Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I started a cowl for my DSD, Heidi, from one of the Tosh Vintage skeins she gave me.  This does not do the color justice….or the pattern.  I am close to finishing so after I block I can post a better photo. The stitch is a simple sc-ch1-sc V stitch going back and forth using the ch1 below for the V stitch above.  Looks really nice blocked….more lacy, although NOT lacy.  Nice texture. I'm using a J hook for the worsted weight Vintage.

My neighbor to the south of me has finished his fence on the property line.  I put my fence five feet inside my line so will make a change this summer and take my fence down, then finish the back with this kind of fence.  Note the concrete…I'm thinking water protection and perhaps it helps keep the voles out?  Would have to be fairly deep for that I think. It's beautiful!

The Rhodie out front is blooming…it is BEAUTIFUL!  

The bees love the flowers so it is rather like "running the gauntlet" getting into the house.  Brodie, my big (big) Lab mix, wants to chomp on them which scares me.  

I finished a hate for a designer on Ravelry.  Just waiting for her to publish the pattern so I can post photos.  I made two and they really are lovely beanies! One yellow and one light blue. Gave the yellow one to the "other" grandmother.


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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Peachy Keen Scarf

This scarf is about 6" wide.  I used a textured stitch to create a nice soft hand.

The yarn is Madelinetosh in Pashmina. I really love this yarn! It is a sport weight yarn. I used a G hook.

The basic stitch is sc, ch1, dc.

Base is a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2.  Ch however many you want, turn. 

Row 1:  sc in 3nd ch from hook, ch1, dc in same stitch (the other two chains will count as a sc). *Sk2, [sc, ch1, dc] in next stitch.   *Repeat to end where you will sk2 stitches, sc in last stitch, ch1, turn.

Row 2:  sc in first sc, [sc, ch1, dc] in ch1 space from the row below.  *Sk first dc stitch [sc, ch1, dc] in next ch1 space. *Repeat to end, sc in top of the beginning chain (first ch skipped), ch1 turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have the length you want.

I hope you can follow the instructions.  I used this same stitch in the Rainbow scarf which looks better blocked and stretched a bit.  I don't think this scarf looks better opened up, but rather as a textured scarf only.

Let me know!

Soft Wide Scarf

I decided to use one of my many skeins of the Cascade Heritage Silk (fingering weight) just to see how I like the yarn.  I purchased several skeins in different colors, but have never found a pattern to use.

This is a stitch pattern, not a formal downloaded pattern.  It's pretty simple, and very much like many of the stitch patterns I use…just a slight variation that has a profound impact.

In this variation for the beginning chain you need any multiple of 3 stitches for how wide you want the pattern, plus 3. (Some patterns say add 2 for the starting chain and add one to start…that's 3 isn't it!??).

FYI: After the starting chain each side is a chain one on each row.

The beginning pattern (Row 1 after you chain the appropriate amount) for me is dc in 3ch from hook, and dc in each chain after that. If you want a wider border, do a few rows of dc.

Row 2: ch1, sc in first dc. 2dc in same stitch. Skip 2 stitches [1sc, 2dc] in next stitch. Repeat to end, with 3 stitches left, sc in last stitch. Ch1, turn.

Row 3: sc in first sc (first stitch), 2dc in same stitch. [1sc, 2dc] in next sc. Repeat to end, sc in last stitch.  

Repeat row 3 until it measures however long you want it.  Last row is dc in each stitch.

If my instructions are a bit confusing let me know and I will clarify them.

My scarf is about 7" or 8" across, very light-weight, and feels super soft.  I am using a G hook.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Rainbow-ish" Scarf with Noro

Above one 1/2 skeins used.

Below the second skein finished and ends sewn in.

I had some left over Noro yarn from something….don't remember what. Might be what Nancy sent to me.  I have a hard time crocheting with Noro as it is wound funny…I think it is wound just the opposite of what other European companies wind theirs because while using it the yarn gets more and more wound up.  Drives me a little crazy.

I used both skeins to make the scarf.  I used the same stitch as I did on the Peachy Keen scarf (Posted above).  It is 3 stitches for each patterned stitch, plus1, plus 2 for the base. The stitch pattern is sc, ch1, dc.  Each end has a sc at the beginning and end. Turn, ch1. Simple.

This scarf should be blocked as the stitch doesn't look quite as neat and textured as it does in the DK yarn.

It goes in the gift pile!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Blue Jean Scarf for the Girl

I made this infinity scarf for my DSD.  I'm not all that sure that I like it, but it did block out looking much nicer than NOT blocked.  I love the material and colors, but not thrilled with the stitches I used. No pattern.

It is on it's way to it's new home, so hopefully she will like it better than I do.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

With Love Shawl

My shawl made from the Anna shawl pattern on Ravelry.  

This will go to charity.  I plan on making several to take to a cancer clinic for the mom's of the children with cancer, per the designers wishes.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My New Ear Warmer

I just finished this and think it is a winner!  I'm going to write up a pattern for it, but need to tweak the beginning a little.  I really love the look and the stitch is fairly easy…you just need to be careful as to how you place the hook.

I used Madelinetosh ToshDK which is a very soft and "easy to crochet with" yarn! Smooth.

The photo below shows the end looking darker.  It is part of the yarn, but it seemed to pool a bit there.  Since it will be under my hair not a big deal. It's very comfy.

As mentioned many times I am unable to wear hats (as you can see the back of my head is FLAT!!) and hats don't stay on well without bobby pins.  The ear warmer, however, if perfect as it goes under my hair which holds it down and snug to my head.  

Warm ears are so nice!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

My hope for everyone is their personal celebration of life will bring them peace and happiness throughout the year, and that success will far outweigh the struggles, that joy will overcome all pain, and that peace will blanket all nations.

Wishing you the best life has to offer.