Thursday, November 30, 2006

I Got It, Sister!

Hee Hee. I mean, I got 'Sister' done... I love it so far!! It looks like there is a blurb of pink under the big S. Oh, I guess there is in real life, too. From the yarn being carried, I guess.... Well, it isn't 'perfect' so far; but I think it is okay especially for my first time doing graph crochet.
Here is another first for me in crochet... Filet crochet. It is actually so easy. And kind of similar to the graph crochet, in that you follow a chart. But I am kind of stuck on the edge (to the left.) The top was crocheted right along with the graph. But then you have to reattach the thread to do the side, and it doesn't really tell you how to do it. I can't remember exactly; but I think I am off and I don't want to have to rip out all I have done so far! I got so irritated with it that I just put it up. It has been a couple months at least. Since before I joined the tea cozy swap... Any one an expert in filet crochet? I might post a thread in Crochetville to get some help when I start working on it again...

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Baby Blanket for Gavin

I finally finished my nephews' baby afghan this morning. The pattern is in "The Big Book of Crochet"; a book that was gifted to me by a former Secret Pal who goes by the Alias 'Peekaboo'. ;) I like this afghan; I hope they will, too. And, so his big sister (My niece) doesn't get jealous over her baby brother getting all these gifts, I am making her this:
It is going to be a tote bag that says 'I'm a Big Sister'. On the back I am going to do a graph of Dora the Explorer. (She loves Dora.) And put a bunch of stuff inside the bag. Two coloring books, stickers, a pink teddy bear... And if I can find a toy 'kids camera phone' I might put that in there, too. I guess she loves camera phones. (I don't even have one, though, so I'm not sure...) The tote bag pattern is in the December 2006 issue of Crochet World.

Monday, November 20, 2006

I'm An Aunt! (Again) :)

Yay! I wish I knew of some cute baby type picture I could put in here. (Not computer smart like that, though...) Anyway...My newest nephew was born today; about three hours ago! He weighed 8 lbs, 4 oz.; and was 21 1/2 inches long. He has a full head of black hair. Aaaaaw!!! I wish I could see him and hold him. Who knows when I will get to see him, ever. We probably are never going to where they live. And vice versa.... So I will have to rely on pictures... that hopefully my mom will send me. :( I won't get to see him be a newborn, though. I am still excited to be an aunt again and now our boys are not the only boy grandkids on my side of the family.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow...

Just kidding! I don't really want it to snow at all. This is the closest I want to get to snow. :) This is a snowman I just finished up this morning. I've made about three of these now. So far my four year old hasn't said he wants him. So he might be mine. If he wants him though I'll probably give him to him. I made one for our (now) nine year old. He was about five when I made it for him. I know we still have it somewhere; but I think it might actually still be in storage (in Michigan...) :0 He never really played with it, but now that I made this one, I know it will be *his favorite toy in the world* or something.... :p Well that's my crochet for today. Hope you all are having a nice week.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

I Got an RAOK yesterday!

Hmmm... yes, I think it was yesterday. Mary Jo sent me these two pattern books from Tampa Bay Florida! She had asked me what kinds of things I like to crochet so I told her slippers (and I forget if I told her anything else.) But, I am in the slipper CAL at Crochetville so these will be perfect. And, there is knitting patterns in it, too. And she sent me a booklet for legwarmers. I have never made legwarmers. I used to have a pair when I was young. Ha ha... I never thought I would actually make a pair! Thanks so much Mary Jo!
Well remember my last post about the candy canes... I finished this one today. I crocheted it last night; and sewed it up about five minutes ago. I think it is very close to the one in that link. Close enough for me anyway! I think it's so cute. I don't know what I'll do with it now, but... :p Maybe I'll put it with the snowman I am crocheting.

And here it is to my coffee cup; to show you how big it is. (Or little...)

Crocheted Candy Canes

They're so cute! I don't even know where or why I started thinking about a crocheted candy cane. But yesterday I was doing a Google Search to try and find any patterns online. I think I went through the whole internet. There are some, but not many. And none like these. :( I did find a pattern (the most similar) in the 2007 CPAD Calendar. The Dec. 21st pattern. I made it last night. (Just have to sew it up and all...) I still want the ones in that link though. They're so cute. Well now that you all are interested in candy canes, I guess I should post some links huh? ;) This one I have bookmarked, it's the one I liked the most. Kreinek candy cane. Another candy cane and wreath. Buttercup miniatures (scroll down...) Maggie's Crochet has one. I don't know why I am all of a sudden obsessed with candy canes. Maybe I was having a craving... (Although I don't even really like candy canes.) I did see some 'Peppermint Chocolate Bark' (white chocolate) at the Starbucks in Safeway the other day; that looked soooo yummy. Of course I didn't have any money to buy it, so maybe it is making me want it even more. You know how that goes... And, a couple hours before the candy cane I was obsessed with snowmen. See what I mean about 'I think I haveCrochetObessiveCompulsiveDisorder'...... :( Well I hope everyone is having a nice week. I'll post a picture of my candy cane when I get it finished...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

When In Doubt, Google!

Here is one of the comfortghans my squares were put in to. My square in this one is the top left hand corner, the plum heart.
And here is the other side; this time the bottom left is mine...
And my granny squares (four of them) are in this one. The lavender and blue little ones in the middle on the left, the blue one towards the bottom in the middle, and the lavender one in the middle on the right; next to the white and blue granny square. These afghans are going to the families of the Amish shooting victims. :( I wanted to do *something*; what can you do for someone you've never met; let alone an Amish person? A comfortghan! That's about the only thing I can think of, other than sending a sympathy card. (Which I've also done...) I went to the American Kennel Club site (so, technically, I didn't *Google*, guess that was a lie....) and went down the line to find the breed of my friends' dog. She told me it about three times but the only thing I could remember was Brussel. It is a Brussels Griffon. In case you are interested. I really have been missing our dog; and regretting that I gave her away. :(( I want to go to the persons' house we gave her to and say 'I changed my mind, I want her back...' But I kind of can't. We aren't allowed to have pets here, for one thing. I do miss her though. Well I hope you are all having a nice week. :) Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A friend came over today to crochet and have coffee. She brought her little girl to play, too. She brought her new puppy- I cannot remember the name of the breed, it's a rare breed and very expensive. Brussel something.... They only get to about five or six pounds. She laid in my lap the whole time. I put her on our sons'lap, and she got up and came over to mine. :p She did that twice. Then I just left her there. She is so sweet. Well we ended up talking and didn't get any crocheting done at all. But it was still nice. I made some cookies to go with our coffee. (These aren't them- I made these yesterday; 'Pumpkin Spiced and Iced' cookies.) They are all gone. (I took them somewhere last night, though; we didn't eat them all.)
These are the ones I made today. Just peanut butter cookies. I took a dozen to my sons' teacher, and we are eating the rest.
Not much news in the crochet world. Speaking of which, I got an issue of that ('Crochet World') in the mail. I thought I cancelled it, but they keep sending it to me..... There is a baby blanket, a scarf, a set of three Barbie outfits, a pajama bag doll, a schoolgirl and holiday dress for dolls, a penguin doll to crochet... how many dolls can one issue have? There was a capelet pattern and a child's weater pattern. A wrap and a hat... Overall not very impressive (maybe why I cancelled it...) Anyway. The comfortghan squares I sent in have been put into a comfortghan. I'll post about that next time...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Some Things I Have Been Working On

...and trying to get finished up... This is the sweater I posted about already that is for my great niece. Here it is with the hat. I may or may not make a pair of Mary Janes to go with this. (Probably not, as I am so backed up in my crocheting... and I've already sent an afghan and toys that I've crocheted, too.)
And the sweater for my nephew (due this month). Both hats are from FCEC Fall 2006 issue. If you are planning on making them, be forewarned: I made them with the yarn indicated (the girls'), and a hook size bigger, and it still was not the right size. In order to get a six month size, I had to make the 24 month size. Same thing for the boys. (Fortunately I was going for a newborn size then...)
Here are two comfortghan squares I made for Lisa from Crochetville for her Grandmothers Comfortghan. You can read about it here. And I got the pattern here. I've made this square before. You can read about that here, if you want. ;p
And this is a comfortghan square for Jessie, you can read all about it here. This is Bobby's Square, which I've also made before. Sheesh! I hope all these links work, cuz I don't feel like going back and fixing them all now. ;p Oh, and I almost forgot, I did six other comfortghan squares, too. For the Amish school shooting tragedy. A bunch of us at Crochetville got together to make squares, and Mary is putting all the comfortghans together. You can read about that, here. And since I forgot to post the picture, you can look at my squares here. :)