Sunday, June 28, 2009

More Crochet Projects!!!!!

As promised here are the pictures of the other two baby blankets I've recently completed.  I posted two different photos of each "Bubbles Baby Blanket" this time to give you a better look at the pattern stitch.  These have easily become my favorite blanket to make!  In answer to my sister Erica's question, I can generally turn one out in five to eight hours, depending on the size I'm making.  It's so easy to adjust the size, which is yet another reason why I love this pattern. 

Also, there is a picture of another dish towel I made for my sister and her husband in honor of their new house!  The pattern for this particular dish towel works up beautifully!  It does however eat up a lot of yarn, and it is strangely time consuming-meaning it took me almost as long to make the dish towel as it did to make the smaller Bubbles Baby Blanket.



Bubbles Baby Blanket for Abby




Bubbles Baby Blanket for Braden

Hi Five Dishtowel

Hi-Five Dish Towel for Alisa and Todd

Now that I've got all these projects finished, all I have to do is get them in the mail.  For some reason the latter is so much harder than the former, go figure.



Saturday, June 27, 2009

Recently Completed Projects

Crocheting and loom knitting have seriously become my therapy (next to writing of course) to de-stress and find a place of inner calm!  Also, it's really exciting for me to start out with just some yarn and a crochet hook and watch it transform into something completely different and new!  Any spare second I have in which my hands are free I pick up whatever project I'm working on and get to it.  It's my favorite thing to do at the end of a long day when Garret and I are sitting in our recliners watching TV, so much fun and truly very relaxing.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking to try something new.  There are some great website's out there that will teach you how in no time at all.

Here are some pictures of my most recent projects.  Most of them have links to the patterns I used.  A couple, however, do not because I made them by adapting other patterns.  If you're really interested in making those projects just drop me a line using the "Contact Me" form in my sidebar.

Erynn Sunhat  Erynn's Sunhat


Floppy Sunhat Floppy Sunhat

Alisa Dish Cloth               Dish Cloth for Alisa and Todd


Alisa Dish Towel 3 Dish Towel for Alisa and Todd


Albert Bky Blkt Baby Blanket for Albert's son Mallus (Loom Knit)


White Flower Applique White Flower Applique Hat


Eryn Bubbles Blkt 3Bubbles's Baby Blanket for Erynn


Erynn Ripple Blkt 2 Ripples Baby Blanket for Erynn

I have two other baby blankets that I've finished, one for my sister-in-law Ashley's baby (Abbie) and one for my sister-in-law Karyn's baby (Braden).  I made them using the "Bubbles Baby Blanket" pattern I found on the web, great pattern easy to follow and works up so well!  I made one for my sister's baby (Erynn) as well (pictured above).  I personalized each blanket by changing the color combinations to match the personalities of it's soon to be owners.  As soon as I get a chance to take pictures of them, I'll post them here.  I'm getting ready to start a fourth Bubbles Baby Blanket for my sister-in-law Tanya's baby (Tiley).  Any pattern that allows me to whip up a blanket for every baby/toddler in the family is thing of beauty!

Right now I'm working on an afghan for me!  It's the first thing I've ever really made for myself.  It's turning out a lot bigger than I initially anticipated, somewhere between a full or queen size.  I'm making it in black and hot (kick ass) pink.  It's about a quarter of the way done.  I really like the pattern I'm using, it's a variation of the ripple pattern I used for Erynn's blanket.  It works up really fast considering how big it is.  Additionally, I'm working on a couple of different baby/toddler sunhats in varying patterns and colors. 

More Recently Read Books

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Something Blue 2

The Host by Stephenie Meyer


The Botox Diaries by Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger

The Botox Diaries

Each of these books was excellent!  They were all enjoyable and I recommend them all. 

"Something Blue" is set primarily in London, which I adore and is a great story about a woman who grows up, gets wise and comes into her own.  However, you really should read "Something Borrowed", also by Emily Giffin, first.

"The Host" is a sci-fi love story, and it's classic Stephenie Meyer in that her attention to detail and her streamlined writing make it a very easy read.  The plot however is completely different from her Twilight series, but done just as well.  It's well outlined and researched to add credibility to an otherwise hard to imagine theme.  Also, the supporting cast of characters brought it all together and rounded out the entire package.  A must read if you're a fan of sci-fi, romance, and Stephenie Meyer.

"The Botox Diaries" is a fabulously fun read that is one part romance, one part friendship, and two part hilarious laughter!  I found myself laughing out loud on almost every page.  Essentially it's a story about two forty-something best friends who have children, jobs, and dilemmas in love.  A great summer read for the pool, the beach, or the air conditioned comfort of Starbucks. 

Happy reading!

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