Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Luxuriously Muted Meow...I mean, Hello


On the way home from the doc today, I had The Captain stop at the "fancy" yarn shop.  "I'll just run in and buy two skeins of yarn.  I know exactly what I'm after."  Fifteen minutes later (some kind of record, I'm sure), I emerged with 11 skeins of the most luxurious yarn I've ever owned.


I wanted to finally try some of the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino I've heard so much about, and I was after some muted colors after I saw this...


The prettiest Amineko Cat I've ever seen by Marlene at Pontinhosmeus.  I need to make more cats!  They are so fun.  




I'm really loving these colors at the moment.  It's all either Debbie Bliss or Sublime, and all of it but one or two have a small amount of cashmere in them.  One of them is Wool, Cashmere, and Silk.  It's all so soft!  I can't quit looking at it and feeling of it and rearranging it.  The Captain is sick of me yammering about it and keeps rolling his eyes at me.  I can hardly wait to see what it feels like to have it in my hands with my hook in it.

Just, just...
SQUEEeeee!

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I got my stitches out today at the doc's.  All is as well as it should be.  I'm back to work on Thursday, I can drive again for short distances, and I can sit for longer periods instead of recline.  Itty-bitty progressively bigger steps back to normal.  I have some left lower back and side pain still hanging on, but that should get better and better as time goes by.

I've had a big day out and about the town for the first time in weeks.  I'm off to the bedroom to lay flat a while and rest.  (Yes, I'm taking my new yarn with me to stare at!)  The Captain is making burgers for dinner.  Yum.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Chelle Baby Sweater


This is the cutest little sweater pattern designed by Bev at One Yarn After Another.  I'm very happy with the way mine turned out.  The pattern was well-written and easy to follow, as usual for Bev's patterns.  I've been staring at it for two days trying to figure out what I wanted to do as an embellishment, if any, and I decided on the little owl.  I'm probably going to go with ties for the closure because none of my buttons look right for it.  I'll decide that later.

Yarn 1:  Deborah Norville Everyday worsted in Baby Pink
Yarn 2:  Bernat Cotton Tots in Orange
Hook:  G
Edging:  Sc on sleeves, collar, and both front sides.  Crab stitch on bottom.
Owl Embellishment:  Free Pattern Here

Thanks, Bev, for another great pattern!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cute Ollie Video

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Excuse my big fat hand in the lens...DUH.  At least you can see the important part.  Those are Eli's feet that come into the picture.  I was hoping Ollie would do just what he did when I turned the camera on.  Good boy.  Too cute.

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More on that overnight case my hubby brought home...


I didn't really like it when he first brought it home.  I figured I would end up throwing it away...


But the more I looked at it...


The more I liked it.  It's a keeper.  With a little work, it'll be good as new.  I opened it up and really inspected it this morning.  It smells like old ladies' perfume!  Not in a bad way, and not too strongly either.  I need to rip out that liner and give it a good cleaning because it's kinda gross. It looks like something leaked inside it...probably old-lady perfume!

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I'm at home by myself for the first time since my surgery today.  The dogs are being angels so I think I'll be fine.  I think I'll put a few new rows on the ripple again.  See ya.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thrifty Find & Recipe


The Captain went out for a hair cut yesterday morning and came home with a couple of things for me.  This is an old side table he found.  I like it.  I'm thinking about whether or not I want to spray paint it or just leave it.  You'll see it later in this post in the background.  For now, I'm going to leave it as is.  Of course, a new Granny Mandala is in order to display on top.  I'll make that soon.


And then there's this.  You know what he was aiming for, right?  He was trying to satisfy my want for an old suitcase to revamp for a bed for Ollie.  This won't quite work, but it was sweet of him to try.  He knew it  probably wasn't the right type, but he brought it home anyway.  He took all of these pictures for me too.  I'm definitely keeping him, girls.  He's mine!


Ollie was a little disappointed as I explained that he would have to wait a while longer for me to decorate his new bed.


Here is my sister's recipe for the Chicken Enchiladas Verde she brought over.  Click on the picture and then print.  It should come out as full size.


I dragged out the stripey blanket and added three new rows yesterday.  I screwed up on the second row, but didn't discover it until later in the day.  It'll just have to stay that way because I'm not ripping it out.  It's hardly noticeable.  It makes it more home-made that way anyway, right?  When I post the final Tah-Dah, we'll see if you can tell where I screwed it up.  I don't think I'm giving this one away either.  It's staying right here where it was born.

I haven't decided what I'm going to crochet on today.  I want to make Bev's New Pattern.  I just need to decide which yarn I'm going to use.  I don't have much baby yarn in my stash, and I'm afraid to use the DK from Stylecraft before I finish my stripey blanket for fear I'll run out.  

Anyway, that's it.  Back to lounging on the couch in a reclined position.  One more week of that and I'll be able to go somewhere.  Bye!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday Chick Talk


I made this owl last night while watching TV.  I see several things I would fix the next time I make one, but overall, I like the results.  I made mine with a G hook and worsted yarn, so I didn't make as many rounds in the circle part, and I'm sure he's bigger than he would be if I had used fingering yarn like the pattern calls for. You can find the pattern HERE.

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My sweet sister brought over two plates full of peanut butter cookies with chocolate drops in the center.  YUM.  This is the lid on one of the plates.  Hee-hee.  The were delicious, and they are ALL gone.  I think The Captain and I both ate our share and more.

She also brought over a casserole filled with Verde Chicken Enchiladas and a Cesar Salad that was so freakin' good.  We ate all but two of the enchiladas, and I have since eaten the leftovers for lunches.  Oink-oink.  And before that, my mom made a huge batch of her potato soup and brought it over.  It was also delish and warmed me to my toes.

So as you can see, I have been well taken care of.  The Captain has been a good nurse-maid and catered to my every whim.  I know he's looking forward to going back to work on Friday.  

I'm doing great, and the pain level is almost nil now with the meds.  I'm still taking the muscle relaxer and pain med as directed every day.

Okay, enough talk about that.  I'm ready to be well and get back to normal.

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I got a big box of yarn from JoAnn's the other day.  This is what I ordered when they had their sale & free shipping.  I got 4 skeins of pink and 4 skeins of cream Deborah Norville Everyday yarn, 4 skeins each of two different colors of her Serenity Garden yarn...

This is my favorite one.  I love these colors.  It's called Earth.  I don't have specific plans for any of these yarns yet, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.  I have bought so many crochet patterns online this past week I have lost count.  I'm stopping now.  I mean it.  For real.

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Look at this:  Sophie’s Dog Bed…Cutest thing ever!  When I can get out of this house and shop a little, I'm on a mission to find an old suitcase like that so I can make Ollie a bed like that.  I think it'll be a fun little project decorating it.

These cookies really sound good to me:  Soft Tropical Mango-Peach-Coconut Cookies

Okay, that's it from me today.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Recovery Crochet

Hi, y'all!  I barely remember making that post yesterday.  I had all the pictures and shawl info done beforehand.

I wanted to show you the new shawl I'll be working on while recovering...

This shawl was made by 15FiberFrenzy on Ravelry.  It is beautiful made with the yarn she used, but I am using something different.  I had picked out and purchased the yarn before I had the pattern.

The pattern is Heloise Shawl and can be purchased HERE.  I got it started while in the hospital through Row 6.
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I must say that my heart swelled when I saw all of your comments and well wishes.  Thank you so much.  I am in the process of emailing or commenting to each and every one of you if I was able to find your information.  It really means a lot to me to have y'all thinking of me and taking the time to say so.
Talk to y'all later...
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Boho Hippie Shawl






Yarn:  Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn (Fine or Sock Weight)
Hook:  Size E
Edging 1:  Rows 1 & 6 of Doris Chan's All Shawl Border
Edging 2 (Neck Edge):  SC into first 5 stitches, ch-3 picot into next st, repeat across.

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I'm home and doing great.  No leg pain at all, but terrific low-back pain and back spasms galore.  Doc says that was expected, and he also said I may have a couple of bad days this first week as it is healing.  It's difficult to move without pain.  It's amazing how many things require back muscles to do.  As long as I'm taking the pain medicine and muscle relaxer, I'm okay.  It's approximately a 5-inch incision.  I go back in two weeks to get the stitches taken out.  So far so good.  The hard part is over, I think.

Again, thank you for your kind comments and thoughts.

I shall return, but I'm not sure if it'll be tomorrow or a week from tomorrow.  It just depends how things go.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

After!

A reminder of the old:

And now...





Yay!  We're very happy with it.

I'll show you again when I get all the lamps, candlesticks, TV, etc. up and the furniture in place.

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I have another Tah-Dah to show you (the boho-hippie shawl), but that will have to wait until Thursday or Friday.  If I'm feeling well enough, I'll post on Thursday late in the day or early evening.  I'm working on the border now.

Thanks for all your well wishes for my surgery tomorrow.  I'm not nervous in the least.  Like I said, I'm just ready.

Love & hugs to all...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beginnings

Look at my brand-spanking-new grand-nephew!  Look at that smoosh face.  Hee-hee.  If that doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.  He looks so healthy.  Oh, I'd love to hold him and smell him and see his little feet right now.  I will soon!  I know my sister is thrilled with her grandson.  Congratulations, Sister!

Thank you all for your nice comments.  I felt the hugs from all of you.

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.

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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!

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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!

Friday, July 13, 2012

The "During" & Other Stuff

Everything has been removed and they hung the new mantle today.
The mantle will eventually be stained.  I can't wait to see what it looks like with the new tile installed.  Everything is happening too slow.  I told you I am the most impatient person on earth.  They are installing the tile on the wall and floor in front of it on Saturday.

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Extra! Extra!
JoAnn online has all their yarn on sale through Saturday, and free shipping over $25 with this coupon code:  FREE196.

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I keep forgetting to tell y'all that I found a copycat recipe for Waffle House Waffles, and it is so good!  I've made them twice already.  If you like waffles, try these.

Waffle House Waffles

1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c. plus 1 TBS sugar
1 egg
3 Tbs butter, melted
3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp vanilla


Mix flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside.  Mix egg, melted butter, buttermilk, milk, and vanilla in a large measuring cup and add to flour mixture.  Mix well.  Let sit overnight in fridge.  Preheat waffle iron and make your waffles according to your waffle iron's instructions.  On mine, I heat it 3/4 of the way to the highest setting, pour 1/4 cup batter on each side, close the lid, and cook for 2 minutes and 15 seconds.  I also add chopped pecans or chocolate chips before closing the lid.  YUM.

I usually make a double-batch and store them in the fridge in a plastic bag.  Then we just reheat what we want in the toaster.

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No crocheting has gone on here for the last couple of days.  I spent all day yesterday at the doctor's office and hospital.  I'm having my third back surgery next Wednesday.  He's doing the lower two levels of my spine.  I have to tell you...I'm really looking forward to getting it done instead of dreading it.  I'd do anything at this point to stop the pain.  It sucks.  I'm really happy that I don't have too long to wait.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Before & A New Shawl

Here is the "before" picture of our fireplace and shelves.  They are both gone now, bricks and all.  It looks nekkid in there now.  They are not coming back to do anymore work until Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Then they will be back on Monday just for touch-up painting.  That's their plan anyway.

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I started this shawl last night using the Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn.  This is a free pattern on the Lion Brand site called Country Cotton Shawl.  I decided against the Harlequin Shawl as originally planned.  I loved this yarn when I first saw it, but to fully appreciate how beautiful it is, you have to crochet something with it.  It's really a gorgeous yarn.  I love the hippie vibe of it.  I do keep splitting it as I'm crocheting, but I think that's because I'm using such a small hook (Size E).  I will definitely use this yarn again.

Speaking of yarn...being cooped up in my bedroom with my laptop since the construction is going on is dangerous.  I did a wee bit of online shopping yesterday and ended up buying some new sock yarn and another shawl pattern to make with it.  I ordered it priority mail, so I should get it tomorrow or Friday.  I must be the most impatient person on the face of the earth.

I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce and put it in the crock pot this morning.  Mmm...my favorite meal is spaghetti.  I never tire of it. Yum-yum-yum.

I'm about to settle under the covers and watch Dallas.  Talk to y'all again soon. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Making Out With Fletch







Can you tell we're bored stuck here in the bedroom while the construction is going on?  Hee-hee.  Fletch was up for some smooching and mugging for the laptop camera.  Hey!  I don't have a double chin from this angle!  Cool!

There's no telling what else I'll put up here today.  I'm still in my PJs, no make-up, no shower.  Who cares?!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Other People's Stuff

Look at this CUTE birdie!
I was so taken with him when I saw him.  Supposedly there is no pattern, but it would be easy to figure out if someone out there has the patience to do it.  We all know I don't.  I saw it HERE.  If anyone figures it out, I want it!  Pretty please??


Isn't this a pretty square?
This particular square was done by Kate at Signed With an Owl.
The free pattern is HERE.

Supposedly it's easier than it looks, but I haven't tried it yet.  All those color changes and weaving in of ends would get really old if you were making a blanket with this square only, but it would be a nice one for a sampler afghan.

Speaking of Sampler Afghans, go look at THIS ONE by Afghaniac on Crochetville.  She makes some of the prettiest afghans.  I nearly always love what she makes.
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We are having some construction going on at our house starting tomorrow.  We're having the fireplace completely ripped out and redone and a big built-in corner shelf in the living room taken out.  I've already taken the "before" pictures.  I can't wait to see the "after".  Of course, I'll be posting the pics so y'all can see it too.

That's all from me today.  There will probably lots of chaos around here the next few days, but I'm sure I can take some pictures of construction worker butt cracks or something and throw that up here.  I know...I'm a giver.

BYE!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Ripple Pattern


Baby Ripples

Yarn:  DK or Sport Weight
Hook:  Size F

Ch a multiple of 10 + 2 to begin.  (I chained 222 to begin and my ripple measures 50 inches wide.)

Row 1: (right side)  Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 3 chs; *sk next 2 chs, dc in next 4 chs, ch 2, dc in next 4 chs; rep from * to last 6 chs; sk next 2 chs, dc in next 3 chs, 2 dc in last ch.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Dc in first 4 dc; *sk next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, in next ch-2 sp work (dc, ch 2, dc); dc in next 3 dc; rep from * to last 5 dc; sk next 2 dc, dc in last 3 dc, 2 dc in 2nd ch of beg 2 chs.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 3:  Dc in first 4 dc; *sk next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, in next ch-2 sp work (dc, ch 2, dc); dc in next 3 dc; rep from *to last 5 dc; sk next 2 dc, dc in last 3 dc, 2 dc in 2nd ch of turning ch-2.  Ch 2, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for desired length.  

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Sweet
I have to rush out and cut my roses when I see them bloom.  Otherwise, they burn up in one day in this heat.  I get to enjoy them for a few days if I cut them and bring them in.  So pretty.
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Here are a few things I saw on e-Patterns Central today:
Love this lamp.
Pretty decorative potholders.

Wildflowers Coverlet & Pillow
I've had this coverlet & pillow pattern saved for years.  I got it free when Annie's Attic used to have their Free Pattern of the Day thing.
Wildflower Garden Afghan

Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

I have one more repeat of all the colors left to do on my ripple before it'll be the size I want it.  Then I get to do the border.  That's all I've got going on over here at my house.

Y'all have a great Sunday!