Monday, December 31, 2012

Rustic Flannel Afghan Status

I've really enjoyed working on my Rustic Flannel Afghan.  

Pattern information can be found HERE.  

I put a good dent in these colors I had in my stash, but not big enough.  So, I decided to add two more strips to make it wider.

I'm using I Love This Yarn in Ivory and High Sierra Ombre.  I bought this yarn years ago.  I don't even remember the projects I had in mind for them, but it was high time it got used up.  

I did 10 rows of each color according to the pattern.

This blanket is heavy and warm; a perfect project for this time of year.  I'll post photos once it's complete.

Happy New Year wishes to you and yours!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Snow!

There is something about fresh fallen snow...

it's just the back yard, but the white layer makes it look magical and new.

We are supposed to get more snow overnight.

On the crochet front, I have four strips attached on my blanket.  I only have one more to do.  I have plenty of the yarn left, so I may add another strip (or two) to make it nice and large.  We could use it this summer for picnics.  

I'll post some pictures when it's complete.

Just a couple more days and we'll be ringing in the new year.  

Winter blessings,

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Snow

and sled riding!

One of our county parks has a sled riding area.  
So today, we took advantage of our 3 inches of snow and headed for the hill.

Up they went...

and down they came...

Once we'd all had turns going down and getting tired of carrying the sled back up....

we warmed up by the fire.  

As soon as our hands, noses and toes had regained a bit of warmth, we headed over to the lake to see what was going on over there.

this time of year, everything is either gray...

or brown.

We were ready to call it an afternoon, so we piled in the car, drove through Starbucks for a cup of hot cocoa...

and my little snow covered bunny welcomed us home.  

Enjoying these quiet days while my husband is off work and resting up for the new year.

Until next time!

Take care,

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Have Stash Will Crochet

A couple days before Christmas, I was itching to start on a project.  I didn't want anything difficult and I wanted to use some of the stash I have in my "yarn closet".  

So I searched for something that would use up a good quantity of yarn and be warm.  This double stranded crochet blanket seemed to fit the bill.  

I used both of these patterns for inspirations; Lumberjack Throw by Michelle at Inspired Crochet Design and the Country Flannel Afghan from Dutch Hollow Acres.  A lot of people have made Michele's Lumberjack Throw and she has a link on her pattern page to all the pretty ones that have been made.

It would probably look better with a solid vs. a variegated.  I may have enough to do a blue and cream one if I feel like making another one later.  I was curious to see how it would look in the variegated though.  The yarn has a rustic look, so I thought I'd do a more rustic seam.

I decided to do a single crochet join (on the right side) using one strand of each color.  I thought is would be something different anyway.

Hubby got me a new camera for Christmas, I've been having fun playing with the different settings.  

I'm looking forward to sharing more photos and crochet with you in the coming year.

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas.  

By the way, we are getting snow!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Family Time

This week has been a nice week spent with my little family.

Mid-week we went to the Holiday Train Display at Union Terminal (lighting was really poor, so my photos didn't really turn out).

 While we were there, we saw the Imax movie Rocky Mountain Express.  The movie was educational and interesting although all those mountain peak scenes do make for a queasy stomach and I had to shut my eyes a few times throughout the movie.

Following the trains, we headed to the Cincinnati Zoo for their Festival of Lights.  

It was a perfect evening for it, not too cold, but cold enough to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while we walked around.

We also did a little crafting this week.

Dear son and hubby were good sports and sewed along with me.  Hubby made a football ornament in Steeler colors and dear son made a heart ornament similar to mine (in the first photo above).  

As with all of you, things are busy and I won't be blogging much between now and the first of the year.

Thank you for following my blog in 2012 and for leaving your kind comments when you do.    

I leave you with wishes for a very Merry Christmas and blessings for a happy new year!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All Through The House...

The wreath has been hung...

and, the house has been decorated for weeks.

We've been keeping things low key this year; trying to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Cookie baking is planned for this afternoon.

All we need now is a little snow.

Hope your week is off to a great start.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I tried to find an appropriate photo or the right thing to say, but could not.

My heart goes out to the families in Connecticut.  Such unspeakable tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Holding my little one close.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Special Time of Year

Krohn Conservatory; Cincinnati, OH  2012
Photo © 2010 Heather Prusia

This is such a special time of year.  

I always try to get the busyness out of the way early so there is quiet time to enjoy the season.

I finished up my Christmas shopping yesterday.  I still have cards to write and mail though.  Each year, I cut down on my card list.  People don't seem to send cards like they used to.

Hubby is going to be off work the last two weeks of the year.  It will be nice to have him home so we can do some fun things together as a family.  Festival of Lights, at the Cincinnati Zoo, is top on the list.  

On the crochet front, I've been playing with hook and yarn in my spare time and am happy in my craft.

I hope you are enjoying this special time of year.  

Relax with a cup of coffee or tea and reflect on the true meaning for the season.  Christmas, after all, starts with a capital "C".
(Christmas with a Capital C;

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

(Luke 2:10-11)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Plugging Away...

 I'd like to say that this is the scene in my home right now, but the truth of the matter is...

it is December 4th and the outdoor thermometer is reading 63 degrees.  (This photo was taken last year.)

Where is the cool crisp late-autumn air?  Where are the snow flurries and ice?  I do so miss the wintry precipitation that is supposed to be typical for this time of year.  Sigh...

Everyone in our house has been under the weather.  We are plowing through though.  Christmas break will be here before we know it.  We'll all get a nice, end-of-the-year, break in just a few short weeks.

I'm about done Christmas shopping; how about you?  I just need to get a few more things for hubby and then get the gifts wrapped.  One year, hubby and I waited to wrap gifts.  We ended up doing it on Christmas Eve.  I don't recommend that!  We learned our lesson early on in parenthood, wrap early and wrap often. 


Hope your preparations for the holidays are going great.