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Lots of Stitching Going On

I have been so busy this week and getting quite a bit done, too.  Yesterday I put together all of my tax stuff for my home business so that Hubby can start on the taxes this weekend.  What a job.  I promise not to wait until the last minute for this years taxes (fingers crossed I can stick to this one) I have also been getting in some stitching.

First, I finished this over the weekend:

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The colors remind me of cotton candy!  Love it.  I have so many balls of scarf yarn, and my goal is to get them all stitched up by the end of the year.  I have already stitched several and gave them away.  But not a big dent in my pile yet.

I am still stitching on the Mira Mystery.  I picked up section 3 over the weekend.  I am still on section 1, so I had better get moving on this one.  Here is where I left it last night:

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I also picked up my back ordered Weeks Dye Works Threads so I am trying to fill in the blanks.  Mostly the green vines and the darker green leaves.

While out shopping this weekend, hubby bought me these:

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I’m not sure I would be any good at knitting and crocheting little things and turning them into something, but I love a lot of the items in each of the books.  The items on both covers are really interesting and pretty.  I’d like to give them both a go sometime.

And while out shopping, I picked up some yarn and a pattern for a baby blanket.  I have a baby shower coming up in a few weeks and I wanted to make the Mama to be a blanket for her baby boy that will be here soon.  Her nursery colors are Turquoise, purple and brown.  I had quite the time trying to find those colors in a baby yarn or sport yarn.  I spent so much time looking for patterns and then yarns to match. So I ended up picking worsted weight Red Heart Yarn.  This is what I ended up with:

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I already love the pattern and it was quite easy to memorize.  So I will be able to take it on the go if I need to.  Just hope I can finish before the shower. Oh and I am the photographer at that shower!  No, I am not a photographer.  I just love to take pictures.  So the mother of the Mom to be asked if I would come and photograph the shower.  I am really nervous about doing it.  Not something I have done before.  I have so many “what if’s” in my head, but now I am telling myself to just do what I would do at any family function.  So I will try. Then I will teach the Mom to scrapbook the pictures so that she can make a scrapbook to give to her daughter when the baby is born.

So, that is all my stitching news for now.  What projects are you working on?


Surviving Afghan

I learned how to crochet when I was 12.  I wasn’t the best of students and had quite a time picking it up the way my sweet instructor was teaching me.  But I stuck with it and one day picked the crochet hook up in a different way than she had been holding it  and I was off and running!  This is one of my very first afghans I crocheted up about 31 years ago.

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I made this for my mother when I was 18 and in the Army in Germany.  I ran a one-man post office for a time and during my down time I crocheted afghans to mail home at Christmas time.  I must say that it is still in great shape.  I had been wondering if any of my crocheted afghans were still around after reading this post at Not Your Average Crochet by Hannah.  Amazingly, I went to over to my Mother’s house the other night and this afghan was folded up on the floor.  I was ecstatic!  I told my Mom I had just been wondering if any of the afghans I had made years ago were still around.  It does look a bit felted, but I guess that means that the stitches are truly locked in now.  The Ripple afghan was the first thing I learned and I have made several ripple afghans over the years. I’m pretty sure this afghan was made using Red Heart basic worsted weight yarn, as that was what was quite available back then.  Seeing this afghan really made me feel good.   Not only to know that it had stood the test of time, but that my Mom had kept it all of these years.  I really need to pick up a crochet hook again.