Friday, December 4

a string of miracles...

several miracles happened over Thanksgiving...


miracle 1:
my sister-in-law and our #1 were sick but i did not get sick.
that i believe, is nothing short of a miracle... after last winter's bouts of flu, bronchitis and numerous colds i have become a 'lurgiphobe'. luckily my sweet doctor said "enough is enough Tif" when i went to discuss vertigo issues of the worst kind. after a lot of 'dosing' up on vitamins and other immune building 'goodness' i have stayed lurgy free for sometime, even when all around me in the shed are dropping like flies.
but being holed up for 6 days with two lurgified related people was testing my new defenses to their fullest. i obsessively hand washed and donned my man's world war II gas mask i found in the attic, greatly aiding my chances of good health

miracle 2:
(perhaps for this one you might wish to sit down, because it's quite a miracle and could cause some of you to feel a little wobbly)
i provided
three meals a day,
for six days
for eight mouths
and all eight people survived.
i'm now going to pause a while so you may recover...
for miracle 3 is coming up and i do so want you to be feeling back to normal, for it's rather exciting in the most exciting kind of way

PAUSE

miracle 3:
i had hoped to beaver away on shop stuff whilst our guests were in the shed, but as you all know, trying to be a host whilst sweating it out in one's studio is not really possible.
and so two days before family arrived and the kids had time off school, i started to feel that panicky feeling inside. knowing my hands could not stay idle for six full days and i remain all smiles and niceness.

but then a small miracle happened that led to a string of miracles and we all know how much a string of miracles is a good thing.
i stumbled across this piece of crocheted goodness
my stumbling led to lusting,
my lusting led to investigating,
my investigating led to Yvestown

and that dearest readers, is when i do believe the hint of a 'string of miracles' began.
for Yvonne had kindly shared her 'crocheted goodness' pattern for all to read,
and as you are fully aware pattern reading is not my strong point, but my desire to master her lovely granny circle/squares was so great that after several, okay multiple, ripping out moments i finally got it!


at that 'got it' moment,
a chorus of angels appeared above the shed
along with the 'inbetweeny' crocheting Gods
and yes,
a little bit of 'crocheting glory' shone down on me.

for the next few days, inbetween kitchen duties i crocheted like my life depended upon it, and trust me, i know my sanity did...
i set my sights on a chair cushion,


mainly due to lack of yarn and lack of time
and after many hours, low and behold, a crocheted cushion was born.
too big for the original chair i had wished to share my glory with and so our rocking chair became the chosen one instead.
i stood back to admire, asked my man to stand back and admire.
waited... then prompted, saying that perhaps this might be a moment he wished to remember for all eternity, the moment Tif followed a pattern and it came out right

after the 'hustle and bustle' of Thanksgiving died down, the kids went back to school and my sister-in-law headed back home with her little one.
i took a few hours to see if the string of miracles was still flowing.
with the help of Mr Hook i tried crocheting circles again. after nine rounds, the string of miracles had run out...
i took the little bit of 'roundness' and appliqued it upon a cushion i already owned. thus the original chair destined for my 'lordy i did it' cushion, did not feel left out...


and it doesn't... having spoken to it recently during it's photo shoot, it told me, it was most happy with it's little round cushion and then it mentioned the word 'nipple', after that i stopped listening.


did you see that? the 'flash of speed' above, of course you may very well have been so 'overcome' by my crocheting 'miracle' moment, not to mention the 'nipple' word, you missed it.
here's a closer look...
that would be our little olive.
since it turned December she has been doing laps around the inside of Mossy Shed, getting in training for christmas eve. i told her how Santa sometimes needs help and ever since she has insisted i play 'eye of the tiger' on full volume when she's working out. after which she does what she does best... sleeping

and just before i head out the door, into a lurgified world with gas mask upon my face, i must just say a few things.
("blimey Tif, it's a marathon of rambling today")

first, if you wish to add more to your crafty 'to-do' list, the lovely Jessica has some wonderful garland glee going on at the mo, one for big kids and one for little kids. definitely worth a look and i love that she has used recycled sweaters...

secondly, thank you for your lovely comments about my blog, when you gave thanks in my giveaway, i forgot my manners yesterday with all the excitement of Greta's death defying leap.

and thirdly, i must tell you... i missed you when i was gone, truly deeply missed you and i just needed to let you know

she is wishing you a 'string of small miracles' for yourselves and will be back on monday ~ Tif

34 comments:

Deborah said...

I look forward to your blog everyday and love your take on the world around you. Keep up the good work!

Lola Nova said...

Oh dear me, what a stunning miracle your cushion has turned out to be! BEAUTIFUL!
I am having a little covet about it just now. And all the other miracles are quite good too.
If you could give a little whisper to the folks in charge, I am indeed in need of a few small miracles myself. What with the Lumberjack gone all mopey - and now the doilies are fighting it out with the felt - and the elves have all called in sick. Ah well, it's only right that it should be a Hapless Christmas.
In any case...should you wake up tomorrow and find your cushions missing, I'd take a look at the Troublesome Dutch Girl.

Pomona said...

That's just what I tell my recalcitrant offspring - you'll miss me when I'm gone. And then I feel quite moved by the concept, and move on to which one will put me in a home and which one will look after me ... by which time I am quite distressed ... I am quite glad that I am not the only one who rambles on, and at least your ramblings make me smile, whilst my own just make me uneasy.

Pomona x

UmberDove said...

I loves the roundy, in all it's [nipple] glory...

Kaylovesvintage said...

your pillowa & the eames chairs look wonderful togehter

Good Girls Studio said...

Don't let that cushion foul you..it is no nipple ;) Love the crochet goodies & kudos for pumping out so much edible food for the holidays! 8 holiday cheer points for you ;)

Jennifer said...

Well done for staying healthy and getting some beautiful crochet done, it's gorgeous.

Char said...

beautiful miracles i think - i'm so with you on the staying well stuff. i compulsively swallow vitamin c pill every morning.

love the cushions - absolutely love them.

Emma Angel said...

Bless you, you do make me laugh x

Pamela Holderman said...

I just love your blog and the way you write - you put such a smile on my face and sometimes an audible giggle that makes my dog wonder what is up - so thanks you from the bottom of my heart for giving my days a needed lift!

Annabelle said...

your post made be chuckle :) only just discovered your blog but I'll be sure to carry on reading! The freaky thing is I just discovered Yvestown as well... which I also loved. This huge blogosphere I've started dipping into may not be that big after all!
Oh and well done you, cushions look great! (and I did get blinded by the 'miracle' and word 'nipple', had to go back to spot olive)

Toni Brockliss said...

I have a miracle too. Thank goodness I found your wonderful blog.
That cushion....oh my stars. Far too nice for bottoms.
x

Karen L R said...

Eye of the Tiger???? I love it! Your house must be so full of fun and laughter! Enjoy!

Michelle said...

Dear Tif...
I woke this morning quite late and dazed and as I stumbled to my computer realized that in my sleeping absents that I had been late for the update...
And I wish to say that I do hope the beautiful blue Nellie apron has gone to a most wonderful home as I can't believe that I missed out on that...It will serve me right for sleeping in...
then I though yeah I at least will brighten my morning with a little blog reading...And then I realize that I even was late for that...How is it possible that I didn't see the last post...
and greta's arrival...
Well all I can say is that now I get to read through not just one but two posts this morning...And that is making for a much better day... so glad to see you back...

Cary Walker said...

lovely as always! i wanted you to know you inspired some gleeful crafting from me, that i posted about here:

http://littleloveblue.blogspot.com/2009/12/its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html

thank you:)

Dylana said...

Lovely blog!

colormenana.blogspot.com

janet clare said...

Love the crochet cushion! I'm still waiting for that particular miracle to come here- I can't crochet for toffee.

Jo Archer said...

You are so funny, I love your blog. Well done on mastering the pattern. Crotchet still seems beyond me. I have been knitting since i was 7 and can knit pretty much anything, so you'd think I could handle crotchet, but no, it still eludes me! Your post has made me want to persevere.

carole said...

loving your blog - great crochet! i too love all wood and stool designs and also that blanket from yvestown - some people are just so inspiring - it's great! x

Kelly Ballard said...

Just discovered your blog and love it! I'd like to take the "challenge of the utmost kind" and have challenged my readers to do the same. Can you link me up?

Thank you,
Kelly
Second Hand Chicks
http://secondhandchicks.blogspot.com/

Greedy Nan said...

Missed you too and kept looking just in case you'd decided to post even though you said you wouldn't!
When I saw the first pic I was extremely envious of the fact that someone's allowed you to have so many more hours in a day than us ordinary folk - I LOVE the bunting. Then there's the cushion - there's no hope for me - I think too much and do too litle ...

Carol said...

We certainly did miss you but today's truly miraculous post certainly made up for it... I now have an image of you in gas mask and apron dancing on the roof with the crocheting angels whilst Olive runs rings round you all......

Paloma said...

I LOVE THIS !!!
sorry for my inglish, is very bad... i´m paloma, from Spain, and i love that you can do ! I'm learning to work with wool and homework and you are a lovely inspiration. !

Emma said...

I love your story . . . so funny!! I too have lots of trouble crocheting in the round . . . glad to see that you have conquered that beast!! Great cushions!!

dottie angel said...

cary, love what you've done above your mantlepiece, an inpsired bit of 'glee' if ever i saw some :)

thank you all for the lovely crocheting miracle kindness. although it appears to have moved on, i hope it has moved to you, sharing it's glory :)

Laurie Anne said...

I look forward to your blog postings and I am in awe of your crochet skills....LOVE your style :)

Maria said...

Lovely blog!

Barbara said...

Hello Tif, cushion is so gorgeous and I love the colours you've chosen, thank you for the wonderful link to Yvestown, I've always wondered how to make this pattern.
Happy days and cooking. surviving and even enjoying challenge!

kat said...

sure NOW it looks nipple-ish.

congrats on the squares!

Heather said...

your cushions are LOVELY! and inspiring as i have had on my list a granny square blanket to make.. i love your blog. you crack me up. in the best of ways. thanks for sharing!!

anunbrokenlineoftrees said...

This pattern is lovely! I would love to have it myself, but the photo you linked to doesn't have any instructions attached and I can't find it anywhere on the Yvestown site. Any chance you still have it and would be willing to share? Thanks!

minnesotamom said...

I second the need of the previous commenter in loving this look and wanting the pattern but being unable to find it. I would love to make an afghan for my daughter's room with this pattern! Thanks so much!

dottie angel said...

hello :)
the link worked just fine until Yvonne choose to delete her archives and with it all links to her previous posts were lost i am guessing.
i cannot help you with the pattern, this was done a long time ago now however if you look for Yvestown blog you may have success in finding something there as that is where originally i got the pattern from. if not perhaps search online for granny circle squares and see what comes up.
wish i could help you more but as her archives no longer exist, my link does not go anywhere :(

greedy nan said...

Try this link to Lucy for the pattern:
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2012/01/circle-of-inspiration.html