Friday, July 1, 2016

When does it stop?

Seriously! When does it stop being so crazy busy???

Just when I thought that with May being over and done, things would finally settle, the last week and a half has seen me running around like the proverbial headless chicken... eldest celebrated her 17th birthday on the Winter Solstice. She decided that she wanted to invite a few of her friends for it was a busy busy day getting things organised and cooking for the 20 young ladies that would be descending on our home for supper! The evening was a huge success.....none of the guests left with food poisoning or cramps due to my cooking :D 
If you ever consider having 20 teenaged girls in your home for any reason.....take note......girls are noisy! Really.....really.....REALLY NOISY! 

Unfortunately, the next morning, when my dad went to the clinic for his dialysis, his doctor was not happy with him - he was very very weak. Dad was admitted to hospital and is currently only expected to be discharged sometime during next week. He has contracted a bug in his blood that's caused the weakness and the doctors are not sure where it's coming from. There had been fears that his cancer may be back but the MRI and bone scans haven't revealed anything. He is also under the care of a cardiologist as he has been complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. I am grateful that the kids are on vacation though so visiting him in hospital two/three times a day hasn't had to be juggled with picking up the kids at school!

Through all of this I have managed to get some stuff done....

After almost a year, I finished my son's blanket :)

I'm really pleased with the edging. I used the Cosy Blanket Edging Tutorial found here at Attic24 . Lucy's tutorials are brilliant and so easy to follow :)

Now that this blanket is done, I have to start one for my youngest. Let me rephrase....I  have already started her blanket.

I'm using this delightful pattern called the Maybelle Flower.

You can find the pattern here.

I'm using wool in my stash to make these flowers which I'll later make into squares using this tutorial. But that's probably only in a few month's time :D I want to get as many flowers as I possibly can done first before starting the squares. At the moment I am able to get about 9 flowers from a 50gram ball of wool using a 3.5mm hook.

I haven't neglected stitching either! A new start to kick start the stitching mojo!

Ballerina Bunny charted by DMC
Stitched on 32ct evenweave with DMC threads

I had totally forgotten that I bought this Somebunny chart many many years ago. It's initially part of a DMC kit and called Ballerina Bunny. The original bunny wears a green tutu, but as my friend's daughter's favourite colour is blue, I'm swopping out the greens for blues :)

And speaking of are my two cable chomping cuties!

Pebbles having some petals for lunch :)

Peanut loves apple!

Have a good week-end all :)

Take care


Vickie said...

I am sorry about your father. I am praying for him.
Your blanket is a success! The new one looks to be lovely.

faith76 said...

Hi, just discovered your blog whilst bloghopping in blogland. I love the bright colours in your sons blanket very cheerful and cozy. And the flower blanket you have started looks pretty. Have a lovely weekend x

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Oh my goodness, if we ever have 20 teenaged girls in our house I shall be having Words with my 13 year old son LOL I am sure they were lovely even if a little loud!

Hope your Dad is OK and gets better soon.

Pamela said...

The Maybelle flowers are gorgeous!

Ruth said...

Hugs to you and dad -- congrats on surviving 20 "very giddy" young ladies. Bring out the sitching, it'll help make the world seem normal again ;-)

Justine said...

Sorry to hear that your dad is ill - I will keep him in my prayers.
Your blanket is gorgeous! And the new one looks to be just as lovely too, you chose gorgeous colours.
Ballerina Bunny is sweet but not as sweet as your two real bunnies!

Sheryl S. said...

Gorgeous cheerful blanket and the Maybelle flowers are such a lovely colour. Thanks for the link. Hope your dad recovers very soon.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

the blanket is so pretty and colorful. I love bright and bold! But I also like the Maybelle Flowers. I love Attic 24 blog. She always has such pretty crochet patterns and is so generous to share and respond to questions.

Sorry to hear of your dad's setback. Maybe things were just winding down in June and July will give you a break. Much love to you, friend.
xx, Carol

Mouse said...

congratulations on surviving those girls having had my fair share of parties I can sympathize hahahahaha love your finished knitting as well as your new start too ... and love the wee bunny ...
sending healing hugs to your dad and you (((hugs))) love mouse xxxxx

Rachel said...

Happy birthday to your eldest! And sending thoughts to your father.

That blanket is just beautiful, such vibrant colors. Your stitching is lovely!

Heather said...

Nice progress on everything and cute bunnies :)

Linda said...

Both bunnies are adorable Thoeria. Pebbles looks like a kitten. Love the black face and ears on Peanut. Congrats on finishing the pretty blanket. I love the colors. I have printed out the Maybelle Flower pattern a dozen times but have not made any yet. Love the colors your using. Great new stitchy start.


Brigitte said...

Sorry to read about your Dad not feeling well. I hope that he will soon be better with the care that he receives at hospital and from you.
It's great that you still find the time for your needlework. That blanket looks just gorgeous and I bet your son is super happy with it. Hopefully the ballerina bunny will bring your stitching mojo back.

Mii Stitch said...

Great start on the ballerina bunny, looks promising.
Congratulations on finishing the blanket and starting a new one too :)

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I hope your father is making a good recovery.