Monday, January 11, 2016

Two starts and a finish.................


This weekend was all about getting things moving.  I made myself finish this Hitchhiker scarf and I am thrilled with the results.  It is my third one with four more on my agenda to make this year.  This scarf was made with Cascade Yarns Tangier, it took a skein and a half so I am guessing about 330 yards of yarn used.  Size 9 needles make this a breeze to knit up.  It has 25 of the teeth or sections and ended up 68 inches long.  One of my lovely readers asked me if there was a crochet pattern that would be similar to this, here it is for all of you who love to crochet, the Mostly Harmless scarf by Kaylie Dawn.  It is a free pattern so go right over to Ravelry and download it.


This scarf is for my friend Amy in New York.  I make her something about once a year just to thank her for being such a great friend.  She loves Autumn colors so I think this scarf will be a hit.  It is already posted and on the way to her.  My first finish of 2016!  Hooray!


I was a good girl and also started a few new projects  I warped my loom with the beautiful yarn I bought on Saturday.  It was a bit fiddly as the yarn is so darn thin, but I managed to get it all set up with the waste yarn already on the loom to even out the spaces.  I rolled up three balls of yarn that I will be using for the weft and I am ready to go, that is when I can find more time to weave.  It won't be until next weekend but I will be ready to jump in when that time arrives.


The newest baby blanket got started, too.  This is for my newest great niece or nephew on my husbands side of the family.  Like you already know every baby gets a blanket whether their parents want one or not.  I am going for neutral so that it works for a boy or a girl.  Berroco Remix, you are so soft and yummy to work with, I love you.  I have three skeins of each color of yarn so it should be an ample sized blanket.  I am also using a size I hook for this simple 14 stitch ripple.  

Today Little Buddy and I spent the entire afternoon involved with an appointment in Tampa.  He goes to this doctor about every six months and while I like him very much the wait to see him is incredible.  Try keeping a busy four year old happy in a waiting room for two hours before you even get called back into the exam room, where you have to wait some more.  Little Buddy only had one fit, which was amazing because I was about to have a major meltdown myself.  He got good marks except for his tighter hamstring muscles, we have been working on them but I have to do better.  It is amazing how far he has come in 9 months.  Little Buddy was walking around the exam room holding onto the walls, walked with his canes, is helping undress himself, can stand for 7-8 seconds all by himself and frankly never, ever stops talking.  And last but not least he can pinch a little cracker with his right finger and thumb, that was unheard of a few months ago.  Still we have lots and lots more work to do especially as he grows.  Oh and I forgot he weighed in at a whopping 32 1/2 pounds!  
We are on a roll, well minus those hamstrings.

Hope you are having a great Monday.

43 comments:

Lilbitbrit said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, you are such a sweet heart. I will definitely have a go at crocheting that pattern. Can't tell you how much I appreciate you finding that for me.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great news for Little Buddy! So much progress! I hate those long waits and with a 4 year old...well Bless you is all I can think to say.
hugs,
Linda

Kris said...

The shawl is so pretty! Love the yarn you used! I was going to do it, but decided not to.
Love the idea of the jar.
I hope Little Buddy didn't get sick. Boy have we been hit hard with it!!!!
I am ready to fling open the windows and let in some fresh air.
Hugs,
Kris

Teresa Kasner said...

Bravo on the finished Hitchhiker.. that one is gorgeous and I love the autumn colors in it. My poor HH is sidelined as I'm working on baby booties! A baby boom in my world... 4 actually! Can't wait to see how your weaving is going to look. I can't believe that doctor makes you wait 2 hours and more in the room.. that is terrible of his staff not to plan his appointments better. I'd complain. I'm glad to hear all the improvements LB is making.. he's a rock star!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

Yay for Little Buddy! I am so proud of his progress. I pray for him, (and you), daily and it's wonderful when great news is reported. Congrats on the good behavior too. Those waits are sooo frustrating. Thank you for that pattern. I've already downloaded it and I think it will be a crochet project instead of knit. I've made so many knitted mittens this month I'm ready for a crochet project. I have exciting news for my next blog post and I think this scarf will be part of it. :-). Beautiful loom and blanket projects too. I'm so impressed on how much you get done with a busy four year old! You are a Wonder Woman! I am so happy I can call you my friend Meredith.
Blessings,
Betsy

Lurdes Vieira said...

Olá, adorei o xaile e o que está no tear e enfim... Adoro tudo ;-) Fico feliz de saber que sua criança está a recuperar, tudo de bom para vós neste novo ano :-) beijos doces

Debby said...

You do such beautiful work. Sounds like Little Buddy was especially good while waiting. I get impatient after one hour. Sounds like he is progressing well. Have a great week.

Gracie Saylor said...

I love your progress reports on your yarn projects and for Little Buddy's development! I'm cheering you on to have a happy week, whatever you end up doing, Meredith xx

mamasmercantile said...

I was thrilled to hear about the progress of Little Buddy, such wonderful news. You were certainly blessed when you found each other. Love the scarf, such a lovely gift. Take care.

Janet said...

What excellent progress for Little Buddy, well done to the both of you. I'm looking forward to seeing how your weaving progresses. The worst part is setting it all up but now you've done that, you'll be flying along. Love to you all, Janet x

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

It's a lovely scarf I received one in a Christmas swap similar colours to this one too. Are they really easy to make I think I'd like to make a couple for gifts. Fab news about little Buddy x

linda said...

Well done Little Buddy he's coming on in leaps and bounds that's great news. I can imagine how awful the wait was for you both I know how bad it is for an adult but when you have a little child to occupy it must be a nightmare. I love your hitchhicker it's beautiful, well done on getting it finished and love the starts can't wait to see them progress. :) xx

Stins said...

So good to hear little buddy is doing so well!
And what a beautiful scarf you made, such a sweet gift!
Lots of love from Mirjam.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Love and TLC works miracles. Congrats on finishing hitchhiker number 3. It's gorgeous and I'm sure Amy will get a lot of use out of it. Your weaving set-up amazes me. Actually, you amaze me with all that you do. Nice start on the baby blanket. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

It's so great to hear of Little Buddy's progress. Your knitting progress leaves me in awe. I love that scarf, and what a fantastic color for a baby blanket!

Mrs. Micawber said...

LB is obviously responding to your most excellent love and care! Amazing progress. (And very frustrating about the doctor's office wait - it would be nice if they could get a handle on their scheduling.)

You go ahead and make those blankets whether the parents want them or not. I'll bet lots of little Mere-nieces and Mere-nevvies are even now dragging around a beloved blankie made by you.

The Hitchhiker is lovely! Enjoy your weaving when you can get to it. (How do you get so much done???)

Ingrid K. said...

Hi Mere,

Wow, I love your hitchhiker shawl, it looks amazing!
I'm sure your friend will love it!

Glad to hear about little Buddy's progress, you both work so hard for it!!!

Hugs!

Ingrid xx
Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Vera said...

Love your hitchhiker - gorgeous colors. I can't believe you've already made 3 and have more in your sight! Bravo to Little Buddy - fabulous things he is doing. It is awesome to read of his progress...and his antics - lol. And good for you not throwing a fit...I would have!! Finally, Happy New Year! I've been reading but not commenting very often on blogs. Just want to say how much I enjoy yours Meredith.

Shirley said...

Good Morning, Wonderful news about little buddy. Great progress. I love the autumn colors. It is my favorite time of the year and makes me think of when the trees are turning all of their pretty colors. I am lucky that my doctor doesn't make me wait that long for my appointment. I know it must be hard for you. Do they have a play area for little ones? Take care Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend. Shirley

Babajeza said...

Well, well, always focus on the positives! Little Buddy is doing great with your help. Happy knitting, weaving and crocheting! I'm back to normal, thank God! Hugs, Regula

Amy at love made my home said...

Beautiful starts and a fantastic finish! What could be better? I know the answer to that, how well Buddy is doing and how well he did at the Doc's! That really is great isn't it. He is coming along in leaps and bounds and soon he will be leaping and bounding at this rate and then you will be exhausted trying to keep up! Let us hope that is the case anyway! xx

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Oh my gosh, I'd be pulling my hair out with a two-hour wait to see the doctor. I might even pull the doctor's hair out! Lol. Why do doctors think their time is more valuable than the patients' time?

Beautiful scarf. I'm sure your friend will love it.

kathy b said...

Your loom, your Hitchhikers all amaze me Mere.
Hooray for a good report for Lil Buddy bud.
You are the best thing that happened to that child!

CJ said...

That's a ridiculously long wait for a little one (and for a big one). It sounds as if they need to be more organised. I LOVE the new baby blanket, such gorgeous colours, and also the latest hitchhiker, it's got a lovely country feel to it. CJ xx

busybusybeejay said...

Well done Little Buddy and you too for all your hard work.I love the scarf ,lovely colour and a great pattern.It looks really snugly.

Neighborhood Watch said...

I love the idea of the gratitude jar in your last post. (I must be tired, the idea almost made me tear up--!?!) You are really amazing to have so many projects going at once--and then you really finish them too. Wow! Happy New Year.

elns said...

Oh Mere, I'm so glad that LB's appointment went so well, despite the w a i t ... groan! I'm not surprised that anyone living with you is flourishing. You bring out the best.

I love the hitchhiker. I will have to consider doing one with a larger yarn/needle combination! I don't know about FOUR more though!

All the best to you.

Dee said...

Yay for Little Buddy and his progress. He is an amazing young man!

I don't know whether I ever told you, my sister and her husband adopted a special needs child 22 years ago. Bob has Pierre-Robin Sequence. He endured so many surgeries and therapies and his resilience absolutely amazes me. It looks like LB has that same energy!!!

Hugs to him (and of course, you too)!

Delia West said...

Wow little Buddy is doing amazing everything takes time but he is making such great progress under you special care and attention. Those hamstrings will come on bless him. I adore the colours of the scarf you made for your friend Amy she will indeed love it lucky lady. Best wishes, dee

Nana Go-Go said...

New baby due here any minute - my Niece awaits the birth of her son but he seems to be too comfy in his Mummy's tummy and is making us all wait a bit longer! He has lots of lovely stuff to wear from me and I'm particularly loving the new blanket I crocheted for his new pram. I love the Hitchhiker and must give it a go sometime soon. Perhaps after the epic cardi I am knitting - top-down which means lots and lots of stitches on the needles at one time. So happy for Little Buddy and his continuing progress. He sounds like a real little chatterbox too. Hope you're keeping well, Mer. Great to read your lovely posts. xxx

Gillian said...

That's great news about Little Buddy. I love the scarf you've made for your friend - beautiful colour. The baby blanket is going to be gorgeous too. I love mixing several natural colours when making baby things.

Lynne said...

Your shawl is beautiful, and I love the Tangier yarn too. Thanks for the crochet equivalent, I downloaded it right away. Little Buddy is a trooper, and a lot of his success is because you're working so hard with him :) My daughter was a non-stop talker at that age, actually she still is at 35, hahaha! Have a great week! xxx

deb said...

beautiful work Meredith... love the colours you choose for your shawls.
wonderful little buddy updates & such great progress :-) ♥

Judy S. said...

Great news about LB's progress! I've never heard of such a long wait for an appt. though; you must have the patience of a saint! LB is so lucky to be a part of your family, especially with you as his champion. You've inspired me to try the Hitchhike only it will be on smaller needles......so it won't get done very quickly. One of these days I'll have to check out Tangier, esp. since it's by Cascade, only I am trying really hard to be good and not grow my stash any larger!

Ana BC said...

Lovely Hitckhiker ♥ Can´t wait to see the progress of the other two projects.

Caffeine Girl said...

I am going to have to find time for a Hitchhiker. Unfortunately none of our LYSs carry that yarn -- and of course I must have THAT yarn!

You are doing amazing things with LB. And it's the love that makes miracles work!

Cache-Mire said...

Love the scarf! I may need to add that to my "want to make" list.
Thanks for sharing! ~Terri

Danette Bartelmay said...

I'm so happy about the good report Little Buddy got.... I will keep those hamstrings in my prayers.
What a lovely gift for your dear friend. It's so important that we let those who are truly special know it and there's nothing like a beautiful handmade gift. I am totally impressed with your weaving. That is beyond me. I can't imagine how it's done. I would love to be able to watch you do it.
I am sure every parent in the family LOVES your baby blankets :-)))
This one is going to be PERFECT. You can't go wrong with a classic ripple or a neutral color!

Chris said...

It is ridiculous you had to wait so long, been there in that one, I know they are busy but really guys? Great news on his progress but I'm not surprised, he has a superstar mom !!! It's a lot of hard work but the payoff is amazing!! Love the new hitchhiker, I haven't knit that pattern yet. Tangier is a nice yarn. You pick such nice colours! I love Remix too, it has such a nice feel to it. The new baby will really feel so snugly and secure wrapped in one of your lovely blankets. Have a great weekend!

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Helen said...

Wow go little Buddy! Glad to hear he is making such amazing progress. The scarf is beautiful - looking forward to seeing more of the new projects as well! xo

Kristen said...

All your projects are so lovely--I can't wait to see the woven piece when it's finished. I'm glad to hear you all are getting a good report card at the doctor and that your boy is making such good progress. Keep up all the good work! :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

An awesome Dr. report and a lovely scarf for your friend!!