Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Update with some pictures

My mom and dad had birthdays back in July...so I wanted to make them something as well as buy them something.  I made that 50s doll for my mom (obviously) LOL and she loved it which I knew she would.  She loved poodle skirts and even had some.

The car was done for my dad and is pretty big......I took my time with both of these as well......I was happy to have the car done.  He loved it as well.

Above is some of the projects I have been working on. I just started the Mario afghan, this one will take 253 squares.....I am doing them different.  The lady who did the original afghan, did regular granny squares, I am doing a different square, just DCs all around.  I wanted it to be warm and free of too many "holes"  I am making it as one of his birthday gifts..his birthday is in less than a month.  So one strip at a time...there is no way I am putting 253 squares together at once.  Each strip has 14 squares across.  So I do a block of colors and sew that onto the existing trips and so on.  It makes it much easier.  I also finished Aiden's colorful afghan....he was so happy it was done.  Crappy picture.......but this afghan is huge!!!  All the squares are my own design.  I did graduation dolls earlier this year, one I love, the other I don't like at all. Will not


I love Halloween!!!  You might think that skeleton was hard, but it was actually very easy and worked up fast.  The pumpkin tea set took a bit longer, but not by much. I worked on it and the skeleton about a week.  I alternated between the two so I would not get bored.  Hanging ghost is for a swap and the mummy is one I tested for Alisha a couple of months ago.

My little Aiden is sick........it started Sunday morning, he was complaining of his throat hurting...it just got worse as the day went on.  I didn't plan on keeping him home from school.....but he coughed all night and I kept him home and about an hour after I called the school, he got a fever....so he would have been sent home anyway.  

I got AJs first progress report........WOW is he doing good.  He is taking chinese.  Which everyone said was hard...but so far he loves it and is getting an A in the class.  He is also taking JRROTC and he looks so handsome in his uniform!!!  


Sunday, September 11, 2011

I REMEMBER!

Do you remember what you were doing that day?  I remember it well......AJ was 4 years old and we had errands to run.  So we never turned on the tv, just got ready and out the door we went.  I know I was aggravated that there was no music playing, every radio station was talk.....and I didn't stop to listen, just complained to myself on why no music was playing.....I was rushed, I wanted to get my errands done before traffic picked up, before others were rushing around to do their errands too.  I wanted to get home and spend some time with AJ, probably crochet a bit too.  I also had to hurry because I had to work that night at Best Western.  We stopped to get lunch, and that is when I heard about it......we picked up our food and left instead of eating it there as we planned......I drove home feeling ashamed of myself for rushing through my day......for not stopping to listen.....for not realizing that if every radio station was talking.......then they  MUST be talking about something important.  I immediately turned on the tv, and started to cry....it didn't take long!!  It was horrifying!!  It was heart wrenching...and having to go to work that night was hard.......it was so quiet there......I just wanted to be home with my family.  We received a few calls from people complaining about their flights being cancelled and how they had to get a reservation....I wanted to leave!  Luckily they made us all go home.  WE all knew nothing was ever going to be the same.  You just looked at everything and everyone differently.  I didn't have the usual thoughts in my head that I usually did......The only thoughts I had were about those people on the planes........those people in the towers, those people outside the towers watching in horror.........those family members watching and listening to this all going on and knowing a loved one was there.  The people who worked at the Pentagon, their loved ones watching that as well.  Then the passengers on flight 93......who had known what had happened already.......I sit here and cry thinking of all of them, thinking of all of us here.............how our life has changed because of this........I can't breathe or see because I am crying too much, too hard, and then I think to myself that I can't even begin to come close to what those people on that day who were directly in the path of all this.......how can any of us not there imagine......we can only imagine what we might be thinking in that situation........or if we had loved ones there.......and that thought is just too much to think.......but we think it anyway, because we are human and we can't help it!  I am so PROUD of everyone who was involved that day and the days, weeks, months, years, and many more to come.  YOU risked your lives and some gave up/lost their lives.  Doing what??? HELPING and GIVING HOPE to those who needed it most that day.  I AM PROUD of the strangers who lent a helping hand, a helping shoulder, and even both hands to hold them in the destruction.  Who found someone they didn't know, who was stuck, or who was trying to get out too........and they comforted them......stood by them........made sure they were not alone.........they did that not only for a stranger they didn't know...but for themselves too......because they needed that comfort too, they needed that hand to hold, that shoulder to lean on.........that comfort of knowing they were not alone.  It is hard to see through my tears as I type this........I know my words echo much of what millions think and have said.........I know that no one will ever forget that day..........That day, those people, the heroes.........the whole world.......DESERVE respect.......DESERVE that same comfort, DESERVE to have everyone remember that day, and give that same comfort to someone in need.

I was watching one of the specials on the History Channel today about the attacks on 09-11-2001.  I was listening to survivors and family members of those who did not make it......I was crying so much........I couldn't stop.  My little Aiden was playing with his legos on the floor and he got up, climbed up on my lap and snuggled up against me.....he stroked my cheek, patted my shoulder....he never said a word.......he just gave me what I really needed....his love, comfort and his hug.  He kissed me.  That moment is one I WILL NEVER FORGET either.  NEVER! I went into AJs room and hugged him, told him how much I loved him.  I am incredibly grateful that I have my family.  You all should be grateful of yours as well.. I am sure we all are, but lets try harder to not let everyday life and stress get to us so much that we forget what is MOST IMPORTANT in our lives.  FAMILY AND FRIENDS.  BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE, BE PROUD OF BEING AN AMERICAN.  If there is something in this world you don't like........want to change?  STOP.....first lets change ourselves and how we think........then maybe the other things will start to change or seem less important in our minds.  








 


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

SEPTEMBER ROMANCE "September 2011 Square

September Romance   
12" Square with "H" Hook
Copyright © 2011 Aurora Suominen
Special Stitches:
~BEG CORNER: Sl St into Ch-2 space, and work ch-3, dc, ch-2, 2dc. Corner made.
~CORNER: Work 2 DC, Ch-2, 2 DC in next Ch2 space.
~DBL FPDC=Double FPDC: Work 2 FPDC around post of next dc in previous round.
~Single FPDC: Work 1 FPDC around both posts of next double fpdc.
~Notes: Anytime you see, "Stitches" this means any dc, sc, fpdc, ch1 space.
Also when working the fpdc’s the very next st that you will work a regular DC in, will look as if it if behind the fpdc you just worked.
When joining at the end of rounds work as follows: For a SC round, Join in 1st SC.  For a DC round, Join in 3rd Ch of beg 3.


Round 1: Ch4, work 15 DC in ring, Join (16)

Round 2: Ch3, in same st, work DC, Ch2, 2DC.  [DC in 3sts. IN next st work a Corner.] 3Xs. DC in last 3sts.  Join. *see special stitches now and throughout.  (28DC)

Round 3: Beg Corner.  [DC in 7sts, Work Corner] 3Xs.  DC in last 7sts.  Join. (44dc)

Round 4: Beg Corner. [+DC in 5sts, DBL FPDC around post of next dc of rnd 3, DC in 5sts.+  Work Corner] 3Xs Repeat ++ once and Join. (64dc)

Round 5: Beg Corner.  [+DC in 6sts, work a DBL FPDC, single FPDC, DBL FPDC. DC in 6sts+. Work Corner] 3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join.  (84dc)

Round 6: Beg Corner. [+DC in 7sts, work a DBL FPDC, Single FPDC, FPDC, single FPDC, DBL FPDC. DC in 7sts+.  Work Corner.] 3Xs.  Repeat ++ once and join. (100dc)

Round 7: Beg Corner. [+DC in 8sts, Slip stitch in next dc, skip next stitch, work 6DC in next dc, skip next dc, slip stitch in next dc, skip next dc, work 6DC in next dc, skip next dc, slip stitch in next dc.  DC in 8sts.+. Work Corner]3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join.  (128dc, 12ss)

Round 8: Slip Stitch in ch2 sp. Ch1, 3SC in same sp.  [+SC in 10sts and in the SS.  Ch4, skip 6 dc of heart hump, (look behind heart at the middle slip stitch, see the 2 horizontal loops? SC in that, Ch4, skip 6 dc of next heart hump, SC in next SS and in next 10sts.+.  3SC in next ch2 sp] 3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join to first sc.  (104sc, 8 ch4 loops)

Round 9: SS in next sc, Ch3, DC, Ch2, 2DC in same st. [+DC in 12sts, 4DC in next ch4 sp. DC in next sc, 4DC in next ch4sp. DC in 12sts.+  In next sc, work 2DC, Ch2, 2DC.] 3Xs Repeat ++ once and join. (148dc)

Round 10: Beg Corner.  [DC in 37sts, work Corner] 3Xs DC in last 37sts. (164dc)

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SUBTLE HEARTS DISHCLOTH

“Subtle Hearts”
Designer: Aurora Suominen/DragonFlyMomof2 Designs©2011
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Size: 8” Heart tip to tip  Hook: G/4.5mm, Yarn: Peaches N Cream Cotton: 1.4oz
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Notes:  Bold print: Repeated in pattern. Sts: Work in next st/chsp. Join: Join W/slst in beg st, unless otherwise stated.
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Abbreviations & Stitches Used 
Beg=Beginning    Ch=Chain    Slst=Slip Stitch    Sc=Single Crochet   
Sp=Spaces        Sk=Skip    W/=With        Dc=Double Crochet       
St(s)=Stitch(es)    Lps=Loops    Fpdc=Front Post dc                       
Rnd 1: Ch4,  15dc in 4th ch from hook, join.  (16dc)

Rnd 2: Ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in same st, beg corner made.  [Dc in next 3sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st, corner made]4x, minus last corner, join.  (28dc)

Rnd 3: Slst in next 2sts, beg corner.  [Dc in next 7sts, corner in next sp]4x, minus last corner, join.  (44dc)

Rnd 4: Slst in next 2sts, beg corner. [Dc in next 5sts, 2fpdc in next dc, dc in next 5sts, corner in next sp]4x, minus last corner, join.  (64dc)

Rnd 5: Slst in next 2sts, beg corner.  [Dc in next 6sts, 2fpdc in next st,  fpdc in next 2fpsts together, 2fpdc in next st, dc in next 6sts, corner in next sp]4x, minus last corner, join. (84dc)

Rnd 6: Slst in next 2sts, beg corner.  [Dc in next 7sts, 2fpdc in next st, fpdc in next 2fpsts together, fpdc in next st,fpdc in next 2fpsts together, 2fpdc in next st.  Dc in next 7sts, corner in next sp]4x, minus last corner, join.  (100dc)

Rnd 7: Slst in next 2sts, beg corner.  [Dc in next 8sts, slst in next dc, sk next st, 6dc in next st, sk next st, slst in next st, sk next st, 6dc in next st, sk next st, slst in next st, dc in next 8sts, corner in next st]4x, minus last corner, join.  (128dc, 12slst)

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SUBTLE HEARTS HOTPAD

Subtle Hearts Hotpad
Cotton Yarn and a “G” hook
Copyright © 2011 Aurora Suominen
Special Stitches:
~BEG CORNER: Sl St into Ch-2 space, and work ch-3, dc, ch-2, 2dc. Corner made.
~CORNER: Work 2 DC, Ch-2, 2 DC in next Ch2 space.
~DBL FPDC=Double FPDC: Work 2 FPDC around post of next dc in previous round.
~Single FPDC: Work 1 FPDC around both posts of next double fpdc.
~Notes: Anytime you see, "Stitches" this means any dc, sc, fpdc, ch1 space.
Also when working the fpdc’s the very next st that you will work a regular DC in, will look as if it if behind the fpdc you just worked. When joining at the end of rounds work as follows: For a SC round, Join in 1st SC.  For a DC round, Join in 3rd Ch of beg 3.

Front and Back
Round 1: Ch4, work 15 DC in ring, Join (16)

Round 2: Ch3, in same st, work DC, Ch2, 2DC.  [DC in 3sts. IN next st work a Corner.] 3Xs. DC in last 3sts.  Join. *see special stitches now and throughout.  (28DC)

Round 3: Beg Corner. [+DC in 3sts, DBL FPDC around post of next dc of rnd 2, DC in 3sts.+  Work Corner] 3Xs Repeat ++ once and Join. (48dc)

Round 4: Beg Corner.  [+DC in 4sts, work a DBL FPDC, single FPDC, DBL FPDC. DC in 4sts+. Work Corner] 3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join.  (dc)

Round 5: Beg Corner. [+DC in 5sts, work a DBL FPDC, Single FPDC, FPDC, single FPDC, DBL FPDC. DC in 5sts+.  Work Corner.] 3Xs.  Repeat ++ once and join. (dc)

Round 6: Beg Corner. [+DC in 6sts, Slip stitch in next dc, skip next stitch, work 6DC in next dc, skip next dc, slip stitch in next dc, skip next dc, work 6DC in next dc, skip next dc, slip stitch in next dc.  DC in 6sts.+. Work Corner]3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join.  (dc, 12ss) FO for Front.  DO NOT FASTEN OFF WHEN WORKING THE BACK (2ND).

Border: SS into next st and ch2sp Ch1.  Put the wrong sides together of the front and back.  With right side of back piece facing you,  working through both pieces, follow the directions below.

3SC in same ch2 sp.  [+SC in 8sts, SS in SS, SC in the BACK LOOPS of next 6dc, SS in middle ss, SC in the BACK LOOPS of next 6dc, SS in next ss.  SC in next 8sts,+ 3SC in next ch2 sp] 3Xs Repeat between the ++ once and join to first sc.

© 2011 Aurora Suominen. All rights reserved. This pattern may not be sold, reprinted  posted/copied, or electronically transmitted to any website without the written consent of the copyright owner. You may link to this pattern or print a copy of it for your personal use ONLY.