Paul’s Afghan

I made this lovely afghan for my brother Paul. You know you must be pretty special if I’m willing to spend weeks working on a gift just for you! The colors are ones he chose. I really enjoy the light to dark play on color.

I adore crocheted afghans that look like quilts. I especially love ones that use up leftover yarn! I hate to sew (I can but don’t enjoy it) so a crocheted quilt is the next best idea!

And, yes, this puppy is HUGE! 🙂

What is your favorite crochet quilt pattern?

Colorado Leaf-Peeping!

We missed leaf-peeping this year due to our trip to France. We had a very early snow in the high country that ended the colors pretty quickly. So, I’ve had to settle for looking at photos from years past.

This is one of the most vibrant aspens we saw last year! Growing up we mostly saw pine trees, the forest fires and beetle kill have quickly changed Colorado’s high country landscape. We see a lot more aspen trees – they thrive in the higher elevations. The average lifespan for them in flatland is only 13 years.

It’s always fun to stumble upon a pretty waterful while leaf-peeping!

More lovely golds!

See how the aspen are starting to fill in where the pine trees are dying?

Pockets of gold everywhere!

This view is our all-time favorite place to end our leaf-peeping tour. It’s Panorama Point, at 8,2000 feet above sea level you can see mountain ranges from over 100 miles away! It’s one of the most breathtaking views in Colorado!

Finished!

I love these quick knits! This yarn was extra bumpy — those aren’t dropped stitches, it’s just the way the yarn worked up. Once blocked it should even out and the loops will be less apparent.

This photo shows more of the true color of this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn!  Isn’t it fun what you can do with just 300 yards of fiber?

Knitting Again!

I really wish the colors were more true — they are very saturated jewel tones. I love to do mindless knitting when I’m between jobs, it’s a great way to relax. One of my very favorite items to make are cowls — I have a closet full! 🙂 I love wearing them too! They are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to a t-shirt and dress them up. Since that’s pretty much all I own, cowl’s are a must!

My standard cowl is simply 40 stitches on size 8 circular needles. I knit every row, so no keeping count of stitches! It’s a wonderful (and colorful!) way to use any single skein yarns you have!

Be Kind

I left Facebook back in January due to the anger and arguing and haven’t been back. I  dislike that we are no longer kind or civil to each other. Whatever happened to, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it?” I think it’s time we reclaimed our kindness to one another. Jesus loves you and so do I.  Happy Tuesday!

Reset!

Sometimes we need to just hit the reset button and take a timeout. That’s what my husband and I did a few weeks ago. We took a trip to Nice, France. It was a wonderful trip! The French people were so kind and welcoming! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos.

Since I live in the Colorado Rockies you know I couldn’t resist the alps! Even if our view was flying over them! They are gorgeous!

How cool is it that Nice had a miniature Statue of Liberty on the  Promenade des Anglaise?

It was hard to keep from walking into people because all we wanted to do was look up and around! The details on the buildings were mind-blowing! Many of these buildings are centuries old.

And the doors! Wow!

I love the rounded architecture on so many of the buildings. The colors were classic soft Mediterranean palates.

We even managed a quick visit to Monaco and Menton! The whole Riviera is a delightful mix of cultures. Most of the coast was once owned by Italy and its influence is very apparent in a charming way.

Times, they are a changing! I loved the lavender ice cream (the pink scoop) and the jasmine ice cream was divine (the cream scoop). Jasmine ice cream is an Iranian treat. There is a heavy Middle Eastern influence in the food now offered in Nice.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip that was refreshing to the soul!

Go Crochet Wellness Coaching!

Ellen Gormley, from Go Crochet,  has decided to expand her coaching services to include wellness, fitness, motivation and career goals!

As many of you already know, Ellen was one of my crochet designer mentors. She’s a great motivator and really understands how to help you make the right decisions to get you where you want to go.

Coaching isn’t telling you what to do – anyone can do that. It’s a more refined skill to help you find the right answers that work specifically for you. It’s helping you see the big picture and then making a plan on how to reach that goal or goals.

I’ve known Ellen for many years, she’s a beautiful person inside and out! Why not click on over to Go Crochet and get started with Ellen today?

Why I Pray

It’s been a really rough month for my family. Unfortunately, hard things happen to all of us. I found this pin on Pinterest that perfectly describes why I pray. If the God of the universe (a place — not a deity!) is willing to bend down and listen to me, He must really care about what I’m going through. If He cares enough to listen, He is willing to help. So I pray and leave my troubles at the feet of Jesus.

I don’t always get the answer I want, but I do always get the answer I need. Thankfully, I can trust Him with the outcome and you can too. A prayer is simply pouring your heart out to Him. There are no special words needed. It’s simply a conversation with the One who loves you more than you can fathom. He’s leaning down waiting to hear from you, too.

Shalom, my friends.

Beaded Bracelet

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I love beads! Especially Fire Mountian Gem beads! I also love quick and easy projects. This beaded bracelet took about an hour from start to finish and that includes the photos I took!

First, I gathered my supplies. Fire Mountian Gems graciously provided the clasps, blue and purple beads and thread for my project.

I dug out my beading crochet hook and a larger crochet hook. It turns out I crochet loose enough that I didn’t need the larger hook. You might, so keep one handy.

I love, love, love these clasps! Aren’t they gorgeous? Before we begin we need to unclasp them. Next, we will pull a loop through the first circle on our clasp and chain 2. Then we will pick up a purple bead with the beading hook and pull the thread through the center of the bead.

Chain over the top of the purple bead to close the stitch. Next, make another chain and then pull the loop through the center of the blue bead. Chain over the top of the blue bead to close the stitch.

Keep repeating the color sequence until you reach the desired length of the bracelet. This bracelet fits me perfectly with 15 beads.

Now we want to slide the clasp back together and work into the corresponding circle. To join we will single crochet into the first circle. Our first row is complete.

To begin our second row we will single crochet into the second circle and chain 1. Then we will pick up a blue bead and pull the thread through the center of the bead. Chain over the bead to close the stitch and chain 1 more. Pick up a purple bead and pull the loop through the center of the bead. Continue chaining and beading as we did in row 1.  Don’t forget to keep rotating the colors as you bead!

When we get to the end of our second row, single crochet into the circle of the clasp and then single crochet into the next circle. Repeat the first 2 row’s color sequence and then fasten off.

Secure the ends in your preferred method. Some people like to use a dab of glue to keep the thread secure. I simply made a small knot and once I was sure it was secure I trimmed the ends.

This is a fun and easy project! It’s perfect for gift giving or just to make a little bling for yourself!

Wool-free Gradient Yarn!

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If you are like me and can’t use wool you totally get my excitement in finding a wool-free gradient yarn! Check out Schachenmayr Tahiti!

Love Knitting carries several different colors to choose from and shipping is reasonable even for those of us that live in the US. It’s a UK yarn but appears to be available to US residents, as well! Yay 🙂

My favorites are Sahara, Hibiscus, and Riviera. I love that it comes in 306-yard skeins, too. It’s the perfect amount of yarn for a shawlette or cowl. Happy Shopping!