I haven’t crochet a doily for many, many years, maybe about 20 years since the last time. This weekend I was using Google and found some nice patterns and of course, a nice yarn crossed my way too, how funny, isn’t it? Back in the time I used to make a doily it was always a written pattern with every row in how to do, now I notice it is very common with charts and it also looks easier to follow, but I think I have to get used to it. This will be a nice break from all the “skulls” I have made. This is the yarn I will use and I will make an oval doily, like the pic below from crochetartblog. I have added two more “flowers” to make it a bit longer (seven flowers instead of five in the middle part, the couples on the short sides are not included)
My blue/turquoise yarn Bernat handicrafter, bought at Joanns.
The doily and the chart:
Two skull shawls with my name-tag, I am very satisfied with them
Yesterday, we watch “on demand” on the TV, the movie Captain Phillips, based on a true story and the Captain Richard Phillips. The movie is about when the ship Maersk Alabama got hijacked by Somali pirates outside Somalia’s coast and the kidnapping of its captain. Tom Hanks plays the role as the captain and he is, as usual, a very good actor. I give the movie 4,5 of 5 possible, watch it!
On Friday I got a letter from USCIS, I was a little worried to open it, because I remember how we had to prove our marriage so many times earlier when we were doing the immigration visa (the Swedish papers wasn’t fancy enough ). I think I sent the same kind about five times or something. In the end when I was going to the embassy for the interview, they still asked for proof of marriage, but at the embassy in Stockholm, they probably knew already how boring papers from the Swedish tax company. All was OK at last and I got my visa. Our marriage wasn’t two years old (just about 1,5) when I finally entered the US to immigrate. That made my “green card” with a CR 1 status, that means the same as the regular IR 1 (permanent resident) but only for two years, to make it possible for the USCIS to check your marriage again. In February my two years were done and I sent a lot of papers as evidence that our marriage still is a real one and not a fake one, just to help me move here. Anyway, I remember how many times the papers wasn’t good enough and I was sure they will ask for more again. But..surprise, surprise! This is the first time everything has been easy and working fast! Because when I opened it said CONGRATULATIONS! …that means no new interview or whatever, all is done! Now I got the real permanent resident status. I called my husband at work and in the evening he took me for dinner to celebrate
My daughter in Sweden sent me a nice pic of the cat I left at her when I moved, I didn’t think he could make the trip, he would be too scared. His name is Kuhli and he is a longhair oriental. (A kind of Siamese in a way). He is very talkative like all oriental cats are. He has cute freckles on his nose
It has been raining a lot for three days in “it never rains in southern California”
Today we went to old Torrance to visit a coffee shop. But what a surprise! It was Torrance Antique Street Faire. The streets were full of people selling old stuff and I love that kind of market. The bad part was that we came late and most people were starting to close the market. But we rushed through and used the hawk eye to see if there was some nice to buy in the last minute. And then I saw this cute embroidery, it is reminiscent of Beatrix Potters style of paintings. It has a very nice frame too and I checked it and it was in a very good condition. I asked for the price and the lady said 10 dollar, of course I bought it then. It is a kind of “3D” with the flag the mouse is making.
By the way, the coffee shop was closed when we were done with the market
I have also finished a black-grey-white shawl and blocked it
This is the third shawl with skulls
I have just received my tags to use on things I make, they are so nice and now it will look like it is a professional who has made the knitted and crocheted stuff. I ordered them from Sweden at namnband.se and they were not expensive. I chose a darker grey called grafitgrå on the background and gold on the text and at the symbol (they are woven). The symbol with the cat looks like a Siamese and that fits me perfect. It didn’t a take long time til I got them and now I got 50 pieces. They will probably last for some time….
My husband came home from work with this wonderful bouquet. He is soo sweet..thanks! Can’t we celebrate Valentine every week?
Yarn is a much better than chocolate