Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crochet Crazy!

I've been working monogamously on this blanket for my  friend's sister's baby since this past Thursday.  I'm about a quarter or so the way through and already used 5 balls of yarn.  This is a crocheted blanket and you can find the free pattern on the Bernat website.  The directions are a tad over complicated but I bookmarked several Ravelry users and their suggestions and it's been smooth sailing from there!  I hope to be done by the end of the week with this and that's if I hustle.  I sometimes long for the days when Angie would just lie next to me on the couch, dozing off in his wrap while I worked on my projects.  

Ah well, it's good thing he's so good looking.  For example: 


Friday, November 15, 2013

....ho hummm....

Move along...nothing to see here!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Crocheting Fool!

 I didn't realize it but the last few projects I've been kicking out have all been off the hook!  This past week, I made two Cardiff Cowls for my Mom using Berocco Vintage DK in black and gray.  I really love this pattern, seeing how I have made four of these so far.  My Mom requested another one in a heathered teal but I told her she's gonna have to wait for Christmas crafting to be over before I even begin to go there.  The Cardiff Cowl is a free pattern from Lion Brand and has a simple pattern that really makes it look more complicated than it is.  I love how you can pick up stitches at the foundation and go the opposite direction.  It makes for a very interesting pattern, even after the fourth time!

 I've also been making these little crocheted ice skates as ornaments for family members in green and red using Plymouth DreamBaby DK.  I was channeling my Grandma P as I was making them.  I have a pair she made many years ago that go on our tree and was excited to find a free pattern on the internets with very simple instructions!  I debated making more for co-workers but decided that since I'm at a new job, I was going to nix going handmade for gifts.  I'm thinking a card and some candy canes this year.  My co-worker who is also a knitter made me feel better about not going that route.   You're allowed to be selfish when it comes to your hobbies - a motto that I will try to uphold next year!  Even if it will only last past two projects!

The last thing I'm showing off are some crocheted booties.  I made these for my friend's sister who is expecting. These were made out of Plymouth Worsted and was another pattern off of Lion Brand for free.  I'm not a fan of making booties because they look weird when not on little feeties but I'm sure once these are on the babeh, they will look way better!  The pattern was easy to follow and I liked crocheting through the front loop to make the ribbed effect along the top of the toe.

I am about seven gifts away from being finished with my Christmas crafting.  How about you?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Helping out

3rd of the way done!

When a Raveler needs help, all they need to do is shout.  In my local Rav group, one of our members needed help knitting an afghan for her godmother who is battling cancer.  Many of us stepped up to help her out.  The blanket is based off of The Great American Afghan.  Because I am no where near being a cabling queen, I volunteered to make a square using some mock cables out of my Knit and Purl Harmony guide.  I think I chose well and thought the stitch pattern was really interesting.  I used Berocco Vintage, provided by Sheep Thrills, in the mochi color way.  I dropped off my square today.  I don't think I could've made another square with what was left.  I was surprised how much yarn this square sucked up but I must say, it's such a pretty pattern!

Now, back to my regularly scheduled program of Christmas crafting!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fake cables and puffs

Swatching!  A first time for everything!

Donation to the hexipuff cause! Thank you, Chelsea!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This past week....

Trying to ply on a wheel

SO excited to use this Isager!

I freaking love this button!

Can you guess who I am?  Pre-guillotine of course!

I love DPNs something fierce..and Manos del Uruguay yarn

It's that time of year... :-P