Thursday, April 9, 2015

Oh Baby Baby!

April seems to be a great month to celebrate babies. Maybe it’s thoughts of spring, or perhaps it’s because so many of my nieces and nephews have April birthdays, but I thought it would be a great time to crochet up some baby items.Your challenge this week is to crochet a baby item and show us what you made.
Last Month My dad was in the hospital for about a week. I had my crochet and knitting bag with me and one of the day nurses showed me this super easy ribbed infant hat pattern.  She is in a group that makes them for the babies born in the hospital. 
I whipped up half a dozen and showed them to our group and now we are making them to donate too. : )
We also have 5 new babies in our work department and they all have new HATS!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Crochet Challenge

A few weeks ago I joined the weekly crochet challenge from Red Berry Crochet. She was the sponsor of the previous challenge titled "52 Week Crochet Challenge" and this year she is doing a weekly post with a new challenge each week.  So far I have met the three weeks but will post the photos of that today.
Hope you Like them. : )

The hyperlink is here:

3/18/2015 Egg-cellent. Crochet an Easter Egg. I have made many of these but only added one this year.

3/25/2015 Let's have a Ball. Different Yarn Weights
This is going to be a small Bolero for daughter #3, pictured below when it is complete. This is a 3.5 oz skein of I Love this Cotton in a very lovely creamy yellow. The name of the color is BANANA.  Can't type that without the bananananana song going off in my head from the minion movie. : )

4/1/2015  Be A Fool! Happy April Fools' Day. Just kidding. But my friend did tell me that this hat and purse are a great way to get into the Red Hat Society. We looked it up and found out I do qualify for age. (50)!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Midnight Madness-Weekly Crochet Challenge Birthday 3/11/2015

Almost midnight that is.  At ten pm last night i was browsing the internet and saw a very delicious pattern.  So.. what's a girl to do but get out the hooks and get to it?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Share the Love

Week 49: How do you share your love of crochet?

I have been away from posting in the challenge for a while, but not from trying to meet the challenges. This month I have shared, shared, shared my love by forming and instructing a group of women with whom I work in both knitting and crochet. We met for the first time ever last Saturday and they are all (8) so excited to have learned something. One of the members have even been looking online for patterns, taught herself to read the pattern instructions and posted pics up everyday on facebook of her new dishcloths. She even taught her 11 year old daughter what she learned just last week.
they come to work now with their handwork and show it off at lunch everyday. It makes my heart sooooo happy!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Knitting vs. Crochet

This is a little survey about knitting or crochet.  I learned how to do this recently so I am putting it here.

I wont say anything about how long since I have posted.  I have been knitting and crocheting, crafting and cooking. Cleaning and cooking, and motorcycle riding and doggies.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

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.


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 , create, then share your creation.
I used this site some time ago when I made the artwork for my family reunion.

 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.
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.
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. : )

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

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.