Saturday, April 26, 2008
Another edged set
I've done a lot of bibs, hats and blankets lately, so it feels like forever since I've done an Edgerydoo project, and I was itching to do one.

I decided to make a simple edged blanket to match my new Crazy Cute and Easy Hat. My plan was to do 2 or 3 rounds of crazy stitch, but after finishing just one round, I liked the delicate edging against the pink fleece and finished it off.

This fleece was difficult to work with. I used a 3.5mm hook. For some reason, though I poked the holes all the way through the fabric, it was difficult to work the hook through the holes. I had to force some of them, and as a result the holes aren't lined up as perfectly as I might like.

Despite the imperfections, I think that this is a really sweet little set for a baby girl. I'll be donating this set to Marine Corps Kids.

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Crazy Cute and Easy Baby Cap - new original pattern

After finishing my Crazy Stitch Blanket, I wanted to make a matching baby cap so that I could send it as a set to Marine Corps Kids.

I played around a bit, and came up with this deceptively simple design for a crazy stitch cap.

This cap was very fast and easy to make. I like the texture and the pretty scalloped edge.

I'm happy to share the pattern, but ask that if you use it, you'll please send a finished cap to Operation Marine Corps Kids to help support the families of our Troops. You can find this pattern and donation instructions on the Marine Corps Kids Blog site.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I'm not complaining, but the last few weeks have been crazy at work! Very long days, tons of travel and last minute changes. It's all good, but it's been exhausting and it has really cut into my crochet time!

Given the craziness, it seemed only right to make a crazy stitch blanket. This baby blanket was made with Powder Yellow TLC Baby yarn and trimmed with the color Naptime. It's a straight crazy stitch pattern, and edged with a simple shell. Seems like it took forever to finish, but I think it came out nice.

I will be donating this towards Marine Corps Kids donation drive for Month of the Military Child.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Luck be a Lady
Whoever wrote that line wasn't thinking about lady bugs. They're cute little spotted insects, but let's face it- they're beetles - and they're taking over my office!!!!

I was actually shocked yesterday when I googled and found that the ladybug is NOT the state insect of Indiana. I've never seen so many ladybugs ever! My office is literally covered in them! They're everywhere!!!!!

I don't like bugs. They skeeve me, and if these were ANY bug other than ladybugs, I probably would have gone crazy by now! Lady bugs are cute, so I tolerate them, but enough is enough - they're everywhere!! It feels like a plague!

Ladybugs - please go outside and play. This worm has had enough!

Sunday, April 06, 2008
Beyond the Hook

I haven't posted too many new crochet projects recently because there haven't been many. I am working on a crazy stitch baby blanket that is taking a bit longer than I would like, but which should look really nice when I'm done. Unfortunately work and business travel have cut into my crochet time during the past few weeks. I'm not complaining - for the first time in too many years I'm really enjoying my work and the people I work with. It's really been great.

Outside of work, hubby and I are busy with house planning! We're building a new home that should be finished sometime late this summer, and it's been a lot of fun choosing wood and tile and all those little touches that make a house a home! The house is going to be really beautiful, and the builder has been fabulous to work with!

We're also really enjoying our new town! Now that the weather is warming up, we can get out and about more! This weekend was GREAT! Yesterday we were out running errands when I suggested we take a drive down to the reservoir - just a few mile south of where our new home will be. Well, we turned off onto some country roads and ended up taking a very scenic tour of Southern Indiana. It was lovely! We drove through rolling hills passing beautiful forests and lovely farm land. Lots of cows and horses on the way! We ended up near Columbus, so we stopped there to enjoy a quick peak at some of the beautiful architecture in town. I was amazed by the art and architecture in this small city! There was some incredible buildings by renown architects and lots of public art including spectacular pieces by Henry Moore and Chihuly! The downtown trees were also "dressed" in tree sweaters that seemed to have been crocheted or knitted by the locals! I just loved seeing some of the creative things that they did, and how the city is supporting all forms of art and crafts! On the way home we stopped by the outlet mall where we did find a few bargains!

Today was another great day! After visiting our foundation ( can't call it a house yet - just a crawl space and garage slab) we indulged ourselves with a treat from Brusters Ice Cream - YUM! We never lived near a Brusters before, and that's probably a good thing, because the ice cream was delicious (I was behaved and had the fat-free no-sugar-added ice cream, but it was rich and delicious and tasted awfully fattening!). Then, on the way home, at the last moment I asked hubby to turn off the main road so we could visit Griffy Lake - a reservoir and city park here in town. It was lovely! The lake was filled with honking geese. Lots of people out boating and fishing. It was really delightful. I had sandals on and wasn't prepared for any real liking, but we enjoyed a nice long walk through the more flat hiking trails along the lake. It was relaxing and beautiful! We stopped by the boat dock and inquired about rentals - they rent our row boats, canoes and kayaks at very reasonable rates, and I'm guessing that as the weather continues to improve we'll be spending more time enjoying the lake and the trails!

So now it's 8pm and the sun is thinking about setting. I'm happy after having enjoyed a really lovely weekend, and think I'll grab my crochet and see if I can get some progress done on the blanket. I must say, life beyond the hook has been wonderful!

Saturday, April 05, 2008
Calling all Crafters!!!
The Month of April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child.

When a parent is serving their country, their children are serving, too. Over 1 million children currently have at least one parent serving in the military on active duty. These families endure long separations and often are required to move multiple times during their parent's service. This is a time to pay tribute to these kids and recognize the commitment, sacrifice and support they show as they face the special challenges of being a military child.

Operation Marine Corps Kids is hoping to send a record number of donations during the month of April. If you would like to support the families of our service men and women, please click the link above to find out how to donate to this great cause.

Thank you!