Happy Sunday!

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Not much on the crafting scene to show you today. But don't fret. As usual, I have eleventy-billion projects going but none blogworthy at the moment. I have to finish up the other Lacy Beaded Fingerless Gloves. Then I'm working on the Tunisian Rosebud Tote,then I'm working on the February Lady Sweater,and last but not least I want to start on the 3-D Crocheted Hearts.

Now, as if that's not enough to keep me busy and my fingers aching I was browsing the April catalog on Annie's Attic and came across the Butterfly Coasters. In case you don't know. I go gaa gaa over Butterflies! I love them soooo much! Such fragile beauties they are. Flit and flittering around without a care. *sigh* I love Spring! But alas, I'll have to wait until I get some extra cash.

Now, onto the pic! Here's another pic of my Bell Peppers in their greenhouse! They've really sprouted up there and will soon need to be transferred over to a bigger container. And y'all! I got tomatoes sprouting too!! Hoooray!!! But I didnt' get a pic of those just yet. Maybe next time. So for now, here's my Pepper plants:


A good day off from work

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Today was another day off from work for me and I enjoyed myself immensely! Dennis, Dad and myself took a little trip today over to Hobby Lobby in Morristown and I got myself 2 skeins of Patons Kroy Sock yarn in Cyan Stripes and 2 skeins of ILTC in Springtime Ombre. Love these colors they're starting to come out with for Spring! So bright and cheerful! There were tons of other colors I wanted to get really bad but I guess that will have to wait until another time. I really couldn't afford these, but I just couldn't help myself. *sigh*




Oooooh take a gander at my bell pepper sprouts! They sprouted after only 5 days of planting! I meant to take a pic sooner, but I finally remembered today to do it! I'm going to have lots and lots of pepper if I can get them to live after I transplant them to a bigger container!




It turned out to be quite nice here today! Although the breeze made it a little bit chilly at times. I think the rest of the week is calling for rain. But we'll see.

Hope everyone had a Happy Monday!

Starfish Washcloth

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Can you tell i'm into the washcloth craze?! I love them!! And plus, I have all this cotton yarn I gotta do something with. I'm not experienced enough in the knitted wearables department to make a nice cardigan for spring, so until I get to that stage, I'm making myself washcloths.

I've not as of yet actually used any that I've made. *LOL* I make it sound like I've made thousand when in reality its only been 3 (including this one). So, I have NO IDEA how this cotton is going to hold up.

You know, I personally don't like using Peaches and Cream yarn. I made a Summer Top from It about 2 years ago and although I LOVED the top, the yarn pilled something awful and it GREW so long it sagged in the back of the neck. I was so mad that I only got to wear it once! Plus, its too heavy in gauge for a top anyhow in my opinion. So, lessoned learned.

Now, for the I Love This Cotton yarn....well, the name says it all for me. Because I truly do. I think its a great cotton! Its got a great sheen to it. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a whirl. If I was a betting person, I'd bet you'd like it too!

I learned how to add a new color in! This is the first time I've never done this in knitting. And you know what? I don't think it turned out too bad. I need more practice at it for sure!

Anywho, onto the pic!

Yarn: I Love This Cotton
Pattern: Starfish Cloth
Needle: Size 4 Boye Straights
Craft Time: Around 2 1/2 to 3 hrs total I'd guess for me (I didnt' work on it solid)


Quick F.O. of the day

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I found the Springing Up Flowers Washcloth that I started on last month but put aside for other things and decided that it was time I finished it. Its a super easy pattern and best of all, ITS FREE!! Now, how can you beat that? Kristin has lots of great patterns on her site. This is the 2nd washcloth pattern of her's that I've completed. And there's a few of her sets that I want to purchase too!

I love that sense of accomplishment you get when you finally finish a project. But unfortunately my hands are aching like mad! Stupid arthritis! I'm too young for that! Well, apparently not, but anywho. *sigh* Its done. I'm happy. Now, on to the next project!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Quick and easy Instant gratification projects

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These past 2 days i've been absolutely BORED out of my mind! Its been rainy and cold, and being stuck in the house is absolutely no fun! Well, unless i've got a cool crochet or knit project in the works to keep my occupied.

Yesterday I finished my first folded crochet potholder:






And today, I whipped up this super cute, quick and easy ring that I named the St. Paddy's Day Ring. I added a little blue bead to the center to jazz it all up a bit. Fits like a dream! Took all of about 5 minutes to make. *LOL* Now THAT ladies and gentlemen is my kinda projects!





Please excuse the dryness of my hands and the crooked fingers. And also the dent in my index finger from where the yarn goes over for tension. *LOL* The right hand didn't look that much better.

A little bit of gardening and another Goodwill find

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TGIF everyone!! I have the day off from work (not by choice)so here I am, blogging about my adventures for the day.

I went out the door this morning heading to the bank to put in my paycheck, and decided I was gonna stop in at Goodwill again and see if they had any fresh finds. As soon as I walked in, my eyes zeroed in on the BIG TUB of yarn! Well, it was 99% acrylics and I have tons of that and a few mini skeins of a wool blend, but I didn't purchase any. I asked the cashier if she had any knitting needles. I'm trying to build up my tools so when I try different things like socks and stuff, I have the right tools to do so. And if your like me, your budget for 'luxuries' are non-existant at this time in the economy. Hence, the day off from work and not by choice. Work has really slowed down so it was a mandatory day off :( I'm hoping it picks up soon so I can start getting a 40 hr paycheck again. Anywho, enough of the depressing state of the economy and my paycheck.

So, the lady told me they are now keeping all the knitting needles behind the counter so little ones dont get hold of them and hurt themselves. So I waited for her to put the yarn out and come back to get them out. She brings out these HUMONGOUS wad of knitting accessories. My eyes about bulged out. *LOL* I was drooling let me tell you. Thought for a second I was gonna have to ask her for a paper towel *LOL* So here's the stash of stuff I bought all for $3.18!!!:



Items:

1. 6 Pairs of Phildar Straights. Sizes 0, 1, 2, 3. And 1 pair of Size 2 Boye Straights. 1 pair Boye Size 0 straights 7" length.

2. 2 sets of Double Pointed Needles.

3. 1 Bernat Circular Size 1.

4. 4 Circular Needles of various sizes.


Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...I love it!!

..........Now, on to the gardening!!! Couple days ago, I was reading Rhionna's Blog and she was talking about gardening in containers. I love reading her blog! She's funny y'all and very crafty. And I must say a cleanaholic *giggle* Don't smack me for that one Rhionna! Well, she got me thinking about growing vegetables and such for this harvest in containers. So, I went to Lowe's Today and bought several packets of seeds, A greenhouse to get them started in, potting soil and a couple of containers. And darnnit, I'm bound and determined to grow something. Even tho I have a black thumb and kill everything I'm still gonna give it a shot! So, Now I leave you with a few pics of my seed selection and a pic of mini greenhouse.

Items:

Sweet Pepper-Chinese Giant
Green Beans
Grape Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Sugar Baby Water Melons


Isn't the Dollar Tree wonderful?

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Today was such a gorgeous and REALLY warm day (70 degrees), I decided to get out of the house and do something. Since money is kinda tight here lately because last week, I only got to work 4 days. And That could possibly be till further notice if work doesn't pick up. But darnnit, I can't go without yarn. I just cant. Its not a luxury to me. Its a necessity. LOL So, imagine when I stroll into the Dollar Tree and find 3 Skeins of Patons Lacette: 2 in the colorway Cream and 1 in the colorway Beautiful Blue. 1 Skein of Bernat Haven in the colorway Shamrock. And last but not least a nice bulky yarn of Bernat Glacier in the colorway Iced Iris.

Man I'm just tickled PINK I tell you. The Patons Lacette is a Fine yarn and will be perfect for me to practice knitting scarfs on small needles for the next season of Winter. Or, I could make a nice gauzy shawl. Perfect for wearing across my arms in Church. Cause it seems to get really cold in there, even in Summer!

I asked the lady cashier when she was expecting another shipment of yarn in, because the previous yarns they had were the Bernat Disco and the Patons Voodoo which I had plenty and that stuff stayed around there for FOREVER. So I was shocked to get what I did today. But, alas, she said that the batch that I got was a returned from another customer and was purchased at a different store in a town 30 miles away from me.

Now, I was just over at that Dollar Tree in the next town not too long ago and they didn't have squat there. I was really disappointed. But oh well, the yarn gods smiled upon me today!! And I aint complaining if they are a returned item or not! Their not dirty or smelly or ANYTHING. They look brand new as if I bought them at my local Hobby Lobby.

So here's a pic of my purchase for today. And don't forget, THINK SPRING!!!

Encouragement for Hey Teach

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Ok guys and gals....Remember the last post when I said I would need lots of encouragement and cheering on?! Well, the time has come. I need to call in that favor. I'm again at the place where I screwed up on the Hey Teach Cardigan. I'm starting the decreases for the armholes and I'm again confused if not more so than the last time.

The pattern says the each Yarn Over is paired with a Decrease within the lace pattern. And when decreasing for the armholes and the neckline if there are not enough stitches to keep the lace pattern correct do not do a YO....wtf?! How am I supposed to know this?!! Apparently I'm going to have to re-chart the lace pattern as someone on Ravelry told me they had done.

Since I'm new to all this stuff, I'm completely bumfuzzled and have NO IDEA how i'm going to accomplish this. If anybody reading as done this cardigan....H.E.L.P.!!!! How did you do it?! I'm making the Medium size. Can I borrow your notes or chart if you have re-charted?!

I hate to sound like a whiner, but.....(insert whiney voice here) I'm confuuuuuuused. Now, can I have some cheese with that whine too?! ...Just sayin'...

Anywho, now that I've whined for a bit, here is another pic of what I've done so far.