But she's not from Whooville. She sure looks sweet in the Whoo Hat I crocheted up for her. This is the same babe I made the Frog Blanket.
You can find this pattern in Not Your Mamma's Crochet. I used the Red Heart Soft that I used for the Frog Blanket: Lt blue, Teal, Dk Purple, Lavender and Lt Green.
For the joining round I only joined in the 3dc of the shell (or the middle one) that made the most sense to me.
Friday, December 5, 2008
But she's not from Whooville. She sure looks sweet in the Whoo Hat I crocheted up for her. This is the same babe I made the Frog Blanket.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I have work to do. Is it obvious?
I'd rather to more fun things too.
Actually could you just take an extended vacation?
I would like to be clutter free and clean for the holidays.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Things I learned:
The Scopes Monkey Trial was kind of a joke. The town was having some financial problems so the town elders thought that a trial about evolution would help the local economy. So they asked Scopes to say he taught evolution in his classroom. He agreed.
I didn't realize how much or for how long the teaching of evolution has been contested and challenged in the United States.
Text book publishing companies have watered down evolution because they fear the books won't be purchased.
Random Thoughts from reading the book:
I learned about about Intelligent Design. All I can say is why bring science into religion? I can't help but believe that this is drawing line in the sand. If intelligent design is real science then you need to test it. If you did test it would it hold up? I don't think so. So might that then prove there is no God?
I personally don't think evolution makes it so there is not a God. The more I know about the world and how it works the more amazed I am and the more I believe in something. How can you not look at your child's tiny body and not believe in something? How can you not think about life and not be amazed and thankful? I can't.
Ultimately, I believe Religion, Spirituality, and Philosophy is about why we exist. Science is about how. Let's keep it that way.
Monday, November 17, 2008
So I’ve had some of this Frog Tree Pima Silk yarn in my stash for a really long time. On a whim I made this. I really like it. So I wrote up the pattern and got some great hookers to help me test it.
This pattern is also available as a pdf download on Ravelry and you can find it on Fiber Star Originals as well.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
If you are curious we bought the SHE4AM1 model from Sears on sale for about $500 dollars. We've used it twice and it's cleaning the dishes pretty dang well. The only draw back I can see is the use of controls. I think this is the same quality in materials as the higher end Bosch but to save money that skimp on the electronics. So there's lots of button pushing manipulations to make some things happen. So for me there will be a learning curve to figure out how to use the dang thing. The wash cycle is long. I believe that normal for many new dishwashers. It's quieter than our old dishwasher but not quite as quiet as I expected.
The photos in the blog post have been cropped to hide this blogger's messy kitchen.
Monday, October 27, 2008
But dang I'm cold. It's currently 58 deg F in the house. I'm wearing a hat, scarf, sweater, fingerless mitts and warm wooly slippers. If I was moving around and doing some housework, ha!, I might be warmer but I'm not. Now my nose feels cold and the key board is sucking the heat out of my fingers.
It's less than 60 deg F in the house. Why does it seem so cold? If this were spring we would have the windows open and enjoying a lovely day. It may be warmer outside. Let me go check. Our out door thermometer reads 50 deg F and the newspaper says it's 41 deg F. So no it is warmer in the house. I think I'l go make tea. I'm going to hold out a bit longer, atleast until halloween. I can do it. I can but I need some long underwear.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Jade is in her room right now with a load of books to read for the winter reading program so she can get a silly prize. Well, I think the prizes are silly like erasers, stickers etc. Maybe she won't reach the goal of 10 books or maybe she will. She's doing it on her own. I'm not making her do it. We talked a bit about the programs and why I don't like them. She came up with the idea that she can set her own goals and maybe her own reward for reading.
The cool thing is she is excited to read and to challenge herself. So that's not a bad thing. I told her if she really wants some fun pencils or note pads then please let's go the dollar store. I don't see them helping my son love reading more. He's enjoying books because we've found some stories he likes me to read to him.
The not so cool thing about the summer reading programs is if the kids do them then they get coupons. Often the are coupons are to fast food restaurants that I need to buy a meal as well. Sometimes this doesn't fit into the family budget or I don't want to eat there. So I make no promises to help them use the coupons. If I don't want to eat there too we don't go. I'm just sayin' I'd much rather eat at Rudy's pizza in town than Cici's Pizza. Depending on the coupon offerings I'm willing to busget and plan for all kinds of cool things to do for the summer so we don't need the rewards anyway. I tell them read because you want to not because you will get something.
PS I wrote this but never published it sometime last year. I liked it so I decided to post it after all.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Rainbow Sherbet Handspun Handyed Yarn
4.0 mm hook
1/2 inch buttons
Are you a spinner or do you have some aran/heavy worsted yarn in your stash? Then checkout the free pattern here.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Childhood Ambition - I really don't remember one. Now that seems really sad!
Fondest memory - A special Christmas with my mom and sister when we baked lots of yummy cookies and made a special meal to eat together. When I would travel with my Dad we would sing to Helen Reddy and the Carpenters in the car to pass the time.
Soundtrack --- I'm really enjoying the soundtrack for Juno and I even bought the CD. If you have not seen the movie I highly recommend it!
Wildest dream --- Travel the world with no worres about money. The the kids would get along the whole time and my husband would always know when I was feeling overwhelmed and make sure we found chocolate or some wine.
Proudest moment --- When I managed to get all the things together to travel and live in Europe for 4 months in college.
Biggest challenge---- Balancing my needs and the kids needs.
Alarm clock --- what's that?
Perfect day --- A perfect day for me would be spent in solitude with plenty of good food to eat and my fiber.
First job --- Lifeguard
Indulgence(s)--- coffee, chocolate, cheese, wine, and yarn
Last purchase --- Coffee at La Prima Taza
Favorite movie --- Juno, Pirates of the Caribbeans, Holiday Inn, Like Water for Chocolate, Totoro - Sorry I can't pick a favorite - Howl's Moving Castle... I can keep going but I will stop now.
Inspiration --- my children, all things art, fiber, Ravelry
My life is --- just beginning or that's my ideal outlook
My blog is --- a way to share about my life and my creative stuff
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
You just can't see any stitch definition and as you all know I'm all about the stitches. Shell stitches I think looks best in solid colors.
But sometimes look good in yarns that have long colorway like this:
As it turns out this project more about the yarn. So I went back to the basics just plain old half double crochet (hdc) and came up with these:
Did I telly how soft these are? They are very soft. I'm going to love them this winter to keep my hands warm around the house. Heck, I love them now. I took notes so you too can make them if you wish. Check back later for the pattern.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"Mom, it's like I have two balls in my scrotum. What's that all about it?" So what do we do? We look it up on Wikipedia.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I guess what's coming up for me with this issue is, how much stuff does one person need? This one person doesn't need the stuff honestly even more yarn. I don't need candle sticks. I don't really need any more blankets or sheets. We like our minimalist approach.
So what do you do if you get things that just aren't you? I'm 40 plus years old. If I had kept everything people have gifted me in my lifetime I would need at least one if not two storage units. Between my husband I we have all we need. We don't need much more. What we do want is so specif to our interests that I just don't expect others to help me with them. But if you want to I can send you my wish list! (Just kidding, seriously.) Even with my wish list I have been checking things off the list but that's another post.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I have lots of novelty yarn left and I'm about to give it away. But what if I regret it? I did make this lapghan that I do like. It's very soft and my daughter like it as you can see.
Now I wouldn't recommend someone on purpose go out and buy all this yarn even if it's on sale which is how I came in to my novelty yarn and make this lapghan. I'd just say no and suggest you run away , run away fast, unless you really, really like it that is, then I say go for it.
Recently I grabbed a hook and my bin of Novelty yarn.
I tried to make another lapghan. But I could not find the love of the yarn. It just was not there. So it's in grocery bags waiting to head to the thrift store. Really, it's going. Gone!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
He went down a few camp sites and introduced himself and was invited to check out their horses. He came running back a bit later to have some breakfast and was telling us about the horses and how he got to pet them or as he said "I got to pet them, the horses, not the people because that would be weird."
I've been giggling about it ever since but maybe I'm easily amused.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Meet Freckles the farm Llama.
The sheep which do have names too but I don't know them all.
Shearing the sheep
I got some black lambswool that will hopefully spin up a nice pretty brown.
Here's some I've washed. I've carded most of that. I have about 2/3 more of the fleece left to wash, card and about all of that to spin. The fun just keeps giving with this fiber.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
However my luck ran out when washing the yarn to set the twist. I did not have it tied together to prevent tangling so I had to untangle it. Then I did the same thing again when drying it so I had to untangle it again! So let my mistake be a lesson to you. Make sure you tie up your skein in several places so that doesn't happen to you. I still love how it turned out.
I ended with about 200yards 2ply worsted weight yarn that is only a little unbalanced. I like the colors of this and thought at first it would be a crocheted hat. Now my plan is fingerless mitts.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Take at look at my Java Jammie Gallery:
It's an owl. Since we all know drinking coffee can keep you up all night. I used Plymouth Boku from Infinity Shawl.
Shell stitch and Plymouth Boku lefotvers.
More Plymouth Boku and what's called a griddle stitch: dc in sc and sc into the dc. (US terms)
Alpaca leftovers from my Spiral Shawl.
This was made from red heart scarps and one I get the most comment on when I use it.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Leftover TLC Essentials and Red Heart from the stash and and 28 ceramic magnets.
Katamari is a free pattern you can find online
Monday, October 13, 2008
The pink post it notes are for scale and are the mini ones. The color of this photo is not quite right. The yarn it's not as orangy as this photo.
Wound up in a center pull ball.
I tried to ply it on the drop spindle but gave up and did it on my wheel. Plying from well spun singles from a center pull ball is a pain in the patooty!
This last photo is a bit blurry but gives a better idea of the color.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The boy and the sweater are a work in progress.
I wasn’t getting gauge so I knitted to add more stitches for the back. I was getting 5st/inch and didn’t want to go up to a size 10 needle to see if that would make a difference. So I first thought 62 sts for the back sts would be fine but needed to add more increase rows to get the raglan long enough for some arm/sleeve room. So I ended with 70 sts.
US 7 for the ribbing and US 9 needles for the sweater
Lion Brand Wool Ease in Denim Twist I used 4.5 skeins.
Children's Hooded Tunic #232 by Diane Soucy
Skull Cuffs - The Bead Goes On by Renee Ladd from Stitch and Bitch Nation.
Wildfoote Black Sock yarn, some beads and size 2.0mm needles. I made a pair for his birthday. I knitted them up and kept them on the needles so I could add more rows if needed since the pattern was designed for an adult wrist. Some day I'll get a pic of him wearing them.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Autumn Romance Pullover by Annette Petavy in Interweave Crochet Fall 2007
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy about 6 skeins of it almost 1000 yards or so. I bought 8 but I have almost 2 full skeins left over and some small balls too. I really like this yarn and will use it again.
I didn’t do the shoulder shaping like it was written. I just didn’t like how it looked and my shoulder’s don’t slope that much. I did just two rows of shaping and made it go more gradual.
I wish I had crocheted the sleeves a little shorter but I don’t mind the length. I think I did gradual increase every 4th row or something like that until I got the the patterns requirements then I worked even.
I slipped stitched the sides, shoulders and sleeves for more stability. I wish I had done it a bit loosely but it doesn’t look bad. I did the back stitch for the shoulders and that turned out well and I will use this method more often sewing together crocheted sweaters.
The edging called for 4 dcs and I did 3 dc as I didn’t want an over ruffled look.
Friday, October 10, 2008
A free pattern online here, made with lace with yarn from knit picks, in my favorite colors.
It's very light weight and nice if it's just a bit cool outside and great even in the summer when you go in to the store that is cooler than it is outside.
This picture I just had to share because I like it so much. Danielle is such a sweet kitty.
My Flower Basket Shawl and first knitted lace shawl.
(if you click through to flickr and look at the larger photos you can get some great detail on the pattern)
Flower Basket Lace Shawl and Scarf by Evelyn A. Clark
Size 5.0mm needles and about 1000 yards of Naturnspun Sport in Mallard
Finally my Infinity Shawl:
Infinity Wrap designed by Kristin Omdahl
Interweave Crochet Winter 2007
Plymouth Boku and and I / 5.5mm hook
That's all for now. You all stay warm now.