Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Michigan blanket pattern.

Hello again my friends.

Do you remember this blanket? 

I crochet it a few years ago.
Ever since I blogged it I have been getting many questions about this blanket. Whether or not I had a pattern, how did I do it, ect.

Well,I did try to reply to all the questions. I didn't have a pattern written out. I just drew the M on graph paper and decided each square would equal 8 stitches and 8 rows and went from there.

BUT since I kept getting questions about the pattern....

Here is what I have came up with.

I used a 5.5 mm hook. That is an I or 9
I also used Caron One pound yarn in the colors of Sunflower and midnight blue.

The blanket measures 34 inches wide by 40 inches long without the border.

The blanket is worked in single crochet and is worked from the bottom up.

Directions.

With blue, ch 137

Rows 1-48. sc in each ch across (136 sc) ch 1, turn

 Rows 49-60: with blue, sc in 24 st. Switch to yellow and sc in next 32 sts, switch back to blue and sc in next 24 sc, with yellow, sc in next 32 sts, with blue sc in last 24 st, ch 1 turn.

from here on out I will just tell the color and number of sc to make.

Add yellow

Row 61: Blue, 24 sc, yellow, 32 sc, blue, 11 sc, yellow, 2sc, blue 11 sc, yellow 32 sc, blue 24 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 62: Blue- 24 sc, yellow-32 sc, blue-10 sc, yellow-4 sc, blue- 10 sc, yellow-32 sc, blue-24 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 63: blue- 24sc, yellow-32sc, blue-9sc, yellow-6sc, blue-9sc, yellow-32sc, blue-24 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 64: blue-24sc, yellow-32sc, blue-8sc, yellow-8sc, blue-8s, yellow-32sc, blue-24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 65: blue-32sc, yellow-16sc, blue-15sc, yellow-10sc, blue-15sc, yellow-16sc, blue-32sc, ch 1 turn

Row 66: blue-32sc, yellow-16sc, blue-14sc, yellow-12sc, blue-14sc, yellow-16sc, blue-32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 67: blue-32sc, yellow-16sc, blue-13sc, yellow-14sc, blue-13sc, yellow-16sc, blue-32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 68: blue-32sc, yellow-16sc, blue-12sc, yellow-16sc, blue-12sc, yellow-16sc, blue 32 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 69: blue 32 sc, yellow 16sc, blue 11sc, yellow 18sc, blue 11sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 70: blue 32 sc, yellow 16sc, blue 10sc, yellow 20sc,  blue 10sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 71: blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 9sc, yellow 22sc, blue 9sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 72: Blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 8sc, yellow 24sc, blue 8sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 73: Blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 7sc, yellow 26sc, blue 7sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 74: blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 6sc, yellow 28sc, blue 6sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 75: blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 5sc, yellow 30sc, blue 5sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 76: blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 4sc, yellow 32sc, blue 4sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 77: blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 3sc, yellow 34sc, blue 3sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 78: Blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 2sc, yellow 36sc, blue 2sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 79: Blue 32sc, yellow 16sc, blue 1sc, yellow 38sc, blue 1sc, yellow 16sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Rows 80-92: Blue 32sc, yellow 72sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 93: Blue 32sc, yellow 35sc, blue 2sc, yellow 35sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 94: Blue 32sc, yellow 34sc, blue 4sc, yellow 34sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 95: Blue 32sc, yellow 33sc, blue 6sc, yellow 33sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn

Row 96: Blue 32sc, yellow 32sc, blue 8sc, yellow 32sc, blue 32sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 97: Blue 24sc, yellow 39sc, blue 10sc, yellow 39sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn.

Row 98: Blue 24sc, yellow 38 sc, blue 12 sc, yellow 38sc, blue 24 sc, ch 1 turn

Row 99: Blue 24 sc, yellow 37sc, blue 14sc, yellow 37sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn.

Row 100: Blue 24sc, yellow 36sc, blue 16sc, yellow 36sc, blue 24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 101: Blue 24sc, yellow 35sc, blue 18sc, yellow 35sc, blue 24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 102: Blue 24sc, yellow 34sc, blue 20sc, yellow 34sc, blue 24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 103: blue 24sc, yellow 33sc, blue 22sc, yellow 33sc, blue 24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 104: blue 24sc, yellow 32sc, blue 24sc, yellow 32sc, blue 24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 105: Blue 24sc, yellow 31sc, blue 26sc, yellow 31sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

Row 106: blue 24sc, yellow 30 sc, blue 28 sc, yellow 30sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

Row 107: Blue 24sc, yellow 29sc, blue 30sc, yellow 29sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

Row 108: Blue 24sc, yellow 28sc, blue 32sc, yellow 28sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

Row 109: Blue 24sc, yellow 27sc, blue 34sc, yellow 27sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

Row 110: blue 24sc, yellow 26sc, blue 36sc, yellow 26sc, blue 24sc, ch 1, turn

Row 111: blue 24sc, yellow 25sc, blue 38sc, yellow 25sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

Row 112: blue 24sc, yellow 24sc, blue 40sc, yellow 24sc, blue 24sc, ch 1 turn

You can drop the yellow now.

Rows 113-160: sc in all sts across. (136sc) fasten off.

I did a border with a couple of rounds of yellow.


I hope this helps all of you out there who want to make this blanket.

Until next time
Be Blessed, 
Erin





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday...plus a little extra

Hello again friends!
How are things where you are?
It is FrEeZiNg here in Ohio.

Today has been a great day! I went to Bible Study and afterwards all 9 of us women went out to lunch. You see, this past week was our faithful teachers birthday!! She is in her mid 70s! We just love her so much we wanted to do something really nice for her.

This has been a pretty good week as well.
I got all caught up on my housework on Monday! Guess why? We had a snow day and my kiddos were out of school so they decided to help me! Wasn't that super awesom of them?

Guess what else...
I actually had a little more time to crochet this week.
Look!
 My lovely ripple has grown from scarf size to "almost" snuggly size. I can't wait to get it all finished.

I also did another project last night that is somewhat crochet related.
You see, here lately I have been having some finger/hand problems when I crochet. My fingers hurt and go numb and it makes my hand hurt. Sometimes it is so bad I can't even hold a hook. Well, I looked online and saw that Walmart had clover hooks so I decided to brave the roads and see if I can buy one. Walmart didn't carry them in store. Well, while I was in there browsing I came across some clay. So guess what I did......

 I made handles for nearly all of my crochet hooks. The ones you see with the same handles are the same size. I have 29 hooks here ranging from 0.9 mm to 6.0 mm. I was shocked I had so many hooks BUT these aren't all I have. I also have a size N that is out on loan to my cousin and a set of plastic hooks. But anyway...Aren't they beautiful?

On each of the hooks I covered up the size but before I placed them on the sheet to bake I put the letter or number (steel hook) of the hook on the bottom.




Then I put the whole number, letter, size on the bottom on the side.

I am so proud of myself for venturing out of my comfort zone and doing this. I was so afraid I was going to ruin my hooks but I think they are so much prettier AND the hook feels so much better on my hands.

OH
AND
You can't have pretty revamped hooks without something pretty to put them in soo.
I bought this spotty dotty bag today.  I am in love with polka dots and this bag just made my heart sing!!

Well that is going to be it for today. I have to go switch out the laundry and then I am gonna snuggle myself on my comfy couch and make my ripple grow even more!

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I love you all!
Until next time,
Stay Blessed!
Erin

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WIP Wed....er um Thursday

Hello my dear friends.
I sure hope today finds you all well!

It is a grey, dreary day here in Ohio.
See....It is so blah and ick out there...
However, It is cold AND we could see some flurries so that makes it seem ok.


Did you notice anything about the picture above?
Well, we had a couple days this week that were in the 60s so I took advantage of the warm weather and went ahead and hung up the outdoor Christmas lights. 
Don't worry, I have only had them on to make sure they were all working properly.

BUT

I couldn't just decorate outside.....
I also decorated inside. I didn't go crazy this year though. All I did was put up our tree and put out the stockings. I love Christmas time!

Now for the TRUE reason for this post.
I actually found time to do some crocheting this week.
I was working on my ripple and my hands were freezing so ....
 I whipped up some fun stripey fingerless gloves to keep my hands warm.

And I added several rows to my ripple. The colors aren't true in this pic. The camera flash washed them out.


OH and do you see in pic above?
NO CARPET!

We tore the carpet out of our living room and dining room and put down wood flooring. 
I will have to do another post about that at another time!!!

Well that is all for now.
I must get crocheting!!!!

Until next time,
Stay blessed,
Erin

Friday, November 7, 2014

Oh Boy...What a busy week!

Hello again friends. 

First I want to say I didn't forget to blog...I seriously didn't have time to do so.
I could take a snapshot of my planner BUT I am being very lazy today and I just didn't want to fish out my camera to do so!!!

I really wanted to post on Wednesday to show progress on my ripple blanket but I really only added one row to that blanket this whole week!!! I squeezed it in one evening right before bed!! I was hoping to get that blanket finished in a month but at this rate...it'll take 6. Tee Hee

So, now about my week.

I had several meetings over this past week. Some were only a half a day...others  a full day.
Thursday of last week I spent catching up on some cleaning. On Friday, I had errands and I had to be at our church for a couple hours. 

Saturday, I was at the Church all day decorating for the Fall Festival.
Hubby and I planned this event for our youth. We had so much fun!! The kids participated in a cake walk, face painting, shooting games, dart games, throwing games..Our church members brought in cakes and soups and desserts. Man it was a blast!!!

Sunday we took a break!

On Monday I had an all day meeting for our church's organization that partners with our community to give Christmas gifts to needy kids in our community. You may remember me saying that the program fell in my lap after it's previous head left our church. I have been very blessed with the help and support from our church family!! I know I would be completely lost without them.

Tuesday I spent on the couch. I cannot wait to get our insurance at the beginning of the year so I can go to the doctor. I have so many female issues and this month was terrible!

Wednesday I had more meetings and yesterday I spent the day planning and doing my grocery shopping (which I saved 42%).

So...I know this post is pretty boring! I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not disappearing again. I love all of you and I love blogging. I love reaching out to everyone and reading everyone else's blogs.

So then...TODAY I HAVE A FREE DAY!

So I am going to catch up on some cleaning and hopefully some crochet!!

Until the next post
Stay Blessed
Erin

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday WIP's

Hello everyone!
I know Wednesday is nearly over BUT I just had to write a post tonight.

I would have posted earlier BUT I was so busy today. 
I took my youngest to school. 
Came home and ate breakfast and had some coffee.
Went to Bible Study.
Then had a couple meetings.
I left my house a little after nine this morning and didn't get back home until nearly 3!!

I thoroughly enjoy doing the Lord's work and I just love staying busy.


Today's post is about my crochet works in progress.
I started this blanket on the 21st and this is as far as I have gotten.

This blanket is being made for another member of my women's Bible study group. 
You know the best part? She has no idea it is for her!

I just love the surprised looks when I give them blankets.

Anyway..that is all for now. I have some studying to do.

Until we meet again..
Stay blessed
Erin

Monday, October 27, 2014

Coupon organization...an update

Hello again all you beautiful people! 
I hope this day finds you well.
Today has been crazy bad for me. I think if anything could go wrong today it did BUT that is another post altogether.

Today I want to chat a little about my coupon ventures. I have posted a few posts about couponing before. I've even shared a video I made about my previous storage method.

Well, I have tried all the methods out there I think. I did the binder thing..Let met tell ya....whew that binder was HEAVY and it was a pain to keep organized and to find coupons and clean out expired coupons. It was a hassle and it made me quit couponing for a while.

Next I ventured into the coupon box. This method was a lot easier than the binder to organize all my clipped coupons. It was easy to take to the store. I loved it. I used it. I was content.

Well, with this summer being so hectic and with no end in sight, I just didn't have the 2-3+ hours on the Sunday or Monday to clip all the coupons...so again I quit using coupons as much as I could have.

So now I am to this method. Using a file box and file folders. I will let the video tell you the details BUT I am loving this method. I can buy my papers and file them in about 15 minutes. When I get ready to go to the store I can clip what I KNOW I am going to use AND since I print out the lists (and I check the list with the inserts...sometimes my inserts don't have some of the coupons on the list and sometimes there are coupons not on the list so that is why it takes me 15 minutes) I can take my coupons to the store to grab an unadvertised deal if I need to. 

Enjoy the video and if there are any questions please feel free to ask in the comments or on youtube and I will try my best to answer them.


Until we meet again
Stay Blessed
Erin

Friday, October 24, 2014

I'm Back!!!

Hello everyone! 
I sure have missed you all! Guess what?!?
I FINALLY GOT MYSELF A NEW COMPUTER!
As most of you who follow me know, my computer decided to quit on me a while ago and being a single income family, we were not able to purchase one right away.
I missed blogging so much. So many things have happened I didn't get to tell you!

So here is a little snippet of what I have been up to.

I have been crocheting my little heart out!


I have also made ninja turtle masks, scarves and a couple other blankets but I was so excited to give them to their owners I forgot to take pictures...shame on me!


My oldest daughter went to homecoming this year! I cannot believe she is in high school already!!!


Daughter number 2 is in marching band so we have been to many football games and parades here lately.She is between the two girls in the front.


And fall is in full swing and the leaves are absolutely gorgeous in my area. This picture doesn't capture the beauty of it all.

We are a super busy family as of late. On top of the kids' activities, we have been remodeling some rooms in our house. We have also been making sure we keep up with our responsibilities at church.
I tell you, we have very few days were we can just sit down and breathe.

I hope all of you are doing well. I also hope you all look forward to more blog posts from me. It may take a bit for me to get on a regular schedule BUT I certainly will try to make sure I post at least once a week.

Until next time,
Stay blessed
Erin