Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rainbow Beanie & Dinosaur Hat

I spent this past weekend at my youngest daughter's home. We celebrated my granddaughter Z's 14th birthday and my grandson G's 3rd birthday. I brought along the dinosaur hat that I made for G. Here he is modeling it.

 I do believe he likes it, such a cute little smile. It's a little big on him but I wanted it that way so he could wear it longer.
Here's a shot of the back of the hat.

Here is my beautiful 14 year old granddaughter Z in her rainbow beanie. I whipped it up while I was there. 
 The black trim really made the colors pop. It's a a little bit big on her but she's still growing so she'll grow into it.
We had a great time visiting, of course it's never long enough. I'm glad they love their hats.

Last night I made a pocket for my newest crocheted bag to hold my cellphone in. It's always falling to the bottom of the bag and the pocket makes it SO convenient.  No more digging around for my cellphone.

I had ordered a set of ergonomic crochet hooks from Amazon and they were waiting on me when I got home. I LOVE the feel of them, although I need to take some sandpaper to the inside of the hooks as there are some small burs on them that snag the yarn. Otherwise I love them.

Well there's yarn to roll into balls and I have to figure out what I'm making next.

Until next time!
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Bag Is Finished

I finished crocheting the bag that I was working on really early this morning (2AM) and used a brooch as a closure until we made a trip to the craft store later this morning. I had a hard time choosing something to use as the closure as there weren't many button options in the store, but I finally decided upon this silver colored leaf. I just finished sewing it on and taking photos of the bag.

 Here's a closeup of the leaf. The photo also shows the true colors of the yarn used.

Some more photos of the bag.

 I love how it turned out! I think from now on I'll have to design the bag around the closure. It would also help to go to a store that has alot of buttons and stock up on some fancy big ones.

Well back to work on another project.

Until next time!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

A New Bag and Marty's Sweater

I had previously posted about the sweater that I crocheted for my little Marty. However, he doesn't like to sit still for photos and I didn't get very good shots of him. I still had some to add to the sweater and finally finished it up the other day. I enlisted the help of my daughter to distract him with a treat while I snapped some photos of him in the sweater.

 Isn't he a cutie? Here he is begging for his treat.

 I have added a black border around all of the edges of the sweater since these photos. It really makes it look finished now and I'm quite pleased with it. Here's a photo of the sweater with the border on it.

I've got 2 projects in the works, one is a potholder which isn't photographed yet, and the other project is a new bag. I'm trying out a new stitch and I love how easy it is to crochet and the way it looks.

I'm about a third of the way done with the bag. It's going to be sort of a tote bag but will have a closure on it. More on that later as I make more progress with it.

Well off to get Marty's nails trimmed and then back to work on my bag.

Until next time!
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hat To Match My Purple Scarf

 After I crocheted my purple tone scarf I decided that I needed a matching hat. I used a slightly contrasting color yarn, called Orchid, to start off my hat. I don't normally wear hats in the winter and a regular tight knit or crocheted beanie is too hot for my head, so I wanted to make a more "airy" hat. I also wanted a bit of a brim on it. Off I went with my yarn and hook, starting off with the orchid yarn, I somewhat followed a pattern for a simple beanie, starting off in half double crochet and then switching it up with double crochet. I changed the yarn over to the purple tone when I was past what would be on the top of my head and continued with that until I ran out of that yarn, with just a few inches of it to spare at the end of a row. Then I switched back to the orchid, crocheted a few rows and then started increasing my stitches for the brim. I love how it's just a little floppy but still sort of turned up. I really didn't know for sure if it would turn out like I envisioned it but it did, and I'm quite pleased.

Here's a photo of the hat.

The hat and scarf together.

 My granddaughter modeling the hat

I actually got her to smile this time. I'm glad she doesn't mind modeling for me. I take such terrible "selfies".

Well what will I make next??

Until next time!
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Purple scarf and dog sweater

I've been busy working on a sweater for my dog Marty. He loves wearing sweaters when the weather turns cold and fall is definitely in the air. I followed a pattern for the most part of his sweater and then I added a bit to it. I still have to fix some kind of tie to it so the wind doesn't flip the back up on it when he's outside. It is pretty windy here at the beach. I may make leg straps for it.
I had a terrible time getting him to sit still so that I could photograph him in his sweater and this is one of the best ones. This photo was taken before I finished the trim on it. I'll have to take some more photos when I'm finally finished with it.

He thought he was going outside when I put the sweater on him and he's giving me his "let's go" look.. Isn't he cute?

I started working on a scarf for myself a few days ago. I ripped it apart 4 different times until I finally settled on how to make it. The yarn is called Purple Tones and it is really pretty. I'm going to make either a hat or earwarmers to match it. I know, it looks more pink against this light blue bedspread, but it is really pretty purple shades.

I made the scarf long enough to wrap around my neck twice and still be long enough to "tie" if I want. I love this yarn and may buy more in the future to make an afghan with.
Now to get busy figuring out what to do with the leftover yarn.

Until next time!
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Busy week & dinosaur hat

I've had a busy week crocheting. It's been raining alot here the past few days and it's only going to get worse with this huge system coming in and the hurricane coming up along the coast. The ground is a soggy mess and there's been flooding locally. We're far enough inland that we don't have to worry about the ocean but there is a river a block away that we'll have to keep an eye on. To keep dry I've been staying indoors and crocheting.

I made a pair of wrist warmers for myself.

Then I made a pair for my grandson's girlfriend in a different color. Sorry no photo of those.

Then, after video chatting with my daughter and my youngest grandson, who is almost 3 years old, we decided on a green hat for him. While out yarn shopping for his hat we confirmed that this color green was good. After I started working on the hat I had an inspiration, or as we "happy hookers" call it, a "yarnspiration". I knew that he loves dinosaurs and had seen a few hats with dinosaur spikes on them and thought that he'd like his hat like that. After chatting with his mom she confirmed that he would definitely like a dinosaur hat. This is what I came up with. I didn't have a pattern for the spikes, they are crocheted and stuffed with the same color yarn. I didn't want white stuffing poking out of the holes.

I just hope that he likes it. Now onto my next project, a dog sweater for Marty. He's looking out the window of my van, watching the people walk by in the rain in this photo. He doesn't like storms, his tail is tucked under. See the rain on the window and the huge puddle in the parking lot? It's a mess here for sure. I'll be glad when the rain finally stops, but that won't be for a few more days.

Well I better get to crocheting!

Until next time!
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Friday, September 25, 2015

HOTH - It's In The Bag

Ever since I started crocheting again I have wanted to make myself a bag, purse, whatever you call them. I have been pouring over patterns on YouTube and Ravelry and just decided to wing it. I started on it last night and worked a few hours on it, then worked on it here and there today. I didn't use any pattern, just started out using both black and gray yarn, crocheting with both at the same time, and after frogging bits and pieces of it here and there I finished it this evening. I'm not too crazy about the handmade button but it'll do until I can go button shopping. I also want to add a pocket inside it for my cell phone.

Here it is hanging on my closet door. It's not the greatest photo but you'll get the idea of it.

 The following photo is much better, at least the color is more true in it.

 I'm definitely going to make more bags, it was fun making this one.

Until next time!
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Afghan Finally Finished

I've been working on this afghan forever it seems.  It's really only been a little over 8 weeks. When laying it out on my bed the other day I realized that the width was wide enough to cover the mattress when turned the other way, so I decided to add just a bit more to it and put an edging of gray on it. I was really getting tired of working on it.
Here it is spread out on my bed. Excuse the mess, the lump at the top right corner of it is covering my chihuahua who was snuggled under his blanket. I hated to move him to get the photo.

I love how it turned out. It even looks good folded up on the foot of the bed.

That's doggy steps and a storage cube at the foot of the bed that my Marty uses to get up onto the bed. Spoiled isn't he? I've got to crochet him a sweater, winter is coming........

I started working on a purse last night, it's going to be mine. It's being crocheted with black and gray yarn, crocheting with both yarns at the same time. I'm not using a pattern, just free working it after checking out some purse patterns on YouTube. I'll take some photos of it when I'm finished, if it turns out ok.

Well, back to work on the purse.

Until next time!
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

HOTH - Mulberry Mix Beanie

I just finished my 3rd beanie. These are becoming an obsession with me. When I get bored with working on my afghan I tend to make a beanie. This one didn't take long, only a few hours. I'm getting faster at them. I made it for my granddaughter. She picked out the colors and she wanted a stripe of gray in it. I used RHSS Mulberry Mix and Heather Gray. I tried something new with the gray and crocheted a row of Double Crochet and then a row of Front Post Double Crochet. I like the way it turned out.

My granddaughter loves it. Hard to get a smile from her though, teenagers LOL.

 Here's a side shot of her wearing it.

I'm SO glad she likes it.

 Back to work on my afghan!

Until next time!
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Afghan 7th Week

Well it's been 7 weeks that I've been working on this afghan for my bed. I can't wait to get it done, it's a monster and it seems like it's taking forever to crochet. If you've been following my progress, you'll remember that it's going to cover my bed like a bedspread, and it's 80 in. wide. It now measures 51 inches long, so that is 6 inches this week. I did take some time off from it to crochet my grandson a beanie, otherwise I would have made better progress.
Here's a photo of it.

 I'm also working on a potholder, no photos there yet. I'm doing it in Peaches & Cream cotton yarn. It sure is different to work with than acrylic yarn.
Well I better get back at it.

Until next time!
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Itching to start something new

Ever since I bought all that new yarn it's been calling to me. I'm itching to try something new. I want to make some potholders with my new cotton yarn. I did take a break from my afghan and made my grandson a beanie the other day. But the afghan is taking forever to get done it seems, even though I'm only on the 6th week.

I did manage to work up kind of a graphic sign off for my posts, made from a photo of one of my hooks. It's below. What do you think?

Until next time!
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

2nd Beanie Attempt

I made a beanie a few weeks ago and decided that I'd attempt another one. My 7 year old grandson had been bugging me for a hat, so I let him choose the yarn from my recent shopping trip. He wanted the blue variegated. After he picked out the yarn he waited an hour or so and then asked me if I had his hat done yet. LOL. This went on for awhile. I told him not to pester me about it, he'd get it when I was done with it and that I hadn't even started it yet. He can be very persistent, but he finally gave up asking about his hat. Unbeknownst to him, I started on it yesterday while he was in school. I had to hide it as soon as he came home and worked some more on it last night after he went to bed.
I finished it up today and gave it to him this afternoon.
He loved it as you can tell by the angelic smile on his face.

It is a little big for him but fits just fine when we fold the bottom up an inch. It'll sure keep his ears warm this winter.

He said he wants me to make him some pants to match LOL. He's such a nut!! I tried to explain that I wasn't talented enough to make him some pants and also that he probably wouldn't like wearing them even if I did make them. I hope that answer satisfied him.

Back to working on my afghan!

Until next time, happy hooking!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Afghan 6th Week Surprise Trip & Yarn Haul

I just came back from a weekend of visiting my youngest daughter. Unbeknownst to me, she and her eldest sister, whom I live with, had been scheming up an early birthday surprise trip to see her, my youngest daughter, and her children. My birthday isn't until next weekend but this weekend suited the 2 of them to celebrate. While we were there they surprised me with really cute owl cupcakes that my 6 year old granddaughter made. Well, it was a surprise until the 2 yr. old told me right after we got there that we had birthday cake, "owl cake" he called them. He was SO excited that his granny was having a birthday party. We celebrated Friday night with a birthday dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread and had the owl cupcakes for dessert.

After breakfast on Saturday, my daughters told me we were going to Walmart and leaving the kids with B, my youngest daughter's fiance. Right when we were leaving they told me that we WERE going to Walmart but we were also going out to eat lunch and let me choose the place. Of course I wanted to eat at our favorite Chinese place and so we did. Here we are at the restaurant, that's me on the right, youngest daughter in the middle and eldest on the left.

Then after we stuffed ourselves at the buffet and shared an order of shrimp fried rice, yummy, we went to Walmart and I went nuts with my birthday money in the yarn section. Here's a photo of my haul.

I can't believe how large the yarn section was at her Walmart!! It was at least 4 times as large as our store here. You can see I kind of went crazy with the variegated yarn. Those will be used for hats and possibly some granny squares. I found the golden brown color that I'm using in my afghan that I couldn't find here at our store, so I picked up a skein of it. I also got 2 small skeins of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn to try my hand at dishcloths and such. They don't even have any cotton yarn at our local store. I may have to go to the other one downtown.......

On the trip up to my daughter's, about a 4 hour drive, I worked on my afghan while my eldest drove and also while I was there. I got quite a lot done since last week. It now is 45 inches long so that's 10 inches in a week & I'm almost halfway done with it. Here it is on my bed. It's getting harder to get the whole length of it in the photo. I might have to stand on a stool to photograph it next week.

A great weekend, and a great haul I think. Thanks again for the wonderful birthday surprise girls! Love ya!!

Until next time!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Afghan 5th Week

Well it seems that I'm getting there! The afghan is now 35 inches long and is covering almost half of my bed. I think I might have it done before the weather turns cold. Do you think so?

I have run out of one of the yarn colors, the golden brown one, and our local store hasn't had that shade in weeks. I think I'll have to make do with the colors that I have for now.

I have decided that when I finish the afghan I will be doing a scalloped edging all the way around it, just to give it a finished look. What do YOU think?  Or should I do just a plain edging around it?

Back to crocheting!

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More Hooks, More Grips

I previously wrote about the cushion grip I made for the crochet hook that I'm using for my afghan. You can check out the post HERE.

I bought a new, smaller hook the other day and today I decided that I better make a grip for it too. Then this evening I made one for my biggest hook. Here is a photo of the 2 new grips.

The smaller one in the front is the new hook.
Here is a photo of all 3 of my hooks with their new cushion grips or cozies as some like to call them.

I'll definitely have to make more as I acquire new hooks. This is only the beginning.
Back to crocheting!

Until next time!

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