Saturday, September 21, 2013

recipes and stitch markers

I will be pulling down my Sandra's Backyard site. This was my very first place on the web created March 15, 1997 by my husband. I recently had to move the entire site because my Internet provider discontinued their hosting option and have since been looking it over for relevance today.

I was keeping it up mainly for the homeschool info and the recipes (for my own use). It's been a good many years now since my kids graduated so the homeschool information is no longer up to date. Also, it uses the same program I used to use for Crochet Cabana. That program is no longer supported.

With that in mind, I have moved over the recipes to Crochet Cabana, even though they are not crochet related. :-) I still have some work to do on it. This is the first page I have created from scratch. You might remember my daughter did all the work on the new site. I have been slowly learning how to do things.

In any case you will find the recipe page on the resource section under non-crochet. If nothing else, I will have a ready reference to help with my poor memory.

Yesterday I was removing stitch markers from an afghan where I had marked every so many rows. I had used those clear colored stitch markers. Every single one of them broke as I took them off. I threw the remaining ones away. My warning: don't use these. I am not certain what brand they are as I had them in a clear bag with no label but I THINK they are Crystalites.

There are many kinds of stitch markers. My personal favorite are the Clover stitch markers. I have both the Jumbo and the regular ones, each suitable on certain projects. Amazon has both Jumbo and regular size. I could only find the Jumbo at the Hobby Lobby site. I'm sure they are available elsewhere too.

Of course, as I said, there are many other kinds of stitch markers and everyone has their favorites. After trying several different kinds the Clover has become my favorites but you might like a different kind. If you knit you will need markers designed for knitting, which slip onto your needle.

Happy crocheting!

Friday, September 20, 2013

jealous doggy

When I took a picture of this snuggle, my dog Jack was nearby. I thought he looked a little jealous that I was making blankies for other animals.

Don't worry. Jack has plenty of ghans for himself. He also quite often takes over mine!

As I mentioned last time, I have been making squares. These have come out about 8 1/2". I'm not certain yet what I'll do with the 10 squares.

They were made with Caron One Pound worsted yarn in the color Sunflower. I used an I hook and the cross-stitch square my daughter designed. I left a long tail which could be used to put them together but it would be a pretty small afghan with just these squares. I'm getting an idea though ... We'll see.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, September 16, 2013

pet snuggle

I finished another pet snuggle. This one uses the seed stitch (sc, ch 1, sk 1) basically following the scarf pattern I have here.  I chained 56 with an I hook. I used Caron One Pound Sunflower. The finished snuggle is about 14" square.

Different hooks and different yarns will produce a different size project even when using the same foundation chain so I don't want to say if you chain this many you will get this size. There is also the matter of your personal tension. Thankfully in snuggles there is some play. They don't have to be an exact size.

I am also working on some cross-stitch squares. I was watching Sesame Street - yes, I know it's a kid show but my grandchild is expecting within the month so I'm preparing. :-) Anyway, I actually like Sesame Street and today's number was 7 so I decided to make 7 round squares. I'll take pictures for you tomorrow.

Happy crocheting!