Gah! It's gorgeous!
I love the colors.
See more info about it and the free pattern link HERE.
You can buy it HERE.
$48 + shipping is too rich for my blood, but I know she probably spent a lot of time making this and crocheting in the beads. See more pictures and the lining at that link. It looks very well done.
I'm still working on my shawl with the D.N. Serenity Garden yarn. I'm really enjoying it. Which reminds me...I need to go to JoAnn's online and order some different colors while it's on sale with free shipping. Today is the last day. (See previous post for details and coupon code.)
I received the other sock yarn I ordered in the mail earlier this week. I'm starting another shawl as soon as this one is done. I'm surprised I've resisted the urge to dig-in to that new yarn and start it anyway, but I'm really looking forward to finishing this one.
One thing I've learned and I'd like to pass on to some of you newer crocheters...when you are using self-striping or variegated yarns like pictured above, don't bother using complicated stitch patterns. They will be lost with a yarn colored like this. Just do a simple stitch and let the yarn be the star. I learned that lesson when I made one of my first pineapple doilies. I used a variegated thread, and you couldn't even see the pineapples unless you were looking for them. So if you're making something with a beautiful pattern stitch, just use a solid colored yarn or thread so the stitch will shine. Trust me!
I've had a rather rough day. First of all, The Captain had to work so I was here alone with the construction man in the house today. That always kind of racks my nerves. Then there's the pain and all the pain pills, the upcoming surgery, plus a couple of personal family issues that I let get to me. So I boo-hooed over something silly, which really wasn't what was upsetting me at all, and I just hate it when I sob and make myself feel 10 times worse with the snotty red nose and puffy eyes. BLAH.
I just shouldn't think about everything that's bothering me at once, no matter how small it seems, because it just all piles up and becomes a big, insurmountable, overwhelming thing.
My hubby is so sweet to put up with me calling him on the phone and having a nervous breakdown while he's at work. But he made me feel better and gave me some good advice: "Go into into the kitchen and get you a bowl of that Neopolitan Ice Cream I bought us yesterday, then get in your bed with your dogs and eat it and try to calm down." So that's exactly what I did.
Lo & behold, I felt better.
So I got on my laptop and started this entry.
Oh gee...sorry. I got on here and started blathering all this stuff that I didn't mean to. I'm not erasing it though. It is what it is. Life isn't always happy-happy, joy-joy, fun & games all the time, is it? Just keeping it real.
Thanks for listening!