Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Crochet and Coal (or lack thereof)

Hello all! Hope this finds everybody doing well, and in good spirits!  Let's start with the "crochet" part of the subject title.  I thought I'd share, with you, my latest crochet projects.  First up is this doily I made.  There is no pattern for it.  I just tinkered around and did my own thing.  I held two strands of number 10 thread together for the entire doily.

Next up is my Excellence doily.  The pattern info is directly on the pictures.  I love this pattern!  It is great for using partial balls of thread, which is what I have done in this one.  I have since started one in Fall colors, and hope to share it soon.

Last, but not least, is my CAL square.  I am participating in the Around the Bases CAL.  For more information, check out the following link: https://keitopalette.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/around-the-bases-crochet-along-cal/  It just started this past Sunday, so it's not too late to start.  Here is mine, which includes the starting square, and the first rounds.  I will be alternating these colors throughout.  I'm using all Red Heart Super Saver yarns.  The following is the link for the square I chose to use. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kata  I wanted a flower for my center, but didn't want a heavy, bulky flower, so this one seemed perfect for what I wanted. With this CAL any square can be used.  Again, for more information, check out the link I posted earlier in this paragraph.

Now for the "coal" part of my subject title. On a not so happy note, my husband lost his job on Friday.  The coal business is on a huge downhill spiral in our country (dh worked at a coal cleaning plant), and things are not looking good.  Coal, and coal related, companies are shutting down right and left.  Definitely not a good thing for many of us. I won't go all political on you, but suffice it to say I don't agree with some of the things that are going on in our government right now.  :(


  1. I live in Kentucky and we hear a lot on the television (especially during election years) about the coal situation. I am so sorry that your husband lost his job. The last few years I have been frightened about our country for the first time ever.

  2. So sorry to hear about your husband's job loss. Maybe he'll get a job he likes better? I hope so. Love all your crochet. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. First, I want to say I'm sorry for the news about your husband's job. Hope everything works out.
    Second, Beautiful doilies! I haven't started the CAL yet but have saved the pattern. There are too many delicious crochet projects out there! I don't think I'll live long enough to do them all!

  4. Sorry about your husband's job, Rita. I hope things will settle down after sometime.
    Love your doilies, especially , the excellence one is excellent!! Lovely CAL square:) I have no patience to be a part of any CAL and if I don't get things done on time I feel frustrated.

  5. I live in southern Indiana..and I know how important coal is in so many lives..from the mining to the transportation industry....I am so sorry that your husband lost his job..so much of that is going on in our area due to the push to stop the coal industry..sometimes I think it may be big corporations pushing that agenda...I just wish people would do their own research on any new story before they believe the hype....and how the hype isn't the entire truth...oh don't get me started..the doilies are lovely and work is always inspiring..I love the colors

  6. Especially love that second doily. Sorry to hear about your husband losing his job. I've lived overseas for 20 years and can say without a doubt that our whole political and social infrastructure has been going down for years. Not because of one person; but because so many are basing their decisions on financial gains rather than the values that make for a peaceful, loving people. Very sad.