Saturday, September 27, 2008

Extreme Fatigue

Here's the last three days:

Thursday: woke up @ 3:30- got up @ 4:30- stayed up the rest of the day, got to bed late due to a wedding rehearsal that took forever.

Friday: woke up @ 5:30- got up- stayed up- dealt with wedding that Tony officiated(which to give you a small clue, the girls were at the church at 11:45...at 1:30 they still weren't dressed, make-upped or curly-haired....the wedding started @ 2pm...the groom got to the church and left again TWICE before actually making it back to the church @ 1:45....needless to say, you can imagine how tense I was)- took Teo out to celebrate his 12th Birthday, fell asleep in the movie theater...something I NEVER do- got to bed @ 1-ish.

Saturday: woke up @ 5:30- could've cried- got up @ 7:00- have been up all day dealing with our local Harvest Fest, which means that my store had to be open, and our Youth Group sold gourmet toffee and popcorn as a fundraiser.

My contacts burned putting them in today. I have a headache sitting right behind my eyes. My body is so fatigued I almost can't stand the thought of doing anything.

Oh my.

You have to understand my normal bedtime is about 9:30-10, my wake up time is 7am, I get lots of sleep. But, not the last few days. Part of it is because of some ridiculous debate I found myself stuck in the middle of on Ravelry. Thankfully I've successfully ignored all the jabs at me that have popped up since wising up and leaving the conversation. (I'm not a liberal...I'm very conservative...we disagree...alot). BUT, for whatever reason this stupid conversation wakes me up at ungodly hours of the morning because it bothers me. Why can't I just let that go?!?

Well. If you have a mind to, keep me in your prayers. I have a HUGE week ahead of me. We are celebrating my dad's 25th year of ordination with special speakers every night at church...and I still have to bake bread tomorrow...and make chicken chili for Wednesday...and I'm so tired.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Some Completed Work and Some Stash...

To start with I finished Teo's slippers. They are the "Yo Mama's Fat Booties" pattern. Love, love, love this pattern. Easy peasy and really warm. I am going to have to make some for all of us this winter. It's supposed to be bitter cold and frankly I can't afford to turn the heat up as high as we would need it to stay super comfortable...so slippers it is. These are made from a wool/cotton combo called Bloom. Which despite looking high and low for it on the web...I have no idea where you can get it from. Apparently the company JoJoLand does not carry it anymore.


These were a necessity for T right now cuz....well, he was cold a week or two ago and the only slippers he could find were his sisters pink/glitter slippers that I had made her a few years ago.
And after watching him buzz around the house in those for a day...I decided he needed his own.
Notice the lovely 'construction zone' floor in my living room? Sexy, eh?


Now, to yummy yarnage. Here we have two skeins of loveliness. I purchased them while visiting Bayfield in August. And yes, I just took the pictures of them this morning. And yes, I have been THAT busy that I haven't had time to do anything with them yet. So I just take them out, sigh, pet them and put them back in their bag, about every other day.

1) Trekking, Hand dyed sock yarn. 100g/459yds. 75% Superwash wool and 25% Nylon. Colorway: Feuerland....which translates to me as gorgeous, earthy reds and browns. This skein is for me and me alone. I will be wearing a soft, warm, sexy pair of hand dyed socks.....someday.


2) Berroco Sox sock yarn. 100g/440yds. 75% Superwash Wool and 25% Nylon. Colorway: 1433 apparently. LOL. Which means it is mostly deep grays and browns with touches of deep gold, black and cream. This is for Tony. This is to replace the pair of Cashmere/Wool socks I made him last year and shrunk in the wash (they now fit my feet) this year. :) I know these aren't Cashmere...but I actually think they will make better dress socks than the last pair. And yes, that is me trying to make myself feel better for ruining his socks in the wash.


And the two of those together cost me the total of a meal out for my entire family. I'll say no more.

TTFN!
biz

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sweet and Simple Shawl

Sweet and Simple Shawl
by Elizabeth Mareno 2008

Skill: Beginner
Finished Size: 24"W x 60"L (sample size-this pattern is designed to accomodate whatever length you want to finish with)





Materials:
350g/12.25oz of #3/Light Yarn (Used: Patons Astra- Dark Tan)
G hook
Lg Eye Needle for finishing
*corrections in red*

ch91*1- sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch3, sk 2ch, sc in next ch) across to last 2sc, ch3, sk next ch, sc in last ch (30-ch3)
2- ch4(cts as dc, ch1), turn, (sc in ch3, ch1, dc in next sc, ch1) repeat 39 times, sc in ch3, ch1, dc in last sc. (31dc)
3- ch1, turn, sc in dc, (ch3,sk sc-ch1-sc, sc in next dc) across, sc in 3rd ch of ch4 from prev row (30-ch3)

**Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length is reached.**

Update10/18/10: I have had a lot of people requesting simplification of this pattern. So, I am adding a "Super Simplified Version" of this pattern here. This is for the super duper 'beginning' beginner crocheters OR those that just don't "get" what the heck I'm trying to say! LOL :)
Also, a clarification on fit: When you are making this, the 24 Wide is how wide this will be from your neck to your waist, not shoulder to shoulder. You are making this as long as you want so that it will wrap around you. I finished my original pattern off @ 5 feet long. You can make yours any length you want.
Happy Crocheting!

In Row 1, after you have chained the 91, you need to single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Then the series of stitches in the () need to be repeated across the length of the beginning chain. They go like this: (chain 3, skip 2 chains, single crochet in the next chain); keep doing this until you get to the very last 2 chains, then chain 3 one more time, skip a chain and single crochet in the last chain. (you should have 30 chain 3 spaces)

Row 2, chain 4 to start your row. (This will count as a double crochet AND a chain 1). turn your work, (single crochet in the chain 3 from the previous row, chain 1, double crochet in the very next single crochet from the row below, and chain 1 again), Do this series of stitches a total of 39 times, then single crochet in the last chain 3 space from the row below, do one more chain1 and double crochet in the last single crochet. (you should have a total of 31 double crochets in this row)

Row 3, chain 1 to start your row and turn your work. Single crochet in the first double crochet. This will be the stitch that you chained your 1 off of to start your row. Then (chain 3, skip over the next single crochet, the next chain 1 AND the next single crochet*so you will have skipped 2 single crochets and the chain*, you will put a single crochet into the next double crochet) repeat this across the row, then single crochet into the 3rd chain from your chain 4 from the row below.

You will then repeat rows 2 and 3 as many times as it takes for you to achieve the length that you want.



CLICK HERE to go to bizzycrochet.com and pick up the picture tutorial and pattern breakdown for this pattern.



Enjoy!
biz

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pokemon Charizard Look-Alike Pattern

Pokemon Charizard Look-Alike
by Elizabeth Mareno 2007

Skill Level: Intermediate
Lots of Parts and Assembly Required

Finished Height 14"



**Disclaimer- This pattern has been tested by noone but me. And it has been a few months since I made this pattern up compared to when I'm publishing it, so if you find mistakes, please let me know so I can correct them! Thanks and Enjoy!**

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft Brites (Mango-full skein, Blue Mint-1/2 skein, Lemonade-1/2 skein)
Caron Simply Soft (White, Red, Black) small amounts of each
F hook
Fiberfill (alot)
Safety pin or other stitch marker
Large eye needle for finishing


BODY: Starting @ the bottom w/Mango
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18)
4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (24)
5- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (30)
6- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (36)
7- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) around (42)
8- (sc in 6sc, 2sc in next) around (48)
9- (sc in 7sc, 2sc in next) around (54)
10- sc in each around (54)
11- (sc in 8sc, 2sc in next) around (60)
12- sc
13- (sc in 9sc, 2sc in next) around (66)
14- sc
15- (sc in 10sc, 2sc in next) around (72)
16-22- sc in each
23- (sc in 10sc, sc dec) 6 times (66)
24-25- sc
26- (sc in 9sc, sc dec) 6 times (60)
27-28- sc
29- (sc in 8sc, sc dec) 6 times (54)
30-31- sc
32- (sc in 7sc, sc dec) 6 times (48)
33-34- sc
35- (sc in 6sc, sc dec) 6 times (42)
36-37- sc
38- (sc in 5sc, sc dec) 6 times (36)
39-40- sc
41- (sc in 4sc, sc dec) 6 times (30)
42-43- sc
44- (sc in 3sc, sc dec) 6 times (24) **Begin to Stuff and continue stuffing as you go**
45- (sc in 2sc, sc dec) 6 times (18)
46-50- sc in each. (18) Finish off and set aside.
**It will look like a wierd little bowling pin. But make sure to stuff it firmly. **


HEAD: starting @ back w/ Mango
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2 sc in each (12)
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18)
4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (24)
5- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (30)
6- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (36)
7- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) around (42)
8-10- sc in each
11- (sc in 5sc, sc dec) around (36)
12-13- sc
14- (sc in 4sc, sc dec) around (30)
15-16- sc
17- (sc in 3sc, sc dec) around (24)
18-19- sc
20- (sc in 2sc, sc dec) around (18)** Start stuffing and continue to stuff firmly as you go**
21-22- sc
23- (sc in 1sc, sc dec) around (12)
24-25- sc
26- (sc dec) around (6)
Cut, leave long end and sew front closed.

FOR NOSTRILS: Attach yarn to post of sc @ about row 25. (4sc around post, sl st over 2 posts to opposite side of nose, 4sc around next post) cut and weave ends.

JAW: with Mango
ch14
1- sc in 2nd ch and each across, ch1, turn(13)
2- sc dec, sc to last 2 sc, sc dec, ch1, turn (11)
3- sc, ch1, turn (11)
4- sc dec, sc to last 2sc, sc dec, ch1, turn (9)
5-10- repeat rows 3 and 4 three times (3)
11- sc, ch1, do not turn
12- working on sides, sc row ends, 3sc in corners on row 1, 2 sc in corner on row 11, join. Cut off and weave ends.
**Embroider bottom jaw teeth. Sew jaw to row 11 of Head.**


EYE: Make 2, with Mango
**LEFT EYE**
ch2
1- 4sc in 2nd ch (4)
2- sc in each (8)
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) (12)
4-7- ch1, turn, sc in 10sc.
**Row 7 is RS**
Cut leaving long end for assembly. Place over left eye side, sew on leaving a small opening and stuffing lightly. Once stuffed, sew remainder closed.

**RIGHT EYE**
Repeat as for left eye making row 6 RS.


EYEBALLS: Make 2
With black, follow eye through row 2, attach white, turn, sl st over 4sc, cut. sew one over each eye.


HORNS: make 2, sew to head behind eyes, With Mango
ch2
1- 5sc in 2nd ch. (5)
2- 2sc in each (10)
3-14- sc in each
15- 2 sc in each. (20) join. Cut. Stuff and sew on.

** Center head to body and sew on**


TAIL: Make 1 w/ Mango
ch2
1- 5sc in 2nd ch (5)
2- 2sc in each (10)
3-6- sc
7- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (15)
8-9- sc
10- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (20)
11-13- sc
14- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (25)
15-20- sc
21- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (30)
22-27- sc
28- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) around (35)
29- sc
30- (sc in 6sc, 2sc in next) around (40)
31- sc
** Cut long end, stuff firmly and sew to butt**

TAIL FLAME: w/ red
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
2- 2 sc in each (12)
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18)
4-6- sc
7-(sc in 1sc, sc dec) around (12) change to yellow, lightly stuff
8- sc
9- (sc dec) around (6)
10- (sc dec) 3 times. (3)
Cut. Leave long end. sew closed. Attach to tail tip.



TAIL/STOMACH PATCH: w/ yellow
ch2
1- 6 sc in 2nd ch (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18)
4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (24)
5- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (30)
6- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (36)
7- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) around (42)
8- (sc in 6sc, 2sc in next) around (48)
9- (sc in 7sc, 2sc in next) around (54)
10- (sc in 8sc, 2sc in next) around (60)
11- (sc in 9sc, 2sc in next) around (66)
12- (sc in 10sc, 2sc in next) around (72)
13- (sc in 11sc, 2sc in next) around (80)
(RS) 14- sc in 26sc, leave rem undone.
15- ch3, turn, dc in 3sc, hdc in 4sc, sc in 10sc, hdc in 4sc, dc in 4sc. (26)
16- ch3, turn, dc in 2, hdc in 4, sc in 12, hdc in 4, dc in 3 (26)
17- ch2, turn, hdc in 3, sc in 18, hdc in 4
18- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 22, sc dec (24)
19- ch1, turn, sc
20- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 20, sc dec (22)
21- ch1, turn, sc
22- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 18, sc dec (20)
23- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 16, sc dec (18)
24- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 14, sc dec (16)
25-26- ch1, turn, sc
27- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 12, sc dec (14)
28-33- repeat rows 25-27, twice. (10)
34-48- ch1, turn, sc
49-ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 6, sc dec (8)
50-55- ch1, turn, sc
56-62- repeat rows 49-55 once (6)
63- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 2, sc dec (4)
64- ch1, turn, sc
65- ch1, turn, (sc dec) twice. (2)
66- ch1, turn, sc dec. (1)
**Trim- ch1, sc on row ends (put 2sc in each ch3 and dc), sc in each sc, 3 sc in end. Join. (160sc)
**Sew on starting @ tail tip. Pin round piece to tummy to keep from shifting as you sew.
HIND LEGS: Make 2 w/ Mango
ch4
1- 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, 3 sc in last, (working opposite side of chain) sc in next ch, join. (8)
2- ch1, (2sc in 3sc, sc in next) repeat once, join (14)
3- ch1, [(sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 3 times, sc in next] repeat once, join. (20)
4- ch1, sc, join.
5- ch1, [(sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) 3 times, sc in next] repeat once, join (26)
6- ch1, [(sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) 3 times, sc in next] repeat once, join (32)
7- ch1, sc, join.
8- ch1, (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) twice, sc in 10, 2sc in next, (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) once, sc in 6sc. (36)
9- ch1, sc in 7, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 16, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 9. join. (40)
10- ch1, sc, join.
11- ch1, sc in 7, 2sc in next, sc in 2sc, 2sc in next, sc in 16, 2sc in next, sc in 2sc, 2scin next, sc in 9. join (44)
12- ch1, sc, join
13-14- repeat row 12
15- ch1, (sc in 6sc, sc dec) 6 times, sc in last 4sc (39)
16- ch1, (sc in 5sc, sc dec) 6 times, sc in last 4sc (34)
**Sew to sides of body making sure to catch the edge of the tummy patch under the legs. Makes it look more authentic.**
WINGS: Make 4- 2 with Mango, 2 with Blue Mint
ch3
1- 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (3hdc)
2- ch2, turn, hdc in sm sp (inc made), hdc in next, 2 hdc in last (inc made) (5hdc)
3-5- ch2, turn, inc, hdc to last hdc, inc (11 hdc-row 5)
6- ch2, turn, hdc across (11)
7- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in rem (12)
8- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in to last hdc, inc (14)
9- ch2, turn, hdc in 12, inc (15)
10- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in rem (16)
11- ch2, turn, hdc across, ch10 (16hdc, 10ch)
12- hdc in 3rd ch and each ch and hdc across, inc in last (25)
13- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in 24 (do not hdc in ch2 from prev row) (26)
14- ch2, turn, hdc in 25, inc in last (27)
15- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in 26 (do not hdc in ch2 from prev row) (28)
16- ch2, turn, hdc in 27, inc (29)
17- ch2, turn, hdc in each (29)
18- ch1, turn, sc in 5, hdc, *(dc, trc,dtr,trc,dc) next st*, hdc in 2, sc in 2, (hdc, dc, hdc) next st, sc in 3, repeat * to*, hdc in 2, sc in 2, hdc in 2, dc in 2, trc in 2, dtrc in 2.
19- ch4, trc in sm sp and next, dc in 2, hdc in 2, sc in 2, sl st to join. Leave the rest undone. Cut and weave ends.
**ASSEMBLY of WINGS- take one orange and one blue, match shapes wrong sides together, then with orange/Mango hdc around outside edge with the orange piece facing you. 3 hdc in each corner. Sew to the upper back of the body, equally space over the tail. **
HIND FEET: Make 2 w/Mango
ch8
1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 6 ch, (working opp side of ch) sc in each ch. (14)
2- sc in each around
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (21)
4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (28)
5-10- sc in each
11- (sc in 2sc, sc dec) around (21)
12- sc in each
13- (sc in 1sc, sc dec) around (14) Cut, Stuff and sew closed
TOENAILS: With white- make 3 for each foot
ch2
1- 5sc in 2nd ch (5)
2- sc in each
3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) twice, sc in last (7)
4- sc in each.
Cut, leaving long end and sew on to feet.
**Sew only the closed end of the hind foot to the leg. The foot should be sort of floppy when it's attached.**
ARMS: Make 2
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3-14- sc in each.
Finish off. Leave long end for sewing and stuff.
FINGERS: with Orange- make 3 for each hand
ch5
1- sc in 2nd ch and next 3 (4)
2- ch1, turn, sc in 4. Cut orange, join white.
3- one or two sc on the very tip of the finger for the fingernail.
Cut and weave ends. Sew to the tip of the arm.
FANGS: with white, make 2
ch2
1- 4sc in 2nd ch. (4)
2- sc in each.
Cut and sew into mouth.
~I'm pretty sure all of the information is here. If I am missing anything, please let me know!~
Have fun!
Biz

I FOUND IT!!!!!!!


Oh Blessed Day!! I found my design notebook after only 9 months of desperate searching, angry and irritated denial and finally sad acceptance that I may never find it again. Yay. So in honor of that I'm posting a few new, free patterns today!

Oh Joy of Joys!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Christmas is Coming!!!

I don't think you have any concept of how excited this makes me.

1) The Christmas yarn I have had on order since May has FINALLY arrived and is gracing my shelves as I write....*note: picture below*

2) I can finally finish this pattern...ya know, the one on hold till the Christmas yarn comes in.
Except, now I'm too busy with 4 or so other projects at the moment (for Christmas) and I don't have time to work on this. Poor, sad, lonely little blanket.

There are literally 99 days until Christmas. (And yes, I counted Christmas Day and I did not count today...hubby and I have lots of arguments over stuff like this.)

GET BUSY!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eat Like A Vegetarian...

...sing it with me now....

Although, my title doesn't seem to roll off the tongue quite as easily as 'walk like an egyptian'. BTW. Why did we do that STUPID dance back in the 80's? and Why did we think the Bangles were so cool? She has such a whiny voice! Did you know that they are still touring?

But I digress, back to the subject at hand. Yes, I have decided to convert my eating ways to that of a vegetarian. Although, I will admit, I am not a 100% vegetarian. I do consume chicken and other fowl, as well as, eggs and milk products. How anyone survives on a vegan diet is beyond me. I may understand it later as I've been at this longer, but for now it's a mystery.

Why be vegetarian? For me it has nothing to do with the ethical treatment of animals...although, as a lover of what God has created, I think it's my job to treat animals ethically and it bothers me greatly when they are not. But, I also believe that animals were put here for people (not to be abused, mind you). I have done alot of reading on the Christian Vegetarian Association website and I agree with the majority of it, but I am not an 'animals come before people' type person.

My decision was based on this: beef and pork make me sick. I mean physically ill. I have been noticing lately that I have not been feeling well after red meat and pork consumption (and as of last Friday night, popcorn too). I mean like a rock in my gutt. And painful. So taking my cue from that I began discussing with my family about vegetarianism. As soon as I mentioned it's health benefits my family jumped on it. Tony and Stefani were on board right away. As of last week we very abruptly became vegetarians. We had to clean out the freezer, but that wasn't hard. I stopped eating meat immediately and felt, oh so much, better for it. Not to mention I have dropped 3-4 lbs. We will see how much exactly at tonights weigh in. Stefani wants to lose weight cuz she has gotten really heavy over the last 9 months. I think this is making a difference in her too. She was complaining yesterday of having to continually haul up a pair of pants that were previously too tight on her and now are getting loose. Last time she weighed herself she'd dropped 2 lbs. It may not seem like alot, but when you struggle to lose even 1 lb...2lbs is a big deal!

We had 'tacos' last night. I made my own corn tortillas...a recipe I will post later cuz they are virtually fat free and pretty tasty. We used fat free refried beans and I mashed black beans in with it, then just topped with cheese and sour cream. They were really good and really filling. That is one thing I've noticed is that the food is so much more filling. I can barely eat a whole plate of food anymore. Stefani went out to eat with her grandparents and later when I talked with her, I found out she made really good/smart food choices...other than the fact that her sub was a 12" and not a 6". Nobody needs 12" of sandwich. IMHO.

And like today...I was hungry, but not hungry enough to walk next door and get greasy food from the greasy food place (the thought actually turned my stomach). So I had some yogurt and an apple with peanut butter...which, BTW, has just become my new favorite snack (the apple and pb). Oh yummage! The perfect comfort food. It's my first time having it..I always thought it would be gross...oh no..it's brilliant.

And then last night at the football game everyone was talking about going to McD's or Hardee's after and getting their uber huge burger...I literally had the most disgusting image of a grease-laden, slimy, nasty, stinky burger in my head. I've never thought like that before. I could always see some redeeming quality in going to a fast food restaurant. I worked at Hardee's in high school and I can literally still smell the stink of the fat/grease vats that they had....omg...horrendous. And that is what those burgers smell like to me. I just cannot eat there anymore. If nothing else, it'll save us money.

So anyway. Just had to share some thoughts. As I get or come up with new recipes, I'll share 'em. Oh just have to share this beautiful website. I got lost reading it for like 2 or 3 hours one day...(see I got so lost, I don't know how long I read it!)....Vegan Visitor. Beautiful recipes and she's very witty. I can't wait to try cooking some of the things she has posted!

Happy eating everyone!

biz

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Log Cabin Progress and Future Plans

I've been working diligently at dad's log cabin blanket for Christmas. I only have three top/bottom logs and one side/side log, then I am going to close it in with the black all the way around. The colors are a little bit of everything neutral. The one exception being the latest logs have blue/teal in them. But those are going to be closed in by a dark brown that will make them seem less 'chaotic'. The gray color and the reddish-brown logs are handspun llama done by a local spinner. That's the only fancy yarn in this afghan. Otherwise all the rest is basic Patons Merino Wool. I'm really happy with the way this is turning out.


Closeup.


And here we have me dreaming. The first pic is of some basic 4 st cables and one called "sand". The second is of a fan and cable pattern with some other more intricate cables on the sides. I am currently planning out an afghan with the 'sand' and 'fan' patterns broken up by the simple 4 st cable done in gray in the top picture. I'll be avoiding fancy cables for now. The simple one looks easy enough. But I just fell in love with the sand pattern! Then I decided that would be too plain by itself, so I'll have some panels of the leaf thing in there to break up the monotony. Wish me luck. Any yarn suggestions??

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Potholder Pattern

Due to multiple requests for this pattern, I have decided to get off my lazy patoosky and post it for you.

Hotpads/Potholders
(I would say these are by me, but I got the pattern from my grandma eons ago)

With Chunky or Bulky yarn & size I/J hook
ch 26
1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (25), work down opposite side of ch (do not increase in the corner) put a sc in each ch across. do not join (50 total sc)

Then continue to work in each sc around until the square begins to fold in on itself forming a 'hotpad'. (It will look like a bag or pouch by now).This will be about 10 rows for the chunky/bulky yarn. On one end I chain 6 to form a loop to hang it with. This is completely optional. Then when the edges meet together nicely without puckering or pulling..I simply whipstitch the edge together and Voila! you have a potholder!



Potholder/Hotpad with WW yarn & G/H hook.

Ch 36
1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (35), working on the opposite side of the ch (do not increase in the corner) sc in each ch. do not join. (70 total sc).

Then repeat as for the Bulky/chunky pattern. This will go for approx 30-35 rows. It always ends up different for me..(don't ask me why..but it is the bane of my existence) Do the same for the loop and assembly.

It really is the easiest pattern. Just remember the edges need to fold in towards each other. If you are sewing it together in a big square...it's not wrong...it's just not this pattern. :)

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

All of a sudden I realized that I hadn't blogged in a really long time. Then as I sat there thinking "What?!? do I have to blog about?" it occurred to me. I just don't have that much going on. And the batteries on my camera died as I was attempting to take pictures...

So here's what I did get:

1) Secret blankets that I can't really tell you anything about.

2) A "pattern-on-hold" hanging out on a shelf. I am waiting, rather impatiently, on my Christmas yarn to show up so that I can complete it.

3) More patterns waiting to happen. I wish I could get my Christmas knitting/crocheting out of the way faster so that I could work on the stuff floating around my head, making me crazy! I just wish this picture didn't show how big of a slob I am.

4) The beginning of my packing. Did I tell you that I've put the business up for sale? No bites yet. I am wishing that I hadn't signed a contract now. I would like to just close the store. It is causing me stress, financially, and I would like to not be stressed.

5) A semi-finished project in the form of a turquoise comfort shawl in Homespun. I hate working with the stuff, but I loved the color so much I just had to do it. I opted to use huge needles (size 15) and make it light and airy and fluffy. I have worked on 10's/11's with this stuff before and hated every blinkin' second of it. But, this one I loved so much I am currently working on a second in gorgeous fall tones. :) This one is still waiting for its finishing and fringe. I'm still undecided about the fringe..although, I'll probably give in and do it.

6) Some lovely hats donated by Mary M. of Red Wing, MN. She owns MacKnits, Inc. and does beautiful work. I don't think I've ever told you about her. She is the lovely lady that taught me how to make socks and do the kitchner stitch without wanting to rip my hair out. The link that I provided just shows her work...I don't think she has a website...*gasp*..anyway, these will be getting donated to the local elementary school. :) Thanks Mary!

7) Last, but not least, is from the mystery lady that walked through my back door at work today (not a public entrance, mind you) saying "Oh I come through the back door all the time. " I was like.."Are you sure you have the right store, cuz I own this one and I don't know you". LOL But, not to look a gift horse in the mouth...she dropped off a grocery bag full of mittens and scarves that she has made to be donated to the children of the Ladysmith Time Out Shelter. So I"ll have to make a special trip over there now. I, sometimes, wish that I wasn't such a person of integrity. Cuz, then I could just drop this off at the local elementary school and call it 'donated'. But, she made them for the Time Out Shelter kids...so to the Time Out Shelter kids they will go. With a smile. And a cheerful heart.