Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

About two months ago, my friend Britt at Lovingly Hooked had a giveaway and I entered and didn't think anything of it.  I never win anything, except that time I won $1100 at the casino on my mini-moon in Atlantic City.  That was just a fluke.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this on the Lovingly Hooked Facebook page.

Wow!  I never (okay, hardly ever) win!  I was ecstatic!  

After a move and a postal malfunction, the package finally arrived.  Kitty inspected the package.

Crochet hook holder.

Mini Tape Measure.  A knitter/crocheter's best friend and you can't have too many of them.

Crochet Hooks.  Can't have too many of these either!



Look at this beautiful yarn.  It is really soft.  I have no idea what I am going to make with it but it will be something special.

Another really cool yarn.  I can't wait to make a funky scarf with it.

Have you ever won anything?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nearly had a Heart Attack

My kitty is a HUGE fan of my knitting and crochet.  I like to think it's my talent but I know it's the yarn.  My friend posted this on my facebook page and I nearly had a heart attack.

It looks like Kitty.

The chair is the same color as Hubby's.

My current WIP is blue.

I almost cried.

It took me a minute to realize that the chair was not Hubby's chair, that was not our living room and that is not my project all torn up.  Most importantly, that was not my kitty.  It might be his twin but it is not him.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket

Very shortly my baby-to-be will be getting a cousin.  Well second cousin to be exact.  My baby cousin Emily is due to give birth to a son.  I made this green blanket months ago and just sent it in the mail.  Ooops.  
I used the Done in a Jiffy crochet pattern and used Beehive Baby Clover and Lushest Lace.  I picked green for two reasons; this is the first-born so if she ever has more children, it would work for a girl and secondly, she and I are Irish (American) and I wanted to pick a color that represented our Irish heritage.

Beehive Baby
Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014

Up close look at the stitching.

Beehive Baby
Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014

And of course Kitty has to check it out!

Beehive Baby
Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014
I really hope both of my cousins like this!  I really enjoyed this pattern.  It used a combination of single crochet and double crochet.  I enjoyed crocheting with Beehive Baby.  It has a really nice mixed texture.  And as indicated in the name of the pattern, this works up fairly quickly.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Granny Square Crochet-Along!

Have you been wanting to learn how to crochet?

Or have you recently learned and want to improve your skills?

Are you looking to do some stash-busting?

If so, join my good friend Britt's CAL.  She will be releasing a new granny square pattern every two weeks.  Definitely a good CAL that is paced for a beginner or a busy person and let's you use from your stash!  I know Hubby will be glad to see me crochet from my boxes of yarn.

I can't wait to get going on my granny squares!

Granny Squares 2012

Friday, April 4, 2014

Burberry Baby Blanket

Now that my pregnancy is public, I can finally post some pictures of things I have made.

I have not gotten a chance to make much for my little one while pregnant because we have had a slew of babies.  But I sensed this coming and made a few things before I got pregnant.

One thing that was on my Ravelry queue was the Burberry Baby Blanket.  I was afraid it was going to be difficult but it wasn't.  You first make a netting and then do some weaving.  If you are looking for something a little challenging, you should definitely try it!

The yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft.

The beginning

Burberry Baby Blanket 2014

Really bad photo.  Complete netting being photo-bombed.

Burberry Baby Blanket 2014

Weaving halfway done.

Burberry Baby Blanket 2014

Finished product.  I think Kitty claimed it.

Burberry Baby Blanket 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who is in Your Knitting Circle?

I hesitate to write this but it’s really bothering me.  I used to be a political being.  I ran for office, I volunteered within my political party.  I loved it.  That was how I met my husband and some of my best friends-people who are like family to me now.  I got to see parts of the United States that I wouldn’t have ordinarily seen.  I got to meet some people in government such as presidential candidates.  I got to have experiences this small town girl from Maine wouldn’t ordinarily have.  I also learned some great leadership skills and organizational building skills which I am now using in my professional life. But I also starting seeing people as just their politics.  I did not like that.

But of course, this all led to burnout.  I am a huge fan of Ecclesiastes- there is a time for everything.  My time for politics ended.  It is the time I focus on my family and career.  Do I still get fired up about stuff going on?  Absolutely.  I still yell at my TV sometimes.  I welcome debate but be nice and make sure your arguments are logical and hold up.

I know this is not a political blog.  This is a knit and crochet blog.  And one of the things I like about being part of the knitting and crocheting community is that it is inclusive of everyone.  Everyone is accepted.  And we all having knitting and/or crocheting in common. 
It doesn’t matter if you are young or old,
Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or Atheist,
on a $40 a skein budget or a Red Heart budget (I use Red Heart sometimes!),
new to the hobby or a veteran,
if you are Conservative or Liberal or Middle of the Road,
if you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or carnivore,
it doesn’t matter where you live, what you believe. 

We all like yarn and we all like to create.  It’s a thread the holds us together as a community.

So I was disheartened when my local newspaper fiber arts blog had a post blasting Hobby Lobby.  It isn’t because it went against my personal beliefs that government should not be forcing people to act against their conscious.  (Okay, I am done.)  Other people do not see it that way and that is fine.  But I don’t expect to go to a Fiber Arts blog and have them speak out against Christians.  I am a Catholic and I won't push my views on anyone but I don't expect hatred.   

Like I said early, make sure your argument holds up.  All it's sources and links shouldn't be from a one-sided website.  You lose credibility. 

Anyway, I guess I was wrong to think that there was room for all of us in the knitting circle.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Special Announcement

We are all moved into our house though we are living with lots of boxes.

I just wanted to announce that in September, a little Red Sox fan will be joining the family.  This might explain why I haven't been knitting as much- I have been too tired! But I am getting my energy back, we are moved in, I am almost done with WIP's for other babies so hopefully soon I will be knitting and crocheting for this little one!