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CAL Check In #2, #3, & #4

I am horrible at remembering to do these, lol. So since I missed check in #2 & #3, I figured I would just throw them in together.

Ok, so I have a total of 6 blocks done. Whew! I laid out the six & realized that to fit a queen size bed like B wants, I am going to need 30 blocks. So I am just rolling along. Once I get one square done, I start another. I can actually finish a square in a little over a day. Would be quicker if that was I all I had to do, lol. I have another that will be finished before this post is posted. *I am typing this on May 24, 2014 & is scheduled to post on May 27, 2014*

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week : Day Four : Conversations Between Workers

Start by writing a few short paragraphs from the point of view of one of the tools you use for your craft. this might be a spinning wheel, crochet hook, pair of scissors or your knitting bag. These first few lines should include a description of this tool’s task and usage. If you are feeling particularly in tune with this item you might assign it feelings.

Then, write a dialogue between yourself and this item. It might describe your relationships, the annoyances that you have felt for this item at some point (or could it have possible ever have felt annoyances with you) and the wonderful work that you have created together.

I can’t believe it I get to have a post. Finally, I get the recognition I deserve! Where would you be without me? I tell you where to start your end stitches, where to add stitches, make increases or decreases. You can’t knit without me very often or least Hev can’t. She uses me to show her where to switch to purls or knits in ribbing, where she needs to start or end her edging stitches. I come in the colors of orange & teal & can open or close to be moved where ever Hev needs me to be.

Hev: Hey, you are supposed to be locked in my knitting, not stealing my computer & writing blog posts!

Stitch Marker: Oops! I got caught. Don’t worry, I have another marker in my place, I wouldn’t let you down.

Hev: Ok, you better not. I don’t want to be knitting when I am supposed to be purling, lol. Jessica would not like the mess up on the ribbing on her blanket.

Stitch Marker: Nope, it is all good.

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014:Day Three: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

Every Year Knitting & Crochet Blog Week tries to feature at least one day where photography takes a key role, because it has been proven many times that what captures reader’s attention for the first few seconds to hopefully hold them long enough to invest the time to read your words is your pictures.

It is easy enough to fall into a routine of photographing your finished projects as is – clearly displayed, maybe from a few varying angles, and for a large part of the time these are what blog readers will expect to see, but every now and again it is good to throw in a picture that causes people to linger.

Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures. Take your own creativity and run to your camera with your own ideas.

Pineapple Afghan CAL- Post 1

Don’t faint anyone, I have actually managed to crochet two squares. I know it is shocking! LOL, just kidding. Surprisingly, I understand crochet more than I do knitting, but I prefer to knit then crochet. Weird I know, but that is me.

So I made on square & then thought it might be helpful if I took pictures of each round so that you all would see how each round looks. So I did. I would have finished a lot sooner, but I had to wait on some rounds to get enough light for the camera. Towards the end of the rounds the square got too big to fit, with good detail, into the frame. So here you go, from top to bottom, left to right. Each of the rounds photos. You can also click on each photo & view the full-size image. I hope this helps if you were having any problems.


As you all are aware I am a major crafter. I know how to knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, tat, latch hook, embroidery, & several other crafting skills. Since I am taking part in Jessica’s Pineapple CAL, I have noticed something with my crochet & knitting styles. See the pictures below, the one on the left is my knitting style, & the one on the right is how I crochet. Notice anything odd? I am right-handed also by the way.

I don’t know why I tension the yarn in different hands. Does anyone else tension in opposite hands? I would think that since I tension with my left hand in crochet (first one I learned) I would be able to tension with it for knitting. Nope, every time I try to tension or knit Continental style, I wind up losing my stitches or can’t get the yarn to wrap over the needle correctly. Hence, why I knit English style.

Knitting Ta-Da

Gracye’s Bag of Owls

  • Pattern: my own design
  • Needle: US 7 – 4.5 mm
  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids
  • How much used: 1092 yards, 594 grams 3 skeins = 1092.0 yards (998.5m)
  • Color family: Black

You see those photos up there? Yep, that is Grace’s owl bag completed & ready to send. I know I finished knitting it about three months ago, but I was in the middle of moving house, than my father’s wedding (still trying to figure out what he was thinking) followed by the start of tax season. Followed by fighting with my Mom’s (now mine) Sears Kenmore 148.15600 (Model 1560) Sewing Machine. Plus, I was scared to death of the zipper. I had only done one other zipper & that was in Home Etc with my beloved teacher, Betty Ebert, there to walk me through it. Now I was on my own & praying I got it right. Yep, went in without a hitch. So happy with that one. Then came the lining of the bag & then done. Grace left the lining fabric to my choice & I found the green owl fabric at my Michael’s. Took a pic & asked her if this would be cute? She fell in love with it & so it got used. I bought 4 yards of it (I like making sure I have plenty), thinking that if I screwed up completely I would have enough to re-do the lining. Oh, before you tell me that a knitted strap is going to stretch, please notice, that the underside of the strap is lined also (top right photo above). This way the strap won’t stretch & it gives a pop of surprise when it is shown. I picked this tip up from Pinterest about the strap. I used 4.5mm brown safety eyes from 6060 (Etsy shop). I put a total of 32 eyes on this bag. Trust me those safety eyes are not easy to put on, they hurt if you have tender hands. Overall I did have fun making this bag. It was my first time using a pattern that I came up with. Not the owl cables but the other parts of it, I made up. Now to get it to Grace for her to see if she likes it or not.

The Sewing Machine

Mom bought it brand new, taught me to sew on the machine. This machine is all metal & over 30 years old. Kicker? It doesn’t like to be moved & so when you move it, the machine needs to sit to get used to the change of temp. At our old house we didn’t have anywhere to leave it up so it stayed in the case all the time. Since the machine is completely metal *love that* temperate changes effects it. I have it set up in my office & I don’t think it has ever been used so much. B is trying to get me to get a new one, but they are all plastic & I don’t want them. So there is a mild war going on right now between us. My Kenmore is over 32 years old & it still is sewing just fine. I can find all the parts to it & so I don’t feel the need to change machines.

Well, that is about it. Keep watching cause I have a post about the CAL (Crochet A Long) that I am taking part in to type up & the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is coming up on May 12 through May 18th & I will be taking part in that also.


CAL Time (Crochet Along)

Jessica is hosting a CAL (Crochet Along). Now before you say anything about this being a knitting blog, if you will look in the archives, I do crochet also.

To quote Jessica’s post about the CAL:

There are two (2) options for this CAL, but first let’s run through some beginning stuff:

  • COLORS – The blankets I am thinking of can be either worked with one color or multiple colors. I will be using one color though.
  • TIME – I was thinking of doing a square every 2 weeks. There are a lot of CALs out there going on and I don’t want to burden people by a time line of doing the squares weekly. We would start April 1, 2014 and do another square every 2 weeks from that date. It would end sometime in September 2014.
  • SIZE – The squares will be for 12 Inches. We will do no more than 12 squares. That means your blanket before edging (after putting the squares together) would be 4 foot by 3 foot.
    That all seems pretty easy to do. The blanket would be the perfect size for a lapghan that you can keep or give away. Also if we follow the time frame you will have time to put it together – even if you are behind – before the Holidays approach.

So what 2 designs where you thinking of you may be asking? One has 12 different designs and one has the same design for each square.

Choice One

Calendar Afghan by April Moreland
This blanket was designed throughout the year of 2009. Each month April designed a square to go with the theme of that month. The list of squares can be found on this page. If you would like to see what each square would look like in one color or multiple colors you can find April on Ravelry as CrochetAmore and you can find her designs on Ravelry here.

Choice Two

Pineapple Afghan
I found this blanket while looking through Grace’s project page on Ravelry. This blanket uses 1 square design. It makes a beautiful blanket. You can see what others have done on Ravelry by looking at projects made from this square.

If you are interested in this CAL & I hope you are go vote on your choice of projects here.

Christmas Presents

Whew! I got all my presents completed in the middle of November.  Now all that is left is to work on my stuff.  So I have a Hap shawl (Hapish), a lace circular (Queen Anne’s Lace) shawl & then I got an order for three knitted & three crochet dishcloths.  So how are all of you comming with your presents?  All finished, haven’t even started, or in the process?

Knitting, Crochet, & Cross Stitch Rut

I am in a huge size rut of my own making. I need to finish Frederick, but my Cross Stitch bag has a huge (about ten inches) rip in it that swallows my stitching. Well, I have the choice of spending at least $20 on a new diaper bag (that is what I normally use) or make me one. I decided to make one with cotton yarn, plastic canvas, & fabric. Well, I have most of the granny squares completed, then I get to sew them together. Then block them & then cut out the 7-mesh plastic canvas to stiffen the bag & then sew the lining & put it all together. My rut is simple. I also want to knit socks & just realized that it is the same stitch, just with more needles. I am like a kid in a candy store when I find something new out. I want to try it & a new craft is like candy to me. It is the same with Tunisian Crochet, I had to try it out. I now can do it & am still on the fence about it. As for the knitting socks, I have requested books & am planning on picking up sock yarn & double pointed needles this weekend. Hopefully that will calm my brain down enough to get my new xstitch1 bag completed. At least, I hope it will be enough. Also there is a pattern for fingerless gloves that I am dying to do that requires sock weight yarn so I will pick that up to. I foresee a break in my xstitching once Fredrick is completed, unless I get another commission. Though Callie wants me to crochet her a scarf so I may do that once Frederick is done. I am using my giant crochet shopping bag at the moment to hold my crochet & xstitching until I get the bag done & am honestly temped to just use it for the time being until I get Frederick done. It just doesn’t have a top & is unlined. But I have used it all day & nothing has come out yet, but it is soooo big & is meant as a shopping bag. Picture 100% cotton yarn in a size H crochet hook, 14 round granny square front & back with 7 round square sides & bottom. That is how big my bag is at the moment. HUGE :rock: Replacing my cross stitching bag is my rut & I plan on finishing my homemade one soon.

1 xstitch means cross stitch

This Summer

I plan on using my “sense of touch” to the extreme level, lol. :dance: :dance: I just re-learned how to knit so I am still working on that (remembering why I hate it). Plus I have about two crochet projects going on that I want to complete. Then my biggest project is of course Frederick. I am guessing by now you want to know how this deals with my sense of touch. Simple, did you know that different colors will feel different? :OO: They do. *stop looking at me like I am crazy* I can take a skein of white floss & a skein of another color and tell them apart by the feel of the floss. I may not be able to tell you what color it is, but I will be able to tell you that they are not the same color. Try it. Go on, try it, I will wait.

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You back? Good. Did you feel it? Yes, good. You have a heighten sense of touch, not everyone does. That is why if you didn’t feel it you have a normal sense of touch. Nothing wrong with that. I can do the same thing with fabric & yarn. Which is why I can’t use wool, it irritates me, I don’t like the feel of the wool. Though I may branch into Alpaca (my father has a client that raises them). That is why I love working with cotton so much. I love the feel of the yarn & it doesn’t irritate my senses.

For example, micro suede. My father has about four winter shirts that he wears. Every time he wore them he couldn’t figure out why I kept rubbing his back or hugging him. Finally, Mom told him it was because I loved the feel of the fabric. When I was in the hospital he brought one up for me to sleep with since it smelled like home & I could rub my face in it. *huge anxiety & panic attacks in the hospital* Since then, I have have bought a comforter that is micro-suede & I sleep with it all the time. My parents joke that I am like a feline & purr. :yikes: Kind of like this cat in the basket:

Yeah, if you haven’t guessed, I am in a crazy goofy mood today. :happy: :happy: :happy:

Whew! Slow Down Life

Everything is moving so fast. I don’t know how to keep up. Dad & I are getting used to being without Mom hate it. The worst part is that we are both the type of person that “goes with the flow” & so choosing where to go or where to eat is difficult because both of don’t really care. Needless to say it can take us all day to choose something, lol. The main thing we both agree on is Mom.

Mother Update

Mom is still in the hospital. The doctor’s still give her less then 10% chance of making it out alive. If she makes it then it will be to a long term skilled care facility. That was not what we (Dad & I) or mom wanted, but if she is willing to do it then I am not going to complain.

She actually seems to be willing to work with physical therapy this time around & she is telling us (mouthing since she doesn’t have the speech valve on the trach tube yet) that she is hungry & wants to drink. So that is wonderful. Yesterday she actually agreed to let them sit her up on the side of the bed. She only sat for a couple of minutes, but she sat up & wasn’t bitchy or fighting with them to do it. This is a wonderful thing.

Though I hate to be pessimistic, I am so afraid that this is just the calm before the storm. I just have this feeling that she is going to move backwards again & if she does move backwards she will give up completely. If she codes out again, the doctors don’t think she will come out of it again. Her heart already has a flutter in it & her lungs & brain already have been damaged. Unfortunately, we don’t know how badly they have been damaged. I am just terrified that my best friend is going to die on me & there is nothing I can do to stop it. I am just taking everything one day at a time & praying that I get to keep her for a little longer. I don’t know what else to do.


I am planning on making hats for myself & possibly to sell, though I doubt if any will get sold cause I will probably give them away, lol. I bought the yarn just because I loved the colors in it. I had no idea what to use it for until I saw the hat on Raverly. Then I knew what it was going to be used for.

If you remember I was going to make a quilt for my double bed out of the colors of Water & Earth. Well, I got four blocks down & just can’t tell myself that the colors go together so I am using the yarn for other small projects.

My Dad bought me two new crochet hooks. They are normal metal hooks from the flat up & bamboo below. Since the bamboo is a thicker handle it doesn’t make my hand cramp when I crochet all day. So far I have a G (4.0mm) & a H (5.0mm). Dad says that as I need other sizes he will get them. These are made by Susan Bates. The only two brands I have access to are Broyle & Susan Bates. I can interchange the use of either brand, though I prefer Susan Bates. I love the thicker handle of my new hooks. :luv: :luv: :luv:

Cross Stitch

I have finally gotten started on Lori’s commission. Frederick has his own place in the galleries now so you can visit him there, lol. I am going to have a hard time letting this one go, I know. Want to know why? This is the design.Clicking on the picture will take you to the gallery page.

So much…

to tell & show you so this is going to be another long post. There is going to be lots of photos also. So sit back and get ready. :p :p

I know this theme isn’t actually “new”, but I was tired of the dark one & the one that I coded up wouldn’t transfer into WordPress so I am just re-using this one until I get another one coded. Though I admit that it will probably will be another one column one again. I just like them since I make really long entries all the time. :hmm:

Since Mom is still in the hospital & she is under an isolation. So I haven’t wanted to work on my cross stitching since most of my projects are using hand-dyed fabrics or floss. You can’t wash those easily without losing some of the colors. So I have been crocheting up a storm. I have a long list of items I want to make for myself & other items I would like to sell, but of course I have to find the time to make all these items, lol. My list of items is as follows:

  • Scarf (Honolulu Scarf – in progress)
  • Queen Size blanket (Water & Earth Blanket – in progress)
  • Shawl
  • Wrist Warmers (like these – Wrist Warmers)
  • Hat – (like April’s here – Slouch Hatl
  • Another Hat – (like Annelies’ here – Puff Stitch Hat)
  • Headbands – (like Cheryl’s here – Headbands)

So as you can see I have lots to crochet. Plus I have to find the money for all of the yarn, lol. But moving on. Want to see what I am currently working on? sure you do.

Water & Earth Blanket

This project is going to take me forever, so I work on it when I want to & take breaks to work on other projects when I get bored. This is going to be a blanket to go on my double bed, but I like them to be very big (I sleep with king size blankets & sheets) so I am using 12 inch blocks. I am estimating that I am going to need about six blocks across and about nine blocks long, but I probably will make it bigger. Though I may go stir crazy in the process, lol.

Honolulu Scarf

We are trying this again. I really need a scarf for winter & so I keep reading that bulky yarn (6) is super quick to crochet with, so I splurged & picked up three skeins of Lion Brand Hometown Super Bulky yarn. Geesh, they were $3 each for only 81yards. I about died. But anyhoo, I choose Honolulu Pink (get the drift I like pink, lol) for my scarf & decided that I would try to make a granny stripe (pattern here: ) thinking that it would be fairly quick. It would be just fine if I wasn’t so bloody picky about the length & width. I like them to be really long & really wide cause I use them as a hood & a scarf at the same time, but I don’t want a hooded scarf, cause sometimes I don’t want or am wearing a hat. I am just plain persnickety. :what: :roll: Anyway, this is how far I have gotten on it & I have probably worked on it for about three hours total in the vehicles.

My Birthday Present

As you all know my birthday was on April 23rd. I bought myself a cross stitch frame that I had been looking at for a while. You can see it here ( I got the standard Z frame with clamp so I can use my Q-Snaps & hoops with it. So far I do like it very much. My father purchased three charts for me also. Wanna see?

Though to be perfectly honest, all I wanted & still want is my mother out of the hospital. Dad also took me to eat at Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill for supper. If you want a fruity sweet wine then you need to try Fuki’s Plum wine, it is simply wonderful. But then I have never had anything at Haruno that is bad.

Well that is about it. I guess I will get back to the coding & graphic work of the new theme. :rock: