Monday, May 30, 2016

Windowpane Afghan update

I doubt that this looks like I have made progress, but I have.  Actually, I finished the top section you see that is cream with the row of tan on the top edge, along with the next two rows of grey, and have started another set of tan.  Each row is single crochet, with treble and double treble front posts slipped in ever so often making the "panes".

There is a wedding this weekend and I wanted to bring it along for my nephew from CA who will be there, but I am quite sure I won't get it finished.  As it is I have to wear the brace on my right arm/wrist, and ice the wrist a couple of  times a day. After I finish the panes I will still have the border to complete, and that will take a few days.

This is a photo of my cousins great-grandparents and their kids crossing the Columbia River.  I don't know exactly where it is, but think it must be near Kennewick somewhere or Pendleton because they ended up Palouse country in Idaho/Washington area where they raised their children on an Indian reservation.  Back then they could lease their land and have a farm. No dams then so not as deep.

The weather is beautiful and getting warmer, which means crocheting indoors is getting harder and harder!  I will trudge along.  I accepted an invitation to grill out at my DSS's house and visit with my DDIL's mom while there.  Also, their good friends came which made it for a very nice visit.  Such wonderful people all around!  Brat's were good, but the one I had was spicy.  After adding catsup, mustard and also mayonnaise I was able to reduce the "heat" so I could eat it…it was quite good even with all the 'goo' on it!  I brought S'more's' fixings as had not had one since Blue Birds when I lived in Wheatland, CA!  That was in the early 50's!

In the meanwhile, I close with a photo of a little Johnny-Jump-Up, that just "jumped up" in the crack in my driveway! It is a violet, often called an American Field Pansy.  Hardy little things!

Have a great week!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Slouchy Hat

My granddaughter tried it on for me for the photo.  I gave it to her as she seemed to like it, but don't know if she does.  The fact that it represents a look that is a little rebellious might be something that makes her like it better!!!

The pattern for this Slouchy Hat is from the book Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby.

It looks pretty straight and I was fearful it would not slouch, but as you can see it did!

This is the result of making something from a package I received earlier in April (same package as yarn for the little bowl), and I am hoping that the pom washes up well!!

My new grandchild!!  This is Flicka resting at her new mama's lap, my daughter-in-law. She is a Gordon Setter.

Now for my flowers….this is my Black Lace Elderberry bush…grows super high so have to keep it trimmed down.  I don't think it should be in the shade because it seems to get moldy, but that is where the previous owners planted it.

A full view of the Mock Orange - that which I THINK is a Mock Orange. Smells heavenly.

My black/purple Iris.  Very gorgeous.  It will be great when it spreads and I have a whole slew of them!

One nice thing about Oregon….it gets enough rain to support beautiful flowers and trees!

Have a lovely day! Weekend is nearly upon us.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Completed the Backcountry Beanie for Steph

Made the brim in one color of VC and the pom, and then did the body in another.

I had to remember to pull the old color in front when switching colors each time - which I didn't always do! Then had to take out the whole two rows as generally didn't discover it until I was at the next color change.

I didn't make clusters - just dc'd it all the way instead.  Get the pattern and you will see!  I also made the dc's in the blo instead of both loops to keep the ribbing pattern.

This version is very warm feeling and has lots of squishy texture!