Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Joni's Baby Blanket

I had not been working on Joni's blanket like I should. I actually found another project to start on (like I need one). I saw these really cool beaded coasters at Wal-Mart and decided, "I can make those! Why would I want to buy them?" So, I found the beads that I wanted, the wire I needed and wrote out instructions for myself. I started to string the beads, then stopped. Why? I don't know! But in the mean time, I finished another hat for myself (picture coming soon) and then picked up Joni's blanket again.
Mostly because I talked to her yesterday and she mentioned her due date, March 21. Now I have a deadline. And the pattern is not that difficult, and it will not be a huge blanket. I should be finished before that date. Should be.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Next on the list...

I am working on Joni's blanket and my curtains. Similar patterns, different yarns. I decided not to do the pattern I found (see post fro 7.13.06). I found a fan pattern that I like...
<---- these will be curtains for the livingroom. This is the start of the first panel. I think total there will be four if I make them all the same size. Three if I make the other two larger than 41" wide.
Joni's expected to have a boy. Since I had already started, I decided to keep going. Yes, there is pink, orange and purple; but also green blue and yellow. Although you can't see the detail as well on this second picture, both are very similar. Fan and shell.
Oh, I am also working on a ribbed hat in country blues and brown varigated and the rug...oh yes the rug is still on the list.
I think I may be adding a toilet tissue cover to the list soon. Something to decorate our downstairs bathroom a little bit.

Jaime's Blanket

It is done! Finally finished. It has acutally been finished for a couple weeks, but I haven't been able to get online or download the photos for that matter.
Now to give it to her. It's been sitting on the back seat in my car for a week and a half.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Ta Da!

I finally finished the "Crocheted Plastic Bag"
Here's a couple pictures.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Almost Finished....

I have about 15 rows left to go on Jaime's blanket. Then to add the border. She originally had a due date of September 21, but she went early. Again!!

Then to start on the next blanket for Joni.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

At the Fair #4

These last four posts have nothing to do with crochet other than I did see a lady crocheting with Red Heart Baby Clouds at one of the booths, but these two pictures in this post are two of my favorite things at the fair. And I think all the pictures I posted came out pretty good!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

At the Fair #3

Last but not least, a couple of pictures of the kids, playing on the tractors...

At the Fair #2

My husband asked me to take this photo! He was impressed with the size of him! Me too!

We also stopped by the Bee Barn and purchased some honey sticks in different flavors. They were very good!

We went through the barns with the entries and I saw lots of knit and crochet items!

At the Fair

We went to the Lorain County Fair on Friday (8.25.06)

Took a few pictures:

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Almost Finished

I am almost finished with my bag. I have the first handle done and then......I ran out of blue bags......so I have put it aside to work on the baby blanket that I should have had done first.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Still Working

I am still working on my plastic bag. I am at the white stripe section now.

Also still working on the baby blanket. Remember when I said I was swearing off baby blankets for awhile? Well, guess what? I have two more to make after this current one. Another girlfriend at work and my sister-in-law.

I am NEVER going to get to the curtains now......... :O)

Sunday, August 06, 2006


I started the Round Plastic Bag Tote, found here:
http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/round%20plastic%20bag%20tote.html. It doesn't seem as large as it looks in the picture. Not to say I can't use it! Here is a picture of my progress...


Here is my progress on the second baby blanket I am making for one of my girlfriends. I am using the "Tweed Stripes" pattern from Leisure Art's "Blue Ribbon Afghans". It is the same pattern as the other blanket I made for this friend, only this time I changed the colors to green and yellow instead of blue and green. She is expecting another boy, but I thought using different colors would be more personal.
Here's the coasters I made about a month ago. I had made a yellow one similar to the blue, but gave it to my best friend. She said, "you haven't made me anything yet and how long have you been crocheting?" So I gave her the yellow one to match her kitchen.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I thought I would type a little bit to help remind myself of my ongoing projects.

1. I am still working on Jaime's blanket.
2. I am still working on my rug.
3. I am still rolling my "ball" of bags for my beach tote.

I haven't started the curtains yet. I need to get Jaime's blanket done first. I have a feeling that it will consume a lot of time. (hopefully not)

10 Reasons to Buy Lots of Yarn

Posted to 2 Crochet Groups.....I thought this was funny!

1. It insulates the cupboard where it is kept.
2. It keeps the economy moving. It is my patriotic duty to support wool farmers, textile mills, and yarn shops.
3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.
4. I'm participating in a contest - the one who dies with the most yarn wins!
5. It keeps without refrigeration, you don't have to cook it to enjoy it, you never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose or walk it.
6. Because I'm worth it.
7. Like dust, it's good for protecting previously unprotected spaces in the house, like the ironing board, the laundry basket, the dining room table
8. It's not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, ratifies the soul, and makes me feel good.
9. Because it is on sale. Because that is such a beautiful colour... I've never seen it before... I must have it.
10. Buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions.
From: noreensknitche.weblogs

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Add another to the list.....

My husband has informed me that he does not care for the curtains that are currently hanging in the livingroom. He thinks I should make some. So I searched for curtain patterns. And searched. All of the patterns for curtains I found are filet crochet patterns. I don't quite have the hang of that (never tried it, actually) and I want it to be something more than a "mesh". So I started looking for a nice pattern. I found this:
So instead of using a sport weight baby yarn, I will find something smaller and it will be a light lacy look. He also mentioned that he doesn't want white. Well, he will just have to deal with off-white. Maybe even a soft or baby blue. Here is a picture of the pattern.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Even though I am working on another blanket for Jaime, a rug (still) for the floor outside the upstairs bathroom and coasters (always) I have started another project. As if I needed another. It is the recycled bag Beach bag. I currently have 20 blue bags cut and balled up and 10 white bags cut and rolled up. I have more, but I don't want to use all of them. I need to replenish what I have in the garage.. And if the dog doesn't eat the coasters, I'll get them posted soon.

Friday, June 30, 2006

This came through Yarnaholics Anonymous:

Hooks & Humor: Funny Crochet Definitions, by Cindy Long

Do those crochet terms and abbreviations have you stumped? Read on...

Pattern: A set of written instructions that may or may not result in creating the object in the picture. Most patterns include a list of supplies, but this is for your amusement only. After all, Amazonian Rhesus yarn in smoky turquoise does not exist, and cannot be obtained. Patterns also have fun-to-do math problems, such as 1 dc in next 7 dc (34 dc made)…?!

Yo: Yarn Over, meaning you need to wrap your yarn over your hook. Of course, this assumes the yarn doesn’t split, fray or tangle. If this happens, yo then stands for, “Yell Outrageously.”

Dtrtrc: Double-treble-treble-crochet. This is a stitch where you yo four zillion times, insert hook in stitch and pull through the next two loops, repeating until all loops are off the hook, or until the end of time, whichever comes first.

Reverse sc: This stitch is the lefty’s revenge on all of us righties—for once we have to work backwards, too!

Catalog: A dangerous device that hypnotizes crocheters. It lulls them into a catatonic state, causing them to spend the family’s grocery money on patterns and yarn. It may also be an evil plot to cause the downfall of the American economy.

Hook: A device permanently attached to a crocheter’s hand. It is also connected to her blood supply, and if for some reason it becomes dislodged from her hand, she breaks into a sweat and starts to feel faint. If the hook cannot be immediately replaced, the only valid substitute is a catalog (see above).

Yarn: The only reason sheep farms still exist! It’s also what crocheters buy when they have money; if there’s any cash left over, they buy food and clothes.

Doily: This seemingly innocent item looks like a table protector, but if someone actually tries to put a wet glass or an ashtray on it, the creator will instantly turn into a snarling Doberman. Use doilies at your own peril.

Cat: A non-mechanical device used for unraveling afghans, unwinding skeins and keeping one’s lap warm. A cat requires daily maintenance in the form of light stroking.

Dog: Another non-mechanical device that is used for chasing down balls of yarn and putting tooth-mark engravings in wooden hooks. It’s a high-maintenance item that does not store easily.

Baby: A valid excuse to crochet something.

Housework: An ancient rite that was performed by some B.C. women (Before Crochet). Historians believe it may have had something to do with a device called a “vacuum cleaner,” which was kept in closets now occupied by yarn.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I finally managed to get what I think is all of Ashley's artwork from Kindergarden and first grade onto Artsonia.com. I then put the artwork on a CD also. That way it's not sitting on the computer and it's in two places should something happen.

These are the celestial skys in four quarters. At the top left: the first quarter. At the top right: the second quarter. At the bottom left: the third quarter. And at the bottom right: the fourth quarter. This is one of two versions I have.

These Celestial Themed pictures are really cool. I had to add them.

I love this picture! But I had to get it off of my computer to save it. I will have others that I like coming soon.Whenever I look at this picture, it seems very calming.

I also got to see Katrina and Marty while we were there. I stayed with them on Sunday night. We were up till like 4 in the morning. Just sitting around and talking. It was nice. I took pictures of the dogs and horses.

This is the trip to Atlanta for work. We were at the Learning Annex event at the beginning of May. It was me, Julieann, Angie, Lainie, Marie and Maggie. We ended up bringing back 108 applications from the event. Here are some pictures we took while we were down there:
Here's a picture of the house with the bushes we chose. On the corner is the rhododendron and to the right (in the middle) is the Japanese maple. Over to the left of the picture (by the green spout) is the lilac tree Hope bought us and we replanted the daylilies in front of it.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

We went to the park today with Mom and met Dad there. He had a radio contest going on. All five kids had the chance to talk on the radio with Dad. Ashley and Stephen made a contact for the contest.

Also, here is the huge weather ballon they used at the contest to get a better signal and more contacts.

Here are some more pictures from the park.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The next blanket is the last one for awhile, I swear. It is going to be just like the tweed stripes that I made for Jaime, but this one will be in green and yellow. She is expecting another boy. She asked that I make her one just like the first and I said okay, but how about different colors so that each one is unique. She said cool. I am going to try and get a picture of the progress.

Granny Square Blanket

Here at last is the quick "granny square" I made for Brandi. I debated so long over using the other pattern, that by the time I started, I was way behind. I was not going to finish in 3 weeks. I don't have the time. So I chose to do something simple that would go quickly. She was having a boy (obviously by the colors in the blanket) and it didn't need to be frilly. So here it is:

They are separate pictures. I tried to get a slightly different angle. The other thing I noticed is that it wasn't "square". The edges had a slight curve. I'm sure it has something to do with my tension, but it was the same throughout so it came out okay.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, I asked Robyn to come over and help me with my hair. I chose red and black. I did the back underneath in the black and the rest red. I ended up having some black left over and Ashley has been begging me to color her hair black. I have been against it. NOT HER WHOLE HEAD!!!So we did her tips black. It turned out pretty good. It looks kind of neat. Mine too when I have my hair in a ponytail. Now I just wish it would grow. Grow Dammit!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Had a birthday party for Robyn. She got cute little invitations that were shaped like chef aprons. It rained almost all day until about a half hour before I got home. Robyn and Alison & James followed me to the house in their cars after we waited for Alison and James to come back to the building. Robyn made a really nice map. Amanda and David brough Desiree about an hour later and they got to the house just as we were starting to serve ourselves. Alison & James brought some margarita mix and their smoothie maker (that they used for the first time) and I got out the margarita glasses John Z (Pete's boss) got us for Christmas (that I used for the first time). Amanda and David brought a German chocolate cake. It was really good. Evelyn didn't make it although she was supposed to be down the road at Tomas' dad's shop by Luchita's. We all had fun. If I get pictures, I'll post them.