Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy Friday Tips & Tricks

Sometimes when I am looking for a particular book, I could spend more than a few minutes looking and looking.  How does one organize their crochet library by author, by type of crochet?  Here is how I organized my library last night.....



 First, I grouped the publishing company together. In my case I buy a number of books from different publishers like Interweave and St. Martin's Griffin.  I use them very often if not all the time.  
Then from there, I grouped them by Author as you can see.....
These two shelves above and below are my main go to books along with some vintage books I have collected.  


 This is the shelf of short books all grouped together by publisher and author...

 Then this red cover is the ,,,
oldest Crochet book I own and it was published in....
1946.   Wow, I love it!  Found at a used book sale at a library.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP -Wednesday

Projects, projects and more projects.... over the weekend I worked up a number of clips and flowers...
and still have some more to finish and then add to my shop.
Last night I finished a pair of Owl Mitts for Lolly....
I had to modify the size to fit her in the two colors she requested.  Now they just need buttons for the eyes.   

Ravelry is so awesome.  I am trying to utilize it more.  Within your Ravelry account there are different sections library, stash, projects...  I have built my library and continue to add  the new books I purchase.  And yet another project, I am starting is the undaunting task of inventorying my yarn stash.  My thoughts are if I add it to Ravelry then maybe I will be more apt to use it?  

Enjoy!



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Garden Party Centerpiece

When we arrived home today, a package was waiting for us.  In the package were these wonderful beauties.....

Featured in an upcoming special issue of Crochet World, titled Blue Ribbon Crochet is my design titled Garden Party Centerpiece.  Along with three other of my designs.  As I page through this magazine, I feel very fortunate and grateful to be included with such wonderful and fantastic crochet designs.  You can preorder a copy at Crochet World or find it on shelves soon!


Enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thread Work

Working on some new clips and clip accessories for my shop...


And enjoying some new Garden Metallic thread....

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Friday - Tips & Tricks

Do you have a Crochet toolbox?  Here is a look into mine...
This is a tote, I picked up from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  At a different time it held buttons, but now it is permanently my Crochet toolbox....

 It is just the right size for a set of hooks, thread, tape measurer, ruler, needles, pens, pencils and eraser.  Under the hooks is a bead mat, beads, needle gauge, and beading needles.  Also, a hairpin lace loom, stitch markers, scissors and tatting shuttle.  I have everything and anything I need for crochet.   And it fits perfectly under the passenger seat of our car.  

For this weekend, I have created a smaller toolbox with the basic necessities.....

Last night I blocked my Starflower Mandala from Zooty Owl and here it is....
Happy Friday!  

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

TBT -Hot Pants

Yes! Hot Pants for only 25 cents.....
from C.J. Bates and Son, inc. (Susan Bates)  Hot Pants and Double-End Crochet Skirt! 

And 35 cents each for either of these.....
Shawls from Bernat and Granny Vests from Coats & Clark!

Peek a boo Lolly!  The Rib Ticklers has a Copyright of 1971!  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP -Wednesday

A while back I signed up for the Fiesta Yarns enewsletter.  Each week I receive a free pattern offer on Thursdays and sale updates.  During their birthday bash sale (free shipping and 40% off) this caught my eye...
Rayon Boucle, 100% Rayon, 240 yds. part of the Meditation Series, in Energry.  Each yarn is kettle dyed and arrives within 3-4 weeks allowing the ideas and anticipation to build.

  Maybe it is a Mandala week.  In an effort to have pictures for all my Ravelry projects, last night I started working up the Star Flower Mandala from Zooty Owl...
 With my Nazli Gelin thread and a B hook I am ready to start Round 14 and finish this lovely today.

But that is not all, I have more....

secret projects...new designs...the top is a Tunisian something with Red Heart Wool.  In the cute tote is a lace something with Noro Taiyo Lace.  


Both of which debuting soon! 

Enjoy!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mandala #2 - Part 2

Mandala #2 Part 2

Using standing stitches can create a more polished look to your crochet.  Any stitch can be made with as a standing stitch even clusters and puffs.  It can eliminate the need to start your rounds and rows with chains.  The best resource for using standing stitches is Edie Eckman's book, Beyond the Square.  Ready to finish Mandala #2...

Join Color E in any ch-3 sp with a standing dc, work 4 more dc more into same sp, 
make your pc (popcorn pc- leaving a loop on the last dc, insert your hook into the first dc, pick up your loop, yo and pull both loops through), ch 3, 5 dc pc into same sp, ch 3....
(5 dc pc, ch 3, 5 dc pc), ch 3 in each remaining ch-3 sp around, join with slst to first pc...
Fasten off Color E.  

Join Color F with standing dc in any ch-3 sp....work 2 more dc, picot (ch 3, slst in top of dc), 2dc in same sp....
 continue to work (3 dc, picot, 2 dc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with slst to first dc.   
Fasten off Color F.  

Join Color G with standing sc, in any ch-3 sp...
work 2 more sc in same sp, ch3...
continue with 3 sc, ch 3 in each ch-3 sp around, join with slst to first sc...
Fasten off Color G.

Now for the last Round, join Color H with standing dc in any ch-3 sp....
(dc, picot, dc)...
(slst, ch 3, slst) in center sc of 3-sc group...
continue working (2 dc, picot, dc) in each ch-3 sp, (slst, ch3, slst) in center sc of 3-sc group...
join with slst to first dc and fasten off... 
and voila! Weave in all ends!

Enjoy!

  











Monday, January 19, 2015

Mandala Monday #2 -Part One

Recently, I crocheted this square....
as I was working it up, thinking the center would be a perfect start to a Mandala.  So last night I worked up my idea.  Using a different color for each round,  I created this lovely Mandala....
Now let me show you how to do it too, meet the characters ....
an assortment of Nazli Gelin Garden and Garden Metallic, now meet the tools...
Let's get started.. With color A .....
work 12 sc into a slip ring and join with slst to first st.  Fasten off.  

Join Color B with a standing dc in any st ....
this is how I set up my standing dc, I wrap the thread around my hook with a yo, insert your hook into any stitch from Round 1,  yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through last 2 loops....
then ch 2, (dc, ch 2) into each remaining st....
join with slst to first dc and fasten off.  

Joining Color C with a standing dc in any ch-2 sp....
yo and pull through 2 loops, yo, and 
pull through last 2 loops...
Working 4 more dc into the same space...

 make your pc (popcorn pc- leaving a loop on the last dc, insert your hook into the first dc, pick up your loop, yo and pull both loops through),  ch 3...
 continue working a pc, ch 3 in each ch-2 sp, join with slst to top of first pc...
 Round 3 complete, fasten off Color C....

Now joining Color D with a standing sc .... loop the thread around the hook ...
insert  the hook into any ch-3 sp, yo, pull through loop... 
yo and pull through 2 loops...
working 4 more sc into the same sp, ch 3...
 continue working (5 sc, ch 3) into each remaining ch-3 sp....
join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off Color D.  
 If you wish weave in your ends now and join me for Part 2 tomorrow!


Enjoy!