9.24.2011

Woohoo! I finished something for myself!

I finished making myself a pair of socks.  The pattern is Adirondack Socks by my good friend Patsy Harbor.  This pattern was published in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2009.



They turned out so pretty and comfy!  I LOVE them!  The yarn I used is Malabrigo Sock #474 Caribeno.  This is a superwash merino wool that is nice and soft.  1 Skein makes a pair of socks.  I'm so happy to have made something for myself!  I hardly ever do that.

I am currently working on a magazine project that was going really well...but I have suffered a major set back.  Apparently my gauge changed between my swatch and my project....So, I hae a lot of ripping and re-working to do.  Atleast I still have plenty of time until my deadline.  Trust me though, when this is done, and I can show it to you, you'll LOVE it!

Also, this week I took a very brief break to make a couple of super-hero masks to donate for my daughter's school class's basket for their upcoming silent auction fundraiser.  I'd have rather made these from someone else's pattern just so that it would be quick.  I searched Ravelry to see if there were any free patterns available, and I only found one crochet super-hero mask pattern that was part of a downloadable booklet that cost $4.50 or so.  So, I charted it out myself, instead of paying for one.  It took me three or four tries before I got it just right.  I'm thinking that I'm going to have to self-publish this pattern, but I'll show you a pic of Lady Hops-s-lot wearing one.

Cute huh?!  This will be a quick fun one to publish. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Happy crocheting!

April :)

9.10.2011

Opening the mailbox doesn't get better than this!

This is what came in the mail for me today!  It just doesn't get better than that!  And to make it even better, there wasn't anything else in there -- not a single bill or piece of junk mail!  Pure crochet bliss!

I was so awed by that really cool hat and cowl on the cover of Crochet Today!  It is beautfiul!  The designer is Cristina Mershon, who I've never heard of, but way to go Cristina -- fantastic! (Edited - I looked up Cristina Mershon and found her on Ravelry.  Come to find out, she is a fellow Oklahoman.  Yay!)

The yarn that arrived was ordered from WEBS for making hats and mittens for the Etsy shop, and then another variety of yarn for swatching.  Bet you can't guess what I'll be doing today... :)

Now, in non-crochet news, look what Baby did yesterday:

She really likes yogurt, and I was busy watching an episode of Nova (the PBS show) that my dad brought over a DVD of for me to watch about fractal geometry.  (He's hoping I can find ways to use it in my crochet design.  I'll have to ponder on that for awhile...)  Anyway, Baby got hungry and went after one of her favorite snacks.  I went out the kitchen awhile later to see what she was in to, and this is what I found.  I know it encourages these kind of shenanigans to take pictures, but I just think that I have to document these kinds of things so they can see how they drove me crazy when they were little.  I carried her to the tub from here and cleaned her up.  Kids!...

I also wanted to tell everyone how wonderful my sweetheart is.  He brought these home a couple days ago

These are my all time favorite flowers!  Gerbera Daisies.  I had the same variety of flowers as my wedding flowers.  I LOVE them!  And, they weren't for a special occasion, they were "just because".

Anyway, we're having a good week, and a nice weekend.  I got that wonderful mail today, and I get to go to knit-in at my LYS tonight, where I will be a rebel and crochet.  I'm in the process of preparing submission swatches and they are going really well so far!

Happy crocheting!

April :)

9.07.2011

Interweave Store

Hi blog readers!  It has been wonderful to see and feel Fall arrive here in Oklahoma!  We have had a very unpleasantly hot and dry summer.  But, on to business.  The Interweave Store is having a big "Stash Buster Sale" right now on all kinds of great things, including my patterns!
This is "Avery's Wavy Scarf" that begins with crocheted rings that are then amplified into these long waves -- truly a unique and fun scarf!  The pattern is available in the Interweave Store and is currently on sale!

This is "Bella Dress" a baby dress abvailable in sizes 3 months to 3T.  This was the design that started it all for me -- my first published design.  This pattern is available in the Interweave Store and is currently on sale.

This is "Spring Creek Jumper" in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.  I LOVE this jumper.  I was so happy with how it turned out, and I adore the pictures of it!  It's really a nice jumper and pattern.  (It's seamless!  Love that!).  It is also available in the Interweave Store and is currently on sale.

All 3 projects are normally $5.50, but are on sale for $3.85.  So, if you've been wanting one, this is the perfect time to get the pattern!  It's also a perfect time to get any other Interweave Press patterns or books!  What Interweave book or pattern are you just dying to get?  I personally would love to have Kristin Omdahl's book Crochet So Fine, and the download of the Chain Reaction Afghan Project Crochet-Along.

In other news around here, I've mailed out some more projects and finished stitching another.  I'll be blocking and writing the pattern for that one today...along with grocery shopping, taking care of my girlies, and going up to church to teach the Young Women about something called indexing -- a Genealogy-related project.  It will be a busy day as usual.

Well, happy crocheting!

April :)