Crochet Child’s Poncho

Using my imagination and left-over yarn, I crocheted this poncho for my far-away, granddaughter.

poncho

I haven’t seen her in over two years.

poncho stitches

I am but a stranger to her now.

poncho closeup

She was two years old the last I saw her.

poncho flora

This year she turns five.

Life is so short and the days zoom by.

scraps-ends

I guess most wonder when.

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Sweet Lizzy

Two years ago my grandchildren moved 1200 miles from me, I don’t get to see them. Not seeing them leaves such an empty feeling. When I think of them, I get a lump in my throat and my eyes well up and tear. I see how they have grown through photos.

Yesterday, I took a photo (of my granddaughter) that my daughter posted on Facebook and made a scrap type page with it and then framed it.

Sweet Lizzy

For just a little while, the emptiness was put aside as I worked to frame her pretty face.

Lizzy

I miss my family.

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“Elizabeth” Hat Pattern

A while back I made hats for my granddaughter, Elizabeth. I didn’t post the pattern, but Sunday and yesterday I sat down and finally put pattern to paper by making three hats.

Elizabeth hat

Writing patterns isn’t something that I am very good at doing because you have to keep stopping as you crochet. I can design a crocheted piece, but hesitate to write it down.

Elizabeth Hat's Flower

You can find the pattern here for this hat.

After making the first one and writing the pattern down as I went along, I came back to read it and found that it didn’t make sense.

Sooooooooooo yesterday, I crocheted the third one at my desk-in front of my pc.

This is the third one I made.  I added a sl st around the brim.  On the last round (instead of working in the round), I turned my work on round 20 then added the sl st.

Elizabeth spring hat

The second one I made Sunday night.  It is slightly different.  I kind of went off-track and was trying different styles.  Hopefully, I will get the pattern written before I forget.

I call this one-Sunflowers for Elizabeth

sunflowers for elizabeth

The top of the hat-

Hat sunflower top

That’s it for now.  Here’s hoping that the pattern for hat #1 & 2 makes sense.

Elizabeth Filet Crochet

Last winter, Carrie asked me if I would crochet a name plaque for my granddaughter, Elizabeth.  I got busy and charted out a graph-

Elizabeth filet graph

I have crocheted many filet crochet patterns and names over the years.  Reading a graph, while I am crocheting, can become confusing as to where I keep loosing my place. That tends to frustrate me and slow me down. I write down the rows and the steps-

Filet Crochet Numbered Chart

Two nights ago, I finally stiffed it with fabric stiffener-

Elizabeth Filet Crochet
I made another Elizabeth one previous to this one, but I didn’t like how the “Z”  font looked.  So, I charted this one and was ok with the outcome.  I just wish I had added more of a frilly border.

Now, I just have to put it into a pretty, matted frame.

Making Memories

Because we are experiencing some beautiful Autumn temperatures, Elizabeth was able to wear one of the hats that I crocheted for her today.

I just couldn’t resist taking some pictures of her and making some memories.

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elizabeth

elizabeth ann

I sure am going to miss them when they move to Texas. But, that’s a post for a different day.

Crocheted Toddler’s Cardigan

Wanting something to crochet, and not having much yarn, I decided to make a little cardigan for my granddaughter. If I had a different color yarn in my stash, I would not have used this color to make this cardigan.

Cardigan for Elizabeth

I modified the pattern for a size two. It fits Elizabeth perfectly. The instructions didn’t make much sense to me, but I think it came out ok.  I used a reverse single crochet stitch around the front and neck rather than the slip stitch that the pattern suggested.  When I sl st, as the instruction suggested, it had bunched.  It looked terrible.  A while back I had crocheted some flowers and added one of them to the cardigan to dress it up a bit.

Below is the original from Lion Brand.  It is called Bebop Cardi.  Click on the links/picture to get the pattern.

bebop cardi

Super Sunday

I baked these Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies this morning…

valentine cookies

…for these little Rugrats Valentines-

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nicky-superbowl sunday

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Elizabeth

Picture of Brian and Nicky taken yesterday, Super Bowl Sunday.  We had a small family gathering for the Super Bowl Game.  I fried hot wings and curly fries and on the side we had celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. For appetizers we-the adults-indulged on 7-layer dip, beer and wine.  The temperature was in the middle 50’s and we all spend most of the day outside.

It was a wonderful weekend and for a while I was able to forget all the things that have been weighing heavily on our minds and in our lives.

Love Quick Page

My granddaughter, Elizabeth-14 months old.

elizabeth-14months

I finally found a use for this quick page I made a while back.