Tuesday, July 7, 2015

First Frost Throw Revealed!

In the new, autumn issue of Crochet! magazine...

The First Frost Throw!  It's stitched in Universal Uptown Worsted yarn. These are join-as-you-go hexagons.
Do you like join as you go or prefer to join motifs another way? Or do you avoid motifs completely? 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Crochet! autumn REVEALED!

The autumn issue of Crochet! is out if you didn't know.  I have two designs in the issue. I only planned to have not more than one design of mine in the issue.  (Other than the Motifs in Minutes, I design 2 of those for every issue.) One of the designs though I had planned for an earlier issue but had to "bump" it when I ran out of room.

Lavish Layers scarf is a design I have been dreaming of for a very long time. It's two layers sandwiched together in Berroco Folio. (Yum, that stuff is great and comes in a good array of colors).

What two colors would you choose?

Come back tomorrow and I'll reveal the other design.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Car designing... not designing cars, but designing in the car.

Knit designing with my new little row counter gadget. In the car still...

Do you have any new favorite tools?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Who needs a swift?

Who needs a swift on a really long car ride when you can just wind the hank into a ball using your knees and a little care?

Can you guess this yarn? Here's a hint, it's been in Crochet! magazine within the last 3 issues.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Savage Race AKA Ellen's Midlife Crisis

My two step-sisters, Amber and Amy, love to do these run/obstacle races. They came into town with Amy's husband Kris to run the Savage race and convinced me to join them.

I'm glad I did it. It was tough, I'm proud of myself, but I'm not likely to do it ever again. It was 6.7 miles with 25 obstacles. The race was on a ski resort which meant we literally climbed up and down that hill once per mile.

I'm in the middle, holding my nose. Amber is holding my hand. We were about to slide into muddy water.

I'm on the far right about to jump. Amber is next to me in orange.

Again, holding my nose. Who wants dirty, muddy water up their nose? Not me! The water is about 15' deep.

The dreaded Sawtooth monkey bars.

 I gave it a shot and fell in within another rung or two.

We had to crawl under barriers (you can see the other lane on the right) that forced us to go down into the mud/water up to our necks.

This must be the beginning because I'm still clean!

Who thought carrying a beam up a ski slope was a good idea?

 Amber in Orange, Amy in the middle.

Here I am gloating because I got further (before falling) on the spinny monkey bars than Kris (Amy's husband). This was my only real victory of the day besides simply finishing intact. (You can already see the huge bruises forming on my lower arm).
Mud is good for the skin, right? 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A crocheter is born!

It's so exciting to watch a friend become a crocheter! Our neighbor, Stephanie, took my Annie's online class, Learn to Crochet, and now has made 6 projects including 3 afghans.
 I'm so proud. Here is the yarn she has chosen for her next project, a blanket for herself. Go Stephanie!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Random Cat Photo

Charlie, clean sheets, and a corner of an Erin Lane Bag.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Working at the bar...

No, not that kind of bar.  (Although, truth be told, a great deal of business happens at the bar at TNNA...).

I'm wondering if I were to move the computer to our kitchen bar... if I would:

A. Use better posture
B. Stay on task
C. Be disgusted by the state of my kitchen and be more likely to clean it.
D. Be distracted by the fridge and eat more snacks.
E. Maybe I would drink more water because I would have less fear of Minnie drinking out of my cup.

Where is your best place to crochet productively?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Row Counter tool. You'll want this.

Look at this cool row counter that Susan Bates sent me.  You wear it on your finger (it's very comfortable) and you click the big button every time you complete a row. You push the small button to start over at zero.

I like it!  And it's under $5. Sometimes when I am running, I run laps around the park... and I get lost in thought and forget how many laps I have run.  I could wear this for running too!  I love it when my worlds collide.

How do you keep track of your rows when crocheting?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Random Chicken photo

This is Scuttle. She is adorable and little. She makes a funny little clucky synchronized with each step she waddles.

Chickens are getting more popular I think. Do you have chickens or know a neighbor who does?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Crochet in the Wild

I'm not sure how I feel about handmade crocheted items being sold at Target.  Chickee spotted these the other day. I like that there is a demand for crochet but I wonder who did the stitching and did they get adequate compensation. 

How do you feel about it?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wild Strawberries

I'm not sure how these strawberries got to the middle of our yard, but there they are!

Are you into gardening? I'm not, but I have fond memories of having a raspberry bush in our back yard growing up. My dad and I tried to grow strawberries (on purpose) but the bunnies kept eating them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chief's orthodontist has massage chairs...

Oh my goodness.
At the orthodontist in the waiting room, they have massage chairs.  I had to resist the urge to sigh happily.

Do you think they will mind if I drop by even when Chief doesn't have an appointment?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

National Donut Day (it was June 5)

I may have missed National Running Day, but I definitely did NOT miss National Donut Day.

There was a line out the door at the Bizy Bee Bakery.  Luckily the baker made a mistake and accidentally put chocolate frosting on the jelly donuts instead of vanilla.  (Oh darn!)  NOT!  Win-win for me! The best of both worlds. I bought 3. Chief ate 2.

Then I went and ran 4 miles.

Did you celebrate National Donut Day this year?  I love donuts... they're like portable fried cake.  Oh, wait...

Monday, June 15, 2015

National Running Day

Can you believe I missed it? It was Wednesday June 3rd, the first Wednesday in June. I knew it was happening but I just couldn't get out that day.

Did you run for national running day?

Maybe at least run an errand?

Maybe you ran a stocking?

Maybe you ran out of energy?

Friday, June 12, 2015

TNNA wrap up!

Swatching with KnitCircus yarn and a Tulip hook with an Erin Lane Bag.

Chocolate cake with Rebecca. Did I show you this already? it's worth seeing again.

I also got in a quick run while I was there. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TNNA Dinner sponsor products

Mango Moon Chakra

Miss Babs samples

Mode Knit Yarn

Red Heart Soft

Red Heart Sparkle Soft

Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable

Susan Bates Knit Clips

Valley Yarns

Willow Yarns, daily.  (Yes, I started playing with this one already...)
 I should have spaced all these products out to just one a day! I would have been set for blog posts for a month!