Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
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
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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
HERE is the link.
Monday, May 21, 2012
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)
I've GOT to go grocery shopping. I've been putting it off for days. Bye.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
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!
Friday, May 18, 2012
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.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
So I was making some cheese toast for a late lunch a few minutes ago and forgot about it. It burned. Looks delish, no?
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.
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
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!
PammySue8@gmail.com and I will help you “find” the pattern. 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.
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.
Friday, May 11, 2012
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 décor 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.
Enough of that.
I’m outta here.
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
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.
Okay, it helped to yell at myself a little. I'm off to DO IT. Jeez...
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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
Sometimes you just know when something is right…
It strikes a chord in you…
And you know it will be finished and be just what you envisioned it to be…
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.
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!