Sunday, December 30, 2012

~ Thank you ~



Good afternoon everyone.  I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your caring and comforting comments and emails on the passing of my sister Teri.  

"she flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels"
                                                 - Alan Jackson

I still have trouble believing that she's gone.  It just doesn't seem right.

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I finished up James' sock monkey hat on Christmas Eve so I could give it to him when they came over.  He liked it a lot and it fit him perfectly.  I got the pattern from here:
I didn't add the ear-flaps because the hat was long enough to cover James' ears.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

~ my sister Teri ~



~ In loving memory of my sister Teri ~
 
~ June 10, 1958 - December 13, 2012 ~
 
 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

~ another TMNT baby hat ~


Here's another baby TMNT hat - this one is Raphael.  For the eyes I sewed on little black buttons on top of the white buttons.  I like them better.

*** Today is 12-12-12 and I am posting this at 12:12 pm.  I hope everyone is having a good day.  :)




Pattern for TMNT baby hat:

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
  - green
  - mask color
- J hook
- two 3/4" white buttons
- two 5/16" black buttons
- thread to sew buttons
- glue

Size: 6" x 7" 

Notes:  
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.
- the ch 2 at the beginning of rnds does not count as a stitch

Directions:
Rnd 1:  With green ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

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

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next dc.  * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining, dc in next 2 dc.  * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnds 5 - 8:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  End off green.

Rnd 9:  Join mask color with a sl st in 1st dc.  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 10 - 11:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  End off mask color.

Rnd 12:  Join green with a sl st in 1st dc.  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnd 13:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining, dc in each dc around.  Join as before. 

Rnd 14:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

* glue white buttons to mask
* glue black buttons to white buttons (match up the sewing holes)
* sew buttons on hat with black thread

***Debi Y's version***

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday and a giveaway ~


Two things that make me smile - puppy edition:

 
 
 
 

 (both pictures were found on Pinterest)

http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/dogs/57f46074-41c1.aspx
http://www.outofregs.com/index.php?page=archives&id=453

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Homeschooljewelrymom of 'Stitches, Scraps and Sparkles in the Sun' is having a giveaway to celebrate her 100th blog post.  She's offering 3 different prizes, so hop on over and enter for your chance to win.  :)
 

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

~ ??????? ~

I don't know what to say.



found it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31875714@N03/5601424444/
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~ just stuff ~

There's a new board up for 'Did You Make That?'.  Click on over and add your crafty link.  Don't forget - you can add any craft you want on this board.  Knitting, plastic canvas, sewing, painting, baking, gardening, and so on, and so on.  :)

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I'm working on another hat for James.  This time it's a sock monkey.  I got this cute pattern from here:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/11/crochet-sock-monkey-hat-pattern.html


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A note to Sharon of 'Sharon's Eclectic Retreat' - I've tried a few times to get to your blog and it's not working.  It will come up for a few seconds and then it just blanks out.

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It's a raining, yucky day and I have a slight headache.  No matter - I have plans to start our Christmas decorating today.  A couple Tylenol and I'll be good to go.  I hope ya'll all have a great day.  :) 
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

~ 2 TMNT hats ~

I crocheted a TMNT baby hat and I believe I should of crocheted the stripe a little higher.  No matter - the next ones will be.  I'm also not too happy with the eyes.  I glued down and then sewed the white buttons with black sz. 8 thread, but it doesn't look right.  Next time I'll also add little black buttons before sewing.   


I also crocheted a TMNT hat for James.  His hat looks better (to me) because I'm able to use regular wiggly eyes.  :) 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile - actually, these two make me laugh:




(I found both of these pictures on Pinterest)
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

~ Crochet Concupiscence’s Big Christmas Giveaway! ~


 
 
Crochet Concupiscence’s Big Christmas Giveaway!

 
I am happy to share that I am one of the sponsors for this year’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway hosted by Crochet Concupiscence. Each day for 12 days beginning on December 13th crochet lovers will have the opportunity to win prizes they’ll love including yarn, new and vintage crochet books, crochet hooks in multiple sizes, a yarn swift, and lots of free crochet patterns from great designers.

 
There will be many opportunities to enter to win each day. To enter all that you’ll need to do is visit Crochet Concupiscence each day December 13-24 and follow that day’s instructions for the prize that’s being offered. All winners will be selected at random on December 26th. Each day’s winner will receive that prize as well as a bonus Peace, Love, Yarn bumper sticker. In addition, the top three people who have the most total entries over the course of the 12 days will each win a signed copy of Kathryn’s new book, Crochet Saved My Life.

 
Here is a list of all of the sponsors of this giveaway:

 
         Tracy from Crochet Happy
         Lauren from 2nd Look Vintage
         Wink from A Creative Being
         Melissa from Mel’s Daisy Patch
         Jocelyn from Too Cute Crochet
         Birgit from By Number 19
         AnastaciaKnits
         Debi of Dly’s Hooks and Yarns
         Laurinda of Remembering Rowan
         CrochetKitten
         Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence

 
Full details of the giveaway can be found here.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

~ a little Christmas crochet ~


A few days ago, my daughter Erica called and asked if I could crochet her some popcorn garland for her Christmas tree.  It took me about 3 evenings of crocheting to get this done.  (It could of been only 2, but I've done gone and got myself stuck on that darn Pinterest site.)  I crocheted the garland with 3 ounces of (discontinued) Red Heart Sparkling - and if I've done my math right, it measures 12 yds. long.  It's a very simple and easy pattern that I have posted here:

 http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2009/11/popcorn-garland.html 

Thanks for dropping by - I hope you're all having a good day.  :) 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

~ 2 more baby hats ~


I've made 2 more baby hats for the Pregnancy Center.  I've also started a round ripple baby blankie for the Center, but it's going slow.  The back of my car is starting to get filled up, so I'll be needing to make a delivery soon.

The baby hat on the left is kind of a mess up.  I grabbed a variegated skein and the brown when Vince and I went to the campground last Saturday (we brought the golf cart home for maintenance).  I thought the variegated would look nice as the top of a cupcake, but I was wrong.  It doesn't work at all.  So I didn't add the cherry pompom.  It will just be a regular hat.  

The hat on the right is an open-shell hat.  Very quick and easy to crochet.

These 2 patterns are my favorites to crochet.  :)  
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

*  Yesterday (the 26th) was my 51st birthday.  Let me tell you, time just seems to go by too fast - I remember my 30th birthday just like it was last week or something.  For my gifts, I received a Fujifilm Instax mini 7S camera, 2 t-shirts and a gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I never get yarn - everyone thinks I have too much already or they don't know which yarn to buy.  No matter - I just buy my own. 

* We celebrated my birthday on Sunday.  My hubby Vince and daughter Erica invited all the family members out to dinner.  There were 18 of us (19 if you count baby Asher) and we all had such a great time.  Lots of eating, laughing and baby holding.  I loved it so much, that I think this will be the way to celebrate my birthday every year.  :)     

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Monday, November 26, 2012

~ so cute ~


This little kitty is so cute.  I found it here:

http://liz-knits.blogspot.com/
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Friday, November 23, 2012

~ lavender love - a square for SIBOL ~


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- I hook

Size:  6" square

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- beginning cluster: ch 2, yo, insert hook in space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, pull thru last 3 loops.
- cluster: yo, insert hook in space, yo, pullthru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, yo, pullthru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, pull thru last 4 loops.

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 4 (make your 1st chain a little looser), 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, 2 dc in same ch, ch 2.  (3 dc, ch 2) in same ch 3 more times.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 space.  *sc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 space.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Sc in next dc.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  

Rnd 3:  Beginning cluster, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 space.  *ch 2, skip next 3 sts, cluster in next sc, skip next 3 sts, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 space.  Repeat from * 2 more times, ch 2.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning cluster.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining.  Sc in each st around with 2 sc in each ch-2 space and (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner ch-2 space.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 5:  Ch 4, skip next sc, dc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 2 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 space, dc in next sc.  {*ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc.  Repeat from * across.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 space, dc in next sc.}  Repeat directions between the brackets 2 more times.  (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 2 times, ch 1, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.

Rnd 6:  Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc and ch-1 spaces, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 space.  *ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in the next 13 dc & ch-1 spaces, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 space.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 6 dc & ch-1 spaces.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 7:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in each dc and ch-1 space around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 space.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

***Debi Y's pattern***

If desired, weave a 22" long ribbon through the stitches of Rnd 5.  

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~


(I found this Thanksgiving poem on Pinterest.  I clicked on it to find the original source but it went nowhere - just this picture on a blank page.  I wish I knew who to credit it to.)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

* Vince and I went to the campground Saturday morning to winterize the trailer.  We had a great time getting things done and I even crocheted a baby hat.  We watched "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and I have to say that that was a weird movie.  And long.  It was 2 hrs. and 45 mins. long. 


We spent the night and I woke up Sunday morning sick as a dog.  Jeez - it was horrible.  I had no idea it was coming either - I felt fine all day Saturday.  So this leads me to the #2 reason that makes me smile -

* I'm feeling a lot better today.  :)

Thanks for dropping by ladies - I hope everyone has a great day.   
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

* new pink shoes I bought when I was at the campground - they were only $8


* being finally finished with my new craft room. 

My Vince did a great job patching up the holes from the shelves and then painting the room.  I helped a little, but he did most of the work.


For about 5 days, my house was a total mess with all of my yarn and craft stuff strewn about.  Here's a few pictures.




the stuff on the bed was put on the floor when it was time to sleep.




(there's a sneak peek of a new square that I crocheted for SIBOL - just need to write the pattern up)

After 2 days of painting - 2 coats and the trim - it took me about 3 days to figure out how to get everything back in the room.  We added the bunk beds and they took up a lot of the floor space.

This is what you see when you look in the door:


I still have to buy a twin mattress for the top, but for now it'll do.  There are 4 containers under the bunk bed holding more yarn.

As soon as you walk in and turn to the right, there is my desk and the large shelves on the wall:


The view of the left side of the room:


And this is my closet.  My clothes are in here because my husband takes up the closet in our bedroom with his dress clothes, regular clothes and work uniforms.  And as you can tell from the small amount of room that my clothes take up - I'm definitely not a 'fashionista'.  I think I need to get my daughter Erica to take me shopping.  :)


I love my craft room and I hope to never, ever, ever, ever re-paint or add any other furniture again.  :)
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

~ Baby Asher ~


Little man made his debut at around 2:30 in the morning Nov. 2nd.  He's 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 20 3/4" long.  His Momma Berlyn is doing good - poor thing was in labor about 16 1/2 hours - but Laura says she handled it very well.  This is my sister Laura who is a Grandma for the 1st time.  She's very happy.  :)

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

~ hat for Erica ~


I finished up the hat I made for Erica last night.  I had crocheted one with the Bernat Softee chunky, but it came out like a bowl - real stiff and sturdy.  My Vince joked that he could wear it when he rides his motorcycle.  I took that apart and started over with Lion Brand Homespun (I used about 3 oz.) - the color is 'montana sky', and it came out very nice and soft.  I hope she likes it.

The pattern I used is from here:

http://crochetingthedayaway.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-hat-is-really-easy-i-am-happy-to.html

and the flower pattern is from here:

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2009/05/embellish-it-senior-challenge.html

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

Tex and Ladybug


Sometimes I sing to them. 

Ladybug's song is sang to the tune of 'Lollipop':

Ladybug, Ladybug oh Lady Ladybug - Ladybug!

Tex's song is sang to the tune of 'La Cucaracha':

La Texamundo, La Texamundo - da da da da da da da
La Texamundo, La Texamundo
da da da da da da da! 
 
 
Yeah, I know it's not too creative - but they seem to like it. 
 


 They look so excited, don't they?   :)
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

~ hot or cold drink cozy ~

After I posted yesterday about my crocheting slowing down considerably, I decided to peruse Pinterest to get some inspiration.  I came away with an idea for a drink cozy.  Yeah, I know - there's 50 million of them out there, but I needed something fairly simple to crochet to get my creative juices flowing again.

Here it is flat out:


And here it is on a coffee cup:


And here's the pattern:

Materials:
- approximately 1 oz. worsted weight cotton (I used Peaches & Creme)
- I hook
- one elastic hair band
- one 1 1/4" button
- small amount sz. 10 thread

Size:  2 3/4" x 8 1/4" (not including hair band)

Note:  I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.

Directions:
Row 1:  Join cotton with a sc around the hair band, sc around the hair band 4 more times.  Ch 1, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 2:  2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc.  Ch 1, turn.  (7 sc)

Row 3:  2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 5 sc,  2 sc in last sc.  Turn.  (9 sc)

Row 4:  (sc, dc) in 1st sc.  *skip next sc, (sc, dc) in next sc.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.

Rows 5 - 29:  Skip 1st dc, (sc, dc) in next sc.  *skip next dc, (sc, dc) in next sc.  Repeat from * across.  Turn.  At end of Row 29, end off.

Weave in all ends.

Sew on button with sz. 10 thread.

***Debi Y's pattern***

When you're finished using your drink cozy - roll it up and put it in your purse.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

~ baby blankie 7c - Candy drops ~


~ Candy drops ~

I finally finished this little blankie last night.  I don't know what's been going on lately, but my crocheting has slowed down considerably.  That's really strange for me, but I'm sure it'll pick back up again soon.

This blankie is crocheted with discontinued Red Heart Sparkling and Red Heart Jeweltones yarns.  Both yarns are 4-ply worsted weight acrylics with sparklies.  I used a 'J' hook and it measures 27" x 32".

The little motifs are just 3 rounds of dc:

~~The ch 2's do not count as a st.~~

Rnd 1: 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 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next dc. *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join as before. End off.

For the joining border, I used white and the flat braid method. The link to that is here:


http://knitting-crochet.wonderhowto.com/how-to/join-granny-squares-with-crochet-flat-brain-joining-233233/

You'll have to watch all 4 videos.

The 1st sc rnd will be an increase rnd with 2 sc in 1st dc, sc in the next 2 dc, 2 sc in the next dc - and so on.  Then you will follow with the connecting chain method.  The circles are connected by 4 loops on each side.

For the little fill-in squares:  I used white and they are the beginning of a granny square, then a round of sc with the corners being (sc, ch 1, sc to the blanket, ch 1, sc) as I go.


It's a very simple pattern that looks very cute when it's done.  :)

Here are more pictures to help you through the joining and the little fill-in square.

Start with your 3 round dc circles -


add 1 increase round of sc.  - 2 sc in the 1st dc, sc in each of next 2 dc - *2 sc in the next dc, sc in each of next 2 dc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.


Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, ch 3, skip next sc.  *sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.  End off.




Now is a good time to weave in the ends.


Following the directions in the video (the link is above) join the 2nd circle by linking only 4 of the loops.  Do that with however many circles you would like to make a strip.

For this demo - I am only doing a block of 4 circles.
When you are finished with your 1st strip, you will now be working on your 2nd strip.  Join your 1st motif of the 2nd strip with 4 loops on the side.  Notice the 2 free loops between the 2 sets of 4 joining loops on the 1st motif of the 1st strip.  They are left open. 
Now join your 2nd motif to 4 loops of the 1st motif of the 2nd strip.  You will crochet 2 ch-3 loops, skip 2 loops on the 2nd motif of the 1st strip, join to 4 loops of the 2nd motif on the 1st strip and then finish the ch-3 loops around.
  

This is what is will look like when you are done. 

Ch 4, (2dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2) in the 4th ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.
Ch 1, sc in the same ch as the joining st, sc in the next 2 dc, (sc, ch 1) in the ch-2 corner space.
Sc around the sc of the joining loop.  Ch 1.
Sc in the ch-2 corner space.
sc in the next 3 dc, (sc, ch 1) in the next ch-2 corner space.
sc around the sc of the joining loop.  Ch 1.
Repeat the last 2 steps 2 more times.

Sc in the ch-2 corner space, join with a sl st to the 1st sc.  End off.

   
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