Archive | November 2013

Trip planning help needed

After much unsuccessful searching on my own, I have decided to ask for help from others.  I am working on a trip for next summer. My husband and I will be traveling along Hwy. 40 from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon. Our trip will take us from  The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas to the Grand Canyon.
Interstate 40

Interstate 40

He would like to find some good places to rock hunt for minerals, agates or whatever. We have been rockhounding for rubies and quartz in the TN. mountains and other places but this will our first and maybe last trip out West. We will be camping using a 4 wheel drive so we can go off the beaten path some but not too far. I am only interested in places in northern New Mexico, Arizona and southern Utah.  I would greatly appreciate any specific suggestions of where to go or where to get more information on what is available.
Do you know what kind of stones we should be looking for? What will it look like in the rough? I know how much we are allowed from BLM lands daily. I am just not certain of what and where to look. I am also looking for odd attractions that a traveler might miss. Actually any ideas I get will go in a folder that I am making so I can map the trip in the spring. We aren’t into man made attractions except a good museum.
On this trip I will be engaging in my other passions of photography, travel and jewelry making. I figure to leave the yarn at home for this trip.
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I have gone to the dogs!

I love a challenge and doing something different. A coworker came up to me all excited. She had a picture and wanted to know if I could make what was in the picture. So I looked and it was a dog wearing a cap. I said “Sure. Give me the kinds of dogs and sexes and I’ll bring samples tomorrow.” She needed 8 in a variety of sizes.  I had never made hats for dogs before but she was willing to trust me. Here was a custom order and I am not going to turn that down!

I brought her 2 samples Friday. They weren’t completely finished with pompoms but she is going to try them out and let me know how it goes. Here is the picture she sent me of one of the caps on her dog.

Dog cap

Dog cap

I made a few today and tried them on my Jack Russell terrier. He is not a happy old man under normal circumstances and my grandson thinks he is embarrassed wearing a hat. Notice the ears turned back! I have more caps made but I’ll have to get another dog to model them!!!

I am thinking about putting a few caps in my Etsy shop. I’ll work on some ideas this week.

red, white and blue dog cap

red, white and blue dog cap

milo wearing a cap

milo wearing a cap

party hat
party hat

flower top

flower top

 

Ribbed Cap and Booties

I have been working on some preemie ribbed caps and booties.

ribbed beanies

ribbed beanies

I absolutely loved this pattern for the cap http://smiley-netta.blogspot.com/2010/03/ribbed-crochet-preemie-hat.html. The stretch is perfect for preemies. I ended up going a little crazy with it. It is easy to make bigger or smaller by how many stitches you start out with.

beanie1

beanie

ribbed cap and booties

ribbed cap and booties

Anyway, I decided the cap needed some booties to go with them. I didn’t like any of the patterns I ran across for it because I wanted the same amount of stretch. Plus it looks better when the cap and booties have the same stitch. So I made my own pattern. I used the new Stitch works program I got recently and made a chart.  If you want it, let me know. It is a PDF file and I will be happy to share.