Friday, November 14, 2014

A simple little snowman. Make his hat in the color you want, then change to white. No need to make a separate hat!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Knit Chicken

I made this chicken in just two sittings, which is pretty good for me. It's done on regular needles. I wouldn't have attempted her with double-pointed needles. It's cool to see something 'flat' take shape!

The variegated yarn just happened to make a different colored head than body!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Improved Santa

Here he is with a little fluff around his hat. It's just glued on--I didn't feel like crocheting it in!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Recent Crochet Projects

Here are a couple of projects I've just finished. The angel is actually from a bookmark pattern, which can be found here:

I used a larger hook and size 4 yarn and left off the 'tail.' She could be a package topper or, if I stiffen her up a bit, an ornament.

Santa comes from "Simply Crochet" magazine, which is a UK publication. He's about 8 inches tall. I used a larger hook and size 4 yarn here. Looking at the picture, I can see I have to put some kind of trim around the hat! The pattern provides that but I wasn't liking the way it looked. I think some extra bulky yarn would do the trick.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Using up scraps

I have been sewing together pieces of fabric, and sometimes making them into things. I had made this bag with no real idea what I'd do with it. It isn't big enough to be a tote bag. Then I got an idea and stitched a little pocket along one side to hold knitting needles. Now it can be used to hold the needles and yarn for a small project like a scarf! I might even add a button to the top to keep the yarn/work from falling out.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sneaker Slippers

Made to look like a famous brand. These are for a friend's granddaughter:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Crochet in Ohio

Mike and I are visiting my mother (age 91) in Ohio for about 10 days. We usually stay a week but will be here a few extra days to take her to a doctor's appointment. Meantime, I brought some projects with me with the intent of finishing a few things that have been 'wip' for too long. (That's works in progress.)

Here is a  little bear I made:

He goes along with the Monkey I finished a while back. There is also a puppy (Pic to come) and an elephant, who isn't finished yet. I'll also post these on Pinterest as soon as I can figure out how to get into my account there.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


This was supposed to be a beret and it came out way too big. I think if I make a UK pattern again I'll go down a size in the needles. It will be a hat for a guy instead.
I did make it exactly like the pattern, which uses two  needle sizes. I didn't have the next size up for the main part of the hat, so only went up a half step. So the main part isn't as big as it should be....and the ribbing is too big despite using the correct needles.
Knitting is not my strong point, but at least this is wearable for somebody!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Between Mike and Jamie, we go through at least a container of protein powder in this house each week. I have collected so many! I painted some of them using Krylon Fusion paint (it works on plastic) and now they are on top of some cubbies I have, holding odds and ends.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Crochet Monkey

Here is a funny little monkey I made based on a design from Crochet World Magazine. I am also working on a bear, puppy and elephant!

He's about a foot tall.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Crochet Baby Beach Hat

Here is a little beach hat I made to give as a gift someday to someone's baby. There are 4 panels, blue, red, yellow and green. The pattern is in the current issue of Crochet Today magazine and is very quick to do. One of the stitches, that I've never actually seen before, is a half-triple crochet. Very easy to do and it was fun to learn something new!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Coloring Eggs

Katherine and I had fun coloring about 3 dozen eggs last night!

But, we never seem to be able to get the 'hang' of the color purple! This year we used gel food color and tried to mix the blue and red in different combos. We didn't like any of them, so I dumped them all in one container and we got this:

It's a very dark gray color, almost like a stone! (I think it's actually pretty cool, but I'd still like to have some purple eggs next year!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Magnet

A pattern for the Peep bunny is over at, but you could pretty much freehand it. Mine has just a little stuffing inside and a magnet on the back.

The round one features a little yo-yo and a bird glittered in pink and blue. 

Either one could work as a pin, as well! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Chicks

Here is my version of a cute chicks-in-eggs crochet project I found on Pinterest:

It was very easy to do and a fun project to work on in front of the TV. I just plan to get a better egg carton for it. This one was an 18-egger and I cut it in half when I should have allowed for the dozen chicks I made!

My beaks are different from the original. All the eggs have tops and bottoms, but since the chicks have hatched, the half shells are behind them, out of the picture.

Link to the original pattern below:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter Ornament

The original link is over on Pinterest (on my Pinterest page, it's under "Easter") but it's pretty easy to figure out. You need two solid eggs cut from felt and one felt egg with a 'window. 
Decorate one of the solid eggs any way you like. I was careful only to glue the ends of the ribbon so the glue wouldn't show through.
Sandwich the decorated layer between the window and the solid layer, then sew all three together. I used embroidery floss and did it by hand, although a machine stitch would work nicely. Sew all around, leaving room to stuff. Then finish sewing and attach a ribbon to hang. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Peep Stuffie

Here is a big "Peep" bunny I crocheted. He's from Crochet Today magazine and he's very quick and easy to do. I cheated a bit and just glued on felt eyes and nose, since this isn't going to a little kid.
Now, if only someone would come up with a pattern for a Peep chick!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chasing rainbows, not yarn

I had bought some rainbow-colored strips (I think they call it a jelly roll) from Etsy. Wasn't sure what to do with them, until I spotted a big oatmeal container in my hall closet. I keep coffee cans, protein powder jars and the like for possible future use. In this case, the oatmeal can became a yarn holder. It will be a nice way to crochet or knit without yarn rolling all over the living room.

I simply sewed the strips together, then cut off a section to fit around the can. I sewed it into a tube. Then, using various sizes of screwdrivers and pencils, I poked a hole in the top for the yarn to come out. 

I had some of the 'fabric' left over so I cut and sewed up a pillow for next St. Patrick's Day (did not stuff it yet) plus there is a smaller piece that might end up in a piece of doll clothing. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I admit I s*ck when it comes to posting

So here's a picture of some socks I made:

I'm easily bored and this is why I jump from one project to another. Making socks like this is the best of both worlds because I kept changing colors and yarns as I went along! 
They are very soft and cozy.
Crocheting socks is stupid-easy once you get the hang of it. Never tried to make knit ones...I still can't figure out double-pointed needles.