Monday, August 7, 2017

Baby Blanket Finished!!!!

Hooray!  Hurrah! The pink baby blanket for my friend's new grand baby is finished. It was a fun pattern called It All Started With A Square.  I didn't make it as large as the pattern called for. I'm a very loose crocheter so by the time I got about 2/3rds done it was large enough for a baby. My friend wanted pink and as you know, new moms "now-a-days" aren't keen on the pastels so I threw in a little of the variegated to give it a bit of pop.


I just added the little beanie cuz there was plenty of yarn left over.

I am having one of those weeks where I'm just dragging. I don't know what's up with me. I feel like I'm on auto-pilot.  Don't wanna do anything anywhere anytime. Maybe I'd better up my vitamins? LOL!

(The new floors are nearly finished. You can see them under the blanket. I'm very happy with how they are turning out but cannot wait to get them finished. Hopefully within the next couple of week. It taking three months to get them done might be part of my blah attitude.)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Yes, I admit it --


I'm addicted. I try not to purchase more but I have this "sale" mentality. If there is a yarn that I love to use and it comes on sale my brain whispers to me, "Buy it while it's on sale. Think of the money you will save." You know, eventually that kind of thinking gets you into serious trouble. The Hubster is starting to give me the Evil Eye.


My goal is to work from the yarn that I have and not buy any more for a while. I did that the first of the year and actually got my yarn supply down to a manageable level. I've decided as I empty a container that I'll get rid of the container. That way I won't be tempted to fill it up again. (Right?)

I did make this cute little sweater while on a road trip the other day. We had quite a drive to the dentist (4 hours each direction) so I took this along:


It's a slightly modified pattern from www.justcrochet.com. Heather has so many beautiful baby outfits to crochet. Hers did have the bow on it but I'm not convinced that I like it. I might take it off and either do a smaller one or maybe some really small flower for up on the yoke.

The weekend is fast approaching. I hope everyone has a lovely one!

Carry on!!!! (and don't buy too much yarn)


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pattern Post: Sweet Abella Cardigan

SWEET ABELLA CARDIGAN

Original Design by Bev Matheson,
One Yarn After Another,


SKILL LEVEL
                Beginner/Advanced Beginner
SIZE
                Up to 6 months
MATERIALS
                Lion Brand Baby Soft, 1 skein each in colors
                                Main Color (MC): Lilac (#143)
                                Alternating Color 1 (AC1): Pistachio (#170)
                                Alternating Color 2 (AC2): Lemon Drop (#159)
                                  or colors of choice
                                1 skein if doing solid
                Crochet Hook size G
                Three 1/2" buttons
                Tapestry Needle for sewing in ends
STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS
                Chain (ch)
                Extended half-double crochet (ehdc)
                Fasten off (fo)
                Right Side (RS)
                Single crochet (sc)
                Skip (sk)
                Slip stitch (sl st)
                Stitch, stitches (st, sts)
                Wrong Side (WS)
GAUGE
                13 ehdc = 3 inches
                8 rows = 3 inches
                Grannies for cuffs and fronts = 2-1/2 inches
                Grannies for collar = 2 inches



INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING GRANNY SQUARES (Make 10 large and 6 small grannies.) Note: Instructions for small granny squares can be found in italics at the end of Row 2.


Ch 4, sl st in first sc to join.

Row 1: With MC, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in center of ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring ch 2, two more times in ring. Sl st in beg ch 3. Finish off.

 Row 2:  : With AC1, ch 3 in any ch 2 space (counts as first dc), 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, in next ch 2 space, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat 2 more times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.  (Stop here and finish off for collar grannies. Finish off.

Row 3:  With AC2, ch 3 in any ch 2 space (counts as first dc), 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next space, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space) repeat 2 more times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

CARDIGAN BACK

Foundation: With MC, ch 47.

Row 1: Work 1 ehdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Work 1 ehdc in each ehdc across, ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-24: Repeat Row 2 (back should measure approximately 10" long). Finish off.

FRONT (make 2)

Base: Sl st 2 large grannies together. (Note: It doesn't matter how you position them.)

Row 1: sc across 23 sts, ch 2 turn.

Row 2: Ehdc across 23 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 3-16: Repeat Row 2 (front pieces should measure the same as the back (10")).  Finish off.

SLEEVES (make 2)

Base: Sl st 3 large grannies together.

Row 1: sc across 36 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Ehdc across 36 sts, ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-11: Repeat Row 2, finish off.

CONNECTING

Front and back: With WS facing you, sl st shoulders together 2.5" from outside edge

Sleeves: Center sleeve with shoulder seams and sl st together.

Sides and bottom of sleeves: Sl st together.

COLLAR

Sl st together alternating colors of small grannies (6). With WS up (facing you), sc collar to neck opening. (Using a sc it helps to not only secure the collar but helps it to stand up a little better.)

FINAL TOUCH

Sl st around the entire garment (including the collar and sleeves). Sew your small buttons where you would like them, keeping in mind that the ehdc will be your buttonhole.

When my friend, Cat, opened her yarn store in Payette, Idaho, I designed this little sweater as an exclusive for her shop. She has since closed her shop so I am offering it here for your use. It's really a cute little sweater on and the color combos are endless. I hope you'll give it a try if you need a little gift or want to make something special for your own little one.

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Things here are moving along. The Hubster is making progress on the floors. It turned into a much larger project than he anticipated and wishes now he'd not tackled it on his own. But, that's the way it works, right? The best intentions sometimes aren't the right choice but he IS doing a great job on them and I'll be happy when they are done and I can clean up the mess. The dust has been horrendous from the breaking up of the old tiles and pulling up the old carpet as well as then grinding the floors to get all the old adhesive, etc. off of them.

Here's just a little chuckle for you to start the week off with:


Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's Crochet Catch-Up Time!!!

I know, it's been ages. I'm such a slacker. I made a commitment to blog more often and what happens? We get stuck remodeling for the entire summer. UGH! I have been doing a bit of crocheting though so without further blab:


Baby top for local mortuary


Baby blanket for daughter's stash


My shrug


Chemo hat


Toddler vest

It has been my sanity. I'm not very good about my house being torn up -- all of it at once. It's like we can't do one room and get it done we have to do a little in each room -- which means there's nowhere to sit without being moved out so he can do more tile work. I do finally have a kitchen but we have to eat standing up to the counters--or propped up in bed. I wish I truly had somewhere to visit but the kids are all too busy and my sister just had her mastectomy. I'd love to be there to help her or just sit with her but there's nowhere for me to even stay. I tried. My son, Jeff, offered me a place but I didn't want to put him out for an entire two weeks. That wouldn't be fair. No one wants their mother or mother-in-law around for THAT long. Two or three days at each place would have been more than enough. It's not worth the airfare, car rental, etc. if you can only see one of your three kids that live within a couple of hours of each other.

Anyway, I have also been busy doing genealogy. I can shut myself away where it is quiet and work on it until The Hubster has to put Sparky in with me. He doesn't do well with any type of power tool. He tries to eat it and tries to push The Hubster away from it. When put in with me there is an over-abundance of barking and growling going on. Not very conducive to puzzling out where an ancestor might have lived or died. ;-)

I'll be back. Really, I will. Let's hope this remodel doesn't really take the whole summer. That could be a nightmare for sure. I think I'll be divorced by then and living in a little tiny apartment of my own. LOL!


Friday, July 14, 2017

The remodel, etal.

I'm sick of it. Sick, sick, sick of it. The Hubster says he's about half done with the tile and he's already been working on it for 6 weeks! We are in such a horrible mess. I can't wait for it to be finished. I'm not going to go on and on about it because that would be pointless and who cares anyway, right? Everyone has to go through this mess if they do any type of remodel. It's just he's doing it himself to save $1000 and I'd gladly pay that and more to have it all done. The Hubster is a perfectionist. Enough said.

This is the cutest zig zag top. I just might have to make it.

free crochet top pattern

Isn't it cute? I love her blog. It's just full of fun things. Go check it out.

Here is it, 117 degrees outside and I've been making hats and shawls. I've been putting together a collage but for some reason my software isn't working right. I'll have to reload it and try again. More to follow (sooner rather than later I hope).



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

I'm missing my dad today. I can't believe he's been gone now for NINE years. It seems like just yesterday that I was visiting with him and only the day before that we were fishing together. He always baited my hook and cleaned my fish. He said it was his "duty as a father" and I would never have denied him THAT privilege. ;-) My dad was a World War II War Veteran and always very proud of his service.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. Wish you were here. I'd give you a big huge hug. Since you are not, I'm going to wear the jacket I sneaked out of the house after you passed away. I wear it whenever I feel the need to be close to you. It doesn't matter it going to get to 117 degrees here today. I'm inside in the A/C and I don't plan to step one foot outside the door. The sun is shining and I'm going to sit inside and crochet my little heart out!



Friday, June 9, 2017

Just a few of the things I've been working on . . .



My neighbor asked if I would complete this blanket for her daughter. Apparently her mother passed away from cancer before she got it finished. The squares were all done. They only had to be put together for a nice sized baby blanket. I'm glad I was able to help out. It turned out really cute. I also made some white and red booties to go with it as well as a little white and red beanie. (Forgot to take a picture of them, I guess.) She seemed happy with it.


This was a fun cowl to make. It's just the waffle stitch in the round. I am not one to be able to wear anything that snug up around my neck for very long so this will be gifted to someone. It did turn out really pretty though and very soft.


This is going to be a vest. I'll have to post the pattern link later as The Hubster is breaking up the tile in the other room and I am "relegated" to the office with Sir Barks Alot until he is finished. This is the back and the front hangs down like triangles. I am using Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dyed in Delphinium for it. It's going to be really pretty I think.


This is going to be a granny square shrug. I hope it turns out okay. The colors are much prettier in real life than they appear in this little photo. I'm about 18" in now and need 30" before I can stitch it together and put on the cuffs. I think it will be perfect for those mornings here on the desert in the middle of "winter." I hate to turn the heater on when it will be warm within an hour so my other shrug has had a lot of wear and it's about time for a new one.

If you are on Ravelry you can see my Kiona shawl. I finished it a few weeks ago and finally got it blocked. I also finished my Fernanda. It was a fun and easy shawl. Both were also made with Knit Picks Hawthorne. I really like that yarn -- obviously.

I don't think I posted this little Poodle Blanket finished. My friend asked me to make it for her granddaughter. She didn't want it to be used but as a decoration in the nursery.

I'll try and come back later today and put in better photos and links when I can get to my Kindle and get some other pictures posted.

Have a great day and a chuckle . . .