Sunday, February 19, 2012

RELAXING weekend.

What a great weekend this has been. All my little ones were picked up early on Friday, which is VERY unusual. They are normally gone by 5:30 p.m. each day, but Friday the baby was picked up at noon, 2 more at 3:00 p.m., and the last 2 at 5:00 p.m. WHOA!!!!  All this extra time to pack up my yarn, hooks, and books to take to Scrapbooking Night at our church. Yeah, I know it is called SCRAPBOOKING Night, but a few of us knitters decided to crash it one night, about 4 years ago. It was a huge success. Now it is more like "craft night". We have a blast. We meet the 1st & 3rd Fridays of each month, take turns bringing a dessert, and craft until midnight. About twice a year the girls have a weekend of fun. They either bring sleeping bags and stay at the church or leave at midnight and return the next morning for breakfast. Sometimes they go out to the Salvation Army Camp and scrap/craft there. I haven't been able to do that. My daughter, Sarah, is in charge of this group, so I stay home with Luiza, the 4 dogs, 2 birds, & 4 turtles. However, we have our own weekend of fun. YIKES!!!!....... off the subject. I was telling you about my weekend. ANYWAY, Friday night was fun, crocheting with friends. I did get a few flower heads made. I need to go buy some yarn for the stems.

Saturday morning Sarah, Luiza, and I went out to 3 craft stores. I bought some cheap cotton yarn to make more Happy Flowers. I am loving these flowers. I was thinking about making just the flower, leaving the stem and leaves off, bundling them up in groups of 6 with a ribbon, and giving them as a gift of coasters. They crochet together so fast. This is the pattern from Lucy at Attic24. It is called the Happy Flower Decoration. I love Lucy's designs. They are so cheerful.
I just realized I haven't finished making and hanging the crocheted circle and heart from the bottom of the flower, along with the beads. I still have to stiffen the flower by applying a thick layer of glue to the back of it. 

These are the yarns I bought to work on the stems and the pink and purple to add springy colors to my old stash. 
These are the beads that get added to the top of hanger and dangle from the bottom.
After shopping we had a wonderful lunch at a local pizzeria. They have the BEST greek salad and hot bread sticks made from the pizza dough. Need I say more? While we were eating my daughter decided it was time to get Luiza's hair cut. Just like that! One minute we are eating, the next minute we are rushing out the door to get EIGHT INCHES of Luiza's hair cut off. I still don't know where that came from. I must say, as much as this gramma cringed at the thought of cutting her beautiful hair, it looks darling. And to think, in one year it has grown 8 inches. ( couldn't find a before picture ).

I have decided to join 2 groups on Ravelry. One is called Granny Square a Day, which is self explanatory and the other is called One a Day. This one, you just complete one project or specific part of a project, a day. I am working on an afghan with yarn from my very small stash and my goal is to crochet one row a day. The afghan is much longer than I had planned, so, one row is a big accomplishment per day, since I am still working on other things. Because I am working from my stash, I sometimes crochet a row or two with an odd color combination and then decide that I can't live with it. Perfect example, this particular skein of HOT PINK yarn! I added the row, ripped it out, and then added it back. NOPE, it is coming out for good. I will use the hot pink for the Granny Square a Day project. I figure if I set a goal of 1 granny square a day and 1 row a day, before you know it, I will have 2 afghans made. Seeing that I have never made a full size afghan, this excites me. 
TOO FUNNY!!  My daughter just walked by and said that this afghan will be known as the "ugly afghan". Probably the favorite afghan, but also the ugliest. Yep, the hot pink row comes out. 

I have decided that I need to have one "itty bitty" project going at all times, since my blog IS knitting thru the "itty bittys". I have gotten side tracked. This week I plan on knitting the baby mittens on page 33 of "itty bitty nursery". Fast project.
Hopefully, it will inspire me to make the Circles Stroller Jacket on page 28 of the same book. 
Susan Anderson has SO many patterns that aren't in any  of the "itty bitty" books, that I am so anxious to make. I MUST get back on track.

I also want to get started on the Cat pattern from the Etsy store, Mamma4earth. I love Linda's patterns. Her blog, Natural Suburbia, is really interesting. She designs alot of wild animal knit patterns. She is from South Africa. 

It is getting late. The 3 granddaughters are sound asleep. I have to get up early to get them fed and 2 of them off to school. Then the 3 little ones will arrive around 8:00 a.m. and the day will begin with gusto. 

I will leave you with a photo of my new spring purchase. Good Night.


wellsheidi said...

You inspire me. Our lives seem so similar. My children and their children are everything to me, but being a stay at home Grandma isn't easy. My daughter has serious health problems and I struggle horribly with that. Crafting of all types has always been a joy and escape for me, but lately the stress has made me develop a "whats the point" attitude.You're blog inspires me to get moving. Thank You.

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Till midnight! You are a bunch of very passionate crafters!! Sounds like great fun.
I do love that flower and think it would also be nice to add to a hat (but without the stem)

Judi A. said...

So glad to find you back. I am a Detroit lover who no longer lives nearby, so love reading about your ventures to Eastern Market,Polish town, buying pierogis, etc. I do miss all of that.
I can't imagine taking care of so many grandchildren all day, every day! You are an amazing woman.