Saturday, June 30, 2012

Oooo, I like it!

            Just a short bit ago, I worked on numerous knit and crochet items in red.  While making the sweater, Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down, I thought it’d be adorable in pink with a black fuzzy/furry collar and trim (my first thought was that long eyelash, wispy type yarn but considering the age of the wearer, I opted for the shorter eyelash chenille.  The buttons were made to match using polymer clay.

Monday, June 25, 2012

So, There Was This Dress, see...

…and I just couldn’t not make it. Matter of fact, I lost sight of what I was actually supposed to be doing in order to complete it.

It wound up being a faster project than I expected. Yaaaaay!
Sandrine Bianco’s Summer Dress Pattern Direct link to the pdf of the English version of the pattern Please be aware although the pattern isn’t at all difficult it may prompt a bit of head scratchin’ and HUH? Do a WHAAAAAAT? and maybe even unraveling a time or two ’cause you wound up with 8 short at the end of the dividing row, it’ll click eventually.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Seeing Red!

  While taking advantage of some super ebay auctions on yarn I wound up with quite an abundance of red Red Heart yarn.  It didn't seem like such a bad thing until I gathered it all up to continue with my projects.  I only thought I was sick of pink.  I will happily go back to pink (if I had to) after I'm done with all the red.  I was tootlin' along in my needlework, using various colors but the red, in its' vast pile, loomed over me like a menacing cloud...the red cloud of doom.  I HAD to do something to reduce the amount of it, and soon.  I first thought to just hide it but, like any other messes, you still know they're there and they must be dealt with and the longer you wait, the larger they seem.  Well, I have put a dent in it and will now work on something else, coming back to the red periodically.  Gosh!  It was all still a good deal and I am glad I got it.  I reckon I'd feel the same had it been all of any color. 

Afghan made using  Chris Simon's 12x12 square flower burst pattern

The shawl-collared sweater (2y/o) was made using the pattern shared by Linden Down on Ravelry for the Baby Sophisticate

The large slippers used the crocheted moccasin pattern shared by Umme Yusuf, also on

Smaller slippers made using Thistles and Tulips Crochet's Bella Slipper pattern and the hat, one of my favorite crocheted hat patterns, is shared by Sarah Arnold at

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Little Somethings

   I've never been one to follow the line of thought of the bigger the better.  Bigger is just that, bigger.  I think, if bigger were better, the shoe on display would be the largest in stock instead of the smallest!  "OOOOOOOOOOOOOh!  May I try on THAT shoe in a size....?"  The clerk returns from the stockroom with a box containing two freakin' pontoons!   "NO!  NO!  I want THIS shoe!"  The clerk lowers his eyelids and replies, "THIS is THAT shoe 'cept it's in YOUR size!"  Some things are so much better smaller.

     I am fond of small things.  I think I've always been fascinated with much detail packed in such itty bity sizes.

     Lately, it's been small hats, bags, and shoes.

What began as a double lining for the crocheted tote ended up being a perfect sized tote, once I added coordinating handles, for one of my granddaughters.

Double lining #2 for crocheted tote.

Outside of completed crocheted tote.

     I also tried my hand at beaded crocheted rope (?).  The thought was to use them as handles for the crocheted tote above but decided to hold onto them and make the handles for the tote a different way.