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I hardly ever crochet anymore- but this felt so good I couldn't put it down!! I found this pattern last evening and when I couldn't sleep at 3 in the am, I started this and was almost done with it when I decided to try to sleep again at 5. Argh! But I only had 45 minutes or so left this morning when I got up. :) I was really needing a pick-me-up, too, and this sweet little project worked! In honor of our very own dear NoKnitSherlock, when I saw these two colors together in the stash, they just had to be married in this project.

It is the Grandma Potholder- found HERE on The Royal Sisters blog (it is in two parts, you have to follow the link for part 2). SUCH a cute pattern. Very well written with a great photo tutorial. I followed the pattern almost to the letter. I used an F hook since I crochet pretty tightly, but now wished I'd used an E as directed. :) Plus on the very outer ruffle, I used 6 dc instead of 5 in each zig and zag- I wanted too much instead of too little at the outer edge. I did switch colors two rows too soon on the back because I was running out of red and had more of the blue to work with, but I don't think the wider blue stripe looks bad. You could do all different color stripes on the front- or a color changing wool like Noro would be fun to try, too. I went a little crazy on the photos... but they're downsized, so shouldn't take too much of forever to load.

First you crochet a base piece (which I forgot to photograph by itself) and then crochet on the surface of that. (Above picture shows how the surface crochet really sticks up!) Then you crochet a separate piece for the back and crochet the front and back together around the outer edge. This next picture is of the back side of the top (the back piece is folded up at the top of the picture- I was halfway around already in attaching them together). Then the last picture is of the back- you can see the single crochet attaching them together pretty well- the eyelet it makes around the edges is cute. I wouldn't use this piece for a mitt, but it will work great for a hot pad. p.s. This is made of worsted weight cotton, sadly enough, not KP- I don't have any of theirs... yet!!

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Comment by Beth Pritchett on August 4, 2010 at 7:47am
What a week! I'm sorry your world is upside down right now. Try to keep those needles moving.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 3, 2010 at 8:44pm
No wonder you have been going insane!
Comment by PickleSue on August 3, 2010 at 7:01pm
Knit- thanks for the cute magnet link!! Sorry I haven't been on here all day yesterday and today. The move is not (I repeat: NOT) happening!!! Argh!! So yesteday, we had to go clean all the stuff we'd already moved to the rental house (3 hour drive away) and today- we got the vehicle tags and titles switched back to Kansas from Iowa. (Our tags were due for renewal the end of July, so we'd already transferred them.) AND, we'd first driven the van to town to get it all done- forgetting that Kansas is a state where out-of-state titles have to be inspected by the local law enforcement. So we had to drive home (15 miles) and drive BACK to town with the other 2 vehicles to get them inspected before we could get the titles and tags done. PLUS before all that- we went to register the ankle biters in public school. So what a coupla days it's been. Hubs had his nervous breakdown last week, I feel mine coming on. :) I'm going to try to spend as much time as possible here for a few. :) Thanks all for your encouragement.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 3, 2010 at 3:56pm
Knit, I meant to say something about the fridge magnet and then got distracted. That is so great!
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 3, 2010 at 2:37pm
And I can't imagine why they were so bull-headed. Not from me, right? Poor things got a double dose of a double dose.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 3, 2010 at 2:35pm
Mine were so independent, Beth. No. 2 was walking just as he turned 9 months old and by the time he was 10 months old, I found him trying to stack things on a chair so he could get some goodie off the top of the fridge.
Comment by Beth Pritchett on August 3, 2010 at 7:08am
I just found a grocery bag full of cotton. I can see some of these stash-busters in my future.
Cheryl, I have a friend that did the same thing with her boys (3). She even went to schoool and sat beside one of them in all his classes and told him the next time she might be in her PJ's. She never got another complaint from any of his teachers.
Comment by Knit4Many on August 3, 2010 at 4:36am
Yes you must carry yarn a ALL times and come here to keep sane. We are here for you.

I found this one here
Comment by PickleSue on August 2, 2010 at 9:40pm
That's good, and thank you Cheryl! There isn't much of it left after the last week!!! I'm going to be calm and carry yarn continuously from now on. :)
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 2, 2010 at 9:37pm
Oh, Peggy, I'm so sorry things have been topsy turvy at your place. We're here so you don't have to pull your hair out.

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