Friday, February 23, 2018

Valentine is over

I had to let Maggie go live with her daddy and brother and sister in heaven….she just finally quit eating and was feeling pretty awful.  Brodie and I have been feeling down, and out of sorts. We are both coming out of it as people always seem to do, but for now it's not just dark and miserable outside, but inside too. Our hearts are broken.

These are flowers my vet sent and they are super cute.  My DDIL and DSS sent me a lovely plant, too. I appreciate their thoughtfulness.

These are the Valentine and one Birthday cards that I sent to my kids.  I just love them!  They are called LovePop, designed by a group of young people in Boston.  Look them up and buy a few! They are a tad pricey, but if you aren't buying a gift this might be just the ticket for someone you love.

My granddaughter decided to build her favorite instead of a snowman…a Narwhal!
A tad creative I would say

Here is the finished scarf.  I was able to figure out the way to finish it up using the Kitchener stitch which has generally been used in knitting. Took some doing!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chevron Scarf for Valentine's!


So, I have been working on a scarf with RED in it to go with some of my outfits.  I added PINK and GREY and a deeper CRANBERRY red to mix things up.  Chevron, of course.  While watching TV and worrying about my dog, I sit on the couch to crochet.

I don't remember if I posted the first photo or not, but it shows the colors a little more true to my way of thinking. You can never tell these days with the computer screens.

I have about four more rows and then will hook it together. I tend to wear the infinity scarves more often as they stay on, and stay in place. You can wrap them or not, and that makes them versatile.

My problem is going to be the area when I began the scarf. It doesn't match the rest, so will need to take out all the red and the two rows of pink, then join it.  I saw a pattern where the designer used a knitting method of starting a pattern to then join it in the round when your are finished.  I'm going to need to cut the scarf before the new "first" row, and see if I can do the join from that pattern…once I find it!  
Someone asked me about the chevron. It is the same one I use in almost all my scarves.  I don't count out how many chains to use…when I get the amount of chevrons I want I go back and cut the chains off and weaving the end.  

I just chain what I think I will need plus a "bunch" more. That way I can decide as I crochet exactly how wide I want the scarf.  Yarns are different, and I never know what hook I will use.  

In my pattern I just turn at the end of the chain, chain one, single in the first chain and then in 
next four.  According to the pattern I want I either sc 3 in the next chain or sc/ch2/sc.  Either of these will work for the top of the chevron.

Then I just sc down four chains, sk 2ch, sc "up" the other side 4 times. That's the gist of it.  When you are ending your row, try to do it on the down slope…and then you will sc5 times down the side.

Turning you will sc in the first stitch, skip 1 sc and sc in the next stitch (this is a one stitch decrease). You just sc three more times (5 stitches on that side always), then do the peak with whichever increase you chose.

The valley's will always be the 4sc, sk2, 4sc to the peak.

The deal is you are adding two stitches (one each side of the peak)  and at the bottoming the valley you are decreasing two stitches, so it always looks the same.
You can have 6 or 8 or whatever you want, for each side which will decide just how large you want the scarf to be.

I don't explain well, so if you have a question let me know!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Afghan for DSD, my scarf and Maggie

I love this afghan.  Donna made this for me for my step-daughters birthday which is today…Valentine's Day.  Isn't it great!  I'm in awe! Did not think she could actually make the template from the photo, but wow, she did and it is better than I thought it would ever be! She is amazing!

I made this chevron scarf for me….and I actually am wearing it as am getting ready to go shopping.  It is pretty comfy! No pattern….just an ordinary chevron and different colors.

I'm using Molly B. for my model. She was given to me by BFF Bev Matheson.  I had her on the deck for sort of a garden decoration, but decided she would appreciate it if I brought her in and dressed her up.  She can also be a "he" if I make the right clothes! LOL!

Maggie….my heart is broken. She is in kidney failure but thanks to CBD/THC oil she is pretty happy! It is killing off any pain which is amazing. You would not know she is super super sick and she isn't limping either, but she isn't going to make it much longer. 
Her numbers were much much higher, even after all of those expensive treatments. The vet wanted to put her down yesterday, but I wasn't ready, and neither was she.  My vet is about as kind as anyone could be and she hates seeing dogs suffer. She felt that it was better to do it while she can walk and isn't miserable, but since I had started the drops she is pretty happy.
She isn't really eating a lot - lost 3 pounds in one week - but she is eating.  I have an appointment for Friday to test her again and perhaps let her go.  I am really really not happy.  Just like any one of you would be, and probable have been, under the same or similar circumstances.

This is MY Valentine Heart……...