so I am scouring it for new things.....already found one and if my hands hold out, will have something to show soon. Don't get too excited.....
They just told us there is a storm coming on Monday.....the weather people are almost afraid to talk these days!!! 50% chance of snow, he said and then ducked!!!!!
The geese on the lake are having a terrible time finding something to eat. Why they don't fly somewhere else I don't know. It's hard to see them float on the cold water and sit on the ice, looking miserable and somehow lonely. The small birds have the food I put out for them and they are fine. The snow is still piled up all around us and I am so sick of it I can't tell you. But I have a new book to look at and the Olympics to cheer at, and a very happy hubby, who is building another computer.....well he's changing cases. He's giving the one he has to our son who has an old one that came in on the ark!!!!!
Little explanation about the new header photo. IT IS NOT MINE.
I was so fed up with the weather I decided to bring some bluebird happiness to my world and found this lovely image on "NAT GEO", as they call it nowadays.....why can't people just speak properly!!!! Anyway, I do not want anyone to think I took this....I will when the bluebirds come back, and I think I saw one the other day. But for now, this little fellow will make us feel better until the real thing comes along.
I have not bothered to look up the pattern, and I am sure there is one somewhere,
but I thought I would just write what I did.
(I write ch 2/3 because it depends on your yarn and needle size as to whether 2 or 3 chains are needed to reach the height of your stitch. I also have started using hdcs because I find them less "floppy" than dcs. Use whichever stitch you like, remember, I made this up from looking at a picture, so it's open to interpretation!! I also use US terms, because, quite frankly, I don't know the UK ones.)
join with sl st
chain 2/3 and make 16 hdc into ring.
Join into any space between hdc with slip stitch
chain 2/3 and hdc ch1 into each space around.
(16 hdc 16 ch1 spaces)
Join with slip stitch and ch 3 (makes first dc)
make 2 dc in same space.
make 3 dc in next space and each space around
join with sl st and chain 3.
make sc, ch 3 into space between dc groups 3x
in next loop (corner) ch 6 and 3sc again into 3 loops, all the way around.
join with slip stitch into any ch 3 space and make 3sc into each ch3 loop 3x
in corner make 3 sc chain 2 3 sc
join in any sc and make sc in all sc around block.Fasten off
and you should have your own
If you click on the photo you can see the stitches clearly and count them too!
(I didn't block it)
Today I packed up a box to send to Rebecca. It is full of beads and bits, for her to take to Haiti when she goes. It made me feel better and she makes me feel better. The story on Haiti is getting smaller and more out of focus.... but they are still there, waiting. For all the things they need to live life. All I can do is once in a while remind you of this. And then hope you do something too. However small. It all helps.
I made a collage to add to Rebeccas Heart Sessions....her button is on the right.
I know that the pictures are out of focus......I did it on purpose.
"nothing is impossible to a willing heart"
The cat does not belong to the said neighbour......don't know who he belongs to. We fed him and he spent a little time with the snow shoveller and then sat in the sun for a while and I have not seen him today.
This morning, while I was catching up with what else had happened in the world while we were cut off,
I heard a very plaintive voice, outside the roomontheleft.
It belonged to the cat next door,
who had found his way over here and was now obviously
lost, cold and a little perplexed by this strange new world he found himself in.
I watch him now and again
as he wanders through the garden,
on his way to the lake.
There, he challenges the Canada Geese, stalks the ducks or chases the squirrels back up the trees.
In the summer, he unearths a vole, or mole
and spends a little time torturing it
until, very catlike, he leaves it for one of us to step on!!
He is a hunter, and unfortunately he has been successful,
every now and again, with the birds. But that is nature and I just have to forgive him!!
Anyway, once he saw me inside, his cries became louder and more pitiful.
Husband opened the front door and there he was, on the other side, looking for all he was worth like a refugee from Siberia !!? His house is a hop, skip and a jump away, but he can't or doesn't want to walk through the deep snow.
Our little furry one was most put out by the attention we were giving him,
and after a brief encounter,
through the glass,
she got up
out of bed
to see how things are going with Haiti and read a post she has written that made me quite miffed, to be polite. She also has a little"heart sessions" going on, for people to take pictures of hearts they have made, or have in various forms and she is linking us together. I'll let you read what she says on her page, and once again ask, if you can, help please.
Here is my contribution of hearts.....
I crocheted some, I drew one, I cut one out of paper, my grand daughter drew the little picture with the colourful hearts, bottom left,I quilled one