Happy New Year from your AWOL blogger!
I know I've been awol for quite awhile, have been going through some rough times both healthwise and financially (as a result) and just have not been able to keep up with things in the online world. I apologize for disappearing and affirm that my New Year's resolution is to get back in touch with you all and try to keep my little blog here more up-to-date.
I will (maybe) eventually go into more details about my health issues, though that has never been the purpose of this blog so I haven't really felt all that comfortable going on about those. I started this blog to have a place to crow about my crochet achievements and stash enhancements first and foremost, and I would like to keep that focus here.
Thanks to those afore-mentioned health issues, progress - when there was progress - has been incredibly slow with the few projects I did manage to get done over the past several months. Let's see if I can get some of them up, so this last post of 2006 will be more exciting! I don't have a lot of time - should have been gone by now, so descriptions will be sparse at best on these items I am posting. Below are most of the projects I managed to complete in the last half of this year. There were a few other items, mostly a small assortment of dishcloths, that I completed and promptly lost so I couldn't get pics done.
Here is a dishcloth, and the water bottle cover I started (I believe) in summer 2005? I can be sooo slow sometimes! But at least it's finally done...
Granny Ripple Baby Blanket - making this was a real saga of stupid mistakes and many visits to the frog pond, but it turned out quite nice, worth the effort! Now all I need is to get the layette set done I want to include with it...
A towel and dishcloth set - this one is actually not completed yet, I have those infernal ends to hide and a button to attach on the towel, but I really like this set and plan to make more.
It took seemingly forever - and I will have to save the story of my spectacular screw-up that caused this to almost go into UFO status, but I finally completed my Patricia Pepe skirt from the Crochetville CAL. I do need to finish the tie on it and add a lining (or get a slip), but the skirt is otherwise complete, and it turned out pretty darn good!
When my daughter's eyes lit up upon seeing my skirt, I knew what her Christmas gift would be. I will provide more details on both skirts later if anyone is interested, but here are several shots of the Purple Pepe Skirt (she also needs either a lining or slip - I would have made her one if I had a sewing machine):
Hopefully things will improve for me in 2007, and I will be working hard to make that happen. I have a tremendous amount of catching up to do - all my online activities had to pretty much be shelved as I was simply unable to keep up with anything. I will try to give more info next year, but now I do have to leave. Hoping everyone has a safe and enjoyable time tonight - and see y'all next year!
(ps - if anyone has been waiting to hear from me, I will try to get back to you sometime in the next week, and sorry to have made you wait.)