Sunday, August 30, 2015

Poncho Finished

I finally finished my poncho.  I was going to make it longer but I ran out of the brown which I just had enough to do a single crochet round to finish it off.  And to get the edges to lay flat I just got a new iron with steaming ability and steamed the edges over a towel.

I'm slowing getting my crochet mojo back.  Maybe it's just a summer thing when we get too busy.

 I've been busy getting my new feline friend accustomed to our home.
After Marma passed it left a void of a cuddly companion.  I do still have my other two cats but their not the cuddling kind.  We had been visiting the local Humane Society for about a month on the weekends.   There were a few contenders but I came to love this gorgeous girl.

She officially got her name tag, Pippa. I thinks she's feeling quite at home.

And the others are getting used to her.  She's a very vocal girl with a weird meow but we love her all the same.  

Happy weekend all!!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Beginnings

Last Sunday we started off the week going to a demolition derby.  I did put sunblock on knowing we'd be in the sun.  I wore a hat but was wearing a tank top.  The venue didn't have shade. Hence, I ended up with the above sunburn.  Probably the worst I've ever had.  Currently it's now peeling.
And for almost 3-4 weeks now honey and I have been visiting pets stores holding adoption events for cats and visiting the Humane Society.  We've seen a few the we looked at but consider how their temperament is in our home and with the other cats.  We went Saturday and I fell in love with this precious girl.  She's five years old but a small cat for five and compared to my other two.  I found she loved to be pet, cuddled in my arms, had a cute meow and loves to purr.  All were a must in what I was looking for in a cat.  Marma was like that, and that's what I missed the most.
I pulled out some crochet tonight and she was content in sitting next to me belly up and purring.
Maybe that's why I lost some of that crochet mojo.  I didn't have my crochet companion to keep me company while doing my favourite hobby.  However, taking a break has helped my shoulder a bit.

In the shelter she was named Meesha. I do not know if that was her name before being surrendered but I decided to call her Pippa. 

The other two cats doesn't not seem to faze her.  However they're not too happy right now with her in their territory. The oldest has seen a number of cats come and go but the other hasn't. 
Only time will tell.  They give you two weeks to see how the new cat will fit into your home which is a nice option. 
Happy weekend all.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blissful Summer

I've been working on this shrug still a few rows at a time.  I think I've lost my crochet mojo.
I picked up this ball of Isaac Mizrahi yarn at Michael's on clearance thinking it will finish of
the edge of the shrug nicely.

The only other crochet I have managed is this flower motif. And I've started reading the 3rd book in the Friday Night Knitting Club series.

Just a pic here of my crochet corner.

I had yesterday off so I went to my hair dresser to get a new style, shorter and more stylish.

And then went a got a pedicure.  Only the second I've ever had but what a treat.

Honey and I went out to the Friday Night market. Vendors and local brews.

Happy Weekend all!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heating Up

This last week I haven't crocheted much except for added a few squares here and a row on the black shrug I've been working on.  It's either been too hot or I have been too sore in the shoulders.
And I came home from work Friday night with the AC broken down.  Yesterday was 90 degrees with humidex over 100.  I called a repair guy and we're all fixed now.   

However, I did finish my puzzle.  Of course that could have added to the sore shoulders leaning over the table while working on it. 

It's so pretty.  Now what to do with it.  I'd like to glue it on a board or something.  

Last weekend a house down the street had a yard sale. I found this cute basket and then
made this liner for it.  A WIP basket to keep yarn in.

We did have a gorgeous day this week that I had to get out on the bike.

Happy Weekend All!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Small Progress

Yesterday I had off and got to hit a thrift store.  I found this J.K. Rowling book for .50 cents. 
I enjoyed a long overdue visit with my chiropractor. The shoulder is feeling a bit better but of course that usually means having to keep going to keep the relief up.  I've worked on this shrug a bit. I got quite a few rows done last weekend while we were driving through the county.

But I must admit, I have a new addiction.  Jigsaw puzzles.  I had ordered a few from a site I found.
Bits & Pieces. They have puzzles, home and garden decor items etc. I picked one of a cat in a door way with flowers. Of course I didn't realize it was a round puzzle until it came. 

I've taken pictures each day of the progress. It's going on day 5.  This one is not so easy.

And I found this picture on facebook.  Can you imagine if it were true.  A girl can dream.

Happy weekend all!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015


I've been working on a shrug for a co-worker.  Simple all black. I found the pattern on Pinterest
It's a super easy stitch pattern, basically just making a large square and fold and sew up arm holes.

This week on Annemarie's blog she feature my mandala from last week. Yah, 
check it out.

Happy 4th to American Friends this weekend!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Taking It Easy

I haven't been crocheting much in the last few weeks.  After doing the poncho my elbow and shoulder have been bothering me.  I hate the my hobby is impeded by my achy body. I've only made a rows progress on my #Sophiesuniverse project. I had a request from a co-worker to make them a bolero.  I started it last night.  I'll have to take it easy.

I did make up some quick Ninja masks for my friends boys.  I hope they like them.  

I've been marathon re-watching Sex and the City and noticed Carrier wore crochet.  Woohoo.  

We had our yearly fireworks event here last week.  It's supposed to be for Canada and the US 4th of July but they have them so early.  Due to the weather they had to start them a bit early in day light.  But this shot it wasn't too bad.  I'll never stop loving fireworks.


Sunday, June 14, 2015


I think I finish my poncho for my friend in record time.  Mind you it's not a full length poncho but it'll server it's purpose of keeping warm at work when the air conditioning is on.  She loves it.

And my honey finally hung my shadow box and a picture that was given to me after 
my Marma's passing.  

And the saying....

Now what to work on.  An WIP or start a new project. 
Crochet ADD.

Happy weekend all!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Time Heals

I started yet another project this week. A co-worker got me some new yarn, the taupe colour, and of course the wheels in the head start to go on what to use it for and with.  I had the light beige and green so I thought they would all go together nicely.  I browse my favourited crochet videos on You Tube and start this Waves Ponch by BobWilson123.

It's coming on 3 weeks since I've lost my Baby cat Marma.  I had this shadow box that I had a bit of crochet in it but knew now that it had a new purpose.  I was waiting for the scrap paper for the background.  Same as I used in another passed pet. I found the wooden letters at Michael's for his name, his favourite mouse in there and a lock of his fur. I added the crochet flower as he loved my crochet, cuddling in it. It still hurts and miss his presence everyday.  Even the other two cats have noticed something missing.

And two up close pics.

I came upstairs one day and these two were sleeping together. I have never seen these two do that. Keegan on the left had been with Marma the longest.  He's 13 years old and Tigger is 6.

I found this old puzzle of mine while cleaning out old stuff. I thought I'd give it a whirl to occupy some time and keep the brain active.  It took me 3 days.  

Happy weekend all!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sophie's Progress

I've managed a few more rounds on this Sophie's Universe project.I'm not sure how large I will make mine but it is a lovely project. 

I finished this granny stripe and plan to make it into a bag. I've even sewn the lining for it.

I was given these squares by my aunt years ago and I finally got around to using them. I'm making
small blankets for cat shelters to donate.  In honour of my Marma. 
I made this photo collage of him for my desk at work.
We got his ashes back last week. We now have pendants with a bit of him inside 
to be near to our heart to wear on a necklace. 
Love you baby cat.

It's a rainy weekend but I hope next weekend will be better.  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rest In Peace

    Such a gift to have cared for this unique spirit. He wasn't like a cat but a reincarnated soul who appreciate our love, affection and our home. Having been a stray he truly appreciated the roof over his head. Loved to cuddle and showed it with a loud purr or motor I called it. He loved laying in the window when the sun was out. RIP my sweet baby cat.

       Monday was a holiday and we spent the day with him on the porch. He mostly laid in his bed in the sun which was his favourite thing.  He slept with me that night and I woke Tuesday morning with him beside me purring away.  He jumped off the bed but seemed a bit wobbly. I was going into work that day.  He was laying on the bed and his breathing didn't seem right.  Depsite all this time with the gas he had and not being able to to number 2 he hadn't thrown up.

      I went to work and an hour later my honey called and said you better come home.
    He was still on the bed with laboured breathing.  We just pet him, told him we loved him and then he started to throw up. Not a good sign. We called ahead to the vet to see if there was a wait as I didn't want to be waiting in there knowing what we were going to have to do. On the way to the vet we had him in his green bed and I had my crocheted blanket on him to keep him cozy and unaware of where we were headed.  He started to hurl again and then a second later I felt warm liquid on my leg, he let go at the same time.  That for sure was a sign his body was letting him down.  We didn't want to see him suffer anymore.  It truly was the hardest thing to do. He really didn't 
    want to leave us, he loved being with us. I believe his unique personality developed because of us. 
       I didn't go back to work the next day either.  It hurt so much. I couldn't sleep in the bed where he would sleep with me, sit on the love seat where he would lay with me while I would crochet. Day by day it's easing up and are trying to focus more attention on the other two cats that now seem to notice something missing. They just don't have the same personality as Marma and don't love to cuddle the way he did.  

    My honey had made this great video of him after the first visit back from the vet when we first were told he had that mass and it was probably cancer.  We uploaded on You Tube to share his story.

    I have done some crochet in the last few days.  It still is crochetapy.

    Happy weekend all!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Crochet Therapy

Another week has gone by and my cat is still trying to hang in there. He's been eating and drinking randomly on his own and with coaxing.  It's just worrisome that he hasn't went number 2.  We took him back to the vet last night and she did another X-ray and felt his colon but she insists there is nothing in his bowel.  He must be absorbing it all.  She believes the mass around the colon is just blocking the movement. He doesn't seem in pain.  

I started the Sophie's Universe Crochet A Long this weekend.  It's just so pretty and I had to try it.

So I've been crocheting to help with the stress of which is why I got back into crochet years ago when dealing with my parents.  Hence my name Crochetapy. Crochet is therapy.

This was a WIP that I pulled out.  A cotton blanket my aunt had started and gave me along with the yarn.  I've since started into the second large ball and hope that will make a decent length.  If not I 
may have to hunt it down at the yarn store.  It should be nice to bring on a picnic or walk or something.  It's a long weekend here in Canada, Victoria Day. Always nice to have the day off however this region is famous for it's humidity which isn't so great for wanting to do outdoor activities.