Marathon 26.2


Monday, July 30, 2007

My Husband the NEW 2007 Rimfire Sporter National Champion

It's been quite an exciting month. My hubsand is the 2007 Rimfire Sporter National Champion!!!!!! This was his first time competing in the National match in Camp Perry Ohio and I'm very proud to say, he WON!!! It is sooo awesome. I'll have to post some photos later. The website is (for the T class under Rimfire Sporter Results).

As a reward, we took a mini get away to Ft. Myer, Florida. It was very HOT and humid. We got to see our uncle, aunt, sister in law and nieces. We took a nice boat ride along the intercoastal water ways and saw some dolphins up close! We didn't see any crocs or manatees this time.

On the way to Floriday, (long 9 hour drive), I made this bag. My 2 beautiful nieces are holding the bag for me! I made another one while I was there but I didn't like the color. I gave this bag to my sister in law.

I am half way through with the short n' sweet bolero but I decided to take a break from it. I found out I had the first print of the SnB and there were several typos in the patterns. No wonder, I couldn't get it to come out right! I finally just improvised and got it to work but now I'm bored with it and I'm gone on to another project. I started the Baby Empress Top yesturday. I'll keep everyone posted of my progress with that top.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Lacy Days of Summer Top Finished

Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day! I finished the Lacy Days of Summer Top late last night.
Wow, this top took me a long time! Over a month. I did start several projects in the middle of it all. I finished a baby blanket, started knitting and almost finished a vest (except I ran out of yarn). This has been quite a learning experience!
I definately consider myself a novice crocheter. Tackling an experience pattern were trying at times. After several attempts, I finally got the front to look somewhat like a circle! From there, I crocheted the back and went on to do the arms and finally the sleeve. I was excited to sew the pieces together. To my disappointment, it was too large. It looked like an off the shoulder shirt! I thought I was going to have to scratch this and start everything over. I decided to take a break from it. After several days, I decided that I could try and undo the pieces. I was able to salvage the sleeves, surprising. I didn't realize how well of I job I did trying to weave in my ends. It took me 2 other tries to finally get the sleeves right, where it fits me. I was glad to say that I finally have the top done.
I still wasn't sure if I wanted to make it into a baby doll top or the dress. As I worked the rounds to the dress, I was starting to get worried. It seem to be getting too wide too quickly. After about 8 to 10 rounds, I ripped everything out! Frustated again, I decided to put this on the back burner. In the mean time, I asked for help from a member of crochetville for some help. Thank you for her help! I decided to re-start again on Wednesday. This time, I made sure I was not increasing when I worked on the dress. It went pretty quick from there. I decided that I was going to make it into a baby doll.

I love this top! It's worth all the frustation I went through. It's a beautiful top. I really love it.

I'm so excited to have finished this so here's a picture.

As a reward, I went to Hobby Lobby in Warner Robins (about 1 hr 40 min) away and bought myself 8 skeins of yarn, 4 in purple and 4 in peach, 1 pair of knitting needles and a stitch counter. I deserve it! I'm glad my husband's so supportive of my crocheting and allowing me to buy all the yarn I want. What a great husband!
***********It's amazing what we crocheters and knitters can do with a ball of yarn!***********