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December first is here. WOW, where has this year gone? After achieving my NaNoWriMo writing goal I began to think about the Resolutions I made at the beginning of this year. I am happy to say that I have kept with my blogging goal. I feel that if you are going to blog, then you really need to do it, even if some of the posts are short in length. I personally find it disappointing when someone starts a blog and then doesn’t update it. I’ll go back a few times to check but after that my desire to check it wanes. So that being said, I have done my best to update with posts on the average of once a week. With only 4 weeks left in this year, I am confident I can maintain the rest of this year and uphold my own resolution. I am a little bit behind on my goal of my twelve new born hats but I will be returning to that this week and am confident I can meet that goal as well. In truth, the hats work up fairly quickly. I have already donated some of the hats I did make this year to several different charities. I promised a very special lady a dozen hats for the New Born ward at her hospital so I plan on making twelve hats before the end of the month to send to her.

What has currently been on my hook, aka crochet project, started off to be a rug but has since evolved into the beginnings of a market bag. A girl can change her mind you know! My Mom sent me the crochet hook I am using for the project. The hook actually lights up and you can practically crochet in the dark! Thanks Mom, it works great!
Here is a picture of the bag in process.

FREECYCLE…
Yesterday being the last day of the month I decide to list a bunch of items on my local Freecycle group. I posted a dozen or so items and the experience has been very interesting. I love the idea of keeping usable items out of the landfill. Sometimes you have an item that you just no longer have a use for but you hang onto it because it is too good to just throw away. I found I had one of those piles. So I took several hours taking measurements, writing descriptions, taking pictures and submitting my “OFFERS”. I probably did not need to take that long but this was my first time posting so many items at once and I wanted to make sure to do it right and make less work for the volunteer moderators that check each listing.
Our Mod had sent out a message suggesting that perhaps we(the group) could find some items that were no longer needed(or wanted) and maybe they could make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. I took that to heart as I began my clearing out process. I know I have more to clear out but I made the first step in what I believe makes a difference in this world. I met several nice people in the process. I heard from single moms, families, individuals, and some of the recently laid-off population. They touched my life and I am grateful. Grateful for what I have and also grateful for what I can share.
Have you thought about what you can do to make a difference? Sometimes what we perceive as the littlest thing, or no big deal, might make a huge difference in the life of someone else. I know this has been true in my life. Thank you to those of you that have touched my life.

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Here we are in April and I am still following through with my Resolutions! Shiny! I finished the topper for the hat that was almost completed earlier…I made a little fish to top off the hat instead of a pom-pom. I am beginning to get a little more adventurous with my crocheting.

Crochet fish

Crochet fish

Here is a detail of the fish. Just click on the image to the left if you want a larger view. The completed hat is in the larger image below. I had quite a bit of fun with this hat. I decided to outline the fish in blue to make it stand out from the rest of the hat…at least a little bit.

Lil' Fish Hat

Lil' Fish Hat

The hat is stuffed with a ball of yarn to take the photo and the roundness of the ball REALLY shows in this picture! lol Maybe I should call it my fishbowl hat!

Continuing with wanting to embellish my hats a bit more I also worked up this latest addition to the hat collection.

Blue Baby Bear

Blue Baby Bear

I didn’t stuff a yarn ball inside this one so it doesn’t look as full and round.

I see more animals in the future… Still have several more hats to complete to fill this resolution. As this is only April, I am well on my way.

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Varuna was asked to be a guest speaker at Laguna College of Art and Design. He re-gave his Senior Capstone Thesis Presentation. You can read about that at his blog. I went along for the ride and brought my yarn and crochet hook. Here is the result…

Preemie hat #4

Preemie hat #4

I put this one on my hand to photograph to give it scale. Keep in mind I do have fairly large hands. This is the smallest hat I have made so far. I have been making a variety of sizes. This one I know is definitely for a preemie. Some of the others might be considered better size for a newborn. Hat # 3 can be seen here.  I have been working on another knitting project that is quite large, as far as my knitting projects go, so I have been happy to break it up by throwing in some crochet.

 

I had just finished attaching the pom-pom when he came back to meet me.  The timing was perfect.

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Stormy gray morning.  The kind of sky that makes you want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers up around your head and hunker down.  Maybe grab a book and read all day in the warmth of  bed.  My cat is curled up in a ball keeping warm.  I am up and moving.  

Fed the family.  

Took pictures for my morning post.  

Am researching how to archive my older posts so my home page isn’t so long for everyone viewing (still working on that one).  

The cat just realized I am on the computer so now she has to sit in my lap and rest her paws on my keyboard shelf. Purring away!

Today provides a laundry list of things to do:

  1. finish my first painting of the year (working on a series)
  2. take a mega dose of vitamin C and pray that my sinuses don’t go awry as they did yesterday…knocked me out most of the day!
  3. sort through the paperwork piling up on my desk
  4. oh yeah, go do the dishes from breakfast and clean-up the kitchen
  5. laundry
  6. follow-up on some organizations I have been waiting to hear from
  7. start to organize my documents to update my CV and resume
  8. meditate

My list could go on and on but I think that is a good start for today.  There are always so many things to do.  Sometimes the challenge is having healthy days to do them!

Here is a detail of my second completed preemie/newborn hat.

 

 

detail of pom pom

detail of pom pom

The ends of the yarn are hand tied into knots.  To see the full hat go to the needles and hooks page.  You can see all of my fiber creations there. This completes the second of the preemie hat collection.  I crocheted this one last night while talking with my husband.  The yarn is bulky so it worked up amazingly fast.

 

 

 

I went with a friend to make the local Thrift shop circuit.  She turned me onto several that have great deals.  I was also shown ones that the prices seemed out of whack.  Ironically one that had some VERY high prices also had this little guy for $1.50.

 

Black Cat

Black Cat

Destiny meant for that little guy to have a home(my friend bought him for me).  He is a welcome addition to the household.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, the dishes are calling.  Time to work on my list…

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Wishing all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!   (more…)

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