Moo, again…..

Three more pics of the man Himself, Mr. Moo. I thought these were cute.

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That is a can of compressed air under Moo’s chin. I had just cleaned my keyboard with it. No, he is not sniffing it. LOL That would explain a lot sometimes!

English proverb

“In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.”  (Amen)

Charity work – Project Linus

I ran across an internet article that talked about 25 things the author had learned from crocheting. She also listed 25 organizations that accept crocheted items such as afghans, lap robes, hats, etc. You can find that list of charity organizations here: http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2011/09/25-charities-that-accept-crochet-donations/

One of the organizations listed was Project Linus. (Remember Linus from the Peanuts comic? He always carried a blanket.) Project Linus accepts new, handmade blankets and gives them to children in need. Please visit their website for full details: http://www.projectlinus.org/about/

I chose Project Linus for two reasons. First, and foremost, it gives the blankets to children. Second, it’s headquartered in my first hometown, Bloomington, IL. I spent the first 9 years of my life in Bloomington and it’s sister city, Normal, IL, where my mother’s family was from. I learned to crochet from my aunts when I was itty, bitty. It was a way to keep me in the oxygen tents they used as a medical treatment when I had bronchitis and pneumonia, which was at least twice a year from the time I was about 9 months old. Keeping me quiet and occupied was probably quite a chore and both of my aunts – one was a nurse at the hospital I was always in and the other was a teacher – had the patience of Job to sit there and teach a 5 year old how to crochet. I learned how to embroider during that time also. My grandma taught me that. My mom was a working woman and in the evenings when she would come to visit, she would crawl in the oxygen tent (everyone got in that tent with me!) lay beside me and read stories to me. I loved that more than anything.

Anyway, that is why I chose Project Linus. I remember what it was like to be in a hospital. I was blessed to have loving people around me to nurture my talents and I want to give back using the talent they nurtured. I’m going to share my first Project Linus project.

Yellow and Green Blankie

This little crocheted blankie uses the granny square stitch pattern but you crochet it in a straight line. Just rows of the three double crochet, space, double crochet pattern in rows instead of a square. Simple, fast and cute. Here are some pictures of my WIP (work-in-progress)

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I used Bernat’s Softee Baby Yarn. It is a 3-ply 100% acrylic yarn; machine wash and dry. Very soft and holds it shape well. I used the following colors, one skein of each except for the white, I used 2 skeins of white. I used a size F(6) crochet hook.

  1. #31306 – Baby, Baby (varigated green, yellow, pink, blue and white)
  2. #02004 – Mint
  3. #02003 – Lemon
  4. #02000 – White

I thought I would also show my ‘totes’. I keep my yarn in a baby wipes box. I have several of these spread among 5 current WIPs. I always have several projects going; keeps me from getting bored. I also keep the crochet hook I am using for a specific project as well as a pair of scissors, pattern info, measuring tape, and plastic darning needle in an old Crystal Light cannister. (My roommate is a constant source for those little gems!) Here’s a couple of pictures of my storage system.

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I thought about wrapping yarn around the Crystal Light containers, but I also like that they are see through, so don’t know if I will yarn bomb them or not. LOL

Happy crocheting, y’all.

Moo, Himself

When I moved to Texas I had to give up my babies, my two cats, Sugar and Sabre. It broke my heart and I still find it very hard to talk about, even nearly three years later. Perhaps one day I will be able to, but not now.

That being said, I would like to share the cat in my life now. Moo.

Moo is my roommate’s cat, one of them, and He has adopted me as His human. He got His name because the spots on Him remind you of a black and white spotted cow. You can’t see them very well in these photos, maybe one day He will allow me to photograph His spots.

Here are some pictures of Mr. Moo.

Mr. Curious

Up close and personal…He was sitting on my desk waiting patiently…well, as patiently as He is able…for His cuddle time with me.  I got a head butt right after the picture was taken. He nearly knocked the phone out of my hand. Not that He cared, He wanted to cuddle.

The side profile….or else He’s giving me the cold shoulder. He wanted to be cuddled!

It was a very hot day here in Texas and just out of sight of the camera is a small fan on top of my dresser. He was right in the path of the fan’s breeze just snoozin’ away.

Rainy Day Side Project

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As you know I have been hard at work on some Christmas projects, but I ran across this really cute idea on Pinterest.com and couldn’t resist giving it a try. The original craft came from the blog ‘Little Birdie Secrets’. (http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/)

The project is a crocheted towel holder, similar to the towels that have the crocheted top, but this is totally separate from the towel. So you can use any towel that fits your kitchen decor. Here is the original post on the project:

http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/01/crocheted-towel-holder-pattern.html

The towel holder uses the half double crochet stitch, the crossed half double crochet stitch and the magic ring technique. All of the stitches are explained with photographic tutorial and it is really easy to master this stitch. (The magic ring technique, not so much. I’m still trying to master that one. LOL)

Here are some images of the towel holder I created this afternoon. Great project for a rainy day in Texas.

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Once I finally mastered the crossed half double crochet stitch, then I started worrying about how the ends of the rows looked. I hit upon an idea to make them more uniform. At the end of the row I did slight modification of the chain two/turn dance. I chained one, then I turned and instead of doing just another chain one I did a half double crochet stitch in the last stitch of the previous row. This gave the ends a more uniform look to them. I continued with the rest of the instructions as they were. I think it turned out really well. I can see Christmas gifts on the horizon! LOL

Happy crocheting, y’all!

Christmas Gifts 2012 (Just don’t tell my family)

I have been hard at work on this year’s chosen Christmas gifts for my son and his family. I am making everyone a scarf this year. They live in Iowa so it gets cold up there, I thought this would be a nice gift from Granny. (And I don’t have to worry about them looking at my blog, lol, they are getting ready to get married and go on their honeymoon, they aren’t paying attention to what dear old Mom is up to! The girls are too young to be on the internet, too!)

The first scarf done is Sydney’s. She is a sweet, angelic little fireball that my son says is exactly like me in temperament. No, I have no idea what he is referring too. Feisty and opinionated, maybe? ; )

Anyway, this is Sydney’s scarf.

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The pattern I used is commonly called ‘Kittens (Kitties) In A Row’ and I followed this wonderful lady’s instructions:

http://gingerschatz.blogspot.com/2010/04/kitties-in-row-afghan.html.

I used Caron’s Simply Soft Yarn. If you have never used this yarn find a baby to make a blanket for and use Caron’s!! I won’t make a baby blanket without it! It is soft and has a beautiful sheen to it. It’s 100% acrylic so completely wash and wear. And I make my baby blankets to be used, not kept as a keepsake.

Here’s the breakdown of the pattern and colors I used for the scarf. If you are making a baby blanket you may want to get more yarn. I had plenty left over but not sure one skein would make a blanket, depending on the size of the blanket of course.

Hook size – H

Caron’s Simply Soft, 100% acrylic 4 ply yarn, 1 skein of each color

  1. 9702  Off White
  2. 9719  Soft Pink
  3. 9737  Light Country Peach
  4. 9712  Soft Blue
  5. 9739  Soft Green
  6. 9756  Lavender Blue

Another Dr Who Scarf Update

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I have 500 rows to go!! I am almost to the half way point! Actually, I think I’m about 84-85 rows from the midway point, but trust me, at this point who’s counting? Oh, yea, I am. LOL.

Here is Jenn modeling the scarf. As you can see it hangs to the floor on her. It’s actually about 5 or so inches off the floor. It’s over 8 ft long at this point. I have 99 days til my deadline of Dec. 23 to have it completed by, that’s so I have enough time to wash and dry it and throw it in a gift bag. Why not wrap it you say? Get real! LOL Maybe a big blue bag decorated like a Tardis? Oh, speaking of decorated like a Tardis….here’s Jenn’s costume from a recent anime convention. She’s a Tardis-within-a-Tardis!

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