Sunday, December 27, 2009

Friend or Fowl

My dad is interested in raising chickens.  The research is on and the idea for a coop is floating around his head.  He has the perfect spot picked out in his yard.  And mom has given him the "go-ahead".  So what would a daughter do for Christmas, but crochet him a rooster/chicken.  I found this pattern on Ravelry and was directed to this site.  I have to say I absolutely love him.  Now he has found the perfect spot for his new friendly fowl.  I had the best time making this and think I'll attempt another for my kitchen.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cool Waters

I am so excited!  I have finished my first ripple afghan.  I chose blues, greens and a bit of white yarns from Mom's store...erh...stash of yarns.  I love how the colors work with one another.  You feel like you're wrapped beneath a quiet waterfall.  The colors are very soothing.  My boys couldn't wait for it to be finished.  My youngest would actually cuddle up underneath the afghan while I was crocheting.

You can see I added two rows of single crochet down each side to "tidy it up" a bit.  I think it turned out quite nice.  Maybe a granny ripple is in the works?  I found this pattern (Ripple Afghan) from Ravelry, which linked to this site.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lovey Dovey

I have finished another birdie and she's a lovey dovey just in time for Christmas.  Instead of putting a flower on her, she's got a wreath with red berries.  Follow the pattern from one of my entries.  These birdies truly are a lot of fun to make.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Itty Bitty Tom Turkey

My Itty Bitty Turkey from the Spud & Chloe knit-a-long is complete.  And boy is he a cute gobbler!  I changed my wings a bit by adding a color on each feather tip.  I had a lot of fun making this little guy and really appreciate Susan Anderson's pattern.   You should give this pattern a try.  What's nice about the knit-a-long is that you can complete a little bit at a time and feel successful with each sitting.  Hope everyone has a great week. 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another Cardinal Birdie Has Landed

I've completed another cardinal birdie (the little guy on the right and sorry the picture is a bit dark) and have 4 other birds - none of them being a cardinal - in the works to join the flock.  If you recall from my earlier post, this pattern was found on Lucy's Attic24 blog.  

I'm also working on a turkey pattern from Susan B. Anderson's Spud & Chloe blog.  Will post my Tom as soon as he's finished.  You can check out other knitter's turkeys on Ravelry too.

Having fun with both projects since one is crocheting and the other is knitting.  Best of both worlds - yes!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Colors of Fall

I absolutely love fall!  

It is by far my most favorite season in the Midwest.  This year Mother Nature is really bedazzling us with her rich colors.  I am in awe of the them on my drive each day to work, trying to absorb as much of the beauty as I can while staying on the road.  I can't get enough of it.

Our backyard has a "burning bush" in it and I love, love, love it.  Dad, you're gonna have to forgive my non-Latin term.  Smile.  My youngest son thinks it looks like a big apple, which it did.  I was able to take a picture of the leaves after they had fallen off and were on the ground.  They almost remind me of rose petals scattered about.

Our dogwood had some pretty colors too.  The hostas are turning a pretty yellow under the orangy red of the dogwood.

And speaking of color, I finished my project with my Yummy Yarn.  It turned out absolutely gorgeous.  Love the design.  If you're a Ravelry member you can see the pattern here.

Very easy pattern with very pretty details:

Enjoy the season.  Absorb the color.  Knit and crochet some color too.  I know I am.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bits of our Happy Halloween!

Our table:  set for our dinner after we roam the neighborhood for treats.

Our BC pumpkins: "before carving" into jack-o-lanterns that is.

Our Breakfast: Yummy!  Blueberry muffins with orange sugar topping and chocolate chip muffins with cocoa sugar topping.

Our evening: enjoyable!  Hope yours was too!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cardinal Birdie

I have just completed the cutest project.  Thanks to Lucy at Attic24, she has some clever ideas.  I did a version of a Cardinal bird since they are so popular here in the Midwest.  I just love the vibrant color of the male, especially against the whiteness of snow.  Just spectacular.  You can see my is in front of our soon to be jack-o-lantern.  
I am going to make a Dove Birdie for Christmas too.  It was a lot of fun making the cardinal and I can see a whole flock of birds nesting in my house soon.  My cats should be really confused.  You should give this project a try!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I've Been Inspired

    I am updating my blog and hope to keep up with posting on it more often.  I have many projects on needles and hooks.  Baskets overflowing with beautiful yarns and even more projects floating around in my brain.  Many neat books and magazines to inspire the creative juices.  I am really enjoying the Ravelry scene and checking out all of the amazing blogs out there in blogland.  It's awesome to see so much talent in the world!  I love the internet for this reason - brings people of all walks to one gathering place to share their passions of creativity!  

     This is a good start.  Will have to work on getting my project and pictures organized for posting on the web here.  Hope you are having a great day.  Wish me luck...