Friday, May 28, 2010

6 Day Blanket Errata

Many thanks to CrochetedAway on Ravelry for noticing a mistake in Row 2 of the 6 Day Kid Blanket pattern.

Row 2 should read:
Row 2: ch 3, sk first 3 sc, [3dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc] twice, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] into next sc, *sk next 2 sc, 3dc into next sc, sk next 2 sc, dc3tog, sk next 4 sc, dc3tog, sk next 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc [ 3 dc, ch3, 3 dc] into next sc; rep from * to last 9 sc, sk next 2 sc [3 dc into next sc, sk next 2 sc] twice, 1 dc into last sc, turn.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Little Poetry by Betty
(dedicated to the group with four swappers left)

I will knit it in a chair
I will knit it in the air
I will knit it in the bed
Or maybe just crochet instead
I will knit it lots in cars
I have been known to knit in bars
I will knit it here at home
or anywhere that I might roam
I will knit it here, or there,
I will knit it anywhere!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Lafayette's Afghan featured on True Blood fan pages!


One of the members of Knit One, Dead Too on Ravelry has already completed the Afghan A La Lafayette, aka Lafayette's Afghan from True Blood.

If you are not a Ravelry member you can download the pattern for Lafayette's Afghan here.

It's just a granny square afghan!! But the really special part about it is that it is just like the granny square afghan that Lafayette wraps himself up in after he comes home from the Fangtasia dungeon.

Some of the ladies on Knit One, Dead Too asked for some help with the granny square thing, so I put together the pattern. Thanks to MissInga for actually test-crocheting it for me, because I only have about 10 squares done on mine. (I think I'll work on it today, lol I say that every day) MissInga was then kind enough to post pictures of her completed Lafayette's Afghan and links to my pattern on fan sites and blogs. I'm tickled!

Here's the blog entry about the afghan: Loving True Blood in Dallas

And a link to the Fan Art page of

Thank you MissInga!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thomas Wallaby/Wallabies


I made my nephew a beautiful Wallaby like the one I made my son years ago - the first one disappeared - so I made another one for my favorite little nephew (I only have one other nephew, and he's big... ) Now GG has a Thomas Wallaby of his very own.

His aunt, my cousin-in-law, I guess I would have to call her, asked for a set of them for her twins! I have a rule not to knit for people who don't love me, but we are all like family after we lost little Sophia Rose last year. Anyone who loved her is family, as far as I'm concerned. Plus, she offered to pay me. So I agreed.

That was Easter. I'm still working on them!!! AAAAAGGGGG It's been so long, I don't think I will be able to take any money for them. She wanted them for Easter!

They are so cute - one is for a girl, and I put the engine Rosie on it instead of Thomas. It is adorable.

I'm forcing myself to finish them before starting my Lafayette's Afghan. I will not Lafayette's afghan before I finish the twin Wallabies... pardon me while I say that 100 times and knit a wallaby.

Pictures? Someday...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Creepy Clapotis

originally posted 2/7/2009


Once upon a time, (September) I started on the oh-so-popular Clapotis. I'm not sure what attracted me to it, except that maybe everyone was knitting it. You couldn't go two steps on the kniternet without hearing about the clapotis. So I decided to start one.

I waited and waited for the right yarn to find me, and I ended up with some clearance yarn from Knit Picks called Gossamer in a color called Trail. The trail is apparently orange, green, and yellow. These are my colors, and the yarn feels great. It's 100% merino and very soft, and laceweight.

However, it is not the right yarn for this pattern. The colors pool in an ugly way and I'm not proud of the project. It looks icky. It was my car knitting... I was working on it at red lights while taking Teague to school. One day I started taking 395 and wasn't sitting at red lights anymore. Not only that, but I decided that with my fatigue problem, that knitting while driving was probably not a very good idea, and I started focusing on the road and leaving the clapotis behind.

So it sits.

Also, the colors pooled in such a way that the clapotis looks like it has a face. I keep working on it though because I'm hoping that when I unravel all the dropped stitches that the pattern calls for that the face will stop looking at me and laughing.

You can see the face in the picture above. Creepy.

Updated 5-4-2009
And I feel soooooooooo much better now!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

GG Jester Hat

GGester Hat

I started working out the pattern for this hat, which I'm calling the GGester Hat.

I made one of these hats for Teague years ago, and honestly, he didn't wear it too much. It must have gone into the hand-me-down box, because a couple of months ago I found my nephew GG wearing it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The happiest day of my life

I have been waiting for this day for a long time.
Dreaming of it.
I thought it would have happened long ago...
When my beautiful daughter Maiya was about 5 years old, she was watching me knit, and asked if she could try it. I of course said, sure, you can try. I showed her how to do it, and she took the needles out of my hands, and knitted. That was so easy! She picked it right up! This is going to be so great!

After about 15 minutes she got bored and didn't want to do it anymore.

A few years later, she wanted to knit a mermaid out of a book of toys I had bought called "Knit a Square, Make a Toy." She got this far...

Mermaid Knitting

And come to think of it, I think I have written about that on this blog already, lol.

About a year ago, I went and taught crochet at her school, and she picked that right up, and we bought yarn, and she started making a wrist warmer, and things were going really well with that, and then she lost interest.

But the other day she suddenly got interested in the Kyuuto book again, and we sat down to crochet bears together. Her first try at the bears head didn't come out quite right, so we turned it into a hat for the dog.

Pepe Le Pup

Also, she thought the bear was going to turn out to be bigger than she wanted it to be, so I promised her a trip to Michael's to buy her own yarn and the same hook that they used in the Kyuuto book.

Maiya crochets amigurumi

After we got home, we sat downstairs and watched movies, ate, and crocheted for hours and hours. Her yarn and needle are really small and her work is very tight. She got the hang of it right away and she's very fast. Concepts require very little explaining, I just show her once or twice how to do something and she has it. She had a couple stumbles on the decreases, and her first attempt at a head with the new yarn and hook came out looking a little more like the body than a head, but she started over and the head came out great.

While she was doing that, I unravelled the first head she had made and did this:
Deconstructed bear

Oh, my now I'm hooked on amigurumi. I want to go shopping for eyes for it, but we're snowed in. I might end up buying some off Etsy, the fancy, handpainted kind. Sheesh. I have problems.

When Maiya finished the second head, I said, ok, now it's time to start the body...
She said, "I can't crochet anymore! Can you finish it for me??"
Oh, those fatal words...