Monthly Archives: August 2006

Anna’s Swap Squares

these were fun to do! this is my first exchange on the Happy Hookers group. I got Anna for both the sampler square and the granny square exchanges, so lucky me i get to only go to the post office once. : )

for Anna’s granny, i did one of my favorites, called Thetys’s Sqauare (i wont link to it because the site is fraught with horrible pop ups. try a google search instead.) the sampler was equally cool, as it’s the first sampler i’ve ever done! i dug out one of my stitch books and chose something i’ve always wanted to do – the spider stitch. Fun! think i’ll make a shrug out of it. : ) anyways, i’m going to like the sampler square exchange!

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Alisa’s Squares for August

finished my squares for the first exchange round on CLGSX. i got Alisa again, who is doing a safari theme afghan for her daughter. the green square is from a Year of Afghans leaflet. I modified it a bit and decided that the flowery treble stitch rounds get lost without a contrast color. the tan is called the butterfly square, and is from the Granny Squares Nanny Squares book. it took a few tries and froggings, but i finished one for Daniel’s ‘ghan and perfected it for Alisa. it’s an elaborate pattern and i think it is very pretty.

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Granny Squares Nanny Squares

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checked out Granny Squares Nanny Squares from the Alameda County Library through the shared borrowing we have at work, and it’s a keeper!

although the book’s title claims, “New Twists for Classic Crochet,” I didn’t find the patterns to be that innnovative and new. not to say that they weren’t good, mind you, i just didn’t find them different enough to consider them new twists. however, the book does feature quite a few nice patterns that are reminicient of days of old, and i found myself picking up yarn and hook to stitch a pattern or two here and there. beware, though, by and large these patterns are not for the faint of heart! they are detailed and tend to be a bit on the complicated side, but if you like a good challenge, dig in. of the few things i stitched and the many i studied, the patterns in this book work up nicely.

in addition to the lovely patterns, the book has detailed, crisp and clear photographs, diagrams and images, and the large text is easy to read. although a strong attention to detail is suggested, as long as you follow stitch by stitch you will be able to create these patterns. they are well described in the items i stitched up.

this is a lovely book and contains old tyme patterns featured in today’s modern example of a well printed book. if you like old fashioned patterns, definitely add this book to your collection!

Presents for Grammy, Grandpa, and Tanta

I have the sweetest little child ever. Lila got a box of clothes and goodies from Grammy (my Mom), Grandpa Jerry (my stepdad), and Tanta (my sis), and was so delighted that she decided to make some mail for them. She drew pictures and made art, then took colored construction paper and ‘wrapped’ them, complete with white printer paper strips for ribbon. She even made tags, bless her gentle heart, although she wrote ‘to’ Lila instead of ‘from’ Lila. Nonetheless, I think that’s pretty darn good for an unsupervised five year old!!!

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Bye Bye, My Beloved Tee Tee

My heart is breaking… my beloved Tee Tee, my kitty of 10 years, died yesterday. She became ill about a month ago, and with little money to spend on labs and whatnot, we only had the option to make her comfortable until the time came for her to go. Yesterday, I planned to take her to the vet, but the sneeky little girl got out and hid under the stairs. I couldn’t, no matter what the bribe, get her to emerge, so I had to wait until Daniel came home. He had to completely tear the stairs apart in order for me to get her out. When I did, I saw that she was unable to stand, her legs twitching and reaching out. She cried and cried, and choked on the water I tried to give her through a syringe. It was time; my Tee Tee was suffering. I took her in, and held her in my arms, stroking her, telling her she was a good kitty and that we loved her, until the vet gave her the medicine to take her into the next world. I will miss my Tee Tee.

I first got my Tee Tee in 1996 as a companion kitty for my Baby Ivan kitty. I got her from a shelter; she was one of several feral animals taken from a rural part of New Mexico. The shelter said that even though she was four months old, it was unlikely that she would adjust to domesticated life, and that if she remained wild I could bring her back. However, I was drawn to her, as she was an exact replica of a kitty my Grandparents had when I was a young girl. I named her Tycee, after that kitty my Grandparents had. She was a wild thing, and it took about a year for her to emerge from under the furniture, but when she did, she was the best kitty anyone could have. She was ferocious as a hunter! She killed prairie dogs that got into our back yard. In an apartment building infested with mice, we never had one. Only mice parts did we find. She kept any animal that didn’t live with us out of the yard; it was *her* territory! She ran the household and kept every other animal we had in line. She was a good kitty.

When I had my daughter, Lila, Tycee became like a second Mommy, meowing and pawing at me when Lila cried. She watched over Lila, and was so good to her. In all the ear and hair pulling, tail yanking and rough hugging and child play, Tycee never once scratched Lila. She was patient and gentle and kind. Pointing to Tycee, “Tee Tee” was Lila’s first word, and so Tee Tee she became.

I love my Tee Tee. She was my companion for 10 years, the cat no one thought would easily adjust to domesticated life. But she did; she was a survivor, strong and tough and always there to watch over the house, my daughter and myself. I love you still, my Tee Tee. I miss you so.