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One of the things I've been up to...

Is knitting this scarf. For my brother. My FIRST atempt at instarcia. LOVE the thing! ssh! don't tell him! it is for Xmas!!!!

hehehe! the thing is already over 5 feet long... love the colors, love the lenght, love the way it is comming out...... but my wee hands are TIRED! LOL!

Not MIA!

I have not posted or read my favourite blogs in ever so long, so I am catching up on my reading today!!!

I just finished two scarves, one of them my first try at color change in knitting (yaay!) resulting in a super pretty scarf in dark grey, ligth gray and red (the colors of my little girl's school) with a very very simple color block pattern (different widths at the beginning and end, same width blocks in between) that resulted in my hubbie and some of my friends asking for scarves in the same color combo!

plus, I am halfway through scarf no. 3 in earth tones. Also beginning scarf no. 4 in pinks and purples (one for moi!). Plus half way through a cabled toddler sweater....

Phew!!!! made me tired only putting it in writting! gotta go!

My first blogland award!!!!

Thank you, Hester, for sending me this award!!!!!

Here are the questions:

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood?
I have some friends that while I don't see them too often, we still run to each other for whatever reason, some dating from Kindergarden (hey Paulina!) some from first grade (Paula!) some from fifth (Lupita!), some from High School (Rufino, Sophie, Mary) and my two great buddys, from college, Felipe and Barbara.

2. What do you value most about your friends?
that no matter what, no matter the hour or how long we haven't spoken, the moment we need each other, we can count on having a shoulder to weep on, a hug, or maybe only a phone call... or a slap on the back of the head when needed!

3. Are your friends sounding boards?

you betcha!

4. What is your favorite activity to share with friends?
Having some coffee!!! Never mind the spoons... (Barby, Felipe... remember? LOL!)

On its way!!!!!

From skein...

To WIP...

To finished scarf...

To pretty little package!

The scarf is finally finished... And tonight, it changes owner. The recepient is my 9 years old niece. She is a very ladylike little girl, and I hope I can pass on to her the knitting/sewing/quilting bug!

Happy Birthday Fanny!

Hello to my friend Hester!

Hey there! Thanks for the friendship blog! :) hehe!

The caps are incredibly easy to do, and super fast! I am waiting for some new t-shirts that my dad is getting me from Guadalajara, I'll let you know if I find a way to make it easier so you can try your hand at them!

About the home, ANYTHING could help. From making it known to your friends and community, to donating stuff. We have received donations in the form of art (painting, photography, drawings, sculptures -gorgeous ones by Laye Kuyaté, from Africa-); an outfit donated by a famous mexican singer, to raffle proceeds, to computers, clothing... we find a way to make everything count (my father was president of the building sponsors so we all got pretty much involved in it. Anything helps, and every day more kids arrive to the home. Thanks again, Hester, for your concern!

I was going to reply to a comment by my friend Hester but decided instead to post it here, so it was easier to read... :) and for all of you who are wondering if there is a way to help. Thank you so much!

Craftivism: If you like working for a cause...

Photo by Amanda Blake "SouleMama"

Have I got a treat for you! Amanda Blake, of Soule Mama fame and writer of "Creative family" has started this neat project called Mama to Mama. You really only have to donate a t-shirt, some of your time, and postage! Please, read this and this... guaranteed, you'll be inspired!

And while we are doing this... in my little corner of the world there's my own pet cause. It was started over a decade ago by Father Isidro Ramirez (may he rest in peace), a close friend of our family. It is a home for kids who are homeless or whose family situation makes it impossible for them to live with their families for the time being. Sort of like foster care, but all in one facility that provides them with housing, schooling and such. This days, they have finished the first of six stages of construction for the home, but the kids need clothes and blankets and sweaters and... you get the idea. This area has warm weather almost year round, but winters can be quite cold, and with no buildings around their home, it is very very windy!!!! the Hogar del Niño Desprotegido needs donations in whatever form possible, so I am appealing to your generous hearts!!! I am toying with the idea of a quilt to auction in benefit of the Hogar, but I am but a single quilter...

There was an art auction on 2005 and there will be another one this December. Sadly, Father Isidro passed away two weeks before the first auction, from pancreatic Cancer. This is what I was thinking about: Will you help me make a Round Robin (or several!) quilt to auction? maybe we won't finish it in time for December's, but if we gather a few we could conduct another one specially for the quilt (s). I know there are a lot of supporters in the US, mainly in California (where some of the people working at the Hogar have families) and they have held benefit dances, concerts and raffles. There are some wonderful people in Kent also that have worked a lot to help us (hi there Florence, Edna, Mr. Mayor, the whole gang!!!! And of course, the wonderful guys and their families from the Kent Fire Department!!!!!) Could we spread that across America?

I'm praying we can.

did I tell you my project fell through?

well, after a dozen or so times starting that lace cap and frogging it right back, I decided to switch to another project and THEN give that cap another try... the scarf that you have been seeing on my last posts is a present for my niece (shhhh! don`t tell her!). Her birthday is on the eleventh... so by-by, gone knitting... will show it to you when I finish it!!!!

This keeps untangling!!!!!

The little ball of yarn keeps making an escape to freedom. Too bad. It is it's destiny to end up in knots. This is her sister, awaiting her turn as well....


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