22 March 2017

Working on WIPs

I have been trying to work on my WIPs, when the time allows, but I had to tear one out and start over. It was just too heavy, especially for a baby. I need to make it lighter, so I went for bigger needles (this project has been difficult as it is all white and started during my mom's year long illness and the needles were broken and had to be replaced). It is going faster, since the needles are bigger. It also cannot leave the house, because the color is white, so I can only work on it when I am at home and not liable to get up and down....lots of stitches. I also found another WIP and started working on that a little here and there. So many WIPs, so little time. I am bound and determined to finish all these WIPs before I start anything new. I don't mean I won't work on small projects that can be worked on anywhere, I just want to finish all the big ones before I start another big project. What are some of your WIPs? I have a friend who says she has a couple of WIPs that are in time out, because she is mad at them. Do you have any like that?

I like to make shawls and I have another friend who makes gorgeous shawls using sock or fingering yarn. She likes those as she can buy one skein of something fabulous and make one whole lace shawl. I have one of her shawls and they are wonderful. My girls love it, too. I was recently thinking about wedding ring shawls. That is where the shawl when finished can pass through a wedding ring. I would love to make one of those and put it away for my girls for when they get married. Then I think I would have to make three! Yikes! My girls are worth it! Do you have someone that is worth all the effort of special work? I have a few. I have my husband, girls and my sils and my Maryland nieces.

Homeschooling:
Student Liked TED Talks

Afghans:
Lace Cable Afghan I wonder what this would look like with a colorful yarn or multi colored yarn.
Fall Romance Throw - Love the look of this one.
Cat and Mouse Throw
Zodiac C2C Afghan
Granny Afghan

Amigurumi/Toys:
Cuddly Crochet Bear
Cuddly Crochet Caterpillar
Cuddly Hedgehog
Manatee or Sea Cow

Bags:
Crocodile on the Beach Bag
Chevron Market Bag

Christmas:
Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornaments

Cowls/Scarves:
Island Lace Scarf
Summer Sprigs Lace Scarf
Bandito Cowl aka Southwestern Cowl
Snake Scarf - I have made this scarf a few times for my girls. They love it and we use all kinds of colors.

Doily:
Radiant Rose Mandala

Easter:
Easter Baskets

Gloves/Mittens:
Bat Mitts

Hats:
Little Lindy's Aviator Hat
Baby Kitty Hat
Madly in Love Hat

Kitchen:
Ripple Potholder
Not Your Mum's Hotpad
Dutch Skies Potholder
Pot Handle Cover for those of us who still have a cast iron skillet.
Milk and Cookies Hotpad

Shawls:
Unforgettable Top Down Shawl
Be So Bold Ombre Gradient Lace Shawl
Amazing MItred Shawl - gorgeous!

21 March 2017

COSI, Veteran's Park, Cincinnati Zoo

My husband and I like to go and explore and be outside when the weather permits. Before the weather changed, it was good time to go places. I went to Kentucky for an errand and went to the Northern Kentucky Veteran's Park. Prominently was a plaque commemorating the service of Alvin Charles Poweleit, MD. I had worked for him and his son when I was in college. He was a great man and I loved working for him.

He served as a medical officer with a tank group out of Kentucky and was sent to the Phillipines. He was then forced to March in the Bataan Death March. He wrote books about his life and times and I know that NKU library has one of them. I know that he gave these books to many libraries, I just don't know who has one still. I did borrow the book from NKU library and read it. It was very interesting how much he had survived.

Then my girls and I went down to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. They have lots of babies and I know that it will be a lot of fun to explore as the weather improves and the babies are more visible. Right now there are some special babies getting lots of special attention, but we were only able to see the Malayan Tiger Cubs (I keep wanting to call them Malaysian). They are so cute and they were cuddled with a big stuffed lion. When the care takers came in to feed the babies, they brought the "Nanny Dog." It is interesting that people are donating monies to help for the special care of Fiona (the preemie baby hippo) and the baby tiger cubs are also getting lots of special around the clock care, too.
 

After that, the girls and I began working on their practice for making items for a Teen Bake Off. They did really well and I was there to help, but not to make for them. They needed to learn how to do this all on their own. They did really well. My oldest made a colorful cake and icing and covered it with fondant so she could make a fondant snake climbing the cake. My youngest made Tiger Cookies (recipe available on Hershey's site). My middle volunteered to work the Bake Off, she loves to volunteer and work with the adults.
 

The next day, we took the girls and went to COSI, they have a new exhibit called Mind Benders Mansion and they loved it. We wondered around all the other areas and watched Rat Basketball and everybody laughed because the female rat, Ivy, would go through the hoop with the ball, while the male rat, would just drop the ball through.

 


 








What have you been up to lately? Anything fun? Are you on Spring Break or is it later in the month?

09 March 2017

2nd Week of Lent

I am trying to read a few books (aka finish) and some have some have to be returned quickly, so no renewals. I am still reading the Bible, not daily, but trying to read a few days at a time, to catch up and maybe even finish early. It helps that a friend started a page where we could share what we are reading and where we are talk about our own take of what we are reading. A few of us are reading beginning to end, and that helps, too.

I am still working on the 40 bags. I am a little ahead, but I did some research and found a place that will come and get my treadmill and sell it. I don't have to try and get it out and haul it somewhere, they will pick up. The problem still exists that we have a trampoline and a see saw and since children could get hurt on them, no one will take those items. Really? Children will get hurt on stairs, a chair and a table! They can get hurt walking on a sidewalk. If you use the item as it was meant to be used, there is less chance of injury, but it you abuse it or use it improperly, you can get hurt! I understand why you can't take baby items (car seats, baby beds, etc), they are recalled too much for someone to be certain. I can take that apart and put it in the recycling or take to a recycling center and get a few paltry dollars for it.

Still working on cleaning out the emails. I get a little ahead on the Yahoo as I cancelled the emails going to it (pattern links), but I get behind on the Gmail as that grows daily, but I try to look at some and delete, but when I can only look at it on my phone, I really can't decide as easily. I will try to work on it a little at night while the kids are not doing school work.

Getting a bad grade inspired a man to get a change made to the Constitution. I saved this for my girls as I think that this is a great story. Now to get them to read it....

Homeschooling/Education:
These 2 are for IPods, IPads, IPhones, etc. Apple listening. Sorry, but they are worth listening if you get a chance.
8 Bookish Podcasts
Literature Lab - I just listened to Why Read? and it was a great talk about reading and how to make reading classics fun.
Homeschool Pi Day Activites
E-Learning on Auschwitz

Afghans:
Log Cabin Arrow Afghan
Foxy Baby Blanket
Mermaid Lap Blanket
Cables and Blocks Afghan
Giant Hooded Bunny Blanket
Embossed Crochet tutorial

Amigurumi/Toys:
Crochet Muppet Glasses Holder they are adorable.

Animals:
Cat Toy

Baby:
Basic Baby Booties
Lightning Fast Baby Hats - these are suggested for hospitals, new borns, NICUs.
All in One Baby Hat
Bavarian Rainbow Baby Afghan
Krister Booties
Monsters Inc Baby Hat

Bags:
Water Bottle Bag
Book Bag

Boot Cuffs:
Seed and Cable Boot Cuffs

Cowls/Scarves:
Braided Cables Infinity Scarf
Braided Cable Cowl
Periwinkle Infinity Lace Scarf
Water Lilies Cowl
Arrowhead Lace and Cable Scarf
Seifenblasen Lace Scarf
Falling Leaves Scarf

Gloves/Mittens:
Traveling Cable Hand Warmers
Swedish Style Knit Mittens
Bella's Mittens

Hats:
Adult Beanie
Rib Braid Headband
Arctic Sunset Cable Hat
Anna Hat
Joy Hat
K1 P1 Hat fun hat for knitters
Sweetie Pie Hat
Tropical Twist Hat
Swedish Style Knit Hat
Secret Garden Hat
"Deathly Hallows" Beret

Home:
Essential Draft Dodger
Kitty Egg Warmers - great use of scrap yarns and just for fun, covers of eggs.
Country Charm Dishcloth
Peach Crochet Potholder
Crocodile Stitch Roll Up Flower
Heart Placemats
Christmas Tree Candy Cane Holder

Shawls/Wraps:
Unique Lace Wrap
Merlot Hooded Cape
It's Just Triangle Shawl
Prism Shawl
Lost in Time Shawl

Shoes/Slippers/Socks:
Pound Puppy Slippers - super cute slippers for littles feet.
Knee High Boot Socks
Darling Lace Socks
Crochet Flip Flops - I have a friend who makes and sells these in her etsy account. These and cat hats are very popular.
Slipper Sandals

08 March 2017

Pie Time

There are patterns that have a pie references....This came from my emails, too.

  1. Cherry 
  2. Key Lime -Yum!
  3. Chocolate
  4. Pumpkin
  5. Apple -Printable!
  6. Pecan
  7. Blueberry -Editor's Pick!
  8. Coconut Cream
  9. Banana Cream
  10. Lemon Meringue -Adorable!
  11. Something Else!

07 March 2017

Mystical Crystals

More from the emails. They linked patterns to crystals.

  1. Ruby - Passion & zest
  2. Amethyst - Royalty & spirituality
  3. Sunstone - Good fortune & independence
  4. Opal - Freedom & emotional stability
  5. Sapphire - Wisdom & prosperity
  6. Peridot - Purification & growth
  7. Rose Quartz - Love & harmony

05 March 2017

First Weekend of Lent, 2017

I am diligently working on the 40 bags project. So far we have removed 8 bags (only 4 days). I have 4 more items to remove, if I can find a way to get rid of 2 of the bigger items (a trampoline, a see-saw and a treadmill), it would be good. Why am I getting rid of the trampoline? We have kids in neighborhood that don't respect owners rights and I cannot have it up without fear that someone's kid(s) will come into my yard and start jumping and get hurt and/or die from misuse. I have a see-saw that we bought for our girls and they have outgrown. I have a treadmill that I haven't used in 10 years because every time I used it there were complaints from my family about the noise created from my walking on it. I was able to get a exercise bike and I have been using that and so I need to remove the treadmill, so we have room.

I told my husband don't bother with taking things to the St. Vincent de Paul since they are not welcome to accepting things, like they used to, but he learned that they want everything cleaned to within an inch of it's life before they accept it. I will call the Vet's and see if they will help us with these items and see what happens. Maybe they will take them, maybe not, all I can do is ask. Failing that I guess I will do my hated thing and have a yard sale.

Are you doing the 40 bags challenge? How is it going for you?

Afghans:
Shark Afghan
Geometric Throw
Mayflower Baby Blanket
Tropical Pineapple Squares
Harvest Afghan for the farmer and his family.

Amigurumi/Toys:
Bunny
Bunny Brite
Monster Easter Egg
Hound Dog Pup
Woodland Owl
Unicorn
Stuff and Spill Picnic Basket

Bags:
Sunny Days Market Bag
Owl Bag love this pattern! So bright and colorful and best of all, cheerful!
Helping Hands Garden Bag I need to make at least two of these. I have friends who like (see love) to garden.
Open Face Ipad/Iphone Cozies

Cowls/Scarves:
Chevron Infinity Scarf
Bittersweet Cowl
Once Around Cowl I like this one.
Spring Cowgirl Cowl This is one my middle would love.

Hats/Headbands:
Grey Days Hat
Sea and Sand Hat
Slice of Life Hat
Dear Daisy Woodland Crown

Kitchen/Bath:
Crochet Bath Scrubbie
Groovy Dishcloth
Suncatcher Dishcloth
Crochet Angel Dishcloth
Monkey Dishcloths

Shawls/Wraps:
Monday Blues Shawl
Desert Lace Shawl
Sapphire Shawl

Slippers/Socks:
Rainbow Sherbet Socks - Here is something that I had to look up to make socks for my nephew. I was told his shoe size, but not his foot size (in inches, no less) and I needed to know this to make his socks so they fit his foot....so I googled this information and since I may need it again, I am saving this Shoe to Foot Size Chart.
Multicolor Sock
Spiral Socks

St. Patrick's Day:
Leprechaun Boot Cuffs

Across the Universe

More from the emails...these are patterns that are linked to celestial bodies. Just another fun way to look at the patterns.

  1. The Mercury Blanket
  2. The Venus Afghan
  3. The Earth Day Afghan
  4. The Mars Patchwork Blanket
  5. Jupiter's Moons Baby Blanket
  6. Rings of Saturn Blanket
  7. The Uranus Throw
  8. The Neptune Blanket Pattern - Reach for the stars!
  9. The Pluto Granny Square

04 March 2017

Some with Amigurumi

I love going through my emails and finding some fun patterns. I also am partial to making toys or amigurumi. I like those more than the traditional baby clothes or afghans. What do you really like to make? 



  1. Star Wars Amigurumi  These are the droids you're looking for
  2. Adorable Spring Bunnies 
  3. Too-Cute Huggy Koala  NEW!
  4. Springtime Amigurumi Doll 
  5. Crochet Baby Penguin Amigurumi
  6. My Little Banana Monkey
  7. Cookie Monster Critter NEW!
  8. Hershey Kiss Amigurumi
  9. Cheerful Spring Easter Bunny
  10. Bouncy Bunny Amigurumi Fave!

03 March 2017

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Lent

This week, Lent begins. Many people follow very restrictive diets, giving up sugar treats, cleaning house (the 40 bag Challenge, where you try to fill up 40 bags for trash or donation) or giving up things that they enjoy doing. They might even give up something that they do, like cursing. It is interesting to see what people give up. My father will give up meat on Fridays and eat Fish all through Lent, sometimes even longer. Right now I am in spring cleaning mode and I will most likely fill up bags to trash, donate or sell (in the spring). I have some things that need to be sold (like a trampoline and a see saw) and things that we will donate (like clothing that the girls outgrew) and trash....things that just aren't any good any longer. I clean a small area and move onto another and keep moving around. I am also going to clean out emails, finish WIPs and a friend asked for a donation for her cub scout and his troop, so I will be going through my yarn and figuring out a nice donation (not something I don't want, but something I want, but don't have time to work with or haven't laid hands on in awhile). What are you going to do for Lent?

Afghans/Squares:
Optical Illusion Square
Happy Harlequin
Freesia Square
Tiki Sunset Lapghan

Bags:
X-Stitch Market Bag

Christmas:
Classic Stocking

Cowls/Scarves:
Eve's Scarf
Parallel Lines Cowl
Laura's Loop Trellis Scarf
Crocodile Cowl

Easter:
Knit Peeps

Gloves/Mittens:
Sunset Stripes Mittens

Hats:
Flame Hat and Armwarmers
Simple Textured Messy Bun Hat - the "in" hat right now.
Winter Cable Knit Hat
Katherine Hat
Daisy's Clothe Hat - more of a sun hat. I have girls who would love this.

Safety:
Reflective Bike Helmet Cover
Reflective Cowl
Reflective Cowl and Beanie
Reflective Ear Warmer

St. Patrick's Day:
Four Leaf Clover
St. Patty's Boot Cuffs
Lucky Leprechaun Hat
Irish Shamrocks Afghan
Minty Morning Headband
St.Patrick's Day Cloths
Mystic Forest Shawl - gorgeous!
Celtic Cables Wrap - I love this one.

Socks/Slippers:
Lazy Day Knit Socks - I may have saved this before, many times, but I like to make socks and will always save a pattern.
Cloud 9 Slippers - these are made with blanket yarn and that yarn is super soft!
Sockalong

Yarn Art:
Cushion CAL - what pulls up is part 2, there is a part 1 and it is a very fun pattern that can be used as home decor. It is also art.