Saturday, April 22, 2017

Crochet Blues….

Just started this a couple of days ago and should have take another photo as it is about twice this size now.  Just a simple sc/ch1/sc stitch.

I haven't crocheted a thing in the last two weeks or more.  Have been traveling and also getting the house in Oregon ready to sell, as well as having doctor appointments.  Life has been a roller coaster, so did not feel much like adding to the stress in trying to figure out what to crochet and what yarn to use.

This is a yarn by Ancient Arts Yarn Company called Tortoiseshell. They make a super darling yarn  series of "cat" colored yarns. I had a Tortie - well actually two, and both were named Pumpkin, Punkie for short. I love Torties and Calicos.

I decided to make a scarf….tentatively for me.

My DSD and DSIL gave me a subscription to Jimmy Bean's yarn series by Madelinetosh.  I receive one skein a month for a year…last month's skein and this months skein came at the same time.

This is Madelinetosh, Vintage Tosh, in two of their exclusive colors for this yarn series for JB.  I love them both but am thinking of doing up a scarf of some sort for my DSD with the one above.  I purchased a skein of yarn that is very very similar to the one on the bottom so will have to dig it out and if it is the same weight perhaps I can make a stripped zig zag scarf with it for me!

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Finished….not my cup of tea but several family members like it!

Brodie is growing again….his back seems to hurt. I hope he hasn't really injured himself.  Poor Maggie has arthritis which seems to be worse. Looks like we are all on the downhill slide!

This is a carpet in my best friends house.  I'm hoping I can sort of duplicate it in crochet this Fall maybe. It would be (I hope!) a fun project!

Happy Easter Blessings to all!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mandala Scarf

Lion Brand came out with a new yarn…well, new to me this year. Could be a year old for all I know!

This yarn color is Serpent, I believe.  I'm using a simple shell pattern from the cowl pattern called Astrantia by Nanna Gudmand-Høyer.

The color starts with a medium grey, then blended in with yellow, then the bright yellow blended with the grey…then the yellow itself.  It seems to blend all the colors along the way so the actual color changes are fairly gradual.   

The yellow is now giving way to a cream, then tan….eventually back to the grey and darker grey.  I hope it comes out looking okay and will be long enough. The skein holds over 500 yards.

My BFF hates the yarn, but I am working with it and having no preconceived ideas or desires. I just wanted to see how it works up.  It isn't "soft" like some of the other acrylics, but for me that is almost a plus.  Like VC - very soft (except for some whites) but because it is made up of short strands, it sheds in the air a lot while making it so it ends up making me stuffed up and sneezy. This doesn't do that…at least so far.

Also the instructions (below) say to wash in hot water and dry it hot…must soften it a bit?  I will do that when I am finished.  I want to give it a chance. Since I am going to stock pile scarves to give away to shelters here, so it doesn't matter to me if I love the colors or not. Just want it to keep someone warm! Below are the care instructions from the Lion Brand site.
CareMachine Wash, Machine Dry
Care DetailItems made from this yarn may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose. A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.