05 December 2016

McKinley Library and Museum

This year for my daughter's and my birthday, we went to Berlin, OH. It is a slower pace and fun place to stay. It is nice to go slower for a few days. Take time to sit and be still and listen. Listen to each other, listen to God. We love to spend time up there and we don't tell anyone we are coming or going and just go. We wander the streets. We wander in the cemeteries, looking for family stones. We enjoy our time. This time we went to a Presidential Library and Museum. My husband had been there before we were together and this was the first time for the girls and I. We held and touched reptiles, explored and learned and had fun. It makes me appreciate my wonderful husband, knowing that he knows we are all about slowing down together.

Another place to try and visit sometime. If you have a COSI membership, you get a reduced or free admission (higher your membership level, the less you have to pay). 

04 December 2016

Sunday, Coming Around Again

We came home from our trip yesterday and today, I just need to continue doing the laundry and getting it all put away. Lots of laundry for five people on a 4 day trip, but we had a great time together. My dog stayed at the vet's office this trip. This is a good thing as she is going blind and having other issues. We are slowly making the house safe for her, so that she can continue to move around it and not get hurt. The cats are getting used to having us back in the house, three kids make a lot of noise.

I received a lot of emails with pattern links during the down time and now just need to get through a lot of the new ones and lots of the old ones and then I can get the email cleaned out. I know that I can get this accomplished if I am persistent, but I also know that I want to work on my WIPs and get things finished because I am feeling good about accomplishing things again.

I did finish the scarf for my husband. It turned out really nice. I told my girls that I was playing yarn chicken with the scarf. I was so close to finished and thought that what I had was enough, and I didn't bring an extra with me. So I was going to see what happened. I figured if I ran out, I could finish it when we got home, as I had more at home, but I won the game.

In our town, we have a very special parade for Christmas. It brings lots of tourists to our town and makes getting around for this one day very interesting. It is called the Horse and Carriage Parade. It is a wonderful program and we have taken the girls to see it a few times. We have gone during the day, when there tend to be more horses and carriages and in the evening when there are fewer (some of the participants only show during the day and some only at night and some at both), but the carriages and horses have lights. It is a fun atmosphere. This year, the girls and I will be downtown during the parade, but the girls are going to be in a meeting for a presentation they are doing, I will see if being high up in the stacks will give me a view I have missed, if I don't get to see the parade, it will work out, there is another showing and we have been invited to a friend's house (they are on the parade route).

Country Star Afghan
Chevron Stripes
Crossword Puzzle Throw
Floral Motif Afghan
Crochet Log Cabin Throw
Cozy Crochet Blanket
Around the World Tunisian Throw - Tunisian Stitch is where you put a lot of stitches on your hook at once and then work back. Pretty interesting piece of fabric when completed correctly.
Arrowhead Crochet Afghan
Austrian Sleigh Afghan
Contemporary Stash Buster Afghan
Wild West Sunset Afghan
Pinal Afghan
Sophie Universe Square
Sophie's Garden Square
Dorothy Hexagon
English Garden Square
Raspberries and Cream
Redwood Waffleghan
Ripple Blanket
Granny Ripple Throw

Elephant Hospice Fundraiser
Elsa Doll

Cone Christmas Tree
Snowmen Garland
Crochet Snowman Sack - I think I would love to make lots of these to give as gifts to little kids who come to my house to celebrate, filled with small treats.
Snowman Gift Card Holder - for special gifts.
Advent Star Blog - I really want to make a few of the Advent CAL's this year. The star is beautiful.
Christmas Tree Pot Holder
Knitted Christmas Trees - tutorial
Mini Stockings
Santa Gift Card Holder - more for fast making...not as detailed as the Snowman.
Oh Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree
Gingerbread Ornament
Holiday Penguin
Penguin Christmas Stocking - super cute.
Pete Elf Doll
Reindeer Pouch
Penguin Ornament
Nordic Holiday Centerpiece
Whimsical Tabletop Trees
Tiny Toques Ornaments
Folkways Christmas Stocking - I am going to make this for my girls, but for next year...then I might have time to finish for St. Nick Night.

Wavy Drop Stitch Scarf
Little Fox Scarf - super cute.
Galactic Grape Super Scarf
Divine Grape Cowl - for spring or fall
Forest Glade Cowl
Seifenblasen Lace Scarf - very pretty.
Forest Glade Cowl
Mixed Wave Cowl
Arugula Scarf
Snake Scarf - I originally found this pattern in a calendar (day by day crochet) and I made it several times for my oldest and youngest. It is a very simple pattern and they loved it.
Honey Comb Twist Super Scarf
Ojos de Bruja Scarf - very pretty scarf...loosely translated to witch eyes (bruja should be brujo).
Snowflake Scarf
Amazing Grace Infinity Scarf
Wellengang Short Row Scarf - lacy, could be good for spring.

Maple Leaf Banner - there is a really good tutorial for this pattern on The Crochet Crowd.
Fall Maple Leaves
Fall Oak Leaves
Ropey Rainbow Basket

Hocus Pocus Wristlets
Hello Sailor Handwarmers
Chunky Fingerless Mitts
Falling Leaves Mittens
Funky Flip Top Mitts

Ariosa Pom Pom Hat
Hoo's So Cute super adorable for toddlers
Anna Hat - very nice cable patterning.
Preschooler Rugby Hat
Fallen Leaves Slouch Hat
Macchiato Slouch Hat
Shells and Picots Slouch Hat
Radiant Orchid Pom Pom Hat - given that I don't like Pom Poms on hats, I would make that an optional.
Yenni Slouch Hat
Break Out the Basketweave Hat
In Style Crochet Hat
Men's Striped Ski Hat
Vintage Knot Headband
On the Slopes Hat
Child's White Beanie
Diamond Pattern Hat (Men)
Hyperbola Hat
Sunset Beanie
Duma Hat - Hat for those fashion conscious.
Braided Headband/Earwarmer

Just for Fun:
Bow Boot Cuffs
Golf Club Covers

Autumn Leaves Dishcloth/Hotpad
Crochet Grocery Bag Holder - to hold all those plastic bags we bring home from stores...I could make several as gifts, we use the plastic bags for lunch sacks, dog poop collectors and cat poop collectors.

Romancing the Shawl
Evening Shadows Shawl
Silver Semi Circular Shawl
Sunny Day Shawl
Falling Leaves Shawl
Casual Lace Shawl
Chevron Lace Shawl
Open Air Shrug
Charmed Prayer Shawl
Grand Canyon Sunset Shawl - this is one where you would have to use the same yarn and colors as suggested, but it is so pretty.
Casual Lace Knit Shawl

Mock Cable Socks
Better Dorm Boots (2)

03 December 2016

Parade Day and Meetings

Could one day be any more booked? Some days I do book pretty heavy, but this was already created for me. We watch the Parade in our town, it is a fabulous program and we love the horse and carriages and how they are decorated. Right now, I am praying that the sun comes out to warm things up a bit, but it is a good day for the parade. Then we have meetings, my girls are presenting at the library during the Hour of Code program. So, somehow we have to get it all in in one day. It will be a challenge and as my middle states, "Challenge Accepted." I think we can get it all accomplished, somehow.

In the meantime, I still need to get through my emails. Since I am starting to notice duplicates, it helps to get through and there may be times (lots of times) that you will see them here, it is mostly because it is a pattern that I am liking. Also, as I work on things, I am finishing up scarves, I finished the scarf for my husband and I am finishing the scarf for my oldest and her headband, too. Once these are finished (and they are), I can start on the scarf and fingerless mitts and hat for my middle. Every year, I let the girls pick out the yarn, and patterns and I make them new scarves, hats and recently and gloves/mittens (fingerless) and they wear them all winter long. The plus side, is that last year's makings still fit and they are able to have enough for going out to play, or shoveling the walks, etc.

Radiating Ripple Throw
Jacob's Star Afghan
Elegant Ripple Afghan
Tropical Explosion
Ripples Afghan
Mystic Jade Ripple Afghan
Faeries Sample Baby Blanket
Irish Shamrock Afghan
Quiet Country Throw
Turquoise Mosaic Square
Lacy Turquoise Fan Throw
Pastel Windchime Lace
Crocodile Stitch Afghan
Little Shell Ripple
Star Baby Blanket
Round Stained Glass Afghan
Brightly Colored Windchime

City Mouse

Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornament
Simple Christmas Tree Skirt
Christmas Tree Bauble with Heart Ornament
Crochet Snowflake Table Runner
Crochet Christmas Wreath - Super Cool and Beautiful
Lacy Crochet Stocking
Reindeer Love Ornaments
Star of Bethlehem Ornament
Bright Star Ornament
Angel Bells
Santa Cowboy Boot

Patriotic American Infinity Scarf
Madison Scarf - there are many called Madison Scarf, but this one is a triangular and lacy.
Bluebird Scarf
Little Triangles Cowl
Show Off Boomerang
Shooting Star Cowl

Traveling Cable Hand Warmers - beautiful and functional.

Hats/Headbands/Ear Warmers:
Stacked Shells Headband
Dad Hat
Holiday Joy Hat
Crocodile Stitch Capuche Hood
Turquoise Mandala Hat
Fox Hat for toddler
Gray Scale Slouch

Just For Fun:
Crochet Organizer Caddy
Coupon Bag - could also be for library cards, or gift cards, etc.

Star Dishcloth

Souffle Wrap
Extended Ripple Shawl
Blooming Lace 

Toddler Starlight Slippers

Sweet Dreams
Dream Circle
Rose Granny
Fan and V Stitch
6" Winter Star

Colorblock Top

02 December 2016

Krohn Conservatory and the Elfie Selfie

The Krohn Conservatory is a wonderful place to explore and feel like you are somewhere different. Every season they change the set up in one room, making it fit the upcoming season. Right now they are in full Christmas mode. My girls and I love Christmas at the Krohn. It will be very busy and hard to find a place to park and lots of people, just trying to get pictures there (yep, I do it, too). Last month, just as they were gearing up for Thanksgiving, my girls and I took a moment and went to the Krohn. We wandered around and my girls found that they are doing something interesting. They are encouraging people to take photos with the "hidden" elves and post to Instagram with the hashtag #KrohnElfieSelfie. My girls wanted to do this and hunted for the elves. We took some of those photos and did post to Instagram. But there were so many other things that didn't have the elves, but that I found just as beautiful.

If you get a moment, want something slower to do, go to the Krohn and say hello to my friend, Benny, if he is on the desk as you enter. He is a great person and likes to make your day good. 

01 December 2016

I Have Been Busy

Courtesy of my daughter's activities, I get some time to sit and knit or crochet and I have finished some things. Also, on our little vacation, my husband and girls fell asleep early, and I would sit and knit or crochet and finished some things there, too.

Dragon Scale Ear Warmer in Lilac Frosting Caron Cakes. 

Entrelac Scarf (a new skill I mastered) using Gelato Caron Cakes

Green Water Bottle Cover (found in "Crochet One Skein Wonders 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World"). 

Maple Leaves followed the pattern shared on The Crochet Crowd

Dragon Scale Ear Warmer using Cherry Chocolate Chip Caron Cakes

Dragon Scale Fingerless Mitts found on Meladora's YouTube

Day of the Dead Scarf found on YouTube, also

Another pair of Dragon Scale Fingerless Mitts found on Meladora's YouTube

Crochet Flower Hot Pad found Free Craft Unlimited. 

26 November 2016

What Happened in the Space of a Year?

Last year at this time, my husband and I took our daughters up to Cleveland, OH area and some of the surrounding areas (Berlin, Navarre, Sugar Creek, etc) and wondered around up there and stayed in a nice hotel with a breakfast. We would get up and go down to breakfast, wearing the clothes we were going to wear out and about. So would the other guests, this is an important note, so would the other guests.

This year, we stayed in two different hotels, because the one we stayed in for 2 days was already booked for the third night and we had to change locals between one night and the other. Both the hotels had pools and breakfasts.

The first morning, Thanksgiving morning, we go down to breakfast, and we are again dressed for the day. Several of the other guests were also dressed for the day, but there were many guests who were in their pjs in the breakfast room and wandering throughout the hallways. Now, these were not 5 year olds, these were not 10 year olds, these were older teens and their mothers! Not the fathers, but the mothers! I get that you are on vacation, but really folks, you are not at home! Get dressed if you are wandering hallways.

The next morning was more of the same, but we were packed and ready to move to the next hotel and wander about the area, like we had planned. We get to the next hotel and again go to the pool and there is a young teen (about 14-15 years old), playing with her phone and doing all kinds of weird things filming herself. She was bored (she stated) and her dad and her sister were in the pool and dad was teaching sister how to swim (I am guessing that this was sister). My girls (also teens) were in the pool swimming around and having fun and getting their gills wet.

The next morning, I was shocked to see more people wandering about in their pjs. One of them was an older woman about late 50's or 60's. They just refused to get dressed before coming into the public area and I was just shocked. How have we come to this point that people feel that it is okay to wander around in their pjs. If I had wanted to spend time with people in their pjs in public, I would have stayed home (my kids love to live in their pjs when we don't have anywhere to go), where I could see men wandering around in public with their pj pants on.

My final pet peeve....as we were driving home (the car fully loaded with kids and luggage), we stopped at a rest stop and there was a poor pup that had been hit by a car and looked starved running around the rest stop barking at people. She was in obvious pain and so scared. My heart broke and I just wanted to get home faster, to my cats and dog. I really dislike people who get an animal and then just dump it somewhere, where it can be killed or die of starvation, just because they don't want it any longer, because it is ill, or old, or has a bad habit (tipping Christmas trees, scratching furniture, etc). Pets are meant to be kept and loved for their entire life, not until something. Right now we have 4 cats, all rescues, and 1 dog, also a rescue. Our dog is about 11 years old and is starting to go blind and starting to have trouble moving. Do we want to get rid of her, NO! We made adjustments to our home to help her be able to get around better. Our cats claw a piece of furniture, do we get rid of them? NO! We love them and work to help them learn that clawing every piece of furniture in the house is not the way to go. If you don't want to love them for their entire life, then don't get them! Let them go to someone who knows what it means to get an animal for a pet and keep them for their lifetime. These animals depend on us and they show us unconditional love, the most perfect kind of love. My favorite quote is, "Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are." That is what I try to do with all my animals. Now, I am going to go love on my pets and know that they are safe and loved here.

24 November 2016

Cookie Links

My daughters and I make cookies for Christmas. We gave them to our 1st responders last year. It was a great way to celebrate our 1st responders. We gave some of the cookies to friends, too, but mostly we just gave to police and fire.

It is always nice to have other cookies to try and make for Christmas.


No-Bake  Truffles

21 November 2016

Mother Nature is BiPolar

Last week our weather was gorgeous....into the 60's and 70's and then the weekend came and the snow came and below freezing temperatures. I am not making fun of anyone who is bipolar, not by any shape of the imagination, I just stating that our weather has been wildly changing. When I had my youngest, I went in to the hospital in shorts, as the temperatures were in the 70's and came out in long pants and coats as the day she was born (very early in the morning) we had snow.

I am still trying to clear out the emails and just as I think I am getting somewhere, I don't have any time to get onto the computer to go through the emails and I don't have time to sort all those links and then I have days where I just want to work on my afghan. Yep, I am making myself an afghan. I have many times started an afghan for the sole purpose of it being mine and then given to someone else, but that will not be the case with this one, as I have pulled out blankets from my closet and said, mine and they were taken by the kids or the husband, or even the cats! This is going to be mine. I need one, too.

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Mosaic Afghan
Madrid Comfort
Shamrocks Afghan
Aztec Medallions
Tiki Sunset
Shark Afghan
Geometric Tweed Blanket
Hexagon Afghan
Geometric Afghan
Geometric Color Lovers Throw
Super Cool Hexagon Throw
August Moon Baby Blanket
Crazy Ripple Blanket
5 Shades of Gray Throw
Afghan with Sleeves
Texture Throw
Ultimate Festive Throw
Peppermint Bliss Throw
Retro Ornament Throw
Blushing Cables Crochet Throw
Rich Mitered Crochet Throw

Mini Crochet Gift Bag

Crochet Snowman Sack - to fill with special treats for kids.
Christmas Tree Bookmark
Amigurumi Snowman Ornament

Crochet Dragon Wing Scarf
Swiss Check Scarf
Cloudwalker Scarf
Stormy Lace Cowl
Super Stripes Scarf
Shelton Cowl
Cabled Cowl for Men
Cascades Knit Scarf
Up and Down Knit Cowl
Luscious One Skein Cowl
Freyja Cowl
Shelton Cowl
Simple Cable Cowl

Essential Draft Dodger - for windows or doors.

Traveling Cable Handwarmers - I want these for myself.
Granite Mitts

Cosmic Crochet Beanie
Single Skein Beanie
Basketweave Hat
Quick Knit Beanie
Ombre Pom Pom Beanie
Twilled Stripe Hat
Guacamole Comfy Beanie
Textured Knit Hat
Winter Knitted Hat
Purple Haze Knit Hat

Car Pillow like pillow pets, except a car.

Four Square Potholder
Cupcake Tea Cozy
Snowman Potholder

Angel Shawl
Ujaala Lace Stole
Lovely Day Shawl
Stockingette Stitch Shawlette
My Pink Shawl

Toe Up Ginkgo Socks
Pansy Path Sock
Fuzzy Faux Knit Slippers
Geranium Knitted Slippers
Traditional Fair Isle Slippers

Aztec Stripes Square
Lace Square
Serenity Afghan Square
Angel Heart Granny
Sunflower Granny
Raised Bunchberry Square
Rainbow Burst Reversible Square
Crochet Christmas Tree Pixel Square
Bobble Stitch Afghan Square
Easy Peasy Flower Squares

Super Scarves: Super Scarves are the new thing. They are super long and super wide and super thick. They can be used to keep the wearer warm. I don't know if anyone would actually enjoy them, but I am saving the patterns, because I may make one, to use for myself. I don't like coats and have a habit of tossing my coat into the back of the car and get it out to wear when I have to walk any great distance....car to store, store to car, the zoo, the parking lot somewhere to another location. Would you wear one of these?
Clear Skies Super Scarf
Cloudwalker Super Scarf
Jumbo Stripe Scarf
Wavy Drop Stitch Super Scarf
Posh Pocket Super Scarf
Sprawling Seas Super Scarf
Moss Stripes Super Scarf
Purple Knit Super Scarf
Textured Stripes Super Scarf
Honeycomb Twist Super Scarf
Regal Ruby Super Scarf
Super Stripes Super Scarf
Charismatic Super Scarf
Cabled Lace Super Scarf
Cozy Plaid Super Scarf

Travel Blooms - these can be attached to suitcases to help find them during travel.

20 November 2016

Dragon Scale Ear Warmer

y youngest wanted a headband/ear warmer instead of a hat this year. I agreed that she could have an ear warmer, but that she still needed a hat. Then she requested that her ear warmer look like her fingerless mitts....Dragon Scale. So I started playing with this pattern. It has only been tested by me, and if you find an error or don't understand something in the pattern, please leave a comment and I will fix the problem or I will explain to the best of my ability. Enjoy!

Dragon Scale Ear Warmer/Head Band

Written using US terms

Hook: H/8
Worsted Weight (I used Caron Cakes)

Chain 76 (work in groups of 4) 4x19 = 76

Being careful not to twist the chain, connect to make one large circle. Ch 1 and in same place, put a sc. Sc all the way around (should have 76 sc).

Do not connect, but continue to sc a 2nd row (76 sc).

Sl St to 1st sc in 2nd row and ch 3.

Row 1:
The ch 3 is the very 1st dc, then put a dc in the same sp as the ch 3. Ch1, sk one sc and put 1 dc in next sp. * Ch 1, sk 1 sc, put 1 dc ch1 dc ch1 in next sp, sk 1 sc, 1 dc, ch 1. Repeat from * this until you have 19 V stitch and end with 1 dc, ch1.

At this point, you want to go into the 2nd ch and sl st and ch 1, into the 1st V stitch. Then you want to put 5 dc on the leg of the ch 3 going down, then put 5 dc on the leg of the dc going up. This will create your first scale. *To tack down the scale, you will sl st around the leg of the single dc. Then move to the next V stitch and place 5 dc down leg of 1st dc and 5 dc up the 2nd. Repeat from * until you have 19 scales. Stop after the 19th scale, you don't want to tack the 19th scale at the top of the last single dc.

At this point you want to make the 2nd Row - through the 4th Row and they will be the same.

Ch 3 and dc in the 1st space. Ch 1, then place a dc in the center of the scale space, then ch 1, place a dc, ch 1, dc in the top of the single dc of the previous row. Continue this way until you end with a single dc in the last scale space.

At this point, you want to sl st to the 2nd ch and ch 1 and begin making 5 dc down the leg and 5 dc up the other leg and tack down as before.

You will continue in this way until you have created 4 rows of scales. When you have your scales, you want to ch 1, then put a sc in the same sp and put 75 more sc around the top of the scales. Without joining, sc a 2nd row at the top and put 76 sc in the 2nd row. Finish off and weave in ends.

Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sp = space
sk = skip

19 November 2016

Thanksgiving....Getting Nearer

As Thanksgiving gets closer, I need to work more on things that need to be made and get them out the door. My youngest's birthday is also drawing closer. She is so wonderful and sweet. She also has prankster streak in her, yep, she's mine. She loves to go and do things and loves to hike. Hiking is a little hard for me now, but I still try and I make sure to do it when my husband is off work so when there is a spot that I am unable to manage on my own, he is nearby for me to lean on. The last time we went hiking, my ankles did not like me, but I loved every minute of it. It was such a gorgeous day and we had so much fun. I am thankful that we live such a gorgeous lake that we can go out and hike around it.

I am currently looking for patterns that are quick and easy to make, so I can give them to the special people in my life. I am also still working on emptying my emails. Just when I think I get somewhere, it goes away, but it is more manageable. Just a little every day! 

Easy Tote Bag 

Boot Cuffs/Socks/Slippers:
Celtic Dream Boot Cuffs

Dragon Wing Scarf
Gray Scale Granny Super Scarf
Foggy Crochet Super Scarf
Silk Knit Scarf
Matching Mommy and Me Scarves
Bandito Cowl - so very pretty.
50 Minute Crochet Scarf
Anthophilia Knit Scarf
Chevron Lace Cowl
Periwinkle Lace Infinity Scarf
Lace Ruffle Scarf
Simple Cable Cowl
Men's Knit Cowl
Fair Isle Cowl
Winter Snowflake Scarf
Snowy Hills Scarf
Light as a Feather Cowl

Zoom Out Fingerless Mitts

Lazy River Beanie
Cabled Slouch Beanie
Bobbles and Leaves Beret
Pumpkin Pixie Hat for toddlers
Around we Go Headband - my youngest has been requesting headbands instead of hats.
Cascading Leaves Hat
Tree Bark Hat
Macchiato Slouch
Madly in Love Hat
Slouchy Diamond Cap for boys...about 5-10 year olds. .
Stretchy Slouch Hat

Radient Rose Mandala Doily
Coasters in Color

Just for Fun (really weird things to knit or crochet):
Bandaid Glam - for those who want to cover up their bandaids.
Big Nose Spider

Links for Hats

Cinnamon Fling Wrap
Cabled Shoulder Shrug
Dark Comfort Shawl
Askew Wrap
Fortune's Wrap
Threaded Evening Stole
Unforgettable Top Down Shawl
Easy Dreamy Shawl
Show Off Boomerang Shawl - beautiful
Mezquita Shawl
Plum Shawl
Kate's Ruffled Shawl
Natural Leaf Wrap
Cabled Wrap
Coral Glam Wrap
October Shawl
Croeso Shawl

Rainbow Sherbert Socks
Fun Multicolor Crochet Socks
Toe Up Gingo Socks
Spring In Step Socks