Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Afghan pattern #1

OK I have had a couple of requests for the instructions for the afghan so I am going to post that before I finish up the sock instructions. Here is a picture of the afghan, as well as a close up of the pattern.


dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
ch = chain

The pattern is worked in sets of 4 stitches so to increase or decrease the size just add or subtract multiples of 4. For mine I started by ch 171. (add or subtract multiples of 4 as you like)
Ch171

row 1 - sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across for a total of 170 sc. ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout) turn.
row 2 - skip 2 sc and *dc in next 3 sc. Next you will dc in the sc you skipped immediately before the 3 dc (do this very loosely so that the st will lay across the 3 dc), skip 1 sc repeat from * across, the last sc in the row you will not skip, dc in that last sc. ch 1 (counts as sc here and throughout) turn.
row 3- skip first dc, sc in each dc across row.
row 4 and all even rows - repeat row 2
row 5 and all odd rows - repeat row 3

I used an "I" hook but you can use the hook you like, a larger hook will make a more lacy look. I also alternated colors every 4 sets of rows, but you can use all one color, a variegated yarn would look nice with this pattern.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

crochet


I haven't crocheted for quite some time now, have been knitting more. A friend showed me a cool looking, easy crochet stitch, really a combination of stitches to make up a pattern. I decided it would be a nice treat for my aunt. Her husband died not too long ago, and I thought a nice home made afghan might be a nice treat to keep her warm on these chilly winter nights. Bring a little more joy into her life and just let her know I love her. Not knowing her favorite colors I picked a couple of generic colors, cream and green. So this is my craft of the week, I know it isn't Wednesday but I will post it to the craft it Wednesday site tomorrow. I think I am going to crochet another afghan or two to have on hand for presents, they go quickly and easily.


On another note. I have my lap top fixed, well the cord fixed so I hope to be finishing up my knitted sock instructions in the next few days. I had all my pics for that on my lap top. Along with the directions for this afghan.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Alpaca Socks

OK...no not socks for alpacas.... this is my craft it Wednesday project. I know it isn't Wednesday but I did have them done by Wednesday just took me a couple of days to get around to taking a pic and actually posting them. This is yarn I bought last year, alpaca yarn, so SOFT and nice. I just loved the happy, "warm" colors, couldn't resist and indulged in enough for a pair of socks for myself.



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Snow

I meant to post these pics earlier... it snowed late last week and on Saturday Jackson, Dallen and I went for a walk in the field, woods and down to the creek. Just so nice and white and peaceful.



Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Decaf Chai

OK so the regular chai was making my heart pound. I stopped drinking chai altogether, and that wasn't bad actually. But I found I was missing my chai, not really the chai but the nice warm creamy drink, although I use silk so it isn't really "cream", maybe the word "fake creamy" would be better. After someone suggested decaf, duh, I went in search of decaf black tea. And yes, it is out there. I used my same recipe for chai and just substituted the decaf tea. It turned out wonderful. I have had same the last couple of days, YUM!! with no heart pounding moments, YAY!!

I wanted to also post the pic so you all can see my wonderful new mug. Well not "new", it was a Christmas present from a special friend. I love mugs, so a mug is always a welcome gift. I like thinking of the giver when I heat up my cuppa chai in the morning, and different mugs feel differently. This one is not only a nice, big, chunky mug, but I like the handle, it is flat and wide, and I love the colors, the purply-pink color with the blue. Very soothing. Although sometimes when I look at it, the line on the side sort of reminds me of an EKG, LOL. So go make yourself a cuppa chai/tea/coffee, sit in the quiet and relax, sip and be in the moment.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Meditation

I have been meditating every day for a couple of weeks now. About 20-30 minutes a day. It is going so well. Not sure what it is. I did start something new. I have 6 bracelets, nothing special, just seed beads strung on elastic. Did this several years ago with the boys. These particular ones are in shades of blue. Had them in my jewelry box all this time. I was looking and cleaning out my bedroom the other week and saw these, decided I needed to put them on. And I have been wearing them ever since. They serve to remind me of my boys, and remind me to take care of myself. Just over all, to remind me to exercise, drink my water, meditate etc, do the things I need to do to take care of me. And it seems to be working. I have been up on the elliptical or doing some aerobics every day, have been drinking plenty of water and just taking that time each morning to meditate. I set my sacred space, and take the time I need. And I have found that I do all of this before the boys are even out of bed. Just me time.

I have always thought it was important to take care of myself so I can be there for myself, my boys and Jackson. That has always meant the monthly Mom's Night Out, knitting, sewing etc. But lately, I have felt the need to turn inward. So in addition to the Full Moon Circle and New Moon Circle that we do as a family, I have started a daily meditation routine. Something that for me has been sporadic. I want to build on that and create the spiritual practice that my heart needs. And meditation, for me, really keeps me grounded in the present moment, just breathing. A time to stop all the thinking, organizing and planning...and just be. This picture to the left is my space, not much, but to me so full of joy and energy. A candle my dh gave to me (he is always giving me candles, one of the things I love), he is so thoughtful, my incense burner from my children, with my favorite Nag Champa, and my crystal ball, which in the picture looks so bright pink, but in reality is clear quartz. I love the picture, love the space.

It doesn't take much. It is so easy to think that taking time for ourselves has to be so complicated. But we can find the time and space even if, like me, it is just a tray with a few things I love. If it speaks to your soul, set it up, make the time, even if it is 10 minutes to really be at peace in the present moment.