Friday, March 24, 2017

Gotcha Day

Today would have been my mom's 70th birthday. We are nearing the amount of time where I have had to live without her as long as I got with her. My mom died when I was 24 and she was 50. The fact that Tom just turned 50 is a surreal feeling and brings home just how short of time we had with her.

I have only a few photos on the computer of her because I didn't really go full on digital until a few years later. Here is me and mom at my college graduation.

Mom had craft ADHD. She would get super excited about all sorts of craft projects then rarely finish them.  She liked every type of needlework including candlewicking and needlepoint, knit and crochet. She also loved animals and was a little 'over the top' about giraffes.

Last year, when it came time to find a new pet, I knew Mom's birthday would bring us extra luck. It did and we adopted Theo exactly one year ago today.

Here's an old post from 2009 when I showed an unfinished blanket of my mom's.
Here's a photo of the blanket Mom and I made together for my Nanny's birthday when I was a teenager. It's in a blog post way back.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pretty Woman Moment

So, I guess since I had fun playing with the projects from the summer issue of Crochet! that maybe you'd still like to see them? They shouldn't go to waste, right? Playing with the projects from amazing designers was really one of the ultimate best parts of the job.

Please support the amazing designers!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pop Up Poppies Revealed!

I had so much fun with this join-as-you-go blanket! It reminded me of sea glass along the ocean.

The Pop Up Poppies blanket is made of Berroco Comfort DK.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Natsu Summer Scarf REVEALED!

Well, I guess today is a bittersweet day. Disappointment with a tinge of pride.

The Natsu Summer Scarf is revealed! In the summer issue of Crochet! magazine.  Get your copy printed or digital HERE. 'Natsu' is Japanese for 'summer'. Chickee and I spent a great deal of time this past summer watching a beautiful anime show called, "Your Lie in April". Really, really beautifully drawn, the music is amazing and the storyline is compelling and moving. Here's a screenshot from the show that gives a glimpse of how I was inspired:

Natsu summer scarf is an asymmetrical triangular one-ball scarf made in Cascade Sunseeker. It has a thread of metallic but it's still very soft!

I designed the scarf on the way to Ireland, beginning at the point, integrating the edging as the rows were worked. 

Here's the first attempt at the scarf as I worked out the edging.

Here I am working on the draft while on the tour bus from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher. 

I'm so happy to be able to share with you such a clear story of inspiration to final project. 

The summer issue is my last issue as editor of Crochet! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

RIP Tip!

It happens to the best of us... you need to rip out stitches back to fix a mistake. Here's a quick rip tip...

Remove your hook from the work and insert it in the stitch that is wrong or next to the omitted stitch if you missed one. Let your hook dangle there. Rip the work with wild abandon until you get to the hook. Then stop. Now you know you have ripped back to the exact correct spot.

This is a row pattern and I missed a ch-1 space. I inserted the hook in the row below, exactly where the ch-1 should have been. Then I unraveled the current row until I got to the hook. At least with crochet I usually find the error on the next row, so usually I don't have to rip back more than two rows total.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Edging Tip

I've been thinking a great deal about crochet edgings lately.  Can you see what's happening here? I have my first foundation row of a project complete (on the left in dc). Before beginning row 2, I have grabbed a second skein of yarn. On the opposite side of the foundation I have worked Round 1 of the edging I am considering (on the right). I can't turn the corner yet but at least I know that the width of the project is exactly right. When it comes time to determine the side edging... It will be much easier to add or subtract rows in the body of the project to make sure I have the exact number for the proposed edging that I already know works for the first side.

What are your likes and dislikes as it pertains to edgings? Do you like to turn them? Do you like complicated edgings or do you just put a round of reverse single crochet and be done? What's your favorite edging?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Skill builder Help

Hi! If any of you have my Go Crochet Skill builder book and have anything nice to say about it, please consider leaving a review on the Interweave site!  Thank you,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Useful Baby!

What do you think are the most useful crocheted baby items?

People want booties... in your experience do people use them? I can pass up a great versatile 36" x 36" blanket. You can use it as a blanket, a nursing cover, warmth for a car seat, a play mat on a floor... good stuff.

What about bibs and burp cloths? I think those are awesomely useful and quick and easy to make. And of course... HATS.

Toys? Sweaters only fit so long, one season at best...

What is your go-to baby item that you think gets the most USE?

Since we are talking about babies, here is my nephew, Blake and cousins Molly and Abigail.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Give me the Down Low...

So what do you all think of these color changing yarns?

Lion Brand Mandala, Image result for Lion Brand Mandala yarn images

Premier Sweet Roll  

Caron Cakes  Image result for Caron Cake yarn image

Premier Sweet Roll seems to have more subtle color changes, but I haven't worked with any of them yet... so where do I start?

Which one do you like the best?

Does Red Heart have one too?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mile a Minute

The Design Binge is going well! Theo won't let me turn the page on my color card book.

When you think of Mile a Minute afghans... what do you think? Do you like them? Do you like joining the strips or would you rather crochet them as you go? Are the awesome long portable motifs to you?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Design Binge!

Let the Lenten Design Binge Begin! This year I'm going for goals: Body, Mind, & Spirit. My Body goal will be related to running. My Spirit Goal will be, well, spiritual. My MIND goal is to design 40 ideas in 40 days... starting TODAY. It will be amazing to see what happens when I release myself from the final outcome but instead brainstorm.