Friday, May 22, 2015


My oldest great-granddaughter graduated from Massac Junior High School, Metropolis IL, last night.
Here she is with her mother. The stole reads Valedictorian. There were 13 of them out of a class of 140 something. We are all very proud of her. In addition to being smart and pretty, she's friendly and just a nice kid.
As I was walking from my car to the school building (the graduation was held at the high school because its gym is larger), a woman passed me wearing a beautiful shawl. After a couple of seconds I thought, "That shawl looks familiar  - I think I made it." When I got inside, the woman was talking with two or three others. I touched her arm and asked, "Do you teach math here?" She answered, "Yes, well not here, but at the junior high." I said,"I thought I recognized the shawl; I'm Lexi Gill's great-grandmother." She said that she loves the shawl and that Lexi is a delight to have in class.

After the ceremony, Lexi showed me a thank you note she had gotten from her science teacher for the shawl Lexi had given her. I had forgotten that Lexi had requested two. (I make shawls when and how I want to, and the great-grandkids pick out which ones they want to give to their teachers.)

This in the one Lexi gave to the math teacher

I love this picture of it being modeled by almost-three-year-old Lily - her first shawl modeling experience. See how the front corners are dragging the ground? I'm not sure if the one Rose is modeling has gone to a teacher or not. I know Lexi said the one she gave the science teacher is pink and white, but there is also this pink and white one.
Lexi said that Devin has selected a pink and brown one for his teacher, so it must be this one

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I am still here.

Ruth told me today that Diane told her to remind me that I haven't posted here for a long time. She's right!

When I started this blog 8 1/2 years ago, I thought it would be about my knitting. Then a couple of months later, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, and it switched to mostly medical stuff. The Myeloma has been  in remission now for almost five years. I only see the oncologist and have blood work done every six months, so there's not any medical stuff to write about.

Soooo, I guess I need to write more about my knitting and other fiber-related things. I just scrolled back and discovered that I haven't posted any shawl pictures since August. Shame on me! Let me try to catch up.

This one I also did in August. While I had it on the needles, it reminded me of a pumpkin.

It looks like I did only hats in September. I know that's not true, but I guess I didn't take pictures of everything. And most of these pictures are blurry.

I was really pleased with the way this shawl turned out. I call it my Threes Shawl for several reasons. First because of the three triangular sections. Second because the stitch pattern is 'squares' that are three stitches wide and six rows long; half of the squares are garter stitch, so that means three ridges. Then, when I ran out of the pink yarn, I did not have the number of stitches needed for the border pattern I wanted to use, so I started the white border with three two-row eyelet pattern repeats. Finally, I wound up using the leftovers of three white skeins, with only a small amount remaining of the third ball.

I did a few hats in October, as well.

I actually used someone else's pattern for this shawl - some of my friends think I must be sick when I do that. My model didn't want to show her face; maybe because the shawl doesn't go well with her shirt.

This is another one of my Diagonal Pinstripe shawls; Lexi is again hiding her face with her hair.

I also completed two Christmas stockings - one for a grandson-in-law and the second for my new great-grandson.

I think that's all for last year; I'll report on this year in the next couple of days.