Tuesday, September 04, 2012

New Crochet Offerings

I've been crocheting this summer although not as often as I might have intended.    It's just been too darned hot!!!!  I am more than ready for a real autumn and all the cool weather it can bring with it, to say nothing of being ready for a cold and snug winter season!  However, I have been working on another baby ripple and here is some of my progress.

I am almost finished and at present I'm putting 3 rows of hdc on each side in each of the 3 colors used in the blanket.  I have one side completed and it looks really lovely, now for the side with all of my color ends to weave in and it'll be a 'wrap' so to speak, both literally and figuratively.  :)

I've also begun a baby shells blanket using Caron Simply Soft for the first time and a size I crochet hook.  I'm loving how soft this yarn is to work with and the definition that the rows of shells have as I go along.  Actually, I'm further along than this photo shows but haven't taken another picture recently.  I will put one in my next post, I promise.

I do think that now that summer is supposedly over (that's the biggest joke yet), I will be picking up my crochet hook daily rather than semi-weekly so there will be more pictures to show you.  I certainly wish all of you happy autumn days with gorgeous leafy colors and apple cider, pumpkins, and all your favorite things.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crochet Inspiration!

                                        Completed Colorful Baby Ripple Blanket 

I just visited Lucy's blog, Attic 24 and been thoroughly transported to 'merry old England' which suits me just fine and which brightened my day considerably!  The sheer beauty of her photos and the friendly way she has of sharing her everyday world is a tonic for my outlook.  I  haven't been blogging much these days, but one visit to Lucy's blog and I realize how remiss I've been and how much I've missed putting down my thoughts about my daily life and my crochet goodies.  

On the crochet front these days it's been 'slim pickens' to coin a phrase.  However, I've been inspired (yes, from none other than Lucy herself) to begin a baby ripple in a variety of bright and cheerful colors, using her pattern, naturally.  :)  I intend to begin in the next day or so and I will share pictures with you as some progress emerges.  In the meantime, I wish you all much crocheted joy along with whatever inspirations you find along the way.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Grandchildren, Yes!

Talk about a long time since I've updated anything here on my crochet blog...yikes!
I haven't been crocheting as much as I've wanted to but that's no one's fault but my own.  I did manage to complete a baby blanket for my grandchild who is due in March.  (Update:  it's a girl, Claire Elizabeth, and she's adorable).  I can't seem to find a picture of the lovely ripple baby blanket I crocheted for Claire but I'll keep looking and if I find it I'll post it here. (YAY:  Found the picture!)

I'm lucky enough to have another grandchild due in June and we don't know whether it's a boy or girl so I have completed the one above and I'm working on another one just in case it's a boy.  (Update:  it's a boy, Owen Michael and he's adorable.)

Christmas was totally lovely and enjoyable hosted by my youngest son and his lovely wife who couldn't have done a better job.  The food was delicious and everything was decorated so beautifully.  These two are truly a great couple with so much love and caring for their family and I appreciate that so much more than words can express.  They are one of the couples who are expecting their second child this June.....such a lucky little one.  The other couple is my son, Matt and his wife Amy who are expecting their second baby in March and again, how lucky can the little one get to have such wonderful, loving parents.

As for the 'so called' winter months here......they AREN'T.  It's been way above normal temps here other than a couple of days sprinkled in just to entice the winter lovers, and then it's right back to mid to high 50's and even low 60's.....ACK!!!  In any event, I'm making the most out of it and thankful that I have the good health and energy to enjoy each and everyday.  The good news is that I've lost 15 pounds and am on my way to the next 15 so it doesn't get any better than this, at least for moi.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Decorating!

Here is my humble offering for the Easter season's decorating in our home.  I got the pattern from Lion Brand's site and it's a keeper, to be sure!  I had such fun crocheting the eggs and used worsted weight on most of them rather than the suggested baby yarn, ergo, my easter eggs are the 'jumbo' size, LOL.   I made a few changes to the basket as well, using 2 strands together rather than 3, since I used worsted once again and I decided to finish the top of the basket itself with a reverse single crochet because I feel that it looks prettier than just ending off at my last single crochet.   I used Vanna's Choice acrylic yarn in case you're wondering.  I don't think I'm finished making the eggs yet, and if I make too many, I will give some to my granddaughters along with another basket to keep them in.

 Here are some springtime blooms to make your heart lighter now that spring is here, at least as far as the calendar is concerned.  It hasn't felt much like spring other than a few days here and there but it's still early in the game, so we'll wait and see.  I want to take more pictures this year of the beauty of nature in and around my neck of the woods, so I will share them with you from time to time. 

In the meantime, I'm going to begin a baby blanket using 'birdlebee's' Rasberry Ripple pattern and rather than the pinks and whites in hers, I plan to use baby blues and white, most likely with Vanna's Choice or Encore Worsted because I believe in having yarns that are soft and lovely on the one hand, but can be thrown into the washer and dryer with wild abandon which is what every new Mom needs since she is plenty busy enough already without having to worry about hand washing a blanket.   There is no particular recipient in mind for this little blankie just yet, just my own feeling as to which will be my next grandchild, a boy or a girl.......based on my color choice, you can plainly see which I think it will be. :)

I wish you and yours a very happy Easter with lots of assorted goodies for all!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Working on an Unfinished Project

I just got back to one of my ten or so UFO's (unfinished objects) and will endeavor to work on this until it's completed.  I really like the colors and the yarn is lovely to crochet with so there is no reason that this should have sat in one of my crochet bags for as long as it did but there you have it.  I'm using Jaeger's Matchmaker Merino Double Knitting yarn which may or may not be discontinued.  

I have always been a big fan of most of the Jaeger yarns but sadly I don't think there are many left for sale out there, so it's lucky for me that I've stashed some different varieties of it, such as Matchmaker Merino Aran, and Chamonix (absolutely luscious), just to name a few.  It seems that in the wide world of yarns, they come and go quickly, so if you really love working with a particular yarn, it would be wise to stash a good bit of it because you never know when it won't be available anymore.  The same goes even more so for knit and crochet books.....they disappear quickly.

When I am knitting so many things, after awhile I start to pine for some crocheting content so I think what I'll do from here on in, is have ONLY two projects going at a time, one knit and one crochet, so that way I'll satisfy both of my favorite things to do at the same time.  

Saturday, February 05, 2011

A Brand New Year

February of 2011 already...wow, where is the time going?  I've been knitting more than crocheting so no real pics or projects to share with you but I think I'll do this meme one more time and see what changes I've made.


1. Where is your cell phone? PURSE
2. Your significant other? HUSBAND
3. Your hair? BLONDE
4. Your mother? FRIEND
5. Your father? HEAVEN
6. Your favorite thing? KNITTING
7. Your dream last night? MOVED
8. Your favorite drink? MILKSHAKE
9. Your dream/goal? SLENDER
10. You’re in? CONTENTMENT
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? FIT, ENERGETIC, AND HAPPY
13. Where were you last night? HOME
14. What you’re not? BORED
16. One of your wish list items? GIFT CARDS
17. Where you grew up? USA
18. The last thing you did? CLEAN
19. What are you wearing? CLOTHES
21. Your pet? CATS
22. Your computer? PC
23. Your life? BLESSED
24. Missing someone? JOHNNY
25. Your car? 1998
26. Something you’re not wearing? MASCARA
27. Favorite Store? WILLIAMS-SONOMA
28. Your summer? HUMID
29. Your favorite color? LAVENDER
30. When is the last time you laughed? YESTERDAY
31. Last time you cried? YESTERDAY

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wow, I've Been Away Too Long!

I just realized that it's been 6 months since I've posted here on my crochet blog....that's just not right!  I've crocheted on and off during that time but not enough, as knitting (I know, how dare I) has taken center stage in my craft life.  Now that I've completed the Christmas stocking I was knitting, I'm going to concentrate on my crocheting which I have missed of late.  Having a sore lack of photo crochet, I'm posting a picture of our tree in 2010 which is largely decorated with my knitted and crocheted ornaments, so I hope you enjoy looking at it.

I'm thinking of diving back in by giving the stars on Lucy's Attic 24 lovely and colorful blog which I am constantly inspired by.  I have lots of odds and ends of yarn which would work beautifully for these ornaments and heaven only knows, but I am a sucker for crocheted or knitted Christmas ornaments.  I stalk the free patterns for new ones, but rarely find much that I haven't already crocheted or that I like.  Lucy's patterns are always the exception.

I wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful, happy, healthy New Year in 2011 with lots of crocheting in the mix! :)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Baby Ripple

Here is a picture of the completed baby ripple for the birth of my grandchild should he be a boy!  You can see the baby ripple for a girl on an older post which is equally satisfying!  I must get back to crocheting my square granny which is a combination of the three colors you see below.  I love working with this yarn.....Jaeger's Merino which has a lovely hand and rarely splits while crocheting.  I have put this project aside for far too long because it seems I am always crocheting baby items, which of course, I don't mind at all, but now I think it's time for some regular old crocheting with that satisfying granny repetition.

So, I'm off to pick up my crochet hook and work on this granny for awhile.  Little by little, one of these fine days I'll have it completed!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finally, A Post!

It has been way too long since I've updated this blog but once again I'm going for the newest look on Blogger using their Template Designer which is lots of fun to play with and basically easy to understand.  This look may or may not change in the upcoming months, but then, that wouldn't be anything new to those of you who check in here from time to time.....I seem to get bored (something I rarely do in everyday living) with my templates very easily and like to change them whenever the mood strikes.

I dug out my spring colored acrylic yarns to begin making many 6" Granny Squares using Lucy's from Attic 24  Garden Granny, appropriately named.  Check out her blog as it is an explosion of colors, finished pieces, and gorgeous pictures!  Below you can see the pattern worked up in the 3 I've done so far.  I'm planning on doing 4, then sewing those together, 4 more and when they're sewn together , sew them to the previous 4 and so on.  This way when I'm finished there won't be so much to attend to and 'viola', I'll have a completed Garden Granny.

Otherwise I've started a pair of socks and I'm furiously working on the baby ripple blanket....it's a labor of love since it's for my grandchild to be born sometime in late June, early July.  It's the first baby for my youngest of 5 and I'm so happy for them and can't wait to see what they're having.....they want to be surprised.  So I will sign off for now and promise to do more updating on this blog.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wow, I've been neglecting my crochet blog something awful and that will have to stop. I hope to begin posting at least once every month or so, but I have no idea how I skipped 8 months!! Any-hoo, I discovered this meme over at Peek-a-Boo Street's blog and couldn't resist giving it a try, so here goes (the award goes with it which is so very nice:

1. Where is your cell phone? In my purse.
2. Your hair? Blonde.
3. Your mother? Living & Healthy.
4. Your father? Deceased.
5. Your favorite food? BEEF STROGANOFF.
6. Your dream last night? Family Oriented.
7. Your favorite drink? Milkshake.
8. Your dream/goal? Write a Book.
9. What room are you in? Sunroom.
10. Your hobby? Knitting.
11. Your biggest fear? LOSING SOMEONE I LOVE.
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Right Here.
13. Where were you last night? Matt's Home.
14. Something that you're Not. Phony.
15. Favorite Muffins? Chocolate Chip
16. Top of My Wish list? Good Health.
17. Where did you grow up? Prospect Park.
18. Last thing you did. Sipped Coffee.
19. What are you wearing? Jeans, Sweatshirt, Sneaks.
20. Your Favorite TV show? Masterpiece Theatre.
21. Your pets? Bunny & Trixie.
22. Friends? Kay, Rosemary.
23. Your life? Contented.
24. Your mood? Happy.
25. Missing someone? Johnny.
26. Vehicle? Cadillac
27. Something your not wearing? My Watch.
28. Your favorite store? Williams-Sonoma.
29. Your favorite color? Purple.
30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday.
31. Last time you cried? Last Week.
32. Your best friend? Kay.
33. One place you go over and over? Perkins.
34. One person who e-mails you regularly? Matt.
35. Favorite place to eat? My Kitchen.