25 December 2011

Merry, merry!

 Friday was the day we shared festivities with the three of Jerry's five children and their families; that live in the area.  This shallow dish/platter, with autumn leaves, is one of my favorites received that day.  And I absolutely love this hemp necklace with an amber pendant/disk and the oblong wooden beads.  My husband's eldest son's wife made this for me and I put it on immediately.  It's just perfect.

This lapghan is shaping up quite nicely.  It's pictured in my last entry.  Since then, I've added ten more rounds.  I had thought I'd do an additional twenty, but now, I'm not so sure.  If I do that, it'll be over five foot square.  Currently it's a lil over three foot square.  Still undecided how large I do want it to be.

The center is based on reverse sequence of prime numbers under ten {7, 5, 3, 2, and 1}.  Then I included a white round to create space between that and the next sequence, which is based on the Fibonacci sequence under ten {0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8}.  I'm actually just starting on the round of 8 claret.  Then I will probably do some white and finish up with teal and aqua.  It depends tho what I do from here, as far as actual number of rounds in which colors.

22 December 2011

Next Project

K, here is the center twenty rounds for Christi's afghan.  She's a lovely young woman who tends to the pups when we need her to do so.  She likes the throw I have draped over my recliner, so I thought that a nice "thank~you" afghan of her own would show some appreciation.

I'm using Red Heart's shocking pink, claret, real teal, aqua, and soft white.  If you saw my entry yesterday, you'll have clicked on the link that takes you to the Red Heart With Love giveaway sponsored by AllFreeCrochet.com.  Don't forget to enter daily!

This is about six hours worth of crocheting while watching the original Dr Who.  We're part way thru the second season.  Oh, and we watched TiVo'd X~Factor; yea! Melanie!

21 December 2011

Red Heart: with love

Earlier today, my husband and I delivered fifty hats, scarves, hoods, and hooded scarves that I crocheted, knitted, or loomed for the kids at the Palmer Home Orphanage.  The Palmer Home is unique in that they are committed to keeping siblings together.  There are five cottages {with an average of eight children at each, along with two house~parents} at the main campus in Columbus, MS.  Pretty cool how I made exactly enough so that everyone was able to pick an item!

I did speak with the admin ladies and let them know that if there are any special requests, folks wanting a hat in this style with those colors or some such thing; then just let me know and I'll see what I can do.  It's not hat/scarf weather here in MS yet, but in the new year, and for months to come; it gets pretty cold.  You wouldn't think that MS has a need for warm garments such as those accessories, but yes, we do.

For most of the hats, hoods, and hooded scarves, I used Red Heart yarns.  Speaking of which, I came upon this just now.  It is a giveaway for Red Heart's relatively new yarn, With Love.  It's an acrylic yes, but is so very soft and yet holds it shape.  I've spoken with a few folks who have used this for various projects, and they rave about it.  Our local WalMart doesn't carry the With Love; perhaps when I get to Tupelo's JoAnn's or down to Jackson's Michaels, I will be able to pick some up.  Our local WalMart has expanded their yarn section quite a bit, but at this point, Red Heart's With Love isn't available there.

However, check out the giveaway for the Red Heart With Love at AllFreeCrochet.com.  You can enter once per day til Jan 4.  So go check it!  Also, if you post a blog entry mentioning it, or Tweet about it, or FaceBook it, that counts as an extra entry into the giveaway.  I don't FaceBook, nor do I tweet, but I do blog.


13 December 2011

Sophie with Santa

My husband becomes Santa every December for a few events.  This past weekend, the Emerson Center, BrickFire Project, and a few other community efforts joined together to put on a Christmas Extravaganza.  It featured pictures with Santa, decorating cookies, wrapping gifts, making cards, singing songs, reading books, etc.  The event is always the second Saturday in December and it gets better every year, cuz every year an old kink is eased but a new one develops, or so it seems.  I think they are controlling the chaos pretty well, considering!

The main thing is that the kids love it and so do the adults.  Some children take to Santa right off and want to hang with him for hours and hours.  They have to be coaxed to move on so that others can spend time with him.  Then there are some children who will not, with any amount of coaxing, have anything to do with Santa.  He can be a big ole scary dude, with all that white fluffy hair and that can be a tad intimidating.

But mostly, it's fun to watch the kids pose with Santa and tell him their names and list all their wishes.  The funniest kid has got to be my friend's lil boy, Alex, almost three.  When asked what he wanted for Christmas, he replied with great enthusiasm, "presents!" and stuck to that answer when pressed for specifically what kind of present does he want.  It doesn't matter, a box to unwrap can be just as fun as whatever is inside the box, doncha know.