Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Birthday Afghan

I decided this year to make an afghan for each of the kids for their birthdays. I had JC look at a few patterns to get an idea of what he liked and colors. Since I like this pattern too, this is the one I selected to do. It's from an old Vanna White book I found. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, which is washable, I thought that would be best since they have 2 kids!

I finished it with time to spare, his birthday isn't for another 2 weeks. That will give me the summer to work on Autumns for her birthday in September. She wants something with "stars", oh boy!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mothers Day Slippers

Finished and in the mail.............snugly soft slippers for my mom for Mothers Day, she'll probably get them on Monday. They're made out of Modea Soft yarn, after I finished them I realized that I should have used another yarn with this soft stuff, just to make the finished slippers a little firmer. But these will be fine for summer. I lined the inside with some thick soft fleece I found at the thrift store. My moms feet are always cold, so these should work all the way into winter for her.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Blueberry Hand Pies

I made these the other day for a bake sale at the local yard sale. I was planning on making apple pies, but I had some thawed out blueberries that needed to be used up. I ended up making only 12 of them, and since all of them turned out looking pretty good, I didn't sample. I was thinking there would be at least 1 or 2 left to try after the sale............not. But I'm thinking since people were coming to the table asking if that was where the blueberry pies were that they were a hit. I used the Pampered Chefs round cut/out crimper tool to make these. It worked great! I will definitely be making these for the Farmers Market that starts in June.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lace Socks

I finally finished these socks. I had seen this pattern on interweave a while back and was really looking forward to trying to make them. It's really an easy pattern and not as boring as strait knitting, plus with this pattern they seemed worked up fast. I should have used a finer yarn, but since I wasn't sure if I would be able to figure out the pattern with my limited knitting knowledge I just used some cotton that was in my stash. I will definitely make these again, but with a thinner and better quality yarn. Now off to work on my moms slippers for Mothers Day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Great Find

I found this great crochet book in the thrift store last week, it was published in 1989. Once I got past everyone's hair dos I noticed there are some really GREAT sweaters in there. The book was translated to English, so the patterns are going to take a little to figure out, but I think they will be well worth it. Of course all of their sweaters are made with such wonderful (expensive) yarns, that mine will probably never look like theirs, it's so hard for me to splurge on yarn and then worry that I'll ruin it, or worse never make anything with it.

So I thought I would try some sweaters out first with some yarn from my stash. This is some Bernat baby yarn, not fingering weight like they suggest, but I think it will work, and since it will be for my grandson who will be a size 4T next winter, it just may work. If not I don't think I'll be out a lot of $.
Here's the example of the "cable" as the book calls it for this sweater. There are so many cabled sweaters in here. So as soon as I finish knitting my socks (almost done), my sons afghan for his birthday, my moms slippers for mothers day, I think I'll start some sweaters. It's so hard not to start now, but I just don't dare start one more project without finishing up at least one of the others!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Has Sprung, Tulip Throw

I made this throw for my sisters birthday. I used Bernat Softee Chunkee yarn, which I just love. But towards the end I ran out of yellow, and could not find any for weeks. I finally emailed Bernat and was told it was discontinued. I almost gave up on this, then I found 2 skeins in Canada through the internet. So I ordered both of them along with some red, and quickly went to the store and got the other colors so I could make another throw. This works up so fast and easy I can't wait to make another one. I'd like to do one in light and dark purples too, so I'll be on the look-out for another brand of chunky yarn.

It's cool how they really look like rows of tulips.

The pattern is from Moda Dea, which is another discontinued yarn (why do they do that!) But here is the link to the pattern: http://www.coatsandclark.com/cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=58&page_id=12323072&query=tulip+throw&hiword=THROWN+THROWS+TULIPS+throw+tulip+

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hello, Cupcake!

2010 and this is my first post of the year..............where have I been?! Seems like I'm always working on a project, but I guess my blog wasn't one of those. I have a few things all coming together shortly. These cupcake hats I just finished. I was commissioned to make one for a woman's new grand daughter, while crocheting up the one I just got carried away, so now I have a variety of sizes. I changed the edge where the "icing" meets the cake, I like it a lot better now that it "drips" over the edge. When I was working on these I was thinking how cute this pattern would be as a potholder, but I need to finish a couple other projects first.

These are so cute on little girls, but I did make an adult size one too! Now I think I'll go bake.....