30 December 2008

What I Finished Crocheting in 2008

I just thought that I'd list all the items I crocheted in 2008. I had them listed in my signature for crochetville.org but now that a new year is almost here I'll be starting off there with a clean slate and I didn't want to lose track of what I did in '08. Here they are:
Completed 2008 demi slippers (1pr), chenille afghan, dog sweater (3), ski hat, half moon shawl, hat and scarf set (2), blue & white rr, Purple Cuddler RR, purple gold offwhite rr, scarf with headband set (2), headband, rr for baby(5), pink baby hoodie, ladies slippers (21), men's slippers (6), child slippers (1)spiderman rr for baby, doll outfit I "winged", doorstop, pink rr, washcloth (1), dishcloth (2) granny squares (29) Pet booties (3)

Currently, I am working on a hexagon afghan in shades of pink. It is for a friend. I'm not saying who until it is finished because it is a surprise for her! You can find the free pattern here. When I am finished with it I will definitely post a picture of it for you to see. The picture I have posted in this entry is the rr afghan I made my gd for Christmas. She really loved it!

28 December 2008

Crocheted Scarf Sets

This is a hat and neckwarmer I made for my dil's Christmas present. I just "winged" the neckwarmer based loosely on a few patterns I looked at, but I used the shell-stitch for this one.

This is the pattern I used for the hat. The hat pattern was quick and I will most likely use it again.
This is a headband and scarf I made for my dgd's Christmas present. I did not have a pattern and just made it up as I went along. I made it out of scraps of yarn that I had on hand. I think it came out pretty don't you?

26 December 2008

Post Christmas Recovery

Christmas this year was much more relaxing than in previous years. I did pretty good with my shopping this year--did not go overboard well too much that is! DH and I had Christmas dinner at my son's house. My ddil is a very good cook and she outdid herself. Anyway,these pictures are of the decorations I put up in my house. I hope you enjoy.

16 December 2008

Dec. 16th, 1653: Cromwell Becomes Lord Protector

On this date, December 16th, in 1653: Oliver Cromwell, a leader in the English Revolution and ruler of England since 1649, is proclaimed Lord Protector of England. This revolution resulted inthe execution of King Charles I, and many high ranked government officials. Many reasons are given for this war including: social, economic, constitutional, and religious. You can go to this page to read a little more about this time in English history. To learn more about Cromwell you may visit this website dedicated to him.

14 December 2008

Crochet Scarf for Son #1's Christmas Present

Son #1 works outside and I worry that someone will run over him or something. For Christmas, I made him a scarf with yellow glow-in-the-dark stripes. Here's a picture of it. Hope you like it. Hugs....

10 December 2008

Once Again, Some More Crocheting for Christmas Presents

Here's some more slippers I made. This time I have one pair for a man and one pair for a woman. The woman's slippers I made without a cuff because I was running short of yarn. I actually had to half-way frog the first slipper I made because I was short of yarn for the second one I was making. No biggie, the slippers turned out ok. I've had to do this before--as a matter of fact, I'm wearing a pair now that I did not put a cuff on. If you look at November's posts, you will see some other slippers I made with this pattern. Here's the free online pattern for these.

This is a scarf I made for my mil for Christmas. I used bamboo yarn and the free pattern you can find here . I love this yarn! It is so soft and glides over my fingers and hook very easily when I crochet with it. It is a bit pricey though but I lucked out and found it on sale and a Christmas present for my mil is a special thing anyway.

This is a potholder that I made to go in the giftbasket I'm creating for my aunt's Christmas present. Can't remember where I got the pattern but I do know it is free online somewhere. Basically, it is 2 squares and the edges are crocheted together. When I get the basket put together I'll try to remember and post a pic. I'm kind of forgetful sometimes so I hope you'll be patient with me. :)

09 December 2008

Publication of "Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson

On this day, December 9th, in 1854 "Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was published in England. You can learn more about him by following the links on this page . Here is the text of this poem and you can also see it written in Tennyson's own hand writing.

04 December 2008

How Accurate Is History Depicted In Movies?

There is a wonderful webpage where you can learn about how accurate historical events and times are depicted in recent movies. Dr. Cathy Schultz, a history professor from the University of St. Francis, writes a column that has been printed in newspapers. You can read it here where she maintains a page of the columns. She is a wonderful teacher and I was privileged to have had her as my professor for many classes when I was at student at USF. Go ahead and check out her page; you know you want too.... Hugs to all of my readers.