>Let it snow ..let it snow…

>Yes, that is right; we have the first snow of the season today. These photos where taken after only about 10 minutes of snow.

First Snow of the season

As you can see, it wasn’t a light snow, either, and it is still falling. Yes, all those things in the air are the snow flakes falling, and they are the size of silver dollars.

>Color Play


Old Gauntlets

I was asked about 1 1/2 weeks ago to pull a pattern off of a pair of gauntlets. Let’s just say the person backed out after she found out how many hours are involved and the cost of doing such a thing. So about two days ago, she asked for her gauntlets back ( wristlets, sleeves, cuffs, wrist warmers whatever you want to call them). This item was something the lady in question had purchased about 10 or 13 years ago in Europe. Long story short, she was trying to pattern an item that is already under copyright by someone else. Not sure how she thinks that works, but I don’t think it will work. Any way, in the time that I had the item I was having fun playing with the color changes in the pattern on them. Above is the original item, quiet dirty to say the least; I was a little grossed out putting it on for photo documentation. Below is the start of my version of what I saw. To make the items as the lady wanted them would have taken 7 hours per gauntlet. Wondering now how much she paid for 14 hours of someone’s life. My guess is, probably not enough.
Front of work

front of work

Back of work

back of work

There is alot going on in these photos, even though it doesn’t look like it. Every row has hidden threads running through it so you can do the color changes at the end of a row. It is interesting how the front looks so much different than the back of the work.

>Hex skirt or blanket?!


close up with size reference

I started to make another hex item the other day using the scraps from this and this project, using the same pattern I used here. I have not fully decided if this will be a skirt, vest, or blanket. Currently, I am just having fun making hexes out of the tiniest scraps of crochet thread; doesn’t take much to make those center two rows at all. This is being made out of 100% vintage and antique scraps from other projects.

start of hex skirt or blanket or shirt not sure yet

As for the random-looking layout, since I am using scraps up as I go and am not very far into this project, I am trying to spread the colors out as far as possible to start; thus the weird layout. As more and more pieces are added, they will automatically be far from each other; but for now this is how I work. I have never assembled anything in a way that’s logical to other people; no sense in starting now.

close up

>Flowers Abound


more blooms

Picked up an old project over the weekend while I was still fighting the fever. Thought it might be of interest to some. The plan is to make 3 twin-size afghans for my three girls; I have quite the ways to go, still. The thread is antique thread left over from other projects, so I never know how many blooms I will get from one left over project. It may be as many as five or as few as one or none. If none, then the smaller scrapes go into these other two projects that I am working on. The second spare scrap project is using the pattern linked to with the word “project,” but it is using thread, not chenille, and I think I am going to make a skirt out of it.

blooms in afghan

Once I make the blooms, I use left-over green to surround the flowers. After that, I use left- over cream and white thread to border the flowers. So, there aren’t any two blocks exactly the same, color-wise. The blocks alternate, white and some form of cream/ecru. I am hoping my children like these when they are done. I am debating if I have to make five and not three because we have two bedrooms that have two twin beds in them. Then I would have to make one more so each daughter ended up with two blankets apiece. This project may be getting bigger than I want it. Who knows, maybe I will make 1 real large one for my king-size bed and forget the rest of the idea. I never know ’till I get done what I will actually do with some projects, and this is one of that type of project. These, of course, are a type of granny square.


The flowers are made out of size 10 thread and knit cro sheen and any other 100% type thread that is that type of weight; even pearl cottons are in the mix. The hook is a size 6 steel hook.

I was asked for the pattern; here is where to find it:
The flowers are under copyright, still. They come from a book called “The Crochet Yearbook, Volume 2” by American School of Needlework, book 1336, page 135, ISBN 1-59012-003-5

The pattern calls for flowers ever other square and a solid colored background, not alternating cream and white. But that was just too boring and not enough color, so I threw out the blank blocks and made them all flower blocks.

>Just playing with abc’s

>S U N neongreen s h_McElman_070716_2420 I say I N E
If you would like to play with abc’s, too, go here. It is kind of neat what you can come up with, with just a few clicks on the mouse. I did not take these photos of letters they are pulled off flickr from a mixer on the link above. Just type in the words you want to see where it reads “Spell,” and have fun.

>Squared up Yoyo Tutorial



So you want to know what I do on a day when I have over 100 degree temp I make a yoyo tutorial. So now you know why I was able to do this other wise I would have been helping out at my kids school. Oh well I hope I feel better tomorrow as this was a miserable day. If you are cutting your own instead of buying a charm pack these are 5 inches square.

squaring up a yoyo tutorial

I was at a local fabric store in the last week and they had these charm squares for sale and a lovely quilt on display they had made with them. But I decided I wanted to try my hand at a square yoyo again and make a tutorial I have made a few square ones in the past but never showed them on my blog so I thought this was a good idea. The squares I used are all dye cut so they are all the exact same size you can cut them with a rotary cutter though or scissors if you want to go that route too.

  1. Thread and knot needle place about 1 to 2 inches from corner with 1/4 edge turned down do a running stitch two corner flip corner down and continue around square do not back stitch at corners or you will not be able to close your squared up yoyo.imgp5405imgp5406imgp5407imgp5408imgp5409
  2. Draw up thread carefully so as not to get knots in your thread.imgp5411imgp5412
  3. Close yoyo all the way and go through all the gathers again I like to do this to give my yoyo added strength you can also double your thread up. I have done this both ways and the whole in the middle is smaller the way I do it now but it takes a tiny bit longer to make. this whole is before I went around a second time.imgp5413
  4. Finish yoyo with a figure 8 knot make loop pass needle through loop twice draw up knot.imgp5414imgp5415imgp5416imgp5417imgp5418.
  5. pass needle through gathers one more time and cut thread. This whole is after I have gone around twice see the size difference.imgp5419

Play with the layout and even mix in a few round yoyos or even some hearts in to the mix have fun with this. Make a garland or table runner or some thing unique. The round yoyos use a standard cd as a template for size reference.

squareing up a yoyoimgp5421imgp5420

Ga-Ga for Yo-yos. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

Update Sep 22 7:39 a.m.
After I finished making this tutorial I decided to go on line and see if I could find other square yoyos out there. Here is what I found. A template with a lot of work involved in it but gives a real nice square. There is a wall hanging quilt made out of square yoyos on this site.

>Constitution Day

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constitution day, originally uploaded by sunshine’s creations.

Today is Constitution Day. Do you know anything about this important document? My children and myself spent the entire day at their school reading reports they did on this great document and reenacting the signing of it. They also played a game of trivia questions all about it. It may not sound like they had fun, but fun was had by all. Then we went to Provo where another Constitution Day party was being held. Too bad I didn’t have my camera charged and with me then.

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