Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Baby Sweaters!

These are the items I'm selling at the craft market this weekend.
I've posted a pic of one of these before but now I have a model (a Daisy Kingdom doll).
Sorry they're a bit dark, because if I'd used the flash, there would have been too much of a glare.

Knitted sweater. Yarn is Premier Angel, self-shading.

Crocheted sweater. Peach baby yarn I had in my stash.

Knitted sweater. Red Heart Soft Baby, New Mint Twinkle

Crocheted baby puff stitch hat, pattern on web.

Yarn for both sweater and hat is Bernat Baby Jacquard,
#06317 Easter Basket.

Still here!

I'm still here, just trying to finish up a baby sweater for this week's craft show. So far I've made 3 knitted baby sweaters, and need to finish up a another one that's crocheted for a craft market this weekend.
Also crocheted a baby hat from the same yarn that I used for a knitted baby sweater.

The bruises I incurred due to my fall on St. Paddy's Day are slowly fading. The ones on my arms are gone, it's just the knees that are still discolored.

Will post more when I have pics.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Feb Lady Sweater Finished!

It's finished! I sewed the buttons on today and had my neighbor take a picture:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

February Lady part 2

Tonight was knit night at the LYS. I worked on this for most of the afternoon.
The end is near! I've finished one sleeve, now working on the other. Here's a peek:

Hubby is a sweetie, but don't tell him I said so. I called him from the yarn shop and said I'd pick up dinner and wouldn't be TOO late.

When I got home I had good news for him. I won the door prize! It was a $20 gift certificate.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hello, floor!

Last Tuesday I had to greet my kitchen floor.  Slipped and fell face forward while carrying a cup of hot coffee.   Was not fun!  Cut my chin, bruised both knees, right arm and hand, also my left hand has a bruise on it.  Thank goodness no bones were broken. 

That same evening I had to go to a Red Hat bingo and thankfully someone else called the numbers.
Will post updates on projects later.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby things

I don't know why I've gotten into the baby clothes thing. Here are two sweaters I finished recently, one of them needing buttons:

In addition to the above, I have a crocheted one that needs a sleeve finished, and another knitted one on the needles. And before you ask, NO I AM NOT EXPECTING! I'm 60 yrs old and a grandma.

Actually I think the baby thing started when hubby's niece had her first baby. I decided to knit a sweater for the newborn, and I couldn't stop!

Anyone else make something that they didn't know what to do with?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crochet vs. Knitting

Lately there has been talk on Crochet Partners about the attitude that some knitters have toward crocheters. I wonder where this started and why? Some say it started way back when the well-to-do ladies knitted with fine yarns, while their maids had to crochet to make extra money.

And why is it that some knitters who only know how to knit snub their noses when they see someone crocheting? Those of us who crochet certainly don't feel the same when seeing someone knitting! Could it be that the knitters who only know how to knit are jealous because they don't know how to crochet?

Crochet and knitting both require the use of yarn or thread, so I don't know why after all these years there is still a look of horror on some knitters' faces when they find out you're a crocheter!
Even some yarn shop owners refuse to sell to crocheter. The shop owner is losing out on sales by not selling yarn to ANYONE who wants to buy it, no matter what you're going to do with it.
I can imagine someone going into a yarn shop and buying a lovely yarn with the intention of using it for staking tomatoes because it would "look pretty" in the garden.

Hmm...now that's an idea on what to do with your oddball skeins of fun fur! Use it to stake your tomato plants!

Since I both knit AND crochet, I can go to any yarn shop and buy yarn and not feel like an idiot when I see all the ladies there with knitting needles. I can knit with the best of them.
I will say this, though. If I don't see anything regarding crochet in a yarn shop, I don't even MENTION crochet because I know the owner is not crochet friendly.

Thank goodness the shop I go to has yarns that will work with knitting or crochet, even though they may a bit more expensive than the yarns you get at a big box store.

Yesterday I bought several skeins of Cascade Sierra for CROCHETING a shawl with it. I can crochet a shawl much faster than I can knit it, but knitting one is more challenging. However, if I want it done quickly, it has to be crocheted.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Crochet Guild night

Tonight is our monthly crochet guild meeting. Our chapter is the "Cajun Crocheters". It meets at a municipal activity center.

I decided to make a batch of 7-layer bars to take to the meeting. Here's a preview:

To make these, I used a recipe from www.cooks.com . There are several variations for making these 7-layer bars, but they all contain the same ingredients:

One stick of butter, 1 cup each of graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped walnuts, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Favorite Yarn Shop

Do you have a favorite yarn shop you like to keep going back to even though you don't need yarn? This is the one I prefer to go to.

This one is the Yarn Nook, located in the Oil Center in Lafayette LA. In the back of the store there's a large seating area where you can go in and work on your project whenever you feel the urge (as long as the store is open).

On Wednesday nights, they're open late for Knit Night.