Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Hubby suggested I crochet covers for the propane and oxygen tanks. ooooo creative juices flowing with thoughts of freeform covers and various outfits to match the seasons. I invisioned the tall slender tank and short squatty tank as a pilgrim and turkey, witch and pumpkin, santa and an elf. Okay, so Santa went on weight watchers this year. It would be a terrific use of scrap yarn.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I have been in a real crochet slump since have CT surgery on each hand since December and this has turned out to be what has ended the Great Crochet Drought of '09. I have another 5 made since the meeting where I donated these. I remember asking how many they wanted by Christmas and they said wistfully, "100, we hope". Pffft. Hubby figures I could do that myself and wants to know what they are going to make. lol! Seriously though, scarves are all I am churning out at the moment and I'm actually enjoying it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
While running around supposedly getting ready for work this morning, I had to toss our first beads together to make a necklace. You know how it is, you send the kid to summer camp and they have to show off the lanyard they made! These are the first beads that Bill and I made over the weekend.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Finished size: approx 6.5 inches long 2 inches wide Row 1 Ch 17. DC in 4th ch from hook. (3 skipped ch counts as 1 dc.) Ch 2, Skip next two ch, dc in next ch. Skip next 2 stitches 5 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 2ch. 1 dc in next stitch. Ch 2, skip two ch, dc in last 2 stitches..
Row 2 Ch 3, turn. Dc in the next dc. Ch 2, skip ch 2 space, dc in the next dc. Skip two stitches, 5 dc in next dc. Ch 2, skip 4 dc. 1 dc in next dc, ch 2. Skip ch 2 space. 1 dc in next 2 dc.
Row 3-21 Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off EDGING
Row 1 Ch 1, sc in same stitch. 2 sc in each side stitch. Across bottom, work 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each space. Working up opposite side, 2 sc in each end stitch. Working across top, 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each space, sl st to beginning sc.
Row 2 Ch 2, hdc and dc in same stitch. *Skip next stitch. Sl st, hdc, dc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * around. Fasten off. Weave in ends. FINISHING Weave ribbon through the ch 2 spaces at each side of the center climbing shell. Tack or glue roses as shown to prevent ribbon from slipping loose.
Finished size: 8-9 inches
Row 1 Ch 29. DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 3 dc. (3 skipped ch counts as 1 dc.) *Skip next two ch, 5 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 ch. 1 dc in next 5 ch*. Repeat from * to * one time.
Row 2 Ch 3, turn. Dc in the next 4 dc. *Skip ch 2 space, 5 dc in next dc. Ch 2, skip 4 dc. 1 dc in next 5 stitches*. Repeat from * to * one time.
Row 3-12 Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off EDGING Row 1 Ch 1, turn. Sc in same stitch and in each space and stitch across to side. 2 sc in each side stitch. Across bottom, work 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each space. Working up opposite side, 2 sc in each end stitch. Sl st to beginning sc.
Row 2 Ch 2, hdc, dc in same stitch. *Skip next sc. In next sc work sl st, ch 2, hdc dc*. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Materials: size 3 thread steel crochet hook size 4 small amount of fun fur
Finished size: approx 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
Special stitch: Boullion. Yo 10 times. Insert hook into stitch below, yo and draw up a loop. Yo and draw through all stitches on hook. Ch 1 to close.
Foundation Round 1: Ch 15. 3 sc in 1st ch from hook. Working in one loop of each ch, sc in each of the next 12 stitches. 3sc in starting chain. Working down next sixde, sc in each of the next 12 stitches. Join with sl sti in beginning sc. (30 stitches)
Foundation Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st to join. Sl st to next sc.
Body round 1: Working in back loop only, ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Sl stitch to join.
Body Round 2-3: Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Sl st to join.
Body Round 4: Ch 3, Boullion stitch in same stitch as join and in each stitch around. Sl st to join. (30 bouillion st).
Body Round 5-7: Same as Round 2.
Body Round 8: Repeat Round 4
Body Round 9-11: Repeat Round 2.
Body Round 12: Repeat Round 4.
Body Round 13-15: Repeat Round 2.
Body Round 16: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (do not fasten off)
HANDLE Ch 45 and join with sc in 15th stitch away from starting ch of handle. Turn. Work sc around handle chains to beginning side. Sl st to join. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Optional. Join fun fur with sc in any stitch of last row of body. Sc in each stitch around. Sl st to join.
SHORT VERSION: Work for same as above through Body Row 12. Then work Body Round 16 and Handle. This one is the perfect size for my motorola V180 flip phone.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
When I was pregnant with Dana, I just couldn’t bring myself to tell my mom. And any time that I would work up the nerve, she would be in a really bad mood over something and I would think “this is NOT the time to tell her!” Well, it kept getting further and further along. She would stop by work and I’d go down to see her carrying a stack of files or something and my boss would ask, “did you tell her?”. I had visions of being at the hospital and calling her and telling her I’d had a baby….or even telling her stuff like “I’m babysitting up until the kid graduated college.
I had just been to the dr and he had told me that if I didn’t go into labor by that coming Friday, they were going to induce me. This is Christmas week We are at her house and she asks if I’m “pregnant or what” and I tell her I’m pregnant. “how far along”……”uh, if I don’t pop by Friday, they are going to induce”. “!@)(@#&$! Marsha! We’ve missed yard sale season!”
So there is Dana, out front of her work. She has just said “I’m pregnant” and I’m waiting for her to tell me the “real” news and she burst into tears and said she thought of not telling me but she knew I’d be mad about missing yard sale season.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
My first try with working with circular needles was not properly memorialized in photos. Perhaps it is best as it was truly an experience. Imagine trying to wrestle an octopus with your hands tied behind your back and you will be on the way to understanding my first time with two circulars. Well, gee, being new to knit it did not dawn on me that the darn cables should be "relaxed" and here I am with them curled up on themselves! After that nightmare and spending the evening working the cables back and forth with my hands to relax them a bit, my helpful knit mentors (not mentioning names but their initials are Sarah, Pirk and Sherri) told me I should have taken the cables and dunked them in hot water. *blank look* Yes, I am a true babe in the knit woods and never thought of it. Hubby had headed toward the stove to hold the cables over open flame and all I could think of was the cables melting. (these are Clover bamboo's that I'm using)
I forged ahead. A couple of evenings I tossed the dead fish (that will be the death of me, I'm sure) aside as I was dropping stitches and goofing up left and right. I totally messed up kfb and ssk and we won't talk about my case of amnesia when it came to binding off the first half of the tail fin. I'm sitting there looking at it and there is the yarn to the right of my work and my last bind off stitch to the left. Hmmmm. A quick trip to youtube.com and I'm banging my head on the desk because I forgot the all important "knit the first stitch" part of binding off. So I'm just slipping two stitches on the right needle and then pulling number one over number two and going on SO happy that I'm almost done with fin side one! Ha!
Rip rip rip.
So, at this point I am halfway through fin one. I have a respectable looking kfb going and the ssk is looking good as well. I will NOT forget how to bind off this time!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Let's cross the street and go a little closer. Hmmm. Still not too sure about that being watched feeling.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There in the corner is the culprit! He's been there watching all the time. I can't figure out if he's trapped there in the bricks or if he is creeping out.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm so very excited. This is my first dishcloth. The pattern is a basketweave located at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/basketweavecloth.html
To the untrained eye this is only a simple dishcloth with the ends still needing woven in....but to me it is the start of scarves, shawls, SOCKS (how I adore handknit socks!) and more! Thanks to all my buddies who encouraged me I am happily knitting and purling and about to embark on learning about wonderous things like cable needles and psso and button holes!