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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet blocks. Soon to be blanket! on: April 24, 2008 05:57:10 AM
My sister in law and I decided to crochet a blanket for our husbands Mother (MIL). She is a great mother in law to both of us and her birthday was in March. So, between Christmas and mid March, we crocheted around 60 squares, we used the book "200 crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans". She lives in Dallas and at the time I lived in Chicago. We got together and had our other SIL's (MIL's daughters, husbands sisters) and our MIL help us figure out where to put the blocks. I have them here and am in the process of finishing up a few blocks and blocking. Then I will connect with brown yarn. Let me know what you think!

Most of the blocks, we just need to fill a few holes

MIL and her little dog Chelsea

This was at about 1 in the morning, all the men folk were sleeping in the living room and the women folk were gabbing and placing in the bedroom. these are our other SIL's (MIL daughters) helping with the placement. i was seriously sitting in the background taking pictures. i'm soooo bad at figuring out where things should go:)

For those of you who asked.........The yarn we used was Vanna's Choice Olive(174), Chocolate(126), Dusty Rose(140), Dusty Green(173), Antique Rose(143), Rose(142).

Hope you enjoy Please give me any criticism you may have, I need all the help I can get:)
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Checkbook Cover on: April 24, 2008 05:36:35 AM
Hello! I was going to make a wallet (a long one that would hold a checkbook). And Babyangel sent me the link for a great tute. But my mind got cluttered, so I just freehanded a long checkbook cover. I LOVE the fabric. The outside is a black vinyl with a floral type embossing and the inside is a cream twill with a blueish floral pattern. Very girly girl, but the vinyl gives it a little bit of a punk rock feel:)
Both fabrics came from my sister in law, she made me a knitting needle and crochet hook roll out of it, I will soon add a circ needle case to the list, but I wanted to sew something NOW!!!I just moved and finally have some of my stuff back:)
Thanks Babyangel for trying to help, I'm just a little too impatient right now, plus, my new bank didn't give me a new checkbook cover and I didn't want to spend 19 bucks to get a new one that didn't have the old bank name on it. Plus, this one is much cooler than one's you buy!

the Checkbook cover opened

And closed

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My very first Poppet!!!! on: January 29, 2008 08:40:24 AM
Ok, he's my first. I love him and so does my son!

His inquisitive little head.

Sideways shot, sorry

Tail and side view

Feets (soooo cute)

The little boy "loving" him

He was sooo much fun to make, Made a lot of mistakes, but you have to make mistakes to get good! This was my first ever doll and my first ever poppet! I'm so proud!

24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Great husband, but what do I do with this? on: January 08, 2008 03:46:59 AM
OK. My husband is a wonderful man. He makes things out of wood, mostly turning on the lathe. For Christmas, he made me a big crochet hook (size S) and a nostepinde and a niddy noddy. They are all very beautiful and made by my husband, but I don't spin yarn. I never have. I don't have a spinning wheel and don't have room for it in our already overpacked two bedroom apartment/condo.

So, what can I do with a niddy noddy and a nostepinde without a spinning wheel?
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I followed directions:) [needle holder] on: January 07, 2008 05:37:02 AM
I think this is where this should co. I made a needle and floss holder for current projects. Whether they're sewing or needlepoint or anything with a small needle and thread, they can fit here. It's easy to travel with because you don't have to worry about your floss getting tangled or you needles accidently poking you or someone else. I got the idea from this web-site: http://whipup.net/2007/09/18/cigarette-case-needle-holder/. It's awesome! Check it out!
Please let me know if i should post this somewhere else Smiley

The cigarette case was a gift from a really good friend years ago. I'm glad I was able to re-use it Grin
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blue Sky brand dyed cotton yarn on: December 29, 2007 06:58:50 PM
Hello all! I made my first trip to the local yarn store today and I fell in love! All the yarn was soooo beautiful. I'd like to start my first sweater, the Wicked pattern. And I run at a hot temperature, so I was thinking of using this very nice soft cotton by Blue Sky. It's pretty expensive for my tastes, I use mostly lion and sugar & cream, but I really like how this feels and how light it is. Is there anything comparable out ther, without the high price tag?

Thanks in advance!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scarves and hat on: December 27, 2007 01:51:20 PM
I made three scarves for Christmas presents. All freehand using double crochet. All were super fast!
The first one was done in Chenille Thick and Quick and I fell in love with that yarn!

 The second scarf has a flower that matches the hat attached to it. The flower was fun to crochet! The hat was done with caron simply soft. I'm not sure what yarn the scarf was (I had it in my stash and it wasn't marked..)

The third was done with Lion Brand Homespun. I really like that yarn too!

They aren't all that special. But I made sure everyone who got presents from me this year received one store bought item and one hand crafted item. So I'm pretty proud of myself Smiley
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another apron on: December 27, 2007 01:44:19 PM
Her's another one I did for another sister in law. I don't think she's opened it yet, but she doesn't come on here....

I just copied an apron that was made for me. It turned out pretty well. I hope she likes it:)
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / His and Hers aprons on: December 27, 2007 01:38:45 PM

I made these aprons for my Brother in Law and his wife (aka: my sister). They both graduated from UT and they LOVE cooking together. They're good at it too!
The Butcher apron was for my brother in law. It's got a big pocket with three sections that you can't see at the bottom. The orange fabric has little swirls on it.
The other apron was truly the devil to sew! It was my first time working with bias tape and working with rick rack. I think I used all my straight pins at one time with that one. She loved it and it was worth it!
I made both of them from simplicity patterns (with a lot of modifications on the female one, actually mistakes, but we'll call them modifications:) Wink
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Monster ornament on: December 20, 2007 04:37:08 AM
Hi. I made this ornament for my mother in law. She loves the pinks and greens that are everywhere this Christmas and she loves the idea of little monsters taking over the Christmas Tree, so I made her a pink and green little monster ornament . My hand is killing me today. But I love it and think she will too:)

Oh yeah, if my hand feels better tonight, I'm making one for myself!!!!!
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