2.26.2013

::Blooms in Winter::

A happy little surprise occurred this week. Wanna see?



My amaryllis bloomed. It is altogether lovely, don't you think? 


I got the bulb from my dear friend, Karie over at Karie's Chic Creations. (Thank you, friend!) I am always amazed that inside that not-so-pretty bulb is stored sufficient energy and info to produce so much beauty. And I literally think I could have watched it grow--it was so fast! 

Karie did a really sweet post about us and our crazy crochet and "junking" adventures together. You can read about it on her awesome blog here.

I also have been working on another Dit Dah Blanket in an entirely different color scheme.

Rather than this...


I did it like this...


It's always amazing to me how the same pattern can produce such different effects when using different yarns. But I love it so far. And it is super soft and squishy! It is so fruity looking--I am loving this color scheme. 


It all started from 5 balls of Ice yarn (from Turkey) that my friend Katie gifted to me. She's a giver--of time, talents, and thrift store finds. (More on that in a second.) The labels on the balls don't tell me much--but it looks to be a mini pom pom yarn with little tufts along a thin thread--finer than boucle. I held it together with a white worsted for the "Dah" rows and interchanged it with a single strand of worsted in coral, pale orange, warm yellow, and fern green for the "Dit" rows. 
I haven't decided on what colors to use in the border, but I'll show you as soon as I am finished.


Back to Katie. I think her "Love Language" is gift-giving. (If you haven't read the book "The Five Love Languages" you should. Totally worth it--and helpful for ALL relationships, not just your love.)

She also gave me the chalkboard below--remember it? It has been on my front porch this winter weathering the snow and ice. Since my city is known for its fierce winds I should have known better but my little chalkboard took a tumble in it. No worries--it survived a little ouchie and will continue to leave you (and my neighbors) uplifting and happy messages. 


Today's message:

{On the Board} -- Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy YARN which is kind of the same thing.



6 comments:

  1. That quote is very true! However my bf seems to think otherwise as the yarn is momentarily occupying the house ;) The colour scheme of the seceond Didah blanket is awesome! I normally don't really like variegated yarn but this one indeed came out like a fruit toffee :)

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  2. The new blanket is looking fruity and squishy but the Dit dah is lost, I think. Could u share some more pics? Gorgeous blooms. I too recently discovered the 5 languages of love. Very enlightening.
    Love

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  3. I knew you would be able to do something fabulous with that yarn! Much better than anything I could have come up with! Your creations inspire me! I love you friend :)

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  4. Love the new blanket colours and what a beautiful colour the amarylis is :)

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  5. Wow, I love it. Those colors make me happy. Is that a double ruffle edge!?! (squeal) I didn't notice it before. I was so hoping you would do one of those.

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  6. Oh you sweet girl friend you always amaze me. The blankets are gorgeous! As always. The flower is beautiful and I am so glad you enjoy it and it brings cheerfulness to your already cheerful home. Love the quote! And I must read the book. So much good stuff you have today. Hugs to you my dear zany, crazy friend. (birds of a feather flock together)!

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