Friday, August 28, 2009
I have so many irons in the fire right now! Working on the Stitch Diva Knit Cardi, a knit scarf, and a crocheted scarf...and now I would like to tackle another vest for moi! Oh the inhumanity of it all! LOL!
But seriously, to me working on this vest was nothing but a labor of love. I felt as if I were painting with thread. I was asked by an etsy customer if I could make a vest. I immediately responded that I would give it a try and jumped in head first as I always do. Piecing and pinning until I got the shaping just right. I do have some left over squares tucked away in a drawer waiting for me to add to them, perhaps to make a vest for myself...but I will have to finish up a couple things first!
Here is hoping that everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The yarn is yummy!
I am so proud of it I can't stand myself! I have been jonesing all day to share it with my bloggy friends! Yes, there are a couple blips in it here and there...but just look at it. It's just so darn pretty!!!
I am off of here for now. Ready to enjoy my evening and relax a bit!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Alessandra presented me with this Lovely Blog Award! Thank you so much Alessandra, I graciously accept it! If any of you haven't checked out Alessandra's blog, Just Be Happy, you need to. It is full of beautiful crochet, and little snippets of her cooking and sweet Baby Lucas mixed in there!
So, I as well want to pass the award on!
Anyhow , here are the guidelines for the award:
1. Accept the award.
2. Post it on your blog saying who gave it to you.
3. Pass it on to other new blogs you think are wonderful.
Make sure you leave a note on the blogs you award and the one who gave it to you to let them know you participated in this award. It's a nice way to connect with people and see what other wonderful blogs are around. So I hereby extend the "One Lovely Blog" award to the following:
Attic 24 I give this award to Lucy because her blog brightens my day and gives me so much inspiration. It is actually eye candy! Her crochet is beautiful, and that combined with her eye for color is almost more than I can stand!
Kar's Down Home Bliss I also pass on the Lovely Blog Award to Kar. I love her blog. It is full of crochet and her life in Idaho! Her photographs are great! Thisis another blog that I love to follow and look forward to reading daily!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
So, now down to business. Time to share! I was at a conference for work the last part of this week. My days were spent in a large classroom. But my evenings were all mine! I packed my knitting bag full to take with me! Primo crochet time!
First let me show you a couple of pictures of the hotel I stayed in. It was absolutely gorgeous!
Not bad at all! There was a spa in the hotel...and yes...I paid it a visit. I decided on a facial and loved every minute of it. I felt truly pampered.
I finished up my granny square scarf during my evenings away. This joining as you go method it wonderful. I am not sure if I would do an entire afghan in this method, but for a scarf it's great. I kept this one simple and just added a simple edging.
I have been wanting to make a scarf for myself to wear this winter and I am pretty sure I want it to be in grannies. I just haven't decided on the yarn yet.
I have scarves coming out the wazzooo! My fingers have been busy all summer long.
It's been fun to knit one, crochet one! LOL! All this scarf action has me looking forward to some fall weather!
Let me share another little scarf! Instant gratification with using large needles and this bulky yarn!
So, this morning since my hands were idle...which I do not do well on at all...I picked up my large needles and a skein of this yummy bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. This yarn has been in my possession for quite awhile. I think the reason I brought it home is because of the colors! Love em! Only one problem...I need another skein!!
So I made a mad dash to Michaels for some more. BUSTED! Please don't tell me that I am not going to be able to find more of this. And it's Sunday...so I couldn't get to Hobby Lobby!
I'm crossing my fingers that I can get a couple more skeins of this tomorrow. I hate to frog such pretty stitches!
I think it's now time to sit back and relax a bit. My weekend seemed to have been swallowed up by my conference, and for some reason I feel robbed!! And a bit tired. And, tomorrow is another Monday! And a long one at that! Booo!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
In an atttempt to get my yarn stash organized I keep running across things like this. It can almost get like Christmas, opening up a bag of long forgotten yarn! I had run across this a few weeks ago and put it to the front of the to do list. The colors and look of these little granny squares are far too pretty to be cast aside!
I am leaving for a conference this week and I think these will make it into my suitcase along with another little pretty I am working on. My evenings will be all mine! Held up in my room, no dishes or housework to do...no laundry...no taking the dog out. You get it! So my plans are to just chill out with my yarn and hook and relax! And yes, maybe shop a little, too!
I am looking forward to going and seeing old faces and visiting, as well as getting back home on Saturday to Mr. B and Phoebe!
Life is good, at the moment!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
As I was looking through all the photos I had uploaded this past week I made a observation...I HAVE MADE THREE SCARVES THIS WEEK! That's a new all time record for me! With my back being in the state it had been, I really couldn't do much of anything else. I am happy to say, my back is feeling great! A little achy in the evening, but the dr. said that will probably be that way for a couple of day because of the needle.
Okay, so now to business!
Here is number one.
I knit this up out of a colorway yarn I got at Hobby Lobby. It is called Epais - Colorfusion Yarn Bulky Weight. It is super soft and the skein is mega size! This has been sitting in my stash for a year now, and I am finally getting to using it. I still have half of the skein left!!!
It's hard to tell here, but this scarf is nice and long and a good ten inches in width. I imagine it will end up in my etsy shop.
I like it knit up in a stockinette stitch and am now curious how it would looked crocheted.
I got this little scarf finished up. I really like it. The pattern is pretty basic. Knit for six rows, stockinette for twelve rows. My yarn started to felt just from me blocking it!
I am definitely going to make another one of these. I have more of this yarn in a black with bright pops of color in it.
Yesterday late afternoon I picked my crochet hook back up. Some yarn I had picked up in Hobby Lobby was calling my name, and I could just picture it in granny squares.
So I'm thinking, hey, it's 94 degrees outside...let's make another scarf! LOL! What can I say, it's either that or a afghan...I went for the scarf. Well, I got that booger done in one evening! It is a little bit "neutral" for me, but the contrast of the brown and cream makes it appealing to my eye.
Check it out!
Here is a close up of the granny.
If interested, here is my yarn and colors I used:
Hobby Lobby - I Love This Yarn
Size H Crochet Hook
Quick and simple! Nothing like instant gratification, right?
You may have gotten the impression I like Hobby Lobby! LOL! When I was in there on Friday I had noticed they have added some new yarns. It is so hard to abstain from taking a shopping cart full home!
I'll leave my bloggy buddies with the wish of a great week!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
As I was straightening up the living room I had this idea...yarn candles! I wouldn't light these, but they are so pretty sitting under the light, a source for more inspiration!
It has been a wonderful Saturday morning. As usual I am always up early, and once Phoebe is fed and "does her business" we settle in and watch something on t.v. and I pick up my knitting, well this morning it was knitting. My crochet hooks are not far out of reach!
I have really grown a fond attachment to this little scarf! It has been quick and quite rewarding! I finished it up this morning. As soon as the light is right I will shoot some pictures and share. If you would like the details you can check me out on ravely.com! There I go by Buckster.
Well, Saturday morning is calling me. Time for some breakfast, and the plants on the screened in porch need some of my attention!
Happy weekend to all!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I am not sure how these are backed, they look pretty stiff. I was thinking maybe a sheet of plastic canvas sandwiched between two layers of granny squares.
This is another idea that is going into my want to do vault!
They look like they are pretty easy to make and would make great Christmas gifts! Which is not far away!
Just had supper and ready to sit down with some yarn. I cannot have anything else to eat for the rest of the evening. I'm having another epidural steroid injection in the morning. I am hoping this will help my back out. I would so much love to get back to walking at the track again! As it stands now, I wouldn't be able to make one lap! :-(
Fortunately I have plenty of projects to keep myself busy!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
My other Grandma, we called Grandma Esther, too had a talent with the yarn and hook. She loved to make doilies and table runners. The backdrop for this potholder is one of hers. She made it specifically for me, which makes it even more special. It was this doily that sparked my interest in crocheting with cotton thread and filet crochet. Maybe one day soon I will do a posting of some of the things I have made.
Below is an afghan I have in my possession which she made. Her eye for color was dead on! She was not afraid to combine colors, and it always looked great. I like to think I inherited my eye for color from her!
I love this afghan. And I particularly love the fringes!
Her stitches are also perfect, and her design is so pretty.
I hope you have enjoyed this posting. I just feel that these things need to be shared with others who could appreciate them as much as I do!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
So down to business! Here is my felted scarf! Now I ask, "aint it cool?" I absolutely love it with my favorite long sweater. I am definitely going to have to begin shopping for some boots!
I am so intrigued by this felting thing! As I pulled this scarf out of the washer I instantly loved it. How amazing to see the fibers locked together. I decided to run it through two wash cycles to make it a bit softer. It is soft, it truly feels like felt.
Below is a close up so you can see how the stitches disappear a bit.
The only thing I would have changed is to make my squares just a bit bigger. The shrinking was just in the width of the scarf. The length remained the same.
Before...The before scarf was just as pretty. But way to itchy to have against bare skin!
Interesting how the look changes by felting.
Oh!! Let me just share my latest Knit Picks order. This box was at my doorstep when I got home Friday evening! After a LONG day, and being extremely tired from the pain in my back and hip, opening this put a huge smile on my face!
These colors are so me...warm, look like Autumn. I am sure they will make their way into a scarf at some point! But for now they are displayed in a basket where I can get my touchy-feely fix every time I walk by them. This Palette Yarn has hooked me and reeled me in!
Okay, so now that I finished my felting project, I bring to you the beginnings of a Groovy Granny Square Scarf! This is also left over Palette that came from my Babette Blanket.
So whatcha think? I like it. I have done something similar to this only one square had a flower on it. You can see it here Buckster's Flower Power Scarf . I just felt for the size yarn I am using the flower may not work.
I think it's totally groovy!
I will leave you with this. It's perfect movie weather since the sky is so grey. I am actually loving the rain, which is much needed!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
So now, it's back to the crochet hook!!