Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dead Laptop Slow Progress

My laptop has died. It won't connect to the internet. It's old as the hills and not worth spending the money to replace the network card and it needs a sound card too. Thank goodness I bought this new 10in. tablet a few days before the laptop died. At least I can do almost everything with the tablet that I could with the laptop.

I have been giving my hands a rest from crocheting as much as I was, but I have been working off and on. I currently have 3 projects going. My scrapghan, which I haven't touched, my cotton top and one new project, a dishcloth.

Here's what the top looks like so far.


The dishcloth is something quick to finish, I get bored easily with big projects.


I hope to have a new laptop in a few months, but until I get one I'll be using this tablet. Until next time!



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Popsicles, Blankets and More

It's been really hot here in Virginia. This week the highs are going to be in the mid 90's. I can't stand anything hotter than 80 so I'll be hiding in the air conditioning.

My youngest grands are redheads and they are more sensitive to heat and cold. They love those freezie pop popsicles, the kinhd in the plastic sleeve, but have to wrap a washcloth around them so their fingers don't freeze. My daughter mentioned it to me last week and I knew of a pattern that would take care of that problem.

Here are the popsicle cozies that I made, well one completed anyway. I made 2 green and 2 red ones.






I had a couple skeins of baby blanket yarn and decided to make a blanket for my dog's bed. It's so soft and warm. He loves it.



Here's a video of him under the blanket, snagged off my Facebook page.



I'm currently working on a scrapghan and a new project, a tank top, although it may morph into a different type of top.

Here's what the scrapghan looks like so far.



That will be a work in progress for a long time I'm sure, as I'm using scraps to crochet it and keep getting distracted with other projects LOL.

Here's what the tank top looks like so far. I've only worked on it a bit for the past 2 days.



That's the front of it, it's Lily Sugar & Cream cotton on the big spool. I'm doing this without a written pattern, just going by my measurements. I've got some wrapping paper that I'll use to draw the pattern on once I get to where I need to start the armholes. To be continued at a later date.

Until next time, happy hooking!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crocheted Water Balloons

Yes, you read that right. Crocheted water balloons. They are eco-friendly because you don't have little bits of busted balloons to pick up AND they are washable. These are made with blanket yarn and they are soft and squishy. How do you use them? You soak them in water and once they are wet you let the kids have a ball throwing them at each other. I'm taking this bunch to my grands today, hopefully I'll get some pictures and video of them having fun with them.



I'll continue this after the water balloon battle....

Well, the water balloons were a hit! The grands had a blast and the neighbors kids joined in as well. I'll have to make them some more so they have loads to toss at each other. Here's a couple photos of my 2 youngest grands having a battle.



That's my youngest grandson, he's 4 & 1/2 years old. He's getting ready to sling one at his sister, who's 8. Notice her stance, she's ready to run LOL.

Here's one more photo.



Now here's a link to a video showing the fun. I'll definitely have to make more of these for the kids.


Until next time! Happy hooking.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ripple Afghan is Done!

I finally finished my first ever ripple afghan last night. It measures approximately 42 inches wide by 58 inches long. It's the perfect size for snuggling up on the couch or easy chair.
This morning, I took photos of it and cropped & re-sized them in Paint Shop Pro. Here it is.



Another view.



Another photo of it.



One last photo of it.



I really love how it turned out and will definitely be making more ripple afghans in the future. Maybe the next one I'll do with one of those self-striping yarns.
Now that I'm done with the ripple afghan I'll have to find another project to work on.
Until next time, happy hooking!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Secret Project Revealed

On an earlier post I mentioned that I was working on a secret crochet project. I was testing a new pattern for an awesome designer, Meredith of Mostly 
Stitchin'. The pattern that I was testing is her new lion pattern, which can be found here in her Etsy shop, or here on Ravelry. My lion is no way as cute as hers is, but I'm pleased with how he turned out. Here's a few photos of him.



I used different colors of yarn than Meredith did so mine is a little darker in the face, mane, feet and tail.



I also combed out his mane and tail and it made him look a little wild.



This is the first time I've worked with Meredith on a project and I hope to work again with her in the future. Don't forget to check out her links to her shop on Etsy and Ravelry while you're there. She has some adorable patterns!

I'm on the last row of my ripple afghan, then I'll have a mess of ends to weave in and a border to put on it. I hope to have it finished by next weekend. More on that later.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dog Collar for Marty

I've been looking at my dog Marty's collar for awhile now. I never liked it much, I only bought it because it was red and thought it would look good on him. He's had it awhile now. I didn't want to buy him another one because I can never find one that I like, so I thought that I'd just make him a new collar. I picked up the supplies that I needed on my last Walmart excursion and today I thought I'd just whip it up for him. Of course I used cotton yarn so that it would be nice and soft around his neck. I took off his old collar and used it for a guide for the length. I also cut off the D-ring with his little bone tag on it so that I could incorporate it into the new collar. I crocheted the collar in half double crochet stitches and I think it turned out pretty good. Here are a couple photos of it.








Of course, Marty is extremely camera shy and with nobody else handy to bribe him with a treat it was near impossible to get a decent photo of him wearing his new collar. He just won't sit still for photos, he tries to run away. After about 30 pictures, I kid you not, I managed to get these 2 halfway decent ones.






Earlier this week I had the opportunity to test an amigurumi pattern for a great designer. I can't say anything more about it or show you the finished item until she publishes it, so more on that in the near future.

After finishing that project I started back on my ripple afghan. It's getting longer, I'm about halfway done with it now. I'll update on that later. I best get back to working on it. I've been watching OITNB new season & crocheting.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Clay Hooks

After covering a few of my aluminum hooks, some with success, some not, I decided to do more of them. I love the way they feel in my hand and I can crochet for hours with one of them without pain. I had to go to Walmart yesterday to pick up more yarn for my ripple afghan and decided to look around and see if they had any polymer clay. I was surprised that they did, they seem to have really cut down on stock of craft supplies since they re-set the store. I hate what they did to the yarn section, so much less than what they previously had. The nearest craft store is a 50 mile drive from here, but if Walmart continues to cut back on yarn I guess I'll have to make the trip. Anyway, I found all of the yarn that I needed, except for the Monet, which is the variegated one in the afghan. I'm hoping that I have enough left to finish it.
Yesterday afternoon I covered 4 more of my hooks with polymer clay. Here's what they look like.



That one on the bottom is a 2.5 mm. I think the smallest I've ever crocheted with is a 3.5 but I wanted to have a couple smaller covered in clay, just in case. I now have an almost complete set, ranging from 2.5 mm to 6.5 mm in half mm increments. I'm just missing the 6 mm, which I'll have to find and cover with clay. Here's a view of the ones I've done so far.



Well I better get busy, today is a rainy day and a good one for crocheting.
Until next time, happy hooking!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Phone New Dishcloths & Afghan Update

I ordered a new phone through Xfinity's new mobile service. It came in the mail the other day and I absolutely love it! I got the Samsung Galaxy S8+. It's camera is SO much better than the camera on the junker phone I had from another provider. Just look at this closeup of one of my plants that I snapped about 5 in. away.



Amazing isn't it? Anyway, my shop photos will improve thanks to my new phone.

I listed these cotton dishcloths yesterday.


I love using these in my kitchen & my daughter does too. They have great scrubbing power and are very absorbent. This set is ready to go but I can make them in a variety of colors. Click through to check them out.

I've been working on my ripple afghan off and on. Here's a picture of the progress as of this morning.


I'm going to play yarn chicken this morning, my yellow yarn is about to run out. Or maybe I should just run to the store and get more before I start on this next row.....

Until next time, happy hooking!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Update On the Ripple Afghan

This ripple afghan I've started crocheting has been testing my patience. LOL 😁I've had to frog (rip-it) 6 rows one time and 2 rows twice. But I think I finally have the pattern down and it's coming along faster and easier. I'm no longer counting stitches while I'm crocheting but I do go back and check each row to make sure that I have the proper number of stitches in between the peaks and valleys. I sure don't want to have to frog again.

Here's what it looks like as of this morning.


It's not a great photo, sorry, but at least you can see the progress. At this rate I should have the afghan completed soon.

My photos will improve in the next few days as I am getting a new phone.  Yay!! I have ordered a new Samsung Galaxy S8+ and it should be here today or tomorrow. I can't wait to get it. BTW, I got it through Xfinity, they have a new mobile service for Xfinity internet customers. Great rates and cell service is through Verizon and you can use any Xfinity hotspot. I couldn't pass it up. Check it out here.

Until next time, happy hooking!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I Didn't Want To Do It

I didn't want to do it. I was really resisting it. I loved how it looked but I was afraid I wouldn't have the patience to learn it. What is it you ask? Well, it's the ripple afghan. I had been looking at gorgeous ripple afghans for quite some time and I wanted to learn how to crochet one, but kept putting it off. I started this afghan on late night 3 nights ago and got a few rows on it. I worked on it some for the past 2 days and had the first sequence of colors done and started on the second. Then I noticed that I had made a mistake 6 rows back and it was throwing the whole afghan off. Grrrrrrrrrr, I frogged it and am now back to that same point I was. This would have been bigger by at least 12 rows but I'm happy with how it's working out now. I believe I'll list it in my shop when I'm finished with it.

Here's a photo of it from my Facebook page.


I've been busy making things to put in my shop. This tote bag is new.



I made this organizer for my special hooks and scissors. It's former life was a sherbet container. I just crocheted a cozy for it. I think I'll make more of these and be listing them.


I'm working on cotton dishcloths as well. They'll be listed soon. I always have a few different projects going at one time. That way I can switch to a different one if I get bored, or take a smaller one with me when I go someplace.

Well, back to crocheting the afghan. Until next time, happy hooking!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Meme Monday #8

It's Meme Monday!

I've felt like this often.


Boho Beach Bag Tote In Shop

I finished the tote that I had been working on. I had to take a trip across the mountain to go to Michael's to find the wooden beads for it.  We seriously need a craft store nearby. Fifty miles either way to the closest one. Anyway, the tote is crocheted in 100% cotton yarn. I love the feel of it and it's very roomy.

 Boho Beach Bag Tote



There are more photos in my Etsy shop that I just re-opened the other day. You can click through either of the photos above or the banner or Etsy mini shop below to see more items.






Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Meme Monday #7

It's Meme Monday! I find myself doing this one more and more.....

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Meme Monday #6

It's Meme Monday! This one is so true.

Crocheted Boho Hobo Bag

I've been looking at patterns for bags for awhile now and decided that I would make a hobo bag. I loved the color combination that I used in my latest basket and decided to crochet the hobo bag in those colors. I loosely followed this pattern for the Hobo Bag. You'll have to download the PDF from Ravelry because the Hook Candy domain, which is where it was hosted, is for sale. If you aren't a Ravelry member already it's free and easy to join. Tons of patterns on there and groups and forums. I could spend all day looking at patterns there. Anyway, this bag took very little time to make. I changed up the stitches a bit, using a drop stitch single crochet in places. I didn't add the side pockets because of the design of the stitches. I may add a large back pocket instead.
Here it is, finished for now. I'm considering something on the flap, still debating what though. It just needs some color I think.




I started a cotton tote bag last night, after crocheting another dishcloth for my kitchen. It's not much to look at now as I've only got the first few rows on it. More on the cotton tote bag in the next post.
Until next time, happy hooking!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Latest Projects

I've been working on a few projects lately and have actually finished a few.

I made this basket this week.





I made this dishcloth earlier this week from scraps of cotton yarn. I just LOVE using these in my kitchen. They scrub better than a regular dishcloth and I love the soft, thick feel of them.



I made this pencil/pen hook organizer yesterday. It's a recycled can that I crocheted over.



Last week I made this cactus to put in my hallway window, totally freehand, no pattern.



I have loads of projects in mind to do. I'm going to attempt a bag next, using the yarn left over from the basket. I hope it turns out like I have envisioned.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

That's a Wrap, Well, Afghan

I finally finished the afghan that I have been working on in between other projects. I decided to go with a simple border on it as it will be used on my couch.
Here it is in it's place.






Here it is as fully laid out as I could get it.


 

I am SO happy to finally finish it. I love the colors and think they compliment my couch, don't you?

Until next time!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

TMNT Leonardo

My youngest grandson is 4 and totally nuts about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, also know as TMNT. He asked me awhile back if I could make him a TMNT and he wanted Leonardo, which is his favorite. I told him that I knew of a pattern and that I would try to make him one. The pattern that I used is by Nichole's Nerdy Knots on Ravelry. This pattern is easy to follow and very well written.

It has taken me a few weeks to crochet this, working on his TMNT off and on. During this time my grandson and I have been having discussions about his Leonardo and I've been showing him pictures of it in progress. Last week he informed me that he wanted the other TMNT too.

I made the head moveable and it was really easy to do. So much easier than stitching all the way around the head. See this previous post for more info on making the head moveable.


Here's the finished Leonardo. I haven't given it to my grandson yet, but I hope he loves it. His mom and I think he will 😀


Monday, April 17, 2017

Meme Monday #3

It's Meme Monday! Here's today's meme. I've actually done this before LOL.  Enjoy!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

TMNT Leonardo In Progress

I've been working on this little guy for about a week, off and on. Who likes stitching all the way around and still winding up with a wobbly head? Not me! I recently found a tutorial on how to easily attach a head. I decided that I would use that technique on this TMNT that I'm making for my youngest grandson, who, BTW, informed me that he wants me to make him one of EACH of the TMNT. LOL. Anyway, here it is with the head attached.

I must say that this technique demonstrated by By Hook, By Hand is SO easy to do and is what I will be doing from now on as far as attaching heads. Check it out!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meme Monday #2

It's Meme Monday again! Here's today's meme. I can relate to this one & if you crochet I'm sure you can too. Enjoy!!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Giraffe Amigurumi

I recently made contact with a designer through one of the Facebook groups that I belong to. He was looking for testers for one of his new patterns, a giraffe amigurumi. I fell in love with his giraffe and jumped at the chance to test it for him. He agreed and sent me the info so I could get started on it.

I picked up the yarn that I would need and started working on it. I used 2 different color strands of yarn together and a 6mm hook. I wanted the giraffe to be big. Well, it sure is. After over a week of working on it, I finally finished the giraffe yesterday. After photographing it, I sent the photos off to the designer and asked for approval to post this on my blog, which he granted. I did do my own thing with it, changing colors and some details, and I sculpted the muzzle a bit to give it more of a mouth. But the pattern is his and he loves what I did with it.

The designer is Tim of Tim's Creations.

Here is my large version of his giraffe.



She is definitely big, she is 17 in. tall sitting. I didn't have big enough safety eyes so I crocheted some whites and attached the safety eyes and crocheted eyelids for her. I think she needs eyelashes and I'm debating on how to do that.

Here she is from the side. You can see how the muzzle is shaped a bit. I totally winged it there, not having much sculpting experience, and I think it turned out pretty good. The mane was fun to do, it reminded me of my rug-hooking days.




Here she is from behind.



I am quite pleased with how she turned out and I hope the intended recipient loves her as much as I do.

If you'd like to make a giraffe from this pattern click on this link: Giraffe Stuffie by Tim's Creations. The giraffe pattern is in his photo albums.

Thanks again Tim for allowing me to test your giraffe. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Meme Monday #1 April 3

I love crochet memes and have collected quite a few.
I thought that I would share some with you.

Like how that rhymed? 👀
 
Each Monday will now be Meme Monday. Follow my blog so you don't miss any of the fun.
It was hard picking my favorite for the first meme, but here it is. Enjoy!


Monday, March 27, 2017

New LOOK For the Blog

As you can probably tell, I've been playing around with the blog. I saw that Blogger had come out with some new themes and I liked the setup of this one. Of course I had to make a new banner to match. I like how streamlined this theme is. I think I'll keep it.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Elephant Amigurumi

My eldest granddaughter loves elephants. When I was trying to figure out what to make next she suggested an elephant. I wonder why? LOL. Anyway, I had her pick the color of yarn from 3 shades that I had enough of and she chose this lovely shade of light purple called "Orchid" from Red Heart. I have been working on the elephant for a few days now and finally finished her up tonight.  Here she is.



The pattern is one of Sharon Ojala's, it's called Little Bigfoot Elephant.
I just LOVE Sharon's patterns and plan to do more of them. Her videos are very detailed and informative.

This is the first time that I've used safety eyes. I just got a box last week and they are pretty easy to use. The pattern didn't call for hair, but as usual I had to change things up a bit. Baby elephants have fuzzy hair on top of their heads so this one needed some.




Don't you just love her pink toes? I improvised on the tongue as it called for felt and I didn't have any. I used pink yarn and made it smaller than the mouth. I think it worked out just fine.

Here's a view of her behind. I love her tail.


 I hope that my granddaughter loves her elephant. She'll be coming down for a visit in a few weeks and I can't wait to see her.

 Well, I guess I'll work on my afghan for a few days until inspiration hits me. I'm about 3/4 of the way finished with the length of the afghan, so there's a ways to go yet.

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Flowers and trees are blooming everywhere. It sure is nice to be able to walk the dog and not have to bundle up.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Birthday Bunny

My youngest granddaughter turned 8 years old the other day. We had her birthday party last night. I had finished this bunny for her a few weeks ago and have been wanting to post about it, but didn't want to chance her seeing it. She had asked me for a bunny awhile back, when the two of us were looking through patterns. This bunny is loosely based on the Chloe bunny pattern by Tarturumies.
I decided to make the bunny a gray one because white would get dirty too quickly. I used half round button eyes, sculpted around the eyes a bit and colored her inner ears and cheeks with blush.







 Back to the birthday party. We had a great time, a bunch of her friends came as well as family. Kayleigh got loads of presents and mine was the very last one that she opened. Just look at her face when she pulled it out of the bag.


































You can see that she loves her new bunny. She told everyone that I made it with my own hands. 💖 I sure love that sweet ginger-haired girl.

Now on to getting these bunnies shipped to their new owners.



Next project? A Flash inspired hotpad and coaster for my SIL.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Even MORE Bunnies!

I'm still making bunnies! These 2 are part of an order. I've started on the last one. Check it out on my Facebook Page.




Monday, February 27, 2017

Three Little Bunnies

I just finished these off this evening. They are made of acrylic yarn. The pattern is the White Bunny on Amigurumi Today, with some of my own modifications.
Check them out on my Facebook Page.







Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bunny Amigurumi Is Finished!

I previously wrote about the amigurumi bunny that I was crocheting. Well, she is finished and here she is on my Facebook page! Check her out.



Here's the pattern if you'd like to make one for yourself. Pretty Bunny Amigurumi.

Now I'll have to get busy on my afghan, my new couch will be here in 2 days!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bunny Amigurumi Project

 I have a problem, I'll admit it. I'm addicted to crochet and I'm easily sidetracked by new projects. Especially cute little bunnies 😀 I found this Pretty Bunny Amigurumi pattern and I just HAD to make her. Click on the link and you'll see why. Okay, you're probably wondering what amigurumi is. According to Wikipedia "Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures." I LOVE amigurumi and belong to several amigurumi groups as well as several crochet groups on Facebook.
Now, mind you, I've only been crocheting for not quite 2 years and I've only crocheted one amigurumi before. It was a reindeer that I made for my youngest daughter for Christmas 2015, which didn't turn out too bad, considering it was my first.
I've been working on my bunny for several days now. She's not done yet but I wanted to share her with you. She needs another arm, her tail, then sewn together. I still have to make her big bow in front of her ears, dress and shoes. Here's what she looks like so far.....



She's laid out on my table in this photo and she measures 18 in. tall from the tip of her ears to her toes. I can't wait to get her finished. She'll be getting her arm and tail today and hopefully sewn together. I'll update again when I get further along with her. I'm going to have to come up with a name for her. Any suggestions???????


Dead Laptop Slow Progress

My laptop has died. It won't connect to the internet. It's old as the hills and not worth spending the money to replace the network ...