Happy New Year! I've not been blogging since early November, shame on me. I had this crazy notion in my mind that I wasn't going to blog til I finished this project:
It's the Bear Paw king sized quilt that I am making for our bed. And, as you can see, it is not done. I think I have one more row, a center one, to go. Since that long center row takes more parts than I can count.... it takes a while. First make around 90 1/2 square triangles, then make them into paws, then add the center pieces and square to make it into a block, then the striped sashings in between blocks and the nine patches. OK my brain is roiling just thinking of it, so I'll take it one piece at a time.
While I've been "finishing" this project, I have actually really finished a whole bunch of others, and here they come:
|I knit a Nemo for Anna for Xmas. I hated this project but loved the results. |
Of course, the best part was the look on Anna's face when she opened this present. She loved it!
|For Paul for Xmas I took this very old X stitch I'd found in a thrift shop (50 cents) and framed it. |
He was thrilled with it, and accompanying it was a book of Robert Frost's work.
|Of course Misty wanted knit toys to call her own.|
|I had some Baby Bunny cotton yarn left from a project,|
so knit up a layette sized soft and cuddly baby blankie.
|This waffle design is my favorite for a baby blanket. |
And, when knit out of cotton it actually makes a good towel .
|I finished a baby blanket I'd started last summer. An easy-peasy pattern that Barbara at Pinelands Treasures |
had shared with me. It's knit from the corner outward then back in.
|It is a perfect square when finished.|
|I finished a shawl for me, knit out of bamboo/wool blend yarn. It is soft and bouncy and luxurious.|
|I've not quite figured out exactly how one wears such a garment. |
I'm not a very fancy woman, and this is a very fancy garment.
|I have started a prayer shawl. I love this pattern, it is so easy!|
|There are only two rows in the pattern once you've|
gotten the border done. It's a great mindless project.
|I continue to stitch on Flutterby, from Tam's Creations.|
I haven't put as much time into it as I'd like to.
It is fun to work on and I am loving the results.
So, it's been a productive few months, with holidays and visitors thrown in. Anna was able to be home from California and Paul from Amherst, MA, for the holiday, and that was the greatest gift of all.
Our critters are doing well, and Bella's eye surgery in November was a smashing success. No longer does she have to live with the pain of dry eye, and with the layer of green goop. Her eyes drool nicely. She is a good, good, dog, and fits in wonderfully with our pack. It feels as if she has been with us forever.
In late November, I officially retired as the Business Manager and Treasurer of Schnauzer Paws Rescue. Although I will always be involved in rescue in some way or another, I am done with the day to day tasks involved in running a rescue and welcoming in foster dogs and all that. Dave and I were able to patch together 3 of our most satisfying rescues ever this year and it brought to me a feeling of satisfaction and pride, and knowledge that we had made a difference and probably always will, but can now do so in the back ground.
I carry on, as always, and enjoy all that life has to offer. MS and I still fight one another, and it continues to rob me of little pieces here and there, and I continue to battle back. My biggest fight at this point is that I have lost the feeling in the tips of all 10 fingers and that is nuts, I'll tell you, nuts. My eyes are now my fingertips, and so I thank God every day for my clear vision.
Happy New Year!