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Monday, March 3, 2014

TAAA DAAA Mom's New Blanket


Can you hear it, that big *sigh* of relief that came from me when the last stray loose end was woven in? It was accompanied with a load lifting from my shoulders knowing that I can now move on to something else. Mom wanted something with color, well, I think this ought to fit the bill. I plan to take it to her today. I am so glad that I asked for your opinions and that I didn't frog some of the center rows. Believe me, I was tempted. I did run into one trouble though, on the second half as I was doing the color scheme, I found that I was short on a few colors. I ended up improvising and picking from the stash a color yarn as close as possible to what I needed. I suppose if I didn't point out that issue that you wouldn't even know about it.


I absolutely loved doing this stitch found here. The only thing that I fretted over was the border. I didn't want it too fancy because the blanket was so strong with the colors I just didn't want anything too bold. Placement of stitches for it kinda put me off a bit too, going up the sides was a lot easier than doing the horizontal ends. I kinda winged it on that.

On another note, we got about another 5 inches of snow that started late on Saturday evening throughout the night to Sunday morning. It was still spitting snow around noon. I went out to shovel and my sweet neighbor across the street (he lives in a log cabin) came with his 4-wheeler with the blade and pushed the snow out of 95% of my driveway. I had very little to do and what a relief that was. All this snow removal has taken its toll. Years ago when I sprained my left ankle an x-ray revealed I have a bone spur on the bottom of that heel. It has never bothered me up until this winter. All the pressure from lifting shovels of snow has set it off and the heel has become quite painful. If it doesn't let up before long I will have to see the foot doctor. There is a lot of yard work to be done in the warmer months and that means being on my feet. I do not have the luxury of sitting all day with my feet propped up. I have also decided to get busy and start some spring cleaning. Do the rest of you find your housework piling up on you, or do you have some kind of magical solution to deal with it? My maid never shows up, she is worthless, lol. The worst room is my sewing/craft room and I have come to the conclusion that I spend more time messing it up and straightening it up than doing any constructive work in there. I did close off the heat registers and closed the doors on 2 bedrooms this winter to save on heating fuel and the sewing room was one of them. I only sit in this room to sew (and evidently to mess it up) and I haven't sewn as much as a seam in forever. It has become a hoard, how sad is that (do not be surprised if I am on the next episode). I know I haven't been blogging much either. Between all this crazy weather (we have broken the snow record around 75 inches this winter) and doing the bigger blanket projects I haven't spent much time on here. I do have plans for smaller fun things and want to share them with you. I love reading your blogs, I love that you all come and visit me. I love that you comment and share your thoughts and ideas. I think blogger buddies are the best friends a person can have, and I thank you from the bottom of my ♥. Until next time, take care, be good and may God bless you.

16 comments:

  1. I feel your pain. My craft room gets straightend up and then I mess it up, then I straighten it up..and well you know what happens. I too am tired of the winter weather..we had ice and then snow over the weekend and we might see 32 by wednesday... oh the blanket is gorgeous..your mother should love it..

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  2. The blanket came out so pretty Susanne - your Mom is going to love it. We're getting more snow right now - supposed to be around 6" to 8". I don't like it - I am so ready for Spring. Go to the doctor and get that heel of yours looked at and take care of yourself. Have a great day. :)

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  3. Yay for completing another project. It looks fabulous! I confess to being really disorganised too. It's on my "bucket list" to become better organised! LOL.
    Sadly, it's starting to "cool down" here. Though it's still sunny and warm during the day, the nights are getting colder and longer. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn for us.

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  4. Susanne!!!! That blanket is so pretty! Your mom should be happy as a clam! Very well done. You mean she wanted another one after that African flower blanket you just did for her? LOL! Bless her. You will be glad you did what she wanted some day. (Maybe? Ha!) That stitch looks like it takes up a lot of yarn and time. Hooray for great neighbors! Sounds like he deserves a nice batch of chocolate chip cookies to me! Who doesn't love them?

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    1. I was surprised too, so soon after Christmas and she called to say she wanted me to make another for her and she would pay for it. She didn't care what I made, left that up to me. The stitch is fast. I don't think it eats the yarn as badly as some other stitches do. It is hard for me to tell though since I am always taking yarns from the stash. Good thing I do, it would have cost me a small fortune to go and buy that many colors in new skeins. Thanks for the nice comment.

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  5. Hi I'm Sherri from warm Las Vegas, Nevada. I came over from Vikki Hooks site. She is a dear crochet friend of mine. I too love your afghan. I just finished my own St. Patrick afghan I love the feeling of the accomplishment it gives me with such a big project.
    Your stitch is so,etching like Lucies over at her site Attic24, I want to make a pillow out of the stitch I love the design it shows.
    I'll be back to see how you are and how your coming along on finding your maid( she's probably out with mine)

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    1. Welcome Sherri. I am your newest follower too. Thank you for visiting me. Las Vegas huh, well, that means no snow and I'm all for it now. So very sick and tired of this white stuff. Even looking at the pic of your pool makes me shiver. I look out at my daughter's pool and it is loaded with snow on top of the pool cover. I'm beginning to wonder if this winter cold will ever end.

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  6. Your blanket turned out just gorgeous! You should be very proud of a wonderful finish for your mom...She is going to love it!

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  7. The colours a re lovely and if nothing else will certainly cheer up your mum's day. I wouldn't of noticed the colour differences with such bold colours throughout if you hadn't of mention it I wouldn't of seen it from the photograph. I think you will just about had your fill of snow this year. I agree the friends you make in blogland are some of the best, they listen and do not judge and they share some of their best crafty idea's or recommend good books and films they are quite simply priceless. Hope your mum loves her blanket.

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  8. Such warm and pretty blanket. Your mum must love it very much. Know the long freezing winter may be too boring. In other way wool stuff can be done and used longer days. We're into spring - humid and rainy that I do not like much. Have a good day Susanne.

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  9. Hi Susanne. I am sure your Mom will flip over that beautiful afghan! Love the stitch!!! Love the bright colors!!!
    Snow, snow, and more snow! I bet you are so sick of it! Spring is right around the corner! Hang on....it will come.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I know what you mean....
    xo Kris

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  10. Susanne, you're the best daughter ever! And just be thankful you still have your mom around. Mine is gone and had Alzheimers for 10 years before she finally passed away. So, I always am happy for people who still have a mom. GORGEOUS blanket!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Wow...that's such a BEAUTIFUL afghan, Susanne. Your mom will love being all snuggled up in that, I'm sure! xo

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  12. Wow...that's such a BEAUTIFUL afghan, Susanne. I'm sure your mom will love being all snuggled up in that! xo

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  13. Love, love, LOVE the blanket! And we've had over 50" of that ugly white stuff this year. Close to a record here.

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  14. The blanket is just beautiful.!!! I did send you 2 mails. Did you get them?
    All the best
    Aleksandra

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