Thursday, August 28, 2008
To keep with the crafting theme I'll start with this one:
This is so me in the morning!
And yes folks, this is the one that sent me over the edge into insanity:
I'm so pathetic! But hey, we had a great time this morning...me, myself and I! Have a hysterical day!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
K & I hook
Lion Brand Baby Homespun (any homespun would work)
Caron Simply Soft ww
Ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
st/s – stitch/es
sl st – slip stitch
fo – finish off
Start with a magic circle or ch2 and work in 2nd ch from hook – ch2 at end of row does not count as 1st hdc of each row.
1. 6hdc in circle (or 2nd ch) join, ch2 (6sts)
2. 2hdc in each stitch around, join, ch2 (12sts) – weave in end now as it will be harder later
3. 1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, repeat around, join, ch2 (18sts)
4-5. hdc around, join ch 2 at end of each round
6. 1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, repeat around, join, ch2 (27)
7-8. 1 hdc in each st around, join, ch2
9. hdc in next 15sts, ch2, turn
10-21. 1hdc in each st across ch2 turn
Test fit before finishing off, you may need to increase or decrease rows for a custom fit. Remember you want a snug fit.
22. 1 hdc in each st across, fo leaving a long tail
With right sides held together and using tail from last row, fold heal in half and whip st heel seam. Weave in ends.
Using ww yarn and starting at the halfway point in the heel, sc evenly around to corner st where toe meets side. Do a hdc in the corner st. Sc over toe area with a hdc in the other corner. Finish sc around to where you started join.
Switch to I hook
Ch2, hdc in first 3sts sc to 1st toe corner, sl st across toe to corner, sc down side to last 3 st. Hdc in last 3sts, join.
Ch1, sc to corner of toe doing 3 decreases spaced evenly along the side, sl st across toe, sc back to beginning doing 3 decreases evenly on this side too. Join, fo.
Note: For me, because I have such a narrow heel, I re-attached the ww yarn about 2 1/2” away from the center of the heel and worked a row of sl st around the back, across the heel to 2 ½” down the other side.
I also whip stitched some felt into the area where the ball of the foot goes as I don’t like the feel of the “bumps” from the stitches.
You can embellish or not, whatever is your preference!
If you find any errors, please drop me an email. I am the only one who has made these and they have not been tested. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
and a close up:
Also I am very excited to tell you that I won the wonderful blog giveaway over at All in my Cottage here is the darling tea cup pincushion that I won:
Isn't it sweet!! Check out Debbi's etsy shop Marionberry Cottage. She has some of the prettiest, vintagey, feminine things I have seen in a long time.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Today I'll share a snippet from my Senior year.
I had a Psychology class. I had a love/hate relationship with the teacher. Mrs. Smith. At the time I felt she was a close minded, old, battle ax! Maybe it wasn't fair to the other students, but I sort of hijacked the class. We (Mrs. Smith & I...the class never managed to get a word in edge-wise!) would be discussing one thing or another from the book and Mrs. Smith, while looking directly at me, would make some black & white statement about it (the psychosis or whatever) being only one way. Me, being very "shades of gray" would start to argue with her about her "diagnosis."
I would actually (on my own time) go to the library to bone up on whatever the subjects were that we would be working on next. I wanted to have more information than the text book the school gave us could tell me. Mrs. Smith and I used the hour as a time to debate sort of like a Freud/Jung conversation!
Anyways, that's the set up!
The last day of school before Christmas break was traditionally a day that, last hour, (when I had Psychology) the Seniors would go Christmas Caroling in the halls. This was an accepted and much looked forward to tradition in my High School. On this day, I respectfully raised my hand and patiently waited for Mrs. Smith to call on me. (see what a good girl I was!) She eventually did (she had to make me wait to assert her superiority) call on me. I oh-so-respectfully asked if we (the Seniors) could be dismissed to go carolling. No response. I asked again... again no response, she just opened her book and started flipping pages. Me, being the only bold one in the class stood up and said to the class at large: "Who's with me? She didn't say we COULDN'T leave and go caroling!" All this time she just looked at her book, no response what-so-ever!
I managed to take half the class with me.
When we came back after Christmas break, Mrs. Smith was waiting by her desk with detention slips for us. I took mine, smiled sweetly and told her it was the most fun I ever had earning detention! (my only detention by the way, I really was a pretty good kid...no really).
I found out after graduation that Mrs. Smith took my Mother aside and told her how much she enjoyed having me in her class. That for the first time in years she felt challenged to do and learn more for her class. She told my Mother that if I chose, I would be a great leader.
The cool thing is, that was Mrs. Smith's last year of teaching. She decided to retire after that year. At our graduation ceremonies, she said she was pleased to be going out on such a good year with so many memories. I'd like to think I was part of those good memories - she is certainly one of the big positives that I remember!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It's a lot slower going than I thought it would be. I only have until they extinguish the Olympic flame to get it done...well...for credit anyways. I will finish it no matter what!
Have any of you seen the new (to me) Holiday Crafts magazine? I have found a project in it that my fingers are just itching to make! It's the "12 day's of Christmas" quilted and embroidered banner. I'll add a picture as soon as I can, it's absolutely darling! Of course, I want to count down from December 1st, so I will add 6 little...somethings...on each side. Probably stars but I'm not sure yet. I'm going to try to use only materials from my stash...really I am...honestly...although it couldn't hurt to just look at the christmas fabrics...and some patterned felt...no really...from my stash...maybe...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
First up, I wanted to share this biscornu that I made:
Instead of the traditional crosstitch, I embroidered on wool felt. I embellished it with beads and a couple buttons from my stash. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Not all of my stitching is the greatest, but I was "freehanding" it. I will definately make another one of these, a little smaller I think, in the future to be a scissors fob.
Right now I am working on a crocheted lapghan. I am participating in the crochet games at Crochetville that is running concurrently with the Olympic Games. It's coming along, although a little slower than I thought it would. I have a percentage bar in my side bar that I am keeping updated.
There are so many giveaways out there right now, you could go crazy checking them all out! I have added a few in my sidebar, just click on the picture. Here are a few more for you: Wraggedypatches is giving away a mystery "quilty" item for her 100th post; Lises Hobbyblogg is giving away a mystery crafty item for her 100th post; and over at Polka Dots & Rick Rack she is giving away a darling little hand crafted doll, material, needles and pins! Check them out!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
On Friday we took the family to Michigan Adventure. The amusement park was fun, but the waterpark was COLD!! It was the nicest day we have had in a long time as a family. The kids all got along. It was nice to build some happy vacation memories with the older kids! Here are a few really awful pictures (again from my phone). Mind you, these were taken after we spent a lot of time in the waterpark, so we aren't exactly at our best! lol
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Of course, I couldn’t go somewhere and not take along a project or two! I already completed one, a little purse that I modified slightly to suit my tastes. When I get home I will post a picture of it.
I also brought a little embroidery project (really only an hour or two worth of work on it), but have discovered that bumpy roads and very sharp needles don’t really mix too well…ouch! I am sure I will have pictures of that to post too when I get home.
So in the mean time, here are a couple of pictures for you to enjoy that I pulled off the net (well, as soon as we get to our hotel and I can get online that is!!). Hope everyone is having a wonderful week and I will be back soon…better than I was before at both blogging (I am going to set myself a challenge of posting on Tuesdays and Fridays since I am such a bad blogger) and reconnected with Hubby!