Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The little caterpillar is supposed to have googly eyes, but I was worried about her ripping those off and eating them, so I sewed buttons on instead. I figured sewing was a little more sturdy than glue. I used Caron Simply Soft Brites for the yarn. Found the pattern here. This worked up really fast and it's soo cute!
The afghan is a 12 point star shape. I've seen lots of pictures on the web of finished ones and they are just beautiful, and they look easy to make. Ha! Maybe I'm doing something wrong, or maybe it'll work itself out, but the damned thing won't lay flat, it's ruffly. My other complaint is that it's more like a 12 rounded edges shape, than 12 points. Oh well, it still looks cute and it's not like my 5 month old can tell that it's not perfect. I'm using this pattern and a Jo-Ann's brand yarn called Sensations Bellezza Collection Tesoro. It's 100% wool and sooooooooooooo soft. The plan is fot it to go cream (center), purple, cream, pink, cream, green and then (depending on size) a final row of cream.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
5 Hat/Scarf/Mitten Combos
2 (possibly 3) Hat/Scarf Combos
1 Car Smelly-Good Hangy Thingy
Seeing it typed out, I'm having a little bit of an "EEEK!" moment. But then I think, even with miinimal crochet time daily, I can get a scarf done in two days. So maybe I just need to plan better, and get started. Now.
Oh, and a question for you - is crocheted/knitted stuff girly? I asked my hubby if he thought a color that I was using was boyish enough, and he said that no color could make a crocheted item boyish enough. If crocheted/knitted stuff was only for girls, why are there soo many patterns for men's items? Pattern books with men modeling the products?
Hmph. I'm not speaking to him at the moment.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday: Italian turkey sausage with Pioneer Woman's Twice Baked Potatoes and green beans. The kids and hubby loved the potatoes soo much last week, they asked for them again.
Wednesday: Breaded & fried chicken legs with mac-n-cheese and peas.
Thursday: Broccoli and 3 Cheese Quiche with croisants.
Friday: Pan-seared steak with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.
Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner! Pancakes, scrambled eggs and fried ham.
Sunday: Take-out night - either Pizza or Chinese.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I also made one of the One Skein Scarfs from the SnB: Happy Hooker book. I used this really pretty, deep red yarn that I have. Each time I look through that book, I find more stuff to make. I also made a hat to match it. It's a little big, but that's ok.
I decided that since I'm soo into crocheting right now, that all of my family will be receiving crochet gifts this year. Soooo, I decided to join my first ever CAL. It should be fun! It's a knit and crochet KAL-CAL, so anyone who wants to join is welcome. Click the button below to check it out.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
· Nordstrom Inspired Crochet Hobo Bag (pattern here) just started this, so WIP
· SnB: HH Fat Bottom Bag
· SnB: HH One Skein Scarf
· SnB: HH Seija Set
· Christmas Stockings (we needed new ones anyway)
· SnB: HH Exchange Bag
· Fingerless Gloves (making it up as I go) WIP
· Scarf, Mitten and Hat Sets for a few peeps (haven’t found patterns for this yet)
· Celeste’s 4th Attempt Hat (yes, I said 4th attempt, 3rd attempt was way too big for my head) WIP
I also want to give Amigurumi Animals a try. I’ve heard good things about Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful. Anyone got reviews for me?
I finished the Happy Hooker In Bloom Clutch. I decided not to add the flower embellishment, since I will probably never actually use the bag. It was a test run on following patterns. I learned a few things from this test though. I need to pay more attention to gauge, and seam before lining.
Tuesday: Teriyaki Steak with LoMein noodles and Broccoli
Wednesday: Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken with Pioneer Woman's Twice Baked Potatoes (without the bacon or chives) and lima beans or peas
Thursday: Hamburgers with Baked beans, Corn and a nice, big salad
Friday: Italian Chicken with Rice and Black beans
Saturday: Breaded, oven-Fried Shrimp with Mac-n-Cheese and Green beans
Sunday: Grilled Cheese with Black bean soup for me and Chicken Noodle Soup for the kidlets
Friday, September 7, 2007
They just did the scan yesterday, so we have to wait until her appointment with the pediatric neurosurgeon to get the results. But, the radiologist did tell us that whatever the bump is, it's benign. That's definitely good news. :)
Secondly, I finished the crochet work for the In Bloom clutch. Soo easy and fast! Very satisfying. It's blocking now, then I need to line it and seam it. I'm still debating on whether or not I will add the flower embellishment. I'm not really a flowery type of girl, but you never know.
I ended up completely frogging (I was just looking for an excuse to use that word *giggle*) Celeste's 2nd attempt hat. I am starting that one over, doing it right this time. I guess that makes this attempt number 3. It's a completely simple circle hat: just make a circle, then continue without increasing until it's the right length. The good thing about crochet done right is that it's much faster than the way I was doing it! Yay! I'm about half-way done with the circle part, so I expect to be done with that by tomorrow. Unless, of course, I get side-tracked by another project.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I ended up buying the Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: Happy Hooker book, because I’d seen the Fat Bottom Bag on a few other blogs and had an “I want that” moment. As I was paying, I thought to myself that I could probably pick this book up on eBay or something for cheaper than the $16.00 that I was paying, but I’m glad I got it. Once I got back to work, I started flipping through it and already have 8 projects tagged. Of course, most of them require a skill level higher than I possess, but I’ll get to those later.
I also bought two skeins (or is it hanks? I don’t know) of this really cool looking yarn by Cascade Yarns called Sierra Quatro. It’s a cotton/wool blend and I’m not sure what I’m going to make with it, but I decided I needed to have it when I saw it. I bought two to make sure that I have enough for whatever small project I may find.
Before today, all of my yarn purchases have been made at either Joann’s or Michael’s. No more. No more, I tell you. How could I go back into one of those stores and not feel completely disappointed at everything I see there? Ugh, why can’t there be a LYS that’s actually local, like next door?!
So first on my list of “must makes” from the book will be the Fat Bottom Bag or the One-Skein Scarf. Of course, that’s after I finish my second try at Celeste’s hat. The first try ended up too small for her and ended up as a hat for Camille. Oh well, at least it wasn’t a complete waste.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Anywho, I'm stealing this idea from another blog that I read. Every Monday, I will post our meal plan for the week. Hopefully, this will keep me on track and have us not eating frozen chicken nuggets (ewww) for dinner.
Monday - WW spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce w/broccoli and zuchinni and crusty french bread.
Tuesday - What my kids call Italian chicken (chicken breasts marinated in Italian dressing before cooking), spanish rice, black beans.
Wednesday - Breaded, butterfly shrimp with mac-n-cheese and baby peas.
Thursday - Seasoned chicken with potatoes and carrots. Probably a nice, big salad to go with that as well.
Friday - Breakfast for Dinner! (my favorite) Pancakes or waffles will definitely be on the menu.
Saturday and Sunday are up in the air. We'll probably go over to my mom's on Saturday and end up eating there. And Sunday will probably be a quick dinner like pizza or chinese or something.