Monday, November 18, 2013

I have finished several WIPs that I even amaze myself. I usually have startitis, with my projects lingering forever. These are my FOs, so far:

1. One crocheted Ripples prayer shawl for our ministry at church .

2. A striped crocheted shawl, also for the church ministry

3. A baby afghan called Leaping stripes from the Moogly site

4. A baby cardigan, a freebie from Valley yarns called Cold Spring cardigan

5. This scrap afghan from the Yarnspirations website

6. The striped lace afghan from the Mary Maxim kit, pictured from a previous post.

And I started some new projects.

1. Granny square afghan using scraps (again). You never run out of scrap yarn. Every project you finish yields a ton of scrap yarn

2. As part of a CAL sponsored by Kim Guzman, a Tunisian entrelac afghan freebie from the LionBrand website.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm finishing my afghan kit from Mary Maxim and almost 3/4 done with my Hue Shift Afghan from Knitpicks. This one is so addicting that I purchased another kit for the Rainbow colorway. Here's a picture of the Baby colorway I now have.

I love, love the colors, the pattern, and the yarn. It's 100% premium acrylic and so very soft. I hope it doesn't pill after washing. The pattern is for sale and can be found here.

I have been following Kim Guzman on Twitter and did not realize that I have most of her patterns from way back. She was one of my favorite authors/crochet designers. I never really got the hang of Tunisian crochet since to me, the fabric is so dense, thick , and it curls. Never really found a use for it except for potholders. But since then, newer patterns and techniques have come out that you can basically do anything with it, including lace and various stitches. Kim has a ton of videos on Youtube that are so well explained that you can create something by just watching them. hmmm... a new afghan squares blanket, maybe, using her techniques?? Here is a picture of a scarf I'm making using her Spider Lace afghan pattern.

This uses a double ended Tunisian crochet hook and the video can be found HERE on Youtube

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Spinning cotton on a tiny drop spindle

A new baby blanket, crocheted

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I was browsing the latest Mary Maxim catalog and saw this afghan pattern kit. With the free shipping, I ordered the kit. this is how much I've done so far:
The yellow yarn was not part of the kit. Without it, the whole thing looks blah. I think it was an improvement.
Nothing to do with knitting but I thought this was cute. When my daughter showed me the picture online, I didn't think it was a real cat. Upon research, this breed is called a flat-faced Persian .

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I have several cones of variegated cotton yarn in my stash and a slowly disintegrating collection of dishtowels. Might as well knit some. This pattern is really simple, with garter stitch borders and plain stockinette body. To alleviate the boredom of knitting it and still make it a doable project while watching TV, I decided on this pattern. Mind you, it's not a new one. I've seen people knit this with their socks. The purl bumps appear on the right side of the fabric.

Purl 1 color Dishtowel pattern

(c) Vicki Suan


4 oz Variegated cotton yarn

US 7 knitting needles

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch, stockinette


Cast on 50

1. Knit 4 rows

2. (RS) Knit

3. (WS) Knit 3, purl 44, knit 3

4. Repeat rows 2-3 until piece is 22" long.

5. Knit 4 rows

6. Bind off


Again, you want the purl bumps to show on the right side. The color I picked to purl is the coral color (see picture). While working on the right side, as I came to the coral color, I knitted it first. After I turned the fabric to work on the wrong side, as I came to the coral, I knitted it as well, to make the purl bumps appear on the right side.

On the same note, as I was working on the back side of the dishtowel, I purled the coral color as I came to it. When I got to the right side, I purled the coral again, making the purls appear on the front side of the towel.

Clear as mud? Play with it. There are no set rules. I simply wanted that one color to be more prominent on the right side. Make a comment if you have questions and I'll get back to you.

Friday, July 12, 2013

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. Here is my version:

Peach or Plum ice cream

2 cups sliced fresh peaches, peeled and pit removed

3/4 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup honey

Blend all ingredients together and freeze. The original recipe calls for putting it in an ice cream maker. I didn't. I put in in a plastic container and put it in the freezer. You can adjust the honey and yogurt (more or less) to suit your taste. You can stir the mixture every 2 hours or leave it in the freezer overnight (I did). The icecream will be firm and icy like a frozen yogurt but I was able to scoop it out with an ice cream scooper. Enjoy.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Vacation time

No Hawaii this time as it was too expensive for the 5 of us. Instead, we drove to LA, Carlsbad, and San Diego. Here we were at Pacific Beach in San Diego, CA
Every shot I take of a beach scene is always like this. I don't want to be in pictures except the occasional one or two shots, just to prove that I was there. Otherwise, I am perfectly happy to take pictures of my family.
And here is Emily trying to bury Matthew in the sand. No luck. Places we visited included Legoland, San Diego Zoo and Sea World. 7 days and still not enough time to visit more places.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I finished this wreath, inspired by Attic 24. She has so many ideas on her website, all free, and oh so colorful. This wreath has a foam base. The idea behind the blue cover is from my daughter, Emily, who loves the color blue. This was fun to make. This next one is a sheep from the Fuzzy Knits book.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Here is another crochet rug I finished. Again, I used scrap cotton yarn (dishcloth cotton) held doubled. Click on the picture to see the bigger version. Each flower is crocheted individually and then, sewed together by hand. That was the easiest way of doing it. I crocheted a border of single crochet in black yarn. This is how each individual flower looked like. You kinda have to match the curves. and sew it on. tah dah!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I have finished a crocheted rectangular rug using left over bits of cotton yarn I used for washcloths and dishcloths. the yarn is held doubled in mismatched colors picked randomly. I crocheted strips of 13 dcs (don't ask why. It just seemed the right count). And I picked a random length of 30 inches long. 4 strips sewn together, then a border of hdcs and this is what I got. I had hubby buy rug backings at Home Depot and we're all set. The backing cost $22 and is quite a huge size. I can probably make about 10 rugs with this sheeting. Next time, I'll show you my flower rug with a pattern.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I have some recently finished work: Here's a knitted baby owl from Another is a kid's owl hat (crocheted) from RepeatCrafterMe and here's the adult version this polar bear hat was done without a written pattern. I just winged it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I've always wanted to try this for the longest time and never knew some of our local bakeries make them for Fat Tuesday. Presenting the King cake:
And here's the closeup of the baby Jesus on top of the cake. It is no longer baked into the cake since people keep biting into them and breaking their teeth.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

In all my crocheting life, I've finished only 2 afghans and they were both baby afghans. This month, however, I finished this
I first saw it on Pinterest and fell in love. I used all scrap yarns from my stash. Sometimes, even the cream background did not match but I was okay with that. I used up small bits and pieces of colored acrylic, blend, and even some cotton. Just made sure it will be machine washable. Here's a close up:
I loved crocheting this thing. I never got bored. I worked on it while watching TV, while surfing the net, or just sitting down. I loved playing and combining the colors. The pattern is an original Priscilla Hewitt, found HERE. She called it Sunburst Granny square. Or this might be a better, more direct link.