Well winter has finally made an appearance here in my neck of the woods. It has been unusually warm, but on the official calendar start of winter on Thursday the 21 st, it was down right cold and snowing. We did not get a lot of snow but the temps were frigid. Friday was a bit warmer with no snow. Saturday was again, cold with the high only reaching 12 degrees with snow off and on all day long. We probably got about 2 inches on top of the inch or so we got on Thursday.
I am glad I don’t have to get out in it too much until January 2nd. My son-in-law, Justin works at the college here and they are closed for Christmas break until then, so I don’t have to watch Marty since Justin will be home.
The only reason I have to go out until then, is to check on Milly the Shed Cat.
I change her water if it is frozen and fill up her food bowl. She didn’t come out to greet me on Saturday because of the cold. She was staying warm under the sub floor, under the bathtub in the bathroom. You can hear her under there some times, so if you meow at her she might answer you back while you are taking a pee.
So with all this cold I can now work more on my big crochet projects to keep me warm. I have been working on the socks I am making for my daughter, Kay, the last couple of mornings at the kitchen table.
Project Name: Kay’s Purple Shaza Socks
Pattern Used: Colorful Crochet Socks Red Heart Yarn Pattern # WR1783 (free downloadable PDF)
(Also found as Rainbow Sherbert Socks on AllFreeCrochet.com)
Designed by: Kathy Wesley for Red Heart Yarn
Hook Used: E/4 – 3.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Herrshcners Afghan Yarn 100% Acrylic 2 ply Fine Weight in 0112 Seascape and 0069 Grape Frost
I think I will start working on the v- stitch blanket tonight (December 23) while I watch tv in the bedroom. I can alternate nights between it and the zig-zag/chevron/ripple baby blanket.
Project Name: Flaming Pink Berries V-Stitch Throw
Pattern Used: V-Stitch Throw
Designed by: Caron Dazzleaire Yarn Label Pattern
Started on: 10/11/2017
Hook Used: I/9 -5.50mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet, Double Crochet, V-stitch, Treble Crochet and Slip stitch I did rows 1- 6 in Berrylicious, repeated row 6 in Aran, then repeated rows 1-6 in Pink Flamingo, repeated row 6 in Aran for stripe pattern.
Colors Used: Lion Brand- Vanna’s Choice 100% Acrylic 4 ply Medium Worsted Weight in 139 Berrylicious
Herrshcners- Kid’s Brites 100% Acrylic 3 ply Light Weight in 0004 Pink Flamingo
Red Heart- Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0313 Aran
Caron- Dazzleaire 80% Acrylic 20% Nylon 4 ply Worsted Weight 4 ply Worsted Weight in 2628 Azalea
Project Name: Purple and Pink Fairy Princess (Chevron, Zig-zag, or Ripple) Baby Blanket
Pattern Used: Scarf (Zig-Zag or Chevron Scarf) from
Kindle Ebook “Crochet Pattern Instructions for Beginners” Location 360 – 376
by: Janice Hayes Copyright 2014
Designed by: Janice Hayes
Started on: 10/08/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet, V-stitch, and Single crochet
Chained 152 for baby blanket size
Colors Used: Herrshcners- Baby Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Acrylic Worsted Weight in 1002 Pansies (Purple), 1012 Ballerina (Pink)and 2001 Fairy Princess (Variegated Pink, Purple, White)
I have made progress on both of the blankets since I took these photos.
Well tomorrow is supposed to be nicer than Christmas Day, so I will be cooking a ham in the morning. The kids (Kay, Justin, and Marty)will come out and we will eat and celebrate Christmas on Sunday (December 24) instead.
Christmas day was spent watching DVDs and crocheting. It was too cold and snowy to do anything else. It was time well spent. I worked on my socks and both of my blankets. I did two rows on the zig-zag blanket and one row on the v-stitch blanket. It is longer than the zig-zag hence only one row.
I also continued working on the socks on Tuesday. I was able to finish the first one that evening.