Sunday, February 17, 2019

Two Hearts

I managed to finish two of my heart coasters. 
I'm not sure whether I like them or not. I am going to bag up the rest of the yarn, cut-out plastic canvas and directions and decide later. 
I started working on them to have something that didn't bother my thumb, but these actually made my thumb hurt. I did come up with a neat way to thread my needles from now on. I can't hold the needle in order to thread it so I have started sticking it in a cork.
Holding the cork doesn't make me pinch my thumb and forefinger together which is what makes my thumb joints painful. This is not a needle that needs to be sharp so I don't worry about sticking it in the cork. I sometimes also use the cork when holding the plastic canvas. I still seem to pinch it too hard though.

My MIL gave my husband 4 seed wreaths for the birds in our back yard. Hubby laid the first one in the bird bath and it was quickly gobbled up. He hung the second one this week from a hanger on one of our plant hooks. It was quite entertaining to watch the squirrels try to eat the seeds.
Do you see the squirrel on the bottom of the wreath?
Here he/she is hanging from the wreath eating it prize.
The squirrel on the ground to the left ate what its friend knocked to the ground.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I am making good progress on my secret stitching. I have this week off from my public school job, so I should get a lot of stitching done. Fingers crossed that I don't get distracted.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ahead of my time?

A couple of big trends in crochet today are C2C (corner to corner) crochet and amigurumi. I realized a few weeks ago that I may have been ahead of my time when my husband spilled something on his fleece blanket late at night and I found an afghan that made for him years ago.
 I was sitting looking at this afghan and realized that I actually made C2C blocks in the 1980s and sewed them together to make this afghan. You can see the single block with red in the bottom corner and blue in the top corner below.
Here I am wondering if I will be able to figure out how to do this someday and I have already mastered it. 

I have also been looking at all the cute crocheted stuffed animals that have been touted as amigurumi (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed creatures). As I was reorganizing my magazine basket, I came across this little guy that I made in the 1980s or 90s when I was selling at local craft-fairs. 

This is the only one I have left, but here is an old picture of a whole bunch of them in a basket for sale. I used up scraps of various yarns to make them which is why some of them have white muzzles and feet.
I guess I was ahead of my time then also. These always sold out because a little child always asked their mom for one. 
They were about the size of the popular Beanie Baby animals. 

Do you have any craft that you did years ago that is making a resurgence now? I would love to hear about it. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I spent about 2 hours yesterday working on my secret cross-stitch. I hope to spend at least another hour today. Sorry, but I can't share.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

One lonely heart.

So far I have only managed to complete one lonely heart coaster. Even that doesn't have any words on it yet. I do have another one barely started. 
I know Valentine's Day is close, but these are for me, so there is no rush. This year or next, I really don't care. 

I have managed over 2 hours of secret stitching so that is a big accomplishment. Of course I was home sick one day this week which is why I got so much stitching completed. Nothing that I can show any of you though. Sorry about that.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I just might finish that second heart today and maybe start another.

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