Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2nd week of vacation


I am having such a blast with temari! This is my second one completed today. It's on a 3 inch base. I have several more wrapped, including a couple of mini's that I hope to be able to work on over the weekend. Less than a week and I will be back at the daily grind.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Criss Cross Hat

Materials: Worsted weight yarn (two colors)
J Hook

Special St: Reverse sc working in space to right of hook, sc. Continue working from left to right.


Round 1 Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 3, 11 dc in ring. Sl st to join. (12 stitches)

Round 2 Ch 3. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each st around. Sl st to join. (24 stitches)

Round 3 Ch 3. Dc in same st. Dc in next stitch. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* around. Sl st to join. (36 stitches)

Round 4 Ch 3. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 stitches. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st* around. Sl st to join. (48 stitches)

Round 5 Ch 3. Dc in same st. Dc in next 3 stitches. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 st* around. Sl st to join. (60 stitches)

Round 6 Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st to join. Fasten off.

Round 7 Working back loops, join second color with sc in any sc of round 6. Sc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Round 8 Ch 3, dc in next stitch. In sc of round 7 before the ch 3, work 1 dc. * Skip next stitch. Dc in next two stitches. Dc in skipped stitch before 2dc* (criss cross made) Work from * to * around. Sl st in top of ch 3 to join.

Round 9 Ch 1. Sc in same st as join and in each st around. Sl st to join.

Round 10 Sl st in next sc from join. Ch 3, dc in next stitch. In sc of round 9 before the ch 3, work 1 dc. * Skip next stitch. Dc in next two stitches. Dc in skipped stitch before 2dc* (criss cross made) Work from * to * around. Sl st in top of ch 3 to join.

Round 11-12 Repeat rounds 9 and 10.

Round 13 Repeat round 9. Fasten off.

Round 14 Working in back loops of round 13, join main color with sc. Sc in back loop of each st around, sl st to join.

Round 15 Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Round 16 Ch 1, hdc in same st. Hdc in next sti. *2 hdc in next st and 1 hdc in next st*. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st join.

Round 17 Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Round 18 Ch 1, reverse sc around. Sl st to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

SKULLY VARIATION: Work hat to round 14. Rounds 15-18 Ch 1, work sc in each st around, Sl st to join.


(copyright Auntie M/Bearfootbeauty)

Great balls of fire!


Actually, not fire, but fiber. Not even two weeks ago I was minding my own business when one of my friends mentioned temari. I should know by now not to follow links they give, especially when they comment that I don't need another hobby!


At any rate, it was not long before my first ebay win had arrived and this weekend I set about making my first temari ball.
I picked the first pattern (skipping the "learning ball" pattern) and then spent a good hour agonizing over which colors of perle cotton to buy for my first ball. Husband was totally surprised that I didn't buy out the store as I usually stock up for a new hobby like they are going to outlaw it tomorrow. I came out of JoAnne with red, off white and gold. What? You ask..."is there something wrong with my monitor or has the woman gone color blind?"
For those of you that know me well, you have realized that I made a return trip to JoAnne where I picked up the purple, turquoise and silver used on ball number one.
I am so excited with this although I screwed up the pattern and had to improvise. It is far from perfect, but I made it in a surprisingly small amount of time and I like the colors! More to come and all thanks to my wonderful friends.
*hint* another pattern boook I have shows tiny mini termari used in jewelry!!! OI! Focal beads?!??!!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

another Saturday night

As usual, hubby and I did the Saturday thrift store thing. I picked up some forks. Mine are always disappearing. I think my daughter is mad at me and is sneaking in the house and taking the forks to drive me over the edge. I will fix her. I will eat with my fingers if I must. Kind of hard to do soup…but she’s not hiding the spoons.

I did pick up a couple of embroidery hoops, several Pillsbury cookbooks with tons of wonderful sounding recipes in them, and hubby found some cel phone gizmo that caught his eye. Later I took him to Casual Male so that he could use the $20 off coupon. Then off to Harbor Freight where I got my mini lathe. Oh joy! Then to the tire store as I had picked up a screw in one of the tires. After all that drama, it was home and take a nap.

Just got back in from JoAnne where I picked up the Styrofoam balls and some size 5 floss. I plan on making one of those temari balls that my loving online sisters tried to keep from me! Lol. I will keep you posted on the outcome.

Something shiny for Christmas!

I must admit it....like most women, shiny things attract me. I lust for them. Since we're closing in on the holiday, I get to go shop for the perfect shiny thing for me! (it doesn't stress him out and I get exactly what I want!)

Therefore, today after taking him for the dreaded driver's license renewal (we always look like geeks in those pictures) I will be dragging hubby to Harbor Freight, where I am hoping they still have this mini-lathe in stock and on sale! Oh how the shiny metal parts amaze and enthrall me. Actually he likes Harbor Freight more than when I drag him to Michaels, but I digress.

This is actually a better gift than the mapp gas torch I wanted for my foray into flamework glass. (that's still upcoming....Cedar Lakes has a class).

Sooooooooo, with 16 days out of the office and hubby off to work, I will see how much damage I can come up with.