This is what greeted us as we walked outside this morning. A friedly little spider. Look at him, he is furry......eeeeeeeeks.
On the crochet front...I have put all projects aside and started working on a prayer shawl for my sister in law's friend who just got diagnosed with cancer. I was thinking about what I could do for this woman...and flowers did not seem appropriate. It dawned on me that I could make a prayer shawl for her. It will comfort her as she goes through her treatments. It is a super easy pattern of 3 rows of double crochet and a one row of single crochet repeated through out. It just takes some time to complete, and I would say that I am 1/4 done with it. My brother's girlfriend had asked me a while back if I could crochet her a head band. Of course I would! So she bought some Bernat ping pong, and it was a disaster to work with. So I purchased some Bernat softee baby yarn in pink ans made the headband.
I used this pattern from The Crabby Crafter. It is done in bobbles and is a great project to use up some scraps which I think I maybe doing soon. Bobbles are rather easy to do. According to The Crabby Crafter, bobbles are made in the following way: bobble -- yo, insert hook in st, yo, draw a long loop through st (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in same st, draw a long loop through st (5 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in same st, draw a long loop through st (7 loops on hook), yo, draw through all 7 loops on hook. This is her version of what is sometimes called the pineapple stitch. Try it out, it is rather fun!
I tried to buy yarn that had projects attached to them. HA! That only half worked. I bought the Wool of The Andes for mittens. I am now on a quest for a great mitten pattern. Any ideas? I tried using the pattern I used for the bath mitt...but it came out way to small. I bought the Spinnaker 100% cotton to make a baby sweater. I had a heck of a time unwinding it from it's hank. It became an absolutely knotted up mess. I almost cried. It took me about and hour and a half to unravel it. And as fate would have it, I loathe working with the yarn. The texture is just so difficult to work with. Very difficult to see the stitched and forget about ripping back your work....almost impossible. It is so pretty to look at. I should have read the description of the yarn better.
I also purchased some Elegance (70% baby Alpaca, 30% silk, dk weight) in a lilac color and a grass color. It works up like a dream. It is really pleasure to work with. If you haven't tried Elegance...it is a must. I also ordered one skein of Andean Treasure in sunset which is 100% Baby Alpaca in a sport weight. Talk about soft. My review a couple of weeks back, sort of scorned Bernat new Alpaca Natural Blends because of it shedding. I assumed that a yarn that included more alpaca would make it shed more. That was a bad assumption because it is simply just not the case. For some unknown reason, I did not photograph these yarns. Hmmmmm What else?????.....
I also ordered some cotton blend yarns called Shine sport and Shine worsted, with absolutely no project in mind. These are made from 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal. The colors are just so summery. I could not pass it up. I have not tried to play with this yarn yet. I would love to get some comments on what exactly what I should make from these single skeins. Please, any suggestions would be welcome.
As far as other news in and around my household, my kids have only 2 weeks of summer vacation left. Where did the summer go? I have to get some school clothes for C. A. can wait a bit because he does not go back until the second week of September. Besides, since it is still so warm out, they will most likely go in t-shirts and shorts for the first weeks. I noticed a few acorns the other day on the ground. You know what that means. FALL.
If you look hard enough, you can see my name engraved.