Sunday, September 26, 2010

All The Animals In the Zoo...

Yesterday I accompanied my son, his fiancee and my grandson on a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. What a great day! My grandson was thrilled with the animals there. My personal favorite are the giraffes. I took a lot of photos, including a few (ha-ha!) of my favorite grandson. Okay, more than a few.

It's only 13 more days until our vacation. I really can't wait, but I'm going to miss the kids so much.

I'm attaching some of the photos I took at the zoo.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

17 Days and Counting...

Vacation! I am so looking forward to doing NOTHING! DH and I are going on a cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary (a late celebration) and I'm planning on some quality time by the pool. Breakfast from room service, coffee on the balcony and checking out the islands we haven't been to yet. I'll be posting photos and notes about our trip whenever I can.

I will miss my kids and my sweet little grandson, who is such a source of joy in my life!

DH took me to the pool this evening and I had a refresher course in snorkeling in preparation for our trip. I'm not comfortable in the water so teaching me to swim or snorkel is a difficult proposition. I did okay though, but definitely need a few more lessons. We got chased out of the pool early though - lightning storm.

I will keep this short - I'm tired and will be turning in early. Tomorrow I'll have to visit a yarn store or two in search of a suitable yarn for a shawl. I'd like to take one with me on the cruise.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sweaters on a Roll...

Having finished a sweater for myself, I whipped up a sweater for my grandson Justin. I hope his mom will send me a photo of my little guy wearing it. I figured that since the weather is cooling off, a nice toasty sweater would come in handy.

I didn't intend it to look so much like mine, but I love the look of Red Heart Fleck yarns. Mine is Buff and the baby's is Aran fleck. And here is my little ray of sunshine!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sweater/Coat Made Without a Pattern!

I crocheted myself a present! I don't often make things for myself, but it gets cold at work sometimes. I thought it would be nice to have a something handy. I started one day to crochet a rectangular wrap using Red Heart Buff Fleck yarn, but then wondered if I could make a sweater instead. So I crocheted until I had a back piece, measuring it on myself as I went. Then made two front pieces, again measuring as I went along. Once I thought it would work, I sewed (crocheted) all the pieces together. Next, starting from the armhole, I crocheted the sleeves from top to bottom. The border is gray and brown, to accent the flecks in the yarn. I am debating making pockets for it. I tried it on and I like it! It's a keeper!

Maybe someday soon I can sit down and write the pattern. It was all made in half-double crochet and single crochet. I think that I should be able to determine the number of stitches and write down the directions, just in case I want to make another one.