Friday, May 1, 2009

A Finish and A Winner!

Happy May Day to everyone! It's been an interesting week here. I am dealing with teacher layoffs in nine districts where I work because of deep state budget cuts and Mr. Squash is dealing with the H1N1 virus at the health district. By the time we get home from work we aren't in the mood to do anything creative other than spend quality time with each other in front of the TV!

I've been somewhat productive nevertheless in finishing my crocheted potholders for the Swap. They are double layered and made from 100% washable cotton. When I got to joining the front and back I realized there was a terrible error in the pattern for that portion! I tried and tried to figure out what the pattern writer meant, but to no avail. So I did something similar of my own design! I have a renewed love of crochet and I don't seem to be the only one! Many of you have seen Terri's wonderful work lately, and Stephanie has now stepped in! And she is such a lucky gal to live within walking distance of the Yarn Market!

So here are my creations. They have been sent off and I will receive five in return - all from different folks!


Now on to the news you have all been waiting for - the winner of my May Day giveaway! This time I used a random number generator and the number is 10! It turns out to be Marj at Eclectic Quilter! Congratulations Marj! She answered my question of "If you had a day to do anything but quilt, what would you do?" with: I would go to a garden show or park and take pictures of all the beautiful flowers and birds. I'm there with you Marj!


19 comments:

Purple and Paisley said...

oh, candace...i love the potholders! the color combo is wonderful! you and i need to meet up one day and pay an in-person visit to yarn market! what do you think about that? ☺☺☺

Stephanie said...

Ditto what Terri said. LOVE your potholders...shape, pattern, colors. Yum. My B & B is open to you and T. We could do some serious damage at Yarn Market.

Mary said...

I love your potholders. I crochet once in awhile, but not often....I started an afghan last year and haven't gotten back to it months! Those look like they were lots of fun to make.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh no not the (Swine Flu) my 13 year old daughters school is closed util furthur notice, we are in Illinois. she loves school so she is bored to death, we are going to watch a movie together this afternoon.
Love your potholders, what a fun swap!!

Anonymous said...

First of all congratulations to Marj. lucky girl! Love your potholders, I never did get the hang of crochet..those are really cute! Louise

*karendianne. said...

Candace, these are beautiful! Kanga thinks she needs here mommy to make one for her so she can have a cap for head.

PamKittyMorning said...

I'm a little weepy looking at those. All I can do is is market stuff, yet all I can think about is all the pretty crochet.

Carole said...

I can just imagine the crazyness at work for both of you! I live in a small town and already there's panick at the country doctor's office. It's nice that you are still creating - potholders are good! Keep well!

onlymehere said...

You have done beautiful work. I love handcrafted items!

Ulla said...

Your potholders are very pretty. I hope you get nice ones in exchange! New patterns are always a joy.
It took me too long to decide what I would use my free time for so I couldn't particiapte in your giveaway. Cleaning windows doesn't sound like a very wise choice! Congratualtions to the winner!

Kaaren said...

On my list of things I have to to in my NEXT LIFE is to learn how to crochet. I love your potholders, Candace, although I'd never use them as such for fear that they would get dirty.

Congratulations to Marj!

Libby said...

What great potholders. I have a small collection of vintage ones that came from Grandma and Mom. I've never been able to master the yarn and hook . . . but I sure enjoy seeing the work of others*s*

Jackie said...

Fantastic potholders! I hope the stresses at work calm down for both of you quickly.

Love the pics in the post below of you and Mr. Squash out on the bikes. With a location/view like that, it must be easier to want to exercise!

Julia said...

How cute! I haven't crocheted in forever. I have been knitting some dish cloths though.

sewtakeahike said...

Candace!! Your pot holders turned out A.mazing!!! The recipients are gonna loove them!

Wendy said...

I love the crocheted pot holders. I have a few vintage pot holders in my kitchen.
Did you guys get the rain storm last night? It was unbelievable how much rain was coming down.

Lisa D. said...

Super cute potholders!

Carrie P. said...

Those pot holders are fantastic.
Congrats to Marj.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Candace they are super super cute. Think how darling they'd be hanging under cupboards or along a back splash!