Sunday, August 2, 2015

The hook and I

Sometimes, with me, the cart gets ahead of the horse.  Ok, to be honest, sometimes, there isn't even a horse, there is just a cart sitting there, full of yarn (and other sundry things).  I now have, and I am sure I am leaving one of them out a total of seven projects going. I have the heart shaped cowl,  and then I have six blankets. One is the test, and the other five are know, I see them, I love them, I down load them, then I go all batty until I can get all the supplies to make them...and then I store them in little kit bags and put them in a safe place....yeah, it is kind of like a squirrel packing away nuts for the winter...I like how you all pick up on that.  :)

Hubby is not finding it at all amusing that I have these little "kits" in the living room, in the computer room, of course in my craft studio and well...let's just say if he ever checks under the bed, my butt might be toast!

He asked just how many blankets does one person need. We both knew he had stumbled down a path of no return when he uttered those words. He barely got them out of his mouth and when he put up his hand and said, "NO! Don't even answer that!" Because....well, he knows I can "explain" and "justify" just about anything when it comes to my "crafts".   Bless his heart.

Even though it is seventy zillion degrees of hades out there, even though the calendar says Summer and even though "normal" people are doing Summer-y type projects....well, ok, we all know "normal" is not a word that has ever been used to describe me, but even though all of this.....I still have my thoughts on blanket making.

It usually happens in the Fall. That crisp little chill that fills the air, the smell of fireplace smoke and the sight of a million different hues of scarlet, auburn, and golden leaves falling towards the ground in tiny circles as if they were spinning in a sort of dance....yes, that is usually when the urge to begin blanket making begins...but not this year.

Why do I make blankets? Well, to me, when you are warm and snuggly under a hand made blanket, it is like getting a hug from the person who made it for you. There is love in each and every stitch.

So don't mind me, I will be here, making blankets and loving every moment......

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Color work?

I have been test crocheting a color work blanket that is the bomb! Seriously, I am deeply, madly in love with crochet color work now.  The test blanket is the first time I have done any crochet color work. I have worked on some fair isle knitted stuff, but nothing in crochet before. It's so much fun!

We are getting the pattern in pieces, so in-between my testing for the color work blanket, I thought I might try my hand at this.  Does anyone want to join me?

 I am a total heart freak. I love anything heart shaped. I always have. Even when I was very young. I personally think it goes back to Valentine's Day when Mama use to give us all our own heart shaped box of candy (and card, too) and that's when I related the heart shape to YUM in my small childlike mind (which really hasn't matured that much over the years, but let's save that for another day, shall we!).  :)

Now I don't have any of the yarn it calls for...and honestly, I have tons of Red Heart Super Saver (which I love using to make blankets, because once washed, it is super soft, and the stuff lasts forever).  But I am going to try to hold out for the Red Heart Soft yarn, it is super soft and yummy. I might have some Red Heart Love yarn...not sure...the stash is getting much smaller as I make more and more blankets.

What have you all been working on lately?  

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's a bird, it's a's a UFO!

Follow this link to the site of the chart of what I was stitching. 

All the cross stitch stuff is safely down in the basement. The knitting needles are throwing a party.  I heard the crochet hooks whispering about "crashing" their party....geez, does the shenanigans ever stop! Well, the knitting needles and the crochet hooks are always ready to rumble around here. 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Houston, we have a problem......

 Ok, so let's just say that I saw this, go ahead and follow the link, I will wait for you.

Of course, my skill level is no where near where it needs to be to knit this type of I am only lusting from a far....but....well....I kind of want to knit some lace now.....I mean....well,  we all knew I would not be able to keep up my strength long enough to see the cross stitching all saw that right? So none of this should come as any surprise to any of you....does it?

I admit it, it kind of took me off guard a little.  I was really getting into the cross stitching thing again...and then....WHAM!  I got taken out....yet some awesome knitted lace.

I don't wear shawls, but I still want to knit them...isn't that funny. It's kind of like baking a cake and not eating it...or fishing and throwing the fish back into the water. Hey, don't judge me!

Knitting and I have a hate/hate/hate/sometimes like/hate/hate/hate relationship. I bore easily and knitting takes so long....that it's really hard for me to finish a knitting project (hey, stop saying that sounds familiar...don't look at the cross stitching thing...stop it!) but knitted lace makes me go weak in the knitting needles. I think it reminds me of crochet doilies and we all know that I adore and love crochet doilies!

I have knitted one doily with beads in my lifetime.  Here it is getting pulled a million ways while being blocked...and yes, it's the only doily I ever blocked! I so loved knitting this doily and using the gold beads (which you can't see here, but they were knitted on as the pattern progressed).

I did have some slight issues with the wool that was in the yarn. I can use some super wash wool, but regular wool makes me itch....even after a gallon of lotion...I am still itching! So I try not buy things with wool in them.

Gotta run....I gotta get all the cross stitching stuff back down into the basement before Mo gets back with Jo...they are off getting more gingersnaps for Jo. It appears somebody forgot to get them on her regular Kroger run....yes, there were tears and then Mo dried his eyes and drove Jo to the store!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Oh My......

I saw this cool video on You Tube a while back about how you could take your Q snaps and make them into a scroll frame to work on. It works! I used the 11x14 one and just re-configured it and here it is in all it's glory. I love it. It works perfectly. 

Can you guess what I am stitching?

 All I can say at this moment, is that it is the beginnings of a foot, some flowers and a dress.

I did not have the "required" DMC floss on hand for the pattern that I picked up this past weekend at a lovely cross stitch shop, but I did have a few odd skeins of Sullivans floss that I bought but have never used, and I have to say, I like them.    I am working on 14 count fiddlers from Michael's...I think it's their Loops n Thread brand.  The pattern called for an 18 count....well, after I stopped laughing at the idea of my old tired eyes (yes, I do wear glasses for stitching, they are 2.25 readers) being able to see an 18 count, I dug through the stash and found the 14 count. Whew...that was close.

I hope to have an update tomorrow....not sure if I will have anymore stitched...the day is drawing to a close and well...let's face it....I get bored easily....but this project is small, so I should have the ability to finish....the having the will, well, that is another matter!

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

THIRD DAY - He Is Alive: Song Sessions (Acoustic)

Singing along to my favorite group.....dancing in spirit and body as well....

Monday, July 13, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Christmas in July for Hookers

Go here for more info!

I will be making this most awesome project. I have all the yarn except for the perfect pink....I plan to do a major shake down of all the craft stores this weekend to find that last color that I need.

I love these type of Christmas ornaments. We had them when I was growing up, and we still have a few of them now, too. Love them!

I hope to start this awesome throw next week.  If anyone wants to CAL with me, just drop me a line in the comments.

Wishing you all a most lovely day and a super great weekend, too.  :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Christmas Issue is almost here.....

Go here to order yours now!  It does not come out on newsstands until sometime in September, but I am guessing if you order it now, you will get it before it hits the news stands.....just a guess on my part, not really sure about that, though.

I love the angel on the right side...and who knows what other treasures might lay within the pages of this magazine.

Wishing you all a lovely day.  :)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July America!

Wishing everyone a most Happy 4th of July as we celebrate this awesome country that we are all privileged to call home.

God Bless America. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Once a hooker.....

....always a hooker..... least for now.   :)

Happy Weekend everyone.  :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Not much happening here lately....just summer heat and all that jazz.

Hope you are all having a most lovely summer.   :)