crochet:: wool eater wednesday week 3

Yep ~ it’s official.  I am totally off the schedule.

Week 3 just ended and I haven’t caught up with week 2 yet.

Yep ~ it’s too dark here to take decent photos too.

And because of my color choice, the backside looks better than the front.  Meh, it’s gotta get better from here.

So instead, here is a sneak peek of the other non-yarny-type project I’m working on right now that looks a little more cheery.

I’ve been collecting all kinds of metal and glass pieces and parts, and telling my friends to give me any nail polish that they want to throw out…now I just need to get it all put together…

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crochet:: wool-eaters and resolutions

As if I don’t have enough things going on at the moment…

I am joining a CAL by Sarah London.  That chick is sooo creative and talented!

  click the poster to link to the details

Yes, it’s last minute…it starts tomorrow but it will work purrrrfectly for my next-big-thing yarn.

I have been trying to no avail to come up with a pattern that will give me this look::


and I have decided that it’s now or never, so a wool-eater it will be…

As for New Year’s Resolutions ~ if you haven’t guessed yet ~ making something like that is among them.

I also have started a sky-scarf (you can check out this cool idea on my Pinterest hooker therapy board).

I am going forward with the boring ones ~ losing 1 pound per month for the year and removing as much processed food from my pantry as possible…

but some of the good ones include::
spending as much time as humanly possible with, and learning as much as I can from my Dad (hurray Daddy for making through year-4 of chemo and still living life to the fullest!)

being a better parent to my son

setting aside 2 hours per week to devote to writing so I can complete a book by the end of the year (I have been writing 3 of them for over 5 years and NONE of them are finished)

I’m setting the bar very high for myself as usual… also known as the curse of being a perfectionist that has survived cancer…

So there.

I have put them out there.

Now I have to stick to them.

If you’re froggy – jump into the CAL!

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life:: pinterest has become an obsession

I have found a massive amount of inspiration on Pinterest.

Exhibit A:: a new look for my ugly, cheap cake dome

…still cheap, but no longer ugly…

So, we are already days into the new year and I still haven’t shared my resolutions.  Not to worry, they will be posted soon, because you know that once they’re posted, ya can’t take ‘em back and ya gotta stick to ‘em.  My favorite one so far is of the yarny variety.  Until then, make your days ridiculously amazing because no one can do it for you.

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crochet:: too many WiPs

I am one of those people that if left to my own devices with too many irons in the fire, I am overwhelmed and do not function well.  I have been left to my own devices too much lately.

Too many WiPs and nothing finished.  AAAAARGH!

These are merely some of the works in progress I currently have on the hook.

(I also have some up-cycled bracelets that are kinda cute and I will share them a little later.)

Hex-in-a-square…all I can say is yuk.  Not liking it so much.

If it really becomes the flip side of the hawaiian granny pillow, it will always be the backside, hidden against the couch.

I do not excel a these hexagons.  I don’t see myself making this one again.  Buh-bye pattern…

As for the little pink squiggles…

those are iPad sleeves made with my super-simple laptop sleeve pattern.

iPad sleeve tip::

if you do not own said iPad, merely cut a piece of strong cardboard (7 1/4” x 9 1/4”) as a template

I am trying a new-to-me brand of cotton yarn, and I am quite impressed with the quality.

It’s Lion Brand Cotton Ease.

Good stuff.

So, on that note I am off to try to finish something.

Typing hands can’t work a hook…and my friend’s iPad is getting cold.

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Edited to add::  

I’m adding this by popular demand and for all the nice people who have pinned my stuff on Pinterest, here are some directions to get you started.  Thanks for visiting 🙂

3-D hexagon::

This is based on a vintage pattern, and is much smaller than my photos above. By all means, please feel free to share tips in the comments if you find a way to make it larger.  I’m getting tons visitors from Pinterest who would love the know your secrets if you can get it to lay flat after the 9th row.

pattern notes::

* US terms

* fptr = front post triple crochet

* ch after joining counts as first stitch throughout pattern

* for multi-color version use 2 rows per color, change colors every other row

Ch 3, join with sl st to make ring or use a magic ring (my preferred method for this one)

Rnd 1 – Ch 3, work 11 dc in ring, join with sl st (12 dc)

Rnd 2 – Ch 3, dc in same st, then 2 dc in each dc, join with sl st (24 dc)

Rnd 3 – Ch 1, * 2 sc in next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc but work 1 fptr around corresponding dc 2 rows below, sc in next dc. repeat from * 5 more times, join with sl st (30 sc & 6 fptr)

Rnd 4 – Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, * 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts for corner, dc in each of next 3 sts.  Repeat from * 4 more times, join with sl st (42 dc)

Rnd 5 – Ch 1, * sc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc for corner, sc in each of next 2 dc, fptr around each of next 3 sts 2 rows below.  Repeat from * 5 more times, join with sl st (30 sc & 18 fptr)

Rnd 6 – Ch 3, dc in next st, * 3 dc in next st for corner, dc in each of next 7 sts.  Repeat from * 5 more times ending last repeat with dc in each of last 5 sts, join sl st (60 dc)

Rnd 7 – Ch 1, sc in each of next 2 dc, * 3 sc in next dc for corner, sc in each of next 2 dc, fptr around each of next 5 sts 2 rows below, sc in each of next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 5 more times ending with 5 fptr, join with sl st (42 sc & 30 fptr)

Rnd 8 – Ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, * 3 dc in next st for corner, dc in each of next 11 sts.  Repeat from * 5 more times, ending last repeat with dc in last 8 sts, join with sl st (84 dc)

Rnd 9 – Ch 1, sc in each of next 3 dc, * 3 sc in next dc form corner, sc in each of next 3 dc, fptr around each of next 7 sts 2 rows below, sc in each of next 3 dc.  Repeat from * 5 more times, ending last repeat with 7 fptr, join with sl st (54 sc & 42 fptr)

Rnd 10 – Ch 1, sc in each st around working 3 sc in corners, join with sl st, finish off (108 sc)