Three of Four

I know it’s been almost two months since I’ve updated. It’s kind of been a whirlwind of activity.

We ordered the edging tile for the island and it is taking forever for it to come in. I guess it’s a special-order thing. We got it at Lowe’s and it was bloody expensive! But, it will be so nice to have the counter all intact. Then, we’ll need to get the propane hooked up and we’ll have our lovely propane cookstove to cook on! That will be so nice! And it will look very pretty!

I’m considering repainting the kitchen. I love the yellow, but everyone (and by everyone I mean Sweetie and my son) have said that the yellow doesn’t go well with the flooring that we installed. I’m thinking of changing the yellow to gray. I think gray would still look good with the white cabinets and cobalt accents. And, of course, it will go well with the marble. I haven’t decided yet, but I am leaning toward painting again.

I have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. It’s no great surprise… I love sugar, so it’s not a shock. However, it means that some big changes need to be made to my diet.

With the permission of my doctor, I’ve decided to go the low-carb route. I know there are a lot of opinions on this subject, but I’ve done it before and seem to be pretty successful eating that way.

I’ve been doing low-carb since March 30th and have lost 5 lbs, thus far. For the most part, I feel better. But, for the last couple of days I haven’t been eating enough fat. I don’t have the energy that I expect. So, I’m currently looking for fat bomb recipes. That should boost my energy significantly.

The Christening blanket for my grandson is not yet finished. It is a sad project, so I find myself easily procrastinating. I have three of the four squares finished and the fourth one started. God willing and the creek don’t rise, I should have it completed in the next couple of weeks.

I’m still unemployed, unfortunately. I haven’t been making things for my Etsy shop, because my crafting energy has been going into the Christening blanket. I have had a couple of interviews in the last week and I’m hoping to be gainfully employed sooner, rather than later.

All the animals are fat and happy. Ray and Frank have beautiful coats this year! They have lovely curl definition. I plan on sending this year’s and last year’s fleeces in for processing. That means I’ll need to get to spinning!

I’m actually considering donating some of the unspun fiber that I currently have to my neighborhood birds. It’s been quite chilly lately and they could probably use it. I’m thinking about getting one of those suet cage things and putting the fiber in there. I can hang it by the bird feeder.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. Hopefully I’ll have a tah-dah post for you in the next couple of weeks!

Grandbaby Update

So, the kids have decided to take the baby to term. Doctors have told them that they can expect the child to live for approximately 10 days, after birth.

They are going to have the baby Baptized and then they will have a funeral for him – it’s a boy.

Because of his condition – he doesn’t have a skull (but don’t worry, there is no pain or discomfort associated with this condition) – they expect him to have a delayed due date. Since his original due date was June 13, I guess we can expect him a week or two later.

I have offered to make them a Christening blanket. This is the pattern I’ve chosen. So far, it’s been fun to make. I’ve just started working on it today. It is a knitting pattern, so I am using my knook. I’ll post pictures when I’m finished.

Grandbaby Fibonacci Sequence Blanket

Hi!

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make something using the Fibonacci sequence in stripes. I’ve always liked the way it looks, but I’ve always dreaded making a blanket in some sort of solid fabric.

Grandbaby Fibonacci Blanket 3

I’m the first to admit that I get bored easily. And while I love afghans, I tend to put them on a shelf when they’re only part way finished.

Grandbaby Fibonacci Blanket 2

That said, I’ve found that baby blankets are doable. Especially when they’re blankets made for my grandchild who is due in June.

I did get a bit distracted from this blanket, but that’s only because I have been trying to stock my etsy shop. I figure that one blanket for my grandbaby and one or two for the shop would be good.

Grandbaby Fibonacci Blanket 1

For this blanket I did double crochets in rows of: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13.

I’m still waiting to find out the gender of the baby.

For my etsy shop, I’m currently working on a filet argyle blanket. For the baby, I haven’t decided yet…

Oh and here’s my latest addition to the shop! I seem to have neglected to make a post about it, earlier!

Drumroll Please!

Well, after pretty much EVERYONE telling me to get an Etsy Shop and start selling my crochet stuff, I’ve finally done it!

It’s really scary! I’ve never sold anything, except commissioned pieces. I’m afraid that no one will buy anything and that will hurt my feelings, because I’ll think that it’s because they don’t like it. Which is completely ridiculous, I know…

I’ve talked to my friends about pricing and I guess that’s the hardest part. So, I’m going with the fairly common practice of taking the cost of materials and multiplying it by three. Then I’m adding to that the cost of listing the item and the cost of shipping. We’ll see!

If you’d like to see the first item I’ve ever listed for sale, it can be found in my Etsy Shop here.

And if you have any feedback about my listing – the price, the pictures, the verbiage, please tell me. I need all the advice I can get!

Grandbaby Granny Square Blanket

First of all, I have to apologize for the colors in these photos. The colors I used are purple, turquoise and white. However, it was snowing and I had a heck of a time getting adequate lighting. Of course, I’m impatient and wasn’t going to wait another day to take pictures. I’m actually impressed that you aren’t seeing horrible photos that were taken in incandescent light – I finished the blanket the night before.

Grandbaby Granny Blanket 3

The purple and turquoise yarn was part of my fantastic gift of yarn by the parents of this child. I was eager to get it finished and photographed so I could send them the pictures.

Grandbaby Granny Blanket 1

It’s just your standard Red Heart Super Saver yarn. I found a pretty cool granny square generator – here. And used this to help me make the blanket look more random – because I completely lack imagination and would pretty much just make diagonal stripes or something. Yes, I’m truly that boring.

Grandbaby Granny Blanket 2

This is a very simple double-v-stitch edging that I think is pretty perfect for granny square blankets. I found it here. The blanket is just a simple square of two rounds per color. I used the join-as-you-go method for joining the squares. I had forgotten that I wanted to try the Celtic Lace Join – found here – for my next project that included squares. Ah well, maybe I’ll remember on the next blanket.

Grandbaby Granny Blanket 4

Tah-dah! It took me about three days to finish.

Mom and dad tell me that they love it. That makes me infinitely happy.

By the way… See how it’s kind of ruffled? That was not on purpose. From what I understand, it has to do with how many clusters are put into the adjoining corners of the squares when doing the border. I don’t usually put borders on blankets, so I didn’t realize that this would happen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. We have celebrated the holiday twice in the last seven days. Needless to say, we are feeling fat and happy.

I’ve been holding on to some good news. But, now that it has been officially announced, I am free to tell the world… My son and his fiance are having a baby! I’m very excited!

Naturally, I immediately began searching for crochet and knitting patterns.

I’ve started a crocheted blanket based on the “Drunkard’s Path” quilting pattern. But, with 120 squares to make, it is turning into a tedious project. Of course, I’ve been sidetracked a couple of times.

The kids were here for our turkey day celebration last weekend, so I had to really work fast to get their first blanket finished.

Bavarian Baby Blanket 3

Their favorite color is purple. Since we don’t yet know the gender of the baby, I thought purple would be a safe color to use.

Bavarian Baby Blanket 2

I had never done a Bavarian project before and had to watch some YouTube videos to learn the technique. It is so easy!

Bavarian Baby Blanket 1

I wanted to make the blanket a little bit bigger, but I was running out of time. I had to stop where I was the night before the kids left. This not-so-big square took the better part of a full skein of yarn in each color. It really is a wool eater!

But, it is super thick and it will be very warm for the little one. I figured that it really doesn’t matter how small it is, they are going to be getting more blankets from me. This one will take the child until he or she is 4- or 5-years old.

My sweetie likes the look of the reverse side and wants me to make one for him. I guess that will just be plain Catherine Wheels. I’ll probably just make it rectangle and work it back and forth, rather than in rounds. I think that would be easier.

I have been having some trouble finding a baby booties pattern that I like. Most patterns out there are really geared towards either male or female. There are some super-cute patterns and I can’t wait to find out the gender of the baby…

I found a pattern that met my preferred criteria: crochet, worked flat, and uses big yarn. Not that I’m completely opposed to knitting in the round with sock yarn… I’m just a slow knitter/knooker.

And, the kids brought me my Christmas present when they visited and it included a skein of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn (in the Pink/Blue colorway). I know that I don’t have the proper size knitting needles or knook to use this yarn and I knew it had to be turned into booties.

You may recall my previous experience with this yarn… I’m not a fan. Though, at least this time, the yarn doesn’t smell weird. This skein is the 100% polyester version and I wonder if the last stuff I used was the 100% nylon… This yarn is still stretchy and I still had a hard time identifying my stitches half the time. But, it took me less than an hour to make a set of booties (even with this difficult yarn), so that’s a huge plus!

The pattern is Bev’s Baby Cloud Booties. I like Bev’s patterns; they are simple and usually pretty quick to make.

Baby Booties 2

I think next time I make these booties, I will just hold a few strands of a different yarn together.