Thursday, March 30, 2006

Some WIPs...

Well here is some of the things I am still working on, but will take forever, I think. This is the 'Between Meals Centerpiece' doily I am working on for February. (Still) I am on round 38 now.
And this is the scrap granny ghan I was talking about a while back. What do you think? I'm not very good at getting colors that 'go' together. I just try to do colors that don't clash. If the row I'm working on is green, the next color I'll try to 'coordinate'.
I still haven't started the Barbie poncho yet. I got the thread out, and I made one out of paper to see how wide and long, etc to make it... It's just a matter of doing it. I finally have a car again Woo Hoo! Now I can go somewhere during the day. And not be stuck home (unless I *feel* like walking down town with three kids.....) We also signed a lease on a new place, we won't be moving in for another month though. My husbands' mother is coming back here then and I told my husband, I want to be out of here before she even gets here!!!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Paloma's Poncho- A bigger sized one

Here is a poncho I started a couple of days ago. I made a couple of these about a year ago. Then I couldn't find the pattern on my computer (it was from a blog that is no longer active, I guess...) We have since then gotten a new computer, so it might be on the old one. And all of my patterns I printed out are in Michigan in storage, so.... I have been trying to find it on Crochetville hoping someone might still have it from the post about a year ago... Well someone (not anyone from a year ago, someone else) found it for me on 'Way Back Machine'. I tried to find it on there but I must not know what I'm doing.... Yay! Well meanwhile I tried doing one figuring it out from pictures I had. Well I was way off on the starting chain. The original is like ch 45. I chained 78. So, this one turned out to be about a size 8 I'm thinking. I'm trying to get my son to try it on for size for me. ;p If it is about an 8, I'll send it to the grand daughter of one of my elders on Pine Ridge. (She's raising two of her grand children.) I also want to make a matching Barbie poncho. I need to get a Barbie though to see how big to make one. Sigh... I have barbies in Michigan.... Anyway! If you are interested in making one of these, the original pattern is called Paloma's Poncho. It is super easy and fast to make. I also did a tie. With I don't know how many chains. Then used a flower on the end which can be found here. I also did a sc, ch 3, skip next st, around the neck edge for the ties to go through. Oh, also continued with the pattern until I thought it was wide enough. (About three extra 'panels' of the three pattern rows.) I haven't figured out how to do a size 4, or 6 yet... :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Squares, squares, squares.....

And a little doily! Look what someone sent me in the mail yesterday. It wasn't a secret pal, it was someone from Crafting for a Cause! And a totally unexpected surprise! (Aren't those the best surprises? Well sometimes...) It's a beautiful little doily. I love it! And thank you!!
Here is what I have been working on lately... squares! They're fast, they're fun, and easy. All of these squares (it's only five, but...) are for Crafting for a Cause. The two granny squares above, and the Blue Columbine Square below, are all 6 inches. The Blue Columbine square is actually supposed to be 6.5 inches, but I had been making 6" grannies with a G hook, and the basic square is just a granny square so I continued with a G hook, skipped row 5, and did dc's with the darker blue for the last row. (I changed it a little, to make it equal 6 inches.) I still haven't done the 'stamen' part in the middle. I still haven't sewn the flower on, either, but.... I thought this would be a neat square to send in since Blue Columbine is the Colorado State Flower.
And, here are two 8 inch squares I am sending in as well. The rose one on the right was sent to me by my secret pal at Crochetville. Thank you again, secret pal! I said I would 'match' her 8 inch square with one of my own to send in. And so here it is. I couldn't really find any 8 inch squares I liked online, and since I don't own the 63 squares book (that's what she made hers from)... I just whipped out the old crochet encyclopedia and found a pattern stitch I liked. So that's my square. Not a big deal but it will go into an afghan and make someone warm on Pine Ridge.
Oh and here is a 13" oddball square. I meant it to be 12 inches, but it turned out a tad big. But, someone from CFAC collects all kinds of squares, so I will send her this one. It's the Bobby's Square. I like it. Next time I'll use one size smaller hook. Hopefully it will turn out twelve inches then.
I am also working on a scrap granny afghan pattern I got from Annie's Scrap Crochet Club (or something like that.) I'm all for scraps (that's about all I have.) :) So far I like it. I would like to get some more 'scraps', though. I think I am going to go shopping tonight (by myself-Woo Hoo!). So I'll be able to get more colors. I'll post a picture of that afghan later. Have A Nice Day!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Look What I Got In The Mail Yesterday!

I don't know why my picture came up like that.... Anyway it is 'Berry Blast' loose tea from Adagio Teas. My secret pal sent me a gift certificate to buy whatever I wanted. Yay! Thank you, secret pal!! I went to the store last night to get some honey (milk, and a couple other things too...) so I could have a mug of this tea. I cannot drink tea without honey. Sugar doesn't do it. Anyway, it is delicious! This might be my new favorite tea.... :)
This is a hat I crocheted yesterday (outside, it was gorgeous weather!) You wouldn't know it today, it is snowing and cold. Anyway... My husband said one day, 'I want a crocheted hat'. I said, 'I just knitted you one!' 'I know, but I want a crocheted one...' So, a couple days ago, I got a free pattern of my choice from ordering something from Frugal Knitting Haus. I chose a crocheted hat pattern, just for my hubby.
And here is a vest I finally finished crocheting, for the three year old. I made this one up. I wanted to have a grey turtleneck to go with it, but I guess he doesn't have one. I thought for sure he did. Oh well. Here it is. He likes it. And I'm glad the thing is finally done. I just have to weave in loose ends. That should take forever, but maybe while I'm watching tv or talking on the phone I can do it. Well that's about it for today.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Doilies and Roses.. Well, white chocolate roses...

And hearts. I made some more, with white chocolate chips this time. They turned out fine. (Now I know that I'll have to compare prices....) ;)
This is the doily I am working on for doily of the month club. I am going to rip it out it's making me so mad. See how it is curling up around the edge? And in the center it's curling up, too. I must be doing something wrong. I've been counting stitches at the end of every blasted round, though. I don't know. Maybe it will just have to be blocked really well. I'm on row 31, and there are 60 rounds to this doily. I can't wait until it's finished. I need to stop working on fourteen things at once and finish something! Actually, I did finish something, but it's for my secret pal and I can't post it here until I send it to her/she gets it. And, I haven't even sent it out yet. So... no picture for that. I got an Adagio Tea Gift Certificate from my secret pal! Thank you secret pal! I ordered 'Berry Blast'. I am drinking a lot more tea than I used to. It helps me relax. Well I'm off to see what else I can crochet! Have a Great Day everyone!

THIS was in our basement (The kids' bedroom!)

It's a Scorpion. YUUUUCK!! Our oldest son found it. He HATES spiders/any arachnids... But, he killed it. (Sprayed it with Bug Stop.) I have no idea what kind it is. But, I think I have it right side up. The other side is flat. This side is round and sticks out. Well I don't really care what kind it is, just as long as I don't see any more! Everyone who we've told about it says, 'I have never seen a scorpion. Not here, anyway.' But, our neighbor, who has lived here 30 years next door to us, said there are scorpions here. He thinks the reason we had one is because this house sat empty for so long. Well I just hope I don't see any more. We are bombing the house with and indoor bug fogger this weekend. And I've vacuumed and cleaned off shelves, and shaken out everything and checked shoes.... Yikes!