Thursday, October 30, 2008

For my ravelry friends:


Thursday, October 9, 2008


I am so sorry I had no idea there were comments for me at this board! I just switched the settings so notifications are sent to me. I'm sorry! For all of those who wondered about my brain/Chiari blog, it is back open again. I had to take it down temporarily but it is up again. Thanks for your patience!

On a sidenote I can't crochet right now due to my surgery last week in Maryland. It's taking me ages to type these entries as I'm being picky about capitals and such--something very hard to do with one hand.

Sewing is a bit easier since it pretty much just uses a pedal and 1 hand. I would be glad to make pet bandanas that slip over their collar. I have lots of material to pick from if you prefer certain colors or gender color preferences. Bandanas/collar slipcovers are 3.00 each or 5/12.00 (i.e. buy 4 get 1 free). S/H via USPS is 2.15 no matter how many you order and will be sent in a padded/bubble mailer; if you would like faster shipping I can use a USPS flat rate priority mail envelope for 4.80.

Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts! I am so glad to have found sewing this year and hope to be crocheting again soon! Crafts are awesome occupational therapy not to mention great for stress relief!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Time flies! Sorry I haven't posted in a couple weeks. If you read my main blog you know it's been a bit busy around here.

I do have a couple projects going, nothing major except the never-ending king-sized triple-skein goes on and on and on and on.

I frogged the entire dang Must Have Blouse, after being 3/4 complete. I don't know what the problem was with the pattern but I followed the gauge, used the small size instead of my usual medium because the measurements used in the pattern were borderline for me, and I could tell that this top would be several times too big for me. It was nowhere near a medium but more likely a 2X if not 3X. I battled with the decision, having never frogged anything that big, but it came down to the fact I LOVE the yarn and can't stand the thought of it sitting in the form of a sweater I would NEVER wear, stuck in some drawer, when I can use the yarn for some other adorable project!

I started Meg's Butterfly Dress but it's taken a back seat with other stuff going on, but will get there. It's a mixture of primarily soft yellow with flecks of pink, blue, and green; every third row of soft pink. Crocheted appliques will be attached after completion in the shapes of butterflies etc.

I'm finishing up my mom's Haekelbeutel since she's coming the 20th. She'll be here for my husband's surgery so I know she'll be a great help and I know she really wants this bag. It's the yarn I know she likes the colorway of and hopefully she will be pleased with it. It's Sugar N Cream Confections though I can't off the top of my head remember the name, but it's variegated creams & beiges. I don't think I will with this one but on my next I will attempt a lining. I don't want to mess hers up in the learning process.

My Annie draw-string bag is nearly done, having worked on it at length during my 6 year old's time at the hospital a couple weeks ago for a bad urinary tract infection.

My iPod armband has proven very helpful. I don't run or anything--more like wheel but not for sport--but I do wear it while crafting and the armband keeps the wires and such out of my way while crocheting and sewing. I am very happy with it and hey you can't go wrong with velcro LOL.

Everything can be seen with details along with my other projects at my Ravelry page.

As for sewing, tonight I made a bandana of sorts. Instead of tying it around the neck and risk catching dog hairs, I sewed a slipcover for her collar to take away that pesky collar-itch, using a decorative stitch, then the bandana comes off that! With it being 2-ply instead of 1, and a pressing, it looks much more professional that single thickness. Her next one I am going to use contrasting fabric to stitch on her initial LOL. Hmmm. I wonder if there may be a market for non-itch collar cover bandanas out there? I know, I'm desperate, but I have to think of a way to get us to Baltimore for the surgery. I will post a pic over on the side of the page since the sewing ones don't go on Ravelry.

Monday, September 8, 2008

What in the world?

My materials came in for Meg's Butterfly Dress.

Along with it came 4 TLC Baby in pink. The thing is, I have never used TLC Baby, rarely use pink, and have NO idea why I bought it. I verified the order and indeed I must have had a specific reason for buying it or else I would not have wasted the money (ok yes I used an excellent coupon as always but still--I would not have spent it unnecessarily).

So now I'm driving myself crazy wondering what great project I can't remember I was going to do.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Seasons of Comfort Lapghan

Here is the pattern for my Seasons of Comfort Lapghan. I wrote it out while working on the 'ghan so it has not been officially tested.

Seasons of Comfort Lapghan
© June 1, 2008 by Keesha Turner. This pattern is copyrighted and provided for your personal use. You may create it for personal, gift, or charity purposes; you may sell your completed item but not sell the pattern itself. Thank you!

Completed size: Approximately 30 x 48

Yarn: Sport-weight chenille in 3 colors: MC (Main Color), CC1 (Contrasting Color 1) and CC2 (Contrasting Color 2). 96 oz.

Hook: F/4.0

Gauge: 6 dc = 2"

Directions for squares:

Using a double-strand throughout the pattern, chain 20.

Foundation Row: In 3rd chain from hook, dc in each dc across. Ch 2. Turn.

Row 1: DC in next dc and in each dc across, turn.

Row 2: Repeat Row 1 until square measures 6" from beginning.

Create 20 squares of MC, 10 squares of CC1 and 10 squares of CC2.

Lapghan Layout:

Row 1 square order: MC, CC1, MC, CC2, MC
Row 2 square order: CC2, MC, CC1, MC, CC2
Row 3 square order: MC, CC2, MC, CC1, MC
Row 4 square order: CC1, MC, CC2, MC, CC1
Row 5 square order: MC, CC1, MC, CC2, MC
Row 6 square order: CC2, MC, CC1, MC, CC2
Row 7 square order: MC, CC2, MC, CC1, MC
Row 8 square order: CC1, MC, CC2, MC, CC1

Attach squares in the above order using slip stitching in MC.

Border: Using MC, hdc around the lapghan, placing three hdc in each of the four corners to form turns. Repeat for a second row.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Here are the things of late

iPod holder so it'll be out of the way while I craft:

My first quilt:

Friday, August 8, 2008

Crochet Games of Ancient Greece

YAY! Today is the official start of the 2008 Crochetville Games of Ancient Greece! I am on Team Wearables as I am determined to overcome my misfortune with socks. After failing to succeed with around 8 free online sock patterns, I finally went ahead and purchased Shelle's sock pattern. I used her Shawler pattern to make the fabulous wearable and so I know her patterns to be quite well-written and easy to understand. Also if I run into any problems I know I can ask her for help.

The Haekelbeutel bag in the post below I have decided to donate to the Crochetville Greek Games as a prize for when the competition is complete. I hope someone will enjoy it.

I finished my friend's lapghan, I am happy to report. I could not be more thrilled with it. I am pleased with how my pattern turned out, the consistency of the work, and the great texture and softness of the yarn from Kristy (you must be a Ville member to view this thread as this particular subforum is members only for protection).