We were so happy to have my sister and her family visit us during Thanksgiving this year. And THEY were so happy to get to experience "living" in snow for a few days. (Not much white stuff in the OC). We have mutual friends that live in Bend who invited us over for an afternoon of sledding in their neighborhood.
Not everyone took a turn on the sleds...ahem....
...but those that did were crazy and had a most excellent time...
...especially the biggest kid of all!
I think it was safe to assume that the snow report brought back to the OC was a good one!
I am addicted to buying those little skeins of variegated sock yarn when I see them. I am not sure why, because I don't think I ever have any intention of making socks -either by crocheting or knitting - but those little skeins are much too lovely to pass by....my first endeavor with sock yarn was making these sweet little granny squarenecklaces. But I needed more of an outlet for my new found sock yarn fetish.
So I perused Ravelry, looking for patterns that I could use my stash of sock yarn on ...and lo and behold, I recently found this easy doily pattern.
Last Fall I posted about the AMAZING doilies that Ross' grandmother had made over the years. Someday, I hope to make some like hers. But for now, I find that doilies, using sock yarn are rather lovely and quite a bit faster to create. I like how the variegation is a bit of surprise as you crochet along. And I like the very soft feel and wash-ability of the sock yarn.
So, I am on the lookout for more patterns that I can use my sock yarn stash on - let me know if you have some good patterns out there. I'd love to keep the sock yarn off of my feet for now.
I had been admiring these beautiful granny mandalas over at Ravelry and across the crochet blogosphere for some time. Alice, at Crochet with Raymond has a free pattern for them (along with several other beautiful free crochet patterns - go check it out!). Since I have been crocheting this past year and a half, granny crocheting (squares, necklaces, circles, heart, trees, etc.) has been a bit of an obsession of mine. So when I saw these beautiful mandalas cropping up, I had to make one for myself.
So of course, I started with a rainbow colored mandala, (with plans for several more). I used some Lion Brand cotton I had on hand since I am going to be keeping it on our table as sort of a large doily type decoration. Alice's pattern was very easy to follow. And before I knew it....a new rainbow was gracing our home.
Luke & Danika both had birthdays this Fall and since they are some of our favorite kids around, I decided to crochet some birthday hats for them both, along with their other gifts.
I made a basic beanie for Luke in camouflage colors, but it seemed too big. So I made a slightly smaller one in Thomas the Train colors (Luke's a huge fan). Happily both hats fit him fine and he wears them to our house almost every time we see him. That makes my heart smile.
Then Miss D got a whole slew of homemade crafty items from us. More on the rest of the gifts later, but the hat I spent a few days trying to get just right. And it was completely worth it when she gave me a big hug with her new hat on her head during her birthday party and has since worn it most mornings that she walks with us to school. And sweetly enough, several times she has come up to me to tell me how much she loves her hat and how many compliments she gets on it.
I definitely don't craft for money and there is always the "hmmmmm...I wonder if they'll really like it" thought when I ponder giving a handmade gift to a friend or family member. More often than not, I stick with giving my handmade gifts to my crafty friends who will at least appreciate the craftsmanship. But I have to say that both Luke & Danika's sweet and sincere thoughtfulness has done wonders for my craft giving attitude. Every time I see them in their hats I can't help but smile...and don't worry Greg, your Duck hat will be there on your birthday!
One morning, Greg asked to learn how to crochet. And so Hot Rod sat down to show him. I jumped in to help a bit. But by the time we left for school, Greg very happily held up his "crocheted" snake. And I heard Hot Rod whisper to him as we walked out the door, "hey, you learned how to crochet before your sister did!"
Oh these boys. They can drive me a bit batty in the morning before our walk to school, chasing their sisters and scaring their younger siblings. But just as equally they make me laugh and smile and think "someday, some lucky girls will find these two creative boys and be very happy for their zaniness." And since we've obviously got the crocheting down, we just need to teach them to cook and do their laundry too!
Wife to a VERY understanding man (even if he does roll his eyes and duck back into his garage way too much); mother to three maniacs,crafter, professional volunteer, crazed maniac in her own right...yep, that about covers it for now.
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