Archive for March, 2019

Caron’s Crochet Stitch-A-Long

March 25, 2019

If ya’ll are interested, Caron Yarn Co. has a crochet-a-long starting now. Here’s the link to it if you would like to join along.   https://www.joann.com/mystery-stitch-along/?utm_source=Joann&utm_medium

I might do this and use up more of those thousands of balls of scrap yarn that I have. Hop on board and let’s make another afghan! It’ll be fun!

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Back To Our Routine

March 25, 2019

Sis and I have finally been able to get back into our routine again the last couple of weeks; however it turned out that I had to go to her house last week. The utility people decided to replace the utility pole next to our drive-way; so consequently, they parked their big truck right in front of our drive-way. Of course this had to be the day that Sis and I wanted to go estate-sale hopping and crafting.

So instead of Sis coming over to my house and having to park her car in my drive-way while we took my car and did the running around, I had to make the men move their truck so I could get out and go pick up Sis.

Of course most of the sales were on my side of the city, so I had to pick up Sis, then run all over to sales, then take Sis back home again. We decided that I would just stay at her house and do our crafting.

(BTW, I found some really nice, expensive yarn at one of the sales. It’s wool and mostly super-wash wool, which means that it can be machine washed and it’s very soft! AND I got it for $1 a skein! Yeah, we’re talking $9 to $17 original price for each skein!)

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned in past posts what we’ve been working on or not, so I’ll mention it again. I had a kit that made a couple of Christmas door hangers made in felt — like the stockings that we made a couple of years ago. For some reason, (running to estate sales, eating, talking), we haven’t been getting very far along on them. We only work on them when we’re together, otherwise they would have been finished a long time ago. I’ll have a pic of them one of these days.

In the meantime, here’s some “show and tells” that Sis has been working on.

These are the pillow cases that she painted and brought over to show a few weeks ago. We thought they might look better with some lace on the end of them. Yep, I think they look finished now.

Sis has been into making little animals and brought the green frog over to show one week. Then she decided to make another one with some funky pants. How cute is that?

She made another turtle as well.

After working on dolls for so long, I had a lot of small balls of yarn left over. So one day I was messing around and decided to make something from some of it. This is a character(?) that goes on the end of the handle of a broom to reach and get down cobwebs that always seem to appear in the corners of a room.

I thought this would be a good way to get rid of some of those thousands of left-over balls of yarn that I’ve been accumulating for years AND have something new to sell at our craft booth this fall. Ya think anyone will want one? Well, I think he’s cute, as well as functional.

Speaking of left-over balls of yarn. My big stash of left-overs are beginning to bust through the big bag that I keep them in.

In fact, I’ve started another sack of them. I NEED to do something with them. I’ve made a lot of afghans from left-overs in the past, so I’ve been leaning toward that goal.

I started looking though my many books and magazines to find something different. I love making granny squares and they can sure eat up the yarn, but I wanted something a little different. I found this:

This book is titled “10 Granny Squares/30 Blankets” by Margaret Hubert. Still granny squares — but different.

The square is made up of four smaller squares and then a border crocheted around the four squares. The afghan takes 30 squares. Then another border is around all of it. I’ve made six big squares so far

and I’m beginning to wonder what I got myself into. Here’s a close-up of one of the squares,

LOTS of cutting and tying off ends. Not my favorite thing to do. But it really is a pretty afghan and it’s using some of the smallest balls of yarn that I have. So I’ll carry on.

After making six of these squares, I started the o’ fizzling out routine again. So I went through some of my UFO’s to see what I should try to finish up and quit starting something new all the time.

I found a pair of gloves that I started last fall out of some of the pretty yarn that I bought at another sale earlier in the year. It’s a wool yarn. One glove was finished but not sewed together. Never used this pattern before so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I got busy and sewed it together and I love it! It’s soooo warm and fits me to a T. I had the other glove made in no time.

Of course finishing UFO’s got pushed to the back burner — again!

Rummaging through the yarn that I bought last week, I found two more skeins of yarn that would make a couple more of the pairs of gloves. I’ve already crocheted them and they’re waiting for me to sew together. There’s another bag of wool yarn in the garage that will have to come in and be sorted through to find more yarn to make more pairs of gloves. (What happened to the “finishing UFO projects?” Ha!)

Yep, when I get into something I’m enjoying, I tend to get carried away. But, hey, who can’t use another pair of warm gloves when the cold winds start blowing again, right?

Baby Dolls Finished! For Now

March 13, 2019

After finding dolls and doll parts that had been in my stash forever, I started working on crocheting their clothes and bodies just after Christmas last year. I counted 37 dolls to dress or make completely for a face and hands. After making the first few, I didn’t know if I would be able to stick with it for all of them. However, I didn’t know then that I would have so much fun with them. They were turning out so cute, I couldn’t wait to start another one.

I’ve spent about two and a half months working on these dolls. Almost constantly. That’s about one every other day. I was beginning to feel the burn-out. But after getting so close to having them all worked up, I was determined to finish them. And finish them I did.

This is the last of the little dolls with the blankets that I made with the face and hands,

And the last of the Little Cindy dolls,

And last, but not least, the last pillow doll.

Here’s a pic of all of them, except the towel lady that’s hanging in my kitchen,

It’s so nice to have them all finished! I cleaned up my sewing room, because I always make such a mess when I’m crafting, and just sit down and took a deep breath.

There’s still the dozen fashion dolls to dress, but that project may or may not happen. For a while anyway.

It’s time to push away from the doll-making and concentrate on working on UFO’s and other projects that I’ve been itching to start.

But for now, I’m enjoying all the finished dolls.