Sunday, December 9, 2012

A little update...

Wow, it has been a long time since my last post. I have been super busy lately filling orders and getting some Christmas presents done. Where I left off... News of a local boutique wanting some of my items in their shop. One owner was all for it, the other owner not at all. So, it was a no go. I was pretty bummed but that's okay, I got over it. We did do the flea market for another two weekends but didn't really make much to make it worth spending booth costs, food costs (from being away from home), gas cost and making my kiddos (dogs) suffer at home with no one to let them outside to do their business. Needless to say the profit margin was too low to continue. In case you didn't know already...Hubby did find a job about 3 weeks ago and we finally got our first little tiny paycheck. Thanksgiving was a bad week to start back to work, slow work and only 3 days. We are hoping things pick back up after the holidays. BUT thankfully with the little income that I have been bring in with my crochet we are able to get by better than we would have. (do I harp on this? I am just so excited for what I have been able to do to help) I appreciate my customers more than I can express. I did run into a small problem over my Monty Moose pattern and I was infuriated for some time. I was messaged by a publisher that my moose was identical to someone else's moose and I was to cease all sales and distribution of the pattern. I was mad, heartbroken and discouraged. I know mine is different but as I was informed it is not obvious to the average browser. So, I have to make an obvious change in the appearance. I was soo upset that week, I hardly got any crocheting done. I hear all the time that folks crochet to relieve stress, I have no idea how they do it! I get stressed and try to crochet and I make mistake after mistake till I am soo frustrated I want to throw my work across the room! LOL! That's all for now folks, be back later.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Great things!

Where to begin telling yall of the great things happening for my little business...

 First great thing was releasing four patterns on my Etsy page... Monty Moose, Gippy Giraffe, Bonnie Bear and Log Dog. As soon as I can get time to do some editing, I will be releasing number five... Harold Hippo. All of this has had me very busy but also very excited.

I had also been preparing for our venture as a vendor at the flea market. Something totally new for me and my mom. We went, greeted, smiled, (smiled so much my cheeks hurt that evening) talked to, listened to comments and suggestions. We did make a few sales but were slightly disappointed. From what we heard from other vendors, they were having just about the same bad luck that day.  We learned a great deal and got a pretty good workout.

That evening the hubs suggested for me to do the small flea market closer to home. So we did. A fairly steady flow of traffic and again lots of compliments, comments, suggestions and a few sales. But hey, I was still pleased with the exposure and socialization (I don't get out much). We plan to do it again this weekend.

Soo, patterns and flea markets... great things happening!

But wait! There's more!

Mom calls me up Tuesday with a sale for the Gippy Giraffe she took with her, ($ money in my pocket, woohoo!)  AND an order for two more! $$ Yes, dollar signs make me very happy especially since the hubs is still struggling to find a job. I get busy right away!

Today my sisters and dad come to get me. Dad brings me money (brightens my day) and I send them away with the two giraffes.

I am already feeling pretty good about all that has been happening for my little business...

BUT today's phone call took me over the moon!

When mom took the giraffe, she also took a monkey that she had already made a sale for. The lady who bought it called me. She had taken my monkey to a baby store and the owners loved it and wanted me to call them about putting some of my animals in their shop!

Yes folks, this old gal did a jig! (scared the hubs a little, it wasn't pretty) LOL!  

Of course the first person I call is my mom. I had to calm myself before calling the baby store, didn't want the shrill of excitement in my voice to scare them! LOL! I finally called and waiting on a list for what they want. I will definitely keep yall updated on how that goes.

Great things...the smile on my face is starting to hurt but I don't care...smiling away!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Sharing from my Favorites List

Since I am so completely bored today and am not going to pick up my hook till later this evening (so I will have something to do while watching tv), I thought today would be a good day to share with you some links on my favorites list. Lets start from the beginning of the unsorted favorites, that list is long so we I will only do a few.

I love this simple little baby blanket. She doesn't post a pattern but it looks easy enough. Just crochet the length you want, on your 2nd row do *sc for 16 sts, fp sts in every other st (8 times)* repeat to end and desired height of color.  Change colors and repeat the pattern in reverse.

Such a simple pattern and yet it looks so elegant. It can easily be made bigger for a throw for the chilly nights ahead.

Wouldn't you know it! Number 2 on the list is no longer available, hate it when that happens! Since the pattern isn't available the page opened up to Craftsy all patterns, naturally I found something to catch my eyes! LOL!

The perfect Cowl w/ flower
Isn't this just gorgeous?  I love the color and from the pic it looks really soft. Sorry it is a purchase pattern but I'm sure some of my more experienced readers could whip one up in no time. Nice gift idea!

Check this out!
Finger Saver Too cool! Not sure how good my tension would be at first but I bet after awhile it would work nicely.

Friggin eye candy is every where, distracting me! Lets move on.

Well #3 is refusing to load, no idea why, it was a Red Heart pattern - Brillant Butterfly Pillow (just in case you want to see if you can load it. I thought it would make a great gift for one of my grand daughters or nieces.

I thought this square pattern was unique and different so I saved it for future use. BUT now that I have reopened this page, I see she has some very beautiful designs that I am going to have to go back and check out.

Just love these Tp covers! Just a little something to hide to unmentionables.

Then of course there is Stephanie's Garden Party Tic Tac Toe game.  Perfect for those long trips or visiting the relatives who don't have any toys or just want to engage the kiddos in something that doesn't involve a screen.

I'm sure you will find at least one of these will end up on your favorites list too! Yes, I am an enabler! LOL!
Happy Hooking!  :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monty Moose


Two weeks ago I was browsing through my "Not Mine" folder on my computer. It's all the stuff I run across and save the pic with the hopes to one day to try my hand at it. So I ran across a pic of a moose and thought...I'm gonna make that.  I got to work on it right away! I actually was smart enough to write down what I was doing, most of the time I just do and have to go back and try to remember what I did.

After getting rave reviews from the fabulous Facebook crocheters and several requesting the pattern, I got to work on... downloading the pdf format, organizing the pattern to make it appealing and readable, converting it to a pdf. 

I had a drawing for testers and crossed my fingers and held my breathe as I sent them out. I sat around checking my emails and Facebook practically every hour waiting to hear how things were going. One minor issue did get found and was promptly taken care of.

At last I have my very own pattern!

I am still extremely excited, it has been up for sale for a week already!



Click HERE to purchase.

I hope everyone enjoys my pattern as much as I do, I had fun in the whole process of getting it made up and ready for sale.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ramblings of a Crochet Slacker

Today has been one of those days where you know you need to get things done but the "want to" is just not there.

I currently am working on:

An order for 5 dolls (cartoon characters). I have three done, the pieces for the fourth doll are sitting in my tote waiting to be put together. All the yarn, felt and stuffing for those dolls are sitting on my office table, thankfully those still have a little more time left on them before they are due to be done.

I also have two bags that my mom asked if I could finish for her, those need to be done sometime in the next 2 weeks .

Pieces of a baby's pillow bear have been sitting behind me for almost two weeks waiting to be put together.

A Kitty is in the works but that is slow going cause I am writing the pattern as I go, so my table next to my chair in the living room is covered with the yarn for that, along with papers of my scribbles.

I looked around this afternoon and said "That's it, I can't take this mess any longer!" I went around gathering all the left over yarn, scraps, supplies and was putting it away in my somewhat organized craft (Ok fine, it is a yarn closet) closet only to find the three unfinished Monkey Loveys that I was doing in a crochet along.

I also signed up for a Christmas Ornament Swap that is due to be done in two weeks also. Spent most of the day browsing through patterns looking for that something that screams "Yes, make me". I did find one but still need to find one more.


So, I guess you could say I am feeling a little overwhelmed and it is nobodies fault but my own. I want them all to be finished right now! LOL! Mostly cause I have soo many other projects running through my head just waiting for their chance.

Good news... is I just finished the bear! haha

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Crochet in my Day...

Just thought I would drop by and let yall know I haven't drowned in my yarn just yet. I have been busy crocheting but life just seems to get in the way at times. Like today..I had very vivid plans in my head as to how to day was going to go. I was going to sit my big butt in my chair and work on the dragon I (don't know what I was thinking) started 2 days ago. AND only get up for potty breaks!

Hahaha, says the universe!

After about an hour of "me and my crochet" time. The day toke a twisted turn and totally got of track.


You need to feed the hubby, pancakes coming up.
You need to go to the grocery store (whine), fine I'll do it!
Don't forget that laundry hubby put in the bathroom.
Hubby wants your help to get the yard done.

Sigh

I really want to get some work done on my crocheting!

Grumble

The trash needs to be taken to the dumpster.
Some lunch would be good.
Don't forget the hubby needs you to put time on his phone.
You forgot to put the laundry in the dryer and start another load.

Getting really sleepy, must take a nap! AND I did even though hubby was saying "No nap"!

Hmm, wondering if I will ever get to crochet today at all.

Balance the check book.
Finish putting away the dry goods from your shopping trip.

Finally got a chance to sit down and crochet for another hour.

What's for supper the hubby wonders, geez boy, you just ate! But thanks for reminding me, I planned a supper that was going to take awhile, so I guess I'd better get that going.
There ya go forgetting the laundry again!
Ugh, look at all these dishes! Where's that invisible maid when you need her?

Everybody's fed and happy.

Time to myself. Do you think I sat down and crocheted? LOL!! Not! Here I am right here looking at patterns and waving at ya!

:)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Getting Ready for the Flea Market

Wow, it has been months since my last post! I wonder what I have been doing that has kept me so busy that I couldn't even do a post...hmm...crocheting perhaps! LOL!

My mom and I have come up with a plan to do a weekend at the flea market in October, this has kept us very busy trying to make and make and make. We are both very excited but I still feel unprepared and nervous. I personally have never done anything like this.

Well lets see what projects I have done...

Another Hippo to go with my Jungle series cause I gave the first one away to my brother. It's a good thing I decided to do that cause I found a few mistakes in my pattern that I had to correct.



I thought a set of those Monsters (from Sugar n Cream aka Lily) would probably do good at the flea market, it would give me something to appeal to boys (I gave the first set to my nieces and nephews). I love those monsters and they were my first attempt to do toys, so that makes them extra special to me.  While making those monsters I got creative and made my own monster to add to the set.

 I had to do some more puppies, which we know everybody loves. Some bibs that mom insisted on and I thought some Halloween bags couldn't hurt considering it will be almost time for them in October.
 
 And I just know little girls are going to love these puppy purses, I did three of them.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Replicating an old purse...

So I had this purse (on the right) that I picked up at a thrift store many years ago, I used it for a few years and finally retired it to the closet in the hopes of one day being able to figure out how it was done and make a new one. This was long before I knew how to decrease or increase and flowers were way beyond my comprehension. Now that I think about it, I have no idea what kept me from throwing it away, it was more advanced than anything I had ever done at the time.

Well lucky for me I didn't cause now I have a little more knowledge about crochet than I had back then. In my "I know stuff" attitude, I took a few brief glances at it and proceeded to make my own. I counted how many stitches I needed to get up to on  the last round of the bottom in order to get the proper amount for the shell part, I failed to count how many rounds "they" did on the bottom, so naturally I got more rounds and a more pointier bottom instead of short and flat. Yeah, my head and reality sometimes don't match! haha

I clearly didn't stop to think about what size hook they might have used AND take into consideration that I tend to crochet tighter than most, I just grabbed my F hook and got busy.  I guess I was thinking that the body part was going to be a breeze, it was the flowers that were going to give me trouble. Boy did I get that backwards!

I also didn't realize till after I was nearly done that the old bag had a tag in it ... 100% paper. Yup you read that right..PAPER! I was shocked and curious, I tore off a piece from where it was already falling apart. Sure enough it was 2 strands of twisted paper, twisted together to form a single strand. I had no idea they could do that! Pretty cool!

Anyway back to what I was talking about. I managed to get the flowers done but not the same as the old bag. I just couldn't bring myself to tying off on each petal. Talk about a pain, that would drive me nuts! So I made up my own flower. Probably not new to the wide web of designs but I didn't cheat and look up a pattern, so it's new to me! LOL! It took me a few trys to figure out how to do a decent looking leaf and still try to keep the same size of the originals. Tedious little buggers!

Overall I like the purse I came up with but am not thoroughly happy with it. So in my "I CAN do this, daggummit!" attitude...I have painstakingly counted each stitch on each round on the bottom and  wrote it down. Let me just say...the weirdest stitch pattern I have ever come across. Increases in odd places, no rhyme or rhythm.  I have managed to replicate the bottom to almost the exact size with a G hook, it will never be the exact size cause well I don't have paper yarn, I have cotton! LOL!

Because I have cotton and it is considerably thicker than the paper, I am having difficulty getting the shell to work out. The originals shell is made up of 4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc...BUT they are nearly 3 cm high! I upped the hook to an H to get the height but still ended up slightly shorter than needed. I figured "okay, up the dc to a tr", this did get me the height needed but still the end result of the first round turned out wavy from overcrowding. Rip it out again and try decreasing the 4 tr's to 3 tr's. This came out okay but still looks wrong. Problem is... my triples suck! I tend to get too much space inbetween the tr, if I knew why, I would fix it but I don't know why. My only other option is to try to do a 3 cm tall dc, not just one but about a thousand of them! On the other hand I think I will stick to my stubby little just under 2 cm dc's!!!  LOL!

I fear this project is going to be altered a bunch of times till I'm happy with the final result. OR FROGGED!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My first sweater & second...

My first sweater.

Ladies and maybe some gents, let me tell ya I was very scared to try this. I had been wanting to try to make a sweater for some time but was fearful I wouldn't be able to do it. I searched and searched for a simple pattern. When I come across this free pattern, I knew who I was going to make it for right away. Everything was going just fine and the pattern was easy to catch on to. It was when I got having to sew the sleeves on, when I had a dickens of a time with it. I put one on and ripped it out and this process went on over and over again for the whole day till I finally got it on there as nicely as I could without chunken it in the trash! LOL!


My beautiful step daughter in the sweater I made for her. Unfortunately even after all that work...it was a little too snug across the back. I probably should have went up a hook size.


I had a wedding to go to and wanted to make a light sweater to wear over a sleeveless top. Mostly cause I am self conscious about my flabby arms. With the help of my wonderful crochet friends on Facebook I was lead to this free pattern. As soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what I was looking for! So easy to make as long as you can remember the pattern. I had to keep looking at the print out to figure out what the next row was. The pattern is made up of 5 different rows, so I had a little difficulty keeping track of where I was but not too much. I did go up in hook sizes to an H and J but probably wouldn't have hurt to have gone up even one more size. I don't feel like I am crocheting tight at the time but soo many of my projects prove I am. Either that or their sizes are off! LOL! Just kidding designers!
  
 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jungle series and a cow

Soo what have I been up to lately...
I just realized it had been awhile since my last post here. I really don't mean to be so forgetful but sometimes I just can't help it! LOL! I go grab a skein and stand there wondering what it was I was going to do with it, if you only knew how frequent that really is..you'd be shaking your head and worry just how long my brain is going to hold up.


Soo let's see, the last thing I posted about was the red purse... (flipping through my Facebook page to recall what I have posted) ahhh... so I did this cute little cow, it wasn't too difficult (I say that now, at the time that's another story). I followed the directions precisely on this one, I didn't want to take the chance of messing it up. Unfortunately this was not a free pattern but can be purchased here. My brother laid claims on this as soon as I posted it on facebook! LOL!


I then started doing a jungle series, I really had soo much fun doing these.


The lion, monkey and elephant patterns can be purchased at Fiber Doodles. I followed the patterns exactly for the monkey and lion but I modified the elephant pattern to make it larger and gave it a different nose. The giraffe pattern was purchased here. The only thing I did different on the giraffe was to sew in nostrils instead of using little heart buttons. The hippo was my own design.

All these little guys took up the first 2 weeks of the month of may, but it was good way to pass the time while waiting for the birth of my niece.

Hope you have fun going to the links and browsing through what these shops have to offer..I tend to get lost in them, too many temptations!

Next up..sweaters!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sharing what's in my favorite's list...

Soo, I was sitting here saving patterns, favorite'ing links and browsing through countless others when it dawned on me to share my favorites with you. I have been just sharing what I have actually done but totally forgot that yall might like some of the things I want to do but probably wont get around to doing for quite some time, if ever.

First I must give credit to my crocheting friends who post links on facebook or in crochet groups, they are a constant source of inspiration. I don't really go around browsing myself very often cause..well let's face it...the well is overflowing with a gillion patterns! Who has the time? LOL!

So here are a few FREE patterns that made it into my list this evening. The list of...maybe someday, definitely want to, when I have the time.

Crochet Lacy Duster

Buttercup Bear

And these from last week:

Granny Square Pucker Purse

Giant Panda

Hope get inspired, add to your list (yes, I AM an enabler!!) or these links lead to something you really like.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Working through the sickness

So what have I been up to lately? Well since I have been sick all week, I have had plenty of opportunity to get lots of crocheting done.

 I finished up the bag for my friend, who I advised not to come get cause I was super sick and pretty sure contagious (hubby got it).

I started this sweater for someone special (secret) but ran out of that color yarn and the store didn't have any either. Currently waiting for that shipment to come in. I am truly bummed about this, I soo wanted to get that finished and to the person, can't wait to see how it looks on her!

I picked up my ripple blanket that I started awhile back but being sick, I was too hot to have a big blanket on me. So once again it got set aside. I'm beginning to wonder if I will get to finish it this year or not. I find the ripple to be very slow going for me, not sure why.

I decided something small and quick would be the best way to go. So I made this purse. The pattern is actually a purchased pattern but I modified it to have this type of handle instead of straps.


The two balls of lovely expensive yarn that I got at the fiber fest sat on my counter taunting me, teasing me... I stared at it, felt it and stared at it some more. Just waiting for it to scream at me what it wanted to be. The final decision was a scarf that was wide and long enough to double as a wrap. The yarn is so soft and supple but also has the feel of being thick but not the appearance. If I could afford it, I would definitely get more of it.  All I can tell ya is it is labeled as James C. Brett Marble Chunky machine washable 200g 100% acrylic. I have no idea where to get more other than a small shop in Seguin, Tx called "Your so Crafty". It reminds me alot of homespun but way softer.
And since I had some left over, I made a hat to go with it!

The scarf  pattern is:
ch 4
1dc in first ch, ch 3 turn (2)
dc in same space as ch, 2 dc in last st (4)
dc in same space as ch, 2 dc, 2 dc in last st (6)
dc in same space as ch, 4 dc, 2 dc in last st (8)
continue this pattern to 42 sts
dc 42 across
repeat for a total of 62 rows
ch 3, dec, dc 38, dec (40)
ch 3, dec, dc 36, dec (38)
ch 3, dec, dc 34, dec (36)
repeat pattern down to 2 st. FO
add tassel if you want.

Hat pattern:
round 1.. magic circle, 10 hdc
2)  inc (2 hdc in each st) (20)
3) 1 hdc, inc(30)
4) 2 hdc, inc(40)
5) 3 hdc, inc(50)
6) 4 hdc, inc(60)
7) 5 hdc, inc(70)
8) 6 hdc, inc(80)
9-12) 80 hdc,
13) 5 hdc, dec(70)
14) 70 hdc
15) 4 hdc, dec(60)
16) 60 hdc
17) 3 hdc, dec(50)
18) 50 hdc
19) 2 hdc, dec(40)
20-24) 40 hdc

Hope yall enjoy!

Now back to the little cow I am making...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yellow Rose Fiber Festival



Soo, a few weeks ago my local crochet group presented the opportunity to meet up at The 2nd Annual Yellow Rose Fiber Festival being held in the next town over. I marked it on the calender, set it up for my mom to go with us and was super duper excited.

One week before, there started to be some confusion as to who is actually going and when. I was one of them, my truck was broke down for a couple of days and it was a mystery if it would be ready in time. Thankfully it got fixed.

Well it turned out that one went the day before, one decided not to go, one suddenly couldn't make it. That left just me and mom yesterday but that's okay cause we still had some good fun.


First you are greeted by two friendly Alpacas, who have lost their fur for the cause. LOL!

The festival had over 40 vendors selling some of the most exquisite yarns I have ever seen or felt. Alpaca wool and silk, wool and bamboo, cashmere and buffalo, so on and so on. Pretty much any combo you can think of, just amazingly soft yarns!



Alot of the vendors were selling unspun fibers, which I found to be very interesting. I had never seen what yarn looked like before being in a skein. Watching and listening about the process was very cool. A couple of vendors were combing raw fur on this large wheel that reminds me of a dogs brush. Out comes this large fluffy strand that they coil up in a basket.



Unfortunately there wasn't anyone doing the dyeing process, I would've loved to have seen that. I have always been curious how they get skeins to be multicolored.



The ladies spinning was awesome! Such patience and skill, I was in awe!




There was weavers too. Let me just say...there is no way my back would let me do that! Although it is tempting...




Some of the finished products like scarves and shawls were soo delicate and drool worthy, I couldn't resist staring, touching and naturally drooling.





There was soo many yarns that grabbed my fancy but I just couldn't take the risk to my wallet. I did manage to find some that was just above my price range and I finally broke down and got some. Decent sized , pretty, soft and not as pricey.



All in all mom and I had a great time!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Washcloths, Bears and Bags

Some small projects that I have been keeping myself busy with.

Some washcloths that I used as door gifts for a baby shower.



Thanks to Welch's Workshop for the inspiration (no relation, btw). She always inspires me in some way or another, you should check out her blog. The pattern can be found here and it's free.

And a Baby (bear) pillow for my niece.



The pattern can be found here at www.allfreecrochet.com I did slightly change the pattern to all crochet, no plastic parts as the pattern suggested.

I'm sure I got the pattern link from one of the crochet groups I am in on Facebook, Blazing Hooks or Hooked on Hookin. Those crochet groups are soooo inspiring, full of information and helpful too! If you are already in a crochet group, I would love to here about them.

I have also been working on another one of these bags for a customer and super wonderful friend of mine, cant wait to get it finished and to her.



Hope yall have enjoyed the update and check out those patterns! Happy Hook'en!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Triangle Shawl

Ahh, at last!

I finally have a finished shawl just in time for...next winter! LOL!
I have always wanted one since I was a child, you know the kid that was glue to Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons or just any western show or movie. I loved the shawls that the women wore back then. Mine isn't nearly as long or loosely stitched as Ma Ingalls's was but I love it!



The stitch pattern I used is from this free pattern.

I did 87 rows, starting with one stitch in first row and increasing by one in each row, ending in 87 stitches in the 87th row. Trimmed the "V" in the same stitch.
I used a G hook and Deborah Norville Collection Everyday Soft Worsted (anti-pilling) yarn in Beach color. It took just a tad over 8 (3.5oz) skeins.



I just want to thank the good friends I have at my local craft store "Pyrons" for being so wonderful to order the last few skeins I needed and giving me a call to let me know it had arrived. I don't know of any other store that would do that, which is what makes yall stand out from the crowd. I love Pyrons!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Shawl and stuff

There really hasn't been a whole lot of crocheting been done around here this week or last. I did managed to get 2 more kennel blankets done and started a shawl. last week I had company two days and got me some pc games. Yes, I have been playing games instead of crocheting! LOL! So far this week I have been in pain from having two teeth extracted and then we had tornadoes and no power. Then there was the whole day yesterday spent with Orange, you can read that here .

I have started a shawl but it has been slow going. I decided to use this free pattern from Red Heart and had to start it over 3 times before I finally got it right.


Gonna go check on Momma kitty and her kittens and then get back to the crocheting.
Have a good hook'en day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Getting it done!

I managed to get three kennel blankets done this week. I hand delivered them this morning and the girl behind the counter was very happy to receive them. She commented on how pretty they were and said I should be charging for them. As if I would ever charge them a dime! I left feeling very happy.

I picked up the blanket I had started but put on hold to do those kennel blankets. I finally finished it this morning. It's for my new niece due in may.


I was feeling so accomplished for getting things done, I got out the bag I couldn't get the straps made for and spent the rest of the day finishing it up.


I think before hitting the hay, I will get another washcloth done for the kitchen set I started but naturally didn't finish..YET.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Crocheting to give.

After spending time on these Kennel blankets I feel revived and ready for the challenge. This puzzled me at first but now I think I understand why I was feeling like I was in a slump. I got so caught up in trying to do things to create a business, learn new things trying to broaden my horizons to reach a wider audience, in the hopes of being able to contribute funds to pay for my supplies... that I got away from what I love to do...give.

I love doing the scarves for the Special Olympics, something babyish for the Ft Hood baby shower, even the bibs for my moms church and now the kennel blankets for the Animal Clinic. I get excited doing these things and I am also adding to my giving by gathering hat patterns to do for Boxes Of Love.

No, I wont be making any money at it but at least I will be happy doing it and not feeling the blah of trying to create something that might, possibly, hopefully sell. I'm not going to stop completely but I am going to try to refocus my attention to more rewarding things. Anguishing over money has done nothing but bringing me down and hurt my creative passion.

I just wanted to let ya know I think I figured it out and as long as I think I did, I'm going to go with it. Time to get back to the hook, there are fur-babies counting on me!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kennel blankets

Since our (me and my dogs taking a walk and getting mauled by another dog) recent attack and our vet saving my little girl's life and the price being so unreasonably low (in my opinion but grateful for it)....

I have been wondering what I can do for the clinic. I thought about making something for each worker and the vet himself (I still might do that) but came to the conclusion that items for them wont help with the expense that I know they must go through. So I thought why not kennel blankets. One of the things my hubby was worried about for the evening "HIS" baby girl was gone, was that she didn't have her blankie.

I called the clinic and asked if they take donations of blankets...The lady responded with a very excited YES.

So I present to you the first of many kennel blankets that I will be making. I am soo excited to be able to do something for them and their future patients considering all they have done for me and mine.





The pattern is just a simple one...With H hook, chain 101, dc 100 for 50 rows. The trim/border is 3 dc's in one st, skip st, sc in next st, skip st. Repeat around. My finished size is 30x24.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ponderings...

It seems like I have been on a crochet frenzy for the last year and a half. Blankets for almost every member of my family and the venturing into new territory of learning to read patterns and experimenting with all the new stuff I have been learning in the last 6 months. Working nearly everyday, through the frustrations and challenges, tirelessly persevering.

Since my injuries, I have had 3 weeks of light crocheting when I can. The problem is... I have hit a sort of plateau. My desire to sit down and crochet has somewhat waned. I have a tote bag that just needs a strap and yet the desire to make that strap is blah. I have also started a ripple baby blanket and I just don't have the fervor to get'r done, like I once had last year.

I am beginning to think that I might have burnt myself out too fast and furiously. BUT I know myself all to well, that if I was just to stop crocheting altogether, it will just make it even harder to pick it back up again. Oh the conundrum!

Just thought I would share my thoughts of the day. Thanks for listening.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Bibs and purses

So I haven't posted anything since the 8th. I bet your wondering why, what happened? Did she forget or stop crocheting. Well I didn't forget, I just haven't been able to crochet for the past two weeks but that didn't keep me from trying a whole lot.

Monday 13th...I had started some baby bibs to give to my mother's church for the nursery (Bernat handicrafter Cotton baby crochet bibs and booties)the next day after finishing the dragon. I had them nearly complete but the pattern called for buttons as the closure at the neck. I went and purchased the buttons but hadn't had the time to put them on, plus I was debating if I should even use buttons, to me that was just a little too risky. I finally agreed with some sound advice that buttons were too difficult (for mothers) to mess with and plus they are a choking hazard for infants. So I undid the last portion of the pattern and proceeded to converted them to ties instead. But before I could get them finished I stabbed my hand while messing with an avocado, that put me out of commission for a about 4 days. I slowly managed to finish the set of 7 bibs... 5 stitches, rest, 3 stitches. I thought I would never get them done.



Over the following weekend I used up the leftovers from the bibs to make a hobo bag a.k.a a purse. I didn't follow any pattern, so I guess I should write it down. I'll get busy on that.



Monday 20th...Still in recovery mode from the stabbing of my hand (but on the mend), I decided to take my dogs for a walk and we got attacked by another dog. This pulled my wrist and once again put me out of commission for another 4 days. BUT like the stubborn bull headed gal that I am, I still tried very hard to crochet.

My mom's church nursery loved the bibs so much they requested some more. So another set of bibs were underway. This set of bibs took me all week to get done! Instead of attaching ties to the ends like I did previously, this time I incorporated them into the pattern. At the end of each neck piece before tying off I added a chain of 30. With that in place I was able to do the around trim of the whole bib working the front of the chain and then through the back of the chain, thus creating a tie.



I am currently working on another purse slightly different from the first one but still using the scraps from the last set of bibs.
Hope to have it finished in the next few days. Till then...I hope yall gave a great day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WIP Update

Dragon - DONE


Etrelac Stitch - Still not going well

Alligator - got changed to a pillow puppy - DONE


Niece's blanket - still sitting there waiting for me

Bf's grandson's blanket - Still haven't even begun yet

Fingerless gloves with mitten flap - Ran out of black

Kitty hat - DONE


Fozzie blanket - Still working on getting pattern

Ripple blanket and knitted shawl..forget about it! LOL!

Slowly but surely I'm getting there!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dragon!!




Yes! I finally finished the dragon I was working on. Sad to say I cheated a little. I was having such difficulty putting the legs in place and on straight. It was a total new experience for me, I'm sure a more experienced crocheter wouldn't have had my troubles. I thought if I could just get those legs pinned in place all would be just fine and I could finish sewing them on. Well like I said maybe for someone else! I finally got all different types of glue, the first 3 types of glue didn't work...So I finally broke out the bad boy hot glue gun! I so was nervous that I was going to end up ruining all my hard work.

Let me tell ya....when that first leg stayed in place...I did a jig!! I was smiling from ear to ear and punching the air! My heart was racing from my victorious win of this dragon! LOL! I'm sure if there had been a camera on me it would have had people laughing all over the world! White haired chunky woman wins battle with a dragon! Oh yeah the felling was sublime.

AND then there was the wonderful look on the little boys face when he came to get it...AWESOME!

This pattern can be purchased dragon">Here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Working on a Dragon


What has been going on in my crochet world. Well not a whole lot actually. As most of ya know I have been trying to do this dragon pattern. Needless to say I have come across quite a few problems. Again there is no fault in the pattern itself, it is all me. I admit I am only 6 or so months into being able to read patterns, so problems will arise no matter what cause all writers use some different language. Like some writers (I guess) assume we all know to do a turn chain, so why write it into the pattern....hmmm lets see...cause I need you to!!! LOL!

I have done some guessing along the way with this one but I am totally stumped now. I have sewn on the legs only to see that they are crooked, one foot sitting on its heel and the other pointing out, so I cut them back off (very gently). I tried again, only to see that the legs wont actually stand upright, they spread out and so once again I ripped'em back off. Me and this dragon have tried over and over to cooperate with each other but as of right now, we are not on speaking terms. As you can imagine the attitude I was creating towards this thing really got a little testy! This dragon can fly without wings and legs!! LOL!

I seriously have no clue how to get these legs on and STRAIGHT! Okay something just dawned on me...what if I was to use a crooked upholstery needle and thread instead of yarn and yarn needle. That might help, but it still wont help with getting the legs in place to begin with.

I feel like I have hit a wall with this one and not sure how to proceed.

The sad thing is that the boy next door knows I am doing this dragon for him and every time he lays eyes on me he asks if I'm done yet. I hate to disappoint, so I am wracking my brain to figure it out.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Too many WIP's

Ugh, I have too many "work in progress" (wip)! I am feeling a bit overwhelmed to tell the truth.

I am currently trying to finish up this stuffed dragon for the neighbors boy.


plus I have started trying to learn the Entrelac stitch, it is not going well.


I also need to hurry up and get another stuffed alligator done, sometime in the next two weeks .


I have had my nieces graphghan in the works for months now and still have to get working on a blanket for her coming sister in may.


Also promised my friend a graphghan for her new grandson who decided to make his appearance a month early.


Somewhere in all this is also 2 pairs of fingerless gloves, a kitty hat (NOT Hello kitty) and a Fozzie Bear graphghan.






In my room (put away for who knows how long) there is also a ripple blanket that I started for myself and a knitted shawl that might not ever get finished.




And that is just the things I can think of right now, I'm sure there are some things I'm forgetting.

Why have I done this to myself? I used to be a "one project at a time" kinda girl. I have that feeling of being out of control over the situation. I know I need to step back, pull in the reins and tackle one at a time. BUT sometimes I just want to yell...

YIKES!!!!!