Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crocheting Update and a Winter's Break

The round ripple, crib blanket sized, completed this morning and ready to make its way to the new mom to be.  I had initially wanted to end in pink but the blanket was 54 inches which I thought was large enough so beige it was and edged in a scallop.

Also ready for take off this week are my little bags with their Valentine treats to two special little misses.  I finally decided on flowers instead of the hearts for an embellishment.  These are such fun little bags to make.  The pattern can be found at Tangled Happy, Boutique-bag

My round ripple for Pammy Sue's CAL is still in the works.  Plans are to work on it and try for a finish the end of this week. 

Currently on the look out for an afghan pattern suitable for an engagement present.  I have found a few patterns and trying one out right now but would appreciate any suggestions.  I did see a beautiful Fisherman's afghan but so far have not been able to locate the pattern.  Books out of print!

And as far as my winter's break ... I still am having a lot of issues with Blogger.  I cannot always leave comments, can't follow or see my followers, and find the screen freezes on posts, on my blog as well as others.  I just haven't time to try and find another avenue although it seems that that is something I really need to do.  To limit the frustration I will be taking a blogging break for a while.  When I do get to design another doily, etc., I will post and I certainly will be out visiting your blogs, I could never stay away from that.  So for at least a few weeks I will be seeing how I can resolve the blogging problems and spend more time with my hooks.  Keep warm and safe.  See you at your house!

God bless,

Monday, January 16, 2012

Up and slowly moving

Time to get the coffee brewing and start the day.  A little later these past days, back to normal schedule tomorrow.  Was nice to have a few days of quiet.  Bandages and stitches coming off and out today.  A bit of soreness but the numbness is gone.  What a relief.   Will need to have the other hand done as well, but not sure yet when I will do that.

Crisp, cold (bitter) and sunny this morning.  A picture to see the sun streaming through the orchard, very beautiful.  Time for that coffee and my morning prayer.  Blessings to your day.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Where the stash is ...

The CAL is coming along nicely.  Its a very easy pattern and yet looks so much more so.  I love how the double crochet front posts make this look.  There certainly will be more in the making! 

A very sweet pattern for Valentine's Day ... I adore this little heart.  A wonderful insert in cards of the day.   I will also be using as an embellishment. Pattern here.
A few special little misses will be getting these little totes for Valentine's Day.  They will be filled with crayons, hair accessories and trinkets ...

(unable to get the link for this little darling right now due to blogger issues.)

And embellished with the lovely heart.  I am looking for an initial pin/charm to put in the center of the thread heart.

Sunday Blessings

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Its Cold!

Bundling up and heading out.  Yes, I know its winter but ...
the wind, so strong the past two days.  F r e e z i n g ! 

Now the good thing, great to spend some time crocheting away.  The ever growing ghans are so pretty and providing some nice warmth as they are worked on!  Hope to get a few more rows on Pammy Sue's CAL and to post a picture either later or tomorrow.  I think this has taken over as my all time favorite.

Grabbing the crochet bag and ready to brave the cold ...

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Round and Round

I love round ripple afghans.  Over the past few years I have made quite a few.  I enjoy crocheting them, I love how they look and the recipients are thrilled with them.  Currently a pink/brown/beige one is working up for the arrival of a little miss come spring.

To acknowledge my fickleness when it comes to crochet and especially round ripple afghans, I have also just started this stunner.   Pammy Sue of Scotty's Place is hosting a crochet a long on this pattern from the December 2011 issue of Crochet World.  I am smitten!  I can see "several" in the future. 
Hop over and join in.  You'll be glad you did!  Its a great and fun pattern to make.

Crocheting in circles and loving it!

Friday, January 6, 2012

The stash has spoken

and for once I have listened.  The color sequence for this was 10 rows however, the last one ended up being just five rows as I found I didn't have any more of the green yarn.  Normally, I would have high tailed it to Michael's or WalMart and purchased another skein (and probably a "few" more in the process) but measured and this grannyghan is at 43 inches.  More then enough for a very comfortable lapghan so a row of single crochet followed by a row of reverse single crochet and its complete. 

It is very satisfying to be able to complete a project just from what's on hand.  The winter months will be a good time to continue decreasing the yarn mountain and increase the lapghan supply.  I have two patterns in mind for the next ones with one being from scrap yarns.  Looking forward to that as I have never done one like that before.  First to finish a round ripple.

I'm happy to report that the hand is doing very well. 
Only two days and I could use the blow dryer this morning. 
I'm happily surprised.

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Its a good thing!

We've finally hit single digit on the thermometer.  Good day to stay tucked in.

Carpal tunnel surgery yesterday went like a breeze!  Got there at 7:00am  was on the way home at 9:30am.  How amazing is that?  Smarts a tad today but nothing that can't be dealt with.  Catch this ... I can even crochet!

Taking advantage of some quiet time.  Think I will get some good soup simmering in a bit, light some candles, find a good old black and white movie and kick back.

First to figure out how to do my hair single handed ...