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Friday, 11 March 2016

Back again....

...and almost feeling well again.

I am back here after an unintentional break of more than half a year. I am really sorry for this and I am stupendously happy to be back again. I missed you! But I really had a rough trot the last months. I was ill almost all the time.

COUGH - my mostly hated word at the moment. I coughed many, many months, days and nights, almost non-stop. And when it was getting worse I got high fever and a real bad cold. Nobody could find out what was wrong with me. One doctor thought that it was allergic asthma but he couldn't find out what the allergenic substance was. My GP finally asked me if my problem could be a psychosomatic one and if I would be willing to recieve a therapy. I almost agreed because I was truly worried that I would never get better again and there was a tinge of despondency and forlornness seeping into almost everything I did. It was so hard to keep going, my illness affected our daily life enormously.

But then J and I finally found out what the problem was. It was the new laser printer my husband used in his home office. I couldn't tolerate the toner powder of this printer. His office is on the first floor right next to our sleeping room and the toner powder just spread everywhere.

The first thing we did was to banish the printer from our house. Then we started to clean up. I washed all our clothes (oh my, have you ever washed everything you have at once???) but it was a good opportunity to weed out all that was old or no longer fitting. We cleaned everything, the shelves, the cupboards, the books, Cd's, we even moved the all furniture to clean behind them. I also washed all blankets, cushions and the plush toys of the children. Woohoo, long live the washing machine!

My bronchial tubes are still a little inflamed and sore and I easily feel tired and worn out but life is getting better from day to day! I keep on telling me that I just have to be a little more patient and then one day I will feel strong and cheerful and I will be my happy self again!

Enough about that. I have to show you lots of things. Working on my crochet projects has been one of the few things that really distracted me from my worn-out state during the last months. Crocheting is kind of a therapy when everything is going wrong, isn't it? At least for me it is.

First of all, I finished my 'Tiny-Granny-Blanket'. Do you remember it?


I had taken these fotos last summer and it was such a joy to work on this blanket. My daughter loved to play with the colours, she often adviced me which colour combination had to be the next one. When she sat next to me playing with the yarn and the squares we nattered about school and friends and the yarn colours and in the end she knew all the names of the Stylecraft colours I used. 

Here is my blanket in its full glory!
It is a large blanket consisting of 532 mini-grannies, the size  is 2,00 x 1,45 m. 
I used 35 different colours of Stylecraft Special DK.
 Pepples, our dog, is always watching what I'm doing.
 I really love the colourful jollity of this blanket and it is much thicker and warmer than my rainbow ripple blanket.



The border is simple, just 7 rows of granny stripes in plum and pale rose. The last row is a stitch I just learned, the crap stitch - and it is gorgeous! It gives such a neat and solid finish to a blanket. I am so happy that I found out about this stitch.
Here are my two crochet blankets.
They are real beauties and already well-used on the sofa. My son loves the ripple, my daughter the granny, it makes my heart sing in joy when I see my kiddies snuggling down in these blankets.
There is so much more that I want to show you but this is it for today. I have to decorate the house for spring and Easter, we just managed to put away the snowmen and snowflakes - no more snow for me, please. I hope that spring is coming soon, I long for the sun and some warmth. 

I'll be back soon (really soon) to show you more of my makes. Have a beautiful weekend!
Viola










19 comments:

  1. Oh I love the teeny squares blanket, what a great way to use up bits. Did you make all the middles and join as you go? I have not mastered this yet as I have only just understood that you make all the middles first. What was I thinking?? you made a granny square from the outside in??? Honestly that is what was confusing me. Jo x

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  2. Hallo Viola, wie schön dass Du wieder da bist! Das war ja wirklich ein Ding mit dem Toner, owei. Da muß man erstmal drauf kommen! Zum Glück geht es Dir jetzt wieder besser, weiterhin alles Gute. Hast Du die Toner- oder Druckerfirma mal angeschrieben? - Deine Decke ist wirklich umwerfend, ich bin hin und weg! Sooo wunderschön ♥. Da hat sich das Durchhalten wirklich gelohnt. Hast Du die Stylecraft bei Wollplatz gekauft? - Lieben Dank auch für Deinen netten Kommentar zu meinen Häschen *freu*, viel Spaß beim Häkeln! Herzliche Wochenendgrüße schickt Dir Nata

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    1. Danke für das Kompliment, ich freu mich selbst ganz doll über meine Decke. Die Stylecraft Wolle habe ich bei Wollplatz gekauft, sie haben fast immer alle Farben vorrätig und der Versand ist unkompliziert. Viola

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  3. Oh my! What a horrible illness journey you had! I am glad to read you finally found the reason for the horrible cough. Who would have thought such a small thing like a printer could cause so much harm?!

    The blanket is stunning! I think you just inspired me what to do with my left over Special DK bits! :)

    Take care
    Anne
    Crochet Between Worlds

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  4. Your blanket is just stunning. What an achievement.

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  5. Glad to hear you're feeling better! It must have been a terrible time!
    But your blanket is gorgeous!! I love the colours and the tiny squares and the edging too.
    I discovered your blog today and am now following you on Bloglovin'.
    Take care,
    Sigrid

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  6. Wow, die Decke sieht fantastisch aus.

    Lisa

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  7. Welcome back, Viola! I am so glad you found the source of your illness. I get cross when doctors try to fob off a patient's symptoms by suggesting that they are psychosomatic! That is just laziness and arrogance (the dr is either too full of themself to send you to a specialist or second opinion or the dr can't admit that they don't know so they blame the patient and accuse you of making it up - it's all in your head!) That's just disrespectful. No wonder you were feeling despondent. Anyone would feel that way. It is also frightening when one gets sick and fails to get better in a hurry. May I send you caring hugs...after all you have gone through, you need some comfort!

    Printer toner is nasty! Did you know that it is a known carcinogen? Not trying to scare you but that is the reason most offices keep their printers in separate rooms away from everyone's workspaces. You are good to be rid of it. What a shame it made you so sick for so long.

    And now to a happier topic. Wow! Your blanket is spectacular! The colours are fantastic. When you first started those tiny granny squares I felt trepidation about how much work they would be to stitch together, but you have done an amazing job - I would never have the patience! I admire your patience, diligence and determination. How lovely that every time you see it, you will be able to remember the fun times together with your daughter.
    That blanket is as special as you are. :-)

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  8. Oh, Viola! so sorry what happens to you! I hope that all will be ok soon!
    great work joined 532 mini-grannies! wow! amazing! two blankets are beautiful ...sooooooooo beautiful ..... I am happy to see you again! Weeeeelcooooooome!

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  9. Oh, Viola! so sorry what happens to you! I hope that all will be ok soon!
    great work joined 532 mini-grannies! wow! amazing! two blankets are beautiful ...sooooooooo beautiful ..... I am happy to see you again! Weeeeelcooooooome!

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  10. Liebe Viola,

    ich wünsche dir weiterhin gute Besserung...schön dass es dir besser geht!
    Deine Decke ist einfach wunderschön...es sind so wunderschöne Farben.

    Liebe Grüße aus Germany,
    Klaudia

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  11. WOW! You can be so proud of yourself. Awesome work!!!

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  12. Dear Viola , I 'm glad to see you on web again!
    A big hug ,
    Franca

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  13. Dear Viola , I 'm glad to see you on web again!
    A big hug ,
    Franca

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  14. How blessed you are to have found out exactly what was making you ill. Love your crochet work, you granny square blanket is just magnificent!! and I am sure adds a lot of color to any room it is in. Take care of yourself. from Iowa.

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  15. Hello, I love your crochet, it is beauty, I love this colors, I follow your blog, I have a blog about crochet with free patterns and free crochet diagrams, visit me , hugs from Brazil.
    Visite meu blog - Tita Carré - Crochet

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  16. Hello, I love your crochet, it is beauty, I love this colors, I follow your blog, I have a blog about crochet with free patterns and free crochet diagrams, visit me , hugs from Brazil.
    Visite meu blog - Tita Carré - Crochet

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  17. Sooooo glad you are feeling better, allergic to your printer ink, who'd have thought ?!! Love your mini granny blanket, fabulous colours :)
    Jillxo

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