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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

mini update

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I know we did and all the last minute crafting was worth every minute.  All the gifts were appreciated.

I do need to update my YoP list though.  I have gotten many things done and have added some other things to the mix.  I have already started on next years gift list and have even cast on a couple of items.

So here is the list of things to do in the next year:


Log cabin lapghan (when ever) Knitted  (have the yarn)
Hexipuff (one a day for as long as it takes) Crochet
Mittens for Jenn .  Knitted (have the yarn)
LaLas prayer shawl (when ever) Knitted ( in progress) For Christmas 2012
Cancer Ribbon Shawl (when ever) Crochet ( in progress)
Alpaca/Silk Prayer Shawl Crochet (in Progress for Christmas 2012)
4 blooming pillows (Have the yarn) Crochet for Christmas 2012
4 – 8 pairs of socks (Have the yarn) Knit for Christmas 2012
3 hat and scarf sets for men.  Knit for Christmas 2012 knit (Have the Yarn) (one set in progress)
Vest or Sweater for woman.  Knit or Crochet for Christmas 2012 (Have the Yarn)
Comfort Shawl (in progress)  Christmas 2012/ Crochet

 Here is the list of things that are finished:

****Finished******
Hat and Scarf (November gift)  Knitted (finished July 2011)
 Scarf for Jadin (by October 10th) Knitted  (finished October 2011)
Wedding Ring Afghan (finished in October 2011)
 Bedsock (Christmas) Crochet or knitted, haven't decided (Finished October 2011)                
 Hat for Josie (Finished October 2011)
wedding ring afghan (Christmas) Crochet (Finished in December 2011)
Bedsock(Christmas)  (Finished November 201
Scarf for Jenn (Finished December 23rd!!  2011)
Scarf for Josie (Finished December 26th 2011)

The comfort shawl is the gift my Daughter gave me for Christmas.  It is a lovely crocheted lace shawl made from a mohair blend.  She did not know it was mohair until she got the yarn in.  She was in a panic because I am allergic to wool.  It is only 30% mohair so not too bad.  I can get about 7 rows done before my nose starts to itch.  I will regift the shawl back to her next Christmas when she has something else to give me to do for her for the next year.  I gave her a lovely counted cross stitch to do for me.  I can not stand to cross stitch anymore and I did it for years.  But I find myself all tense and grinding my teeth while doing it now.  She feels the same way about knitting and crocheting.

I am sorry but I didn't get any pictures of all the finished items before they were whisked away on Christmas day.  But trust me everything that was finished was really lovely and well loved.

Happy crafting.

PS:  I hit Michaels the day after Christmas for their yarn sale.  I got TONS of yarn and have all the yarn I need for all the above listed projects.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quit update

This will be short and sweet.

With just a week left until the day I have been madly knitting and crocheting for,  I am pleased to announce that I am DONE!  I have finished everything that I needed to complete for Christmas Day.


I made 14 of these quick and easy lip balm holders and each one has a lip balm in it.  These will be passed out to the folks at my office as well as some of my friends and family.

The afghan is finished too.  I didn't get a picture of it before I wrapped it but I will be able to take one on Christmas Day since we will be at the recipients house. 

If you follow my blog regularly you know that I have already started my list for knitting/crocheting projects for next year.  I have got to look at my YoP list and see how much I need to modify it now.


Here is what it looks like at this point.  I know there will be modifications as the year progresses.

Log cabin lapghan (when ever) Knitted  (have the yarn)
Hexipuff (one a day for as long as it takes) Crochet
Scarf and Mittens for Jenn (Christmas) Knitted (in progress)
LaLas prayer shawl (when ever) Knitted ( in progress) For Christmas 2012
Cancer Ribbon Shawl (when ever) Crochet ( in progress)
Alpaca/Silk Prayer Shawl Crochet (in Progress for Christmas 2012)
Scarf for Josie (In Progress)
4 blooming pillows (Have the yarn) Crochet for Christmas 2012
4 – 8 pairs of socks (Have the yarn) Knit for Christmas 2012
3 hat and scarf sets for men.  Knit for Christmas 2012 knit




****Finished******
Hat and Scarf (November gift)  Knitted (finished July 2011)

Scarf for Jadin (by October 10th) Knitted  (finished October 2011)
Wedding Ring Afghan (finished in October 2011)

Bedsock (Christmas) Crochet or knitted, haven't decided (Finished October 2011)                
 Hat for Josie (Finished October 2011)
wedding ring afghan (Christmas) Crochet (Finished in December 2011)
Bedsock(Christmas)  (Finished November 2011)

Cancelled Projects
Spiderman Blanket (Christmas) Crochet


Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Anyone else?

Now that I have almost all of my Christmas knitting/crocheting done I have already started looking at the folks I gift to each year and have started making a list of what I want to do for them this year.

Has anyone else started said same list?  I know it sounds like I am maybe getting too much ahead of myself but..........................I really don't want next year to be like this one where I am staying up until midnight every night for a month and only getting 5 hours of sleep.  Then I have to go to work on that 5 hours of work and be productive.  Not a very good thing for the office.

Of course this means that my YoP list will probably have to be changed up quite a bit.  I don't really care at this point.  I have found some lovely patterns that I truly have put names on.  So once the Christmas season is over I will update my list.  I would really like everyone in my family to receive at least ONE homemade item from me next year. 

BTW................I finished the afghan last night!  I was so happy to get that off my lap and go onto my lip balm cozies.  I still have about a dozen of them to finish before the big fat guy with the red suit comes to visit.  Each one takes about an hour to do (I am using sock yarn remember).  So if I could have 12 hours of crochet time between now and next Tuesday I will be all done with my Christmas stuff.  Did you all just look at your calendars?  I know Christmas isn't until next week Saturday (we celebrate on the 24th) but I have my secret santa party at work next Tuesday and some of these are for that party.

Better get back at it.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Getting it done



I have lots of pictures again.  So hopefully you like photos with the posts.  I know I do.  These are not all of crafting.  But since this blog entertains those that craft and those that are family I decided to incorporate some of each in this post.

Since I am finding it harder and harder to post weekly with all the activities of the Advent season, and getting ready for Christmas.  I have put as much into this post as possible.  So enjoy!

First I will start with my crafting information.

I have finished the vest my daughter picked out.  She wants to wear this for Christmas Eve Mass yet didn't want something that screamed Christmas.  I used Caron Simply Soft yarn.  The pattern is Rosario from the Caron web site.  I used over 2.5 pounds of yarn for this.  Needless to say this is a VERY heavy vest.  She will be plenty warm in it too.

I am frantically making lip balm holders for some special folks for this Christmas.  I found the original pattern here.  I changed up the pattern just a little bit but it still turned out OK.  These go pretty quickly.  I am using sock yarn and a size 1 crochet hook.

I picked up the afghan again yesterday and am trying to get that finished so I can get it wrapped and ready to give away this Christmas.  That is what I am working on 99% of the time when I don't have certain people over to the house that I don't want to see it.

                                                                              

My grand daughter had a sleep over with us on Friday night.  Saturday morning she decided she wanted to learn how to crochet.  I tried, I really did.  But I am left handed and she is most definitely not.  I know I learned sitting in front of a righty but since she has not clue as to even how to hold a hook or yarn it just was not working out.  So........ I pulled out a size 10 circular needle along with some nice acrylic yarn and informed her she was going to learn how to knit.  I do knit right handed so there was no problem there.  So how did she do?




   I would say from the look of pride that she did quite well.  She managed to do 6 rows with a bit of help and was so excited when I told her to go ahead and take it home with her to practice.  I just might have another crafting partner very soon.

 Speaking of our Grand daughter...................Here she is last week with her two awards from school.  She got her independent reader award and also her student of the month award.  From left to right back row are:  GiGi (my mom), Josh (her daddy), Jenn ( my daughter), Me, Joe (hubby who helps support my craft habits), front row; Josie and Stacie (mommy). 

Now onto more photos of the interior of our home decorated for Christmas.  I don't know if you knew it or not, but my husband collects Nativity Sets.  So the following is all the Nativities set up in our family room.







I will let you know that we did have books in all those book shelves.  They are now sitting on the floor of our spare bedroom.  This year we were smart and marked on the stacks of books which case they came out of and what shelf they were on.  It will make putting the books back much easier.

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!