WiP Wednesday and FOs

Last week was a great accomplishment for me. I wanted to start working on my never ending bucket list, you know the one….the one that keeps growing on Ravelry, in several folders on your computer or tablet, or in a file cabinet somewhere….and I decided on a pattern that I had saved in OneNote. It’s called Lil Granny Bunny by Little Yarn Friends. She is absolutely adorable! I posted it on my personal Facebook page and got a few likes which led to a commission! Seven of them!! YAY! Here she is in all her glory! I still have to make the glasses for it (I didn’t have any wire on hand to make it) but I will make some soon. She was done in Red Heart SS and With Love and an F hook.

Ta Daaaaaa!Here she is with her Bible!

"Gotta study the Word of the Lord"

“Gotta study the Word of the Lord”

Yeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! My embroidery is not that great BUT I have a great idea for the commissions that I am making that will help it stand out better and add a nice touch.

"Love my ears?"

“Love my ears?”

"Don't mind me! Just a bit tired."

“Don’t mind me! Just a bit tired.”

"Can't forget my Bible!"

“Can’t forget my Bible!”

For my WiP, I chose another pattern from Little Yarn Friends called Lil Classic Teddy. This one I am making in Caron Simply Soft in Bone and Pagdoa. I wanted to see how it would look and so far, I like what I see. There is a nice sheen to it but based on the way that my daughter treats her cushion that I made her last year May and the way that it looks now, I recommend it for older children. I will make another one in cotton and see how that turns out. It should be more durable. I started it the same night that I finished the bunny. The only night that I didn’t work on it was last night. I was getting some things together for my commission and taking inventory. Here is what I have so far.

"Peek-a-boooooo! I see you!"

“Peek-a-boooooo! I see you!”

I can’t wait until it is finished! I am going to set up a spot for all my stuffed toys so they can keep each other company. 😛 Heh heh. Whelp, it is time for me to make lunch for the kiddos. See you tomorrow!

God Bless!

 

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FOs and WiPs

It has been a long while since I have shown any of my work and since I have just started to get in the groove of blogging and (somewhat) keeping up with my Facebook page, I thought I would show you what I have been up to. Not much, but I’ve been both knitting and crocheting during the last couple of months. Here they are in order and patterns (if any) will be in the captions.

My FOs

This first one, I am not too sure if I had shown you this before but I had made this infinity cowl right before Christmas. I still have to write up the pattern…that is if I can remember what I did! I don’t have a name for it as yet, maybe I will do a giveaway for the pattern for the best name???

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Hot Off the Hook!

This week, I have been getting back into my crochet. Partially because there are only so many patterns that I can find that are knit flat and also require size 8 knitting needles. I have made slippers for the kids and for myself and starting on a slouch beanie and matching arm warmers.

So here is what I have completed so far:

My daughter modeling her scarf I made for her…

Simple Garter Stitch Scarf

Simple Garter Stitch Scarf

…here is another…

IMG_0082…and the last one.

IMG_0083No Button Baby Booties – pattern for newborn to adult

IMG_0087(1)IMG_0093 IMG_0094IMG_0103 IMG_0107 IMG_0110Crochet Ballet Slippers – for myself

IMG_0143 IMG_0144 IMG_0145Now I am working on a pattern by Moogly (love her stuff!) All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat. I have to frog it though because I don’t like how there is a thick stripe where the color changes are. So I will undo them later tonight after the kids go to bed. After that I will work on the All Grown Up Arm Warmers to match.

I have to find a set for the kids this Winter so they will have new hats this year. I want to knit them a a set but that is not possible, for me at least, to do so with just a pair of straight needles. *sigh*

Anyways, I’ll be busy crocheting for the rest of the week so I can get it all finished. Until tomorrow….hopefully….I have loads of clothes to fold and put away. (I hate folding clothes)

God Bless!

 

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Over Half Way There! Yay!

It has been a very taxing week for me and the kids. My daughter became sick early Saturday morning and it has been a chore! She caught the same thing that I had a couple of weeks ago but for her, as small as she is, it seemed worse. When I was sick, she kept kissing me (she is no way shape or form stingy with her kisses either!) and wanting to snuggle in hopes that it would make me feel better. I protested, I felt bad about it, but I guess I didn’t do it enough because she still got sick. It was so bad that I had to take her to the hospital on Sunday. Now she is doing better but she still has a cough. Going to see the doc tomorrow morning for a follow up. I thank God that so far, I haven’t had to pay for anything in regards to this….Lord knows I wouldn’t have been able to pay it.

I did get some knitting done and doubled the size of my daughters’ scarf. I think that it is coming along nicely.

Before

Before

After

After

I only have a short way to go before I am done. I really want to get started on some house slippers that I found on Ravelry. I found three free patters that I want to make but can only make two of them since I don’t have DPNs or circular needles.

I found the Bulky Yarn Booty,

Bulky Yarn Booties courtesy of Annalynn36 on Flickr

Bulky Yarn Booty – photo courtesy of Annalynn36 on Flickr

Two Needle Slippers

Two Needle Slippers - photo courtesy of TheIrishEwe on Flickr

Two Needle Slippers – photo courtesy of TheIrishEwe on Flickr

(which are both worked flat),and Elf Shoes

Elf Shoes - photo courtesy of Jujune on Flickr

Elf Shoes – photo courtesy of Jujune on Flickr

(which I will make once I get a set of DPNs. Aren’t they adorable?! There goes an idea for Christmas parties!!). I also have some fabric paint  to help stop the skidding on the wood flooring. They love to run around and when they are in socks they usually fall and bust their behinds. Heh heh!

I also found something, well…I didn’t find it but Sandy of Sanderellas did, I came across it that would help other crocheters and knitters out there who have trouble organizing their projects, stash and notions. Even though my stash is miniscule compared to others, I still don’t know what I have in my stash. I think these journal pages created by Kathryn Ivy will help tremendously. Each page comes with an explanation as to their use. So you can download all or just the ones that you need. I’ve saved them all since I am prone to ideas all the time, even though I have no idea where to start with a lot of them! I am going to start mine today, at least get my stash documented that way I don’t have to guess as to what I have or what I don’t have.

Well I hope all is well with you all and you are enjoying your day. I am going to take a mini break and get on to inventory.

God Bless!

 

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Crochet Updates

It seems like forever since I have shared anything crochet related but that is what happens when you take a week off. I was just a bit overwhelmed with everything that was going on with me personally that I had to take a break from the computer. I have about 3 weeks of posts and patterns to download and I don’t even feel like doing that. Maybe tomorrow….or sometime this weekend. But, I will share with you what I have done in the last couple of weeks.

I finished the Top-Down Shawl and I have to say that this is my favorite out of the three that I have made. It is long and it is warm though I do need to get a pin or broach for it because it slips off my shoulders and I’m always readjusting during church. I didn’t have a large enough surface to block it so I had to wrap it around the screen that I have been using. But here it is. The picture is kinda crappy because I was too short to capture all of it. But as you can see it lays across my large bed.

Top-Down Shawl

Top-Down Shawl

I know that it is not completely center but you get the idea. I absolutely love it!

As I mentioned before, I was testing a pattern for a good friend of mine. If you have been following her blog, you would have seen her debut her new hat, Is it Knit? Crochet Hat. When I tested the pattern, I used what I had on had. (Not in the position to buy yarn for a while 😦 ) I used Red Heart Super Saver in Spring Green. Because of the yarn, it came out larger than it was supposed to but on the other hand, Rhondda now has info for the pattern using a different yarn. The size that it came to be can fit a small headed female.

Is it Knit? Crochet Hat by Rhondda Mol of Oombawka Design

Is it Knit? Crochet Hat by Rhondda Mol of Oombawka Design

I had fun learning a new stitch and I know that I will be using it again in the future. Maybe for a scarf or shawl…we’ll see.

I haven’t done much else but today I am going to be working on a simple shawl. I should be making some headbands and leis for Sunday since we are having an Aloha Sunday to kick off the school year for the students. I also need to make some rice as well since we are having a luau after the evening service. Gonna be awesome! If you are in the Charlotte area, you are more than welcome to come. If you are planning to attend either morning services or the evening service, dress in your Hawaiian best! (Grass skirts left at home please!) The event will be held at Laurel Baptist Church, come and be blessed!

Well I am going to take it easy for the rest of the day and do a whole bunch of HDCs until it is time to go to church.

Happy hookin’ and God Bless!

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WiP Wednesday – The Top-Down Shawl

Normally I would have been done already and have started a new shawl by now but I had to put down my hook for a while. A lot has happened in a week and I am still trying to catch up. Yesterday was a very cool day (compared to the others) and I got caught up on my house work and other chores. I think I over did it because not only did I go to bed early, I woke up this morning groggy. A cup of homemade mocha should do the trick! I did, however, get a few rows in last night before calling it a night. I have about 11 1/2 more rows to do before the fringe. I think it is coming out real well. This is the largest shawl that I have made yet to date. By the time that it is done, it should lay past the edge of my king size bed. That’ll be great for church or on a cool night.

Top-Down Shawl in Pagoda

Top-Down Shawl in Pagoda

After this I will be testing a pattern for Rhondda Mol of Oombawka Design. Sorry, no details until the pattern is released! But you can visit her lovely blog and look at the pretty, pretty pictures! 😀

I am so tired but I have much to do. One of which is braiding my daughters’ hair. THIS is going to be fun. Doesn’t matter how much detangler I use, it is still a chore. Y’all pray that I don’t get my eyes scratched out! (Just kidding!)m Well I am off to do my duties for the day and try to keep the peace before bible study tonight.
Y’all have a great day today! Do something unexpected…walk to a park at lunch or sit out in front of a library and watch the scenery. It will be a refreshing difference from your normal routine.

God Bless!

 

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Shawl Crazy!

I’ve been on this shawl kick lately…I guess you can call it a kick. I am working on my third one right now. I don’t think that there will be an end in sight! I finished the Daylight Tweedy Shawl on Sunday. I was a bit distracted towards the end of last week and didn’t get to crochet as much as I wanted to. But here it is! I haven’t sewed in the tails or blocked it as yet. I am still figuring out how to block it properly. I might just hang it over the shower rod and block it that way. I added a trim to it as well in my favorite color, blue. I used Caron Simply Soft in Ocean. Here it is:

Daylight Tweedy Shawl with Trim

Daylight Tweedy Shawl with Trim

It’s folded in half but you get the idea. Here is the other shawl that I am working on right now…again in my favorite color, blue. This color is called Pagoda.

Top-Down Shawl

Top-Down Shawl

This is the Top-Down Shawl. I saved this a while ago when it was first featured on Red Heart website and then the craze happened. Now that I am in need of shawls to wear when I go to church, this went straight on my to-do list for crochet items. It is fairly easy and going by somewhat quickly but I will get it done by Saturday so that it can be blocked and ready for Sunday. I do have a sinking feeling that I added extra stitches and since there is no stitch count noted in the pattern, I won’t know for sure until I have to do the trim. Oh well! I will have to tweak it in order for it to work if that happens. I’m on the 8th of 21 pattern repeats — 26 more rows to do…still a ways to go but it’ll be ready to go with my dress that I am wearing on Sunday..

This is the next shawl on my list. It is called Pineapple Shawl and it can be found on Caron.com. I don’t know what color that I will do in as yet. I may get some inspiration when I run errands tomorrow morning. Since today is fairly cool, overcast and raining, I will be crocheting most of the day until it is time for me to go to bible study tonight. Today is going to be a good day.

Have a great Wednesday!

God Bless!

 

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Completion and Work in Progress

Today I have two things to share and that is the completion of my shawl and the beginnings of a new one.

For the finished piece, the All Shawl by Doris Chan.

Here it is before blocking:

Before blocking

Before blocking

Here it is after the block. I didn’t realize that one of the picot points were tucked under until after the fact. 😀

Looks much better!

Looks much better!

This was the first time that I blocked anything and I think that it came out great. I used the screen from the window of my children’s room (had to take it out so that the a/c unit could go in their window) and used and old sheet to cover it and pinned it to the sheet. If I had the space…I would have blocked it a little larger but I’m working with what I got! 🙂

I’m working on a new shawl for this Sunday as well. This one is a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn. It’s called Daylight Tweedy Shawl. It is painfully easy and a great shawl for a beginner. I am about 1/3 of the way done. I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Bone for this one and I am going to add a trim on the shorter sides. Though I don’t know how I am going to block this one. maybe old it in half and do it that way. But here is what I have so far:

Daylight Tweedy Shawl

Daylight Tweedy Shawl

If I keep up with making a shawl a week (I do have other projects that I am working on!) I will have a respectable amount of shawls by the start of Fall and will have enough by the start of Winter to go with anything that I am wearing. Saves me a LOT of moe-nay!

Oh! Before I forget, I have been working on making some hot pads for the house and some for sale and I have made two so far. They are so easy to make and I love the pattern…easy to remember as well! Here they are:

Starburst Hotpads

Starburst Hotpads

I think I saw this on Tumblr, I am not too sure but the one on the left I made from the left over Bernat cotton yarn from my older boys beanies. The one on the right was made with Peaches and Creme cotton yarn (the only place I can get it is at Walmart since it has been discontinued). The one on the left doesn’t hold its shape well and I will use this one at home but the one on the right looks more like the picture and holds its shape better. All it consists of are 5 simple motifs! I think this will make a great addition to people’s kitchens and the color possibilities are limited to your imagination!

Well that is all for now. It is getting warmer here in the house and I am going to park myself near the fan in the living room and crochet.

What have you been working on? Would love to hear from you.

God Bless!

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This Weeks WiP Award Goes To….!

Mawning!

I have 2 WiPs to share with you today. One is the doily and the other is a shawl. I’ve made quite a bit of progress with the doily but had to take some time off since my poor finger needed some time to heal. I have never worked with such a small hook for an extended period of time, but I did finish the main part of it and also finished a petal and leaf just to see how difficult it would be. Fairly easy! Here it is:

About 90% complete

About 90% complete

I should be done by the end of the week or at least at the beginning of next and then it will be blocked, sprayed and ready for framing.

My other project is a labor of love. The first time that I tackled this project I made one for my daughter. It was my first project and it came out well. I didn’t block it (even though I should have) but it was large enough as it was when it was finished. I made the short version for her using RH yarn. She absolutely adores it! I had to hide it from her because she was wearing it around the house and tried to wear it to bed a few times!

I went to a new church this past Sunday. I want to say that it is awesome! The warmth of the members, the knowledge of the pastor…it was a wonderful experience! But, man was it cold inside!! So I decided to make a shawl for myself and I bought two skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Charcoal Heather. I wanted a color that would look good with what I would be wearing at church. After looking through my ever growing list of patterns, I decided on the All Shawl by Doris Chan. One thing that I love about her patterns that they are fairly easy to do. Simple stitches put together to make something beautiful. I have done one other pattern of hers for a CAL and I have several lined up for me to do. I even checked out her book at the library just to go through the patterns and familiarize myself the the techniques inside. One day when I get the funds to, I will buy what I need to create the beautiful pieces she has inside.

This time, I had a little trouble and there was a lot of frogging to be had. I had to undo 10 rows and this is what it looked like two nights ago.

What a MESS!

What a MESS!

I was so upset! Normally I would have kept on going but the strawberry lace edging that is used is a pattern repeat and I would have been off by two stitches. The worst part is that one of the missed stitches was near the beginning of the shawl and there went 10 rows! I managed to make a lot of headway last night and I ended up at row 17 last night. I had to frog again because I skipped a stitch but it wasn’t as bad as the night before. Here is what it looks like now before my daughter got her hands on it and unraveled a portion of the last row. (Heh heh heh!)

Almost finished! YAY!

Almost finished! YAY!

Tonight it should be done…maybe even before I go to church tonight. I only have 6 1/2 more rows to do before I start the edging. Then it will be blocked and set on the screen to dry. I am thinking of using some jasmine oil to scent the shawl. I love the scent of jasmine. Nice and warm but light at the same time….if you know what I mean. The good news is that I will be able to wear it on Sunday!!! 😀

Well I am off to finish a mini catalog for a customer and send that off and then I am going to do something with my hair before church tonight. It needs a relaxer but I don’t feel like messing with that in all this heat. It is noticeably cooler than yesterday but doing anything more than sitting still will have me sweating!

Have a great hump day y’all and as always God Bless!

 

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You Know What Today Is…WiP Wednesday!!

Well my friends, I have started and finished some commissions and have also started a new project. My two eldest sons have asked me to make them beanies as well. I had made some for my dad and they took two of his. My dad has since asked for some new ones. But my eldest texted me to ask for his own. They requested their own colors….this is the end result

For my eldest "Little Chef"

For my eldest “Little Chef”

For my second eldest "Lil' lil' Chef"

For my second eldest “Lil’ lil’ Chef”

I used the pattern by Sarah A. called the Solid DC Skully. Both versions of the hat were included in the pattern. I used Bernat Handcraftier Cotton to make the beanies. I must say that I have a new found appreciation for cotton and when I get the chance, I will stock up on cotton yarn. It is easy to work with though it is a bit rough on my fingers. Nothing Udder Butter won’t fix!

I started working on my first doily the other day. I must say it is really fun. I remember when I was little, I used to watch my mom make doilies for the house. I would watch her get frustrated at the thread and tiny needle while she worked. She never gave up though because we had TONS of doilies in the house….at least that is what it looked like to me. When I went to JoAnns for the first time, a few months ago, I picked up this book on doilies.

Annie's Doilies in Color

Annie’s Doilies in Color

At the time I didn’t have any of the smaller hooks so I bought a couple as well. I haven’t really attempted anything in the book until a few days ago. I chose to do this one because it was the first easiest one in the book and it didn’t have too much going on….or so I thought!

Where I was 3 days ago

Where I was 3 days ago

The pattern is called Marigolds. I used what I had on hand. I had some white and black thread but I wanted color. This is what I had. This is Bernat size 5 thread in Misty Grey. I mention the size because when I got to round 9 in the pattern and I had to make the popcorn clusters (the round after this one shown above) I was wondering why mine looked so “tight”. I was using the wrong thread! It asked for size 10 thread and I was using a thread twice as thick. I still like it so I am going to continue. This is where I stopped off last night…start of round 11.

Where I stopped last night

Where I stopped last night

I should have been done with the pattern by tonight but I had to frog round 10 because I left out a set of clusters in each one. I wasn’t too pleased with that. Getting three clusters in that small space was hard enough! What I am going to do is block it and spray fabric stiffener on it and then frame it. I don’t have the space in this house to display it properly and I don’t want the kids to mess with it either. I am going to make more of this pattern and make a collage of pictures. That will be a nice focal point in the house. These walls are drab as it is!

Well that is all for now. Off to make lunch for my two munchkins!

God Bless!

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