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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 br…

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…

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 C…

Monty Moose

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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 bee…

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 long…

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 …

Getting Ready for the Flea Market

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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 tho…

Replicating an old purse...

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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 an…

My first sweater & second...

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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 fla…

Jungle series and a cow

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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 an…

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.

Working through the sickness

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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 …

Yellow Rose Fiber Festival

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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 amazingl…

Washcloths, Bears and Bags

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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&…

Triangle Shawl

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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 …

A Shawl and stuff

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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!

Getting it done!

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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.

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…

Kennel blankets

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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 h…

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…

Bibs and purses

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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…

WIP Update

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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!

Dragon!!

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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 sub…

Working on a Dragon

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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 b…

Too many WIP's

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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…