Sunday, December 28, 2008
Hubby is sooo funny.....all he keeps saying is that he wanted a white Christmas. We did have a white Christmas we has snow on the 23rd that fell and we went over by Mom & Dad's again to remove the snow. Well guess who was hurting by the "white"???? Yeah, dear ole hubby....might have something to do with the fact we did not use the snow blower and just used the shovels. For those of you who do not know much about snow...there are different types of snow. There is the powderery type (when shoveling this stuff gets caught in the air and comes back in your face). There is heavy wet snow a real b%&^* to shovel......I remember my Dad saying take this type of snow in layers. I also remember thinking to myself doing it this way I will be out here fooooorrrrreeeeevvvveeeerrrrrrr!!!!!! The last type of snow I can think of right now is the snow that packs in shelves and is hard to remove from the sidewalks.......oh speaking of sidewalks why is it that in the summer when you are walking on them side by side with friends they are very slim and someone always ends up walking partily on the grass, but in the winter when you have to shovel them they seem like they are a mile wide???????
BAck to the part about hubby hurting himslef it might have something to do with the fact I went into the house to get a glass of water.............and to warm up a wee bit.
Yesterday it was 50 degrees and there went all of the snow that was outside. Guess who is looking for more snow?????????
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Today the Baby Afghans are going to Mom's Church St Charles
They do a drive for the "un-wed Mothers" such an old fashion word for the PC world we live in
Anyway I wanted some babies to feel love and secure when they come home
I was able to take advantage of the nice weather we are having (it was very chilly for awhile there) and hung them on the line to take the pictures. The RR's looked goofy haning on the line so I took those indoors. ]
I love the look of the self striping yarn from Bernet, especially the melon one. I might have to go back and get some more. However now that Walmart has discontinued much of their yarn they carry I might not be able to get my hands on some. They took about two skeins each
I believe the other RR was made with yarn I picked up on clearance. The teal one is Simply soft when Walmart carried it in 12 oz skeins. I think I picked that up on clearace also. Man I love those sale yarns :)
Thanks for looking
Well I just posted the fact that I made 52 total squares.....I wish I had done better but I did have a few other things that needed my attention this month........Man if I could just get out of work more often, hire a maid to take care of the household and well I am sure you can guess the rest, many crafters wish for the same thing ........MORE TIME!!!!!
Here are the squares, I hope you enjoy them. I used the book 200 blocks by Jan Eaton (given to me by my spring secret pal.....love the book thanks Joyce!!)
And then I fell back on ole' reliable friend the granny squares :)
I love them all and as you can see the circle in the square was one of my fav's
Thanks for looking
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Now I want to let you know that I really like making squares and I really like changelles so when I get to combine these two I excited. I have defintely have enough yarn (you can check with Mr Yarn Aholic), have the hooks and the scissors are sharp.
I have no idea how many I will be working on but I am ready
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I did it I got the gold medal
See above for the start and finish of the ghans
My goal was to assemble 4 ghans. I had the squares already completed however I needed to weave in the ends and assemble. I choose to start with the easy one first. The orange ghan that one had 48 ends to weave in, I was also concerned that I would run out of aran color yarn. Found one in my stash - phew. The orange yarn is Perfect match orange and the aran used was TLC Essentials. This one will be going to Victoria's Sweet Blankies charity. Next one worked on I decided to weave in the ends first before assembly (well over 200 ends to weave in) one thing I wanted in this ghan was each square had to have at a minimum 2 colors - I assembled with Perfect Match Black used the continuos join assembly method found on Crochet Cabana website. Not 100% sure where this one is going to. Next one to assemble was the pink one, I had pink squares and needed to find additional solids in my stash of squares to match. Yarn used for assembly was Caron Off White Pounder, yarn for squares were Caron Pounders Country Rose, Dk Violet, Perfect Match Cornmeal and RH SS Blue. Used the continous joining method again, woven in 96 ends, again not 100% sure where this will go to. The two charities that these will go to are: Sissy's Seniors and Project Rest Assured. The last ghan assembled is for me - squares used are from Joyce in the Spring Secret Pal on Crochetville. Method of joining is similar to the Lattice Techinque found on the Crochet dude's website. Used Caron Brown Pounder and TLC Essentials Aran for joining.
All in all I woven in over 450 ends on all 4 ghans.....
Off to collect the gold medal......................
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Traveling scarf is knit - yes I know you are use to seeing crochet projects on this site. But knitting is part of me too...........A group of ladies at Just 4 Ewe are doing a traveling scarf. We all started with our own scarf cast on 44 stitches and do a rib of knit 2 purl 2, after we get to 7" we head back to J4E and drop off our scarf and pick up the next one. We have two teams (I am on team one along with Lois, Kim, Martha and a few others) Martha has my scarf now .....
We also get to put a little something in the bag of the person who's bag we receive.
Oh and one other thing we made journals last week and they accompany the scarf for comments, or what ever we would like to put in it.
I will continue to take pictures of the scarfs that I get to work on before I trade them in
Happy travels little scarf I will see you when you are complete :)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Here is the wrap
This was made with Caron Naturally - Spa color: Ocean Spray same as on pattern. I knew as soon as I saw this new yarn was available I had to make the wrap for my secret pal. I was thinking this would be perfect and lightweight (she lives in AZ) I don't think she'll be using it until it is closer to fall. The yarn was a delight to work with it is a Bamboo mix - I wased it before sending and I was a wee bit neverous about it but as you can see (this is fresh out of the washer) that it is still wonderful. I would like to work with it again however I would like to make my self a soft scarf. Not necessarily a winter one but one that I could use in the fall/spring when you are not yet wearing winter coats.
Oh the pattern http://naturallycaron.com/projects/oasis/oasis_1.html
There are a lot more lovely patterns on this web site - more colors of yarn at the store (in my area only available at Joann's)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Anyway the other night by 2ndDD, DH and I are coming home from Germanfest - had a great time by the lake. We happen to be at the 4 way stop that people have been known to blow through. I see some flames on a lawn, no one around, not normally a fire pit (nor are these people known to be outside in the evening)
So I say to DH and DD "Hey, his lawn is on fire" Their looking andeeing nothing - the flame I saw was approx. a fist size. But I can kind of see some trails of smoke. Hubby says "Awww taint nothin, lets go home"
Get home 1st DD says "Mom I'm hungry can you run me to Mc D's?" Sure another chance to spy on the fire I'm thinking.
We both see a red glowing spot on the ground - this guy is burning out a tree stump.
So I head to his front door - now mind you it is going on 10 pm.....
He comes to the door and acts like I am bothering him when I mention his lawn is on fire and maybe he should take a look at it............
I feel great because I "saved" the neighorhood from burning down....shouldn't Smoky the Bear be happy???
What at JACK, next time I will just call the Fire Department and let the home owners deal with a fine for doing a burn, that is unattended, has not been approved or what ever else they might stick him with
Friday, July 25, 2008
I took part in another Secret Pal on the Crochetville site. I had a blast, we had all different things to do at virtual camp, from figuring out who is this - with sent in baby pictures, a scavenger hunt every week, id the flora and fauna (some were really tricky)
Good thing we did not have to give instructions on short sheeting - I don't even understand the concept of short sheets yet alone how it would be created....ahh well
My secret pal was Briana or known on the 'ville as luckybmr - she is such good story teller. She told us about her alpacas Alphonse and Allie...they went to camp with us and fell head over heals in love LOL. Not only is she a great story teller but a super secret pal
I found out that she sent her very first doily made to me, as you can see from the photo she did an awesome job - looks like she has been doing this for ages :)
Here are photos of the gifts that were sent by Briana through out the swap-
I really have been blest with two great swap partners since I started partaking in the secret pals - I just hope that I have been a good provider for my secret pal...can not say who I have yet her package will be there on Tuesday
I have some pictures of the crocheted items I made for her
Friday, May 9, 2008
Here the ghans that were sent to Ohio for Project Rest Assured. This is a charity that makes ghans for children in foster care. We feel that as the children move around in the system, changing families, homes, school settings, neighborhoods we feel there is one thing that is theirs and can comfort them. I guess everyone needs a security blanket
Enjoy them. they were assembled with love
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is the first package received by my UKSP (unknown Secret Pal) received was a pen, vanilla bath salts and a tote---who doesn't need a tote especially if you are a crafter. And it is large enough to carry a WIP (Work in Progress)
Package 6 ( I know I could not believe it either) way too much spoiling -----hello darling husband do you see some special treatment going on??
This was a kitchen themed package, homemade scrubbies, dishclothes, the cutest dress (I would say a pot holder??) To pretty to use for that I may make them a fridge. Chocolate bunnies, "to do" list, sachets, receipe box with cards (included are two receipes-looking forward to trying them) coffee, coasters, vanilla candles ~ I love candles :)
At the end of 8 weeks comes reveal package and know you'll know who your secret pal is.
Included were 19 squares (the 20th in package #5) for a friendship ghan, a gift card to purchase the yarn for assembling, hooks, a hook case, yarn cutter, pattern pulls, vanilla candle, doves chocolates with almonds (mmmmm), Starbucks truffles, a yellow tote, note pad, and Jan Eatons 200 crochet blocks (perfect for my charity work) and a Jimbo chopstick hand carved wooden hook.
Thank you Joyce!!!! I loved the entire time and look forward to a growing friendship
Friday, February 29, 2008
Then in turn I am asking many questions to my Secret pal
I have enjoyed all of the communications
I would say more but then my Secret pal may know who I am ........ don't want to ruin the surprise
PS just in case anyone wanted to know....... I have offically determined that I am tired of the snow and cold that has been our winter here in Wisconsin. I no longer want to beat the record of most snowiest winter ...... we can stay at the level we are. I no longer wish to hear the sound of the snow blowers or to see the snow covered trees, hear the crunching of snow under foot....... see the gleam of the full moon over the vast white lawns!!! I now want to see some green and not the green going out of my pockets to get the cars washed to remove the salt, or the green to get the cars repaired from driving over and through the potholed streets. I am trying to remember what a lawn mower sounds like, the curtains blowing as the fresh air comes in through the windows..... to sit outside with a cup of tea at the end of the night while listening to crickets
I know Spring is around the corner but this corner sure is taking a long time to get around!!!!!