Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
didn't take any with the good camera. Oh, well - I do have a couple. She is such a cutie with reddish brown hair and big blue eyes. More photos. The pattern is from the book Adorable Crochet for Babies and Toddlers by Lesley Stanfield. I would buy it again...I love her designs! Hopefully, she will have more books soon.
The afghan for my SIL is in the throws of it's last breath! Hooray! I am making Tunisian Squares, 9x9 and am in the last row (not separate squares that I sew together - one big project). I'll put an edging on it, and then single crochet along where the squares meet as I don't like the look and don't want a backing. Then I'm done and off it goes to Little Sissy.
I am also putting together a package for a family that the church adopted. An abused woman and her 3 daughters who are in a shelter. I've got some hats and a few potholders (sigh - hate to give them up!), and a baby sweater and hat. I'm probably going to toss in a shawl if I get it done. Am doing a Serafina in white. Our church is usually pretty generous, and those that don't buy give money so they will have enough to eat out and buy some clothes, plus a little. Always feels good to help someone else. That is what makes Christmas merry, after all.
Friday, December 12, 2008
As the pattern says, once you get the hang of it, the pattern is pretty easy. Basically on Ravelry there are some posts that give some info, and the web site has a great pattern posted. Google it by name, Seraphina Shawl. Although it isn't a Doris Chan pattern, it IS very Doris! Lovely pattern. You can get it on Crochetville (it is free). The photo is on my photo page. When done in the Sensations Rainbow Boucle it is one outstanding looking shawl, so want to try that one as a gift - my only complaint about that particular yarn is that it can pick if you aren't careful. Had lots of compliments on the shawl today at church.
In the meanwhile, I need to get a photo of the finished product of the vest I made for my dearest friend Leonora. I sent it off without photographing the final product. Dumb.
I am mid-stream in making a Tunisian afghan in big blue checks for my SIL. Would like to finish before Christmas, but don't know if I will. It isn't her Christmas present, but would be nice to start on another big project soon, which is why I'd like to be finished. I always have a large one going and add the smaller ones betwixt and between as I get tired or bored or strained ... whatever ... when I spend a great deal of time on one pattern.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We had some nice down time after our Thanksgiving rush, and I finished up lots of gifts. Made a nice cowl for my niece (pattern and photo to follow tomorrow) and think she will like it. Would love to have made it a bit longer, but ran out of yarn...one of life's little mis-steps in crocheting.
I hope to make a few doggie sweaters for the little ones, but haven't found any I really like except for those in knit. I am hoping to adapt one into crochet and see how I do. Chuckie, the Shih Tzu, is really the only one that seems to get cold, but the newly found
Terrier, Sami, hasn't been with us during a winter so would like to be prepared. Molly, the big Black Lab and Maggie, the Border Collie, love the cold snow so they don't need anything. Well, anything I can make.
Crocheting has been the answer to a prayer for me this past 18 months. It keeps my mind calm, and my hands busy. I don't get bored as easily now, and carry yarn projects with me wherever I happen to go. Lately, I have been stepping into the foyer in church and crochet there while listening to the service. It has always been hard for me just to sit still, even as a youngster. Crocheting is a great way of keeping my mind and hands busy while listening to what's around me, whether a service, a talkative husband, TV or radio.
Now, isn't all that inner peace worth learning a new skill?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The pattern is just a five double crochet shell repeat pattern (multiple of six stitches plus one):
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook; sk 2 ch; five double crochet in next ch; sk 2 ch, *sc in next ch; sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch;sk 2 ch sc in next. Repeat from * to end, ending in the sc. Chain one and turn;
Row 2: chain three [or here I use an my version of an extended sc-I sc and then chain one more], 2 dc in same original sc space; *sk 2 stitches; sc in next; sk 2 stitches; 5 dc in next; sk 2 stitches; Repeat from * until you have four stitches left then sc in next, 3 dc in last stitch. Chain one and turn.
Repeat these two rows until you have it as long as you want.
I finished it with single crochet edging, putting 3 sc in each corner. Although I haven't compared it, it most likely is pretty much the same as the Ocean Wave afghan advertised in the Lion Brand web site. If you are using multiple colors, when you want to change colors at the end of a row, remember to draw the new color through the last two loops on the hook. I used 3 colors so carried the yarn up the side. Do as you wish!
I think I am going to make a larger full size in the same stitch, but different colors, for myself. AFTER the holidays and my gift making/giving is done.
Larger photos on my photo site for crochet.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The potholders I made were easy, and the pattern was easy to follow. I used white and yellow cotton, and a cotton/wool blend in the orange. Worked up quickly, and everyone seems to like them.
Monday, October 20, 2008
On Sunday I was listening to the sermon and heard the pastor say that when he looks at life around him he sees things from the perspective of a sermon happening right in front of him. He wondered allowed if an mechanic saw things in terms of taking things apart and fixing them, or if a CPA saw life in terms of how to handle money.