Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thank goodness Christmas is over . . .

Don't you hate that after Christmas letdown? ME TOO! We didn't really have a Christmas here. We moved. Who moves over Christmas???? I guess we do. It's been a nightmare. Can I say FREAKING nightmare and not offend anyone? Well, that's what it has been. It rained here in Havasu for like six days STRAIGHT. It never does that. The water was running down the wash behind our new house. Not terrible but like a stream would be. Very unusual for here. You'd have thought we were in the middle of the monsoon season and not winter. In some ways it is good it rained because we found where the leaks are -- yup. Leaks! The roof in the back leaks and water came in somehow into the living room area. So, in the process of moving in we also have water coming into the house. One of the leaking areas the owners had disclosed because they had already repaired it once. I guess it didn't work cuz it was leaking again! Also, we had a nasty little sinkhole develop near the retaining wall.


The sinkhole is actually larger now. It's nearly three feet deep. We were worried it would wash away the retaining wall and then we would have a real problem. Fortunately, The Hubster thinks these are relatively easy fixes. He's quite the Jack of All Trades. I tell ya, that man can do anything. Not as quickly as he used to he says but he eventually gets it done.

The only crocheting I have accomplished was while stress dumping. I really needed it too. I made this lovely cowl using Tunisian crochet and Premier Yarn's Festive (I think it's called but will have to double-check). It's a lovely lovely gradient yarn. I'm working on one using the grey and I have to tell you, I think it's probably my favorite and I don't even LIKE grey all that much.

Sparky is also stressed and he's having nothing to do with this moving business. The poor little fella really has had a hard time. Not so much with changing houses but with the whole "If you have your shoes on that means car ride so please, please take me." He jumps all over you and goes just nuts if he thinks you are going without him. If you tell him, "You gotta stay and watch the house" then he jumps right into the window to sit guard until you get home. He's become part of our family. I don't know what we would do without him. He's just Ken's little buddy and shadows him everywhere.


Well, that's all my news here in Arizona. The only other thing I wanted to say is to Dorothy. She asked about the stitch I used in my last post. It's called the Maeve stitch and is on Ravelry. Just click on Maeve and it will take you to it. The only thing I did differently is I used half-double crochet instead of double crochet. I liked it better a little tighter. I'm working up a shrug in that pattern now for a CAL in the group Cat's Crochet Corner. I had hoped to have it up by January 1st but with the move and my son and DIL coming for a few days I think it will probably be the first part of the following week. I'll try and get back to post a pic of its progress so far.

I hope your Christmas was merry and that you will have a fantastic New Year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A scarf, a scarf, my soul for a scarf . . .

Well, not really, but that's how it feels today. We are right in the throws of moving and I HAD to do some crocheting last night. I swear The Hubster has boxed up absolutely everything we need and nothing that we don't. When we unpack I'd not be surprised to find a pickle jar in my underwear. I had had it last night. Had to take a pause in lieu of homicide and crocheted this scarf. I used the stitch pattern called the Maeve stitch. Of course I didn't do it the way it's written. It's written with double crochets between the patterns and I did half-double crochets. I also only skipped two spaces instead of three and did two half-double crochets around. I know that means nothing really but maybe you can kind of tell from the photo below. It was a fun stitch to do but got the old carpal tunnel going I'll tell you. It was great therapy and I plan to do the same tonight.




We close in the morning at 9 a.m., move the next morning, go to Utah the next morning, Christmas luncheon and bowling with the kids/grandkids on Sunday. Dentist on Monday and home on Tuesday. Unpack and begin the tedious job of picking pickles out of my underwear drawer. LOL!

Last year I belatedly joined a group for getting projects done and with mom's passing, etc. I failed miserably at it. This year I joined a new group on Ravelry called 17 in 2017. My list of 17 include (so far and as always, open to adjustment/redefinition/change):
  1. WIP: Lace Bolero
  2. WIP: Vintage Collared Vest
  3. WIP: Happy Patternmix Wrap
  4. WIP: Hats for Cancer (I try to do at least 50)
  5. WIP: Shawls for Nursing homes (whatever I can get done)
  6. New: Pearl Tube Scarf
  7. New: Teal Tenacity
  8. New: Cartwheel baby blanket
  9. New: Caro’s Loop 
  10. New: Fluid Ice 
  11. New: Purple Gold Scarf (but not purple and gold) 
  12. New: Miss Dragoness 
  13. New: Spiral Afghan (Tunisian)
  14. New: Willison Shawl
  15. New: Several Dressy Towel Toppers (for gifts) along with dish clothes and mug cozies
  16. New: Golden Bee Shawl 
  17. New: Granny Has Wings Shawl 
It might seem a bit impossible but those are the 17 things on my current project list on Ravelry. So if need be I'll make adjustments as we go along. Isn't that what life is about? Adjustments, reorganization, etc.? Hmmm. So they say. ;-)

If I don't get back before Christmas please have a very merry one! I hope you find everything your heart desires under your tree this year.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Can I report progress? VERY little my dears. Very little.

Things have been crazy here at the Matheson Mansion. We are in the process of buying another house (here in Havasu), packing and preparing to move, having a big Christmas party for family and friends (in Utah no less) and trying to get in a bit of crocheting. Thank goodness I didn't plan on any yarny type gifts cuz I'd-a-never-made-it. ;-)

I did finish up this cute cowl for my daughter. It's called the Elemental Triangle Cowl by Cre8tion Crochet. It was SO fast. I used a lighter weight (cuz I had it and wanted it lighter) and so it used more yarn and took longer but even then it was a 2-day project. So fast and so easy.

front

 back

My daughter was here yesterday (from Utah) and waited until this was finished and extra hour before leaving so she could take it with her. Looked great with her blue jeans but she wouldn't let me take her picture cuz her "hair looked ratty." I told her you would never even see her again and she wasn't having anything to do with it. I was worried about the color distribution but once she got it on the drape was so perfect that it just looks amazing.

Next post will be from the new digs. I hate it. Seriously. Swore I'd never move again when we moved here. Actually, the first time I said that was 8 years ago and we have moved three times since then. Guess I'll stop saying that. Maybe it's bad luck or something. I won't do it again though. Told The Hubster in no uncertain terms. Next time he goes on his own. Yup.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time is Just Flying By!


Things have been kind of busy since Mom's passing. The only thing changing though is my weight. I think I've gained five pounds since mom died. I can't seem to get enough to eat. I'm not really hungry so it's got to be just stress. Better cut it out or I will gain back (quickly) all the weight I lost five years ago. I've done really good to maintain my weight and then gained five pounds while mom was living here and another five following her death. Not a good plan, is it? Just keep eating? Nah. I think I'll crochet instead!!!!!

I finished a shawl for my nursing home charity. The weather will soon cool off a bit here and they always like having a little something to put over their shoulders. I never really got mom to wear a shawl but I did have a shrug that she liked to put on in the mornings while out watching the sun come up.


I didn't use a pattern, just made it up with granny stitches. I used KnitPicks Heather in, I think, the color Picnic (or something like that). It was really nice to work with and I think it will be light enough yet heavy enough to do the trick. I love working with KnitPicks Kettle yarns. They are SO SO nice.

I've also made some hats for the Ravelry group helping out "Operation Gratitude." It's a group that sends hats and scarves to those in the military. I also promised some to Hats for the Homeless in Phoenix so I gotta get busy now and get some more done. Hats are SO easy to do. You can pounds those out in no time without a pattern. Scarves are the same way but I get really bored doing them for some reason.


I have a bunch more completed and when I get ready to send them off I'll take a few more pictures.

I'm working on a shrug using the Kettle dyed KnitPicks yarn in autum colors. I had to order another skein and hope that will be enough to finish it off.


I really love the pattern and I think it's working up super nice. Need a new outfit to go with it for sure.


I also completed a "neck shawl." The pattern was on Ravelry and basically what they did was take a shawl pattern and only make it to about the shoulders and then connect in the back with stitches. I had to take it in (A LOT) and wouldn't do as many stitches from one side to the other next time. It's kind of a cute idea though and you wear it in front instead of over your shoulders.


I think that about catches me up. OH! Wait! I did help a lady in Germany with a pattern translation. She had done a fantastic job translating it but needed a bit of help with some of the English crochet terms. This is what the pattern looks like and I think it's kinda funky. The stitch pattern is really really pretty and I hope to make it soon using  Red Heart LusterSheen. I have three balls gifted me and that should be more than enough to make this. It's called Happy Patternmix Wrap.

Well, ya'll have a fantastic week. I'll have more to show you next week of fun crochet projects (and hopefully less of me. It's diet time!!).


Monday, October 3, 2016

Back to Crocheting (for Christmas Giving)

First I want to thank ALL of you for your kind comments concerning my mom's passing. So many times I have picked up my phone and looked to see if she has sent me a text or if I have missed a call from her -- or to call or text her.

Mom taught me to crochet and she enjoyed this activity right up until her illness. I have two pair of slippers in a drawer that she completed while here with us.


This is mom down on the floor at 90 years old with her great-grandson, Leland. When he came to the house after her passing he told me, "My tiny grandma died and went to heaven." It was so precious. When he saw me sitting quietly he came over and gave me a big hug and said, "Everythin' is goin' to be okay Aunt Bev." I called him over a little later for another hug and he said, "Why, we're not leavin'." ;-)

It feels kind of strange to have a crochet hook in my hand after going for a few weeks without doing anything. I have some lovely KnitPicks yarn that is in beautiful autumn shades. I think I'm going to make the Lace Bolero by Tina Barrett. The pattern is on Ravelry and also the site www.topcrochetpatterns.com. It's free!! I love it when I can find something I really like and it's FREE! Let's hope it's as easy as it looks.


I think I even have some beads that I can use for the sleeves and around the front of it. Might be a nice Christmas present for my DD (if it doesn't fit ME).

I'm way behind on a Year of Projects. I will plug along with my list but not try to get back in sync or caught up.I just want to sit back, relax and enjoy some crocheting. I want to make a bunch of hats to donate to an organization here in Arizona that provides hats for the homeless. They yarn/hat bomb them about town in Phoenix and anyone who needs one can take it. Isn't that a fun idea?

Once again, thank you everyone for your sweet words and kind thoughts. They mean everything to me.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Oh, on purpose I haven't been working on my mood scarf. I think I'll finish it off and use it as a double-twist cowl. I didn't want to have to start using black because of my black moods so didn't work on it at all. LOL!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Catch-up Time

The past few weeks have been spent in Idaho. My mom suddenly took ill and it was a rush to get there to help her. Unfortunately the illness caused her to weaken and she passed away. Mom would've been 91 in December. I thought for sure she'd make it to 100. She had been in pretty good shape. I don't know if you believe in the afterlife but I do and it brings me great comfort to think she's with my dad again.  Her own father passed away when she was only five so they too have had a fantastic reunion. It's hard to be sad when you know she is happy. I'm so glad I got to be there when she passed away. I will miss her.

Not a lot of crocheting accomplished but upon my return to Arizona I found two packages containing YARN. It cheered me up immensely. Yay!!!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

September? Where on Earth Has This Year Gone???!!!

I can hardly believe it. September. Doesn't seem possible. Where has the time gone? It's like I've just barely figured out it was 2016 instead of 2015. Oh wait, is it 2016 or 2017? See what I mean?

The pain in the shoulder blade is only slightly better. Finally went to the doctor and their guess was as good as mine. Ice, heat, Ibuprofen, rest. I have managed, however, to get a bit of crocheting done.


As you can see, my mood scarf has been directly affected by my shoulder blade and back pain. Lots of dark in there and not much bright pink. The bright pink was a day when I heard from both the grandkids after their first day of school. Who couldn't be happy after that?

My "Headed to the Fiesta" shawl is finished but not yet blocked. Can't really stretch well enough to block it yet but I am really really happy with it. I think it's going to open up and be beautiful. Pretty enough that I might need to buy a new outfit just to go with it, right?

The gray cowl is called Double-Strand Cowl by Sharon Silverman. It's supposed to be two different weights of yarn but I wanted to make it with just worsted weight. I plan to give it as a Christmas gift and want it to be nice and warm for those Idaho winters it's going to try and ward off. It was a fun crochet and went really fast.


I had some Red Heart Boutique that I wanted to use for a couple of cowls. Can you believe the two shown above are from the same yarn? It's true! How different it looks depending on if it's an open stitch or a closed stitch. Both turned out really nice. The final shot is the beginning of a blanket for a friend for Christmas. I'm doing it as part of a Blanket CAL on Ravelry. It's just I Love This Yarn in grey-tones. I think it's going to be nice and soft and will go with just about any decor. It's about full-size, I think. (Here's the gray cowl on. Really pretty, I think. Next time, however, I think I'll add about 20 stitches to the pattern so it's a bit longer.)



Well, that's it for the week. Hopefully I can get more done on my Year of Projects this next week.


Have a fantastic week y'all. And SMILE!


Go ahead, you know you want to go -- especially in that cute little pink car. ;-)


Sunday, August 28, 2016

What's Up Friends?


Still have a horrible back, shoulder and neck. Finally went to the ER yesterday. The degenerative disease in my back is running rampant and has found itself inn my neck vertebra. Nerves exposed and being pinched by floating bone. It's all so discouraging. Gosh, what will I be like in another 10 years?!

Anyway, I did a bit of crocheting this week but only little bits here and there. I purchased some beautiful hand-dyed sock yarn on Etsy a few weeks ago and made this lovely pink tonal scarf. I haven't blocked it yet and will do that this afternoon or tomorrow (more likely). It should open up and be beautifully lacy.

I finished the orange infinity scarf by adding a pretty little flower. The Mood Scarf is coming along. Due to the owner being a miserable person there is a lot of darn purple in it. Today's addition, however, was a little brighter.

I received some Red Heart Boutique (Unforgettable) yarn in the mail and started this pretty scarf to be used as a Christmas present. It's a thicker yarn so it's working up pretty fast.


Getting a bit of crocheting done for step-granddaughters. I just love how this pretty little set turned out. So soft and PINK!



Well, that's it for now. The shoulder and back are screaming at me so I'll sign off. Have a fantastic week everyone!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Infinity Scarf nearly finished -- YAY!

I've had horrific pains in my left shoulder -- under the shoulder blade and up into my neck. I can't even explain to you how awful it has been. This will be a very short post. I only plan to post my progress on my Infinity Scarf and Mood Scarf.

I purchased this beautiful yarn from Hobby Lobby. Sparky has long since chewed up the label (he has a thing for them) and I can't remember what it is called. Rats! But, it is lovely stuff and I'll be going back to the store to get some more. Next will be some flowers for the bottom and then a final photo.

I had to find some VERY dark yarn for my mood scarf. I've had a couple of really bad days -- the pain and other frustrations (to be discussed later).


The group on Ravelry that is sponsoring the Mood Scarf-a-long is going to be closing the end of September so I guess if it's not finished by then I'll just go ahead on my own -- which is fine. My friend, Cath, has been the moderator of this group for the past several years. She's going through some moves, etc., that are causing her a lot of stress. I don't blame her one bit for closing the group but I will sure miss it. It's been my first stop on Ravelry since Cat's Crochet Corner was started.

I'm afraid that this post will now come to an end. I will add a funny for you though before I sign off.


Tee Hee! (Let's just say that The Hubster is part of my frustrations this week. More later.)


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Midweek Update

I've been on a roll the last couple of days. Started two new projects from my new Sharon Silverman's books (see earlier post).

This is the Sonata Shawl beginning. I'm using Red Heart Luster Sheer in a cream color. This yarn is no longer made (dang it!) so I purchased it from someone's stash on Ravelry for a very reasonable price (free cuz she didn't sent it for a while). I got three skeins which should be a little more than enough to make the shawl. I'm going to purchase what I can of this because I really like it especially for things that are going to get some wear.


It's pretty much a repeat of this section but has a very lacy bit in the center.


This is basically it (above) only blocked open.

My other project is my Headed to the Fiesta Shawl. It is Sharon's Milk and Cookies Shawl from her Crochet Wraps and Shawls book.


Super simple shawl that hopefully will open up beautifully. I'm hoping both of these will be good additions to my care center donations. (Or gifts for the right person should be need arise.)

Got my mood scarf started again. I'm using the honeycomb stitch this time so it won't be so bulky. I'm not worry about where I add the yarn cuz I think it's going to give it that funky feel I wanted by messing it about. This does not include today's addition. I had to go find a MUCH darker purple to add because I'm in a really really dark mood today. Grrrrrr! Stay back. ;-)



Last night we had our Church's missionaries over for dinner, along with two other couples from the congregation, and served a chicken pasta salad, fresh fruit, garlic bread and fresh peach cobbler. We had about three cups of fruit left -- the rest is history. To go with the fruit today I'm making a real family favorite. Green Chile Cheese Squares.

1 cube butter
10 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped green chiles (canned is okay)
1 pt. small curd cottage cheese (or sour cream works)
1 lb. shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese

Melt butter and cool. Pour into large bowl; add eggs, beating slightly. Add in all other ingredients and m ix well. Pour into a buttered 9x13x2" pan and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. THEN lower the heat to 350 and cook for another 30 minutes.

It's pretty dang good!




Monday, August 15, 2016

We will just try this again . . .

I prepared this nice blog entry yesterday with all my photos, etc. and then no matter what I did, I couldn't get it to post. When I came back today the draft was gone so we begin again.

Report on the Mood Scarf: It isn't anymore. I frogged it and decided I wanted to make it the long way instead and it looked hideous. I frogged that and started over the short way and I couldn't get the yarn to work back up -- too many ends in the wrong places. I tossed it and am starting all over again. I did my first section of it the day before yesterday so don't really have anything to show. Dang it!

I finished my scarf/cowl with the beads. I think it turned out really nice but you can't really see the beads very well in the picture. Next time I make something with beads I'm going to put more of them in the body of the project.



My Tunisian scarf is coming along. I wish you could see how gorgeous this Bernat Satin is in this scarf. It's kind of a grey/brown and has a beautiful sheen to it. No matter how I take a picture of this it doesn't do it justice. I'm thinking this is going to be a Christmas present for my daughter's boyfriend.


Since I'm going to have a LOT of this yarn (I have 10 balls of it), I decided to try out a  new stitch pattern. I have to really think about it though while working it. It's not a mindless stitch pattern. I'm thinking of taking it apart though and making it with a different yarn. Something more feminine that I can give to my daughter-in-law for her birthday in November.


I'm a huge fan of Sharon Silverman. She has some amazing designs. I ordered two of her books and received this one the other day. I can't wait to get started on one of them. I think I have enough of the colorful yarn left from the cowl to make something. We'll see.


I have SO much yarn in my stash that I'm sure I could make everything in this book and still have leftovers. ;-)

That's it. It was a pretty crappy week. After having the radioactive nerve thingy I was really optimistic that the sciatic nerve pain was finally going to go away -- after a year of constant pain -- but after a week it is tingling and sort of burning. I don't know if that means it didn't work or if that means it is working. Fingers crossed. I've about had enough. Well, actually I have had enough. I try not to complain because there are SO many who are worse off than I am but I do occasionally invite my friends to a pity party. I then close the door on it for a while and carry on.

Hey Friends, have a fantastic rest of your week. May your fingers fly though luscious yarn!!


P.S. My swap partner LOVED the swap package containing the dog treat jar. I was so happy to hear she liked it. Phew!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mood Scarf and Beaded Scarf Update


Someone's been a bit MOODY!

It would be me. I admit it. I had my sciatic nerve burned the day before yesterday to see if it would help with the pain I've been having. So far so good but I can't even begin to tell you how tired I've been. I can't seem to keep my eyes open. I could sleep the whole day away. I don't think it's a side-effect of the radioactive injections as much as it's lack of sleep finally catching up with me. I hope now we will have more bright pink days on my scarf. I'm working on that. ;-)

I'm working along with my beaded scarf as well. It's not as pretty as I had hoped but it's okay. Next time I will put more in the body of it. I just thought once it was tied it would appear there would be more beads. We'll see . . . Not enough beads to even be noticed I'm afraid.


Have a fantastic rest of your week.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

We are all winners . . .


PAULA!

Lucky lady! Paula, you win the book and yarn. Please send me your mailing address to: imin2crochet@gmail.com. Thanks for playing along everyone.

Now on to other -- not so exciting -- news.



A YEAR OF PROJECTS REPORT

Mood Scarf - Started (ongoing)
Shoulder Wrap for DD
Baby blanket - finished
Shawl for a friend - Finished
Design new Tunisian crochet shawl (changed to crochet instead of Tunisian for now)
Flurry of Foliage shawl
Volkswagen graph pattern for one of my BFFs - started
Cancer hats using Cancer Charity Hat by Christins and others. Goal is at least 50 (great take along project).
Vest for DIL birthday -started
3 projects from my Ravelry Library, including gifted baby blanket pattern
Use stash as much as possible for them.

I was going to make a shawl using Tunisian crochet and a mitered square. As I got to working on it, I decided to try it with regular crochet first. This is my start. I'm not liking it at all but I'm determined to get at least the prototype done so I can start to tweak it. I'd still like to do it in Tunisian if I can.


I purchased some awesome yarn that I think will look nice in the final design. I used some Muskrat cotton for this "draft." Whatcha think?


I also started a new scarf and this time I'm putting in a few beads. I'll report more on this next week.


My mood scarf is coming along but I'm having a lot of just plain old days. Not enough sunny times but thank goodness not a lot of dark times either. This is a new week, right? LOL!


Report on missing Tunisian hooks. I ordered a new set from WalMart (cuz they're a lot cheaper there) and wouldn't you know it. Not five minutes after I received the email stating they had shipped I found mine in the bottom of a project bag. I swear I looked there before. Anyway, now I have THREE sets of Tunisian hooks: 2 Denise and 1 KnitPro. 


The above is a pretty sad picture of the vest I'm making for my DIL. It's really more a a gray but the lighting in here is so bad it comes out more of a BLAH. It's coming along though and next week I'll try photographing it outside - when it's not raining or windy. That's about all we've had lately. I'm not complaining though because living in a desert you don't get much moisture so I'm always happy to see it rain a bit.

I'm pretty sure my swap partner has no clue I've got a blog so I'm going to show you this awesome treat jar I made for her in the Dog Days of Summer swap on Ravelry. I think it turned out so cute.


I love the paws and the hook to keep your leash on, etc. Next time I make one it will be a bit different though. I had The Hubster help me and we ended up with something just a tad different than I had in mind but it works. ;-) I love him for his effort and willingness to even take it on. He's not the crafty type.

Well, that's it for now. Tooda-Loo (or however it's spelled). 



We are all winners . . .


PAULA!

Lucky lady! Paula, you win the book and yarn. Please send me your mailing address to: imin2crochet@gmail.com. Thanks for playing along everyone.

Now on to other -- not so exciting -- news.



A YEAR OF PROJECTS REPORT

Mood Scarf - Started (ongoing)
Shoulder Wrap for DD
Baby blanket - finished
Shawl for a friend - Finished
Design new Tunisian crochet shawl (changed to crochet instead of Tunisian for now)
Flurry of Foliage shawl
Volkswagen graph pattern for one of my BFFs - started
Cancer hats using Cancer Charity Hat by Christins and others. Goal is at least 50 (great take along project).
Vest for DIL birthday -started
3 projects from my Ravelry Library, including gifted baby blanket pattern
Use stash as much as possible for them.

I was going to make a shawl using Tunisian crochet and a mitered square. As I got to working on it, I decided to try it with regular crochet first. This is my start. I'm not liking it at all but I'm determined to get at least the prototype done so I can start to tweak it. I'd still like to do it in Tunisian if I can.


I purchased some awesome yarn that I think will look nice in the final design. I used some Muskrat cotton for this "draft." Whatcha think?


I also started a new scarf and this time I'm putting in a few beads. I'll report more on this next week.


My mood scarf is coming along but I'm having a lot of just plain old days. Not enough sunny times but thank goodness not a lot of dark times either. This is a new week, right? LOL!


Report on missing Tunisian hooks. I ordered a new set from WalMart (cuz they're a lot cheaper there) and wouldn't you know it. Not five minutes after I received the email stating they had shipped I found mine in the bottom of a project bag. I swear I looked there before. Anyway, now I have THREE sets of Tunisian hooks: 2 Denise and 1 KnitPro. 


The above is a pretty sad picture of the vest I'm making for my DIL. It's really more a a gray but the lighting in here is so bad it comes out more of a BLAH. It's coming along though and next week I'll try photographing it outside - when it's not raining or windy. That's about all we've had lately. I'm not complaining though because living in a desert you don't get much moisture so I'm always happy to see it rain a bit.

I'm pretty sure my swap partner has no clue I've got a blog so I'm going to show you this awesome treat jar I made for her in the Dog Days of Summer swap on Ravelry. I think it turned out so cute.


I love the paws and the hook to keep your leash on, etc. Next time I make one it will be a bit different though. I had The Hubster help me and we ended up with something just a tad different than I had in mind but it works. ;-) I love him for the effort and willingness to even take it on. He's not the crafty type.

Well, that's it for now. Tooda-Loo (or however it's spelled).