Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My 2nd Love Doily

My hubby has been so wonderful since I had my surgery that I was just compelled to crochet hearts. Red ones. Every time I see these I'll always remember what a wonderful man I married.

I haven't had a chance to block either of them yet but
I just couldn't wait to share.

I didn't care for the edging that came with the doily so I made up my own.

If I make another on I think I'll put more spaces in the diamonds, maybe bring them all the way down or something. I just love the way the Celinda Matthews made the hearts.

You can find the pattern here.

It measures about 12 inches across before blocking.

I used #10 thread and my #6 Bates steel hook.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Can you believe I'm hookin?!?!?

It's true. I can work with thread again. I chose a small doily to try. I'm only working at about 1/4 speed but I'm crocheting.

The doctor that did my carpel tunnel surgery is a brain surgeon and he just couldn't get over how intricate the pineapples were. It's like WOW! I wowed my brain surgeon!

I did the Hearts Around by Celinda Matthews. I'll get pics up tomorrow.

I also did the Patricia Hewett Flat Pineapple Angel.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cabled Purse

This was a Swap gift for a dear friend. I had to wait until she recieved it before I could post a pic of it. This was finished before my surgery.


This was made with:

TLC Essentials Off White and

Beige Sugar and Creme Cotton held together;

and a K hook.
The surface crochet is only on the front side of the purse. Using the 2 strands together makes for a very nice colorplay and a sturdy but thick facric.
Those of you that know me know how much I hate to sew things together. So, I guess it's not a really big surprize that this was made entirely in one piece. The side seams are put together with with a surface sl st that goes down the front and the back sides of the purse. This makes the seams much sturdier and gives the illusion of width in the bag.
Yup - those are hdc's. As long as you make your cables with trcs you can get away with using hdcs instead of scs for you cables.
I didn't write up the pattern this time but I have a feeling that I'll be making this purse again.
Back view.



Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gettin' Better Every Day

I have to say that I am AMAZED at how well I'm doing after my first Carpel Tunnel surgery. The 1st 3 days were tough and painful but it's been getting better a little every day.
My stitches come out next week and the week after I go in for my other hand.
I gotta tell ya - I miss my crocheting. I miss my yarn. I really can't wait to get back to it.
For those of you considering surgery - I say :
Go For It!!
The pain, heaviness and stiffness is gone. It's just not there anymore. The doc told me that some people find immediate relief and I guess I'm one of those lucky 'some'.
Anyways - I've been busy fighting with this new laptop of mine. Reinstalled Windows twice already. I hope that this is the last time I have to do that. Once I'm sure it's working and going to stay working I'll be adding my pics to it.
As exciting as a new computer is - the reality of it is a pain in the butt!
Till next time - hook on for me!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lupus Advocacy Day

Today is:
The Lupus Foundation of America's
11th Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

There has not been a new drug created for Lupus
in 50 years!!!

They're trying to change that. Thru funding and research we can help the 2 million people that have been diagnosed with this awful disease 90% of which are women.

My dear friend Joann is one of those women.
My Father-in-Law is one of the other 10%.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. Normally the body's immune system makes proteins called antibodies, to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign materials. These foreign materials are called antigens.

In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself. These antibodies cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.


How can you help?

Take Legislative Action
and contact your congressman.

Donate Online directly to the LFA

Other ways to Donate to the LFA

Become an e-Advocate

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Donate thru the Mail

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-349-1155