Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another Button-up Poncho. This one was fun to make!
The crochet pattern is written for 3 sizes. S/M, L/XL and 2X/3X
This one is size 2X-3X. It measures 52" W and 26" L
The size L/XL measures 47" W and 23" L
The size S/M is 42" W and 20" L.

Colorful, to say the least!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Button-up Poncho is finished! The crochet pattern is available on my website and in my Etsy shop. If it is sold out when you get there, check back, because I will re-list it promptly. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 20, 2008

My Newest Design!
Crochet pattern will be available soon in my Etsy shop! It's called the "Button-up Poncho", sort of a poncho with sleeves. It's roomy, comfy, and cozy. Written for 3 sizes: S/M, L/XL, and 2X/3X. The yarn I used for this one is Red Heart Collage in the color Crimson Maple. It's 100% acrylic worsted weight. This Poncho could be made with any yarn and a size I or J crochet hook. Includes directions for adding an optional collar or hood. Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Some Crochet & Knit Patterns and Items in my Etsy shop

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I won a GOLD Medal in the Crochetville Olympic Challenge! The idea was to crochet something during the Olympics that would be a challenge for you to complete in 16 days. You couldn't start until they lit the torch, and it had to be finished before they extinguished the flame. I made a Molly Weasley Sweater. The challenge for me was to stick with it and not get distracted by other projects. I completed it with time to spare. Here are pics of the finished sweater. The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Caleb is turning 6 this Sunday, August 24, 2008
Happy Birthday Caleb! We love you!!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Guess what I've been doing all day?! Revising an old pattern -
my Granny Square Jacket pattern. I wrote the pattern about 10 yrs.
ago and recently designed a custom-made GS Jacket for a special customer in France who is now my cyber-friend! Ann wanted the jacket to be fitted and have a hood and ribbed cuffs. After posting pics on the Internet, I had requests for the pattern. I have revised the original GS Jacket pattern to include instructions for adding a hood and ribbed cuffs on the sleeves and on the bottom of the jacket. I think this will be a popular pattern because it's such a versatile design. You can do so many different things with it, such as make the back a solid color, make the hood solid or striped, add buttons or a zipper to the front, leave the hood and cuffs off, use different color schemes or different background colors. I think an off-white background would be stunning (meaning use off-white for the final round on each square). Or red! Or brown, tan, burgundy, navy, plum as shown above..... so many choices!
The pattern is written for M/L and XL/2X.
To make the XS Ann is wearing, just use sport weight yarn and a size G hook. I did 4 rounds on her squares, because she wanted as much color as possible (3 rounds of color and 1 round black for the background color). This is a fun, portable, easy project that will really get you noticed when you wear it this fall!
The top 2 pics are my original GS Jacket I made about 13 yrs. ago. The plum jacket is one I made for a customer about 5 yrs. ago. The next two pics have the hood and cuffs added to my old jacket. The pretty lady is Ann, originally from England now living in France.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ocean Breeze Shawl

I designed this shawl to represent the beach. It's a very simple concept:
Choose a variety of colors and textures to look like sand, water, and sky. Change colors every few rows, leaving long strands for
fringe. Additional fringe can be added when shawl is finished.
Start with sand colors, and CO 3 sts on size 13 knitting needles.
K first row.
Next row and every row thereafter, K in front and back of beginning st on every row until your shawl is about 20" or so, then change to your ocean colors. Add some fluffy white yarn on a few rows, to create the look of foam on the waves
(knitting with 2 strands together). When you're satisfied with
the ocean colors, switch to light blues for the sky, using the lightest shades first as the sky is lightest near the horizon. Keep going until your shawl is the size you want. I used straight needles and had no problem getting 120+ sts on
them. You could use circulars if you prefer, but I just can't seem to develop a liking to those.
This project knits up quickly and results in a lightweight, breezy shawl that is perfect for summer. I made this one in 2-3 days. :D

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Here's the Granny Jacket I made as a custom order for
a very nice gal in France! She and I have become cyber-friends.
She sent me these pics and said she LOVES the jacket! I was so
happy to hear that, and to see how perfectly it fits her.
I want one now!! :D

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I'm calling him the Fuse Man. It's the crocheted guy in the commercial. I saw it for the first time the other night, so I still-paused it (DVR) and took pics with my cell phone camera so I could make my own version. Waddaya think?

Pretty cool dude, huh? My friend thinks he's rather phallic, but I dunno......

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Caleb's Kindergarten Graduation!
Maysville, Kentucky
May 28, 2008
Kindergarten Program
Caleb back row, left, wearing white shirt

Receiving Diploma

Caleb Earlywine, 1st grader now!

Caleb and Nikki

Papaw & Mamaw are so proud!

At the park afterwards

Feeding the ducks

It was a wonderful day!