Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Finished Baby Blanket & a Visitor

I started this baby blanket last year. It kept getting thrown into the back of my crochet basket, because it did not have a recipient. A few months ago, I decided that I need to just woman up and finish it. Someone will have a baby that I can give it to. Or I can donate it (duh!). So I got out my hook, bought a second thing of yarn (because I ran out) and finished this project. Now, if only I hadn't started three more projects..

That leaves my current works in progress at six. Oy vey! Oh well, I'm going to be thankful that I finished this (because tomorrow is Thanksgiving, after all) and move on. Oh yeah, and update the project page for this sweet little blanket! Wanna know who else wanted to get in on this photo shoot...

Kitten! haha She just walked right on through my photoshoot. She really just wanted to get to the rock so she could scratch her back.

Hubs is looking at her thinking "what a weirdo," meanwhile, she must have spotted something in the distance.

Oh how pets can give us so much joy. These kittens are super quirky, but I LOVE them! :) Oh yeah, and they are over two years old, so they are definitely not kittens anymore. But they are still cute and cuddly!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rudy the Reindeer

Christmas is coming. It is a little over a month away. Crazy. I, for one, am super excited. One reason -- this cute little reindeer. I have been wanting to make this guy for the past three years or so (ever since I saw the one that my friend made), but just never had the time today. Well, folks, I did it. And in one weekend, mind you! These little guys don't actually take that much time, you just have to dive in and get going!

So I would like to introduce you to Rudy.

Why Rudy, you ask? I have absolutely no idea. Maybe because it is like a form of Rudolph? I do not know. It just popped into my head when I was downloading the pictures. As always, check out the original project page for more info!

Monday, November 21, 2011


So I have a new addiction. It is Instagram. If you do not know what it is, you are surely missing out! It is a photo sharing app for the iPhone. I thought it might be fun if I post my pictures here weekly. I hope you enjoy, but if not oh well! And let's be real... what are the odds of my actually posting weekly? hehe
Finished Tiramisu Blanket
Completed Tiramisu Blanket

Finishing up a doily at a local coffee shop!

Celebrating Matt's birthday at the elephant bar
The most amazing syrup from Fresh and Easy

My newest fashion statement -- fun nail art (and having fun with the Label Maker app)
My Mom and I made Thanksgiving dinner together this year. We did the tuirkey in a bag. It was amazing!!
First Thanksgiving Dinner, 2011
That about sums it up. Come back tomorrow so you can see a sweet new finished project!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Giveaway at Happy Together

Happy Wednesday. I still have a hard time believing that Thanksgiving is only a week away (okay, a week and a day). Also, that I'm co-hosting with my uncle for the first time this year -- which reminds me, I need to shoot him an email! Lastly, on this day last year, I was jetting off to Hawaii for some family time.

The family before Thanksgiving Dinner
 Oh how I wish we were there again...

Mai Tais and Pina Coladas on Thanksgiving Morning
I digress. The whole point of this post was to let you know that I am participating in Jess' Giveaway Day today. Jess blogs at Happy Together and she was one of my first blog friends. She is super sweet and genuine and uber creative. She also started doing these giveaways each month. You can check out mine, or all of the others that are going on. I hope you head over -- and good luck! [Oh! The prize is any item in my shop. So whatever you have been jonesin for, well it could be yours!]

You could win this!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankfully Stitching

So I have been doing some crocheting lately, but I have also cross stitching. The projects are just much more portable. I finished these little thanksgiving samplers a few hours after I took this picture. Now I just need to mount them and put them on the wall. I LOVE finishing projects!

Thanks stitch

I am currently crocheting the "table set" of doilies. I am finishing the last motif (this last one is largest with 14 motifs) right now and have the border to go. I will be SO GLAD to be finished with these!! It was an order for a set of three. Totally unrelated... My cat found the empty can of salmon in the trash...

Halvsies Trash

Monday, November 7, 2011

Carlisle Cullen's Baseball Scarf Pattern

This pattern has been over a year in the making, so you can imagine how excited I am to share it with you today! So excited that I made it a second post today instead of waiting til tomorrow! It does not take a year to make, I just got distracted by other projects and put it on the backburner. I wish I had finished it earlier though, because it is just so dang cute! Be forewarned -- this has a lot of weaving in. No two rows are the same color and you cannot carry over the yarn, so you have to weave in the beginning and end of each row.

Carlisle's Scarf

Size H Hook (I crochet really tight, so use whatever works best for you)
Yarn Needles (for weaving in those really irritating ends, and there will be a lot)
Sport or Worsted Size Yarn in Black, Grey, and White (less than 1 skein each)

Abbreviation meanings:
Rnd: round
FC(sc): Foundation Chain, Single Crochet

FC (hdc): Foundation Chain, Half Double Crochet

sc: Single Crochet
hdc: Half Double Crochet
FO: Fasten off

Rnd1 (White): 16 FC(sc), 220 FC(hdc), 16 FC(sc). FO. Turn. (this is going to be the length of your scarf, so make sure it is the exact length you want).
Rnd2 (Grey): 16 FC(sc), sc into 1st FC(hdc) (17th stitch), hdc through all FC(hdc), 16 FC(sc). FO. Turn.
Rnd3 (Black): 16 FC(sc), sc across hdc (220 sc), 16 FC(sc). FO. Turn.
Rnd4 (White): 16 FC (sc), sc into 1st sc, hdc across through all sc (219 sc), 16 FC(sc). FO. Turn.
Rnd5 (Grey):  Repeat Round 4
Rounds 6 - 20: Repeat rounds 3 through 5 in the same order
Rnd21 (Black): Repeat round 3.

You are now done. You just have a million rows to weave in! I chose to use a FC for the beginning and end of each row just looks too thin if you only chain. Need help with stitche? Check out Lion Brand, and here you can find a video for the foundation single crochet and foundation half double crochet. Let me know if you need anything else!

There you have it. This beautifully striped scarf. I LOVE it so much! I'm not as Twilight crazy as I used to be, but I still like the scarf!

Christmas is Coming

I know. It is only November. Thanksgiving has not come. But we cannot deny the one-month-awayness of December, now can we? I may not advocate listening to Christmas music yet (except Charlie Brown, because that's acceptable), but I will totally encourage early-in-season gift making. I made these Christmassy items a few weeks ago in order to just get something off of my hook and feel like I was accomplishing something!

Check out the original posts (star, scrubby) for more details!

PS. I am still learning this whole one space after a period thing. It is rocking my world. And not in a good way.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sweet CAL Finished Up!

I know, I know... I am like 2 weeks late! I was not super motivated to get this picture up. Probably because I was alone in this CAL. Now, that is just sad! haha I guess I will just hold off on future CALs for awhile. How cute is this candy, though?

Can you see my freaky arm shadow? haha I did finish up a few other projects, so those will be posted soon -- once I get some good pictures! Hope you have a fantastic weekend! And if you did make some sweet candy along with me, please post a link here!


Update: I was totally not alone! Rengawk made some super cute candy corn. Go on and check out her post for a bunch of pictures, but here is one that I stole.

Thanks for joining in! Any other lurkers out there who played along in this sweetness?