Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saturday in the Park .... and the Pool.

Summer is here. This past Saturday the 14th was World Wide Knit in Public Day so several of us from my local yarn shop, Yarns Ewenique, met across the street from the shop in the Veteran's Memorial Park from 9am-12pm to knit in public. Mostly to raise awareness of the craft.

Since it was also Flag Day there was more traffic than I'd originally thought. There must have been some sort of race going on near by because about the time we showed up to start, groups of people were walking by with those numbers pinned to their shirts. I assume they were on their way home after running.

We had about a dozen ladies, most I knew, a couple I didn't, and we sat and knit and chatted. People waved and said hello. One lady pulled up in her car and asked if we were celebrating Flag Day. That was kinda funny. We told her why we were there and she started clapping. Little old ladies are cute that way.

We didn't actually make it all the way until noon. Around 11:30am the breeze turned hot and it just got too icky to sit outside. So, we called it a day and all packed it in. Several of us went back over to the shop to sit in the nice cool air for a while. There was another group we heard about who were supposed to be knitting from 9am to 6pm on the lawn of a local museum near by the yarn shop. The particular lawn they said they would be on has zero shade at all. I wondered if they were going to have those tent type things so they didn't all die of heat stroke. When I drove past on my way home, I saw they were all up next to the museum building under the shade. I was glad to see that.

Later that afternoon I had some friends over to swim at my house. We had a blast! There were about 10 of us and we just laughed and talked and floated all afternoon. We munched on chips and had various and sundry adult beverages. After we were sufficiently pruned up and sun burned, we went inside and ordered pizza for dinner. I had a great time with the girls I already knew pretty well and got to know a few others a lot better. We will definitely do that again soon, such a good time :)

Even though at the end of the day I was dead beat, that was the most fun I've had in a long long while. Thanks to all my good friends who spent the day with me. I love y'all!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Spring is definitely here

Yesterday I went to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens with my new camera and a borrowed macro lens (thanks Phillip). I am so in love with this lens, I must have one for myself.

Here is just one of the pictures I took, I love this flower as well as how the shot came out. The roses were in full bloom and it was just a great day all around.

See all the shots from our outing here.

Fort Worth Botanical Garden

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sweater Coat Progress

OK, as promised ... not the most beautiful picture ever, but it gets the point across. I have begun this project. So far I am through the back left (of the back left, back middle and back right), and am about to start the back middle section. It is fairly simple considering the pattern is 4,000,000 pages long (ok, 3.5 really).

Sweater Coat Progress


On another note, hubby and I went out on Sunday and took some pictures. I'm going to get them off the camera and uploaded tonight so keep an eye out for fun stuff to come!

p.s. Happy Birthday Daddybear, I love you!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Where did that come from?!

This morning when I left for work it was balmy and about 79 degrees. It became a little more muggy mid morning, so weird for February. Even in Texas. When I left work at 5:15pm it was COLD. You know, cold for here. So, like 50 and really windy. That's crazy - 30 degree drop!

In other news, I've started crocheting my Sweater Coat - yay! I hope to post pictures soon (when it starts to look like something other than a couple of rows! OK, off to work on it.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Take the pledge

For the past several months I have been spending my time knitting, crocheting, beading, taking photos, and in general just being crafty. And I'm in love. I love the care and the time it takes, the people I've met who share this passion, the feeling of accomplishment I now have, and the items I create.

A few days ago, I decided I was going to start selling prints of some of my photos. I am doing this on etsy.com, a fabulous place for all things handmade. I will also be putting more things I've made in my store as soon as I can get their pictures taken ... So, I encourage you to go to etsy and look around - and I don't just mean at my things. Support the handmade crafts of people who truly love creating. And if something strikes your fancy, buy it.

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

Here is my store: http://debidoodle.etsy.com

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

My first totally completed knitting project!

I just finished these fingerless gloves :) I'm quite proud of them. My friend Amanda weaved in the ends for me (thanks Amanda!) but everything else I finished all by my lonesome.

I am making a headband/ear warmer that matches, and if I'm really ambitious, maybe a scarf after that!



Upclose of Cabling

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

This is what I was afraid of.

When I started a blog the thing I was most afraid of is that there would come a time where I had so many random thoughts in my brain that it becomes overwhelming to try and pick one thing to talk about. I realize this is an irrational thought, like it matters which one of these things in my head I talk about - just talk about something. I really need to get one of those digital voice recorders to speak my thoughts into so that later on when I get to the computer I won't think "uhm ... I know I thought about something to blog on this morning but I can't remember what it is now." So here I go :)

I learned to knit a few months ago. I LOVE it. I like it more than crocheting. I know that I will catch flak from some friends for saying that but they will have to deal! I've finished one sock of my first pair and cast on + done a few rows of the ribbing, however I was thinking about it today and I think I'm going to have to rip it out and start over because I cast on more stitches for the 2nd sock than the first and that will end up making lopsided socks. Which of course we can't have. Here's a picture of this pair ...

Socks - First Pair

After that I started a 2nd pair which are turning out to be really cool. I'm not as far along with that pair yet but the color combo is awesome. I'm also using smaller needles and I like the size of the stitches better. Here is a close up of that one ...

Sock Close Up

I have also started a Doctor Who scarf for hubby! I'll show a picture of that when it gets a little further along. It's going to be really cool looking I think. I believe it will be about 12 feet long or so when it gets done. He's really excited about it. So yay!!!

On another note, I'm watching a very weird show on TLC right now called "Help! I'm a Hoarder" about people who are obsessive pack rats and can't help it. It's a compulsion for them. It's actually pretty sad, I feel bad for these people. One of the ladies is actually an interior designer and she spends her time reorganizing and decluttering other peoples homes and her home is a disaster area. There's another lady who is about to be evicted because her apartment has so much crap in it that is isn't up to fire code. Things to be thankful for. I'm glad I don't have that problem.

And now ... it's peanut butter jelly time! peanut butter jelly time! In other words .... dinner.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Giving Something Back

Today I'm going to meet some of my crochet friends for a charity crochet day. We will be making squares that will then be put together for blankets and given to those in need. I'm excited to be doing something to help others, and it'll be fun too! Since I've been knitting a lot lately I hope I can jump back into the crocheting without any problems. I'm sure I can :) Plus my friends will be there to help me if I need it, of course that will come at a price. I'm sure I will be called a traitor for crossing over to the "dark side" by learning to knit, but oh well! I'll have to post a picture of the socks I'm knitting, they are really cool looking I think.

Alright, well its time to make like a baby and head out. See ya!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ANOTHER Kitty Cat????

Ha! Fooled ya :) It is another kitty cat, but this one is crocheted and actually for my friend Gerald. He has named her Akira, and she is very cute.



Kitty Cat Laying Down Kitty Cat

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Buh-nee!

Here's a bunny I just finished - its very wee and too cute if I do say so myself. I got the pattern from Ana Paula off of Etsy.com, she does fantastic patterns you should check them out! http://anapaulaoli.etsy.com



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Friday, May 11, 2007

Party Bag!

I finally finished my bag last night!! Yay :) I think it came out so cute!!! It's not very big and basically will fit my wallet and cell phone - so it will definitely be a going out kind of bag. I just love it!

My New Bag!

Button Closure Flower Charm Inside - with my phone and wallet Right Button Strap Left Button Strap Back of Bag

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I've been busy!

So, outside of surviving all the severe spring weather around here I've been crocheting my little heart out as you can tell by all my critters posted here.

Here's the next one I finished ... it's an elephant for my friend Gloria. She's having a baby and its for the nursery which will be decorated with elephants :)

Oli Fahn-taye

Eeek a mouse! Elephant Butt Marching Elephant

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Mooooo Cow don't bother me

Here's a little cow I made up for my friend Patrick (well actually for his daughter) ... I just love how it came out. The cow bell really adds something :)

Posing Cow

Cow Backside Cow with Bell Cow with Bell from side

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Make Me Smile

A little smiley face with long purple hair ... its about the size of a ping pong ball! This one is for my hairdresser and friend, Taylor. I think she will like it! And, I'm gonna have to make a whole bunch of these with different colors and hair, they are too cute :)

Smiley

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Meow!

My friend Jeff at work requested a snail ... I thought, cool, that will be cute. Then he informed me he already had a name picked out - Gary. I thought, hmmm that's an unusual name for a snail. Obviously I'd never seen SpongeBob Square Pants before. Jeff brought me the DVD so I could get familiar.

I hope I did Gary justice ... he is quite an unusual snail. Meow.

Gary the Snail

Gary's Profile Gary's Right Gary from back

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

This Little Piggy Went to Market

Well, not THIS exact piggy :) This one is going to my friend Parks! This little piggy is very wee though ... and so very cute. No word yet on whether or not he likes roast beef .....

Pondering Piggy

Piggy Profile Piggy Posterior Piggy Proportion

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Giddy Up

Another one down, and I have to say, this one turned out too cute! And it went fast as well, faster than any of the others up to this point. This one is for my friend Tiffany, she wanted a horse, specifically a Palomino, so I did my best to make it look like one :) (Update: She's a hit! And her name is now Tupelo Honey)

Tiffany's Palomino

Horse, from side Horse Tail Horse, showing size

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Friday, March 30, 2007

New books

I just ordered 2 crochet books from Amazon ..... One is patterns for making hats, and another is patterns for making "granny squares". I hate that term, but some of the ones in this book are not traditional looking old lady type things so I became intrigued.


I'm not exactly sure what I'll do with the crochet blocks that I make ... I've heard about several organizations or clubs that collect them and create blankets for charities, that might be nice. I saw the author of the hip hats book on "Uncommon Threads" on DIY one day and the hats she showed were so cool so I've wanted to get this book for a while.

I think I'm either going to need another set of hands, or more hours in the day to make all the stuff I want to make! Maybe if I just win the lottery soon I can quit my job and crochet all day long - man, that would be heaven.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ollie Ollie Octopus

I just finished this cute octopus for my friend/boss Kelly at work. She specifically requested this shade of orange for her octopus, it's her favorite color! :) (UPDATE: His name is now Simon) I really think I'm getting faster at these critters, this one went much faster than any of the previous ones. Now, just to figure out what will be next .....

Octopus

Octopus Left Back of Octopus Octopus Right

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Monday, March 26, 2007

One Half of the Cacti Couple

After making several critters for other people, I decided I needed to make something for myself. And voila! Here is Mrs. Cactus! I will be working on Mr. Cactus after a few more critters for friends that I've got lined up :) Mrs. Cactus is sporting a fashionable flower in her "hair", cute little black eyes and a cheery smile. I think I'll name her Connie.

Smiling Mrs. Cactus

Mrs. Cactus Profile Mrs. Cactus' Flower

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rascally Raccoon

Here's my next critter, this is a Raccoon I made for my friend Brandon at work. I think its eyes are a little goofy, but then again .. Brandon is a little goofy so I think its appropriate. Enjoy!

Raccoon from Right

Raccoon Tail Raccoon from above .. sort of Raccoon Face

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Monkey Redux

I've finished my second monkey! Tho this one was made from a different pattern. It's from a pattern that was written by a member of crochetville.org which is a forum about crochet that I read. It's from her "lazy days" series ... so you'll notice this monkey is laying down!

This monkey is for my friend Rachel, I'll post the name as soon as she's named it (and decided if it is a him or a her).

Monkey for Rachel

Monkey at an angle Monkey tail Monkey profile

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This ain't Monopoly

We had a few friends over yesterday to play some games. Now, when I say games .. I don't mean Monopoly, Parcheesi or Clue. Nor do I mean Charades or Pictionary. Not that I have anything against any of those games. I don't. I actually like those games. But these games are different. We took it a little easy on them since this was their first introduction to "our" kind of games.

First, we played Blokus - which is a Tetris-y/Puzzle type game. I love this game because it starts out really easy and then gets harder the longer it goes on. Plus I love puzzles so this is right up my alley.

Then we attempted to play some Ricochet Robot, which my husband LOVES, but I am horrible at. It is also sort of a puzzle type game but it hurts my brain to try it. You have these robots and you have to make them ricochet off walls and each other to move a certain color robot to a matching color spot on the board. Ouch.

Next was another one of my favorites, Mamma Mia! This is a card game where the object is to try and "bake" pizzas. Its a fast game, and although the instructions are monstrous to try and interpret, once you know how to play it makes a lot of sense and is fun to play.

After that we played SEVERAL rounds of Apples to Apples, which is a fun big group game! It's completely based on what cards you have in your hand and the whim of the "judge" for that round as to whether or not your card will win. We had lots of fun with this one, but I will say - this game gets really crazy after everyones had a few drinks.

Lastly we finished up with a round of Tutto (or 'Volle Lotte' or 'Fill or Bust'). This game has several names ... makes it a little confusing. It is a dice/card game where you attempt to score all the dice to get bonus points that are shown on the cards. But miss one, and you lose all your points.

All in all we had a great time. Next time we will have to break out some of the big guns of more unusual games :) Thanks to the friends who were able to make it ... and we look forward to many more game days in the future!!!

BTW .. All links to games are pointing to BoardGameGeek.com which is a site ran by a friend of my hubby's. If anyone wants to know more about any kind of board/card/dice/etc. game out there you should check it out!

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Ook Ook!

I just finished this weekends crochet project ... a monkey for my aunt :) I think she will like it ... this is the aunt who is the mother of the cousin who is getting the orange and yellow frog I made last weekend! So, this week the frog and the monkey will be boxed up and sent to Germany where the 2 of them are living this year. A little something from home to make them smile! Without further ado .....

monkey all

monkey face yoyo & the monkey

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ribbit, Ribbit

I've just finished a frog for my cousin Sarah ... I'm still getting used to attaching/sewing the pieces together so its arms are a little higher up than the pattern but i think it turned out really cute. I'm not going to name it because it is her frog, not mine! By the way, Sarah wanted a non-traditional frog which is why its not green :)

frog-whole

frog-legs frog-head frog-arm

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My First Critter

I've finished my first crochet critter! It's a doll of sorts, I got the pattern in Crochet Today magazine which I've really been enjoying. It's a little crooked or lopsided but I think its really cute! What should I name it????? I'm taking suggestions :) Update: Thanks to my friend Tiffany, the critter is now named Pepe! Yay!!!

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Here are some closeup views:
face scarf feet

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

ch 34, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, hdc in 4 ch*, to end, ch2, turn

Is it any wonder I'm having issues learning how to crochet with those instructions? Actually I'm doing better than I thought I would be. I understand most thing in the patterns - but every once in a while I just get stuck and try as I might I can not find the answer online. My s-Mother has a crochet lesson tonight and she's gonna give me the lowdown to see if its something I might want to go to as well for some pointers on the less obvious things when working by a pattern.

I know I sound like its not fun .. that is mostly because I have a very scratchy and sore throat right now. I actually am loving my new hobby of crochet. I am still doing simple shapes with straightforward type yarns (read: worsted wool) but my stitches are getting more even and I'm getting faster. I have several skeins of yarn, found out which crochet hooks I like best (Boye), have a gauge measure, stitch markers, and several books. I've even subscribed to a crochet magazine that has tips and tricks as well as cool patterns in each issue.

As soon as I have my next piece (attempting a poncho at the moment) ready, I will post some pictures!

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  • I'm a 37 year old, left handed, aries, web designer, kitty cat mom, swimming pool fanatic, tv watcher, game player, knitter, seamstress, crocheter, aspiring photographer.
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