Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Which ever you celebrate, Christmas or Holidays! lol ;) Of course New Years is a Holiday so I hope you have a happy and safe one of those too!

I will be off line for a while so I won't be updating. I will update after with the pictures of some more gifts I'm finishing (like the afghan). I found a soft fleece blanket and thought it would make a nice gift and decided my grandma who's in a hospital type care facility would love one, so I found some yarn to edge it with as it comes with a whip stitch edging. I bought the Cherry Chip as it's a light brown blanket. It's perfect for over knees or when sitting, as it's not very long. But soft and warm. I started doing a shell type edging but may do a second row as it's not very curved. Not sure yet.

I have a few other wips that may become gifts if I need them. Another size 3 thread doily (almost done). I think there's something else, but we'll see. A dischloth started, but I don't think I need one... lol. I have tons.

I guess that's it. So everyone take care!
Debbi

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Artist Print Scarf & WUA Square

Left over skien of my Artist Print from my afghan. I still have more from another skien I used on the boarder if I decide to make more on the afghan, but probably not. So I did need a scarf for my other aunt and couldn't decide on the color and this one is perfect. I think she'll like it as it's more subdued.
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Yes I did it fast. I started it the other night, worked on it at lunch and last night at the laundry mat. It's just 15 stitches across, all double crochet using an H hook. Very simple and easy to do and yes I crochet fast.
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Here's a close up to see the colors a little better.


Warm Up America Square #2
Obviously the ends aren't weaved in, but you get an idea. This is another 2am project LOL. I did a row of SC, then a few rows of HDC, then a row of SC and just kept doing that, not even worrying about how many rows of HDC before doing a SC because I wanted it unique and I was too tired really to count and I thought it would be interesting.



Again, it's Berry Blue. I love this color. I would love to make on the of Caron open cardigans from their site with this color. Not sure which one, there are a few that look great.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Questionnaire

Just now I noticed that I was tagged by http://craftyashley.net to do this survey. So better late than never.

Read if you want to, I won't care if you want to skip this post. Really.

38 things about me that you may or may not want to know.
1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?
Liberty, my female dog...
2. What were you doing at 0800?
finishing an afghan for Christmas present
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Playing on the web. shh.... i'm at work... okay not really anything much to do...
4. What happened to you in 2006?
Changed bosses...
5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
not sure of exact words, was on the phone for work...
6. How many beverages did you have today?
Some water some diet coke.... so far
7. What color is your hairbrush?
I don't know. LOL. I have one at home, one in my car, one at work in my desk... no not vain, just my hair gets messy easily... :(

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
Groceries on Saturday.... of course some yarn...

9. Where were you last night?
In my bedroom finishing up afghan

10. What color is your front door?
white

11. Where do you keep your change?In my wallet, cup at work, change purse for laundry mat, cigarette ash tray in car... and wherever else it ends up.
12. What’s the weather like today?Sunny and cloudy and very cold.
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?vanilla.... cookie dough a second (but no chocolate chips please)

14. What excites you?

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
I did about 1 1/2 months ago, so no.

16. Are you over the age of 25?yes
17. Do you talk a lot? Nope. Hardly say a word, very shy.
18. Do you watch the O.C.?No
19. Do you know anyone named Steven?No... well former corworkers is all...
20. Do you make up your own words? Not really, maybe sometimes...
21. Are you a jealous person? Not really, although can be at times.
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter “A”. Aspen
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Kim
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Not sure...
25. What does the last text message you received say? "Payment received for cell phone payment"
26. Do you chew on your straw?Nope.
27. Do you have curly hair? no. not even when I use a curling iron (well a little)
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Laundry mat after work LOL... no traveling yet
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Brother

30. What was the last thing you ate? Twizzler
31. Will you get married in the future? Probably not, since I haven't yet, see no prospects in the future
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?Harry Potter, order of the phoenix.
33. Is there anyone you like right now? Nope
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Sunday
35. Are you currently depressed? Just sad. And sick. So maybe sad from being sick. Not depressed right now.
36. Did you cry today?No
37. Why did you answer and post this?Because I was tagged and thought, why not.
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.... have no idea (anyone welcome to .... ;)

Pinata Color Scarf

Close up of the scarf so you can see the colors (a little).
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This is the full picture fo the scarf. Yes it's long. I just did 15 ch and so I had 13 stitches across. I know my friend will like it for Christmas.


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If you want to see a picture of the yarn, doing a search I found it here (the red heart site wouldn't open the page) :
Yes it is a VERY bright yarn. And yes my friend likes those kinds.
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PS: I am working on the afghan. I actually have it finished (minus weaving in the last few [hundred] ends.... okay maybe not hundred, but a lot. I took a picture and it ended up bad... real bad... so I may wait until Saturday when I can use some sunlight.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

2 Double Strand Doilies & WUA Square


A few things I've done this past week I haven't added.
This is another double strand doily. The center is from a motif and then I just did shells to make it larger. I used the same yarn as the one on the previous post and a Size F hook.

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This doily is just shells. I had more of the same yarn. Used a Size F hook again. I just made up the pattern. It's just simple shells and chain stitches. It's not shaped right because I haven't really blocked it. I know it will be fine once I do.
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This is for the Crochetville Warm Up America square campaign. I decided to make one. Caron Simply Soft is asking for them and Crochetville is doing it as a group. I decided to make at least one for now.
Yes, I'm still working on my afghan for my friend. It will get done.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Size 3 Thread Doily



Hook: Size F
Thread: Size 3 (can't remember the name, it's just one at walmart). 100% Cotton.
Pattern:
Carina (link), changed last 2 rounds to work for me (the next to last round curled, so I cahnged it, then added the last row to make it look more finished to me.
Size: 14" in diameter (approximately).
I made that double strand doily and then decided to try Size 3 thread. I liked this. It was easier and worked up nicely.

Friday, December 7, 2007

A Quick Hi

Not much to post. Yesterday at lunch I intended to make some squares, but took a nap. I'm still not over this flu/cold/whatever. Yuk. I'm better then before, but tired, so tired. That usually happens when I'm over being sick and getting better.
Then last night I was too tired and just watched TV.

I did go to walmart and of course bought some yarn. Some Size 3. I thought to make another thick doily, like my Double Strand Doily I did before, but decided this morning I would like to make some quick snowflakes. So I brought that for my lunch time crochet, but we'll see. I'm tired right now, so I don't know... I hope to finish up some of my afghan this weekend. I have the DVD.

Oh that was another experience I couldn't believe. I got my cart at walmart, put in some ice melt in it (we're going to have snow soon and we have a bad gutter that leaks and ices up right by our front door). Then I got the DVD. Put that in the part where kids or purses go so it wouldn't get smashed or anything as I add things to my cart. Got some yarn, put that next to the DVD. Got my Diet Coke. Put that by the ice melt. Added some batteries, by the ice melt. Then I went to look at clothes. Because my walmart has such close clothing racks, I left my cart. Came back about 5 minutes later (yes took me that long, if not longer) and my DVD was gone. :shock: I wans't happy. I had to go get another one. I went to the back and they didn't have it because it was the special with an extra DVD so I had to go back to the front again. I just got one last thing, quickly walked through the magazines (no crochet ones) and left. I didn't feel like getting anything else.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Afghan Update


Thought I'd update with a picture today. I have one more purple square to do (and boarders on the others) and then I'mdone with the purple. I think. I need to recount, but I'm sure that's it. I'm going to work on pink today. Then even if I'm not done with the squares, this weekend is the Weave in Ends Weekend for me.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Short Hello & Why not to crochet at 3 am

Just a short hello. I haven't done much crocheting as I'm still a little sick.

I work up at 3 am and tried starting the Shells Purse in the Crochet! Jan 2008 magazine, but it was very open and hard to work with an H hook and 2 strands. Maybe if I used Simply Soft, which is a bit thinner then Red Heart, and what it calls for... but it is open. But so darling in the magazine. Then I tried with one strand and didn't care for it. Then with 2 strands and a J hook and didn't care for it.
I think being half a sleep didn't help with any of my crocheting. So I went back to sleep.

I would like to try it though one day. And the Sherling Jacket on the cover. And the bead jewelry inside. And... LOL. This is why I bought the magazine.

I did do 2 purple squares at lunch yesterday for the afghan I'm working on. I was too tired to do much else. I brought my purple yarn to work on some more squares. I think I have enough squares for one more row on my afghan.

I think this weekend will be a Weave in Ends Weekend. That sounds good. Put in the new Pirates movie and weave in ends as I watch (saw it at the theaters). Maybe next weekend too with the Harry Potter movie. Sounds like a good plan to me. :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Afghan Update



Not the best picture, and it must have been on something in the upper left hand corner... lol... but you get an idea of where I'm at with the afghan.

It will be 6 squares wide, so that's the width. I will, of course, add a boarder. Then it will be 9 squares long.

The square in the upper right hand corner was the first square and there's a little piece of yarn to mark it and the right side.

And of course, ignore the ends hanging out around the outside.... you know how I feel about those. Plus I thought I could do them while watching a movie on a cold day. Although I may start now as it looks like there's a lot (and there is). Not as much as there could be as I'm leaving a very, very long end to sew the squares together and that weaves in the last end.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Double Strand Doily




Hook: Size F
Thread: Size 10,
"Cameo" brand, 100% mercerized cotton, ecru (really, the picture looks white, but it's a light ecru)
Pattern: Idea from "Miniature Doilies II" the white one called "Decapoint" changed and adapted to fit my needs.
Size: 12" in diameter (approximately).
I came across my "2 Hour Doily" book which I don't like too much, and this Mini Doily book. I thought, hm, I may need these for Christmas as I've been slacking in making doilies this year . I love thread but it takes so long. So I decided to combine the 2 books since the mini doilies are just 1 strand and small (less then 5 inches). I decided I wanted it more lacy so I changed the last few rounds, added a few more rounds and finally the boarder. I thought of adding more rounds but was tired and decided to finish this.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Afghan Update

Here's where I am so far, remember there are 6 squares wide, so this is just a reduced close up so you can see it better.

I like it a lot! I think it's going to turn out great. I have a few more squares done with boarder but not together yet.

Monday, November 26, 2007

New Afghan Started



This afghan will be for a friend and her family. It's going to be the step look, where the first square is blue in the first row, as shown below, then the second row, the secon square will be blue, then the third row the third square will be blue. On a diagonal.

I have the first row done, but to show it better in a picture, here are the first 3 squares as well as more pink I did last night. It's just 3 colors: blue, pink, purple. With a verigated (Artist Print) around them.




Close up of squares



I'm just using a solid granny square.
There's a pattern here: http://pumamouse.com/crochetbasicgrannys.html if you need one. I just do (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner. I also join different then most methods. I join the first round with a ch 1, sc instead of ch 2 sl st. Then the next round I start with ch 2 (I never start with ch 3 as I crochet very lose) then I dc around the sc. That round ends with (2 dc, ch 1, sc on top of ch 3) this puts me in the corner of the round. Then I don't have that ch in the middle of the square. It almost makes it invisible. The last round before starting a new color, I do the ch 2 join with sl st to end.
I'm leaving a long, very long end of the verigated to sew the squares together and weave in the ends at the same time.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Can't Sleep? Crochet a Dishcloth!




I couldn't sleep so what else is ther to do? This was from an afghan pattern book, but it's also in the 63 Heirloom Squares book, #15 (I think). The one in the 63 book looks better, this one has less dc between the puff stitch corners so it's more open. I don't like it, I thought I would add more if I did this one again. I did sc around the endging.

One neat thing, the center, take a look below:















Notice how the opposite sides are similar? Pretty neat huh? I thought so anyway...

Monday, November 19, 2007

3 New Dishcloths


This first one I really, really like. It's the same pattern thats been done forever, I found it in an afghan book and it had a guage swatch and I did this dishcloth (was looking for a pattern stitch). It's the basic [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] stitch. I did the same stitch around the boarder, I did 2 rows of the boarder.


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These 2 are basic half double crochet stitches with sc around the boarder.

All Peaches & Cream Cotton in the Springtime verigated yarn

I think all done with a G hook



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CT SGA Panel #2--WIP

Crochet Today Stained Glass Afghan Panel #2 - WIP

I had to frog about 5 rows of the second panel today. Somewhere I messed up and I think it started with the color change, I will need to check at home or at a later date. I thought it was working up so easily and quickly. Oh well.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Crochet Today Stained Glass Afghan Panel #1

I started the afghan a while ago and here is the first panel (not boarded and of course no ends weaved in).

For those who don't have the pattern, you work these panels first, 11 of them. These are the end panels. So the top of this picture shows the edge of the afghan (minus the boarder).



Close up of the panel:






It's not too hard. Just single crochet and changing colors. I just carried the yarn under the long black ones until it was too long then used another strand from the end of the yarn until I could go across with enough stitches for the verigated.

I am using the Blueberry Pie it suggested because I like blue.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Zebra Color Scarf


This scarf is for my uncle. I figured it lookd more masculine. I used an H hook and did DC. I didn't do as many stitches across because I thought it would be wide enough, but wasn't. So I added a black boarder, all in DC.
[sorry for the bad posing of the scarf, I tried something new]

Monet Color Scarf




This is the scarf for my aunt. I like this color a lot.
All done in DC. I used a size G hook because I crochet lose. I did 15 stitches across.

Here's a close up:






Monday, October 29, 2007

2 New Dishcloths

#1
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Another one from the CAD 2007 calendar. Same one as before. I changed it yet again. I did a sc around the edging.


#2
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HDC Dischloth. All done in HDC. I like it. It's not as tight as a SC but tighter then a dc. The only problem is trying to crochet evenly on the sides.


I'm actually running out of this color, which is fine. I can pick up a new color. I did do some "washcloths" at home and will post when I weave in the ends (hate those little devils ;). I used dishcloth patterns thought. And they are so nice. I used the "springtime" color yarn. So I want something different then that one too, just to keep the variety up.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

WIP Spiral Washcloth



This is my WIP. I think it's looking good. I'm using the Spiral Dishcloth from the "Kitchen Crochet in Cotton" from leisure art leaflet. I'm not changing colors, and didn't want to join rounds because with verigated it has the connection which doesn't look all that great.

This will be part of the bath set I'm making for Christmas gifts. I might just do washclothes in various sizes and shapes and then add 2 mini bubble baths and 2 mini scented lotions. Not sure yet.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lipstick Color Scarf




Done with the Lipstick color from Red Heart. It doesn't show very well in these cell phone pics...

Here's a close up that may show them a little better:












I did it all in Double Crochet. 15 stitches across (so 1 ch3 and 14 dc). Used a Size G hook. I crochet loose so I just kept going until I ran out of yarn or had only a little left. Had only about 6 inches after weaving in the end!
No boarder. Doesn't really need it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Griff's Fingerless Glove

It was cold on Sunday morning so I decided to make some fingerless gloves. I knew I had some HP color yarn left, so I grabbed my bag and made some of these.



I just did the basic HDC all the way around, ch 2 to skip for the thumb, then decreased for the wrist. I did SC around the edging for the burgendy. I just made them up so they would fit me. They are a little big, but still workable.




Matches my Griff slippers I made a few months ago.













Waves Tote Bag



As I was making the bottom I thought it would be big enough to fit my drinks in that I bring to work, usually just my 2 a day, but I can fit 4 in here and some paperwork. Or 2 and my crochet project. This would make a nice WIP bag too.

I used Red Heart WW yarn. Size H hook. Laying flat, it measures 12" across. From the bottom (with that on the floor) 12" to the top. Perfect size for me. Of course I crochet loose, so someone else who wants that size may need to go up a hook. It took approximately 3 oz of yarn (not sure as I still had a lot left and most had some used from the skein).

I made this from the Crochetville Waves of Color Tote Bag - link. I decided to just use my left over yarn like the pattern suggested. Turned out super nice I think.

Inside of bag with lining:






I decided to do the idea in the Granny Square Pucker Purse (link) and put plastic canvas on the bottom and sides so it can stand up nicely. Worked great. I like it with it. I just did the plastic canvas on the bottom and 2 wide sides. I left the narrow sides empty and like that, when I hold it by the handles it closes nicely.

eta: I actually changed the way I did the pattern... I was having trouble with the joinging of the dc dec. So I slip stitched to the top of the (3 dc) and did a ch3, dc for the beginning of the row, then one more dc, and joined with changing colors. There's not much difference, I think, but it seemed to work easier for me.

Oh and since I knew I was going to line it, I didn't fasten off each row, I don't like weaving in all those ends... .

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Don't Rush

I found I can't rush out of the house. I decided at the last minute to take my scarf I'm working on for Christmas to do at lunch instead of write in my paper journal. So I toss it in my bag. Not wanting to have anything drop out, I zip it up. I get to work and yep. My yarn is caught in my zipper. I try to unzip it and no go. It goes to the very end and can't get out. So I have to cut the yarn. :(

I'm doing scarfs for my Aunt and Uncle and their daughter and their grandson. I brought in the Red Heart Zebra one I'm doing for my Uncle. I think I did it too thin, as I went to a larger hook, but I will add a black boarder. I think that will look great. I need to get more Zebra verigated as I thought it would be cute if their grandson had the exact same scarf as his Grandpa.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dishcloth Tuesday

FIRST DISHCLOTH


Made 2 today. They were easy.
First one is from the 2007 Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar and it had errors on it. It was the Ripple Kitchen Set for Oct 13-15.
The 3rd Round should be Ch 5, dc in same st... this gives you a V st like the others.
The last sround should be, ... sk 2 sts, dc in next st *2 dc
Other then that it's fine. It is very doily like. But big enough for a dishcloth I think.


SECOND DISHCLOTH




The second is one that I do a lot. I ch 21, Sc in the second ch so there are 20 sc. The second row is all dc. The rows 3-5 are sc. Then I repeat (dc, 3 rows sc) until I get a near square. On this one I did one row of sc at the top to match the bottom part. Then I just sc around the edging with 3 sc in each corner. VERY simple and easy to do. And quick. I guess these don't look blocked because they're really not. I made them, put them on the floor and took a picture LOL.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Newest Discloth



My latest.

This one is done with the center in Double Crochet. I decided it was too loose for the stitches for some reason and so I did 4 rows of sc. Then I fastened off and did 4 rows on the bottom. So the top and bottom have 4 rows of SC. Then I did 2 rows of single crochet around the edge. I think it gives it an interesting look anyway and there is the looser center and tighter parts for different dishes or needs.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Bobbles Purse














Bobbles Purse




10 oz worsted weight yarn (used Red Heart)




Size H Hook


Bobble st: yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through, yo pull through 2 st on hook, rep 3 times, pull through 4 loops on hook do not ch 1 to connect (I did mine this way, you can ch 1 to connect).





Work from the top (narrow part) down.







  1. Ch 21. sc in 2nd ch & ea ch (19 sc)


  2. Ch 1, *sc in sc, bobble in sc, rep from * across, sc in last st.


  3. Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in ea st to las, 2 sc in last (21 sc)


  4. Rep row 2.


  5. Rep Row 3 (23 sc)


  6. Rep rows 2 - 3 for 18 rows, after 18 rows you will have 35 sc.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i67/Debbi-a1/bobbles1.jpg (to see the first part, for some reason I can't get it in here in the correct place...)




Begin working on the bottom (wider) part of the purse.




19. Ch 1, sc in each st.




20. Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *bobble in nex st, sc in next st, rep from * to last st, sc in last st




21. Rep row 19.




22. Ch 1, *sc in st, bobble in next st, rep from * across.




Rep rows 19-22 until desired length.


Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Sew 2 sides together