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). 



Friday, August 5, 2016

Just a chuckle . . . and a recipe or two


Perfect humor for this political season don't you think? I'm really beginning to wonder if we could find three wisemen or wisewomen there. UGH!

I had a couple of bananas that seemed to go dark REALLY fast. (I read online that if you wrap the ends in cellophane that they don't ripen as quickly -- that's bunk!) So, I thought about making banana bread but knew with the recipe that I use we would eat the whole dang thing BY ourselves IN about an hour. To save further butt expansion, I did some breakfast bars. They are good but not as sweet.

Banana Breakfast Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13x9" pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Cream:
1/3 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. brown sugar

Add:
2-1/2 Tbsp. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
2/3 c. instant oats
1/3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. wheat germ

Pour mixture into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. I found these to be kind of dry so next time I think I would soak the oats in a bit of warm water first to soften them and add a bit more moisture.

We had a church get together last Monday and it was our turn to take a dessert. I made this Mexican Fruit Cake. I have no idea what makes it "Mexican" cuz there's NOTHING Mexican about it but let me just say it's about the best cake I've ever eaten. Try it -- you'll like it.

Mexican Fruit Cake

20 oz. can crushed pineapple
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs beaten
1 c. chopped nuts (my favorite it pecans but my friend's is walnuts)

Mix well and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes in 9x13" pan spayed with non-stick spray.

Now, you can frost these if you want but I think they are perfect without it. If you do want to put a frosting on then DO use this one:

3 oz. package of cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 stick melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Frost the cake while still warm.



Monday, August 1, 2016

What a Fantastic Week! Finished Projects and a Drawing --- come check it out!

So much happened this week that it's hard to try and remember it all.

My YOP (Year of Projects):

Mood Scarf - Started
Caress All Seasons Shoulder Wrap for DD
Baby blanket - Finished
Shawl for a friend - Finished
Design new Tunisian crochet shawl
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 finished the baby blanket I've been working on. No pattern. I just winged it. It's nice and soft and I'm thinking maybe I'll have to use this same stitch pattern and make a little sweater and bonnet to go with it. I think I've got plenty of yarn. This might be a perfect set to donate to the local funeral home so I'll make the sweater and bonnet smaller.


I originally started this blanket in Tunisian and didn't like how it was turning out so I frogged it and used this stitch pattern instead.

I also finished my shawl and I started a vest for my daughter-in-law for her birthday.


It will be the perfect size once it's blocked -- just right to toss over your shoulders for a quick warm up or a beautiful accessory for your little black dress. It's a beautiful golden color made with Kristen Omdahl's alpaca yarn. It took nearly all of one skein. I think my friend will love it.

I started my mood scarf. Nothing very exciting to report there. I do love the Universal Uptown yarn. It's so soft and squishy. I think this scarf will end up really pretty. It's got all my favorite colors in it.


Its time for a drawing. Up for grabs is a Crochet Cardigan book. Brand new. Contains four lovely patterns.


Now, this wouldn't be much of a give-away if you didn't get a bit of yarn to go with it, right??? Well, included in this drawing are five skeins of THIS fantastic stuff:


It's Katia, Jaipur, yarn in this beautiful multi-color. It's 100% cotton and so would be perfect for any one of these cardigans.

All your need to do is become a follower of my blog and comment below. Next Monday I will put everyone's name in a hat and choose a winner. I'm happy to ship it internationally as well.

Last but not least I'm sharing with you a couple of doggy photos. Our friends' daughter is seriously ill and they had to fly to Baltimore to be with her. We took in their cute little doggy, Isabelle, for a week or so. This is Isabelle sitting herself up to the table for dinner. It just cracks me up.


Isn't she the cutest ever!!!!???? Poor Sparky. He is totally ashamed in the following photo. I found this cute dog collar accessory and it's caused quite a stir in the neighborhood when he's out for his morning walk. I'd like to have found a Republication one too but only the Democrat was available. Isn't it a SCREAM? 


Our VERY Republican neighbor said it's absolutely perfect because all Democrats want to be waited on and get everything for free. I am not saying that's true. Personally I'm a Republicrat. I vote for the person -- not the party. 

Have a great day and don't forget to sign up for the drawing.