Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Christmas and the New Year's eve celebrations went by too fast that we didn't have the chance to savor and enjoy them. Like my youngest said, it was a bit blah this year.
My dad had his abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery on December 9th and he's recovering and adjusting really well. He will be 84 this month and he misses having to drive around. There were 39 staples in all removed from his stomach/abdominal area. He was surprised that it didn't hurt when they took out the staples. That's modern technology for you.
On another note, Crochetville has a post on FB regarding the differences between liking crocheting vs. knitting. I do both but when it comes to projects that you want to finish quickly, I always go with crochet. Afghans, baby blankets, hats, etc, I always crochet. However, in 2013, I finished 2 knitted afghan projects.
If I wanted the nice fitting and stylish hat, I go with knitting. Socks? Sweaters? They have to be knitted, in my opinion. However, I have several knitted sweaters and cardis that I don't wear at all because I don't like the way they look. Go figure. I also have some crocheted socks that I wear all the time as slippers, at home. If I want to be able to wear my socks with clogs, knitting it is, because it's not bulky.
What's my point? I really don't know. I love both knitting and crocheting, and I use them in different projects, depending on what I like doing at the time, the yarn, the pattern, etc etc. And I have since subscribed to a Crochet magazine, where I plan on crocheting a cardigan. Who knows? I might even wear it.
Monday, November 18, 2013
1. One crocheted Ripples prayer shawl for our ministry at church .
2. A striped crocheted shawl, also for the church ministry
3. A baby afghan called Leaping stripes from the Moogly site
4. A baby cardigan, a freebie from Valley yarns called Cold Spring cardigan
5. This scrap afghan from the Yarnspirations website
6. The striped lace afghan from the Mary Maxim kit, pictured from a previous post.
And I started some new projects.
1. Granny square afghan using scraps (again). You never run out of scrap yarn. Every project you finish yields a ton of scrap yarn
2. As part of a CAL sponsored by Kim Guzman, a Tunisian entrelac afghan freebie from the LionBrand website.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I love, love the colors, the pattern, and the yarn. It's 100% premium acrylic and so very soft. I hope it doesn't pill after washing. The pattern is for sale and can be found here.
I have been following Kim Guzman on Twitter and did not realize that I have most of her patterns from way back. She was one of my favorite authors/crochet designers. I never really got the hang of Tunisian crochet since to me, the fabric is so dense, thick , and it curls. Never really found a use for it except for potholders. But since then, newer patterns and techniques have come out that you can basically do anything with it, including lace and various stitches. Kim has a ton of videos on Youtube that are so well explained that you can create something by just watching them. hmmm... a new afghan squares blanket, maybe, using her techniques?? Here is a picture of a scarf I'm making using her Spider Lace afghan pattern.
This uses a double ended Tunisian crochet hook and the video can be found HERE on Youtube