Kitchen Goodies

March 9, 2009

I joined the Kitchen Swap over at the ‘Ville and was thrilled when I was partnered with Crojulee.  Julee is one of the people that I’m always a little bit jealous of, she designs such beautiful things!  And I’m not talking about pulling out a pattern and picking the colors to make the item in.  Nope, Julee writes the patterns.  I’ve been lucky enough to test a couple of her designs before and I’m in awe of what she can do. 

I picked up the box that Julee sent me on Saturday and even though I had other errands to run, I HAD to open it up and peek.  So I did while sitting in the post office parking lot.  And here’s what she sent me:


These are dishcloths.  If you look closely, the top two have a “V” on each side.  I thought that was pretty dang cool! (Especially since without directions, no way could I do that)









And here’s everything else!  Isn’t it all beautiful?!  I got a dress potholder/soap cover, a star pot holder, flower potholder.  At the top of the Hershey’s is a candle mat.  To the left of the candle mat is a small pot holder, then three scrubbies (under the dress).  The long thing at the bottom left is a bag holder/dispenser!  I’m still trying to figure out where to put it by the patio door.  It’ll be perfect for Ceria’s clean up after her bags. 



I’m still working on items for Julee’s, in fact I’ll finish the last item tonight.  The weather has made my hands sore lately so my crocheting has slowed down.  Once Julee gets her package though, I promise I’ll show everyone pictures.

On a side note, I swung by Joann’s to pick up the last items for Julee’s box tonight and ended up splurging on myself!  Joann’s had on clearance some Paton’s Rumor Yarn.  This is a mixture of acrylic and Alpaca and is soooo unbelievably soft!  I couldn’t stop petting it, even when I handed my basket to the cashier I had to pet it one more time.  And I got such pretty colors (click herefor the color card).  I got three skeins of Duberry Heather and 5 of Hibiscus Heather.  And they were all $1.97 each!  Regularly $5.99.  I think that was worth the splurge, don’t you?  I know the Hibiscus will be a wrap for me.  It’s such a beautiful wine color and I can so picture it as a wrap.  Which one, I’m not sure.  I’ll have to find a pattern perfect for it.  I’m not sure about the Duberry yet though.  But I do know whatever I do with it, it’s mine.  I’m not giving that item away 😀

I got presents!

August 29, 2008

I participated in the Summer Secret Pals Swap at C’Ville.  This was my first secret pals swap and I had a lot of fun doing it!  My UKSP, unknown secret partner, actually ended up sounding a lot like me.  She lives in WI right now, but used to live in FL.  We both love to read, and found out we like a lot of the same things.  I really enjoyed getting to know her, and was very pleasantly surprised by my final gifts from her.

 This is package one.  It included some wonderful patterns, an ice cream maker and scoop, two books, some thread hooks, a yarn cutter pendant and several skeins of some gorgeous yarns!



 Package two included more patterns!  Including a snowflake pattern book and an amigumari book (stuffed animals).  Two totes, more books to read, more hooks, some wonderful scissors (J says they’re a high quality brand.  Who knew scissors came in high quality brands?), a yarn tainer, chocolate!  And even more beautiful yarn!  I already have plans for the purple in the foreground 😀

So, after being spoiled with those two packages, imagine my surprise when I received a THIRD yesterday!  This one included another pattern book, this one for dishcloths! A penguin beach towel, stuff for making ice cream, including sauce!, cotton yarns, two other skeins, a Frisbee and bubbles!  Like I said, I was completely spoiled by this wonderful person!



But, I wasn’t the only one to enjoy my surprises! Nope, Tasha decided the box was apparently her gift 😀






So remember I said I had plans for the purple yarn?  Well, a bunch of wonderful ladies at C’Ville are planning on doing Irish Chain Quilt ‘Ghans.  They’re very pretty, and will be so easy to do as crochet.  Here’s an example of what I’m hoping to eventually do.  I want to do the Double Chain with the chain in purples.  I’m having problems decided on the third color though.  I originally was thinking a silvery grey, but now, I’m not sure.  While silvery grey would look good, I think cream might make it look warmer.  Take a look and tell me what you think!

Hearts all around

July 12, 2008

I was lucky enough to test the Heart of a Childsquare designed by Smoothfox at Crochetville.  I LOVED this pattern! It’s so quick and easy and finishes up beautifully!  I thank her so much for letting me test this pattern.  I was able to make three of these while working my 6 hours last night.  The first one took a little longer, simply because it was a new pattern and as a tester I needed to watch for mistakes, confusions and make notes regarding that.

The first one is going to go to Sissie44at Crochetville.  She has committed to making 100 lapghans for Christmas for seniors at the assisted living/nursing home her friend works at.  Because she said yes before she knew how many were actually needed, Sissie turned to Crochetville for help.  The larger purple one (the top one) will be going to SmoothFox per her request to help make afghans for charity.  The smaller purple one, I’m not sure yet.  We’ll see on that.  Enjoy! And if you knit, crochet, sew, tie together fleece or have some gently used lap sized blankets around you’re looking to get rid of, all help is still appreciated and needed!

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