Thursday, December 30, 2010

~ Yarn - beautiful yarn ~


All of the beautiful yarns that I have been lucky enough to acquire in 2010. There's also my collection of crochet hooks at the top left corner - and that's me in the bottom right corner. :)
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~ My 2010 projects ~


Some of the projects I've crocheted in 2010. :)
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Monday, December 27, 2010

~ Jingle bells ~

Surfing the crochet blogs yesterday and came across this blog: 

http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/9473-crocheted-jingle-bell-garland

with this cute little decoration.  I had a go at it and here's my jingle bells garland.  It measures 45" long.  This project is so quick and easy - it can be done in just a few minutes.  :)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

~ Fast or slow ~

I used to crochet fast.  Then one evening, while watching a mindless TV show, I realized that I had crocheted a whole round on a large granny blanket without even thinking.  ???  Now wait a minute - If I didn't realize it, then how could I possibly enjoy it?  That was when I decided to slow down and actually enjoy crocheting my pretty yarns into pretty items.  Placemats, dishcloths, potholders, pillows, blankets.  I enjoy them more when I can actually remember crocheting them  :) 
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~ Merry Christmas to all! ~

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Friday, December 24, 2010

~ Scrappy, scrap, scrap ~


Time to roll more scrap yarn - this one will be a scrappy granny.  I enjoy winding the yarn tidbits into a ready-to-crochet yarn cake - about as much as crocheting with it.  All the colors of the rainbow in one.  (this scrap yarn cake weighs 9 oz.)  :)

P.S.  I have a U-nitt TH7065 yarn winder.  I bought it on Ebay a little while back.  If you use a yarn winder to wind your scraps together, start with the smallest scrap - if you hand roll your scraps together, start with the largest scrap.  :) 
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

~ A snowflake ~

I crocheted this snowflake for a friend at work.  I found the pattern here:

http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/simple-snowflake/
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Friday, December 17, 2010

~ Santa and a wreath ~

I crocheted these cute little ornaments over the last couple of afternoons.  I still need to decorate the wreath with some little red dots - beads, paint, something, I don't know - I have to see what I have.   :)

Wreath

- knit-cro-sheen
- 1 1/2" diameter plastic ring
- sz. 1 steel hook

Rnd 1:  Sc around plastic ring to completely cover - make sure you end up with an even number of sc's.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, sc in same sc, ch 6, *skip next sc, sc in next sc, ch 6.  Repeat from * around.

Rnd 3:  -this rnd will be worked in the skipped sc sts of rnd 2-
Sc in next sc, *ch 4, sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Ch 30, join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

-decorate as desired-

***Debi Y's version***

Santa

- face color, white & red ww acrylic yarn
- I hook

Rnd 1:  With face color ch 3, 5 dc in 3rd ch from hook, work 1 more dc changing to white, work 6 more dc.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same dc, 2 sc in next 5 dc, (hdc, dc)in next dc, 2 dc in next 4 dc, (dc, hdc) in next dc.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, turn, sc in the hdc, ch 2, *sc in next dc, ch 2.  Repeat from * 10 times, sc in the hdc, sl st in next sc.  End off.

-turn piece back around-

hat:
Join red with a sc in 2nd sc, sc in same st.  Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, ch 3, treble around last sc.  End off.

-decorate as desired-

***Debi Y's version***
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

~ Round in circles blanket & cupcakes ~

I started a new project yesterday - it's a round in circles blanket using this idea:  http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2010/01/round-in-circles-scarf.html .  I'm thinking on making it 10 circles long - I'll have to see.

These little circles are so quick to crochet - a great project for me to take when I'm waiting in the car for James' bus to arrive.  It's also a great way to use up alot of scraps.  :)

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I baked cupcakes last night.  Here's "my" recipe:

First - buy one of these:


Second - follow the directions and then decorate as you please.  :)

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Friday, December 10, 2010

~ Afghans or blankets ~

I've crocheted countless afghans - sometimes I call them blankets.  I have no idea why.  I was thinking that maybe it was because of their size - medium ones are afghans, larger ones are blankets.  But I refer to baby ones as blankets most of the time though.  What is your preference?  :)

Here's an updated picture of my squircle blanket.  I added 2 more rows. 

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

~ V2 hexagon afghan complete ~

I've finally finished my version 2 hexagon afghan - it measures 51" x 62".  This thing took me forever to do and I'm a little glad to be done with it.  Still not quite sure about the pink.  :)  
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

~ My black bag ~

I like my blue bag so much -

http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-blue-bag.html

that I decided to crochet myself a black one.  :)
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~ Pink Christmas ~

Christmas decorating has started in my house.  This pretty little tree is in my crochet room.  The white tree and the two pots were purchased from The Dollar Tree.  The two pots are glued together and the tree is permanently affixed in the pot with plaster of paris.  Most of the ornaments are the clear glass ones purchased at Joann Fabrics that I have either added paint, glitter or ribbons to the inside.  I crocheted the little side tree and the doily is the CAL doily from crochet galore's blog.  :)
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

~ Another scrappy rr ~

I started this scrappy round ripple on a trip to the campground with the grandsons. 

http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2010/08/jeez.html

It sat for a little while in my crochet room waiting for a little more scraps.  I finished it off about 2 nights ago.  I crocheted it with various scraps of worsted weight acrylics - RHSS, Bernat, Vanna's, and such - and a J hook.  It measures 45" point to point. 



I just love the way the colors look when they're all mixed up like that.  :)

P.S.  Here's the pattern link for the round ripple:    http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/angelcrafts/patterns/roundripple.html
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Friday, November 26, 2010

~ My blue bag ~

A very basic oval bag.

Materials:
- 4 1/2 oz. light blue worsted weight 4-ply acrylic
- 4 1/2 oz. variegated blues and brown bulky weight acrylic
- 1 pair light blue round purse handles
- L hook
- plastic canvas (for bottom liner)

Size:  approximately 13 1/2" x 8" x 3 1/2"

Notes:
- do not join rounds, mark 1st stitch with a stitch marker.
- I crochet tight so you may want to adjust the size of your hook.

Directions:
Note:  this is a dc example of how to work on the opposite side of chs.  The purse pattern is worked in sc's. 
Rnd 1:  With 1 strand light blue and 1 strand variegated held together, ch 28, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sc in next 25 chs, 3 sc in last ch.  Working on opposite side of chs, sc in next 25 chs.

Rnd 2:  *2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 3:  *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times.  Sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 4:  *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times.  Sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 5:  *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) 3 times.  Sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 6:  Working the rnd in back loops, sc in each sc around.

Rnds 7 - 28:  Sc in each sc around.  At end of Rnd 28, join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Using 1 strand light blue and 1 strand variegated and working from right to left, whipstitch in each sc of Rnd 28.


Center 1 round purse handle to each side and with 1 strand light blue and 1 strand variegated, sew each handle to each side. 

--tip:  I used small dots of hot glue to hold the handles down while I sewed them to the bag.

Cut 2 pieces of plastic canvas to fit inside bottom of bag.  Sew together and place in bag.

***Debi Y.'s idea***
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

I am thankful for:

- my family (everyone - husband, children, grandsons, Mother, sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, and all the in-laws)
- that after 29 years, my husband still loves me 
- my home
- Tex & Ladybug
- my part-time job
- my crochet
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

~ Ripples & Shells baby blanket ~


**This pattern was inspired by (and permission given by) Aggie May (Colleen) from Crochetville.**

**I have only worked this pattern up to the 21st round - it measures 26" x 34".**

**This baby blankie was crocheted with Red Heart's 'Peruvian Print' - it was crocheted for a boy.  As with any of your projects - you can choose any color that you would like.**

For this blankie I used:  12 ounces of 4-ply worsted weight yarn
             and a "J" hook
 
Notes:
 
v-st = dc, ch 2, dc
shell = 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc
 
Directions:
 
Rnd 1:  Ch 29, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 24 chs, 5 dc in next ch.  Now working on opposite side of ch, dc in next 24 chs.  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.
 
Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st.  2 dc in each of next 4 dc.  Dc in next 24 dc.  2 dc in each of next 5 dc.  Dc in next 24 dc.  Join as before. 
 
Rnd 3:  Ch 5, dc in same st.  Skip next dc.  *v-st in next dc, skip next dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  *skip next dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * 11 more times.  (Skip next dc, v-st in next dc) 5 times.  (Skip next dc, 2 dc in next dc) 12 times.  Skip next dc, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. 
 
Rnd 4:  Sl st into ch 2 space, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space.  Shell in next 4 v-sts.  *skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * 5 more times.  Skip next 2 dc, shell in next 5 v-sts.  *skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * 5 more times.  Skip last 2 sts and join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.


 
Rnd 5:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next dc, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  Ch 1, shell in next 6 shells.  Skip next 3 dc, ch 1.  *Dc in next dc, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 4 more times.  Ch 1, join as before.
 
Rnd 6:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc.  *Skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  Ch 1, shell in next 6 shells.  Skip next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  Ch 1, skip next 3 dc, shell in next 6 shells.  Ch 1, join as before.
 
For the pattern:  repeat Rnd 5 three times and then Rnd 6 once increasing the number of dc along both sides of each ripple as necessary.
 
(The ripple points will be shell, shell, shell and then v-st)

***Debi Y's pattern***
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

~ the oval ripple placemat~


I think I've got this figured out - if you find any problems, please let me know. 

**This pattern was inspired by Aggie May (Colleen) from Crochetville.**

***I think that this oval ripple pattern is only good for a placemat. I've been thinking (and RoseRed from Crochetville made mention) that the middle should be a lot longer to be able to retain the oval shape for an afghan. I will come up with a longer oval ripple in the next couple of days and post it here. :)

--The pictured placemat is 10 rounds and approximately 15" x 12 1/2".

I used:  4-ply worsted weight yarn
            a "J" hook

Notes: 

v-st = dc, ch 2, dc
shell = 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc

Directions:

Rnd 1:  Ch 13, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 8 chs, 5 dc in next ch.  Now working on opposite side of ch, dc in next 8 chs.  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.  (26 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st.  2 dc in each of next 4 dc.  Dc in next 8 dc.  2 dc in each of next 5 dc.  Dc in next 8 dc.  Join as before.  (36 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 5, dc in same st.  Skip next dc.  * v-st in next dc, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5.  (18 v-sts)

Rnd 4:  Sl st into ch 2 space, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space.  Shell in next 4 v-sts.  *Dc in next v-st ch 2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in next v-st ch 2 space.  Repeat from * 1 more time.  --these 2 groups are now called shells--  Shell in next 5 v-sts.  $Dc in next v-st ch 2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in next v-st ch 2 space.  Repeat from $ 1 more time.  --these 2 groups are now called shells--  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next dc, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 6:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 7:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, shell in v-st, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next 2 dc, shell in v-st, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Repeat Rnds 6 & 7 increasing 1 dc along both sides of each ripple each time you repeat Rnd 6.

***Debi Y's version***
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Monday, November 15, 2010

~ an oval ripple ~

**OK - scratch this - it's not working out right.  Sorry.**

A lady on Crochetville asked if there was an oval ripple pattern.  That got me thinking, so I got out my hook and yarn and got to work.  This is what I have so far:


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~ Mine too ~

The free pattern for today (Monday, Nov. 15th) on free-crochet.com is one of mine too.  My Mom still uses it every year.  :)

http://www.free-crochet.com/

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

~ doily blanky complete ~

I finished my doily blanky last night.  I crocheted it with Sensations Rainbow Classic - color is blue & white stripe - and I used a "J" hook.  It measures 24" across.  I think I'll give it to one of my great-nieces to use as a doll blanky. 

I got the pattern from glor's blog (thanks glor!):

http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/2010/11/birthday-doily-november-doily-of-month.html

It was a very easy pattern to follow.

 
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Friday, November 12, 2010

~ Thrift store finds ~

I really had a good trip to the thrift store.  I got these 2 giant mugs for plants and these 4 skeins of RHSS - all for just $10.00.  I just love it when I find good stuff.  :)
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

~ my kitchen garden ~

Large mugs, small plants and I've got a kitchen garden.  :)
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~ Another collar ~

I crocheted this 1/2 granny collar for Ladybug this morning.  She dirties up or loses her collars so I always need to crochet new ones.  That's OK - I don't mind.   :)
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~ Doily blanky ~

I visited glor's blog last night

http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/2010/11/birthday-doily-november-doily-of-month.html

and she has posted her November doily pattern.  It's a very pretty pattern and I immediately felt (sp ?) the need to start crocheting one.  I think this pattern will make a very nice blanky so I am using Sensations Rainbow Classic - color is blue-white stripe - and a J hook.  Thanks so much for sharing your pattern glor.  :)

Here's the beginning:


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

~ Michael's haul ~

Went into Michael's Tuesday afternoon while my husband went into Lowe's.  This is what I got.  3 skeins of yarn for my squircles and version 2 hexagons, 3 t-shirts to add fabric to, a new notebook to keep all the crochet ideas and a small container of black buttons.  Yay!  :)
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

~ Yay!! Yarn!! ~


I belong to a crochet group on Ebay - "Crochet Country" - and Cassie and I recently did a trade.  I sent her 2 crochet pattern booklets and she sent me this box of scrap yarns.  :)
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~ Thank you! ~

Thank you all for your well wishes about my injured hand.  It's really not that bad - I can still crochet - just a little slower.  :)
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

~ Ouch ~

Last week I hurt my hand at work - I went to the Dr. yesterday morning and he said that I have either popped a tendon or tore a muscle.  All I have to do is keep it wrapped and take Aleeve for the pain.  My hand really doesn't hurt all that much, but it sure is cutting into my crochet time - it's tricky trying to hold onto my crochet hook.   
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

~ My CAL doily ~

Well - here it is ladies - my finished CAL 1918 doily courtesy of glor of   http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/2010/10/crochet-along-begins.html .  I really had a hard time with the treble crochets - they just didn't want to flow off of my hook.  I did enjoy the CAL though - thanks so much for hosting it for us glor.  :) 
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

~ My patterns ~

Many years ago (the 90's), I designed crochet and plastic canvas patterns for Annie's Attic, House of White Birches, and a few others.  The free pattern featured today - Oct. 23rd. - is one of mine.  :)

http://www.freepatterns.com/
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~ Hex 2 afghan progress ~

Looking nice so far.  I'm thinking that I do like the pink - we'll see how I feel about it tomorrow.  :)
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Friday, October 22, 2010

~ 29 stitches dishcloth ~

My friend Heather from http://heather-thegoodlife.blogspot.com/2010/10/29-stitches.html designed a dishcloth and very graciously shared her pattern on her blog.  I crocheted one today - I used Peaches & Creme in 'black cherry'.  It's a nice pattern that I enjoyed crocheting.  :)
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

~ My super simple bracelets ~

I visited a blog a couple days ago and saw some really pretty jewelry.  The blog name is Merry Makes and here is the link to it:

http://merrymakes.blogspot.com/2010/10/strings-of-pearls-with-twist.html

Here are a few super simple bracelets that I wear to work:

They are just glass beads strung onto elastic thread.  Super simple - can't get any easier.  :) 
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Monday, October 18, 2010

~ Granny tissue cube ~

I've been admiring everyone's granny tissue box covers - they're all so colorful.  Michelle from:  http://theroyalsisters.blogspot.com/  very kindly shared her pattern.  She has the tutorial for the "Granny Tissue Box" posted in the right hand column of her blog. 


I decided that I would like to have a cube tissue box cover instead of a rectangle tissue box cover and this is what I came up with.  It will look pretty sitting on the desk in my crochet room.   :)
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~ CAL update ~

17 Rnds complete - only 4 more to go.  :)
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

~ CAL update ~

Here's my doily up to Rnd 13.  So far - so good.  I have found out one thing though - I do not like to do triple crochets.  They were such a pain in my rear.  The doily is coming out real pretty though, so I guess it's worth it.  :)  
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Monday, October 11, 2010

~ Glor's CAL ~

Here's my progress on glor's CAL (see Oct. 8th post) - up to Rnd 9 now.  :)
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

~ Hex 2 afghan progress ~

I finished the 4th row of my hex 2 afghan last night and started on the 5th row.  I am enjoying the look of the different colors - but I'm not too sure about the pink border.  Sometimes when I look at it - I like it and then sometimes when I look at it - I don't.  Hmmmmmm - strange (I always love pink).  :)
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

~ Cup o' cactus ~

I bought this cute sunflower cup (it's a large one) at the thrift store for only 69 cents last Thursday.  I didn't notice it had a crack until I brought it home.  Rats.  What to do?  What to do?  Well - plant a cactus in it - that's what.  It's now residing at my kitchen window.  :)
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~ Mel's Drive-in ~

This cool puzzle only cost $1.00 - can you believe it?  I got it at the Dollar Tree.  It measures 7" x 18".  My son and I put it together and it only took a few hours.  Of course, my favorite car is the pink one.  :)
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Friday, October 8, 2010

~ A crochet-along ~

Glor from Crochet Galore - http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/ - is hosting a thread doily crochet-along.  Hop on over to her blog to check it out and join in - it'll be fun.  I've started mine this morning.  :)

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