Get Crafty for the Holidays!

Knitting and crocheting are fun, no mess pastimes. You can do them while watching television (and the person with you still thinks you are totally spending time with them). But one Saturday, I spent some time making this snowman and felt like a kid again. I based my snowman on designer Dondi Richardson’s instructions. I loved using this fun faux snow stuff that you apply onto the Styrofoam® balls sort of like paint, but thick and gloppy. The snow dried while I went shopping.  I came home and finished the whole project in just a couple hours. The Doodle yarn covers the balls and cones easily using a low temperature glue gun. I love the funny face that I clumsily painted on him. Continue reading “Get Crafty for the Holidays!”

Prairie Wrap Reworked!

My favorite thing about knitting is that you can adapt almost any pattern to any yarn.  I did just that at the Knit & Crochet show when we realized that the model made with Red Heart Boutique Treasure had been left behind! Luckily I had a pattern, the Prairie Wrap with me in my purse, I was planning on knitting it out of the called-for Washable Ewe. I pulled the pattern out and started to figure out what I needed to change to make the pattern work with Treasure. Continue reading “Prairie Wrap Reworked!”

How’s Knitting or Crochet Helping You This Week?

Over the past month, the temperatures have been pushing upward of 80’s – 90’s in the south. Only a very few cool days have come and gone, little time to sit outside and stitch. It’s finally another cooler day today and beautiful weather to work outside…stitching that is. After staring at the computer screen for several days, I’m giving myself a break from the screen for next few hours and I’m going to enjoy this beautiful afternoon working on a fall jacket design (for myself) and I’m doing it outside. I have a swing at the back of my garden, grape vines and trees offer shade and today it’s calling me to come over, sit down and stitch for a while. Only natures music and a mild breeze. And the grape vines are full of grapes, so I’ve picked myself a healthy snack to eat while stitching.  Continue reading “How’s Knitting or Crochet Helping You This Week?”

Can We Talk UFOs?

I have them, you have them …. They are everywhere!  Every few months I go through my craft room, piecing together those projects I started with good intentions of finishing, but never quite made it.  I diligently work at getting them completed, vowing to never let that happen again.  I start a project, then I find another and another and … well, you know how that ends up.  Guess what … it keeps happening and here I am again going through all my Unfinished Objects again!  I have a room full of items at various stages of completeness.  I work at a job that allows me to knit and crochet.  I have yarn and all the fun tools and accessories around me most every day.  I see a new yarn or a new pattern and can’t wait to get started… I’m doomed! Continue reading “Can We Talk UFOs?”

What will I make next?

I’ve just finished my Granny Ottoman Cover and I just love looking at it in my living room every day. Next project? Hum, I have a bunch of unfinished things, but I seriously want to make something new. I want to have new balls of yarn and start from the beginning. It’s so much more fun! Granny Square crochet  is really what I want to do — so easy, and so meditative. I also know someone who is having a baby soon, so I looked for a granny square baby blanket and came up with the Granny Blanket Crochet Pattern made in Super Saver.  I think I’ll make mine with 5 or 6 colors and I’m trying to choose unisex colors as the blanket is going to a baby of unknown sex. I like greens, ivory and some pretty turquoise shades of blue. Great! I can go home tonight and START! Continue reading “What will I make next?”

Grandma’s Favorite Afghan

Recently while flipping through a magazine on flight to a Stitches show, I came across this ad for kitty litter, but what caught my eye was the crochet afghan over the rocking chair and the basket of yarn on the floor.  It’s interesting how popular crochet has become.  I see it in print advertisements for every medium.  This brought back so many wonderful memories of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet.  And this afghan was one of her favorite.  I still have the one she made for me and it’s in these exact colors.  She made over 100 of this style in lots of different colors.  We got to pick out the colors we wanted, but all the others were donated to the church for those in need. Continue reading “Grandma’s Favorite Afghan”