me being me (and knitting)

Back from Texas! March 12, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronikins @ 12:20 pm

Hi! I know it’s been awhile, and I wasn’t actually gone in Texas this whole time. But I was having some yucky internet problems before we left, and even after many, many hours on the phone with some dude in India it wasn’t fixed. Luckily my Dad is a genius, and it’s all better! So we’ve been back a week already, but I’m having a hard time catching back up and getting back into my normal routine. But in order to keep this post from being too long to handle (for my benefit and yours!) I’m going to just do some highlights.

• David Hasselhoff sighting at airport. (not exactly a highlight I guess, but it was interesting)

• First breath of Texas air!
• First hug with Gma J!
• A lot of first foods, including: Brisket, Barbequoa, and Frog Legs! YUM!
• Hours and hours around the Gma J’s kitchen table with photos, memories, and stories!
• Being an observer to special moments between Gma J and my kiddos! (actually my kids Great Grandma)
• Bringing Gma J to the 21st century and getting her a DVD player, and her first DVD player (Johnny Cash!)
• Meeting the Amazing Great Gma A on her 100th Birthday! (my kiddos Great, Great Grandma)
• Meeting the rest of the incredibly remarkable family!
• Witnessing the perma-grin on hubbos face!
• Not having time to knit and being totally okay with it!
• Experiencing true Texan hospitality over and over!
• Four generational pictures!

Really I could do more but I’m too anxious to talk more about Gma A. She was truly an astounding woman, and probably has more talent in her pinky than I have in my entirety!

Her 100 years have been jammed pack with courage, love, family, and craftiness! Born into a family of 12, then as a young woman traveled from Northern Texas to Southern Texas in horse and carriage with her first 2 sons (eventually had 5! boys!), churned butter to sell at the local commissary, raised 5 boys during the depression, taught her self piano and played beautifully, painter, artist, knitter, crocheter, HAND-quilter, wonderful cook and canner, and a top of it all a heart of gold!

Now I’ll go directly to the photos….
(I do apologize in advanced as pictures were taken in either fluorescent lighting while I was meeting a hundred or so new to me family members or too late at night with flash. And do click for bigger and more details)

My creation

And I am now the proud owner of these blankets. Swooooonnnnnn! Knowing the love and work that went into these blankets is keeping me warm at night!
Gma A's crochet blanketGma A's crocheted blanket

Look at this awesome randomness created with out the use of a uber cool random number generator!
A close upA close-up with view of back

I am so in love with this stitch, and did not come across it my crochet stitch dictionary. But I think I’ve figured it out. And for those who are interested:

Row 1: Sc desired amount (to achieve width based on your gauge) in multiples of 8. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: Sc across, chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: *Sc 8, dc down into row 1*, repeat from *

Row 4: *sc till just past row 3’s dc , then dc down into row 2* repeat from *

Repeat row 4 until desired length and bind off!

And for maximum coolness work each row in a different color with complete randomness!
So in conclusion I am just smitten with Texas and my extended family! I feel honored to have married into such a wonderful family!

p.s, I do also feel honored to come from such a good family! (Hi mom!!)


4 Responses to “Back from Texas!”

  1. Welcome home! What beautiful blankets. The ones at the bottom especially. Makes me wish I could crochet…almost. FOr the next trip–a great kid diversion–a couple of boxes of band aids from the dollar store. Let the kids decorate paper with the band aids. They can make people and houses and the list goes on. Plus they think mom has flipped her lid ‘cuz she’s letting them play with band aids! Super cool mom. There’s a little mess, but manageable. Save the boxes for the second you just can’t take it any more, then Surprise! Pull ’em outa your bag and the fighting/whining stops. (For a few minutes anyway). Now if only it still worked on my teeanagers!

  2. AJ Says:

    Welcome back! And WHOA on those blankets. They are awesome! Treasure them forever!

  3. Beatriz Says:

    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pics & Texas trip details. Aren’t brisket & barbaquoa just wonderful?

  4. keri Says:

    Oh that is so cool, I love the staired effect!

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