fall ball

So once again, I am doing a lot of this:

(I’m really not very good at taking pics with my iphone!)

while I do a lot of this:

(My son is not actually in this picture. Whoops! I don’t know why it’s only one I took. I’ll try to remember the real camera and get one of him next week!)

Yes, Josh is playing Fall Baseball. Yippee.

Really though? It’s better than soccer. There’s no whining in baseball, and there was always lots of whining in soccer. Something about all that freaking running.

The best thing about fall ball is there are no practices, only one game a week, every Saturday. It’s meant to be just for fun for those kids who really like baseball and don’t want lose all of their skills between seasons. I use the term skills pretty loosely here. Oh yeah.

The teams are of mixed ages, and Josh is the youngest on his. He doesn’t seem to mind the age and size differences, and he isn’t the worst player, so it’s going better than I anticipated. He also hasn’t been hit by a wild pitch yet, unlike a number of his teammates!

Anyway, this was supposed to be about me. On Saturday I was sitting in the stands starting a new crochet project, when a friend and fellow crocheter came over to sit with me. Her son was on the other team, and from the bleachers on the opposite side she had spied someone with fingers flashing. She knew that person had to be knitting or crocheting. And then she saw my hair.

I really am that obvious.


So who can guess what my new project is just by looking at the pattern? Hint: it’s part of Josh’s Halloween costume:

(That’s gold and burgundy, not cream and purple. Dang user error iphone.)


I made these on Friday as a baby gift for a friend that recently had twins. They were so easy and I’m really happy with how they came out!

all i want for christmas is a craft store gift card

The obsession continues.

I think I pulled a muscle in the back of my left hand, and yet I continue to crochet.*

The good news is, not only did I sell the burnt orange hat/scarf set to a bloggy friend, but I brought some things to a real life craft show and sold 3 hats and 6 scarves. Woohoo! I have the Christmas money I was hoping for!** And yet I continue to crochet…

Let’s just say a few of Josh’s teachers are getting scarves for Christmas. 🙂 And maybe a few other people too.

Here’s a couple of lap blankets I made for the craft show but they didn’t sell. I’m not sure I’m happy or sad about that, especially since the orange/brown one matches my bedroom and I could, ya know, keep it. Both are a bit over 3 foot square.

Can you tell I like burnt orange?

I kinda like purple too, especially mixed with gray:

I swear I work in other colors besides purple and orange!

Like red. I love red.

Somehow this scarf ended up 8 feet long. No joke. I might not have been paying attention when I started it, I just kept on crocheting…

*I really do have other stuff going on besides crocheting and dealing with George. It’s all just too boring to write about. More boring than yarn and a cat? You know that’s pretty bad.

**And it’s quite possible I might spend it all on yarn at Michael’s and AC Moore’s Black Friday sales!

crocheted hats

I’m still crocheting. Crocheting is the new blogging you know. 😉 Last year at this time I was writing daily (NEVER AGAIN!) nablopomo entries. This year I can’t stop buying yarn and dreaming about what I can make out of it.

I decided I needed to add some hats to my collection of scarves. I think I’m getting pretty good at them (especially since I’m winging it – I never learned how to follow a pattern!) and they’re so much quicker than scarves.

I took photos of a couple of them so you all could see samples of what I’ve been doing. (Okay, so do you know how hard it is to take a picture of yourself? Really hard!)

I love this burnt orange yarn. It’s similar to a set I made for my MIL for Christmas last year. The yarn is a super soft suede. It’s Lion Brand but unfortunately it’s being discontinued so I’ve been buying it in every color everywhere I can find it. I made the same set in black suede too.

This is Lion Brand Homespun in two different purples. I didn’t have very good lighting – trust me, it’s purple! I kinda wanna keep this one!

Seriously – I stink at taking my own photo! Do you see the “I feel ridiculous” look on my face? Oh yeah. And it might have been a little better if I’d thought to put on some make-up first. Oops!

Anyway, I have some lap blankets in the works too, and I think I’m going to try a shawl next. I’d really like to learn how to read a pattern so I can make socks and stuff. Of course, I’ve been saying that for years, I’m just too lazy to do it!

yarn crazy

I spend my Sundays pouring over the sale flyers, cutting out 40% off coupons and then trolling the yarn aisles of every craft store in a 15 mile radius around my house. The days when a 50% coupon shows up, well,  woohoo!

I spend my evenings crocheting like mad. I’m obsessed with the softest yarns, the prettiest colors, and of course the cheapest prices I can find. I’m hoping to sell a few scarves and maybe a blanket to make some Christmas cash, but I won’t be too disappointed if I get to keep some of it for myself! (Not the cash – the scarves!)

Yes, they are are soft as they look. 🙂

crocheted ssssssnake

Last spring I saw this post on Krista’s blog and I knew I had to try making a crocheted snake for the boy myself. It took me forever and I had a bit of trouble with the head, but it’s finally done!

I did a few things my own way, including using pipe cleaners on the inside so I wouldn’t have to worry about the boy getting poked with wires. I also used a bit of felt for the tongue instead of yarn, I thought it would hold up better since it’ll actually be played with.

Btw, I’ve never learned how to follow a pattern so I was winging it! Pretty cute, huh?! But, um, never again! Next time I take on a crocheting project I’m going back to straight lines.

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