Happy anniversary to my wonderful parents! Today marks their 38th wedding anniversary! I had to do the math 3 times because I just couldn’t believe I had parents old enough to be married for that many years! This was the only photo I could find to share…
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A quick shot of the African Flower squares I’ve been working on for the cal on my group…
and a ripple afghan pattern, I shortened the starting chain a bit to make it a lapghan sized afghan. The pattern is from Better Homes & Gardens “Afghans to Knit & Crochet”, called stunningly enough, Crocheted Ripple Afghan.
Father’s Day we went to the field auction in CT like we do every year – it’s tradition that we go & meet my parents & spend most of the day. Like anything else – you never have any idea what you are going to find, until you go! I was lucky to find a big bag full of yarn, which I won for $7.50 as part of a larger lot – and I immediately resold some of the stuff in the lot, making back $2. A large part of it was a tangled up mess, thanks to hubby’s help I was able to reclaim this out of the tangles (I meant to take a before & after photo but forgot)…
Not shown: 3 skeins of homespun, half a crocheted afghan (frogged), several knitted scarves in progress (frogged), & a 2 stranded garter stitch knitted afghan with woolease yarn, some skeins still with the afghan, that still needs to be frogged.
I am looking for a few good crochet testers for a few projects – does anyone want to help me?
Remember this hat? It went through a round of testing & I fixed a few things, & I would like a couple sets of fresh eyes taking a look. It will be a free pattern, & there is a ribbing & no ribbing version (worsted weight yarn)
Ditto above – there were a lot of changes in this one, so I really want to make sure I made things clearer, and not more complicated. Bulky weight yarn, more info here, paid self published pattern
bracelet made out of cascade fixation cotton/elastic yarn, about 5 grams were used. I have no idea what I’m going to do with this pattern, but it’s been sitting for a few months waiting to be tested while I made a decision about it. Still no decision, but…
My first vest design…
Vest is made in one piece until the underarms. You will then work each of the fronts & the back, and then sew the shoulder seams for an almost seamless garment. Finished pattern sizes: Difference in sizing is written in parenthesis. Last three sizes are bolded for ease in reading.
The solid version used Red Heart, the scrap version used Patonâ€™s Classic wool. For my final sample, I used Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn, a superwash yarn, 55% wool & 45% organic cotton worsted weight yarn, 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins (480, 480, 640, 800, 800, 800 yards). If you are going to lengthen the vest then please purchase an additional skein of yarn.
You also need two 1â€ buttons, a 5 mm/ H crochet hook (probably youâ€™ll need to go up a size or two), & scrap of yarn or removable stitch marker
Finished chest sizes: 33.25â€ (38â€, 42.75â€, 49.25â€, 54â€, 58.75â€)
Give me a yell if you are interested or you want / need more info! Thanks!!
It’s Fiber Friday/ Friday FO!
This is a top down, seamless, American Girl doll sweater I started ages ago for a co-worker’s daughter & I have to admit, I promptly forgot about… It didn’t take me much time to knit once I finally sat down & actually worked on the darn thing…
I just hope it fits the little doll!
And… drumroll please… one of my secret design projects, is secret no longer!
Spring Stripes Scarf
This is a beautiful summer weight scarf, thatâ€™s fast & easy to crochet, and looks wonderful in a self striping yarn! The yarn used for this scarf is a beautiful two color, self-striping yarn with merino & a pinch of bamboo for some shine. Be sure to block the scarf after crocheting, to really make the lace pattern pop!
This pattern is currently only available as part of a kit, and includes both the skinny scarf & regular scarf directions. One skein of yarn is enough to crochet both versions, so you can make one for yourself & one as a gift!
Let me just send a shout out to my wonderful friends & testers, thanks to redcurlysue, hobobird, TanyaRC, & sjregier5 for their test crocheting skills! You’re the best!
For more information, or to buy the kit, please visit http://www.yarns2dye4.etsy.com
This was a very interesting book, and not my usual read. I love futuristic type of books, but I do prefer plot-driven books much more then character driven books, which is what this book is.
That being said, the book does grab you from the very first page. I actually wrote something along the lines of “you could actually taste the excitement in the air” after reading the first chapter. But, after a few chapters… I got a little bored. The book is well written, and I did enjoy the main character, Kat, but there are so many new worlds, civilizations, and ideas introduced in the book, in a short time period, that I felt myself more confused by it all then entertained… which led to me being bored. There are some exciting moments, but like I said, I felt more confused then anything.
That being said, there were sections that I did greatly enjoy – not going to share & spoil – and the ending was great, and it was worth reading. I can’t say I was terribly surprised by the ending – but I think I would have been disappointed if the ending was different.
I received a review copy from the author.
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Are you on Ravelry? My group just started up a couple of cals, if you’d like to join us. For some inspiration, here’s the beginning of the post I made about the African Flowers Cal we’re having…
Howdy! I know no one suggested this when I asked for suggestions, but I absolutely love the African Flowers motif & there is just so much you can do with it. I thought this would be perfect for a summertime cal. Here’s some inspiration for ya’ll:
There’s even a square version, which is what I think I’m going to do… & a tutorial on Ravelry for turning any hex into a square…
So come join us on Ravelry! Â If you aren’t on Ravelry, I’d love to hear & see what you’d make with this motif anyway!
It’s Fiber Friday/ Friday FO!
Ever since I saw this pattern on Ravelry, I’ve been dying to make this square. I knew it would be perfect upsized into a kitty blanket.
Some of these are made as-written, most are about 14″ square, with a few bigger or smaller for a wide range of kitties .
You can download the pattern for free here, but please remember designer Mary Lokken did design this for the charity Knit a Square.
Most of these are actually rectangular; I started with a chain of 6 or 8, I believe, & basically followed the pattern as is,
but this makes a rectangular blanket which I think is better for the kitties in shelters.
Details: used up scrap/leftovers of mainly acrylic yarn, all machine washable, mainly worsted, using a variety of hooks/needles, mainly G, started in May finished in May
With this last stack, I’ve finished 49 blankets for the cat shelter in memory of Zorro.
It’s a very quick read – if you read other reviews, most people say about a half an hour (took me about 20 minutes or so), just what they promised: a quick read, perfect for your lunch break (or right before going to work in that short gap between hubby leaving & time for me to leave).
It reads & feels like a pilot episode, which again is just what this is. You meet a bunch of characters, the premise of the book/show is explained, & the end leaves you waiting for the next part, which I admit I can’t wait to read!
I received a review copy for free
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