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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Turning 60 this year.....

Some friends of ours own a banquet facility, and a couple of weeks ago,  they decided to have a party at the facility for all of their friends turning 60 this year.  We were allowed to invite our family. 
She also asked us what our favorite cake is, that she was going to make it. 
Chocolate was already taken, so I chose cheesecake.  I don't know that I actually have a favorite cake, but I love most things chocolate.  And I do love cheesecake.   And chocolate covered strawberries, which were yummy.  And there was a delish strawberry cake there!

She had everyone turning 60 come up front and they sang Happy Birthday and we blew out the candles on our cakes!
 My Shug actually turned 60 last October, but she had him come up anyway.
 Here are the family members that could attend.
They had a DJ there playing music and when they played something from Saturday Night Fever, we pretended to dance. 
That was our era!  
 And I love these pictures my niece took because they look like we really can dance.
 We cannot!

So this is our friends.
My Shug has been friends with these guys since 5th grade.
I have been friends with them since I started dating my Shug,
however I've known a couple of them since 8th grade, which is when I actually met my Shug.
We were just friends back then.  As a matter of fact, in high school, My Shug dated a friend of mine (not pictured) and I dated a friend of his (not pictured) and we double dated, several times!  But we never dated each other....
So I guess this turned into a little love story, perfect for Valentine's Day.
Love this family,
Love these friends,
Love this guy.





Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ripple Coastal Crochet Blanket

I've been working on this blanket for a few months now. 
And all this time, it's the first time I've laid it out! 
It's as wide as our queen size bed!  

It is a kit I got from Wool Warehouse.  Several of us ordered them through Attic 24's blog. 
And it's the coastal ripple blanket. 
I can't wait to snuggle up in it!

I'm connecting with Annemarie's Blog   If you want to see some very creative blogs, click here and go look at what everyone is doing!  Very crafty people!

I had a question about the size of my blanket and how many chains I hooked.
The original pattern calls for 213 chains, which is what I did.  However, Lucy (who designed the afghan) uses a 4mm hook.  I use a 4.5mm hook.  So that makes up for some of the difference.  And I probably crochet a little looser than she does.
My blanket is a little over 5 feet wide (5.25) and hers is a little under 4 feet wide (3' 11.25")  She posts in cm.  
Her afghan fits a single size bed, but she doesn't say if it goes down along the side of the bed.  My blanket fits to top of a queen bed, but does NOT go down the sides.  Maybe an inch or two but that's it.  
Now, having said all of that.  There is a good chance that I will run out of yarn in this kit before I finish the blanket!  I will either stop and call it finished, or order another kit to finish it.  I'll decide when I get closer to that point!  It'll probably depend on how tired I am of the project by then.
Click here if you'd like to see the original post by Lucy on this afghan.  It's pretty cool!