Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crochet and Jack's Cross Stitching

I have done nothing as of yet with my cross stitch repair. Best to sit it aside for a bit. But Jack has been cross stitching away on pillowcases.
I played with a square pattern for a future afghan. I wanted to see what size it would be with a sport weight yarn. It came out to ten inches which means 48 squares would make a very nice size blanket! I love this pattern by Joyce Lewis. I can not think of the name of the square right now.
We had a "sundog" the other day. Tried to take a picture but it did not quite work out.
I just love the few on top of the hill when we pay our rent! That is Lake Fayetteville in the background.
Yesterday Sylvia Joy was plum full of herself and wanted to beat up crochet hooks, yarn and toys!

Of course, that called for a nap!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I could Just Cry!

Well, I found the source of my trouble with the border. It about makes me want to cry! There is an area on the bottom with only three stitches when it should be four. See it on the right?
Which means a whole bunch of tearing out. Everything on the right of it up to the middle.
Oh well, onto happier news. I am making good progress on my shawl.
And I finished the eyes on a hoot owl. I used a couple of my grandmother's old buttons.
And I did a little bookmark this morning. Need to finish in ends and add the fringe on one end.
I love the way this crochet thread looks on the spool. It will be another bookmark.
This little stinker stole my crochet hook and stuffed it between the cushions. Yes, it was on purpose, and everytime I tried to get it out I got a slap on my hand! Look at that ornery face!
And just being cute!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lots of crochet!

First let me say on my cross stitch piece, nothing is wrong with the pattern. I just think I was to eager to finish it and kept goofing up. Now as to the crochet projects, save for buttons the blue one for a friend is done. It was easily finished in one week and not difficult at all.
I also am working on some chair pads. This one is being crocheted in a basketweave pattern although it doesn't show well. That is fine as I am only interested in making it well padded for comfort.
And I am coming along very nicely finishing up this tablecloth for a friend. She started it fifty years ago and life got in the way of finishing it. She sent it to me to finish and I am honored to do so.
I decided to rearrange my kitchen a bit. I wanted it more cozy and different than it was.

And Miss sylvia Joy is just interested in washing the acreage!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Cross stich and Frogging!

I had planned on getting on here and crow about having my greens done on the border but no! 
For some reason this spot has been a silly pain! I have redone it more than once and goofed yet again. I still have some to tear out but am hopeful it will be right this time.
And now that I have boo hooed about that, here is some Sylvia sillies! After our string war.

And it needed a good nap afterwards.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Late, as usual!

Not only am I late because of being sick, I forgot to take a picture of my cross stitch progress. Oh well, that gives me something to share with you tomorrow or Saturday! I am right now working on a cape for me, the brown, and for a friend in blue.

And here are my potholders I was working on. All lined up and ready to work!
And can not forget the ever silly Sylvia!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

A Crochet Stitch for you to try

I am about finished with my potholders. I wanted to share the stitch I use for you crocheters out there. I don't know the true name of it. I call it a fat single crochet. It makes a double thick fabric with little work and does not use any more yarn or very little more than a normal single crochet. To start, ch 30, do a normal single crochet in second chain from hook and all the way across your chain for a total of 29 stitches. I used a size H hook and dishcloth cotton yarn. On the next row insert hook in the back loop (the loop furthest from you) and catch the loop at the bottom of the chain row.
Pull up a loop and work off just like a standard single crochet. Continue across making sure to count your stitches and not working in the same loop twice. Your row will look like this facing you.
And like this on the other side.
Here is a finished row.
In your next row you will again work the back loop only and the left over loop from the last row.

 It makes a very lovely pattern and once you get used to what it looks like it is really not hard if you count carefully and be a little careful.
 Make it the size you like and then finish it off by doing a slip stitch in the same manner as you did the single crochet. I do single crochet around the other three sides, add a loop made of chain 8 in the corner and call it done.
Now for a little Sylvia picture of a little foot.
And a very tired baby!

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Cross stitching, potholders and snow!

We were surprised with a bit of snow on the ground this morning. I did not much like the temperature of 10 with a feels like of 2. Brr! They say bad weather tomorrow afternoon. That means we will get to the store early just in case.

I sat and made a few snowflakes this morning. This afternoon I made a potholder and started another. I need about six so I will always have clean ones handy.
My beloved jack is working on pillowcases. It is a joyful thing to see him feel like stitching again!

I have done a bit of stitching myself! I am working on all the greens along the border. Then I will do the flowers. Last I will finish up the bits inside the border.

Someone was too lazy to make it past the arm of the chair.
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