Sunday, February 21, 2016

Small Shell Shawl Finished!!!! Blocked even!

I know, you have to be as shocked as I am. I loved this pattern by Olga Nikolaeva.

Had just enough left to make a couple of fingerless gloves (lower left-hand corner).

Friday, February 19, 2016

It's Catch-Up Time

So much has been going on. First and foremost is we found our neighbor on the 16th deceased in his home. His sister called and said she hadn't been able to reach him for several hours and would we check on him. He had passed away sometime during the night. It was so awful to find him like that. Such a sweet man. We had gotten to know him very well over the past three years. He was 78 with a bad heart and high blood pressure. His sister who is 81 is now here trying to take care of things. I spent the entire day practically with her at the mortuary trying to work things out. I feel so bad for her.

On a happier note, I have some things to share with you:

I finished my Odette shawl. It's not a full-sized shawl -- more of a shawlette -- but it hangs down quite a ways on my shoulders. My son and his wife gave me a beautiful pottery yarn bowl for my birthday and I've just finished another shawl (not pictured yet as it's being blocked right now) with the yarn in the bowl. I've started a prayer shawl. Just my own pattern and I like how it's working up. What do you think? Maybe I should write it up. It's been a fun stitch to do. My green blanket has finally found it's home on the back of the loveseat. It's just perfect for throwing over your legs if there's a light breeze or over your shoulders if out by the fire pit.

Sparky has an aversion to having his picture taken. He's such a little poop-head. I finally got him to look up so I could get a shot. I can't tell you how many I got of him just turning his head at the last minute. He's in desperate need of a haircut. Monday for sure. He was to go in the day that we found Jack's body but that was a day full of policemen and coroners.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Do you crochet or knit toys?

I don't. It's not that I haven't tried but when I try and make something cute it ends up looking like something ALIEN. In looking at Ravelry today there are bunches and bunches of dolls, bears, etc.

I love Kentucky the Chicken by Antonella Meloni. You can buy the pattern for only $4.51. He just cracks me up.

Does he make you smile too? Oh my goodness he has so much personality. Those eyes! One of her pictures has him holding a sign that reads "Go vegan!"

Crochet With Love has put out there the cutest little Valentine bear. Truly, if I could make him look like a bear I would gladly buy the pattern.

He is truly one of the cutest little bears I have ever seen!!! Why can't I make them look this cute? Seriously, I have tried and just can't get it right.

There are SO many recipes floating about the Internet nowadays. I save quite a few of them and never try them. Well, on a quest to lose the weight I gained over the holidays, I came across this one that I had saved. 37 Calorie Brownies. I'm not a big fan of sweeteners because generally they have a bad after taste. I have found, however, Truvia and Stevia aren't too bad if I'm just sweetening up a cup of tea or something.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Grease a square baking dish (8x8).

3/4 c. nonfat Green yogurt ( I used vanilla)
1/4 c. skim milk
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats (instant)
1/2 c. Truvia
1 egg
1/3 c. applesauce
1 tsp. baking powder
1 pinch salt

Once combined until smooth, pour into the prepared dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool before eating. These stayed really moist. (Cut it into 9 squares. Each is 37 calories.)

These were REALLY popular with my mom and my husband felt they were "okay." I think I'd rather have a dime-sized piece of real brownie (yeah, like I could eat only a dime-sized piece!) than these. But that's just me. Like I said, my mom REALLY, really liked them. There is just nothing like a sugar loaded brownie. I'll just stick to creamer in my coffee as my dessert, I guess. ;-)

Valentine's Day is our 45 wedding aniversary. Can you believe it? Boy, I can't. That's a helluva long time to be with one person isn't it?

Monday, February 8, 2016

"Do you have anything for a baby girl in your stash?"

My son called me last week and asked did I have something for a little girl in my stash? Well, no I don't. "I need something for a girl that works for me. She's due in two days." Really? I just had surgery on my right thumb and am not really in shape for a crochet marathon but it's the only time he's ever asked me to make something so I took on the challenge and made this little dress in less than two days.

Can you believe I can't find the photo I took of the front of the dress. How does that happen? Anyway, this is the back and the front looks the same except no buttons and has a little crocheted rose on it. Fortunately I had an very easy pattern and the yarn already.

A lady in our neighborhood is having two girls. They had a shower for her last Saturday. Fortunately I knew about this prior to the hand surgery. I made a couple of baby ponchos. The same but different. I think they turned out really cute. I couldn't be at the shower so just dropped it off at her house. I hope she liked them.

Other than that I can report my thumb is healing well and I can crochet for short periods of time. The doctor will take the stitches out on Friday. That will be a relief. YAY!

Have a fantastic week -- hope you get some crafting time in yourself. I plan to work on my Odette Shawl. It's coming right along -- slowly but surely.

I frogged the CAL blanket. It was just plain ugly. Enough said about that. ;-)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Angelic Shrug for 18" American Girl Doll

Designed by Bev Matheson

Materials Needed:
            1 oz. baby yarn
            G crochet hook

Back – Make 1
Foundation Row: Ch 25
Row 1: Sc in sec chain from hook, sc in each stitch across, ch3 and turn.
Row 2: 2dc in turning stitch, * sk 2 st, sc in next stitch, ch3 and sc in same stitch, 2dc in same stitch * repeat * to *, sc in last stitch, ch3, turn (called pattern stitch throughout)
Repeat Row 2 for a total of 7 rows, finish off.

Front – Make 2
Foundation Row: Ch 11
Row 1-8: Repeat pattern as for back (see Row 2 above for back), finish off.

Repeat for other side. Sew shoulder seams together leaving last pattern stitch not sewn. Stitch one half inch up each side. Work pattern stitch all the way around the sides and neck. Finish off.

(The dress was someone else's design that I tested. Not sure where it is now.)

You are welcome to make as many of these as you want and, of course, even sell them. But do NOT sell the pattern as your own. Share it also as much as you want but please leave my contact information in tact so that if someone has a question they can contact me. Thanks!
A special thank you to Catherine Fry and Janice Helge for testing this pattern.