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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Monday, January 24, 2022


 I have finally decided to make an update on my rug this evening since it will never be to my satisfaction and it could take forever to achieve my goal.   I have such difficulty getting the right directional hooking and the right shade. I've dyed so many shades of blue and I constantly have to pull out the loops or reversed hooking as it's called by seasoned rug hookers.  I just can't visualize how best to go about hooking the blue cape or mantel.  For some reason, the face was very easy to hook, probably because it is smaller but the rest is just a pain in the patootie.  I still have so many sections to reverse hook. I have removed most of the darker blue except a tiny spot by Mary's hand and I need to dye a tiny piece of wool for the baby's lips. I have removes the too pale highlights, but still have lots left to undo and rehook.   The baby's lips are the least of my worries.  I think because all the folds are diagonal, it's adding to my dilemma. I've never had instruction on how to tackle a project like this. 

I finished my baby blanket last week. I used my iPhone to take the photo and I discovered to get the right color, I had to tilt my phone, otherwise, it was washed out. Surprisingly, it came out exactly true to color.  I so enjoyed crocheting this design and it hooked up quite fast. The easiest pattern yet. 

 I started another blanket and the pattern is another chevron but with a different pattern. Somehow, I make the required number of chains and when I hook the second row, I was short of two stitches.  I tried it a second time and was short of two stitches again, darn it... I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I've put it aside for now and will try it again when my brain is rested.

I have discovered that when I'm tired and play Freecell on my computer and I run into a difficult game that I can't solve, I try the same game the next day and usually solve it quickly. I guess it goes to prove that a tired brain needs rest. I will not let two little chains stop me for long.  Maybe, I better concentrate on my rug but I find hooking so pleasant. I will definitely try again. 

 I only had one small poinsettia for Christmas and it's still doing well so far. I usually get some from the church but because of the lockdown, I didn't get any this time which is just fine with me. 

And from my kitchen, a speedy but yummy dish. I love making my own hummus and it only takes a few minutes and is so good for our health so. My little Sweet potato vines are slowly growing in the cool sunroom. It's warm in sunny daytime but cool at night as I don't have the heat on. 

There you have it, not much going on in my lockdown life but thanks for stopping for a visit and leaving a comment. Kind comments from blogger friends are the sparkles to my posts.   Stay safe and well and start counting days to spring. It's getting nearer and will be here before you know it.

Hugs, Julia