Last May, I started working on an afghan called Versailles Matelasse. I really loved working on it and made really quick progress.... until I lost my crochet mojo in the summer. It sat for months and months untouched. Then, earlier this year, I picked it back up and finished all the main work on it. Then it sat for a while with the ends unweaved. I'm normally pretty good about weaving in ends as I go because I hate to sit and weave in ends for hours. But I didn't do that, and I had other things to keep me occupied. So it sat next to my chair 99% finished. I even used it a couple of times in the early morning to warm up, although it's not a very cuddly kind of blanket.
My Mom's birthday was Saturday and I was thinking about what to get her when I remembered the afghan. It was perfect. She's always sitting under a blanket, it was a color she'd like, and it's something I really poured myself into, even if I didn't make it with her in mind specifically. I always knew I'd give it away, I just didn't know who it was meant for at the time.
Anyway, once I decided to give it to her, I had to sit down and weave in all the ends. And wash it to try to soften it up a bit. I made it with some yarn that had been given to me and it was very old and very scratchy. It did soften up a little, but I'm still not sure it'll be much more than decoration. Like I said, it's not a very snuggly blanket.
My Mom liked it =)
She even put up the blanket she usually has by her chair, although I should tell her it won't hurt my feelings at all if she doesn't use this one to keep warm.
The patch of yellow flowers my girls are standing in has a bit of a funny story. Our entire back yard was covered in the pretty flowers and I hated that Mr. Bill was going to mow it down, but it was pretty long. As he was mowing, he noticed that one area had dozens of bees buzzing around, so he decided he wouldn't mow there right now. He didn't want to take away all their food. He's a good guy like that. So we have a good little patch of yellow left in the yard for the bees. He even marked it....
I think it's the cutest thing I've seen in ages.
I've been back to taking my walks on the weekends, although they're much shorter than I'm used to. I'm really just trying to enjoy the time to myself, some music, and the beautiful spring weather and scenery.
I adore honeysuckle. I think it's the BEST smell in the world. I just wanted to stand in this one spot where it was really strong and just breathe it in as long as possible.
The dandelions were just glowing in the sunshine. So magical.
It's been a good week, mood-wise. I'm trying to just take it one day at a time and be grateful for the good days and hang on through the bad ones. But I've felt more positive than negative this past week and that's a good change.
Have a great week and make someone smile!