Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Also, I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time at Home Depot, and I don't know if that is a good or bad thing.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
What a great way to start the day :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Being the Virgo I am, I will be working systematically by finishing all the white flake parts of the motif then add the navy and attach each motif together. Here are some of the flakes I have completed so far.
I am finding the pattern easy to follow and the afghan seems to be going quickly. As a variation, I think a light dusty blue color would look nice...like a daytime snow.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Retro-inspired holiday decor. To that I say, "You had me at 'retro'!" a la Jerry Maguire. I pretty much want to do everything in this issue, but I will first tackle the Sparkly Snowflakes afghan.
I purchased Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn in navy and Red Heart Super Saver in soft white.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I knew I wanted to build off of the ribbing. I used two skeins of Hobby Lobby Bamboospun (worsted/10ply, 148 yards/135 meters) and a size H hook.
Abbreviations: CH: Chain; HDC: Half Double Crochet; ST: Stitch; DC: Double Crochet; FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet; BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
Row 1: HDC in second CH from hook and each CH across. (9 HDC)
Row 2: CH 1. Turn. HDC in each HDC across. (9 HDC)
Row 3-22: Repeat Row 2. You have formed your scarf end.
Row 23: CH 2. Turn and work into last stitch of Row 22. Rows will now be perpendicular to scarf end. DC into each ST in the scarf end. (22 DC)
Row 24: CH 2 (will count as first DC now and throughout). Turn. DC in last ST of previous row, DC in next ST, *FPDC in next ST, DC in next 2 STS.* Repeat from * to * 5 times. DC in last ST in row. (22 DC)
Row 25: CH 2. Turn. DC in last ST of previous row, DC in next ST, *BPDC in next ST, DC in next 2 STS.* Repeat from * to * 5 times. DC in last ST in row. (22 DC) Your BPDC should go around the previous row's FPDC.
Row 26-104: Repeat Rows 24 and 25. Your BPDCs and FPDC should work around each other from the previous row. You have completed the scarf body.
Row 105: CH 10.
Row 106: HDC in second CH from hook and each CH of Row 105—working back toward scarf body. (9 HDC) SCTOG2—working in two DC of Row 104.
Row 107: Turn. Do not chain. HDC in each HDC—working away from scarf body. (9HDC)
Row 108: CH 1. Turn. HDC in each HDC across—working back toward scarf body. (9 HDC) SCTOG2—working in two DC of Row 104.
Row 109-128: Repeat Rows 107 and 108 ten times.
Finish off and weave in ends.
And, voilà, you have a matching scarf for your Durango + Robin's Egg Blue Hat! This pattern has not been tested, so please let me know if you find any mistakes. This pattern is for personal use only. Make this scarf for yourself or friends (I am sure they will love you for it), but do not sell the pattern or product made from this pattern. Please do not copy and republish this pattern anywhere. When referencing, please use a link.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Brown batik fabric, matching cotton thread, and a straight stitch were used. My previous post on how to draw circles without a compass was in preparation for this applique.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
In July of 2008 she had the lump removed and in August she was at my wedding standing with me as one of my bridesmaids. When others might have been too scared or self-conscious of their condition to even attempt to be part of a wedding, she did not. She is truly an amazingly strong woman, and for that, I look up to her.
The following winter she went through all her treatments, and now she has come out the other side just as beautiful and strong, if not more, than she was before.
I regretted that I could not be there for her and support her. I knew I had to do something special for her, so I decided I need to make her a quilt for her birthday and in celebration of the 0ne year anniversary of the removal. So, I went to the quilt store in search of inspiration. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I walked in I saw the pink ribbon patterned fabric? I found a pattern that I thought she would like, and I picked some more pink fabrics...I was off and running!
The pattern (Half Penny by Tracy Pahl for Blue Underground Studios, Inc.) was simple and went quickly. One modification to the pattern that made it go faster was that I strip-pieced the skinny and wide pieces, cut them into four, and then mix and matched them (making sure that each square's center "cross" was made of matching fabric).
It took a little bit of math, but I got it figured out. This is the end product.
And with that, I will leave you with a poem:
© Renee Franklin - Dec. 2, 1997
In my darkest hour...
In my deepest despair...
Will you still care?
Will you be there?
In my trials and my tribulations?
Through all doubts and frustrations?
In my violence...
And my turbulence?
Through my fear
And my confessions?
In my anguish...
And my pain?
Through my joy and sorrow
In the promise of another tomorrow
I will never let you part
For you, are always in my heart.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Earlier this week, I decided I needed a scarf to match my hat. I started working on a scarf pattern. This is what I have so far.
As you can see, the end of the scarf mimics the bottom of the hat and the middle of the scarf has the ribbing that I liked so much from the top part of the hat. Here is a close-up of the ribbing.
Keep an eye out for the scarf pattern (and better hat pictures)! Thank you to Simple Beans for the hat pattern!
You can also find the hat pattern on Ravelry.