Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Granny square challenge assembling

A couple of weeks ago
 I started assembling my granny square blanket.
I am going in a very slow pace
so I am still working on it
but I am almost ready.
First lay your squares on the floor
to make a combination you like.
Make a stack of each row of squares,
guard with your life
so no one messes them up.

There are many ways to join,
look here for suggestions.
I joined the squares with double crochet (UK)/ single crochet (US).
We did this before in week 7,
look here for video instruction.
First I joined all the squares horizontal
then vertical.
Next step will be the border,
I hope I am able to speed up a little
so we can finish the blanket
and snuggle underneath it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Felting workshop from Rozevilterije

Just before Christmas I went to a felting workshop
with some lovely ladies.
To celebrate my birthday, the end of radiation
and to thank these ladies for their help
during treatments.
We made notebook covers
and had a wonderful time.
The studio Rozevilterije from Brigitte is beautiful with lots of color
and her creations enchanting.
You can see some of her work in the pictures above
and at her website,
at foToOs (pictures), click on the birds to see more.

As you can see we need a bit more practice
to be able to make such beautiful creations as Brigitte
but we were very happy with our
book covers.
Brigitte has several workshops to choose from
a few hours to one day, several days and even 
a course for a year.
In September I will start with the course for a year.
Although it is hard work rubbing and rolling
to get the felting process working 
I loved doing it and can not wait to start in September.

In April Brigitte is giving a workshop in the US in Oxford Connecticut
and maybe in July in Easthampton MA.
For more information you can send an e-mail (address under contact) to Brigitte.

I am struggling with my English today
so I am sorry if I made many mistakes. 

Monday, January 13, 2014


I have written many posts in my mind
but the last two months
I just did not have the energy to write them.

The first post I would have written was
radiation sucks, at least for me.
Although I was aware of the side effects
I never expected to be in so much pain.
For two weeks my burned open skin
was very painful.
I always read that radiation is not as bad as chemo
so it took me by surprise.

The second post would have been called
Grateful to be without pain,
to make a cup of coffee,
do the laundry,
take my kids to school,
just to be able to get into my daily routine again.
I was even looking forward to do some ironing,
I hate ironing!
I still have not done it though
there is still a pile waiting for me, ha ha.

The third post would have been called
During the radiation I started coughing
and four weeks after radiation
I was still coughing and it got worse.
So a visit to the doctor was in order.
I got some medication to stop the coughing
and a X-thorax, just to be sure.
And although you know it`s just routine
the fear starts messing with your mind.
When the results are late,
fear takes over.
And then there was the phone call
where the assistant says, the doctor wants to see you personally.
Then you know something is wrong
and there is nothing else but fear.
When you hear they don`t suspect any metastasis 
hope returns.
After a ct-scan it turns out I have a radiation pneumonitis.

Since a couple of days the coughing finally is getting less.
there will be some more tests
to see if it is getting better or if I need prednison.
We will see.

I hope to be back this week 
with a post about a felt workshop
which was a lot a fun. 

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