Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Prayer Shawl

For the first time ever I get to say I've got something "On the Needles"...LOL
This is my first prayer shawl. It looks like its going to be too small for anyone to get anything out of it, but it's all scrunched up on one needle right now. When I have the needles together it stretches to about 20-25" across. I have no idea how to measure gauge for knitting, so it'll be what it is.

I have to say though...WHO came up with knitting Homespun yarn with a size 10 needle? Were they on drugs or just REALLY loose knitters?? Argh. It makes my arms ache. I will never use that yarn with those needles ever again!

Ok, I'm done grousing. I love the color shading of this yarn! Don't you? I think this is going to look seriously awesome with some big, fluffy fringe on it. :)


Weekend Project

Wanna see what I did this Memorial Day? Welcome to my one day project.....
My ugly bathroom. PALE blue paint from previous owners....bleck....No storage AT ALL!

Notice the burnt out light bulb? Yeah? It's been like that for like....4 months.....

New "Summer Heat" paint on the walls....New storage cabinet (built by my sexy hubby). If you happen to notice that they lean....just don't say anything, ok? I think they're awesome! I've been living in this house for the past 4-1/2 years without ANY storage, so leaning or not, these are the best things since peanut butter and sliced bread!

More "Summer Heat" and fresh stain on all the woodwork. PLUS, MORE storage. No, these aren't actually camera is.... And you get the bonus shot of my sexy hubby's arm in the mirror!! LOL

The little embellishments that make my new potty room cute and filled with my personality! Tee Hee Hee.

Believe it or not we did this room in about 8-9 hours. Including but not limited to: *Washing all walls with bleach water. *Restaining all woodwork. *Priming walls and ceiling with Kilz. *Painting walls with paint. AND *Getting shelves built..... All of that had 'drying' time to go along with it. All in all, I'm quite pleased.


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Ok, I just got my very first SWAP package ever!! I was partnered with Sandhya from India and she sent me some cotton yarns, a pair of small scissors, some really nice hooks, a lint comb, some beautiful shell buttons, a doily she made and the most beautiful little gold purse with little beads and bells on it(she also made this). She told me the purse is something that they embellish to match their saari's. I absolutely LOVE everything!!! The neatest part was getting to know her though! It was so neat to learn different things from her culture and be able to share different things about mine. She was very attentive and asked very good questions! I hope she likes my package half as much as I liked hers! Thanks again Sandhya!!
**Sorry for the poor pic quality!**


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ongoing projects.....

Despite the blurriness of this pic, I thought I'd give you a preview of my Comfortghan. I am a mere 9...count em 9....squares away from completion!!! Amazing how when you actually work on something, it gets done! I am doing a variety of squares with a flower motif to them. It just seemed 'girly' to me. You too? Cool, great minds think alike! I'm lovin' the colors although they look a little screwy online.

As for the is also being worked on. No pics tho. It would just look really weird to you if you saw it in its current condition....nothing like a hat!

I have pulled yarn for two decisions I made today! #1- I am going to felt...AND I'm going to make it up as I go.... (that wasn't really supposed to be a pause, the fearful trembling in my hands caused the button to stick). #2- I am going to knit a prayer shawl. I mean HOW HARD can it be?? k3, p3....yeah? Ok, so maybe purling is like pantyhose and high had to be created by someone who wanted to torture women for eternity, but I can DO this! Really, I can!

I've decided knitting is something I want to become proficient at. I mean really the only things I can't do at this point(in the yarn and needlepoint worlds) are...spin (don't even want to learn)...quilt (ditto, needles hate me, really) and knit well. I have learned several other needlepointy type arts, not that I'm any good at them, but that truly is NOT where my heart is at folks. I even made my kids some clothes when they were little, with a pattern and a sewing machine and all....Just, NO! Stop the insanity!!! Hooks and big, thick needles that you can actually wield as a weapon....that's all I need!

Other than that.... I just HAVE to share with you some 'store' news that I am too excited to contain! We will be officially opening our 15-18" doll boutique in the store in 2 weeks! OMG, is that awesome or WHAT?!? No, not so that I can sell my patterns, although there may be some of that going on too, but we will actually have little jeans and shorts and shirts and dress your doll up in. And affordable! Not AG prices...yikes! There is a lady from our larger surrounding area that comes to the July 4th craft fair every year that makes doll tents that are awesome (for boys or girls, my kids each have them). They come with a sleeping bag and pillow and a front that rolls up. My daughter uses hers for Barbie's and AG dolls and my son uses his for his Pokemon critters. Cool huh? Anyway, all that to say, I want to sell those tents in my store. They are that cool! She makes specific Barbie doll size and the larger size to hold AG dolls too. And really reasonably priced. They all fold flat for storage and the smaller ones are great for travel. I just can't say enough cool things about them! So wish me luck in finding her this year!!

I have to go work on comfyghan somemore.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pokemon Spoink Look Alike

Spoink has no feet..only a 'boingy' tail. He was hard to position for pics...

Pattern for Pokemon Spoink Look Alike by Elizabeth Mareno 2007

Materials: F Hook, WW light gray(I used Red Heart), small amount of Pink for head and black/white for embroidery, Stuffing and yarn needle for assembly, stitch marker.

**do not join rounds unless indicated.
** put marker on first sc of ea row and move as you go up.
Row 1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Row 2- 2sc in each sc around
Row 3- (2sc in 1sc, 1sc in next sc) around (18)
Row 4- (2sc in 1sc, 1sc in next 2sc) around (24)
Row 5- (2sc in 1sc, 1sc in next 3sc) around (30)
Row 6- (2sc in 1sc, 1sc in next 4sc) around (36)
Row 7-12- sc in each sc around (36)
Row 13- (sc dec over 2sc, sc in 4sc) around (30)
Row 14- (sc dec over 2sc, sc in 3sc) around (24)
Row 15- (sc dec over 2sc, sc in 2sc) around (18)
Row 16- (sc dec over 2sc, sc in 1sc) around (12) START STUFFING
Row 17- (sc dec over 2sc) around (6)
Row 18- (sc dec twice) leave rem st unworked (4)
Finish off and sew closed.

ch10, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end. Finish off leaving long end to sew onto his butt.

ARMS: Make 4 (2pcs per arm)
ch4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in last ch. Finish off.
**Sew both pieces together matching long sides and sewing around short end, sew onto body@ rows 10-11.

HEAD BALL: with pink
Row 1-2- Follow body pattern.
Row 3- repeat row 2 once
Row 4- (sc dec over 2sc, sc in 1sc) around to last 2sc, sc dec
Row 5- sc in each st.
Stuff before sewing onto center of head over last 2 rds of body.

EARS: make 2
ch3, sc in 2nd ch, hdc in last ch, cut off, sew to head on either side of pink head ball.

Row 1- sc in 2nd ch and next ch, 3sc in last ch (on opp side of ch) sc in 1ch, 2sc in last ch, join. (8)
Row 2- ch1, sc in join and next sc, 2sc in next 3sc, sc in next sc, 2sc in next 2sc, 1sc in same st and 1st sc, join.
Row 3- ch1, BLO, sc in each sc around.
Finish off, Lightly stuff, sew to middle of face(about the same height as the arms) make sure to keep it straight.
Embroider nose and eyes with black. Cheeks with pink

Ok have fun!!
Gotta Make'em All!!


Being a good girl

I'm being a good girl this week. No designing. Just finishing up a few UFO's. I started a comfortghan about 4 months ago that has sadly been sitting off to the side waiting to be completed so it can go comfort's not incomplete because this is my unfeeling, hardened heart shining through, it's just my busy life....

I am also working on the hat my brother requested I make for him back at Christmas...yeah, I'm a little behind.... These are being worked on AT WORK! Good place, huh? This hat is one of those hats that has the long tail that goes half way down your back. I made one for his son for Christmas, and he decided he needed one, so he bought a skein of yarn.

Be proud of me! At home I started my VERY FIRST shrug EVER !! I'm a chicken to do new things, unless its a toy. I am ok making garments but it takes me an eternity to get up the nerve to do it (not sweaters, garments, love sweaters) . But this pattern just didn't seem so hard and I had the EXACT yarn in the EXACT amount called for sitting at home waiting to be used. So I started it. I think I'm half way done.

I'm a chicken at other things too. Like felting. Want to do it really bad...don't have the nerve. I've been watching this craft emerge for the last few years. I noticed it before it became the latest fad. I should've done it before, then I could've said.."yeah, I"ve been felting since before it was popular"....but now I can't, cuz I didn't. Oh well. AND I STILL haven't done it....Although I got some REALLY cute variegated's in wool in the store last week.....get's me thinking.....

I'm a chicken to learn to knit socks....another fad...Found a pattern to crochet cute socks..maybe I'll start there....

In other crocheting news: My AG patterns are really starting to sell well on Ebay. Who would've thunk it? I haven't had a lot of feedback here on the blog, so is anyone even reading this?!?

I'm posting the "Spoink" Pokemon pattern today. Yay! New patterns are always fun!!

Ok gonna go back to my dreamy, creamy, sugar deprived, weight watchers existance now.....

Don't get me wrong...I like losing weight...just not when I'm hormonal....


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New AG Design- Pink Camo Cargo Skirt Set

Front, obviously, featuring Cargo Skirt w/functioning pockets, fly, belt loops and belt done in Bernat Pink Camo. Shirt is a midriff tank top design with a pink camo flower for accent. The hat is a baseball cap with a very cute 'redneck' curve to the and the bill...we had issues....

Back, even more obvious. The shirt looks all wonky cuz of the doll stand. I swear it crochets up even. The hat looks like a yamaka (sp?). Ya know, the Jewish prayer cap? Doesn't it?

Here we have the backpack featured. Doesn't it look like it has a face?? LOL. It is square/rectangle in design with LOTS of room inside for all of dolly's treasures and necessities. And YES that IS a pocket in the front. How did you know?! Don't know what on God's green earth you could fit in it, but its there...oh yes...its there!

I have to say, I'm in love with this outfit. I've really liked the other outfits, but this one has a certain 'sass' to it. Could that be my personality coming out? Hmmm....that's a thinker...

Other than that, Tony returns after a 3 day trip to SD today. I am so glad. He will help keep me on track with my points for the rest of the week. I'm tellin ya...I'm just prayin I maintain last weeks weight and don't gain this week. Argh. Other than that, I just flat out missed him terribly. I would read myself to sleep every night. I finished "The Witness" by Dee Henderson. Good book for the most part....and now I'm continuing to muddle through "Deadline" by Randy Alcorn. Excellent writer but the book moves away from the immediate story too much.
This morning I dreamt a really realistic dream about the place I grew up. Someday I want to buy that place and all the land around it and build a 'get-away' cabin there. ....Someday....

This month and last month have tested my faith. The bills come in faster than the money does. This is the 'crunch' time where you either believe God is your source, or you don't.

Ok well what started out as a really light hearted blog entry turned into a 'quiet' one. AND my 8 boxes of yarn came bye for now.

P.S. I crave fajitas right now.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

It's a Yay Day! me strange...I can live with that! I'm most excited I found my camera and therefore all of the pics that I desperately needed to crop!!

So now I can post Jigglypuff (done) and Spoink Pokemon critters. And I can share with you my latest AG design. Why does it seem like the more I make those patterns up, the more detail oriented I get? I suppose it's all in the details.

Found some cool blogs is called "The end of the road". She has interesting tidbits about her day, ongoing crochet projects and recipes. She does some show n tell...overall I give it a thumbs up...good stuff Maynard! I think her name is Lea?!?....Yes?...well that's what my sources tell
And the other is her husbands blog...."Compassed about me"....If I'm not mistaken he is a minister?....I think his name is Chris?...Anyway, he shares scrips from the Bible and a short synopsis of it...I found it really neat to read. Since Tony and I are licensed ministers, its interesting to see other peoples perspectives and I know I liked what I read on Chris' blog.

I suppose that's all for now. Stefani's school day is over, my high school employees are here at the store(freeing me to go home) and it is all a little more than my DD can take!!!


Pokemon Jigglypuff Look-Alike

Ok Everyone Cheer!!! Yay!!! Biz found her camera!!! And here is Jigglypuff for your viewing and crocheting pleasure!!
Pokemon Jigglypuff Look Alike by Elizabeth Mareno 2007
Material: F hook, Pink WW yarn, needle for assembly, stuffing.
Body: ch2, do not join unless stated.
Row 1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Row 2- 2sc in each sc (12)
Row 3- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next sc) around (18)
Row 4- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next 2sc) around (24)
Row 5- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next 3sc) around (30)
Row 6- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next 4sc) around (36)
Row 7-12- sc in each sc around.
Row 13- (sc dec, sc in 4sc) around (30)
Row 14- (sc dec, sc in 3sc) around (24) Start stuffing
Row 15- (sc dec, sc in 2sc) around (18)
Row 16- (sc dec, sc in 1sc) around (12)
Row 17- (sc dec) around (6)
Row 18- (sc dec) twice, leave rem unworked. join with sl st. (4) Finish off.
Feet: Make 2
Row 1- sc in 2nd ch, sc in 4 chains, 3sc in last ch, working opposite side of chain, sc in 4 chains, 2 sc in last ch, sl st to join. (8)
Row 2- ch1, 2sc in same st as join, 1sc in 4sc, 2sc in next 3sc, 1sc in 4sc, 2sc in last 2sc, join.
Row 3- ch1, sc in ea sc around, join.
Row 4- ch1, sc dec in join st and next st, sc in next 4sc, sc dec 3 times, sc in next 4sc, sc dec 2 times. join.
Row 5- ch1, sc dec in join st and next st, sc dec, sc in next 2sc, sc dec 3 times, sc in next 2sc, sc dec once, join.
Finish off, stuff and sew to bottom of body.
Arms: Make 2
Dc in 4th ch, hdc in same ch, sc in last 3 ch. Finish off and sew to sides.
Ears: Twice
attach with sl st to post of sc on row 4/5 of head. 4sc in sm st, sl st to join, finish off.
Head swirl:
ch12- 3sc in 2nd ch and next 6ch, sc in last 4ch, Finish off.
Sew flat part to top of head so curl comes over face a little.
All done, have fun!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Pattern-less Day

Once again, here I sit, ready to give you my patterns for spoink and jigglypuff...and no camera. Where is my head? .........and my camera?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

American Girl Backpack Pattern

The pictures show two backpacks. The little one is for the American Girl dolls. I will post the pattern for the big girl backpack another day.

American Girl backpack by Elizabeth Mareno 2006

Materials: G hook, Small amounts of WW yarn, Needle for assembly.

With pink
Row 1- ch14, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (13) sc on opposite side of starting ch.(26)
Do not increase at the corners and do not join.
Row2-7- sc in each sc around. Place marker @ first sc of row 2 to help keep count.
Row 8- (chg to green, sc in 3sc, chg to pink, sc in 3sc) around to last 2sc, chg to green, sc in last 2sc, cut pink.
Row 9-11- with green sc in each sc around.
Row 12- (chg to pink, sc in 3sc, chg to grn, sc in 3sc) around to last 2sc, chg to pink, sc in last 2sc. Cut green.
Row 13-14- with pink sc in each sc around.
Row 15- ch3, (sk next sc, dc in next sc, ch1) around, sl st to ch2 of ch3. (13 ch1 spc)
Row 16- ch1, sc in join, sc in each ch1 sp and dc around. (26sc) Finish off.

Straps(make 2):
with one color
Row 1- ch4, sc in 2nd ch and last 2 chs(3sc)
Row 2-30- ch1, turn, sc in each sc.
Fasten off.
*Attach- 2 rows up from bottom and 2 rows down from top and about 2-3sc in on either side.

Ties(make 1):
with opposite color
ch51, sl st in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Weave over and under around top of bag keeping ends in the front.

All done! Have fun!

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Pokemon Azurill Look Alike

Yay! Azurill is done! And here's his pattern! Sorry the pictures were put on backwards!
Pokemon Azurill Look Alike by Elizabeth Mareno 2007
Materials: F hook, Simply Soft Brites "Blue Mist", Small ball of Black, Small amounts of Red, Pink and White yarns, Needle for assembly, Small amount of stuffing, small safety pin.
*Do not join rounds unless indicated*

Starting with "Ball" on tail:
With blue
Row 1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6) *Mark 1st sc in row with safety pin and move up with each row.
Row 2- 2sc in each sc (12)
Row 3- (1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc) around. (18)
Row 4- (1sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next sc) around (24)
Row 5- (1sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next sc) around (30)
Row 6-10- sc in each sc around (30)
Row 11- (sc in 2sc, sc dec) around to last 2sc, sc dec in last 2sc. (22)
Row 12- (sc in 1sc, sc dec) around to last sc, sc in last. (15) Start stuffing.
Row 13- (sc dec) around to last sc, sc in last. (8)
Row 14- (sc dec) around (4) Finish off.

Tail curly Q:
With black
Row 1- ch 35, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3sc in each rem ch. (102sc)
Tie off, sew one end to ball.

with blue, starting at face. (FLO= Front Loop Only)
Row 1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6) mark 1st sc.
Row 2- 2sc in each sc around (12)
Row 3- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next sc) around (18)
Row 4- (1sc in 2sc, 2sc in next sc) around (24)
Row 5- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next 3sc) around (30)
Row 6- (1sc in next 4sc, 2sc in sc) around (36)
Row 7- (2sc in sc, 1sc in next 5sc) around (42)
Row 8- (1sc in next 6sc, 2sc in sc) around (48)
Row 9- FLO, sc in each sc around. (48)
Row 10- in both loops, sc in each sc around.
Row 11- *(sc dec, sc in next sc) 3 times*, sc in 13sc, repeat *to * once, sc in 17 sc.
Row 12- sc in 12sc, 3sc in next sc (top of head, place marker in center sc), sc in 29sc.
Row 13- *(sc dec, sc in next)2 times*, sc in 15sc, repeat *to* once, sc in 17sc.
Row 14- sc in each sc around (40)
Row 15- sc dec, sc in next, sc dec, sc in 4, (sc dec) 3 times, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in next, sc dec, sc in 16sc.
Row 16- (sc dec, sc in next) around. (22)
Row 17- sc in each sc around.
Row 18- (sc dec, sc) 5 times, sc in 8sc. Start stuffing
Row 19- sc dec, sc in 5, sc dec.
Row 20- sc in 7, (sc dec, sc) 2 times, sc dec.
Row 21- (sc dec) 6 times.
Row 22- (sc dec) 3 times.
Finish off.
using blue
Row 1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook
Row 2- 3 sc in the next 4sc, do not crochet in last 2.
Row 3- ch1, turn, sc in 12sc. finish off.
**Embroider red on interior portion using a satin stitch.
**Sew ears to face (middle picture)
*Embroider eyes directly below the inside corner of each ear.
Cheeks and Mouth:
*Embroider according to last picture.
using blue
Row 1- ch2, 4sc in 2nd ch. (4)
Row 2- 2sc in each sc around (8)
Row 3-5- sc in each sc around. Finish off. Do not stuff. Flatten last row and sew to body (last picture).

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I guess not

I was about to post 3 new Pokemon patterns. One for "Spoink", one for "Jigglypuff" and one for "Azurill"....but I forgot my camera on my end table in my living room. It contains the pictures I need to crop for the patterns. I mean we all like patterns with pics, right?!?

Trust me, they are cute. You will want to make them. But not today.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Pastel Pooh is done

Ok Ya'll I'm pathetic. It's May already and I posted like 4 times in April! Where has the month gone?? I know where it

My soon to be SIL told me one time she read my blog. So taking a chance that she might see this...although I think it would be arrogant of me to think she'd still be reading it...I'm posting the pics of her baby blanket. Yes, thats right, Pastel Pooh is done! Yay!
However it desperately needs to be blocked. The edges are all wonky. Is it a huge blanket? No. Is it big enough to cover a baby? Yes. Did it take alot of patience? Oh, heck yes! Color changes are my nemesis.
Have to go pretend to work again...ttfn