A Tisket A Tasket

 It is a bright, sunny, and warm spring day here in the Ozarks.  I hope you all have a wonderful day with those you love, lift you up, and share in your happiness.


The big white and magical bunny showed up today and left behind some sweet surprises for all.

She does not discriminate.  There are little baskets for a super sweet grandma and a loving aunt.

The bunny never forgets a super, wonderful grandfather and a funny uncle.

And, of course, the bunny left a big, pretty pink basket for LibbyLu.

There's a theme.  Can you guess it?


And, girls are never too old for something soft, pink and cuddly.


The Politics of Teaching


Back home and back in the classroom today. It was a very good and productive day at the capitol. As I reflect back upon the good work accomplished and think about how flawed systems can be and how flawed we are constantly reminded that the education system must be, I wonder if everyone knows that the criticism is of a system which operates mostly on volunteer hours. I wonder what the system would be like if we tightened it and teachers, staff, and administrators clocked in at 7am every morning, took an hour to themselves at lunch then clocked out at 4pm to never attend a meeting, worry about a student, create good policy, grade, or professionally develop beyond the 5 day 7am-4pm work day. The pay per hour would certainly look a whole lot better and teachers might really get summers off. Imagine that.


Four - How did you learn to crochet, or who taught you?

My mother's mother, Dorothy Jewell Bates taught me to crochet. She crocheted all the while I knew her.  The above picture is of my grandmother holding my mother.

Here she is at my parents' wedding with all of her children: Nadine, Robert, Kathleen, Irene, Kenneth, David, Ronald, Mark, Doreen and William and here new son in law, my father, Dale.  My mother is the oldest of ten.  

My mother said that my grandmother never used a pattern.  She made doilies, blankets, bed dolls, toys, Christmas ornaments, shawls, and much more.  Here are two shawls she made for my mother who has passed them along to me.

She had many children and grandchildren.  As far as I can tell, she made a blanket for each one of us.  Mine is a sweet hot pink and light pink granny square blanket with a crazy daisy in the center of each square.  There is fringe all around.  My brother's is a granny American flag blanket.  My Aunt Kathy has a beautiful poinsettia blanket.   

Somewhere along the way, when I was young, she taught me to chain stitch then single crochet.  It was years before I tried again.  Grandma had already passed on.  Even though she is gone, her passion lives on in me.  She is always with me through crochet.  I think of her each time I pick up  hook and yarn.  She is missed, but I enjoy the craft she has passed on to me.  

I am trying to pass along her love.  Here is a blanket I made for one of her great-great grandchildren.  

Are you up for a challenge?  Join Red Berry Crochet for her 52 Week Crochet Challenge.


February Six Inch Block - 2014 BOM CAL

The February Six Inch Block is the HDC Mitered Square by JudyK.  It was an easy block to work up, and even though is was not my favorite design, it is beginning to grow on me.  I am learning that if there is not a flower in the middle of the block, I have to really work to like it. I do like flowers.

You can find JudyK's blog here and her Ravelry design page here and the block pattern here.   It is never too late to join the fun, so sign up for 2014 BOM CAL today.


Three - In Honor of Spring

 I have trouble ridding myself of things that are still perfectly good, perfectly usable.  I often make plans for those things that no longer apply to life, but struggle to follow through on those plans as life moves swiftly and busily.  I just never get around to making the plan an action.

One such project was the upcycle of an old lamp shade.  This hot pink, fuzzy lampshade had once belonged to an inexpensive lamp that years ago lit my daughter's little girl bedroom. 



Eighteen months ago, I played around with some yarn leftover from another project.  I made as many rosettes as I could from the leftovers.  I made a plan then tucked the plan away for another day.


Motivated by Red Berry Crochet and her 52 Week Crochet Challenge, I trimmed the ends off my many colorful rosettes and scavenged for the long forgotten lampshade.  This week's challenge was to create a crochet flower to celebrate Spring.  I think I met the challenge.

I played around with arrangement.

Then attached the rosettes to the old lampshade.


I was unhappy with the bottom edge, so I made a little yellow ruffle to trim the bottom of the shade.


I am excited about the results and it was great fun to make then photograph.  It is still sitting in the bright light of my home office and every time I walk by and see it, I smile.  It makes me happy even though I have no ideas where in my home this bright shade will reside.  It will be interesting to see how it looks this evening when I flip the switch and see the shade lit from within. Happy Spring.