Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Special Treat for You

So...

We made a late run to Walmart for groceries last night.  On the way home we were sitting at a red light and chatting about something.  I looked casually over to my right and this is what I saw (I wasn't wearing my glasses):



My eyes opened really wide and my mouth dropped open.  "OMG look!  Look over there!  Why is there a giant penis in front of that building?!  Or maybe it's a mushroom?  It's a mushroom, isn't it?  Tell me it's a mushroom!  No, it's definitely a circumsized penis!"


That first picture was taken with a zoom lens.  This is actually how far away we were.  So the question of the day is:  WTF?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Break Time


I took a break from crocheting on the Popcorn Ripple Sunday and made some potholders instead.  This one is my favorite, although it was end-weaving hell.  Thank goodness it was just a potholder!  I saw a scarf like this somewhere, and it was gorgeous.  But I don't think I could handle weaving in that many ends without going bonkers.

I don't know if there's a potholder pattern like this somewhere or not, but I used the tutorial for the Box Stitch HERE to make this, and I used what cotton yarn I had in my stash.



Yes, I ran out of the red yarn I started with and had to resort to using another red I had.  I was so disappointed because this took awhile to do and the difference in the red colors just messes it all up and makes ugly what would have been really pretty.  Hmpf.

The pattern I used is HERE.  (You have to register)


Here they are together.  Dang, that red color change is just glaring.  I may have to rip it out when I get to the store to buy more and fix it.  I just can't look at it.  It bugs me.

I made about 3/4 of another pattern HERE, but it's just a stupid pattern (read:  I screwed it up).  It doesn't make sense to me from Row 7 on.  There isn't an even number of stitches in each petal which cannot be right (but it shows it that way in the pictures).  So I threw a fit and frogged it.  YOU make it using these instructions and impress me.



I took a break from cooking too and made this for dinner.  YUM.  This is the second one of these Family Size dinners from Stouffer's I've made, and they both were really good.

Later, taters.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pineapple & Popcorn

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I made this earlier this afternoon.  I can’t wait to try it.  It smells heavenly.

Pineapple Soufflé

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 pieces of bread torn into pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 20-oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray or coat with butter. 

Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time and beat between additions.  Mix in torn bread and drained pineapple by hand.  Pour into prepared pan, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake uncovered 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let cool and serve at room temperature.

Slow progress…

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Bernat Crochet-Along

Introducing the 2010 Bernat Mystery Afghan Crochet-Along!

More details HERE.

Popcorn Ripple

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Here’s a peek at my popcorn ripple in progress.  It’s already so soft and snuggly.  I just haven’t had much time to work on it.  I’m going to spend a few good hours on it tonight though.

Yes, it’s Friday night and I’m sitting home crocheting like I’m 83.  I wouldn’t have it any other way unless I could be in the mountains crocheting in my log cabin.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I Want These


These are so pretty they made me swoon when I saw them.  They were done by Wollmaus-Claudia on Ravelry.  I'm sure she won't mind me drooling all over her picture and sharing it with you so you can drool on it too.  Bravo, Claudia!  Now hand them over and everything will be okay.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Project

I had a crappy day, but I'm not going to whine here anymore than that today.  You're welcome.

The project I'm working on is THIS ONE posted by Marty on Crochetville a while back.  The free pattern is HERE.  I thought I had already linked to it here, but maybe not.  I'm doing a full-sized one in pink with a cream border that has yet to be determined.  Beware if you make it that it is a yarneater.  I'm getting 6 rows per skein (226 yds).  Is that less than normal?  I think it is.  But it's worth it because it sure is turning out pretty.  The baby yarn I'm using says it's bulky weight.  It feels just slightly thicker (but much softer!) than worsted.  It's Hobby Lobby's Baby Bee Sweet Delight Twisted.  Could that name be any longer?

The 100+ weather has broken and it was much cooler today than it's been in a long time.  Yipee!

Here's to having a better day tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Here I Sit

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It’s just after 5:00 and I’m sitting here with all my “stuff” settling in for a couple of hours of crochet.  Yes, I have two drinks.  I have my iced coffee, as always, and my leftover iced milk from lunch.  I have a thing for iced drinks.

Tonight is one of my favorite TV nights now that the new season for a lot of shows has started.  It’s a Bravo Channel night. 

First is Flipping Out.  Welcome to Crazy Town.  That Jeff whats-his-name is such a weird, crazy-person.  He just makes me cock my head to one side like a dog that’s heard something squeaky, and he makes me laugh too.  He told the camera man last week that his assistant’s pants were so tight he could see her ovaries.  Ha!  That’s tight!

Then I watch The Rachel Zoe Project.  I’d like to shake her sometimes.  She needs a backbone and a slap upside the head.  Oh, and a cheeseburger.  And I love her super-flamingly-gay assistant, Brad.  I’m so glad they got rid of Taylor, Rachel’s last assistant.  She should have been fired long ago just for her attitude, but they thought they couldn’t survive without her until she stole them blind.

So I’m off to fantasy land to crochet.  Did you peek at my new project?  You stop that!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Monday Ta-Dah!




I'm happy with the way it turned out and really glad I didn't frog it.  All the info is below.

Pattern LinkBernat Prayer Shawl (Must register) or Ravelry HERE (Must be a member)

YarnDROPS Safran 100% Egyptian Cotton, White, 4 1/2 balls (174 yds per ball)

Hook:  G

Edging:  I changed the edging and did one round of sc and the second round 5 dc shells all around.

Notes:  Chained 255 to begin instead of 201 for a larger shawl.  (Shawl is worked from top-down)  Took me 8 days of working a few hours at least 5 of those days.  Some days I did nothing.  I was in no hurry.  It was an easy pattern, but I didn't like the way the rows ended.  I ended each row with a ch 1, turn, and then dc in next dc to begin each row.  It just looked better to me and made more sense than doing something different on each side.

On to the next!

So Close!

I am very close to finishing my white shawl.  This last half is going much quicker than the beginning because the rows just keep getting shorter and shorter.  I can smell the end!

I looked through my edging patterns last night trying to decide what I was going to do.  I may just end up doing a picot edging because I want something simple, but maybe a small shell would work too.  I'm not sure yet.

So today I'm going to sit down and finish her up and set her to blocking.  I can't wait.  This is the fun part!

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I hope y'all don't think me rude for not participating in blog awards.  (See the little guy in my sidebar?) It's not that I don't deeply appreciate them, but there are so many making the rounds out there, it's hard to find time to respond, answer the little memes that go with them sometimes, and then post them and reciprocate.  Many of them start being awarded mutiple times by multiple people.  Please don't feel bad or get your feelings hurt or be pissed about it.  It's not my intent to ever make someone feel that way.  Show your love by leaving me comments instead.  I LOVE receiving those and knowing that there are actually people out there reading and enjoying!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Hodgepodge

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I made these two squares last night.  I used the “invisible join” method on one of the squares for each round.  Can you tell which one?  I think it’s obvious and well worth the extra time it took to do it.  (The purple one is the invisible join one.  Look on the right side of the orange one and it’s obvious where each round ended.)  I used Sarah London’s method which you can find HERE.
I have no idea if I’m going to make these squares into anything yet, but they would make a pretty afghan.  You can find the free pattern HERE.
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Poems Sock Yarn
I had heard this yarn was discontinued, but I loved it when I saw it and found a couple of skeins on eBay.  There were two left when I bought these.  The colors are all browns, but it’s not showing up quite right in the above picture.  I don’t know what I’ll make with it, but I’m sure I’ll find something.
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This is a really crappy picture.  So sorry.  I wanted to show you my new full-spectrum lamp I bought at Big Lots.  I love it.  I’ve needed a new lamp for a long time.  The one I was using was being held together by white trash duct tape.  It was very classy-looking in my living room.  This is my crochet area during the day.  Pardon the mess.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Fun

In an effort to bring you more entertaining blog entries, I sent Barnaby off to work last night with my camera.  "Get me some fun pictures, " I said.  He grunted, took the camera, and left.

His idea of fun pictures and my idea of fun pictures are obviously two different things.  This is what he came back with:

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Seriously?

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He thought this store called "Civilized Divorce" was amusing.  I liked the dog store next door better so I left that in the picture.

What I had in mind was some action shots of actual police work or an accident or something cool like that.  Hmpf.  I tried, people!  I'll send him off to work with the camera again when he works next weekend to try again.  If he doesn't come back with anything better than this, he is so fired.

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This was me last night in bed with the dogs, the crochet mags I told you about, my laptop computer, and my white shawl to crochet on.

I came so close to frogging that shawl last night.  And I may still do it.  I just don't like the way the edge of the shawl looks.  It looks all jagged and messy to me.  The only things keeping me from frogging it is that it's evenly jagged on both sides and the hope that a nice border will magically make it look nice.  Oh, and the fact that I've spent HOURS crocheting the dang thing already.

Another thing is I've decided that a bridal shawl would be better in a rectangular shape rather than triangular.  A rectangular shawl would show more of the back of the wedding dress.  You wouldn't want to cover up the back of your pretty wedding gown, now would you?  Well, maybe if you had a giant hump-back or something, but then you probably wouldn't be getting married in the first place.  Ha-ha-ha!  That was a joke.  Please no hump-back hate mail.  I didn't mean it.  Of course hump-backs get married too.  I know that.  How the hell did I get off over in left field with this.

I called the COVER GIRL hotline a few minutes ago.  Okay, it's not really a hotline.  I just made that up, but I did call them.  I called them because I'm too blonde to figure out how to maneuver their Ultimate Finish Foundation Compact.  That's right, I'm an idiot.  I could hear it in the girl's voice that was explaining it to me.  I refused to admit I was just a dumb-ass, so she is sending me a free replacement coupon.  I just pretended mine was defective and wouldn't work the way she explained it.

Okay, that’s it.  I’m off to work for a tiny bit, just so I can say I did, and then I’m going to goof-off with Barnaby since he’s off today.  Y’all have a good one.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

THREE Crochet Mags!

I hit the jackpot in the mailbox today...THREE, count 'em, THREE crochet magazines!  I got two Crochet Today! magazines and one just plain Crochet! magazine.  (Why do they put exclamation marks in their titles?  That's dumb.)  Why did I get two Crochet Today! magazines, you ask?  Because those bitches cut my ass off!  Can you believe they actually wanted me to pay them money and quit sending me magazines?  Jeez!  Touchy, ain't they?  So when I finally paid them they realized their mistake, they sent me the last two issues that I had missed.

There is nothing going on here.  I mean nothing.  And I don't have the imagination lately to make stuff up and entertain you.  And this evening I am so excited that I have THREE crochet magazines to read, I can hardly stay here another moment.  So goodbye.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What's Happening Here

Not a whole lot, really, but here goes...

Here's what I've been working on the last few days.  I haven't spent a lot of time on it because I've had work to do during the day part of the time, but it is the only thing I've worked on.


This is the Bernat shawl pattern that I linked to a couple of days ago.  It's slower-going with this thin yarn than it would be with worsted, but I think it'll be worth it when I'm finished.  I'm pretty sure I'm not doing the decreases correctly at each end, but it looks okay.  As long as I'm consistently doing it wrong, it should come out okay!  I think once I get the border on it, you won't be able to tell anyway (I hope).  I do need to figure out what the correct way to do it is though.  I was just too far into it when I decided what I was doing was wrong.



Closer view of the stitch pattern.



Did I say I hadn't worked on anything else?  Well, I did make this flower on Sunday if that counts.  I made it with baby yarn and sewed the button to the middle.  I need some prettier buttons.

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We got some thunderstorms yesterday evening, and it was wonderful.  I really enjoyed hearing the rain and thunder.  We ended up getting just over a half an inch according to our rain gauge.  It's nice to get a nice rain like that for the lawn after 17 days of straight 100+ temps.  It looks like it could bust out storming again at any minute this morning, but so far it's just clouds.

Okay, I've gotta get back to work.  Hope you're having a good week.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Can't Think of a Title

I'm so happy because I feel good today, physically and mentally.  I had a rough weekend with the neck thing, but it seems much better today.  Also, I've decided it's time to pull up my big-girl panties and stop moping because Barnaby isn't here as much as he was.  It'll just make the time we do have together more special, right?


I have to throw some pictures of the kids in every now and then. These were taken this morning.



Sammi and Fletcher



Eli




 
I'm making peanut butter cookies.
The first dozen are in the oven now.
Mmm...


Y'all come over and lets have some with some coffee and crochet, wanna?  I'm sure there'll be enough if I quit eating the raw dough.


 
I hope you have a really-really-really good Monday.


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Edited to add...



I'm waiting for you!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Gossip, Snark, & WTF?

Okay, y'all come closer because I don't want to talk about this too loud.  I would hate to offend anyone.  (Ha-ha, good one with the mood you've been in lately, Pammy Sue.)  But ANYWAY...

Has anybody else noticed that very weird certain someone that has their picture plastered ALL OVER Ravelry?  The person in the extremely weird free-form crochet outfits?  If you spend any time over there, you know who I'm talking about.  It's very strange and I just don't get it.  Barnaby thinks it's a man, even though "it" is dressed as a woman.  And it's not just one or two or three pictures of "her" projects.  There are LOTS of them everywhere.

Do I need to give you a link to some of them, or do you know what I'm talking about?  If you're not a member over there, you wouldn't be able to see it anyway.  (I'm such a snark aren't I?  It's amazing that I have any friends at all!  But I think we are all secretly snarky a little bit.  I'm just willing to put it out there for all to see.)

Now listen,  I'm all about "to each his own" and all that good stuff, but this strikes me as extraordinarily strange.  I'm not making fun, really.  I'm just bringing it to your attention to see if I'm the only one who finds it more than a little bit weird.  Like somebody needs some serious psychotherapy.

I know, I know.  Look who's talking.  Hello, Pot.  Meet Kettle.

Oh, what the heck..LOOK FOR YOURSELF:








If these aren't enough, there are 123 more pictures and projects on "her" Ravelry page!

And the write-ups for each item are super-weird too and make no sense.

WTF??

I hope you have enjoyed today's presentation.  Bye.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday Evenin'

I started THIS shawl this morning.  I'm using all white Drops Safron yarn.  It's 100% Egyptian cotton and a much thinner yarn than the suggested Bernat Satin, so I'm using a G hook and chained 253 to start instead of 201.  It's big, and I like it.  What's up with those Egyptians and cotton anyway?  Why is their cotton any better than Texas cotton or any other cotton?  I know it's supposedly softer, but why?  I think that's a question for Google to me.  And here's the answer.

I also put two more rounds on my Circular Shawl today.  I think just two more rounds and then I'll do the sleeves which shouldn't take long.  I guess there's no hurry since it's 100+ for the 15th day in a row here, but I would like to get it done.

Do you know how bored I am?  I'm watching a Scooby-Doo movie.  I'm not really watching or listening to it though.  I'm still trying to adjust to Barnaby's new work schedule.  I miss him.  I just realized yesterday that this mystery illness I've had started the same time his new schedule did.  I think it's all in my head and I'm just depressed.  Ya think?  Don't answer that.  I'm just musing.

What I really need is a life outside of this house, but that ain't gonna happen.  I have no desire for it, even though I know it would be good for me.

Okay, blah, blah, blah.  Bye-bye.

I Was Talking About ME

For those of you confused...I wasn't talking about somebody else.

"Grumpy old hag that blew through here hurling insults" = ME

"Her cute dogs" = MINE

Didn't anybody read the previous entry to that one?

GET IT?

I know it's not easy, but try to keep up, people!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Who WAS That?

Did y'all see a grumpy old hag blow through here yesterday hurling insults?  I have banished her from the premises today, but her cute dogs can stay.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Grumpity-Grump-Grump


Hee!  I just had to post this. 

I stole it from Flickr from someone who was complaining about people having too many Favorites in their free accounts and that Flickr should limit them.  What?!  And that's pretty much what everybody else said to her too.  Why do you care?  Sue me, you big whiner!  I stole it just to be a bitch.


I was NOT impressed with this magazine, especially since it cost me $9.99.  Totally not worth it.  I will never make a thing out of it, and if I did, I'd have to translate it into American crochet terms (Duh).  Don't waste your money.  I saw that Sarah London mentioned today that it has always been her favorite magazine.  I'm guessing she just wants to be in it.  (I know, I know...that was rude of me.  Whatever.)  I'm claiming illness is making me nasty.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I'm thinking about cancelling my subscription to Interweave Crochet magazine too.  It kind of sucks if you ask me.  They have too many clothing patterns and not enough of anything else.  And there's not enough content either.  Or purple things.

Man, I'm grouchy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ugh...

I think I'm sick, but my symptoms are just mild enough that I'm not sure...headache, achy neck & shoulders, kind of hungover-feeling, except I don't drink.  And whiney.  I'm whiney-feeling.  I need to lay down for the rest of the week day.

16-Spoke Doily

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16-Spoke Doily
(Such an imaginative name I chose)
By request, I wrote down what I did to make this doily.  If you have trouble or find any errors, please let me know.  (1/4/12:  I've incorporated the changes after reading the comments about errors, etc.  The below pattern should be correct now.  Keep in mind that the size of your hook and/or yarn may make a difference in how your doily looks and whether it ruffles or not, etc.  You may need to adjust your ch stitches between stitches if you use a different yarn or hook size than suggested.)
I used white cotton yarn (Color A) and peach baby-weight yarn (Color B).  Mine came out to 16 inches across using these yarns.  It’s probably best to use two of the same kind of yarn though because it was a little weird with them being different sizes.  I’d recommend using all baby-weight or all thread.
Size E crochet hook or appropriate size for yarn or thread
Dtr = yo three times, insert hook into sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), (yo, pull through 2 loops) four times.
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With Color A:
Start with a magic circle (or you can Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring)
Round 1: Ch 3, 15 dc in ring (total of 16 dc); join with a sl st.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around (total of 32 dc); join with a sl st.
Round 3: Ch 5, (skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2) around; join with a sl st to third ch of beginning ch-5.
Round 4: Ch 5, dc in same st, (skip a space, dc in next stitch, ch 2, dc in same stitch) around; join with a sl st to third ch of beginning ch-5. Fasten off.
Round 5: Join Color B with a sl st into any ch-2 space from previous round. Ch 3, make 2 dc in same space (first “spoke” made), ch 2, (3 dc in next ch-2 space from previous round, ch 2) around; join with a sl st to top of first ch-3. (16 spokes made)
Round 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next, ch 2, (dc in next 2dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2) around; join with a sl st to top of first ch-3.
Round 7: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, (dc in each of next three dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2) around; join with a sl st top top of first ch-3).
Round 8-11: Continue in same manner, adding one dc to each “spoke” and always ending the spoke with 2 dc in last dc. Fasten off.
Round 12: Join Color A with a sl st to any beginning dc of a spoke. Ch 3, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 3, dc in each of next 4 dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 1, (dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 1) around; join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 13: Join Color B with a sl st to any ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 1, [(dtr in ch-3 sp of previous round, ch 1) 7 times, sc in ch-1 sp] around, ending with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 14: Join Color A with an sc to any ch-1 sp, ch 3, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) around, ending with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

4:00 AM

I woke up a couple of hours ago and couldn't sleep so I gave up and got up.  My neck and arm hurt, and I didn't even crochet yesterday at all.  I wonder what the heck I did?  I just had some toast, Aleve, and milk.  Maybe that will do the trick so I can go back to bed.

In the meantime, look what I got yesterday:


My Fairies!
OMG, they are even cuter than I expected!
I love them.
Click the pic to get a good look.
Then go order yours from Anita!

I think I'm going to hang mine from some fishing line some place where I can see them all the time.  They'll look like they're flying!  They remind me of me and my two sisters.  I was going to give two of them as gifts, but I don't think I can part with them.  Isn't that selfish of me?

I've been planning to make THESE lemon bars, but I've just been too lazy to bake anything.  Maybe I'll make them later today.  There's a better picture of them HERE.  Don't they look good?  They look like a nice light dessert for this hot weather to me.

I'm going to go back to bed and try again.  See ya.

Monday, August 09, 2010

G’Day Mates

Well, I couldn't stand it another day.  I HAD to crochet a little yesterday.  I was looking through Flickr photos of everyone's crochet and saw a picture of a doily I wanted to make.  So I sat down and tried to copy it.  I got pretty close, but my edges came out more frilly.  Here it is:

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I made it with white cotton yarn and peach baby yarn.

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These are my prized Japanese crochet pattern books.  I love them.  I look at them over and over dreaming of the day when I again have the patience to make the beautiful things in them.  The only thing I’ve made is the shawl on the cover of the top-right book.  But I have big dreams of making many more.

I’m off now to get my first cuppa joe and watch Regis & Kelly, except Regis isn’t there.  But guess who is?  My absolute favorite, Anderson Cooper.  Love him.  I have big dreams about him too.  Hee-hee.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

No Crochet 4 Me

Creamy Lemon Pasta with Veggies

  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 4  garlic cloves, minced
  • 3  cups  half-and-half, warmed
  • Zest and juice from 4 lemons
  • 2  teaspoons  salt
  • 2  teaspoons  pepper
  • 24  ounces corkscrew pasta
  • 2  pounds  trimmed asparagus
  • 1/2  cup  freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2  pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2  lemons
  • Warm olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in warmed half-and-half, zest and juice from 4 lemons, salt and pepper. Bring cream mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta until al dente, according to package label directions. Drain pasta and return to pot. Pour cream mixture on pasta and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, for 3 minutes. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces and steam in microwave; fold into pasta mixture with freshly grated Parmesan and halved cherry tomatoes. Cut 2 lemons in half, then into 1/4-inch slices. Remove seeds. Add lemon slices to pasta and toss until all ingredients are well combined. Serve hot.  Serves 8.

    Sound good, huh?  I saw this recipe in All You magazine and cut it out.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to.

    I’ll probably use broccoli in addition to the asparagus for more veggies, and I’ll most likely half this since it makes so much.  I wonder if fat-free half & half would work?  Don’t see why not.

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    I didn’t touch a crochet hook yesterday, although I wanted to.  My arm was feeling just fine all day so it was hard to make myself leave it alone.  I’m really glad I didn’t though, because by about 6:00, my right arm was hurting so bad.  Makes me wonder if it wasn’t the crocheting after all, but my neck/back thing again.  Please no.  It still hurts this morning, but not quite as bad as last night.  I guess I’ll lay off the crocheting again today and see what happens.

    I found another Granny Circle tutorial yesterday if you’re interested.  I’m not sure what the difference is.  You can see it HERE.

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    I need coffee and some Tylenol.  Have a great Sunday.  Crochet a row for me since I can’t!  Boo-hoo.

    Saturday, August 07, 2010

    Not a Ta-Dah

    Okay, I'm going to have to take a break from crocheting because my right arm is killing me.  Crochet injury!  Call the medics!  So pathetic.

    But rather than keeping you in suspense, here is a preview and some info on what I'm making with that recycled circle...


    It's a jacket!

    I still have the sleeves and another few rounds to do around the edge (and of course the blocking), but you get the idea from this picture how it will look.  I absolutely love the way it is turning out, and it's easy, people!  Sleeves always make me run the other way, but I promise this one is easy and goes very quickly.  Don't be intimidated!  I'd love it if some of you would make one too and share your pictures. 

    It's called a Circle Jacket, and the free pattern can be found HERE.  As usual, you can see lots of different ones people have made on Ravelry.

    Note:  I don't like how some of the ones you'll see on Ravelry have really big gaps between the stitches so I'm using a smaller hook to avoid that happening.  The pattern calls for a size J, but I'm using a size H hook (and Vanna's Choice yarn).

    Here's how it looks right now when lying flat:


    So did anybody guess what it was going to be?

    Have a great Saturday!

    Friday, August 06, 2010

    A Small Rant or Two

    Rant #1: 

    I saw this line in a crochet pattern I was looking at the other day.

    "Try on the jacket and place a button at the waist in the penultimate round."

    Huh?

    What is this word penultimate you speak of?  Does everyone know this word except me?  I will be 50 years old this year and have NEVER heard this word!  Nobody ever taught me this word or uttered it in my presence.  They hid it from me.  I hate it when that happens!  I fancy myself a pretty smart cookie, but every now and then I come across something that makes me feel ignorant. 

    I wouldn't feel that way or be surprised if it was used in a novel or something like that.  You know how authors try to be all fancy-pants and use different words to write their stories.  But this was in a crochet pattern.  There was no need to use obscure, fancy-pants words.  I want to hunt the person down who wrote this pattern and shake them.  "Why did you use this word!  Why?  WHY?  Why didn't you just say, 'Place a button at the waist in the next to last round'?"  Maybe a non-American wrote it and it's perfectly normal to use that word in another country?  I don't know.  And I don't know why it bugged me so much, but here I am several days later still thinking and fussing about it.

    Okay, I feel better now.

    I may have been a little ambitious saying that I would have my project finished today.  I forgot that my husband is off work today.  (This new schedule of his will take some getting used to.)  I'm sure he will distract me and want to drag me off somewhere shopping or to lunch.  And not the good kind of shopping either...probably Home Depot or Lowe's.  Or maybe he will just sit and stare at me while I try to crochet because he is bored and wants my attention.  Don't get me wrong.  I will happily give him some attention and run off somewhere with him if he wants.  I'm just sayin'.

    Lesson of the Day (Rant #2):

    Those are NOT snowflakes pictured in yesterday's post, people!  Snowflakes only have six sides.  Didn't anybody ever teach y'all that?  I've seen many a crochet snowflake pattern with eight sides or more, and that is just wrong, wrong, wrong.  Snowflakes have six sides and six sides only.  Yes, they are all unique, except for the fact they all have SIX sides.

    Maybe that's one of those things like the word "penultimate" that the world has hidden from you.  Please feel free to rant if it is.

    I hope you know I'm not really upset about this.  I'm just trying to be entertaining in an informative way.  I'm much too sweet to seriously be upset about something so silly (as far as you know).

    I'm outta here.

    Thursday, August 05, 2010

    What Now?


    Oh my, what is that Pammy Sue doing now?  (Don't you hate when people talk in third person?)  Do you recognize that center circle??  I think I am such a smarty pants for recycling one of my circles for this project.  Actually, I recycled all of the brown ones for this.  I frogged them and used the yarn for the brown ring.  No, it's not a rug.  No, it's not a doily.  No, it's not a blanket or afghan or pillow.  What else is there?  Just wait until you see it!  And if you know what it's going to be, don't spoil it for the rest.  Right now it's 22 inches across. 

    I am the Queen of hype, yes?  I can make any mundane thing sound fantastic.  But I really am excited about this one.  I say that about everything, don't I?  I can't help it.  I love crochet.  It excites me.

    Here are the little squares I made last night from Beyond the Square Motifs (Although this is not beyond the square.  This IS a square):



    I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet.  Can anybody tell me how to join them as I go?  I want to join them with a stitch at the corners and in that middle loop on each side.  Seems like I could remove my hook and just crochet through that loop, but I tried it and it looks bad.  How would I do that EXACTLY?  Anybody?  My little pea brain cannot figure it out.  I just sit there and stare at it and my mind goes blank.  Gah.  I bet I could find something on YouTube that would show me.

    See you late tomorrow with my Ta-Dah Big Round THING!

    I'm a Copycat

    I failed to mention yesterday exactly where on Flickr I got the inspiration for my Groovy Granny Shawl.  Go see Dawn's shawls on her blog HERE.  Thanks for inspiring me, Dawn.  Your shawls are gorgeous!

    I'm not sure what I'm going to work on today.  I'm going to poke around theblogland and the Web a bit and see what's going on.  I made a couple of small white squares last night out of THIS BOOK.  I think they are the same as the squares I saw on Marilyn's blog, or at least they're very similar.  Her pillow is so pretty.  Keep scrolling down to see the doily mat she made with them too.  I couldn't join them as I crocheted the last row and make them look right, so I just made them separately for now.  Maybe I'll figure it out with a fresh brain today.

    Someday I will have an original thought.  Ha-ha.  But you know what they say.  "Imitation is the purest form of flattery," or something like that.

    What I really NEED to do is clean out my closet.  Ugh.  It's a huge mess right now, and it makes me anxious when I walk in there for anything.  I'm going to have to get hyped-up on caffeine and just start heaving everything out of there that I've just thrown in piles that have grown and grown.  How does that happen?  And there are shoes everywhere.  Bleh.  I can't even think about it right now.  I'll just shut the door and pretend it doesn't exist for a little while longer.

    See ya later.

    Wednesday, August 04, 2010

    Groovy Granny Shawl


    This was such a joy to make!  I'm kind of disappointed that it's finished.  I smiled the whole time I made her because of the colors.  I started it yesterday late morning and crocheted on it for 9 hours (I have no life).  Then I got up today and spent about three hours on the last two rows, sewing in the tails, and crocheting the border.  So it's not bad for a 12-hour shawl.

    Here's all the info on it:

    Free pattern:  HERE  (made 33 rows)
    Hook Size:  J
    Yarn:  Hobby Lobby ILTY, Vanna's, Paton's Decor, Deborah Norville Everyday (all variegated colors)
    Border Neck:  1 row of (sc in ch space, ch 2) across
    Border Sides:  1 row of (sc in ch space, ch 4) across both sides, then 1 row of (sc, 4 dc, sc) in each ch space across both sides.

    Tuesday, August 03, 2010

    I Forgot...

    Imagine that.  I forgot something.  Actually, I forgot three somethings:

    1.  Go HERE to see the cutest thing EVER that is not a dog.  I ordered some and you should too!  They will make the cutest little gifts.  I don't have the patience to make them myself.  I've tried that amigurumi stuff, and it's not as easy as you'd think.  You need lots of patience, of which I have none.  Once again, please tell her Pammy Sue sent ya!  Thank you.  (I am not receiving compensation for this, nor would I ever.  I'm just a giver, that's all.)

    2.  If you requested the Big Round Granny pattern in American terms and have not received it from me, request it again.  I have sent all of them out, but there is a high probability I got confused and missed someone.  Ande also left a note saying she was also going to put the American version of the pattern in her sidebar tonight, so you can also get it there.  I also read a rumor that it is on Ravelry now too!  I cannot help it if I am a trendsetter and hipster.  Don't be jealous.  Green does not look good on you.  hee-hee.

    3.  I would like to thank my husband for my pretty new header.  He did some fancy-pants stuff in Photoshop and made it mucho bueno.  He is so talented.  Did you know he moonlights as a poker chip designer?  That's how he knows all that Photoshop stuff and is damn good at it (if I do say so my own self).  I will have to get the links from him so you can see some of his work.  And here is a little extra bonus secret:  My lips and finger are on one of the chips!  Sounds intriguing, no?  It's true!  And they are selling like hotcakes!  Okay, I made that last part up about the hotcakes.  But they ARE selling!

    A Gust of Inspiration

    Just when I think I have settled on a crochet project, a big gust of inspiration comes around from nowhere and blows my skirt up.  And that's exactly what happened last night.  (Except it didn't come from nowhere; it came from Flickr.)  So I've taken off in a completely different direction and am working on something that is making me smile so hard my cheeks hurt. 

    I think it'll make you smile too when you see it.  It is sooooo groovey you won't be able to keep from it.

    So rest up those cheeks and wear some bloomers because I'm fixin' to blow your skirt up.  I'm working feverishly to finish it and hope to have it done by tomorrow afternoon.

    And now I am freaking myself out because I think I've built up the anticipation so much that whatever it is will disappoint you.  WHY do I do this to myself?  OH MY GOSH, everyone is going to HATE me because I've told them something great is coming and it ended up being stupid!  That is so ridiculous, Pammy Sue.  Nobody gives a rip what you say...they are too worried thinking about themselves!  Nobody hinges their hopes and dreams on anything you say so STOP IT.  It's not a big deal so stop making it one!  It's freakin' CROCHET for heaven's sake.

    Okay, then.  Since you put it that way, I'll stop.

    And, yes, Sammi really does smell like chocolate.  It's just her natural smell instead of stinky dog smell.  It doesn't surprise me though, because she is the sweetest dog on the face of the earth so why shouldn't she smell like it?

    That's it.  I'm done.  Back to my crochet.

    Monday, August 02, 2010

    Yea! BIG Round Granny Pattern!

    I'm excited to finally have a written pattern for a Big Round Granny.  I've needed it to make cushions and stool covers.  I know it was just the same as a Granny Square without the corners, but you have to increase every so often and I didn't want to bruise my poor little brain thinking about when, where, and how.  So now I don't have to!  And you won't either if you go to Lollipop Tree Lane and read the instructions that Andie has graciously shared with us.  Leave her a note and tell her Pammy Sue sent you, will ya?

    I have the instructions in American terms if anyone wants them.  Leave me a comment and I'll email them to you.

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    Nothing happening here but HOT weather (105 degrees plus for the next week!).  I'll be here hibernating in my cool air conditioned home.  I am such a lucky girl that I am able to do that.

    But I'll be back to blab at you and show you my latest masterpiece or disaster, as always.  I got some new yarn to make another Granny's Garden Pillow or two, plus some new, fancy, white yarn for a bridal shawl I have big plans for, AND, of course, the BIG Round Granny is also on the list now.  Stay tuned!

    I love you all for commenting and keeping up with my silly goings on here.  I enjoy reading your comments more than you would believe.  I don't get around to all of you as often as I'd like to return the favor, but I'm going to try harder.

    Oh my.  All of a sudden I'm all verclempt and emotional.

    As always, love and happiness from my heart to yours...

    Sunday, August 01, 2010

    Template

    I think I'm done except for a few tweaks with the font colors and sizes.  I decided to go back to a 2-column format for now.  Less crap to distract me = mo better!