Thursday, October 21, 2010


I have been very busy making things for the upcoming craft show on Nov. 13. Then I got an order for a pink hat with a brown flower.  There are many shades of pink, so I made these two hats:
  I let her pick the one she liked the best. She had trouble deciding. We were at church (Wed. night) and so she got the opinion of 2 younger women.  They both picked the second hat, so she bought that one. Now I will put the first one on my Etsy shop.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bernat Mystery Afghan Crochet-Along

I decided to do this crochet-along since I love the feel of the Bernat Softee Chunky yarn.  So far there have been 4 clues (squares) posted. A new one gets posted every Wed. and we should have all of them by Christmas. Here are my first 3 patterns. I have #4, but no camera right now to take the pictures (DH needed it and he is in Minneapolis until Sat. afternoon). The first square is the Walnut one--2 of that pattern.
The second square (granny square) is the bronze one--2 of that and the third square is the redwood one--8 of that pattern. When I get my camera back I will add a picture of clue #4.  I picked fall colors. I used a J hook for all of the squares--they are 8" square. You can read about the crochet along here

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Baby shower gift

I finished up this set for a baby shower I am going to on the 23rd.  It is a cuddle cocoon and hat. I got this pattern on Etsy for the cocoon. The hat is a combination of 2 different patterns. I used a double strand of yarn--one of Bernat's Baby Jacquards and one of Bernat's Baby soft. It was fun to do. She is having a girl (her second girl).  I hope she likes it.

Camp Barakel

I went on a fall retreat to Camp Barakel, up North, with my friend Jan. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend. The speaker was from Moody Bible College and she was ok. The fellowship was wonderful, the food was good and the activities were terrific.  On Sat. right after breakfast, and before chapel, we did the zip line (twice)!!

We got prepared ......

Made the climb up 51 steps............ 
and off we went (I'm in the red swetshirt). The first time was so much fun, we did it again.

After lunch we went on a 10 mile canoe trip which turned out to be a disaster of sorts.  A mile into the trip down the Asable River we were trying to avoid some rocks and ended up on top of a large one. The river was high and the rocks were covered. Attempting to get free of the rock, we tipped into a VERY cold river!!  We lost one of our life saver cushions and our 2 bottles of water. Plus my camera, cell phone and hearing aids got drenched! It was a challenge getting the water out of the canoe and turning it right side up, but we did conquer it (and I have the bruises to prove it).  Luckily we were not seriously hurt (except for our pride--which was a bit inflated at the beginning, which is probably why we tipped).  The sun was shining and despite the breeze, we paddled the 9 miles to the end.  Our backs got dry, but not our feet or lower legs.  The hot shower sure did feel great.  My hearing aid dried out and was ok. It took 24 hours for the cell phone to dry out and function normally. The camera still is not working, but I did rescue the memory card and the pictures were ok. So on Tues. I bought an inexpensive replacement camera that seems to be fine (the pumpkin photo is from that one).  The rest of the trip was uneventful.... 

Pumpkin Patch Crochet Along

I have had this finished for awhile, but didn't get the picture up. This is my pumpkin and it is now part of my fall decorations. It was fun to do

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Baseball season is about to end. Bright spot:  Phillies are in the playoffs and SHOULD (WILL) make it to the World Series and WIN!! Go Phillies
Dark spot:  The St. Louis Cardinals fizzled at the end and are not in the playoffs.  Can't wait for spring!!
I am going for a short weekend retreat at Camp Barakel up North with my friend Jan.  We have gone before and really enjoyed it.
In a few weeks I will be going to the mountains of Georgia to visit a friend who moved there.  The leaves should be at their peak then!
I am also getting ready for a craft show and loading up my Etsy store(see link at the top of the page) with lots of items. My fingers have been busy knitting, crocheting and sewing!!