Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Afghan and Craft it Wednesday project

I just finished another afghan, I am in a crocheting mood lately so the knitting needles are sitting on the ottoman and the crochet hooks are smokin'. This particular afghan pattern comes from the book Crochet Afghans by the Pound, by Rita Weiss. Although I think the "pound" thing is not a very good guide because I make my afghans to suit the purpose so they are quite often wider or longer than stated in the pattern, I rarely go exactly by the pattern.

I don't want to take credit away from the author so I am not posting the pattern on my blog. But it is the Lovely Lilacs pattern on page 17 of the book.

I used a variegated yarn with greens and purples, although in the wider shot the color looks blue, you can see in the close up shot the truer colors. I think my friends will be getting afghans for Christmas this year instead of socks. :-)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Miss that Smell

I was cleaning the linen closet yesterday, getting ready for my son's mega-sleep over for his birthday, and I ran across one of my mom's old sheets. I kept just this one, I could vividly remember this sheet, we used it a couple of times when we picnicked at Pemaquid Beach, and I remember it on her bed. That bed was something "off limits" to us kids, only on very rare occasions were we allowed to nap in there or even be in my parent's room at all. But the sheet smelled like my mom, like our house, so I kept it. It was way back in the corner of the linen closet. I knew it was there in the back of my mind but hadn't seen it or run across it in years. Finding it, I could still recall the memories but the smell was gone, so I was a bit sad. Smell seems to help me recall memories, helps me feel like I am back in the moment. And now that part of my memory of my mom is gone.

I am sad, at times, that my mom's death was so sudden. Not that I feel like I didn't have a chance to say goodbye, that wasn't important to me. My mom knew how much I loved her and I knew how much she loved me, we talked often even though we were an ocean apart. But sometimes I feel like I missed out on so much time with her. And my boys missed knowing her. Occasionally Phil will comment "I wish I had grandparents", he has none. And I can't change that, but I do talk about my parents, so he knows what they were like, the things my parents did with me etc. Just so he has some sense of a family beyond his parents.

I love those smells. I was just telling Jackson the other day, when we walked outside that it smelled like spring. And for a moment, I felt like I was walking out behind the house I grew up in, back in Maine. Just that smell of everything coming alive. This past winter I commented that it smelled like Fall in Maine, just that crisp, cool air, with a cool breeze. The winters here are pretty mild, so to me it smelled like Fall in Maine. Just takes me back.

There are times I miss my mom, but I know that if she were alive things would be very different for me. Chances are we would not have chosen North Carolina as a place to live, we would have chosen Maine, to be close to my parents. And with that choice would have come a different group of friends, maybe I would not have chosen to homeschool etc. So I do see the chain of events. And I know that the one event, that was beyond my control, has led to a joyful life with wonderful friends, and living a life I can't imagine being different. Hmmm how things do shape our lives and our choices.

So I always remember one of the things my mom used to tell me, "everything will work out the way it is supposed to be." And I smile, even through the occasional sadness.
"Smells and tastes remain within me
as if they had souls, haunting me
reminding me of the past.
Will this ever pass I hope not
as I don't want to lose that
part of Mother that stays within me." Robritt

Monday, March 15, 2010

Teens and Cell Phones

OK so there is not enough room in the subject box for the subject of this blog post. I have been watching the Verizon commercial lately, and just wondering who creates these commercials. I have been a loyal Verizon customer and actually love my cell phone service. But this commercial is just so disturbing. I bet you know the one I am talking about and I bet some of you think it is "normal parent-teen interaction" and I know some of you are like me wondering what they were thinking.

The commercial shows a couple of teens outside shoveling snow, and the parents inside watching. The dad is explaining to the mom how he told the kids if they shoveled the snow they would have unlimited cell phone use. The mom says something like "we already have that". And they then laugh about tricking the kids into shoveling, and how it was so cold they weren't going to do it.

Man such a deranged commercial. What are we coming to as a society, or are we already there, have we been there? My parents wouldn't have done that so my perception might be skewed.

The kids wouldn't help if the parents just asked for help? Why is it so funny to trick the kids? Doesn't it just teach children that it is OK to lie and trick people, and that making fun of someone is funny, being cruel is funny? How would children learn to trust and believe in their parents if they are tricked like this? Is there an idea that the children will never find out?

Is it really a social norm to trick children like this, and laugh about it. Like the kids are the punchline of some "inside joke". Well I missed that joke, cause I don't think it is funny. And my next move is to send an e mail to Verizon.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Crochet Table Runner

I know this is a little late for Craft It Wednesday but I did have it complete by Wednesday, it has just taken me a few days to get the pic loaded to my computer and onto my blog. Here are the directions for the pattern:

With A, ch 206 loosely.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Miss next ch. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in next ch - Shell made. *(Miss next 2 ch. Shell in next ch) 4 times. ** Miss next 2 ch. (Shell. Ch 3. Shell) in next ch. Rep from * to ** once more. Miss next 2 ch. 1 sc in next ch. Miss next 3 ch. 1 sc in next ch. *** Rep from * to *** 4 times more. (Miss next 2 ch. Shell in next ch) 4 times more. Miss next 2 ch. (Shell. Ch 3. Shell) in next ch. (Miss next 2 ch. Shell in next ch) 5 times. Miss next ch. 1 dc in last ch. Join B. Turn.

2nd row: With B, ch 1. 1 sc in first dc. 1 sc in top of next Shell. Shell in top of each of next 5 Shells. *(Shell. Ch 3. Shell in next ch-3 sp. Shell in top of each of next 4 Shells. 1 sc in top of each of next 2 Shells. Shell in top of each of next 4 Shells. Rep from * 4 times more. (Shell. Ch 3. Shell) in next ch-3 sp. Shell in top of each of next 5 Shells. 1 sc in next ch-2 sp. 1 dc in last sc. Join C. Turn.

3rd row: With C, as 2nd row. Join A at end of row. Last 3 rows form Stripe Pat. Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, rep 2nd row until side of Afghan measures approx 55 ins [139.5 cm], ending with A. Fasten off.

If you go to the site it will have a picture for an afghan. I wanted a table runner so I made it narrower, and because of the nubby yarn I chose mine came out a bit different than the picture, although it would have made a luxurious afghan as it was so thick and soft and warm...mmmm.