Thursday, September 29, 2011

~ a couple things ~

*  I've been trying to leave comments on all my favorite blogs but Blogger is screwed up again and won't let me.  I'm enjoying looking at all your new (and old) projects and the delicious looking recipes always make me hungry.  Hopefully, Blogger will get this problem fixed soon.

* Vince and I are leaving in the early morning to travel to Canada to visit his family.  Bobby's staying home to take care of Tex and Ladybug.  We'll be driving through Pennsylvania and New York, so if you live in one of those states and you hear a car horn beeping, that's me saying 'hello'.  See you again at the end of next week.  :) 

p.s. I'll be working on another scrappy round ripple while I'm gone - something easy that can be put down and picked up whenever possible.  (the skein of Herrschner's Worsted 8 is to show the size detail - it weighs 8 oz.)

***To Rita - my yarn winder is a U-nitt TH 0765.  It winds up to a 9 oz. skein.  I bought it on Ebay a while ago.    
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

~ so cool ~



Is this just the coolest or what?  I received this card in the mail today and it certainly put a smile on my face - in fact, I'm still smiling.  I absolutely love it.

I think I have it figured out - but it did take me a little while.  Angelique - are you my mystery card sender?  Thank you so much for brightening my day.  :) 
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Monday, September 26, 2011

~ a crooked ripple ~


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic (I'm using Red Heart Super Saver)
- J hook

Size:  40" wide

Directions:
Row 1:  Ch 158, dc in the 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 5 chs.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch.  Dc in next 7 chs.  Skip next 2 chs.  Dc in next 11 chs.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch.  Dc in next 11 chs.  Skip next 2 chs.  Dc in next 20 chs.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch.  Dc in next 20 chs.  Skip next 2 chs.  Dc in next 7 chs.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch.  Dc in next 7 chs.  Skip next 2 chs.  Dc in next 7 chs.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch.  Dc in next 7 chs.  Skip next 2 chs.  Dc in next 18 chs.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch.  Dc in next 18 chs.  Turn.

Row 2:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3.  Dc in next 17 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 18 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 7 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 7 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 7 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 7 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 20 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 20 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 11 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 11 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 7 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 7 dc.  Turn.

Row 3:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3.  Dc in next 6 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 7 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 11 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 11 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 20 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 20 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 7 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 7 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 7 dc.  (dc, sh 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 7 dc.  Skip next 2 dc.  Dc in next 18 dc.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 space.  Dc in next 18 dc.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until desired length.

***Debi Y's pattern***

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~ it's Blogday ~

Today's blog in the spotlight is 'Crafty Holly Louise'.  A new blog I found a little while ago as I was blog-hopping.  Crafty Holly Louise is a sweet young lady who was recently married and of course, she crochets.  Right now I'm lovin' her scarves that she's crocheting - and I'm enjoying looking back through her older posts and admiring her other projects.  There's a couple of blankets, spa-cloths, hats, mittens and even some sewing projects and a few recipes.  Stop by for a look-around and a quick hello.  :)
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

~ a request ~

I love sharing my patterns with everyone, but if you borrow a picture or re-post my pattern to another site - I would very much appreciate a quick comment to let me know. 

I really don't mind it - I think it's great that you like my patterns - I'd just like to know so I can go to your blog and check it out.  Thanks so much.   :)
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

~ goodies in the mail ~

I love getting goodies in the mail.  I received my giveaway prize from Susanne of 'Forget-Me-Not' yesterday and it really brightened my day.  I've been kinda moping around lately - no job to go to - no taking care of the grandson's since school started - I feel like I have no purpose.  There's only so much house cleaning and crocheting a person can do.  Oh well - enough of that.  I received this lovely hand-knit dishcloth, a Fall theme hand towel, a leaf shaped votive candle holder, 2 cute little ladybug magnets (my little girl dog is named Ladybug), 2 tubes of lotion and a handmade bar of goat milk soap.  The fragrance of the goat milk soap is 'pink sugar' and it smells really good. 

Thanks so much Susanne for putting a smile on my face - you're an angel.  :)      
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

~ pattern correction ~

There is a pattern correction for 'a round wiggley pillow'.  Rnds 2 - 4 - 6 - 8 & 10 have been slightly changed.  If you have printed this pattern out, you will need to re-print it.  I am truly sorry for any inconvenience and aggravation this has caused.

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Has anyone ever worked with one of my patterns and had a problem with it?  If you did, please let me know so I can correct the problem.  You can leave a comment here and I'll get right on it.  :)   
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

~ wiggles preemie baby blankie ~

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic (I used Herrschners Worsted 8)
   - 8 oz. off-white for blanket
   - various colors for wiggles
- I hook

Size:  21" x 24"

Notes: 
- I crochet tight so you may need to adjust the size of your hook
- you can make this blanket any size you would like - just make sure to chain an odd number of chains

Directions:
Row 1:  With off-white ch 95, dc in 4th chain from hook.  Dc in each ch across.  Turn.  (93 dc)

Rows 2 - 3:  Ch 3, dc in each dc across, dc in top of beginning ch 3.  Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 4, skip next dc, dc in next dc.  *ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 3, dc in each dc and ch 1 space across.  Dc in 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.  Turn.

Rows 6 - 7:  Ch 3, dc in each dc across, dc in top of beginning ch 3.  Turn.

Rows 8 - 39:  Repeat Rows 4 - 7.  At end of Row 39, end off.

- for wiggles (on dc, ch 1 rows):

Join color with a sl st around 1st st, 3 dc around same st.  *Turn, 4 dc around next st.  Repeat from * across.  End off.


- for edging:

Join off-white with a sc in any corner, (ch 2, sc) in same corner. Sc evenly around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner stitch, and a ch 3 to skip a wiggles row.


***Debi Y's pattern***
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Monday, September 19, 2011

~ It's Blogday ~

Today's blog in the spotlight is Louise's 'Tea at Weasel's' - a relatively new blog to Blog-land.  Louise started her blog last month, and she is off to a great start.  Her blog is bright, cheerful, colorful and pretty.  Right now I'm loving the granny square blanket she's working on.  She is a Mom to 5 handsome little boys, and she crochets, sews and knits.  How does she do all this?  I don't know - but I'm sure going to be checking into her blog regularly to find out.  :)   
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

~ a round wiggles pillow ~


After 3 tries I finally got it.  Now all I have to do is get a pillow form and stuff it.  :) 

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic 
   - 4 oz. for the base (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
   - wiggly colors (I used Herrschners Worsted 8 - I didn't weigh the amounts because you can choose to use all one color or different colors for each wiggle.  I would guess though, that the last wiggle round was no more than 2 oz.)
- J hook

Size:  13" across

Notes:
- I crochet tight so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the base piece will ruffle but will straighten out when the wiggles are crocheted

Directions:
For base (make 2):

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 4, dc in next dc, ch 1.  *dc in next dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, dc in same st.  2 dc in each st around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 4, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1.  *skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. 

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st.  *2 dc in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 7:  Repeat Rnd 5.

Rnd 8:  Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 9:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 sts.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 10:  Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 11:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts.  *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.  

For wiggles:
Join any color with a sl st around any dc, ch 3, 3 dc around same dc.  *turn work, 4 dc around the next dc.  Repeat from * all around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  End off.



**these pictures do not show the correct base pattern - they are only to show how to do the wiggles**

***Debi Y's pattern***
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

~ a round wiggly ~

After seeing Barbara's wiggly creations - I was inspired to try a round wiggly.  It looks ok in this picture, but it didn't quite work out right.  The yellow wiggly's and the tan wiggly's aren't right.  The stitch count is off.  It's a shame too - I wrote the stupid pattern down as I was crocheting it - all that work for nothing.  Oh well - I'm going to try again and see what I can do with it. 

I'm also working on a straight wiggly baby blanket.  Only about half way through with that.  :)


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

~ seeing spots ~

When Tracie at 'CroCreations' saw my crochet hooks, she was inspired to create some of her own.  I have only created swirly handles, but when I saw Tracie's polka dot hooks, I was inspired to try to create one. 


I have to tell you that doing polka dots is kind of tricky.  Mine did not stay perfectly round.  But that's ok - I like it anyway.  In fact, I think this is my new 'favorite' hook.  It's a Susan Bates size 'J'. 

And speaking of Susan Bates - I bought 2 new hooks (plus some Red Heart Soft yarn) from Herrschners and they are different.  The head of the hook is not pointy like it used to be - they are rounded - and the actual hook part is smaller.  I hope I won't have trouble trying to hook the yarn when I'm crocheting.

 **eta - I have been using this hook for a while now and I have had absolutely no problems crocheting with it.  (I haven't tried a tight sc pattern (like amigurumi) - there might be a problem there since there is no point to help push thru the stitch.)   
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

~ Hook reminders ~


Eileen from 'Crochet Attic' posted her progress on the pretty granny stripe she's working on and she asked a question.  The question is:  "do any of you ever set a project aside and when you go back to it you can't remember which hook you were using?" 

Nowadays, I'm lucky if I remember what I had for breakfast.  I forget alot of stuff and have to make notes all the time.  My solution to the hook problem is I'm sure, not a new one.  I take safety pins and letter beads and pin it to a project if I put that project down for a time.  I also use this for my scrap yarn cakes when I wind them - 'A' for the 1st one, 'B' for the second one, and so on.  This has saved me from alot of aggravation.  :)   
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Monday, September 12, 2011

~ It's Blogday ~

The blog I've chosen to highlight today is Caroline's 'The Kansas Hooker - crocheting and knitting away in the Heartland'.   Caroline is the creator of 'The Uglee's' - the cutest little 'ugly' creatures I've seen.  She also crochets other little animals, bags and afghans (take a look at the beautiful hexagon afghan in her blog header).  Every project is so colorful - it always brightens my day when I check in to see what she's doing.  When you get a few minutes, check out her blog - I'm sure you'll be glad you did.  :) 
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

~ 10 years ~

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

~ ...and the winner is... ~

...Angelique!!  Yay!! Congrats Angelique - email me ( dlyrs@juno.com ) your address and I'll have your hook in the mail to you as soon as possible.  I hope you enjoy using your new hook to crochet some pretties.  :)


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Baby blankie # 8b:

I found these squares stashed away while searching for something else, and decided to put them to use.  Various acrylic yarns were used and I got the pattern from here:

 http://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC00002&cat_id=297



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I needed new towels for my kitchen - found the sunflower towel at the Dollar Tree - so I cut it in half and made 2.  :)

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

~ cupcake (?) bottle cozy ~

I asked my husband and my son what they thought this bottle cozy looked like.  My husband said "I -- don't -- know"  --  my son said "umm -- a cupcake?".  I'm not too sure myself.  It's supposed to look like a cupcake.  What do you think?

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight yarn - I used acrylic but you can use cotton if you'd like
   - brown (or light gold)
   - pink (or Red Heart Fiesta white)
   - red
- J hook

Size:  fits an 8 oz. bottle

Notes:
- I crochet tight so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- Ch 2 at beginning of Rnds does not count as a stitch
- beginning PC stitch:  ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, drop loop from hook, insert hook in top of ch 3 and in 3rd dc, yarn over, pull through
- PC stitch:  3 dc in same stitch, drop loop from hook, insert hook in 1st dc and in 3rd dc, yarn over, pull through

Directions:
Rnd 1:  With brown (or light gold) ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same dc.  Sc in next 5 dc.  *2 sc in next dc, sc in next 5 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to back loop of 1st sc.  

Rnd 4:  Working this Rnd in back loops only, ch 1, sc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (28 dc)

Rnds 6 - 8:  Ch 3, front post dc (fp dc) around next dc.  *dc in next dc, fp dc around next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 8, end off.

Rnd 9:  Join pink (or Red Heart Fiesta white) with a sc in 1st dc.  Sc in each dc and fp dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 10:  Beginning PC in 1st sc, ch 1, skip next sc.  *PC in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st PC.

Rnds 11 - 12:  Beginning PC in 1st PC, ch 1.  *PC in next PC, ch 1.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 12, end off  - or if not using the red then DO NOT END OFF.  Continue on to Rnd 13.

Rnd 13:  Join red (or continue with Red Heart Fiesta white) with a sc in 1st PC.  Sc in each ch 1 space and PC around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  DO NOT END OFF.

For handle:  Ch 1, sc in same sc.  *ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Repeat from * until desired length.  Skip next 13 sc on Rnd 13, sc in next sc, sl st in same sc, end off.



For trim:  holding piece upside down, join pink (or Red Heart Fiesta white) with a sc in front loop of any skipped sc on Rnd 10, (dc, sc) in same sc.  (sc, dc, sc) in the front loop of each skipped sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc, end off.  

***Debi Y's version***  
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

~ Thank you beberouge ~

Beberouge has very kindly given my blog 'The Versatile Blogger' award.  Thank you very much beberouge - I'm glad you enjoy my blog.  :)

**7 things about me:

1.  I'm unemployed right now - but I'm looking.

2.  I do not like jobs that involve dealing with customers - some people just get on my nerves with the stuff they come up with.

3.  If I don't have sunlight I get very irritable.

4.  I have 2 mutt dogs - Tex & Ladybug - and I want a chihauhau.  

5.  Sometimes I take things to heart - other times I could care less.

6.  Both of my pinky fingers are crooked at the end knuckle.  

7.  I tried to quit smoking but I failed.  I will try again someday.  

Now I would like to pass the award on to these bloggers that always find a way to entertain me:

1.  Aurora Blythe

2.  Beansie Babbles

3.  By HOOKS 4U

4.  Crochet Attic

5.  Forget-Me-Not

6.  Gramma Rita's Crochet, etc.

7.  Happy in Red

8.  Made in K-town

9.  One Yarn After Another

10.  The Kansas Hooker

If any of you do not participate in blog awards - that's completely understandable - I just would like all of you to know that I enjoy your blogs.  :)

     
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

~ Giveaway's! ~

The first giveaway is hosted by Vikki on 'By HOOKS 4U' - she is giving away a whole boat load of crochet thread.  If you live in the States and you are a follower of her blog, hop on over and enter for your chance to win.  Good luck.  :)

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The second giveaway is hosted by me.  Remember the Boye crochet hook I showed ya'll a few days ago?  Well - I tried to crochet with it and found it to be too awkward for me.  (I'm a Susan Bates girl)  If you would like a chance to win this Boye, size 'J' hook, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post only.  I will draw a winner on Saturday morning.  Good luck.  :)

***eta:  since this crochet hook is such a small item to mail - my giveaway is open to everyone.


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Monday, September 5, 2011

~ It's Blogday ~

Today's blog that I'm sharing for Blogday is Lostinblue's 'Wired To My World'.  This is another 'new to me' blog and I have enjoyed looking back through her posts.  She's crocheted cushion covers, doilies, dishcloths and has recently completed a scrap round ripple.  She also works cross-stitch - I love her 'Time For God' wall-hanging.  Hop on over for a browse around when you get a chance.  :) 
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

~ baby blankie #7b ~

First, a new board is open for 'The Crochet Way'.

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Second, I'd like to show you baby blankie #7b.  I crocheted this blankie with 1 strand of a thin, sparkley cone yarn that I had bought from the thrift store, and 1 strand of the Pound of Love yarn that Neicee gifted to me.  I used a 'J' hook.
I love working round ripples, they're so quick and easy.  You can find the pattern link over on the right sidebar.  :)


 
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Friday, September 2, 2011

~ This would of been... ~

...my next baby blankie but my daughter Erica just snagged it from me.  She's going to give it to her friend Katie's daughter, Rory.  Rory is the cutest little girl - I want to steal her every time I see her, but her Mom and Dad are on to me.  Darn.  :)

This is a fleece remnant I bought from Joann Fabrics.  It's from Debbie Mumm's collection.  I love the colors.  Takes me back a little to when practically everything crocheted was either brown and pink or black and pink.  Brown is nice - a very warm color - I should crochet a blankie with those colors.  Oh wait a minute - remember the brown with either blue or aqua?  Those colors are pretty together too.  Has me thinking.     
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

~ new hook ~

I made myself another crochet hook yesterday.  This one is made with light blue, pink and pearl Sculpey clay.  There is a little dent in the top - I think it was from the aluminum foil tent - but other than that, I'm happy with it.  I'll try to sand out the dent with really fine sand paper.  This is the first time that I have used a Boye hook for myself.  I learned to crochet using Susan Bates hooks and have used them ever since (almost 30 years).  If I find that I won't be able to work with the Boye hook - I'll have a giveaway.  :)

P.S.  I won the doily in a giveaway from Lia (Lia's handwerkblog).  
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