Why, hello there. Yes. I am still here. I kept the blog out of a hopeful feeling I would update again someday. I'm really happy right now, as my love for crafting is back in full swing. I'm mainly crocheting, but don't feel burnt out on knitting either. I did make a few things in 2008, mostly Christmas decorations, like snowflakes, and a cute Santa ornament I've made before. Other than that I draw a blank on what I worked on early in the year. Around Christmas, I started an afghan for my dad. I unfortunately didn't get to finish it in time for Christmas, as I have been extremely ill. I had an operation called a splenic embolization. Basically, they killed 80% of my spleen while still in the body. I can't have surgery as I'm in end stage lung disease, so I had to get the operation instead. Let's just say I am grateful for morphine, no matter how stupid and useless it makes me. I had this done in November, but am still recovering (and went back in the hospital on January 2nd, as I'm very underewight and still in pain). BUT, I am improving, slowly but surely. In the meantime, I've had to put aside Dad's afghan to start a baby afghan for a baby shower on February 1st. EEP- an afghan in a month! It's the first time I've tried with such a tight deadline (tight for me).
Other things: I am happily reading again! I haven't read much in the past years since high school ended. I re-joined a website called BooksFree, which is like a book version of Netflix. I already have over 100 books in my queue. Currently while I wait for the BooksFree order to come in, (The Pilot's Wife, and The Reader) I'm reading an old favorite that I haven't read in many years, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
Now to show you the projects.
Dad's afghan is from a Leisure Arts book called 40 Favorite Ripple Afghans to Crochet, and I *think* the name of the pattern is Tantalizingly Teal. It's something teal. My book is at home since I memorized the pattern. It sits in my hospital room and waits to be picked up again. I didn't do a gauge swatch, so it's a lot tighter than it should be, but that's fine, because it'll keep Dad nice and warm.
The baby afghan is for my friend Steph's friend. She's a nice girl named Colleen, and we're slowly becoming friends. She treats my friend Steph like gold, so I love her for it. I hope the baby afghan will cement the new friendship. It's from Leisure Arts as well, Just Ducky Baby Afghans. It's also a ripple. Ripples are awesome.
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