Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
From 200 Crochet Blocks, Jan Eaton:
#96 Light & Shade, solid light blue
#113 Wisteria, multi blues
#161 Daisy Chain, light blue & dark blue
#145 Chocolate Box, oranges & yellow
From 101 Crochet Squares, Jean Leinhauser:
#81, red, black, aqua, buff
Let me know if you don't have the books and want any of these and I'll see what I can do. ;)
Do any of you participate in Sarah London's Hip to Hook each month? This month was the first time for me and I'm having trouble comprehending the instructions for the Squiggle Crochet. I swear, I stared at that graph with the arrows on it that she included with the instructions for a good 30 minutes and I COULD NOT figure out where to put my stitches. Does anybody have any clearer instructions or tips for doing this kind of crochet? I'm too much of a doofus to figure it out.
Friday, January 29, 2010
I switched over to it and it's working great so far.
I still don't know why my comments are showing up at the top of my posts though.
And now the toolbar at the top of this box where I type in my posts looks different too! What's going on? It's freakin me out! I'm in the blogger twilight zone!
Happy Friday. Back later.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I was in a hurry. I need to shut down on the computers because we have a storm moving through with lots of thunder, lightening, and high winds. Run for your lives!
Poor Keri is getting coated in a thick sheet of ice there in Oklahoma City. Are you alive, Keri?
Of course, I'm not stopping on crocheting the Wooleater. I'll work on him some tonight. It is a he, by the way. It's looking very manly. I only got two rounds of another color on yesterday. I crocheted off and on during the State of the Union last night and American Idol.
I'll edit and add the pictures of my squares to this post later today.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I'll have to keep it warm because when I woke up from my nap, I looked at the phone to see what time it was and it said 4:30. I didn't realize until I had dinner nearly ready that it was really only 3:30. I guess the house phones are still on daylight savings time. Doh! I didn't think I had slept that long.
I'm saving the White Chicken Enchilada Slow-Cooker Casserole for another day, but it really sounds good too. I just don't have any tortillas in the house.
I must be hungry today because all of the recipes I looked at sounded good to me this morning.
Y'all have a good evening. Talk at ya tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I had a disturbing dream last night...a nightmare really. I discovered that Dennis Rader lived across the street from me. For some reason he wasn't in prison for his crimes. That same day, I realized that I couldn't lock any of my doors, and they were all just flimsy screen doors anyway. The dream went on and on, but I won't bore you with it. Suffice it to say it was disturbing.
I wonder what made me dream such a thing? Of all people, why would my brain drudge him up? I'd say that I'm feeling threatened by something or someone, but I always feel that way. Ha-ha. Paranoid much? Why, yes. Yes, I am.
I had to remove my nail polish and put on at least a clear coat of new this afternoon, so I had to put my Wooleater aside. It's killing me that I can't do it and finish this round of color. I hate that. Between all the little things I do every day for the dogs -- feeding, refilling water, letting in, letting out, helping Phoebe up and down from the couch, etc. -- I really don't get that much time to sit and do a good chunk of crocheting, even when I don't have any work to do. I don't know how anybody that works outside the home gets any done at all. That's probably the reason I never really got into it until I started working from home.
I love it that some of you are getting inspired to make a Wooleater (I just accidentally typed Woodeater -- hee-hee). I can't wait to see what color combos you guys come up with. Maybe we can all inspire each other to keep going on them until they're done. I don't plan on picking up anything else until this one is finished. I'm putting my crochet blinders on.
I need another good chicken breast recipe. I'm trying to make more chicken and fish dishes instead of beef. It's hard to really please Barnaby with chicken. He's a beef & potatoes man.
I'm trying to ramble on and waste time until my nails are dry so I can crochet. It's hard to type with wet nails. Sammi is trying to persuade me to go take a nap. She's my nappin' buddy. They all are really, but she REALLY loves to nap with her momma and is always up for it. She's the one that always let's me know when it's time for bed at night too. If I'm in the living room much past 8:00, she starts pacing around me and staring at me. "Time to go read magazines!"
Okay, that's it for me today.
And just to show my protest to Blogger about their spacing issues, I'm not going to go back and edit this for proper spacing. GAH!
This is all I got done yesterday. I only worked on it maybe an hour. It's hard to see the details with these dark colors. I'll try my next picture at a different angle and try to get more of the texture for you.
Monday, January 25, 2010
But then you know what? I very quickly realized if I was annoying anyone or boring anyone, they can just not come here. So there.
With that said, let me show you what I got at the store today. Ha-ha-ha! WHAT?
I love this oatmeal. It was on sale today for $1.89, which is at least $1.00 off. Score! More money for yarn! And this Java Monster Lo Ball is hard to find. "Lo Ball," because it's half the calories of the regular one.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The Wooleater I started last night.
I haven't touched the magic balls yet. Those are going in a box in the closet. I'm just not feeling them right now.
And here's the sausage, beans, and rice I made for lunch today. It was so good and really hit the spot with a piece of bread & butter.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Like I said, it's not what I was going for, but it does look kinda cool, huh?
Many thanks to Kate for the inspiration!
And here are a couple of links to Websites where I read all about dyeing yarn:
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I watched several YouTube videos on different types of hair braids. This is a Dutch Braid. It's just a reverse of the French Braid -- you braid under instead of over. This was my first attempt, and I think it turned out pretty well. I like how the braid sits on top of your head like a rope.
I love braids. And I'm so glad my hair is long enough now to put up out of my face. I'll be even happier when it gets to be 100 degrees in the shade this summer.
I had lots of fun looking through the make-up and hair videos on YouTube. I've never done that before. I accidentally saw the ones on braids when I was looking for videos on Flat Braid Joining for crochet.
These were really easy to put together and tasted great. I made these during the football game on Sunday. Next time I'll bake them longer though. They were still pretty soft after 18 minutes.
If I don't get anymore work in today, I think I'll make some cup cozies. I'm going to put some in my sister's Etsy shop and see how well they sell. She's seen at least one person on Etsy that makes knitted ones and has sold 3,000 of them at a minimum of $10 a pop. I think that's a wee bit expensive so I don't know yet what I'll charge.
I'm off to find my hook!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Does anyone have a pattern for cocheted Granny Hangers like THESE?
I've found several patterns on the Internet, but none of them are the granny ones.
I'd appreciate a link to the pattern or someone pointing me in the direction where I can buy the pattern.
Thanks for any help!
Look at all the great Magic Balls I made with the yarn I got from frogging some of the WIPs!
I’m not even going to make a joke about “magic balls.” It’s too easy!
I decided to go ahead with the give-away for my 1000th post even though it passed a couple of days ago.
I’m giving away 36 Crochet Magazines and a 2000 Afghan Calendar containing hundreds of crochet patterns and a few knit patterns. I got these off of eBay about a year ago. All are in good condition.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OLD-TIME CROCHET MAGAZINES ARE THREAD CROCHET PATTERNS.
How to Enter: You must be a Follower of this blog and leave a comment between now and next Wednesday, January 20, 2010, stating that you wish to enter the drawing. I must have a way to notify you if you win. Either you have to have a blog that I can get to by clicking your name in the comments, or you can leave an email address in your comment. If you don’t respond to my notification that you’ve won with your mailing address within 3 days of my sending it, you are disqualified and another name will be drawn. (I know…I’m a hard-ass.)
Here’s what I have:
Old-Time Crochet Magazine (24 Issues from 1990-2002 containing THREAD patterns)
|Quick & Easy Crochet (Small, 5 x 7 Magazines)|
|1997 (3 Issues)|
|1998 (1 Issue)|
|1999 (1 Issue)|
|Homestead Classics Afghan Special|
|Premier Issue (27 Patterns)|
|Afghan Special (30 Patterns)|
|Favorite Afghans (Special Issue)|
|19 Crochet & Knit Patterns|
|1993's Outstanding Afghans (25 Patterns)|
|1994's Best Afghans (23 Patterns)|
|Volume 5 (Knit & Crochet)|
|Woman's Day (Special Issue)|
|Granny Squares (From 1979 I think)|
|The Needlecraft Shop Calendar|
|2000 Afghan Calendar|
And the clock starts NOW!!
P.S. We did not win at Winstar yesterday, but we were up and down enough to stay as long as we wanted to. We still had a great time together and had a nice lunch at an Italian restaurant inside the casino.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us that we come back winners!
Y'all have a great weekend.
I wanted to pop back in and tell you that I found two more WIPs when I started putting everything up that I dragged out to photograph. One I just started a couple of days ago (this hooded scarf), and one that is slightly older that I promptly frogged and rewound the yarn.
I'm going to be frogging a bunch of those projects and rewinding the yarn over the next day or two instead of crocheting on new ones. No, really! I just have to get them out of here one way or another. The bigger ones I'll keep and hopefully finish. The others are outta here! You'd better speak up if you think you want any of them because I've already started the process.
That's one good thing about this challenge, Keri...I'm cleaning up a bunch of stuff that should have been cleaned up a long time ago!
I also wanted to give a little linky to my friend, The Garden Bell. She is having a giveaway for her 100th post, so go check her out, won't you?
You are about to find out at least one form of it.
1. Waikiki Scarf (in yellow)
2. Pressed Flowers Afghan (Green & Dark Teal)
All of the above accept the Waikiki Scarf were started within the past week.
This looks really weird in this photo. It looks nothing like this is person.
7. All DC Blanket
8. Summertime Stripes Blanket
9. Diagonal Box Stitch Blanket
10. Double-Os Blanket
11. Shells Blanket
12. Hexagons Blanket
13. Small Granny Squares Blanket
32. Giant Granny Square