Saturday, September 23, 2017

2016 Part 2

I had a feeling that I missed some things that I made in the last half of 2016.  Sure enough, as I went through my photos I found a few more things.
This was an easy cowl to knit.  

Nathan loves to wear hats out in the yard - so I crocheted a fox hat for him.

The beginning of my second pair of socks. The pattern was from Purl Soho online I believe and the yarn was Patons Kroy Sock.

This is the mistake rib hat I made for my brother for Christmas - turns out the matching scarf was made for Christmas 2015.

This cute little quilt was a Moda Bake Shop pattern - free on their website. Lots of little pieces but worth it -- gave this to my sister in law for Christmas.

I knitted this cute sweater for my grandson Nathan. The yarn was a Plymouth Encore part wool - so soft and squishy.

I crocheted this polar bear hat for my grandson, Cole.

Christmas in the new house.  

I was thrilled that these pansies lasted the entire winter.

It's been nice to finally pull these last two posts together and look at all of the projects I was able to complete. The year was a very difficult one and having these projects to concentrate on helped to make the long days go easier.  Mom continued to get weaker, but she rallied a bit with each visit in November and December by her grandkids, great grandsons and my brother and sister in law. We celebrated her 86th birthday on December 22nd.

So here I am - finally able to turn the page on 2016 in blogland.  I'm looking forward to starting on my 2017 posts. I hope you'll join me - and please let me know you stopped by.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2016 ~ In a Nutshell - Part 1

My last blog post was in February of 2016 - yikes!  I left off with a picture of the deck and pond at our rental in Lewes.  My husband and I had decided it was best to find a rental for a year or so and look for a new home without the stress of trying to coordinate the sale of one house and the purchase of another.  Good thing - because our home sold very quickly.  It was a lot of fun to move into a large town house and spread out.
The sunroom was our favorite room in the house. It faced South and had a great view of the sunrise.
2016 was a tough year. We welcomed the move closer to the beach, stores and services.  But my Mom's health was failing and by September we realized she needed hospice to make weekly visits.  
My sewing loft.
At the townhouse, I was able to set up a sewing area in the 2nd floor loft and I filled the loft closet with my entire stash of fabric, batting and other craft supplies.  The loft was the perfect spot for me to set up shop and still be able to keep an ear out for my mom on the first floor. 

In between caring for Mom, cooking, etc. I was able to keep creating, knitting, crocheting and sewing.  
Here are pictures of a quilt I made for Tony & I.  Its the Sultry Jelly Roll Project on the Moda Bake Shop website.
I had this Bali Pops Batik jelly roll for many years - I just couldn't bring myself to use it until I found just the right quilt pattern for it.  
The braid looks a lot harder to sew than it really is.

All together!  Life got crazy near the end of the year, so the quilting had to wait until 2017. 
I fell in love with the Coffeeshop Shawl and had to make one. I absolutely love the feel and drape of 24/7 Cotton by Lion Brand. I think this was the first time I ever bought a kit to make something  I usually like to pick out my own materials.

I discovered Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Cotton"  Oh my gosh! It is wonderful - so soft, easy to work with and holds up through the washer and dryer. Don't want to use any other cotton for dishclothes and towels. The other brand I used to buy was stiff and hurt my hands to work with.
My favorite hotpad made with I Love This Cotton.

We found out that we were going to be grandparents again. I made booties in each color so that at the gender reveal party I'd have the right color to give as a gift  
These burp cloths made with cloth diapers are soft and so handy.

It's going to be a boy!

Love these little sweaters!

This minky kit is made of the softest fleece I've ever felt.  Sewing minky is not for the faint of heart - lets just leave it at that!  LOL!

Couldn't resist making a little kitty hat - Mom and Dad had the cutest kitty that sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge since.then.

Chris and Dianna at the baby shower.

Introducing Cole Anthony - born in August!

A friend asked me to crochet cotton hats for her grand daughters.  This cotton is called Grace.  It is beautiful to work with and because it is mercerized, it has a slight sheen.

Made two hats to donate to the chemo hat drive.

This gorgeous scarf was as Christmas present for my brother.  This is a "broken rib" or mistake rib stitch.  I love the look and feel of it, but boy was it hard to keep mistake-free.  

Crocheted these cute cupcake purses for my girlfriend's grand daughters.  

This is the Seashell shawl by Aroha Knits. I had made one in a creme color as well.  first time I knitted short rows - it was confusing at first, but I forged on.

I am a member of the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes, Delaware. They had a block a month for members to join in if they wished.  I was able to make the first 3 blocks in 2016.  Someday, I hope to finish all 12 because its a really nice scrap-buster quilt.  Piecemeal Quilts is where you can find the full pattern.
In September, 2016 we purchased a new home in an active adult community in Lewes.  We moved into it in October - which meant that we moved twice in one year.  It was fun to once again be able to plan and design a new home.  I'm going to write a separate post just on the new home.  

So until then, thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll leave a comment and let me know you came by. 


Friday, February 5, 2016

2015 - Busy Year, Saying Goodbye and a New Beginning

This is the January block of Natures Scenery Block of the Month that I chose to start.
I really enjoyed making this hat. I love cables - I need to make another one in a solid yarn so that the cables will stand out though!  Gingerbread Hat
This hat is both crochet and knit.  I donated it to Delaware Head Huggers to be used by a cancer patient. Its called the Dana Cable Brim Slouchy Hat
Knitted my first baby sweater for my grandson :) 
It fits!!!
His mama wanted a giraffe hat for him - too cute.

A commission project - placemats with matching napkins and table runner - for a bed and breakfast.

Sewed 3 tote bags as belated Christmas gifts.
Tested this tote bag pattern for Around the Bobbin

Celebrated Grandbaby's 1st Birthday!

Wallhanging quilt for grandbaby's room - a utilitarian piece to cover up a small panel on the wall and to keep the cold breeze out.

The back of wallhanging. Practiced my wavy quilting with a walking foot.
Since we were planning to put our house up for sale in the fall, I planted some colorful plants in the side yard.
And they grew, and grew and grew!

And they grew to over 3 feet tall!  
Four generations!!

I love the sunlight coming through my windows.

Another visit to Cape May, New Jersey - Sunset Cove - that's the lighthouse guiding the way.

Lewes, Delaware in the springtime.  They are known for their tulips.

Hit a big milestone on this earth in 2015!

This is a cotton yarn design - can be used as a washcloth or doily.  Many mistakes but I learn a few things about double point knitting needles. The quilt behind it was made back in the 90's when I was madly in love with dusty pink and colonial blue.

This is the Painted Desert shawl pattern using Painted Desert yarn.

Cotton yarn shopping bag
House is ready to be shown!
The monster coleus in the window!

One last look around before we leave this pretty place. I was so happy that the plants dressed up the outdoor space for perspective buyers and that they lasted clear into fall.

Our new view from our new living space a little closer to the ocean. We were blessed with a very quick sale of our home - the first couple in the door bought it! They are a very sweet couple and they are enjoying the birds and solitude.

Well - I'm all caught up and can continue on with my blog!  Phew!  Hope you enjoyed the whirlwind visit through the last few years with me.



Pat & Tony

Pat & Tony
Me and my best friend!