29 May 2017

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (29 May 2017)

Today's link to a free pattern is for the Triangle Shawl. It is a very pretty shawl and the sample one is done in a pretty pink. Check it out and see what you think.



26 May 2017

Another Lapghan for Charity

Here's another afghan finished to donate to a veterans home. The squares are solid grannies of 6 rounds.

Once again, I used odds and ends of leftovers from other projects. I try to loosely color coordinate the yarns I use. Not perfect matches but not offensive to the eye either.

Take care my friends and I will see you later!


Vietnam Veteran Flat Top OD Green Low Profile Cap

25 May 2017

Tootsie Warmers

Here are a few more pairs of tootsie warmers aka slippers that I have recently finished. Two pairs are for the granddaughter. I made them out of leftover yarn from the afghan I made for her graduation gift. She will be going away to school soon and I think she might like a few pairs to take with her. The other pair, the yellow and white ones, will be going into the gift drawer to be given to someone later on. I find it advantageous to keep a supply of these on hand.

The rose and black pair I made according to the pattern but the other 2 pairs, I made a shorter cuff, I chained 3 (instead of 11) for the back portion of the slippers.

That's all for now folks.


Womens Suede Shearling Slip On Moccasin Slippers

Slippers for the family

22 May 2017

Monday's Link to a Free Crochet Pattern (22 May 2017)

Many of us use Swiffers to give our floors a quick cleanup. Those paper thingies that we put on the bottom are a recurring expense and who likes that? There are many patterns to crochet a reusable cover. This one is unusual in that it is "double-sided with one side being loopy (to grab the dust) and flat on the other side (for damp mopping)."

Check it out and see what you think.


Swiffer Sweeper 2 In 1 Mop And Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit

21 May 2017

How I Made the Afghan I Posted About Yesterday

Thought I would share with you the how-to for the afghan I wrote about yesterday.

I wanted to make an afghan for my special granddaughter to take to school with her after her high school graduation. I have had a “thing” for making things out of granny squares lately so that’s the type of afghan I wanted but with a bit of a twist by using 2 different square types--solid and traditional. You may have noticed from granny square patterns that not all squares are created equally. Some traditional grannies have 1 chain in the corner and no chains between the sets of 3 double crochets. Some start off with chains of varying lengths.  I wanted the same number of stitches on each side of both types of squares to make it easier to join them.

The Graduation Afghan--

Materials: All yarn is Red Heart and the name in parentheses is the “proper name” on the label

lBlack yarn (black) 2 skeins
lPink yarn (I lost the wrapper so not sure of color, think it said rosa) 2 skeins
lPurple yarn (medium purple) 2 skeins
lBlue yarn (turqua) 2 skeins
lMulticolor yarn (neon stripes) 5 skeins
lHooks--G to make squares and H to crochet them together
lLarge needle

Using the chart below, crochet the appropriate number of squares. Patterns follow the chart.


Traditional Granny
Using G Hook, Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
RND 1:  Ch3 (this is first dc), 2 dc in ring. Ch 2, *3dc in ring, ch3. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch2, slst in top of ch3. (You will have 4 sets of 3dc with 2 chains inbetween each set)
RND 2:  Sl st in the first 2 dc's and over to the ch2 space. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Work the following 3 times (Ch1, work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space) Ch1, join with slst to top of ch 3.
RND 3:  Sl st in the first 2 dc's and over to the ch2 space. Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1.) Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
finish off and weave in ends.

Solid Granny
With G Hook, chain 4, join with sl st to form a ring
round 1: working in the ring, ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch2, *3 dc in ring ch 2* repeat 2 more times. (You will have 3 sets of 3dc separated by 2 chains)
round 2: ch 3, * dc in each dc to corner, ( 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) in corner repeat from * three times more, dc in each dc across to beg ch-3, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3 (Total of 7 dc per side including corner double crochets)
repeat round 2 until square reaches desired size (each side is 4 stitches larger than the previous side)
finish off and weave in ends
After making the number of squares required, use the following graphic as a guide on how to lay them out.

Using the H hook and solid black yarn, single crochet the squares together using the layout below.

Shaded squares = purple
“P” squares = pink
“B” squares = blue
Plain squares = multicolored

Round 1:  Using G hook, you will be crocheting with double crochets in each double crochet and chain 1 space. In corners, you will do (2dc, ch2, 2dc).
Round 2: Switch to the multicolor yarn. Using hdc, work as rnd 1.
Round 3: Same as round 2
Round 4: Change to black yarn, crochet as round 2.
Round 5: Change to blue yarn, crochet sc all around.

Finish off, weave in ends.

You’re done!

If you have any questions, please ask.


20 May 2017

Graduation Afghan

So proud of the granddaughter of my heart. She graduated high school. She is going away to school and I wanted to make her somethings special for her new home away from home.

An afghan seemed to fit the bill. She can can cuddle up in it and feel warm and have a virtual hug from Grandma Sharon.

Here's the pics--

That's all for now folks!


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15 May 2017

My Version of the Holiday Place Mat

I've been in a crocheting slump lately and as a result I have made many granny squares out of odds and ends of leftovers. One day, I started going through some old magazines and found a pattern for a round placemat. I didn't have dk weight yarn that the pattern required but I did have some other worsted weight cotton yarn of various brands. So, I used 2 balls of the purple and 1 skein of the multicolored. There wasn't enough of either color to make the final round so I used some plain white I had on hand. Here's the pic--

I am very happy with how it turned out. I think I will put it on my dining room table soon. It is more of a large doily than a placemat because of the yarn substitution. I am assembling an afghan out of granny squares on the table so I need to get it all put together so I can have my table back. Here's the bibliographic information for this pattern:

Langtange, Anna. "Home for the Holidays Holiday PlaceMat." Crochet World, December 2013, 34-35.

Hope you all are doing ok. The weather here is summery and it feels great to be finished with the cold for a while. Take care everyone.

14 May 2017

DNA Testing for Genealogy and Health

Today I ordered the DNA test from 23andMe. I have already done the Ancestry test but decided to order the test from 23 that will also tell me about my ancestry PLUS potential health concerns. Today, it is $20 off. This link will give me a small payment if you go through here so I appreciate it very much if you use the link in this post.



08 May 2017

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (08 May 2017)

Here's a link to a pretty doily with pineapples. Looking at the picture, maybe this could be made up in a worsted weight yarn and it would be a very pretty heirloom quality baby blanket. Hmmm, something to think about.


Giant Swan Ride-On

03 May 2017

Replenishing the Slipper Supply

I had been running low on slippers in the gift drawer so it is time to make some more. I decided to leave the cuffs off of some pairs and I think they look great that way especially for warmer weather. As usual, I used my favorite slipper pattern.

For Ladies:

For a man:


Kindle Oasis

02 May 2017

Thoughts About Blogging and a Couple Dishcloths

After posting 2 days in a row after a lengthy absence, I might be getting my blogging mojo back. I started blogging in September 2005 on the Yahoo 360 platform. When they "went off the air" I manually transferred my postings over to blogger and I have been here since May 2008. Unfortunately, blogging has become more of a business and less of a way to become friendly with all sorts of folks. Many of the blogs I had previously looked forward to reading are now defunct. The new generation of blogs are designed to make money; I'm not talking about a few Amazon ads or adsense ads but rather they are storefronts and I feel like I'm reading a salespaper. I'm missing the friendly interaction of friendly people with each other.  I have allowed myself to fall behind on posting things to share with you and if I'm honest with myself, I have contributed to the decline of friendly blogging by not writing posts more often so I am reforming my blogging attitude immediately.

I started out with a plan to show you a couple dishcloths I've finished. Here they are--

No pattern

Take care my friends.


01 May 2017

Sunshiny Days Baby Afghan

Recently finished this baby afghan (some of you may call it a baby blanket). At the request of my mother-in-law, I made this for her friend who recently had a little boy. This is a great pattern that is easily adjustable in both width and length. I did my own version of the stripes that I thought suited the colors I used much better. Enough blathering, here's the pics--

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