Sunday, August 17, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 24 8/13/2014


Imagine one of your crocheted pieces years from now. Where will it be? Who will have it? Describe what you think the answer will be or make up a story instead.
How about a story from a piece crocheted years ago instead?
When my oldest was newborn I made a beautiful pink cable crocheted afghan. The pattern was from a store book and had hearts as a border edge all over the afghan. As I was a new mom, time to make this was ample and I finished long before the baby arrived. We moved when she was only 3 months old and it was lost in the pack up and not recovered in the unpack until a year and a half later. So it sat in storage all that time. When I discovered it, I washed it up and she used it regularly for the next 5 years. It was passed down to her sister, but rejected because it was very girly and pink.
When the oldest moved out a few years back she took it with her and has it on her bed today. Every time I see it I smile and remember when I was so proud of that accomplishment and how fond she is of it.

Excuses?!?

I have several excuses for not keeping up the the crochet Challenge this past few weeks.  Or may you could think of them as .....reasons?



I had foot surgery on my right foot.  A bunionectomy to be precise.  I have been working part time for several years now, and just this month have transitioned to full time.  While I was ready for this I was also scheduled to have surgery and then have a two week semester break before I had to go back to work.  With the change I had 2.5 days. Soooo........
I had my surgery Friday morning, and a meeting at work Tuesday for 2 hours and then back to full time on Wednesday.  All with the aid of this knee Scooter and then this boot.


 I did not like the grey antiseptic boot so I just had to 'craft it up'.
This was done with some great patterned duct tape.  Took about 30 minutes.




Good news is my doctor says only two more weeks of the boot and then I can go to 'supportive and athletic footwear for the next month.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 23 8/6/2014


Make some crochet art! Visit www.wordle.net , create, then share your creation.
I used this site some time ago when I made the artwork for my family reunion. 
http://sassyseamstress2.blogspot.com/2013/12/wordle.html


 I love the different textures and coloring's. 


  Wordle: CROCHET

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 22 7/30/2014


Try out a new crochet technique this week. It is your choice: felting, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, Tunisian, thread crochet, etc..
For this challenge I have tried Tunisian. I did not like it. Nope not one little bit. It felt to me like I was making some thick hide material. I don't like how many individual loops remain before the finish. Maybe I will go back and find a pattern so this is not the case but for now…… I am not a Tunisian convert.


52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 21 7/23/2014


What is your favorite crochet hook and why?
G. Enough Said? I prefer most of my work in this size hook as It is quick and my new work seems to just fly through my hands. The loops are large enough to see the individual stitches well and also to close and keep their original shape.
this is my size G
I have also added polymer clay handles to each of them for a better grip

Perhaps someday I will try these.  They are said to be ergonomic. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 20 7/16/2014


It's Christmas in July! Start by planning and beginning your Christmas and/or Holiday projects.
Whew!!
What a hectic few weeks it has been. I have looked and drooled over lovely Christmas crochet beadwork, crochet Christmas decorations, and even crochet Christmas wearables. So far I have made three pair of slipper socks but the daughters all wanted theirs now, not in their Christmas stockings. So my progress for this Challenge was negated with the gifting of them. HA HA!

One of my coworkers said these are Dr. Seuss colors and that made this daughter especially happy.
http://thelifeartistic.blogspot.com/2012/08/crochet-flower-slippers.html
I made a few more dishcloths this week.  Also took some old neckties and made a quirky wreath for the front door. 

The #2 son also had a birthday this week and is now old enough to have a super exciting present from Grandpa.
The banner was made from a paperback Harry Potter book I cut apart and painted.  We have used it for 5 birthdays so far!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 19 7/9/2014


Have you ever made a crochet item that you have seen on TV or in a Movie? If yes, show us a picture. If no find a pattern you'd like to make and link to it. Hint: Raverly forums are a great place to find topics like this!
My ooh's and aahhh's tend to always come during any Jane Austin movie. I have not made anything as of yet but here are some links to some things I will be trying this next year. : )



http://www.janeausten.co.uk/lacy-mitt-gloves/

Here is a pattern from Raverly that came up in a Jane Austin Search.




http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pull-me-over

52 Week Crochet Challenge - Week 18 7/2/2014 Name a movie or TV show where someone is crocheting or that has a crocheted item in it

Some images of crochet from notable programs.
Betty Rubble Knitting, the namesake of our sweet puppy Betty!

Cate Blanchett




Hawkeye Pierce on Mash


Lucy and Ethel



Best one of all Jayne's Hat!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More 'Wrap Up' Projects completed this week



An African flower pincushion




A purse and few accessories to go in it for daughter #3.





A bunch of tee-shirts cut into strip and then woven on this loom made from a piece of foam core board into a small bathroom rug.

Finished Birthday Afghan for the 16 year old teenage driver!!

Daughter #3 had a birthday 6 weeks ago.  This was the other part of her homemade gift from mom.  My husband bought her a very nice Michael Kors purse and informed me after he had ordered it that I would have to do something just as nice to match him.  I made the back back on the back of the motorcycle which I blogged about before but did not finish the blanket in time.  I have worked on it off and on since with many other projects sneaking in.  I have a few days off work this week so this is one of many that I am 'wrapping up.'  

 She loves it of course and now the #2 son says he wants one because hers is 'so soft and snuggly.'



It's obvious Betty loves it too!