Pink Poncho - Complete (well, almost)


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I just finished the basic part of the pink poncho. All that is left is adding the edging and the flowers; however, I do not want to do that at this time. I want to have some plain ponchos, then I can embellish them for a particular person if necessary. I'd hate to add something today and then tomorrow someone asks, can you make one just like that but instead of lavender trim, can you do it in green! So, here is the plain poncho. I'm satisfied to move on to another project...

A Bit About Patience...(and you will need patience to read this post as I am feeling long-winded today)


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I must preface this by saying that I am reposting this message from my other craft blog. I felt complelled to post it here as well because I haven't posted here in a while and it's been a while since I picked up my camera and since I did today, I wanted to share it with you....


Today was a fairly long day, and the day isn't even over yet. I scheduled a hair appointment for this morning at 10:30 A.M. Since I have been in a weeklong conference, I hadn't had time to do anything like run errands until Saturday morning. That's never good because I'm usually running late. Since I was getting my hair rebraided, I realized this morning that I needed one more pack of hair. I also didn't have the cash to pay, AND I hadn't cooked breakfast. I left a little earlier, but when I forsaw that I wouldn't make it to the salon on time, I called to see if it was okay or would I need to reschedule. Well, the hairstylist wasn't there either. Good for me because that would buy a little more time.

I got held up in the breakfast line, so I called the salon again. The receptionist let me know the stylist still wasn't there, so I decided to call her house. Maybe she overslept or something. She was so thankful that I called because she was trying to call me at home and obviously I was already gone. She asked for 25 more minutes because there was some problem with the babysitter. (This is what my culture calls C.P time. *Explaination in the footnote.) Again, I was thankful because now I could eat my breakfast in peace and go to the post office - I hadn't been there in days. There was so much mail and I also got three packages and it was raining, so it was a semi-struggle, but I made it to the car.

After leaving the post office, I went to the Korean hair store to purchase that extra pack of hair and I also asked if they sold Styrofoam heads. Yes, they did for $2.99 so I purchased that too. Now I can adequately display my hats and scarves for the pictures. I headed back to the salon, now at 11:25 A.M. and the stylist still wasn't there. That was okay because I had my crochet bag and my Sunday School book. My motto: Always come prepared. I crocheted and chatted with other people in the salon. I realized I had a message on my cellphone. The stylist had called with apologies and said she would definitely be there by 12. Then the clock struck 12. Then it was 12:30 and finally she had arrived. By then I had almost finished the second part of my poncho and finished a really good conversation with a man who said he knew how to crochet. Apparently his 5th grade teacher taught him. He only made granny squares and afghans though. Very interesting.

I could tell my hairstylist was distraught. The look on her face let me know that she was mad at herself and embarrassed for having me wait so long, but I assured her that I was okay. Hey, I mean, I was relaxing and I almost finished the other half of that pink poncho (remember the one I finished half of while waiting in the doctor's office earlier this week) that I long to finish soon. The whole braiding process took a couple of hours because she likes to shampoo and deep condition, plus I wanted a trim since I am growing out my chemically-processed hair - AGAIN.

When the appointment was over I went to my parent's house because mom had invited me for a free dinner. Who could resist. I was also excited to go there because I had a surprise for her. Some time ago her brother mailed her a c.d. of all of these vintage photographs of family members. Pictures that people never let out of there house. Somehow he got a lot of them scanned and put onto c.d.s I uploaded them to one of my favorite sites - Mpix.com and the order came in today. My mom was so excited because there are pictures of her parents when they were in their youth, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There's also a picture of my mom and her siblings with their mom. I hope she doesn't mind me showing this. My mom is the 3rd from the left - I twiddle my fingers like that too! I only wish my granddad would have been in that picture. Maybe he was out working in the fields that day. Who knows.

The other surprise packages were for me. I ordered a tuck and roll organizer from Coyote Bean's Etsy shop. I had seen some of her work through Flickr and when I realized she had a shop, I just had to purchase this organizer. I was tired of carrying my crochet hooks in a plastic Ziploc bag. When I opened the package, it smelled so good inside. I wonder what the fragrance was, but it was so nice. She also enclosed a surprise of a vintage magazine from 1981 that has some crochet patterns in there.

This is the inside of the organizer. Oh I do love the fabric.
I didn't take the hooks out to photograph this, so it appears lumpy. In reality it lays flat.
This is the organizer all rolled up! Isn't this a neat idea?

Now the last package I didn't actually open until a few moments ago. It was a box from JoAnn's. I posted some time ago about not having many options for shopping for yarn and finally just deciding to purchase online. Well, since the yarns were really on sale and the shipping was free, I couldn't resist. The box arrived today. Just looking at it makes my eyes grow wider by the moment thinking of what cool things will be crafted with this yarn.

I'll admit, that it's almost too much to handle. I will close this box and put it away, calmly finish that that I'm working on, and pull the box back out only when absolutely necessary. There are too many spring colors in there and I might get overly excited.

So the moral of this story is "be anxious for nothing." If you want patience, you must be put in situations where you have to wait. While waiting, I crochet (or at least I did today).

* C.P. stands for "Colored People" Time, which basically is a reference used for when people of my culture are always a little behind schedule. So if you want an event to start on time, you must tell people that it's at the regular clock time, not C.P. time. But still some will show up late. I'm working on it. :-)

A Bit About Patience...(you will need patience to read this post, as I am long-winded today)


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Today was a fairly long day, and the day isn't even over yet. I scheduled a hair appointment for this morning at 10:30 A.M. Since I have been in a weeklong conference, I hadn't had time to do anything like run errands until Saturday morning. That's never good because I'm usually running late. Since I was getting my hair rebraided, I realized this morning that I needed one more pack of hair. I also didn't have the cash to pay, AND I hadn't cooked breakfast. I left a little earlier, but when I forsaw that I wouldn't make it to the salon on time, I called to see if it was okay or would I need to reschedule. Well, the hairstylist wasn't there either. Good for me because that would buy a little more time.

I got held up in the breakfast line, so I called the salon again. The receptionist let me know the stylist still wasn't there, so I decided to call her house. Maybe she overslept or something. She was so thankful that I called because she was trying to call me at home and obviously I was already gone. She asked for 25 more minutes because there was some problem with the babysitter. (This is what my culture calls C.P time. *Explaination in the footnote.) Again, I was thankful because now I could eat my breakfast in peace and go to the post office - I hadn't been there in days. There was so much mail and I also got three packages and it was raining, so it was a semi-struggle, but I made it to the car.

After leaving the post office, I went to the Korean hair store to purchase that extra pack of hair and I also asked if they sold Styrofoam heads. Yes, they did for $2.99 so I purchased that too. Now I can adequately display my hats and scarves for the pictures. I headed back to the salon, now at 11:25 A.M. and the stylist still wasn't there. That was okay because I had my crochet bag and my Sunday School book. My motto: Always come prepared. I crocheted and chatted with other people in the salon. I realized I had a message on my cellphone. The stylist had called with apologies and said she would definitely be there by 12. Then the clock struck 12. Then it was 12:30 and finally she had arrived. By then I had almost finished the second part of my poncho and finished a really good conversation with a man who said he knew how to crochet. Apparently his 5th grade teacher taught him. He only made granny squares and afghans though. Very interesting.

I could tell my hairstylist was distraught. The look on her face let me know that she was mad at herself and embarrassed for having me wait so long, but I assured her that I was okay. Hey, I mean, I was relaxing and I almost finished the other half of that pink poncho (remember the one I finished half of while waiting in the doctor's office earlier this week) that I long to finish soon. The whole braiding process took a couple of hours because she likes to shampoo and deep condition, plus I wanted a trim since I am growing out my chemically-processed hair - AGAIN.

When the appointment was over I went to my parent's house because mom had invited me for a free dinner. Who could resist. I was also excited to go there because I had a surprise for her. Some time ago her brother mailed her a c.d. of all of these vintage photographs of family members. Pictures that people never let out of there house. Somehow he got a lot of them scanned and put onto c.d.s I uploaded them to one of my favorite sites - Mpix.com and the order came in today. My mom was so excited because there are pictures of her parents when they were in their youth, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There's also a picture of my mom and her siblings with their mom. I hope she doesn't mind me showing this. My mom is the 3rd from the left - I twiddle my fingers like that too! I only wish my granddad would have been in that picture. Maybe he was out working in the fields that day. Who knows.

The other surprise packages were for me. I ordered a tuck and roll organizer from Coyote Bean's Etsy shop. I had seen some of her work through Flickr and when I realized she had a shop, I just had to purchase this organizer. I was tired of carrying my crochet hooks in a plastic Ziploc bag. When I opened the package, it smelled so good inside. I wonder what the fragrance was, but it was so nice. She also enclosed a surprise of a vintage magazine from 1981 that has some crochet patterns in there.

This is the inside of the organizer. Oh I do love the fabric.
I didn't take the hooks out to photograph this, so it appears lumpy. In reality it lays flat.
This is the organizer all rolled up! Isn't this a neat idea?

Now the last package I didn't actually open until a few moments ago. It was a box from JoAnn's. I posted some time ago about not having many options for shopping for yarn and finally just deciding to purchase online. Well, since the yarns were really on sale and the shipping was free, I couldn't resist. The box arrived today. Just looking at it makes my eyes grow wider by the moment thinking of what cool things will be crafted with this yarn.

I'll admit, that it's almost too much to handle. I will close this box and put it away, calmly finish that that I'm working on, and pull the box back out only when absolutely necessary. There are too many spring colors in there and I might get overly excited.

So the moral of this story is "be anxious for nothing." If you want patience, you must be put in situations where you have to wait. While waiting, I crochet (or at least I did today).

* C.P. stands for "Colored People" Time, which basically is a reference used for when people of my culture are always a little behind schedule. So if you want an event to start on time, you must tell people that it's at the regular clock time, not C.P. time. But still some will show up late. I'm working on it. :-)

Lacey Rose Cap - Complete


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You know I'm really liking making things for the little ones. I don't have kids, I am not surrounded with friends with kids, and there are none in my neighborhood that I really know, so what's the deal. Ahhh, I think I've figured it out. I think it's the instant gratification. When I make items for the little ones, I can try a new pattern and be finished within a day (for the most part) and if I like it, I can quickly make another. The same is not true for big people items! At any rate, I'm having fun trying new patterns each stitch. Now I need to see if I can borrow my friend's kid (who doesn't live in my neighborhood) to see if she can try on this hat. I like this lacey cap. The little girl is a beautiful, busy, really-redheaded 3 year old. Her daddy has some strong genes (also a redhead)! If she can wear it, then she can have it. I'm crossing my fingers.

So I'm a SuperHero Now...


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This is turned out really interesting. And I don't even wear rings! Ha!

Go make yourself one: www.cpbintegrated.com/theherofactory/

The Beanie Fits.


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When I was in college, I wore headwraps almost everyday for two or three years. I had that much fabric! Some thought I was being eccentric, some thought I had changed my faith, and some thought I was imitating Erykah Badu, eventhough I never wore wraps that large. I guess it was because she was popular at the time I decided to go natural and wear headwraps and all. But the reality was, I was just exploring my heritage and I happened to LOVE hats and head coverings. I like the way they frame your face.

This year I've worn a hat almost every single day at work and even on most weekends. So far no one in authority has said anything to me, so I might make the whole year doing it. My students think I'm being classy. Especially when I wear berets. "She's so French," they say. [Keep in mind, they're only around 10 years old.] That was in the winter when I wore wool berets/tams. I was just trying to keep from being sick.

Now that spring is approaching, I've got to find some new hats and new hat styles. I think this beanie will be one of my choices. As requested, Alhana, I have tried on one of my hats! Just for you! :-)

Another Beanie on the Way


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I haven't forgotten the pink poncho, but I wanted to make another beanie, so I made one a little longer in pink and cream. Now I just need to make one of Alessandra's flowers to put on the side. :-) Just maybe, Alhana, this one will be for me.

Working While Waiting


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Today I had a doctor's appointment so I decided to bring my craft bag with me. I'm so glad I did because the doctor was way off schedule. She was in surgery that morning and was also on emergency call, so of course she kept getting called. My appointment was for 10:45, but I didn't get called back until probably around 1:00. So, I spent my time crafting.

While waiting, I made a little beanie hat. I think I'll really like this pattern. Thanks croshay! I also finished up one flap of the pink poncho and started on the other side.

Alessandra, my doctor really likes your hat. "It is too cute!"


Yep, I've got to get that Styrofoam head to better display these hats. I can see myself making a lot more of these!

More Surprises to Make My Day


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After a long day of work and an even longer day due to after-school tutoring, I came home to two very nice surprises.

As I plundered through the mail, I noticed a nice package from justbehappy. Yeah, my neckwarmers were here!!! My mom was so surprised. She was like, "I never knew I would get something like this. When did you order this?" And she was grinning the whole time. Thanks, Alessandra! Um, the brown one is missing because my mom already has it around her neck! :-)

The other surprise was from my workshop team that I work with. We get together and learn more about the curriculum and create a set of activities for teachers to use in their classrooms...It's a great experience, but really intense at times. This weekend I wasn't feeling my best, stressed too, and my dad was in the hospital so I got permission not to attend and I submitted my work online.

Lo and behold, in the mail today was a lovely card from all of them, letting me know that they were thinking of me and missing me. Very touching.


Starting a New Project


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While I'm waiting for my yarn to arrive from JoAnn's, I decided to start on another baby poncho, this time in a soft pink. I should be leaving momentarily to go to a night service, but I couldn't help but post this WIP. Plus I needed an excuse to get on the internet and check the status of my yarn order. *sheepish grin*

Look What I Got Today


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One of my students made me a special treat over the weekend:

Inscription: "You Rock!"

The front of the purse says:
"Ms. H---, you are a star and now it's your time to shine!"

Isn't that just too cute? She even made a little pocket on the front of the purse. I wore my necklace all day long!

My Contribution to the Traveling Scarf


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This traveling scarf has been a real challenge. The person before me stitched such a lovely shell pattern, but the problem for me has been how to attach to her scarf. The last row of chains is flimsy because it thinks it will be supported by more shells, but it isn't because it's time for me to add a different design and yarn.

I have tried many things but with the odd amount of chains the stitches would either not be enough or too much, so I finally decided on making a separate square and sewing it together. I found a yarn that is the most compatible that I can find here - a worsted one with some wool in it to match the preexisting yarn. I also tried to pick up this blueish/purple color that I saw in the variegated yarn she chose. The end result I must admit that I'm not too thrilled about.

My only consolation right now is knowing that someone else will stitch behind me and maybe they can help pull it together by possibly picking up that shade of green or choosing a better stitch. I hope that I have helped them by giving them an even row of chains to attach to. If this were my scarf, when I got it back I think I would add a single rows of scs around the border of the scarf to make sure it remains straight and not lopsided. Does that make sense?

I wonder what the challenge will be on the next scarf and I wonder what the next crafter is thinking about mine! :-)
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You know I still may try to figure out how to make it look like those pieces fit better together. Maybe if I try to tighten up those two gaps at the end that will help....In the meantime, I'll write my entry in her book and get ready for shipping on March 1.

Ok, Now I'm Really Finished


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Thanks again for the feedback. I'm done and I'm packaging up this little poncho to send to one happy grandma! She promised to send me some pictures of her granddaughter in this poncho. I can't wait! :-)

Satisfying the Customer


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I was done with the poncho, but I wanted the customer to make sure she liked it before I mailed it to her and she asked on yesterday if I could please add some pink in there. So, I made the flowers over and added pink centers. She likes that.

Now, my question is to you, if I should leave the poncho alone or do a little hand stitch in pink between the poncho and the turquoise edging?

I know I haven't really mentioned it lately, but I am working on the traveling scarf piece. I decided to make a square and attach it to the preexisting piece. Let's hope that works! May 1st is my deadline to get it into the mail...

Purchasing Online


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Today I made a couple of online purchases. One reason I believe I felt compelled to do so today is because I was supposed to go out of town today and just didn't have the strength nor will power to do so, plus my dad's in the hospital as of today. The other reason is because I really don't like shopping that much and I get disappointed when I go to craft stores and the supply is limited. For instance, they don't have the one color I'm looking for. That pushes me more to shop online.

So first I made a purchase from justbehappy.etsy.com's shop. I purchased 3 neckwarmers. The mustard yellow one for me, the mink brown for my mom, and the other one perhaps for a gift. My mom is adament that keeping her neck covered, especially when she feels cold drafts will keep her well, better. I think she'll really like this neckwarmer.

The other online purchase I made today was through Joann.com. They were having a sale on yarn and also offering free shipping for a $25 purchase, so thereagain, I decided to stake my mark. I didn't go overboard, but I did purchase what I felt was absolutely necessary. I purchased some Vanna Baby yarn for the next poncho and a couple of others for some in the future. The rest of the yarn I purchased was 100% cotton. I'm thinking of making some dish cloth sets.

Yesterday I planned on paper a way to sell some signature items, like the poncho and some others that I probably like enough to make in abundance. One of my coworkers told me about a lady who sold the huge flags on the weekends and made enough money to buy a beach house. All I can say is, "WOW!" Let me be clear: I do not have an interest in such. I'm just excited to be able to make something that I enjoy that others can enjoy as well. And by the grace of God, I will be able to do it. That's why I needed to purchase the right kinds of yarn. :-)

Time For a Friendly Drawing


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Today I was viewing justbehappy's blog and saw an invite to register to win a drawing. I felt like little Alice looking at that cookie on the table that said, "Eat me." So I clicked the link that led me to The Maisy Report. Amy is offering a chance for a free giveaway if basically you tell her what you want to be when you grow up. The rest of the details are in the post. So if you're interested, go check out her blog. Good Luck!

Tilapia Dinner


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Today was an interesting chain of events and so I needed to make something quick, fast, and in a hurry. Ended up making tilapia.

You know the recipe was at Allrecipes.com. Here's the link.

As always, I have to make some modifications. I didn't have any parmesan cheese, so I used feta cheese instead. I also didn't have any celery salt (actually I've never even bought that before), so I just didn't use it. I was still really pleased with the flavor of this fish.

Change Purses


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Made another change purse. Now there are two...

Another Dishcloth...


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Earlier today, one of my Flickr contacts emailed me about a dishcloth pattern to try from Bernat. It was the "Granny Dishcloth" made with Bernat's Handicrafter Cotton Naturals. Of course I didn't have any of that on hand, but I had some cotton yarn left from that small skein of strawberry creme yarn that I bought yesterday.

I started out just trying to see if the pattern was simple to follow, but I ended up practically making the entire dishcloth. Now I will admit that the pattern calls for 8 rounds of stitches before the border, making a total of 9 rounds. I saw that my yarn was diminishing so I skipped the last two rounds of increase and went straight for the border. I managed to get to the last corner stitch on the last side of the dishcloth before running out of yarn. Now I'll either be forced to purchase one more skein of that yarn just to finish a few stitches or I'll take out one round so that finish the edging. You know what I'll end up doing... :-)

One thing I do like about this particular granny square is that "X" that is made on the cloth. The granny squares I was taught to make don't make this cool pattern.

I haven't forgotten about my obligation to the traveling scarf project, but I've been contemplating what design I will add. I've discovered that I will have to make a separate portion of the scarf and stitch it to the existing one, instead of attaching my yarn and stitching directly to the scarf.

At church tonight, someone (who shall remain nameless) slipped me one of their Granny square pattern books. It has 99 different types of granny squares. I quickly put it away so that I wouldn't be distracted in church, but #1 off the cover immediately caught my attention. I'll now have to see if it will look right on the traveling scarf!

A Time for Firsts...


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Today I made my first dish cloth in cotton. I've never used cotton yarn before. I think I'll like it, but it feels different across my crochet hook - less giving. Anyways, I just needed a small project to unwind from today and when I went to the store they didn't have any creme colored yarn in a baby yarn or even in a soft texture so I couldn't start on that other baby poncho. I purchased a pale pink color and couldn't resist buying one little 2 oz. skein of the cotton yarn I've heard so much about lately.

Well, here's my project, using the "Peaches & Creme" yarn in the strawberry creme color.

It amazes me all the things that can be made by hand!

Yellow Easter Baby Poncho - Complete


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I thought I was going to try and get to bed earlier, but I couldn't resist finishing this poncho. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Now I just hope the recipient likes it!

WIP - Baby Poncho


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I finished stitching together this baby poncho on yesterday, but I've been toiling with some ideas of how to embellish it. Since I'm new to this area of crochet, I don't have a lot of ideas and patterns in my repertoire. You don't know how much time I've spent just searching for flower patterns.

Anways, I found a simple pattern that I modified for the little flowers (actually it's just the first round of another rose pattern) and a pattern for the center flower that I found in this month's issue of Crochet Today! magazine. I took some suggestions and now I have arranged the flowers in two ways. I just need some help making up my mind because someone at work saw this poncho and now wants one in pink for her niece.

Suggestions welcomed:

* Update: I added the bottom mosaic, per suggestion.

WIP


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One of my colleagues asked me to consider making her baby granddaughter a shawl or wrap (she wasn't specific) for Easter. I never committed, but I did start on a baby poncho. Today I finished the second piece and took out half of the first piece because I could see some mistakes that were more obvious to me once I completed the second piece to the poncho. I had to take it out because it made the first piece of the poncho look like it was really my first attempt. lol

Anyways, I'm played around with the pieces to see how to stitch them together. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. Then at some point I'll work on some decorative flowers to adorn this poncho. I think I will like this pattern.