The bambina will be here in 31 days!

I always said the Ides of April were much worse than the Ides of March–it is, after all, the day I was born!  But now, it’s also the day my nephew was born, and this year (as he turns three) it will also be the day my niece will be born!  Since I’ve already given them as gifts, I have these two (poor) photos of the most recent blankets that I finished for her.  So much fun!  20130302_193016

This was the first one I finished.  It looks a little more crooked than it really is, but I didn’t take the photo.  I’ve never done anything like this, with crocheted appliques.  It was fun!  So much so, I did another:Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 3.59.47 PM

This photo was taken by a girl I work with who is obsessed with owls.  I still need to block it, but I’m thrilled with how it turned out.  So cute!


Let the yarning begin!

So it is officially public news. My brother will have his first offspring in April of 2013. My SIL is thrilled that both my mother and I know how to play with yarn, so now I get to make lots of little fun things. Here’s the first blanket I finished–pardon the horrid photo, but I had to take a quick photo before boxing it up. Crochet with Baby’s First by Lion Brand in Honey Bee, I think that it took about 14 skeins of yarn to finish. Insane! But it’s all cotton, and it turned out almost 3.5′ square. I love the bobbles on it because it’s something for the baby to play with while on the floor as they start to reach for things, and I love the fact that it’s all cotton because with my SIL being the crazy cat lady she can throw it it the washer at any time to remove cat hair. Fun times! Next for me to make is the Noah’s Ark blanket, but that one is a surprise….

What is this blog for, anyway?

I will be the first to admit that I don’t blog like I used to, and when I do it’s on my private site.  I don’t know if Facebook has taken away the need to have a place to post random thoughts and silliness, or if I just don’t have the time.  The truth of the matter is, though, that I still miss it.  And while I love to read blogs, I just don’t necessarily have time to write blog entries.  I’ve also noticed that more and more the blogs that I read are craft related.

I somehow stumbled onto the blog for Sew Many Ways.  I don’t remember how–maybe it was through Crafty Storage?  And of course I added it to the RSS feeder.  (Yes, I still use an RSS feeder.  So sue me.  I like it.)  The most recent posting was asking about the crafty in you–post a link to something crafty you have done and shared on your blog.  I had to go WAYYYYYY back to find the posting about my afghan!  Evidently, while I knit and crochet and cook and sew and scrapbook and so on, I just don’t blog about that stuff.

Hmmmm.  Something might have to change there!  In the meantime, I’m off to try and find photos of that yummy bread pudding that I had, and I’m claiming my Sew Darn Crafty button with pride.  I promise to post more, with photos, of my accomplishments!!!!

A Delayed Sense of Accomplishment

When I was in college, there was a girl that lived in my hall that taught me to crochet. She was broke (what college student isn’t) and needed a cheap Christmas gift for family members. She taught me and my neighbors how. I made a few small things, then I was on the phone one night with a guy named Tony that someone thought would be a great match for me. He wasn’t, but while on the phone I started chain stitching for an afghan that I wanted to keep. That was in 1993.

Eight addresses, seventeen skeins of yarn, and fifteen years later, I have finished the afghan. It’s disproportionate, matches nothing in my house, and is ENORMOUSLY HUGE, but I have finished. Working on it only in the winter while watching a movie, having it sit in my mother’s closet for seven years at one point, none of it matters.

Most importantly, the thing I most looked forward to about this whole thing was that I was finally able to wash it.

But it is warm, it’s finished, and it is a beautiful thing in its ugliness. Isn’t it???