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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a new afghan I made.

Grenoble Matelasse Afghan

This is a project that I’ve worked on, off and on, for the past couple of years and I decided at the beginning of the summer that it was time to finish it. The design is from a collection from Priscilla’s Crochet. She can be found on her website or on Ravelry. This afghan is from her Matelassè collection and is the same collection that I used for the baby blanket I made last year.

The afghan is made up of octagon and square motifs.

The pattern is called Grenoble and consists of octagon motifs that are joined together using a flat braid join. In between the octagons the spaces are filled in with square motifs.

This afghan has a nice texture

I wanted this afghan to be big enough to cover Charlie so I finished it using 9 x 6 octagon motifs. The final size is about 72″ x 50″. I used Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and it took 14 skeins to complete it at this size.

Even the back is attractive.

One of the things I like about this pattern is that the back looks nice too. The textured style uses a lot of front post and back post stitches which creates a very dense fabric. It makes an afghan that is very warm and cozy to lay under.

Close up of the back of the afghan

The pattern is well done and easy to follow but I found reading the words to remind me what to do for each round became tedious. To make it easier I made a chart of the pattern for the octagon. It was much easier to figure out where I left off if I put the project down for a little while after I created the chart.

The edge is finished with a very simple stitch pattern

After all the octagons and squares were put together the edge is finished with a simple stitch pattern that mimics the style of the flat braid join used to put all the blocks together. I’m happy with the way the afghan turned out and like all the Matelasse patterns I’ve done so far. I wish you could see the color in real life because the pictures don’t really do it justice.



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It’s with heavy heart that we share the news that all of Blogville’s BFFF (Best Feline Friend Forever) Madison D. Cat has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

She was the life of many a Blogville party and taught us all how to dance (that girl could twerk like no other). She fought a courageous battle with kidney disease with the help of her pawrents this past year and lived to 16 ½ years old.

You can visit her blog here to leave some kind words to her pawrents.

We will miss you dear Madi and hold you in our hearts forever. Our paws are crossed for you pawrents as they cope with this sad time.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. It’s been a while since I told you about my crochet projects so today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a couple of sunhats that I made.

Summer Sunhat for mom with white flower pin

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may remember that I made a sunhat for my mom for Mother’s Day 2017. She took that hat with her when she visited her brother in Arizona this past winter and wore it many times. When she returned home she said how much she loved that hat but since it was navy blue she couldn’t wear it with some of her outfits and would it be possible to get one with more neutral colors.

Summer Sunhat for mom with tan flower pin

Since Mother’s Day was approaching again, by the time my mom returned from her trip, I picked out a nice khaki and used black and white for the accent colors. I used the same pattern for the Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat by Kathy Lashley as the previous one I made. The yarn used for this pattern is Omega Sinfonia DK-weight yarn which is the same yarn I used for the first hat.

Summer Sunhat for mom with black flower pin

As you can see from the pictures above I also added three pins she can use to accessorize with.

The hat is a hit and looks great on her

Needless to say she loved it and has been wearing it all summer long. In addition to the hat I wanted to give her something to safely store the hat in.

Claire’s Fancy Hat Box

After scouring the internet I discovered that Joann’s had the perfect sized hat box.

The 14″ hat box was a perfect fit

I found a fun hat embroidery and added some lettering to create the top of the box. With a little sewing and some spray on glue the box was covered and lined. I love how it turned out.

While I was working on this hat for my mom one of the young ladies in a group I get together with to crochet and knit told us she was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She knew she would be losing her hair during her treatment this summer and wondered if I could make a sunhat for her too.

A Sunhat for Hope

Hope picked out the colors of cream with light teal and navy accents.

Hope’s sunhat with cream flower pin

Just like with the other hats I made a couple of pins to go with it.

Close up of light teal flower pin

I don’t have a picture of Hope wearing her hat but this past weekend we had one of our get togethers and Hope told me of how much she wore it on a family vacation. She even had to rescue it when a gust of wind blew it off her head and sent it flying into the ocean.

My maternal grandmother died from ovarian cancer when I was about 1½ and I have no memory of her so I was more than happy to help Hope with this small gesture. She offered to pay but I only let her refund me for the materials.

Hope is doing well on her fight against her cancer but I’m sure she would appreciate any crossed paws or prayers you could send her way.


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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.


This was just a few days ago when I was outside helping dad get the last of the leaves out of our yard. Today it looks like a winter wonderland. We got about 8 inches of snow the past couple of days and boy did I have fun doing zoomies in the white fluffy stuff! The temps are going to be above freezing for the next few days so all the white stuff should melt soon.

I’m sorry we haven’t been around to comment much the past few days. Our grandma had a minor operation (of course nothing is minor when you are in your 80’s) so our mom has been busy helping her and being with her at the hospital the past few days. Don’t worry too much because our grandma is home now and doing well but since she can’t drive for a few weeks our mom will be her taxi and personal shopper for a while.

I heard that we aren’t having a big bird for Thanksgiving but we are having a pork roast with all the usual trimmings so there will be plenty of left overs for us too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Today we are joining our Blogville friends, Hailey & Zaphod (visit their blog to see the blog hop), in sending all the hugs we can to The Three Little Pugs, their Mom Deb and Dad Butch. As many of you know Butch had an accident at work a couple of weeks ago and has been hospitalized since then. To add to the stress Deb’s mom is currently battling breast cancer. We just want them to know that all of us are here for them and wish we could be there for them too.

Millie is going to kick things off by showing her technique.

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

Now it’s Walter’s turn. Here he is giving our Angel Grandpa Chuck a hug and kiss too.

I loved giving my Grandpa a hug and kiss.

I loved giving my Grandpa a hug and kiss.

If we were in Iowa with you we would smother you with hugs and kisses. Of course we would be very gentle with Butch since he is hurt.

As our mom said, one of the saddest things about being Blogville residents is that the only support we can lend someone in distress is our prayers and comments. If we lived nearby we would be sure to lend our support by keeping the pugs company while their mom Deb was visiting their dad in the hospital or bringing a meal to your family.

We hope the Stella Rose, Angus Mac, and Maggie Mae won’t mind us sending these hugs to their pawrents. We are sure when their dad comes home he will be smothered with love from them too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. When you were a kid did you ever watch TV shows like The Adventures of Superman and wish you had super powers like him? I know I did. Of course I really wanted to be Samantha from Bewitched. Just a wiggle of her nose or a blink of her eyes and everything would be better.

superman george-reeves

We’ve all had someone or somepet in our lives that has suffered from some sort of health problem and wished we could do something to make them better. Here in Blogville there is always somebody in need of our Power of the Paw support. If we had those super powers like Samantha did we could wiggle our noses and make everyone better. Sadly we know that isn’t possible so we do what we can by putting our paws together, saying prayers or sending all the positive vibes we can.

Recently one of Blogville’s residents shared with us about a young girl that has been battling a mysterious health problem. Just like with our pets it can be more upsetting when a child has health problems because it is difficult for them to understand why things aren’t normal. I’m talking about Macey the granddaughter of the author of the Three Little Pugs blog. If you haven’t been following Macey’s story you can go here to read a little about what has been going on.

Macey the Super Girl!

Macey the Super Girl!

A couple of weeks ago Macey had some scary tests coming up and I wanted to do a little something to help her get through it. Being the crafty person that I am I fired up my sewing machine and created a  cape for Macey to wear whenever she needed some super powers. It’s made of fleece on the outside and the backing is a fun cotton print.

Bam! Pow!

Pow! Zoom! Zap!

I hope the cape helped Macey feel stronger during her tests. The one thing I do know is that she will know that people all around the world are worried about her and hope she feels better soon.

Super M

Super M

The cape is in her two favorite colors, purple and pink. It was a challenge sewing the “M” on the cape with the stretchy fleece fabric. I used a tight zigzag satin stitch and had to be careful to make sure it didn’t go too wonky.

Another challenge I had was figuring out the correct size for a 6 year old girl. Of course I used my friend Google to help me. I found a few patterns and put them together to come up with my pattern.

Super Girl with Super Cape

Super Girl with Super Cape

I used Velcro at the neck to allow for easy on and off. As you can see by the above picture it fits her great and even allows for her to grow a bit and still fit her.

Pretty package for a pretty girl

Pretty package for a pretty girl

I wrapped the cape in purple and pink and included a funny get well card with a pug on it.

Not sure what they're giving you... but I want some! Get well soon!

Not sure what they’re giving you…but I want some!
Get well soon!

I enjoyed making the cape for Macey and seeing her smile in her pictures made me smile too. If you don’t already know The Three Little Pugs you should go visit them and say hello. You could also include some encouraging words for Macey as I know her grandmother shares them with her. Get well soon Macey!

Super Macey Cape

Super Macey Cape


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Today would have been my parents 57th wedding anniversary.

February 1, 1958

February 1, 1958

I want to share with you a couple of things. First a video I put together (with the help of a professional videographer – thank you Kelley) for my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The video is a bit long so I will understand if you don’t watch it all and yes, that is my voice narrating it.

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The next item I want to share is a very cute poem a friend of my parents composed for their 50th anniversary.

A Golden Voyage by Greg Livadas

Chuck first saw Claire at the Buffalo station
She was lugging a mixer, some automation.

Right then Chuck offered his help
He picked up that mixer and let out a yelp.

Their journey began that day near the trains
Their love for each other to this day remains.

They visit their children, Colleen, Cindy, Paul,
Five grandchildren too, they’re getting so tall.

Claire’s passion for teaching never did wilt
Her favorite hobby is making a quilt.

Chuck always enjoys watching lacrosse
He’s happily retired so reports to no boss.

He drives on the highways delivering blood.
Once while ballooning he fell in the mud.

The Fourth of July they’re at Town Hall
Selling church popcorn for one and for all.

Chuck as a pilot, he had so much fun
And Claire got a ride, but only just one.

They travel the world, enjoy a good tour
Seeing new sights is the big lure.

Alaska, Sodoma, they’ll never forget
Especially in Italy, the in-ground toilet.

Chuck wants to win the lottery, please!
While Claire is content with some Limburger cheese.

This couple is watching each other’s backs
That’s why their marriage has remained on the tracks.

So happy 50th, to this husband and wife
I’m so glad you’re both a part of my life.

Just a couple of days ago Greg updated the ending of the poem:

Seven years later, Chuck’s journey on earth ended
It’s doubtful the hole in our hearts will be mended.

He lived a great life, even died on his terms
The love from his family and friends do affirm.

His legacy now blooms as bright as the dawn
As long as we remember, he’ll never really be gone.

Thank you Greg for a wonderful tribute to my parents and allowing me to publish it here.

I also wanted to thank all of my readers for your wonderful comments over the past few days. It has warmed my heart to know so many of you are thinking of my family during this difficult time. I can’t thank all of you individually so please know I am grateful. I am hopeful that I can get caught up on all that has been happening around Blogville and get back to commenting and a normal life soon.

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