Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pics of My Recent Knitting

The first photo is a WIP.  The Sawtelle Cardigan I'm knitting for my granddaughter Lilly.  She's 2 1/2 and I'm making it in a size 4 so she can wear it a while longer.

These next photos are close ups of the scarf I finished last week for my mom.

Friday, March 29, 2013

More Vintage Patterns!

I love vintage patterns.  My family thinks I'm a hoarder.  HA!  I scrounge through thrift stores and shop online hoping to find a real gem.  The hardest part for me isn't the buying of the pattern.  It's deciding what fabric to use to make the item.  A lot of times I can't find what I'm truly looking for so the pattern sits and the girls (granddaughters) grow too quickly for me to use the pattern.  Dang!

Here are some of my newest finds.  Simplicity 2582 for Jassie which is a shortie pajama set and nightgown pattern.  Can be used for summer or winter depending on the fabric you choose with the long sleeved option.

Simplicity 2056 for Lilly and Dixie to match the pattern I bought a  few months ago for Jassie.  I absolutely LOVE this pattern.

I love this bubble romper.  I think it'll be great for Lilly and Dixie this summer!

Most of the patterns I buy at thrift stores are no more than a dollar each.  Patterns online vary as to age (1930-1970) vintage (although 1980 is considered vintage now and that's when I graduated high school.  Ugg.) and condition.  A perfect wrapper and unused condition commands a high price although I have seen used patterns in great condition go for over $20.  I think unless you're a pattern collector, and I'm not, why pay that?  I plan to use the patterns I'm buying.  The most I've paid for a pattern has been about $14 and that was the Butterick 2056 I bought for Jassie a while back.  The matching pattern (above) cost about $9.  I love to sew for the girls.  It's faster than knitting.  Usually I can finish a project in a day whereas when I'm knitting it takes days and sometimes weeks to complete.

Now to find cute fabric for those bubble rompers!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26

I go in for blood work today.  It's been six months since my visit with the oncologist.  I will see him next Thursday.  I am always scheduled for blood work a week prior to my oncology visit so he has the results back in time to review them with me.

Our health insurance carrier changed this year.  We had been with UPMC HMO for at least 10 years and I loved it.  Minimum copays and no deductibles.  With the new carrier and plan we have deductibles and copays.  I have a feeling we'll be paying everything up to the point where the deductible is met.  Still, when you consider that I am a cancer survivor just having good insurance is a wonderful thing.

I got an email from the new insurance carrier this past week letting me know that I would most likely save myself money by using their designated diagnostic service instead of having blood drawn at the cancer center.

Oh, Lord!  My appointment is in an hour and I need to leave in 20 minutes to get there!  Yikes, what was I thinking?

I made it there in plenty of time and even had to wait a little bit.  There were seven people in the waiting area when I got there.  All were walk-ins so I was able to get in for my appointment before them.  High five for scheduling my appointment online!  Too bad I can't get the results prior to my visit with the doctor next week.  I am soooooooo impatient.  I hate waiting in the office for him to come in and read my test results.  Praying I've stayed on the cured list!

UPDATE on April 1:  Got my lab results via email.  Yay!  A whole lot of things I don't understand which were tested for during my blood work.  The only thing I really care about is the CEA result which is still at 0.5 (zero point five)!  YIPPEE!!  I see Dr. V in three days.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Scarf for my mom

I bought two 50g hanks of gorgeous red, hand beaded silk and merino Grace Yarn by Louisa Harding Yarn Co. off eBay a few weeks ago.  I knit and ripped, knit and ripped until I finally came across a lace pattern I could live with and work through.  I finished the scarf in two days.  I washed it and it's blocking on wires and pins right now.  I think it's quite lovely!

Monday, March 11, 2013


I picked up Jass and Dixie after my DAR meeting on Saturday.  We had leftover tea sandwiches for dinner and made strawberry flavored cupcakes after.  We let them cool and then used pink frosting and decorated with sprinkles.  They turned out nicely and taste wonderful.

Sunday morning we got up at 5 a.m. for a training day with our bird dog club.  I think the girls enjoyed it.  I didn't have to worry about them walking away or getting lost so I let them run around as much as they wanted.  Jass packed snacks so we had bags of donuts, yogurt, cheese sticks and cups of milk.  Oh, and they fought over an apple!  Dixie wanted Jassie's apple and Jassie told me Dixie wasn't allowed to have one with the skin on.  I let Dixie take a bite and she ate most of the apple while Jassie finished off the rest ... well until it got dropped on the ground.  That was that and I threw it in the woods for the deer to eat.

They enjoyed seeing all the dogs and petting puppies.  Dixie ran around yelling, "PUPPIES!"  So cute.  We stopped for lunch on the way home.  I opened a pack of barbecue sauce for nuggets.  What a mistake.  Dixie looked like she had finger painted herself with the sauce.  Which reminds me that I need to take apart the car seat, wash the cover and wipe down the belts.

I was supposed to wash the girls dirty clothes and return to their house today along with the cupcakes only I got sidetracked and didn't get that done.  They probably think Grandma and Pappy ate all the cupcakes.

Opal is finally in season again.  Phil's contacted Bernadette to let her know we want to breed to Harley again.  Disappointing that Leja's breeding did not take.  Praying that Opal's will be successful.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Beaded Silk/Merino Yarn

Last week I bought beaded silk/merino yarn off eBay.  The yarn arrived today.  It's breathtaking!  The color is between a cherry red and a raspberry.  The glass beads are clear and look like little raindrops which fell onto the yarn.  It's so soft.

I'm planning to make a scarf or shawl for my mom.  She's been asking for a while so as soon as I finish the sweater for Lilly I'll start the new project!