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Monday, February 3, 2014

Time really does fly...

Wow! It's been over a year since I posted anything. Seriously, where does time go? Oh yeah, I'm a full-time working mother...that explains it, at least a little.

The first thing I need to do is introduce you to my granddaughter, Karli.  She was born November 22, at 3:30 p.m., weighing 5 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 19 5/8" long. Perfect and healthy in every way! Oh, and mom recovered GREAT from her c-section (after two and a half days in labor!).

About 3 hours after birth:

Here she is at 6 weeks old:

And one more at two months:

Isn't she gorgeous?!?!?!! I think I'm starting to get the hang of this whole grandma thing, and I think I'm really going to enjoy it, too!

We spent this past weekend celebrating my grandpa's 95th birthday. It was great seeing my sister and my Ohio family again. Sadly, the visits are few and far between. With the addition of Karli, it made five generations - again! My oldest daughter (aka Karli's mom) made five generations on my dad's mom's side of the family. My great-grandma was 94 when my oldest was born, and my grandpa (dad's dad) was 94 when Karli was born. I think that's kinda cool.
On a different, but related note, I have started crocheting again. Related because I picked up my yarn and hook when I found out I was going to be a grandma. I have a few projects under my belt, and a few CIPs (crochets in progress). Karli has a beautiful blanket; my son-in-law and youngest daughter have scarves and I made one for myself, too; one lapghan for Soldiers’ Angels; an OSU afghan for my son; and, an afghan that I started years ago and lost the pattern for.

Last week, I was cruising around looking for patterns and discovered The Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along at Red Heart. I fell in love and have finished the first square. I am really pleased with how it turned out, except for the fact that it is definitely NOT a 10x10 square like it's supposed to be! What do you think? I'm hoping that all my squares will turn out the same size and the afghan will still come together like it's supposed to.

My problem now is that I have found two more crochet-alongs that I am smitten with. First, the 2014 Block-A-Month CAL and then the Moogly CAL 2014.  I’m not even a huge fan of Granny Squares, but I do love a good challenge so I’ll probably be making three blankets (in addition to the other CIPs I have going) this year. You can never have too many projects going at once, right?? The BAM CAL only does one square a month, while Moogly does two, and Red Heart does four! Hmm...decisions, decisions...

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