachers brought me this message today. So much to learn in this talk.
Hollis was big enough for the frog costume this year. Now, all four of my children have gone trick or treating in it. Check out this post to see the other three. Magnus is the exact same age as Hollis and is practically busting of it. We don’t call Hollis our Little Buddy for nothing.
As for the rest of the kids. Thisbe is wearing a renaissance dress with the cape she made for her sewing class this year. Magnus is Link, wearing a freshly sewn tunic and hat. Bronwyn is a black Yuki from The Cat Returns.
For festivities this year we carved pumpkins
did Boo at the Zoo, Trunk or Treating at the church and a little neighborhood Trick or Treating as well. Yay!