Saturday, July 19, 2014

The hooks is moving once again!!!!! And it is feeling good!!!!

Thank you to all my dear blog friends who have been hanging tight with me and lifting me up with prayers and kind words in the past few weeks..I think I am pretty much back to my old self..the hook is moving and I am feeling pretty good...And to the special ones who called me to just check up on me (you know who you are) I want you to know that you warmed my heart.  There may miles that separate us, but believe me..we are sisters of the heart..thank you.

Like I said the hook is moving!!! Hooray!!!! You know for me not to feel like moving the hook, I felt lost, like a part of me was missing.  And now it is back..I feel like my old self..I am so loving it....What have I been doing you ask...let me show you!!! I love what I have finished in the past weeks...I love the color..I love the patterns..although the runners had to have some adjustments made in order to get the sizes I wanted to make it look good..but I am quite happy with the results..you know I am feeling better when I tell you they are completely finished..blocked and all...These were made with someone in mind and I hope he is pleased..we will see.  Oh yeah the color is 437...again.....clearing throat..there is a blog friend out there that understands the clearing of throat thing...the moral of the story is not to try and fill orders after taking meds...one might end up with the wrong color....oops..anyway..take a look at my creations...









Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Finally.....

I know, I know I have been really slow on blogging lately.  I am having a time trying to get back into the swing of things..I am not posting, I am not reading any blogs..seems like it takes me quite awhile to even finish anything with the hook..I don't know what is up...maybe just recouping from being cut on is the problem..maybe I just have the blahs..maybe the stresses of all the dr appts...sometimes I feel like I am on a merry go round and I can't get off.  Hopefully by the end of the month things will slow down ..just a tad even would be great.  I have a dr appt tomorrow, a ct/pet scan on the 24th, and another consultation on the 28th..and somewhere before the 28th, I am supposed to hear from a dermatologist..haven't heard a thing yet..maybe they forgot.  I am not going to remind them..nope not going to do it.

On the crochet front..I have gotten 1 doily finished, yet to be blocked...and this runner.  I had to make some revisions to the pattern to make it work to be the correct size using #10 thread.  How fun was that, and the pattern was not the easiest to understand..good thing there were halfway decent pictures to look at.  Sometimes I wonder about the editing of patterns..if anyone even bothers.
Edges are still wet from being blocked..this is color 437 and I call the color camel




going on week #3 of the healing process

Friday, June 27, 2014

A different kind of stitching going on here.....

I know, I know..I have been AWOL.  Sorry about that.  I haven't even been reading posts from other people.  Life is just getting in the way of spending anytime on the puter.  It happens to everyone time to time.  I only have one finished doily..and that isn't blocked..in all the time I have been away....but I am working on a couple of runners..I am hoping to get them done by the 3rd week of July.

Had to go back in and have more tissue removed from my neck...guess the biopsy wasn't as clean as they like...hopefully this one will come back clean...so I am in recovery mode...and I thought it was just a freckle..had it all my life, that I can remember anyway...so make sure you have your spots checked out...

working on this one right now...had to do some modifications as this pattern calls for #3 thread

This is the next one on my list..it too calls for #3 thread so I am going to have to work some modifications to get the size i am looking for.  Being as I am going to use #10

Think this may leave a mark?   I was awake for this.  I did a local as I really don't like being put to sleep...may have to do some reevaluation on that...



Monday, June 9, 2014

This hooker is slowing down.....

How is everyone doing out there?  I have slowed down with the hook.  I don't know why, but it seems my hook doesn't move as fast as it used to.  I consider myself lucky if I get one thing started and finished in a week's time.  It just seem time passes quickly.  It is not like I am busy or anything..I am doing the same things I did a year ago..only slower I guess...I don't have a job outside of my home,  I am not a social person, I am not a fanatic about my house, I don't cook everyday, I definitely don't clean everyday..so what do I do all day?  And where does the time go? The answer is to both questions is..I DO NOT KNOW!!!  I know I am busy, but what I do who knows?  But I get up and before I know it the day is almost over...I don't watch tv...and I do not sit in my hooker chair all day..I know some think I do..but I don't...  I think I need to put those hidden cameras around my house so I can watch myself and see exactly what I do....I know that I am easily distracted..so maybe that is part of it...but jeepers...all day long?  I am beginning to believe I live in a time warp or black hole...

Ok since you hung with me and my rant..here is the piece of work I did last week...the pattern can be found in Trish Kristoffersen's Ultimate Doily pattern book.  The name of the pattern is Momentous Occasion...I made it with DMC Cebelia .... I love the variety of stitches...one of my favorite patterns...


Monday, June 2, 2014

Time passes fast...I didn't realize that I haven't posted a thing for about 2 weeks.  It is funny how life gets in the way of keeping up on things.  Well, let me fill you in on what has been going on....not a whole lot...I had to have what I thought were a couple of little spots removed from my neck..thought they were going to be little bitty type of things..no big deal..I posted pics at the end of the post in case some of you are a little squeamish about such things...anyway I have bigger incisions that what I thought was going to be there...so while I have been recuperating I made a few things..not much mind you..just a few.  I just blocked them this morning.  A couple of them are an order..I just got them done.  She has been quite patient with me.  I am not so sure how I feel about the runner.  I tried to revamp the pattern and attach them with the long chains in the middle of it.  It didn't work..so I tried another thing and that looked really gross..so I just attached them like they are motifs.  I am still not sure how I feel about them..oh well....

I haven't worked much on the thread eater ..no excuses other than I am really tired of it...just a row a day I say..which takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours...I have to stop looking at it like that and just bite the bullet and do it.  The thing about this pattern is if I stop in the middle of a row..I can't find my place so if I pick it up I almost have to commit to 2 or 3 hours..and if your house is like mine..to just sit for that amount of time to get something done without having to do something else is hard to do.  I am hoping to work on it sometime


this week...

Well thanks for stopping by.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you are able to stop and find your blessings..

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thread eater and time sucker..

Not much has been going on since I last wrote.  I have been working on the thread eater..a row a day..and it is growing.  The last row I did took over 2 hours..almost 3!!! Sometimes it is the only thing that I crochet in a day.  That has to change as I have an order for 2 doilies and runner to match..I have to kind of wing the runner as they want it to match the doilies..I am thinking I can downsize the doily pattern and maybe make 3 and try attaching them together somehow..kind of like motifs...

I made my first sale to Australia..man postage is a killer..almost as much as the box of thread.  So now I have made sales in Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Australia...I think it is neat how the crafting world comes together.  Come to find out the lady who ordered from Australia after doing a ancestry search found out that she has family in Kentucky.  Yes, I get to know these people and we talk from time to time..and I think it is pretty cool..it is a small world after all.

I washed the windows in my sunroom yesterday..and man I am so sore..all that stretching and getting up and down off a ladder...I feel like I have done some major workout..but the windows are clean and I have been wanting to get it done..I really wo
uld love to have a person come in and clean what I don't like cleaning..like toilets, windows...and closets...refrigerators...oven ...I will be honest..something spills in my oven...turn up the heat and sprinkle cinnamon on it and burn it off...might smoke a little.   But my family thinks the smoke alarm is a dinner bell..so it works..

Posting pics of the thread eater..I did get one doily done last week..just didn't get it blocked ..
Have about 30-35 more rows..so hopefully it will be done in about a month


Thought you might want to see the flowers

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pretty in Pink

I hope all you mother's out there had a wonderful day yesterday.  Hubby cooked salmon and chicken on the grill for my MIL and I.  I was blessed with flowers, chocolates and a basket full of yummy cookies.  My girls and hubby really made me feel special.  

I have pulled out the thread eater.  I wouldn't have started work on it again, but Hubby asked how it was coming along.  I told him I had about 40 more rows to do and that each row took over 2 hours to do...and the rows keep getting bigger.  I just didn't know if I felt like even doing it anymore.  Bless his heart..he says...If you were only to do a row a day eventually it would get done..and I really want to see this one.  It would be beautiful on our table...you are more done than you know..just one row a day....and you will feel really good about getting it done.    How is that for a cheerleader?...so I am working on it again..one row a day before I pick up any other hook or project.  

I did finish up this one this week...I belong to a group on yahoo, and we do a CAL every month..of Trish Kristoffersen designs...and this was the one for May.  I used #3326...a rose color..not light pink, or the really bright pink..but in between the two.  I think this pattern looks pretty good in pink.  Maybe any bold color would look good in this pattern...

Ok I am off to work on the thread eater..just one row for today...here's hoping you all have a wonderful week..


Monday, May 5, 2014

Finished up a runner over the weekend

Hi guys.  I hope everyone had a good weekend..I haven't heard from some usual bloggers that live in Pensacola..I am hoping all is well and that you weathered the storms.

I finished up a runner over the weekend..even got it blocked..there are still a couple of doilies that need some blocking, but you know how it is.  I like making them, just not really fond of having to block them.  You know it is not hard, not usually time consuming, so I don't really know why I procrastinate on the blocking part.  One would think that I should just do it as I finish them.  Must be the ADD...got to move on to something else.  Always something on the hook.  I don't know what I would do if I couldn't pick up my hook and thread.   It is the one thing that I look forward to doing everyday.  

I was challenged to list 5 things that people don't know about me, by a blog follower..they don't comment..but send me emails...being as I have very little to say today..let me give it a shot..

1.  I am one of 5 children..the #2 daughter...so I have 3 sisters and 1 brother...and we only had 1 bathroom.  Each one of us have our own personality, which is different from each other.  

2.  I am a hermit.   
3.  The truth is I am having a hard time coming up with something that I haven't already talked about on my blog at one time or another...so for 4 and 5...I guess I will leave it to you guys to ask me something you want to know about me....I am pretty much an open book..what you see is what you get.... ok enjoy the pics of the runner..you have seen this pattern before..but it is still pretty.  May you be blessed many times over..
Made with Cebelia size 10 thread..and I chose cream #712

Monday, April 28, 2014

Well, hello..I am feeling pretty much back to normal..if I can ever figure out what that is.  I still have bionic hearing and trying to adjust to all the little noises that my house makes that I never heard before.  My dog's bark is louder than I thought it was...the dryer makes a clunking sound..the dishwasher makes noise..the hot water heater clicks..I can even hear the rain on my skylights...who knew even the quiet makes noise....

Finished a couple doilies this week..even got them blocked...other than that not much has been going on.  Today I guess we have storms coming our way..so what better way to spend time than pull out more thread and find a pattern....suggestion?
This is the Royal Pineapple Pattern.  It is an old pattern I found on the internet a few years ago.  I made this with DMC  Cebelia thread..the color is cream or #712 on DMC color chart .  I know it looks white, but it is more of an ivory color.


I found this pattern in one of the Year of Doilies book..It is the month of August, and is a Trish Kristoffersen design.  I made it with a discontinued color.  It is DMC  color 619...It is darker than ecru, but lighter than #3033 (mocha) or #842(coffee)...I really like this color and really wish they hadn't stopped making it.


I hope you all have a great week.. stay safe with this major weather system that is moving across our country.  Many Blessings...



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I can hear you now....

What a beautiful Tuesday afternoon.  Sun is out and everybody is mowing...my windows are shut.  I am having sensory overload.  I didn't realize that I wasn't hearing most noises..now it is almost too much.  Watching tv is awful..the commercials drive me crazy as the come on too loud...and watching a movie with the hubby is something else..I am not sure about the surround sound now at all..rethinking it...but it is good to hear.   I am still walking around somewhat dizzy and disoriented called dr..said that was too be expected..so I am to use warm compresses on my face every 2-3 hours..stay inside away from all the pollen..and drink plenty of fluids..anyway...

On the crochet front....I have only completed one...just one doily this week...Pineapple oval..It is the monthly CAL over at the site I mentioned last post..yahoo group pkdoilies    I made this in #712 cream..looks a little more like yellow right now because it is wet and being blocked..not so much blocking as this oval seems to be doing it's own thing without too much pinning.   



found these on ebay as a buy it now.  I usually get outbid. So I am happy to have these, although I did notice that the 01 hook is a boye...so I am looking for a 01 Lee Wards to complete this set..

For those of who that have inquired about the thread eater...Here she lies...I will get it done..I just have to psyche myself up to do it.

This is my WIP  for now..It is the Royal Pineapple Doily..I am using #712 cream again as it is what was sitting on the table when I started it...I am hoping to have it done by the end of the week..we will see..

Thanks for stopping by my blog to see what I have been up to.... May you all have a joyful week and enjoy what ever you set you mind to this week...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sending Money to Uncle Sam...and a few random thoughts

I haven't been up to much around here.   This time of year plays havoc with my sinuses...nose spray, psuedafed, and tylenol are on the menu.  I love the warmer weather trust me, it is just all the blooming that drives me crazy.  I am having another surgery on my ears yet again tomorrow.  We are hoping and praying that this time will work..so if you would also pray in agreement as there is nothing my God cannot do.  

This week I did finish and block two doilies..there is still a few doilies in a pile that need to be blocked, but hey, you all know how I feel about blocking.  Too bad there isn't a little fairy that can block our creations while we sleep.  Come to think of it...if there were a fairy that came in I think I would rather they clean my toilets and such..I like housework even less than I like blocking...anyway I have listed the doilies on Etsy like 5 minutes ago..and well they are already gone...how blessed am I?   

I am going to be going out later today to mail a check to Uncle Sam.  Yeah!!!  Seems like that Uncle always needs a check this time of year...and he wonders why I don't have a real job?  We would just have to write a bigger check....so I will just stay home and play with my thread and maybe make a few bucks...to reinvest in my hobby..

I have joined a group on yahoo.com   I think these ladies..oops they aren't all ladies, but you get my drift..are some of the most talented threadies out there.  The name of the group is pkdoilies if you want to look them up on yahoo under groups..feel free to join.  The have a CAL once a month and do Trish Kristoffersen designs.  You all know how I feel about this designer...one of the best..  These people are encouraging...and willing to help.  So any experience level person is welcome and if you have any problems with a pattern these wonderful people are more than willing to talk you through it.  You know how some groups there are some unhappy, caddy people?  I haven't seen any of that drama as of yet...so if you are a thready  check them out.

I am placing another thread order in the next few days..I am increasing my inventory of #20 thread...I am thinking white, ecru, cream and #3033....now if there is a color that you want me to carry let me know asap and I will order it to have it on hand.

I have to get moving as I have some things to do ....off of the computer...and a doily to make or block ...so may you all have a blessed week.  




Monday, April 7, 2014

Vacation is over.....

Good Morning..well we got back from Florida all in one piece.  I have given my husband a new nickname...Rocket man..  He drives too fast for my comfort..speed limit is 70..he thinks he should go 80.  Not...and it is a 10 hour drive from here..and he only stopped 2 times.  I think if we drive on another trip I will have to put my foot down and become a really crabby passenger.  I am too old to sit in one position for that long ..and he wondered why his ankles were swollen when he got home.  Other than the drive..the trip was wonderful.

We found the sunshine and a little warmer weather.  We didn't do a whole lot..but lay sit on the beach and and walk the water to find some shells.   I was always putting sunblock on..asked hubby if he needed it..no he says..he Italian and says he doesn't burn...so who am I to argue...by the third day his feet and calves are sunburnt.  Meanwhile this red headed grandma knew to put sunblock on and is quite comfortable.  I will be honest..I told him the dreaded I told you so.  

Ate some really good food.  I am not a seafood person.  I do not like things I have to shell, things that have eyes or tentacles that need to be removed before eating.  I do fish..tuna, red snapper, grouper..yummy..but they don't take good pics..but my dear sweet sunburnt hubby does...so here are a few pics of his favorite meals..

No..No..I didn't even pick up a hook while on our trip..just enjoyed being together in the sun..on the beach..so there are no pics of finished works..Now that the vacation is over it is time to get back to the real world and get some things done.  I have a couple of doilies I need to crank out for an order..there is already a stack of two that need to be blocked, and believe it or not I think I have to make another thread order already.  For those of you who read this blog that order #20 thread from me, I would like you to let me know the colors you want. This size is more popular than I thought and I really want to have what you want ..I was gonna say need..To us threadies..yeah it is a need..to the rest of the world it is a want.  Any way..may you find all your blessings today and tomorrow..It is good to be back.

Nope not gonna eat it if it's looking at me..nope

appetizers...nope..rather eat some fried mushrooms for me.

Too much work for so little food...this is for hubby..steak for me.


Now love this stuff..twisted tea..yummy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Older I get..the Faster time Flies

Wow..has it really been almost weeks since my last post?!! Where does the time go?  Let me catch everyone up then..we had a birthday party for my youngest grandson on Pi day  (3/14)..probably be the only birthday I will remember when I get really old... Went up to see two of my daughters and their children over the last weekend...brought home my oldest grandaughter for her spring break..hopefully her mom will pick her up before my next trip this weekend to Florida.   I am going to go look and find warm, sunny weather...heading to Pensacola Beach...it is a short 10 hour drive so we don't spend alot of time in the car..so we can really enjoy our little get away..we are only going to be gone a few days, just enough to make ourselves feel better...it seems to have been one long winter season.

On the crochet front...not a whole lot..one just one doily..I don't know why I seem to be on a slow crawl..but I am.  The thread eater is in the same spot on the table..and hasn't been touched for quite awhile. For those of you who do filet crochet, at least big crochet pieces..I am in awe.   I can't seem to get motivated to pick it back up and I only have about 40 more rows..and probably 5-10 more balls of thread..yikes...still thinking about finding a stopping point and calling it done..

The plan for today, what is left of it anyway, is to grab a hook and just hang...my grandaughter is going to have control of the remote control at least until something comes on I want to watch..She is like her grandma and loves pajama days.  
Dane and his first birthday..


 
The one and only doily that has been made in two weeks..made with DMC Cebelia thread....find it www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Just finished blocking a doily..yipee..something other than the thread eater.  The thread eater is folded and sitting in a basket, within arms reach of my hooking chair.  It may sit there awhile as I am truly burnt out on it.  I just needed a break to work something I could actually get done.    

I am late on my Monday post as the weather has turned really nice at least for the last few days.  I have already been out and about and truly enjoying the spring type days...now I could live with this all year around.. 

I have started another doily..and I want you to see the mess I make when looking for a pattern...I don't know why I bother putting the books back...as soon as I finish the one I am working on I will just make another mess looking for the perfect pattern.  Hubby had a good idea...that I should make all the patterns in the book I am currently using..hence no more pattern search for awhile.  Well..that would work if there weren't other patterns in my head.  I want to make the  Between meal centerpiece..and then the royal pineapple pattern....I am just not sure the colors I want to use.  On my hook right now is a color that has been discontinued by DMC...I love it..the color is not ecru..it is a little darker..but not as dark and #842 (coffee).  And then there is a blue ...also discontinued..I am thinking for the Between Meal Centerpiece..it is like a gray blue..but who knows by the time I finish what I am working on I may change my mind.....

I am rambling, so I am gonna sign off for now....may you always find the blessings..they are there..sometimes you just have to look a little harder..
my mess...


same mess a day later.......

Buddy enjoying the sunshine..and standing guard

blocked and drying....

Monday, March 3, 2014

Say My Name........

I am looking out my dining room window at the trees as they sparkle like diamonds.  The glitter, the sparkle from the ice that has accumulated on their branches truly inspires me to .......screw this..I hate winter..I hate the sparkly branches, the icy driveway, the snow covered rows...I swear the next time they want to name a winter storm...they better name it Vikki...Hey that is only a letter or two away...then maybe just maybe I will have a reason to listen to the weather experts...they will say my name over and over and over...ok...I am done..rant over.....

Being as it is cold, and icy, and snow covered..and doesn't appear to be warming up anytime soon...maybe Wednesday we will see above freezing ....anyway...my plan for today is to get some doilies listed in my shop.  I have not listed anything for quite awhile.  To be honest it is because I have a hard time trying to describe my doilies..and I have to take pics..and I am not so good with the picture thing..but being as "Titus" rolled through and I am not going out..I think I will try to get some of them up.  

Progress on the tablecloth you ask?  Well I have about 36 more rows to do...I once again have set it to the side to play with other thread..and different patterns..I have found out something about myself making this thread eater....I hook better after I take breaks from it and work on something different...so it might take me a little longer to finish thread eater, but I will be happy while doing it..

I am out of here for now...not that I am going anywhere.   I have all day..maybe a couple to get doilies posted in my shop...and a hook to move..a house to clean (like that is going to happen)...thanks for stopping by and hope you all stay warm and safe if you are in the path of Titus...see wouldn't you rather hear my name?  May you have many blessings in your travels this week..
I will get these doilies up and posted in my shop...that is the goal for today..

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My WIPs...and a few thoughts...

Well I did it..I put the thread eater on hold and picked up a purple/lilac thread..# 210 in DMC cebelia color chart.  It is weird how color can pick you up.  After working weeks with ecru on the thread eater I can't tell you how good it felt to have some color to look at while moving the hook.  It only took me a weekend from start to finish on this beautiful doily..and to have more stitches to work than just dc's and chains...it felt good.  Filet is beautiful crochet, but it is time consuming and to be honest boring..boring ..and did I say boring....but I needed the break as I felt like just stopping on the thread eater..My plan for today is to pick up the thread eater and work a row or two..maybe more if the mood strikes ( I have my doubts)..and if I get tired or bored of doing it..I started another doily...

Not much has been going on in my world other than more snow/ice/freezing rain coming my way for the weekend..yippee..I want Spring to kick old man winter in his snowballs....oops..did I just say that? 

I want to thank all of you who have offered words of encouragement and love in the last few post...it is odd that just a few years ago..all of us hookers would be in our own world, doing our own thing..by ourselves.  Now we can talk, share and encourage each other in our own way...There was a time I didn't think I wanted let alone needed a blog..but after doing this for a few years..2 I think..I have realized that I have met some like minded people, people who enjoy doing what I do..people like me.  My mom and sister set up my blog for me..because I am not good with computers..because they had/have blogs..and now I think I am the only one that continues blogging.  I like the relationships that have been made on here.  I look forward to reading your blogs, reading your comments..and seeing where all my visitors are from..And guess what..I have friends from all over the world...how cool and awesome is that?  Ok I have rambled long enough...I am hoping you all are blessed today..and have a day filled with hugs and love...enjoy the pics of my WIPs..
Weekend  accomplishment


Just in case I get bored...

The thread eater...