Monday, February 28, 2011

Crocheted Baby Wrap Dress

As many of you know, I belong to a group called God’s Tiny Angels and we make clothing, blankets, etc for needy babies. One of the ladies in our group, Louisa, posted a pattern that she created to our group for this wrap dress.


It looked like a pretty easy pattern so I thought I would give it a try. It worked up really fast and was very easy to make.

I think our group leader Danette is going to post it to the pattern page for God’s Tiny Angels. When I find out if it is there or not, I will post a link.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Peyton’s Cupcake Hat


Peyton’s mom asked me if I could crochet a cupcake hat for her.

So I did a search on the internet and found more than one pattern. Each one had something that I just didn’t quite like about it so I used them for my “guides” and came up with my own version. Mom said it needed to have ear flaps and ties because Peyton would just pull it off otherwise.

My pictures aren’t as good as I’d like them to be but you get the idea :)

Peyton is about 16 months old now and her head measured about 19 inches around. I made it a bit big so hopefully it will fit her for awhile.

I used a size G crochet hook. Her coat is pink and brown so I used those colors. The pink is Bernat Satin 3.5 oz worsted weight acrylic yarn and I used about half of the skein. The color is called Flamingo. It’s a bit lighter than my picture shows.

The brown chocolate cupcake part, the earflaps and ties are made from Caron Simply Soft Eco 5 oz. skein. The color is, what else, chocolate! I used a very small amount of this, maybe a fourth of the skein if that.

Of course we had to have “sprinkles” on the cupcake so I used pink, cream and white pony beads and sewed them on with the pink yarn.

Sorry but I didn’t write down the pattern as I went along because I was winging it and I know I frogged some as I went so I probably wouldn’t have gotten it written down correctly anyway.

Hopefully I’ll get some pics late on of her wearing it and will post them when I do.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blizzard Of 2011

Well, we ended up with 18.4 inches of snow, way more than we usually see around here in Eastern Iowa.

Here are some pics of what I saw in the neighborhood.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         This is the drift we saw when we opened the garage door so we could get the snow blower out. Hubby figured he would try to snow blow even thought it was still snowing heavily and blowing pretty good. We thought it might make it easier to clear it all off later on if we got some of it now. Ended up it didn’t make much difference because most of it just drifted back in.


Snow hanging off of the edge of the roof on the front of the house. This was taken about 9 PM on Tuesday February 1st.


This is looking down our street about 4 PM Tuesday. Before the snowplows ever even thought about coming by.


Here’s the same view about an hour later.


Remember the snow hanging off the front of the house? Well, I took this picture out our front room window. The snow hanging off the roof is about 2 feet long.


This is our neighbor’s patio on the house behind us. Doesn’t look  to me like they are going to be using it or going out their patio door any time soon :)


Looking out our garage door about 7 AM Wednesday morning. Lots of drifts and the overhanging snow has increased dramatically. It had stopped snowing pretty much by then but it was still pretty windy.


Slightly different angle looking out the garage door. Drifts almost up to the bumper of our truck.


This is looking up the street in the other direction.


Drifts next to the truck and looking towards the street. No snow plow by yet as this time. See my poor mailbox out there near the curb? It’s on a 4 foot wooden post so that gives you a bit of an idea how high the drifts are.


Rocky says he’s hunkering down for the duration under this nice warm quilt hanging down off of the love seat. Do not disturb me!

So, that’s the blizzard of 2011 for me. Did you get hit by mega snow or ice too? Let me know. Truly hope we don’t get another one of these this winter. Luckily, we are retired and don’t have to worry about trying to get to work and we live on an “emergency snow route” street so we are one of the first streets to get plowed out in our city. Not so much for people living on the “side” streets in the area. The snow stopped about 7 AM Wednesday morning and as of 1 AM Thursday my daughter says the plows hadn’t been down her street at all yet. I hear on the news many of the side streets aren’t going to even get a single pass until sometime Friday. Really feel sorry for all who had to get out to go somewhere this morning. I saw our one neighbor across the street from us HAND shoveling his drive way at 5:30 this morning. Took him about an hour and a half.