Friday, August 29, 2014

La Vie en Rose Afghan Finished and Pattern Listed!

"Ta Da" 
she says between yawns. ;-)
The pattern for the La Vie en Rose Afghan
was complete and I was ready for a nap! ;-)

There's a lot that goes into writing a pattern.
(I'm not complaining...probably bragging. ;-) )

And now the pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.
It includes a join-as-you go method, if preferred, and an invisible join.
This 11 page photo step-by-step pattern/tutorial
will delight crocheters...beginning to advanced. ;-)
(I hope!)
The pattern also includes a border and looks like this:

This afghan took a long time, for me, only because I kept putting it away for other projects.
It's 37 rows long and one row could feasibly be crocheted in one to two evenings.

So just as I was about to lay (lie) down, "La Vie" asked for a photo shoot.
How could I say no to my intermittent companion for the last two years?

So here she is:
On the blue patio chair.

On the kitchen counter.

Folded up on the kitchen stools.

Rolled up on the kitchen stools.

Rolled up on the sofa.
(This was "La Vie's" idea.)

Spread out on the lawn.

Hanging on the back fence.

Soon "La Vie" will be accessorized with a lacy trim/edging.
But that won't be until after my nap.
(Stay tuned.)

Hey, how about a give away of this pattern?

OK, let's make this interesting....
The first person to guess what I am thinking about will receive the pattern.

Here are some clues:

1) It's eight lines of lyrics from a song.
2) It's very beautiful.
3) It speaks of love and loneliness.
4) The singer has been in several movies.
5) The singer is also "Divine".
6) It relates to this pattern.

A pattern for your thoughts about my thoughts in the comment section?
(tee hee)

First one to guess will receive the .pdf pattern emailed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

La Vie en Rose - 12 squares left!

See the right-hand bottom corner?
Yup, twelve squares left:
I'm planning on finishing it today,
and then a forthcoming pattern. :-)

(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

More La Vie en Rose Afghan Progress and a Wedding!

One and a half rows left...
then the border!
(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

Tomorrow, offspring # 3 "The Condition" will wed his lovely bride,
so there won't be any crocheting for a few days. ;-)
I will have another daughter and I am so excited!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

La Vie En Rose Afghan Progress

 Five rows and a lace border is all that's left to finish this afghan.
Then to write the pattern!
Pattern should be available in about two weeks. :-)

(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

This has been a fun two years of designing and crocheting this afghan.
It was started in May of 2012!
Stay Tuned for Additional Updates!
(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pin Cushion

While working on the La Vie en Rose Tutorial:
(a forthcoming pattern)
(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

I ended up with these two sets of four squares:

So a pincushion was born:

The two squares were joined with a row of sc,
then a row of hdc in pink.
Then a picot stitch in light pink,
 from step five of the granny rose pattern here.
Embellished with a flower made from the first two rounds of the granny rose here.

It's that blue orchid again!

Have a Happy Day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Breakfast of the Champions

Almond, Cherry, Honey, Greek Yogurt Breakfast Delight

 Made with:
 Everything except the cherries from Costco.
Cherries from Trader Joe's.
(Thanks "D")
Something different instead of eggs for breakfast. :-)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Charming Norsk Town, Shop and Needlework

While traveling through Norway, in May, we happened across 
the most charming town called Elnesvågen with the most charming second-hand store
 with the most charming staff and stuff. :-) 
That's where I found this:
I found a few other items but those will be for future posts.
This favorite of mine, deserves a post of it's own, you see...
this little storehouse is called a "stabbur".
I love them, I can't get enough of them.
In fact, a "stabbur" has been incorporated into my banner as a birdhouse. :-)

Elnesvågen is not far from where my mother lives in Bud.
We patronized this shop in Elnesvågen together, where
the staff was absolutely delightful.
It is a warm and wonderful memory of our trip!

Somebody spent countless hours making this and I am so happy that I could give it a second home.
The stabbur needlepoint did not come in this frame.
The needlepoint was in a mid-century wood frame, that would not fit in my suitcase,
so we removed it and rolled it up for the flight back home.
Upon our return to the States, the NVO and I framed it with
a $9 frame from Taipan Trading and a little decorative wood moulding.
Gotta' love those bargains!

Now it hangs front and center above our fireplace:
and coordinates with our decor:

Oh and here it is with a blue orchid:

Yes, I know this was random, but I love this blue orchid
and believe it or not, it's real!

Ha en fin dag!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Claude meet Camille, Camille meet Claude

I'd like to introduce you to Camille:
Camille is famous for wearing a green dress, that is why you see so much green in her.

Camille, I'd like to introduce you to Claude (from this post):
I just knew you two would hit it off....
such a handsome pair:

Yes, please do sit on the chair together:

Oh, what's that you say, Claude?
You would like to paint Camille in that lovely green dress of hers?:
Well that's just simply wonderful!

You say you have one more wish, Mr. Monet?
You'd like to marry Camille.
Well, congratulations!
You are perfect for each other.


Instructions to make "Claude" are on this post.
And "Camille" is exactly the same with different yarn like this:
 The Redheart Unforgettable is in stained glass.

And the Stylecraft Special DK is in:
Bluebell, Wisteria, Bottle and Green.
Roses and every other row in stained glass.
Green for "leaves".

Three squares in Bottle, three squares in Wisteria and three squares in Bluebell.

Green for the picot edge.
(Green inspired by that beautiful green dress.)

Well now, Mr. and Mrs. Monet have made quite an "Impression" on each other. :-)