Saturday, December 31, 2005

Newest Projects

Did everyone have a wonderful holiday? I sure did!! Santa was so very good to me, even after I told him I had been a bad girl this year! *wink*
I have been very busy with many things, and one of them is crocheting and knitting! I can't show you all my projects today, because I have to get ready for a holiday party, but I can start.
First of all, I designed a hat for my precious grandson, Jacob, that I can show you a picture of, but because of licensing reasons, I cannot market the pattern. His favorite character is Elmo, (he loves him) so I decided to design him a winter hat. Here is the finished product:



He loves the hat, and when he has the hat on and you ask him 'Where is Elmo?' he points to his head! (he is only 15 months) He calls Elmo, BO -- so cute!
Anyway....
I have been knitting up a storm lately, mostly on very quick and easy scarves that I designed. It has been fun to choose the different yarns from the varied and beautiful yarns that are available today, and then to see how quickly they make up! Most of the ones I have made can be finished in about 2 hours. You can't beat that.
I just realized I gave one away last night that I did not take a picture of. Darn! It was one of the prettiest ones also. I went to a holiday party and wanted to bring the hostess something. The scarf was made from Joann's Sensations Angel Glitz in Color #83l and Black TLC Amore held together as one yarn. Between the Glitz and the Amore, it was one of the softest scarves ever! And the colors in this shade of Glitz were especially beautiful and very festive.
This is the scarf that I designed first from the Jiffy Thick and Quick that I rescued from the Poncho I decided not to make:

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This scarf is knit on #17 needles and was very quick to make. The pattern and yarn make it a very elegant looking scarf, suitable for a man. In fact, I gave this to my daughter's boyfriend for Christmas. He loved it! It is very thick and warm. The color is Adirondacks.
I have a two other photos of scarves I made, but don't have time to post them yet. So much is going on in my household!
My daughter Gina (Jacob's mother) is due very, very soon with another baby (yes, they will be only 15 months apart!) and she could go into labor any hour now. Her doctor wants her to be the first mother to deliver after midnight. When she asked him why, he said because he wants to get his name in the paper!
I will update again soon with some more knit scarves AND let you know about Gina!
I am working on a very pretty scarf now from Bernat Bling Bling.

Please stay safe as you ring in the New Year!!
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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Yum.....

I haven't had time to post about my MIL's cookie exchange last week. I want to show some pictures before all the cookies are gone! *wink*
In the meantime, here is a link to a Cookie Site Ring I joined a long time ago. It has my very favorite holiday recipe on it! Yes, I love Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

Holiday Cookie Recipe

This is the printable link to the recipe. It is no-bake, and it has become the treat that everyone asks for year after year! Also, if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find a Site Ring with dozens of Holiday recipes. Yummy.....

Enjoy!
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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Snowed In

Since I only like to take photos of my needlework items in natural light, I wasn't able to get a picture of my Knitted Scarf yesterday. Here is why:



And this was only after three inches of snow; we got a total of ten inches!
I didn't have internet access all day, so I couldn't even go online; but I was able to crochet and knit for a good part of the day. Yeah!
Hopefully, I will be able to take some photos today, as the sun is out.
I am going to be going to a Cookie Exchange at my MIL's today, though. I can't wait to see what cookies I come home with!
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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Success......finally!

It's funny how you can be excited about a crochet or knitting project and then when it starts to not come out the way you have anticipated, you can easily become disinterested in it or want to abandon it!
Alot of people know that most of the projects I design are 3-D stuffed items for my website, Cute and Country Crochet, or for my Country Treasures column in Crochet World, or for other crochet publishers. Because so many of my designs are 3-D and stuffed, I like a very full-bodied yarn such as Red Heart Classic or Super Saver, because they hold their shape very well. I know, I know, in crochet, it can be very stiff for a wearable project, but it serves it's purpose well for my design needs.
At the beginning of this week, I started on a Bear project that I am working on for a magazine and quickly became discouraged and disinterested. Why? Because for the first time in a long time, the Red Heart Classic I was working with was producing a fabric that was very limp and did not hold it's shape!
Even though I needed to work on this project, I lost interest in designing it, and stopped working on it for a few days! The yarn turned a project that I was excited about, into something that I did not want to work on anymore. Isn't that funny?
Anyway, in the old days, I would have abandoned that project completely. But I knew I had to come up with a solution. I found a yarn in a different color that would work as well (almost), that was full-bodied, and started over!
As the head began to take shape, my excitement for the design process returned, and I am happy to say that my project is now about 3/4 of the way complete! Unforturnately, you won't be able to see it until sometime next year when it is published!
The lesson is that we can all be discouraged sometimes with something we are crocheting or knitting. We just need to take a step back and take a break from our project. When we come back to it with a fresh prospective, hopefully we will be able to work out a good solution to our problem!
Now, as far as the knitting is concerned.......
I did design a knitting scarf pattern with the Jiffy Thick and Quick that I am very happy with!
I will try and post some pictures later.......
I think Gina is going to be very happy with this scarf!!
I am also working on a secret project for my beautiful grandson, Jacob, that I need to try on him when no one is looking. It is a very quick and easy hat, but one that I know he and momma Gina are going to love!
BTW, don't forget to join my FRAPPR map! You will find it in the Sidebar.
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Thursday, December 01, 2005

So cute!

Tara has done it again! She has created an adorable graphic for everyone, and this time it is not only cute, it's clever also! hehe


Freebie Friday? Does this mean we're going to get something adorable from Tara every week? I can't wait!
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