Sunday, January 31, 2016

zzplrsdrpstyfon my midyskrd

Okay, so that should read, "Please pardon my mistakes" but I keep getting my fingers on the wrong keys. You see, I had surgery on my right thumb on Friday and things just aren't working so very well on the keyboard. They had to release an encapsulated nerve -- whatever that really means -- and so I now have a bunch of stitches and am wrapped to the nines. Wednesday they take the dressings off and give me just a band-aid to wear until the stitches come out a week after that. Oh well, if it's not one thing it's another.

So today I am going to post a bunch of patterns that I think are really cute - AND free - for your viewing pleasure.

I think this Ring Scarf is really clever. I just may have to make a bunch of these for 2016 Christmas gifts. (Just click  on the links and it will take you to the patterns. While you are there, check out  her Mother of Pearl hat.  I think this hat would make some fantastic Cancer Clinic hats. Check out the brim on this lovely little thing. I really do like it a lot.

My skills are nowhere near what they would need to be to make t his Sunrise Mandala in Tunisian crochet. I do love it though. What do YOU think?

Have you ever done a corner to corner blanket? There's a cute on of a train that I think would make a darling middle for a little boy's blanket.

As soon as I can get back to crocheting -- just another day or so I hope (if I can type can I crochet?) -- I need to work on my Odette, which is a quick project nearly half done already after only one day.

I quit the CAL mystery blanket. It was driving me nuts. I've decided I'm not a "mystery" kind of gal. I need to know what's next, I guess.

Our church is having a banquet for the widows/widowers around Valentine's Day. We are in charge of the invitations and table decorations. Wish us luck. ;-)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Crochet-A-Long, Blanket, Shawl, Baby Ponchos and Beautiful Lake Havasu

I received a new "clue" for the CAL of the "Wonder Blanket" yesterday.  The new stitches look a bit confusing to me. It's a beautiful pattern though so I'm going to try and work it out in a bit. Wish me luck.

I don't think I've ever seen that particular stitch so this should be a lot of fun. What color . . . hmmmm (or colors?)

I finished some cute little ponchos for a neighbor's baby shower. She is having twins. I thought maybe something a little different would be fun. I don't know her well but thought a little something would be in order. So many times for twins we get things exactly the same. I think the same but different is better sometimes, don't you?

I also finished the round (spiky) blanket but need to do some photos of it. I also finished my beautiful blue shawl. I will photograph it before blocking and then after. It's amazingly SOFT!!!!!

Just a parting photo of beautiful Lake Havasu. I feel so very blessed to be living here at this time in my life.

I finished this shawl a couple of months ago and forgot all about it.

Today's visit with the pain specialist should be interesting. UGH!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Funky Yarn Purchase

I love ordering yarn. I always get such a surprise when it arrives. You don't get to touch it or really see it until you open the box. Such was the case with this funky stuff.

I purchased it from for $1.80 per skein. I bought several skeins. I thought they would make cute ear warmers, hats and scarves. Can't wait to try it -- but first I am going to finish up all those WIPs that are sticking around this house. I keep finding MORE and MORE!

I finished a shawl and absolutely love it. I used KnitPicks Hawthorne Kettle Dyed yarn and it was amazing to work with. It blocked HUGE! Next time I don't think I'll block it as much. It will make a perfect gift but is kind of large for me -- cause I'm so darn short.

It looks more burgundy or brown than it really is -- it's a lovely dark purple with lighter shades here and there. I'll have to take it outside and get a better picture of it. I had enough of it left to make a slouch hat and scarf for a swap I'm in. It's really awesome stuff. I absolutely love working with it.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

CAL Blanket and Can't Leave Them Alone Bars

This is a terrible picture of it but I've started a new blanket in a crochet-along on  Ravelry. It's in the Crochet With Us! group and is called a Wonder Blanket. This is just the first six rows. More will follow, of course. A friend gifted me some of this Universal Uptown worsted weight yarn and I purchased enough more that I think there's enough for this blanket. I may make it for a friend but we'll see. I took this last night under artificial light and it's a poor example. I'll try and get a better one later today.

We are having a church gathering on Monday evening and we are responsible for the refreshments. I'm thinking of making Can't Leave Them Alone Bars. Have you ever had them? They are pretty yummy.

1 pkg. white cake mix (regular siz)
2 large eggs
1/3 c. canola oil (or coconut oil)
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 c. (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter, cubed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combined the cake mix, eggs and oil. Press two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 13x9" baking pan. Set remaining cake mixture aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave, uncovered, until chips and butter are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over crust. Drop teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting. Yields 3 dozen.

Want some? Kinda gooey and chocolately. MMMMM!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fast Trip!

I lost part of a molar and so we made an appointment with our old dentist in Utah and used it as an excuse to go back for a visit with our kids. Mom didn't want to go back where it was cold so we made it a REALLY fast trip. We left on Saturday, spent the night in Layton, Utah. Got up the next morning and drove to Idaho Falls, Idaho to visit with our son, back to Layton, Utah that night for an evening with our daughter. Up the next morning to the dentist -- which ended up taking most of the day as he had to build me a crown -- and then back to Layton. Up the next morning with a quick stop at our son's work in Murray, Utah and then off to Arizona again. I am POOPED. The old back is in revolt and I won't be sitting here long.

For a quick update: I finished a shawl and it is blocking. Can't wait to share it with you. It turned out so pretty. I'm absolutely stoked!!!!! I also finished up a hat for a swap out of the same yarn and have enough to do a scarf as well. Unfortunately I can't share those until after the swap has concluded (at which time I will probably forget, right?).

I saw this today on Facebook and just had to share it. Oh my gosh, ain't it the truth?????

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Can Finally Post Rebby's Shawl

Rebby received her shawl in the Cover Me With Love swap on Ravelry so now I can post it.

The yarn is Lana Grossa Magico II, 75% wool 25% polyamide in a fine fingering weight and is amazing! It blocks like you would not believe and is so soft and yummy. I almost couldn't give it away and now much order some of the same yarn for myself a shawl. It was like crocheting with feathers. I tried several patterns and finally decided on a simple stitch pattern so it would open up and truly display the colors. However, if I make one for me I'm not going to block it. I just loved how soft and wonderful it was against my skin beforehand. Not that it wasn't still soft afterwards but super soft before blocking.

I also finished my fingerless gloves to go with my grey and pink scarf last night. Why I only photographed one I have no idea. Left brain, right brain, brain cramp, I guess.

It was dark so was taken with artificial light. Would be pretty if it were brown and pink too wouldn't it? But it really is gray and pink. LOL! Guess I should take another one this morning.

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! It's been raining for 3 days now and I'm tired of it. I want some sunshine, thank you. Isn't that why we're in Arizona? For a little sunshine?! (I'll try not to complain cuz it's better than snow any day.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Just another day in paradise . . .

It has, however, been raining here in the desert which doesn't happen very often but I tell ya, it's better than snow ANY day.

Staying indoors helped finish up the gray and pink infinity scarf. I absolutely LOVE it. I can't decide if I want to gift it or keep it. I don't really have anything to go with it so probably gift it. I have enough yarn left to make some fingerless gloves. It is so soft and yummy. I'd build my whole stash with Hawthorne Kettle Dyed if I could. I have no idea how it launders or dry cleans but I can't imagine it wouldn't do well.

Now it is on to finish up the green spiked blanket. I don't know why they call them round. I guess in a way they are but when I go to type green round blanket it just seems wrong. I am determined to finish up the few languishing projects that I have. There will be more about that later.

As soon as I have a few more followers we will have a fun drawing. So tell all your friends to come on over and follow my blog.

See ya tomorrow!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pink and Gray Scarf Progress

So pretty. I'm loving the Knit Picks Hawthorne yarn that I'm using. It just shows the definition of the stitches so well. I'm only doing 3 sc between each increase and decrease so it's not very wide. I'm tempted to keep it for myself but I have NOTHING it would go with. I'd have to go shopping. LOL! Pink and gray really aren't my colors but after working on this for a week I'm beginning to wish they were. My daughter doesn't really like pink either but I think with the gray she'll really like it. We'll see . . .

We have really enjoyed having mom with us for the winter. Even at 90 years old she still has a lot of spunk and energy. To be perfectly honest -- and I am -- she can outdo me every day. It's pretty amazing. I need to take a leaf out of her book and get off my butt. ;-)

Time to head to church. Since mom got here I have been going a lot more. She enjoys it so much.

Have a fantastic day!

This is my son and his wife in their Mr. and Mrs. Claus hats I made for them. Rob says they gets lots of comments on his. I think I should take Amy's back and make the hair longer. We'll see. I like how they turned out and they seems happy with them.

Friday, January 1, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 has arrived.

It seems like just yesterday I was worrying about writing 2015 on things. You don't have to write it much anymore with everyone using credit cards, etc. It makes it even harder to remember to do it when you only have to do it occasionally.

I have few goals for 2016. I want to learn to Knook. I've had the knooking kit now for about two years and haven't even opened it. I even have a dishcloth pattern book and there it sits. I'm determined however to finish the following projects:

Round green blanket:

A red sweater I started a while back that is languishing. It's nearly finished. I just got bored with doing the same stitch over and over again. And I started a new scarf with some sock yarn that I think will be good for here in Arizona on those crisp mornings when I am GOING to start walking again.

I also want to get back more into genealogy/family history. I took a year off, doing very little, and now want to get moving on it again.

While they seem like big goals in some ways they are just tiny steps a little at a time.

What's on your plate for 2016? I wish you joy, luck and happiness and all the things that you NEED and lots of the things that you WANT.