Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's Garfield!

I started this Garfield quilt awhile ago and then put it away to do other things. I have been trying to finish up old projects and found this one. I just love to do the "Square in a Square" block, using the special ruler. It is amazing to me how many blocks can be accomplished using this technique, by just turning the cut pieces and re-assembling them. I am a really big Garfield fan, and even had an orange cat named Garfield back in the 1980's. He was such a character! I hope to finish up this quilt soon, and maybe give it to my daughter (haven't decided yet). She was a big Garfield fan also. Anyone else sick of Thanksgiving leftovers???

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Nice Day

Since my son is in the same room with me, playing a new video game, I thought I'd show this picture I "gleaned" from another blog somewhere. I love it! I've never played a video game, but if I did, I imagine it would be a craft one. My son and I just got back from a trip to the Ben Franklin Store in Mocksville, NC. I hadn't been anywhere in awhile and I actually drove there & back. I've become too much of a hermit lately. We both made purchases, and I found some Vanna White yarn at the walmart there!! I'm excited. We stopped and ate a barbeque sandwich on the way back. Aside from being super-messy, it was very good. I had a very nice day, and enjoyed getting out of the house and also enjoyed my son's company!

Dora continues to improve! This new med seems to be doing it's thing. I am very grateful for everyone's prayers and concern.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another Quiz and a Comment

You Are a Maine Coon Cat

You tend to be loving and playful around your family and friends.

But when you're around strangers you tend to be a bit reserved.

You are intuitive. You understand human emotions well.

You do best when you are around people. You don't like being left alone.

Thanks for the cute quiz on your blog, Ghost. I do enjoy taking these tests and seeing the results. Good news on Dora. She seems to be responding to the new meds that we started on Monday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and thanking God for everyday that she is not sick. She started responding to the new stuff almost immediately

And now a question....there is an annoying ad that pops up over the Maukie Cat. I don't know how to get rid of it. I apologize if it annoys anyone who reads this blog. Please let me know if you'd rather I take it down, the cat, not the ad, as I've tried and I can't.

I've still got my miserable cold/flu (even though I had the shot). Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Been working on a mindless sock today. Hard to think/concentrate today. Glad I can't spread germs thru this blog!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

To wish you all a Happy Holiday Season, starting with Thanksgiving, I thought I would post the above awful photo (and you thought things couldn't get worse after I posted my own photo below!). Dora is still sick, had to call the Vet back on Sat. and get more meds, and I have inherited my son's cold. Looks like this will be an interesting week. A happy day to anyone reading this. <><

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Star Afghan

This is a 6-pointed star afghan, kid sized, that I made for Victory Junction Gang Camp. It is the first, and I hope to make four from all different patterns. This pattern came from a Crochetville (Crochet along). It made up pretty fast and easy and is somewhat different from the 12-point Round Ripple that I have done several of. I have always loved 6-pointed stars and also hexagons (in quilts). Dora kitten is still hanging in there, but no good news to report yet. Still praying for a miracle!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Yellow Sweater

I finally finished the big yellow sweater with the cables in the raglan area. I am pleased with it, and the recipient has often said, "I really like that sweater". He will have to wait for Christmas to wear it though. Aren't I mean? My favorite sweaters to knit are top-down, except for the sleeves. I'd rather do the sleeves flat.

I am requesting prayers for my youngest kitty, Dora. She has been feeling poorly since Saturday and it is serious. I am giving her some antibiotic and it seems to be helping, but I'm thinking she should have been perked up by now. At this time, I can't afford to take her to the Dr. My fixed income just won't expand that far these days. I can barely afford to buy food for them. It is a lower-stomach problem (on-going). She has never been "right" since we brought her in. I blamed the fact that her mom didn't take care of her and she didn't get the proper nutrition when she was at the critical first-weeks stage. I am praying that she will get over this. I put it in God's hands. We are all His creatures, not only humans, but "all creatures great & small". I thank you in advance, and may God Bless all.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

These tests are fun!

Your Autumn Test Results

You are a energetic, warm, optimistic person. You approach everything with a lot of enthusiasm.

When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.

You tend to be afraid of change. You are never ready for things to be different.

You find love to be the most comforting thing in the world. You feel at peace when you're with your loved ones.

Your ideal day is active and full. You like to keep busy with your favorite things, and you appreciate a routine.

You are very impatient. You spend more time waiting for something than actually enjoying it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Looming some hats!

I decided over the weekend, for no good reason, that I wanted to loom some hats. With the Holidays coming, I thought they would be okay to give as gifts, or to the homeless. Anyway, they make up pretty fast with chunky yarn, and I enjoy making them! The yellow loom is an experiment that seems to be working. I usually use a round loom by "Loom Room", but the pegs on the yellow Knifty Knitter loom are smaller and closer together and seems to work better with the Encore Chunky. I'm having fun with these, for today anyway. Who knows what I'll start to work on tomorrow. (Yep, that's Spiderman Afghan on the chair!)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Prayer Request

I would like to make a prayer request of my Christian friends out there. A very good friend of mine (who shall go nameless here) is going through a rough time lately. It seems like life is trying to get the best of her. Please stop and say a prayer for my good friend, that God will give her the strength she needs to get through the Holidays and beyond, and give her peace. Thanks!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Funky Purple Socks!

I finished these simple tube socks last night. The yarn is dk weight, but they have strings of blue, red and yellow throughout, giving it a very "funky" look. I love the way they turned out, and enjoy working on these plain tube socks. I was really getting very "burned out" on heels. I can do them without any problems, but seems they wear out so quickly, even with reinforcement. This yarn is from NZ and is great to work with and is called Magic Garden "Allsorts". It is a washable wool.
I am adding a new "button" on the side for a new project of mine. A group on C'ville will be making colorful kids afghans for the Victory Junction Gang Camp here in North Carolina. It is not far from me, actually. I do apologize that I do not know how to make a "usable" button, but if you want more information, you can go to and look under charity afghans. Information is also available at the Victory Junction website. Also, a number of the members of the Yahoo! group "Crochet_Swaps_Galore" are participating. This is a great cause and it should be a lot of fun to make red, yellow, green and blue afghans!! These groups are hoping to make 200 afghans for disabled kids attending the camp in 2009! Please consider helping out!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Added to stash

My daughter took her friend and myself up on the mountain to Galax, Virginia yesterday to a favorite yarn shop there called deBeez House of Yarn. I have been on "no-buy" for about two years now for both yarn and quilting fabric, so it is unusual for me to actually buy something! But I do hate to go to a small store owned by a friend, and not buy something. So I bought the above (minus the pottery of course!) and enjoyed talking to Deb again. I plan to use the green/gold for a Round Ripple afghan, putting some pale gold and some dark green with it. I'm not at all sure what I will use the purple camo yarn for. It just "called to me". I love purple! The two Paton's books have top down sweaters. My favorite kind. I enjoyed getting to go up on the mountain and seeing the Fall foliage this year. We'd had a drought all summer, but the colors were really nice. Oh, and we ate at our favorite Chinese restaurant, called Peking Palace. Really good food there, and supposedly no MSG!