Monday, April 28, 2008

Wild Burros Crossing!

When we first moved here, we saw these signs on the roads out of town... I never thought I'd actually see one, though! Well, Sunday afternoon, we did! And more than one. They were on the side of the road, down off the highway. So we turned around and drove back there to see them.

Aren't they cute!!? They're so cool looking. Look at the little black one. He (or she?) was the coolest one. Also the shyest one, the rest just stood there and looked at us. The black one would walk away then look back. I took these pictures with my phone, so they are even more blurry (or as blurry, maybe?) than my regular camera...
I always thought I would see burros somewhere like by the Mexican border, maybe. I guess we are not too far from it, here. I think maybe the burros are used to humans. Which isn't a good thing, probably. The one in this picture just stood there and stared at us for a while before going up on the hill. He probably would have come over to our car had we offered him food. (Which we didn't...) Well I thought I would share these with you. Hope you are all having a good week. :)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

It's Done! FINALLY....

One big FO done. This rectangle granny ghan I started.... hmmm.... way back in I don't even know when. I posted about it back in March of '07, and it was quite aways along.... I started it for my Father In Law, and now we'll have to mail it to him... unless we go back to Michigan, any time soon.... It measures 54 inches wide X 64.5 inches long. Wow. I crocheted the last light blue stripe until I knew I couldn't go another whole way around (not enough yarn left). Then, I wanted to at least end it off with one row of dark blue. That's about all I had enough for, anyway. So there she is folks. I have to weave in a few more ends, wash and block (does anyone block afghans?) it.... Maybe I won't block it. Now to finish my Navajo afghan, Central Park Hoodie, Chevron Granny sweater.... I did work on my Central Park Hoodie today. I also need to crochet or knit a sweater set for my sister who is due in October. I am waiting to find out what *it* is, though; first. :) Have a Great Weekend everyone!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Another Lighthouse Bookmark Pattern

I just finished this bookmark recently. I don't know if any of you saw/remember my black and white bookmark I made (years ago....).... I made a revised version, to look like Cape Palliser lighthouse, in New Zealand. It's kind of a mixture between that one, and one I found a picture of in Germany. (Links to see them both are on same page as revised pattern.) Just thought I'd share. :) Hope all is well with everyone and you're having a nice Monday. (As nice as a Monday can be, eh?) :P

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Some Non-Crochet Stuff I Have Been Doing Lately...

Paper stuff. My other big hobby.... When I get in the mood. I have been making cards. I got in the mood the other day, (actually this is the second card I did, the first one is below...) Me and my five year old make cards together. (Mostly, I "help" him, and then I finish mine when he is gone from the table...) He loves to do it. I think I've opened up a can of worms, though. Now he wants to make cards every day. And all of my cards are gone.... I'll have to get some more. Otherwise, it's a folded up piece of printer paper for him. (Which I would rather he use, anyway.) I should have taken some pictures of his cards. One is in an envelope, to be sent... Long story.... I could have sent it by now, but he stamped all over the front of the envelope (I told him not to, but.... he's only five...) The other one he made is a cactus (blue :P) one, like mine. :D Oh, I got the idea to make this one from a book from the library, Simply Beautiful Greeting Cards, by Heidi Boyd..
Here is my lame attempt at a lighthouse greeting card. I don't think this one is quite done yet. I want to do more to it, but don't know what.... I don't know why these pictures are so blurry again. They weren't, in my camera.... Grrr. This is the only lighthouse stamp I own. I got it when we went up north in Michigan, at a little drug store, I think. I remember being surprised to see a stamp there. Anyway. It's the Round Island Lighthouse. You can see it on route the ferry to Mackinac Island. I found this site about the Round Island Lighthouse~ which is very informative, I have it in my favorites. :P I have liked lighthouses forever. Just get more interested in them off and on... Lately as you can see, is an "on" time... :D I just finished crocheting one of my lighthouse bookmarks. I looked at a bunch of lighthouse pictures, and revised my pattern a little. I will post a picture and revised instructions on my pattern blog after I block and take a good picture of the bookmark. This is only the second one I have ever made of these. Hmm. Anyway, while I was looking at lighthouse pictures, I added a few links to the bookmark pattern page. Lighthouses that look somewhat like my bookmark. ? (kind of?)
And this is a very bad picture of (a very bad drawing.... :P) I drew a lighthouse. (Insert blushing embarrassed smiley here....) I thought I would post it, anyway. Maybe if you click on it you can see it better. I found directions online on 'how to draw a lighthouse'. I have never been an artist, I will tell you right now. (In case you couldn't tell yourself...) But I got in the mood to draw! (Strange...) My brother is the artist in the family. I always *tried* to draw when I was younger, but gave up after a couple feeble attempts. Our middle son is the artist in our family. Our oldest can draw pretty good, too (if it is a Star Trek ship.... :P) The five year old likes to draw... time will tell.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Last Night I Visited the Frog Pond...

That makes it sound like it was so much fun. 'Frog Pond'.... I actually; in reality, sat on my couch and ripped out all the rows I did wrong, all the way back to where I started decreases... Rewound all my yarn, and untangled it in between..... sigh.... Anyway, I finally got back to where I was. Yay! This looks more like what I thought it should look like. I don't know if I mentioned what colors I am using... Frosty green, camo and dark sage green.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Like I need another WIP.... But, now I have one. :P I started the Chevron Sweater. It doesn't seem like it is working out right, though.... Doesn't it seem like the sides should go straight down, like this:
Hmmm.... Well, I shared this picture with the designer, so maybe he will know what I am doing wrong? I didn't feel like working on it anymore today.

I hope you are all having a great weekend. And staying warm or staying cool, depending on the weather where you are.... :P Why is it that cold feels good when it's hot out but when it's cold, you want it hot? I know *why*, but.... it's just one of those weird things I think about.... :) And why am I working on sweaters when it's 90 out?!! I should be making tank tops or something.... I guess I'm just not used to it being this warm in APRIL! It should still be snowy and cold.....

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Central Park Hoodie Progress!

I finished the back last night! (Yay!!) I have to block it, but I tried to get it lay out flat as possible... I am so happy. I was watching tv (monk, then Star Wars IV New Hope :P) and knitting and I didn't mess up. I measured it, and it was perfect! I couldn't believe it. Well it should have been perfect, but I always seem to mess things up... I feel like I accomplished something, and did it right, to boot. :P
Then I cast on for the left front. My five year old got up on the couch with me and was being my cuddle bunny. He said, 'Are you making this part?' and rubbed on the front of his shirt. :O A little knitter is blooming!! I said 'Yes! You're so smart!'
I actually had started another sweater last night, THIS one, by Ken Jones. My husband doesn't really like it, but I do! I saw it at Crochetville. (Of course) :P Anyway, I had some variegated that I had actually bought for the middle stripe, but.... I really don't like it. I want to take it back and get some camo. I am not a big camo girl, but I think it will work with this. It's going to be green, too. I'm using the same Frosty Green, and Dark Sage, and when I get some camo, I'll use that for the middle. Well since I couldn't work on it anymore last night, I got out my other sweater I NEED to finish, and worked on it... :D

Thursday, April 10, 2008

And Another One...

... Make that two! I made another one last night after the one with white on the top.... And today I finished the pink one. I wanted to make one more like the one that was sent to me.... :D (I will send it to my friend who crochets.) These are so cute and fast and fun. One of those instant gratification projects. And not totally useless, it is a pincushion. I think you could use it for crochet hooks, too. Well TTFN folks...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Thanks, Jodi!!

I wanted the pattern so bad, I posted a thread at Crochet Mania to see if anyone knew what the pattern was.... Jodi posted a couple links and I made one tonight. :D Yay.... I think next time I will change the sc's on the top back to red, but it looks almost identical. Thanks so much, Jodi. These are the two links she posted: Hat Pin Cushion, and the one I made tonight: Crocheted Hat Pincushion Now I'm off to see what other colors I can make...

Mail Call....

I got two more things in the mail today. Another square, from gwenyvarr this time. Thank you Shannan. I think this is my last square. :( I am going to be so bummed when I don't get any mail now... I like the color in this one. If only someone could come to my house and put them all together for me now.... :P Thanks again Shannan, and everyone!
And I got a surprise giftie in the mail from Lynn S.!! Thank you Lynn (if you read my blog at all...) :P It's a cute little red hat. And I'm not even "in" the Red Hat Society. :P I was trying to figure out what it was/is.... It unrolls... I thought 'hmmm.... maybe it's just for decoration?' Then I got a huge brain storm (I need a nap now.... :P) and thought, 'Oh. Maybe it's like a hook holder?' I've seen one somewhere (probably Crochetville?) that was like that and thought 'oh I should make one of those one day.....' Well (if that is what it is, and I think it is....) now I have one! Thanks again, Lynn. :D Does anyone know/has anyone seen this hat or know where the pattern is? I'd like to make one (even though I *have* one....) It would be cute to send out for an RAOK or just for a gift for someone who crochets.... Thanks and have a great day. :)

Recieved Another Square

..and a postcard, from Jodi. Thanks Jodi. I like the snowflake look in this one. And the colors, too. It's nice to have more brown! I was thinking, 'I wonder how many postcards I have now?' So I looked through my junk drawer (nightstand it's all junk drawers, really...) I only found about six (three or four of which were from my brother). I thought I had more. Oh well.
Here's something I have been working on... Grannies daughters. For the April challenge at CFAC. Lynn V said it takes 55 of these to make a shawl. So this is 55 grannies daughters. Enough for one whole shawl. All packed up and ready to go. I will probably not mail them til the end of the week. I have one more square to finish up for the Square a Month Swap. Then I'll be done. :( I've also been working on finger puppets. That's the second half of the April/May Challenge. So far I have five finished. I was trying to go through my blog to see the other finger puppets I've made in the past. I couldn't find any. But I did find about four in our sons' toy box. He saw all the ones I was making and wanted them. I said ('oh no!') 'You already have some, I know I made you some. Go look in your toy box.' I was the one who ended up finding them all for him. None of which he even played with. :/ The challenge is to make ten. I might make it, I am already on #6. TTFN everyone. :)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Ensign Bear: To The Bridge!

Hee Hee.... You have probably seen my Stripey Bears, and my Peppermint Bears.... Well now meet: Ensign Bear! My son came up with the idea while I was crocheting a peppermint bear (being the trekkie that he is....). :P He drew me up an example, and I finally got around to starting one. We had been bidding on some tricorders on ebay and kept getting outbid. He was getting kinda bummed, so I thought 'I should crochet him that bear that might cheer him up'... (We still plan on getting a tricorder, someday....) Here he is, ready to fly off into the Delta Quadrant, on a never-ending search for Earth.....

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Random Stuff...

I finally got around to taking a picture of the Navajo afghan I started for the Smoke Signals CAL. It's getting there... I'd say maybe halfway there? It's pretty wide.
I made some cookies tonight. I got an overwhelming urge to make lemon cookies. So I googled.... (easier than trying to look through cook books). Plus I found an easier recipe than is in any of my cookbooks: Italian Lemon Cookies. They're pretty easy to make, too. (And yummy.) I never used to like lemon flavored anything.... Maybe I'm turning into my mother. :P