Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My First Whirl

I'd been watching all the beautiful Scheepjes Whirl projects flying through my Facebook feed and couldn't wait to get my hands on some as everyone seemed to love this yarn.  It's a fingering yarn made by Scheepjes made in The Netherlands and runs about $26 a skein.  It's 1000 meters so can produce a lot of projects with a single skein.  I personally love the feel and the very pretty drape it creates.  As you can see, the colorway is very gradual with and the color changes blend right into the work with no knots and no tails to weave!

I had the hardest time deciding what to make with my first skein of Blueberry BamBam.  After lots of Pinterest and Facebook hunting, I settled on the Bruinen pattern by Jasmin Räsänen on Ravelry.  You can find this free pattern here.  The only change I made was I used an F/3.75 hook as I tend to crochet loosely.  I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

I am in the process of completing my second Whirl project...check back soon to see it!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Baby Bear Crochet Set

I did quite a bit of crocheting this summer.  This was the second baby gift made over the summer.  The blanket was from a Bernat Pattern and made with Pipsqueak yarn.  I love this blanket as it is incredibly soft and squishy.  You can find the pattern here.  I used 8 skein and it turned out about 40x40 inch.  I added a single crochet border to make the edge sturdier.

The little bear was a paid pattern I bought from Lucy Neal's shop at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-teddy-bear-2.  And the hat was a creation of my own using Rico Baby Cotton Soft yarn. 

Isn't he just the cutest!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Amigurumi Cat

Did I ever tell you I LOVE Cats!  I've owned a cat or 2 or 3 for over 30 years and so I'm always drawn to cute cat stuff.  This fun amigurumi cat pattern by Amigurumi Today was lots of fun to put together and I have plans for making more using a variegated yarn.  This pattern can be found here and guess what...it's FREE!  You can make all kinds of variations of this cat.  Mine is wearing PJ's!

I used a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend of yarn called Rico baby cotton soft (DK) with an 0/3.25mm hook.  I also changed the paw pads a bit to look more like a cat's paw, but you can leave them as is and still have an adorable cat.  My little guy came out a bit bigger and fatter I think than the author's because of the DK yarn I used.  I'm not familiar with the yarn used in the original pattern, but I'd love to get my hands on some!

14 inches long standing, 9.5 inches sitting

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Freebie

Worked up another freebie for you all this week.  The background photo is of a very special place, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.  As I'm currently living in the UK, this photo has special meaning as I miss this part of being home very much.  We are in a rainy season right now so it has been a bit blah recently.  As I type, the rain is tapping away at the windows.  Dog gone it....if it's going to rain, couldn't I get a nice thunderstorm to go along.  Unfortunately, those are rare here and they are another thing I miss about the US Midwest.

So you can get your freebie here!  Along with a few others that are still available.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to follow to receive updates for future freebies!  This picture can be printed up to 24x36 inch.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Elephant Crochet Afghan

This adorable elephant afghan just shipped out to our newest family member a few days ago.  This was my first time making this style blanket and not sure I'd do it again.  It was a lot like counted cross-stitch trying to keep track of all the stitches in each row.  The pattern I used was from www.patternworld.co.uk, Three Elephants.  As you can see, I did some color changes to match our little guys room which they were doing in elephants.  It's an easy pattern to follow.  Just be sure to print it out and mark your rows completed when done as it made it easier to keep track of where I was.

I used a G hook with Drops Muskat 100% cotton DK yarn from Wool Warehouse for the body.  Even going down to a G hook size for the border, I still got a little bit of buckling.

Here are the amounts of yarn I used.

1 - 50 gr. - black -17
1 - 50 gr - vanilla ice - 30
2 - 100 gr. - ice blue - 60
3 - 150 gr. - sky blue - 76
11 - 550 gr. - lt grey - 19


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beki's Afghan

After making my first Around the Bases Afghan, my daughter, Beki, messages..."Make me one."  Well, I always take note when someone says they want me to make something.  So I decided for her wedding I'd put together a really special version of this afghan.  It started with the popular Sophie's Garden square in the center and then Around the Bases was worked to the end.  Click on the links to go to the free patterns.  It took me almost six months to complete and then had to sit as a surprise until May as their wedding gift.

Her and her new husband love the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, so I was trying to work the theme into it by using red and white.  Of course, I had to add additional colors to make it prettier.  Needless to say, it was a "homerun."  They loved it. 

My yarn choice was Drops Muskat which comes in 50 gram skeins and cost about $1.86 each.  Below are the amounts I used.

9 -- Red #12 
7 -- Bordeaux #41
6 -- Black #17
9 -- White #18
6 -- Light Grey #19
7 -- Medium Grey #24

G hook for most stitches
H hook for chain and single crochet rounds

I did not get a final measurement before flying it across The Pond to Missouri, but you can see here how big it got.  Here I was working on the final borders.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Auschwitz-Birkenau Poland

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  George Santayana

Our trip to Poland included a day trip and tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camps located about an hour and a half from Krakow, Poland.  We rented a car on this trip so we drove ourselves to the camp.  We were shuttled between the two camps as part of the tour.

It'll be hard to put into words the feelings I had while touring Auschwitz.  The horrors that people endured is incomprehensible.  As much as I didn't want to be there, I did want to be there.  I've tried to explain it to a few people who have said to me that they didn't think they could do it...go to a place of such tragedy.  And, yes, there were moments when emotions were overwhelming and tears came to my eyes, but as I stood there taking it all in, I knew I had to be there.  It was a way to show respect to all those who lost so much...generations of families that would never exist because of the atrocities of evil men and women.  We saw so much, the places they lived and slept and ate, the bombed out buildings of where the exterminations occurred, the roads they walked everyday trying to work in order to survive.  May we never forget.

Auschwitz Entrance...original gate.

Commander giving a thumbs up for someone to live.

Personal items that were taken from prisoners.

The loss of so many children...breaks my heart.

Father and son both died...whole families lost.


At this point we were shuttled to the Birkenau camp.
Here you can see the railway they were brought in on.

 Bedding area.

Wildflowers now grow in the fields, betting the people kept here didn't get such a treasure to view.

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