Knitting, Crochet, & Cross Stitch Rut

I am in a huge size rut of my own making. I need to finish Frederick, but my Cross Stitch bag has a huge (about ten inches) rip in it that swallows my stitching. Well, I have the choice of spending at least $20 on a new diaper bag (that is what I normally use) or make me one. I decided to make one with cotton yarn, plastic canvas, & fabric. Well, I have most of the granny squares completed, then I get to sew them together. Then block them & then cut out the 7-mesh plastic canvas to stiffen the bag & then sew the lining & put it all together. My rut is simple. I also want to knit socks & just realized that it is the same stitch, just with more needles. I am like a kid in a candy store when I find something new out. I want to try it & a new craft is like candy to me. It is the same with Tunisian Crochet, I had to try it out. I now can do it & am still on the fence about it. As for the knitting socks, I have requested books & am planning on picking up sock yarn & double pointed needles this weekend. Hopefully that will calm my brain down enough to get my new xstitch1 bag completed. At least, I hope it will be enough. Also there is a pattern for fingerless gloves that I am dying to do that requires sock weight yarn so I will pick that up to. I foresee a break in my xstitching once Fredrick is completed, unless I get another commission. Though Callie wants me to crochet her a scarf so I may do that once Frederick is done. I am using my giant crochet shopping bag at the moment to hold my crochet & xstitching until I get the bag done & am honestly temped to just use it for the time being until I get Frederick done. It just doesn’t have a top & is unlined. But I have used it all day & nothing has come out yet, but it is soooo big & is meant as a shopping bag. Picture 100% cotton yarn in a size H crochet hook, 14 round granny square front & back with 7 round square sides & bottom. That is how big my bag is at the moment. HUGE :rock: Replacing my cross stitching bag is my rut & I plan on finishing my homemade one soon.

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This Summer

I plan on using my “sense of touch” to the extreme level, lol. :dance: :dance: I just re-learned how to knit so I am still working on that (remembering why I hate it). Plus I have about two crochet projects going on that I want to complete. Then my biggest project is of course Frederick. I am guessing by now you want to know how this deals with my sense of touch. Simple, did you know that different colors will feel different? :OO: They do. *stop looking at me like I am crazy* I can take a skein of white floss & a skein of another color and tell them apart by the feel of the floss. I may not be able to tell you what color it is, but I will be able to tell you that they are not the same color. Try it. Go on, try it, I will wait.

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You back? Good. Did you feel it? Yes, good. You have a heighten sense of touch, not everyone does. That is why if you didn’t feel it you have a normal sense of touch. Nothing wrong with that. I can do the same thing with fabric & yarn. Which is why I can’t use wool, it irritates me, I don’t like the feel of the wool. Though I may branch into Alpaca (my father has a client that raises them). That is why I love working with cotton so much. I love the feel of the yarn & it doesn’t irritate my senses.

For example, micro suede. My father has about four winter shirts that he wears. Every time he wore them he couldn’t figure out why I kept rubbing his back or hugging him. Finally, Mom told him it was because I loved the feel of the fabric. When I was in the hospital he brought one up for me to sleep with since it smelled like home & I could rub my face in it. *huge anxiety & panic attacks in the hospital* Since then, I have have bought a comforter that is micro-suede & I sleep with it all the time. My parents joke that I am like a feline & purr. :yikes: Kind of like this cat in the basket:

Yeah, if you haven’t guessed, I am in a crazy goofy mood today. :happy: :happy: :happy:

Whew! Slow Down Life

Everything is moving so fast. I don’t know how to keep up. Dad & I are getting used to being without Mom *hate it*. The worst part is that we are both the type of person that “goes with the flow” & so choosing where to go or where to eat is difficult because both of don’t really care. Needless to say it can take us all day to choose something, lol. The main thing we both agree on is Mom.

Mother Update

Mom is still in the hospital. The doctor’s still give her less then 10% chance of making it out alive. If she makes it then it will be to a long term skilled care facility. That was not what we (Dad & I) or mom wanted, but if she is willing to do it then I am not going to complain.

She actually seems to be willing to work with physical therapy this time around & she is telling us (mouthing since she doesn’t have the speech valve on the trach tube yet) that she is hungry & wants to drink. So that is wonderful. Yesterday she actually agreed to let them sit her up on the side of the bed. She only sat for a couple of minutes, but she sat up & wasn’t bitchy or fighting with them to do it. This is a wonderful thing.

Though I hate to be pessimistic, I am so afraid that this is just the calm before the storm. I just have this feeling that she is going to move backwards again & if she does move backwards she will give up completely. If she codes out again, the doctors don’t think she will come out of it again. Her heart already has a flutter in it & her lungs & brain already have been damaged. Unfortunately, we don’t know how badly they have been damaged. I am just terrified that my best friend is going to die on me & there is nothing I can do to stop it. I am just taking everything one day at a time & praying that I get to keep her for a little longer. I don’t know what else to do.

Crochet

I am planning on making hats for myself & possibly to sell, though I doubt if any will get sold cause I will probably give them away, lol. I bought the yarn just because I loved the colors in it. I had no idea what to use it for until I saw the hat on Raverly. Then I knew what it was going to be used for.

If you remember I was going to make a quilt for my double bed out of the colors of Water & Earth. Well, I got four blocks down & just can’t tell myself that the colors go together so I am using the yarn for other small projects.

My Dad bought me two new crochet hooks. They are normal metal hooks from the flat up & bamboo below. Since the bamboo is a thicker handle it doesn’t make my hand cramp when I crochet all day. So far I have a G (4.0mm) & a H (5.0mm). Dad says that as I need other sizes he will get them. These are made by Susan Bates. The only two brands I have access to are Broyle & Susan Bates. I can interchange the use of either brand, though I prefer Susan Bates. I love the thicker handle of my new hooks. :luv: :luv: :luv:

Cross Stitch

I have finally gotten started on Lori’s commission. Frederick has his own place in the galleries now so you can visit him there, lol. I am going to have a hard time letting this one go, I know. Want to know why? This is the design.Clicking on the picture will take you to the gallery page.

The QBee

I have now been a member of The Quilting Bee for over two years. I can’t say enough for how fun the club is & how friendly the members are. There are multiple activities through out the year that you can take part in. You can pixel pictures or talk on the forum that is completely spam free. There is an IRC channel that is just for the QBees.

My favorite part is the book club, but since I am a huge reader, that shouldn’t be a surprise. But The Quilting Bee even has a book club called Pages. The members read one book a month & then just post their thoughts on the site. It is the best.

Another thing The Quilting Bee has is the ability to talk to other people from everywhere. When you an old fashioned Hillbilly like me, that is something, lol. But then I didn’t get into the Internet scene until 19999 when I started College. So when I joined a little over two years ago, the simple fact that I was making friends with people in England, Canada, & New Zealand, plus other countries that I can’t spell for the life of me. Was a wonderful thing. I know that in this day & age that isn’t a big deal. But I come from a very small town & not a lot of people leave my small town. Everybody knows everybody & everybody’s family line. *I am not joking, I think I am related to half the people in the county I live in, lol* So to talk to my mom about Jem, Michelle, Joni, Lori, *I know US*, Ling, & my other friends that I have met through The Quilting Bee, I have to say that it is one of the best things I have ever done.

So here is to many more years with them. If they want me or not the crazy bee is here to stay.