In my blog I plan to chat about nature, crafts, baking, gardening, beekeeping, and anything else that happens to pop into my head. Sit back, relax for five minutes of a day, and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Poncho Tah Dah!

I've been trying to share this for a couple of days now.  I've had two 11 year olds living with us in our basement room while they are on fall break.  The "year around school system" is hard for parents when they both work.  I've also had a lot of other things going on, including a tooth ache!  I go to an endodontist today.  I think that's the correct way to spell it.  I've never even heard that term before...but I hope it's nothing serious.  Ugh.

So, this poncho...... I love it.  But I have to tell you....I started over THREE TIMES!  I kept crocheting too long of a chain.  The beginning chain measured OK, but when I'd get a few rows crocheted, it would be too long.  I'd rip it out and start again.  I don't know if it was the yarn or maybe just make it a bit smaller than the pattern calls.  The pattern is free on ravelry and it's called the Customizable Poncho Pattern.
I used chunky yarn, but I think there are a lot of different yarns you could use.  And it's a very simple pattern.
You can work on it and watch TV at the same time!  You just chain the first row, of course, half double the second row, then double crochet from that point on until you make a big rectangle.  It would be simple to change the pattern to a knit poncho too.
You also need to let your precious pet enjoy the poncho with you because, well, they are just too cute to say no to!
 I really like the poncho.  I do not like this picture of me....
but LOVE the poncho and the pattern.  I might have made it a bit too long, but I still like it. The original pattern calls for buttons, and I had some on this, but I didn't like them.  I thought about maybe a big crocheted flower, or just leaving it as is.
 Now I'm working on some WIP's that I discovered while cleaning out the craft room.
Cindy Bee

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet George!

In the last few years, when we go to Brown County we like to buy something as a memento from our little trip.  Something artsy.  This year, it wasn't a hand-made item, but something My Shug has wanted for a couple of years, and we don't see them very often.

 Not the best picture, but meet George! The store proprietor told us that was his name.  He also said he is going to order another one as he will miss him!
Cindy Bee

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Artsy-Craftsy


After all the hobnobbing, flea marketing, and quaint town visiting in the last couple of weeks, I'm on artsy-crafty overload.  So I thought I would share a few things I have made in the last couple of months.  First up, this Dottie Angel High Hopes Wrap.
I had 'high hopes' I could join it together the way she did, and after much finagling, I finally did it.
 But then when it came time to attach the aqua to the brown....I had to finagle again!
And I finally got it figured out again...
Then when I got to the very end, except for about 15 double crochet stitches, I ran out of yarn!
This is chunky yarn.  So I went to my stash, and got something as close to the color that I had, I doubled it so it would be chunky, and I finished it off.  Phew....so far, everyone I've showed it to, hasn't noticed.  Now, everyone knows!

Now in this picture....I have no idea why the green looks like two different shades of green because it isn't.  Odd. 
Anyway, I added the doily and the button....

And somewhere around here I have a big shawl pin, but who knows where it is because I sure don't!  So I used a knitting stitch holder....works perfect!
And it's light-weight.  What do you think?  Seriously....about the whole wrap....not just the pin.  It's very cozy.
Have you been doing any creative projects lately?

Cindy Bee