Monday, July 28, 2014

Half Granny Shawl

Tah-dah!  Just finished it up.  I am loving it right now.  The yarn is actually from a Good Will scarf I bought for a couple bucks because I liked the yarn.  Took it home and frogged the scarf.  I had a pretty sock yarn at home I wanted to blend it with. 
 
I am pretty pleased.  It is kind of fascinating how it changes color.  One moment it has a purple look, then a brown look.   My granny square/crocheting obsession is in full swing right now, and nothing could make me happier.  I think it is because I am wanting fall to get her so badly.  Right now the heat and humidity are brutal and I am inside crocheting scarves and shawls.  Sounds crazy!
 
I really like the border.  I used the border pattern from Doris Chan's, All Shawl.  It is a free ravelry download.  I am now wanting to give the entire pattern a try.  Looks fun and quick, and very pretty.

Here is a closeup snap on the border!


Here is a sneak peak to what I am up to now.  I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet. 

Have a great week everyone!!








Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thrift Store Score!


 
First off let me share my thrift store yarn score!!!  $9!!  Ka-Ching!   And it is full of the good stuff.  
Some Knot Picks, sock yarn, and even some angora!  I was riding on a high when I brought all this 
home.




Here is a little cowl I finished up.  Love the colors in this yarn.  I used over sized needles (17) and knit in stockinet the stitch.   


It is soft and squishy, and bright!  I can't decide if I should hang on to it or not.  



This is some super chunky Malabrigo.  Holy Cow!  I love this stuff.  It is so soft.  I used size 17 needles for this as well.  I will most definitely be holding onto this one!!!!




Poor girlie,  She is a bit out of sort.  You see, she has no sofa to sit on the back of!  It's a long story, so the short version is this.  we bought new furniture (exciting!).  Well, I gave away out old stuff to get ready for the new furniture.  Delivery day came and they guys could not get the sofa through the living room door!  Geesh!!!!   They put it back on the truck and took it away.  I am having it brought back and also doing my best to get a contractor to open up the living room entrance, if I can just get someone to call me back!!!  Why is that so hard!!!  So cross your fingers for me.  We have needed to have this done, this was the straw that broke the camel's back!  I know once we get it done and the sofa moved in we will be pleased...it is just going to take some time and patience!



Here is a picture of the beast that would fit, I took it in the store.  It is going to be so nice to be able to sit upon it!  LOL!!!!  I wigged out a little, but then I decided there are worse problems to have, and in the scheme of things it will work out.

This evening I am sitting in a chair working on some crochet (which I should be able to share soon!).   

I am going to sign off with a sweet little pic of Phoebe?  She has been so sweet and snugly!  I cannot imagine our home without her!



She is up on the.bed, one of her favorite places!

Have a great week everyone!!!!




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Life on The Screened Porch

Here Greetings from the screened on porch!  Phoebe and I have enjoyed quite a bit of time out here this weekend.
It has been overcast, so the temperature has been perfect.  

I was able to complete a shawl I have been working on for quite awhile.  And even though I was getting a bit burnt out on it, once I finished I was glad I kept pushing on.

What do you think?  It is such squishy yarn.  I didn't realize how big it would work up once I started.  I do like the pattern.  I does have short rows in it, but they really aren't too bad and they just make the shape come out perfectly.  You can find the pattern at 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lina-5  It is a free ravelry download.  


Here is the back.  I love how this yarn stripes.  For anyone interested, I used a size 4 circular needle and the yarn is Lion Brand Tween Stripes, Mixed Berry.  I used almost five skeins.



I think this would also be a great party to use up all those scraps!!!  And you could easily work it up and stockinet the stitch as well.  


I leave you now with wishes for a good week!!  We are in the midst of summer here!!  Phoebe is enjoying it so far!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Granny Blanket Done!




Greetings from the back porch!  The weather is gorgeous, and my company has four legs and the sweetest face ever!  I am a happy camper.  I finished my latest granny square blanket.  I am so pleased with it.  I am also pleased with the fact that my leg is definitely on the mend.  I was actually able to get out on the porch and clean off the pollen and get my plants outside.  This is progress!




Now the blanket...what do you think?  My favorite part is that teal blue border!  I get crochet giddiness when I ree that blue with red.   I love the combo!



Then when I see it pop agains the black in this ottoman, well, I have no words!   Don't you want to dive right in this photograph!   







Phoebe gave it her approval too.  :)   

Just a few notes on the blanket.  

1 - I joined my squares as I worked the blanket.  I am really getting to the point where I prefer this method.   

2 - I put in a round of small solid grannies.  It slowed the whole process down, but the effect is completely worth it.   It is important that you be mindful with the rows after the single squares...I had to go back and take rows out down to that row of solid grannies because I had too many stitches and it would not lie flat.   

3 - it is my preference to have a nice thick border on the blanket.  I worked it in half double crotchets.   

4 - I apologize for all the red, but I just can't help it!!!!    

5 - This is the perfect project for using up those scrap acrylic yarns.  I did supplement mine with some more colors, but it is mostly what I had on hand.

Now that the blanket is finished, it fueled the fan for more hookiness.  I am now obsessed.  I want to start another blanket, but cannot decide what I want to do so in the meantime I am doing...

See below




How fun are these!!!   Perfect creative outlet.  The possibilities are endless.



Blinged out with some embroidery and little crochet flowers, or



Crocheted up in a nice fluorescent green.



I threw I this triangle granny...not sure why, just pondering.

I have more done, but they are drying and blocking.   

I hope everyone has a great week!




Sunday, May 4, 2014

Granny Blankets Are Good For My Soul!!


Thank you all for the encouraging emails and comments!!!!   I do believe my little black cloud has lifted!

I am a happy girl!  I have become obsessed with my latest granny blanket.  All I needed was a reason to start one.  I have a family member that will be going through some major surgery very soon, so I decided to make him a blanket to recuperate under!   I had two tubs full of acrylic yarn and started out with no plan at all, although I did have an idea of what I wanted.

As you can see it has grown to blanket size, and it is very bright and cherry.  We had such a pretty day yesterday I took it out on the deck to snap some pictures of it.   

And Phoebe was so willing to pose with it.   

Here is a close up of the center.  I am joining the squares as I go.  This is now my preferred method....I used to sew my squares together.   

I love the moment when a project comes to life.  This one took awhile to get to that point for me.  I think it is because I omitted the black.  I love that traditional granny bordered with the black.   And I was really kinda hating I had left it out for a while, but not now!!!! 
 
I am now working on the border.  I should have it done this week....but then I have about a zillions ends to weave in!!!  I haven't wove in a single thread!!  (It's not easy being lazy!). 
 
I am happy to report I am walking boot free and cane free!  But still not pain free.  PT started last week.   I am following orders and doing my therapy at home.too.  Boy!  This is not easy!!!   I can walk up a flight of stairs normally, but I still cannot go down them normally, I am having to do one at a time.  But it is definite improvement over just a couple of weeks ago!!!!
 
I am also going to the grocery store and cooking again!!!  Yay!!!!  Tonight we are having roast with some carrots and potatoes.  I also have some homemade soup done for lunches this week.   Hubs has done a great job with getting the meals done, groceries bought, etc....but I was seriously missing some of my favorite dishes!
 
I hope everyone has a great week!!!!   

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Little Black Cloud

This week I have had the pleasure of enduring the tempers of some of those around me.  It has been a little more than I can really deal with driving me to tears a couple times.  Oh, I can just put up a good face and keep pushing forward, but truthfully it is so depressing.  Why do people do this?  Well, we all know how we would answer that question, it has to be something we have done, although truthfully it probably is not.  What is the saying I used to hear when I was little?  "She wears her heart on her sleeve."  I think that would be me!  LOL!!  

I suppose I am feeling a bit sorry for myself.  The phone hasn't rang all weekend.  Some of my texts and emails have gone unnoticed.  That feeling of being invisible comes creeping back.  And it's an awful feeling.  With a little time I am sure all this will go away and I will forget all about it, but at the moment it sucks!!!!  It literally drains every ounce of creativity out of me.  I don't have the slightest desire to pick up a crochet hook or a set of knitting needles.  

My leg is healing along.  It was so swollen from being on it this week, so yesterday I kept it elevated as much as I could, it made a difference today!  I cannot wait till I am able to get myself easily downstairs to the garage and into my car!!  I miss that freedom!!   I am sure being able to just get out and about easier is going to be huge for my mood!   I would love to visit a thrift store or Goodwill!!!

I thought I would sign off with one of my favorite pictures of my little niece wrapped up in the blanket I made her.  I love her cheeks!!  

I hope everyone has a great week!!!  I am going to do my best to doe the same myself!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Crochet Mojo

I have been looking for it....it has been lost for a little while, but I finally found it, my mojo is back!

Looky!  Yes, it is a top hat!  I crocheted it from various variegated yarns.  This was absolutely a labor of love!!!  I had it pictured in my head and it worked up true to what I wanted!!!!

I am so in love with it right now I have it on display in the den where I can gaze at it.  Silly, but I can't help it!



And I love the back!  It looks like an eyeball!  It gives me hooky giddiness!  I really cannot wait  to see it on a live person, and I kinda wanted to wait to take pictures of it in a real human head, but I just cannot stand to wait any longer!!!

This hat will be on its way to a special girlie who I know will love it as much as I do and it will also look fab on her!!!!  I still have to steam and stiffin the hat before I send it off.  

Check it out with a scarf toed around it!


Boo Yah!   So 'steampunk'!  

I have some other little projects O can share, but later...I didn't want to detract away from this hat.  It deserves a post of its own!

So O am hoping my crochet slump is over.  Everyone thought I would be crocheting up a storm since I broke my leg.  "Well, at least you have time to crochet!"  But it hasn't been that way.  Until thisnInhave felt a bit lost.  I know that sounds strange, it even does to me.  Thank goodness I am getting back to normal,  I have another week before I return to work.  I am so ready to spend my days with real people instead of the television ,  although Phoebe has been good company!

I am leaving for now!  I am crocheting some flower pins!  Heck, it's something to do!

Dawn