Monday, September 15, 2014

A little of this and a little of that.

I know..another 2 weeks ..oh well..I will get better at this.  It is September and it is the one month of the year that I tend to stress..maybe I should stop doing the show..I like it once I am there..I meet so many like minded people who love thread crochet..I hear sometimes the same story year after year, but that is ok.  And I usually do quite well as long as the weather co-operates.  I have met a couple of blog friends over the years..how neat is that?  So after the end of this month..I will be better about blogging..
A pile of doilies needing to be blocked...yucky..do not like to block
so this is the before pic


Here are three of them blocked and ready to be put away...I still have a couple more to do.
But you know how that is.  This color is 437..the camel color..I love this color.

This was my WIP, however it is now finished and thrown on top of the to block pile.  


Look at my mess..this is my corner in my home.  Everyone knows not to touch a thing on this table..it is organized to me.
If you look closely you can see the thread eater...it yells at me from time to time..I plan on finishing it really soon...Gosh
that does look like a mess... 
 Well now that you have seen where I have been for the last couple weeks..pleases know that I haven't forgotten you guys..I just have been really busy...My craft show is the last full weekend in September..this year it is the 27th and the 28th...if you are in the Evansville Area this is the best show around..over 400 crafters..all handcrafted..no mass produced stuff is supposed to be allowed, but I am sure there are a few that slip through the cracks...anyway if you are in the area..I would love to meet you..I am in the building on the hill..thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week or two..

Monday, September 1, 2014

Don't laugh at the last picture......

Oh my two weeks have gone without a post.  I don't know where the time goes...it just goes.  You know I don't know the day of the week most of the time, so I really don't know the date.  I don't go out very much..I could be a hermit except I have to go grocery shopping at least once a month.  I could be a nudist, love my pajama pants and really don't like having to get dressed...guess I could be a nudist, except I don't look so good naked anymore.  You do know your body changes and does some weird old things as we age...but that is a whole different post....so anyway I helped my daughter and husband move to the Cleveland Ohio area...I really wanted to take things off the truck instead of putting them on.  I really didn't want them to go.  So for those of you in that area, you have gained a wonderful family....

I made a couple of doilies ...one of them being a big mistake..not sure what happened..maybe I should have used a smaller thread...I am torn as to whether I should show you guys or not....I will ponder it for a moment or two...while I post pics ..anyway I have been using black thread..I love the results, but the eye strain is something else..my eyes actually felt bruised if I crocheted too long...weird huh?  Ok...posting pics..
spider web...I make this one every year..sometimes 3 or 4 times..depends on the mood

This is the one that made my eyes hurt...but it is gorgeous..the pic doesn't do it justice..

My favorite go to pattern when I don't want to think too much...

I was not going to show you guys this one.  This is one big mistake.  I knew it wasn't right while I was making it.  I was getting all bunchy..I should have stopped..but I am stubborn like that.   So I will deny that I made this to anyone who asks me if I did...lol who am I kidding..I am not showing it to anyone...I haven't had a flop like this in years..so go ahead enjoy yourself..laugh, point and giggle...it might be awhile before you see something like this again...may you all be blessed and hopefully it won't be two weeks before you hear from me again.....





Sunday, August 17, 2014

My hook has been moving...

hi, I am happy you stopped by to check in with my little spot in the world.  I had already written this post once and then my finger hit the delete button..and poof the entire post disappeared..so now I am trying to remember what I was posting about...and well I am drawing a blank.  I finished 3 runners since I last posted anything on my blog...yes and they are blocked.  I think I am gonna list them in my Etsy shop.... www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u in case you want to look..
It is that time of year again where I stress myself out.  For my new followers..I do one craft show a year.  It is the last full weekend in September..it is the biggest one in the area and usually the first for the holiday season.  Anyway, I get stressed and tell myself that every year will be the last...however..I have come to realize that in some sick way I must like it or I wouldn't do it.  I do like seeing and talking to people..everyone has a story to tell especially when they see my doilies.  You know..my grandma..my aunt...or my mom...stories.  I like talking and visiting with like minded folks.  I like the crafters and the crafts they display.  Nothing that isn't made with your hands is not supposed to be allowed in the show...everything is to be handcrafted..although I think sometimes a few sneak stuff in...but for the most part it is all handcrafted.. 

Ok now that I think I have rambled on long enough let me post a few pics of the runners I did finish up this week...
DMC yellow #745


Cebelia #437...camel

DMC Cebelia ...white...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Good Grief.....

Wow..I have just been beside myself this past few days..my modem on my internet fried.  So I have been without internet..no way to read my fellow bloggers, no way to keep in contact with my store, or my email....except through my phone..and I do not have unlimited ...so I was going through withdraw.  It wasn't too long ago that I didn't think I needed all this tech stuff...and now that I have gotten used to it being around I gotta admit, it is hard not to have it.  Even my dear hubby who has never sent an email, who does not text missed it....he is a gamer.  There was a time he didn't care to have his ps hooked up  and playing online..but man his withdraw was worse than mine...I think.  Anyway we are back on..and he is playing his game..killing zombies..and I am playing catch up..so here is what I have finished up this week ...not sure if I am going to put it in my shop www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u  or not..probably will, but not today..I have to get off of here...anyway I just wanted to let you all know I will be popping in to read your blogs in the next few days and try to catch up with each of you....
I think there is a scratch on the lens of my camera...dang... this is made with #437..camel

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wonderfully blessed

What a great way to end July..today the temp barely hit 80!! Low humdity levels too...loving this!!!  Well, I got all my tests results back from the biopsy, the cat scan, ct scan..all is well!! I am so relieved as my doc made it sound that this skin cancer thing can be all over by the time it is caught.  How blessed am I that my ear dr/surgeon saw something that didn't look quite right and made sure to make a mention of it to me..and the awesome follow through..and two surgeries later, sending me to an awesome oncologist..I am blessed and feeling so joyful!!!There will be follow up visits every 6 months just to stay ahead of anything that pops up.  
And here is what I have been working on last week.......
Made this with DMC #712...cream color



You can find the pattern in Stellar beauties.....

I am making another runner in #437...you know that cool tan or camel color..I love this color...I found this pattern in an older pattern book..not sure what the name of the pattern is..maybe spider web doily?  Anyway I am hoping to have this done sometime this week..at least that is my goal...then who knows what will be on my hook..  Thanks for stopping by and may you be blessed beyond measure...

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...