About a year and a half/two years ago I was looking through the latest issue of Crochet World and stumbled upon the pattern for a guitar afghan. My husbands cousins have a band (kMw) and I immediately knew I had to make it for Katie. And so my Super Secret project began. I wanted it to be for her birthday but that meant it had to be done in time for Memorial Day when we’d be visiting…a month earlier. I believe I started it right before Christmas and finished it…the night before I gave it to her!!! This afghan was very straight forward but an incredible pain in the tush. I had a million skeins of yarn hanging off of it, which I had to constantly shift about so that they didn’t get tangled. In the end, it was worth it. I think she loves it and I am happy to have given her a gift filled with so much of my love!!
I had to keep this graph with me and mark it off as I went!!! And since I changed the colors, I had to also keep a code for me to remember which colors were actually the ones I was doing.
You can see most of the strings hanging off into the box under it. Some of them are already under it.
And the finished project the night before at my Father-in-laws house!!! Truly a labor of love. I can’t find the picture of Katie and I with it…I’m going to have to look for it better and then edit this post when I find it!
As I went through my pictures I realized I had actually missed a couple crocheted things and actually have some “Other” crafty bits that I could share.
I made this scarf (sorry for the horrible picture!) for my mom out of the SOFTEST yarn Ever. I believe it was alpaca…and ooooohhh I could just cuddle with it forever! I need to make one for myself!
Scrapbooking…I’ve been doing this Forever. I started when I was in high school and mom and I were living in England. She’d gone to a party…I can’t recall the company right now but it was pretty much the ONLY supplier of scrapbooking stuff at the time. She bought some items but I don’t really remember her giving it a go. Instead, I did! Sooooo much to choose from now!! I don’t get a lot of time to do it…well now that I have Sebastian I don’t have much time for much of anything which is hard for this craft loving girl! Buuuttt that’s okay. I know these days of my little guy wanting my sole attention will pass and I am enjoying them immensely while they last!! Anyways, scrapbooking. I am AWFUL about even attempting to be up to date. I’m not, at all. I make pages for my regular albums once in a while, when the mood strikes. The biggest one I’m (attempting to) working on right now is our Disney cruise…from 2008. *sigh* That’s what this layout is from. I was, and am, so pleased with how it turned out!! (Excuse the one on its side…haven’t figured out how to turn it yet!!) Once I’m done with this album I have a London album that needs to be done…took that trip about a year after this one. And then our Carnival Cruise/Family Reunion which was also forever ago!! Of course it’s never going to end…we have another cruise and another trip to London planned so those will be added on!!!!
Blanket. YEARS ago I made John a pirate blanket. Nothing fancy and my friend Kim showed me how to do it. It was so easy that I was bragging to my mom about it…and she asked me to make one for her and for my sister while I was at it. Mkay, no problem! So we went to Joann’s and they chose everything for their blankets. Mom chose a super soft flannel that you see above and Nikki chose a cotton Tinker Bell fabric. I brought them home and there they sat. For years. We were living in Tampa at the time. Then we lived in Kuwait for a year. Then we moved to Little Rock. There I had my very own Craft Room and I found the bag of fabric. Oops. So for Mother’s Day last year I decided that I must finally make mom her blanket and it turned out great! Not that you can tell by my awesome pictures, lol. So, since I’d finally made my Moms, but figured I really should make Nikki’s too, before she was too old (!!) for Tinker Bell! Hers was done in time for Christmas last year! Phew!
Cake. I’m not the best cook. Not that I *can’t* cook but I just don’t do it very often even though I do enjoy it. What I Love is baking. Mmmmmm baking. I also don’t do this as often as I’d like. I found the “recipe” for this rainbow cake on Pinterest last year and HAD to try it. Surprisingly totally easy and turned out adorable!!
Shadowbox. John and I were married in 2005 and then had our wedding in 2006. I probably bought this shadowbox then. I even staged everything in it. But I never glued it all down until this year!!! I’m glad I finally did it because I love looking at it and remembering our special day. It was SUCH a wonderful wedding.
Cards. …I sort of suck at cardmaking but I love it just the same. My GOAL is to pre-make birthday cards for the coming month, every month and any other cards that I know I will need…but this never happens.
My next post will be about The Afghan. This thing was insane and a huge pain but it turned out AWESOME…
Why not show you some yarny goondess while we’re at it? I’ve only been crocheting for a couple of years and am completely in love with it. And for my birthday this year I bought myself some needles, yarn, and a pattern and am teaching myself to knit! It’s coming along swimmingly! But lets get to it:
This is an owl bag I made for one of my cousins for Christmas. The pattern was found in an issue of Crochet Today and was straightforward and fun!!
The pattern for this awesome pirate hat was found on Etsy. Hardly took any time at all and looked sooooo cute on my little guy!
Lapghan made for the hubby for Christmas. This was from Crochet Today, too!Teddy Bear for Sebastian. I think this was also in Crochet Today, lol. I LOVE that magazine. It’s the only one (so far) that I subscribe to!!Booties for the baby! I think these may have been in a bootie book but I can’t actually remember. He came home from the hospital in these…the one day it was cold enough to wear them…Excuse my puffiness…I was VERY pregnant here. I made this shawl for my moms best friend. I wanted her to have a soft fluffy hug as she deals with some medical issues. The pattern was free…found on Lion Brand I think!