Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Break

This week is spring break for Orla and so it is for me too.  Yesterday we...
rode the city bus downtown to go to the library.  

We also visited some shops, had some ice cream and bought an activity kit at the bookstore...
pompom puppies.  

Today we are having a serene lazy day, with more pompom puppies in pajamas, and crochet (for me) all the while listening to Peter Pan.  

Life is good!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Freebie!

Today it is my birthday and I would share a new pattern with you...

I am making at least one hat each month for charity and the inspiration for this design. 

It is a hat with much potential,  it is a blank slate in which you can add all sorts of embellishments. 

You can add some buttons or add a flower brooch.  

And change up the colors like this... 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Friday! - Tips & Tricks

As you may know, I like to keep things organized, well I try anyway.  I have a small box that I have needles of all sizes, clips of all sizes and a few other doodads...

Suppose I left my little gadget box unlatched which I do sometimes.  And suppose my hubby and daughter are playing tickle torture and they would knock over my unlatched box? 
 These kind of things do happen for real, and here is the trick...
 I have a magnet in the box, that all my metal bits love to cling to.  
So cleanup is fairly easy if such life events do occur.  

I am always buying needles especially the little ones like these...
I used them to sew up my clip covers.  
The circle is something I picked up a few years ago and love these quilting helpers since sewing such tiny crochet can be tricky.  They work like this...
so instead of using my teeth  not so healthy I use these.   

Have a pleasant weekend!  


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hats off to March

Sometimes you look at the calender and realize, wow it's nearing the end of the month, you are left wondering how did that happen?

Remembering I made my March hat for charity at the beginning of the month and here it is....
a slouchy cluster beanie. 
 I think this one needs a flower.  
Pattern?  coming soon!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hard or Rigid Crochet

So my gnome home is finished and is in my shop....

As I was creating this gnome home, I thought (is this Hard Crochet?) so I went to my...
reference book.  I bought this copy of Hard Crochet, in 2003 for $8.74.  
You can possibly find it at your local library.

 Mark Dittrick is a 1970's Crochet designer whom after much practice and research created the Hard Crochet method.  One part of this method is using a much smaller hook then may be regularly used.  For instance crocheting a worsted weight yarn with a B hook or smaller.  
He is know for his hats among other sculpture pieces.  

I am enjoying reading his book.  I really like his sense of writing style.  Kathryn Vercillo of Crochetconcupiscience.com wrote a wonderful blogpost about Mark and his method of Hard Crochet.  

So did I create hard crochet with the gnome home, no.  I created rigid crochet.  Rigid crochet will hold it shape and is just as fun to make.  

Here is another look inside my gnome home...


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gnome Home Update

Well the gnome home is finished...
Now for the final tidbits...


Monday, March 23, 2015

Gnome Home

Someone has expressed interest in my gnome home...
It is a soft sculpture toy set I made a few years ago.
It is listed in my shop and looking for a place to be loved and treasured.

The person inquiring about my gnome home was wondering
if I could make it in different colors like these..
This is what I worked up last night.  It is still a work in progress...
so stay tuned...


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring! A foundation sc Tutorial

I am so happy to welcome Spring today!  I look forward to warmer days and spring blossoms.

Yesterday I showed you a new design, Seed Stitch Headband.  Today I will show you how to foundation single crochet (fsc) over a ponytail elastic.

Let's meet the characters...
 Serenity Garden from Deborah Norville, a G hook, and a 2"ponytail elastic.  

Ch 2. 
 Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook and holding the elastic, yo, 
pull loop through, yo, 
chain 1, yo pull through 2 loops, 
fsc made, now insert hook through ch, 
 and over elastic (locking elastic underneath), 
ch 1,  yo, pull through 2 loops, 

 continue this process until you have 6 fsc. 

For the headband
Row 1: Ch 1, sk first st, (sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st) twice, sc in last st, turn.  
Row 2: Ch 1, (sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1) twice, sc in last ch-1 sp, turn.  
For Thin Headband continue with Row 2 until measures 14”.  
Twist Elastic.
Last Row: Holding twisted elastic next to sts, Ch 1, sc each st over elastic.
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  
The finished headband...


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Seed Stitch Headbands

I had this idea of making a headband with the seed stitch or moss stitch.  Some books even call it woven stitch.  So last night I worked up these....
First,  I made the skinny one and then worked up two more varying widths. 

Today, I will write up the patterns. 

Tomorrow I will show you how to make foundations stitches over a ponytail elastic, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Star Flower Mandala

Are you a House of Cards fan?  Kevin and I just finished watching Season 3.  For us the most memorable part is when Buddhist Monks make a sand painting. 

 Kevin thought this Mandala I made looked like the Buddhist painting in the show....
It is the Star Flower Mandala from Zooty Owl.

Here is a link to a Buddhist Sand Art Video.  Wonderfully brilliant!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crochet Necklaces

 From the latest issue of Crochet World,

is an up close look look at my Sweet Blosoms Necklace...
With green, using three different size rings is crocheted all in one piece from start to finish.  
It is like a continuous flower stem.  Then the flowers are added to the flower stem. 
 A perfect acessory for spring.

Another recent necklace, the Beaded Buckles Necklace and Bracelet....

First, I crocheted the red rings then washed and blocked them.  Then made the white buckles and black buckles connecting them to the red rings.  

This fun accessory is from Crochet World's Blue Ribbon Crochet...


Monday, March 16, 2015

Upon a Silk Cloud

An update on the Silk Cloud yarn cakes from Friday....

into the second cake and inches from my desired length.  
Then it is time for the edging. This yarn is so luscious, I love it!

 Some food for thought...Digesting a yarn cake into stitches is a bit of calorie burning and completely calorie free.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Friday! -Tips and Tricks

Some essentials to a happy yarn life other than basic necessities include a yarn swift...
This is a Shaker Swift.   I love it so much! It is compact and fits in my dresser drawer waiting to make a cake (yarn cake that is).  The other is a ball winder or maybe better term is cake maker.  I first had a ball winder and then I bought my swift a couple of years ago.  It is so easy you setup your swift but before that....

This is what came in the mail for me this week, I am such a sucker for sales sometimes...
 from Darn Good Yarn (SILK!!!) such wonderful packaging and inside...
Lace wt. Silk Cloud, 2 in Moment in Monetary and 1 Exotic Rainbow.  So luscious!

So you set up your swift with your hank of yarn...
and setup up your cake maker...
Trying something new I put the label on so it stays with my yarn, and it is time to make a cake...
wind and wind until...
you have a yarn cake. 

 Someone told me once that it is best to keep your yarn in hanks until you are ready to use it then wind it up or make a cake.  


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lucy Ring Tutorial

Last night I made this ring playing around with popcorn stitches....
(another painting project)

then I made a couple more...

Now I will show you how to make your own, meet the characters....

First,  how to make a popcorn (pc) stitch, this popcorn is made with 5 dc into the ring, 
then you will drop the loop, and insert your hook in the first stitch
and then add the dropped loop, yo, pull the 2 loops through
closing the stitches together.  

Now let's get started on the ring....

Starting with Yellow, ch 6, join with slst to form ring.
1b3.JPG Work 6 pc, ch 1, into ring.
Join with sl st to top of first pc.  Fasten off Yellow.  

Join Violet in any ch-1 sp with standing dc and continue to work first pc.
1b10.JPGWork 2 pc into each ch-1 sp.

and join with slst to top of first pc, then slst in next ch-1 sp.
Ch 12,
1b15.JPG join to opposite side with slst in ch-1 sp,

then slst in each of the 12 chs.
1b18.JPGand slst into top of next pc.  

Fasten off and weave in ends.  

A fun springtime accessory!