Saturday, September 28, 2013

One Down, Another One To Go

I got brother Mike's afghan/blanket done Friday evening. The yarn I used was RH Earth & Sky and Lion Pound of Love in Antique White. It took 4 skeins, or was it 5? of the RH yarn and 1 skein of the Lion yarn. I lost track and I didn't keep the wrappers so I am clueless. I used a double crochet ripple pattern. The foundation chain is a multiple of 11 plus 4.

The pattern I used came from the book "A to Z of Crochet ~ The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter"  Martingale & Company. I am sure any ripple pattern you might have handy would work.

It was a fairly easy pattern, and worked up fast. I used a size J hook.

I did 10 rows in each band of color.  5 bands of the variegated and 4 of the antique white.

Now I will get busy and join the AF motifs for mom's blanket. I have been dreading that, don't ask me why, I just know I want to get busy and do something else. I know once I get started I will be okay. It is just the initial push to begin.

Brother Mike was over on Wednesday morning and we got the rest of the logs cut into smaller pieces with the chain saw. Well, it wasn't exactly "we" so to speak, but I did help stack the wood, lol. Some pieces are rather big and have to be split with the wood splitter. Now all that is left to do is to grind the stumps and that will happen as soon as Mike orders the equipment. He has been wanting one to use on the stumps at his rental properties.

I also worked on some apples from my trees. I bought an fruit picker at the Rural King store and boy does that work well. The handle can expand to reach the fruit on the higher limbs. The only gripe I have is that the bees and the hornets are working the apples that have fallen onto the ground. The last thing I need is to be stung by a hornet so I have to watch where I step. I have picked a lot of the downed apples up and there are too many to put in the compost bin so I dumped them on the burning pile where I dump the brush and trimmings from the shrubs. My apples are like the ones in the song about "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot", you know, the song where the guy says "hey farmer, put away the DDT now, give me the birds and the bees" he doesn't care if the apples aren't perfect, just don't destroy nature........anyways, I had a 5 gallon utility bucket and by the time I got done peeling and cutting all the bad from the apples I had 7 quarts of home made apple pie filling to put in the freezer. There are still more apples out there. I might get ambitious again before we get a frost.

On Monday I will be posting about a GIVEAWAY so come back again and check it out. It has been quite awhile since I have done anything for my followers. So that is about it for now. I need to get to bed, it is after 2am on Saturday morning. I have a lot to do today. Have a great weekend ♥


  1. You and I are both doing the night owl thing! It's almost one am and I can't fall asleep. Good job on the apple doings.. we have a tree full of apples but they are all mottled with spots and I'm afraid they're full of worms.. lol! Did you give the blanket to your brother yet? I bet he'll love it!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. My goodness you have been so busy. The blanket looks fantastic, I just know your brother is really going to love it. Good luck with the rest of the apples.

  3. Mike's afghan looks great - perfect colors for a man. You've been so busy with your yard work and the apples Susanne - I bet you can't wait until Winter gets here so you can have a rest. :)

  4. I swear, you are just a busy, busy girl all the time. Nice job on the apples and making all that apple pie filling. That'll be nice to have on hand. Your bros blanket came out nice. I haven't crocheted a stitch in several days now. Work has been busy and that always zaps my crochet time and desire. I'll try to get that Noro scarf out and work on it during the race today. Have a good weekend.

  5. Susanne, Mike will be so thrilled with this lovely afghan! It turned out so pretty. And masculine at the same time. Who wouldn't want to snuggle up underneath it? You really did a magnificent job!
    Also, I have been wanting to tell you how much I have loved your comments!!! You are certainly a lady who knows loss, and has so very graciously handled it. I think of you often, and wish we could be neighbors. Now, take a rest!!!
    xo Kris

  6. Congrats on finishing the beautiful afghan.


  7. Your crochet project turned out great, I like the pattern. What a wonderful gift.

  8. Susanne! It's beautiful! Very unique looking! Ha clue as to how much you used...that SO sounds like me! People want to know the details...I'm lucky if I remember which pattern I used! Forget knowing a hook size! LOL Sending you hugs! Annette

  9. Your afghan/blanket looks amazing Susanne...Great job! I'm good at starting projects..for me, it's finishing them that's my issue. What are AF motifs by the way?? Mmmm..yum apples. I wish there were more fruit trees on the property I rent. I only have oranges..

  10. Really beautiful afghan suit guy. Though I don't know the terms of crochet, I love looking at the finished project like it.

  11. The blanket turned out fabulous.
    We had a good apple crop too. Managed to beat the wasps to them for a change but the darned squirrels got lots of the walnuts!
    Carol xx


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