Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Knitting Time! Arm warmers.....

Knitting Time! I originally started out my love for fiber when I taught myself how to knit about 4 years ago. I simply downloaded the instructions off the web, checked out every book possible at my public library and about 48 hours later had my first(although terrible scarf.) My blog amiga Christina inspired my to dig out my trusty ole needles when she posted this project on her blog. It felt so good to have them back in my hands. Here are my arm warmers. Much thanks for such a great pattern to

Thanks to my lil ones Devin & Trenton for taking pics.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2 new scarves and a night out!

My husband had a great idea for his folks' x-mas present. It was for an experience instead of a tangible gift. (And let's face it, who can think of somethng unique to give 70+ year olds. (I know, I know you're thinking....crochet 'em something and I did, this was my husband's gift to them. LOL)
He wanted to take them out to dinner at a nice resturant and let them tour the Plaza and see the lights here in KCMO. We ate at PF Chang's(MMMMMMMmmmmmmmm!) and then went for a stroll and then split a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. That's where this pic was snapped. His folks really enjoyed the royal treatment and we had a good time too.
Here is the latest project. My famous HDC scarf with curly Q fringe with a matching hat from Yarnlovers pattern at the "Ville.

I was toying with granny squares and made this scarf. The weaving in of the ends was tremendous and now that ts done I think the colors I picked look a little too young for me. My daughter rejected it too as being too young. *Sigh*

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas! Felicidades! (and a free scarf pattern!

Here is the annual picture of my tree before it comes down. Sigh.

My sister and her family are coming up tomorrow if the darn snow doesn't get in their way. It just started in about an hour ago. Keep your fingers and toes crossed. My sister, is my only other fellow hooker in my life. She totally gets the connection between your soul and making something with your hands. Hopefully we'll get time to poor over patterns together or at least sit side by side and hook away.

This is a scarf of my own design. It my fav and I can work on it at any time with very little thought. So without further ado:

My half-dc curly fringe scarf:

Close up of detail:

The pattern:I used a size I hook, but gauge is not important, just how tight you like your stitches.
1 skein of worsted weight yarn(mine is RHSS)
Chain a string of stitches as tall as you are.(Give or take a few depending on your taste.)
Row 1: Half-double crochet into second chain from hook. Repeat to end. Turn, chain 2
Row 2-12: Half-double crochet in every stitch, turn, chain 2 at every row end.
Fasten off at the end of row 12.

Fringe: Holding 2 strands of yarn together.
Chain 25, 3 sc in every chain. Fasten off, leave about six inches of yarn to fasten to scarf.

Make 12 curly Q's, Fasten 6 to each end of the scarf. Viola!

Edited to add:

To make a curly Q:

3 Sc in 2nd chain from hook, then 3sc in each chain across, it should start curling immediately Fasten off, repeat.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Projects, projects, projects!

My hooks have been flying!!! I finished two really cute stockings for my in-laws(darn, forgot to take a picture!!!) I finished a really cute and simple scarf that I got off of macrochet (Thanks again ladyjarhead!)I also completed three x-mas tree ornaments that I designed myself. I am giving them away to colleagues and acquaintances. last Saturday, I bought half of a booth at an Open House with a girlfriend and made $62....wheeee! it's not so much the money, but the lightening of my FO stash. Now I can make more stuff!!!

Here are the pictures:

Christmas tree ornaments:

Pretty one-skein scarf:

Pig ornaments

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Not much going on........

Hi! My crocheting has seriously taken the back seat during this past week. Just around the time where I need to kick it into high gear for presents and such, I can't find a spare minute to sit and crochet or I'm soooo tired that when I do sit, I fall alseep(much to my family's chargrin!) I did finish YarnLuvr's hat last Saturday,and love the pattern! So easy and quick, with such great results!

Hopefully I'll have more projectds to post this week!