Tuesday, March 24, 2015


socks use to be my mindless knitting. something i could work on to occupy time as i multi-tasked.

lately, when i want a mindless project, i reach for my crochet blanket project ...


i'm on my 14th hexagon.

i'm still i awe of how beautiful this blanket is --- i love the texture and color!

by the way, i finally decided on the fit of my juniper. it's blocked, and worn 3 days in a row !!!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

cooking & sewing


see those 2 cans of condensed soup? apparently i can't read labels.

my recipe called for condensed cream of mushroom. i thought the soup looked kinda funny as i emptied the cream of chicken into the crockpot.

but, i didn't really think about it today until i was making my second batch, and the soup looked like it actually had mushrooms in it.


i'm using a recipe from one of my WW books, _slow cook it_. the recipe is on page 59. it's called "Double Mushroom-Smothered Pork Chops".

the version i made yesterday isn't exactly "double mushroom" since i used cream of chicken!

today's version should be spot on!

i just wanted to try something different for this week's meals. i also have some red potatoes roasting in the oven, and i need to chop up some celery.

yesterday was a sewing frenzy …


i bought the fabrics in january, with the intention of sewing them much sooner than yesterday.

however, they are done! these are the same pennants i've sewn before from this tutorial.

they are soon to be shipped to another state for a friend's event.

BeFunky Instant 1 on iPhone


here's a couple of shots of the fabrics when i purchased them.

and here's what they look like (not the same fabric --- this is from another set i sewed awhile back) finished.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

aaaaahhhh … choooo !!!!!




this is interfering with my 1) jobby-job that funds my fun and roof and 2) sleep and 3) crafting.


Monday, March 09, 2015


remember the previous post --- well, i've got it!

i figured out the pattern for the crochet afghan.

and, it's really really really pretty!




i took the pattern and yarn home … mom had already given it a "go". but she got stuck like i did.

the pattern doesn't have a chart. i love charts --- they make it easier to figure out where to put the hook when unsure.

however, i muddled through it.

and, i think i've got it (well enough).

what i've done so far … i've made 6 hexagons and 2 filler squares. i'm on my 7th hexagon. i'm thinking for the size blanket i want that i will need 30 hexagons.

i'm on my second skein of yarn (used up my first, and stole mom's skein). this yarn doesn't have dye lots. if i want to continue to work on this throughout the week, i'll have to find another skein or 2. OR, just work on other things until the weekend.

what i like about this --- the texture! and, it has a "join as you go" technique … which means, no sewing together parts. i'll have to weave in ends, but that's easy enough, especially if i do that as i finish my pieces.

the pattern is the Versailles Matelasse Afghan (click link!).

Sunday, March 01, 2015


…. this blanket.

it's crocheted.

i sent the pattern as a gift to my mom.

and i tried to test out a single motif tonight … (didn't work out … for me).


however, i did decide on the yarn. though i prefer "vanna's choice" for this type of project, i found this shade of "simply soft" readily available …. in "autumn maize". it's very pretty!

tomorrow i will print out the pattern and give it a 'go'. i can do it. but there are way too many distractions lately (like, the last 6 months) …...