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The Mondo Bag

For A Christmas gift a good friend from co-op, made me a Mondo Bag.  For the record, I like bags.  I like lots of bags.  Bags hold Every.Thing!!  So you can imagine the excitement when I opened this.


It’s huge. It’s marvelous.  It’s perfect.  Not only for it’s size, but for how my friend made it JUST.FOR.ME.  🙂

Not only did she add awesome bright colors, but also photos.  These are perfect for a Biology teacher.  You can see a worm, mushrooms, and an animal cell. Totally cool.


Below you can see, I Love Biology and a photo of my husband. My friend went out of her way to capture some favorite pictures off my blog. 🙂


Below you can see me as Professor Goodenstein and The Webmonkey.  Notice the matching glasses. LOL  I am the webmonkey for our co-op website.


I love this bag!  The bottom is a flat huge square.  I have added a skein of yarn so you can sort of see the size of this thing.


I have used it a few time, but right now it is a perfect place to hold all of the yarn I need to make my daughter’s blanket.  A work in progress.


And all the yarn that goes with it.

IMG_0055Thanks, Georgeann, for all your hard work in making this great bag just for me. 🙂




Yarnie Projects

I have been doing some knitting and crocheting, but not as much as I would like. Here are my lastest projects.

A lady at our co-op is expecting to be a Grandmother by the end of November. I wanted to make a few baby hats, booties, and anything else I can do for her.

Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat by Keri McKiernan.  Love the sock hats.  This is a pattern that I have made before.  I thought I had blogged about it, but guess I haven’t.  I’ll write something about it later.

The rolled bottom and the knot at the top makes this very cute.   Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks FX

The booties are  Roll-Tops by Hayley Missingham, from Ravelry.  I picked this pattern because the rolled top matches the hat above and it is crocheted!  Knitting socks or booties is still difficult for me.  Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks FX.   Hook:  E  3.5mm   This yarn is slightly varigated, so I started on the same color section for each bootie, to make them more of a match.

Cutie Booties

Another baby hat is the Shell Stitch Beanie by The Dainty Daisy.  It is crocheted and since I am a fast crocheter, I made this in less than one hour while at the library.  This one is very cute and does well with a huge flower on the side.

Next up is a cap for my sister for Christmas.  I LOVE this pattern.  Quick, Easy, and Stylish.  The buttons on the side add a great touch to it.  In Bloom Beret and Cap by Brittney Waterhouse.  Yarn:  Cascade 220

Pea #1 is modeling it for me.  Isn’t she pretty?  She kept oooing and awing over it after she had it on her head. That means I’ll be making her one also.

There are other things I have crochted or knitted, but they are for my other sister who might read this blog.  🙂


Masquerade Ball Mask

This is a seriously lame post for our monthly Pinterest Challenge, but I can’t help it.  So sorry.

In October my girls will go to a Homeschool Masquerade Ball.  This gave me the opportunity to make them each a mask.  I do this because I ROCK at being a mom!  However; my girls don’t think I rock all that much and told me not to make them a mask.

Not even this gorgeous thing.   This was what I wanted to make for the Pinterest Challenge.  I got a flat out NO from my girls and it busted my bubble.  After getting over my tantrum, I decided to make the darn (which wasn’t the word I actually used) mask and give it to someone else!  That’s because I still ROCK at being a mom with an attitude.

Turns out it was a great idea.  My Pea #1 decided she liked the mask after I had gotten the eye parts done.

Let me first say I don’t like crocheting with black thread unless I am under a spotlight.   And I want to say that the pattern, found here, was difficult for me to follow at times, so I winged it.

Here it is being blocked.  It’s the only picture I have right now.

I have three reasons why this mask is not done.

  1. I waited to long to start it.
  2. After going to two different stores, I still don’t have a black ribbon for the ties.  Who knew that Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart ran out of black ribbon!
  3. My daughter spent the night at a friends house and I didn’t get a chance to have her hold it up for a picture.

The biggest problem I had with this mask, it that I had to size it down.  Then I had to wing it in the area around above the nose.  This isn’t my finest piece, but it is coming along nicely.  We have a few accent decorations to add and then we’ll be done with it.  I hope the daughter likes it and will enjoy wearing it at the party.

I’ll post the finished product in a couple of days.  That is if I find some black ribbon.

See what the other Pin-up ladies have done.

An Ugly Sweater

Here is an ugly sweater I made in November.  I lost the button, so I had to order another one before uploading any pictures.

Made from Lion Brand Thick and Quick Yarn.  Yuck….  In dark forest green. Plain ole dark forest green.  Yuck…

I did like working this pattern.  It was quick and easy.  I just don’t like it.  It feels like I am wearing a heavy blanket.  I also look like a forest green whale while I have it on.  Who wants to look like that!?

The only thing I like about this sweater is the button.  It is made from a coconut shell and it does look good on the sweater.  It is dark brown on the underside and curved.  I bought the button at my BFFLYS (best friend forever local yarn shop), The Local Needle.

My MIL came over one day and liked the sweater.  I told she can have it as soon as I get the button.  She’ll get it this week.  🙂  She can wear or not, I don’t care.  She is thin and so does not look like a whale in it.  If she decides it should go to the dump, I want the button back.  lol

After finishing this sweater, I am not so keen on finishing another.  I do have one partially made and it is just sitting on the table.  Maybe I’ll get back to it or maybe not.  At least I am not using the same yarn.


A Shrug

Over the Christmas Break , I decided to work on a shrug for The Violinist.  The pattern comes from Positively Crochet by Mary Hall.

The yarn is Marble Chunky bought from The Local Needle.  It is acrylic, but that is the only kind of yarn I’ll use for my kids at this time.  🙂   I picked her favorite colors.  Blues, greens, and teals.

The pattern was really easy to follow.  The shrug is made in two pieces and then sewn up the back.

l like how the back looks.

The only thing left to do with  this shrug is to attach a button on the front.  I hope to get a purple or green toggle button from The Local Needle.

The Violinist seems to be pleased with it.  I just hope she will actually wear it.   Pea #1 also wants a shrug, but it will be  different pattern than this one. 🙂

I finished something!

Deb over at Not Inadequate is having a Blog Hop.   It is called “Just Finish Something Already!”.    Since I haven’t finished anything in like For.Ev.Er, I wasn’t able to participate until now.  Just two weeks before the Blog Hop ends.  Go figure.

Here is what I actually finished over the weekend.  A hat.  Yes, a hat.  Problem with that?  Ok, so it isn’t really a big project, requiring lots of planning, and steps to finish.  But it is FINISHED!  And it is one less Christmas gift that I have to make or buy. WOOT!

This hat is for my second daughter, aka Pea #1.

The pattern is from the book Positively Crochet by Mary Jane Hall.   Yarn is Marble Chunky, in a purple color.   It is an acrylic yarn, which is perfect for little girls who don’t take care of their clothes.

My favorite part about this hat is the crown.  I just like the way it looks.

You can find more information on this hat at my Ravelry project page.

Now on to finish my sweater, so I can post something next Monday.

Tunisian Class

Last Saturday I drove all the way to Macclenny, to attend a Tunisian Crochet Class, at The Local Needle.  You already know this is my BFF-LYS (Best Friend Forever Local Yarn Shop).  Ok, it isn’t so “local”.  Took me an hour to drive there, but it is well worth it. 

I want to take you on a little tour of the shop.  I have only been their twice. 🙂  I wish it was closer to me.

Joan, the owner, has every corner packed with wonderful yarn.  Some of it makes your eyes pop out because of the price, but oh does it feel good.   Not the eye popping part, the feel of the yarn.  Stay with me here, ok?

Below is one corner, where people can sit for classes or just sit and crochet/knit and chat.  We chatted a lot during our class time.  🙂


Here are a few more pictures of the store. Isn’t it cute?



The class for the Tunisian Crochet started at 11:00. We sat at the the table with our instructor.


Here I am at the same table. Joan was kind enough to take a picture of me. I really think the amount of trouble I had seeing the stitches in the yarn, was due the color of my pink shirt. Right Chocolatechic?


This is Jeff. He was our instructor and he is very good at what he does.


Here is my practice swatch. I got the hang of it after a few minutes, but it had only 10 stitches. The shawl has 190!   I’ll tell you more about the project in a couple of days.


The yarn is Pagewood Hand dyed Sock Yarn, in Teal. Isn’t it pretty. 🙂

Learning Tunisian Crochet

Today I get to take my very first crochet class.  I have never taken a crochet class before,.  I have learned everything except chain stitch and single crochet on my own.  So, this is going to be exciting for me. 

I will be heading to my new BFF local yarn shop, The Local Needle at 9:00am.  Why is it my BFF yarn shop?  I’ll tell you.

  • They have several crochet projects hanging around the shop.
  • They have several crochet pattern books.
  • They have someone there who will teach a crocheting class just for the sake of crochet, and not for “you’ll need to learn crochet, to place trims on your knitting.”
  • They don’t mind if you crochet at their knitting night.  Some shops won’t allow me to crochet during their knitting nights and they don’t have crocheting nights.  This is a biggie for me.
  • And the number one reason is:  The owner, Joan, is awesome to work with.  She is easy to talk to.  She gives good advice.  Her mail order side of the business is superb!  And she doesn’t say anything about my endless dribble in emails.  😀

Back to the purpose of this post.  I will be learning to make a Tunisian Shawl.  I don’t have a picture of  it or a pattern page.  This is a personal pattern of the teacher.  Anyhoo, part of the requirements for taking this class was that I needed to know the basic Tunisian Crochet stitch.  So…. I have been practicing.

Here is my very first project in Tunisian. It is a washcloth.  The center is off, because well,  I messed up.  It still works well at washing dishes.  🙂


I had to watch this YouTube clip to start the process of Tunisian. Once I could see where to put the hook, I didn’t have any problems.

I was thinking that the simple stitch, used to make the washcloth, was not enough for me to know. So I got out my very old The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery book, dated 1979 and looked up new stitches. I used a very ugly orange colored yarn, to practice my stitching.

This first picture is of the test swatch curling. Tunisian projects like to curl…a lot. If this was an actual project, I’d have to block it well.


This next picture is of the whole test piece. The first section, down at the bottom is the basic Tunisian stitch, aka Afghan Stitch. The next section up, is the Knitted Stitch. It uses up a lot of yarn, but looks just like knitting on the front side. Hmmm, I wonder if I can do that at the knitting nights.

After the knitted stitch, I did a few rows of the simple stitch again. Then I tried the Cluster Stitch. I didn’t have enough stitches on the hook to begin with, so the right side is off. Don’t ask me what I did, because I don’t know. 😀 Just look at the lovely cluster stitches on the left side.

Once I was done with the clusters I went back to the simple stitch and then to the Crossed Tunisian Stitch. You can’t see the difference, but there is some. I know I didn’t do something right with that section. I’ll have to practice more.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ll be posting about my Tunisian Shawl another day, when I have some of it done. 🙂

Some Friend!

At the beginning of January, Sheri made this very pretty heart.  It is just the right size and it is just the right color.  I asked, “For me!?” and she had the nerve to say, “No, it’s on its way to Mississppi.”     Well, some friend she is!

So… I had to make one for myself and just to show her off, I made two.


Then I decided to do more and made these. They are aptly named Won’t share with Sheri hearts.


No Tanya, you can’t have my ugly pink hearts.

Now you might think that Sheri isn’t so bad about not sharing, just read on. She bought a ball winder months ago and never used it! She refused to send it to me.

Well, Sheri, I don’t need your stickin’ ball winder. I made my own center pull ball without a ball winder. So there!  You can see how to do this with your thumb on You Tube.


On a brighter note: I have forgiven Sheri for all her faults.  And I have found my box of embroidery thread, so I am back to working on my special project. WooHoo.

Block A Month Crochet – January

Sheri came all the way to Florida, one day, and beat me up until I joined the 2009 Block A Month group at Ravelry.  I told her I had too many other things to do, but she wouldn’t hear it.  So, here is my first block for this group.  I crocheted it between breaks  from embroidery, which was perfect timing because I lost my 12″x15″ plastic box of embroidery thread and it has the threads in it I need to finish my special project.  Go figure?  I think Sheri took it, when she was here.

Back to the block.

This is Esther’s Square, 12 inch block, made with I Love This Yarn, in Toasted Almond and Ivory.


I picked two neutral colors to go with anything.  This will be a Christmas gift to a family member, but I don’t know who that is yet.

Now I need to get back to the embroidery.  Where is my thread?