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Finished 2018

1.  Colorations



What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Chicago Ornament



A Kindle Commercial?

My husband had his knee replaced.  I knew that I would be spending a lot of time sitting at the hospital and I have a hard time sitting still.  I brought with me a Kindle with a good number of books, a needlepoint project, knitting, and an iPad with 3G so I could get online anywhere, and a few magazines. I also get bored easily and like to switch my activities around.  I didn't bother to bring sewing.  I have to spread out too much for that.

On the first day, I sat in a general waiting room and was only allowed to visit my patient for 20 minutes at specific times.  There were no chairs for the visitors with the patients.  Visitors were escorted in and then escorted out.  They were really serious about the 20 minute rule.  

Knitting socks, the Kindle, and the iPad were good in the general waiting room while I was waiting for my 20 minute visits.  Needlepoint, not so much.  There were just too many things to take out and put away and hospital lighting is not for needlework.  Knitting was popular, I saw several knitters.  I brought very basic sock knitting.  If I had to consult a pattern or really keep track of anything complicated, it would have been hopeless.  I did actually make quite a bit of progress on the sock.

Once David got moved into a room where I could sit with him, the iPad kind of stopped being useful.  The hospital doesn't really like the wireless interfering with all their equipment in the room.  That actually sounded reasonable.  The knitting also got put away because as soon as I would get going, David would need something or a nurse would come in and I would have to move.  It is not so good for me to instantly drop knitting.  Maybe better knitters can drop and pick up, but by the time I sorted out where I was when I put the knitting down, there was another interruption.  

This is where the Kindle was really my best friend.  I could set it down and pick it up.  It always remembered my place.  It fit in my purse and it also worked well in the dim light.  Once I sorted all this out, I quit lugging all that other stuff to the hospital.  

I kind of sound like a Kindle commercial, don't I?  



Granny's Quilt

I thought I was going to post some more of these blocks while I was sitting at the hospital waiting for my husband's knee to get replaced.  Alas,  I could not get the iPad and the blogging software to cooperate.  To be fair, I did not try very hard.

You can still see a bit of the feedsack in this one.

Another simple, yet elegant block.

The knee replacement went well and we are back at home.

Coming soon, a post about what works for non patient entertainment at the hospital and what doesn't work so well.


Enough Already

It's snowing again.  It's been snowing since 6:00 a.m.  It was supposed to be "flurries" today.  The real snow was supposed to start sometime this evening.  This is what the "flurries" looked like at 9:00.

This seems more like real snow than flurries.  Here's the situation right after lunch.  In case you can't read my ruler, that is 5 inches of snow on my walkway.

It's pretty.  The trees look beautiful covered in snow and I think we have quite enough.  

 Not everybody thinks we have enough though.  We're supposed to get six to ten more inches tonight.  


More Hens and Chicks

I've been trying to work away on my Hens and Chicks blocks as well as the secret projects.  Here are a few more finished blocks.  

 It makes me happy to be working on these instead of outside shoveling snow again.  It seems to be one of those years with lots of snow.

I am debating the size of this quilt.  I was thinking big at first, maybe three blocks of each color.  As I am finishing them and pinning them up on the wall, I am starting to think smaller might be better.


Smaller means I get finished faster.


Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It seems that I was the only person left that hasn't read

 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) (Kindle Edition)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson

I really enjoyed the book but it very sad.   A reporter who has lost his job is hired to find a girl who disappeared many years ago.  He hires a researcher who is somewhat dysfunctional to help him and they almost get killed in the process.  It is also about how abusive men can be toward women.  Fortunately, two of the women actually manage to escape their abusers and not all the men in the story are evil.  It was a good story and I will definitely read the other books in this series.