Thanks Joanie!

Thanks Joanie!  My friend, Joanie, parted with this yarn.  It was in two huge hanks and Mark, Danielle and myself wound it into these balls.  The container of little bits will be crocheted into ties for baby booties and made into poms for hats – Danielle will be doing that.  On the left is a sweater started for Zach.  This yarn is Jamie and it has a satin thread running through it (it looks like satin to me) so I’m taking that out as I go for Zach’s sweater – don’t want it to look too girly.

Zach helped………………how cute is he?????????????????

Carrie and Chloe tried to help too, bless their hearts.

Trivial fact…………….how many of these do you think that pile of Jamie made????????

This skein is 1.5 oz.  The “pile” of Jamie is 5.5 lbs.  That translates to the fact that the pile would have made eight-eight ounces, which would be 58 2/3 skeins of Jamie (if I did my math right).  WOW!

For Zach….

This is a little set I made/bought for Zach for his baby shower.

The colors in the picture do this set no justice.  The blanket is crocheted using Hula yarn in the color “limeade”.  I big big thanks to Joanie for sending that yarn to me.  It’s really beautiful and “limey” but the picture doesn’t show that.  The hoodie is made with ILTY (I Love This Yarn) worsted and has crayon buttons.  Joanie also addicted me to hoodies, with the Knitting Pure and Simple Easy Baby Cardigan.  We will henceforth call her “Joanie, the enabler”.

Here’s a pic from Danielle that shows the limeade a little truer – still it’s brighter in person……….

The jeans were just a sweet little pair of jeans we bought for $1.00 at a resale store.  The shirt I bought and then applied this iron-on applique to complete the theme……………

The picture is a little blurry but you can see that it was personalized for Zach.  It was all wrapped up and I attached a box of crayons to the package.  Really cute, if I do say so myself.

I also made him a t-shirt with Legos, Corey’s favorite toy in the world when he was a child – Keith’s favorite toy too.  They played with them constantly – couldn’t get enough Legos in our house.  Mark and I always heard “my guy” – “your guy”, as in my guy will do this and you have your guy do that – always my guy your guy.

We bought them the Lego set that goes with that picture – it’s called Lego Ville Baby Zoo.

I switched out the little girl’s face and put Zach’s face on the t-shirt.  Cute kid!

In honor of Mark, the magician, I had to make a magician t-shirt for Zach also…………..

It says Caution – Magician in Training.

Here’s a pic of the star of the show – we put his name tag on his back with the cute little monkey on his bum…………

And here’s Zach with Uncle Justin and Uncle Keith after the shower………..

Here’s a cupcake tower I made for Zach’s shower – it has his name and little pics of himself in each cupcake.  The flowers are from Corey and Danielle’s yard……….

And finally………..these flowers were another centerpiece………..they are also from Corey and Danielle’s yard – beautiful roses…….

It’s winter and people are cold

People were cold – we can’t have that (kidding – they were warm but it adds to the mystery).  Here’s what I made for Mom.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Delight Extremes – the color is EX brown.  This is NICE yarn.  It is double-stranded with Regia loden sock yarn.  Maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but it is a keyhole scarf and a pair of fingerless gloves – very luxurious.

This hat and gaiter set was made for Dad.  The hat is double thick and reversible.  The camo yarn is Red Heart (ickkkkkkkkk) and the other yarn is I Love This Yarn (and I do) – the color is coffee.

…that wasn’t Dad…this is Dad…he likes getting his picture taken.

For Aunt Betty, I crocheted a scarf with the Yarn Bee Soft Delight Extremes – again EX brown – the second strand was Simply Soft – a pretty dusty rose color – unsure of the technical color name.

Baby baby – you’re a star

This blanket was made for the new star of the family – the upcoming grandchild (or son or daughter or niece or nephew or great-grandchild depending on who you talk to).  The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby.

Here’s a close-up of the little labels tied on with ribbon…

Danielle loves all things stars hence the star blanket.  I was working on the blanket and Justin asked how to crochet.  I had him make a double crochet and then we thought how cool if each of us crocheted a stitch for this child…so we did.  Corey and Danielle loved it.  Danielle said she doesn’t want to take the labels off.

Happy New Year!!!!

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…….Corey’s sleeping….and so is Chloe.  This was a beautiful New Year’s Eve.  Corey and Danielle came and we had pizza and Corey and I made chocolate crinkle cookies (Keith’s favorite – sorry you missed it Keith).  Corey fell asleep pretty early but Mark, Danielle and I stayed up till 12:30 or 1:00 and then they spent the night.  This picture of our sleepy boy was taken at 11:56 p.m.

Danielle and I knitted and crocheted.  Danielle finished her first baby afghan at 11:58 p.m.  I told her to hurry and weave the ends in before midnight so she could say she made three scarves and one baby blanket in 2009.  She did with Mark supplying a little pressure while she weaved in the ends.  Here’s the blanket – I think it’s Bernat boucle.  We’ve since decided that in order to fix one of the wonky corners and make the blanket a little bigger, Danielle is going to learn how to make a border.  So technically, it’s not finished but here it is……..

If only they could crochet……..

afghanThese beauties are Carrie and Chloe. All who know me well, know that they are the precious lights of our lives since our beautiful sons are now grown and on their own. This is the blanket I am crocheting for Corey and Danielle. Carrie and Chloe refuse to help crochet this monstrosity, except to run through the house with balls of yarn at will. It is Cascade 220 superwash and the colors are 837 (pink), 814 (blue) and 815 (black), with a size J crochet hook.  Corey and I designed it (surprise Danielle!!! NOT – Corey never could keep a secret – we still love him though). It will be 7×6 feet, before the border, although Corey keeps wanting it bigger and bigger. He’s 6′ 4″ and wants it REALLY long.
Below is a picture from April 11, 2008, when I started the blanket.