Thursday, November 29, 2007

Stocking Hat

My sister has wanted a stocking hat for about a year now. Not just any stocking hat though, one that is extra long! The only pattern that I could find was for a small child size. Other than that there are tons of patterns out their for knit stocking hats. The problem there, of course, is that I don't knit! So In between other projects, I thought I would use up some of that extra yarn left over from the afghan I just finished. I came up with this one. I could tell that it wasn't going to be long enough so I just made it long enough for my son. He loves hats, so he was very excited to get this one. I need to figure out how to add a tassel or a ball or something to the tip of the hat. But I am in no hurry to do so! :)

I am coming up with so many of my own patterns now! Maybe I should try to publish them or something! LOL At least then I could get some money for my efforts.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Afgan For a Gift Exchange

At my aunts house, every Christmas we each buy a $25 dollar gift and put them in the middle all wrapped up. This year, I thought I would save money and make a lot of my gifts. HA! I didn't save any money here! I actually spent about that much on the yarn for this one. Of course I do have a lot of it left over now. Any ways, we all draw numbers to see who goes first. The first person chooses a gift. Then the second person gets to choose the first person's gift, or one from the middle. And the game continues... The only rules are that a gift can only be chosen three times. So who ever chooses it the third time, gets to keep it. It's a LOT of fun. Kind of like the "white elephant" game.

I used the Caron One Pounder in lace and exspresso, with an N hook. I used a V stitch and put three dcs at the end of each row. Then for the border, I dropped the lace color and just used the exspresso color. I sc all the way around. On the ends I used (sc, hdc, dc, htc, tc, htc, dc, hdc) all the way across. Then sc down the sides. It was supper easy! Which is what I like. And, it went supper fast!!! Which is also what I like. The total size is 4 1/2 feet wide by 6 feet long. Should be able to cover up a tall person on the couch, don't ya think?!

My two year old wouldn't let me take the pic without him in it. Then he told me "thank you" after I took it. He is so sweet, and cute.

Oh yea! I almost forgot to mention that My step-daughter finished her purse! We took it with us on the way to take my step-kids home. I asked her if she wanted to keep going, or if she would like to make it into a purse for herself. So she decided to make it into a purse! It is so soft, that she says it will remind her of Tinkerbell (our kitten). I forgot to take a picture of it before we left though. :( She did so much better on this one too. Oh well, maybe she will bring it down with her next time and I can get a pic then.

And get this! My oldest son decided to make a bed for the kitten now. So he is using two strand of some purple I had lying around. He decided to make it since she made the purse instead. The kitten has to have a bed, right? He is going much slower though. He only has enough patients to work on it for a little bit at a time. So I expect that it will take him a while.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Good Little Girl!

This is my step daughter. She loves making things when she comes down here now. Last time she was here she made her very first project for her mommy. She made a little blue purse with the knifty knitter. She had so much fun that she wanted to make a bed for our new kitten this time! It will be a small bed, but that's OK. She is using some of the softest, and most furry yarn I have ever felt.

We went to JoAnn's the other day so I could get some yarn for a couple of projects. She decided she HAD to get some pink yarn to make a bed for Tinkerbell. She wanted the softest yarn she could find. Of course she had no price limit. Luckily she only needed one skein and it was only four dollars. We added some caron simply soft with it to make it more sturdy. She is almost ready to finish it off!

I am so proud of her for sticking to it!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Two New . . .

I have two things to show off today! Fist, I finished this one yesterday, is a Seraphina Shawl. I used TLC Amore in seaglass. I love the feel of it! I hope it washes well. This is the second Seraphina shawl that I have made. I think it is the most beautiful pattern for a triangular shawl! It will go to my step mother for Christmas. I am also going to add a picture of my kitty in there. Just because I think she is so cute. She loved this yarn too!!! She played with untill she fell asleep on it.

Next I have a pie pan holder. I made up the pattern as I went. It was very simple, yet I still had to frog it way too many times! Just to get the size right though. I used four strands of Peaches & Cream and a P hook. I am going to make either a cheese cake or a pecan pie to put in it. Then it will go to the neighbors across the street for Christmas. Of course I will cover the pie with plastic wrap or something.

Now I am off to decide which gift to make next! I have to do at least one more afghan, an ear-flap hat, something for my mother-in-law, and possibly some cat toys for our cats and both of my neighbors' cats. I keep thinking I am forgetting something, I just can't remember what!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Progress Has Been Made

I got the hair and face all done for the doll. I'm not sure I really like the beard though. It looks funny to me. My kitten, Tinkerbell, decided that last night would be the first time she would play with the yarn while I was trying to work. That was quite hard to maneuver the yarn for me! But, I did get it done. I guess that's what counts. You can see Tinkerbell in the picture above. She wanted her picture taken too! I'm not completely happy with the eyes either. They don't look exactly the same. But at least they line up right! There is still some detail work to be done. But I don't want to give away who it is yet. So as soon as the pants get here I will post the finished pics. If you know country music, you WILL know who this is! I ordered the pants already and they are supposed to be here by Wednesday. I hope it's sooner than that!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Pay It Forward (PIF)

I found out about this wonderful thing that is going on in the blogger world. Pay it forward. It reminds me of the movie. At least the idea. Once some one has payed it forward to you, you pic three people to pay it forward to. Here in this blogger world, you pick the first three people that comment your blog. I was chosen by lesalicious. And now it's my turn to PIF to three others. Leave me a comment, and I will PIF to you. Here's the quote for the rules.

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

I look forward to making some one smile soon!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Doll I'm Making

I have been working hard on making a doll for my son. This isn't just any doll though! It is going to be a famous person. I am not going to tell who it is yet. At least not until I get the hair and cloths on it. It is a person that we took my person to see in concert. So I guess that's a small hint. Now you know that it's a musician. I got a small patch of hair on it yesterday. But I ran out of the yarn I was using. So now I have to go get some more. It's taking me a long time to make! I had to redo the head several times. I was trying to figure out a way to put the nose on with out having to sew it on. But no matter what I did, it just wouldn't come out right!!! So I finally just left it off. Then when I got to the legs I had to redo the foot several times, trying to get the right shape to it. I finally got it though. Then I used the arms from another pattern I had. I didn't want to go through trying to make up the hands. I feared it would take WAY to long. Given the amount of time it took me to get the rest of the body done. Then I added the nose. I had to make it up too. I was surprised though! I only had to do it once! I got it right the first time! Yea!!! The hair is some thing else though! I just don't know how I'm going to get it right. I don't want it to be to thick. So I am having to work at it. I put it on then take it off, because it doesn't look right. My son better really like this one! And take care of it! It sure is taking a lot of work!
Well here are some pics of the beginning of it. I still need to add the eyes, cloths, shoes, hair, (and I am thinking a beard but I'm not sure if it will work) and a few extras as well. I ordered some cloths on line. The doll wears newborn size clothing. Not to be confused with 0-3 month size! New born is for 5 to 8 pounds. So I had to find jeans and a a black shirt. Which reminds me, I still need to find a newborn size or preemie size black t-shirt! I don't know how I'm going to do that. Everything for babies has some sort of baby applique on it. I need some thing plain. Well wish me luck!