Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad...

I sure haven't been very good at keeping up with my blog.  I have been busy with projects for Christmas.  I'm pretty much making all the little kids their gifts but since they range in ages 1 - 6, I'll also get them a small toy or something to go with it.  I would show pictures of what I have made so far but I'll have to wait until after they open them. 

I'm also working on a crochet scarf for the Texas Special Olympics.  The deadline for them to receive it is in January so while it seems like I have a lot of time, I really don't.  But a refreshing beverage helps:

On another note...Bethanie started decorating our Christmas tree that we have had for  13 years:

She used to stand on her tippy toes on a chair to reach that same branch.

Well, off to do some more hooking.  Have to keep at it if I want to finish everything in time. 

Until next time, keep on hooking.


Louie in 2012

Saturday, November 26, 2011

'Tis the season

I know, I's been almost two months since my last posting.  After I last posted I started a job and I found it hard to find the time to update.  I did, however, slowly finish the project that I began with the pink yarn.  I made a lovely prayer shawl that was intended to be a give-away here but I came across someone in need of it and gave it to her.  I didn't get a picture of it but I have started another one in the same color and when that one is finished, I will take a picture and post it here.  I thought about doing it in holiday colors but I just love the pink yarn and another donation was made to the Susan G. Komen foundation. 

There's just something comforting about making prayer shawls.  I have made a few over the years without having anybody in mind.  But it's nice to have them to give.  The same goes for newborn hats.  I just feel so peaceful when I'm making them because I know they will be going on a newborn's little head at the hospital, whether in the NICU or regular nursery.  Making those just takes my mind off of everyday issues for a little while, I can just "zone" out for a while.

So on that note, I am currently working on hats for the grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  I just might throw some in for my children, too.  We shall see. 

Until next time, keep on hooking.


Prince Louie IV in 2012

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall has arrived

Fall has finally arrived.  We have gone from triple-digit temperatures down to the cooler mid - to - high 90's.  Still no rain, although we did have some showers a week and a half ago.  Yay for the little things. 

One of the good things about the arrival of Fall is...the holidays aren't too far away!  Isn't that exciting?  I think it is.  October is just a few days away so that means Halloween is coming.  Now that my daughter and her family have moved back home from Kentucky, I get to see my three granddaughters in their Halloween costumes.  So excited!  Doesn't take much to excite me, does it? 

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I am hoping that one day there will be a cure for it as I can't stand the thought of any of my girls (or anyone else) having to go through that.  So on that note, when I bought this lovely yarn...

...the proceeds of the sale were donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure  (  Wonder what this yarn will grow up to become.  Stay tuned to my blog for a give-away. 

Until next time, keep on hooking.


P.S.  Louie in 2012!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Friday Quickies

Happy Friday!  The weather has finally gotten cooler, if you can call 95 degrees cool.  But after going through 20 plus days of triple-digit temperatures, yes, I do call 95 degrees cool.  But we still need rain.

So on that note, I made a pair of wristers: 

These should keep me warm when it's cold in the room and let me keep on crocheting and blogging.  These are so simple to make.  It's made with Lion Brand Hometown USA and a P hook.  It's a simple half-double crochet stitch.

Chain 14
Row 1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 7 - 12 inches from beginning.  (Measurement depends on how long you want it - mine is 8 inches). 
Fasten off.

Beginning at top edge, sew side edges together for 1 inch, leave next 1 1/2 inches open for thumb, sew remainder of side edges together.
Weave in ends.

There you go.  Easy peasy.  And warm. 

Until next time, keep on hooking.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Roses and Hooking

Did everyone have a good Labor Day?  I did.  In fact it was mine and Kevin's 13th wedding anniversary.  Here is what he got me (notice the bottle of chocolate syrup?):

The roses have bloomed open and are really pretty.  I love the red and white combination. 

Today I decided to take a break from the bigger crochet projects I'm working on (the Special Olympic scarfs) and do a quickie project.  I love how it turned out:

It's a Boutique Purse and you can find the pattern here.  I'm thinking about making one for each of my three granddaughters and two nieces for Christmas, all between the ages of 2 and 6.  Stuff them with little toys and candies, and it should make a nice extra little gift for them.  I'm also thinking that maybe I should make another one or two with the holiday sparkle yarn for the holiday season (it is just a couple of months away, you know).  But I do need to finish the special project and then make a little something for a baby girl that's due in Janaury and a baby boy (my grandson!) that's also due in January.

Until next time, keep on hooking. 



Thursday, September 01, 2011

Song of the day...

The song of the day is Whip It by Devo.  Except I'm substituting Frog It for Whip It.  Why, you ask?  I started a pair of Wristers yesterday.  I finished the first one, length was great, side seaming was great, thumb hole was perfect.  I started the second one.  Should have been a piece of cake.  It's a mindless chain 14, half-double crochet across until the piece measures 7 - 12", depending on your preferred length. 

The first one was 8"; I thought I would just measure the second one by that one.  But I worked on it while watching Dance Moms (have you seen that?  OMG, those little girls are so limber and wonderful dancers) and mindlessly crocheting, to the tune of 18".  A bit long for a wrister but I suppose it could be an elbower.  Le Sigh...Rip it, Rip it, Rip it good. 

Now on to other news...

Prince Louie IV in 2012
Until next time, keep on hooking.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Making of a Military Mom

When the good Lord was creating mothers, he was into his fifth day of overtime.An angel appeared and said, “You’re having a lot of trouble with this one. Why not use the standard model?”

And the Lord replied, “Have you seen the specifications on this order? Give birth to a child that will become one of my warriors; install values of duty, honor, and country into them from birth while teaching them to be compassionate and loving; safeguard this treasure through flu, sickness, cuts and scrapes knowing that she can’t be with them when country calls; embrace them but let go of her precious gift to perfect strangers; brighten their day when all seems confused not knowing the pain they are enduring; have the patience of a saint when waiting for them to return home; and have two sets of shoulders to handle the weight of both love and uncertainty.”

The angel shrugged slowly looking down and said, “two sets of shoulders… no way!”

And the Lord answered, ”Don’t worry, we’ll make other military mothers to help carry the burden. Besides it’s not the shoulders that are causing the problem, it’s the heart. It must swell with pride, sustain the ache of separation, beat on steadily when it’s too worried to do so and be large enough to say, “I Understand” when it doesn’t.

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve gently. “Come to bed… finish this tomorrow!”

“I can’t,” said the Lord. ”I’m so close to creating something special and unique. Already I have one who heals herself from within; can send joy a thousand miles away in just a small box; able to cheer them up with one phone call and can wave good-bye from a pier, a car or off a runway and understand that it is important to her country that they leave.”

The angel circled the model of the military mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

“But tough,” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this woman can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

“Can it think? It can home school if need be”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for joy. Sadness. Disappointment. Pain, loneliness and pride!”

“You are a genius,” sighed the angel.

The Lord looked somber and replied, “I didn’t put it there.


Yes, I am a military mom and I am very proud of my son.  At the age of 23 he has been in the Army for about 6.5 years and has already served two tours and will be going back April 2012.  As much as I do not want him to go, I know this is what he wants to do.  He signed up at the age of 17 and has made everybody proud of him.  When it's time for him to leave again, I'll do my best to not let him see me cry, but I can't make any promises.  As I know it gets cold at night where he's going, I best get busy making him some helmet liners and hats. 

Until next time, keep on hooking.


Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaack...

Did you miss me?  It has been over a year since I last blogged.  A lot has been going on and I just couldn't seem to find the time (or energy) to come here daily, or even three times a week.  Although this would probably have helped for me to write it all down.  But now I'm back and I promise to be more regular in my blogging. 

I have a lot of new crochet patterns that I want to try out and share with you.  Right now I'm working on a special scarf.  It's for the 2012 Special Olympics.

As you can see I still have a ways to go but I will finish soon.  I like the colors for 2012 - Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy and Cherry Red.  They are working up quite nicely together. 

As for Louie, well, he's still his ornery self. 

Until next time, keep on hooking.