Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A Tea Cozy

Here is an awesome tea cozy pattern I finished last night. I was testing the pattern for Cupcake. Mine turned out a little more poofy than everyone elses' did. I don't know if it's because I crochet too tight or what. I do still like how it looks, though. I want to make more in different colors. Maybe I'll try a larger size hook, and the Australian way with trc's. ;p You can see how everyone elses' turned out in this thread. Lovely colors!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I'm Baaaack!!

Did you miss me? ;p I'll bet you didn't even know I was gone. We went back to Michigan to get the rest of our stuff out of storage. My husbands' Great Aunt died the day before we were leaving, so we were able to go to the funeral while we were there. She was 93 years old. Although it is sad, everyone is somewhat relieved as she is not suffering anymore. She was the last sibling of my husband's grandma. (They lived together.) I will be worried about his grandma now. One good thing is that she lives in an assisted living home, so she will see a lot of her friends there every day. If she was living on her own, I would worry a lot more. Well... above is a lapghan I finished. For the Charity Blitz.
And, now that my toy swap partner has recieved the toys, I can post pictures of them!! Hello Kitty is above. I actually added the ears and it looked different. But I had already boxed it up when I thought to take another picture. I am so happy with how this turned out!! This Hello Kitty was the one toy that gave me the most anxiety. I don't think I will ever make another one. But I feel like I accomplished something in finishing this one.
And here we have a checker board. It's from the Crochet-Pattern-A-Day 2006 Calendar. This one was relatively easy. Just color changing. I like how it turned out.
And, you can roll it up and put it in your backpack to take with you. Or purse...
And here is a Bunting Doll. I love this doll. I want to make one for myself. I must have either 1.Not have had many toys when I was little (actually, I don't think I did have many. I had a couple dolls though.) Or 2. I'm still a kid at heart. I'm really happy with how all the toys turned out. I still don't have the toys from my swap partner, but, that is because I told her not to send them yet. (Since we were gone.) The kids will be excited when they get them. (So will I!) I got a lot of crocheting done on the trip out there. I actually didn't finish the shrug I am working on, but I got a LOT done on it! I am done with the first sleeve. I will post pictures of that when I get some batteries for my camera. I also finished three twelve inch comfortghan squares for Karla. (They are for a comfortghan for someone she knows, not for her.) Well have a nice week everyone!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

L.A. Crochet Shrug In Progress...

This is how far I am! I'm sooo excited! I love how this is working up. I actually was done with the whole right front, but it looked like it was too small. Even though I had gone so far, I didn't want to finish it and have done all that work and it be too small. There is no way I am giving this to anyone. So I frogged it this morning and redid it. THE hardest part is Row 1 of the body. I had to figure out how many stitches per section and still had 43 left.... But, I finally figured it out and am almost back to this point now. I tried it around me and it fits much better now. Perfect, in fact. I also think I may make it a little longer than the pattern suggests. I'll keep you posted. ;) I finished a lapghan. I *was* going to make it for the Charity Blitz, but.... I have issues with it. I am not the kind of person who drops out of things. I've finished all my CALs and swaps I joined, but... I can't quite put my finger on it, but.... 1. The person hosting this thing is not the *friendliest* person there is. 2. I didn't know she was going to be including her *missionary* work in it. I just don't feel right crocheting things for her to take down to Mexico or wherever she takes them, to try to convert people to her church. Something about it just doesn't sit right with me. So. I am thinking about dropping out of it. Last month was her charity, and she has another month she has something different (last month was things for kids: marble bags, hair scrunchies...) I think the next one for her charity is squares or something. So I will probably save this lapghan for Pine Ridge. I kind of like it. It's just a ripple stitch. I haven't taken a picture of it yet. Well I'm off to work some more on my shrug. Did I say?... I am going to make a matching shrug for my Mom. I remember when I was little my Mom had matching dresses for her and I. I don't know if someone she knew sewed them for us, or if she bought them... I know we didn't have much money though. (We did know someone who sewed a lot, and actually made my flowergirls' dress when I was in their wedding- My Mom and Stepdads') Anyway, I remember saying, 'I don't want to wear that!' and I wasn't going to. I told my mom about that and she said, 'You wore it'. So I must have felt guilty. I remember the look on her face, (I think I hurt her feelings.) So I probably felt bad and wore it anyway. I wish we had a picture of it now. Well anyway, I told her 'I'll make you and I matching shrugs'. She said 'You're gonna make up for that, huh?' ;p

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Threads from Mimi! :)

I ordered some threads from Mimi recently, and they came in the mail yesterday! Yay! I love them. I also ordered a cell phone tote from her, that I absolutely just love!!
Here is a close-up of the cell phone tote, with my cell phone already tucked inside. ;p Isn't it cute!!? Mimi you do beautiful work. It looks very professional. Thank you, Mimi! :)) You can purchase her threads here. (Also see the Monaco button in the sidebar.) I have also started on my shrug. It is turning out soooo cool! Even though I am just on the edging. I love the way it is working out. Maybe I should buy the more expensive yarns more often, eh?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I finally broke down and bought this booklet. I kind of wanted it for a while, but kept saying 'I'll never make any of those...' But, recently I have been wanting to try more challenging projects. And actually make something for myself to wear. Although I have to say, it won't be saving me any money. I could probably buy a shrug at the store for what I pay in yarn. Fortunately, I have some yarn that my secret pal from the Autumn Secret Pals swap sent me. I don't think it will be enough, though. I think I need three more. So, it will still be a lot less expensive though! Than if I had to buy it all. Unless I bought baby yarn. (There aren't any good colors though unless you order it from a catalog.)
This is the color. It's 'Coral'. And, I think it goes perfectly with this skirt:
I looked at every single store around to try to find yarn to make one for another skirt I have. (It's greens and pinks...) But, I couldn't find any the right color (without going broke, that is!) to go with that skirt. So I got out my other skirt and said 'Hmm, this goes pretty good together...' Now, if I can just find the same dye lot!! This may be a wild goose chase...

Monday, May 08, 2006

This weekend we did a lot of tourist-y things. We are still exploring our new home. (Even though it was my husbands' home for a while when he was young.) Here is a waterfall.
And a little stone bridge. I just love these. There were a couple of them.

Here's a doily I made a looooong time ago. I think this was the first big doily I ever made. You can see that it's dirty. I need to wash it and re-block it. But I don't think I ever did take a picture of this doily. If I did, it wasn't with my digital camera. I'm working on another big doily now. It might end up being bigger than this one. (If I ever finish it, that is...) :p

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Flowers! And Chocolates!

Look what my husband brought home for me last night!! It wasn't even a special occasion or anything. (Unless you count me getting really irritated with him the night before...) Hmmm... Well it was nice anyway. The flowers are beautiful. And the chocolate was delicious. Yes, was... I didn't eat it all. Three little candy vultures kept buzzing around, 'Can I have another one?' And before long you couldn't even go by the little diagram any more, they were all so messed up. I thought about Forrest Gump, when he said 'Momma always said "Life is like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're going to get...' " ;p
Here's a close up of the flowers. Red roses, and a couple red carnations. And, I don't know what the purple ones are, but they are pretty.
Here are some things I have had done. Well the turtle I have had done for about a month. I just never took a picture of him yet. He's cute.
Side view. He's Reecie's Turtle. Maybe I did post about him before... Well sorry if I did. He's cute enough, I guess I could post about him twice...
And, here are two 'Computer Bugs' I just finished. The bee one I just finished tonight. The other one was finished yesterday. I tested them for Kristen via Crochetville. I don't know if we're 'supposed' to do all three, or what. I may end up doing another one anyway. The other one is a bigger bee. I think he is the biggest one. The 'bee' I made isn't really supposed to be a bee at all, but that's what my son wanted. (We went to a Nature Center today and they had a live bee hive... You can guess the rest...) ;p So, I may be making a 'Queen Bee' after all...