Friday, April 29, 2011

Pattern of the Day, 04-29-11

I was browsing recently added patterns on Ravelry, and happened across a fantastically inventive crochet pattern. Feast your eyes upon this crocheted pet harness:

How cool is that? I imagine it would work better for small dogs and cats than for large dogs, but you never know! What's the neatest pattern you've seen recently?

(Pattern available for free at

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quick and Cozy Afghans Book Giveaway

SherryKnits over at For the Love of Yarn is doing a giveaway! She's holding a drawing, and the winner will receive a copy of the book "Quick and Cozy Afghans." To enter, become a follower of the For the Love of Yarn blog, then leave a comment on the giveaway post. I would go over there and enter, but I already own a copy of the book! The Lacy Blocks pattern is one of my particular favorites. It looks like it's made of blocks which are pieced together, but it's actually worked all in one piece (you'll be hearing more about this pattern from me in the future). At any rate, good luck to those of you who enter the contest!

SherryKnits's photo of the book.

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head...

It's been off and on rainy all week, and now it looks like we're going to have storms and rain for the next three or four days. We even had a tornado warning and some rotating cloud formations last night! Talk about scary!

At least this means I'll have some nice crocheting weather; maybe I'll get a significant amount of work done on that afghan I've been working on. :)

So, here's what it's going to look like around here for the next couple of days:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

No Blog for you!

For those of you who have somehow missed seeing the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld, you must watch this!

I have been woefully neglectful of this blog of late. I do have a couple of excuses for that- one, I get lazy sometimes. Two, I've been playing Mass Effect 2. Three, I made a new hat. Sorry I don't have photos today- I'll try to get them up soon!

I also have been looking for a new place. The Dearest Husband and I found a house for rent, the rent isn't exorbitant, and it should fit our needs until we're ready to buy our own home. Yay! We love our apartment. It's lovely and charming. The neighbors, however, are not. The new place is also significantly less expensive AND is all-electric (our gas bill can get really high in the winter- electric is usually significantly less expensive around here).

Anyhow, we shall soon return to our regularly scheduled program, and I promise to share photos of the hat and other current wips.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fishermen's Wool Rug

I must warn you. I have a pet peeve. It's less of a pet peeve, and more of a livestock peeve. It is HUGE. People, when you write something, please, please, for the love of all that is sacred, be sure you are using the correct word for the situation. A peak is an apex, the top of something. A peek is a brief glance at something. And to pique is to arouse (as in "pique your interest").

With that said, I'd like to pique your interest with a little peek at my current project one of my current projects:

This feels like it'll make a good rug. Maybe now I won't be tempted to toss this yarn off the highest mountain peak I can find.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April Showers Bring (Hopefully) May Flowers

We had a beautiful spring storm this morning. Steady rain, a little bit of light and noise, and then it cleared up for a pretty day. So, I decided to plant the rest of my flower seeds. :) Hopefully I'll have big bunches of bright flowers all summer long.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Market Bag Photos!

I have taken photos of my completed market bag! True to form, I completely forgot to take more in-progress shots for a photo tutorial. However, I'm making two more of these, one in Hot Blue and the other in Soft Ecru, both colors in Lily Sugar n' Cream yarn (man, I love that stuff!). Hot blue is the same color I used as the blue in those adorable chrysanthemum dishcloths. So, now on to what you really want to see:

Sunday, April 3, 2011


I'm a terrible terrible terrible person. I punked out on Knitting and Crochet Blog Week about halfway through. Sorry folks! I might try to finish up the posting prompts next week- we'll see. At any rate, I have actually been doing SOMETHING with my time. All the time I would have otherwise spent blogging got allocated to actual crochet. That's right folks, I've been hookin' all week. I finished up my market bag, and have gotten some more work done on the wedding afghan I've got in the works. I really really really want to share photos of the afghan. I'm dying to share photos of the afghan. But I can't. the afghan itself is not a surprise, but the color and pattern are. So no pics for you until Katie gets her afghan.

In other news, I frogged that scallop scarf. It makes me sad, because it was halfway done. All that work was wasted. But I don't think I was going to make any more progress on that particular piece. That yarn was even difficult to frog back. It just does not want to cooperate, no matter what I do. I'm planning on double-stranding it and using it to make a rug. I'd like to make one with loops, and I was inspired by this rug over at Teens with Yarn. Obviously, my rug will be all in natural colored wool, and I'll probably keep the loops smaller. Hopefully this project will turn out to be more satisfying than the scarf. (I would keep my fingers crossed, but that makes it hard to crochet.)