Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Gifts and Ornaments

In my previous post I mentioned that I had been making some gifts for Christmas. Now that the holiday is over I can post photos of them.

I made this messy bun hat & matching scarf for my granddaughter Z. The yarn is SO soft, so soft that I had trouble working with it at first.



 I made this messy bun hat & scarf for my granddaughter K. She loves the color blue. The variegated yarn is called Monet and it has girly colors plus blue in it.



I made this beanie for my grandson G. The yarn is called Earth and Sky.



I LOVE how his beanie striped. He looks cute in it too, but he wouldn't leave it on long enough to get a photo. In fact, I couldn't get a photo of all of them together in their hats. Oh well.

I made a bunch of little wreath ornaments to go on the tree. They are made around the plastic rings from milk jugs. You know, the ones left on the jug after you open the lid? Each one was slightly different, using different yarn. I ended up giving 6 or so to the granddaughters to give to their teachers as gifts. Here's the one I had left on my tree.



I made 2 larger ones from coffee can lids and made them into wreath/candle rings. I gave this one to my friend. She's using it as a candle ring.



 I had a great Christmas holiday with my youngest daughter & her family. We cooked a huge meal and there were 16 people for dinner. It was yummy, we cooked turkey, ham and all the fixings with pumpkin pie for dessert.

I hope that this coming year will be a good one for us all. Happy New Year!!!

Back to crocheting!


Until next time!
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Afghan and funny true story

I've been really busy crocheting and have forgotten to blog. I had been working on a Christmas afghan and finally finished it. It's just something to throw over myself while I'm sitting in my chair watching TV.  By no means is it symmetrical, as the OCD in me fights constantly to do. But I love it. 😃😃 

 

It's nice and warm. Some of the yarn has metallic thread running through it.

I made some things for Christmas presents for the family that I have nearby, but I can't show you those just yet. I've got photos of them though.... next post topic.

Yesterday evening I started on another afghan. This one is going to be done in earth tones, shades of brown, blue and green. I've only got 5 rows done on it so far. I'll take photos of it once I get further along with it.

I'll leave you with something funny......... if you follow me on Facebook you already know this......

True story! This just happened to me today. I was in a bargain outlet, looking for some flower pots to re-pot some of my plants. While I was looking I found a bag of glass marbles that I decided to use in the bottom of the pots for drainage. I carried the bag of marbles around the store as I was shopping and all of a sudden marbles started falling out one by one, bouncing all over the place! I figured it was the bottom end of the bag that they were escaping from so I turned it around the other way and marbles started coming out of that end too. I looked around for a sales associate, spying one I said to her "I'm losing my marbles", laughing as I said it. The look on her face was priceless!!  I handed her the bag and she started losing her marbles as well. Needless to say I did go and find another bag of marbles to buy, one without a hole in it this time. 😀

On that note I'll end this somewhat crazy post.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!! If you're traveling stay safe!

Until next time!
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Plarn Tote Bag and More

Wow, it's been a month since I last posted! I've been busy crocheting of course. I started working with plarn and love it. Yes, I said plarn, it's plastic yarn and I made it out of grocery bags that I've been saving up. It's SO easy to make, I just cut the plastic bag like I do for t-shirt yarn and it makes a continuous strip of "plarn".  Here's a photo of my tote bag hanging up.



 A photo of it on the floor.



I think the 2nd photo shows the colors better. I crocheted it in a half-double stitch.  There are 2 handles on the tote. When I ran out of "plarn" I just cut some more bags and tied the plarn together with a knot, hiding the knot as I crochteted. I can't wait to take my new bag on my next shopping trip.

I've also been working on several projects as I worked on the tote bag. I usually have several projects in the works so that when I get bored working on one I pick up another and work on it. I have been working on a Christmas afghan. There's still alot of work to be done on this but I do hope that I get it done before Christmas. Here's a photo of it in my yarn basket.



The red looks a little washed out in the light, I think the metallic thread plays with it as well.

I'm also working on a cotton kitchen towel to hang on my stove door. This one is more fall looking colors than the one I previously made. Of course I'll have to make a Christmas colored one as well.



Well that's it for now. Back to crocheting! Have a safe & happy Halloween!!


Until next time!
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kitchen Towel Holder

I have NO handles on my cabinets or refrigerator in my apartment. The only thing that I have to hang a hand towel on is my stove. I'm sure you all know that when you open your stove your towel usually falls off, not very convenient. Also, when you use the towel to dry your hands, or your kids do, it ends up on the floor as well. I found this pattern for crocheted towel holders from Delights Gems and thought I would give it a try. Here's the one that I made for myself.



I made one in a different color and gave it to my next-door neighbor and also one for my youngest daughter. The holder goes around the handle and buttons through the flower. They are SO much fun to make that I made a few extra.



If you'd like one of these let me know. I'd be glad to make one in your preferred colors as well.

Until next time!
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Curtain Finished and Hung

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working on a curtain for my small dining room window. Well I finally finished it this evening and hung it up. I really like how it looks. It covers up that mini blind and significantly cuts down on the light that shines through the window at night from the security light outside my door. Here's a photo of the curtain hung in the window.



What do you think of it? I did a solid panel curtain as I will never open the blind or the curtain because the window faces the elevator. Can't have folks peering in my window as they're walking down the hall, right?

The welcome plaque above the curtain is one that I made for my parents years ago. I think it looks good above the window and along with the curtain, adds a pop of color.

Now I can get on with my next project, curtain tie-backs for the living room curtains.


Until next time!
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Progress on Granny Square Afghan and More

I moved into my apartment last Friday and I am settling in nicely. I have SO much space! It's nice to have closets to store my things in. I'm more organized than I have been in years and it feels great!

My little dog Marty took a few days to get used to getting on & off the elevator but he's fine with it now. He loves our walks around the apartment complex and so do I. Yesterday evening while we were out walking we came around the back of the building and I looked over towards the picnic area and spied these guys.



They stood still as statues while I stood there snapping photos. They didn't take their eyes off Marty even though he was oblivious to their presence. He had been on the trail of a bunny I think, and he's more of a scent than sight motivated "hunter". His "hunting" consists of sniffing and wagging his tail when he's on a scent. He's just a little chihuahua but I think that sometimes he thinks he's a hunting dog LOL.



I took Marty back upstairs to the apartment and quietly walked down the steps at the end of the building where the deer were so I could snap these pictures. There were 3 of them there then.




It was a doe and her two young ones. Yes, the one in the middle is a young buck. His antlers were velvet, of course, and he shook his head as he watched me a minute, warning me not to come any closer. He never stomped his foot though.



I enjoyed seeing them and will definitely keep an eye out for them as we go on our walks.

What have I been up to with my crocheting? Well, here's a photo of my kitchen towel hanging on my stove along with 2 of my potholders.




I've been working on this granny square afghan for awhile now. I've put it aside for now as I'm currently working on another project that is needed more than the afghan at this time. I've got a good way to go yet on the afghan but here it is in it's current state.



What am I currently working on?? A curtain panel to cover my small front window that faces the balcony. I have a mini blind there now, which I'm not fond of and I think it needs something to cover the blind. Here's what I've got so far for the curtain.



The rod pocket is already made (at top of photo) and that was easier to do than I thought it would be. No sewing either, all crocheted. When I get the curtain to the length that I need I will use the dark brown and single crochet around the bottom and the 2 sides to give it a finished look. Of course I'll update again when I'm finished.

I've already got another small project lined up to crochet after the curtain is finished. I'll be making tie-backs for my living room curtains. Well I better get busy!


Until next time!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kitchen Towel for New Apartment

I am SO excited!!! I have finally managed to get an apartment and will be moving in next week! It's a nice sized 1 bedroom with loads of storage space and it's been completely renovated with new linoleum in kitchen and bath, new carpet throughout, new cabinets and sinks and stove. I love it and can't wait to get moved in.

I ran across a post in Facebook that had the link to crochet a pretty kitchen towel that you can hang that will look real cute on my stove.  The pattern is called "Contrast Kitchen Hand Towel" and it's by The Yarn and Hook.  I saved the link to my Ravelry library so I could find it later and just yesterday finished making it. I used leftover yarn from my kitchen rug and potholders & such to make it. Here's a photo.



I trimmed the entire towel in white to make the colors pop. Here's a photo of it hanging on my daughter's stove.



Now I have to make one for my daughter as her kiddos are forever knocking down her regular hand towel. This should solve that problem. Back to hooking!


Until next time!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Bathroom Rug Finished

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to start working on a bathroom rug. Well it is done and I'm quite pleased with the way it looks. I think it's going to look great in my apartment. It's made with 100% cotton yarn so it'll be absorbent and soft. I crocheted it with 2 different colored yarns at the same time so that it's nice and thick.



What do you think of it?

Back to work on my granny square afghan.

Until next time!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ever Have Days Like This?

I love to crochet, it's my passion. It keeps me calm, motivated, gives me something to do with my hands. I love creating things. Sometimes though, when I crochet, I run out of yarn before the end of the row. I hate when that happens don't you??? Well, I saw this meme and had to snag it. This sums up how I feel.



LOL

I hope that brought a smile to your face. Have a great day! Off to get my car inspected.

Until next time!
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Apartment Hunting, Granny Squares and More

As I wrote in my last post, I have been apartment hunting. I think I finally will be able to get into an apartment within the next month. Thank goodness! It's close to my youngest daughter's place too. I expect to hear something from the apartment manager within the next week or so. Keeping fingers crossed!

I've also been busy crocheting. I've made several double thick potholders, washcloths, a placemat, a "bag bag" (storage bag for grocery bags) and I'm working on my first ever granny square afghan.

The granny square afghan is a "work in between" project. I'm currently joining what squares I have made and I can't work with the black yarn very long or I go cross-eyed. That's why I have several smaller projects going for when I'm taking a break from joining granny squares. Once I've run out of squares I'll start making more.  Here's a photo of the progress so far.



I'll be putting a border around it once I'm done. I'd like to run a row of each of the flower petal colors around the border with black in between the other colors. I think it'll look good that way.

I've made two potholders, both double thick. This one I gave to my daughter.



This one I made for me, for my new apartment's kitchen. I used the same colors as in my rug, you can check it out HERE. I have another potholder that I made just like this one but it has purple trim. It's currently packed away.



Here's a placemat I made that also matches. It needs blocking to square it up a bit though.



Finally, my latest creation, a "bag bag". It's a bag to store plastic grocery bags in. I love how it turned out. There's a hole at the top to put the bags in and a hole at the bottom to pull them out of. It'll come in handy for sure as I like to re-use the grocery bags for trash bags and such.




I want to get started on another rug, this one will be for the bathroom. I can't WAIT to get into my apartment. I have missed having my own place.

Back to work on the granny square afghan!

Until next time!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rug Is Finished

 Hot Off The Hook!! I just finished crocheting my throw rug this evening. It needs to be blocked to square it out some but otherwise I am very pleased with how it turned out. Here's a photo of it.



It's made entirely of cotton yarn. I used 2 strands of yarn while crocheting to give it a thick texture. It made it a nice heavy rug. I love how it looks with the variegated yarn making designs in the stripes.

Now I'm off to make some double thick potholders. One more to match the rug, because it'll be going in my kitchen, and a double thick oven mitt or two. I have to find a pattern for that first though.

Oh, I'm back in my home town now and I am currently apartment hunting. I hope to find something soon. I miss having my own place.

Until next time!
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coasters, Potholder, Bib and a Rug

I'm still in Tucson, AZ. at my BFF's house. I'll be leaving Monday morning (the 23rd) to head back to Virginia and will be staying with my youngest daughter for awhile. We've been busy going here and there, eating out, shopping and going to a local outdoor diner to listen to music. I've really enjoyed my time here and will miss my friend when I leave, but I have family back home waiting on me in Virginia. Leaving will definitely be bittersweet.

I've been busy crocheting in my free time here. I made my first baby bib. I used a really soft acrylic yarn and the border is cotton.



Here's a shot of it as it would look fastened.




 I also made some flower coasters. The yellow one is the first one that I made. It's larger than it's supposed to be.



The blue one is the proper size but you can't tell from the photo.




I am currently working on a cotton throw rug for myself. It will go in my new place, whenever I find a place to live that is. I'm about 1/3 of the way done with it.
Here's a shot of the entire rug.





Here's a close-up view of it. I love the pattern that the variegated yarn makes.


 

Don't pay attention to the stray yarn ends. Those will disappear when I put the border around it. I can't wait to finish it. I'll update with more photos when I do.

Well, laundry is waiting for me to hang out to dry. In this hot Arizona sun and with this breeze the clothes will probably dry in 10 minutes. Love the solar dryer.


Until next time!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Trip from Florida to Tucson Arizona

 I left Florida on Thursday April 21 to drive to Tucson, AZ to visit my best friend from high school. I drove what seemed to be forever to get through the panhandle of Florida. I'm NOT kidding! From Tampa it is quite a drive up to the panhandle and then through the panhandle. Boy was I glad to cross into Alabama.

I saw some beautiful carved trees at a Mississippi welcome station on I 10. That was the prettiest and cleanest welcome station I saw on my travels.





It took forever to get through the state of Texas. It was beautiful scenery though. Here's a shot I took of the mountains when I stopped to fuel up.



I got to my friend's house on Saturday evening. We were hugging and jumping up and down as it had been 30 odd years since we'd seen each other.

We took a drive up the mountains to see Gate's Pass. It was so beautiful with all the cactus blooming. Here's a few of my favorite photos from there. Alot of the old westerns were filmed in the area and Old Tucson is just down the road from there.







Loads of people go there daily just to see the sunset. We wanted to get back over the mountain before dark because it's a very steep and winding mountain road so we missed the sunset. Here's a shot that I took right when we were leaving.



We went to the San Xavier Mission last week. It is such a beautiful old mission. Here are some photos that I took of it and the beautiful cacti gardens.

 

 



Yes, that's me sitting on the bench.



 



 We left the mission and went to a casino, the very first time for me. I had fun playing but in the end I lost the $20 that I had invested in the slot machines. Oh well, better luck next time!


My friend and I went to the Tucson Folk Festival last night. It was a 2 day event and we had forgot all about it and only went Sunday evening. The band that she really wanted to see was the Ronstadt Generations.
Michael Ronstadt is Linda Ronstadt's younger brother and his 2 sons are also in the band. I loved their music and wish they had played longer. They played a bit of  southwestern and Mexican music as well as others. Here they are doing a tribute to Prince.




Another group that we saw was Heather Hardy and the Salt of the Earth Band. I liked her bluesy voice and her violin playing was great. Check out the video below.



Yesterday I spent crocheting a kitchen towel that I started the day before. It's done in cotton except for the border which is acrylic.



Today we went to the same casino that we went to last week. Here's a photo of the two of us playing slots.



I came home empty handed. I was up $70 at one time but lost it. Oh well, that's why it's called gambling. I had fun though. We got a free buffet lunch which was good. All in all it was a good day.

Now I have to get busy and make something for a baby shower and some potholders to match the towel.

Until next time!
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Christmas Wreath for My Door

I have been working off and on, crocheting a Christmas wreath for my apartment door. My door is a dark red so I didn't want any red in t...