Saturday, December 28, 2013

Scarves for everyone!

Original Scarf
 Since Christmas the weather is not as frightful, snow is gone, but it's till chilly!  And I have a lot of single skeins of "fancy" yarn in my stash.  Since finding the awesome "V" pattern I have created several more scarves!
Super soft periwinkle fuzzy

Green Fuzzy

If you aren't familiar with the "V" stitch it's super simple! Make the foundation chain in multiples of 3+1, DC in the 4th chain, then CH2, and DC in same stitch, skip two CH then *DC (in the 3rd chain), CH2, DC in same stitch*, repeat until last ch, and do a single DC, CH3 and turn. *DC, CH2 DC in the space from the CH2* repeat until end of row, single DC in the DC below.  Repeat until you run out of yarn!  These scarves only took one skein of yarn each.  The Periwinkle and green were a foundation chain of 10, the purple was a foundation of 13.

And I have made great progress with my scrap afghan!

This is a keeper of a pattern, and the black in between each color really sets it off! Once this is done I'll be making some lap blankets in this style!

Hope you are enjoying winter!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Stash busting projects

Last week I received this beautiful skein of yarn from a member of the knit and crochet group at church.  She found it difficult to work with, so she passed it on to me because I practically drooled looking at it.

So I tried to make a scarf, using simple dc in a row, tangle that got unraveled several times before I just frogged it.  And i have been scouring Ravelry for just the right stitch to make this wild yarn into a beautiful scarf!  And I finally found it! (click here for pattern).  It's a simple V stitch and I'm using a N hook.  The pattern calls for 2-3 skeins, so i'm just going to see how far I get using this single skein I have.  I also altered the pattern by starting with a length of 21 foundation chains instead of the 31 the pattern calls for.

I think it's turning out nicely!  And this is the perfect stitch for this type of yarn!

And an update on the wave afghan, it is coming along nicely, and should be completed in a month or so!

Yes a month, especially if I keep getting distracted with other small side projects...

A bit of Holiday noms

There are very few people in this world that don't like Biscuits and Gravy, I was raised by two of them.  This is why it wasn't until I was an adult that I first tried, and fell in LOVE with B&G, and learned how to make it.  Which is good, because my DH also LOVES B&G.  He asks for it regularly.  We have even gotten desperate enough to chop up links or patties to make it!

Well here I am on Christmas Eve morning, my DH still snug in bed, and me awake with my pooches and playing on Pinterest when I came across something sooooo yummy I just had to jump up and start cooking, before I even sipped my first cup of joe.  Biscuit and Gravy Casserole.  The bloggers words made me hungry, so here goes nothing!

Cut up the biscuits and put half of em in a pan, don't forget to grease it!  Those go in the oven for 10 min at 400 degrees!

Cook the sausage 

Make gravy per usual...

pour yummy gravy over precooked biscuits

top with the other half of the cut up biscuits

then cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown

grab a fork and dig right in!

Now I need to figure out what to do on Christmas morning!

Sunday, December 22, 2013


This time of year is so wonderful! Presents are wrapped and under the tree, stockings hung, cookies made and decorated.  Now comes the fun part!  Getting together to celebrate the reason for the season, family.

Here in Missouri we got a bit of ice, and a nice layer of snow, so we left early today to drive south to my DH's parents.  And of course I took my most recent project with me.  I got a chance to work on it a bit at their house and my oldest niece sat with me and watched me for a while.  She wants to learn how to make stuff too.  So I have a good idea what I want to get her for her next birthday!

Besides stuffing myself silly on all of the delicious food I love when it's time to give the gifts!  This year I made my oldest niece a scarf and hat, this is the second hat I have made for her, but the first that fits!

She spent the better part of the evening running around the house wearing it, so I think it's safe to say that she likes it!

My favorite gift this year so far was the two quilts we got to select from the "pile" there were several handmade quilts that my DH's Grandma and Mother made.  I have always wanted a vintage quilt to put on a bed and now we have two!  So of course as soon as we got home tonight I stripped the bed in the guest room and put the quilts on!  I love the look...and now I have an excuse to paint!  And there are pillow covers to be made!
All in all it was a wonderful day filled with love and laughter, and you just can't beat that!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Not while I'm counting!!!

Moments are defined by how we react to them.  I am learning to react differently.  Yes my dogs wake me up at what seems to be an ungodly time, but I get to see the sunrise, and if I get the chance, I get to snuggle and take a nap with them later.  Yes, the afghan pattern I'm trying to learn and memorize got interrupted, but I had a great conversation, and maybe I had to tear most of it out after finishing three rows (it's a big afghan) but I can tighten my initial stitches and it will look better.  Not to mention I drug out all of my random skeins and balls because I'm finally starting the Scrumptious Scraps Afghan (click here for pattern).

The foundation chain and first row is where I had my initial problems.  And if we are all being honest, who doesn't?!?  The single most frustrating thing about making afghans, is the foundation chain and first row.  It is a test of mental strength, and reason we drink wine (or other beverage) while crocheting.  For those reading that have never made an afghan, try it, you will understand.

I am so glad I ended up with a ton of random skeins, this pattern/style of stitches is turning out to be one of my favorite, even more so than the ripple!  I have a lot of plans for this stitch! And I know where to get more so I can create lap blankets and who knows what else!

The possibilities are endless!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gifted yarn and a Pompadour stitch

The great thing about joining a Craft group, or in my case a knit and crochet group is the pattern exchanges, and the yarn exchanges!

I got fun yarns because not many people in the group like working with them

I love getting new yarn, or getting to experience different types of yarn.  One of the ladies in the group brought in a bulky yarn that almost has a homespun quality to it, very soft, and the most lux mix of colors!

She didn't want it, found it difficult to work with, so I took it on!

We did a bit of show n tell, so I could see some of the projects they work on as a group, and stuff they donate, and I saw a scarf done in a beautiful pattern, turns out that pattern is actually a baby blanket stitch, but as with most projects it can be altered and just use the stitch for a scarf, so I will be attempting the Pompadour stitch using the above yarn!

The pattern for the Pompadour is simple.


Row 1 - Start in the 5th ch, work (1dc, ch2, 1sc) in the same stitch, *sk2ch, (2dc, ch2,1sc) in next st* repeat * to * across, end (2dc, ch2, 1sc) in last ch, ch2 and turn

Row 2 - Work (1dc, ch2, 1sc) in first ch-sp, * work (2dc, ch2, 1sc)in next ch-sp* repeat * to * across, ch2, turn

Row 3 and on - Repeat row 2 until desired length, weave in ends.

UPDATE: Yeah, I am so ambitious!  There is no way, well there is no way I can do the Pompadour scarf with the pretty fluffy yarn, so I am simply doing a row of 10 DC until I have the desired length of scarf.  I will however find an appropriate yarn to do the pompadour stitch.

New adventure with Plarn

Today is not a normal Thursday.  Sure it's 6 days until Christmas, but that is still not what makes today special.  Before we moved I was told about a group of women who get together and knit and crochet. Helping each other with patterns and projects, sharing yarn, making things for charity. And today I am finally going to join them!  Yeah!!!  I am taking "my" hat so I can continue to work on it, as well as the plarn I have been making.

What is plarn you ask? Well let me show you!

This is plarn, it is yarn made from plastic bags, like these.

It is great for making outdoor rugs, or sleeping mats for the homeless.  Which is where my balls of plarn are destined for!

And I'm sure you want to know just how to make this ball of fun, well let me break it down for you!

Lay out your bag, and smooth it out, so it looks like it did before it was used

Then fold it in half lengthwise

And again

Cut off the handles

Cut off the bottom, but don't throw that away, it is still recyclable!

Then fold it in half,

And again,

Then with scissors cut the folded sides to create four pieces

Carefully unfold each piece into a loop

To make the ball, loop each piece together like you used to connect rubber-bands as a kid, and carefully pull tight, making sure the loops are even!

Now do this a hundred or so more times and you have enough plarn to make a mat to donate to a homeless shelter!  Or you can just make the plarn and donate it to a group that makes these mats!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frogged again

After finally completing Christmas projects for others I decided to make something for myself. Of course it didn't go well.  The hat pattern, "Easy Slouchy Hat," (click here for Ravelry link or click here for PDF) I decided to make was supposed to be a "beginner" pattern, but it just confused me, a lot.  I ripped it out and restarted it twice last night, changed the pattern and got halfway thru only to realize that I had been doing it wrong from the get-go which is why it didn't look right, and the original pattern was confusing.  SO I put it down and went to bed.  This morning I took the whole thing out so I could start again.

And I started it again, twice, so I frogged the whole thing.

 Wait, not a "frog frog", "frogged" refers to ripping out a whole project when you have to start over, either because you were knitting the wrong size, decided you didn't like the pattern, or for some other reason.
totally frogged
I realized that the problem with the pattern was the instructions.  Yes the instructions, they just weren't clear.  There is no mention of how many stitches should be in each round, and there are no explanations as to what constitutes a "space" versus the normal DC in a stitch.  My frustrations are at an unacceptable level, so I'm going to forget this pattern. Although I am still going to make a hat for myself...if anyone reading this would like to attempt this pattern, and is successful...please contact me and tell me what I did wrong, cause the hat is cute, and I have PLENTY of yarn to make one.

I found a new pattern to try, "MioMi Beret," (click here for Ravelry link or click here for PDF) it is an intermediate pattern, and after reading through the directions MULTIPLE times I am satisfied that this is a pattern I can tackle and do! So here we go!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I know what you're getting for Christmas!

This time of year it is always a tricky time for blog posts.  Especially when I am making several of the presents this year.  And I'm pretty sure most everyone who is getting a crocheted creation from me has and will see any blog posts I make. So until those gifts get given I cannot post pictures.

I do have one cute project that has been completed that I can share, my second minion.

He was successfully completed and mailed halfway across the country.

The rest, and I have completed three other projects not counting the minion, and I am working on another hopefully quick project...

My dogs are certainly enjoying the downtime, choosing to snuggle with me on the couch while I count stitches under my breath, occasionally trying to steal the skein of yarn i'm working with because it is soooo soft.

I cannot wait to post pictures of the recipients of my handiwork, it is truly a joy to be able to create for others.

So keep a look out for blogs to follow, I know my dogs are!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Eat, Crochet, Love

There is nothing more satisfying than making something for someone else.  Fall and Winter are the perfect times of the year to start large projects, or to finish large projects. Again today here in Missouri the temperatures have dropped below freezing, making this another perfect day to snuggle down on the couch with a good movie, a crochet hook and a bag of yarn.  As if a crocheter needs an excuse to work on a project!

So I have finally had the time to complete this beautiful purple afghan for a very special girl, and I cannot wait to give it to her!  I made it big enough for her to enjoy for years to come.  And I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Just add vodka

The holidays are not around the corner anymore, they are upon us!  And with the change in the weather (yesterday it was in the 60's, and today it's below freezing) it is time to break out the recipes and start baking!  There are a few recipes that are only out this time of year, so not all of the ingredients may be on hand!  Specifically anise extract which is needed to make Pfeffernuesse Cookies!  These beauties are super delicious so keep an eye out in the next week when I get together with my Mom and start baking!

So instead of going out and attempting to find Anise extract I searched for how to make it.  Why make it?  Because, I have star anise on hand and, why not? Did you know that you can make almost any type of extract you want?

You start with whatever you want to extract, in my case it's Anise

Put some in a glass jar

The add the vodka and close it up!

Let it sit "a while" and check it for strength, you can always add more vodka or let it sit longer!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Unpacking the stash

Well we have finally moved into our new house, so my yarn stash has been packed for what seems like months, and in reality was 2-3 months.  I had one project out to work on and still in that time did not get it finished, although I am much closer to being done.  And true to my CADD as soon as my stash was unpacked I started a new project.  Something simple that I could whip out in a short amount of time.  That something was a hat!  Simple, less than a skein and done in an hour or so!  It's done using a super chunky yarn, so it is very warm!  Perfect for the winter weather!  You can find the pattern here.

And then I started on a second hat! Because it's winter, and you can never have too many hats!  The above hat is for a friend, and the second hat will be is also a one skein pattern (found here) and of course I actually have SEVERAL skeins of this yarn, in a variegated French vanilla, and in the Walnut the pattern features.  I do need to go find some big funky buttons to finish the hats (yes hats, because I have three skeins of each color, which means I can make 6 total hats!)

Until tomorrow, happy hooking!