Thursday, July 2, 2015

Good afternoon...sorry I have been awol, but I had my 13 year old grandson for a couple of weeks.  I am not used to having any one around me everyday all day...you see I am a railroader's wife.  I don't usually have to cook and feed someone everyday.  You do have to feed 13 year old boys...ALOT!  I think they tell time by the meals they eat...I am not used to having someone around that gets bored..what is that..being bored?  I don't get bored..there is always something to do...so...we got out the card table pulled out the jigsaw puzzles..you know the big ones..1000 pieces ...he got bored..so my daughter who was down for a visit from Cleveland, help get the edges together..thinking it might help him stay motivated..well we thought wrong..the puzzle went no further...he asked me to teach him to crochet...ok..this is my wheel house..no problem right?  Ok first of all he is a lefty...but we got the chain down..and maybe a version of the single crochet stitch..then he thought he was ready to make doilies...he wanted to be able to do it all and when he realized that it was all a learning process..gave up on that....so being the grandma that I am thought a trip to the library and maybe a book or two to read....once we got there..he informed me that he didn't like to read...so he left without a book..me I left with 5.....He said he like to cook...ok...found out the only thing he likes to cook are desserts.....grandpa came home and finally...found something that he likes.....video games.....so grandpa and him rearranged my living room...putting the couch right in front of the tv...I let that go for awhile..until I realized I was living with not 1 but 2 couch potatoes....Yes..I pulled the plug..literally......pulled the plug...no tv..no gaming...until they did something..mow the lawn..grab a broom or dust rag..something.....Oh yeah..do you know 13 year olds talk alot?...well they make noise..I started shutting it out after awhile...I think everything that came into his head came out it mouth....oh well....made me think of my grandma...how I used to go over to her house alot...and I loved spending time with her...and did she go through what I just went through with me.....you know...if she did she never said a word...just gave me a rag and some windex and had me wash windows!!!  I hope that I showed my grandson love and that he felt love...I do love him and know that someday his life will get too busy to visit his grandma..so I say a prayer of thanks, and for God to take the reins everytime my grandkids come for visits....

But, I did get this finished up..I don't usually have to rip out because of mistakes...my count is usually right..but for some silly reason I was distracted and had to fix mistakes..It is finished and blocked....took alot more thread than what I thought..it is one of the patterns out of my japanese book ...see last post.....so I had to guess...took over 3 balls of DMC Cebelia...size 10.  It is 33 inches across....



 
Have a wonderful 4th of July.   

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Monday, June 22, 2015

It's here!!! It is finally here...

I was stalking my mailbox all last week...well at least until last Wednesday..until it arrived...Thank you Jennie Gaskin of Country Yarns ( www.countryyarns.com)  for looking through her stash of Japanese pattern books just for me....she had two of these..and so kindly said she would help me out...I have been looking for this book for a couple of years.  I wouldn't have known about it except for a dear friend...you know who you are...sent me pics of doilies..and a pic of the book they were in...and if you know me..I am a pattern hound...if I want it I will find it...or someone will help me find it..again..thank you Jennie from the bottom of my heart...ok before  I post pics from the book, you have to scroll through lasts weeks accomplishments...all of them are orders..so they are finished and ready to go to their new homes...


 Ok....now that you have looked at what I finished up....onto what you are really waiting for....these are just some of the projects in this awesome book....enjoy.....







 Now I just have to finish up what is already on my hook....like that is going to happen....decisions decisions..what to make first..what color?   

Monday, June 15, 2015

tablecloths, butterflies, and a book.....

It has been awhile since I have posted anything..just in a slump I guess.  The weather is hot and humid..we could really use a day of nice and easy rain...I know some of you have had more than enough of it.  

I am still making my tablecloth...but I have had to put it on the back burner until I get a few orders done..


It is coming along but slowly..I like this pattern as I can sit it down and not lose my place..something to be said for that.

I have an order for two butterflies..one in white, the other in #712 (creme) both in DMC Cebelia...so they are done..I also have received a couple of orders for those name thingys.  I am not sure what they are called..I think at one time they were breadcloths..you know during the time there were community ovens..put your breadcloth on your bread when it got pulled out ....
Also received and order for those pineapple chair protectors for the arms of chairs...my store has been really slow so this will help keep my hobby going.
Oh yes,  I almost forgot..someone found this book for me in their stash...she had 2 of them..so she graciously has sold it to me..
I have been looking for this book for almost 2 years, so I am happy to be getting it in my hands..there is a tablecloth in this book that is just one of the prettiest I have ever laid my eyes on..so I am stalking my mailbox later this week..so excited to be getting my hands on it.
That's it for now..thank you for all stopping by and reading my thoughts..have a blessed week.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Looking for this and starting that.....

Good Morning...I hope all is well in your world.  I went to Branson Missouri.  Had a wonderful time with my mom, my sister, and mother-in-law.  We went to a few shows, ate out, played cards and dominoes..all in all a great time.  If you get the opportunity, NOAH..if the play is in or near your area..it is a must see...

ON the crochet front....I am and have been looking for this book for a little over a year.  If anyone has a copy, or knows where I can get my hands on this baby I would be most happy..well as long as it isn't crazy prices in the hundreds...you know how some really over charge for an out of print book...but if you see this book in your travels..please please let me know..


 The book is called It's Flowery*Crochet Lace and is an Ondori Publication...I think it was printed in 1998....I wish the pics were better but I can't get the ones off facebook to come over to my blog..so not tech savy....


This is my latest project..the only thing I have on my hook right now...You and I both know that will change as this is a big project and I need some self gratification.  I am making this in ecru DMC Cebelia...I think it will take 10-15 balls..maybe more..we will see.  I plan on making this for my table.  It is a pattern that I think I can pretty much stop as it looks to repeat..with some small variations here and there.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by..and have a blessed week.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Looking for a new T-shirt and feel good about yourself?

Good afternoon everyone..sorry I have been so out of touch, but truly I have been busy..not sure doing what..but my time seems to just disappear.

My youngest daughter and her husband are back on the merry go round for adopting another child...if anyone knows the cycle it can be quite expensive and it is not unusual to have fundraisers to help with the costs...so if you are looking for a new t shirt..here is a link www.bonfirefunds.com/jake-megan-adopt    My grandchild is out there somewhere just waiting for my hug......

I made this last week..love her designs..it is made with DMC cebelia size 10..and cream is the color #712...it is a Patricia Kristoffersen design...-



Ovals patterns are hard to find and this one is just gorgeous...

I am heading out to Branson Missouri with my mom, mother-in-law, and sister this Saturday...going to be gone for about a week....leaving Buddy at the Pet Spa..and hubby is gonna miss me...lol.  This should be fun..my sister just took up knitting..but she is a phenom...and wants to go to some shop down there that sells a certain needle..and has Cebelia thread..that was her hook to get me to go with her....I think she forgot that I sell it and already have quite a stash...yep going to be fun...anyway...may you all have a blessed week.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Good Morning..Not much is going on in my world.  I went up north and had a short visit with my mom and with two of my daughters over the weekend.  Went garage selling over the weekend and found an old treadle sewing machine.  I wouldn't have bought it except that it worked, and had the wooden cover for the machine.  The only thing is I didn't take the truck up, but took the car.  So I couldn't get it back to my house...so it is sitting at my daughter's home in her garage....my son in law tried, measured and remeasured and no matter what the thing wouldn't fit.  I wish I would have taken pics so I could show it off..it will just have to wait until they either come down or I can go up with the truck...darn..should have planned better.

On my hook right now..is a tablecloth and an oval runner..oh yeah and the filet of the last supper.  I did finish up 2 purple doilies..made with dmc cebelia size 10 and the color is 210..and can be found in my shop www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u

The pattern can be found in Mary's Doilies....these are already sold..


I got a new computer so I am trying to get used to it..it is weird how things can be so different.  I went to Dell as they can still give me windows 7.  Hubby has windows 8 on his laptop..and I really don't like it...so I was tickled to be able to get windows 7...with a free upgrade to windows 10 or 11 if I choose.  

Well I guess that is all I have got for today..my plan if I stick to it is to get my floors mopped and maybe a load or two of laundry done..today.. We really need to get the garage cleaned out..garbage clean up day is Wednesday and the village will pick up all our trash, except for paints and tires and batteries...so I figure I might as well get the garage cleaned out..hubby is more of a hoarder than I am..at least my hoard is somewhat organized..anyway..have a great day and enjoy moving the hook.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Got some magazines? I am destashing

We got back from Florida last Friday and this is the first day that I don't have to run out to do one thing or another...So it is my first pajama day in like 2 weeks.  You guys know how much I love pajama day..I have missed it.  

I went through my crochet magazines and pattern books in order to make room for more of my stash of crochet stuff...I surprised myself that I didn't have more doubles of pattern books..but I did find I have doubles of magazines..and even a triple of one. So thinking to myself..I could list them in my shop one at a time...or I could take photos and offer them to you blog followers in lots at a reasonable cost..you pay postage..I can't figure that in until I know zip codes...so if you are interested either leave me a comment with an email address and I will get back to you as quickly as I can..

As far as the crochet front goes...I have 3 yes 3 projects going at one time...A filet of The Last Supper..started in Florida, a tablecloth frogged and started a different pattern, and a spiral doily, so I would have something to finish ..the other 2 are big projects and I have to satisfy the need in me to finish something once in awhile.....

Here are the pics of the magazines if you are interested.........
Crochet Fantasy..4 special publications and volume numbers 5,11,29,43,45,124,128,132,133,172,173,177
asking 35.00


Decorative Crochet
volumes 42,30,24,19,32,27 (2 of 27) and 28..also in this lot Annies Newsletter #50
Quick and easy crochet Jan 1998,  and finally Hooked on Crochet #18
asking $25.00
Last but not least...alot of Workbasket magazines...I didn't want to mess with these as some of these are in rough shape.
I am thinking $12.00

So if you are interested please leave me a comment or send an email to vikkihook@yahoo.com...have a blessed week


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Don't move your head....

I have been dealing with vertigo for about a month now..went to the physical therapist and had my head moved trying to get the stuff inside my head back where it is supposed to be...tells me not to move my head for the next 12-18 hours..ok..I have to drive home..moving head...getting out of the truck...moving head....drinking a glass of ice tea....moving head...I think you get the picture...

this is my next project...started it last night...
I finished this up last week..got it blocked yesterday..took pics today..moving head...I made this with a color that has been discontinued #619 if you want to look it up on DMC chart.  It is darker than cream, but lighter than tan...I love this color..I don't know why they stopped making it.  The pattern is from an old time crochet magazine, but I think you can find the pattern for free at one of those sites that have the free patterns..mom's love of crochet..going to be listing it in my shop..I think..



Isn't this just a beautiful pattern?
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Just not feeling it...

This time of year really kicks my butt...so I haven't been hooking alot..I did finish this one..it is a customer order.  I started a tabletopper and found a pattern that I have been looking for quite awhile..it is in Magic Crochet #76...it is on the front cover..so I am hoping to get it started..thinking white..as I am not really sure how much thread being as I am not using what the pattern suggests..we all know that it really doesn't matter unless we are looking for an exact size..

Sent hubby to get an oil change on the car....he comes back with a new car..go figure..yeah he called before purchasing it.  Things like that really don't mean alot to me.  They are just things and it just doesn't matter..the payment is lower..I like that..but you know like I said it is only a thing..gonna replace it sooner or later.. anyway..enjoy the pics of the doily..I am gonna go take some sinus meds and veg out for awhile...have a wonderfully blessed week.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Needed some color..so gray here

I didn't realize it has been over a week since I have visited with you all...time just passes faster the older I get.  It has been kind of gray here lately..had some wonderful storms here last night.  I love a good lightening storm...something about watching the light streak across the sky and the boom that follows shortly after..I can handle thunderstorms ..love them as a matter of fact..I can't handle gray days that run into each other..over and over..you get my drift..

So I made me some flowers..hubby isn't a flower type of guy..I think he has brought me flowers or a flower a dozen times in the over 20 years we have been together..that's ok too as they die and look awful after a few days..and probably could have enjoyed them more had they stayed on the plant..Oh hubby does bring in dinner, a chocolate bar, or treats from the local ice cream place from time to time..and he always calls to see if I need anything before coming home..yeah..he is a keeper..anyway..back to the flowers..

This is an e-pattern from Annie's Attic...called yellow rose of texas..  I didn't like the way the last few rows were worked..so if I make it again I will probably revamp them...all in all I like it...





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Sunday, March 15, 2015

A finished tabletopper and random thoughts

Hello..I think winter may just be about over.  The sun is out, about time.  It feels warmer out that it has been in a long time.  I think I just may have to go for a walk, and if Buddy behaves and stays out of my way while I try to pick up the house and run the vacuum..that word confuses me..spell check says this is the correct spelling..hmm any way I might take him with me.  For my new followers or those that just popped in Buddy is my dog..a 100+ pound German Shepard ..and the vet says he is underweight...and a big ball of hair...he is the reason I have to pull out the vacuum cleaner as often as I do..

I finished a PK (patricia kristoffersen) tabletopper pattern.  It is a swirl pattern..also a thread eater...but well worth it...and that is why I am posting today and not on Monday..figured I was just sitting here drinking my tea, might as well do a blog.  I couldn't sleep last night..last time I looked at the clock it was after 3 am..so I got up, wandered around the house, got a drink of water..and wandered back to bed...and fell asleep..note to self..do not take sudafed at bedtime..your eyes will not stay closed...so at 11 today I woke up..the dog is pacing and whining..and there is alot of light coming in through the skylight...I had to squint my eyes shut..I felt like I had been on a drinking binge..and I haven't done that since my early 20's..ok..I don't know why I went there..can't remember ..oh because I am drinking my first cup of tea at 11:30!!!! I haven't had breakfast and now it is lunchtime...well almost...yikes...

Back to the finished project..yeah..I am ADD and I think you are seeing how my mind works...here are the pics of the tabletopper..you can find the pattern in Esquiste Tabletoppers..a leisure arts publicatin...the name of the pattern is Swirl...I use DMC CEBELIA thread which you can find in my shop.  The color is #712 I call it cream and it is a very pretty color.. and this tabletopper is listed in my shop  www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u






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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Finished the order..now they are on their way to their new home....

This week I finally finished the order I was working on..and they are off to their new home.  I think I am going to use start mixing up colors..these turned out pretty well.. The snow has melted for the most part and now we are dealing with the rising Ohio river, and a few others..some are going to get flooded out..and on top of that it is raining today and it looks like that will be the trend for the next few days....time to grow webbed feet...
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