Thursday, June 26

Comfort coming in Brown

I had goaled for the Having Fun Getting it Done CAL in the 2nd quarter to assemble 3 comfortghans, and I'm very proud to say I did!!!! Here is the 3rd one, it's browns, squares given by various people on crochetville, and from church, I think 4-6 are ones that I made, I'm not a big fan of brown, but I'm still pleased with the final look!

I'm going to work on some more squares before the 1st, and hopefully get some more done for OA and Krystal.

Friday, June 13

June Charity Square Along

Well, it's the first day of the June Charity Square Along, there is one every month and it lasts 4 days (Friday-Monday), this month I'm using this time to meet my goals for my 2nd quarter Having Fun and Getting It Done CAL, my goal is to make 23 6" squares for Online-Angels, and 9 Daisy Squares for Krystal... So far this morning I've made 5 of my squares for OA.

This is a challenge this month because I'm in the Bottom Up Pineapple Shawl class on Crochetville, which just started today and lasts for a week, I've finished lesson 1 and started lesson 2, I figure I'll work 5 squares then do some of my shawl then make more squares. The squares are the main thing though, they're very important to finish.

I'm also working on a scarf in size 10 thread with an E hook, it's 6" across and needs to be 40" long, so far it is 7" long, not bad for 2 sittings worth of progress, it's what I work on while the kids are playing in the backyard, since it's so lightweight it's not too hot to work on.

I completed 1 Fireman Bear so far, I wanted to do at least 5, but I think it's going to end up being more like 2-3 by the end of the month, there are a lot of details to them, and they just take longer to make than I had thought they would. Here he is though, I think he's sooo cute!

I'll post more in a few days when I have some results from the weekend.

Monday, June 9

Checking In

Well, I finished the 2nd dishcloth in the Garden Dishcloths book, I made the Birdhouse, I'm really happy with how it turned out, and looking at this one right next to the Tulip I can see I'm getting better, my stitches are more consistent, these patterns are such great practice, and I'm having a lot of fun, the Sunflower is on my needles now, but I need to finish some crochet projects before I let myself really work on it.

The last few weeks I've been working on items to send to a little boy named Casey, he has Epidermolysis Bullosa. I "met" his mom through a woman on Crochetville who also suffers from the disease. I don't understand all of it, but from what I have gathered this disease is the lack of an essential protein that binds our layers of skin together, so without this protein even small amounts of friction cause the formation of blisters and sores on the body. Most severe cases these sores even happen internally, on the esophagus just from eating. There is a REALLY exciting article here that discusses a clinical trial that the treatment was successful on a 25 month old boy, this is REALLY EXCITING, because until this there was no cure for this disease, and now there appears to be great hope for the future!!!

Well, I started talking to Beth (Casey's Mom) and she really wanted a stocking cap for Casey, so that she could get a picture of her boys in matching winter hats, so I made that pretty quick. She talked some about Zachary, and how selfless he is already at the age of 7, how kind he is to his brother, and how he doesn't show any jealousy or animosity, but is just a great big brother, and has really taken things in stride. I wanted to make sure when I sent the items for Casey that there was something special for Zachary, so I made him a blanket of his very own. I am still working on a couple scarves and a ball for Casey, but here is the cap and blanket (Jadyn is modeling the cap for me)

The colors are Red, Yellow, and Navy blue.. it was made with my Chophook, and used the Diagonal Hues pattern from CPC

That's all for now, I'm currently working on a brown-tones comfortghan assembly for the women's ministry, and the blitz item this month is the Fireman bear going to SC. I'd like to get 5 of those done this month, I have about 90% of 1 done so far. I'm thinking about making all the small parts first then doing a mass assembly of the little guys later, it may go faster that way. I'll post pics when I have a full one done.

Wednesday, June 4

Tulip Dishcloth

Well, I actually finished this yesterday, but havn't really had time to put it up here, I made my first Knitted Dishcloth (although I like it better as a washcloth, it's too pretty to scrub up grease, lol). Anyway, it's made with Peaches and Creme Cotton, Color Lilac. It's the 1st design I chose from the Garden Dishcloths to Knit book, and I've already started the Birdhouse....

Monday, June 2

Swaps and such

Well, I participated in two swaps in the last month, simultaneously.. crazy of me I know. Well, I must say I had so much fun doing the swaps, and I've already picked out a couple more to do this year, might even try to do the Secret Pals swap this fall... we'll see.

The first package I received was from LaVonne, she was partner for the scarf swap, this was so much fun making some girly scarves for her, and her package to me couldn't have been anymore perfect. It had 3 great scarves, and a selection of candy that included Caramel Cremes (oh yea baby!)

Then just today I was lucky enough to get my package from Theresa, she was the fantastic partner I was given for the Whole Kit and Kaboodle Swap. She asked what sort of things I like to make, and I gave her a few ideas and she went with an AMAZING pattern book for Dishcloths, The Garden of Dishcloths to Knit, these dishcloths are so cool! I've been looking at this book for a while, and just never got around to getting it. Well, now I have the book, the needles I need to make the patterns, and enough cotton to make EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!! Theresa also made me this great wrap! It's a beautiful pinkish/purple color, and SOO soft, I just love it!

The last couple weeks I've also been overrun with 6" squares, as part of the 2008 Charity Blitz on Crochetville, the month of May was spent making 6" squares for the Kingston SDA Women's Ministry, for our use in making comfortghans for people in our area. Look to the right of my blog under the charity blitz to see everyone who has sent me squares and the running total, we're at over 600 already and I'm still waiting on about 6 packages!!! It's been very uplifting for me to be involved in this, and my poor mailman probably can't wait until it's over.