Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Love and Prayers To My Dearest Lisa

My Dearest of All Loved Friends Lisa is having surgery.
This Angel and Candle are for you Lisa.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Is Here.

i am thrilled that Fall has finally arrived. The leaves are splendid this year. Colors so bright it is like opening a jewel chest. With Fall the temperatures lower so that big yarn projects are fluffy and warm to work with.
I just finished a bright lemon yellow crochet shawl. I used the free pattern for the Seraphina shawl. Here is the link just in case.
She shows full pics of every step of this shawl. I used Red Heart Acrylic. I love this pattern.

I also am finishing up another afghan in brilliant bright colors. Each 'block' is worked from the outside edge inward. On the knitting front I am working on two white projects. A long rectangle shawl for my sister to give as a gift to her friend using the Melody Trinidad Pattern, and a square project using the Jeanie Wedding Shawl pattern for a dear friend, she is also giving it as a gift.

Working on a crochet filet pattern for a new shawl too. Using some gorgeous light brown wool from Astrid's Dutch Obsession site.

Monday, September 28, 2009

How is this for colorful??

have you tried PLARN yet??

it is using the plastic bags you get when you buy stuff at stores. like walmart or target? you cut them into loops, daisy chain together, and crochet or knit them.
go to search plarn. i have never had so much FUN !!

Monday, August 31, 2009

New Teal Sunflowers

here is a close up pic and progress pic of the new teal sunflower blanket i am working on now. the next row will be six more sunflowers to go around and fill in the spaces around the shape so far. i sure like this one. pattern is in Leisure Arts, A Garden of Afghans.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Another Crochet Blanket finished

the top row folds over the fence to hold it up , blanket is five squares by five squares, each square is 12 inches x 12 inches.
notice the inside square of each square turns the other direction for an optical illusion.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

this year it is crochet blankies

click on pics for bigger view. one is blankie total except for shell border i am working on now. other view is close up in sun of real colors of blankie. one of my sisters gets this one.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

original colors of peruvian tile afghan

these are the colors used in the book

i do love the rust and the blue but it was just too bright for me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

OH a new goodie to crochet!!

I found these Tammy Hildebrand patterns in the Sensational Afghans book. I am in love with her methods of color changing. I found 2 patterns in the book by her and even though i changed the colors and the order they were done in it is her pattern for the hexagons. I made up my own little squares to go between them. I needed a solid color there to calm it down a bit. Supposed to be an afghan but I am rethinking making rugs small enough to go in the washer but large enough and then make enough of them to cover an entire floor. hmmm...... I am just in love with how these look. click them for bigger pics. If you know of any crochet patterns out there like these please leave a comment so I can go look too. I want MORE!!
crocheting them got so good I snapped my poor little plastic ice crochet hook right in half. drat. I tried to buy a new one but my local walmart had ONE in the whole store my size. Now I am on the hunt for more metal crochet hooks before I get hard up late at night needing one again. That was awful.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Jeanie's Wedding Shawl Kit Now At Astrids!

ASTRID'S has my new pattern up! you can buy the yarn and pattern on her site!

above is a pic of the shawl as knitted by Ester Kerkstra
she does such beautiful knitting.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Almost Done, The End Is In Sight!

Cathedral Rose Window Progress Pictures

pictures showing whole thing so far, and close ups from edge to center click on any pic for enlarged pic

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cathedral Rose Window Afghan update

I am now over half way done on my gorgeous new blanket. I can't wait to finish it. The estimated yarn supplies given on the pattern seem a little high to me? I have also found one row that doesn't follow the rest of the pattern so I changed it a little. So far So good!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Look What I am working on now!

i saw this pattern at Annies Attic and just had to get it. I am loving every hooking moment of it. At first I couldn't figure out the instructions but I did it myself from the picture and then the instructions made more sense. Probably just my own confusion anyway.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Edging finished finally on flower blankie

it measures over six feet tall and wide with a funny shaped border. no way to pin it out flat yet for a good pic.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

finished my double wedding ring quilt

i finally was a able to use my camera. i finished the flower blankie. and this one and now am working on a pinks and white one.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wedding Ring Quilt crochet check in

I am still working on it. I can do one large round 24inch block/circle in a couple of days. here is one big block.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

An update on Flower Blankie

I am putting all three rows of the edging on at one time. I love this. Didn't make it full sized as it would be too heavy. Instead it will be a large afghan.

Pretty Plants and a Gift of Friendship

one of the nicest people in the world, Barb Peterson, sent a lilac plant to me. This was one of the biggest acts of love I have received in a very long time. After the passing of dear Queenie I wanted a lilac to plant in memory. She sent one to me. This really touched my heart.
See it happily growning in the square brown pot above. She also sent the lettuce, tomato, and pepper plants. Nothing pleases me more than growing plants.
Thank you so much Barb.

New crochet wedding ring quilt started

the round 'blocks' are each 24 inches across. it is sure gonna be pretty.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flower Blankie update

moving right along on my blanket. showing whole thing and
one octagon block surrounded by gold flower squares.
each block is approximately 11 inches across.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Look What I Found Online.

i love to use plastic crochet hooks.
so i ordered them for myself for my birthday next monday.
ok how terrible am i? at least i will get something i can use!!
my crochet blanket is HUGE. I have another dozen flowers done
and am ready to crochet them on too. it sure is pretty.
looks like a bed full of peony blossoms to me.
has anyone used these hooks? did you like them? are they nice and smooth??

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blankie progress

i think they look like peony flowers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Time for Crochet !!

I am working on some octagon shapes to stitch together for a blanket. These have a light cream background. They are made out of Red Heart Acrylic. I love to use it for projects. The shapes are about as large as a plate. I am doing my borders in cream. Pattern is available HERE FREE

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

What did you get your mom? I got a text message from each of my kids.
this is what i got for my mom, my best friend.
it is full of roses on the end and back side and a cute little stick up heart
that says To Mom

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The End Of A Lifetime

Queenie has been a member of this family for 17 years. Today Harold and I had to take her to the vet for the final time. I can't think of not having her here. Not hearing her bark. Not opening that late night can of dog food. She was Harold's dog. We were together to the end.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spinning With a Support Spindle

Ok it's play time!! A new spindle and this
time it is just about the perfect spin!
The Spindolyn !
Click on the word spindolyn above to go to the website for this marvelous spindle. I love my spinning wheel. I love my drop spindles. I love to spin. But my arms get tired from dropping over and over. My wheel is not in my room and i set in my room looking at it through the door way thinking about spinning. This support spindle is perfect. No drop. No arms over my head. I ordered the Castle base and the Tenor with the black plastic cover and the Soprano without it. The Tenor is for my wool and the Soprano is for my new cotton. Yes! Cotton! I bought some brown cotton to spin from LittleBarnFibers on ebay. I bought the brown toned one but he has so many colors for sale. The cotton is smooth and even though it has short fibers it spins quite easily. I was surprised to be able to do it on my first try. But then with a combination of the spindolyn and the Little Barn Fibers cotton it was meant to be. So now i can set in my chair and watch tv while I happily spin away without my shoulders feeling like I moved heavy furniture all night. What a pleasure to be able to spin again. I had seen this spindle over and over on the internet when surfing late at night. I watch that video so many times that I have it memorized. I was just unsure how it worked and if it worked.
If you like the way they look, you will love the way they spin. If you order you can choose to have the black plastic on the shaft of the spindle or not to have it on there. You can choose which base you like and which spindle shape you want. I don't get any goodie points for saying stuff about it. I bought mine already. But when you find something this great you just have to share it with your friends.
On her site you will find a pdf for a weighted bag to put around the base. I made my own with wool, a cottage cheese carton lid, aquarium rocks, and a crochet hook. It has an outside bag and then an inside smaller one. the rocks go between the inside tube and outside tube and are seamed in. The don't fall out. Marbles would work fine. What's the bag for? The spindle has a beautiful hand turned base. But putting it in the bag weights it down so it stays where you put it, like on your leg, or on your lap. This is just so much fun.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

easy weaver looms for sale

since i use the cricket now and only the cricket
i am selling both the easy weaver a and easy weaver b
the a sells for $99 I would like $60 plus shipping
the b sells for $165 I would like $100 plus shipping
i think shipping would be about $10 each.

any offer considered. or possible trade for items at bottom of post.

do not leave comments here but contact me by email below.
please contact me at jeanie

still searching for items also. charka. support spindles. kick spindles. cotton to spin.
if you sell these items or have them to trade please email me at above link also.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

First Sock Off The Loom

my first loom sock, the efg extra fine gauge wonder sock loom, it is adjustable so you can knit all sizes of socks from a baby sock to 96 stitches. I used 64 stitches and the Cascading Leaves Sock pattern that I wrote. I used a short row heel with double wrap at end of rows. I made short tops as I was unsure of the Regia Yarn on the new loom. Gauge was 9 stitches and 12-13 rows per inch. Unbelievable with a loom!! Sam makes these and they are the finest wood crafting I have seen in many years. If you never knit a sock but love wood you got to see them!
I took the first sock off of the loom and put it on dpn size 0 to finish the end and the toe because I am not good yet at seeing how long to make the sock to fit feet while it is still on the loom. I figured this would be easier for me. After I finish one I can count rows and then know approximately how long to make them before a on the loom short row toe.
and that top left pic, that is the box my loom came in. the post office had a tragedy with it at the air port they say. it came in a plastic cover with a apology on it. boy am i lucky dalooms wraps it good inside the box because the box died in delivery!!