Thursday, May 26, 2016

...W.I.A.Y. ...

Breakfast - tofu - english muffin, orange slices, coffee with Cashew Cream...

...after breakfast I was on my own...the Man left for a conference...and Scout had school and work...
Lunch - dill cucumber sandwich carrot and celery sticks

...so I didn't have to consider anyone else's wishes...
Dinner - Greek Salad with Vegan Feta, Crescent Rolls

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...well...now that the prom shawl is complete...I need to get back to the Camo Graduate Afghan...

...just following the chart I made on graph paper...I'm really a lot happier with the way this afghan is turning out...it looks a lot more like you expect 'woodland' camo to look...

...the deadline is June 5th (as that's the day the Seniors will recieve their afghans)...and I'm not quite halfway done...but I've got a dozen or so days...and it's really easy...so I'm pretty confident I'll be finished in time...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

...Super Simple Chain Stitch Shawl...Free Pattern...

Materials:
one packet of small glass - I used Darice Craft Designer multi coloured glass beads
one skein of worsted weight yarn - I used I Love this Yarn in burgundy
one spool of metallic thread - I used this bright gold thread...
a crochet hook - I used size H...
...I made a really long bead snake...just on the gold thread...I tried several times to pull the yarn through the little glass beads but was unsuccessful...so I just (quite easily) threaded them onto the gold thread...
...then I made a chain...just measured fingertip to fingertip...without stretching the chain...and single crocheted up one side...
...then when I got to the end...I started pushing up one bead per stitch...three stitches in the end and three beads...then one bead per stitch all the way down the other side of the chain...

...this side will be the top of the shawl...when I got to the end I did three stitches with one bead each in the last chain stitch...

...now you're ready to start the body of the shawl...
...basically you're going to do loops of chain 5...joined back to the previous row with a single crochet...I single crocheted around the center of each loop on the previous row...except the first row where I did a single crochet into the single crochet of the foundation row...

...and you'll have one fewer chain loop on each row...forming a triangle...

...so start with a chain 5 (pushing up a bead from the bead snake on each of the first three stitches)...and skip the next 3 single crochets on the foundation...then join the chain 5 to the foundation with a single crochet stitch...then repeat all the way across the foundation row...
...because I wanted a bead in each stitch along the outside edge...
...I pushed up a bead on the bead snake and included it in each of the first three stitches of the beginning chain loops...
...then when you get to the end...you'll go ahead and join with a single crochet...and as you slip stitch back up the last three stitches (to get to the middle stitch where you'll start the next row of loops...push up one bead per slip stitch so that the beads go all the way around the outside edge of the shawl...
...so this is how the edge looks with a bead in each stitch...
...the first three beads on the right are in the slip stitches at the end of the previous row...and the next three beads are in the first three chains of the next row...(hoping that makes sense...)
...and this shows the join with a single crochet around the center of the loop on the previous row...
...the beads around the entire edge of the shawl...I did think of a couple of alternatives for the beads...of course you could have no beads...or you could slip stitch around the entire outer edge putting a bead in each stitch...it might be simpler than adding them as you go...but it would also make the edge a little bit heavier...or a less pejorative term might be more defined...if that's the look you wanted...I wanted this sweet little prom shawl to be a wisp of shawl...just light and airy...
...but the beads do give it a nice weight and drape...
...and the finished shawl...it was super easy...I did the entire shawl in one evening...

...I hope you make one...come back and let me know if you do...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

...Prom 2016...

...flowers were pinned on lapels...
...and slipped onto wrists...
...sweet little beaded shawls were shrugged onto bare shoulders...(pattern soon...I promise...)
...doors were opened...

...and away they went...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

....Prom Prep...

...so...it's finally Prom time...
...Scout picked up his tux...
...washed the car...
...picked up the flowers...
...and started getting dressed...shhhh...he doesn't know I took this photo...
...and now he's ready to go...

...prom pictures yet to come...

~Have a lovely weekend...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

...W.I.A.Y. ...

Breakfast - Peanut Butter,Banana and Flax Seed...

...this is one of my favorite breakfasts...sometimes I also have it with toast...but what could be easier...I just pour a little bit of flax seed on my plate...then put a little dab of peanut butter on the tip of the banana...and then dip it into the flax seed...
Lunch - squash soup, greens, cornbread and almond milk

...and it's so cold and rainy here today...seriously 60°...cold...windy...and raining...I even wore a winter jacket when I walked Jack...so soup was definitely called for...
...and then I wanted soup again for supper...
Dinner - Chick'n and Wild Rice soup, Salad

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

...A Sweet Little Beaded Prom Shawl...

...y'all know that many years ago...fresh from university...I taught Latin and French at an inner city high school...

...'now you may ask yourself' (talking heads)...ahem...what this has to do with knitting...or crocheting as the case may be...

...well...I read through the Aeneid yearly with my Latin IV (first half) and Latin V classes (second half)...and this is one of my very (VERY) favorite passages...I even wrote a whole graduate paper on it at Chapel Hill...

Parcae fila legunt. validum namque exigit ensem
per medium Aeneas iuvenem totumque recondit;
transiit et parmam mucro, levia arma minacis,
et tunicam molli mater quam neverat auro,
implevitque sinum sanguis; tum vita per auras
concessit maesta ad Manis corpusque reliquit.

[translation from Loeb Classics]
and the Fates gather up Lausus’ last threads; for Aeneas drives the sword sheer through the youth’s body, and buries it to the hilt. The point pierced the targe—frail armour for one so threatening—and the tunic his mother had woven him of pliant gold; blood filled his breast, then through the air the life fled sorrowing to the Shades, and left the body.

...I absolutely have hundreds of things I could say about this passage...a taunting youth is killed by a seasoned warrior...tragic...the passage from solid to liquid to air to spirit...

...but truly...the most tragic part of all...

et tunicam molli mater quam neverat auro

...and (pierced)...the tunic that his mother had woven from soft gold...

...so very sad...mention of a precious soft tunic made my his Mom...

...anywhooo...
...crocheting this shawl with a strand of gold woven in reminded me of this passage...so I thought I'd share that with you too...

...and I'll write up a proper pattern and publish it soon...it's so easy...the entire shawl is done in chain stitch...so absolutely anyone can do it...it's the very first crochet stitch you learn...with a single crochet tucking each loop in (the very second stitch you learn to crochet)...really easy and it only took an evening to finish...
...Scout's girlfriend is wearing a beautiful burgundy beaded gown for prom this weekend...and when I made the Sparkly Triangle Shawl back in February...she admired it and after I saw her dress I planned on making her one like it for prom....

...but I procrastinated a little too long to make the Triangle Shawl...and truly it'd be a little bit heavy for this time of year...she really just needed a little something to drape over her shoulders if she gets chilly...

...so I stopped at Joann's and got some burgundy I Love This Yarn...and a spool of gold embroidery thread and a pack of multicoloured glass beads...
...I made a really long bead snake...just on the gold thread...I tried several times to pull the yarn through the little glass beads but was unsuccessful...so I just (quite easily) threaded them onto the gold thread...
...the beads go around the entire edge of the shawl...
...giving it a nice weight and drape...
...it really was super easy...

...Prom is Saturday...and I'll be sure to post pictures...

~Have a lovely day!