Thursday, June 27, 2013

Swap Goodies!

I participated in a swap on the Orthocrafter's group on Ravelry and my package came today! It was exciting because not only did I not know what was coming, I didn't even know who was sending it!

Everything came beautifully wrapped (making me feel rather guilty because I didn't separately wrap the things I sent...ah well...)

 There were all kinds of goodies in it!

 Chocolate tea (can't wait to try this!), hot chocolate (sensing a theme here?), yarn needles and a little booklet of note markers.

Plus these gorgeous stitch markers. (And needle point protectors you can see off to the right.)

And a lovely pin.

And for the large, hand-made portion of the surprise, a knitted shawl!!

It's just lovely! I can't wait for cool weather to wear it!
(Ok, it's hard to take pictures of your back in a mirror...)

Thank you so much, Gloria!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yarn Along...for a little girl. (:

I was so excited yesterday to finally start working on some things for my own baby. I haven't made anything in a good long while and it's great to be using pink again after an 11 year hiatus.

The first is a simple knit hat out of some SUPERB bamboo yarn. It's so silky soft and the color is delightful. So delicate. I'm making a preemie size because that's the thing we'll most likely need first. I wish I had a ton of this yarn. I found one skein left on sale when I was in Michael's with Father near Mother's Day. He had taken me out to lunch and the restaurant was right next to Michael's. Considering we don't have a craft/yarn store here locally (or anywhere even close) it was a big treat to wander around the yarn section.

This is a lovely cotton blend that is so soft and simple. I love this color pink too (I'm not fond of bubble gum pink). I'm knitting it in a simple seed stitch pattern so it will lie flat.

And you aren't going to believe how I've been getting to sleep the last few nights: with the 1958 World Almanac! I've had some problems with insomnia and this has proved to be the best cure yet. Plus I've learned quite a number of arcane facts.

Visit Yarn Along for more projects!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Holy Pentecost

Joyous feastday!!

Blessed art Thou O Christ Our God!
Thou hast revealed the fishermen as most wise 
By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit.
Through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net.
O Lover of Man, Glory to Thee!

Appropriately, yesterday we had a baptism! It was very hot but mercifully there was shade to stand in and an occasional breeze. Many years to the newly-illumined John!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Butterfly Quilt beginning

Well, I went ahead and started another quilt. This one is for Ribby. She chose the fabric and I picked the pattern. There are three different yellows (two are prints) and three different purples (two are prints). There will (eventually) be a double border that incorporates the butterfly fabric. Should be cheery!

Friday, June 21, 2013

BBQ Chicken Quilt

The chicken quilt is finished! I finished the binding early this afternoon and put it in the washer/dryer. Then I went to the store where I may or may not have gotten a few fabric remnants for another quilt.

This is 3/4 of it - the rest is folded over.

Interesting view through the back with the sun behind it.

Much more quilting than just a grid this time.

Pickles chose to pose this way with his quilt. (Which he likes)

It looks cute on his bed.

Especially with "Chicken Nugget". (:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Quilting pattern

This is how I decided to quilt it. It's going to be slooow going...

"Cluck, cluck, cluck..."

Pinning and starting to sew the quilt today. The photo below has exactly one pin in it. I am sitting here catching my breath before crawling around some more to do the rest of the pinning. I keep getting out of breath! 18 weeks today! We find out the gender next Monday, God willing. (:

And our neighbors now have chickens. The cats are terrified of them.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Sorry this blog has gotten so boring lately. I keep wanting to post updates and keep feeling like a broken record:

"Legs swollen"...check
"Doing housework"...check

So, the weather is still hot and humid, I'm still tired, still thankful, and the housework never ends. [Note: the children do help around the house but it's hardly as if I can sit around eating bon-bons.]

I just finished sewing the plain white border around the chicken quilt. Normally I'd go ahead and clear the floor to make the (chicken) sandwich, but I am just wiped out. There are (hopefully) dry clothes on the line but they'll last until later. I can guarantee that no one will bother them until I get back out there, lol.

Got Poe and Crichton at the library yesterday. I enjoyed rereading "The Pit and the Pendulum". Odd bedtime reading, I know. I picked up "Airframe" by Michael Crichton and realized I wasn't going to be able to go to sleep until I knew how it ended so I cheated and peaked. Whatever. I also have the "Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Evolution" on the beside table so I feel relatively well-stocked.

And now I think I'm going to go lie down and prop my legs up. And read. (:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Quilting Again...[updated]

I've started working on the quilt for Pickles. It's going to be a shoo-fly quilt with the center square a chicken. (:  I finally decided on the pattern this morning and did a thousand yardage calculations before ironing the fabric. This afternoon I started cutting.

With all the red I'm thinking:

July Chicken Quilt
Spicy Chicken Quilt
Chili Chicken Quilt?



Almost all the pieces are cut out and I'm tired. Bending over the bed is tiring. Anyway, I put together the pieces to make one block (not sewn) and fiddled around on Paint to show you what the quilt top will look like (more or less) when it's pieced. No border is shown but there will be one at the end.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Some OLD projects!

I FINALLY finished the jersey scrap rug I started over a year ago. I spent a few hours yesterday cutting up the rest of my colored scraps of jersey and crocheting them on. Then I officially declared it done. I'm saving the rest of the white jersey to use for baby wipes. (I can't believe I'm actually thinking along those lines!!! It's so nice to feel optimistic enough to make plans!)

It's 35 inches by 26 inches and weighs a ton. I put it by my side of the bed. (:

I think I started this blanket over 3 years ago in 2010. Amazing. One day I might finish!

I started this last fall in October on our trip to PA. It's a log cabin blanket (crocheted). I need to go match the green for the strip I was working on. I just used up all my blue and green stash on a project for someone else! I have no idea how big this will be when it's done. Probably when I get sick and tired of it. (c;

Republican Senator Mary Lazich is NOT afraid of TRUTH

Interesting doings on the floor of the Wisconsin State Senate while debating the passage of senate bill 206 requiring ultrasounds be performed and shown to the patient before every abortion. After Democratic Senator Kathleen Vinehout does her best to dissent, Republican Senator Mary Lazich weighs in. Then all hell breaks loose. Video at bottom of the post.
(Glen Beck) The floor of the Wisconsin State Senate erupted into an explosive shouting match Wednesday afternoon after the senators battled through a debate over a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before being permitted to have an abortion.

“What they are trying to do in Wisconsin is what we did here in Texas, where we show you the ultrasound before you make up your mind as to whether or not you’re going to have an abortion,” Pat explained on radio this morning.

After hearing the dissenting opinions of her colleagues, Republican Senator Mary Lazich presented an eloquent and impassioned defense of the legislation. [Her testimony begins at 5:26 on the video.]

LAZICH: The theatrics surrounding the former presentation, as we all know, those of us that look at the bill and read the bill, it exempts rape and incest. So some of the theatrics please, please know that as those that read the bill and understand that.

We had a lady testify, her name was Carol, she testified that a number of years ago she went to a clinic, found out she was pregnant. I believe her location was Kenosha. The testimony’s out there. We can track that down. She was told to go to Milwaukee and get her abortion. She described the very cold, cold procedure and what happened, and the cold environment. She went to this cold environment. Someone was sitting there passing around Valium. She goes in. She’s crying through the procedure. She told her, don’t worry, it’s a blob of tissue, you’re doing the right thing, get it over with quick.

She goes home and lives with this day after day after day after day. The rest of her life she lives with this trauma. And it’s time for that to end. It’s time for women to know the facts. It’s time for them to know what they’re carrying in their womb and what they’re doing. They get those full facts, they make that decision, it’s legal, they do it, they terminate their pregnancy. If you have a loved one that’s thinking about terminating their pregnancy, for crying out loud, you want them to have full information. You want them to have an ultrasound. You want them to know what’s going on in that womb and what they’re doing and that they’re not going to be able to change that for the rest of their life. They make that decision; it’s over. It’s over in a few minutes and then later on they can live with the fact that they terminated their pregnancy and it was the best thing for them; or they killed their child and they made a horrific decision and they regret it and they wish they never would have done it. And for those that want that information and wish that they never would have done it, that’s what Sonia’s law is about.



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Seriously Hot

Notice anything funny about this CD case?

 Father found it on the passenger seat of the car. It melted.

Important to note: the windows had all been down and the shade thing was in the windshield.

And it had only been sitting there for a couple hours.

Now THAT'S hot...


Joyous Feastday!!


Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God
granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured
that Thou art the Son of God,
the Redeemer of the world!

(And my back is better!!! I can walk!)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cool clouds

We had some thunderstorms this afternoon and as we were waiting for the largest to come in I happened to glance outside and see this lovely shelf cloud. More pictures on The Siren's Call.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Please pray for Fr. Stephen [Updated] found out just now that Fr. Stephen Freeman, OCA priest at St. Anne's in Knoxville TN and writer of the blog Glory to God for All Things (and podcast, Glory to God), has had a heart attack today. He has been treated and is stable in ICU at this time. Please pray for him and for his wife, Mat. Beth, and their children.

[UPDATE 6/7/13] Per Mat. Beth Fr. Stephen did very well overnight and God willing will be going home on Saturday! Thanks be to God!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Small Blankets and Hats

I've taken a short break from making hats for Calvin's Hats so I could make a donation to a Ravelry friend's charity, "Elephant Tears". Morgan lost her son Emerson at 17 1/2 weeks and was comforted to be able to wrap him in a blanket that she finished right before he was born. She wanted to give other parents the comfort of a hand-made blanket and so has created a project to collect them and deliver them to her local hospital (where Emerson was born) on his due date, July 13. In general the blankets they are making are 18 to 24 inch squares but mine are smaller to acknowledge the need for tiny things for tiny babies. I also knit matching hats. (: [I cleared this with her, btw.]

I *love* the duck buttons!

 The next blanket is the only one I actually crocheted and it's the largest, about 16 inches.

These two are larger than the other fleece/flannel blankets but smaller than the crocheted one.

So that's what I've been working on!