Friday, January 28, 2011

PIF Winners...

Good morning to one and all!

Today is the day I announce the winners of the PIF give-away. Woo-hoo! The winners are: Gail from Yankee Teapot, Aisyah from My Tinker Space, and Marisol from Heart and Sol. Yay Ladies!

So, Ladies, please email me with your mailing address.

The process: I have 3 months in which to send each of you goodies. At least one of them will be handmade. After you receive the goodies, gifts, presents, etc., you blog about the PIF and link back to me. You then get to hold a PIF giveaway of your own! And so on, and so on, and so on. No stress and no worries, only handmade goodness going out to the universe!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Just a reminder...

Hello to all!

I haven't been very regular in my blogging efforts this past couple of weeks. So this is just a quick reminder that on this Friday (Jan 28th) I will be choosing the participants for my Pay It Forward giveaway. If you want to be considered, just comment on today's post. Today's commenters and last time's commenters will be considered for the giveaway.

I am working on granny squares for several different causes. I don't have the fanciest yarns and colors, but I've got heart and good intentions. And a huge stash just waiting to go. LOL, don't we all!

Remember, leave a quick comment to let me know if you want to participate in my PIF.

See you on Friday!

Friday, January 14, 2011

PIF Goodies in the Mail...

Yesterday I received, in the mail, from Clara (our reappearing blogger friend - yay!), my PIF gifties! How's that for a run-on sentence?

The wonderful Clara sent me a lovely, soft green scarf. I love, love, love it! This woman is clara-voyant (bad, huh?). She also sent me a quilted bag for my crochet hooks and stuff. How did she know I needed one? Hmm, who told her? And a pattern book for Christmas ornaments. As I told her, I don't NEED another pattern book, but I sure WANT another pattern book! LOL. She also sent a really nice card along in the package.

Okay, this means I get to do my own PIF -- Pay it Forward give-away. PIFs fall into the category of Random Acts of Kindness.

Just comment anytime from now until Friday, January 28 on one of my posts. I will pick the names of 3 people and send them 3 things from me. At least one of the gifts will be handmade. The winners of my PIF must then send gifts onto 3 people of their own. Within 3 months is a reasonable timeframe for the send-out. Plus you get a couple of ready-made posts for your blog!

A couple of links here and here if you want to know more about Pay It Forward. PIFs seem to be happening all over blogdom nowadays.

All I can say for sure, is getting that nice bundle of crochet goodies just made my day. Thanks, Clara!

Bloghop and links are courtesy of AnneMarie's Breiblog:

Monday, January 10, 2011

28 Granny Squares...Wait! What?

Morning to everyone!

There's been a lot written lately, and over the past few months, about stash-busting. Some even go so far as to pledge NOT to buy anything new for a full year!!! I don't think I could handle that, but stash-diving IS something I can do.

So, about 2 weeks ago, I dragged my son...uh, he volunteered, yeah, yeah, that's right, he volunteered! Anyway, we went out to the shed and he helped me bring in 2 enormous bins full of yarn and stuff. This is stash that hasn't seen the light of day since we bought this house. We've only been here *cough* 9 *cough* years. The bins were then left in the garage until I could get to them.

A couple of nights ago, I was in the mood. Stash-diving here I go. It was so much fun remembering the yarns and colors I had worked with years ago. As well as some UFOs and other things...

I came across a bag full of blue, yellow, white, and tan yarns -- you know, a couple of skeins, some balls --leftovers from a bedspread I had made my dad and stepmom about 15 years ago. Okay, next bag...The same colors, only granny squares this time. Cool! I started counting -- 10 yellow squares, 9 blue, 9 white -- all edged with tan. 28 granny squares! 10 inch squares, no less!! Wait, what!?

I am still trying to figure out why I had that many squares. The bedspread I had made was full-sized and completed and given away. Why would I have so many squares left over? Generally, after a project of that length, I would be so tired of the colors I wouldn't want to see them again for a very long time

So, what to do with these 28 granny squares? A blanket, of course! Though I am going to have to frog all that tan edging and re-do it. It's embarrassing, but I am glad I've improved in some things over the years.

I haven't seen that original bedspread for some time, hopefully the weight and tension of being attached to the other squares has helped even them out over time!

The top photo are the 28 granny squares, of course. The next photo is a very bad one, taken in a hurry while the cat was still in the bag. LOL, I amuse myself sometimes.

He's Raji, by the way. That's short for "garage-y" which is what my son named him when Raji decided to live in our garage about 9 years ago. We had to adopt him after that. He was living off the dogs' kibble and that's just not good for cats. (I thought it was a pretty good reason, even though my husband didn't).

Always an adventure here at my house...


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hey y'all!

Two posts in two days! Woohoo!!!! Sorry, just got a little excited there.

Here's a photo of the reworked blue square and the new pink one: Blue Square 2 and Framed Flower. The 2nd version of the blue square isn't exciting in design. But, most exciting to me is, it lays flat. By itself. I didn't have to press it out with my hand!! Sorry, I think I was actually foaming at the mouth there for a second.

Followed by a photo of The Royal Sisters Grandma Twinkle and Ellen Bloom's stars. These 2 have to be THE quickest-ever items to crochet. Ever! I didn't make any projects with these wonderful stars, I just needed a break from the afghan. Some (almost) instant gratification, you might say.

I am probably the least productive crocheter in all of blogdom, but I love every second I am able to spend with my hooks and yarn. Oh, and, NO. My photography skills have not gotten any better.
See you next time,