Ruby, modeling another design from the Scarflette set (without her white cover).
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
This pink geranium spent the winter in the garage; I brought it out last Sunday (just in time for it to enjoy a week of cold and rain), and it is already starting to bloom. Amanda gave it to me last year for Mother's Day; thank you again, Manda!
These little petunias volunteered; I am going to have to dig them up and put them in a pot. David mowed around them last week; they won't be so lucky next time.
This purple verbena survived a winter outside. I love tough flowers.
Molly doesn't like to have her picture taken. When I went to check the mail, there was a package full of old Workbasket magazines from the 40's, sent by my friend Pamela. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. Thank you Pamela! I love them!
Look at those precious little kittens! It also shows them appliqued on a baby's bib.
A crocheted poodle!!! How cool is that?
I LOVE this potholder; I can't wait to make it! There are tons of old crochet patterns in these magazines; lots of inspiration for designs to come.
Thanks again, Pamela! You are so sweet.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Anyway, I was flipping through an old Star pattern book (no year given, but it is #116, looks like from the 50's.)
And on page 4, I found this:
A Crocheted Knitting Bag. Hmm...
I don't know why this bugs me so much, but it does. Wouldn't you think it would be a "Crocheted Crocheting Bag?" If you knit and needed a bag, wouldn't you make a "Knitted Knitting Bag"? Or is that just being redundant? I know there are all those clever people out there who know how to do both: maybe this is just a way for them to show off their multiple talents.
Anyway, this is not the first time I have run across something like this; there seems to be a lot of this kind of pattern out there. And every time I see one of them I have the same reaction; it just makes me crazy.
But, it doesn't bother me as much as the crochet designer I know of who had her picture printed on the back of her "Ultimate Crochet Book," wearing a hand knit (knitted?) sweater.
Now I ask you, if you went to all the trouble to write a crochet book and were going to have your picture taken for the cover, wouldn't you be sure to wear a crocheted sweater? So that everyone could see how good you are, and what great designs must be in the book? Wouldn't that make more sense?
Maybe it's just me.
Anyway, the doily in the picture is also an old Star design and I love it, so I guess I will have to forgive them this time.
Monday, March 09, 2009
What is hard, is turning those ideas into actual items. I have been designing for a long time, and have worked hard at learning my craft. So, usually, by the time I start a design, I have been thinking about it for a while, and I know exactly what I am going to do to get it from the idea stage to the finished item stage. Sometimes there are small adjustments I need to make, but usually things go pretty smoothly.
But every now and then, there is a design that just won't cooperate. And maybe because I am used to having things go the way I want them too, whenever I run into one of these ornery designs now days, it just makes me crazy!
And boy, have I run into one now.
Ever since I started the thread potholder and hot pad set (yes, I am still working on it), I have known I wanted to include some kind of pineapple design in it (I love pineapples!) The set is almost finished now, and there is still not a single pineapple anywhere in it. Looking at all the finished items together, I thought it would be really cool to do a square potholder, with a pineapple design front over a solid background. Good plan, right?
But somehow, the square pineapple ideas are just not flowing. I have made several, and ripped them all out when I get close to the last round. I spent all Friday afternoon and a good part of Saturday on this:
Which is okay, I guess, but it is just not right, somehow. I have tried starting with a rose in the center, but I didn't like that. I tried chain spaces in the corners, and little fan looking things, but nothing has looked right.
There comes a point in some designs where I get so frustrated that I can't do anything right, and nothing makes me happy. It makes my head hurt to think about it anymore. When I get to that point, I know it is time to just put it aside and work on something else. But this is the third time I have had to put this idea aside.
Anyway, yesterday afternoon, I didn't think about pineapples, and instead made a cute little granny square potholder:Which cooperated quite nicely (it is the green one at the top- and wow, that picture is bright, the colors are not so neon-like in real life). It went so smoothly, it made me happy!
So, what I have to figure out is this: do I keep trying for a pineapple square, or give up and do something else? Maybe a single big pineapple made with two strand of thread? I don't know, but I hope something comes to me soon.
Friday, March 06, 2009
She is such a great mom.
Robyn and Aaron are a great couple! They perfectly complement each other.
Aunt Robbie is so silly! She always brings joy and laughter where ever she goes.
Happy Birthday Robyn! You are such a blessing to me!
(Oh, and no, that is not a real bug in her mouth; it was a Halloween toy she used to terrorize me and the little girls.)