Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

One Day At A Time

Mom is continuing to hold her own against the leukemia, but is weak enough that one of us needs to be with her all the time so she doesn't fall again. That leaves me with plenty of time to knit, read & (now that I have the computer over there working again) transcribe records for my genealogy site. I'm knitting the same old hats & crocheting the same old scarves, so I didn't bother taking a photo of the 12 hats & 8 scarves I turned in last Thursday. There are only so many color combinations that are interesting {g}.. I think I have 5 sets completed since last Thursday and I'm working on the 6th.

If anyone is following my reading list over there in the sidebar, you'll notice that I've been on a mystery kick - specifically mysteries set in the American South-west. Tony Hillerman's books are always good and I really enjoyed the Ella Clah series by Aimée and David Thurlo. A couple weeks ago, I discovered the Kevin Kerney series by Michael McGarrity and have been reading them one after another with short breaks for other books like Carol O'Connor's latest Malory novel. It's great finding a new (to me) series of already published books that I can go through as fast as I can read them. I think we easily save our entire property tax bill in books we don't have to buy because they're available at the library.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Still Standing

It's been quite a while since I last posted - I'm here on the computer for about 90 minutes a day and by the time I finish emails and moderating the lists I host there never seems to be time to blog. But I've been busy the last 11 days:

I actually had three more hats completed last week along with the scarves for seven of them, but my camera lost the photos of the last three and the stack of nine. So far this week, I've finished and actually have photos of nine hats, each with a matching scarf that I didn't photograph (along with my friend Sallee, I'm hosting the Cover Your Head KAL so I only need photos of the hats for there and I'm too lazy to take two sets of photos {g}.. You'll have to take my word that each of these hats have a matching scarf):

Actually, I have two more hat & scarf sets completed other than running in the ends and may have another one by the time that our K4 meeting rolls around tomorrow. It's amazing how much time I have to knit and read when I'm not on the computer all the time.

On a personal note, Mom seems to be getting stronger - probably because she's eating well. In the couple weeks before her fall she told me that she was eating, but she kept loosing weight. Now she's gained at least 5#s in the last 2+ weeks and seems stronger. Only problem from my point of view is that I'm eating right along with her and gaining too, but it's worth it to see her improving!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Triple Header

First of all, let me thank everyone who sent well wishes to Mom. She's doing ok at the moment though her hip is still hurting from the fall and something is making the thumb & first two fingers of her right hand feel like they're asleep. DH is over there with her now so I can catch up on email and post this. (Thanks, Honey!!)

I made it to K4 for a while yesterday and it was nice to see everyone. I turned in 7 scarves and 9 hats (2 of the hats were made to match scarves that Pat made). That adds up to *3* Hat Tricks for the Cover Your Head KAL

And here is the whole pile of hats:

The scarves were all crocheted lengthwise in double crochet and matched the solid colors in the "window-pane" hats.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Seasons Of Our Lives

I usually don't post a whole lot of personal information here, but this is the exception as I probably won't be posting a whole lot in the near future. My Mom, who turned 90 in November, was diagnosed back in early October with leukemia - her indolent lymphoma having gone "active". Just before Christmas, she started getting weaker and, in that she has refused chemotherapy, we convinced her that Hospice would be the best bet to let us care for her at home instead of in a nursing home or hospital. The day after we signed her up last Friday, I went over for our usual coffee klatch and found her on the floor. She's not sure how she fell - whether she slipped or passed out - but she was unable to get up by herself. I was able to help her lift herself into a kindergarten height chair, but had to call my DH to come help me get her back to bed. A hospice nurse came and checked her that afternoon, but her hip is still hurting and she's still wobbly. A nurse is coming in about an hour to see what can be done about the hip pain. I've been staying there except when DH relieves me as now so I can come and check email. I guess this is a long involved excuse for not posting much lately and probably not much in the foreseeable future.

The only good news is that being over there and away from the computer so much, I've been knitting a lot and reading. I need to update my books read list soon, close out the 2006 list and start anew for 2007. Back on the 27th of December, Sallee & I adopted the Cover Your Head KAL. I joined back in August or September, I think, but was never added to the list as the previous list mom had health problems. So, I'm starting afresh since the 27th and I think I almost qualify for two "Hat Tricks" (three hats knit for each "Trick") since then. If you're in the mood to knit a few hats for yourself, family, friends or charity, wander over and let either Sallee or myself know. I will be getting on the computer at least once a day (Good Lord willing & the crick don't rise!)

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