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Friday, August 22, 2014

Second Claudia Scarf

Short and sweet post......Christmas present for my sil Sharon. 
I can post these on here because none of these sil use the internet, in fact 2 do not have computers. 
Once again the Claudia Scarf pattern here.
I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn color 4001 Red Tweed, 3 skeins. 
This yarn is a 4 medium weight. I used a Boye crochet hook size G.
Scarf is worked in halves, one side then the other. After first side is done you re-attach yarn for second half on the opposite side of the starting chain. 
I did 76 rows each half totaling 152 rows. 
The following are just more views and ways to wear it.

This last photo is kinda washed out looking, sorry. 
I wanted to get a close up of the yarn to show you the little flecks of color that make it a tweed.
I might have gotten a better pic had I turned off the flash.
Now I will be starting another scarf in a shade of purple.
Gotta get these presents done.
I don't want to be doing anything this year at the last minute.
Have a safe and good weekend.
God Bless You All ♥

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

F.A.C.T. Afghan Raffle

What is presently going on in my life, this new hexagon afghan/blanket that I made about 2 years ago and am donating to a worthy cause with 100% of the ticket sales going to F.A.C.T. (Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatments). Done in memory of my husband Roger who passed from this life last year on January 18th, 2013. Below the pictures is my write up that I posted on Facebook.

For raffle tickets go to the Facebook page:

FACT, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE for CANCER TREATMENT. The address and phone number are near the top of their page. Tickets are $1 for 1,  or $5 for 6. Anyone is welcome to purchase them. The afghan will be displayed at various fund raisers by F.A.C.T. and also in some local store windows in the area. The drawing for a winner will be in May 1, 2015.

Just wanted to give all of friends a head's up on what will be happening in the next several months. This has been in the works since earlier this year. Some of you are aware of a cancer help group called F.A.C.T. they give financial assistance to cancer patients for various things i.e. travel expenses to and from appointments/treatments. They do not pay 100% of the expense but they do pay a portion and it is a great help. They helped us when Roger was so sick. You have to have a doctor's okay and nurses sign to verify the appointments. They rely heavy on fund raisers and donations. They were a blessing to us, and I felt it was time to pay it forward. In my heart I know Roger would have wanted this. Tomorrow I donate a new hand-crocheted afghan/blanket that I made. F.A.C.T. will be displaying it at various fund raisers and sending out info on it with some of their mailings. There will be raffle tickets sold by F.A.C.T. with 100% of the sales going to help other cancer patients. They were a blessing to us and it is time for being a blessing to others in need. I will have details about ticket price as soon as I get it and anyone interested in buying a raffle ticket for this worthy cause can send me a message. I am doing this in memory of my husband Roger who passed away January 18th, 2013. He died of multiple myeloma cancer which was a result of his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He fought the battle for over 2 years. I believe he is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please know that none of the money comes to me, once again, 100% goes to F.A.C.T.
Just a note, if this fund raiser goes well, then I plan to make and donate either another afghan/blanket or a quilt each year, as long as I am able. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teapot, Refrigerator Dills, and Claudia Scarf

Sometimes a girl just has to buy something she has wanted for ages. Years ago I saw this teapot in a gift catalog. Their picture showed a brown polka dot one. I spotted (no pun intended, lol) this one 3 weeks ago at Hobby Lobby and bought it. I think brown would have shown up better on my black stove top. What do you think?

Next, plenty of cucumbers from my brother Ralph and his wife Sharon. These are short-cut pickles and they are so good.

A package of Mrs. Wages Pickle Mix, mix the brine according to instructions on package. Let cool.

Use a mandolin to make uniform pickle slices.

 Clean jars, lids and rings.

Alternate, brine and then cucumber slices, repeat, remove any air bubbles.

 Make sure pickles are completely covered. Wipe rim of jar, place lid and screw on ring.

Store in fridge. The package of pickle brine says it can be stored in fridge for around 2 weeks. After 3 days I tasted the pickles and they were good, 5 days later they were even better. My daughter found a recipe on Pinterest for something similar, and she said hers turned out delicious. Kris from Simplify blog, found here, saves her dill pickle juice in it's original jars and adds her cucumber slices to that brine. She says the longer they set the better they taste. She blogged about it recently if you want to check it out. None of us needed to cook our pickles and so far so good. I've been canning and freezing for over 40 years and never poisoned anyone yet, never had any moldy food in a jar either. I always put clean, sliced pickles in hot sterilized jars with hot pickle brine and sealed with hot lids and rings. At first I used the open kettle method, but years later started doing the hot water bath processing. This method is completely new to me

Boy did I go nuts for several reasons over this scarf. The Claudia Scarf instructions can be found here. Instructions are in UK terns as well as US terms. Pattern called for fingering weight yarn, well guess what, this old gal used 6-3oz skeins of medium 4 weight of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice 100% Acrylic color Denim Mist 300, with a G hook. If I am going to make scarves for this cold Ohio winter weather than we better be talking something heavier than fingering yarn. The pattern is easy, so easy, in fact a one row repeat, same old, same old and it is fast. It says to chain 62 (54 for a narrower scarf). I started out with the 62, wow was that wide! So, I frogged the few rows and went down to 54 which was still quite wide and bulky.

Bulky is an under statement. This scarf can be used as a shawl if you so desire. To wear it around the neck you double it over length wise. No need for a hat, you can wear this wrapped around your head and then around the neck, so warm.

If I just drape the thing around my neck it will just about touch the floor (yeah, I went a bit over board with this). I was a happy hooker until I ran into some issues with the yarn. Several knots in the strand of yarn that had to be removed, so that meant rejoining yarn and extra yarn tails to weave in, grrrrrr! Then the thing that upset me the most was a flaw in the dyeing. Look closely, can you see it, carry on......

 right in the middle of the picture you can see where the yarn went from denim to blue. I'm obsessive about my yarn. There should be no breaks in a skein, no knots, no variance in the dye lot. They even tell you on the label to purchase enough of the dye lot to complete your item. I know by seeing it here in this pic it doesn't look so bad, but when you stand back it shows.....so scrap the idea that this one is going to anybody for Christmas. I'm keeping it for myself.

 Both end edges finish out like this and that is because the scarf is done in 2 sections. You make one side, then rejoin the yarn at the starting chain and work the desired length down the other side. The pattern says 85 rows complete one side (with the fingering weight). I made mine as long as I wanted. You can use your own judgement on length.

I liked this pattern so much I am making more. I started the second one in red for another sil. This one I did 38 chains for the base. It is the perfect width using the heavier yarn. Can't wait till it is done so I can show you . Until then, have a great week. Love you and God Bless You All ♥

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Google Search Results Upsetting

Today I was babysitting my grandson. I always take my iPad with me. I don't do anything with my blog unless I use my pc. I did a Google search on the iPad for my blog "forget me not susanne blog" and about 10 related things come up for me but I noticed something definitely WRONG.....a couple lines below the bold print of my blog, for all those 10 related things to my blog name, it says "by Sue Pinner" .........now many of us know who Sue Pinner is, she is the blogger for "Suz Place", she is an accomplished designer of crochet and has actually published a book on crochet. She lives in England. Sue is even on my side bar of blogs I love and I have visited her many times and commented occasionally. She also has "The Flower Bed" blog site to which I also belong. My full name is on my account when I search there. So where on earth did they get Sue Pinner as the one who writes my blog?

Now what to do. I would rather take a beating then have to go into the "HELP". It gets a body no where and of course all the topics that they seem to think are the most common are not what you are looking for. It is days like this that I just want to stop the blogging all together, no matter how much I enjoy it. Can life just be simple, just once. This December it will be 4 years since I started blogging and I have never before seen someone else's name listed for my blog. I guess I should be flattered. Now Sue, heaven only knows how she will feel.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Knitted Scarf With Crocheted Snowflakes

 Now don't fall out of your seats. It isn't often that I post so close together but, I am finishing up my snowflake scarf and just anxious to show you all how it is turning out. At first I wasn't so sure about all this. Night after night I was laying in bed thinking what can I design myself. All I ever do is be a copy cat and a follower. As far as I know there is no scarf out there like this, I hope. As far as I know this is my original idea and design.

I have not finished attaching all the snowflakes to the one side. I pinned them in place with hat pins for where I wanted them to be sewn.

Originally Ella was naked when I first started snapping pics, but I really needed to get a blouse on her that would show off the scarf better. I included these first photos mainly to show different ways to wear it.

 I was also hoping that I could catch some sparkle, just like new snow sparkles in the sun and moonlight.

 This scarf is so long it can touch the floor when just draped around the neck without wrapping it.

I am debating whether to tack down the tips of the snowflakes that are not over the edge. I even debated whether to add more at the neck area, but then that might be a pain in the butt because I'm sure to get them in the right position when wearing it would not always be easy. You can see some sparkle in the above and below pics.

Other than that I won't be posting about this scarf again. I am so good about starting projects but so bad about finishing them, even when all that is needed for completion may be a seam or a few buttons, or in this case attaching the snowflakes for an embellishment.

Another scrappy project to share is this hot pad. I had a bit of crochet cotton left over from all the dish rags I had made in the past. I gathered them all up and came up with this. I think considering I didn't have a pattern or any kind of color scheme it turned out pretty decent. It only took a couple of hours to whip up. Besides it will serve a useful purpose. Something like this would be a nice addition to a "Welcome" basket for a new neighbor or a stocking stuffer. Ladies, do you realize we are getting closer to Christmas!!!

And lastly, we all like to know more about the blogger friends we have. I am fairly a low maintenance gal but one thing my husband and I always loved was a good cup of coffee. For the most part I am a coffee drinker. In my younger years I was more of a Diet Coke nut. My oldest bought her dad some Dunkin' Donuts coffee and so for some of those special mornings he would brew a pot and we would relax and enjoy. Since his passing I am carrying on daily in this one indulgence and treating myself. Recently I had the Blueberry and just finished the French Vanilla. This morning I opened the Chocolate. My hubby was not a fan of the flavored stuff, he liked his coffee with a bit of creamer but otherwise no frills. A girl has to have some things to make her day special, and one of my things is good coffee ♥

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Christmas Present & Finishing Some WIPs

Hello lovely friends. Since the scrappy pillow (nope not finished yet, still need to stuff it) I have been busy. For some reason the bug bit me to get busy and start Christmas presents and to finish some WIP that were staring me down every time I walked into the small bedroom. Ella has been patient, she stands there not complaining but I'm sure she is really wanting something new to show off.

Here she is wearing the first Christmas present I made for Pawnee, one of my sister-in-laws. The yarn came from my stash and it took 4-4oz. skeins of Caron Simply Soft Paints in the color Rose Garden. I used a J hook. The pattern can be found here. Cristina has a wonderful blog with all sorts of neat things and you will find a diagram for this shawl pattern there. I made up a different edging but you can also use the one she did on her shawl.

What is not to love about shawls. They can be worn so many ways. If Ella would have had a head I would have draped it on her noggin and wrapped it around her neck to be worn like a hat and scarf. I know some gals even wear them tied around their waist.

A second WIP is my snowflake scarf. It is knitted in the rice stitch, made from some RH yarn that is white with a thin silver thread running through it.

Here is a close up so you can see it better. I had this yarn for ages and never knew what I should make of it, then one day I got a brain storm, knitted this up and threw it around poor Ella's neck where it stayed until today. It needed something, even with the silver thread it was just too blah. 

 Snowflakes, yes, that is what it needed to perk it up, snowflakes made from the same yarn. I had made 2 and stuck them on the scarf with hat pins. Today I made more, I crocheted them until I ran out of that yarn.

Maybe this is why I procrastinated so long? I pinned them out on my blocking board and sprayed them with cool water. They should be dry by tomorrow. I can sew them to the scarf then.

Then there was this scarf that all I had to do was sew the ends together and make a cowl. It is knitted in the rice stitch (guess you kinda figured that is the only knit stitch I know, lol, it isn't but it is just one of my favorite ones).

Doubled it up and wrapped it around, just another way to wear it.

And another WIP that got finished today. Love this Hobby Lobby yarn "I Love This Yarn" and I love the variegated color called Moss Creek. I made a long cowl of it again by sewing the ends together.

This is the 3rd and final scarf that Ella has been sporting for months. I should be ashamed because there was so little left to do to complete them. Sewing seams and tucking ends and they were done. I do still have the snowflakes to sew to the white scarf and do the pillow for the scrappy project. I have to say it was a rainy morning here today and that was the main reason I got to work on these things. It feels good to finally finish something. I have 2 more sister-in-laws who I plan to make shawls for. I can't wait ♥

Monday, July 28, 2014

More of the Scrappy Project

 Hello my friends. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to stop by and visit me. The door is always open 24/7 and you are all welcome anytime. I have posted pictures today of my progress. Contrary to what I thought, things are shaping up quite nicely and I've just about reached the end of the road on this one.

Actually there isn't a lot to show except different pictures of the same thing with slightly different shots.

I guess I could have turned it sideways to give you a different angle, but I think you are all smart enough to envision that in your heads, lol.

 There was no doubt in my mind as to what I was going to do for a border. This one was basically 3 rows of simple, simple, and more simple.

 It was simple, but turned out to be time-consuming because of the increases which seemed to take forever. You know how you feel when you would like to see an end to a project, even though you have enjoyed doing it. My fault is that I am always trying to keep the next project at bay while telling myself to "please finish this one".

It did actually turned out better than I thought it would. There was a few times I thought about scrapping this scrappy thing and just labeling it a failure.

The back was a puzzle, should I crochet a back, make a fabric backing? I did a single crochet piece and then had to rip it apart and remove about 3 chains because it was turning out too wide. Still, even with doing that I wasn't sure it would fit. I am a tight crocheter, I would pin it in place and ease it in, then whip stitch back to front, leaving an opening on the bottom.

I am still not sure how I plan to do the closure. I want to be able to remove the pillow insert and wash it should it become soiled. Buttons? Velcro? I don't think a zipper would work well, but then maybe velcro wouldn't either since we all know how velcro loves to stick to everything. It would fuzz up the yarn, then what a mess. What do you think? Any suggestions?

This pillow will no doubt just be a decorative item around the house, but famous last words, ya never know who (maybe the grandson) will grab it and lay down a sleepy head. I will do a tutorial if enough folks are interested in making one. It was relatively simple even if it looks crazy and complicated.

Before I end this post I just want to list a pet peeve. Have any of you been getting those automated phone call messages that offer you lower interest rates, offers to discuss your credit rating? Here lately I have been averaging about 1-4 of these calls several times a week. This has been going on for a good 3 months. The phone rings and I am always in the middle of some sort of thing, often my hands are in water and I have to grab a towel to dry off. It doesn't stop there. I come home to their messages being left on my answering machine. Years ago I did do the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY (1-888-382-1222) which blocks these unwanted calls for 5 years. You have to do land lines and cell phone numbers separately to put them on the list. About a week ago I had enough, I did the routine again, listing both of my numbers. I was so sick of dropping everything to answer the phone only to find out it was another of these time wasting calls. They are an intrusion in your life. From what I gather it takes several weeks for the Registry to take effect. Today my phone rang, yep, another of those calls. "Press 1" it said to talk to a representative, and so I did, I pressed 1 and when she came on and asked me if I was responding to discuss my interest rates I told her, "NO, I AM RESPONDING TO YOUR CONSTANTLY LEAVING ME MESSAGES 10 OR MORE TIMES A MONTH! I WANT YOU TO TAKE MY NAME OFF OF YOUR CALLING LIST!" She hung up on me! Good, that was the 3rd call in 2 days. Enough of thinking there is a family emergency and I need to drop everything to answer the phone only to hear a stranger's annoying crap. Most likely they are scammers anyways. If I need to discuss my credit I will call my card companies. Okay, I'm done, I've blown off a bit of steam, I'm feeling better now. Have a good week everyone :)


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