Fingerless Glove Set, a Find and the Superstorm.....

No matter where I go my crochet or knitting go's with me. This past few days I put together another Christmas gift. If only I lived in a cold climate I'd be making myself a few pair of the Fingerless Gloves..  While driving yesterday I had to slam on the brakes to pick up a find along side of the road.. Look at this great wrought iron table.. it's in perfect condition and only needs a scrub to get off what seems to be candle wax. 
This will be going to my daughter for her new back yard and patio.

 Once I had the fingerless gloves put together I started a head band that will both look good and keep ones ears warm.  The pattern was just something I made up.

 I asked my daughter to model the set for me and she agreed as long as I did not show her face. "Mom, I look horrible" (little does she know she is beautiful with or without her makeup)

 Once I had the pattern to size I had to add the frill and their ready for someones Christmas box.  I'm getting into the Christmas mood this week. Today I went to JoAnn's for some Christmas Flannel. Getting ready to make my grandsons matching jammies...

 I'll have to wait to get started on these,  first i must wash the fabric before I cut them out.  Flannel always shrinks.   I'll show the end results in another post.  
Back to my crochet.   
Today I've been glued to the TV news watching all that has gone on with "Sandy"... my heart go's out to all hit by that really odd storm.  Amazing how she started as a hurricane that blew up the Atlantic coast giving us here very high winds and a nice chill. She then  turned into a windy winter storm and did so much damage to the North East.. I like all of you have been watching the clean up today and saying a prayer for all those lost and all the mess left.  We here know to keep a hurricane kit. Mine is under my stairs. Food for a week, radio, batteries, blankets, water, pet food, sterno for cooking and more.   
The people up north did not have anything stored for this emergency and are suffering without such things.  It's going to take months to clean up.. such a shame.

Sometimes it's just you and the water....

Photo of Coast Guard rescue swimmer in the streets of Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy.

Some times you gotta go it alone - no helicopter, no boat, just you and the water.

 Photo taken today of the "Old Guard" at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They perform their duty regardless of weather.

Big thanks to all the first responders working all that overtime!


"I can actually see the Holidays coming"

Once the Holidays are over I always save the Poinsettias and pot them up on my deck, or put them out in my back yard. This is one of the perks of living in SoFla.  I think I might have about 8 growing into bushes out back and three have the leaves turning red.

 This pot has two plants that were really small last Christmas and I felt bad for them and put into a large plastic pot. I can never toss them as so many millions of people do.  Their treated like disposable plants and that does not sit right with me.. 
This past few months I've been getting my list together and have done some crochet for a few people, not getting the Holiday feeling until this past week, when I saw the Poinsettias  starting to bloom.

 It's pretty amazing to watch.. there is not a flower bud of sorts,  the actual leaves start to turn yellow then red.

 Guess it's time to get serious about the Holidays.. the Poinsettias say, "There on the way!"

 Let me share one of my Crochet creations..
 "Fingerless Gloves and Beret"
(I'm not saying who they are for)

Time to get your gifts made and to get the lists made then ready set go.... Shopping! 
"Yes, the Poinsettias are talking"