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tidbit tuesdayToday I want to share some photos of some recent crochet projects.

Crock Pot Carrier

Isn’t this an odd-looking thing? The inspiration came from a pattern to make a carrier for a covered casserole. I tweaked it a bit so that it would fit my little crock pot. My Rick came up with the idea to include an extra set of handles to keep the lid in place. Isn’t he clever?

I tried it out recently and am very happy to say that it worked out just the way I planned. These small crock pots are different from the large ones because the outer shell does not have the carrying handles; the crock itself does. And boy howdy do those handles get hot! It is very difficult to carry the thing when it is hot, which is why I was going to look online for something to buy but not necessary because I really ♥ the way this turned out!

I used cotton yarn and made the bottom quadruple thick, meaning I made 2 circles for the bottom using 2 strands of the yarn for each circle. It is very thick and very sturdy.

Gift Bags

This is an ongoing project that I am absolutely crazy about! I take horrible pics, so please forgive the obvious amateur look of these. The ongoing part of it? I am going to keep on making these cute gift bags to use instead of paper whenever possible!

Tartan Plaid!

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This last one is a pattern photo for an afghan I am making for myself. I HEART plaid, especially this particular tartan. It is called a Holiday Tartan Afghan, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it for me! And forget about displaying and using it only during the Christmas season, this gal is going to have it out and ready to use every day!

It will take me the better part of this year to make it, though, because I’m working on it in between other projects, including more wheelchair lapghans (some with matching bags to secure to one of the arms) and a couple of Christmas projects for some very special people for Christmas 2014.

AnnaSmile…..

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Happy December!

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It has always seemed such a quick transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season, and when Thanksgiving falls so close to the end of November as it did this year, that transition feels like the blink of an eye.

My original plan was to put out the Christmas decorations this weekend but that will have to be postponed for a week or so. I’ve been trying to live joyfully in spite of being in a CFIDS flare, which means even more rest and sleep time than usual. I am finding that on days like today when I only have a migraine plus the immense fatigue, I can do some kind of household task for 15 to 20 minutes, and then I need to rest for a half hour or so.

Don’t be sad for me though. A good portion of my rest time is spent crocheting, and that makes me happy because I can do something worthwhile! And since we’re approaching Christmas, I’ve been busy with gift projects and that makes me even more happy!

In this season of my life, I don’t get out much. If I do, it’s to the local grocery store where I can do some shopping at the same time I pick up my prescriptions. It’s the closest thing to multitasking I’m able to do these days but it works out great for me.

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with joy, happiness and gratitude as you gathered around the dinner table with family and maybe friends to thank God for the myriad of blessings He bestows on us each and every day. For those of you who could not be with your family or who were not able to celebrate Thanksgiving for any reason, remember that you are a part of God’s family and as such you are utterly precious in His sight! Remember, He will never leave you or forsake you.

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. —Deuteronomy 31:6

Happy December, Beloved!

AnnaSmile…..

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Another Crochet Mishmash

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This is a typical ball of yarn. Innocent looking, right?

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This is an example of a typical yarn shop.

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And so is this.

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This is my own private yarn shop, actually it’s my yarn closet on steroids … well, a good portion of it anyway. The scenery changes as I take from my stash to complete projects, but then I add more yarn when I see types or colors I just have to have, even if I don’t have a certain project in mind.

The other day I was browsing yarns in yet another store when a woman next to me, who was doing the same thing, started to leave with several skeins of yarn in her cart. Suddenly she stopped and grabbed another one, saying “I better get this one, too, just in case…” We smiled at each other and I replied, “I think and do that all the time!”

Have I told you how much I love to crochet? 

Crocheting is something I can do during CFIDS and FMS flareups and even migraines. It helps keep my hands busy and my mind focused on something other than me and my pain. There have been times when I don’t feel like picking up one of my crochet hooks, but that is truly rare. It is a soothing therapy where I can see the results of my efforts and that means a lot at a time in my life when I often feel like I am floundering in a sea of pain. I started taking photos of my completed projects—well, when I remember to do so—as a way of feeling a sense of accomplishment on days when I feel like I get nothing done.

You can see some of my completed crochet projects here and here.

AnnaSmile

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Monday Lapghan Mishmash

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For the past couple of years I’ve been keeping busy crocheting lapghans as therapy, plus it serves as a ministry. Somehow the process of crocheting seems to keep me from totally focusing on my pain. I have several patterns—some from actual patterns and some I make up as I go along—but they all have one thing in common: they are quick and easy to work up.

So here are my latest projects, displayed in a collage for your viewing enjoyment.

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Crochet Mishmash

MISHMASH MONDAY

I haven’t been doing as much crocheting lately as I usually do, but on this Mishmash Monday thought I’d share a mishmash of crochet photos with you.

Some of these are PIPs (Projects-in-Planning) and some are finished. Others just show you a jumble of yarns—from a basketful of skeins for a current WIP (Work-in-Progress) to a snowflake pillow to a shopping basket of rainbow color skeins for an afghan I made for Kathy a year or two ago. And let’s not forget my yarn stash closet: I took 5 hanging sweater shelves and filled them with yarn, color coded (in a way).

So there it is. My crochet life in color…

Blue Mishmash

Frugal Pillow Trim

FRUGAL FRIDAY

On this Frugal Friday I want to share something sweet and easy to make.

As I was browsing the pattern section on Red Heart’s site, I came across this super-easy and cute idea for adding some flair to pillows. This is very easy to crochet from Red Heart’s pattern but I’m thinking this could also be knit. Or how about sewing it with some pretty fabric?

How easy peasy it would be to take a neutral color pillow and change up the heart trim to reflect different seasons or holidays!

Mishmash Bus

MISHMASH MONDAY

Is this a crazy bus or what? I saw this online awhile back and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. It’s perfect for a Mishmash Monday, don’t you think?

Obviously it’s very impractical and must have taken a long time and many hands to put together. But what a great way to use those yarn leftovers from different projects. And it’s such a fun way to jazz up a plain old bus!

I think I’d smile from happiness every time I got into it, just for the sheer joy of seeing all the mishmashed colors and patterns.

Happiness makes a person smile…

—Proverbs 15:13a

Crochet Sweetness

SWEET SATURDAY

I came across this pattern for a sweet crochet bouquet while browsing one of my favorite crochet pattern sites, Lily SugarnCream. Their cotton yarns are wonderful to work with and come in a variety of yummy colors.

I think this bouquet is so sweet and cute that I might just make it myself! Unless I buy flowers at the grocery store (which my frugal self only does a couple of times a year), the vases in my home are filled with silk flowers because I no longer have the urge for a flower garden. And even if I did still garden, I have a notorious “brown” thumb, so it’s better that I stick with silk.

So, please check out this pattern and take the time to browse the site for more ideas at Lily SugarnCream. For you knitters, they also have many knitting patterns!

Crochet Sweetness

SWEET SATURDAY

I’m composing this ahead of time and scheduling it to post today (which I often do when I know I’m going to be busy or out of town). I’ve been in Phoenix all this week visiting friends and family.

I recently made a special afghan for my daughter, Kathy, and am bringing it with me to give to her. It’s called a Pineapple Squares Afghan and on this Sweet Saturday, I’d like to share how it turned out:

As I’m writing this several days ahead of time, my sweet Kathy hasn’t seen it yet. I can’t wait until she does! This was one of my favorite crochet projects and I definitely want to make it again. I can picture it in all kinds of colors.

This pattern came from the February 2011 issue of Crochet World magazine and is available for download here for a fee of $3.99. A free version (very similar but not exactly like the Crochet World version) is available for download here.

I feel blessed when I’m crocheting because I enjoy it so much and because it is one of the few things I can do even when I’m feeling my worst. And I especially like to crochet for my family and a couple of places which shall remain anonymous.

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