Saturday, May 4, 2013

More Baby Granny Blankets and a Free Dishcloth Pattern to Share

Hello friends!

As usual, I've been staying busy. It's amazing how faithful God is to answer prayers in abundance, giving far more than you dare to ask. I remember asking that one day for Him to give me something to do besides go to the grocery store and back which, at the time, was my one outing each week. I never imagined He'd give me quite so much to do! I do love it though and am very thankful for the task He's laid out before me. I am so blessed that He has taken my past...the good, the bad and the ugly...and is working it for good because I love Him and am called to His purpose (Romans 8:28). I don't get as much time to work with my hands these days, but I am always working with His heart. 

Occasionally, I do get to work with my hands though and over the last month or so I have made two more baby granny blankets for the center, still using the upcycled yarn from the "too small" baby blankets I made the last one from (only different colors).

This one I finished off with a scalloped edge instead of a picot edge...

Since I finished the last one early April, I haven't had the time, energy or focus to work on anything else until this weekend. I have been struggling with a bad cold over the last few days and it has forced me to be still, and consequently, time to get some yarnin' done. ☺When I do get to "throw yarn" as my hubby calls it (regardless of whether I'm knitting or crocheting), I tend to migrate towards quick projects that I can whip up in a day or two because otherwise I'd never know when I might get another chance to sit down and finish it. With that in mind, and some cotton yarn sitting in a canvas bag right next to my end of the couch, I decided that a dishcloth was in order and headed on over to Ravelry to do a search. I ultimately chose the Candy Striper Cloth pattern by Katherine Vaughan (If you aren't on Ravelry, you can go directly to the pattern here.) 

This was the perfect pattern for the moment! It was super-easy to memorize the stitch pattern, but it wasn't at all boring. In fact, time flew as I was making it, which makes me think that maybe it would be a great pattern for a baby blanket. Technically, the pic is of the "wrong side," but I rather like the way it looks and added a crab stitch/reverse single crochet border with this side facing me so that it would become my "right side."  For those who do not know how to do a crab stitch/reverse single crochet border, I went on a search to find good directions to share with you and came across this video by Teresa Richardson aka Crochet Geek who is absolutely amazing and so generous to share so many wonderful patterns and tutorials for free so that everyone can join in on the fun of crochet!  ☺

As for my cold, my boss/sister-in-Christ/friend is very knowledgeable about natural remedies and swears by cayenne pepper (which is a natural anti-biotic & anti-fungal and has MANY wonderful healing properties and attributes....I never take anything, no matter how much I love and trust someone, without doing the research myself!), but I can't take it the way that she recommends (stirring some in a glass of water and gargling and/or drinking it), but I figured out tricky ways to sneak it in and have been putting cayenne pepper in everything right down to my OJ since yesterday morning. I have found that for the most part, you can put a few shakes (or up to 1/8 tsp or so) in most things and not even taste it! You do feel a little heat as you eat/drink, but nothing really off-putting. After doing this all day, last night I was actually able to sleep through the night and I woke up feeling as though my head was normal size! So, I'm sold! (**ok, just to cover my butt here, this is not meant as medical advice y'all...just sharing my experience)

And now, while I'm still grounded, I do believe I'll go do some more creatin'. ☺

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
--Romans 8:28 NIV

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Granny Blankie

I made this blankie using yarn from some blankets that were way too small for even a preemie....

It's just a basic granny, starting each round with a ch2, a ch2 between the two corner clusters and a ch1 between each of the other clusters. 
The border is picots separated by 3sc all the way around except at the corners where there is 4 sc on ea side of the corner picots. 
Hope you can understand all of that. =)
The yarn was worsted weight and I used a US I hook.

Life is going great! God is doing amazing things in my family and in my life. I am so blessed. I'm still on Weight Watchers and keeping active. Since joining WW on December 29, 2012 I'm down 13 lbs. It's not coming off as fast as I'd like, but it is coming off steadily and for that I am extremely happy!

How have YOU been doing lately? I'd love to hear read all about it!
Love ya!
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.--2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bottle Cozy

I never finished the project I mentioned in my last post. None of the patterns that I found worked with the yarn I was wanting to use, so I have laid that yarn aside for now. Over the last month I haven't done much yarnin' at all, but the last couple of days I've been itchin' to get my fingers wrapped around some!  One of the volunteers at the pregnancy center has been carrying her water bottle around in the same cozy for the last two years and I've been wanting to make her a new one. I decided to use lovestitch's free Crochet Bottle Cover pattern (also found on Ravelry). Boy, I miss her!

I made the following modifications:
Round 3: as written, except sc (not dc) and working in back loops of round 2.
Round 4: I ended up with 7 shells (not 8) with posts between.
I created a strap also. Using an US I hook, and holding two strands of yarn together. I flattened cover with ends of drawstring centered and I attached yarn with a slip stitch on one side, fourth shell down from top. I wanted it to be a cross-body strap, so it needed to be pretty long. I chained 200, then attached it to the exact opposite edge of flattened cover.

It was a very quick and pleasurable little project and I do believe that I'll make more! ☺

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.--Romans 12:2

Friday, January 25, 2013

Invaluable Free Resource for Knitting and Crochet

Hello my friends!
Today I want to share with you exactly what the title of this post says: An invaluable free resource for knitting and crochet! I have been following the blog of New Stitch a Day for a while now because each day Johnny Vasquez shares two video tutorials, one knitting and one crochet, of a new stitch....FREE. He is very easy to understand and follow. He also occasionally shares links to other patterns we may enjoy, has all of his videos conveniently listed under his Video Stichionary for us to easily access AND offers free live video classes! There is a membership option that you can pay for to get exclusive goodies and download abilities, etc, but as much as I'd love to join, I don't financially have that option right now and that's ok, because the wealth of free info he provides is astounding and generous! For example.....

Today Johnny is having one of his free live video classes. It's called "Colorwork Knitting 102 - Double Knitting" and there is one from 10am - 11am PST and another from 6pm - 7pm PST. You do need to register for it, and I encourage you to go do so now! 

Just for the record, I do not get paid for or reimbursed in any way by anyone for sharing this info with you. I just think it's a pretty darn awesome resource and didn't want to be stingy and keep it all to myself. ☺ I am also going to add the link to my sidebar for future reference. 


On a personal note, I hope that you have been doing absolutely amazing! Since going back to work on the 7th after a two week break for the holidays, I have been absolutely swamped at work! Also, on December 29, 2012 I re-joined Weight Watchers. I also joined a local gym that is an extension of our local hospital. So far, by the Lord's strength and grace, I have lost 7.2 lbs! I am absolutely giddy with excitement! I will probably share some of my successes, and even some failures here, but I will be sharing more detailed on a blog that I started specifically for my healthy journey if you're interested. Some days it's just my stats from my food and activity tracker, but others I talk about what I'm feeling and/or going through. I hope to one day been an inspiration to someone else who has a large amount of weight to lose. It also adds that extra layer of accountability for me to see it through.  

I have been knitting and crocheting alot, but I've been trying to find a pattern that works well with a certain yarn that I have and I'll get started on a pattern, not like how it is working up in that yarn and end up frogging it. I think I've finally found the pattern that's going to work! I hope to be able to share my results with you soon. ☺

I hope you have an abundantly blessed day!

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. --Psalm 29:2

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Crochet....and a Simple Pattern

Have I mentioned that I have the worst internet provider ever? For months now we do good to have internet  35% of the time. We call and they act clueless or outright lie (we've caught them in a few of those)...and that's if we can even get ahold of them at all...most times we get voicemail and they never return our calls at all. Unfortunately, the only other option we've had for internet is through the phone company which isn't near as fast as our cable internet -- when it's actually up and running anyway. This last stint (we've gone through this before) would have had me running to the phone company, but we're planning on moving within the next couple of months, so it seems pointless to change now. Words cannot express how frustrating it is! It's like going to the grocery store and paying for $100 worth of groceries, but they only let you walk out with $25 worth. Aaarrggghh! 

The up side is that I've had more opportunity to do other things! After doing some design work for PPS today, I whipped up this stick shifter knob cozy for my niece.

She's been wanting me to make her one for the longest and I had bought the type of yarn she was wanting forever ago, but just hadn't gotten around to it. I came across the yarn today and determined I was going to get it made TO-day, come what may! Just so happened that Damon got Jeremy a new shifter knob for Christmas and it was handy so I didn't even have to measure, I just tried it on that as I went along. ☺
Here's what I did:

Eyelash/Fuzzy Yarn, Bulky (5) yarn (I'm thinking that this would almost HAVE to be made with a very fuzzy yarn or it would be too open/lacey with regular yarn)
US J hook

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sts = stitches
dc2tog = double crochet next two stitches together
sc = single crochet

ch 4, join to make ring
Round 1: dc 9 in ring, join
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st & each remaining st around, join (18 sts)
Round 3-4: Ch 2, *dc in next st & each remaining st around, join (18 sts)
Round 5: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next 6 sts, dc2tog, dc in each remaining sts around, join (16 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join, fasten of & weave in ends. 


...Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
--Psalms 2:12b

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I pray that 2013 brings you abundant blessings and nothing but happiness! 

(Please forgive me for being a day late. I tried and tried all day yesterday to post this, but my internet has been down and living in a rural area, our wi-fi hotspot via our phones isn't the best when we are home.)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. --Jeremiah 29:11