Wednesday, March 7, 2012


It never ceases to amaze me how quickly we receive packages from out of the country. I ordered this delicious yarn from Deramores, in England, and 5 days later it was sitting on my porch waiting for me.  I have to tell you, it arrived last Saturday, but I didn't open the packages for 2 days. I wanted to make sure the house was cleaned first. Once I got my hands on all the yarn, I might not lift a dust cloth or put a dish into water. I haven't started knitting/crocheting with this Stylecraft Special DK yarn yet, but it looks wonderful.

The other thing that arrived on Saturday, the book, "200 Crochet blocks" by Jan Eaton. I LOVE IT!!!!  Great granny squares and many other blocks. I can't wait to start making some.

I know I have mentioned before about this GREAT blog, Natural Suburbia. You must check out the wonderful giveaway that is going on until March 10th. Linda is giving away wonderful things to celebrate her 4th anniversary as a blogger. Also, check out her Etsy shop, Mamma4earth . Her patterns are so unique. 

I don't know if any of you have been watching the British show, Downton Abbey? In the USA it is being aired on the PBS channel. I had been hearing so much about it from so many people, I decided to buy season one. WOW! It was worth it. I am home all weekend with my 8 year old granddaughter and NO VEHICLE, so, I think I better go out and buy season two, just in case I need to unwind. I should probably buy chocolate and potato chips, too. 

I am SO excited, my son is almost done with his police academy. He is having a party at the academy tomorrow, to celebrate the accomplishments of his class. My daughter and I have been cooking for 2 days, a delicious recipe for this feast. I am a vegetarian, so, I have never tasted it. It is one of Sarah's specialties. You cook a chuck roast with pepperoncinis for 6 hours. Then you shred it and pile it on a crusty roll. Apparently, it is fantastic.  My son was voted president of his class back in September, when they started. Usually the position changes hands many times during the course of the training. However, he has held the presidency the entire time. I am so proud of him. Next month at his graduation ceremony, I will be pinning his badge on him (hopefully not sticking him while I am crying), and then he will officially be a Detroit Police Officer. Wow! My baby boy.

I have decided to set a goal for the next week, projects to complete by Monday, March 12, 2012: 
1.  My "ugly" Granny Striped afghan. It should be completed by Saturday.
2.  My 4 Happy Flower Decorations, by Lucy of Attic 24.
3.  My little Cat, by Mamma4earth


Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I love your new yarn! What great colours. And it was delivered in only 5 days!
My hubby has had a wonderful career in police work. Congrats to your son, you must be so proud.

Judi A. said...

Wow! All the beautiful colors and the books to use them. Just curious as to why you chose to send for yarn. None comparable in your local yarn shop?

barb said...

Hi Judi, I fell in love with the things Lucy was making at Attic24. She used the Stylecraft Special DK. I couldn't find the selection of colors at JoAnn Fabric, my local craft store, or the price, even with their sales. I didn't want to spend hundreds on natural fibers at my WONDERFUL local yarn shop. Since I bought the yarn for a hexagon afghan for my daughters queen size bed, this yarn seems to be the answer. I have never used it, so, lets hope it lives up to my expectation.

Jessica said...

What are you making with all of this Stylecraft yarn?

Jessica said...

Well if I read I would have seen that you are making an afghan. :) My friend Armida21 just finished a crochet afghan using the same yarn.

barb said...

Hi Jessica, I am planning on making the Hexagon afghan like Lucy's of Attic 24. I am almost done with my Granny Stripe blanket, hopefully tonight. Then, I will start tackling the hexagons. I can't wait.