Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Sorry I haven't posted anything. I have been slammed at work these last two days. And I need to take pics of Baggy Cat (which all parts are made, just need to put her together). And over the weekend I finished one of my wip's.

I don't recall if I told  you about it or not and don't really have the time presently to go looking through my posts but there is a 'piece', not sure that I should call it a doily because it's not really, but it's got 12 giraffes on the outside of it. Look here. It's called a coaster. It's actually a little bit bigger than a coaster.

I started this a long time ago with #10 blue & #10 pink and a #6 hook. When I put it down I had two giraffes done. I finally finished it for a birthday present. I need to block it before I take a pic of it because the giraffes heads are all wonky and won't stay flat. I'm pretty proud that I finally finished it. And I love the colors I did it in. I wouldn't mind doing another one in #3 thread so that it turns out bigger (with a bigger hook of course). I did screw up somewhere though and don't you know that makes me so mad at myself. I tried to figure out where and couldn't find it but I'm betting my joins are the culprit, as with the Rising Sun doily. On the giraffe coaster, when I got done with the very last giraffe I had two stitch spaces left between the first and last one. There aren't supposed to be any.  I have to tell you that after all that work I was not going to frog it either.

This pattern is not for a beginner. It's a little daunting with the slip stitches on top of the head for the nubs and ear.  This pattern actually intimidated me at first with the giraffes but I didn't let it whip me. And when I picked it back up and could actually read through the pattern and figure out where I was at, it was a testament to my intermediate capabilities as a crocheter. That put a smile on my face. :o)

This week at night I have been attempting one of these in #10 burgundy with a #7 hook.  I had the hardest time with reading the directions, and still not sure that the bottom is right. I know for a fact that the last round on the bottom (saucer) piece is not according to her directions. I just went with my own version. The top is going to be different too. Though I'm having a hard time with that also. :o( Somewhere in my pattern travels I came across some vintage crocheted cups and they were absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could find them again. If any of you come across some please let me know, I'd love to try my hand at them.

Speaking of hand...I don't have any crochet pics for the post but I can't just post without any pics...this is a pic of one shelf in my curio. I love wood, anything wood. Check that hand out. Isn't it just gorgeous?? Besides crocheting I also do different kinds of wood working. Not as much as I used to but I still love to get out in the shed and make stuff.

This is my top shelf in my curio. (I actually need a couple more curios). The little silver canister with the crocheted mexican hat is my best friend Jeff, or at least part of him. He was Leo's (Mr. Lick Lick) human daddy before he passed away. He never wore a hat like that but one day I was just messing around and this little hat appeared out of my yarn and hook so I put it on Jeff. (I know, I'm weird)  I have my dad up there with Jeff now in a bigger urn and I actually tried to crochet him a ball cap, as he always wore ball caps, and the one I made was way too small for the top of the urn that he's in. I need to make a better one for day soon.

Ok, I've jawed enough. I have a dr. appt at 12:15. There are people in my office who insist on coming to work sick and I have a horrible sore throat that just popped up yesterday afternoon and it's one of those sick sore throats with the yukky taste in the back of your throat. We'll see what kind of sickness I have. I want to nip it in the bud. epidural worked good. I am feeling mucho better. Some pain, not near what I had before. I hope it lasts for a while.  While the procedure wasn't too too bad, the injection of stuff in my back made my leg feel like it was in a vice. That was the only bad part. But that meant that they got the steroids right where they needed to be.

I hope your hump day is nothing but love, laughter and everything good. Life is good.


  1. Hi Kat,
    The little teacups look like fun! A girl can never have too many curios, that's for sure. Glad the epidural helped and hope the doctor fixes what ails you today!

  2. I love the Giraffe doily and the tea cups, are so cute. Can't wait to see pics.

    Awesome wood working, too. So very talented.

    Hope you get to feeling better.

    Thanks so much for visting my side and for your kind words.

    Blessings always. :)

  3. Glad you are feeling better.

    Sending you healing thoughts


  4. I Like Jeff's sombrero. Have you tried looking at baby patterns for a ball hat? I think I saw one once. Then Dad would have his hat too.

    If you want vintage patterns . . try, (I think it's) Purple Panda. They have a TON of vintage patterns for free.

  5. So glad the epidural shot worked! It may get even better with time.

    I see the cold weather and snow is coming your way. Stay warm.

    Honestly? The giraffe doily is kind of weird! But whatever floats your boat. hee-hee. I'll be looking for your package tomorrow! :)

  6. Hey Pammy Sue - I wouldn't expect anything other than honesty....Yea the giraffe is kinda weird. I like stuff like that. :o) I know..I'm weird. lol. I hope that stuff works for you.

    Paula - Thanks! I'll go check Purple Panda out. I haven't tried baby patterns but I'll find something, hopefully.

    Hey Val - I love my curio. Truthfully I need about 4 more.

    Thanks Clare!

    Stitchy - the hand is not my 'handiwork'. I wish it was. :o)

  7. YOu were right with the Purple name. I figured if I was wrong, you could fnd the right one.

  8. Hi Kat,
    Now I finally have the time to sit down and have a good read of your blog. I'm always just jumping in and out. I LOVE your curios. We bought a house full of curious things, I'm sure you'd be able to fill a box full of oddities for your shelf just by looking around my cupboards :-) At my back as I write is an Infant of Prague (a little statue of the Christchild), a granite plate with pagan Celtic symbols and a vase full of painted Easter eggs. I am nothing if not multidenominational in my knick-knackery.
    Best wishes to you from Germany - I hope you're feeling better soon!
    The Gingerbread Lady

  9. PS: you definitely need a set of crocheted tea cups and saucers. No doubt about it.

  10. So glad the injection helped! Love your curio....especially the cat, of course.

  11. Hey how's the sore throat. I hope you are feeling better by now. There seems to be a lot going around in the way of germs this year, so take care. Glad the epidural worked.

    Cindy Bee


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