Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday's Progress

"Cotton Candy" Blanket

Today is a nice, sunny, relatively warm (mid 60's) day.  I got up at 6:30 a.m. and was out of the house by 7:30 a.m. to go to the clinic.  My appointment was for 8:45 a.m.  I was there on time and had the injection and was out of the clinic by 9:00 a.m.  Home before 10:00 a.m. as traffic was light going away from downtown. 

When I came home, there was a message from one of my friends - he was bringing me lunch today!  How lovely!  I have the best friends, ever!  He brought me a big plate of rice and vegetarian curries; I ate half and kept the other half for another day, as I couldn't eat it all at one sitting.

After I came home, I started on the office-related work.  Need to spend more time on that, this afternoon.  In between, I took short breaks to to a few items from today's To Do list.

I called the pharmacist to request a box of anti-bacterial masks.  The pharmacy near my house didn't stock them (daughter had looked for them), so I called the pharmacy near my work place, where I had bought my current box.   The pharmacist there was able to locate one box (I had wanted two) and said she'll order another box.  Each box contains 50 disposable, one-time-use masks.  I wear one each time I go to the clinic  and sometimes even when I go for a walk around the block, so go through several masks a week.  Over the years, I've made friends with the pharmacist at that particular store, so she said she will bring the box of masks to me over the weekend.  Have I mentioned that I am blessed with the best friends, ever?

I have been able to sort through the pile of paperwork I put off doing, yesterday.  There's some filing to do, but that will be kept for another day.

And then, I put away the laundry from yesterday.  Among the items were two blankets I had knitted when I was pregnant with daughter.  The pink one pictured above is knitted with a pink and white fuzzy yarn; I refer to it as the "cotton candy" blanket, as that's what the yarn reminds me of!  I had meant it to be a baby blanket, but my mother encouraged me to make it bigger and so, it's more like a throw to curl up under when napping on the sofa! 

A close-up of the flower motif:

Close Up of Flower
It is an adaptation of a pattern I have in one of my knitting books.  I remember doing a sample square of the pattern as given in the book (still have that sample square in my yarn bin!) and then, simplified it to feature bands of alternating garter stitch and stockinette stitch once the flower petals were knitted. The original pattern had rows of bobbles and more texture.

The second blanket was also meant to have been a baby blanket, but ended up being twin bed sized!  A lot more useful than baby blankets, I guess - they are still being used today and the "baby" for whom they were made is going to be 23 on her next birthday (in about 6 weeks!)  The center is knitted and then, I crocheted the border, around.  The colors of lemon and white reminds me of lemon meringue pie!  And they remain a favorite color combination for baby gifts, especially, (although, these days, more and more people know the gender of the baby before hand).

Lemon Meringue Pie Blanket
Close up:

Close Up of "Basket Weave"

This blanket is knit using a knitting technique known as "entrelac"; it produces a woven basket effect.

So, here's how today's To Do list looks like at 1:00 p.m.:

- Injection in the a.m. - DONE
- Office-related work - Started
- Put away dried laundry - DONE
- Do another load of laundry
- Vacuum bedrooms
- Paperwork - DONE
- Call pharmacist - DONE

Plans for the rest of the day include doing office-related work, vacuuming the bedrooms, and another load of laundry - quilts, this time.  :)

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to drive myself to the clinic for my injection and back without any difficulties
- Sunshine and warmer temperatures after the recent colder and grey days
- Lunch from a friend
- Pharmacist friend will bring me a box of masks
- Birds singing outside in the sunshine

How is your Wednesday coming along?


  1. Your blankets are beautiful! I'm so glad you made them bigger so you can always use them. :)
    I can't wait until the spring to hear the birds singing again. Right now they are smart enough to have gotten away from this cold Wisconsin weather! Brrr!! :)
    Enjoy your evening!

    1. Thank you, Dawn. I put out some seeds for the birds, later in the day, and they were so happy!

  2. Bless, you are so talented, both the cotton candy and the lemon pie blankets are beautiful.
    Proud you got your injection with no problems.. and had a good day.. Hope you have a good night.
    I had a good day..Accomplished a lot and went to church tonight.

    1. Thank you, Judy. I did have a good rest of the day, yesterday. Finished the rest of my to do list and did a craft project. Sounds like you had a good day, too. :)

  3. Beautiful blankets Bless! Bet they're so cozy on cool nights. :).

    1. Thank you! Both daughter and the cat like them! :D

  4. Very nice! I especially love the lemon meringue one.

  5. I think it is neat that your lovely baby blankets still fit your baby!

  6. Bless your blankets are GORGEOUS! I so wish I was as talented as you are!


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