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Sandal Socks, another FO and some life stuff!

I love the idea of these. I love my sandals but after wearing them all day I get sore areas where the straps touch so this is a great idea. I found the pattern on that place!

Flip-Flop Socks in Crochet
By Leigh Manson-Brown at Knit-Errant
Knit Picks Simple Stripes .5 skein for two
Worked up quick and easy. Was a great little pattern. BTW: Please forgive my not so pretty feet.

Life Stuff for those interested. I have suffered with major anxiety for many years. I never spoke to anyone about it until recently. I have been unable to focus on anything or get anything finished. My anxiety had started to move into a very bad direction. Well... I was coaxed by my mother, husband and best friend to see my doctor about it. Well... I am happy to say that I am so glad that I did. He started me on Zoloft and I cannot believe the change. I feel relaxed for the first time in many many years. I don't feel antsy, edgy, anxious, etc... I feel relaxed and I am beginning to understand that my axienty levels were unhealthy and affecting everything in my life. I have been sleeping beautifully and feel rested and have energy. I want to do things and get things done. If it wasn't for my family's support and encouragement, I would still be in denial that anything was wrong with me. Thank you to them for seeing the unhealthy behaviors and not giving up on me.
Well, friends, I will have many more FOs in the next few days... I am on a roll. I hope everyone's weekend was lovely, and now I need to go wash my car because Caleb said so ;)

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Breana's Blanket~ The Story of an FO!

This is for my niece who is due in November. I have wanted to make this for a long time and finally had the chance but it ended up being the blanket from hell. I ended up ripping it out 4 times because I wasn't happy with the color or it was getting too big and I need to decrease the rows etc etc. But the big kicker was when I left it out over night and Caleb woke up before me. He decided to "help" mama and he cut ALL the ends to about 2 inches long. There is a color change every 2 rows and I was almost done. I cried but knew it was my fault for leaving it out with scissors. I was lucky the yarn was savable. I am glad this blanket is done and I do like the way it turned out. It did end up big about 60" but hey it is a baby blanket that can be used for a very long time.
Pattern: Round Ripple
Yarn: Bernat Baby Coordinates..lost track of skeins with all the problems
Hook: K
2 Strands together throughout.
Rows 1-3~ 2 white
Rows 4-5~ 1 white, 1 yellow
Rows 6-7~ 2 yellow
Rows 8-9~ 1 yellow, 1 peach
Rows 10-11~ 2 peach
Rows 12-13~ 1 peach, 1 pink
Rows 14-15~ 2 pink
Rows 16-17~ 1 pink, 1 purple
Rows 18-19~ 2 purple
Rows 20-21~ 1 purple, 1 blue
Rows 22-23~ 2 blue
Rows 24-25~ 1 blue, 1 green
Rows 26-27~ 2 green

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Cro & Go Bag aka Cosmetic Bag

Kelly's Cro & Go Bag
I used a free Cosmetic Bag pattern located here.
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter in Blue Haze 1.5 skeins
Hook: G
Quick Crochet and an added bonus...stash buster!

I did 30 rows instead of 19 for larger bag. I also crochet very tight so it wouldn't need lining. I sewed the bottom up really well so I wouldn't need the "base" but I did add a CD inside for added structure. I like the way it turned out. I originally made this for my sister but of course decided to keep it. I crocheted the drawstring handles instead of using ribbon.

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Slouchy Purse FO

The lining and the button (lower right corner)

Slouchy Purse by Drew Emborsky
Interweave Crochet Magazine Spring 2007
Cotton Ease 1.5 skeins
G hook
Lined before slouch which made for a lot of layers to go through...I ended up using an upholstery needle but it still required a bit of work. I love the color and the lining, but I think I should have lined the handles since I really dislike the stretch..Oh well you live you learn. The pattern was very easy to follow (but the blo/flo slowed me down some) and I will definitely make this purse again just with a less stretchy yarn.

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