Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gorgeous Stuff & A Tip & Boo-Hoo

I keep finding other people's crochet stuff that I absolutely love.  I love to look.  I could, and have, surfed through the Internet for hours looking for pretty things.

Like this...
Gah!  It's gorgeous!
I love the colors.
See more info about it and the free pattern link HERE.

And this...
So Cute
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!


  1. I had a case of the booey hoos today myself.... you know, hair has to be dyed, wrinkles, saggy butt, and extra 50 lbs, boobs sinking, kids are all moved out ,ak when I walk some days ...I talk to cats... maybe I should go eat a bowl of ice cream myself...
    On a happier note.. I am in love with the pattern your yarn is making on the shawl... I seriously need to buy some of that yarn while its on sale ...

  2. Well bless your lil pea-pickin' heart! I feel for you, having the boo-hoos and all. Not a nice feeling and I hope the ice cream did the trick. You have a very wise hubby and he should be proud that you followed his advise. Now next time? Don't forget the chocolate or caramel sauce! And to look at some more pretty crochet. :))
    Tomorrow will be a better day.
    Big Hugs from

  3. Awww... ::pat pat::... hug hug.. sometimes a good cry is the best thing for you, even with the stuffed up nose and swollen eyes. I bet you scared the workmen good. I love the neapolitan ice cream colors in that first blanket. Gads, $48 for that little bag.. I am SURE. I really love love your shawl. I want one. I wish I could beam me down there and sit with you and crochet a shawl. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Amazing how ice cream can fix what ails us. I put a few scoops of vanilla in the blender with a splash or 2 of milk and some nestles quik and I have a great milk shake. I use vanilla ice cream because dh likes the strawberry quik in his. I also use sugar free ice cream and quik so it's almost guilt free. Hope you're feeling better.

  5. Sorry to hear you were feeling a bit 'down' - great that the ice cream and the dogs did the trick. Thanks for the link to that lovely stroller blanket - it looks like the reverse side of the wool-eater which is one of my favourite patterns. I've downloaded the pdf. That yarn in your shawl is gorgeous - wish we were able to get such beautiful yarn over here :(
    Hope the coming days are happier for you. xoxox

  6. Süper!!!
    Very cute blanket.
    I have a link party too in my blog, so if you want to participate you will be welcome :)
    Nice blog ;)

  7. We all need to have a good boo hooing every now and then! I imagine you are a wreck, what with the house being torn up for workers, and the surgery, not to mention the discomfort and pain you feel. I am thinking about you friend!!!
    : ) Kris

  8. Very very nice!!

  9. Pammy Sue: The shawl is gorgeous! Having more back surgery is scary for sure. I used to be a surgical assistant for orthopedic surgeons who did your type of surgery. As for your crying..I know how you feel but sometimes its good to cry and let it out. HUGS Neicee

  10. Sometimes what you need is a good cry, It think it is very healing. I had one myself yesterday talking to my sister on the phone. Ice cream is of course a big help, too.
    Hug those doggies for me,

  11. The ice cream certainly does tend to mend the blues. Neopolitan ... not used to be my favorite but is growing on me. Grabbing a bowl and will stop by and join you. Take good care. By the way, lovely new crochet picks ... mmmmmm, there's so many wonderful things I want to make. The shawl will be gorwous.

  12. Oh, no, I'm sorry I wasn't around much yesterday. Sort of the same kind of day here, but without the ice cream and tears. Maybe, that's what I needed was a good old cry. I haven't had on of those in years. Hope today is starting out better for you.


  13. Hugs, hugs and more hugs! (and a bowl of ice cream too)

  14. I was away and missed this post so I hope today's been a better day for you, Pammy Sue.

  15. Nothin' like a bowl of ice cream and some cuddle time with the puppies to make things feel better.

  16. Oh I know the feeling. Been all boo-hooy for days myself now. I will be fine till someone comes in and asks if I am alright. then the water works and pity party begin. Wish ice cream would work for me. Hope everything goes well for you.

  17. Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for including my Neapolitan Ice Cream blanket in your list of pretty things...I'm so glad you like it! I'm pretty new to blogging and was wondering if anyone would see it at all. You made my day! Hope you're having a better one yourself :)

  18. Thank you so much for linking to my bag.


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