The guitar afghan

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!!

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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.

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You can see most of the strings hanging off into the box under it.  Some of them are already under it.

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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!

A few more finished objects…though not all of the yarny variety!

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.

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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!

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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!!!!  

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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…

Some Finished Objects

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:

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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!!

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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!

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Lapghan made for the hubby for Christmas.  This was from Crochet Today, too!ImageTeddy 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!!ImageBooties 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…ImageExcuse 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!