Sunday, December 30, 2012

pom pom yarn scarf

A daughter of a friend recently started crocheting, self taught. While in the craft store several months ago, she came across yarn with little pompoms attached. She bought it, hoping to make something out of it. After a few attempts she couldn't figure out how to crochet with it. She sent it to work with her mom, and said see if Kim can use this.
Well I have had this yarn sitting around for a few months, trying to find a pattern. One day a couple weeks ago, a patient came in, knitting with this yarn. She explained how to use it. Being a new knitter, but having an understanding of patterns from years of crocheting, I picked it up right away.
At the time Christmas was fast approaching, and I had several projects to finish for presents. So, I waited to get started, thinking this will take awhile. Guess what, it didn't.
Yesterday, being bored of crocheting, I sat down with this yarn. Now I admit, I had to rip it out a few times, change needles, ect. My biggest problem was that I wanted and needed to use #10 needles, however my #10 needles are very long. I was only working with 10 stitches. 2 years ago, when I started knitting, my son bought me a nice set of needles, the kind that comes in a case, and can be used as straight or circular. I dig them out thinking I could just use the needle part, well that didn't work. I had to attach the plastic ends, one on each needle. These are very stiff,but it worked. Now I'm off.
My next challenge casting on. I got that figured out. This is a really simple pattern, as most basic scarves are. You can't do any fancy stitches with this yarn, and really don't need to. I believe a beginner could do this, with a little instructions. I casted on 10 stitches, but you can cast on whatever you want depending on how wide you want your scarf. Remember if you cast on an odd number, one end you will end with one stitch and the next row the first stitch will be the second stitch between the poms. I personally like even numbers in whatever I'm knitting.
Ok, so you have your cast on. Now you knit,you can perl whichever you prefer. With this yarn your edges won't curl. You knit 2 stitches between each pom. I continued this til I was almost out of yarn. Using an even number of stitches, I counted back to know when I needed to cast off.
The cast off is like any other project, again 2 stitches between each pom.
I started this scarf around 6pm last night, and was almost finished when I went to bed at 10pm. I finished the scarf in about 20 mins this morning. I will post a picture as soon as I find my camera and take it.
I loved working with this yarn, and plan to get some for myself, to make presents out of.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Baby outfit

One of the Docs at work just had his 4 child. I have made him a summer outfit, which is the sweater and pants pattern with adjustments. I removed the sleeves on the sweater to make it sleeveless, and shortened the pants to make shorts. I still have to sew it together, but I'll finish that today.
I have 2 more babies to make outfits for. I also would like to make some christmas presents. I know this is a short entry, but I have dinner to fix and finish this outfit.

Christmas is over

Ok I have to admit I didn't get everything done. I am still crocheting for Christmas. I did make all the guys hats, I still have several things to finish. I have been working all day on the grandchildren from work gifts. I have the hats completely and 1 set of mittens. When I finish this I still have the neices, and kids hats to complete. I also have an outfit for a girl at work, and the dedication dress for the God grandchild.
I want to make Dinky another sweater, one that will fit. I have some pom pom yarn given to me, and I'm going to try to knit a scarf with. I still have my sweater to finish as well. below is a picture of one hat and mittens set I've made. Yes we are Ohio State fans. This was for our youngest grandson.

Sounds like it's a good thing I took a week off work. I just want to say the all the items I make are not my own. I find the patterns online mostly at This site is for crafters to post their stuff. All the patterns I use are free to make.
We went to Ohio for Christmas, and just missed the storm. Really enjoyed spending time with mom, and seeing the family. I miss the family, but was glad to be home before the storm. We got ice and sleet, wind and cold. They got snow and more snow. I don't miss that.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas time

It has been awhile since I have blogged anything. A lot has been going on here. Our oldest son has moved here from Ohio so right now he is staying with us. He has found a job and trying to get through the holidays. Then about a month after he moved here, our youngest daughter moved back home.  Don't get me wrong I love having my kids here,  but there is more work to do. 3 of our 4 have moved home.
During all of this, our youngest daughter became a God-Mother. So we now have 5 grandchildren, or 4 grandchildren and 1 God grandchild. Madison is so beautiful, and sweet. I finally got to meet her last night. My daughter has a professional camera, but has misplaced the charger. As soon as it's found we are going to have a photo session. I am going to put a photo from last night below.
Madison and Grandma Kim.

On to the next thing. Christmas has become so commercialized that we have decided to do something different this year. Each of the Kids and grandkids will get 3 gifts just like Jesus. They will get a gift they need, a gift they want, and a gift I make. As you can see I have been busy crocheting. We have 4 children, 2 in-law children, 4 grandchildren. I also have 4 children that call me Grandma. This doesn't count for the neices and nephews. I still have a lot of crocheting to do. I have 6 completed, and working on the 7th one. Oh and I still have a fulltime job to go to everyday, and a house to take care of. So as you can see, there has been time for blogging.
I'm going to end this now, I will post pictures of the crochet items later.