Monday, December 20, 2010

Urban Jungle beanie

Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
This pattern is from the Caron site and is by Vickie Howell. It's really easy and quick. I used some stash yarn, Moda Dea Silk'n Wool blend in Wasabi. I have enough yarn left that I'm doing a scarf in the same puff stitch pattern.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

One more finished!

Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
I finished the Bernat Mystery afghan. I pretty happy with it, but will make some changes if I do the pattern again. I will change the mitered squares to granny squares and leave off the petals on the flower blocks. Other than that, it was a fun project.

Have afghan, will snuggle

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Forrest's new sweater

Here is chubby Forrest in his new sweater.  He is hoping I don't make him go outside for a walk.  John says he looks like an armadillo.

One more down

One more Christmas present completed.  This one is for my minister son and his wife.  I didn't follow any pattern.  It's just super easy granny squares with a border and a few flowers, but I think they'll like it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My truly ugly afghan

Truly ugly afghan
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
This is the scrap yarn afghan I made during the Bernat Mystery Afghan CAL. It's really awful. LOL I tried an experiment of grabbing yarn without thinking about color. This mess is the result. I went ahead and put it together because my husband likes it. At least it's nice and warm and probably indestructible. Anything this ugly will last forever.

Monday, November 22, 2010

One Skein Crochet Projects

Who doesn't love one-skein crochet projects?  Here's a link to a list of patterns put together by craftiblog.  A few of them are now on my todo list. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Spider Stitch Wrap

Spider Stitch Wrap
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
This is a work in progress. I really love the pattern by Renee Barnes. I got in on the Caron website.

Cute snowflake earrings pattern

This is a link to some cute snowflake earrings.  It's thread crochet and looks like a quick project and a perfect stocking stuffer.
 Click here for link to pattern

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pattern for quick crochet scarf

I just found this really quick scarf pattern.  It would make wonderful Christmas gifts.  Link to Pattern

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tutorials for beginning crochet

Here's a great link for beginners.  Crochet Spot Link     It's loaded with tutorials on how to do basic stitches and easy starter patterns.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Granny square join tutorial

Here is a link on how to do one type of join for grannny squares.  Lots of pictures and directions.  It's on Carina's craftblog.  Click this link for the tutorial

Designing Christmas cards

Blackberry 092
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
Why do I need to make such a mess designing one card???

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tutorial on puff stitch

I found this really neat tutorial on doing the puff stitch by
She has a really cool webpage.
Link to the puff stitch tutorial

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My holiday cards

card class 006
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
Here are the cards from my October holiday card class. The Stampin'Up stamp sets used were: Snow Swirl, Contempo Christmas, and Bells & Boughs. I used an Impression folder called Northern Flurry for the snowflake embossing.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

block 6 and addi hook

block 6 and addi hook
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
These are the eight blocks I did for the Mystery CAL. The purple ones are for John's scrap afghan, and the cream ones are done in the "called-for" yarn. The hook is my new Addi hook. I think I'm going to like it a lot. I learned years ago to hold my hook like a pencil, but I'm trying to change my hold to the knife method. It's seems to be easier on the hands. This hook style is perfect for that. Not so much for the pencil method.

Block 5 - scrap project

Block 5 - scrap project
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
These are the blocks for my scrap afghan. They are clue #5 in the Bernat Mystery afghan CAL I'm doing. This is going to be John's afghan and he likes lots of color.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blocks for clues 4 and 5

Blocks for clues 4 and 5
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
I have to complete 16 of the mitered square block. Then...I have to do 16 for the scrappy afghan. Whew!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Two Shawls

Moss Fern Shawl, pattern by Kimberly McAlindin

Sweet Pea Shawl, pattern by Amie Hirtes
   I finished these two just in time for fall.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mystery afghan continued

I've finished the 16 blocks I needed for clue 3 and the 8 blocks for clue 4.  I'm doing two afghans, one scrappy and one with the recommended yarn.  I think this fellow has staked his claim.  He's on top of the scrappy blocks and a shawl I just finished but haven't yet blocked.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dad's Christmas Afghan 2

Dad's Christmas Afghan 2
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
A closer shot of the African block.

Dad's Christmas Afghan 1

Dad's Christmas Afghan 1
Originally uploaded by grannysquare1
I finally finished the afghan that I will giving to my father for Christmas. It's made up of African Flower blocks, but done in "manly" colors.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blocks one and two done

Scrappy blocks

Bernat Softee Chunky
These are blocks one and two for the Bernat 2010 Mystery Afghan crochet-along.  I'm doing two afghans.  One is with the recommended Bernat Softee chunky yarn, and the other is with scrap yarns.  The first two squares were super easy, but the difficulty will increase each week.    Also, there are 48 eight-inch squares to do in the 12 week period.  So as the squares get more complicated, we'll be doing more per week.  My goal is to have two afghan's completed before Christmas.  I still need to finish Dad's African flower afghan before then too.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great no-chain turn dc

I found this great tutorial on a no-chain turn double-crochet stitch.  I hate the normal loopy 3 chain turns and this method stops that.    tutorial

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bernat Mystery CAL

On September 22, Bernat yarn company is holding a mystery crochet-along.  These are the colors I've selected to use.  Each week we'll get a new pattern clue.  I'll be sharing my progress as the weeks go by.  If everything goes okay, I'll have a nice afghan before Christmas.  Here's a link to the CAL.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The last flowers

The last flowers blooming in the yard.  My camera finally arrived in the mail today.  I'm testing it out and, so far, I think it will be fine.  I still need to learn how all the programs work though.  I'm glad it's just a point and shoot.  It's complicated enough.