Friday, January 29, 2016

A Little of This... A Little of That...

My friend Krista just became Grandma to her first granddaughter
Lydia Kathleen.
Every new baby needs to be swaddled in a snuggly soft blanket 
so when I found out Lydia was expected I grabbed my crochet hook and ordered this heavenly  yarn from Knit Picks.
It's 100% Organic Cotton.

The pattern is called
Keepsake Cover Up. 
It's from this Leisure Arts book I've had for ages...
published in 1994 it says.
It has a couple of pretty afghans I've made several times over the years for gifts.
Sometimes it's fun to pull these old books off the shelf.

I had to make a little something from a new book as well though.
A pair of pink crocheted baby mittens.

This darling pattern is in one of my favorite books.

I love them so much that I just had to make some more for my 
They're the kind for newborns with no thumbs.

And here's a totally unrelated thing I just have to show you because 
I absolutely love it.
It's a Tea Wallet
I found on the wonderful Etsy Shop

I always carry tea bags in my purse
 {I like to be ready for a good cup of tea at all times}
 but .... well you know....
after we dig through our purses a million times...
those little tea bags in their packages get in pretty sad shape sometimes.
So Voila' problem solved!
And quite prettily, I might add.

My new friend Meryl also makes many other lovely items on her shop
 such as:

Wristlets
Cosmetic Bags
Coin Purses
Wallets
Key Fobs
Crossbody Bags 
&
Lavender Sachets

Plus, wait until you see her 
GORGEOUS
hand painted flowers
on some of her bags!
I am in awe of her talents.


On a more personal note ...
I have a very ill father-in-law at present who I am helping to care for.
My in-laws are near 90 and, thankfully, live next door to me.
This makes it so much easier to go back and forth as needed.
He had surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm in mid December.
During the surgery things didn't go well and he incurred spinal damage.
After a month in the hospital, he is now home and needing constant care.
I don't often mention things like this here thinking maybe I should keep this blog my
"Happy Place"
and a 
Place of Refuge
for those who read it.
We all carry our own burdens each and every day.
I like to make people smile and laugh and feel good and give them something pretty to look at when they visit my blog.
But then there is 
Real Life 
as well.
I appreciate your prayers for my sweet father-in-law at this time.
Thank you,
Danette

And wherever you are ...
May you be 
cozy
&
warm
tucked in with your loved ones
with some crochet or knitting on your lap
{if that's your "thing"}
and a 
Good Cup of Tea 
within your reach.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Daisy Poncho made with Laurel Hill Crochet Hooks

Once the hustle -  bustle of the holidays
came to an end
I entered the New Year
with a fun new project 
and 
a Beautiful set of
Laurel Hill Crochet Hooks.
The set pictured is the
and can be purchased on my shop.
This lovely multicolored satin case is included.

The Daisy Poncho was a custom order 
and it was one of those 
"create as you go along"
pieces.
It was made for a regular customer as a surprise birthday gift for her sister.
It always makes me happy to be involved in surprises!
 I love the POP the Big Daisy makes...
And the flounce of the floral edging,
which was crocheted separately then stitched on.
{It took me 3 solid hours to hand stitch it on but it was worth it.}
The pattern for the edging can be found in 
Crocheting on the Edge
by 
Nicky Epstein
This is a fabulous book that I have used many times for finishing work.
The edging on this poncho is found in the "Flora" section.
It's called Honeysuckle.
I think it might be my favorite for poncho's,
as I've used it more than once over the years.
It gives that extra feel of femininity to have flowers
dancing around one's body.


And if you like to crochet flowers
 this book is a MUST HAVE.
You'll find the pattern for the daisy and leaves inside it's beautiful pages.

There is no actual "pattern" for the poncho itself.
It is constructed of a stitch I like.
I determine the amount of stitches I need for the desired width
then I make two rectangular panels of the same length.
Then they are hand stitched together and ready for any edging and embellishment
I want or a customer has requested.
I have also made this poncho many times using knitted roses with I-cord stems and leaves
vining around the neckline.
That's a favorite of mine.

The yarn I used throughout was Knit Picks Comfy Worsted
75% Pima Cotton
25% Acrylic
It is super soft against the skin and lightweight on the body.
Plus machine wash and dry.
The body of the poncho is done in the color Peony.
The daisy is White with a center of Creme Brulee.
The leaves are Jalapeno.
Since I am not fond of the little hole left in the center of a crocheted flower,
I usually prefer to sew a bead in.
This one has a creamy pearl bead sewn to the center.


But getting back to those exquisite hooks...

I am so excited that I am now being given the privilege of selling
these beautiful tools on my 

If you are interested in these gorgeous hooks
click on the live link above each picture.

The hooks are reasonably priced and made using the following 
Sustainable Exotic Woods:

$10.00 each

$9.00 each


$9.00 each



I have been crocheting for 33 years and during that time
I have searched high and low for 
the 
PERFECT
Crochet Hooks.
And now I've found them.

You can read my story of how I found them and why I love them
on 
the Laurel Hill Blog


For those of you who Crochet,
you just have to try them.
I promise you will
Fall in Love.

XO
    XO,

 Danette

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Season of Love

My little Grandson's
Parker
&
Archer
They get so excited when they see each other.
Sisterly Love
My daughters...
Chelsea
 {Parker's Mommy}
&
Hilary
 {Archer's Mommy}
Christmas Party with my Knit Night Girls
Left to Right
Kathy {my cousin}
Erin
Me
Carey
Ashley
And Mary Anne had gone home before we took the picture.
Phoebe and Mack
{and Phoebe's new "Baby"}
on Christmas Eve
Me with my Sweet Mother~In~Law Pat
who has been my next door neighbor for 29 wonderful years.
She's nearly 90 years old.
Isn't she beautiful?!
My Precious Granddaughter Gabby
{Parker's "Sissy"}
Wearing the Fox Cowl/Hood I knitted her for Christmas.
This was FUN to make!
There's just something about 
Little Boys 
in their Christmas Jammies...

From My Family to Yours
We Wish You 
Very Happy 
Christmastide

Xo
    Xo,
Danette

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Two Lefts Don't Make a Right

I really love it when I get to the 
BIND OFF
and realize 
I just made 
Two
LEFT Mitts ...
Seriously???
:-/
Thankfully I just recently stocked up
on some Knit Picks goodies
so I can now knit
Two
RIGHT Mitts
:-)))
My Christmas gift from my parents this year
is a Gift Certificate 
for Knit Picks.
When my Dad saw they were having
HUGE Sale
 last week
he asked if I would like my gift early...
Uhhh....
That was a YES!!!
I've been wanting the Rosewood Needles for
FOREVER
and
both sets
were on sale
so.... :-)))
I have to say
I LOVE THEM
even more than I thought I would!
                                                     
They are very elegant
and
smooth
and the points are 
perfect.
The joins on the circular set are easy to tighten and completely smooth.
The straight set is 10 inches {my favorite length for knitting needles}.
Mercedes loves them too.
I can't stop kitting since they arrived.
This is some of my absolute favorite yarn.
Knit Picks City Tweed in Aran/HW.
LOVE it!
Before the yarn and needles arrived though
I did do a bit of
Crocheting 
This is a Snowflake Dishcloth.
And I'm trying my hand at 
Tunisian Crochet 
for the first time
I really like it!
While I seem to be on a 
Red & White theme
I have to show you the picture of my
Crabapple Tree
in our 
First Snow
last weekend
This tree is outside my kitchen window.
On the side of my house.
Right where I sit at the table.
I love to watch it as the seasons change.
In the Spring it is covered in beautiful dark pink flowers.
All Winter long the
 squirrels,
 blue jays
 and
 cardinals
 will feast off its little red berries.
I like to get a nice cup of hot tea and watch them.

I have a busy week ahead of me though 
getting ready for this at my house...

But there will be time for a sit down at my favorite window
with a steaming cup of tea
from time to time...
After all,
a Girl can't be expected to clean house
nonstop.

I hope you are all staying warm and cozy!

Xo
    Xo,
  Danette

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pink Poinsettia Tea Cozy

Remember the yarn I was winding a few days ago?
Well it has been transformed...
It now has the 
lovely pleasure
of being
{a Custom Order on my Etsy Shop}

I used 4 shades of
Cascade 220 Wool.
Magenta
Soft Pink
 Soft White
&
Forest Green.

There are 3 large
 Irish Crochet
Leaves
nestled behind
the
Poinsettia.

Some of the petals are solid Pink...
Some are solid White...
Others are the two colors held together
to achieve the look requested by my customer.
The 
Glitzy Gold
that was on the cone shaped spool
added just the right amount of
Sparkle
to the French knots in the center.
All of the flower petals and leaves have been
lightly
felted.

This is the image the customer sent me
before the whole process started.
Thankfully,
she is 
Happy
with the end results,
which
after all is said and done
is what makes 
Me
HAPPY 
:-)))

Well,
That's pretty much all I have for now...
I must get ready for a night out.
First to Dinner...
Then the Theater.
Scott and I are taking 8 year old Gabby
to
~Cinderella ~

{My forever favorite princess!}

Xo,
 Xo,
 Danette

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Come Along Inside...

Good Morning to Everyone...
I hope you are all having a lovely week so far.
Mine has been quite nice.
Full of all my favorite things
Family
Friends
&
Fiber
{oh! And lots & lots of tea drinking in the midst of it all}.
On Sunday we got to spend the afternoon
with the 3 baby boys in the family
Parker
My Grandson
Born to my youngest daughter Chelsea 
in May of  2014
Eli
My Sister Bridget's Grandson
Born to her youngest son Brendan
in August of 2014
 AND
Archer
My Grandson
Born to my oldest daughter Hilary
in September of 2014
{shown here on Scott a.k.a. PaPa's lap}
*Note they are both wearing their Chicago Bears shirts :-)
They are all so CUTE when they get together under the same roof!

Although this happened a few weeks ago now...
I have to show my oldest Grandson
Drew
going to his first homecoming dance
Isn't he handsome?!
He will be 15 in March.
 I had to include him in the 
Grandson Parade.

Last night our one and only 
Granddaughter
Gabby
{Gabriella}
had a Fall Program at school.
She's in the Third Grade.
She's pictured here with Chelsea & Eric.
She spent the night with Grammy and PaPa last night
since there was no school today.
I think you can say she was worn out from the festivities...

Monday morning a yarn shipment arrived,
which always makes me like 
a little girl on Christmas morning!
Even when it's to use for a custom order.
Makes no difference...
the Joy is in the 
Creating.
The wool had to be wound into these pretty little 
Yarn Cakes
I absolutely love this 
Tabletop Amish Style Wooden Yarn Swift
that I purchased back in January 2015
from
It's beautifully handmade of 
Solid Oak
and has adjustable pegs that move easily
to accommodate hanks of yarn from 36" to 72".
I love the fact that there are 
NO hold clips involved.
It has non-skid pads that don't mark my table and it doesn't move
when in use.
It is smooth sailing!
The best yarn swift, by far, that I've ever had! :-)))
So if you're interested
click on the live link 
to visit the Etsy Shop
where Ken handcrafts and sells these beauties for
 only 
$56.00.
Included in the purchase is a 
fabulous fabric bag
for storage,
hand sewn by Ken's wife. 
It's made of beautiful, sturdy fabric.
Be sure to check Ken's Shop out.
He makes other gorgeous handcrafted wood items,
including 
Crochet Hooks
:-)))


As for what I'm doing with this lovely yarn...
Here's your HINT...
No respectable Teapot should ever be Naked.
{I will show you the finished product soon}

*Favorite Tea Quote*

from

The Wind in the Willows

"Come along inside...
We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place."

Xo
  Xo
  Danette