Monday, September 29, 2008

Afghan, socks, and the family cat

The afghan is in progress, almost completed, only a few more rows. The pattern came off of a yarn label. It's just a rectangular granny square, but I like the two color effect. The socks are tube socks, no heels, just plain. I hate putting heels in with the self-striping yarn!! Of course, the family cat is looking on.......I don't think she knows she's in the picture (heehee)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Not quite finished

I call this pattern the Surry Four-patch. I live in Surry County, North Carolina, and when I was teaching a beginning lap-quilting class at the church a few years ago, this is the first pattern I gave them. It is simple, yes, but they liked it, and one student even made 20 blocks!! That gave me the idea to use it for the charity quilts!! This one (after it is hemmed) will go to the Elkin Rescue Squad. It is about 40 by 70 inches. I make these quilts in all sizes, as the kids they give them to come in all sizes!! This is a project of the Foothills Quilter's Guild, Elkin, NC, of which I am a member. I formerly made these kid's quilts and gave them to the Surry Rescue Squad (began doing this in 1990), but that project kind of ended. I am glad to have someone who wants these now. I think a boy would like this one, don't you??
Foothills Quilter's Guild will have a Quilt Show at the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival at Elkin, NC tomorrow. It is at the Episcopal Church beside the Library. Any and all are welcome, if you are in this area. BTW, Dora the kitten is now sleeping on a corner of the quilt. She pulled it on the floor & curled up on it!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Round Ripple Afghan

Just finished a round ripple afghan for a friend. It is a project of hers to give these (comfort ghans) to a certain group of sick children for Christmas and I thought I'd enjoy making one for her. I have made a few of these in the past and I used the "Spiderman" round ripple afghan pattern from the internet (still available, just Google). Since it is mostly boys that are affected by the illness, I used shades of Windsor blue. I am pleased with how it turned out, and it will be sent to Nebraska soon! Love you, T.C.!

Happy first day of Fall!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Anyone still working on this?

I think a lot of us stopped working on these blocks for the summer. There doesn't seem to be anyone left on the list who is posting pictures of their blocks. I have made three blocks recently and still enjoy working on them. Anyone else out there?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lunch with Soupy Sales

I haven't had anything "crafty" to post about lately, so thought I'd mention one of my fondest memories from childhood (1950's). I grew up, the first eleven years anyway, in the Detroit area. Every weekday, at lunchtime, there would be a TV program on called "Lunch With Soupy". I really loved that program, and insisted that Mother not fix lunch until Soupy said what he was having for lunch that day. I loved White Fang and Black Tooth (dog paw puppets). Oh, those were the days. I seem to be looking backward a lot these days. Maybe it's because I don't like what I see in the present and am unsure of the future. Anyway, I thought I might share a nice memory with someone. And, by the way, as far as I know, Soupy is still on Planet Earth.....he is 82 years old (acccording to Wikipedia)!! Love you, Soupy!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My new Jimbo's Chophook!!

Isn't it great! And it came packaged in the felt & ties. It is whittled from a chopstick and is so nice & smooth. It works great, and is easier on the hands than metal hooks, too. More information about chophooks on Jimbo's blog at: Oh, and the size is between a J and a L. I like to use it for "drapey" type afghans.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fall Shawl

This is a Fall colored shawl that I finished weaving over the weekend. It takes me awhile to make one as I can't stand up for very long, and the first several rows are hard on the shoulders. It is made with the Lion Brand "Vanna White" acrylic yarn which I like very much. This shawl is a real "keeper". I make lots of crocheted and knitted Prayer Shawls, but the ones I weave on the Tri-Loom that my daughter made for me are special. By the way, thanks for the prayers, I'm better now. I realized yesterday that I could breathe properly again when the toast smelled good!