Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yop once in a while

This is charley. Unfortunatly he does not belong at our house. He is well trained on the leash and potties outside and all but he is jealous! My kid can't even come nearme or he growls and snaps at her. He doesn't really bite but it still scares her too much for him to stay. He doesn't like men around either. He does love to be just you and him sitting on the couch and cuddling. He loves car rides and walks. We really thought we were going to keep him but my kid comes first and he has to go.

We redid m our 9 yr old room for her 10 b-day. She wanted hills and clouds and blue skys. We even let her pick the colors. You can't tell here but she chose a darker blue green and pinkish clouds for a evening look. It used to be all old wall paper (yellowish-beige)

 These are some of the things I found when I switched my room up and re did it.

Been making some dish rags in seed stitch.

Working on a pair of leg warmers for my Mothers day Present. Each year I make another piece for her set. She loves this color. Shes part indian (Cherokee I think) and it looks really good on her too.

Friday, March 15, 2013


There's a new SPIDER in the USA!

It lives in the rim of your toilet. It likes damp dark places. It has killed several people. It is from India and came over on a few planes and luggage i'm guessing. You done feel the effects for a few days after being bitten. This spider could be anywhere by now because they did find it on at least 4 airplanes that had stopped in India. The first death was in Florida at a restaurant. That just shows how quickly it can move from the plane to where-ever. Pay attention while your in the public restrooms or if you've been traveling!

If you read this. please tell those you love. I posted this on the wall at my local library for all to see.
I only found out because my uncle is an exterminator and they got a post to watch out for these.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Playing Catch-up

Last year I had to stop blogging because my internet has been a brat. This year I decided to blog less often but still that's better than nothing I think. I'm am right now blogging from the Library and short on time. Also you can't upload pics from here so I'll have to stop by my granny's and ask if I can do it from there.

So Christmas Last year-- I bought this Scooby for my kid (10). She's a huge Scooby Doo fan. It was origionally a sleeping bag but I couldn't resist buying it even though it was obviously too small for her. I turned it into a nice big pillow. She loves it so much that I no longer feel quilty for buying something I knew was too small.

I knit one shawl and crocheted another last month. The knit one is almost done. I just need to finish the border/edging. It took me a long time to decide on an edging for this one and in the end I had to modify one from a book to get the effect I wanted but I think it's turning out lovely. The crocheted one I turned into a bit of pretty for my favorite chair. It was round so I just threaded an extra bit of yarn through the loops around the edges, popped the cushion in, tightened it up and tied it. I can't even feel the thing when I sit down either and that yarn was kind of thick!

I am joining a CAL for some Pineapple Towel Toppers and decided to get new towels so if you have an opinion about which yarn looks best let me know about that as well. I lean more towards the green but thats just because pineapples are tan with green spikey leaves. It's the literalist in me I think. The brown yarn alse looks really good with 2 rooms of my wallpapered house. Maybe I'll do 3 each of green and brown though I have less green yarn. I also have a Autumn colors varigated yarn that might look decent.

Got a cowl on the needles too. I've wanted one all this winter because I hae to have my scarf dragging in the mud, muck and wet while I'm going about tending the animals. I plan to make a pair of wristies too to go with. I've been hunting something to make from this yarn for almost a year! Tried a hat and the color was just awful for the pattern. Ripped it out and had to go on another hunt.

I started the Reniassance Tunic 3 weeks ago though it isn't getting the attantion it deserves because of the sheer # of things I've got going right now. It will not be for me but I'm turning it into a dress for my little girl. This means a bit of resizing on the sleeves but surprisingly not much else because I'm using the smallest size as a jump point. I've got a bit of the sleeve done too now.

Last year I also made these two stuffies. I found a booklet for just 99 cent amd made these 2 right away. I couldn't resist the monkey because it was Christmas . Someone got him in their Stocking (^_^). the second was the Zoo Keeper but he looked so much like my Father we started calling him Little Eddie.

My brithday is coming up next week and this year I got to go shopping! Yay! I bought these sweet boots on end of season sale. My birthday was alway horribly timed for any kind of outdoor party as a kid but sooo perfect for end of season sales. You can find so many needful things for next year and even some Spring/Summer stuff too. I got some of last seasons capris for 70% off and they look just like the new capris they just got in for this season. Lucky!

Speaking of difficult yarn I've got this stuff. I've already made a scarf from it but I hate the feel of it and 1 skien made just 2 feet of scarf. It was intended as the edging for a little girls blanket but she outgrew blue remarkably fast and is now all for pink. If you have any Ideas please let me know.

This year I plan to give my Aunt's a set each of handmade Christmas Ornaments. Mini stockings, tiny Snowmen, sparkly Angels and more. About 3-4 of each kind I think. Plus I want a set for myself ;).

For all of you who made it this far, Thank You for your time and attention. I don't plan to make all my posts this
      long I just had some catching up to do.

Friday, March 1, 2013

My First Pattern!

This pattern is for a chapstick cozy keychain. I made one for my kid and then I liked hers so much I cast on one for myself too :)

Size 1 DPNs
15 or less yards of Fingering yarn

CO 20 sts.
Join in the round
K1, P1 for 6 rounds

R7) M1, K around
R8) K around
R9) *K3, yo, K2T, K2* 3x
R10) K around
R11) *K2, yo, K2T, yo, K2T, K1* 3x
R12) K around
R13) *K3, yo, K2T, K2* 3x
R14) K around
R15) K around to last stitch. Slip the last stitch to the next needle.

R16) K1, Yo, K2T, K to last st on 1st needle, Slip this last stitch to next needle. K1, Yo, K2T, K to last st on 2nd needle, slip this last st to last needle, K1, Yo, K2T, K to end.
R17) K around
R18) *Yo, K2T, yo, K2T, K3* 3x
R19) K around
R20) *K1, yo, K2T, K4* 3x
R21) K around
R22) K around, Knit 1 extra stitch from the 1st needle

R23) *K3, yo, K2T, K2* 3x
R24) K around
R25) *K2, yo, K2T, yo, K2T, K1* 3x
R26) K around
R27) *K3, yo, K2T, K2* 3x
R28-30) K around
R31) K2T around you will have 1 extra st = 11st
R32) K2T around + the extra =6 st
R33) K2T around = 3sts, cut yarn leaving 6-8 inches for sewing in. thread the tail through the last 3 sts and tie off, weave in etc...

Let me know if there's something wrong with this pattern please or perhaps if i've left anything out?