Saturday, June 18, 2016

Christmas in June


I thought this blanket was going to beat me and I'd never be finished, but lookie who stayed with it and persevered...ME! Isn't she a beauty? So pretty and Christmasy...and gigantic.

What's that?
More pictures?

Pattern:  Holly & Ivy by Carol Pryor, A Year of Afghans Book 4
Yarn:  Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White and Paddy Green, and Bernat Super Value in Cherry Red
Size:  77" long by 62.5" wide
Hook:  Size I
Border:  There is no border in the pattern.  I did a shell stitch along the sides only.  5 dc in side of dc along edge, sc in next ch sp; repeat all the way down the side; fasten off and repeat on other side.

I've already purchased the yarn for my next blanket. Now I just have to decide on a pattern.

In other news...

The patios are under way. Yay!

The veggie garden is coming along nicely. Yay!

It was only in the high 50s today and it rained, rained, rained. Yay!

We had a dog emergency a little over a week ago when Eli threw his back out (again). A trip to the vet, a week of drugs and no running on the stairs (which is how he hurt it) or jumping, and he seems good to go. It's always something with one of them.

I discovered a cherry tree in the back of our orchard a couple of weeks ago. I was exploring out there and looked up and saw bunches of little cherries turning red. We waited another week until they were all red and pretty and we picked them...

We got 1 lb, 12 oz of yummy cherries! I think they're Bing, but I wouldn't swear to it. It looks like we're going to have lots of plums, currants, apples, and pears later on in the summer too.

Take a look at this cool moth...

Is he cool-looking or what?
Love his Autumn colors.

That's all for this time.
See ya.


  1. Your blanket is fantastic!!! You will be so happy using it at Christmas I am sure! Glad that everything else is going well. I hope that Eli will be OK. xx

  2. A beautiful blanket! Greetings, Charly

  3. Pammy Sue! I just love it! Cherries are my favorite how lucky are you to have a tree.

  4. A wonderful blanket. Christmas is coming, but first I want to do a little bit swimming in the garden, haha.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Oh what a lovely blanket! :) I always love seeing the pretty things you make. ((hugs))

  6. Love your afghan, so pretty.

  7. Gorgeous blanket Pammy Sue. We were out at the lake yesterday and about froze last night. It was 35 degrees when we woke up this morning! Love all of your fripuity goodness.

  8. It's lovely Pammy Sue a lovely blanket for you to snuggle under at Christmas time. Your cherries look yummy would to believe I have 3 cherry tree's but i'm lucky if I get 6 cherries a year they usually fall before they are properly ripe or the birds get them. I'm glad that poor Eli has recovered, have a great week. :) xx

  9. Oh my Pammy.... that blanket is awesome and beautiful! You are amazing with all the things that you get done! It is gorgeous and I love the red edging all the way around it. You are the crochet queen! Glad your decks (patios) are underway too.. I bet you are happy.. and it's still early in the summer so hope you can enjoy it. And lucky you to have so many fruit trees... so fun to go get the fresh stuff off the trees. When I grew up in Portland, OR, we had a huge bing cherry tree across the street from us in the "woods"... and my mom would send us over to get as many as we could and she canned them. Boy are canned cherries good! Even my kids loved them. So glad to see your post... I always go and check to see if/when you've posted! We had tons of rain too yesterday and the night before so everything got a good soaking... this week will be up in the 90's again here.. so probably there too! Enjoy your week... Marilyn

  10. Beautiful blanket Pammy Sue.

  11. You are a champion for sticking with it.
    I didn't know you had a cherry tree, how cool is 8.
    Can't wait to see pics of the new deck....or do you call it a patio out there in the west.

  12. WOW! Love the afghan! It will surely be well used. Every time I try to make one it so tires my hands out. I'm much more comfortable with my thread doilies. Lucky you with the cherry tree! We start purchasing them as soon as we find them in the grocery store each year, although they were so much better when we were out west and bought them. I think it's because it's so far to ship them here in the south.
    Have a great week! LindaCrochets

  13. Your blanket is beautiful. I like to crochet blankets, too but right now I seem to be stuck on doilies. You are very fortunate to have fruit trees. I love fruit in summer but have to buy it. Take care.

  14. Bravo on the blanket! I'm happy for you to have the decks underway. Can't wait to see them done.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  15. Beautiful blanket, love it. Well done. How wonderful to have a cherry tree in your garden, love them. Always buy some when they are ready here in our supermarkets. The best ones are from the top of the South Island in the Marlborough district, very beautiful part of our country known for it's grapes/wineries and olives and also cherries.

  16. You did a great job on the granny ripple - it certainly does look very Christmassy. Nice looking cherries. We have one in our backyard - was here when we bought the house in 1989 and each year my late DH would hope for cherries. He passed away November 2004 and that Christmas we had cherries on the tree. Weird eh? The birds usually get more cherries than we do now though. Good news re your deck. Will look forward to seeing the pics. xox

  17. Wonderful blanket, my dear!! Yes, it's always a good idea to perserver ;-) Have a lovely day! xxx

  18. Anonymous5:43 PM

    hi pammy sue...your christmas ripple afghan is gorgeous!!!...and huge!!!...that is for some serious cuddling/covering time...hopefully by today eli is feeling better...your five pups really keep you and your husband hopping...fresh, homegrown fruit -,this week in the north/east we have been buying delicious north/west cherries for $!.99/lb...such a treat and delicious...glad to hear after the setbacks the deck is finally will be able to enjoy lots of outdoor living...thank you for sharing...enjoy your posts...take care...sally

  19. Wow I love it! Aren't you glad you hung in there? Love the striping. You probably can't wait for Christmas now.
    xx Beca

  20. Girl!! I love that afghan. Just beautiful. OMG...yum. Fresh Cherries! I am so jealous. Looks like you have been keeping busy since your posts are less frequent. So happy when you share new stuff.

  21. What beautiful afghan congratulations on finishing it. It's hard to keep working on a large project. In end it gives you comfort you finished your afghan and you have something beautiful to treasure. You surely in Gods land with all the fruit bounty. Are you going to grow your Rosemary I remember how tall your other was. Take care my friend.


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