April 2008


I saw this Baby Babette Blanket on Ravelry made by GeneticCrafter and just had to make one for that future Grandchild I will have someday.

Made by GeneticCrafter (Ravelry)

Anywho, it’s made with Caron Simply Soft Brites, and neither my local A.C. Moore, nor Michael’s carry this yarn, so I had to go to <horror> WalMart in order to get the yarn without having to order it online and pay shipping charges which almost indoubtedly would be much more expensive since we don’t pay taxes on yarn here in New York.

So I went to WalMart to pick up the yarn, even though I have not been in this store in years, and it’s not because I don’t like a bargin, it’s just that when school is in session, the college kids take over the place, and it’s a super store, which means one can spend a gazillion $$ in one place, and truthfully I like to spread the wealth when I’m out and about spending my money.

And if I were to be honest, I am a yarn snob. Sorta anyway…I like soft yarn. I love to pet it, and I like the way softer yarns feel when I’m working on a project. So imagine my surprise when I started working with this inexpensive yarn ($2 per 6 oz. skein). It’s incredibly soft, and it works up very nicely. Below is a picture of the few squares that I have completed thus far.

My thanks to GeneticCrafter…she’s inspired me to make this lovely blanket that I’m sure will make me a favorite Nana to my future grandchild. 

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Have you ever started a project and put it aside for like, a long time?

And then you forget what stitch you were using, and what size hook you were using?

I was rummaging again this morning, and found an afghan that I was making with some Lion Brand Homespun yarn. So I pulled it out, and tried to remember the stitch or stitches that I was using, I even tried 3 different hook sizes and couldn’t get it to look the same as what was already there.

So, I ripped out the 12 inches or so that I had already done, and I’ll start it again. This time I will have a record of the stitch (half double) and the hook size (Susan Bates aluminum L) right here on my blog, and I won’t have to smack myself upside the head trying to remember.

A picture of the project in the midst of being ripped apart…

The crocuses and daffodils are blooming, the grass is greening, and there are buds on the trees. And daylight is lasting longer and longer each day. Spring is finally settling in here in Upstate NY.

With the coming of spring, that means I don’t crochet nearly as much as I do in winter. I have so much “stuff” to do around the house. Just the spring cleaning inside the house is enough to send me over the edge. I also have all the cleaning up to do outside. Residual leaves to be raked, trimming back old plant growth so that the new growth peaking through the cold earth will not be intermingled.

With the exception of the cold rainy weather, which irritates my arthritis, I love spring. I love watching the rebirth. I love spring flowers. I love having it light out longer, it rejuvenates me.

Below is a picture of the pastel waves baby blanket that I’ve been working on. I have until mid July to finish it, and I’m almost half way there. The pattern that I’m using, Pastel Waves, can be found in Our Best Baby Afghans from Leisure Arts.

Pastel Waves Baby Blanket

Whoa! It’s been a while since I’ve posted!!

Okay, so I’ve been busy organizing the stash in totes. I bought 4 more large totes and a bunch of smaller totes to hold my projects. Like the afghan that I’m making for my son in NY Mets colors. I am really into having my projects organized in these smaller totes…must be that spring cleaning bug that I’ve gotten lately?

Oh, and whoever came up with the idea of these Snapware Yarn-Tainer’s is an absolute genius!! I love having my skeins of yarn in these containers away from Dave the Dog, and they also keep the yarn from getting all tangled up.

So this is what I’ve been working on…organizing the stash, oogling over this container, and trying to keep Dave away from everything…

P.S. Here’s a picture of Dave the Dog, my 5 lb. Toy Yorkie…he’s the king of the house…he is my master…I do whatever he tells me to do…