Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nothing Much to Report

I haven't been interested in keeping my blog updated or even sure I want to continue with it.  I've been busy with life and life is good right now.  :)

My next oncology appointment is in December.  Cancer is no longer on my radar.  September marked nine years and the December appointment will be a yearly one.  Unless something comes up with my blood work, and I don't anticipate that it will, this will be my last visit to the oncologist.

I made a few dresses for the girls over the summer and now I'm back to knitting.  Lately, I've been busy babysitting three of the grand kids two days a week.  Their babysitter quit.  I had forgotten how much work toddlers were.  I hope we are a positive influence in their lives.  They ask about Pappy when he's not home.  The other day Logan climbed up on Pappy's lap and wanted to be cuddled.  He was tired and cranky from not napping when I had him down to nap.  Even though he had tears on his face it still made me smile to see him comforted by my husband.  Michael is doing pretty good with his potty training when he's here but I have to figure a way to keep his hands from going into the potty when he's on it.  :(  Suggestions welcome!

Today the weather outside is warm and sunny.  Probably the last of the nice days before we get snow.   Thanksgiving will be here soon and my parents will be here.  I really enjoy my time with them now.  My oldest son and his family will be visiting friends out of state but glad we will have our younger son and his family with us.  I'm hoping my mother in law will join us if she isn't with my husband's brother and his family.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring has arrived!

Spring has finally arrived here in Pennsylvania.  It wasn't a bad winter at all but I look forward to spring and can't wait for summer!

I've been busy sewing and teaching myself how to use my new Brother embroidery machine.  I love it.  It has a 5x7 inch hoop which means I can do larger embroidery designs.  I bought onesies to embroider for my grandsons but the smallest onesie for Logan was too small for the new embroidery machine and I ended up having to use the machine with the 4x4 inch hoop.




I couldn't figure out which stabilizer to use so the inside of the onesie wouldn't scratch his skin.  So, they will probably not get worn.  Bummer.  I did make myself a medium weight linen top which I embroidered.  I'm happy with it.  The embroidery turned out very nice, however, the pattern I selected does not work well with my body.  I am short and overweight.  The bodice area has too much fabric gathered that it looks more like a maternity top.  If I had used a light weight fabric and lessened the amount of fabric gathers it would have worked better.  You learn as you go, right?


I also made two pair each of linen pants for the boys for the summer months.  This photo is the green linen called willow before I put the elastic in the waist band.  Gorgeous color in person.


And other photos from the last month.







Mikey loves the cats.

 Logan has red hair!


The grandma is so proud of all her grandbabies!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

More Knitting Projects

I have been working on a few more knitting projects since the first of the year.  

I started an old fashioned undershirt for grandson Logan in 0-9 months size and it looks huge.  I think it might fit his brother Michael.  I'm using Mountain Maid Yarns Leaflet No. 202.  The yarn is by Sapphires-n-Pearls and is called Springy Sock, in a blue/green colorway that I was really drawn to, and size two needles. 

I made a sweater for my cousin's son Haden (size 12 months) in the Oatmeal pattern on Ravelry.  I used Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and size six needles.  Turned out beautifully!  I'm plan to make one for Logan.


I'm working on a sweater for our granddaughter Beverly in size 4-5 years, 100% merino wool and size 6 needles.  Pattern is called Daisy Chain by Amanda Lilley. 


I'll post photos soon.




Here is Miss BAM in her sweater I made for her.  She loved it!