One done, one to go.

One of my projects in progress…boot cuffs. One done, one to go.

This is some yarn that I bought to use for fingerless gloves, but it was just a bit bulky. So, I decided to try it for this pattern and it’s working great!!

These cuffs will be fun to wear this winter in Ohio!


Mommy, please make a flamingo for me!

My daughter has a love of flamingos. She’s asked for flamingos as decoration on her birthday cakes for the past three years. Her room is decorated (tastefully) in flamingos. We always have to start our visit to the zoo at the flamingos!

She asked me to make her a flamingo one day while I was crocheting another project. I said, “Sure!” And then I went on a search for a pattern. First stop: (which is a free site for knitters and crocheters).

I searched for flamingos and was surprised how many Amigurumi patterns there were! There are some very clever people out, many of whom are willing to share their patterns. I chose “Floyd and Flora the Amigurumi Flamingos” by Pamela Nickerson (website is The pattern was well written, very clear and easy to follow. So, I ended up making the pair of flamingos. Doodle-Leigh loves them!

Project: Update

I’ve had a few people ask about the pattern I used for the crochet bowl I posted the other day, so here’s some info. It was a freebie pattern that I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts store. It is by Premier Yarns Premier Yarns and can be found on their website at


On another note, I attended the 200th anniversary art exhibit at my church Sunday. It was great, full of beautiful artwork. As I had guessed, I didn’t even manage to get an honorable mention. One went to a lovely quilt wall hanging commemorating the annual Blessing of the Animals our church has during the last outdoor service of the summer. All other awards went to paintings. Not surprising really considering the quality of the work! My good friend Debby won third prize for a stunning oil painting of out church in early spring. The show was too crowded Sunday to take any pictures, but I hope to stop by there this week and take a few shots to share. Regardless, I’m happy with my collage pieces and am glad I marshaled my courage and took the chance to enter them. Here’s to tackling more challenges in the future!

Project: Crochet Bowl

Okay, so I’ve had so many projects lately that I haven’t even had time to blog about any of them. So, it’s time to be a tougher task master to myself! Get it done, my inner voices yells. Not later, NOW! Okay, stop nagging, I think in reply, I’m doing it. 🙂

My current crochet project is a lovely bowl from a freebie pattern I picked up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores in Texas when I was visiting earlier this summer. I made one and it turned out to be great fun and a bit of a challenge for me as novice crocheter — a mere one step up from beginner! It’s the first project that I’ve done using front and back post stitches. I really like them; I just have to pay extra attention to keep the pattern correct, especially when my pre-schooler is around “supervising”!

I gave the first one to my mother-in-law (who I think is still perplexed about what to put in it).  I decided to make a second one for myself. Turns out that my cat loves it, but he’s a bit too big. I kicked him out and now I have it sitting on my kitchen counter filled to the brim with Buckeyes. Maybe I’ll have to make a larger version as a cat bed? Hmmm, on to the next project, I suppose.