Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Don't drink the water!

I want to make something for Isabelle, a co-worker's baby girl. Seems as if everyone is pregnant right now, and better them than me! But I can't resist making something cute and girly for her. I found a great hat pattern that tells you how to calculate size based on the diameter of the round.

Then, I also found another cute hat pattern with little curlies on top. I'm not sure which I'll make yet, and I have to make something to go with it. A girl must have accessories....maybe some booties?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Greedy bitch gets a care package

It came in the mail today! The care package I've been waiting for. I've been moping around the last 2 weeks after checking the mail, only to find the mailbox empty every day. So I said to myself "how greedy bitch...get over yourself", and counted my blessings for all the great stuff I had already been sent by an almost total stranger called my secret pal.

My hubby went to check the mail and told me I had a package. It's from your secret pal, he tells me. I was very excited to see what she had created for me!

Ashley sent a beautiful set of felted bowls she knitted using a pattern from the One Skein book, and some knitted rosette pins, a cute pair of turquoise stone earrings (which I think she
may have made herself). My care package also included a nice letter from Ashley, telling me about herself, and some yummy looking chocolates from her home, Seattle. That all was plenty, but Ashley is very generous, and included another ball of yarn -- her favorite -- Isis by Colinette. I can't wait to make something from this!

Found out we have very much in common, and hopefully we can stay in touch. The Secret Pal Exchange was a lot of fun, and can't wait to do it again!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Slice of Orange Sweater in Progress

"Slice of Orange" sweater - my version of the Fuschia Top pattern from DMC Senso. I am using DMC Royale Quick Crochet thread in "citrus", a blend of orange, pink, green and yellow colors, and a smaller sized hook. The motifs kind of resemble a slice of orange, hence the name. It's working up larger than planned, I sure hope it fits!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Baby Joshua Afghan

I just finished my Baby Joshua afghan - simple and classic, huge granny square made from Lily Sugar 'n Cream and the Peaches 'n Cream (Wal-Mart) 100% cotton in Gumdrop, a bright and colorful primary colored variegated yarn, Cornflower Blue and Yellow. Made for 2 lovely people I work with, Mark and Patricia. Joshua is their first baby, and I'm sure he'll be spoiled rotten! I was in such a hurry to get this done, that I forgot to take any photos!

Less Sophisticated....More like Purple Rain...

The ruffle on my cardigan ended up being just a bit too much (I looked like Prince), so I ripped it out and added a simple shell trim to all edges. The sleeves are huge and I can roll them up. It's very warm, but not very beautiful. It needs a belt or something....i'm not sure, but i'm considering it a practice project! I don't think I'll be wearing it to work as planned.
It's more of a housecoat!
I've still got a baby afghan to finish before the child goes off to college. I need a break from this sweater and perhaps that will help. Aaaaarrrgggh!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Home Stretch

On the home stretch of my cardigan...it's weird how the front edges hang down lower than the back, but it looks just like the photo in the book. Time to add the ruffle, but I'm too tired tonight.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A Crochet Labor Weekend

Wow! What an action-packed weekend! On Friday, my husband and I went to the Drag Racing Nationals in Brownsburg, Indiana. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and the verdict is....I dig drag racing! Who knew?! Until you can experience how a funny car rattles your ass when it zooms by, you'll never know. It's just not the same on TV! It was unseasonably cold and deafening, but we had a blast!

Anyway, we live about an hour away, so in the car on the way to the track, I started and completed the back of my cardigan sweater.

Got home very tired and intoxicated, woke up early next morning, picked up the kids from grandma and grandpa's, and headed off to visit my family for the labor day holiday. My mom, dad and grandparents all live about 1 1/2 hours north of us, and guess what? Got one side of the cardigan front done in the car. While I was there visiting, I there, finished the other half and started on 1 sleeve.

We came home Sunday, but it was nice to visit with everyone, including my sister and BIL, and my niece and nephew.