Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Gosh it's been a hectic month!!  So, I had decided to make a new branch called Hook and Purl, since I knit also.  I'm thinking it was a bad idea.  I've already got almost 1000 fans on my Facebook page, and now I'm having to start all over again. Ugh.. I still knit, but I'm not near as good with it as I am with crochet.  I can't make a hat or beanie to save anything.  It's really frustrating because in retrospect knitting is far easier that crochet.  I haven't done much of either one lately.  I guess I've just been really lazy.  I'm not sure what's been going on.  Anyways, one of my last projects is a hat I made...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Easy wedding garder

Easy wedding garder 
Caron simply soft party yarn
Lion brand fetticcini yarn( or other stretchy)
Size N hook

Start by measuring around the leg, if you don't know, guess about how big the person is compared to you.  The stretchier the material, the better, to accomply  for error. * I do not recommend elastic, from personal experience*
With stretchy: measure, cut 1/4" longer than needed. Over lap ends and simple stitch sew( doesn't have to be pretty, but try to be straight), I did this on both sides of the overlap.
With Caron: tie your slip knot onto stretchy, single crochet while looping over the stretchy.
2 rows of single crochet or 1 row half double crochet, however thick you wish.
* I'd stay within 5 rows*
You may choose ruffles: 2xsc in 1, sc 2, 2xsc in next, repeate.
Finish with slip stitch.
Weave ends in, or make a simple flower by : chain 3, slip stitch( random) 1 around, chain 3, slip stitch 2 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Baby fish

Baby fish
Chunky yarn h hook
Ch 4, pull, slip into 2nd, sc 6
Fp only sc x2=12  
Both: scx2, skip 1, scx2, sc1, scx2, sc1, skip 2
Sc round =18
Sc round=18
Sc 2, skip 1=12
Fill with batting
Sc1, skip 1
Slip st close all but 3,
Sc 2, 2xsc in next, sc round.
Fp only to close flat( stitch across).
Cut& weave ends in.


Knit 1, purl 2

My sister's birthday is coming up so I'm knitting her something.  I'm doing a really simple pattern called " knit 1, purl 2". Here's what it looks like on row 2
I'm using Vanna's choice, in dust purple with size 15 needles. I'll post more as it comes along!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Baby high tops

Sorry about my lack of blogging lately.  I've had writers block.  There have been so many ideas, but finding the words to say is difficult.  Anyways, I have another order I am working on.  She's a big white sox fan... Here's the little high tops it made her son.

Red heart super saver
Size G hook
Chain 4, slip in second, crochet around
-chain 1 stitch at each round. Gradually increase around toe area( 1 side).

FPsc with second color,  on second row( after FPsc) go back to last row and sc over first color.
Sc round
keep alternating as wanted to obtain desired look. 

When you've got the top of the foot high enough, start decreasing.
I use the slip 1 as to sc, do not pull thru but slip again in next stitch, pull both, making 1 stitch method.
Sc round til middle plus 2, turn, sc back til middle plus 2, turn
5 skipped stitches 
Continue to sc back& forth changing colors as desired, slip stitch finish. 
Take a long piece of contrast yarn and tie shoe.
I made both shoes at same time, so they are identical, do 2 rows on one, switch, 2 rows on second, repeate.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mr postman

Everyone knows how cold it's been lately.  But not everyone realizes that like highway workers( my mom), the post office workers are out delivering mail in all kinds of weather. Rain, Snow, Ice,.. They bring you your mail.  My postman is always polite when I see him, so I figure why not give back a little.  I imagine he gets cold.  I made him a simple scarf& left it in my mailbox. I'm sure he will appreciate it.  I would suggest royal blue, red or white, or asking what color they prefer first.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nice to meet you

I've been very busy attempting to organize my yarn stash... Well, I'm almost to the point of liking how everything looks.  My problem is that when I move one thing in my house, I end up rearranging the entire house.  Think: spring cleaning. Bless my husband for putting up with me.  I'm sure he gets tired of coming home and everything is rearranged, with more work for him to do.  He's wonderful to put together whatever I need built.  I really appreciate him, even when my shelvesis are sideways because he rearranged some parts.. He is great for trying.  I wish that companies would lable pieces better and write the instructions clearer.  That would certainly help my husband out a lot.  
Anyways, I was at walmart for what seems like the zillianth time buying another cube shelf for my yarn& other crafts.. I finally find my car and there is a woman looking at the fin( I call it my fin, really a spoiler) of my car.
She commented on my bombing and we got into a nice little yarn discussion.  It sure is nice to meet new people, especially ones that enjoy my work.  
Well, I've still got to finish 3 orders, but this migraines got the best of me. Night

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Easy yarn bomb: car fin

Here's what you need: 
Yarn! I used acrylic with love
Wool will felt, cotton fades... 
Sized j hook

Start off by measuring the fin... I use a knot for each area on string.
Decide what pattern you want to use, I used about 5 different patterns, create your own style that best suits you.
Mine I decided to do 5 individual ones. 
A long one will do just as well.
Flowers, squares, plain single, half,& doubles.
When you are finished, leave enough yarn to tie with.  I finished off all my edges, for a more stable peice.  
Yarn needle
Knitting needle( as needed)
I began with the last one, pulled the yarn thru, looped it around, several times back and forth(repeat on first)
On middle ones I sewed up the ends across 3-4 times for stability.
Best thing about these are you can place in the order you like and can add more later.
If using solid piece, 
Place knitting needle through the ends to secure, then stitch up roughly 6 inches at a time so your yarn doesn't tangle.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Child basic striped.

Size H hook

Red heart or same kind yarn, acrylic-
All single crochet(2x = 2 single crochet into same stitch)
Chain 4, slip into 2nd pull tight(3 stitches), 6 single into same.
2x into each stitch=12
1single, 2x, 1, 2x=18
2 single, 2x , 2 , 2x = 24
3 single, 2x, 3 , 2x= 30
4 single, 2x, 4, 2x= 36
5 single, 2x, 5, 2x= 42
-add second color, drop first, 1 row of half double crochet. Cut, pick up first color.
6 single, 2x, 6, 2x=48
7single, 2x, 7, 2x=54
8single, 2x,8, 2x=60
9-end single=60
Continue til 7 inches long for up to 10 years.
Finish with slst/ end stitch, tie& weave ends.


Friday, February 21, 2014


There are some yarns that I love, and then there are some that I love to hate.  Homespun falls into both of these categories.  First off; the fish tank smell is driving me crazy!!! Oh good greif. We bought a red tip shark at wm, the next day it jumps out of the tank and does a face plant on my kitchen floor.  Oyevei!!!
Then I get the brilliant idea to exchange it for 2 fish that are half the price of the shark.... Stand in return line forever:-( then run to get fish... Back in returns... Have to wait for them to get numbers, then by the time we get home, 1 fish is dead!!! Okay. That blows!  Well, this morning one of the sucker fishes decides to stop moving.  I'm guessing it swallowed a pebble.  Good greif!! If all the fish die, I'm getting a turtle& knitting it a cute little sweater.
Now, I've got to make my hubby's grandma something out of this red homespun.  It's great, I just hate I've mentioned in previous posts.  I think a chunky scarf knitted& use some red heart with love berry for a crochet hat!
Here's hoping no more stupid fish die.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Yarn bomb101

I'm slowly knitting and crocheting my bombs.  My tip is to measure how long & wide it is first.  My knitting was about twice the length it needed to be, I ended up wrapping it around.  The next one I crocheted homespun by lion.. 

Knitting in the morning

There is only one thing worth getting up at 5 am for... My wonderful amazing husband.  He is currently on 10 hour days.  He is exhausted when he's home and really does not want to get up at the crack of dawn, but he does, for me and for our children.  Those boys in there asleep right now are the reason he works so hard.  He loves them, and they love him.  Every morning I have a few minutes alone with my husband.  This morning it was a back scratch/ rub, hugs and kisses, and I let him have a few moments to relax while I made his coffee and lunch.  When he was about to leave it dawned on me that the boys had not told him goodbye yet.. I had him wait, those boys jumped out of bed and ran across the parking space to give their dad a hug.  That has got to be the sweetest moment today!  Of course, they are back asleep right now, but they don't care what time it is, they will come running to tell their daddy bye.  Big hugs for my husband.  It is a blessing to have such a wonderful man.  Today I will finish up knitting his headrest( for my car).  I'm doing a add on of red heart with love BLUE HAWAII.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Baby fish

Baby fish
Chunky yarn h hook
Ch 4, pull, slip into 2nd, sc 6
Fp only sc x2=12  
Both: scx2, skip 1, scx2, sc1, scx2, sc1, skip 2
Sc round =18
Sc round=18
Sc 2, skip 1=12
Fill with batting
Sc1, skip 1
Slip st close all but 3,
Sc 2, 2xsc in next, sc round.
Fp only to close flat( stitch across).
Cut& weave ends in.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Yarn bomb head rest

Lion brand homespun yarn
K crochet hook
I started off with a long rectangle piece, sewed the ends together around the head rest, then I did a very long chain, double crochet roughly 10 rows, wrapped it around the headrest, joining the first part. Then I hooked onto the pieces themselves.  It was a bit difficult at first but once you get the hang of it and realize what shape and which stitches go where.... It can be rather enjoyable.  I'm going to cover my other one later tonight. 
Going to get the kiddos then off for groceries.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Yarn bombbb

Yarn bombing my kitchen chairs has proven more difficult that I first thought.  Luckily my last haul has left me with enough red heart with love yarn to finish my whole project.  There's a lot to cover with my chairs, let alone my table and I've still got to finish my headrest in my car.  Goodness I've got a lot of projects around my house that needs to be finished.  Makes me wonder what all the ladies that don't posses my creative spirit do when they want to beauty fy their homes.  Simply going to the store has proven exhaustiating.  Finding one thing just to discover they don't have the exact size or color you need/ want, checking another store, yet another, going back to the first store... They have 1 in stock so you get it... Return home, look online and find that the first stores double has another in stock( you need 2)... Running there, and hey!!! That store has a bunch in stock. Geez, your dumb moment right there.
Needless to say I'm tired of shopping.  
I think I'll just yarn bomb all next week. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Yarn bomb

I have yet to yarn bomb something... I've got so many ideas in my head.  I've been wanting a new table for a while now, my mom was sweet enough to give me hers a while back, but it is too big for my little nook area.  We received our federal a week ago so the money was in the bank to get a smaller set!  I must have checked 10 stores before I found one I liked and would fit my space.  Most of the morning was spent driving around town.  Shopping can be exhausting.  I'm glad my wonderful hubby bought me some new shoes.  Anyways I find my table, come home and have to carry it out of my car multiple trips.  It was way too heavy for me to lift.  It took two men to carry it to my car.  My guys all worked hard to set it up for me.  Tomorrow, hopefully I'll have a bit yarn bombed.  
Sleep now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Right now I really wish my grandma had call waiting.  I'm trying to get ahold of her but all I'm getting is a busy signal.  My grandpa had a stroke and is in the hospital.  We just saw him, my lovely husband took the day off from work to come with me.  
Turns out grandma wasn't going to come up after all.  We never got anymore inner soles because the foot store picked the only day we went up there to be closed. Ugh.  Maybe next time.

On a brighter note, I major hauled at the yarn stores!!! Red hart with love was less than it is at Walmart, and they had colors that em doesn't carry!!! Score. Sad thing is I've spent a ton more on my boys fish than on my pretty yarn.  When we got home my yarn from em was delivered.  How ironic.  I'm so tired. I'll have to put up my living room shelf and yarn hauls tomorrow.  Between driving, seeing my grandpa on the hospital, and the fish.. It's been a long day.
I'm glad my grandpa is doing better. 

Monday, February 10, 2014


My son's birthday party is coming up this Saturday.  He is wanting a shark hat.  His party is going to be superman lego.  Im still trying to figure out exactly what I want to make him.  A simple beanie should be fine, if I can find the correct color.  In thinking that sharks are grey?  Maybe blue? I'm not certain.  The fins wouldn't be that hard.  I could do ear flaps that are pointed instead of round at the bottom.  The fin on the top poses a bit more difficulty. I'll post more when I figure things out. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Child banana beanie

Size H hook
Red heart or same kind yarn, acrylic-
All single crochet(2x = 2 single crochet into same stitch)
Chain 4, slip into 2nd pull tight(3 stitches), 6 single into same.
2x into each stitch=12
1single, 2x, 1, 2x=18
2 single, 2x , 2 , 2x = 24
3 single, 2x, 3 , 2x= 30
4 single, 2x, 4, 2x= 36
5 single, 2x, 5, 2x= 42
6 single, 2x, 6, 2x=48
7single, 2x, 7, 2x=54
8single, 2x,8, 2x=60

Continue til 7 inches long for plain hat/beanie
It's up to you where you want the stripe, I usually just eyeball it. Or you can do 2 rows of 60 stitches, stripe 2 rows, then finish with yellow.
If you want to border with different color, switch, tie off yellow.
On both sides for ears, stitch 9 across, turn, do not go into first stitch  
( decrease) go into second stitch, across-turn, go into second stitch, repeat til you have shape you want.  I usually leave 4 at bottom.  Single crochet down Oppisite side you started with ear.
Slip stitch bottom stitch only
Continue to other ear,( 1/2 way). ( ears should have equal distance apart on both sides). 
Slip stitch finish round all.

Add braids.

Chain 4, slip into 2nd, pull tight. 6 into same stitch
2x into each
1single, 2x round
2 single, 2x round
A. For 1 eye
3 single, 2x round 
FPsc round

B. For 2 eyes
FPsc round

Sew in face if desired, add strands of hair. Sew eyes

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Super easy baby beanie

Red heart super saver 
Size h hook
Magic circle: chain 4, pull tight, slip into second stitch from end. 
Single Crochet 6 into 2nd stitch
Single Crochet 2 into each stitch=12
Single crochet 1, 2xsc in next, repeat=18
Single crochet 2, 2xsc in next, repeat=24
Single crochet 3, 2xsc in next, repeat=30
Single crochet 4, 2xsc in next, repeat=36
Single crochet 5, 2xsc in next, repeat=42
Single crochet 6, 2xsc in next,repeat=48
Single crochet 7, 2xsc in next, repeat=52
Single crochet til desired length

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lele bug

8 years ago I gave birth to my youngest son, Leland.  He was born via c-section at 8:52 am.  My first glimpse of him was amazing.  Such a small little human, he was 8 pounds, red in color, jet black hair and covered in slimy white gunk.  He was beautiful.  He had very strong lungs.
I wanted to name him ZadianMichael, but my ex in laws told people his name was satan. I took offense to that.  So my little guy went two(2) whole days without a name.   I was heart broken at the negativity.  On the third day my ex husbands sister handed me a list of names and I only liked Leland.  My mother in law at the time said she hated that name, well, tough luck!  My ex wanted merrick as his middle name.  Too bad!! I looked down at my little one, with hair black as cole and said" do you want to be Leland Cole?"  He looked at me and suckled.  That was final.  His name is Leland Cole. My sweet beautiful baby boy.  The little one who used to snuggle up with me, falling asleep in my chest.  He has grown into a handsome, caring, sweet little man.  It saddens me he doesn't like my kisses anymore, but he's still affectionate and mummy's little guy.
Happy birthday Lele bug.  You are loved.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yarn colors

I have a hard time picking out outfits to wear most of the time, as a result from this, I have began to ask my husband which one I should wear.  Most guys are not color wise, my husband tries his hardest to help me whenever possible.  He truly is the best blessing in my life( aside from my children & mom).
I've started a blanket for our "baby to be Please dear God let me conceive".
At first I was going to do the plain rainbow: ROY G BIV
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, 
Indigo , Violet
I'm not plain.  I borrowed my son's art notebook, bought some colored pencils, and started to work... 4 drawings and color combos later, I still hadn't a clue what color to go next.
I did the most logical thing to do,  I handed my wonderful husband the bin of yarn and asked him to pick a ball. 
He picked the blueish purple color.  It may be because blue is his favorite color, but, I think it's perfect with the berry red.
I'm thankful to have such a amazing husband.  He does everything to help me, without complaining.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ice, literally

This was taken on my walk home a hour ago,  I must admit the trees are lovely covered in ice.  I'm not particularly fond of the wind chill, however.  I freezing temperatures remind me that after I get toasty in my house I need to ice my right wrist and 3rd&4th fingers.  I'm not certain what happened, but yesterday while I was finishing up a crochet order, my fingers began to swell.  The pain was so intense that I had to stop.  Knitting was slightly better, but there was still a lot of pain. While shopping last night I found a pair of crafting gloves.  I will be wearing them all day.  I know I should wear my brace, but I'm hooked on yarn... Ha! I'm a yarnaholic.  My husband banned me from working last night.  He is incredibly sweet.  He even helped me by looping the strands of my braids to the ear flaps. I had to show him a few times, but he got the hang of it, I must say that I am proud of him for doing a good job.  He only frayed 4.  I think it's time for a nap.  Yesterday I was up for 21 hours, woke at 4 am today( 3 hours of sleep), then again at 6:45.   I'm not having any coffee today.  I will try to only do one project, I will have to wait until my hand heals a bit before I tackle any more orders.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Legos& boys

As most of you walk outside in the United States, you will be cold... Well, I is a whopping 32* with freezing rain.  How lovely, good thing I am warm inside with my boys.  ( trying not to burn lunch while I type this). They are happy watching lego movies all morning.  I'm busy with work.  Not in the since that you might think.  I've got to take care of the house, finish crochet orders,  complete 3 knit projects, do laundry and other chores, and cook. 
Oh.. And I also did some shopping. Thank goodness that walmart has red heart with yarn in the colors I need to complete my baby blanket.  I am almost finished with the red starter color.  Red is okay on certain things, in fact I'm wearing a red tank top now, but in general, I don't like red.  It makes for a hard start when you don't like the color you are working with. Good thing it is such a easy yarn to work with.  I'll be happy once I switch to the next color, whichever that might be.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Baby razorback

Red heart with love yarn
Berry red( boy/neural)/ pink(girl)  white, & black
Size H hook
(2xsc= 2 single crochet into same stitch, increase)
Beanie, berry red/pink
Chain 4, slip into 2nd stitch, pull tight
Row1: Single crochet 6 into same
Row 2: Single crochet 2 into each stitch round=12(2xsx)
Row 3: Sc1, 2xsc round=18
Row 4: Sc2, 2xsc round=24
Row 5: Sc3, 2xsc round=30
Row 6: Sc4, 2xsc round=36
Row 7: Sc4, 2xsc round=42
Rows 8-21: Single crochet 42
Row 22: [single crochet 9, turn-single crochet into next stitch, across (9)
Turn-single crochet across
Turn- single crochet across 
Single crochet down side of 1st ear flap, (1)slip stitch at bottom], single crochet across to other side roughly 12 stitches
Repeat [ ] for other ear flap.
Row 23: slip stitch finish
With black
Chain 4, slip into 2nd pull tight, 6 single crochet in same
Join white cut& tie black
2xsc in each
Sc1, 2xsc
Sc2, 2xsc
Cut& leave long end 

With red/ pink
Chain 4, slip into second, pull tight.
Single crochet 6 into same. 
2xsc in each
Sc1, 2xsc
Sc2, 2xsc (Sc3, 2xsc for bigger)
FPsc round
Sc round front loop only
FPsc round
Cut/Tie& pull thru back
Join in, sc on top stitch roughly 7( 1/2 circle)
Cut/Tie& pull thru back
Chain 21, turn, single crochet, cut/ tie
Chain 4, slip into 2nd, single crochet 6 into same
2xsc in each
Turn, sc across
Turn, sc across
Keep repeating until only 1 stitch left. Slip stitch last, tie& weave end.

Add braids if desired to ear flaps
Sew pieces together 
Go Hogs!!!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Strange places to crochet

The other day I finally had enough of my boys "forgetting" to replace the roll of toilet paper.  Luckily we just got a shelf to go over the back so I didn't have far to reach when I needed some.
Like the great mom that I am, I decided to play a practical prank on them.  I had purchased some vanna white yarn from a yarn site and thought the little skein looked perfect.  I removed the toilet paper and wiggled a hole thru the center of the yarn, inserted the tube& voila!
-- earlier note... My size 10.5 circular needles were great but the tubing was bugging me so I cut it off and replaced the ends with lego people heads.  I'll have to drill a deeper hole so they stay on better, but they are aweful cute, and the boys will learn to pick up their toys if I steal them to recycle them as my crafts!!
-- Anyways... This got me thinking of the subject of using the toilet... I know, ewwwww. That's gross.  Yeah, so is a lot of other things...
I thought about how much we sit there doing what we do.. Instead of play on my phone or twiddle my thumbs, why not knit?? It's gross, well, not really since it's at my shoulder level( I'm pulling from above), the yarn & needles are going no where near my bum or the trash can, and my washing machine is close. When I finish, just pop in the wash.  Oh, and there is Lysol by too. 
I suggest only a small roll so it's not too long.  Also, be assured, the item I'm knitting is for my personal use.   I keep my orders in a "gross free" environment.. Minus the occasional sneeze. ( yes, I keep Kleenex& sanitizer close.)

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Super Bowl is tomorrow, let me just say that I hope both teams loose.
I know, that is improbable but, I'm just a sore looser.  I really think that the Green Bay Packers should win.. Every single game, ever!!!
Anyways,  I'm already sick of football.  I am however, looking forward to our brunch at church tomorrow.  The ladies at our church sure do know how to cook.  The men aren't too bad either.  Tonight I am working up a black and white baby sox beanie.  I've already done the majic circle to 42 stitches.
Red heart yarn
H Hook
Chain 4, pull, slip into 2nd stitch
6 single crochet into same stitch
Double(2xsc) in each=12
1single, 2xsc =18
2single, 2xsc =24
3single, 2xsc =30(newborn After stretch)
4single, 2xsc =36( newborn no stretch)
5single, 2xsc =42

From here it is simple.  This will be able to fit a 6-12 month easily.
Just continue to single crochet each stitch round =42.
About 5 inches long.
For the sox hat it will have (1)- 2 row stripe of white half way and (2)-1 row stripes at the bottom.
Finish off with 1 row of black.  


Friday, January 31, 2014

Itty bitty banana na

I have another order for 3 "minion" beanies.  I've called them banana nas because, well obviously I am not part of the brand" despicable me".  Furthermore, I couldn't duplicate anything no matter how hard I tried.  I've had people tell me that it's against copyright... I'm not sure those people know the difference between their head and a hole in the ground.  All my work is done solely by myself, Andria Carlene.  These two hands make everything.  I buy the yarn, I buy the hooks or needles, I buy the scissors, I buy the buttons... It's all me.  I'm in my own area all alone.... Only occasionally do I knit or crochet in public even.   But you get the point.  I do not want anyone confused.
Anyways, minion, banana nas, whatever.., it's jus yellow, black, blue, white,& grey yarn. That's it!
For baby 0-6 month... This fits my rainbow brite doll....
Size H hook
Red heart or same kind yarn, acrylic-
All single crochet(2x = 2 single crochet into same stitch)
Chain 4, slip into 2nd pull tight(3 stitches), 6 single into same.
2x into each stitch=12
1single, 2x, 1, 2x=18
2 single, 2x , 2 , 2x = 24
3 single, 2x, 3 , 2x= 30
4 single, 2x, 4, 2x= 36
5 single, 2x, 5, 2x= 42
Continue til 5.5 inches long for plain hat/beanie
It's up to you where you want the stripe, I usually just eyeball it. Or you can do 2 rows of 42 stitches, stripe 2 rows, then finish with yellow.
I've began to do my border in blue.  Any color will work. 1 row round.
On both sides for ears, stitch 8 across, turn, do not go into first stitch  
( decrease) go into second stitch, across-turn, go into second stitch, repeat til you have shape you want.  I usually leave 4 at bottom.  Single crochet down Oppisite side you started with ear.
Slip stitch bottom stitch only
Continue to other ear,( 1/2 way). ( ears should have equal distance apart on both sides). 
Slip stitch finish round all.

Add braids.

Chain 4, slip into 2nd, pull tight. 6 into same stitch
2x into each
1single, 2x round
2 single, 2x round
A. For 1 eye
3 single, 2x round 
FPsc round

B. For 2 eyes
FPsc round

Sew in face if desired, add strands of hair. Sew eyes


Thursday, January 30, 2014

At least we have coffee

My husband is trying to explain a movie to me... At least we have coffee.  The pilots may be dead and we can't land for hours.... Blaaaa.... 
Okay.  I seriously am glad that he has his coffee, but I was really hoping to have about $20 of my paycheck to myself.  I kinda already spent it... But sure I guess my other priorities can wait a week.  So don't like being up this early.... Okay, but at least he has a job.  I really don't need any size 10.5 short needles or that grape yarn.  But my customers have already paid me via paypal so I have to mail out their orders.  That's one thing I'm not going to wait on.  Maybe I need to drink some of his great coffee.  That might make my migraine go away and I would be in a better mood.  I'm thankful I have a wonderful husband that tries to make me laugh when he knows I'm upset.
Yarn can wait. At least we have coffee.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Yarn is wonderfully unique.  You have thousand of different colors, textures, and fibers to choose from.  Whatever your heart desires, there can be a yarn for you.  My favorite yarn isn't about any of these things, it's about how it feels when I work it.  The same yarn can feel differently between a size H hook, a size K hook, and size 15 needles.  It all depends on how you work with it.  One of the types I enjoy working with is red heart.  Their with love brand is the most adapting to my specific needs.  The super saver is more versatile but is a lot rougher in my opinion.  Both can be used for a wide variety of projects. 
Right now I am working on some banana na beanies for a friend.  My problem is that since knitting with smaller needles, a size H hook is simply too tight.  I moved up to a I hook, but still had to stretch the beanie quite a bit.  What I thought was a adult size is now the child size.  I'm having to make another one bigger.  I'll end up sending her all 3 beanies since she has a baby as well.  She's already paid me, so I don't mind the extra effort.  A great customer is hard to find these days, so when she wants something, I try my best.  It is more important for me to have a handful of satisfied repeat customers that become friends, than a lot of one time customers I never hear from again.  Yes, the money is nice.  But, I prefer knowing I did a great job and whomever receives my hand made products enjoy them.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Love is a skein of yarn

Love is a new skein of yarn.  
That first day you see the new skein, you think it is perfect.  It is just the right color, the perfect softeness, thickness, texture... It is exactly what you wanted.  You want to know everything there is to know about this new skein.  What's it called?  Where is it from?  Who makes it?? What is it compared to?  There are so many questions and new things to learn. 
If you choose the right hooks or needles, the yarn will be smooth and easily worked.  Just like a loving relationship.  You must care for the relationship and do your part to make it the best it can be.
Even the most perfect skein of yarn, like a person, is flawed.  There may be some coloration differences, these are related to moods in a relationship.  People are moody, some more than others.  Just because they are having a off day is no reason to stop caring about someone.  They are the same.  Knots happen in the most expensive exotic yarn also.  These are like arguments.  Things become heated because one little strand is not where it should be, if left alone, the knot becomes more tangled and you eventually give up on the beautiful yarn.
If you take care and work your way thru the tangled knot, like choosing your words carefully and apologizing, the knot becomes smaller and eventually there's nothing left tangled.  
There are also breaks in yarn.  Almost every skein I have ever used had a break in it.  This happens when the yarn is accidentally cut or is broken or stretched, it is in two.  When this happens, it is like a lie in a relationship.  The lie stops everything.  You can try to cover it up, by quickly tying it, but if you don't secure it, and you pull too hard, all the work since then comes undone and your worse off then you were.  Same for covering up a lie.  At first it's a little white lie that doesn't hurt much, but is you cover it up with a bigger lie, things fall apart and are worse than the lie itself.
You must tell the truth, ask forgiveness, and mend the relationship.  You must secure the break so that you can move on.  It will always be there, but over time, that break will be less noticeable, as you find forgiveness and earn back trust.
No matter how perfect a skein of yarn is, it's always going to have flaws.. But, if you work with the flaws and use the proper tools, fixing what's wrong, it will become something you can love and cherish for a lifetime.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Banana na baby

I've got 2 orders for my banana na hats!!! Yeah. I get to crochet all day. Yellow is one of those colors that I don't care for, but at least it's not red.  My pattern is pretty simple.
Red heart super saver
Yellow, black, white, navy, &grey
Size H hook
Single crochet 4, join into 2nd stitch.
6 single crochet into 2nd stitch.
2single crochet into each stitch.
Single crochet 1, 2sc in next, repeat.
Sc2, 2sc in next, repeat.
Sc3, 2sc in next, repeat. 

52 stitches unstretched!!!
Single crochet 2 rows
Join in black, sc 2 rows. Tie off black
Switch to yellow, continue single crochet til  23 rows total.
Add Blue 
Single crochet round.
Slip stitch round. Weave ends

Add 1-2 eyes
(See previous post)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rainbow knit baby please

My husband and I are praying for a baby, been praying every day since we got married 3 years ago.  I have decided to trust in God and to let my fears go.  I believe that I am a good mom and God will bless us with another child.
I have started a blanket for our future baby.  
Rainbow baby 
X= white or border color
Size 10 needles
Red heart with love
With color 1, Cast on 77, 
Knit(wise 1 row)
X color add( drop 1st), knit 2 rows
1st color pick up( drop x) cut&tie 
Purl1 row
Knit 1 row


This is all I've done since last night,
Keep til (I'm thinking)~7"
Switch to 2nd color(cut1st)
Knit wise 2 rows, drop 2nd color,
 add x knit 2 rows
Drop x, cut & tie
Purl 1 row with color 2
Knit 1 row
Continue knit( wise) til ~7"
Switch color
I'll post photos as I go.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stinky boys

As most of you followers of my blog know, I have a husband and two sons, that's 3 stinky boys in my house.  Most of the time I love having them around but sometimes they really bother me.  One of these times has to do with the bathroom.  They are 9 and almost 8, plenty old enough to knock on the door.  Bad thing is this door does not have a doorknob.  Our landlord gave us one that didn't fit. I'm happy to have a door.  Anyways, it doesn't matter what I happen to be doing in the bathroom.  My stinkers barg in on me.  Worse is if I'm using the toilet, they pull the shower curtain back and pee in the tub.  Sometimes the forget to rinse it afterwards. Eww! I hate the smell of pee!  I really don't like cleaning up their messes.  Even my husband comes in and just looks at me.  I love him, but I don't like him seeing me in certain positions.  My least favorite part is the boys splashing water on the floor, or worse, missing the toilet.  
I'm thinking of crocheting a toilet "rug". If it's yellow then they have to scrub the toilet... Just need some white yarn.
New rule is : they are boys. I'm a girl.  My parts are different and they don't need to see girl parts til they are married.  If I'm in the bathroom they knock.  My husband is allowed in, sometimes.... I really don't want him seeing me pop a pimple... Eww! Lol.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Some days I feel like I live in a circus.  There is always someone running around the house screaming, singing, or just making funny noises.  Most of the time it is my youngest son.  He is almost 8 years old and has the entergy of a 2 year old.  Hyper active doesn't begin to describe him.  He's no good on ADHD medication, we have tried that after having our hand forced by certain teachers... It made him worse.  I hate to say that it zombified him, but that's what happened.  He stopped eating, stopped running around, stopped everything.  Plus he slept all the time.  
I think of him as simply a bored energetic child.  He's very intelligent, loving, sincere, and takes care of others.  He simply has more energy than the rest of the children I know.
The other part of the circus revolves around a majic act.  There are things missing frequently.  Take example, my socks.  Why is it that I have plenty but can only find 3 pair?  Today I took mine off after arriving home from getting boys. I placed them by my shoes.  I use brush my teeth, change my clothes, and viola!! One of my socks is missing.  I had to buy more socks tonight.  On the bright side, my yarn is still where I put it. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Knit hat

My first knit hat did not turn out as well as I had hoped.  I think I like the look of just plain knit(wise)(back) better than the weave pattern.  I will also try a different type of yarn, maybe red heart with love. The fit was great, but most defiantly no decrease of stitches.  I will also just sew the top across or use crochet to finish instead of bunching it in a 4 way.
I will also make sure and not skip any stitches, which I've learned is easier to do with knit.  It is also almost impossible to fix mistakes.  That's got to be the best thing about crochet, if you mess up, you can just pull the yarn.  

Knit circle

I decided to try and attempt to knit a hat. So far here is the pattern:
10.5 circular needles

Cast on 44 (45) stitches
Knit wise( behind) 3 rows
1 row knit wise end stitch, knit wise 1, slip stitch 2 ( as to purl)
1 row knit wise
1 row knit wise end stitch, knit wise 1, slip stitch 2 (as to purl)
Knit wise 3 rows
Repeat til desired length

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Easy plastic bag holder

M hook
2 non metal hair twisters
Chunky ball( I used kleiner nova)4 ply 

Slip stitch around 1 hair twister, single crochet round, slip stitch to join=20
2 single crochet into slip stitch
Single crochet 5, increase(3 times total)
Double crochet in last 
Double crochet 2 rows=24
Single crochet round
Double crochet 2 rows
Single crochet round
Double crochet =24
Half double crochet. ( this in half way)
Double crochet=24
Single crochet
Double crochet 2 rows
Single crochet
Decrease every 6th( sc5, skip 1...)=20
Place 2nd hair twister over hook, slip into 1st stitch, single crochet round hair twister, stretching as you go( see photo above).
Slip stitch into first stitch, tie& weave ends.

Loop( optional) to hang
Tie into1st row(1stitch only), chain 10, slip back into same stitch. 
Single crochet round loop. 
Slip back into same stitch
Slip stitch, tie, and weave ends.

Holds 25 plastic bags


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Remote control

A while back I was making my mom a blanket.  I had been working on it for a few weeks when I realized that it would be way to wide.  I tossed it aside and made the new one.. Yesterday I was thinking of how my husband looses the remote controls often and started looking for ideas of how to solve the problem.  I was in our room and came across the unfinished blanket! Viola idea!!!
I measured the coffee table beside the couch. Folded the sides inward, allowing enough room in the middle so that it would fit.  Secured the sides with plastic needles and sewed the sides up. Then I sewed down the middle to make 2 halfs. 
My hubby loves it!!!

A great man

I was once married to a not great boy.  He was too immature to be married and to raise a family.  He often let me down.
There were some okay times in the 6 years we were married, but he never really became a man.  Even now, he is almost 28, and yet he doesn't have his own place to live, a steady job, insurance, or take responsibility for the life he helped create.
That life I had with him was no life at all, the day to day abuse, verbal. He did not hit me like other guys, he made me feel unworthy. He had a hold on my confidence.  I was never good enough for him.  I did things I'm not proud of in the marriage, but that marriage never should have happened.  We did not marry for love.  

Shortly after he gave me a divorce, I prayed that God bring me a man.  A great man that would love me for who I am, not who I was.  A man that would adore my children, that would take these two little boys as his own flesh and blood, that would be there to support is, to protect us, to love us.
God answered my prayers.  My husband and I met and married in 4&1/2 months time.  He would drive 90 miles every weekend to come see me.  That's love.  One day, right after we met, one of the boys started coughing.  We were at my moms house(where I lived), Paul looked at me and asked if the boy had any medicine. I said no.  He told me we had better get him some.  He went right then and bought my son some cough medicine.  That's love.
We married for love.  I am thankful to God for bringing me a great man.  A man who cares for me, who loves me and adores me, who respects me, who forgives me of my wrong doings, who lifts me up, and most of all, who is a Godly man.
Not only is my husband a great man, but he is a great dad.  He loves our boys as his.  To him, they are his boys.  He watches over them, he cares for them, he teaches them, he disciplines them as a father should.  The boys adore their dad.  They have become little gentlemen because of my husband.  They are happy.  We are all blessed.  God has taken my broken family and made it whole again.  
Oh, and my husband buys me yarn!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Another kid movie

My wonderful boys are off today because of the MLK holiday.   They are snuggled up on the couch watching Freddy frog face.  I don't care much for the movie but  it is rather amuzing.  I hope to get a few rows done on my knitting blanket.  
So far, 
Stash buster baby blanket
I love this yarn
Size 13 short knitting needles
Colors of your choice
I casted on roughly 95 stitches( I haven't counted), my needle was full
Color a
Knit wise about 3 inches( unstretched)
Or until you finish your fist ball/skein
Color b
Worked in 2 rows
First row: knit wise 2( side stitch+1)
Slip 2( as if to purl), knit wise 1, slip 2; as if to purl)... Continue
Second row: knit wise
Repeat alternating rows.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


We finally made it home!!! I'm so glad to not be in the car.  It was only a 2 hour drive from the church my husband preached at, but man do my legs cramp. We had a wonderful day.  My husband preached a great sermon.  I'm proud of him, he has gotten a lot better.  The church members were very friendly and we were welcomed in to a couples home.   I could use more of the lasagna the lady made... Mmm.  Home made lasagna, bread, salad, and sweet tea.  Plus I was able to rest a bit while my oldest played.  Our youngest took a nap with me.  I felt at home.. It is a blessing to have such wonderful people welcome you as family.  We spent some time at my dad in laws house yesterday.  That was fun.  It's so good to be home. 
Here's the skirt I made for the new baby cousin. 

Saturday and Sunday

This weekend has been a bit hectic.  I completely forgot to blog yesterday.  We've been on our trip.  Yesterday morning my husband wakes me and tells me I need to get dressed and go.  Okay, sure.. I get ready to go.  Our boys are ready, and guess who doesn't have clean pants?  Yup, my husband!! Okay this is a bit hilarious.  I had towels washing so we had to wait til they were done.  His load was (2) two pairs of pants.. How funny.  So we waited and waited some more.  We end up leaving 2 hours after schedule.  We get to where I'm suppose to call his cousin and get directions to her house, pull out my phone, my hubby dials because I'm driving, and my phone dies.  Great!! I don't know where she lives, my husband doesn't know and his phone is almost dead too,  I pull off the highway at the next exit.  We find a mc d's.  No problem, we go in, sit down and charge our phones right?? Wrong, we go in and guess what?? Not a single outlet!! What?? Okay that's a bit crazy.  We try chikfilet, can't even get a parking space.... So we go in the AT&T store! Yay!! I have a associate plug my phone in.. We wonder around for a good 30 minutes.  My phone should be charged right?  Hahaha!! Wrong again.. Nothing, the extension must have been turned off, we ask another associate& they direct us to a table, viola!! It works, we sit down and wait some more, the boys spinning around in the chairs.  Finally call my husband's cousin... Luckily they are in town and meet us there.  She loved the crocheted items I made for her baby to be.  I gave her her sister's as well, she just had a baby girl.  We leave with semi charged batteries.  We arrive at my dad in laws house finally we can eat!!! Haha! Um, no..., we have another 30 minute drive back the way we came to see the church hubby is preaching at.  Not to mention the pit stop to see my sis in law. It was nice seeing her!   We get home and I'm starving, speggitti.. Yummy  I don't like speggitti! 
-more later-

Friday, January 17, 2014

Knit wise

I went back over the video that helped me start to knit.  I realized that the stitch I was referring earlier to as back is called knit wise.  What a funny little name.  I just finished day two of knitting.  I'm having to switch between my long size 11 and my short size 13 needles.  My project has became bulky.  I'm going to try to find some long 13 later.  So far, I am really proud of myself for taking to knitting.  For so long I thought that I couldn't.  I still love crochet as much as I did a week ago, but I am very excited to see how my knitting looks after I've been on it for a while.  I'm making a baby blanket for my child that I hope and pray to conceive soon.  I know that sounds strange, but I figure if I get pregnant soon then I should have the blanket finished by the time I have the baby.  I don't prefer a boy or a girl, I want a healthy happy full term baby.  I've been praying for 3 years now and I believe this is the year.  Anyways, I finished up my husband's cousin's baby gift, she just had a girl!!! Here's what it looks like:  red heart with love and red heart soft and chunky.
I ended up adding a giant pink button( not pictured).  Turned out adorable.

The penguin ate it

Yesterday I got paid. I deducted $100 out of my account and put it in my purse. As soon as I got home I took it from my purse, counted (5) $20 bills.  I put it into the penguin cookie jar on the counter, closed the lid.  Then I texted my husband " the penguin has the money".
I picked the boys up from school, picked my husband up from the car pool, went to hobby lobby, bought 2 needles and a skein of orange yarn for my son, and came home.
After much debate over dinner, my husband asks me to order pizza.  I do.  He hands the guy $40.45 on a $30.35 ticket, gets (2) $5 bills back.
This morning I ask where the $70 is for me to buy groceries, he hands me $50.
Now we have a problem.  There is a missing $20 somewhere.  We ask the boys, they haven't touched it.  We look for it, it's not inside or outside. So that leaves us with three senerios:
( since we know each other isn't lying)
A. The bank ATM only gave me (4) $20's
- I miss counted
B. My husband miss counted and two of the $20's were stuck to each other, the pizza guy miss counted also and got a big tip.
C. The penguin ate it.


Thursday, January 16, 2014


There are several ways to organize your yarn stash.  Personally, I am fond of the criss cross method. It's basically squares that are turned diagonally.  Right now my stash is divided amongst two bookcases.  It's not very pretty but it does it's purpose.  I've also found that you can put a single skein into a pickle jar or partial skein in a mason jar.  I am not very fond of using glass around my children, but my grandmother has canned foods since I was little so she had plenty extra jars to give me. 
Shelving makes it easy so you can see what yarns you have.   My black shelf has full skeins on the top shelf, bins of small balls and partial skeins in the middle, and sock yarn on the bottom.  The wooden shelf I have because the big box store was out of black.  It's alright because I'm not that picky. Only our living room set matches because we bought the pieces at the same time.  We have my old trunk in the living room.  I spray painted it purple years ago. The entertainment center is wood.  The shelves are black? I think.  One coffee table is black, the coffee table our computer is on is wooden.  It's mate is beside my side of the bed.  Our whole place is just mix and match.  Ha!  It's funny really.  After my husband and I married, we moved in together. I brought my things from my moms house. I had linens and no bed, he had a bed and no sheets.  I had towels, he had a tv. I had movies.  We knew it was perfect.  He's always had what I lacked and I have what he lacks.  The wood shelf has full skeins on top, books and pretty vannA yarn in the middle and my cotton and project bins at the bottom.  Both have my monkeys on top and I have a closet organizer nailed sideways above the black shelf to put my really pretty yarn in.
My hooks and needles are in yars.  The ones I really like are in my purple polka dotted makeup bag.  Of course, my knitting project is on top of my purple chest in the living room and my crochet projects are beside my bed.  
I have yarn out at all times.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Yay!!!! I completed a little project.  I didn't have a clue what I was making, but when I finished I realized it was the perfect size for a headband!!
Knit needles size 11
I love this yarn
Cast on 35
Switch every other row between front and back knit.
Cast off

Knitting monkey

Last night I was curious again so I picked up my knitting needles and searched Utube.  After several attempts I found a video that was easy enough to follow. I'm hoping to make myself a scarf or something.  I'm still brand new at it and it's trickier than crocheting.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Baby leg warmers 6-12 months

I love this yarn
Size H hook

Chain 21, slst 
1,2, sc
3- hdc
4- popcorn every 3rd( 3xdc, ch1, slip stitch ch1 into st before)
5- hdc
6,7- sc
9,10- sc
12 popcorn every 3rd
13 hdc
14,15 sc
Finish stitch
Make 2

Monday, January 13, 2014


I found a reall neat baby shower gift online, cupcake onesies.  I'm thinking of making some to gift all the cousins in law that are expecting.  One of which, is going to be induced today!!! I'm praying she and baby make it through safe.  It's not her first baby so I'm sure she will do just fine.  I will probably be able to drop it off this weekend on the way to a church my husband will be filling in preaching.  I'm so excited, I love babies!!!! 
Anyways!!!! Here are MY instructions,  I will post photos after I've made some.
4 onesies size 0/3-3/6
4 baby socks
Cupcake liners
Clear tape
Small cupcake box or pick a boo box
Pretty paper/ card stock
Take 1 onesie, fold sleeves over to touch in middle, fold it in half lengthwise.
Take 1 sock, place on top of onesie, where heel is facing out a bit.
Roll onesie up, leaving a bit of the heel to show.
Secure end with a piece of tape
Repeat 3 more times.
With remaining socks, roll up and secure with tape.
Put "cupcakes" in cupcake liners and place in box, fill gaps with socks.
Close box and add a bow with ribbon.
Cut out a heart wit the card stock & write a personalize "to/from" note. Tape to front of box, beside bow.
Gift to mom& baby
I will most likely be doing this with some babie hats I've made as well. It would be cute to replace the socks with baby hats & the onesies with chunky scarfs for mom/ dad. 
There are many great ideas I can't wait to try!!!  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Flower square

I started off looking for a few easy patterns for squares.  I came across one that I thought looked great.  After I was into my forth row I realized that the pattern maker wrote it incorrectly.  I re wrote it in simpler terms. 

Red heart super saver                size g hook

 Chain 5, slip into first stitch.                   Ch 3 – this counts as the first dc. 2xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, Ch 2, sl st to join to beginning :12 

Slip stitch 2-3( until next chain2 space), chain 3 into the previous chain 2.  2xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, chain 2, 3xdc...Repeat each chain2 space til end.


Flower square

I started off looking for a few easy patterns for squares.  I came across one that I thought looked great.  After I was into my forth row I realized that the pattern maker wrote it incorrectly.  I re wrote it in simpler terms. 

Red heart super saver                size g hook

 Chain 5, slip into first stitch.                   Ch 3 – this counts as the first dc. 2xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, Ch 2, sl st to join to beginning :12 

Slip stitch 2-3( until next chain2 space), chain 3 into the previous chain 2.  2xdc, chain 2, 3xdc, chain 2, 3xdc...Repeat each chain2 space til end.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Plan changes

I think we have settled on going to memphis, or shall I say, I have. 
Memphis is only a 2.5-3 hour drive away.
I'm looking forward to seeing the botanical gardens and the polar bears.  I love butterflies, I do have a tattoo of one after all.  It will be nice to getaway for a few days and relax with the family. 
I will take some yarn along, or maybe I can find some awesome yarn store in memphis.... Hmmm sounds like a great idea to me.  I have 3 projects I am working on right now.  A little blue monkey for my neighbor, a grandma blanket for my aunti( gma to be), and Paul's tiger.  Right now I am exhausted so I'll be sleeping and then I will bring out my hooks. 

Friday, January 10, 2014


Planning a family vacation is harder than it seems. To me, it's simple.. I would like to go to Florida, see my sister, hang out at a resort, maybe go to sea world and the beach.  Have a nice week long stay. My husband isn't much to discuss things.  I like to plan ahead of time to make sure we have enough money.  If it's going to be $2,500 that's fine, but we can't spend that on useless junk.  I actually want to do something.
He doesn't want to fly.  Well I can't blame him on that one because I don't want to fly either. I am afraid of heights and scared of what might happen.  Driving with the boys in a small car is almost impossible.  So Florida is out.  A cruise is out because we might get sea sick or have to leave boys with a sitter, my mom wouldn't appreciate that to much.
He suggest going to memphis.  Okay. Well I do research and come up with some ideas of crappers that might be fun.  Ugh, really if we are going to stay for a week and only go to the zoo.  I don't see the point in it.  But anyways here I am looking at things, researching, doing price comparisons and all he can do is play stupid video games. Well, I guess we won't have a vacation this year.
Oh well, we probably won't be doing anything and I'll be putting up with him for 3 whole weeks of cranky butt plus the boys.  Oue vei!!! I'm tired of doing all the planning.  I could just as easily spend the money on something for myself.  I could really use a couple of pairs of jeans.  It would be nice to have some that actually fit me and weren't about to rip apart.  Also, another dresser since my clothes are in bags after having to share mine with him.  Maybe I will get a skein of yarn. Ha! I haven't bought yarn in 3 weeks. I'm really needing some for the blanket I am making as a gift, but really can't get any right now.  Yeah I'm in a bad mood.  I do apologize for the rantings.  
Maybe I will ignore everyone later, after sleep, today and do nothing but crochet. Yeah, crochet and pretend the world around me does not exists.  That sounds really good right now. 

* my husband really is a great guy, but when it comes to planning, he stinks*.