Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Momma's Purse




My momma had a purse similar to this one that she carried for years.  She mentioned the other day that she had finally put it in a box of stuff to be donated and she'd like to have a new one.  I've been looking through patterns for something she might like, and I kept coming back to this pattern.  I think it's just so pretty no matter what color you use.

I've had two skeins of Fisherman's Wool sitting in my stash for at least a year now.  I decided to use them for this project.  I made this one holding two strands together so it would be sturdy.  My mom is going to line it.

I'm not sure if I'm going to use those straps or not.  I'll let her decide if she'd like these or wants me to crochet the straps.  I took these off an old purse I had in my closet.  I added a rose (top picture) that she can use if she wants, and she can also remove and change out the ribbon to match her outfit if she'd like.

Please excuse the poor picture quality.  It's raining and thundering and carrying on here this morning so I had to take the picture inside under artificial light.

I used the free pattern HERE.

Here are some better pictures (a little bit).


Friday, May 25, 2012

Loving It





A little over 1/3 finished.
36 flower squares joined.
63 left to do.
I'm still enjoying it immensely.

Have a safe & happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shit-Fit Shawl

GAH!
I nearly had a shit-fit when I saw this shawl a few minutes ago on Ravelry.  I'm in love with it.  I may have to take a break from the flowers and take a couple of days to make this.  I REALLY love it.  I'll have to keep my fingers crossed that H.L. will have 5 skeins of this yarn available.  I think I'm going to throw on a bra and some shoes and go NOW.  Cuz that's how I am.  If I waited until tomorrow, I'd be like, eh, whatever.  LOL.

I guess I should give you the credits for this photo and all.  This picture and shawl belongs to Sunriseknits on Ravelry HERE.  The free pattern is HERE.

Now I'm off to H.L. to grab that yarn!  Wish me luck!

Update:  No such luck.  They didn't have it.  They don't even have it online.  Boo!

Update to update:  Found it at Joann's online.  Ordered it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Inspiration

Do you crocheters out there need some inspiration?  Well, I'm here to hopefully provide that for you this week.  At least I hope so!

Look through these before you go clicking the links and leave me.  You must leave me some love in the comments.  I love hearing from all of you.  It makes my day to read your comments even if it's just a quick hello.

Look at these pretty things you could be making:
It's really pretty, you can use scraps, and the pattern is FREE!  No excuses!  This one was made by CrocheterAmanda and posted on Crochetville HERE.  The free pattern pdf is HERE.

And then there's this...
This is one of the prettiest Log Cabin Afghans I have seen.  These colors are great together.  I would have never thought of them myself.  Found this picture on Crochetville HERE.  The FREE pattern link is there.

Or what about this...
This was made by Crochetbug13 found HERE.  It's also a FREE pattern.  Follow the link she gives to the pattern.  It reminds me of the Groovy Ghan that is so popular right now.

Or this...
Pretty BRIGHT granny squares!  You can do that without a pattern!  Come on, girls (and guys)!  Get those juices flowing.  Just a couple of squares a day will get you started.  This one belongs to StripeyMonkey on Ravelry.

Just look at this sweet daisy blanket made by Angelfee.  Bunny Mummy has a great tutorial for a blanket like this on her blog HERE.  

Look at the pretty blue one:
Made by Priscilla.  Go to her blog HERE and see all of her amazing afghans.  She's got some gorgeous ones.

Is that enough?
Did anything catch your eye or your heart?

More?  Okay...
Everybody needs a RED granny blanket.
EVERYBODY!
It doesn't matter if it doesn't match anything you have.
You've gotta have one.
This one is by HardDaysKnit on Ravelry.

And...
This one is by Andamento.
She says it's "garish."
I say it's gorgeous!
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Okay, I'm done.
I hope you enjoyed today's presentation.
You crocheters out there are AMAZING!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pretties

I'll give you (and me) and break from the flower squares today and show you somebody else's pretties.
I had a fit over this pretty poncho.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I just love the colors.  It was made by Indyf9 on Flickr.  HERE is the link.

And I saw this square this morning...
I thought it was so pretty.
I'm saving the pattern for later use.  I've got to try this one.
Here it is done in different colors.
It's amazing how using different colors can change the look so much.
I love it.
You can find the free pattern HERE.
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I'm off to get a much-needed and much-overdue mani/pedi.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chain Link Join Video Tutorial

Here is a wonderful 2-part video that explains this method of joining if you didn't understand my written instructions.  The only difference is she makes her chain loops with 5 chains and I make mine with 4.  She is calling this a flat braid continuous join.

Part 2 shows the adjacent square corner joining that I tried to explain.  It's much clearer to just see her do it.

Thank you, Eileen, for finding the video link for me!

Click on the link below to go to the video tutorial:
Chain Link Joining (Or Flat Braid Joining)

Madness

I have yarn and flowers coming out my ears over here!  They are everywhere.  And as hard as I'm working, it's going to be at least three weeks before this baby is done.  We're talking hours upon hours of work here.  This is no small undertaking.  But what fun.  I really need this distraction right now too.  I'm actually kind of dreading being finished with this.  You know what I mean?  I should stop that and just enjoy the madness right now...and I really am.  Be in the moment, Pammy Sue!

I've GOT to go grocery shopping.  I've been putting it off for days.  Bye.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chain Link Joining Method

I don't know if this is the proper name for this kind of join or not, but it's what I'm calling it.  This is how I do it:


Chain Link Joining Method

FIRST SQUARE:  Attach yarn with an sc in any corner space.  Ch 4, sc in same space.  (Ch 4, sc in next space) across to next corner.  Ch 4, sc in same space.  Repeat this all the way around; fasten off.

Your first square is the ONLY square that you will do this with.  The rest will be joined as you crochet on one, two, or three sides.

Your first square will look like this when you are finished:
SECOND SQUARE:  Repeat method for first square across two sides of your square.  Stop after you have made the first sc in the third corner.  Ch 2, join to corner of first square by making an sc in the corner ch-4 loop, ch 2, sc in same corner space of second square.  Ch 2, sc into next ch-4 loop of first square, ch 2, sc into next ch-4 loop of second square.

Continue in this manner joining squares on the appropriate sides.

Note:  When you get to the point where you have adjacent squares (they only touch on the corners), join to the adjacent square's corner ch-4 loop.  This makes a more secure join and looks much neater.

I hope I have explained this adequately.  I don't want to take the time right now to make a full-blown tutorial with pictures for each step.  I did a brief look for this method on YouTube so I could provide you a link to it, but I didn't find it.

I hope this is helpful!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Flowery Progress

Here's a little peek at what the background and joining looks like on my blanket.  The black and brown kind of mutes the bright colors of  the flowers a little.  Not sure how I feel about that, but I definitely did not want white or even off-white this time.

If you didn't see the bottom of my entry yesterday, I updated it to say that the video link with the joining instructions that I emailed is not the one I am using.  Sorry about that.  I'll have to find this one and post the link for you.

If you've emailed me and haven't had a response, I must have missed it so email me again.

This is a LOT of work, but it's FUN work!
Bye!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Let the Weekend Begin




Twenty six flowers are made.  I'm going to put a few together and see how the background and joining colors I've chosen are going to look.  I can't wait to see it!

I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed making this blanket so far.  And I mean all the little tedius bits like weaving in those pesky ends too.  I retired to my room last night at about 8:00, propped myself up on some pillows, and devoted about an hour and a half to weaving in the ends of another baggie of black circles prepping them for the flowery fun part.  Then I made another six flowers before forcing myself to stop and turn the light out around 1:00 AM.

If you need a flower fix over the weekend, you know where to come!  Have a good one.

Updated to Add:  I just realized that I have been emailing y'all the wrong link for the joining method I am using.  That DROPS one is not correct.  I will have to find it and post it here later.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Let the Fun Begin





  The middles are finished!


I made the green flower last night.  My time was 15 minutes to make them and sew in the ends of the middles and flower, but I'm sure that time will become less once I do a few.  I think I will make 25 before putting the background on them and do them in 4 batches like that.
 
This is what 100 middles looks like.
20 middles in each snack bag.
I think I'm obsessing just a tad...
No, I'm just organized.
Yes, that's it.
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No more crocheting until this evening.
I have to work and pay for my yarn.
Boo!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

M-O-R-O-N

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So I was making some cheese toast for a late lunch a few minutes ago and forgot about it.  It burned.  Looks delish, no?

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So I got out two more pieces of bread and cheese and started over.  I burned those too.  I have the attention span of a flea.

This is how I’ve been for at least a month now.  I think I’m losing it or getting a rapid onset of Alzheimer's.

I banned myself from the kitchen and ate a can of peaches for lunch instead.

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I have managed to make 53 middle circles for the flower blanket.  Earlier I did something really nerdy and I calculated exactly how long it takes me to make 1 circle, multiplied that by 99 (the number needed), and divided by 60, which will gave me the time.  Per my calculations, it will take 3.3 hours to make all 99.  That would be without any interruptions and without sewing in any of the ends.  I figure you can add another 45 seconds or so for each one to sew in two ends, so now your total is about 4 hours just to make the middles!

Thank you, Poindexter.  Now go tape up the nose of your glasses and make the rest.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jibber-Jabber

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New yarn colors for the Flowery Blanket.  They are prettier in person.  I didn’t get good pictures today.  The green is greener, the gold is brighter, etc.  I hate shitty pictures.  Plus, I got pissed off at Hobby Lobby.  They had ONE register open with about 10 people in line.  There was an employee standing there acting like she was completely engrossed in looking at an inventory list or something, so I yelled out, “Can you get another checker up here please?”  She ignored me even though I know she heard me.  I was only standing 20 feet away.  “HELLO!  CAN YOU GET ANOTHER CHECKER UP HERE PLEASE?  You have a long line here and only one checker open!”  It was impossible for her to ignore me again and everyone was staring at her at this point, so she reluctantly got on the loud speaker and asked for another checker.  GOD FORBID she check some of us out herself!  GAH.

I would have loved to have wrung her neck like a chicken, but I really wanted to take my yarn home instead of going to jail so I refrained.

ANYWAY…the four skeins on the right side of the picture are Vanna’s, the two orange skeins are Cotton Tots, and the hot pink is ILTY.  I was really happy because last time I was at H.L. I saw that orange Cotton Tots yarn and really loved the color and almost bought it at $5.99 per skein, and today it was in the clearance bin for $2.99!  SCORE!
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So here is another shitty picture of my first flower and some middles.  (That is not the orange Cotton Tots.  It’s Vanna’s)  I have only 88 more middles and 98 more flowers to go!  Ha-ha.  I shall not get in a hurry, and I shall enjoy every stitch of this blanket.  If you want to make one with me, drop me an email at PammySue8@gmail.com and I will help you “find” the pattern.  Winking smile  I wouldn't normally do that, but it is a very old magazine and hard to get your hands on a copy, and as far as I know, you can't get it anywhere else.

FYI…the afghan pictured in my last entry is done slightly different from the pattern.  I like the way she did it better than the written pattern.  I also have a link for a tutorial on how to do the joining method that she used.  The pattern has you whipstitch the squares together.

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I had an MRI on my lower back this morning and I’m high on pain pills, muscle relaxers, and Xanax.  Weeeeeeee!  I am not responsible for any content here today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I:

1.  Posted several entries today saying really stupid stuff.
2.  Passed out and didn’t post anything else at all.
3.  Made all 99 flowers for my blanket today (the pain pills make me hyper).
4.  Messed up every single thing I crochet today and have to frog it tomorrow and start over.
5.  Sit here all day with my mouth hanging open watching Fox News and worrying about world issues and why Shepard Smith looks so skinny.
6.  Send out emails to everyone I know telling them I either (A) really really love them or (B) really really hate them.
7.  Feed the dogs 7 times because I keep forgetting that I all ready fed them.
8.  You get the idea.

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Baby Pictures:
Fletch Puppy
Fletch Puppy Picture
Sammi32
Sammi Puppy Picture

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Hows about a recipe?
Okay…

Girl Scout Stew
1 can beef broth
1 can tomato sauce
1 pound hamburger meat
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 chopped green pepper
1 cup instant rice
1 cup water
1 Tbsp butter

Brown hamburger, onions, and peppers; drain and add beef broth and tomato sauce.  Add rice, water, and 1 Tbsp butter.  Mix well.  Bring to a boil, cover, and remove from heat.  Let sit 10 minutes.  Taste and add salt, pepper, and garlic powder as desired.

EASY AND YUMMY!
I’m outta here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Oh, Goodie!

Home & Garden Flower Afghan

This pattern supposedly was in the March ‘92 Better Homes & Gardens Magazine.  Why don’t they ever publish crochet patterns in those kinds of magazines anymore?  This picture came from Maze Walker on Flickr.  I’ve had this picture saved forever.

I’m so excited because I got lucky today and found this back-issue online.  I can see it on the the cover so I know it’s in there.  I should have it in a couple of days since it’s being shipped Priority Mail.  Yipee!  I think it will be a fun pattern to make.  All the different colors should keep it interesting.  I can imagine it will make a pretty matching pillow too.

Do you like it?

Do you LOVE it?

I think I would make all the background colors the same (greenish-aqua) and keep the joining color brown.  Or maybe vice-versa.  Yes, mocha brown backgrounds with greenish-aqua joining.  I can picture it in my mind.  It will be something pretty to use as d├ęcor and not necessarily a useful blanket.  It would be pretty in an entryway or living room draped on a bench or chair.  Such a pretty heirloom to have for my children or grandchildren some day.  The thought of it living on in the family long after I’m gone makes me happy.

Speaking of heirlooms, I so badly wish that I had a grandmother still alive to sit and crochet with.  My Granny was a wonderful crocheter.  I have a couple of her afghans that I cherish and use occasionally.  I sit and examine the stitches and wonder what she was thinking about as she made them.  I know she was probably watching a soap (she loved watching them), or she was watching a baseball game with my Pawpaw like they always did.

**Sigh**

Enough of that.

I’m outta here.

Look Familiar?

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Heh-heh-heh….I can’t help it.

I wanted to do yellow, but I need to go buy another shade for that one.  Maybe I’ll do it next.  Don’t know why I’m itching to make something yellow since it’s not normally one of my favs at all.

Anyway, I hope to be hooking this weekend away.  So far so good.  Nothing on the schedule but ass-sitting time trying to get rid of the last of the creeping crud I had.

Thanks for all the nice comments on the Pinky Granny!  Y’all made me happy.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pinky Granny




Pattern:  Paton's Stained Glass Window
I've gotten several comments that this link isn't working, but it always works for me for some reason.  If you can't get it to work, you can find instructions on YouTube HERE and another one HERE. I've also added a written rectangle granny pattern at the bottom of this post.
Yarn:  Hobby Lobby ILTY (Less than 8 oz of each color). 
Colors I Used Lightest to Darkest:  Soft Pink (lightest), Pink, Old Rose, Dark Raspberry (I think...I don't have the label anymore), Aubergine (darkest).  I abandoned some of the colors I used in the center round of colors so I didn't list those.  They just didn't work.
Hook:  Size H
Size:  38" x 52
Edging:  Filigree Edging by The Garden Bell, R1:  sc all around, R2:  (sc, ch 5, sc, ch 7, sc, ch 5, sc) in same sc, ch 4, skip next 5 sts, repeat around.
Changes to Pattern:  I only chained 47 to begin on this one because I knew I was making it smaller than I normally do.

I'm starting another one!
I'll give you a peek when I get a few rounds on it.
Later...


Rectangle Granny

Note: This pattern is written so that you change colors every row. If you want it like the one I made, you'll have to refer to the picture to see how many rows I did of each color.

Worsted Yarn in various colors
Size I Hook

Ch 59 to begin (or 47 for smaller blanket)

Rnd 1 (RS):  2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 1, sk next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch) 13 times, ch 1, sk next 3 ch, in last ch work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Do not turn. Working along other side of ch, (ch 1, sk next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch) 13 times, ch , sk next 3 ch, in last ch work (3 dc, ch 3) twice; sl st to top of ch-3, sl st in next st.

Rnd 2:  Insert hook into top of next st and pull through new color, sl st into ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc twice in same space.  (Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 13 times.  Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 3 in each of next 2 ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, ch 1, sl st into stop of next ch-3 to join, sl st in next st.

Rnd 3:  Insert hook into next ch-3 and pull through new color (or use same color), sl st into ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc twice in same sp. (Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) across to corner sp.  Ch 1, in corner space, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc.  3 dc in next ch sp and in each sp across.  Continue around in established pattern working (ch 1, 3 dc) in ch-1 sps and (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 of corner sps changing colors as desired.


Paralyzed

My blanket has turned out so pretty, but I've been fretting over the stupid border for two days and have done nothing but stare at it sitting there.  I've freaked myself out over it.  I'm such a dork.  I've looked at book after book and all the patterns I have on my computer and I can't just pick one.  WHY do I do this?  It's just a border on a blanket!  Good lord, girl, just pick something and do it all ready!

Okay, it helped to yell at myself a little.  I'm off to DO IT.  Jeez...

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Update

Sorry, y'all.  I took a turn for the worse and have been sick with this respiratory infection.  Started antibiotics yesterday so should be looking up soon.  I have been working on my blanket, although I didn't get the whole of last weekend as I planned.  The Captain came home sick on Friday with the same gunk I have.

Anyway, I only have a round and a half left to do on my blanket before it's ready for the border.  You know I can't wait to start that part.  I haven't decided what edging pattern to use yet.  I expect to be back here by Friday if not before with the big reveal.  Bye.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Right As Rain

Sometimes you just know when something is right…

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It strikes a chord in you…

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And you know it will be finished and be just what you envisioned it to be…

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Twenty-two more rounds, a small embellishment and a pretty trim, and it will be finished.  Right now I’m totally taken with it.  I REALLY like it…A LOT.

Stay tuned.  I have a feeling this won’t take long.  I have the daytime hours all to myself for the next three days.  I’m on a mad mission to finish it right away but still take time to enjoy the process along the way.  The rhythmic stitching is exactly what I need right now and exactly why I love to crochet.

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By the way, I’m feeling about the same.  Still have the laryngitis and chest junk, but I don’t care.  It’s not that bad.  I’ve had much worse.

I’ll be knee-deep in yarn all weekend.

I hope you have a lovely weekend too!

See ya.