Monday, November 30, 2009

Doll, book and afghan

What do a doll, a book and an afghan have in common? Nothing...except I chose to put them all in the same photo. I have not been sleeping well lately, so have had some extra reading time. I finished "The Memory Quilt" by TD Jakes on Sunday morning, early. I love this book and highly recommend it. A good Christmas lesson for us all. The doll is a Goodwill find. She cost $1.00, and was in with the stuffed animals for sale. I used to make a lot of Raggedy Ann & Andy's in the 1970, so decided that I'd bring this one home. Although not an Ann doll, she has personality, and you can tell by the workmanship that she was made by a person somewhat unfamiliar with a sewing machine, but wanted to put love and caring into this doll. The dress is made from 1980's quilting fabric! The rug yarn hair is sewn into the head instead of onto it!! She is not "signed". Very unusual embroidered eyes. The mile-a-minute afghan is one I finished yesterday. The center color is "woodsy" by Red Heart and the other two colors used are Red Heart Aran and some unknown dark brown from my stash. Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. I did not cook here this year, but we were invited to my daughter's house, who lives on the side of a mountain, an hour away. It was a lovely day, and we had a pleasant time. I can't say that I didn't have to cook, as my daughter got busy with other things and I finished the meal for her. I am glad that things will be back to normal this week, even if only for a short while until Christmas break.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm not political.....really... says what a lot of us are really thinking. I think this cartoon is funny. I almost fell off the chair laughing.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Scarves for Christmas

I have been working on some loomed scarves for Christmas gifts. There is always a need for a last minute gift, and making these scarves is a bit of a tradition with me. I use my 6 inch scarf loom. I've had it for several years now & have made many scarves on it (both acrylic and hand spun!). I had to use my stuffed kitten "Earl Gray" in the photo, as Shizuku didn't want to be bothered to pose for the photo. She's still not feeling too well this morning. The small quilt in the background is a pepto-bismol pink log cabin star that I recently discovered in my closet. Soon as I finish a project these days, I promptly forget about it. I'm getting old and forgetful. By the way, the Fall Shawl on the Wall in the Hall is still there, unfinished. Good grief, if I don't hurry up & finish won't be Fall anymore. Too many projects, too little time!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

First Basket

A friend has kindly reminded me that I have not updated my blog in a long time and wondered if I was okay. I am still coughing a lot and Shizuku is still "snarking", but my grown children seem to have recovered from the "bug" nicely. Thanks be to God. Last weekend, a friend of my daughters was kind enough to help me to make the above basket. It is from a kit by Commonwealth Mfg Co and I think is called "Gran's Cotton Basket". It isn't cotton though. It's reed. I had fun making this basket, my first attempt. My thanks to my daughter's friend for her help and advice! The basket is round, and is approx. 9 inches wide by 8 inches tall. I will keep yarn balls in it, or maybe a sock in progress. I have one more basket kit to make. It was a find at the Goodwill Store, and is by the same company and is called "Krista's Oval Basket". It is much more complicated. I also have finished a stripey pair of socks, in Fall colors, but gave them away before I took a photo. (oops) Have a blessed day!