Fan Bookmark

I love working with cotton thread. The end result always looks so delicate, and people think it must be so hard, those stitches are so small! Ahahaha how I laugh at them, well not really! I find working with the thread very easy once you are used to the smaller size hooks, and the tension of the thread itself. I made this bookmark for my best friend Jen awhile back after we went to Clem's Book Exchange. The greatest bookstore in our area by far! Thousands of books, thousands!! And for a cheap price, that makes me happy :o)
Anyhoo, I didn't post it sooner because I didn't want to ruin the surprise. I gave it to her yesterday and she loved it! So here it is for everyone else to enjoy (I hope!)
Fan bookmark

Here is an ultra crappy pic, but it shows the tassel

Fan bookmark2

The free pattern can be found here
The first pattern is in Australian terms, but scroll down and the American/Canadian pattern is there!!!
Happy hooking!

The Curse of the Blue Crayon

Good morning blogvillians, today I present to you The Curse of the Blue Crayon...

The events occurred on Sunday morning. My day started off like any other day, wake up, have breakfast with the girls and have my couple cups of coffee. Then I made my way into the kitchen to start some laundry. Now my girls are about to turn 3 and 1, so as you can imagine I am buried in laundry most days. Also I am mildly obsessed about certain things, so I go through laundry piece by piece. With my bottle of Shout stain remover not too far from my grasp, I lovingly doused most of the girls' clothes with Shout, I want them to have great looking stainless clothes after all. Blah blah blah, I put the clothes in the washer and then the dryer and started a new load of laundry in the washing machine. So when my dryer called out to me with a loud BUZZZZZZZ, I opened the door and started folding the clothes.
This was my first glimpse of the Curse of the Blue Crayon. Yes, there was blue crayon on EVERYTHING. I was so horribly upset. I check every pocket, every possible place that a tissue or chunk of play-doh might find a home, so I don't even have the slightest idea where this chunk of crayon came from. My only conclusion is that it must have been on the floor and when I grabbed everything after the Shout application I must have scooped it up and thrown it in the washing machine. Oi Vay what a nightmare. And of course I didn't have the internet on Sunday. So someone googled crayon removal for me and told me that WD-40 looked like a popular solution. So I gave it a try. Well, it didn't work. I'm sure if I had noticed the crayon before putting everything into the dryer, it would have worked.
So now I can't get the smell of WD-40 out of the clothes. I have washed them in super hot water with vinegar a few times, then washed with detergent a few more times. But still, the smell won't come off. I imagine that being sprayed by a skunk wouldn't be as bad. So that bring me to today, I'm going to soak the clothes with some Palmolive and hope for the best. I hate crayons right now! If you have had a similar situation I would love to hear about it, and if you had any success with removing it!!!

My next crochet project is a cupcake scarf and a cupcake hat. I plan on giving the scarf to my oldest daughter and the hat to my youngest daughter on their birthdays. When I'm finished I of course will post pics and a link for the pattern I found, happy hooking!

Hooray for Boobies!!! *** adult yarn content!*** PICS UPDATE

**** Well hooray for web updates!  I am adding the pics directly from my hard drive instead of using an online picture hosting site.  So enjoy my boobs lol :o) I strongly recommend this project, everyone seems to like it a lot when it's finished, and it's so customizable, why not use green yarn for your sci-fi lover, some nice Martian boobies!!!! Or pink for a breast cancer survivor.  So many possibilities, happy hooking! ****
Pics finally!!!! This beauty has been done for awhile now, but I have been hibernating lately! My family had a great time playing with this before we gave it away. My brother in law was quite pleased with how it came out. I had it sitting on my couch for a few days after I had finished it and once in a while I would have to do a double take because I kept forgetting it was there lol. I really like how it turned out in the end. I almost hated to give it away, but I know my B.I.L. will have a great time amusing his friends and gf with the boobies.
The pattern I used was pretty simple, but I did modify it to suit my liking a little more. I will tell you what I did, maybe you would use my modifications as well...First off, the pattern for the pillow base uses dc, but I didn't want the pillow to be so 'holey', so I used hdc instead. For the edging of the pillow I did one round of sc, and then a second round using hdc. For the boobs I did the first 2 rounds in the darker tan color for the areolas and then switched to the lighter tan to finish each boob. And lastly the pattern called for the use of brown latex bottle nipples, but I'm a cheap ass and crocheted super sized nipples using the same darker color tan from the areolas and then attached them separately. They are quite large, but I wanted it to be funny and keep that novelty feel to it.
Here is the pattern Booby Pillow .

The corner looks a little wonky and out of shape, but I had just thrown it on the bed and took a quick pic...

The uber huge nipples...
Thanks for looking, I had a lot of fun with this project! Happy Hooking!

Goodbye Grandma and the Quest for the Purple Hook

Hello everyone, sorry to be gone for almost an entire month eeek!! I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  Happy New Year to you, I'm sure 2010 will be much better for everyone.  Sooooo awhile back I had posted about my paternal grandmother who gave me some of her knitting needles and yarn, etc.  Well, unfortunately she ended up passing away on December 15.  She had fallen ill in autumn, and was later diagnosed with liver failure and pancreatic cancer.  She couldn't eat or drink anything.  She was starving to death I'm sure.My father and my oldest daughter (who is almost 3) and I were planning on making the 5 hour trip to see her and then the amount of snow they had gotten all of a sudden stopped us from going.  This was on Saturday the 12th.  Later that night she had suffered a stroke.  Sunday afternoon we left to go up and see her.  We went on Monday morning to visit with her for a few hours.  It was so hard to see her so weak, she had always been such a strong woman, so full of life.  Later that night she had a heart attack and died in her sleep.  It makes me happy to know that she is in peace, and with my grandfather again, but I will miss her terribly.  I'm glad that I can share her love for yarn crafts and cooking and santa claus :o)
For the past two months I have been trying to find a Boye size H hook.  The purple one!  It has to be the easiest thing to find.  It was at Walmart, Zellers, and a few other stores around here.  But as soon as I go to actually buy the stupid thing, it is no where to be found.  And of course I never know when I'll be going to the city to visit Michaels's.  So when my grandmother passed what does my wonderful cousin find in her side table drawer?  The purple hook that I have been looking for for so long.  She left it for me.  I have many size H hooks, I have hooks in every size.  But I wanted to start my Boye collection for their wonderful colors, you know what you're grabbing without having to search on the shaft for the sizes.  I couldn't believe that she had it there just waiting for me.  She was so happy that I crochet, that someone else loved the craft as much as she did.  And now that purple hook is so much more special to me.  I will have it forever, and I've already been using it a lot.  Thank you Gramma, I love you!