Sunday, September 17, 2006

Tea Cozy and more! - Thank You!

Tea Cozy
Originally uploaded by sammimag.
A package in the mail yeah!

It was a lovely surprise after a long day exploring a Lewis and Clark celebration in Atchison, Ks.

She not only sent a me a lovely tea cozy but some yummy coffees and raspberry flavored black tea, and some biscuits all the way from New York City. The raspberry tea came in the a little tin too. I just love little tins. She also made me a hot pad to rest my tea pot on too. This makes it perfect because I can brew up a pot of tea and keep it right next to me in the living room where I crochet and read.

Thanks swap partner. I love it all. Yesterday, I enjoyed a pot of Cinnamon Coffee. The weather has cooled off quite a bit so I plan on brewing up a pot of the raspberry tea today. I wish I could see New York City again someday. Last time I was there was when I was 19 years young.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Tea Time Freeform Style

I made this Tea Cozy as for a swap on Crochetville this month. I asked my partner if she would like a freeform cozy and she did. I love getting a chance to make something doing freeform crochet.

So off I went and bought some spiral instructions I have wanted to purchase for a while now. I was a bit disappointed in the the quality of the instructions but they did help me figure out how to do bobble spirals and other spiral techniques. In the end I think they were worth it because my partner likes her cozy - phew!

Freeform Tea Cozy

Freefrom Tea Cozy

A few more pictures you can check out, they are clickable.

Freeform Tea CozyFreeform Tea Cozy

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


These are the pair of socks I did as a part of a Sock CAL on the CGOA members email list. I made these to fit a bit more snug than my first pair but I have still have some learning to do.

My next pair I plan on doing what's called a short rowed heel which will eliminate the chaining around the ankle which always give me this tight feel and doesn't offer much give around the ankle.

I finished these a few months ago just when t he temperatures soared up to the 100's. I didn't even want to put them on to take a picture!

Today they were the perfect thing to keep my toes warm on this cool fall day.

I used Sockotta sock yarn. I love how it feels.

Happy (belated) Birthday Corbin

My baby is now 8 years old.

I can't believe it.

We had a good time visiting with family for his birthday and hangin' out at the skate park with a few friends. I forgot to get pictures of the skateboarding!

Today he is off to his very first violin lesson.

He still likes to play in the dirt.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Zelda ....may she rest in peace

Zelda ....may she rest in peace

Zelda Kitty

We had the saddest and scariest thing happen to us a about a week ago. Our very special cat was killed by a dog in our own home! I don't even like to think about it (but do anyway) what might have happened to one of the kids if the dog had attacked them.

Zelda was so special to us because we didn't pick her, she picked us. Soon after we moved into our "new to us" house she started lurking around and one day invited herself in. We put an ad in the paper to see if we could find the owner but got no response so she stayed. She had the sweetest disposition but the annoying habit at scratching at screen to be let in.

She was of loved by us all but Corbin especially loved her.

Zelda Kitty

Zelda we miss you.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

What I have been up to....

Instead of blogging I've been crocheting and doing my best to keep my house in order which has been a blessing. The kids and I have been playing games and hanging out with friends. So I have not had time for blogging not to mention that words are not coming easily to me either.

I thought my loyal follower (s) might like to see what been on my hook(s)

I gave this doily to my friend Tara last night for her 30th birthday. She liked it:) phew! This is doily #7 . I made it with #10 Opera thread in wood violet. Doily #6 is still a secret until I can give it to the intended recipient.
French Vanilla Doily

French Vanilla Doily

I made this Purple Puppy for her son who also turned 1year old yesterday. Yes mom and son share the same birthday.

Purple Puppy

The Purple Puppy is my own pattern that I re-worked from the cat pattern I designed when my daughter wanted a crocheted cat doll. I'm re-working this pattern to share for a Crochet Along (CAL) for members of the of the Crochet Guild of America's online group. I've improved the written pattern and added some elements so you can make a cat, dog, rabbit or bear. I'm hoping others will get even more creative. I think this pattern can adapt to just about a pirate or a monster perhaps. One member on the list wants to make skeletons.

Purple Puppy

A few days ago I finished this book mark. It's my second completed protect done in #20 thread. All of the doilies I have made were done using #10 thread which is not quite 1/2 bigger than #20 thread. I have to use a much smaller hook too. I just might go blind!

I used a coaster pattern by Patricia Kristoffersen my favorite doily designer. The coaster should have been about 4" in diameter using #10 thread. #20 thread made the coaster a perfect book mark motif at about 2"

Crocheted Bookmark

I have completed a few other things that I will share soon but if you want a sneak preview just take a through my photo gallery.

It's fillet of tea

Tea Fillet

My first project using #20 thread and my first thread fillet project. Surprisingly, it was an enjoyable project. Fillet is combination of chains and double crochets to create a picture. Usually I find double crochets repetitive not to mention boring! At the time, it was the perfect almost meditative process I needed.

It was a perfect gift for my secret pal who collects tea pots and loves vintage like things.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Secret Pal Package - Thank You!

Secret Pal Pacakge
Originally uploaded by sammimag.
I got a great package in the mail today from my secret pal on crochetville.

I love it all. I have finished up a few projects recently and needed something new to do so this came just at the right time.

I got thread too! Lovely crocheted dishcloths in my favorite color, purple.

She sent a birthday card for my son who just turned eight.

Thank You Secret Pal you are the best!