Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chevron Infinity Scarf from Free Pattern

 This is a Christmas gift made from the free HDC chevron infinity scarf pattern found here.
The pattern has step-by-step photos including photos.

 Made with Galway Chunky 100% wool yarn.
 and a "J" hook.

I used eight hdc instead of 10 hdc since I was working with a chunky yarn.
Fold in half and then wrap around neck twice.
Comfort and warmth!

These are so quick to make,
this one was made in two leisurely crocheting evenings watching the Teli!

There's still time to make more!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ombre Rainbow Vintage Ripple

I am so excited about this commissioned afghan,
 that's in progress, that I just had to share with you:
I call it "ombre" because each section of color between each row of white is three shades of a similar color.

I used a 4.0 "F" hook and the Vintage Ripple pattern from Churchmouse found here.
It's all Stylekraft Special DK in the follow colors:
(One row of each.)

I think I will continue with several rows of white and then use the same colors
as above, but reverse the order (start with bottle and continue that direction.)

I'll show it to you when I am done. :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rosemal Etched Clogs

Never underestimate the power of the grocery store,
as these rosemal etched clogs were found at and purchased from there.
(Smith's Marketplace, East Millcreek, Utah.)
 Ouch, I went way over my grocery budget!
 I'll eat rice, beans and mac n' cheese for a week (or two) for these beauties.
Nice brand and very comfortable, as well.

I'll do the Norsk victory dance in these!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Better Than a Birthday" Cupcakes

Offspring #3 ("The Condition") had a birthday party this last weekend.
He turned 35 and requested his favorite cake for a crowd of 51 friends.

Thinking cupcakes would be an easier "grab and go" or "grab and stay a while",
the traditional recipe was adapted for this.

 Here's how to make these super easy cupcakes
 that will delight one and all:

Bake a Devils' Food cake mix in lined mini-muffin tins.
Punch holes in the cooled cupcakes with the end of a wooden spoon.
(I tried four small holes or one big hole...four small holes worked better.)
Mix equal parts sweetened condensed milk and 
caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping
and pour in the holes.
(The caramel or butterscotch topping can be used alone, if preferred.)

Sprinkle some Heath "Bits O' Brickle" on sticky tops.

Top with real whipped cream.
(I add a little vanilla instant pudding powder during the last few seconds of 
whipping the cream to help make the cream extra stiff - helps with travel too!)
Then sprinkle with more Heath "Bits O' Brickle" and 
Heath "Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits".
(You really don't need both of these Heath baking items, 
but we had both so I used both.) 

 Keep refrigerated until serving.
Cupcakes may take a bit longer than a cake to make, but are worth it in the long run.
There is no need for plates or forks, and when they are this small no napkins are needed either,
 as they  are "pop-in-your-mouth" size.
(Well maybe napkins, as they can be a little gooey. ;-)  )

Monday, November 17, 2014

Towel Toppers IV

The other half from yesterday's post:
Just a simple light-blue gingham one.
Towel topper pattern found here.
With a red rose!

That might be it for the towel toppers for a while. :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Towel Toppers III

It's impossible to make only one of something.
(Sort of like potato chips, but eating vs. making.)
Here is another towel topper:
This time I used an old dish towel.
See here's the other side:
(Waste not, want not, right?) 
Towel topper pattern found here.
Using a rose instead of a button.
When I get on a kick, I get on a kick!
Tomorrow I will show you what I did with the other half of this dish towel.
(The side sans cute embroidery.)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Towel Toppers II

More Towel Toppers!

Another "Dollar Tree" micro-fiber towel cut in two,
with a rose made-in-the-round enclosure.
Towel topper pattern found here.
Happy colors on our first day of snow!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Towel Toppers I

My latest obsession:


With a rose enclosure instead of a button:
 Made from a microfiber towel purchased at the Dollar Store, cut in half.
Two dish towels = $1 USD!
Medium blue and light blue, both with red roses!
Made easy with the "Sharp Crochet Hook",
a favorite crochet tool!
I love working with gingham; 
the squares make it so easy to make straight cuts and line stitches up evenly.
Pattern found here.

One is here:

 and one here:

Don't for a second think this is the end of these....
It's just the beginning!
(But you knew that didn't you?)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bunny Rose - Sunday Best

Hey, Astri!
Yes, Bunny Rose.
Come out here.
Where are you?
I'm out here, on the porch, relaxing in the sun.
Well...because it's Sunday and I want to show you something.
"Oh my goodness, look at you!"
What a darling little top!
Is that what you have been so secretive about?

Yes, and I have been so excited to show you.

Let me get a closer look.
Wow, that's cute!

It's taken me a long time to make this because I had to wait until you were asleep
 or gone to look up the pattern for the granny rose on the computer.
The keyboard was difficult to use with these paws.
But my paws have become more agile, as I am a crocheting bunny, too, ya' know.

It's adorable!
I am so proud of you, Bunny Rose.
It coordinates so well with the dress that Pri made for you!
And you even made a little bracelet to match.
This explains why you were so tired so many times during the day:
all those late night crocheting sessions! 
Let me tell you, Bunny, I've been there. ;-)

Why, thank you Astri.
I'm so glad you like it.

You're welcome sweetie.
May I take some close-up photos to show my blogging friends,
just in case their bunnies may want the same?

Sure, I'll help you!

Very nice, Bunny Rose!
What yarn did you use?

It's all Stylecraft Special DK,
in raspberry, soft peach, fondant and meadow.
The yarn is soft and comfortable.

 Sounds good, little one!
Thanks again, Astri.
Now, I need to get back to soaking up a few more rays,
as snow is predicted for tomorrow.

Oh and by the way, I have something else in mind to make, as well.

Oh, I look forward to it!
I hope it's something warm for the winter, it gets cold and snowy here.

(I'm glad ultra-violet rays aren't a health risk to bunnies.)