Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Crochet Hooded baby blanket

I have almost completed the blanket for a sweet granddaughter, due in August. It has a wonderful texture, and feels very cushy, and soft. It is a combination of chain, single crochet, and double crochet stitches only. Could not be easier, but looks really beautiful!  This pattern is from  Lion Brand Yarn Co. It calls for the Pound of Love, ball of yarn, can be knitted or crocheted. Instructions are on the inside of the yarn , or available from the website. I have crocheted this one, and plan to add a color of trim for  boy  or girl, later after we learn which it shall be.  I have used a cream color thread and when worked up, almost looks like a field of popcorn!  Lovely.

Caraway Seed Cake

 I found an interesting recipe from a blog that I follow, a really sweet girl from Geneva Switzerland.  The cake is delicious, after I got the ingredients conversion correct, I made it this morning and it is delicious!

This is the picture of my cake! It is an unusual combination of flavors and just right to enjoy with a cup of hot tea, or a favorite coffee.  Check out her blog.  Very cool.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A rare thread find!

Today, on my way to visit Lu, I stopped at the Thrift store that supports the  Lutheran Home patients, so I go usually every week.  Well, today, it was most exciting as I came across 10 balls of LANIERE DE ROUBAIX, thread,  made in France! Oh Joy! I could not believe it. It is beautiful, multi colors of pastel, ribbon like.   I could hardly wait to get home and create something, so...... drum roll please.....Crochet~  An I Phone Cozy,  fleece lined, and just waiting to discover the perfect closure, after I search my button stash.  Yea!!! I think my DIL  will like it, I may make more for my etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

time with family

Over the holidays, we were priviledged to spend time with nieces, and family.  We started off the new year with a visit from Doug's son, Nick, and it was most enjoyable. He is such a pleasant young man, and a joy to be around. I am back to my routine, and searching for inspiration to start on the next project. So, nothing new yet, but an update.  Hopefully something will occur to me soon.  Until then...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Learning something new..

So, last year, and for the last decade, I have wanted to learn to knit.  Setting  the mind to it, I was determined before the end of the year to accomplish this goal.  I finally learned to cast on, knit and purl!  So many times I have felt the frustration of just not being coordinated. Here is a picture of the first 2 attempts I have made.  I am sure at some point in the future I can look back and smile :) at this feeble try. I did however, attempt, and with some success, feel that I made some progress. So here is the first and 2nd try.  Very elementary.  Next, I shall learn to read the patterns, and learn more stitches.