06 January 2017

Nellie Belle's New Sweater

Nellie Belle is our baby. She is 11+ years old, not in the best of health but don't tell her that because she thinks she's a teenager and likes to romp and play and act the diva. We may not make it to our snowbird home this winter so I decided to make Nellie a sweater to keep her warm. She's not too fond of clothing so this is more of a thing for me than her. Anyway, here's a picture of her sporting her new duds.

She's staying close to her daddy, hoping for protection from the camera wielding mom.

Here's the pattern. I added a flower, and you can find the pattern for it here.

Have a great weekend and stay warm.

03 January 2017

A Couple Completed Things and Coffee...

Just finished a lapghan last night and a dishcloth that I made to have a little break from working on the lapghan. Sometimes I find I need a little change of pace and a small project like a dishcloth or even slippers, a hat or a scarf will do the trick. Anyway, before I "talk your ear off" here are the pictures.

No pattern, just solid grannies of 6 rounds except the center one is 12 rounds. I am still making these lapghans to donate to the new veterans' home here in our town in Kentucky.

Moving on to the 2nd half of this post, I want to share my happiness over a Christmas present I received. Hubby bought me a Keurig K55 coffee maker

I'm in love with it; however, I am not in love with the price of the coffee to go in it. I suppose if I only drank 1 cup per day it wouldn't be too bad. To be honest,  I drink 6 cups or more everyday. So I put on my thinking cap and thought about what money saving idea I could find. 

I bought a reusable filter. Works great but 1 filter is over $7 at Walmart. I did buy one because in the long run it will save money. As I was browsing through Dollar Tree the other day, I noticed that they had a 2-pack of reusable filters for Keurigs. Bingo! We have a winner. I bought a couple packs and pre-filled them.  When I'm ready for a cup o' joe I just pop one in the brewer.

Another thing, I wanted to have a little variety by having some flavored coffees. Since I drink decaf (like all post-menopausal women should) I found it hard to find much variety in decaf coffees. I spent quite some time on Amazon searching for a good deal on some flavored decaf coffees. I found a variety pack of 6 flavors, 96 count for only $37.90. Score! A smaller size for $13.30 is offered but it costs less per pod by ordering the larger size. I got my order in today and have already tried 3 flavors and I definitely recommend  them.

Today I have been rather chatty so I will let you go for now. 

Cheers (as I raise my coffee cup to you)!

02 January 2017

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Patterns (02 January 2017)

Happy New Year everyone. Today, I am sharing a link that will take us to a pattern for what looks to be a sturdy tote bag. This bag would be nice to put a to-go crochet project in or to take shopping since in many parts of the United States and other countries, free shopping bags are becoming a thing of the past. Here's the link.

Hope you finished up 2016 on a positive note and are headed for good health, happiness and peace in 2017.


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A Quick Look at 2016 Crochet Projects

Here is the slide show of the projects I completed in 2016. I got the photos from my ravelry account under the tab for 2016. Of course, as I was looking at a similar folder I have on facebook (after completing this slideshow video), I noted that I missed posting one project on ravelry so I actually completed 168 projects, not the 167 that are shown in the video. I know that 167 sounds like a big number but I really got hooked on making dishcloths for a few months and they don't take anytime at all to make. I don't know why I had this fascination; I just did. Here's the video with some royalty free music added to spice things up. Thanks for viewing.