last day of September
- Well, Sept. is on it's way out and tomorrow we will wake up in October. I love the fall months. I didn't use to, but as I get older I think I appreciate better what each season has to offer us. People have already begun to decorate for fall and some have started for Halloween..I will wait a couple of more weeks before I start my decorating. Nature has begun decorating on its own. The leaves are beginning to change and the flowers are starting to go to seed and all my mums are blooming in full glory. I'll post a picture of that later.
- Todays photo is of our dogs. It occurs to me that for as big a part of our family as they are, I've not shared them with you. Timber is our white German Shepard. We got him almost 5 years ago when we lived in N. Dakota. He is a snow dog for sure. Cold weather is his pleasure. Buster is our newest member. We got him in March when he was almost 6 weeks old. He is the cutiest Beagle I've seen. Yes, I am prejudiced. They are the best of buds. Timber has wanted a playmate that can take his size for some time now. We had a little Pomeranian but she passed away in June at the age of 13. She took no shit off the big guy. He knew who the boss was. So when Buster came along Timber was in heaven.
- Not much new on the crochet front. Still working on the same few projects. I really want to complete at least one before beginning anything new. I hate having more than three things going at once because then they all seem to get neglected and progress is way to slow. The afghan and the little purse or die! Well, that's a little extreme, but you know what I mean.
- By the way--- please, register to VOTE and remember IT'S YOUR RIGHT, so use it!
Enjoy your day~ DAWN
Tug of War--who will win?
- My sons afghan is coming along--I'm gonna try to work 16 rows per day (that is two rows of fat stripes and two rows of skinny stripes).. At that pace maybe he'll get it while the weather is still chilly. I'm notorious for dragging out my afghan projects. Mainly because I get bored and want quicker results. I am a product of our modern society after all.
- I joined the pumkin hooks CAL at crochetville. I found this awesome spider at Crochet Pattern Central. I'm also gonna make a spider web for it to rest on when I'm not wearing it. Hopefully it turns out as cute as the photo and I can make a pin out of it. I'm sure it will.
- We are planning a big big yard sale this weekend. We are clearing out our garage and also the attic. My dad is going through all the stuff that he and my mom stuffed up there over the course of 20 some odd years of living in this house. Lets put it this way. We will probably only clear out a 1/4 of it this go around. We will probably be having several yard sales as the seasons come and go for awhile. My kids are helping sort and price and of course will be helping lug it all down to the curb and back (hopefully it won't be a lot coming back). and my dad said that 'all three of them get to split the proceeds--cause he doesn't need the money'. Grandpas are cool.
...Love is a great beautifier.
Louisa May Alcott
Peace and have a great day! ~DAWN
Three works in progress
Sorry about the Hiatus
Hey, this is for Mouse-- here is the link to the gypsy scarf . It is super easy and fast to work up. If you make it a little longer to begin with, you could turn it into an openwork shawl which would look really nice, too.
- I'm posting a photo of what I have been busy doing. The bag in the back is the felted bag I wrote about earlier. It turned out really cool. I need to do some adjusting on the straps, though. It hangs below my hips and tha t is a little long. The blue bag is my attempt at Tapestry crochet. It will be a little over the shoulder purse to hold essentials . It is working up nicely. I like to work on it in the morning while I'm drinking my first cup of coffee. The design is my own-that is the cool thing about Tapestry crochet, you can really let your imagination go. It's about 1/3rd done. The Diagonal piece is the afghan I started yesterday afternoon for my youngest after my trip to Hobby Lobby. I can't wait to see how it turns out--so far so good, bonus is my son loves it already. Yeah!
- I was so excited about the yarn sale at Hobby Lobby this week. I traveled 40 miles to the store only to get there and find that although the sale started that morning, the damn yarn bins for the sale stuff were already picked pretty much clean! Me about three other stunned women stood there going "what the hell"... Do we have to camp out to get the yarn. I ended up spending my fair share,anyway... but I was frustrated. Thems the breaks, I guess. I did chat with this man in line and he was telling me about his 85 year old mother who makes blankets and donates them to a rehabilitation center in the area. She knit about 20 blankets last year and gave them all away. How awesome is that. She loves what she does and makes others happy with her craft as well. That is what it is all about.
- I've started this book called Grandfather by Tom Brown Jr. that my sister loaned me. She carries it around with here in here backpack that is how much she likes this books messege. It is about a Native American man whose entire life is spent living his vision quest in search of truth and harmony with nature. He roams from place to place all over N.and S. America and Canada learning from different people, tribes, and religions and then telling his story toTom. Pretty good so far.
Have a great day--Peace~DAWN
- Greetings, it's a beautiful day here in Tennessee. Fall-like weather in the mornings and summerlike in the afternoons. The best of both worlds. I better enjoy it while it lasts.
- On the crochet front, I completed a capelet yesterday and today I made a Gypsy headwrap. Just a little something from the Groovy crochet webpage. Sometimes they have good stuff there. I like the way it turned out. Sorry the picture is not the best. But when you have to take it of yourself, it can be tricky. You know what I mean.
- I think I'm going on Elann.com and order some yarn for a cape that I have been wanting to make. They have some pretty mohair on sale for $2.48 a ball (212 yards per ball, I think) and I am in love with mohair. I may get some other type of yarn to make up more headwraps for Christmas gifts. Who know. When ordering yarn there is no rhyme or reason.
- No gift basket bought last nite. They switched from the silent auction to a real auction which isn't as much fun. So we left early. Plus the baskets were not as good as last year. Tonite we are off to a high school football game. So far we are 2 and 2. Hopefully we will be up by one by tonite. Yeah.
Have a great day and enjoy the weekend. Peace~DAWN
- Yesterday I got the new Lionbrand catalog in the mail. Yeah!! I've been waiting for it for what seems like forever. I just love looking at all the yarn and checking out the patterns. Although, like most yarn publications they cater to the knitters more, but whatever. You can still get some great ideas from them. The mesh top over the bikini is adorable. It would look good over a tank top in the summer. I'm seriously considering getting the pattern for the swirly poncho. I really like the look of it. Very clean and feminine.
- I am delving into the world of felting again. I have like 5 balls of White Buffalo wool. (That is a story unto itself).. Not real sure that I am a fan of it, but it does felt up nicely. I just don't enjoy working with it. I must be heavy handed or something because I am forever breaking the yarn--arahhhhh! I made a small purse as an experiment yesterday. It's cute, but not practicle. I am almost done with an awesome bag. I can't wait till it is completed and I can publish a picture for you to see. It is turning out just as I picture it in my head (which is unusual, cause that rarely happens).. I think I will make up some little envelope change purses to add in Christmas presents this year. I may even try a felted hat. Hell, I definately have enough wool.
- My little one has open house at his school tonite, so that should be fun. They have a silent auction on theme baskets that each class puts together. My sons class did a Nascar basket. How appropriate for our household since my husband is a giant fan. I donated a Days of Thunder DVD. Hookie, yes yet also fitting. I was gonna make a blanket or pillow, but couldn't find the material that just has the Nascar logo on it. Not everyone is a Jr. fan or a Gordan fan. So, I went with Tom Cruise. Ha Ha. They always have a chocolate basket which I won last year (thank you). and a Tennessee Titans basket. We came close to getting that one but at the last, about seven people rushed in and out bid us. There were 4 tickets to a Dec. game in it. Damn. Maybe tonite is the nite... we'll see.
Have a great day everyone!! Peace~DAWN
tutti fruitti head hugger
- Yesterday, I finally made a necklace that has been sitting on my dresser for eons. I origanally strung the beads to hang a dragon from my bedroom ceiling, but found it would not be sturdy enough. I got to looking at it and thought, I would wear it as a necklace. So yesterday, I restrung it on some Tigar wire and added the clasp and waalah--I now have a cool neckace to wear. I am in a red period in my life right now. I seem to be drawn to anything red. Hmmmmm......what does it all mean?
- I also completed a hat (yeah, another one--I'm on a roll). It is based on a pattern from Midnight Knitter's blog. I love this Lion Boucle in tutti fruitti!! These colors look so good, I want to be them. The next best thing: wear them. I trimmed the hat in a ribbon yarn and eyelash yarn held together. My head is not only gonna be fashionable in that thing, but also very toasty, as it is quite snug.
- My heart and soul goes out to the families of those kidnap victums in Iraq. I am sickened in my soul by the horrific violence that humans inflict on one another. In a strickly female goddess vein: If there were more female influences in the world, there would not be the kind of violence we see today. Completely my opinion.
- Please be kind to one another out there and remember the influence even the smallest word or deed has on those around you
My cool Cloche in Tweed
- I should be doing house work because I sat on my butt all weekend crocheting (which felt really good, by the way). Instead, I'm on the computer reading blogs and typing my own. Well, at least I straightened up the bathroom and have a load of laundry going.
- I finished up another hat last nite while watching the BORING Emmys--we switched over the Trading Spaces (ahhh much better). Anyway, I wrote down the pattern for the hat and will get it posted eventually. I love these cloche/bucket type hats on me. Other than scullys I don't really wear any other type. I have to be picky about hats and sunglasses otherwise I look the right dork walking around. I need to get one of those fake heads cause I'm getting tired of posing for pictures. I'm not a diva, I swear, although the LEO in me is not all that opposed.
- No sales on yarn at Hobby Lobby this week (what the hell were they thinking?) so I have no excuse to go to Murfreesboro. Although, I do need some incense from Stone Keepers. Problem with that is.... I buy much more than incense when I go in there. I will be strong and resist.
If you want the truth, I'll tell you the truth: Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you.
Two Hats Done
- Well, yesterday and today were busy crochet days. I must have had withdrawels from not crocheting for 2 days. I totally abandoned the cloche from the Hip to Crochet book. Instead I made this gardening hat from the tweed yarn. Then this morning, I made my own cloche from some clearance sale Lionbrand Homespun. I really like this one. I'm working on another one in the leftover tweed. The pattern is a little different because the yarn is thinner. I'll put up the pattern when I'm sure of all the adjustments.
- Beautiful day out today. Clear blue skies and sunshine galore!! Perfect day to wear a cloche hat. It was cool outside this morning, which can only mean one thing---yeap, fall is on the way. I'm looking forward to it. I love the change of colors in the leaves and I really like days that are clear and cool. Tenn. offers up lots of fall days like that, usually.
- Hope you all enjoy the hat photos. I'm not a really good model, but with a house full of boys what other choices do I have? Have a great Sunday and enjoy the waning weekend-----
Company is Gone
- Well, this has started out crappy. I lost my original post!!!! Crap!
- My company left yesterday, so I can get back to a little normality. While they were here, we went up in my attic and found some stuff that was my moms. I posted pictures of some relevant things. The kit was really neat to find. I was gonna do the granny square blanket, but the yarn is kind of scratchy, so I'll probably put it in a yard sale. The trim was crocheted by my great grandmother. There were three pieces in a box, so me and two of my older sisters spit it. My younger sister doesn't care about such things or we may have had a problem.
- We got some high winds and rain from hurricane Ivan on Friday. Nothing like those in AL. or FL. of course. There were some trees in our neighborhood that were uprooted and our Koi pond was filled to overflowing. Lucky, Lucky none of the fish swam out.
- My hubby and sons are out working on the oldest Corvair. They are almost done with the bodywork and stripping so let the priming begin. It will have to stay in primer for a little while because we don't have the doe to paint it at the moment. Lucky for us our son just wants his car back so primer gray is fine with him. It will look killer when it is finished, though.
- I am almost done with my cloche hat. I'm not so sure about it though. I think when I started it, I was crocheting a little to tightly. I will have to make a determination after I finish it as to whether I will wear it or not.
70's crochet kit
70's crochet kit
I just got back from the dentist. Ughhh....I hate going there. I had a tiny little cavity behind my front tooth. The dentist asked, "since it's so small do you want to try it without being numbed up?" Uh, no. I'm a whimp, thank you very much. Now my whole upper right face is numb. I think she gave me enough in that shot to fill 10 cavities. I can't feel my teeth and the tip of my nose itches, but I can't feel it when I scatch it-----whoa is me. However, she is really nice and lets you know what is going on when she's in you mouth. I like that.
My hat is coming along nicely. I can't wait till it is finished. I've never worn a hat like this before, but am looking forward to it. I've also been working on a pillow. I unofficially joined the pillow-a-long at Crochetville. I do that alot. Unofficially join the crochet alongs. That is mainly because just in case I don't do it, I don't have the guilt. But this pillow is gonna be awesome--it's for my bedroom. My husband is thinking--'great, another pillow'. He's not a big pillow person. Just more stuff to throw off the bed before you get in. I like pillows. I'm also working on a hooded scarf/wrap. It's done with mohair, so it is gonna be soft. Three projects at one time is quite enough for me. I'm tempted to start my sunglass case, but will wait.
My son orders his class ring tomorrow for his senior year (which is next year) and then my middle son will order his next year. Those rings are not cheap. Especially for boys (cause they're bigger). His is gonna be an 11! Man, high school ain't cheap. But I remember getting mine and how I felt so cool, cause I was a senior and was gonna be done with school. Not realizing then there's college, work, and the real world right around the corner. But what am I saying, I'm still growing up. It's a long and envolved process.
Whatever you recieve, wherever it comes from, cherish the desire to give it back in full measure.
-- -- Swami Chidvilasananda
Beginning of Simply Cloche hat
Well, it's been a few days since my last post. I was really feeling crappy due to this head cold. I'm feeling better. All that is left is a cough and phlem in my chest and throat. Too much info, I know.
I totally scapped my ponchette. My husband saw me frogging it and said, 'are you taking that whole thing apart?' Yeap, sometimes it's just better that way. Now I have 3 balls of Simply Soft in 'bone'. I'll figure something out to do with it.
I did start on my Simple Cloche hat from the Hip to Crochet book. I'm using red hearts Tweed yarn (because I love this yarn). The colors in the tweeds are awesome and it has a nice feel to it. I think the gauge will be similar. I have thick curly hair so if it is a little bigger... bonus for me. Hope to have it finished in a day or two. I have family coming in tonite and staying for a few days, so I don't know how much crocheting I will get in.
My sons team lost their game Friday nite by one point-34 to33. What a bummer. Well, there is always this coming Friday.
Caught a Cold
Don't ask me how I did it, but I caught a head cold! You know how you can usually feel them coming on? Well, not this baby. It was like..Boom...your throat is sore and now your sneezing, etc. Oh, well...I guess I'm being told to take it easy. Like I need convincing to do that, ha.
I mailed my package to my swap buddy today, so hopefully next week, they will get a surprise in the mail. I love to get packages. Flowers are great, too. My husband came home with a bunch of flowers for me yesterday. He does that quite often and I love it. Lets me know he's thinking about me.
I'll get a little bit of crocheting in today, but I'm not sure how much. I really need to lie down. I'm feeling a little woozie. Oh, I got my Black Eyed Peas cd yesterday. I really dig it. I'm not real big into rap, but I enjoy some of it and this groups cd is really good. So, check it out if you're into it.
Better go, my son has a big football game tomorrow nite and I don't want to be too sick to yell out for him and his team!!! Till next time, have fun and remember to play nice
Peace ~ DAWN
Scarf for the Swap
As you can see, I have been playing with my blog site. Man oh man, do I like these colors better than the plain jane I was using. It was a pain in the butt, let me tell you. I just am so computer illiterate that even this small change took me a couple of hour to figure out. I am very proud of myself (pat on the back). Hope you like it, too.
I took a few photos of the scarf I made for the Swap at Crocheville. I sure hope the recipient likes it. I made it with one strand of Lionbrand Jiffy and one strand of Outback Mohair. I happen to love mohair, but I know some people don't care for it--I hope that isn't the case with my swapee.
I decided that I had put to much time into the ponchette I'm making and instead of frogging it I will stick it out. Man, it better turn out decent so I can wear it or I'm gonna be spittin' nails. With that kind of an attitude, what could go wrong, right?
I registered to Vote today and I encourage all of you to do the same if you haven't already. Help keep democracy alive:)
I saw the best article in the new issue of KIDS magazine last nite. There was a 6 page or so spread about Crochet! a tutorial for begginers and some awesome projects. In particular I liked the crochet bracellets. They looked so cool and I thought what a great way to get rid of some of your scappy yarn. I think I will whip some up and see how I like 'em.
If you are relaxing and enjoying your day, good for you and keep it up. If you are stressed and up tight......stop it and take a moment to just sit and breath. Inhale, slowly-----exhale, slowly; repeat until the tension has lessened or stopped. You deserve a break!
To Much to do
Wild yarn is the perfect title for my blog and you have no idea!!! I have too many projects going and to many projects in my head that I have yet to start (but plenty of yarn for, believe me) and not enough time in my day. I know, it's the same story for all us crochet/knitters out there. But this is my blog so I get to rant on and on about it.
I finished the scarf I made for the scarf Swap at Crochetville. Now all I need to do is type up a quick note and get it packaged and mailed -- I did manage to pick up the box from the post office that I needed to mail it in. Yeah! I'll post a picture of it tomorrow.
I am working on another scarf for another upcoming secret pal swap, plus my hooded scarf for moi, plus a pillow for the pillow crochet along, and on top of all of that, that stupid ponchette I was working on has made me want to burn it!!!! but that is close to sacralige so I will frog it instead.
In the meantime I need to be studying for my national exam for my massage license, but I have no gumption. It is also raining here. From the looks of things it will be like this for the next few days. Well, I'm off to pick up my youngest from school.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
*Oliver Wendell Holmes
Well, I went to Hobby Lobby today and bought some more yarn (shocking). They are having a great sale on some really nice yarn. I bought some Tweed to make the clouch in the Hip to Crochet book and some matching wrist warmer. I will have leftovers so I'll make some hats as gifts or something. I bought the boulce yarn to make a case for my sunglasses. Midnight Knitter has a cool one on her blog that is knit. I thought I would try and make one in crochet and see how it works out. The woolease has been in the clearance bin for several weeks so I thought "well, you are still here so you were obviously meant to go home with me". I'll probably make a hat for my sister who is a landscaper and can always use a warm hat in the fall and winter for her head.
Thanks to all the ladies at Crochetville who had nice complements on my bags and thanks to Mouse, too. To all those in Florida (including some of my family) my thoughts and prayers are with you. Peace~DAWN
Ha! I finished lining the purses like I said I would. Here are the pictures. The one with the wooden handles is my first attemt at felting! It turned out rather well (although you can't tell in the photo that it is felted--trust me, it is). I used Lionbrand Landscapes (2 balls) I really need three, but I got the last two of this color and I liked it the best, so I made due. The purse is roughly 8" by 9". I love it!! The round purse is about 6" in diameter and is such a cute take along if all you need is some cash and ID. The mini duffle is from a lionbrand pattern and while I absolutely love the color scheme it was a bear to complete. Mostly because it didn't seem to have any support. I finally got a tip from one of the ladies at Crochetville. Put a couple of cd's on each end to give stability. It worked wonderfully! Now, I need to solve the lining problem, which is just gonna take some sewing stamina on my part and then it will be a purse ready to fill.
Who loves to Frog?
Well, yesterday I told you of the ponchette I was making out of "frenzy"--well, scratch that (or frog it as it were). I got half way through with the first pannel and realized I need about 3 more balls of this stuff. Well, tough ****. Here's how it is... when I bought the color, I don't know, I was someone else that day or something, because it is not me at all. It's a cross between pink and purple with frizzy bits that are pastel greens, yellows, and pink--I don't like pink-so, having to go out and buy 3 more at almost $5.00 a pop, it ain't happening. I don't know what the yarn will become, probably a gift scarf or something. It's great yarn, though. Really really soft and cuddly. The ponchette is now being made with beige (yeah, exciting) Simply Soft. I will trim it with eyelash yarn probably. It will look awesome, just you wait.
I have other projects to attend before they drive me nuts. I have 3 purses that need to be lined and then they are done. I'm such a procrastinater. I get to the very end of a project and then punk out because I can't wait to get to something new. I will get them done this weekend and have pictures next week as proof. There, now I've said it so I better follow through.
No photo today folks so I leave you with an inspirational though instead (which I'm apt to do because I think it is important to lift others up if posible).....
"EVERY BREATH IS A PRAYER OF GRATITUDE FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE"
have a great day! Peace~DAWN
Well, I had to go out and run some errands this morning and at Wal-mart and at Factory Connection (a clothing store) I saw lots of ponchos for sale. It was rather nice to see them on the racks, but it made me feel even better to know that I can make them myself and choose the fiber and color. Crochet is really big in the fashion industry right now.
I'm working on a poncho now. One from the Lion Brand website called the "Ponchette". I'm using Bernat "frenzy" instead of lion brand (oops). When I get it completed I will post a picture. In the mean time, enjoy a photo of my moonflower--I love this plant.
Breath deep today, and be conscious of the decisions that you make. Peace~DAWN
Oh, before I forget. I finised the book Middlesex. It was very good. Different in that it deals with an uncommon topic. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. Check out what I'm reading now in the side bar......
A New Book
I ordered Hip to Crochet from Amazon last week and I got it in the mail yesterday! Yeah!! It is a really nice crochet book full of projects. What makes this one a little different is the types of yarn the author chooses to use for these projects. It's not your ordinary worsted weight yarn made of acrylic. She uses silks and mohair and wool and linen. What a difference some of those yarns make to some of the same 'ol same'ol patterns. I love to work with textured yarns and various natural fibers! so this book is right up my ally.
I want to get the Interweave Crochet mag that is out now. Unfortuatelly, the shops around here cater to thread crochet (which I have done, but am not a big fan of). So I may have to order it online or go to a larger city and check out some of their bookstores. I'm a sucker for crochet books and magazines. I just love to see what people can create, it's wonderful.
Okay, have a great day you guys and remember to be nice out there~cause it matters.