Friday, January 09, 2015

New Year

December was a busy hooking month!  Not just gifts either, I actually got a bit selfish and made things for myself.  Now there is a lot of pictures to showoff the silly things I whipped up, so away we go!
First up, a simple beanie that my mother requested for her rides in my sister's convertible, don't want to mess the hair when taking a trip to Vegas. 
basic beanie
Next up I decided I needed a new cowl.  Ok.... I actually really wanted to use some fancy yarn I had on hand.  I have a lot of miscellaneous fancy yarns but with most of it, I only have 1 hank which of course isn't really a lot of yardage generally.  Which leaves me the problem of what to do with these lovely yarns.  So driving home from work I was thinking about colors, something I do often...random color combos pop into my head I I go from there.  I had this hank of Noro Tanabata (middle in the photo) which had lovely oranges throughout so I thought it would look great with this super rich orange hank of Mulberry Merino by Plymouth Yarn Co.  Get home and pull them out...instant love.  what to do with them?  A simple cowl!  Just needed another color so I grabbed the Olive Green Lamb's Pride that was a giant mess of tangled yarn thanks to Stein and got to work...well first I have to untangled the green and then ball the hanks of the other 2 colors and then I got to pick up a hook!

just starting
The Noro had so many different color come out as I worked it up, a lot of pink and green along with the orange.
so bright and cheery
As you can see with the tree in the background, it's December....I did mention this was a look back post, right?
It's Christmas time!
Got it done and was able to wear it even though the sun was shining bright and I'm wearing short sleeves....Damn Southern California weather!
The nights were cold for awhile, hot chocolate was necessary! 
so tasty
Really the weather did get quite chilly for a couple of weeks and I made another cowl.  This time I did pink and gray.  I used Bernat Bamboo in Lotus, Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora in gray (or color 15524 as stated on the label) and Sensations Beautiful in Pink.  Made it a bit shorter and I like it!  The yarns are all super soft and the colors are sweet.

another one
So at this point in the month I really, really should have been working on Christmas gifts, but lately just don't feel as if anyone gives a rats behind for handmade gifts anymore, so I decided to just be crafty for myself.  I wanted a snowman....I made a snowman.  Wasn't hard, just took a bit of creativity and out popped a snowman!

snowman #1
Katlyn felt Snowman #1 needed a hat, another comment after posted his photo was he needed a nose....ok let's try again.  Started making Snowman #2 while preparing dinner, so his head took a break.

waiting for a body
This time I did a nose and a hat along with the scarf.
Snowman #3
He was better received, having all the added parts.  I still wanted more, I liked the idea of the different colored scarves for them so I did another with a blue scarf and this time a fabulous complimentary blue beanie.  He's the favorite.  

Snowman #3
Friends of mine are having a baby girl in February so I did up a chunky baby hat and added a large button.   I really need to get a blanket done for them!
baby hat
Just a Saturday morning photo from my pillow of Kid, he wants to go for a walk which requires me to be awake.

view from my pillow
Ok Christmas gifts up next.  First up black and gray beanie for Chandler, pink and gray beanie with a darker Gray flower for Annabelle, black and pink coffee cozy Shaunna and an olive and gray cozy for Kiana.  I got the girl Starbucks gift cards to go along with the cozies and Chandler a Playstation gift car to go along with his beanie.

Chandler's beanie

Annabelle's beanie

Shaunna's cozy

Kiana's cozy
Cookies were up next, I got everything bought and ready and worked hard on Christmas Eve!  Dozens of cookies baked and ready to be eaten.

the beginning
I also whipped up some last minute gifts for the adults.  Votive candle cozies.  4 sets done, I even added candles.  

candle cozies
Katlyn had to go into work at 10 am on Christmas, so we went to my Sister's early so the kids could do presents.  Facetiming with Brooke so we could share Christmas together and a knock at the door reveals my Christmas surprise....Brandon and his girlfriend!  Yay!  Did I mention I love Christmas!
Brandon in his Grandmother's sunglasses
We had a great 5 days with Brandon and Patryce.  I love hanging with my boy.  
Katlyn has been wanting a viking hat for a long time and since I was done with Christmas and in need for something on my hook, a viking hat it is!  
shy viking
We are now in January and haven't had the desire to make much on my long list of things, so I started small, with Groot from Guardians of The Galaxy.  Twinkiechan has the pattern on her blog and it's adorable and easy.

Groot head
I have this Japanese yarn from Motoko's stash but know nothing about it, so I decided to play with it and make up a bracelet.  I will have to get a completed picture.  The yarn is lovely, but even after a google search I still don't know anything about it!  
unknown Japanese yarn
So that about covers it for now,  I though I had a gray hair growth picture for the month, but not sure were it went to but I am still sticking with it!  Some days not sure why!
That's me out....

Listening to: Lightning Strikes by Aerosmith

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Roll in December

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are now in December, officially Christmas time!  My Sister asked for a headband in black and brown.  Man I love making these, they I super simple and I can whip one up in an evening.  This one was done in between pie making!  The only thing I don't care for is the band around the bow is not quite tight enough, I like the bow a bit more cinched.  My Sister liked it, so I guess that's all that matters.
another headband
Katlyn had to work on Thanksgiving until 6, so she didn't arrive until near dinnertime, but she put her turkey hat on so we could all giggle and take pictures.  Yellow flower hairpin is not attached, she wore it to work and left it in with the hat.
turkey hat in action
My Niece's son had his first round of shots and was a grumpy face about it, so I thought I'd make him a hat to cheer him up.  Just grabbed some yarn and took it with me on Thanksgiving.  
baby beanie
Thanksgiving over and I got the ham bone!  Oh sweet crockpot, beans, bone (with a substantial amount of meat still attached) and a bit of seasoning and tada...dinner is cooking!  I love crockpot cooking, so easy and the meal is always tasty!

using leftovers the right way
Made a cowl for Alysha's Christmas gift, or maybe her birthday, which is first and yikes in 6 days!  I best get it in the mail if it's for her birthday!
2 color cowl
Madison asked if I could make her a purple flower hairpin and since I didn't clarify what shade of purple she wanted, I made one in every bonbon shade I had.  Of course since Katlyn only had one purple one, I needed to make her some as well.  So a double batch of purple flowers was made!

a lot of purple
Had to buy more bobby pins to accommodate all of the new flowers. 

purple flowers
Katlyn then said she needed more, like one in every color I had....I have a lot of colors!  Guess how I spent my Black Friday??   Still in the making process, since I had to stop and make other things as well, but I have a whole card of bobby pins and I'm ready to go!

flower making
Other things I made in between flowers included, a coffee cozy (or 2).  My Son's girlfriend posted a picture on facebook of a coffee cozy with a heart that she loved, so I made one for her.  Another friend saw and loved it as well, so I made one for her as well.  I tried 2 different hearts out and played with the size of the cozy as well.  These were stupid quick to make up and I was able to pop them in the mail the next day.  

1st one
2nd one
Alysha and Brooke got their headbands and posted a picture for me to enjoy!  Yay, I like pictures of things I make in action!
headbands in action
Ok I think that about does it for now.  I have a few requests to get done and there will be more pictures soon.  Not sure how many people will be getting handmade Christmas items since I'm busy with requests right now, but I am enjoying the requests!

Listening to:  Someday by Nickelback

Monday, December 01, 2014

Thanksgiving time.

Now comes the present rush.  Things I of course should have been getting done instead of reading, but alas did not quite happen.  Today is the 26th of November.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I will be making pies today.  The boss is letting us go early today so yay!  Now on with the show!
A friend's daughter requested a floppy bunny ear hat, done in soft, fluffy yarn.  The yarn is crazy bulky, Bernat Baby Blanket.  Makes doing a hat very interesting being as it's so bulky and you cannot just whip it up without thinking!  I frogged it twice and did a lot of winging it just so it looked proper and that's just the beanie it self, I still need to add ears!
Waiting for ears
Less thinking and math is required on Brandon's very colorful scarf.  I just grab colors and go!

I love how colorful this is!
So next up in my mess of unfinished projects is a Minnie Mouse hat for my sister-in-law.  Has the base beanie done for quite awhile, but left without ears and a red bow.  I am not a fan of working with black yarn, so hard to see what I need to do. Made some nice round ears and started the bow.
near completion 
Katlyn wears bobby pins to keep her bangs from her face while she's working and asked if I could make her some flowers.  I whipped up a few to get her started.  She is going to have a drawer full of flowers soon!
3 flowers
Minnie Hat pieces done and completed, pet hair is included even!  
I like it!
Worked up the floppy bunny ears and got them attached.
so floppy!
Finally finished projects!  Whew.  Got an idea and went digging through my yarns to find a fuzzy black yarn to make a Soot Sprite.  These guys appear in Studio Ghibli films and are quite adorable.  Hooked up a small ball, added a little stuffing and hot glued googly eyes on it.  

Soot Sprite
I tend to find random things that catch my attention and amuse the heck out of me, so I of course have to make them!  

What's this...a turkey leg maybe?
Well actually, 2 turkey legs!  I made a Thanksgiving hat for Katlyn, she's thinks I'm weird (she said she'd wear it though!)
really hard to get a proper picture!
Now I've been coloring my hair for a very, very long time.  I am tired of doing so.  I do it myself and it has just become more hassle then I care to deal with.  So at 52 years of age, I have decided it's time to go gray, which judging from my roots will take no time at all (ok the growing out is obviously going to take time)   I made this decision on November 20th and took a picture.  I was planning to color my hair on the Saturday (the 22nd) and came up with the whole...growing it out thing.  Let's see how long I can last.  Katlyn thinks I'll look old, but said if I don't like it I can always go back to dying and I haven't told anyone else about it, but I'm going to go along and see how it turns out.  I am going to take a photo once a month to mark the growth, should be interesting.
decision made 11/20/14 
eek!!  a new adventure!
I get color combo ideas in my head and need to make them happen, what better way to do that then a beanie!  One birthday beanie coming up!

colors to delight me
Turkey hat done, Birthday beanie done
attempt to photograph
birthday beanie, not complete here
Alysha requested a head band with a bow in black.  Ok, I can do that.  Photographing it though is an entirely different story!  Black on black does not photograph well at all.   
assembly needed
Done but not really easy to tell. 
so hard to photograph black on black
I took it off  the styrofoam head and laid it out open in the sunshine and this is about the best I'm going to get. 

more defined
Katlyn laughs at me and my colorful calendars.  This one is at my desk and I have a planner that is more detailed but still very colorful.
Saw a few different crocheted bracelets on pinterest so I grabbed some of my cotton bonbons and whipped one up.  I like the rainbow of colors and added white buttons to represent clouds.
rainbow bracelet
Brooke requested a white hat with a pink bow, but both Katlyn and Alysha said she wouldn't wear it, so instead I made a headband with a bow in her requested colors.  
easier to photograph
So I think that's an update for now, though I have more done and more pictures!

waiting to become pie!
I actually finished typing this on December 1st so I hope it posts properly!

Listening to: Yogscast Charity Livestream