Who better than I?

January 7, 2010

Who better than I?  Grandma always used to say that.  I don’t think Grandma really did all that much for herself but she always said it to me – so yah, let’s all do something for ourselves.  We’re just as important as all the people we take care of.  This I made for myself after a brutal two-hour shoveling session during the first big snow storm of the year.  I LOVE it.  I don’t look great in a hat but it is very effective – very warm – very soft.  The pattern is http://throughtheloops.typepad.com/Thorpe.pdf and the yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky – the color is Golden.

Did I mention that I LOVE THIS HAT?

Update March 2, 2010:  When I made Justin’s Thorpe, I added a pom to the top.  I liked it so much I added a pom to mine too.  Here’s a pic of mine with the pom added…..

Ahhh….much better.

It’s winter and people are cold

People were cold – we can’t have that (kidding – they were warm but it adds to the mystery).  Here’s what I made for Mom.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Delight Extremes – the color is EX brown.  This is NICE yarn.  It is double-stranded with Regia loden sock yarn.  Maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but it is a keyhole scarf and a pair of fingerless gloves – very luxurious.

This hat and gaiter set was made for Dad.  The hat is double thick and reversible.  The camo yarn is Red Heart (ickkkkkkkkk) and the other yarn is I Love This Yarn (and I do) – the color is coffee.

…that wasn’t Dad…this is Dad…he likes getting his picture taken.

For Aunt Betty, I crocheted a scarf with the Yarn Bee Soft Delight Extremes – again EX brown – the second strand was Simply Soft – a pretty dusty rose color – unsure of the technical color name.

Ice Storm 2008 (December 19-22)


This link http://tinyurl.com/98a8uv will take you to the pictures from the ice storm we had while Mark was in the hospital.  The pictures have captions and I think an ice storm is pretty much self-explanatory.  The wind chill at one point was -39.  Today’s temperature is -4 with a wind chill of -12.

The first day of the storm we lost power.  Mark was still in the hospital but his hospital did not lose power – it is a little over an hour away from home.  The power went out at about 3:00 a.m. and I didn’t wake up until 4:00 a.m. so it was already starting to get cold in the house.  It was 62 degrees in the house so I lit a bunch of our bigger candles and votives.  I also took four dinner plates, covered them with foil and filled them each with tea lights.  It took me fifteen minutes to light them all but I remember when the kids were little and they were snowed in with my parents, my parents had lit candles to keep a little heat in the house and it really does help.  It was 62 in the house when I lit the candles and it was still 62 in the house when the power was restored several hours later.