While You Recover afghan

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

This pattern is from the book
Vanna's Favorite Gift Afghans

1) Instead of working 2 strands of worsted weight yarn together I worked one strand of Lion Brand Homespun (barrington) with one strand of TLC Amore (plum) -- Very soft.
2) I filled in the chain 1 spaces around the bobbles with a dc.

I like the afghan. It was quick to make and it's snuggly soft, but I had a lot of problems remembering to work a sc in the turning chain at the end of my rows. I did a lot of frogging on what is a very simple pattern. I'm pretty sure it was because of Homespun's texture and I was just not seeing it clearly enough --I have a love/hate relationship with Homespun that has yet to be resolved.

Homespun Love:
1) I love the texture and softness of the yarn.
2) Love the colors to choose from.

Homespun Hate:
1) The difficulty of working with the yarn. It's very hard to work the foundation chain of anything crocheted and when knitting the yarn grabs and pulls making it sometimes impossible to get off a clean stitch.
2) The quality control from the company. For a long time they had a problem with the glue from their wrappers ruining the last 5-15 yards of a skein. Now I've been encountering large sections of fuzzy unspun yarn. The company was good about replacing yarn when it had the glue problem but I don't really need more skeins of the color Baroque and this time I don't feel like bothering.

Beaded Foot Sandal

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ahhh, it's almost summer. It's time to go get a pedicure (Mother's Day gift from a daughter) and start showing off the feet (these feet however, are my daughter's, not mine!) I love sandals and barefeet and this little project caught my eye right away as the best of both.

The pattern came from Beadwrangler and the only adjustments I made were: 1) I used the cheaper jewelry elastic from A.C. Moore instead of the Rainbow Elastic (I was able to make over 12 of these sandals from one cone) and 2) I used sc's down the front rather than the V formation of stitches used in the pattern. --That's just me and my taste though. I'm a straight line kinda gal.

Using black and white beads I also made a "Checkered Flag" one for my sister (Nascar Nut Fan) -- Love ya Sis ;)

Little Granny Square Heart

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I LOVE hearts motifs, especially crocheted ones. Many crocheted hearts are a variation of the same stitch theme but this one was a little different.

The original pattern is here: Little Granny Square Heart.

I did rework the shape heart portion of the pattern, because I couldn't figure out how the stitches were being counted, but it wasn't a difficult adjustment.

My heart measures 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in size 10 cotton thread with a 7 hook.

Now I need to figure out what project to use them in!

Update: I found a wonderful use for this in a friendship quilt.

Finger Puppet

Monday, May 15, 2006
This little cutie is known as a Poppit Petpet and is from the online game Neopets. I designed her for a contest at the site (she took a third!)

She sits beside me at my desk and I love to pick her up and play. I may just have to make a few more!

Finger Puppet pattern