Friday, December 9, 2011

Crochet Magazines & Update on Leo

Happy Friday ya’ll!  It’s a chilly one here in the south today. Although the temp is supposed to get up to 63. Yesterday it was clear and sunny but that wind cut right through you and if you were in the shade it was pretty chilly. 

A couple of days ago I received my first of 4 ‘Quick & Easy Crochet’.  I have to say that I am very disappointed in this magazine.  In my opinion it’s not worth what I paid for it. Not to mention that I paid for it way back in June and didn’t receive the first one until now. And it was definitely not worth the wait. I will not be renewing this subscription. 

                                                        quick and easy crochet book

The only pattern I had an interest in doing was the very last one in the magazine for a pair of slippers. And even that was disappointing. The pattern is written supposedly for 3 different sizes. I used Red Heart Painted Deserts medium yarn and an H hook, which is what the pattern calls for (except color).  I figured I needed to make the large size, as I have large feet. I’m an amazon after all. lol  So I get going on it and the very first round has how many chains you need for the appropriate sizes 25 (27,29). So I made 29. When you get to the end of the round there are 2 chains left. I did it twice, thinking I had screwed up, even though I counted right.  So that tee’d me off right away. First I’m disappointed in the magazine and then the one pattern I tried is screwed up.  So I started AGAIN. I went with the 25 starting chain. The pattern works for the small size……..they forgot to put the additional stitches in for the larger sizes. :o(   And it seems that maybe my foot is getting smaller??? The small size fit me. I also left out quite a few different rounds. The top is supposed to be higher than that but I like that height. And where the bottom meets the side there is supposed to be 2 rounds of cross stitch. I only did 1 round (which I discovered I didn’t see that there were supposed to be 2 rounds of cross stitch until I started to make my second slipper).

                         painted desert slippers                                              painted desert slipper side view

As for my little Leo, the boy has been miserable.  It seems he may have an abscessed tooth. We won’t know until after he’s done with his medicine. If it comes back then that’s what it is. They want to make sure, although wouldn’t you think an x-ray would show if it is or not?  He is much better today. He has two meds, an antibiotic and a steroid, and then eye goop. He’s been really good about taking his meds. Although his antibiotic is a pill and he has to take a quarter of one pill twice a day and I put the piece in one of those pill pockets. Those things are the bomb aren’t they? You just put the pill in it, smush it together and voila! So he has to take his meds for 10 days. If it is his tooth he’ll have to have it out and that will have to happen before we go south for Christmas.  I can’t make him wait until we get back. He’s been in enough misery. He was so bushed from his excursion to the vet that he slept all day Wednesday in my bed after we got home.  Poor baby. You can see the bump on the other side of his snout in this pic. They think it’s his left canine that is abscessed.

                                                  Leo with bump on snout 1

That’s all that’s going on with me. Trying to tie up loose ends for Christmas and getting ready to head south. Less than two weeks I will be in the sunshine state. I hope it’s warm and sunny the whole time I’m there. I’m looking forward to being with family. I don’t get to see them enough as it is.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and it’s filled with so much love that you can’t fit another ounce in. :o) Cya soon!



  1. Well the slippers do like nice even if you don't like the magazine. I bought a book titled Cute and Easy Crochet and I love it. I haven't tried any of the patterns yet though. I hope they work out because I'm not the crocheter that you are. I'm not sure I could figure out the problem.

    I hope Leo gets betters soon. Poor little guy. I bet you are not making him stay outside now are you?!?!!

    Cindy Bee

  2. Your slippers came out nice. I hope Leo feels better soon. :)

  3. I think the slippers look really nice, love the yarn and bet they are nice and cozy on chilly days and nights. I know what you mean though about being disappointed in crochet magazines, I had gotten a few subscriptions a few years back and it seemed there was hardly anthing that caught my attention. So now if I see something thats what I look for. Poor little Leo, doesn't it just make your heart ache for the little fella. Hope he is on the mend and feeling better very quickly. Have a wonderful day. Blessings.

  4. I can never find that Quick & Easy magazine, I don't know why it's not sold around here. Maybe it's a good thing :)
    Can you email me at please? I have the stocking pattern ready to send you, but the email link on blogger is not working for me.
    Thanks, Nancy

  5. Poor Leo! Hope everything gets straightened out soon!

  6. Poor baby...I hate to see a sick pup

  7. I felt the same way about that particular crochet magazine. :(

  8. Oh my goodness I feel so bad for sweet little Leo. Bless his little heart. I hope they figure it out soon and he gets back on the mend. :)

    Your slipper looks so warm and comfy. :)

    Thanks for the heads up about the magazine. :)

    Now you know I am green all over because you are going back to FL. Wishing warm weather and lots of sunshine for your holiday trip.

    Blessings always


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