Using my imagination and left-over yarn, I crocheted this poncho for my far-away, granddaughter.
I haven’t seen her in over two years.
I am but a stranger to her now.
She was two years old the last I saw her.
This year she turns five.
Life is so short and the days zoom by.
I guess most wonder when.
Two years ago my grandchildren moved 1200 miles from me, I don’t get to see them. Not seeing them leaves such an empty feeling. When I think of them, I get a lump in my throat and my eyes well up and tear. I see how they have grown through photos.
Yesterday, I took a photo (of my granddaughter) that my daughter posted on Facebook and made a scrap type page with it and then framed it.
For just a little while, the emptiness was put aside as I worked to frame her pretty face.
I miss my family.
A while back I made hats for my granddaughter, Elizabeth. I didn’t post the pattern, but Sunday and yesterday I sat down and finally put pattern to paper by making three hats.
Writing patterns isn’t something that I am very good at doing because you have to keep stopping as you crochet. I can design a crocheted piece, but hesitate to write it down.
You can find the pattern here for this hat.
After making the first one and writing the pattern down as I went along, I came back to read it and found that it didn’t make sense.
Sooooooooooo yesterday, I crocheted the third one at my desk-in front of my pc.
This is the third one I made. I added a sl st around the brim. On the last round (instead of working in the round), I turned my work on round 20 then added the sl st.
The second one I made Sunday night. It is slightly different. I kind of went off-track and was trying different styles. Hopefully, I will get the pattern written before I forget.
I call this one-Sunflowers for Elizabeth–
The top of the hat-
That’s it for now. Here’s hoping that the pattern for hat #1 & 2 makes sense.
Last winter, Carrie asked me if I would crochet a name plaque for my granddaughter, Elizabeth. I got busy and charted out a graph-
I have crocheted many filet crochet patterns and names over the years. Reading a graph, while I am crocheting, can become confusing as to where I keep loosing my place. That tends to frustrate me and slow me down. I write down the rows and the steps-
Two nights ago, I finally stiffed it with fabric stiffener-
I made another Elizabeth one previous to this one, but I didn’t like how the “Z” font looked. So, I charted this one and was ok with the outcome. I just wish I had added more of a frilly border.
Now, I just have to put it into a pretty, matted frame.
Because we are experiencing some beautiful Autumn temperatures, Elizabeth was able to wear one of the hats that I crocheted for her today.
I just couldn’t resist taking some pictures of her and making some memories.
I sure am going to miss them when they move to Texas. But, that’s a post for a different day.
Wanting something to crochet, and not having much yarn, I decided to make a little cardigan for my granddaughter. If I had a different color yarn in my stash, I would not have used this color to make this cardigan.
I modified the pattern for a size two. It fits Elizabeth perfectly. The instructions didn’t make much sense to me, but I think it came out ok. I used a reverse single crochet stitch around the front and neck rather than the slip stitch that the pattern suggested. When I sl st, as the instruction suggested, it had bunched. It looked terrible. A while back I had crocheted some flowers and added one of them to the cardigan to dress it up a bit.
Below is the original from Lion Brand. It is called Bebop Cardi. Click on the links/picture to get the pattern.
I baked these Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies this morning…
…for these little
Picture of Brian and Nicky taken yesterday, Super Bowl Sunday. We had a small family gathering for the Super Bowl Game. I fried hot wings and curly fries and on the side we had celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. For appetizers we-the adults-indulged on 7-layer dip, beer and wine. The temperature was in the middle 50’s and we all spend most of the day outside.
It was a wonderful weekend and for a while I was able to forget all the things that have been weighing heavily on our minds and in our lives.
My granddaughter, Elizabeth-14 months old.
I finally found a use for this quick page I made a while back.