Change is a comin, mostly good, but some scary. I am in the process of opening an online shop and I will be moving my blog. I am so excited because when the shop is open you will be able to buy patterns and books, and download them instantly! This will save me a lot of time and customers will have better service. But I am so scared about the blog move! I will most likely be moving to Wordpress, and when I figure it out, I will have much better service. It will be so much easier to reply to your comments, and I will have a more user friendly layout. This may sound crazy, but I am so freaked about loosing some of you! And now you see where the mixed emotions come in, I'm so torn! I really want to be able to offer a better service, and spend a little less time tied to the computer in the process; but I almost don't want to if it means loosing some of you. Will you reassure me? If I move will you follow? I am so overwhelmed right now. I never told you this story and I'm sorry. I'm sharing this picture cause this is what I feel like doing right now, just laying down in the middle of all this madness! Here is The Story: This is the day after Thanksgiving, I went shopping with Kim just to see the craziness. I didn't buy (or intend on buying) a thing. By 11:00 am (we got up at 3:30 am) I was begging Kim to let me lay on one of the display beds, in the window of a store in the mall. I told her if she would just leave me, she could come back later and get me after I'd had a little nap. She wouldn't let me, Bath and Body was having a sale and we just HAD to go. So instead of taking a nap, I gave her mama (whom we drug along with us) the camera and she took a picture of me, fulfilling my lifelong dream of laying on one of those fancy short beds in the mall. Meanwhile, Kim stood nearby and pretended not to know me. We had a good time, but boy was I tired when we got home! Have you ever been tempted to lay on the fancy short beds? When I was little I wanted to lay on one so bad! They look like they are made just for kids because they are so short. I used to imagine little elves slept in them when the store was closed. I never climbed up on one though, my mama would have slapped me naked and hid my clothes! But they make them look so inviting, I just wonder how many people give in to the temptation. Tell the truth. Have you ever got in a fancy short bed? And will you follow me? I can't move till I know you will come.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I took better pictures of the scarflette today, I just love this green! The variations in this kettle dyed wool are incredible. I think I will put this pattern up in my shop today for pre-order. I have decided to add two bonnets to the shop too. If they sell well I will add more later. I will have the following sizes available: newborn-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 12-24 mo, 3-6 years. They will be $40.
Thank you all so much for offering to be testers! I will save all the names and email addresses. I have a few other patterns in my head that I will need testers for - when I get the time to sit down and stitch them all out! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I tell Maddie all the time to go to bed and when I go check, she is in there. I have never questioned how she got in. Ben came in the living room last night after putting the girls to bed and said, "Have you ever seen Maddie get in her bed?". I thought about it, and said"No, not really." He said "Come in here and watch her." When I went in this is what I saw.
(This is a video, just click on the play symbol)
My little gymnast climbs into the window seal, mounts onto the side of the bed, and just flips over into the bed. How funny is that!!!
Monday, January 21, 2008
My three little lovelies have never had snow, so when the weather man said we may get a couple of inches, they took to the windows waiting (not so patiently). We were supposed to have snow when we woke up, but there wasn't the first flake. Rae and Jake came over and spent the night and we were hoping to get snowed in!Soon we started to see SNOW! REAL SNOW! They were so excited, it was like a dream to them.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
(here are my sweeties last Easter)
I am thinking of starting a "how to crochet" tutorial series. I want to know who would really use this before I start to see if it is even needed. If I have at least a few people interested I don't mind putting it together.
This is what I want to do:
The first tutorial will be how to hold the hook, tie a slip knot and how to chain.
The second will be how to do a single crochet.
The third will be a double crochet.
The fourth will be a triple.
The fifth will be a half double crochet.
Each tutorial will also include helpful hints and instructions for patterns.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
These are the bamboo crochet hooks I bought at Smoky Mountain Spinnery, I think I'm in love! I am seriously addicted! I don't think I can ever go back. EDITED TO ADD: After several inquiries about this hook set, I gave the owner of the shop a call. She said that she is more than happy to ship, she does carry these Japanese baboo hook sets on a regular basis, and they cost $55 (they are well worth it, I promise). The number you need to call is 865-436-9080. I have been working on this blanket for an upcoming baby shower. I like it because the pattern stays the same so you don't have to carry instructions around, it's a good on-the-go project. This pattern is also great for beginners because it's good practice without the complicated pattern to follow. The pattern itself is as old as the hills, but so beautiful and classic. I worked this blanket in my three favorite girl colors, pink, white, and natural. I achieved this look by changing colors at the start of each row. I used sport weight, cotton, yarn and a size G crochet hook for this blanket.
Chain 3, this counts as your first double crochet. Work 2 double crochet through loop. Chain 3. Work the pattern - chain 3 and 3 double crochet - until you have four sets in the loop. Slip stitch to the top of chain 3 (in row 1). You now have your base square.
Chain three, turn, work 2 double crochet. Note: To finish the corner pictured here, I worked 1 more double crochet, chain 3 and three double crochet. In each corner of the square there will be 3 double crochet, chain 3, then three double crochet. Join with a slip stitch at beginning chain. Chain three and turn. To make this a blanket you will just keep going in rounds using this pattern:
3 double crochet , chain 3.
In each corner 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet.
Slip stitch at the end of each round, chain 3 and turn.
When the blanket is the size you want it, chain 1, single crochet in every stitch around. If you used the cotton yarn and feel it looks a little wonky, all you have to do is "block" it. I found good blocking instructions HERE . You can now add your favorite edging or run ribbon through the holes from the row, or just do both! I hope you have fun with this old pattern. I will add a picture of my finished blanket in a few days.
I've had trouble lately with my thread getting dirty and "running" away from me. This was my solution: I took an old, small, coffee can, put a hole in the top big enough for my thread to come through, and put the thread inside. Now my thread stays clean and it stays right at my feet while I work.
One of the best things about it was the fly fishing shop that her husband owns on the other side of the building. While Ben was browsing through the fishing stuff I was pouring over yarn and bamboo crochet hooks.
I think my favorite part was finding this little note that Molly had slipped in my purse. I found it and all I could do was smile.I love that she wrote Sam and Ben on the outside instead of Mama and Dad - so professional!
This was my welcome home picture. We had fun but we were glad to be home with our sweet babies.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your comments and emails about my sweet baby. My heart was so heavy that day, but I felt so loved. I really don't know what to say. Thank you.