Sunday, March 22, 2020

Keep Calm and Crochet On

The world has changed greatly in the past few weeks. Although it's been 
longer in Asia.  Just over a week ago there was talk of social distancing and now
it's become the norm.  As this hit my hubby's back went out in a bad way and the last 
place we wanted to go was the hospital but his pain was unbearable to not go.  
We went first thing last  Friday morning and the ER was eerily quiet.  Eight hours later 
we went homewith a script for  pain and mucle relaxing relief.  It's been an emotional 
week needlessto say but thankful in other respects as so many families are suffering such
 loss from this virus. I started working from home halfway through this past week as have 
many others.  I have managed to work on my blanket when not working, helping hubby
 and doing all the chores. 

I started part five of the Dahlia Blanket.  Slowly but surely it's been a joy to watch it grow
 and stay cozy at the same time.  What have you been doing to keep occupied. 

You may have seen this picture circulating.  

I want to try and make some masks this week.  Anyone else going to try and 
make them?

Saturday, March 7, 2020

More CAL Progress

Working on this Dahlia Colorwash Blanket has been enjoyable and relaxing not 
to mention cozy and warm.  My buddy here likes to sit near me and cozy up while 
I'm crocheting it.

I'm on part 4 of the crochet-a-long but I have seen so many posts of others who are 
making their blankets as well on to the final stage of the border.  I look forward to 
finishing it and enjoying the completed blanket.  I also really like this double knit 
weight yarn for this as it doesn't make the blanket too heavy like using worsted
 weight yarns in the past.

I started some paper piecing with the Granny Chic fabric jelly roll I've been sitting on deciding what to do with it.  I'll most like just sew the hexie onto a backing and quilt
 it to make a small bag pouch.

I made this bedside pouch to keep my phone, fan remote, and eye mask in. I completely winged
it on the size etc.

Made a few new lip balm holders. 

Woke up this sunny Saturday morning and all my babies were enjoying the sun.

Happy Weekend All!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

CAL Progress

I have been diligently working on my Dahlia Blanket each day.  Either at work on lunch or mostly at home at night watching TV.  I'm about to start part 3 of the Crochet A Long with the pinks.
I am usually a worsted yarn weight gal but this kit came with DK Double Knit yarns.  I am finding it
works up nice and doesn't make the blanket as heavy as using worsted. 

And with Valentine's this week I took a quick night off and completed this ruffle heart from
Lulu Loves Crochet Blog. It works up quickly and completed in one evening.

My buddy here has been laying on my original ripple blanket that was our past cat's favourite as I've been working on the Dahlia blanket.  Cats can't get enough cozy time.

Last weekend I wanted to do some sewing as I've had charm packs of this material from Sewing Parts Online, Moda's Harvest Road collection. I used a whole charm pack for this quilt top.  I have another pack and deciding if I should make this larger or not. 

And I whipped up a quick cushion for the cats.

Happy Valentines Weekend All!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Crochet Goodness

When I first got really into crocheting and knitting about 10 years ago looking back at blog post, Attic 24 blog was a big inspiration for my creative crafty side. I've followed Lucy's blog since as many of you I'm sure follow as well.  She always comes up with wonderful color combinations for her projects and famous blankets.  Every years she's published a Crochet A Long CAL that I've always wanted to try and never have.  This year, her colorful Dahlia Blanket CAL was an instant draw to the colors she chose for this blanket inspired by the flowers. Last weekend I just ordered the Dahlia yarn kit from the Wool Warehouse.  I was surprised how fast it arrived in Canada from the UK.  Opening and drooling over the colorful goodness made my day. 

I made the sample on a card to keep track of the colors. I chose her colorwash version of the blanket as I love the blend of the colors together rather than the random strip version.  It's a nice easy pattern that I can do in the evening watching TV.

Last weekend I made a few more of these blocks. 

And here and there I pick these up in the evenings as well.  English Paper Piecing these together for 
who knows what the finished product will be.  I thought they we be nice from charm pack I got.

I got my babies a new toy, motorized butterfly they love to swat at.

We've now had this sweet guy for 4 years now.  When we caught him he was just over a year old.
Shy, cautious but such a sweet kind soul.  He's still cautious but loves his brothers and sister and 
loves to give them licks.  I'm happy they all get along so well.

And this guy, our second stray is the most loving, snuggly, always happy cat. 
His tail is always up and loves to play all the time. 

Happy weekend all!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Holiday Fly By

Late Christmas and New Years greetings.  It came and went like a flash it seems.  I've mostly just enjoyed extra time off work, relaxing at home.  My ripple blanket is nearly done.  I've just been adding border rows while watching TV.

I made this mini Christmas stocking.

As for sewing, I've made myself a Christmas cushion using panel fabrics.

Honey and I went to our winter Bright Lights display.  It was really nice as they added more
lighting and displays but too bad we didn't have any snow for it this year.

Christmas time I love to do a puzzle during time off.  I found this cute one from Bits and Pieces.
They have unique gift ideas and always a great selection of puzzles. When I saw this one with sewing machine, quilt and the cat I had to get it.

And as always I couldn't resist dressing up the kitties for Christmas pix.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  Happy 2020!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Christmas Vibes

I received a request to make a Yip Yip from Seasame Street.  The pattern was easy to follow and completed it within a week.  My co-worker is giving it to her friend for Christmas, inside joke.

I got a few more Christmas fabrics to get into the sewing spirit. 

I finished a place mat set made for a Christmas gift. I paper pieced the hexagons then put on the red quilting background with green binding.

I also almost have my table running started last year completed with binding.  

And of course my fur babies dressed up.

Happy Weekend!