Tag Archives: United States

WIP it…

8 Mar

So, when I started this pattern, which will eventually be a light-weight spring shrug,

I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS MADE ENTIRELY OF SINGLE CROCHETS.

 

pretty, but time consuming.

Granted, they’re back post single crochets, so they’re, uhm, .00002 % more challenging than regular single crochets, but the lesson here, people, is this:

READ THE WHOLE PATTERN BEFORE YOU START THE PROJECT.  If you don’t, your coffee table will look like this forever

 

blarg.

And even though you work on it every night, the world will probably end before your shrug makes it to the 38 inch length your pattern calls for.

 

Just sayin.  *grin*

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Granny What Now?

9 Feb

Did you know that there’s a difference between a Granny Triangle and a Granny Half-Square?

You did? Smarty Pants.  =)

For the rest of you, check this out:

 

Granny Half Square

Granny Half Squares are flat on the bottom and involve adding an extra dc into the first and last “granny group” of each row.  For a refresher course, check out my ridiculously awesome tutorial!

 

Granny Triangles, on the other hand, are worked without turning the piece, and have three distinct roundy edges (and yes, that’s the scientific term):

 

Granny Triangle

For an awesome Granny Triangle tutorial, check out Carina’s craft blog – she’s got pictures and everything!

Nina is extremely smart, as you may know, and was able to correctly identify the Granny Triangle on her first attempt!

 

Smartest. Kitten. Ever.

 

In case you were hoping for a kitten-less shot (though I can’t imagine why), here you go:

AND… in case you were hoping for a bit more humor in today’s post, I just want you all to know that WordPress recommended I tag Cloris Leachman, the United States, and Constellation Maps in this post.  Then, when I typed those three things, it updated my recommended tags to include Go Daddy and a related article about a Grannie attacking thug bikers (which I’ve included below).  WordPress ROCKS.

 

I Hurt.

7 Feb

My heart hurts because my team lost the Superbowl (We’ll get ’em next year, boys!).

My fingers hurt because I spent too many days attached to my hook last week (which means I’ve got to take it easy on the creating things this week).

 

too much of a good thing

 

My brain hurts because Christina Aguilera doesn’t know the words to the national anthem.

 

"Boom, boom, something about rockets, right?"

 

 

My sensibilities hurt because, honestly, WHAT THE HECK was with that half-time show? No wonder the rest of the world thinks Americans are idiots…

 

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be an alien-friendly halftime show! (Srsly, guys. Glow in the dark body suits? Really?)

 

My belly hurts because I ate too much delicious, delicious chili yesterday.

AAND my hometown pride hurts because apparently when your team loses the Superbowl (even though you’ve already won SIX), the appropriate thing to do is set your couch on fire. Classy, Pittsburgh.  I wish I was there to knock some sense into you.

 

Yinzers are really, REALLY good sports.

So, to recover from all of this hurting, I’m going to spend the day napping and grooming while Nina does the laundry, cleans the house, fills the prescriptions, does the mending, and preps for work this week.

 

This is what doing chores looks like.

 

 

 

Weekend WIPs

23 Jan

Remember those WIPs I was telling you about?  Remember that sick Husband I was telling you about?  Well, Sick Husband is really good at sharing, so now there’s a Sick Me, which means that the following WIPs have been largely ignored this weekend in favor of thick, snuggly bathrobes and hot tea:

 

some day these will be fantabulous stripey mitts for my darling Chibi...

 

this really ought to be a broomstick lace scarf... right now it's more of a broomstick lace post-it note...

 

And with that, I’m going back to bed.

Resolutions are Lame.

3 Jan
Sky Diving (video game)

I'm terrified of wearing yellow.

…so feast your eyes on this, my list of AWESOMELY AWESOME THINGS I’M GOING TO DO THIS YEAR (which is *nothing* like a list of resolutions, I swear…):

 

2011 THINGS OF STUFFNESS :

– avoid elevators

– acquire more (yes, I said more) responsibility

– learn to knit

– make at least three homemade projects for myself (because I’m worth it!)

– do at least three things I’m currently afraid to do

– go on a vacation with *just* Husband and myself (and me tagging along to one of Husband’s work conferences doesn’t count…)

 

Did you make any resolutions?  })i({

 

 

 

 

 

Free Pattern Friday: Bar Stool Cover

31 Dec

I’ve had this stool since…mmm… high school, maybe:

See that water stain?  Doesn’t it just accent the ugly 70s faux-leather perfectly?  I also had a stash of several balls of partially used yarn – not enough to actually make anything, but just enough that I felt bad tossing them.

 

Something had to be done.

 

Soooo, I channeled my inner Lucy (the mastermind behind the color explosions over at Attic 24), and came up with this:

Pretty Groovy, eh?

 

You’ll need the following stitches:

Double crochet, double crochet increase, double crochet decrease, back post double crochet

Here’s the pattern:

1: Using a J-sized hook, ch4. sl st to form a ring.

2: ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc 11 times into ring (12 total).

3: dc inc around

4: (dc, dc inc) around

5: (2dc, dc inc) around

6: (3dc, dc inc) around

7: (4dc, dc inc) around

8: (5dc, dc inc) around

9: (6dc, dc inc) around

10: (7dc, dc inc) around

11: (8dc, dc inc) around

12: BPDC around, SLST TO JOIN ROUND.

13: dc around, sl st to join.

14: (8dc, dc dec) around, sl st to join.

15: (7dc, dc dec) around, sl st to join.

16: (6dc, dc dec) around, sl st to join.

17: (5dc, dc dec) around, sl st to join, FO.

 

An appropriate pattern for a New Year’s Eve post?  You betcha!  Be safe this weekend, friends.  })i({

 

 

 

Fail Boat Redemption

8 Nov

I’m not a giver-upper, so I tried again to recreate the really cool project idea I discovered in New Mexico.  This time I made a bowl out of wool & mohair, which I then felted.

felted bowl, before stiffening

Felting is a fancy word for “the thing that happens when you put wool in the washing machine” – yes, that’s right.  Shrinking.  I’m not usually a fan of felting, but I wanted to give it a whirl.  I washed this bad boy in hot water (in the washing machine) a few times, then dried it in the drier.  I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like before the felting.  It looked like a bowl, only floppy, okay?  Okay.  Next step: stiffening.

We all remember what happened last time I tried to stiffen something, so this time I consulted the interwebs and made my own stiffening mixture, which included corn starch, water, and sugar.

like gravy, only sweeter!

I dunked my bowl in the mixture and set it out to dry on a bowl form, just as the interwebs instructed me to do.

what's that in the background? sprouts AND a plarn scrubbie? gosh, isn't THAT a coincidence?

It did not work at all.

Plan B: I painted on some store bought stiffening goop leftover from the Fail Boat Project and ended up with this:

Not too shabby!  I’m still not convinced that felting or stiffening are *good* ideas, but in this case, at least they didn’t suck.  })i({