Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ghosts and Goblins

It's Halloween night and the costumed kiddies are out and about! I really enjoy seeing the little ones dressed up - we've had Harry Potter, princesses, a king, Eeyore, a wolfman who got quite insulted that I called him the big bad wolf, and lots more. One little Batman jumped about 6 inches off the ground when I answered the knock at the door. Probably because he could hear the two dogs barking like crazy here inside the house. At least I think that was the reason - I hope I'm not that scary!

I remember when my brothers, sisters and I used to go out for Halloween. My mom kept a bag of old clothes (the "rag bag") in the cellar, and each October we'd go through it to see what we could salvage and turn into costumes. We designed many a scarecrow and hobo costume, we were ghosts, monsters, clowns, and steelworkers and even "Granny Clampett". That was my sister - she looked like Irene Ryan's twin! I don't think that any of us even owned a store-bought costume! Today, some of the kids think a hoodie and a pillowcase are all you need for Halloween.

Finally finished the Pink Ribbon Cancer Awareness afghan. I ran out of yarn and had to finish the last 6 rows with a yarn slightly darker than the rest of the afghan, and I'm heartsick about it. The fundraising auction is next week, so I'll have to donate it as is. Everyone at work was nice about it and said they didn't notice - but it sticks out like a sore thumb when I look at it! It will be on display in our building, and the other buildings in the complex will have a picture of it to display. Above is the photo I took.

Someone asked me if I was putting a doll "room" in the auction this year. It was the person who won last year's set of Barbie furniture. I'm sorry to say that she'll be disappointed this year. I've been out of sorts for so long and just started to get back into crochet mode in July. I've got a lot of hooking to catch up on. So many projects - so little time!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Oh, My Aching Back! Oh Well -Time to Crochet~

Been having back trouble this weekend. Nasty muscle spasms for 3 days, and so I've been taking it easy. Good excuse to break out the yarn and hook. Not too strenuous! I owe my hairdresser a baby gift and so I put together a hat and poncho set. It's made with baby print, white and pink worsted weight yarn. The hat actually started out as a round ripple afghan. Part way into the afghan, I wondered how it would look as a hat. I like it!

Much as I hate to say it though, I would like to go back to work tomorrow. That would mean the pain is lessening! As long as I have someone who can pull me up out of my chair (or wheel me down the hallway), I should be fine!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Barbie Doll Furniture

These are some of my favorite items to make! I've gifted these to people, and donated some to auctions to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I know 2 little girls who were the happy winners of some of these items!

Monday, October 8, 2007

WIPs - Lots of Baby Afghans!

I am hooked on round ripple afghans right now! I finished one rainbow afghan for my former boss, who is expecting her first baby in about 3-4 weeks. I missed her baby shower last week, so I dropped it off today. She seemed to like it a lot.

I used Red Heart worsted weight yarns, and I've just recently started washing and drying the items I make. Red Heart seems to be so stiff and scratchy lately. But wash it on a gentle cycle for a few minutes and dry it with a dryer sheet and it comes out so soft!
I have another RR in the works - also in rainbow colors, but in pastel shades. I haven't finished it yet. It's worked with two strands of yarn for a blended look. It's going to be massive, though! I goofed and made each section 4 rows wide. I should have used 3 rows. I'll post a photo when it's finished. I guess it will make a good "mom and baby" afghan! LOL!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Trip To The Hospital

What a day! My husband Wayne and I just got back from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He had a new patient appointment and I had a return visit scheduled. We started out before 9:00 am, and it's an hour's ride by train to the hospital. We arrived at 10:30 for appointments at 11:00 and 11:45.

OMG - neither one of us saw the doctor until almost 2:00 pm! There were medical students in and out. Good thing Wayne brought a book and I brought my yarn and crochet hook. I started out crocheting on the train and continued throughout the wait at the hospital. The medical student who stopped in to go over history with us commented to me that we had both been waiting for a while. I agreed - I told him that my crochet project started out as a Barbie doll-sized rug, and was now well into scarf mode, since I'd added over a hundred rows. I told him that I would like to get out before I had to consider turning it into a hallway runner! He laughed, said he needed to consult with the doctor, and that if he saw the pink yarn poking out from under the door, he would know he was gone too long!

I usually don't mind waiting, especially when I have my yarn with me. However, due to the fact that we left so early, I hadn't eaten and was starving! LOL! I was glad when I was finished and sent out to the waiting room to wait for Wayne. When he appeared around the corner about 15 minutes later, I said "Halleluia!". He said not to get too excited because they had him waiting for some papers to take home with him. So another 12 rows were added to the scarf. It's now over 4 feet long. I can honestly say, for the first time in a while, I've done enough crocheting for the day. I need a break! LOL!-

The doctor did tell me I needed to make another appointment to return in about a month. The thought that I should just hang out in the waiting room until then did cross my mind for a second.

Anyway, we're home and I'm glad! And I took a vacation day for this! I'll post a photo of the pink scarf when it's finished.

The Phillies are playing the first of their playoff games against the Rockies. Here's hoping they win - although at the moment, it doesn't look good.