29 February 2012

27 February 2012

Sunday's Projects

Today, or I should say yesterday, I finished one pair of slippers that had become a ufo (in the bottom of a basket) and also made another pair. The ufo pair, was a super-sized pair for a man.  These seem to take a lot longer than a ladies pair of slippers. Here's a look at them:

These slippers are made out of 1 strand of brown and 1 strand of navy blue yarn.

The next pair of slippers are sized for a woman. They are made out of 2 strands of light purple but they are slightly different colors. I  made a flower for the front of these and here they are:

I started another baby blanket but since it has a lot of granny squares, my C.A.D.D. started kicking in after weaving the ends in on the 1st few squares. I'll work on it between projects so I don't get burned out with it.

Hope y'all had a nice weekend and I'm wishing you a great week. Hugs...

26 February 2012

Just Wondering...

I went to a blog and the blogger offered some very nice patterns for free. Now, why would this blogger not allow you to copy and paste pattern into a blank document, nor offer a pdf? Am I supposed to sit in front of my computer as I crochet? I don't mean to be a whiner, I just don't get it.

25 February 2012

Baby Blanket Finished

I finished another crochet project today. I made a baby blanket. It's made from yarn in my stash. The main color is a creamy white and the rest is an aqua color and a variegated color that has blues, tans and greens in it, kind of reminds me of the ocean. Anyway, it is just a giant granny square with a simple picot edging. Here's the pictures of it:

Hope y'all are having a great weekend. Hugs to all...

24 February 2012

I Am Amazed....

The designer of the pepperoni pizza scarf I just finished sells hers for $140!
I think I like mine just as well made out of my stash yarn!

I just had to post this because I am in shock at how much she is charging!

23 February 2012

Traditional Winter Hat for Youngster

I was perusing some pattern books that I've had for eons and decided to make something from one of them. This is a kid's hat (comes in adult size too) that I decided to make. It is made out of double strands of worsted weight so it is quite thick when finished. I know that it will keep some youngster's ears toasty warm.

The hat is part of a set that includes a scarf and matching mittens. I didn't have enough coordinating yarn to make all 3 so I decided to make just the hat. It was very easy to make. This is the book that also has the pattern for my favorite slippers. Here's a picture of the book:

I started a baby blanket today. I think I have my CADD (crochet attention deficit disorder) under control at the moment and hope to stay in a productive mode.

Guess this is it for now. Take care everyone...

22 February 2012

The Funny, Goofy Project is Done--Finally

Here's the reveal for the funny project I was working on but ran into a problem with. It's a pizza scarf! I got the pattern from Twinkie Chan's book Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies 20 Yummy Treats to Wear.

It was very easy with the exception of the crust and it confused the heck out of me. Twinkie does have a video tutorial  that helped and here it is:

I ended up not using all the pepperoni that I crocheted because I thought there were more than enough and I was a bit tired of sewing them on :).  Without further ado, here's a few pics of it:

And a close-up of the crust that kicked my butt:

My colors looked similar to what was used in the book but I think they're actually darker so maybe I should call it the "Over Baked Pizza Scarf." I do like it but not sure where a woman of a certain age such as me would wear it. I'm going to put it in my gift drawer for now.

OK, that's it for now folks!

p.s. Here's an ad if anyone is interested in this book. I was excited to note that it is now available for kindles too!

20 February 2012

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (20 February 2012)

Since I'm suffering from CADD (crochet attention deficit disorder) I thought maybe I'm not the only one and that's why I'm posting a pattern that will finish up quickly. Today's pattern is for coasters that have a St. Patrick's Day theme. Enjoy!

17 February 2012

OK, My Funny Project Still Isn't Finished But These Are

I'll admit it, sometimes I suffer from CADD-- Crochet Attention Deficit Disorder. I was a little frustrated with my "funny" project so I took pictures of a pair of slippers that I recently finished--

I modified the original pattern because I was using partial skeins of yarn and wanted to be sure I had enough so I shortened the back portion of the slipper. I was going to wait until I had several more pair done before I showed them to you but I figured it was ok to show them now because I'm also going to show you a picture of the scrap 'ghan that I finished last night.

It is truly one heck of a gaudy delight! The next time I make one of these, I'm going to go ahead make it a double strand 'ghan with one strand being black. I think the black helps out with multiple colors that don't necessarily  match by themselves.

OK, this is it for now. I really need to kick the CADD in the butt and finish my other project before the Fiber Fairy goes "poof" and turns it into a ufo hidden in the closet!

Y'all take care and stay warm. We may get our first real snowfall this weekend so I'll be wrapped up in an afghan wearing some crocheted slippers as I hook on a project.

Hugs to all...

16 February 2012

Ran into a Snag with My "Goofy" Project

I ran into a problem with the last bit of crocheting on my "goofy," fun project. Luckily, I found a video tutorial to help me. Seems like I'm not the only one to have this problem. Anyway, as soon as I'm finished, I'll post pictures and a link to the video tutorial--shouldn't be much longer!

Since I was frustrated with my fun project, I switched over to my scrap 'ghan. It's getting pretty darned big so I'll be finishing it up pretty soon. I'm down to only a few small balls of left-over yarn so I'll consider using up the small odds and ends of yarn a success.  Guess this is it for now.

Have a great day everyone...

15 February 2012

Did You Ever Crochet Something Goofy?

I am currently working on a project that is a bit off the beaten track for me. I just wanted to make something fun so I am. I'm not going to spoil it and tell you what it is but I'll let you know that I had to crochet 30 round motifs as part of it. I think I have about a 1/2 hour or so of actual crocheting left then there is the loathed assembly and weaving in of the fearsome ends. I hope to have this project finished in a day or 2 and then I'll do the grand reveal;-).

Had a nice Valentine Day. It was son #1's usual day to do laundry but he made brownies while he was here too. Son #2 came over on his dinner break at work and had his meal here. DH gave me a stash of chocolate--a heart full of peanut butter cups and an assortment of other chocolate. We had pizza from one of our favorite places--Papa Murphy's. For those of you who don't know about Papa Murphy's, you buy a pizza from them but then you have to bake it at home. They assemble the pizza as you watch. Our favorite is loaded with all the meats, pineapple and extra cheese. It is so Yummy!

Much to my little girl's distress, I dressed her up in honor of the holiday but she ran right to her dad to be undressed.

Later on, both "kids" cuddled up with their dad in the recliner amid a pile of throws--

Take care everyone...

14 February 2012

Happy Valentine Day Everyone!

For my family--

And my friends--

To Wait an Hour--Is Long

To wait an Hour—is long—
If Love be just beyond—
To wait Eternity—is short—
If Love reward the end— 

by Emily Dickinson 

10 February 2012

Me and My Boycotts...

Some of you who have been following me for a while are probably aware that I will boycott companies that I consider to be substandard in their service or quality of their products. This year, I have started my boycott of Walgreens because they no longer accept Tricare (the military/military retirees/military dependents) medical insurance. Even though they have offered to not raise their prices for a few years, their prices were still 20% higher than other participating pharmacies so they were basically given the boot when they refused to "get with the program." I miss using the coupons out of the Sunday paper at Walgreens but Walmart will accept some of them. Please check Walmart's coupon policy because there are some "tricks" to using coupons from their competitors.

The other company I have been boycotting for almost 3 years is Taco Bell. Why??? I am boycotting them because if I wanted to eat taco-flavored taco shells rather than taco shells with filling then I would have bought a bag of tortilla chips at a dollar-type store! If you visit Taco Bell's website, you will see false advertising pictures of food items that look like they're meant for hearty eaters contrast this with a blog entry from April 2009 and you can see a picture of my taco-flavored wannabee taco. The thing is, I wrote them an email and they never bothered to respond to it. When I was on Facebook the other day, I saw a Taco Bell ad on the sidebar. It connected me with their Facebook page. When I saw someone had complained about a skimpy amount of filling on his food item I directed him to my blog entry about this and now that I've publicly brought this to Taco Bell's attention they want me to go there and fill out a complaint form or call a toll-free telephone number. If they're seriously interested in "fixing" this problem then they can contact me because I contacted them 3 years ago. By the way, we now call a local Mexican restaurant and order our tacos there, go pick them up and end up with tacos full of filling and a bonus of tortilla chips and salsa for about 2 dollars more.

Am I the only one who boycotts businesses? Let me know!

In our area we're supposed to have the coldest days of winter this weekend. Hope everyone is staying warm. Hugs to all...

Just Wanted to Share This With You...

As I was skipping around Pinterest, I found a picture for what looked like simple slippers to crochet. I clicked on it and I noticed that I could embed the pattern in my blog to share with all of you. Here it is:

It's going to be coldest weather of the winter here this weekend so I hope all of you are able to stay warm--snuggle up with the afghans and crocheted slippers! Hugs...

08 February 2012

Finished a Pair of Slippers from a Different Pattern

I love to make slippers because I have cold feet and also because they seem to go over well as gifts. I thought I'd try a different pattern for a change. The pattern I got is from this book:

These slippers are real stash busters so that's a plus. I think they're cute too. What I don't like is that there are so many ends to weave in and sewing to do. Check out the pictures of mine:

I may make these again, but they won't replace my favorite pattern for slippers. I'll be saving these for the summer and warmer weather. My favorite pattern uses double strands of worsted weight yarn and they're great for winter wear.

Hope everyone's having a nice week. Take care...

Finally Got a Pinterest Account and Look What I Found!

When you think you've seen it all; would a real classy lady wear this to church?!--lol!

Source: etsy.com via Cyndi on Pinterest
I recently became a member of Pinterest after finding out the quickest way to do it was to log in with a facebook account. I had been waiting for a couple months trying to sign up at their site. Now, I can see why some folks say the site is addictive because it IS! I mean no disrespect to the designer/seller of these earrings, they just tickled my funny bone and I wanted to share a bit of humor with you. Enjoy!

07 February 2012

Respectfully Decline...

I'm very happy today as I'm typing this because Debi of Dly's Hooks and Yarns wanted to give me the Versatile Blogger Award. I am so appreciative of having my blog liked and that is the best award there can be. I'm not going to accept awards though. I was going to but I can not limit who I pass the award on to. I've sat here in front of my computer for almost an hour trying to figure out who I'll give an award to and I just can't do it, so I'm very politely declining to participate in blog awards. I do hope y'all will visit Debi's blog and see why she is so deserving of award status! Take care everyone...

2 Things Today: Flag-Like Crocheting Projects & Some Slippers Too...

I had always thought that flag afghans were ok but I was WRONG! After doing a little researching online, I found the following information about flags on clothing, bedding and that sort of thing:

According to the Flag Code, a flag is anything "by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag."
The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.
Source: Flag Code, Section 3
Therefore, a flag includes any representation of it of any substance, with stars and stripes of any number. This would include T-shirts and ties.
Other references in the Flag Code relevant to this question are:
  • The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. (section 8d)
  • It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like (section 8i)
  • [It should not be] printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes (section 8i)
  • The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. (section 8g)
  • No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. (section 8j)
The Flag Code states that the flag should never be worn. (Section 8d): "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel."

I always thought the beautiful flag-like afghans were ok to make because they're not an exact replica. Guess it's true that we learn something new every day. For more information on the U.S. flag, go to this page.

I was working a little bit last night on my scrap afghan that has been a WIP seems like forever. I had some purple and a variegated purple that I thought I could get a pair of slippers out of before I used the remainders in the scrap 'ghan. I modified the pattern a little bit so that I was sure to have enough yarn. Take a look:

06 February 2012

Flower for Slippers

Flower for Slippers

Small enough amounts of 2 colors of yarn (known as color A and B)
G Hook (I crochet loosely so you may want to try a different hook size)
Yarn needle

*With color A chain 5 then connect with a slip stitch
*Chain 1 (this is considered a sc), then do hcd, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc
*Then do 4 sets of sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc
*You will now have 5 petals on your flower. Fasten off.
*With color B, chain 10
*In 2nd stitch after hook, sc. Then sc in remainder of chains to end (9 sc)
*Fasten off and leave about a 8 inch tail
*With tail, weave in and out of top of all sc.
* Pull tight and sew ends together (sort of like closing a smushed-up circle. Now it should look like the center of a flower (bowl shape).
*Sew center of flower to the middle of the flower’s petals.
You can use the ends to sew it to your slippers or other project.

I hope this pattern is understandable; if it’s not, just let me know and I’ll revise it.

I will get a better picture later on.

Actually Finished 1 of My Small Projects

I finally finished 1 of the 3 small projects I recently started. Today's show and tell is a pair of slippers. I modified the pattern I normally make most of my slippers out of and added a flower. I couldn't find a flower pattern that I liked making so I created my own. If anyone is interested in the flower design, I'll type it up and post it. Thanks for looking!

Pattern for the slipper is here. I did modify the cuff.

Monday's Link to a Free Crochet Pattern (06 February 2012)

Here's an interesting pattern for a pair of crocheted slippers. It's made out of granny squares. I'm making a similar pair but the pair I'm making uses 6 same-sized squares. I'm going to try this pattern when I wrap up what I presently have on my hook. Hope you enjoy!

05 February 2012

Darned Sniffles Look Like They're Here to Stay

Still off with my crocheting. I came back from my California visit with an upper respiratory infection that won't quit. I'm calling my doctor tomorrow because this has gone on long enough. In recent years I haven't been one to get "bugs" that hang on but since late last year I've been getting ear infections and upper respiratory infections off and on.

I do have a few projects on the hook. I have 2 pairs of slippers--1 slipper of each pair done and a dishcloth about 1/4 finished. I'm thinking of decorating one pair of slippers with a flower on the front. Maybe by posting here about it I'll get motivated.

My kindle died. I can't get it to boot up. I called the service techs at Amazon and followed their troubleshooting protocol but still no luck. I have the one with a keyboard and 3G/WiFi and they're going to replace it for $86; no freebie because mine was out of warranty. I still enjoy downloading free books for the kindle but some are really cheesy and a few are pretty good. If after a couple chapters I don't like a free book I just delete it from my kindle--nothing lost because I didn't pay anything for it. If anyone else goes for the free books, be sure to read the fine print because some of them are free only if you are an Amazon Prime member and that costs $79/year. Yep, I "goofed" once and paid for a book that I probably wouldn't have spent money on. I have a gift card balance on my account with Amazon and I'm trying to save that for whenever Amazon comes out with a new and improved version of the Kindle Fire.

Ok, I've really been chatting here for a while so I'll go ahead and sign off for now. Hope y'all have had a nice weekend and that you have a super week.

03 February 2012

There's a Giveaway!

Over at the Beach Bungalow, Sue is giving away a beautiful trio of potholders to one lucky winner. Why don't you go stop in at her place and check it out?

02 February 2012

My Other Blogs

Hey, did you know that my chihuahuas--Nellie Belle and Opi have their own blog? Also every now and then I blog a little bit about historic type topics and you can see them here. Originally, I had everything on one blog but I decided that it wasn't such a good idea so I started the other 2 blogs. I try to keep the chis' blog kid friendly because I wanted a place for my adopted great granddaughter to visit online when she got on the computer. OK, that's enough self-promotion.  Take care....

01 February 2012

I'm Feeling Chatty Today :)

Today, I'm writing a more "chatty post" that I haven't had the chance to do lately. A little over a week ago, I came home from visiting friends in California. One friend sent me a ticket to help celebrate her birthday. This year was sort of a special birthday for her. She turned 56 and was born in 56--both days were Friday the 13ths. I didn't get anything crocheted during my entire trip with the exception of finishing a sweater for my friends delightful furbaby. Unfortunately, the sweater was a bit big but my friend told me that was ok because it's warmer that way. The pattern I used for the sweater also came with a pattern for a dog hat:

I added the pom-pom. A teddy-bear now wears the hat. :)

Here's a look at my "furfriend" wearing her sweater:

After 1 week visiting in northern California, I hopped on an AMTRAK train and then a bus to head down south to visit another friend east of Los Angeles. We did the shopping thing and I was happy to find a few good bargains to take home. I found a Vera Wang shower curtain for only $4.99

and a matching heavy-duty rug for $5 at one of the stores that is actually a "true" outlet-type store. This friend's little granddaughter tagged along and she liked to "hide" from us:

I recently finished a cute dishcloth:

The pattern for this is a freebie at Lily Sugar 'n Cream.

We're having some crazy weather here in the vicinity of Ft. Knox, Kentucky. A very small dusting of snow twice this winter and both times it went away quickly. Now, with warmer temperatures in the 60s some days, some plants think it's spring and have started to grow and get buds. I'm hoping the weather stays warmish for them the rest of winter. Funny thing about the weather here, it's the same as the weather was when I visited California.

I know I had bunches to share with with you but now that's I'm sitting here typing, I can't think of anything else to say. I know it will come back to me later and I'll just include it in another post--this post is long-winded enough anyway!

Take care everyone...