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Learn Something New!

I have been so busy all summer learning as much as I can about blogging.  Autumn is just a week away and I am trying to get on a schedule. I have been knitting & crocheting as always. However, most recently I have decided to move forward by improving my blog site.

It has been quite a process and I feel my biggest problem is I am never quite satisfied. I keep playing with all the features until I make a mess that I can’t seem to fix. Can you relate? It’s like this when I started knitting & even crocheting if I messed up I would rip it all out. Sometimes, I could make a whole blanket and take it out. Type A personality I guess, but with age I have mellowed. I have finally realized it’s ok to be me and most people won’t notice the errors that drive me crazy.

So one motto I live by “Never stop Learning”. Whether it’s knitting, crocheting, or blogging we should always be learning something new. Each of us has our strengths and weakness. Stretch out your legs, warm up and start learning. Life is about having a purpose. I thought for a time cancer had stolen that from me, but God saved me for a purpose. So here I am starting over and developing this knitting & crocheting blog.

If you don’t know much about me, I’d like to share just a little about why this blog is so important to me. In 2006 I was diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma. The tumor was in my throat and I came within a day of suffocating from the blockage. When I woke in the hospital I had already undergone my first round of chemo. So my memory has been fuzzy ever since. My doctors were not expecting me to live and truly I wasn’t sure I would myself. It was a long 6 months of chemo, radiation, hair loss, and illness that I do not wish to ever relive. That was 9 years ago.

The lesson I learned from cancer is we are always changing and growing. I am not the person I once was and though I’ve stumble along the way I continue to grow and learn. Knitting and crocheting saved my sanity when I physically could do nothing else. We all have a story and I’d love to hear yours.

So I hope no matter what you are going through, you know, you have a purpose. Hopefully, this blog will be a source for learning, growing, laughing, and sharing. I would love very much any constructive criticism so please post a comment or contact me at snugglebuggknits@gmail.com. God Bless each of you and good luck in your journey.

May Flowers

So May is just a week away and we are all familiar with the term “April Showers, May Flowers”. Living in the South I have had the blessing of seeing so many pretty flowers bloom already and have been inspired to recreate some of these flowers. I am making some adorable cloche hats and headbands for my grand daughter and niece. It has been so much fun looking for flowers to duplicate. I can’t wait to see how many different types I will make in May. I found this cloche hat pattern at TheWhoot.com.au via Red Haired Amazona. The ladies here have worked really hard to translate the Russian Lady’s lovely pattern. I am thrilled with the way this turned out and am now making some in other colors and some headbands that I can embellish with May flowers. I encourage everyone to embrace springtime and explore the flowers. The colors and choices are endless. Enjoy! The lovely headbands can be found on Ravelry.com by Kinga Erdem.

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

wpid-wp-1428256780806.jpeg Every things coming up cute and fuzzy with Easter already on top of us a few projects from Easter’s past make me look forward to making some adorable new bunny projects for next year.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter and are stuffed with eggs and candy. My featured pic is of my grandson Caison on his first Easter and the little bunny is my first attempt at amigurumi. If you are not familiar amigurumi is the Asian art of making crocheted or knit animals and other objects. The parts are easy enough to crochet however it takes some practice and studying techniques to get the art of putting it all together perfected. I am not sure I have the patience but am very temped to continue learning and trying. There are some great sites and experts if you find these guys as cute as I do take a shot at it. I myself tend to like larger projects. But oh those cute little faces make it so worth it.

April Baby Showers

cropped-1513287_262316927259325_452633579_n.jpgSo it’ April 3rd, and yesterday was my birthday. I love this month, Easter, my birthday, Azalea Festival, my oldest daughters birthday. But it’s just the prettiest month. So it’s time to Spring clean and work on those summer projects. Knitting is so easy for Autumn and Winter but when the warmer temps roll around we all start looking for stuff to do, because all to soon it will be 100 degrees and we will be hiding in the A/C with our knitting needles and crochet hooks.

This is my very first post and I should tell you who I am. I’m a mother of 3, grandmother of 2, and a cancer survivor. I have been crocheting since I was 9 years old and knitting since I was 14 yrs. old. Now these hobbies had to take a backseat while I worked and raised my family. But with my very own grand babies (Snugglebuggs) I am inspired to knit and crochet for all my family and their little Snugglebuggs too.

I recently have been on a baby binge with all the baby showers in my family. Seems like all my nieces are having girls so I am in the pink with knit baby blankets and crocheted sweaters. Which is a nice transition from winter hats.

However my real love of late are lace shawls. I love the challenge. I hope ya’ll will bare with me while I get this blog under way.