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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rainbow Bike Basket

(Photos courtesy of Annie's)

Crochet! magazine just published a special issue called :"Gifts to Go"
It has several great projects inside to take with you when you "crochet on the go".

Here is my design from Page 55 - Rainbow Bike Basket:

I designed this while on vacation last summer.  I love the colors of the rainbow and thought it would be fun to have a project that not only can be "made on the go" but also then "taken on the road"!

My daughters love to ride their bikes when the weather is warm.  I enjoy taking a peek in their bike baskets to see what kind of treasures they store inside.  One day last summer my youngest had proudly toted cherries from a neighbor's tree, her drink cup of juice and a play camera. :)

Perhaps if you get a chance to stitch up this cute project, the little girl who uses it will have many hours of fun toting her "stuffed friends" and more.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Lilac Shrug with Celtic Knot

One of my daughters also loves Celtic Knots like I do. So, for her birthday a couple of months ago I made her this shrug.

I used Caron's Simply Soft in the color Blackberry.
It is a beautiful color and looks great on my daughter.

I first made the knot and then worked around it with a mesh stitch.
My daughter loved wearing it to her birthday party.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Crocheted Cupcake

My sister, Alice, is a wonderful cook and baker.

She is passionate about recipes and making new twists on old favorites.  (She makes a delicious Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese from scratch - just thinking about it makes my mouth water! :) )

I love it when she makes me something from her kitchen - it is such a treat.  Not only does it taste great but it blesses me with another treat - not needing to cook!
(which I am not so passionate about. :) )

(She has her own blog about her cooking adventures and successes. Check it out at: www.geekamuffins.blogspot.com or www.alicerichessnow.blogspot.com.  Once there you'll see her photographs are excellent so you'll need to check out her photography website, too! www.alicerichessnow.com)

Alice makes all sorts of yummy cupcakes as well. She is known at work and around her church family as the "Cupcake Wizard".  So, every time I see a cupcake, I think of her.

I saw these cupcakes on the cover of Crochet World! (April 2012) last year and made her one for her kitchen.  They are potholders and made out of 2 strands of cotton yarn - Lily Sugar 'n Cream.

Here is my version:

I used the Chocolate color for the base as suggested by the pattern but I used Rose Petal for the frosting.  It is a beautiful color and the yarn has a perfumey smell.  Then I used Country Red for the cherry on top.  I made a simple ruffley flower-like cherry - unlike the original pattern.
I love how it turned out and Alice says she uses it everyday.  It's great when a project turns out pretty and practical!