Friday, December 31, 2010

Just Messin’ Around

 

Potholders/Hotpads

Sorry for the blur…

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Fronts

 

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Backs

 

I haven’t made anymore roosters today yet…maybe later this evening.

There’s nothing at all going on here.  It’s dead and I like it!

Have a good one.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

I tested Dawn’s Rooster Pattern for her and she now has it up in her etsy shop!  I’ve been making them since around 2:30 this afternoon.

These were so fun to make.  I’m sure I’ll be making more tomorrow.  So far the rust colored one is my favorite.  I just love the autumn colors.

Here are the ones I made today:

Rooster Pink

Not such great colors (above)

It’s better in person though.  That’s pink and purple.  It doesn’t show up very well in the picture.

Rooster Rust

I love these colors (above)

Rooster Blue Tan

And these too (above)

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Fun!  I think I bought smaller eyes than Dawn calls for in her pattern.  I’ll have to get some larger ones at Hobby Lobby next time I go.  They’re cheap.  I paid 99 cents for a small bag of them.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fluffy Dinner Rolls: Rave Review

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PERFECT!

 

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AND I DO MEAN PERFECT!

Really Large!

Fluffy!

Easy!

SO GOOD!

AWESOME!

Link to recipe is HERE.

I followed the recipe exactly.  Mine did not rise to the proper height for 40 minutes instead of the 20 minutes cited in the recipe.  Other than that, everything worked out exactly as it should have, including the cooking time.  I started these at about 12:45 and they were coming out of the oven at 1:50.  Unbelievable for homemade yeast rolls.  It’s silly for me to be so excited over a recipe, but I am and can’t say enough good things about it.  You must try it if you like to make bread.  The Captain woke up to the smell of these rolls this afternoon.  He thinks I’m awesome right at this moment.  He loves me (and my rolls).  He is eating his with thinly sliced ham as little sandwiches.  I had mine with just buttah.  Mmm!

I don’t think I’m even going to try the Lion House Roll recipe now, although I will try the flipping method of shaping the rolls sometime.  (Video and recipe link in my last post if you missed it.)  This recipe was too good and too quick to even try anything else.

The Ground Beef Stew I made yesterday was also a hit with both of us.  It made a very large pot FULL.  I only used three potatoes and half of a small bag of baby carrots because that’s all that would fit.  I did have to add water and more V-8 juice three times as the cooking went on.  I was surprised that some of my potatoes were not fully done until the 1.5 hour mark.  This was also a keeper recipe.

No serious crocheting happening around here the last few days.  I’ve only made a few random flowers just goofing around.  See ya.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Links to Dinners

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Ground Beef Stew

I’m making this Ground Beef Stew as I type this.  It looks and smells so good and was very easy to put together!

 

I’m going to give y’all a bunch of links to recipes I collected over the holidays.  I haven’t tried these yet (except the above, obviously), but I plan to make them over the next few weeks.  I thought I’d go ahead and post the links so y’all could make them too if you want and warn me if they are no good!  I’ll be posting the pics and reviews of the ones I make as I make them.  I’m especially anxious to make the Pork Chops and both of the bread recipes.  Click on the recipe name to be taken to the recipe (DUH).  Here we go…

 

Ground Beef Stew

Pizza Rolls

Mama’s Taco Casserole

Fluffy Dinner Rolls (Good Video to Watch on Making Rolls)

House Autry Pork Chops

Steak Tips Over Rice (Crock Pot)

Baked Sandwiches

Lion House Rolls (Another Interesting Way to Shape Rolls)

 

All of these recipes come from either the Southern Plate site or Mommy’s Kitchen site.  I love them both!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Pondering

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Today I’m pondering how I want to cover this lampshade.  I love the lamp, but it’s a really weird shape.  That is actually one of the reasons I love it.

 

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This is from the side.  It looks like this picture is stretched to make it appear taller than it is, but it’s not.  It’s really skinny when you turn it to the side, and really fat when you turn it straight-on.

 

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In that first picture you can see how it is slightly bell-shaped and wider at the bottom.  I’d have to make some increases in whatever stitch I choose to cover it in, which is why I don’t think I’ll do squares of any kind.  I do want some kind of open weave so more light will come through.  Maybe just a straight granny stitch?  I don’t know.  Like I said, I’m pondering it. 

 

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This is a rose I crocheted when I was making that teapot cozy.  It’s SUPER-SIZED.  It measures 4 inches wide by 3 inches high.  I didn’t realize how big it was when I started it, but it took me an hour to finish it.  The “Ch 65 to begin” should have been a clue that it was going to be too big for the top of the pot.  It actually fit the top of the pot perfectly, but that’s all that would have fit and it looked silly.  It’s a very pretty rose though.  I’ll have to find another use for it.  Pattern for it is free HERE.

 

I need to go to the grocery store today.  Do you think everybody else in America is going too?  I’m sure it will seem like it when I get there.  I found some really great-looking recipes for main meals while surfing the Internet over the holidays that I need ingredients for.  I’ll be sharing them if they turn out well.

Just for the record, I am NOT making any New Year’s resolutions this year, especially not to lose weight!  I’m so over it.  Fat and Happy is my motto.  Enjoy life and just stop worrying about being a little (or a lot) on the heavy side already!  I do need to eat a little healthier, take a walk a few times a week, and cut down on the sugar, however.  THAT I can handle giving another try and I will.   Soon.  Maybe.  I’ll ponder that one too.

Oops...

I failed to mention in the teapot cozy pattern that I did a round of sc around the top of the cozy prior to sewing on the cozy lid.  I also made a round of sc around the spout opening and around the handle opening on the cozy.  This really gave it a more finished look.

I'm going to go edit my pattern now if you want to reprint it.  Sorry about that.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shell Stitch Teapot Cozy Pattern

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Shell Stitch Teapot Cozy

Worsted Weight Yarn
Scraps of Yarn for Flowers & Leaves
Size G Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle
 

Measure the base of your teapot on one side of the spout and handle. That will be the length of your starting chain. Chain however many you need to reach that length. You want your cozy to be tight and have to stretch slightly to fit. Err on the side of making the chain too short rather than too long. It will bunch up and look messy if you make the cozy too large. The below instructions are for a teapot that measures 8 inches on each side.

For Base (Make 2)

Ch 26
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across to end, Ch 1; turn.
Row 2: Sc in same st, *sk 2 st, 5 dc in next st (shell made), sk 2 st, sc in next* repeat from * to * to end of row. Ch 3; turn.
Row 3: 2 dc in same space as ch 3, skip 2 dc and sc in top of next dc, *skip 2 st, 5 dc in sc of previous row, sk 2 st, sc in top of next dc * Repeat between *’s to end, 3 dc in last stitch, ch 1; turn.
Row 4: Sc in same stitch, skip 2 st, *5 dc in sc of previous row, sk 2 st, sc in top of next dc, sk 2 st* Repeat between *’s to end, sc in last stitch (top of ch 3 from previous row); ch 3; turn.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until piece is desired height, ending with Row 3. Fasten off and weave-in ends.

With wrong sides together, whip-stitch both pieces together on the sides to form a tube, leaving a small gap on one side for the spout and a larger gap on the other side for the handle.

Sc around the top opening of the cozy and also around the opening for the spout and the handle.  This gives it a more finished and neat appearance.

Teapot Lid Cover
I wasn’t sure how to attach the flowers & leaves, so I just crocheted a circle slightly larger than the teapot lid and attached it to the top edge of the cozy on one side with ten firm stitches to create a flap. I used the crochet circle instructions HERE, but you can make it however you wish. (Note: It would be much easier to crochet the flowers & leaves onto the circle first and then attach it to the top edge of the cozy. I wasn’t that smart when I made mine and it was kind of awkward and fumbly. Live and learn!)
Make flowers and leaves and sew onto the lid and/or body as desired.

A Few Flowers & Leaves Links:
Allcraft Flowers
Crochet Pattern Central Flowers
Crochet Mania Flowers
Summersnook Flowers & Leaves
3d Digest Leaves

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If anyone would like to make a tutorial using this pattern, please feel free.  Use the pattern however you wish.  A link back to me would be appreciated if you post it on your blog.
Please let me know if you find any errors.  This pattern was not tested prior to posting.  (I didn’t want to ask anyone to test it during the holidays.)
 
I hope you enjoy using this pattern as much as I did when creating it.  It took many hours, but I enjoyed every minute!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Teapot Cozy, First Try

Merry Christmas!

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Well, here’s what I came up with on my first crack at making a teapot cozy without a pattern.  I think it turned out pretty well, although I didn’t have the exact color of yarn I wanted.  I wanted the base to be more of an off-white color.  This was a little darker yarn (tan) by Vanna that I had in my stash.  I’m not completely satisfied with it, but it’s not bad.

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I think I need a few more leaves maybe.  I worked on this thing for 12 hours yesterday!  It took me forever.  I finally finished up just before 3 AM.  I did write down the instructions for the base.  I’ll be posting it as a freebie if anyone is interested.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Drooling...

Over all of THESE!

THIS is my favorite.  It's so gorgeous!

I don't even own a teapot!  Ha-ha-ha!

Please excuse all the exclamation points.  It's a pet peeve of mine for people to overuse them, but sometimes nothing else will do!

That's it.  I'm buying a teapot and making one of these.  I must.

So Pretty & Fun

I had a great time crocheting these pretty decorative “potholders” last night.  I put potholders in quotes because squares like these don’t make good potholders with the flowers on them, in my opinion.  Something this pretty should be seen and not touched anyway, right?

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Fronts
(I haven’t crocheted the rings on yet)

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Backs
(Crocheted to the fronts with an sc around)

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I just love these.  They are so thick and plush with the additional square crocheted to the back and the little flower is so dainty looking.  I really don’t want to give these away, but I’m going to.  I can always crochet myself a set if I want to later, and I probably will.  The best gift is one you want to keep for yourself, amiright?
This wonderful and unique square was created by Debi Y. of Hooks & Yarns and it’s FREE!  I say “unique” because I’ve never seen a flower and leaves done this way on a square.  It’s different and easy to do.  Thank you, Debi, for sharing your take on the Flower Granny Square.  It’s a keeper and one I will use again and again.
It was 85 degrees here in Dallas, Texas yesterday!  Can you believe that at Christmastime?  Today it has turned much colder and much more appropriate for Christmas weather.  I’m going to go light a fire in the fireplace and see if I can get interested in crocheting something else.  These squares were the first thing I’ve made in five days.  I think that might be a record string of days with no crochet for me this year!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Granny Log Cabin

With permission of Erin at Dutch Girl Diary, the creator of this wonderful pattern, I've printed the below pattern in a condensed version.  She has a full tutorial with pictures on her blog HERE.  I think this is a very interesting pattern and hope to make an afghan using it next year.

Y'all go visit Erin's blog and see her completed Granny Log Cabin Afghan!  It's so pretty!

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping Blogger doesn't screw up the line spacing so it's easy to print.


I've number the rows in the above picture since I don't have any of the other tutorial pictures here.  This is Erin's picture and her work.

Granny Log Cabin

http://dutchgirldiary.blogspot.com/2010/10/granny-log-cabin-potholder.html

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn
G Hook

Note: Traditional Log Cabins have a red or yellow center.  (I had no idea!  How interesting.)

For a potholder, also crochet a solid granny square and attach to the back with sc all around; edge.

For afghan, make five rows of each color instead of two.

Step 1:
Crochet a 2-round granny square. Fasten off.

Step 2:
Starting at a corner, fasten on new color with a sl st.
Chain 2 - this is equal to 1 DC. 2 more DC in this corner to form a 3 DC cluster.
3 DC cluster in next space (middle). 3 DC cluster in corner. Chain 2 and turn work over.

Step 3:
Chain 2 from previous step equals first DC. 3 DC clusters in next two spaces. 1 DC to finish row. Fasten off; turn clockwise for new color.

Step 4:
Starting at a corner, fasten on new color with a slip stitch. Chain 2 - this is equal to 1 DC.
2 more DC in this corner to form a 3 DC cluster. 3 DC cluster in next two spaces.
3 DC cluster in corner. Chain 2 and turn work over.

Step 5:
Chain 2 from previous step equals first DC.
3 DC clusters in next three spaces. 1 DC to finish row. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Flip work over so that the “right” side of the center granny is showing.

Step 6:
Turn clockwise and fasten on new color.
Continue crocheting each “log” as explained in Step 2 and Step 3 until the potholder/afghan is as large as you would like it to be.


Thank you very much, Erin, for allowing me to post this condensed version.  And thanks for sharing a great pattern with us too!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pathetic!

Every year I have high hopes and every year I keep trying and trying, but I fail miserably…

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So the first pathetic thing this year is that I couldn’t find my Christmas cookie cutters.  I must have inadvertently thrown them out while cleaning out cabinets.  All I could find was The Captain’s card suit cookie cutters.  So I decided, well, the hearts and diamonds will work okay, and the spades kind of look like a Christmas tree.  Then I just made some round ones thinking they could be Christmas tree balls…

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The childrens were very interested in what Momma was doing.  That frosting kind of smells good too!  They did get a lick or two.  Sammi got some too, but my angel doesn’t beg like the two bratty ones do.

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Um…

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See what I mean?

What the hell ARE those?

PATHETIC, I TELL YOU!

It always makes me laugh how bad I am at this.

EAT THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES AND MARVEL AT THEIR BEAUTY!

IT’S CHRISTMAS, DAMMIT!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

On-the-Fly-Doily

I changed my mind.  I'm posting these now in case anybody wants to try a quick Sunday project.

Rounds 5 and 6 did not turn out like mine on the testers' doilies.  They crochet tightly and I crochet loosely, hence the difference.  If you are a tight crocheter, you will want to add an extra chain to the loops on both of these rounds so they'll stand out more and not draw up as in these pictures.  You can also try using a bigger hook.

 Tracie's Doily

Melissa's Doily

Pammy Sue's Doily

If you look at the bottom center at the last off-white round in my doily, that error has been corrected in the below pattern.  And if you want this pattern in a Word Document, leave me a comment along with your email address and I'll send it to you.

Once again, thank you to Tracie and Melissa for testing this pattern.  I made some adjustments based on their feedback.

Note: I lay no claims on this pattern. Use it as you wish. However, I would love to see a picture of yours if you make it!


On-the-Fly Yarn Doily

12 ½ inches in diameter

Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H hook (Go up a hook size if you crochet tightly)

Change colors between rounds as desired. The following instructions indicate color changes used in the doily pictured.

Start with a magic circle (or ch 6 and join to form a ring).

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, *3 dc in ring, ch 2* repeat from * to * until you have 5 sets of 3 dc. Join with a sl st to top of first ch 3.

Round 2: Attach new color with a sl st in any ch-2 space in Round 1. Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, ch 2 (two 3-dc clusters made). (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next space, ch 2) in each space around. Join with a sl st to beginning sl st.

Round 3: Attached a new color in any ch-2 space of previous round. Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 2. (3 dc, ch 2) in each space around. Join with a sl st in beginning Ch 3.

Round 4: Attach a new color and join with an sc in any stitch. Sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each ch space around. Join with a sl st to first sc.

Round 5: Ch 3, sk 2 stitches, (sc in next stitch, ch 3, sk 2 stitches) around. Join with a sl st to beginning stitch.

Round 6: Sl stitch in first two chains of beginning ch-3. Chain 4, (sl st in next ch-3 loop, ch-4) around. Join with a sl st in beginning stitch.

Round 7: Attach a new color in any ch-4 loop of previous round. Ch 3, 2 dc in same loop, ch 2. (3dc, ch 2) in each ch-4 loop around. Join with a sl st to beginning st.

Round 8: Attach a new color in any ch-2 space of previous round. Ch 3, dc in same sp. (Dc in each stitch and 2 dc in each space) around…Add one extra dc somewhere in the middle of this round. (I only had enough stitches in the doily I made to skip 2 stitches before joining. This should fix that problem. Remember I was doing this on the fly!) Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Round 9: Attach a new color in any stitch. Ch 5, sk 3 stitches, (sc in next stitch, ch 5, sk 3 stitches) around. Join with sl st to beginning stitch.

Round 10: 3 sc in each loop around. Join with a sl st to beginning sc.

Round 11: Attach a new color in any sc between loops of previous round (see picture). Ch 5, dc in same stitch. Dc, ch 2, dc in sc between next loop (V-stitch made). V-stitch in each sc between loops around. Join with a sl st to 3rd chain of beginning ch 5.

Round 12: Ch 3, 2 dc in ch-2 sp of previous round, ch 2, 3 dc in same stitch. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each ch-2 of each v-stitch of previous round. Fasten off and weave-in ends.

Wet or damp blocking recommended.  It will make all the difference!

Cuteness

dawns roosters

Aren’t these roosters totally cute?  I love them!  You can see a lot more pictures of these on Dawn’s page on Flickr and on HER BLOG.  I’ve got to give this a try even though there is no pattern.

I love just about everything Dawn makes.  I love her style and color choices.

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I frogged my Magic Afghan.  The K hook was just too small for the double strand of worsted and it was killing my arms.  When I start it over (some day) I’ll use an N hook instead.  I also think that using Hobby Lobby’s ILTY for the black will make it a little easier.  I was using a Caron Pounder and it was just yucky and stiff.

I haven’t crocheted anything at all the past few days.  I can’t decide what I want to work on.  Maybe I’m burned out a little (GASP!).

I’ll be posting the On-the-Fly Doily pattern tomorrow along with the pictures of the testers’ doilies.

Have a nice, relaxing Sunday!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Eli & Fletcher

Eli and Fletcher were jealous that I featured Sammi yesterday and didn't show a picture of them too so this is for them.  I took their pictures this morning while having my first cup of coffee in weeks in the backyard.

Elijah (Eli)
"Don't hate me because I'm gorgeous!"

Beautiful, dominant over the other dogs, a picky eater, will not kiss you on the mouth (like you are the one that's nasty), Daddy's boy, hoards all the toys, friendly with all people, has a jealousy streak a mile long, only minds when you make him, spins in a tight circle when excited, light as a feather and has the softest of soft fur.

Fletcher (Fletch)
"Do not touch my toy!"

Emotionally scarred from being kept in a small cage alone the first four months of his life before I rescued him (i.e. crazy), aggressive but submissive to Eli most of the time even though he's bigger and much stronger, sweet on Sammi, Momma's boy, loves to be picked up, held and carried (this makes him instantly calm no matter what is happening at the time), will bite you really hard (playing) so you must be careful around him, talks to us all the time by barking and howling, smart as a whip, minds very well and is very sweet.

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The testers are finished with their doilies.  I'm waiting for them to be blocked and photographed before showing them to you and posting the pattern.  I can't wait to see them and the colors they chose.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Testers Found

I have two testers.  Thank you Tracie and Melissa!

I emailed the pattern to both of you.  Let me know if you don't get it!

Tester Wanted

I had a request for the yarn doily pattern in the previous post and wrote it up this morning.  If you would like to test this pattern and can get to it quickly, please let me know.

I'll post again when I have a volunteer or two lined up.

This will be a free pattern.  I just want to make sure it's correct before posting to the world.  Nothing is more frustrating than a shitty pattern full of errors, even if it is free!

All Better

I’m finally feeling much better now after a second doctor visit and a different antibiotic.  Aren’t you glad you don’t have to hear about it anymore?

Sammi is glad.  Her chin hairs have steadily been turning white over this past year.  I don’t know why she’s getting gray already.  She’s just recently turned four years old.

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She’s a Momma’s Girl

 

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I made another Cornbread Salad this morning.  (The cornbread is on the bottom.)  This is a picture before I added the Ranch Dressing, tomatoes, and shredded Cheddar cheese layers.  YUM.  I was telling Lallee about it earlier in the week and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since so I had to make it.  This is the simpler version with no chopping required.  Just cornbread seasoned with cumin and sage, one can of black-eyed peas and one can of black beans, one can of shoepeg corn, one can of green chilies, and one can of pimentos in the filling.  You can use whatever type of beans you like, and you can vary the other ingredients as well.  The possibilities are endless.

I know I’ve told y’all about this dish several times, but you aren’t listing to me!  MAKE IT!  You’ll return to this recipe time and time again because it’s that good.

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I whipped this little yarn doily up last night.  No pattern, I just winged it.  It’s the same colors as the table runner I made a few weeks ago.

That’s it.  Bye.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Moonrise Wrap

Lookie here, people!

Cool Pattern Alert

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Isn’t this a gorgeous wrap?  I bought the pattern today and it looks easy as pie, too!  I’m pretty sure I bugged the crap out of this lady for this pattern.  She put it up today for just $2.99 on Ravelry HERE.  Y’all go get you the pattern and support her efforts.  That is a great price for a pattern as nice as this!  (And tell her I’m really a nice person and not a pain in the ass!)

I haven’t decided on my colors yet.  I’m still thinking and looking at my stash.

Feeling better.  Bye!

Feliz Navidad

My Favorite Christmas Song...Always Has Been.  It makes me happy every single time I hear it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another Sweet Video

Click on the dog for a Christmas Treat

Doggy Tail Wag

I’m still not feeling well so I’m faking my entries with videos until I do.  I hope you enjoy them.  I’ll be back soon.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Video

A great rendition of Silent Night and a sweet video to go with it...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cute Crocheted Gift Pouches

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Aren’t these little gift bags cute?  I made them this morning.  You can find the free pattern HERE.  It took me about an hour and a half to make my first one.  I left all the ends loose and had to weave them in at the end.  The second one only took about an hour.  I got smart on that one and crocheted the ends in as I went.  I think they turned out so cute and are perfect for Christmas or anytime really.

I gotta go.  No time to chat.  Bye!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Magic Afghan Update & Explanation

My progress so far today:

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For those of you not familiar with Magic Balls and Magic Afghans, I will try to explain…

You can just use scrap yarns of all colors or choose your colors more deliberately to get a different look.  I do several rounds of winding (like 20-ish cranks on the ball winder) then stop, cut my yarn, choose a new color, and knot it on.  Trim loose ends and start winding again.  Vary the amount of yarn you wind into your ball with each new color.  When you crochet you’ll have yarn color changes in different places in the rows.  You may have one row of one color, two rows of the next, 1/2 a rows of the next, etc.  My advice is to always choose your yarns and make your magic balls first.  That way when you start crocheting, your color changes will be automatic, you won’t have any ends to tie together, and you won’t have ANY loose ends to weave-in when your afghan is finished.  It’s just easy-breezy crocheting straight through.

You’ll just have to guess at the number of magic balls you’ll need, or you can make them as you go.  I just prefer to make what I think I’ll need upfront and get that over with so I can just crochet.  You can use any color for your main color, but most people choose white or black.  White tends to wash out the colors and they are not as vibrant as with the black.

I’m using a Size K hook.  I will try a Size N next time for a looser weave in the blanket.  This one is turning out very firm and thick and has more of a rug feel to it.  The larger N hook would make it looser and softer. 

For the afghan I started today (pictured above), I started with a chain of 150 (holding black yarn and the magic ball yarn together).  Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across to end.  *Ch 2, turn.  Dc in each dc across to end of row.  Repeat from * to * until your afghan is the size you want it.  A beginning chain of 150 came out to 58 inches for the width of my afghan.

This is NOT my idea or pattern.  (But you can leave me a donation if you want!  Ha-ha-ha!  I’m kidding, I’m kidding!  Some of you won’t get that joke reference so just move along.) 

I first saw this crochet concept on Linda’s blog here:  www.Madcrochetingfool1.blogspot.com

Here are a couple of Linda’s finished blankets and also some of her purses/totes made using Magic Balls:

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I hope I’ve made sense.  If not, leave me a comment with your questions and I’ll try to answer you pronto if I know the answer.

Magic Balls

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I made several magic balls this morning with all shades of green with one yellow every now and then.  I’m going to start on a magic blanket today.  It’ll be plain (Just DCs) holding one strand of the greens and one strand of black and using a Size K hook.  I thought about making these balls and afghan last night after I went to bed, and that’s all I did all night long.  I thought about all the shades of green I had, I wondered whether I had enough black yarn in my stash, I thought about striping the yellow in – not too much, just a little now and then, I thought about what border I would do and whether I’d do it in solid green or solid black or both, and I wondered where that box of magic balls I made over a year ago went.  I drove myself nuts all night.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep.  So first thing this morning I got up and started winding and tying on new colors, winding some more, winding, winding, winding.

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Hmm…that’s an awful lot of yellow in that one ball.  I may have to unwind some of it before I begin.  It looks like I got a little carried away with that one.

 

I’m off to dc my little heart out.  Bye.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dreamsicle Scarf

Orangecicle

Orangecicle 2  Orangecicle Stitches

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Dreamsicle Scarf

The Pattern:  $2.99 HERE (Not Mine)

Same Stitch Pattern for Free:  HERE

Yarns:  Caron SS (Off White) & Yarn Bee Snowflake (Orangeade)

Hook Size:  G

 

This scarf was fun to crochet.  I love the stitch pattern with only two color changes.  It looks really nice in my beloved Snowflake yarn, don’t you think?  I will definitely make more of these.  I’m thinking of trying a heavier yarn and making an afghan in this stitch.  I think a lot of things I don’t actually do though.  Hee-hee.

Still trying to get well.  Still not.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Hello?


Are y'all still there?

1. I feel like I’ve been in an alternate dimension for the past week. Very weird. The germ I had was a bad-ass.


2. I haven’t had any coffee in six days. It still doesn’t sound good. I’ve been drinking hot tea and tons of grape Powerade.

3. A trip to Hobby Lobby is in order to welcome me back to the real world! I deserve a skein or two.  I think I'd better wait a day or two longer though.

4. The Captain is now sick with the same thing I had. He just keeps saying over and over, “You made me sick!”

5. I have nothing else to talk about but this stupid sickness, but I really feel like I’ve broken out of it today. No more sick talk.



Typing those five things made me tired. I need to go rest now.  I'll be back when I have something to talk about.