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Diamond Luggage Tag [Pattern]

The company I work for sponsors a trip for employees nominated for Employee of the Month and 12 others drawn randomly from a hat of people who had good reviews for the last couple of years. It’s really a nice incentive to do a good job. A woman on my team was lucky enough to be selected so I wanted to give her a little something special for her trip.

She is a beginning crocheter so I wanted to surprise her with something crocheted… and something camo because that’s just how she rolls. *grins*

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Original Patterns

 

Google Reader

So.. with Google Reader going away here shortly – I have a question to those who use a reader to subscribe to all their favorite feeds: What reader do you use or what reader will you be switching to?

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Rambles and Reflections

 

Making Stitch Markers

I rarely use stitch markers for crochet – I keep some simple plastic ones on hand but have also been known to use a paper clip, a safety pin, and little scraps of yarn. But now that I’ve been knitting more, I am finding need for something a little more sturdy – something not too thick like the plastic but something that isn’t going to slip off.

After looking online, I decided to take a stab at making my own. This is what I came up with.

Squirt also took a stab.

The marker made with hearts was made by Squirt. She did a really good job – I was hoping she would make me more but she seemed to lose her momentum. The “eyeballs” across the top are mine. I kinda grouped them in the progressing stages of figuring out what worked and what didn’t.

Squirt had trouble getting the loop around the ring snag free – and getting the ring closed all the way. Even I had difficulty in squeezing the ring all the way closed – but it works and its really cute. I’m glad to have a token like this from her.

The blue eyes, that are by themselves, I tried them in the same manor that Squirt tried – and it didn’t work out too well for me. I had trouble getting the wire looped around and snag free. The middle “group” – the single pair of green eyes, was done a bit differently – I used a doubled up piece of wire around a smaller jump ring…. but in the end, I still shouldn’t have used the thicker wire.

So that brings me to my last group, the group of three, that look a lot better – I think this will be my method.

Perhaps in the near future, I’ll do a give away of some of my eyeball markers! (but let me make sure they work out ok first)

Have you ever tried to make your own stitch markers (beyond bending a paper clip just the right way) ? I’d love to see what you’ve created!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in My Projects, Not Fiber Related

 

Christmas in March

I took a risk last week and ordered from Knit Picks – ya know, first order after the security issue with them putting customer info where it shouldn’t have been. I figure now is the best time to order – I bet they are really watching themselves. I bet they are more secure now than they ever have been.

Anywhoozles – I needed a yardage counter and of course, its nothing you can buy in town…. per norm.

So, I wanted to share my order with you all.

You can see the yardage counter so we won’t talk about that again.

I got two circular needles – US 2. One is the nickle plated kind and the other is that stripey wood/bamboo – what’s that called again?

I decided to try the two circular method of doing socks so I wanted to get nice circs that were different visually – I like the nickle a LOT.

Then, those items aside, I got 8 skeins of sock yarn – 6 of the skeins are Felici yarn and the last two are Stroll. They are really squishy! I can’t wait to make the socks. I think I’ll be making one pair for each person in the house. I’m really excited but put them aside for the zauberball.

I will keep you all updated on sock progress with the yarn from this order – but just know that right now, I’m spending a lot of time just squishing it and gazing at the pretty colors.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Rambles and Reflections

 

Year of Projects 2: Update 22

Project Percentage Complete: 49%
Overall Percentage Complete: 70%
Number of Project Items: 98
Number of Added Items: 90
Total Items: 188

Total Completed Project Items: 48
Total Completed Items: 132


I had one completion this week which is a pair of vanilla socks. They are a gift so I’m hoping the person that receives them really enjoys them.

I continue to work on the Wingspan shawl and have cast on another pair of vanilla socks … for myself this time. I am a little worried that I don’t have enough yarn for them…. let me explain.

I purchased 1 ball of zauberball (*excited face*) and used my new yardage counter to split it in half… but then in the end, it wasn’t even – I’m not sure but I’m pretty sure that there is some sort of a magic trick to using the yardage counter although I just thought I had to snap the yarn inside on the spinner wheel thingee and drag it through…. obviously I was over-simplifying things. *laughs*

SO, now I have my zauberball cut in what was supposed to be half – and one ball is smaller than the other. I decided to take on the smaller ball. I really do think that if I have enough, it will barely be enough to make an ankle sock – which is irritating. If I don’t have enough to make the sock, I get the joy of frogging all that work and deciding to make smaller socks for the youngest OR making it into a small shawlette.

Thoughts? Opinions?

Percentage-wise, I had the one finish but added another pair of socks to the list – so I’m just kinda breaking even with the overall craft numbers. I can’t wait to finish the wingspan since its on the original project items list, which means I’d be at 50% …. it would be nice to be more than half done by the time the year was up. *laughs*

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (gift)
– 17 squares for SIBOL  
– 9 crochet knockers for donation
– Knit Wingspan Shawl 

– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– 1 pair spat warmers
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Room Shoes
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Tongues of Fire (for me) 
Pimpelliese (for me)
– Vanilla Socks for me

Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf 
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)

Added Items (done)
– Have a Heart Shawl (free Red Heart pattern)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)
– 3 pair Vanilla Socks
– 2 plastic canvas door hanging pouches (for Valentine’s Day)
– 2 Ice Pack Pillowcases
– 13 Crochet Fortune Cookies
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me)

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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in My Projects

 

Crocheting My Life Back: Update 7

The Statistics
Current Weight: 292
Weekly Loss/Total Loss: -3/-8

Squares Allowed: 8
Squares Completed: 0


Thoughts on changes in the last two weeks
First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that I have decided to only post ever two weeks. Weekly seemed a bit frequent so I figure this may be best.

In the last two weeks I have begun drinking a protein shake I get from the local organic market. It’s gluten free and heart friendly. The consistency is a little odd BUT its still good. I have been drinking it in the morning as a breakfast replacement, using almond milk instead of regular milk or juice. I’m really happy with the result so far.

It isn’t meant for weight loss, but cutting out the extra calories has been enough to push for a relatively steady weight loss since starting to drink it.

Now, I am at a point where I think it’ll be ok to make squares. There was something before where it felt like what I lost was a fluke…. that it would come back. I honestly held back making squares because I felt like it would all just come back (even though it was only a few pounds). Now I’m a wee bit more confident in making the squares.

I would like to get the pounds to come off faster. I know that slow and steady is best, but I would really like to lose at least 2 a week. In order to do that, I know I need to focus more on getting some sort of a workout regime here at the house.

So thank you for the suggestion to get a meal replacement shake. While the Spirutein is not meant to be a dieting shake – it really has been a blessing.

Things I want to do next week
Now that I have begun replacing out my breakfasts with a filling shake with great protein, now I need to work on getting a workout regime going at home.

Any suggestions? What are your favorite workout routines? Do you do DVDs?

Picture Time
No pictures this week as I haven’t hit a 10 pound milestone.

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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in My Projects

 

Finished ’em!

Just a quick note to say that I finished ’em.

They are plain ole vanilla socks with a ribbed top. The yarn is one of the Debra Norville colors – I think “chili” is what it was named.

My daughter is lounging here, making sure they felt ok.

They are not for her.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in My Projects