Monday, May 26, 2008

As I was putting away the Ren clothes for the season, I came upon a gift I received a long time ago.  Being a military brat, I saw my relatives rarely throughout the years. Of all of them, I fondly remember my Great Grandmother on my father's side the most. She had a two story, wrap around porch victorian house on a hill in Illinois. Every time we visited, she greet us with open arms and a huge smile though she was blind from Type I Diabetes and couldn't hardly walk. My family would sleep scattered throughout the rooms at night. I remember that there was a  string that ran the length of the bathroom so she could turn on or off the light no matter where she was. (Being a child, this was really cool to me.)  

Not long before she passed, when I was in High School, I got a package from her in the mail. In it was a quilt that she had made me. At the time I thought it was funny looking, but now I find it beautiful. Though I have never actually used it because she wrote my name on it, and I don't want it to wash off, this quilt is among my prized possessions. Especially since I am now becoming more interested in similar crafts.  So in remembrance of Grandma Foster, here some of her beautiful handiwork as I wish she could have seen it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


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Sorry all, I've been taken away the end of this semester due to children, swaps, and renaissance fairs. I've managed to crochet some purses that have turned out really fantastic looking. I can't post them yet because they are happily awaiting to be opened at my secret swap pals house.

On the flip side, I tried my hand at beading and thread crocheting. I have to say that I enjoy it a lot! I like being able to see the patterns and making something so intricate that it boggles peoples minds. I have to find a better way to string beads though. Seeing as how it was my first beaded project, I just bought a little canister of beads that I had to string myself. Arg! More than half my time was spent sewing beads into the thread. I'll follow the advice to get hanks of beads next time and just slide them onto the thread. All's well that ends well! The first of many is completed.

Happy knitting all!