Saturday, September 29, 2007
My friends think it's hysterical that I buy myself a birthday gift, because normally, I say that it's a gift from my Mom. My mom passed away 10 years ago, and ever since, I usually buy myself something for my birthday. (Really, I don't think anyone needs a reason to buy themselves a gift. Don't we all deserve a little 'pat on the back' for surviving another year and celebrating the hope of the year ahead?). When I explained to my friends that my Mom really would want me to have item "X", they just exploded into laughter. But, it's the truth. Because my Mom loved me and delighted when I was delighted, so if I delight myself with a birthday gift, she would be delighted, right? That's my story and I'm sticking to it :)
Anyway, what matters is that life is good. despite all the heckling that I received from my dear sister-in-law (who's older than me!)
I may not post tomorrow, because I have a lot scheduled, but I'll be back on Monday, and tell you the story of the Gazillion cupcakes.
Friday, September 28, 2007
And that is the incredibly long (I don't know how to make a tiny url) link to the free pattern. There are a few more of my patterns on there that you will have to endure reading about at some point!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
About every 6th stitch on the top two rows, I put a FPdc trying to see what texture would do to the felting.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Thank you to:
Lisa Pflug for helping me with this website/logo and linking them with my blog. She is http://thecrochetgallery.com/ and a published crochet designer. Thanks Lisa!
Tammy Hildebrand, mentor, friend, crochet designer extraordinaire. Your unwavering support and wisdom has been more valuable than I can measure. Thank you Tammy!
Lisa Naskrent for helping me see a new perspective on gauge which has unlocked a treasure trove of possibilities for me. Lisa is also a published crochet designer and owns http://crochetgarden.com/
Now, for people who answered my questions, no matter how elementary they may have seemed. These women have taken time out of their day to answer them the past few years...
Sharon Mann, author, artist, crochet designer, http://sharonmanndesigns.com/
Darla Fanton, crochet designer, teacher, leader... she also has a blog, but I'm sorry, I don't know the address. I'm sure if you google her or look her up at http://needlecraftuniversity.com/ you'll be able to find her.
Kathleen Stuart, thank you!
Susan Lowman, thank you!
Melodee MacDuffee, thank you!
Susan Huxley, thank you! http://sewntellstudios.com/
Heidi Petach, crochet designer, author, illustrator, pianist....thank you!
The women of the SouthWest Ohio Crochet Guild, to which I am a non-attending member, but they keep me anyway.... http://southwestohiocrochetguild.com/
If I forgot anyone, I apologize, but I hope there will be more opportunities to say 'thank you' in the years to come!
Here's a little get-to-know-you questionnaire that I found:
Favorite way to spend a Saturday/Sunday afternoon: Crocheting!
If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be: That my children would grow up to have faith and be optimistic. That we would always have what we need. That our family would be remembered for being "good people". (I wouldn't mind a new car and a yearly trip to Chain Link, though)
To read or be read to: To read. Right now I'm reading "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon
Do you wish on stars: Yep.
What was the last movie you watched? Ugh, High School Musical 2.
If you were blind but could some how see for one hour a week, what would you spend your time doing? Staring at my children's faces and memorizing every expression.
Best concert you ever went to? Paul McCartney was fun.
If you could learn a new skill what would it be? I'd like to be fluent in another language.
Are you a dancer or a wallflower? At Jazzercise I'm a dancer, at weddings, I'm more of a wall flower.
Do you prefer reading books or listening to music more? Read, absolutely! I only listen to music in the car and at Jazzercise.
If you could live on only one food item for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
And 6 weird things about me:
1. I like cherry flavored things, but not cherries. I like oranges, but not orange flavored things.
2. I had a cat named "Ansel" when I was a teen because I loved Ansel Adams' work and thought that I would be the next awesome photographer!
3. I know all the words to the movie, The Princess Bride.
4. I re-read all the earlier Harry Potter books before each new came out.
5. I'd rather go out to dinner than watch a movie.
6. I played soccer for 8 years as a kid and never once scored a goal.
Now, let's see if I can find a photo...
Tammy Hildebrand (left) with me at the 2006 Chain Link CGOA conference
Pam B, Diane S, and me at the 2006 CGOA conference. They are also crochet (and knit) buddies! Thank you, friends!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
it comes in these teeny tiny hanks, that are 1.75 oz, and 82 yds. It's a size 4. And boy do I love it. It is really nice to work with. It feels "lighter" somehow than other cottons. It comes in just a few natural colors, and would add up pretty quickly for a bigger project. Awesome for facial washcloths, baby washcloths, burp cloths or bibs. When you see this yarn, you don't ever want to wash your face with anything else again. This would make a great little gift with a natural bar of soap in a little crocheted basket! Hmmm? Can we say "Christmas Gifts?" Just act surprised, ok?This is Lion cotton, and I don't recall ever using it. I think I had a ball in black once, and my recollection is that it is very similar to the Lily Sugar n' Cream. Anyone with more experience with this yarn and want to chime in? It's 236 yds, 5 oz, and is worsted weight.Here's another one from Lion that I don't know anything about. In general, if it is smaller than a Red Heart LusterSheen or Patons Grace size yarn, I don't know much about it.
Next, here's the new Coats & Clark's Creme de la Creme. It's 100% combed cotton, worsted weight, 2 oz ball, mine doesn't have a yardage amount listed on it. This one is called, "orangetones" and is quite pretty, though I haven't made a swatch with it yet. It comes in lots of colors, and I think is set to hit stores this or next month.
And don't let me forget Bernat Cottontots!I really like this one for children's items. It's a little softer than the Sugar n' Cream, and it has more texture. I made a baby blanket with it once (with other scrap yarns too) and it turned out nice. It also comes in mid-tone colors, not just the palest of pastels. I like medium tone colors for babies. They like bright colors, and so do I. This comes in a 3 oz ball and some multi-color skeins.
And here's Handicrafter! I've never used this one.
I have heard a little about it, but never used it. I think it also comes in another variety, like multi-color or solids, but I really don't know. You'll have to go to http://bernat.com/ and try it out! let me know what you think!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Do a swatch, any swatch that requires a turning chain of any length at the end of one row to begin the next.
Usually, with my right-handed work, I turn the work as if I am turning a page in a book. As a result, I am observing that the turning chain twists in such a way that it is more difficult to find the top of the stitch to end the next row. If I turn the opposite way, the turning chain sits up nicely, and it is easier to find the top ch to place a stitch into it.
Does this make sense? I have a cold and my head is fuzzy. But tune in tomorrow, because I have a nice list of cotton yarns to look at.
Now, let's see if I have a photo to share:
The spacing seems to be getting all wonky, sorry, I'll try and figure out the key to it!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Do you know of any other charities that accept scarves?
Now let's see if I can find a cool photo for you to look at...
How about a Sneak Peek for you?
This item should be hitting the printed page sometime soon....
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Ok, My backpack is made of Lily Sugar n' Cream. And I have to admit that I didn't understand the full value of crochet cotton until I made this bag out of it. It is durable, and I really enjoyed using it. More on Lily Sugar n' Cream another time. Both bags, used an afghan circular or cable hook, which looks like this:
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Lion Cashmere Blend! Yum. This color is silver. It is 72% Merino Wool, 14% cashmere, and 14% nylon. It's a size "4", (but it feels slightly thicker than a typical worsted weight). One ball gets about 1.5 oz, 84 yds.
It is very soft and has great drape. (meaning its floppy and not stiff). And guess who else likes it? Mr. Yarn snob himself....
This is Charlie, who never bothers my acrylic yarns, digging into my project bag trying to get at the Lion Cashmere Blend swatch....
And this is him, looking at me guarding his treasure. And that look he's giving me is the, "how long do I get to sit here before you shoo me away?" look. Yes, I agree Charlie, it is a luscious yarn worth working for.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Look at this monster. What was I thinking? This bottom photo was on my living room floor (please excuse the ends sticking out!) And it was before I completed the edging. This was the hardest pattern I've ever written. Every row is different. The count on every row is different. This Medallion Throw was in Crochet Today sometime in the Spring of 2007 (I forget which issue). http://www.crochettoday.com/ , you can click on "past issues", then click on each issue, and it will show you what's inside each issue.
Monday, September 17, 2007
This took like 2 hours. It is Lion Brand Thick and Quick http://lionbrand.com/ and I used a "P" hook. Now that's a big hook! It's just sc. I ch as long as I wanted to go with red, then made 2 rows white, 2 rows red. It's simple. I admit that I didn't really have the time to "design" something or learn a new stitch pattern. I have some other projects that are vying for my attention. I do very much appreciate Dee at http://crochetingwithdee.com/ for the challenge. It is always on my yearly goals to donate something, and I just hadn't gotten around to it yet this year. I'm still hoping that I can make a few more before Oct 31, but if I don't, at least I got one done. I'll keep you "posted".
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
OFA's 2008 Red Scarf Project is officially underway. Knitters who wish to send a unique message of support for foster youth via their colorful handmade creations can send in scarves to OFA between September 1 and October 15, 2007. Visit our Red Scarf Page http://www.orphan.org/index.php?id=40 for latest information and guidelines.
RED SCARF PROJECT '08
A Great Charitable Knitting Initiative Provides Warmth and Encouragement to Foster Youth
In 2005, OFA launched a unique initiative to send warmth and encouragement to college-bound foster youth. We began taking donations of handmade red scarves to put into our Valentine's Day Care Packages.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Then he said, "what is it?"
I said, "I dunno, a decoration." What do you think? It's now sitting on top of my TV.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Go to Crocheting With Dee to get all the fine print and other details.
What I'm doing...I'm going to do a couple of scarves. I'm not sure how many yet. I plan to use some yummy yarns that I have in my stash. I may knit one, just for practice. I have some TLC Cotton Plus I may use.... I have some Caron Simply Soft I may use, hmmm, I'll have to dig through the stash and see what comes up. I have some Bernat Glacier http://bernat.com/ that might be fun for a little girl (it's in lavender)...do I have a photo? Have I posted this photo before?
Or this Washable Wool http://modadea.com/ would be nice, I think it's one of my new favorite yarns. Or I'll bet Patons Rumor http://www.patonsyarns.com/ would make a luxurious scarf. Here's a yarn doodle/swatch I made with it just to enjoy the feel of it:
The possibilities are endless!