Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another variation of Michele Wilcox's "Dress Me Teddy", this time as bride and groom. I just adore this pattern and enjoyed making these for my sweet Parker Grace. She was very specific when describing how they needed to look. I hope I followed her instructions well enough.

Monday, July 19, 2010

To Cool Off. . .

We have had such a heat wave in Middle Tennessee. It has been so humid that the meteorologists call the air "juicy". . . .I have not had the desire nor the courage needed to get outside for a bike ride or run so instead I stayed inside yesterday after church and used up some leftover Saucy cotton to make washcloths for Emma and Autumn, my two younger grandbeauties. This activity did nothing for my heart rate, endurance or strength, but making a turtle and fish, thinking about the ocean while in an air conditioned room did a great deal for my comfort.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Buzzter Bee

Emma is quite fond of bumble bees so I made her this odd looking creature. The best thing about making things for my sweet babies is that they ALWAYS know what they're supposed to be (unlike the adults). It must be a granddaughter thing. . . .
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More Grandbeauty Stuff. . .

Of the gazillion bears that my Sweet Hannah owns, Pandas are her favorites. Owning a Panda Bear "pack pack" became a necessity. Although the bag is not very large, it is the perfect size to hold a girl's miniature Panda Bear collection.

Hannah's sister, Autumn also needed a bag to carry around her special things so she ended up with this maroon and blue back pack that looks more bear-like but could also be a dog. Maybe when the straps are attached and Autumn is wearing it. . . . . .

We have had an abnormally cold January so far and the girls have gotten much use out of their hat and scarf combos. They're all one piece so that there is less to keep up with and the scarf is easily kept in place once the girls have their coats on.

Emma has a camo with cream trim and all girls have a red and white one. They were particularly fun to make because of the chunky yarn and large hook size used.

This has been such a wonderful Winter so far. All my granddaughters living close again, nice cold weather, a little snow and we have all enjoyed excellent health!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baby Boy Stars

When did all the stores in Clarksville quit selling the dark blue Boucle? When I didn't buy enough and was in the middle of a blanket that my sister ordered for a coworker! I am happy with the finished product even though it was nothing like I pictured.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Filet and Stuff

For a few months I was on a real filet kick and particularly admire those designers. The first one I completed was "I Love You" Lace by Nancy Hearne.

Why is it that nobody EVER wants to ask you anything until you need to concentrate on a piece? I could sit in my living room for hours and not be asked a single thing, but let me pick up a hook and thread. . . . .

"The Seashell Filet" by Donna Libhart was fun to make and originally was going to hang in my bathroom. However, I changed the theme since then so there are no plans for it at present.

Donna Lee-Piglowski's "Wild Rose Filet" is the largest piece of the three and in my home will go nicely in many rooms.

After the stretch of filet, I needed a break from all the concentration required and went on to impromptu hats. The problem with my hats is that I do not guage the sizes well, at least according to the standard head sizes. In order to make make a hat that will fit a newborn I need to think "Preemie" to make it small enough. The reason behind this is my own newborns evidently had 6-9 month sized heads!

This "Ladybug Hat" is made with sport yarn. The spots
and trim are done with black eyelash. The brim is floppy and can easily have ties added if needed or preferred.

The pink and brown "Flapper" is worked in worsted weight, two strands held together. The trim reaches just over the tops of the ears and is done with reverse single crochet.

These baby boy bibs were fun, quick and easy to work up. You just never know when your infant or toddler son will need business, business-casual or formal attire.

My granddaughter Hannah became quite attached to a poncho a few years ago and it appeared that she felt as though she were wearing a blanket. She enjoyed the benefit of being warm and having her hands free to play instead of having to grip a blanket. One of my favorite things about ponchos is that the size range is quite broad and one can be worn for a few years before being outgrown.

Monday, August 10, 2009

My First ChainLink

If I had known how much fun the show was I would have attended years ago! To begin with, I was able to spend several days with my dear friend Jocelyn. We had SO much fun, even when briefly stuck in the hotel elevator.

And then I was so fortunate to have met Molly Mahoney. What a wonderful and entertaining young woman who appears to have unlimited talent. I truly enjoyed the time we spent with her. AND she taught me to knit--thank you Molly!

Magical Mosaic and Tapestry Motif classes were awesome and I am very excited to begin projects in both. Once home, there was a bit of a let-down from all the fun and excitement in Buffalo but I'm confident that once I settle back in to my routine I will find the time to try out these techniques. Thank you Susan Lowman and Carol Ventura for teaching these classes.

I almost forgot to mention the awesome door prize I won at Professional Development Day. It's a Sharon Mann "Art Doll" and it is absolutely charming!