Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Daisy Doll

Introducing Daisy Doll - crocheted using my Sunflower Doll Pattern and leftover, worsted weight, acrylic yarn in green, off-white, white and yellow with a tiny bit of black and pink for her eyes and mouth. 

Choosing appropriate names for my creations is a huge part of the fun for me. I named this doll Daisy because of her white "daisy" petals. 

Daisy Doll posed for photos on Friday after work while the sun shone. Isn't she adorable with pretty white petals framing her sweet smiling face? She twirled around to show ALL of her sides - front, back and side views too.
Little Lamb joined Daisy for a few fun photos. See how Daisy Doll towers over Little Lamb. Daisy Doll easily rests her hand on Little Lamb's head.  
Daisy Doll and Little Lamb snuggle comfortably in the basket with Pink Piglet, Lucy Lamb, Stash-Buster Bear (brown) and Boo Bear (grey). 

Stash-Buster Bear is another recent addition made from, you-guessed-it, leftover yarn. I plan to tell more about him in a separate post. 

In the meantime, I continue to crochet at no cost to me using yarn from my stash. Watch for more cuties made by meo my crochet coming soon.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Moving Day

Last Sunday (April 30th), we drove to Guelph to help with our son's fourth annual Moving Day. Keys for their new place were to be available for pick up after 12 p.m. We arrived just after 11:30 a.m.  

The moving crew this year included three young men (our son and his roommates) and two sets of parents including us. For vehicles they had a pickup truck (borrowed), a van, our Santa Fe and our son's hatchback. 
We were pleasantly surprised to see packing was well underway when we arrived. Box springs were already loaded and ready to go. 
We filled the bins and boxes we had brought then helped load up the van and the hatchback before making our first trip over to their new place.
I rode with our son and his dog. Ajax sat in his bed, but seemed a little unsettled with all the chaos of Moving Day.
"Smile boys." OK never mind ... not a lot of enthusiasm for Mom taking photos on Moving Day.
I took one photo of the kitchen then set to work carrying things upstairs and downstairs as directed. Mostly I kept Ajax company while everybody else made multiple trips back and forth. Moves involving three strong young men are so much easier ... they do all the heavy lifting.

It took all afternoon to move everything. They were lucky with the weather. The rain held off until after the last boxes were unloaded. By then, everybody was hungry. We met at Fionn MacCool's for a yummy dinner before heading for home, leaving the boys to set up their bedrooms and finish unpacking.

Although I didn't take more pictures of their new place, I will tell you it is a three bedroom townhouse condo with a three piece bathroom upstairs, a two piece downstairs, a fenced patio out back and an unfinished basement with laundry and plenty of storage. The whole place has been freshly renovated - new carpet, linoleum, kitchen cabinets, appliances, bathroom fixtures, paint - everything is shiny and new. 

Their new place is slightly smaller than their last place, but the central location with better bus service more than makes up for that. Besides one less bathroom to clean is probably a good thing. They were missing curtain rods on the newly patched and painted walls, but my son tells me they have already installed rods on all but the kitchen window.

My son shared a couple photos taken at their new place. They look happy.
With Moving Day done, we wish them all another great year in Guelph.  

You can read about last year's move here if you missed it.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Little Lamb for Liam

After making two blankets for our grandson due in August, I decided he should have his very own hand-made toy too. I finished this Little Lamb for Liam on Sunday. Isn't it absolutely adorable?

I love this Little Lamb with it's bumpy, bobbly textured head and body ... perfect for little hands to grab, cuddle, squish and toss about.

This Little Lamb posed for photos on Sunday while the sun shone. It has been raining non-stop for a week, so sunshine was much appreciated.
If you would like to make a cute Little Lamb just like this one, you can find the free pattern here designed by blogger Ashleigh at Sewrella

I used yarn from my ever-growing stash for this project. A couple friends gifted yarn to me recently, enough to cover a table in our dining room. There are various odds and ends not identified with ball bands. I am not really sure what any of it is, but have sorted it by colour and plan to make more toys since gauge is not important.

I wonder how many toys I can make from this pile? I should gather all my yarn to see how much I have altogether. I expect there is enough to keep me crocheting for a long, long time - years even. I must say that thought appeals to my sensible, frugal side.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Rainbow Cloud Ripple Stripe Blanket

On Saturday I finished another blanket for our grandson due to arrive in August. This "Rainbow Cloud Ripple Stripe Blanket" was made using yarn left over from my Granny Stripe Rainbow Cloud Blanket. You can read all about that blanket and the "rainbow cloud" naming reference here
I spent the morning sitting on the floor in front of my laptop sipping on cappuccinos and darning in yarn ends for all those stripes before starting on the border. I mention "sitting on the floor" because I crocheted both of these blankets almost entirely from the floor. 

You may have heard me talk about floor-sitting before. Over a year ago, I discovered Katy Bowman and her theories regarding more natural movement. I wrote about healthy floor-sitting hereI thought crocheting while floor-sitting would be impossible for me. I was wrong. It took almost a year of practicing floor-sitting at home, but finally I can sit comfortably and crochet too. Persistence pays off.

I was happy to see the weather had cleared by the time I finished the border. I stretched out the blanket and took a few photos while the sun was still shining then went for a nice long walk to stretch out my legs.
I love the ripples of rainbow cloud colours randomly arranged to create this Rainbow Cloud Ripple Stripe Blanket. 
I spread out both blankets for comparison. You can see this ripple stripe blanket is smaller and more colourful than the Granny Stripe Rainbow Cloud Blanket. I tried to mimic the rainbow clouds concentrating all the colours at one end with bands of each colour appearing among the white and grey ripples at the other. 
I can't pick a favourite ... love them both. I especially love how these Rainbow Cloud blankets coordinate so well together.
Both blankets are folded, packaged and ready to go when we visit in September. It seems a long way off ... four months to be exact. Yes I'm counting. Anticipating a new baby in our family is very exciting indeed.
To make this blanket, I followed instructions provided by blogger Lucy at Attic24 called "Ripple Blanket Know-how".

Technical details for this Rainbow Cloud Ripple Stripe Blanket are listed below for the crocheters out there who might like to make one too. 

Starting Chain - 143
Finished Size - 34"x43" (multi-use size blanket)
47 stripes
94 rows
Border - 3 rounds
Time to Complete - Approximately 18 hours (10 mins per row + border)
Hook size - 4 mm

Yarn Used (Light #3 weight):
  • Patons Beehive Baby Sport (100 g/3.5 oz)
    • Baby Grey (1 ball)
    • Vintage Lace 
    • Angel White (1 ball)
  • Bernat Softee Baby (140 g/5 oz)
    • Soft Fern 
    • Aqua 
    • Soft Red 
  • Red Heart Baby Hugs (127 g/4.5 oz)
    • Lilac 
I made this blanket using yarn left over from my last project - the Granny Stripe Rainbow Cloud Blanket - adding 1 more ball of Baby Grey and 1 ball of Angel White (brighter white than Vintage Lace) to the mix.   

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