Wednesday, July 31, 2013

~ cute clusters preemie baby cocoon ~


Here's another preemie baby cocoon that I finished up last night.  I crocheted it with Red Heart Super Saver in 'turqua' and I Love This Yarn! in a variegated that I don't know the name of.  Sorry. 

This is the bottom motif:


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
   - 3 oz. aqua
   - 1/2 oz. variegated
- J hook

Size:  8" side to side  11" top to bottom

Notes:
- I crochet a little tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds do not counts as a stitch
- 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, pull thru, 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, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo, pull thru last 4 loops.


Directions:
Rnd 1:  With variegated ch 3 (make your 1st ch a little loose) work 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Beginning cluster in same dc as joining st, ch 2.  *cluster in next dc, ch 2.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning cluster. 

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc in same beginning cluster, ch 3.  *sc in next cluster, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 4:  Sl st into ch-3 space, (ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, ch 1.  *4 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining st.  Sc in each dc and ch-1 space around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Rnd 6:  Join aqua with a sl st to any sc, ch 2, dc in same st.  Dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 7:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 8:  Beginning cluster in same st as joining st, ch 1, skip next dc.  *cluster in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to beginning cluster. 

Rnd 9:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining st.  Dc in each cluster and ch-1 space around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 10:  Ch 2, dc in same st as joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnds 11 - 25:  Repeat Rnds 8 - 10 consecutively.  At end of Rnd 25, end off.

Rnd 26:  Join variegated with a sl st to any dc.  Sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

***Debi Y's pattern***
 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


*  Vince fixed our golf cart on Saturday - yay!!  I am so glad that I am married to him - he can do anything.

*  I put up pretty curtains in my kitchen to cover the bottom part of the window.  I only have the one window in there and it looks across the side street right into my neighbors house.  I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and it never fails that every time I'm in there and happen to look out - someone's looking at me.  They're probably wondering why that crazy old lady keeps looking at them.  :)
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

~ body bath scrubbie ~


Finished up this body bath scrubbie last night while watching "The First 48" crime shows.  It took me 2 evenings to crochet this thing.  Rnds 4 and 5 take like 50 years to crochet - I thought I'd never get done with it. 

I used 'I Love This Yarn' acrylic for this.  I didn't have enough of one color of cotton, so I figured I'd try the acrylic to see how it will work.  It should work out ok - the only thing I wonder about is how long it will take to dry.  I guess I'll find out.  :)

eta:  used the scrubbie at night - it's still wet in the morning.  I think it needs a little less ruffles.

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Here's a picture of my dogs Tex and Ladybug.  (I could never be a professional photographer - I didn't even notice my reflection was on the door glass.)

   
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


* spent Saturday visiting with a whole bunch of long-time friends.  Vince grew up with these guys and I met them all when I was around 17.  We've been through marriages, births of our children, and now we're all turning into grandparents.  Time goes by too fast.  But you know what?  Even though we're all in our 50's now - when these guys get together, it's like we're teenagers again.  We all had such a great time.

* On Sunday, Vince and I decided to drive to the golf cart place to see if we could buy some parts for our golf cart.  (I swear the man we bought ours from sold us a lemon.  Something breaks every time we drive it.)  We stopped at Dunkin Donuts first though - mmmm - coffee and donuts.  That was good.  Well, as it turned out the golf cart place was closed (what's up with that?) so all we were able to do is look through the fence at all the golf carts they had out on their lot.  Bummer.  On the way home, I got Vince to stop at AC Moore.  I bought a mill-ends bag of white bulky yarn and a skein of pink bulky yarn that I plan on making into a rug for my craft room.  So all in all - we took a nice drive, had coffee and donuts, and I got some new yarn - sounds like a perfect day to me.  :)               

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Friday, July 19, 2013

~ 'little boy blue' preemie baby cocoon ~


Here's a preemie baby cocoon for the little fella's.
These little cocoon's are a quick and easy project.  It did take me 2 evenings of crocheting to complete this one though since I had to figure things out.  My next one probably won't take as long.
This is the motif I used for the bottom.
 
 
Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
   - 1/2 oz. variegated
   - 2 1/2 oz. blue
- J hook
 
Size:  8" side to side  11" top to bottom
 
Notes:
- I crochet a little tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the ch 2 at the beginning of the dc rnds do not count as a stitch
 
Directions:
Rnd 1:  With variegated ch 3 (make your 1st ch a little loose), 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)
 
Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as joining.  2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)
 
Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc in same dc as joining, 3 dc in next dc.  *sc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.
 
Rnd 4:  Sl st in next 2 dc, ch 1, 2 sc in same dc, ch 3.  *2 sc in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  End off.
 
Rnd 5:  Join blue with a sc to any sc.  Sc in each sc with 3 sc in each ch-3 space around.  Join as before. 
 
Rnd 6:  Ch 2, dc in same sc as joining.  Dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.
 
Rnds 7 - 8:  Ch 2, dc in same dc as joining.  Dc in each dc around.  Join as before.
 
Rnd 9:  Ch 3, 2 dc in same dc as joining, skip next 2 dc.  *3 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
 
Rnds 10 - 25:  Repeat Rnds 7, 8 & 9 consecutively.  End off.
 
Rnd 26:  Join variegated with a sc in any dc.  Sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.
 
***Debi Y's pattern*** 
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

~ 'so precious' preemie baby cocoon ~


Oh my gosh - doesn't this make you want a baby?  Ok - maybe just one to babysit for a little bit.  :)

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
  - small amount yellow
  - 1 1/2 oz. variegated
  - 3 oz. rose
- J hook

Size:  8" side to side  11" top to bottom

Notes:
- I crochet a little tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnd 1 and Rnds 7 through 26 do not count as a stitch

Directions:
Rnd 1:  With yellow ch 3 (make your 1st ch a little loose), 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same dc as the joining st.  2 sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.  (24 sc)

Rnd 3:  Join variegated with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 1, sc 1st sc and the next sc together, ch 3.  *sc next 2 sc together, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc. 

Rnd 4:  Sl st into ch-3 space, ch 1, (sc, 2 dc, sc) in same ch-3 space.  (sc, 2 dc, sc) in each ch-3 space around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Rnd 5:  Join rose with a sc in 1st dc of any 'sc, 2 dc, sc' group, sc in next dc, ch 3.  *sc in each of next 2 dc's, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 6:  Ch 1, sc in same sc as the joining st, sc in next sc, 3 sc in next ch-3 space.  *sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next ch-3 space.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 7:  Ch 2, dc in same sc as the joining st.  Dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnds 8 - 26:  Ch 2, dc in same dc as the joining st.  Dc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  At end of Rnd 26, end off.

Rnd 27:  Join variegated with a sl st to any dc, sc same dc and next dc together, ch 3.  *sc next 2 dc together, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a st st to 1st sc.  End off.

***Debi Y's pattern***


This motif is on the bottom.  I was going for a flower look, but I don't think that's what it came out looking like.  Kind of reminds me of the sun. 


This one is for the little girls, so I'm going to work on one for the little boys today.  :)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


 
* celebrated my grandson William's 14th birthday with a dinner at Sakura restaurant.  I can't believe that he's 14 already - I remember carrying baby William around like it was yesterday. 


The chef put on a really good show.
 


* when leaving the CVS drugstore, a woman complimented me on my hair.  She said she loved my curls and the natural looking color.  I thanked her of course, but I had to tell her that I spray 'Sun-In' on it every couple of weeks.  Works wonders on blonde/grey/light brown hair.
That nice lady certainly put a smile on my face.  :)
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Friday, July 12, 2013

~ aww man! ~


I wrapped up the crocheting part of this little baby blankie last night, and then I ran it through the dryer with a few wets towels.  It did not get softer.  I was hoping that since the yarn feels like the rougher skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (not all RHSS colors are rough), it would soften up like the RHSS's, but it didn't.  Now what am I supposed to do with it?  I can't give it to a baby that's for sure.  Dang! I guess I can just take it to our trailer at the campground and use it as a seat cover for one of the fold up chairs on the porch.  The blankie measures 25" point to point, so it might be too big for that though.

The yarn was bought at Michaels craft store - it's called 'Craft smart' value - 100% acrylic.  The 3 skeins I bought are (1) white and (2) 'tumbleweed'.  Next time I go to Michaels, I'll check to see if the other colors are rough too.  

Have a good day ladies.  I think I'll go sit and pout for a little while.  :) 

eta:  This 18 point round ripple is based on Angelfire's round ripple - I added an extra increase round at the beginning and then changed a couple things.  I didn't write out a proper pattern for it - just notes.

     
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


* Finding new blogs to explore:

- 'Stephi's Corner' - her blog is relatively new and she's off to a great start.

- 'EmmaMade' - her blog is also a new one - she crochets and works nice crafty projects

- 'Unravelling Me' - colorful crochet on her blog.  I like what she did with my 'squircle' - she made it into a wrapped candy.

If you can, take a few minutes to visit these lovely ladies - let's share the bloggy love.  :)
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

~ squircle v-4 (used for the tumbling blocks baby blankie) ~


***This pattern is very, very similar to the 'squircle v-3' - this one has less loops on Rnd 3***

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic yarn
- J hook

Size:  3 3/4"

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 1 and 2 do not count as a st
- I used the 'flat braid' joining method - the link to that is over on the right sidebar where it says 'joining grannies'.

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (make your 1st ch a little loose), work 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

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

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc in same dc as joining st, sc in next dc, ch 3.  *sc in each of next 2 dc, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc. 

Rnd 4:  Sl st over to ch-3 loop, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-3 loop, 2 dc in next ch-3 loop, ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-3 loop.  *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-3 loop, 2 sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-3 loop.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  End off.

***Debi Y's pattern***

If preferred, you will now move on to the 'flat braid' joining.  Click here:

http://knitting-crochet.wonderhowto.com/how-to/join-granny-squares-with-crochet-flat-brain-joining-233233/
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

~ Recycling and 'tumbling blocks' baby blankie ~

When the kids had the accident at the campground, I realized that I had absolutely nothing in my car to help them with - no first aid kit - no rags - no nothing.  So when we got home, I put together a first aid kit and cleaned out the back of my car.  I have a large box that I keep the baby blankies in before delivery and a big bag full of reusable grocery bags.  I've kept the store bought ones and decided to recycle the yarn from the crocheted ones.  I have to be honest here - they were too small anyways.  So here is what I started with:


When I unraveled the first one, this is what the yarn looked like - reminds me of a big bowl of spaghetti. 


Thank goodness I have a yarn winder.  It took me 2 evenings to unravel all 7 bags, and jeez, my arms were feeling it too.  Here's my freshly wound yarn to use for future projects:

 
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Finished up the 'tumbling blocks' baby blankie last night.  The square pattern is a newer version on the 'squircle' pattern.  If anyone is interested, I will post the pattern for you.  I used Vanna's Choice Baby in aqua, Bernat Waverly Baby in lavender and Red Heart Super Saver in soft-white along with a 'J' hook.  It measures 19" x 22 1/2"


That's my little Ladybug - when she saw me getting ready to take a picture, she ran over and plopped herself right down.  Maybe she just wanted to show off her new neckerchief I crocheted for her.  :)
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

~ Happy 4th ~


Happy - happy - happy. 
I wish a great day of celebration for you and your family.  :)

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

~ Two on Tuesday ~


Two things that make me smile:

* getting things done.  I do not enjoy vacuuming or doing the laundry, but when it's all done, I feel so much better.  Dumb, huh?

* this picture - it cracks me up:

    picture found on Pinterest - the link goes nowhere.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

~ home again ~

Hi ladies.  We're back home after a great week at the campground - except for Friday, but I'll get to that in a little bit.

The weather was typical summer weather - hot and humid - so the pool was the place to visit every day.


That's Vince on the left - my youngest grandson James jumping in - my grandson William and then my son Bobby.  I'm hardly ever in the picture because I'm the one taking them, but you wouldn't want to see me in a bathing suit anyway - count yourself lucky.  :)

Look at this handsome man - he's mine.  ♥


In between a ton of golf-cart rides, I started a baby blankie.  Small squares put together with the flat braid method.  I'm at the halfway point with it now - so a little bit longer and it will be finished.   


And Vince made a bow and arrow for James to play with.  Don't worry - the arrow wasn't very effective - it popped out and then fell to the ground.  James had fun playing with it though. 


Now onto Friday.  It started out good - my nephew Donnie showed up with his wife Karen and 2 daughters Kelsey and Taylor.  My sister Julie and brother-in-law Frankie showed up with their 4 kids - Frankie J., Sabrina, Michael and Dylan.  And then a little later, my sister Laura shows up.  Well, we're out in the yard standing around talking and the mosquitos are biting.  Laura goes into the trailer and comes out with a can of bug spray and starts spraying the stuff all over herself - legs, arms, back - when Frankie says something about the smell of the spray.  Laura looks at the can and realizes that she has sprayed herself down with Raid.  Oh my gosh, we laughed like crazy, but then we realized that this stuff is poison and Laura had to get it off quickly, so she headed to the showers.  Bobby was so worried that he sent me to check on her while she was in there.  She's fine and she didn't get another bug bite the rest of the day.  

Frankie, Julie, Laura and Vince
A few hours later, Laura and I drive up to the Trading Post store to buy water for our coffee and some bread.  We leave the store and within 1 minute come upon a golf-cart accident.  I notice a tall boy standing on the side of the road and I said to Laura "are those our kids?" and then I realize that the tall boy is my grandson William.  I then see James and he is crying.  Oh my God - my heart starts beating fast - I pull the car over, and Laura and I run to the kids.  I go to James first - check to make sure he's ok - then to William and by this time I am crying - William says over and over "I'm ok Ya-ya" - I realize I need to control myself in front of the kids, so no more crying.  In the meantime, Laura is checking out the other kids - so we switch, and she checks out William and James while I check out my nephew Dylan, my great niece Kelsey and my great niece Taylor.  Taylor is standing there screaming and crying and there is a man helping her because her ankle is bleeding badly.  Turns out the man, Mr. Buchanan, is an EMT and he witnessed the accident so he was there to help in a second.  There was another man, Mr. Ricci, who was driving behind the kids and witnessed the accident too.  He told us that William was driving properly.  The place where it happened is a hill with a slight curve - William hit a pothole, lost control, the golf-cart started to slide sideways on some gravel and then rolled over 3 times.  The smallest of the kids - James, Kelsey and Dylan were thrown off the back seat and landed on the side of the road.  William was thrown out after the 1st roll and landed in the road.  He doesn't remember anything after that until he opened his eyes and looked over to see Taylor getting up off the road.  Taylor had rolled with the golf-cart all 3 times.  Mr. Ricci told us that he was afraid at first to go to the kids because he thought they would all be dead.  He repeatedly said it was a miracle that they were all ok.  
By this time, 911 had been called and all the parents were there.  All the children were checked out by the EMT's and Taylor was taken to the hospital to have her ankle examined.  It was not broken, just a bad cut that needed stitches.
All the children ended up with some road rash - and we're all very thankful to our Almighty God that that is all that happened.
                 Dylan, James, William, Kelsey and Taylor on a different golf-cart the day after the accident.                         

On to Saturday, which was a good day.  We all gathered at Julie's campsite and ate great food that they always cook up for everyone - and Saturday evening was a great display of fireworks put on by the campground. 

All in all - except for the accident - it was a great time.  :)
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