Saturday, March 8, 2014

Victorian Spring

I just finished this afghan that I had entered in the Ravelry olympic games but didn't complete it in time to get my award. But no matter...this was worth the extra time and effort....

Fans and Pansies Ripple Blanket

You can find the pattern HERE. Its so pretty...

Fans and Pansies Stitch Closeup
The pattern can be memorized (its a 6 row repeat) but is interesting enough that you wont get bored with it. All double and single crochet. I used the now discontinued Caron Spa and Country...has lovely drape and just enough warmth for a spring evening. A little steam blocking was all it needed. It measures 60" x 38". As much as I LOVE this afghan, I am going to sell it. I will make another one for myself. 

Got more afghans in the WIP pile...will be back with them soon!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Birthday Gift!

My granddaughter just celebrated her first birthday! I will be seeing her in a couple weeks and I wanted to make her something special. I thought a teddy bear would be nice but it had to be a certain kind. Not the kind that just sits in a crib or on a shelf....but one that a child will hold and drag around with them like a buddy. This little bear seemed perfect....

Buttercup Bear

Buttercup is a very easy can find it HERE. I used O-Wool Balance (which is an organic merino/cotton blend) and an F hook so she is about 15" long...a little longer than the pattern indicates. But a nice size for a child to grow with. I added the scarf made of Patons Grace in a blo stitch leaving the ends for a fringe. And I put a jingle bell ball in the body just for fun. I am hoping this little bear will become a special friend to Lillith. She took me a little over a day to make. Give her a try. You can use different colors on the body parts to look like clothing, if you want. But I think her simple look is very classic.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lillith and Her Blanket

It's been awhile since I posted but I sure haven't stopped crocheting. Here you will see a recent photo of my now 7 month old granddaughter Lillith on her playpad/blanket I made her....

The blanket was not an actual pattern but made using Diagonal Stitch, which you can find very good directions for HERE. I used a bulky acrylic yarn so it would be thick for playing on hard floors.

I am nearly finished a crocheted sweater for my little Lillith. When I finish it completely, I will post about it. Thanks for reading and...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013


My first grandchild was born on Feb. 16th. She was 2 weeks early but I know my DIL didn't mind...she was ready...LOL! Baby Lillith was 5lbs. 8oz. ......a peanut!

Lillith Soren Sagan

I didn't know if she would be a boy or girl so I didn't make much for her. But now that I know, I can start getting serious about making some cute outfits for her. Here is the first one I just completed....

Baby Bubble Suit
Its actually a 2 piece it is without the jacket....

The pattern is found in a Leisure Arts booklet called "Tender Touch Layettes". The suit is called "Sweetheart Roses" and is on the front cover in a solid green.I used Bernat Baby Sport Ombre in the Raindrops colorway. Its a VERY easy outfit to make...only took me 2 days. It's the second time I have made this outfit. I made it for Sydney 6 years ago and always like how it looked. I think Lillith will look cute in it!

Will have more baby stuff soon!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Minute Gift

I made several of these...I think they are very clever....

Christmas Penny Wreath

Check out the simple pattern HERE. I used ribbon instead of yarn for the bow but either certainly works. I also glued a pin on the back for wearing. I gave several to neighbors as a little gift. Its a very quick crochet....check it out. 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Finally Finished!

I started this blanket over a year and a half ago. I put it on hold because my DD moved to New Orleans and really had NO need of a blanket. But when she moved back to Boston, I pulled it out of my WIP pile and resumed working on it. I had entered it in the Ravelympics, but ran out of yarn. When I got more, I decided to get it done to give for Christmas. I got it done today....

Wool Eater Blanket

I used Vanna's Choice and a "G" hook. Its a very heavy, warm blanket and BIG. That's why it took me so long AND used up so much yarn.Even buying the yarn on sale at 2/$5 it cost a lot. Never did a project live up to it's name as this one did...ha,ha! You can find the basic pattern HERE.

Still have another kitty bed to make and a pair of fingerless mitts. Hope to get it all done in time. My DD will be home on Sunday for the holidays.

For all of you who celebrate the holiday, may you get all your gifts finished.....and have a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you soon!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bed for Kitty

A friend on Ravelry posted a link to a crocheted pet bed. It looked easy and very functional so I gave it a try...

One Skein Pet Bed

It only took a couple hours to make and I actually made it larger than the recommended 11" diameter. I made it 14" for a bigger kitty. I used the option of making a double thick bottom and used bulky yarn with a J hook instead of worsted weight. But making the sides by folding over and then crocheting the edge to the base makes a nice look. You can find the basic pattern HERE.

I am working on my Christmas crocheting....hats, scarves and now pet beds. Hope your holiday crocheting is going well. Till next time...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Yarn

Yes...I am still here. For the last several months, I have been focused on losing some weight and have lost 35 pounds so far! And I HAVE been crocheting, although I haven't finished any projects lately. Still working on a couple things for Christmas gifts which I hope to share with you soon.

And I am STILL buying yarn. I found this yesterday in A.C. Moore. I fell in love with the color and with a coupon I paid about $10 for the 6 skeins....32 oz...

It's mill acrylic blend. And it seems to be a sport weight. Not sure what I will make with it, but I will think of something. The jeweltone colors are just gorgeous!

Any ideas as to what I can do with it, let me know. :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ravelry vs. the USOC

Ravelry recently received a letter from an intern law clerk at the USOC stating that Ravelry's use of the tern "Ravelympics" for their olympic KAL's and CAL's is probably a copyright infringement as they have sole commercial use of the word "olympic". Not only that, they feel that our yarn arts denegrade the hard work of the athletes!! BULL! And BULLYING!

You can read about the controversy HERE.

So, if you are a fan of Ravelry or are involved in the Ravelympics, send a POLITE, but firm e-mail to the USOC telling them that their objections are outrageous and misplaced. Its time that people that use yarn in their crafts be take more seriously. We are NOT a bunch of old ladies in rockers. We are talented...we are strong....and we have numbers that can influence. Let's get this injustice removed and enjoy the Olympics as we see fit!!

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UPDATE - The USOC has officially apologized for the disparaging remarks made towards Ravelry members. The outpouring of support from Ravelers as well as other yarnies made the USOC realize their tremendous blunder. Three cheers for US!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baby "Buggy" Blanket

Made this for sale as a baby shower gift. The customer wanted a baby boy afghan. I found THIS pattern and thought it would be perfect....a nice pattern without being too much. When I finished the basic ghan, I thought it needed something so I thought about it and got the idea of adding the bug appliques and the lines to represent their flying. The embroidery took time but it really came out great. I think the new mom will appreciate it.

I used a G hook and Bernat Softee Baby, which is not my favorite yarn because of how it splits, but its a soft yarn so it was a trade off. I used #3 crochet cotton to embroider the lines and got the appliques from JoAnn fabrics. I glued on the appliques instead of ironing them on because you will ruin the acylic yarn with the heat. The result works well....probably better, as I find that iron on adhesives tend to wear out after repeated washings.

Hope you are enjoying your Spring....or Fall, depending on where you are on our planet. :)

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