Thursday, November 14, 2013

Saying Goodbye to October!

I just finished this Gumball Dragon for Aiden.  It was suppose to be part of a halloween cal on a group at Ravelry, but I didn't get it done on time, then I got sick with Pneumonia.  Aiden was thrilled to see it finished.

I didn't do much in the way of Halloween crochet this year, but I did manage to get this cute monster done in candy corn colors!! 
 October was a busy month for us, actually it's the start of a very busy end of year!!  My little Aiden turned 8 in October, He was super happy with his party and his gifts too. 

Pretty sure he was very happy with this cake too!!!  Although he never eats much, which is a good thing.

We also went to the Kansas Underground Salt Mines, let me tell you I was a bit freaked.  This picture was taken above ground while waiting for the next trip down.  650ft!!  The lift we went down in, was pitch black, of course!  The guide had a light on her hat, which Aiden wanted on, and he and I stayed close! 

This is one huge piece of salt!!!  This was one we could touch, they preferred you not to touch the salt walls, but there was plenty of "touchable" pieces of salt.  Not only was this one huge, but pretty thick too.

Of course we all had to wear hard hats, I think we all looked pretty cute in our hats!!! 

Just in case you were wondering where the men down in the salt mines use to "go" well wonder no more!!  Yep that is a toilet there.  If you look closely at the ground, you will see a "ton" of toilet paper and rolls from years past!!  There is a saying that what comes down tot he mines, stays in the mines!!  I will add more pics later on. 

they also had an area where a lot of movie props are stored!  This one was pretty neat.

Of course October ended with Halloween!!  I was lucky enough to have the night available to take Aiden trick or treating.  Austin stayed home to pass out candy.  This was my little Ninja, and you better believe I felt extremely safe walking around with my ninja!!!  


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

OCTOBER LOVE 12" SQUARE

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs©
“October Love ”
Aurora Suominen Copyright ©9-2013 All rights reserved.
H Hook & Worsted Weight  Yarn
For Abbreviations/videos/links, see “DragonFlyMomof2 Designs” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

NOTES: Bolded print: Repeat in pattern. “STS”=Stitches: Any st or chsps. BPSC & FPTC sts are worked “around” the post of next st. Video showing rnd 9 can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quPispPrOJI

Rnd 1: Ch4, work 15dc in 4th ch from hook.  Join in top of beg ch4. (16dc)

Rnd 2: Ch3,  4dc in same st.  [+Ch1, sk one dc, sc in next dc, ch1, sk one dc+, 5dc in next dc]3x.  Repeat +to+ once & join in top of beg ch3. (20dc, 4sc)

Rnd 3: Ch3,  [+2dc in next 3 dc, dc in next dc, sc in 3 sts,+  dc in next dc]3x. Repeat +to+once,  join. (32dc, 12sc)

Rnd 4: Ch3,  dc in next dc.  [+2dc in next 4 dc,  dc in next 2 dc.  Ch1,  sk sc,  sc in sc,  ch1,  sk sc+,  dc in next 2 dc]3x. Repeat +to+ once, join. (48dc, 4sc)

Rnd 5: Ch3, dc in next 3 dc.  [+2dc in next 4 dc,  dc in next 4 dc,  sc in 3 sts.+   Dc in next 4 dc]3x. Repeat +to+ once,  join. (64dc, 12sc)

Rnd 6: Ch3, dc in next 5 dc.  [+2dc in next 4 dc, dc in next 6 dc, ch1, sk sc, sc in sc, ch1, sk sc.+  Dc in next 6dc.]3x. Repeat +to+ once,  join. (80dc, 4sc)

Rnd 7: Ch1, bpsc in joining st.  Bpsc in 19dc.  [Ch1,  sk 3sts, bpsc in 20dc.]3x   Ch1,  sk 3sts & join in 1st sc.  Fasten off color 1.  (80sc)

Rnd 8: Counting your joining st, count 10dc and join your new color w/slst in the 11th sc, and work (Ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc) Beg corner made.  [Dc in 9sc, 2dc in sp, dc in 10sc, in next sc, work corner of (2dc, ch1, 2dc).]4x, minus last corner,  join. (100dc)   Slst over to corner ch1sp.

*Try to fptc loosely, this will, hopefully minimize the rippling depending on your yarn.

Rnd 9: Beg corner.  [ (Dc in next 3dc, fptc in the 3rd dc of rnd 8 to the right of your work.)8x *see video link if needed.  Dc in next dc, corner in next sp]4x,  minus last corner & join.  (148sts)  Slst over to ch1sp.  

Rnd 10: Beg corner.  [ (Ch1, sk a st, dc)18x.  Ch1, sk st, work corner in sp]4x minus last corner & join fastening off color 2.   (88dc)

Rnd 11: With color 1, join in corner ch1sp & beg corner.  [Dc in 2sts, (Staying behind your work,  tc in skipped st of rnd 9, dc in next dc)19x.  Dc in next st, corner in next sp]4x minus last corner & join. Fasten off & weave in your ends  (180dc)

You might need to block your square, it does tend to wave, but my testers pretty much agreed that blocking helps, but that putting this square with an afghan will also help it to straighten out.  


Personal use only, no reproductions, selling or copying allowed.  Pattern available for download on Ravelry.  "Dragonflymomof2" http://www.ravelry.com/designers/aurora-suominen

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs© Support email: Bluedragonflymom@gmail.com


Sunday, September 15, 2013

SIGNED W/HUGS & KISSES 12" SQ

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs©
“Signed with Hugs & Kisses ”
Aurora Suominen Copyright ©8-2013 All rights reserved.
H Hook & Worsted Weight  Yarn
For Abbreviations/videos/links, see “DragonFlyMomof2 Designs” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

NOTES: Bolded print: Repeat in pattern. “STS”=Stitches: Any st or chsps. Rnd 3 is the only rnd you will work a ch2 in the corners.  All other rounds will be a 2dc, ch1, 2dc.

Rnd 1: Ch4 & work 15dc into 4th ch from hook, join in ch4.  (16dc)

Rnd 2: In joining st work (Ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc) beg corner made.  [Dc in 3sts,  (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st,  corner made.]4x, omitting last corner & join in beg ch3.  (28dc) Slst into next dc & corner ch1sp.

*note* this is the only rnd in which you will work a ch2 in each corner.
Rnd 3: Ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc in sp.  [Dc in 7sts,  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch1sp.]4x omitting last corner & join.  Slst over to corner ch2sp.  (44dc)

Rnd 4: Beg corner (same as bold in rnd 2).  [Dc in next st, Ch1, sk st, dc in 7sts, ch1, sk st, dc in next st, Work corner as in rnd 2 in next ch2sp. Dc in 3sts, (ch1, sk st, dc)3x.  Dc in 2sts, corner in ch2sp.]2x, Omitting last corner, join.  Slst over to corner ch1sp. (50dc)

Rnd 5: Beg corner.  [Dc in 5sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 3sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 5sts, corner in ch1sp. Dc in 3sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 7sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 3sts.  Corner in ch1sp]2x, omitting last corner, join. Slst over to corner ch1sp.  (68dc)

Rnd 6: Beg corner.  [Dc in 9sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 9sts, corner in ch1sp. Dc in 3sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 11sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 3sts.  Corner in ch1sp]2x, omitting last corner, join.  Slst over to corner ch1sp.  (86dc)

Rnd 7: Beg corner,  [Dc in 9sts, ch1 sk st, dc in 3sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 9sts, corner in ch1sp. Dc in 5sts,  ch1, sk st, dc in 11sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 5sts.  Corner in ch1sp]2x, omitting last corner, join.  Slst over to ch1sp.  (100dc)

Rnd 8: Beg corner,  [Dc in 9sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 7sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 9sts, corner in ch1sp.]4x, omitting last corner, join.  Slst over to ch1sp. (116dc)

Rnd 9: Beg corner, [Dc in 9sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 11sts, ch1, sk st, dc in 9sts, corner in ch1sp. Dc in 13sts, (ch1, sk st, dc)3x.  Dc in 12sts,  corner in ch1sp]2x, omitting last corner, join. Slst over to ch1sp.  (130dc)

Rnd 10: Beg corner.  [Dc in 35sts, corner in ch1sp]3X.  Dc in last 35sts & join.  (156dc)


Personal use only, no reproductions, selling or copying allowed.  Pattern available for download on Ravelry.  "Dragonflymomof2" http://www.ravelry.com/designers/aurora-suominen

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs© Support email: Bluedragonflymom@gmail.com

Saturday, August 03, 2013

A MOTHERS BLOOM 6" SQUARE

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs©
“A Mother’s Bloom ”
Aurora Suominen Copyright ©2013 All rights reserved.
H Hook & Worsted Weight  Yarn
For Abbreviations/videos/links, see “DragonFlyMomof2 Designs” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

NOTES: Bolded print: Repeated in pattern. “STS”=Stitches: Any st or ch sps.

Rnd 1: Ch4, work 11dc in 4th ch from hook.  Join in top of beg ch4.  (12dc)

Rnd 2: Ch1, fpsc in joining st, ch3.  [Bpdc in next dc, ch3, fpsc in next dc, ch3) Repeat around ending with a bpdc in last dc, ch3 & join in top of first fpsc.  (6sc, 6dc,  12ch3sps)

Rnd 3: Working behind rnd 2, slst in dc of rnd 1. Ch3, dc in same dc.  2dc in each dc from rnd 1.  Join in top of beg ch3.  (24dc)

Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2.   (12sc, 12dc, & 24ch3sps) 

Rnd 5:  Working behind rnd 4, slst in dc of rnd 3. Ch3, dc in same dc.  2dc in each dc from rnd 3 & join. (48dc)

Rnd 6: Repeat rnd 2. (24dc, 24sc, & 48ch3)  Fasten off color #1

Rnd 7: With new color, join with a bpsc around any bpdc from rnd 4. [Ch1, bpsc around next bpdc] Repeat around ending with ch1& join to first sc. (24sc, 24ch1)

Rnd 8: Ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in joining st, beg corner made.  [Hdc in 2sts, sc in 7sts, hdc in 2sts, IN next st, work 2dc, ch1, 2dc, Corner made]4x, omitting last corner, join.  (16dc & hdc, 28sc). Slst over to corner ch1sp.

Rnd 9: Beg corner.  [Dc in 15sts, corner in ch1sp]4x, omitting last corner, join.  (76dc) Fasten off.  

Personal use only, do not reproduce, sell, or copy my pattern.  Pattern available for download on Ravelry.  "Dragonflymomof2" http://www.ravelry.com/designers/aurora-suominen

 DragonFlyMomof2 Designs by Aurora Suominen, Bluedragonflymom@gmail.com “A Mother’s Bloom” ©2013

BABY BLOOM 6" SQUARE

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs©
“Baby Bloom ”
Aurora Suominen Copyright ©2013 All rights reserved.
6” Square with an H Hook & Worsted Weight Yarn in 2 colors.
For Abbreviations/videos/links, see “DragonFlyMomof2 Designs” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

NOTES: Bolded print: Repeated in pattern/see notes. “STS”=Stitches: Any st or ch sps.

Rnd 1: Ch4,  work 11dc in 4th ch from hook.  Join in top of beg ch4.  (12dc)

Rnd 2: Ch1, fpsc in joining st, ch3.  [Bpdc in next dc, ch3, fpsc in next dc, ch3) Repeat around ending with a bpdc in last dc, ch3 & join in top of first fpsc. (6sc, 6dc, & 12ch3sps)

Rnd 3: Working behind rnd 2, slst in dc of rnd 1. Ch3, dc in same st.  2dc in each dc from rnd 1. Join in top of beg ch3.  (24dc)

Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2.   (12sc, 12dc, & 24ch3sps)

Rnd 5: With new color, join with a bpsc around any bpdc from rnd 4. [Ch1, bpsc around next bpdc] 11x. Ch1, join to first sc.  

Rnd 6: Ch3, [2dc in ch1sp, dc in sc] Repeat around ending with 2dc in last sp,  join.  (36dc)

Rnd 7: Ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in joining st, beg corner made.  [Dc in 2sts, hdc in 4sts, dc in 2sts, IN next st, work 2dc, ch1, 2dc, Corner made]4x, omitting last corner, join.  Slst over to corner ch1sp. (32dc, 16hdc)

Rnd 8: Beg corner.  [Dc in 4sts, fptc in dc 2 rows below.  Fpdc in next 2sts from rnd 7, fptc in dc 2 rows below, dc in 4sts.  Corner in ch1sp]4x, omitting last corner, join. Slst over to corner ch2sp. (64sts)

Rnd 9: Ch1, 3sc in sp.  [Sc in 16sts,  3sc in ch1sp.]4x minus last corner,  join. (76sc)  Fasten off.    

Personal use only, do not reproduce, sell, or copy my pattern.  Pattern available for download on Ravelry.  "Dragonflymomof2" http://www.ravelry.com/designers/aurora-suominen

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs by Aurora Suominen, Bluedragonflymom@gmail.com “Baby Bloom” ©2013

WINDOW OF FRESH AIR 6IN SQUARE

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs© 
“Window of Fresh Air ”
Aurora Suominen Copyright ©2013 All rights reserved.
6” SQ with an H Hook & Worsted Weight Yarn in one or two colors.
For Abbreviations/videos/links, see “DragonFlyMomof2 Designs” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

NOTES: Bolded print: Repeated in pattern. “STS”=Stitches: Any st or ch sps.

Rnd 1: Ch4, join to form a ring.  Ch1, sc in ring.  [Ch4, sc in ring]5x.  Ch4, join in 1st sc. (6lps, 6sc)

Rnd 2: Ch6 (counts as dc & ch3) [Sc in next loop, ch3, dc in next sc, ch3]5x.  Sc in last loop, ch3, join in 3rd ch of beg ch6.  (6dc, 6sc, 12ch3lps)

Rnd 3: Slst in next loop, ch1, sc in same loop.  [Ch3, sc in next loop]11x.  Ch3 & join in 1st sc.  (12lps, 12sc)

Rnd 4:  Ch1, 3sc in joining. [ +(2sc in next loop, sc in next sc)twice.  2sc in next loop,+  3sc in next sc]4x, minus last 3sc, join to first sc. (IF using 2 colors, bring new color through with your joining slst)  (44sc)

Rnd 5: Slst into next sc, Ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in same sc, beg corner made. [Dc in 10sc, IN next sc, 2dc, ch1, 2dc, corner made.] 3x.  Dc in last 10sc, join in top of beg ch3.  (56dc) Slst over to corner ch1sp

Rnd 6: Beg corner in sp.  [Dc in 14dc, corner in ch1sp.]4x, minus last corner.  Join & fasten off.  (72dc)


Personal use only, do not reproduce, sell, or copy my pattern.  Pattern available for download on Ravelry.  "Dragonflymomof2" http://www.ravelry.com/designers/aurora-suominen

DragonFlyMomof2 Designs by Aurora Suominen, Bluedragonflymom@gmail.com “Window of Fresh Air” ©2013


Monday, July 22, 2013

My OWN PERSONAL CAL!

I remember when I first learned how to crochet.........I remember the struggles in the beginning.  That was back in late 1996.  I started my first design in 2009!!  My writing style has changed over the years.  I still try to stay as unique as possible without making it too difficult to understand.  It's not just my patterns that can be difficult at times, I have come across many squares/designs that are weirdly written, or difficult......and when I am frustrated, I remind myself that they too have a right to stay as true to their style of writing.  I will be the first to admit that some of my patterns can be re-done.  I have mentioned before that I am going to start doing all my patterns and fixing them.  Well I am finally doing it, going to be my, "Re-Design Crochet a long"  Everyone is welcome to join in if you want......offer up suggestions or let me know of any corrections!  Once each one is done, I will post the pdf on Ravelry, as well as fix the pattern here.  For the squares I plan on using the following colors:

Orchid
Dark Ochid
Green, can't remember the color name, will update when I remember it.  LOL 
Border: Dark Sage

I am using these colors as these will be made into lapghans for my living room, which is mainly sage/green.  I will be working them in order that I designed this, if this helps you.  I have already started. 

Shells Around, designed this month back in 2009, so one of my first small square designs.  I remember designing this one, and it's still one my favorites.  It works best in a solid color, although I think a 2nd color for the last round would work.  If anyone works this up in a variegated, let me know.

Simple Wish, designed same month, but in 2010.  original pattern had a front post dc that extended as a "wand" for the star. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

SUMMER TEMPS ARE UPON US!!

Anyone know when the first "official" day of Summer is?  I think it came knocking early!!  I will admit that it's been a really mild spring so far, so that's good.  Last year our temps were in the triple digits in late March and April.

Austin completed his Science College course at Newman University!  He did really well, this was a dinner afterwards, I am proud of all those who were accepted and did well. 

Austin and the gentleman who made it happen for him!!!  Thank you so much!

The boys are out of school, and already it's been crazy busy.  Summer is suppose to be relaxing!!  This was at the River Festival which happens every year, it was not a very good one, seems to be going down hill every year, but mainly we go to see Aiden have fun at the Kids corner.  We did got on paddle boats which the boys enjoyed.  I love this picture of them!! 

Currently Aiden is a green belt w/blue tip in Taekwondo, he had belt testing this past Saturday, and he nailed it!!!  He did really well, so I'm sure he will be getting this blue belt sometime later this month. 

This was his group that he tested with.  some were blue belts, some were green belts.  They also did board breaking, Aiden broke two of them.  

Austin will be going to JROTC Camp this Sunday, and will be gone for the whole week, then another camp in July!  Aiden and I will miss him, but he will have fun, and gain a lot of experience and memories from both camps.  I think I will be signing up Aiden for a week long basketball camp.  It's not overnight or anything, so I think he will enjoy it.

Crochet to do list: This adorable Lego Bag for Aiden!!!!  Going to get my colors now.

You can also see some of my recent crochet projects here at my photobucket account.
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