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Monday, August 31, 2009

Baby Boy Cardigan

Baby Boy Cardigan - looks blue, but is more of a light teal or blue/green. Don't remember the name of the color. LOVE the yarn!

This will be the cardigan for Jeremy, out newest grand nephew!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Today was a good day - except I don't have any more photos to show for it....YET.

I'm about one third the way through a lovely boys sweater, size 3 month which is from JustCrochet. As it isn't for a new-born, I am using a light aqua green with the borders in cream. Looks really cute! A grand nephew was born in July so will be sending it to him by the end of the week.

I finally figured out what to do with the little sweater I made for a little girl (previous post) - a young Mennonite girl who use to work for us had a baby girl the day after my birthday (I had been hoping!). She will be 3 months old this week, so off it will go to her. I need to visit them anyway, and this is as good an excuse as any.

I'm beginning to think that I could design a pattern for the body of another boys sweater, so think I'll give it a try later this week. Should be fun!

I also finished my first of two Angel Squares. This one is really lovely, too. I made it up :o) and have named it after the person who will be getting it. Photos to follow soon. I hope to finish the other one quickly and get them on their way.

Finally, the photo is of the Guernsey Afghan from "Vanna's Afghans All Through The House" I have started which will be for my hubby. I have finished the block in Terracotta (Vanna's Choice) and started the few rows that separate this block from the next block in Sweet Pea (from Baby Vanna's Choice). Hubby is colored blind and he can see these colors best. However, I don't know that I will be able to stomach using this green in the afghan! I may just switch the Sweet Pea for Duckie (a bright yellow) and just continue all the blocks in the Terracotta. We shall see. I'm using a J hook and this is working up nice and heavy which will take care of his complaint regarding the last one I made for him - too holey and too lightweight!

We are having wonderfully cool weather for this time of year. Here's hoping that you are too!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Little Lacy Jacket

Isn't this just the cutest! Thanks to Beverooni, I made this from one of the patterns from JustCrochet by Heather. She designs some lovely baby clothes.

This is one that was to have buttons and longer sleeves. I added one row to the sleeves after joining the sides because I didn't want the scalloped edge like the bottom. I thought it looked a little too '50's with the extra waves. The next row gave it a straighter edge. I used Baby Soft by Lion Brand.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Famous Cat Afghan

This is for my SIL - she has lots of cats. I have one more cat face to attach and two more Burgundy squares (all in Vanna's Choice). Then I will edge it in some nice pattern. All the cat faces were finished in Tunisian - the Burgundy squares are varied.

I think she will enjoy this.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Library - Well, MOST of it!

The photos were taken with my has a cute feature where I can hold down some buttons and the mouse becomes a tool where I can outline the area I want to save in a jpg format. The photo then shows up on my desktop, I transfer it to my iPhoto easily, and then email it to my blog. Wonderful and simple!

So, this is the library as it shows up on Ravelry. Some of the books I have are not in their library, so I can't put them in my library - the only hitch to an otherwise flawless library system! So amazing what these people have done. Hopefully they are going to have another way of categorizing them to I can organize by "squares/blocks" - "children's clothes" - "toys" - etc. You get the idea. They also have an area for magazines and booklets. Now that's a whole new set of photos! ;o)

Monday, August 10, 2009


The first square is one I'm sending in the Rose/Pink swap. It's a pattern that I like quite a lot. The second square is from the Autumn swap from Becky, and the last (but not least) square is from Kristine in the Va Va Victorian Swap. Fun!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

God's garden

I received this from a very dear friend who lives in New York...but she is close in spirit. Thought I'd share as I found it so lovely.

How To Plant Your Garden

First, you Come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses....


1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul


1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness


1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another


1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another


1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends



The NEXT double crochet in a corner!!!

One of my learning sessions came when I had a light go on in my head. I realized I was using the wrong dc when I started making squares. My squares all tilted to the left. I dissected the squares from the better crocheters that I had received and realized that the "next" dc in a corner was actually IN THE CORNER! That the loop over a 'post' or just barely to the right of it, was the top of that stitch. So when the instructions indicated that I was to do 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the corner and then dc in the NEXT dc - it was the very first dc and loop I came to. You can see by the 3 arrows the 3 rows in which I was to put the next stitch. :o)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pot holder's, etc., to send to JBowsher's Charity for July

Last two squares & a pattern.....of sorts!

This square is a take off of Square #95 in 101 Granny Squares by Darla Sims. After completing the pattern up to the 6th row I changed it. This pattern is written as if you have knowledge of repetition in squares and are better than a beginner - know how to start a row and how to finish one off.

Shell: 3 dc in same space

Row 7: 3dc ch2 3dc in the dc of the corner stitch; 3dc in top of cluster; 3dc in the sc 3 times (skipping the ch2 spaces); 3dc in first cluster; 3dc ch2 3dc in the dc of the corner stitch; repeat around. 7 shells

Row 8: sc ch2 sc in corner ch 2 space; sc in dc; ch2, skip one dc, sc in next dc of the shell (1st and last dc of the shell); sc in next dc, ch2, skip one dc, sc in next dc of the shall; repeat pattern across to corner; sc ch2 sc in corner. Repeat pattern on each side. There will be one ch2 space in each corner and 7 ch2 spaces across each side for a total of 32 ch2 spaces.

Row 9: 3 dc ch 2 3dc in corner; 3 dc in ea ch 2 space to corner; 9 shells on each side.

The bottom square is #28, Christmas Rose in 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. This square was ripped out and re-done, but am still not thrilled with it. I think it has too many stripes for my personal tastes, but believe the recipient will love it!