Saturday, November 15, 2014

~ Hi everyone ~

I've recently found Instagram and I am enjoying it so much more than blogging.  I take a picture, fill in a few words and post.  Quick and easy.  It will be my new home now.  My blog will stay open in case anyone needs one of the patterns.  

If you would like to follow me - here is the link:


If I have a new pattern, then I will post it here on my blog - other than that, I think I'm out of here.  

I have had a great 7 years of blogging, and have met and made many lovely friends through our love of crochet.  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and friendship.  

Until next time ~ 

Debi Y.  :)

p.s. the 'guardian grandmas' will still be active.  Just email me for my address at dlyrs@juno.com

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

~ Thank you ~




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Sunday, November 9, 2014

~ comfy slippers ~


Materials:
- 3 oz. 4-ply worsted weight acrylic (these slippers were crocheted with Bernat 'winter sky')
- small amount contrasting color 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Size:  these are a size 7 - to make smaller or larger:  leave off or add dc rows on the back foot part before Row 21 - then work Row 21 as the last row.

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 1 through 11 do not count as a stitch

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3, work 12 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as joining st, dc in next dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (18 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as joining st, dc in next 2 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as joining st, dc in next 3 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnds 5 - 11:  Ch 2, dc in same dc as joining st, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Row 12:  Ch 3, dc in next 21 dc.  Turn.  (22 dc)

Rows 13 - 20:  Ch 3, dc in each dc across.  Turn.

Row 21:  Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, hdc in next dc, sc in next 4 dc, hdc in next dc, dc in last 8 dc.  End off leaving a long tail.  

Fold last row in half and matching stitches, whipstitch together.

With a contrasting color:  make a chain about 23" long - start in the front of the slipper and weave through the dc stitches, then weave through the dc's and ch 3's around the ankle of the slipper.  Put slipper on - pull a little tight - tie into a bow.  

***Debi Y's pattern***


   

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

~ random stuff video & a g.g. donation ~



Guardian Grandmas donation from Debbie Zoeller.  Thank you so much Debbie - the little hats are adorable.  ♥


Have a great weekend everyone.  :)


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

~ rippling shells ~


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Notes: 
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 1, 2 and 3 do not count as a st
- beginning shell = (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc)
- shell = (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)
- v-st = (dc, ch 2, dc)

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3, work 12 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, 2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (36 dc)  

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same dc as the joining st, sc in next dc.  *ch 2, sc in each of the next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.


  
Rnd 5:  Sl st into next sc, sl st into ch-2 space, work beginning shell in same ch-2 space,  v-st in next ch-2 space.  *shell in next ch-2 space, v-st in next ch-2 space.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  

Rnd 6:  Sl st into next dc, sl st into ch-2 space of shell, beginning shell in same ch-2 space, shell in next v-st.  *shell in next shell, shell in next v-st.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

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

Rnd 8:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, shell in ch-2 space, dc into next 2 dc, skip next 3 dc, shell in next shell, skip next 3 dc.  *dc in next 2 dc, shell in ch-2 space, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 3 dc, shell in next shell, skip next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Repeat Rnd 8 increasing the number of dc by 1 on the sides of the ripple points on each succeeding Rnd.  The shell points will remain shells. 

***Debi Y's pattern***
          
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~ baby blanket finished ~

I finished up this baby blanket last night.  I crocheted it with various brands of white and off-white yarns.  All of the yarns are labelled 'size 4', but believe me - they are all not 'size 4'.  Some were a light size 4, some were a medium size 4 and that darn Red Heart Super Saver in 'white' was a thick size 4.  I don't understand why the RHSS white is like it is - the RHSS 'soft white' was not thick - it was a nice medium size 4.  About 90% of my yarn stash is RHSS and most of it is a medium size 4 and relatively soft.

***  light size 4 = probably could be labelled a size 3
medium size 4 = the perfect weight - soft and squishy
thick size 4 = feels a little stiff and solid - like crocheting with a small rope  ***

Well, anyways - I enjoyed crocheting the blanket.  It was easy to do and since the squares were solid, I only had one yarn end to weave in on each.


(The squares that have the pink tinge and blue tinge are Patons Canadiana - white yarn with color spots on it.)


***the link to the flat braid joining is over on the right sidebar
   

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Friday, October 31, 2014

~ campground projects ~

While we were at the campground Laura and I worked on our projects.  Laura made plastic canvas coasters and I worked on a new round ripple.  We didn't get too much done because we were so busy with the Haunted TeePee preparations.

Laura is adding a dark pink border to the two variegated pink coasters and a dark blue border to the variegated blue coasters.


I have run out of the aqua yarn so I'm kind of stuck right now - can't go any further with it.  But I am working on writing out the pattern - I should have it posted within the next couple of days.  I hope you like it.  :)


Have a great day everyone.  ♥
  
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

~ Boo to you! ~

Hi everyone!  I'm back from the campground, and boy did we have fun!  I haven't got all the pictures edited yet, but when I do, I will add them to this post.

Here is a group of lovely ladies - me, my sister Laura, and our friend Joanie:


This is most of the group standing in front of the Haunted TeePee - I think there are a couple missing though.


my niece Brittany


my nephew Spencer


nephews Travis and Dylan


great niece Taylor



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

~ vintage yarn ad ~

How cool would this be as a Halloween costume?


(I found the picture on Pinterest.)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

~ a baby cocoon and a doily re-do ~

Good morning ladies.  I finished up the baby cocoon last night.  This one is a little larger than the ones I usually crochet.  It measures 11 1/2" across x 14 1/2" top to bottom.  I used 2 skeins of the Vanna's Tapestry yarn I bought at AC Moore a little bit ago.  The color is called 'Peru'.  



I also re-crocheted a border onto one of the doilies I have hanging on my craft room shelf.  I took off the pink border and removed 2 buttons, then crocheted on a yellow border and replaced the 2 buttons with a yellow one and a pink one.  This is the doily before:



this is what it looks like now:



The pattern is from here - http://item.rakuten.co.jp/gosyo/amikomo3-13/
scroll down a little and click on 'knitting diagram'.

That's it for now - see ya next time.  :)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

~ poncho is finished ~

I swear I will never use the bumpy, loopy boucle yarn again.  This stuff was such a pain to crochet with - I had to force myself to keep going.  Not fun at all.  I do like my poncho though.  :)



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Saturday, October 11, 2014

~ a yarn question ~

Does anyone know what brand of yarn this is?


I bought this yarn from AC Moore - it came in a mill-ends bag that gives no information whatsoever.  It feels like acrylic to me, but I'd like to know for sure.

Thanks ladies.  :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

~ bits & pieces #8 ~

Here's a picture of the progress I've made with my poncho.  I know - it's not much.


this is the mystery yarn I'm using.


A really dusty bird flew into one of the front windows and left a very interesting print.  I hope you can see it.
Don't worry - he must not of been hurt because he wasn't there when I went out on the porch.


This is crazy Ladybug taking a nap.  That's gotta be uncomfortable.


This car's alarm kept beeping at me.
I pull up and open the door -
beep, beep, beep, beep, beep
I get out and close the door -
beep, beep, beep, beep, beep
I walk in front of it -
beep, beep, beep, beep, beep
It did the same thing when I came back.
The alarm is way too sensitive.
Ridiculous.
Also - maybe they should of spent some of that tire rim money on some parking lessons.
Just saying.


Have a great day.  :)
  
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

~ ??? ~

"Rosie!!  Rosie!!"  
"Charlie!!  Charlie!!"

The 1st person who can tell me where those two lines come from, will win two (2) skeins of the Vanna's Tapestry yarn in the 'Peru' colorway.  
(the picture of the yarn is in the post below)

Good luck!!

Ok - Melanie guessed it.  It's from 'The African Queen".
Congrats Melanie!!
email me your address at dlyrs@juno.com and I'll get the yarn to you as soon as I can.

Vince and I watched that movie last night.
It was pretty good.
:)
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Friday, October 3, 2014

~ bits & pieces #7 ~

I finished up this 'asymmetrical round ripple' yesterday, and to be honest with you - I don't like it very much.  I should of put stripes in it - stripes would of shown the pattern a lot better.  My next one will have stripes for sure.


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I went to AC Moore Wednesday and this is what I got.  A new pair of reader glasses that are just so cute.  The sides are pink and they have rhinestones on the front.  A large jar candle - the scent is 'pumpkin spice' - that only cost $3.33!  Definitely a bargain on that.  I also bought a pack of safety pins for the 'guardian grandmas' - I use them to attach the cards to the donations.  And last but not least - 4 skeins of Vanna White Tapestry yarn in the colorway 'Peru'.  This will be the first time that I will be crocheting with this yarn.  It feels soft and squishy, so I think I will like it.


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I had bought this yarn from AC Moore a couple of weeks ago.  As you can see it's in a mill-ends bag so I don't know what brand of yarn this is.  It feels like acrylic and it is a boucle.  I usually don't like working with boucle because it's tricky to see the stitches, but I've been wanting to crochet a poncho for myself using the granny stitch and I figured it will be ok since I will be crocheting in the ch-1 spaces.  So far, so good.


It's huge!!


That's it for now, so I will see ya'll next time.  Have a great day!!  :)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

~ 'guardian grandmas' donations and Halloween stuff ~

What a great end to the week.  I received 2 big 'guardian grandmas' donations from Kate and Sandra W.
Kate (of Stitches, Scraps and Sparkles in the Sun) sent a stuffed bag full of adorable baby hats - 50 to be exact.  50!!  Wow Kate - you've certainly been busy and I thank you so much!!  ♥


The next donation is from Sandra W.  Sandra has also been busy.  Look at these gorgeous baby blankets!  I love them!  I have to say though - if I was a baby, I would love to have that pink and orange blanket - it's so soft and squishy!!

(if I'm not mistaken, it's crocheted with Bernat Baby Blanket yarn)


These 2 soft and squishy blankets are crocheted with the same type of yarn.


I absolutely love this classic granny square blanket.


I love this blanket too - so pretty. 


Thank you so much Sandra and Kate!  I appreciate all of the hard work you've put into these beautiful donations.  ♥

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My sister Laura and I are getting things ready for the Haunted TeePee at the campground.  As you may remember, our sister Teri used to be the "Mistress of Horror" and she thoroughly enjoyed it.  When she passed away at the end of 2012, we all decided to carry on in her name.  Last year was my first time participating and I'm definitely not a Halloween-scary type person, but I did have fun.  Scaring people is fun - watching them scream and hug each other, but not the little kids - I didn't scare them.  Who brings their small children into a Haunted TeePee anyway?  I'm talking about children that are small enough to be carried and are already crying before they even get in the place.  Makes absolutely no sense to me.  Well anyways - I've got most of the costumes washed and hanging up in garment bags.  If you count the hangers, you can see that there is 16.


Here are some masks that I washed.  Vince strung up a line so I could hang them out to dry.  Today I will be brushing them.


Do you think I should use this baby to show off all my crocheted baby items?  Ha-ha.
(pay no attention to me - I was sick for the last day and a half)


Tex and Ladybug have a new friend.  Actually, Tex didn't even bother with it - Ladybug kept sniffing it and trying to turn it over.  I wonder what she was thinking?


Since I'm going to be busy with the Haunted TeePee preps, I probably won't be around blog-land too much.  Laura and I have a few trips to make to the campground and internet service is not good there at all since we are in the woods.  
'guardian grandmas' donations will be posted, and emails/questions will be answered when I'm able.

See ya when I can.  :)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

~ asymmetrical round ripple ~

I did not like the previous round ripple I was crocheting because the points were almost the same size.  I started another and I like the size difference of the points on this one better.






I am using 4-ply worsted weight acrylic and a 'J' hook.

Notes:
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnd 1 does not count as a st.
- beginning shell = (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc)
- shell = (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)
- v-st= (1 dc, ch 1, 1dc)

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3, 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to the 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, sc in same dc as joining st, ch 2.  *sc in next dc, ch 2.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 3:  Sl st into 1st ch-2 space, beginning shell in same ch-2 space, skip next ch-2 space, ch 1.  *shell in next ch-2 space, skip next ch-2 space, ch 1.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  

Rnd 4:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3, shell in next shell, dc in next dc.  Skip next dc, dc in ch-1 space, skip next dc.  *dc in next dc, shell in next shell, dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in ch-1 space, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

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

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

Rnd 7:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, v-st in next shell, dc in next 4 dc, skip next dc, v-st in next v-st, skip next dc.  *dc in next 4 dc, v-st in next shell, dc in next 4 dc, skip next dc, v-st in next v-st, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 8:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, shell in next v-st, dc in next 4 dc, skip next dc, shell in next v-st, skip next dc.  *dc in next 4 dc, shell in next shell, dc in next 4 dc, skip next dc, shell in next v-st, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

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If you have crocheted round ripples before, then you know what to do next.  Keep following the pattern by working 2 rnds of shell st in the points, and then 1 rnd of v-st in the points.  Increase the dc's on the sides as the pattern dictates. 

- shell st rnd
- shell st rnd
- v-st rnd
repeat however many times you would like.

***Debi Y's pattern***

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Friday, September 19, 2014

~ bits & pieces #6 ~

I've started working on a round ripple.  I started it a different way and every other point is just a tad smaller.  I will write up and post the pattern when I can.  


Another baby cocoon finished for the 'guardian grandmas'.  I used my Innovations knitting machine and I had absolutely no problem with dropped stitches or 2 or 3 stitches getting stuck on the one problem needle on the machine.  Yay!!  (I was happy that I didn't get irritated.)
The trick for me is to go slooooow.  Going slow takes a lot longer, but it's still quicker than hand knitting or crocheting. 


My bad dogs waiting for a treat.  ♥


I went through my yarn to organize and to remind myself what yarns were in the back containers and ended up sorting out about 3 bags.  I am going to see if I can donate some to James' school, and to the recreation center at the campground.  Kids (and teachers) can always use yarns in their projects.  


See ya next time.  :)
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

~ crafty projects and my vops blanket finale ~

I was inspired by 'Lazy Daisy Jones' to craft this beaded hanger.  It was very easy to do.  All you need is a wire hanger, a pair of pliers, and some pony beads.  I didn't add beads to the hook part, but I'm thinking that I need to add something to the section where the beads come together.


This is a little rock I drew our campsite on to.  


I have finished my vops blanket.  I didn't measure it, but in the second picture it's on our queen size bed.  I didn't make it for the queen bed though - it's for a twin size bed.  :)






See ya next time.  :)

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

~ 9-11 ~



I remember being horrified that the U.S. was under attack.  

I remember being terrified because we thought our brother-in-law was working at the Pentagon that day.

I remember feeling a great sense of relief and thankfulness when we found out that he did not go there that day.

I remember being shocked because I realized I was watching people die on television.

I remember crying.

I remember feeling helpless because there was nothing I could do.

I remember feeling such great anger.

I remember wanting revenge.





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