Rusty

Good Friday everyone!

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My sister-in-law, Christine, made this adorable giraffe afghan for her newest grand baby. It is so cute! You can find the pattern here: Rusty the Giraffe Blanket.  It is crochet.  She makes the cutest projects.

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Here is a photo of what it looks like before the details.

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Finished.  Thanks Christine for letting me Show and Tell your beautiful blanket!

Lauren and I are going to “Mrs, Cosby’s Dye Workshop” this evening at SWAK, (Sealed With A Kiss) our local yarn store.  We are going to learn how to dye yarn.

Have a great weekend and happy knitting.

 

Tammy

Designing a Throw

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I did it!  I made something on my own!  I’ve had this little fantasy of designing my own knitting projects for a while, but, I’ve never actually tried.  I wanted a new afghan for my bedroom so I made myself make one of my own design.

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I love it.  It’s made with Plymouth De Aire bulky yarn, but it’s been discontinued.  Any bulky yarn will do.

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I’m working on writing up the pattern if anyone is interested.  Have you ever written a pattern down?  Goodness!  It’s had me off kilter for a week!  I have it written down .

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Now, I have to write it down so other people can read it!  I started to do just that, then I realized, I have to have a little stitch dictionary of my stitches I used, a gauge guide, then what about a chart?  Some people like charts.  Do I have to write down a chart?  Is it required?  I’m sure it would be beneficial to those who like charts.  Crum!  I have to sit down and make up a chart.   So with watching a baby during the day and getting my chores done in-between and redecorating my bedroom, I’ve been stalled to say the least.

I will get the pattern posted asap friends.  I think it’s a really pretty blanket.  I need to get some tassels on the 4 corners.

I had the blanket wrapped around me one day and Lauren noticed how pretty the pattern would be in a cardigan.  I may have to do a pretty cardigan next.

Happy Labor Day!

Tammy

Heart Nurse 4 U

 

Len and I met online.  That’s the thing to do now-a-days to meet people.  We met on Yahoo Personals, which doesn’t exist anymore, and they required you to have a title name.   Mine was “HeartNurse4U” and Len’s was “Combustionman” (fireman).  We laugh and thinks it’s really silly now, but, hey, you had to come up with something to identify yourself.  These are the pictures we had up.

I had just gone on a horrible date where they guy didn’t have a picture up.  The guy answered the door in shorts, a house robe, and socks.  I wanted to hand him the box of brownies I brought right then and there and say, “Bye, this isn’t going to work.” and just walk away.  But my manners wouldn’t let me, so I suffered thru the dinner he made for me, not him, not both of us, just me.  He ranted about his special spaghetti and stood there to watch me eat it.  It was horrible.  He said his secret ingredient was BBQ sauce (with spaghetti????).  He started to rub my shoulders while I was sitting there eating his super special barbecue spaghetti, and I told him I had this awful phobia and couldn’t stand to be touched.  Anyway, after that, I ran outta there as fast as I could without being horribly rude.

Then I met Len.   He didn’t have a picture posted.   I had chatted with him off and on for the past 3 months.  I was not going to waste my time again, so I wasn’t interested until I could see a picture.   He had a friend at work take this photo of him.    As soon as I saw it, I was a bit smitten.  Those pretty blue eyes and the laugh lines around the eyes got me.  I thought, “Yes, I could kiss that man.” and I finally consented to a date and the rest is history.  We spent 12 hours together for our first date.  We were pretty much a couple from day one.

 

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In honor of HeartNurse4U,  I thought I’d share my Noro #33 Heart Blanket.  The pattern is written in Intarsa.   I used the stranded method, meaning, I carried the different color yarn behind my work, twisting the yarn every few stitches, to hold it down.   The Intarsa method had a disruption in the background color block that I didn’t like.  That’s why I preferred the stranded method.  I got a consistent back ground color.

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Below is the back of the blanket and what the stranded method looks like on the back.  Also, instead of seeming every square together that is required in the Intarsa version, I could knit long columns and just seem the columns together.  You can see the seams below.  It’s made out of Noro Kureyon.   Len just drove up to Wyoming from Oklahoma and slept in the back of the SUV.  He had a pallet made and I had him take this blanket among others.  He said he was warm and toasty all night because of this wool/silk blanket.

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As always, Max is nearby.  He’s getting so big.  My son, John, pointed out that he still has his kitty teeth.   I think he’s 5  months old.

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I also want to give some good advise from “HeartNurse4U”.  There is testing out there called CT Calcium Scan.   It’s only $50 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  Others, I hear, can cost $99.   It’s a CAT Scan of your heart and it measures the amount of calcium in the arteries of your heart which are indicators of plaque build up.    When people have heart attacks and they go to the hospital, we stop the heart attack, then go fix the problem with angioplasty/stent to reopen the artery.   Now, the damage that was done to your heart muscle before you arrived to the hospital is irreversible.  It causes all kinds of health problems.   If you can find that you have plaque build up in your arteries before you have a heart attack, then you are way above the game my friend!  You can fix your heart BEFORE you have a heart attack.  You want to protect your heart from the damage that a heart attack causes.   The CT Calcium scan does that for you.   For $50-100 you can save your life and your health.

If you have a family history of heart disease, and are in your 40’s or older, and/or you have been or currently are a smoker, please, please, please, consider getting a CT Calcium Scan done.  Tell your moms and dads, grandpa’s and grandma’s.  If mom and/or dad have had cardiac disease, it’s hereditary, get yourself checked out.

I had one done at the age of 45.  My score was zero.  My husband had one done and his score was low also, but they found a buldging weakness in the large artery that comes out of his heart, that we continue to monitor anually.  We make sure his blood pressure is good and normal to prevent that from getting any worse.  If we did not have that scan done, we never would have known.

Baby Luke is due any day now!  Doctor said she didn’t think Lauren would make it to next week.   Will keep you guys posted!

Happy Knitting.