Monday, October 26, 2009


This past Saturday marked a very important anniversary in my life. It was 15 years ago on Saturday, I was given a very special gift: a cornea. I was diaginosed in 1986 with a degenerate eye disease: keratoconus. It is heriditary. It is a disease where your cornea becomes cone shaped. As I was told then as it comes to a point, scar tissue builds up and light evenually won't penitrate it. You then need to have a transplant. The thing with this disease is there is no way of knowing how bad it will get, it doesn't get that bad for everyone. I lost my battle with the disease in 1994. Mine was a case whereby the cone was so steep, I could no longer wear my contact lens. I had my cornea transplant on October 24, 1994. I was 34 years old. The following January I finally asked how old the cornea I received was. It was 49 years old. On Saturday I realized I am now the same age as the cornea was.

I have never forgotten the person or their family whose cornea I received. It is a very precious gift and am thankful every day for their generousity. I pray someday I will be able to thank that person myself.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

These days there is so much to do and so little time to do it in.

The custom order is completed and sent to the customer. The vest turned out beautifully!!!! I finished another baby afghan out of Red Heart's Baby Cloud yarn. I hope to have pictures taken tonight so I can post them. Monday, a friend from church and I went shopping to get material to finish her put the quilt blocks she and her mother embroidered into a quilt. I purchased yarn for two more baby afghans, different pattern, different yarn, and for two triangle shawls. The yarn for the baby afghans will make one yellow and one green afghan. The yarn for the triangle shawls will make a shaded light blue one and a shimmering white one. All will be beautiful and will get pictures posted as they are completed.

Last night another friend and I took the first of two coiled baskets classes. It is a fun project. These will not make up as quickly as some of my other project do, but will help use up leftover yarns. The one I started last night, I don't care for. I should have used a light weight yarn. I am going to try to start another one with different yarn.

I continue with working on dish cloths, pot scrubbers and other items some for stock and others will be only one available to purchase. With Christmas coming, I want to make sure I have plenty for immediate shipping. Get those Christmas lists ready!!!!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Completed Projects

Last night I finished two projects I have been working on: a knitted vest, I am finishing for someone and another Baby Clouds afghan. I never get tired of the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a project let alone getting two done in one evening. I started another afghan out of the same kind of yarn, same pattern as this last one, but with different colors. Tonight I will be figuring out yardage of fabric needed to completed the top and binding for a quilt for a friend from church. She and her mother embroidered the squares, I will be assembling them. I am looking forward to do it.

Stay tuned for the updates on the quilt and other projects.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall is Definitely Here

Today is a very rainy day. It's one of those days you want to curl up with a good book or a good project. Alas, I am at my regular job. My crafty time is currently consisting of finishing a vest for someone. It is knitted. The pattern is victorian lace, very pretty. I am having fun with it. The fronts have the point dipped down toward the center front. This presents a challenge when knitting. You start with a few stitches, work in the designated pattern and add more stitches every so many rows. I am discovering when I had the stitches, I am actually adding another panel to the piece I am working on. I have the right front completed and I am guessing about a third of the way down with the left front. I am anxious to see how it looks assembled.