Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Long, warm days.  Kids out of school.  Picnics.  BBQs.  Flip flops.  Full blooms.  Summer fruit.

 Never mind the bugs...

Happy first day of Summer :-)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pink Obsession

Thank you so so so much for your kind words on my last blanket.  Your comments are a joy to read!

Lately, anything with a pink hue is catching my eye.  I can thank Blogland for this...there seems to be a lot of posts about 'pink' lately and I'm happily being sucked in.

Case in point.  I love to scour thrift and antique shops whenever I can and recently was able to steal away for an hour to browse through one of my favorite antique collectives.  Within 15 minutes I found this set of little pink French cups.

To make sure I wasn't being completely impulsive, I wandered around the shop a little more...

And came back for a second look...

The third time around I knew they were coming home with me.

So here they are...mini-cups filled with mini-roses

Overflowing petite pink posies

These dainty cups are dotted around my work spaces at home...

One next to my pink ripple in progress...

Another one on my desk as I jot down notes for a crochet pattern I have in mind...

And one last look before saying good night.

I LOVE these cups.  They are of no practical use except to sit there looking pretty.  My little indulgence.  I think I needed to post something pink and pretty to give me a lift today.  It was either this or my chocolate obsession.

I hope you enjoy a little indulgence this week :-)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Spring Blanket for Ms. A

I started this little granny blanket back in January as a birthday gift for my friend, Ms. A, who turned 50.  A master knitter and needlepointer, her life is full raising 5 kids ranging in age from 9 - 21 years.  She lost her first child tragically, but managed to go on with life and has brought up a beautiful family.  She's amazing and I respect and adore her.

So this little lap blanket was a pet project of mine, but I kept getting distracted along the way, starting other projects mostly!  Finally finished it this past week.

The humble beginnings back in January.

Continued to grow, using the join-as-you-go method.

72 total squares of Lucy's Summer Garden Granny Square

A 12-row border of granny stitches.  I've done this on 3 blankets now.  I think I like the way it 'frames' the group of granny squares.

The yarn is Patons Canadiana, 100% acrylic, and so soft to the touch.

The final edging was one row of single crochet followed by a simple picot.

I'm calling it the 'Spring Garden' blanket because it took me all of Spring to make it.

Well folks, thanks for popping by today.  I'm off to get the dogs to the groomer, pick up groceries and flowers, and clean house like mad because my Mom is coming to visit!  She's a neat-freak so I always feel compelled to have everything in its place when she comes.  I don't want to get that 'look' from her...you know the one...where all is said with that dreaded 'look'!  I'm forty-something, have a wonderful family and life, and still want my Mom's approval!  Hmmm...come to think of it, my kids know that look all too well.

Have a good weekend :-)