Sunday, November 30, 2008

She's here!

This is sweet Miss Kyleigh. Isn't she gorgeous?
And I got her jacket, cap and blanket finished in time.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is what I am most thankful for today (plus the ones who are not in this picture).
Hope you have a wonderful day with the ones you love!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Kyleigh's Jacket

I am finishing up this little cap and jacket for my newest granddaughter, Kyleigh Brianne who is due next Saturday, Nov. 29th.

It is worked in love knots, made with baby sport yarn and an F hook. I hope I finish it in time!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I am so excited to have 6 of my designs on Annie's Attic's sister site, ePatterns Central!

My Super Simple Shaped Shawl (say that fast 3 times!)

Quick and Easy Readers Wrap

Candle Light and Holly Candlemat Doily and Mini Doily Set

Celtic Rose Decorative Potholders

Sunbonnet Girl Pineapple Bag Holder (she has a compartment in her under-skirt to hid plastic shopping bags in). She can either sit on a counter top or hang from the wall.

My all time favorite; the Tea Party Doily.
I am working on 4 more patterns which should be added to the ePatterns site within a couple of weeks.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Beaded Angel

Okay, she is not crocheted. But I have always loved those baskets made out of safety pins and beads, so when I saw this kit at Walmart yesterday, I knew that for $1.97, I had to give it a try. I first picked out a kit with pink beads, which would match my Christmas decor better (I bought all new ornaments last year, pink, cream and gold-very girly!) but this little purple sweetie just kept calling my name. So, she came home with me and I spent a couple of hours this morning putting her together, and wondering how I could adapt this whole process to include crochet (as usual).
It went pretty smoothly at first, and I even had visions of buying lots of these little kits and putting them together with my grandkids for Christmas this year. The skirt was fun to make, and I got her head and body on with no problem at all. Then I got to the arms. Whoa. Even though I followed the directions exactly (I thought) I just couldn't seem to get those tiny arms right; first they were loose and wobbly. Then I got them too high, and she looked like she didn't have a neck. On the third try, you could see where I had attached them to her body, and it made a weird looking gap in her torso. Finally, I just gave up and took them completely off. Since the kit came with lots of extra beads and wire, I improvised and strung all the beads on one short wire (in the order the directions said they should be). I secured the beads at the ends, then wrapped the center of the wire around her body. Much better. I think she looks just like the package, don't you? I proudly showed her to David, who has learned to just say "Wow, that looks great!" whenever I show him something new. But I don't think I will be making these with my grandkids; we had better stick to making cookies.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Handkerchief Edgings Book
My hanky projects book is now available from Annie's Attic.
I got my copy today, and I love it! The Hunny Bunnys (in the top right corner) are my favorites.

Friday, November 14, 2008

New Designs

I have been so busy the last couple of months! Thankfully, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am shipping out patterns for 4 new designs that will be in the next Annie's Attic Catalog. I am also finishing up the doily set pictured here (at least all the pieces are done, I still have to put them together and block them). It is a set of pineapple doilies, all of which have butterflies and Irish Roses incorporated into the design. I'm not sure yet if this will be a AA patern book or if I will self publish them.

This is my "Flower Garden Fairy Doily." I am going to frame her.

Here is my "Country Cottage Cozy." It is meant to be used as a tea cozy or to cover a cookie jar. I just think it is cute, no matter what you cover with it! I love the little kitty cat!

Here is my beautiful granddaughter, Devin, modeling my " Quick and Easy Serape." It is super easy, even for beginners.
And here is Devin in my "Easy Stitch Cape." It is so sweet and feminine, just a light, lacy touch of warmth.

Here is the Capelet version, which has crocheted roses at the closure. It is much more popular with the younger set.
It is always a relief to get a design out the door. But I am always ready to get started on the next project. After the pineapple doilies, I want to do a set of vintage look thread potholders.