Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Burst of Color

to send out 2012...
...with a burst of color...
A hippie skirt!

See Mrs. Wild for the pattern.
I just simply replaced the granny squares with granny rose squares from the CAL on the side bar.

Good Bye 2012
Welcome 2013
(I hope you will be colorful too!)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

God Jul!!!

Jul 2012 in a nutshell:

  Loved Ones:
 #3 and #3a

and a new addition...
...fortunately...a grand puppy :-)

So missing the other children/families out of State.

Hope you all had a God Jul!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Following my own CAL Week #1 & 2

Week #1: 
 Gather Supplies
(and I had to make a few squares to come up with the right color combinations, too.)
Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, and Hot Pink Roses
Green Leaves
Aqua, White, and Pale Violet Granny Row
With an added single crochet row of red
I think they will be joined by red as well. 
(I have some weird thing going on where red and/or white must be included in everything!)
See this link for more on gathering supplies.

Week #2
The Rose
Lots of roses!!!
I'm thinking 120...
(divisible by 4 for the 4 colors and 3 for the 3 different granny row colors)
but then might be based on how much yarn of each color I have...
that bridge will be crossed when I come upon it. :-)
See this link for photo tutorial of how to make the rose...complete with  video.
And if you want to skip ahead, see the side bar for Week 3, 4 and 5. 

In hopes that you are having a colorful holiday season!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My CAL Homie Part Cinq

Granny Rose Scarves
By Paula in the South of Spain
with the beautiful blog.
See her post about the scarves here.
So pretty!!!
Lovely work Paula!

Following My Own CAL???

Strange but true...
 To my surprise and joy the Granny Rose CAL continues to be my all time top hit post.
My cup runneth over with activity from all over the world and I couldn't be more delighted.
It warms my heart each time a see a visitor.

So I decided to see what all the hub-bub was about and follow my own CAL.
(Yes, this is the weird part.)
An afghan to match these beddings for our guest room,
which will...
 somewhat coordinate with the "Bobble Zig-Zag" from this post
will certainly keep me busy this winter,

and this WIP
will accessorize the room in this IKEA vase during inactivity.

Join along with me?
See side bar for 5 posts on "how to", including video tutorials or follow:

I will post random progress as it is made with an ETA of Summer due to these summery colors. :-)

Thank you all so much for your interest and participation,
and please let me know if you Crochet-A-Long;
 I would be happy to post your pics if you would like to send them to

Wishing you a season that is merry and bright!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Rockman - The Christmas Version

My friend Linda at Linda's Crafty Corner blog
has done it again:

This is Linda's Christmas adaption of the Rockman Pattern.
See her post about it here.
She'll even tell you how to make the little trees.

See my side-bar for three posts on how to crochet your own squares or click:
here for Step 1
here for Step 2
here for Step 3
So fun and festive!!!
(And I just can't get over how cute those little trees are!)

Thursday, December 6, 2012


 Hippie Dresses 
for a dear friends' granddaughters
Headbands, too.
Adapted from a pattern purchased from the "Wild About Color" blog.
Click here for link.
Granny squares were replaced with "Granny Rose" squares from these posts:
Step 1 Here
Step 2 Here
Step 3 Here

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mojo, Gift Bearer

What is this lonely cup of coffee missing?

Swedish Tea Cakes....
Ahhhhhh...that's better.
Thank you Mojo!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Norsk Blogging Venn

Nearly two years ago when I started blogging I thought to myself, 
"Wouldn't it be nice to "meet" some friends with common crocheting and baking and domesticating and maybe even Norway."
 Well, to my joy and delight this very thing happened and miraculously more than once.

Wonderful, wonderful women from all over the world (The USA, India, France, Turkey, Norway, Australia,  Africa, The Netherlands, the UK...the list goes on and on) who have kindly and thoughtfully taken an interest in my interests and vice verse. 
Unforgettable friendships made via the "World Wide Web".

You are all so special and I feel so fortunate to be in your company.

I felt an instant connection with one such friend from my home country over at the Drudeblaa blog.
This post is written in blue in celebration of and dedication to Drude. :-)
She loves blue!

To my surprise, this package, from Drude of Norway, 
was sitting upon my doorstop upon arriving home after a long work week. 
A book that is just my style and a lovely hand written note on this bird card.
What a welcoming treat!!!
 My heart swells with gratitude with the words, thoughts and gifts of a friend from afar.
You'd think I could write this in Norwegian, but I am just a bit lazy....I'll try one line:
Mange tusen takk Drude, 
jeg har det koselig med denne bok!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Here comes the Snow Bride

Yesterday, we received 
our first significant 
snowstorm of the season
so a couple of big kids built a couple of 
offbeat snow things.... 
Cucumber eyes,  a carrot nose and a twig mouth.
Then frozen mums, zinnias and roses from the garden,
accessorize the bride-to-be.

Here's the NVO with our snow bride...
Ya' know you can have more than one bride in Utah, haha. ;-)

and then we made this weird thing:
the feet are two frozen left behind cucumbers from the garden.
I don't know what it is?
1/2 man, 1/2 bear, 1/2 pig???
What do you think?
We had fun and I wish a
fun day for you, too!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rockman Afghan CAL Week #3

Week Three
Joining and Edging
Did you finish all your strips in the last week?
I know, ha, ha, very funny.
Took me 4 months.
So, if need be, please come back when you are ready to join and edge.
I'll be waiting for you. :-)

Meanwhile, here's the joining and edging tutorial for the Rockman Afghan.
It's a single crochet to join.
It's easy to match up the colors because the blocks are all in 7 rows.

I chose one color to join all rows because I had mostly light blue yarn to begin with;
however, I think that mixing up the colors would be fun, as well.
Place front or right sides against each other and start single crocheting them together like this:

It will look like this.
I like the ridge.
Please note that I had snipped the ends that were weaved in with the color change row, but I recommend that these ends remain and are crocheted into this joining single crochet row, as well.

Like this:
 Front sides together.
Semi-weaved-in ends hanging out .
Weave them in while joining.
Like this.
 Ends up looking pretty good.
 The front side is good too.

And now....the super duper easy edge:
 the first row is a single crochet all the way around the edge with...
...three single crochet in the same stitch in the corners.

The second row is double crochets in each single crochet with,
three double crochets in each corner.
The mini-chocolate chips that are in these photos, are totally random, but maybe, even though we hear it should not be so, are a reward for finishing. :-)

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

I would love to show off your projects that you make with this pattern.
Place a link in a comment or email me photos at
if you would like to share. :-)

Thanks for participating
Happy Crocheting!!!