Thursday, December 27, 2007

Five Of The Round Ripples I Made For Christmas

Well, Christmas has come and gone for 2007, most of the presents have been delivered, so I can post pictures of the Round Ripple's I made. I used yarn from my stash for these. I had all of the variegated already, and I just had to buy a few skeins of the black. They are my version of a Stained Glass RR.

This is the RR I made for my Mom. This is the color of variegated yarn she commented on the most in her Side to Side Ripple I made for her when she was in the hospital, so I decided to make it with that. Her RR is the inspiration for all of the RR's I made this year.

This is the RR I made for my Dad. He sees me crocheting all the time when he comes to pick up Hilly or to drop her off. He made the comment that this one 'Looked Manly', so right then and there I knew it was for him.

This one I made for my Derek and Caren (my nephew and his wife). I wasn't sure what colors variegated to use for theirs, so I just grabbed some yarn and this is theirs.

This is the one for Ron and MerriJo (my brother and sister in law). Her favorite color is purple, and since this one has green in it, I decided to use this for theirs.

This is the one I made for Charlene (MerriJo's Mom). She sent a message to me saying I was not to buy anything for her. Well, I didn't buy anything for her, I already had all the yarn, and the yarn wasn't bought specifically for her, so I got by with giving her a gift on a technicality.

I have 2 more to post, but can't do it yet since they haven't been given out yet. They weren't able to be with us this Christmas, so as soon as I see them and give them their RR's, I'll post pictures.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Things For ME!!

I have been so busy I haven't been able to update this in a while. I have been working long hours (just gotta love working retail this time of year), making lots of Christmas presents (still have a few more to make), driving my daughter here and there, etc.

I did take a little time last night and this morning to make myself a couple of things. I found a skein of yarn on sale at Hobby Lobby and just had to have it. The problem is that there was no label on it, so I have no
idea what brand of yarn it is. It is so soft and fluffy, I just had to buy it. It looked so lonely sitting there all by itself. So I brought it home, grabbed my N hook, and whipped up my new soft fluffy scarf.

Then I grabbed some thread and started working on a snowflake, but my wrist wanted no part of that, so I put the thread down and grabbed some cotton yarn and whipped up a snowflake. I used CottonTots in the color Confetti. It is white with specks of pastel colors. I should block it, but right now I just don't have the time.

I have more pictures to post, but that will have to wait for another time. I need to grab my hook and get busy on finishing the Christmas presents.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Made This Just For ME!

I have been so busy crocheting scarves for orders that I haven't been able to make many other things. The orders are finally done. So before I start back on Christmas gifts I thought I'd make myself a little something. So I made myself a shawl. I made this in 2 days. It works up super fast. I really like making this one, since it starts from the bottom and you can stop whenever it is the size you want. It is a triangle granny. It is 3DC, then 3DC between the 3DC's. Super easy. I made it with Sugar'N Cream Cotton yarn. It drapes nicely, and is warm. The picture on the left has a vintage brooch holding it closed.

Monday, October 22, 2007

I've Been Busy Making Scarves For Orders

I have gotten orders for scarves from some of my co-workers. I have made 2 with this yarn so far. It is Red Heart Super Saver and the color is Zebra. It is a nice variegated that works up quite nicely. I have orders for 2 more with this particular yarn.

I also have orders for 2 more scarves. Then I will be making a scarf and a shawl (and I am not quite sure what else) for a friend that will be going through chemo and radiation. I am also trying to get my Cincinnati Bengals scarf finished. I've put it on hold while making all the scarves for orders and then making Viv's things. Hopefully I will be able to get it done soon. I'm trying to work on it a little here and there.

Here is a scarf I made using Lion Brand Boucle.

I have quite a bit of this type of yarn, and have never used it before. It took a little getting use to, but all in all it wasn't too bad to work with. I have heard horror stories about using this type of yarn, but since I used a big hook (size N), it wasn't too bad. Now to decide what to make with all of the other skeins and colors I have.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Scarves I Made For A Winter Scarf Swap

I was in a winter scarf swap over at Crochetville. Here are the scarves that I made for my swap partner. Now that she has received them, I can post pictures of
them. I couldn't decide what pattern I wanted to use for her scarf, so I started working up a few. I just kept going, and when they were all finished, I decided to send them all to her. She said on her survey that she really likes purple, so I made them all with at least some purple in them.

I really enjoy making scarves, because they work up pretty fast. They make great gifts, because in my opinion, if you live where it is cold in the winter, you can never have too many scarves!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I Got My Invite!!

I got my invite today for Ravelry!! Now it is time for me to try to figure out what I'm doing there. So much to learn there. We will see if you really can teach an Old Dog New Tricks!!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Hilly's Watermelon Round Ripple

WHEW! I finally got Hilly's Round Ripple Done!! We named it 'Watermelon', because when I had the first color bands done, it looked like a slice of watermelon. This was an on again, off again project. It kept getting pushed aside so I could finish other projects. She was very understanding about it all, though. She was so happy when I walked into her room when she was laying on her bed watching TV and I covered her up with it. She had no idea I had been working on it when she was in school and after she went to bed. I wanted it to be a surprise when I finally got it done. It ended up being about 70 inches point to point. I used Red Heart Kids yarn in the colors of Hot Pink and Lime, and Hobby Lobby's Yarn 'I Love This Yarn' in White. It is still a little too warm for her to use it, but soon the temperatures will be getting to where she will be able to use it, along with her monster 3 strander.

First Christmas Present Finished!!

I've gotten a little behind on posting here. I've been so busy that time just seems to get away from me. I have lots of projects in the works right now. I have a round ripple, a 2 strand ghan, scarves, a rug, and dishcloths in various stages of completion. But I did get this Round Ripple Afghan done for my Mom for Christmas. It is done in RHSS Yarn in the colors of Black and Artist Print. It ended up being 65 Inches point to point. I was going to make it bigger, but for 3 reasons I didn't: 1) she is still recovering from surgery and has limited mobility, so dealing with a monster round ripple wouldn't be a good thing, 2) she is 5'2", and doesn't really need a monster round ripple, and 3), I ran out of the Artist Print!! I decided to use this color scheme to match the 'Straight' Ripple ghan I made her when she was in the Hospital.

I have another one finished, and I will post about that one later. Right now, I hear my yarn and hook calling me, and I've learned that if I don't answer the call and start crocheting right away, I end up making mistakes!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Kane's Round Ripple

Here is the Round Ripple Afghan I made for Nancy's Grandson Kane. I took some of Hobby Lobby's 'I Love This Yarn' to Florida with me, just in case I needed it. We went to AC Moore (a store we don't have where I live) and I came across some yarn in pound bags. It was a mystery known fiber or weight listed on the bags. I saw a bag of blue and white twist, thought it would make a nice Round Ripple, so I bought it. I used it along with the 'I Love This Yarn' and this is what I came up with. When I started working on it, Kane (he's 4 1/2) stood there in fascination, trying to figure out how I was taking yarn, a hook and making it into a RR. I told him I was making a blanket, I asked him how big it should be, he held out his arms and said "this big". So that is how big I made it. He didn't know it was for him until I was almost done. He got a big grin on his face, asked how much longer it would take to finish it, then said OK!!

On the day we left Florida for them to bring me home and be in Ohio for the birth of their 7th grandchild, I showed it to him, told him it was all done, and asked him if he wanted to take it on the long car ride to Ohio, then back to Florida. He said "no, he wanted to leave it at MeMe's (Nancy's) house so it would be safe". So when they get back home, he will have his pretty Round Ripple waiting for him.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

More Goodies I Made For Nancy

Here are some more goodies I made for Nancy. She hadn't seen any of my crochet projects in person, only in the pictures I send her. She was amazed that I can crochet with thread. I told her it wasn't as hard as you would think. Well, at first it was, but it didn't take long to get the hang of it. All the thread projects I've made so far have been fairly easy to complete. We will see how it goes when I try harder patterns!!

This is a Round Ripple Table Topper I made with thread.

This is a Round Ripple Doily I made for her in thread.

This is a coaster I made for her in thread.

Some Of The Goodies I Made For Nancy

Here are some pictures of the goodies I made and gave to Nancy while I was down in Florida visiting her. She loved them all (at least I HOPE she did).

This is a White Sweat Pea Shawl done in Hobby Lobby's yarn 'I Love This Yarn'.

This is a Sweat Pea Shawl done it Bernat Super Saver's color 'Wine Twist'.

These are some of the dishcloths I made for her. She liked them, and commented that Jack will like using them to wash the dishes, since he is the one that usually does them. He also used them on the ride from Florida to Ohio as arm and elbow cushions. He would put them on the door and console, then rest his arms on them. No more sticking to the leather!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Almost Vacation Time

In less than 60 hours I will be on a plane to Florida!!! I am so excited. I haven't been down to Florida and/or seen Nancy in 7 years. I have spent the past month making many crocheted things for her. She has seen pictures of a lot of it, but I have kept quite a few things secret from her. She has never seen any of my crocheted items, so I am anxious to see her reaction. I haven't posted any pictures or put much on here, since she reads this. I will post the pictures when I get back.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

My Latest Creation

Here is my latest creation. I made this round ripple for my best friend/sister Nancy. It is made with Sugar N Cream cotton yarn. The color of the yarn is called 'Swimming Pool'. I tried to make it look like ripples in the water look. My crochet buddies at think it does, so I succeeded in what I was trying to accomplish! I used a little bigger hook on this one since she lives in Florida. I didn't want a thick, heavy rounder for her. She will be getting this in August, along with another rounder plus many other goodies I have made her and will make her for before I go visit her. I haven't decided what I am taking down with me, and what I will leave here for when she comes up here. Decisions, decisions. I guess a lot will depend on how many things I end up completing for her.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Another Finished Round Ripple (for Janet)

I have finished another round ripple afghan. It was delivered to Janet last week, and she loves it. This one came about after the silent auction. A lady at church (Janet) saw the ones I donated hanging on the wall. She didn't realize they were for sale. When she found out I made them, she ordered one. Strangely enough, I just happened to be making one in the exact colors she wanted. I have no idea why I started making the afghan when I did. They are not colors I would use in my house, because they don't match. I figured I'd make it up, stash it in my crochet closet and I would have it for when I got an order for one, or when I had an occasion to give it to someone. I'd say that was very good timing!

It was extremely hard to get pictures that show the true colors. Hopefully you can get an idea from these 2 pictures.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Here's My Latest Round Ripple

Here it the latest of my creations. This beautiful round ripple afghan will be auctioned off. Hilly will be going on a mission trip in June, and the youth group will be having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money for the trip. I decided to crochet 2 round ripple afghan's for it. The more I worked on this one, the more I fell in love with it and wanted to keep it for myself. But it is going for a good cause, so I will let this one go too. I will be making myself one in these colors one of these days.

This one ended up being about 63" point to point. I was having a hard time deciding how to edge it. I thought about it for quite a while, then decided that since it began with the variegated yarn, it should end with it too. I wasn't sure how it would look, but the farther into the row I got, the more I liked it. I think that from now on, every round ripple I make that has variegated yarn in it will end with it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My Latest Round Ripple!

I have finished my latest round ripple. I started this with every intention of keeping this one for myself. But once again, it is not meant to be mine. I was working on it one night and Hilly came into the room. She stood there looking at it for a few minutes. She asked me who it was for and I told her I was keeping this one. She stood there for a minute, then said in a quiet voice "I think you should donate that one to the silent auction."

The youth group at our Church will be going on a mission trip in late June, and they are having a Spaghetti Dinner and a silent auction to raise money for the trip. So this round ripple will be auctioned off on June 3. She also wants me to make some dishcloths/washcloths for the auction, plus anything else I can get made by then. Looks like I will be very busy crocheting for the auction.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Move Is Done And My Latest Creations!

Our move is done and we are finally getting settled into our new place! We are so happy in our new place. We have no steps to deal with anymore. And that is a good thing right now because Hilly decided to sprain her ankle Thursday night and she is on crutches. We have a balcony now, and when we look out our windows or are on the balcony, this is our view.

And here is a picture of the sunset our first night here.

I have been able to finally crochet again. During the move, I was crocheting dishcloths/washcloths since they are fast, easy and don't take up much room.

Here is my new rug I finished. It is in the living room right now. I will be making more of these, but can't put them on the tile floors until I get some non-skid matting to put under them. So for now all the rugs I've made will be on the carpet.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Second Round Ripple Rug

Here is my second round ripple rug for Hilly. I was just going to switch the color placement, but noticed that with all of the yarn I have, I didn't have enough pink, so I used white instead. Using the white gave it a heather look. I'm very pleased with how they both turned out. Once we get moved and semi-settled, I will be making more of these for our new place.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Round Ripple Rug

I was trying to organize some of my yarn (that is going to be a HUGE job) and I came across yarn I forgot I had bought. I grabbed some of it and tried to decide what I could make with it. I was looking for a fast project, since I am trying to get packed up to move. I decided that since I like making Round Ripple Afghan's so much, I'd make something with that pattern. I ended up making a 2 Strander Round Ripple RUG. It turned out great. It is thick, soft and just the right size. Hilly came home from school, saw it and claimed it as hers for our new place. I am making a second one for her. I am using almost the same colors (using white instead of pink) but in reverse.

I used Caron Pounder Soft Pink, Yarn Bee Soft Delight Fuchsia, and Yarn Bee Soft Delight Dark Blue. It is 22 rows and 36" point to point. I used a size J hook. This is the smallest hook I have ever done a 2 Strander with (I usually use at least an N hook), but since it is a rug, I wanted it to be thick with very few holes in it.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Annabelle's Round Ripple Is Done!

It is done!! I finished weaving the ends in last night. I packed it up and took it to work to give it to Annabelle's dad. He was shocked when he saw it. I told him it was a beautiful round afghan. He was having a hard time grasping what a round ripple afghan is. He loves it!! He asked me how much he owed me for it and I told him he owed me a few orders for round ripples and he also owes me a few pictures of Annabelle with her afghan.

I made this one with
Caron SS in the colors of Baby Brights Ombre, Orchid and White. It was extremely hard to get a good picture that showed the true colors of this one, so I had to settle with this picture.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Trish's Round Ripple Is Done!

It is done! Except for the few ends I have to weave in, it is done. I sure hope she likes it. I used RHSS and the colors are Sage Mary, Buff and Black. It is about 55" point to point, and 39 rows. The last few rows to a very long time to do. I really like how this one turned out.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Nancy's Rounder Is Done!!

Finally, Nancy's monster round ripple is done. Well, I have a few ends to weave in, but it is done. I finished it last Thursday. The last few rows seemed to take forever to do. It has 49 rows and is over 60" tip to tip.

This is Dusty trying to get it to lay flat without letting it hit the wet porch. Plus we were fighting 40mph wind gusts. He did a pretty good job!! We have named him the bat afghan holder!! LOL

Monday, April 9, 2007

Making Slow Progress On Nancy's Rounder

Nancy's round ripple is taking much longer than Dusty's to finish. I am using different yarn for hers, and it is thinner (but softer), so it takes more rows to make it a big one. His was 37 rows, and I am on row 43 of hers. I am close to being done, though. I have done more than what is in the picture. I have done one more row of black, and another section of the blue mint. I am putting one more row of black and one more section of the rose violet, then will decide if it is big enough. If it is, I will put the edging on it and call it done!! I hope it will be, because it is taking forever to go around this thing. Once I get this done, I need to finish the one I am making in thread for her, then I can get it in the mail for her.

Once hers are done, I have an order for 1 rounder, I have 1 rounder on hold, plus I got an order for a 2 strander. Looks like I will be busy for a while.