Thursday, June 8, 2017

Stitches, etc.

A present from my wonderful brother! The flag is almost larger than the pole, so think I will put another pole in nearby and use this one for those pretty garden type flags.  This really is beautiful!! I am proud to finally be able to fly the flag to honor our military.


This is the basic simple stitch in Tunisian - TSS.

I have been going through my numerous crochet books looking for a stitch I would like to use for yet another scarf.  I saw that in several books by different authors they listed the same stitch pattern, but each gave it a different name.  It makes me wonder if the stitch pattern is copy right material, and if it is, is it okay to change the name of the stitch and that would make it "different."

"Anywho" I had written to Doris Chan one time about how the "new" foundation stitch is in one of the Weldon books as a Double Chain, so wasn't all that new.  The funny thing was that the Weldon book states "Double chain is seldom, if ever, employed for a "foundation" - Now that tickled me! (Note Weldon is a UK magazine and Double would be Single here).  

Of course, I received no answer.  Seems several people claimed it as their own from what I gathered. Sort of like making claim to my discovery on how to make a beginning stitch I called Air Crochet - when Interweave gave credit to Doris on what the stitch was named.  

One of the interesting stitches in the book, that has been called Solomons Knot in recent years, was name the Lattice Stitch by Weldon's.  I have no clue what it was named years before Weldon's printed their book, but it does give pretty clear instructions on a stitch I found not so easy (but is!).

Of course, there is the 'article' that is called "A Question that all Stout Persons must weigh."  The first sentence states, "The question we would respectfully ask our stout friends is, do you know that you are seriously jeopardizing your health and running the risk of a grave disease by remaining in an obese condition?"  Things certainly haven't changed much as we continue to "grow" as a society when it comes to being overweight - I am a prime example. It turns out it is an advertisement for a book!!

I apologize if I have posted this photo. Yep, it's me.  My hair is getting almost to my waist now, and although it is probably 50% grey/silver/white it doesn't seem to show up unless it is a sunny day. I have lost 15 pounds since this photo and am continuing (finally) on my quest for a healthier, lighter weight body.  Going gluten free which isn't so hard now that there are so many products on the market now.

Happy Crocheting!!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

More scarves…….

This is the latest addition to my Christmas yarn from my wonderful step-daughter and son-in-law. Every month I receive one skein of Madelinetosh Vintage, a worsted weight super wash yarn. I hope to mix this with another skein later this summer - assuming I get one that will go with it - and make a nice large cowl for myself.


Below is the cowl I made for my DSD with one of the Christmas skeins. This skein was right up her alley and wanted to thank her for the gift of skeins each month.  I can't make 40 scarves just for me, ya know. This Vintage color is called Crysocolla and only available in the kit for now.

Now, for the next round I received a bundle of yarn for Mother's Day.  Do you sense a theme here?  Yarn for me on all occasions!  This is Knit Picks Hawthorne fingering weight.  The set she sent me are all named for neighborhoods in Portland, OR.  This one is called Mt. Tabor.  It is a deep forest green with some dashes of teal green.  Very pretty.  I am making myself a cowl as wanted a deep green yarn and this is just right. It's simple V stitch done backwards. Will post more on it later.

This birthday bouquet is about the prettiest I have ever seen. Note the odd bright green fuzzy looking plant in the middle right of the photo.  No idea what it is but will look it up.  Looks like a flower from the makeup of it.  These lovelies were from my DSD and his lovely wife for my birthday.  It's just gorgeous!  

My DSD and son-in-law gave me this beautiful hanging plant.  It is just now coming into it's own, and assume it will be flowering profusely during the summer months….and trailing. I just love it!  They also gave me a gift certificate to the yarn shop here in town, so will be going over there today to see what is available. YAAAARRRN!!!

All in all it has been a good week. My baby brother (in his 60's!) came up for a visit last week and I really did enjoy his company. Brodie went into another funk when he left. Brodie loves company.

Monday, May 29, 2017


So this is the yellow beanie I finished first.  I messed up on the brim/border.  I turned it the wrong way so the post stitches, which are now INSIDE the hat, can't be seen.  It still looks cute, and I gave it to the new owner.  This is "When Life Gives You Lemons" beanie hat pattern on Ravelry by Elitza. Chernaeva. Her "handle" on Ravelry is RubraC.   

The photo below not crochet. The "little" gem is my new lawn mower!  They were supposed to deliver it last Friday, but now it won't be delivered until late this week or early next week. I'm not sure. It's just another example of the lack of customer service in the NW area (little rant for the day)…where I am. Not everywhere.  I don't think many of the people think professionally and I'm quite sure people around here have grown used to the lack of customer service.  I find it hugely frustrating. Especially since I have had some problems with the flooring people not ordering my floors and now I'm out a month past the estimate.

Here is the beanie again in blue, and it is made correctly.  You can see the difference in the brim…or whatever you want to call it! This one was super easy after finishing the yellow one.

Now this is my new rock collection from the waters near here. Nice quiet rocky beach. My brother promised me a rock polishing kit so I can shine them up into beautiful pieces. Maybe string up for necklaces. Two are red, but the photo doesn't show that.

My beautiful Rhodie!  I can't believe how gorgeous this plant is…radiant. And attracts bees like crazy, so I have to dodge bees going in and out of the house!

One big Phlox…it's lovely.  Needs some other plants around it as after it grew a bit more it started leaning over, plus the wind will take it down.  I will be happy to have the yard looking good!

Last, but not least, a photo of the two dogs in the yard.  The yard that is behind the reason I bought myself a riding lawn mower.