Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Knitted Doilies

Have you ever come across a gorgeous doily that was knitted and wished you knew how to convert the knit to crochet?  I came across this doily the other day on Pinterest and just loved it!  Wouldn't it be a "knockout" in crochet!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Abigail Doily

The Abigail doily was designed by Patricia Kristoffersen and can be found in Leisure Arts #3113, Simple Elegance.  It was made with Artiste thread #10 in the color eggnogg  using a #7 hook.  The finished doily measures 15 inches.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wonderful retirement!

It's been ten (10) months since retirement began and I have to tell you it is wonderful!  I worked past the normal retirement age in order to do some "catchup" in my 401K plan, which really helped, but at 69 1/2 it was time.  Mentally I was ready for it, and I haven't looked back once since that day!  

I definitely have a lot of "PROS" for my retirement:

  • Not having to get up before dawn and leave the house before 7AM; then not get home most nights until 7PM; sometimes later.
  • Being able to do those little things in house cleaning that you never had time for with such long hours.
  • Being able to put a pot of "anything" on the stove when I want to, rather than concentrating on cooking up things on the weekend for the next week.
  • Having my weekends free for a change to enjoy.  With working it was a time for grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc., while still making church.
  • Having time to do my daily Bible study without having to rush thru it because of so many other things when you are working.
  • Being able to eat healthier because I have time to cook healthier.  I'v been concentrating on a whole food-plant based way of eating and it is paying off!  I've lost 22 lbs since retirement and it continues to "slide" off a pound or so a week.  
  • Being able to take a late afternoon walk and admire God's creation.  Sit in the outdoor swing and just swing away if I feel like it for a while.
  • Being able to spend more time with my husband and not always feel like we were "passing in the night".
  • Being able to enjoy more my "addiction" of thread crochet.  Right now I'm making doilies and a couple of runners for a fund raising auction in May that will benefit a Christian school in the area.  It's so satisfying to be able to do this!
  • Of course, there are the excursions/trips that you can plan, without having to be concerned about how much vacation time you have accumulated.
  • Being able to do all kinds of extra things that I never had time for with working.
Yes, retirement is definitely agreeable with me!  I thank God that He has given me good health that allows me to enjoy it all with "hubby"

Me and Miss B

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Monday, February 13, 2017

#21 Doily

This doily comes from the following book.  The patterns are all charts.  You can just decide what size thread and hook you want to use based on the number of rounds.

I used #20 thread and a #11 hook.  The finished doily measures 22 inches blocked.  I found the individual pattern HERE.  I really like the way it turned out.  Another one to add to my stack of doilies to be donated to the auction in May!

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Heather Hill Doily

I've been admiring this doily for some time.  It just came up on my LARGE" want to make list".  It was made with #30 thread using a #11 hook and measures 18 inches blocked.  The pattern indicates it's a 14 inch doily.  I do crochet tight and block tight.   I did add a 3-ch picot to the top of each cluster on the last row.

The pattern can be found HERE.  Why don't you give it a try?

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