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Finished Crescent Shawl – Ta Da!

Yes, it took me a while to screw up my courage and attempt to work out the problems with this “simple” scarf/shawl. If you remember, I was lamenting a bit ago about the neckline of this project (The “Simple” Scarf) and how I wasn’t sure how I was going to fix it. Well, first I found a way to fill in the scooped neck area. Then I created an inside edge, rolled it on itself, and with needle and thread tacked it down. I also tacked down those little bumps at the end of the rows. Voila! Now with any luck I’ll have the pattern posted  in my Bonanza shop (https://www.bonanza.com/booths/CrochetedButterfly) in about a week.

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Crescent Shawl blocked on pinning board

I am very pleased with how it turned out, despite all the trouble it gave me. I think I would change the yarn I used, though. Loops and Threads Woolike it a nice yarn, but I feel it was a little too soft. I would like to have a yarn with a little more body/stiffness to it so the ridges would hold better; perhaps a cotton/acrylic or wool blend. Or perhaps it’s just my OCD is showing again!

I am currently on a crocheting hiatus. I went to a rheumatologist yesterday and received a cortisone shot in my left thumb. I don’t know if any crocheters out there have had this problem, but I have had pain in my left thumb with crocheting for quite some time now, probably at least a decade. Up till January, however, I could always take a break for a couple days, the pain would go away, and I could crochet again. By January I was in the middle of making an afghan for my nephew and his to-be wife (Wedding Bells!) and sadly the pain became consistent in both thumbs. I finished the afghan but ordered new wrist splints that also had thumb splints. (I have been wearing wrist splints at night for over a decade due to carpal tunnel developed from crocheting – oh, what we do for love!) The splints have helped with the pain tremendously. My right thumb only hurts if I stress it, like carrying something heavy or opening a jar. I started an afghan for my other nephew getting married in September and the left thumb flared up again, hence the trip to the doctor. I have to get xrays and visit him in six weeks. Gee, who says getting old isn’t fun? Anyway, I have to take it easy for three days and I should be able to resume all activity in five, so that’s not too bad. I shall survive!

 

As I’m sure with many of you, I’ve had Mother’s Day on my mind. It’s only a couple weeks away and I’m in the middle of making something for my mom (with luck it’ll be done in time!). Of course, I can’t show or discuss what I’m making because my Mom reads this blog and I wouldn’t want to give away the surprise. So that will have to wait for later. (Hi, Mom!)

The following are a gathering of what I would consider wonderful Mother’s Day presents – of the lacy variety, of course!

crown bowl

I love this bowl – it looks just like a crown! http://meninascrocheteirasemacao.blogspot.fr/2015/03/receitas-e-graficos-de-croche-endurecido.html (Many charts available at this site)

necklace

Elegant statement necklace/collar from http://www.silviagramani.com/search/label/Colar%20de%20P%C3%A9rolas (Patterns for purchase through designer’s books)

framed doily

Have a gorgeous doily already made? Frame it! http://crochet.postbit.com/photos/crochet-doilies/86620_1.html

tealight

Lovely tealight holder from http://www.soulouposeto.gr/2013/11/blog-post_5.html (No pattern but instruction on stiffening)

Scalloped basket

Such a pretty candy dish – or for sparkly trinkets in the boudoir? http://lanaecotone.blogspot.com/2010/05/scatolina-alluncinetto.html?spref=pi

You can find the pattern for the featured picture of ‘Mother’s Day Teacup’ by Marjorie Jones at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mothers-day-teacup. Now it’s back to present making for me….

I know that the first day of spring is designated as March 20th. However, March in the midwest where I was born doesn’t usually feel too much like spring. For me, Easter always seemed to be the more logical, fun, and yummy (mmmm, chocolate!) start of spring – and I still feel this way. So let the cuteness begin!

chick in egg

Peek-a-Boo Chick – http://grietjekarwietje.blogspot.com/2012/04/haakpatroon-kuikentje-in-ei-op-pootjes.html (in Dutch)

baby bunny

Baby Bunny – https://amigurumi.today/crochet-bunny-amigurumi-pattern/

Lace Eggs – http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/6-quick-ways-to-save-money-on-easter-parties

lace eggs

Gossip Chicks – http://www.vendulkam.com/2015/04/happy-easter_6.html

gossip chicks

bunny basket

Bunny Basket – http://foodsafteyvideos.blogspot.se/

hens

Pretty Hens – http://handmade-paradise.ru/kak-svyazat-kryuchkom-kurochku/http://handmade-paradise.ru/kak-svyazat-kryuchkom-kurochku/

Lamb

Lacy Lamb  –  http://art-madam.pl/szukaj,artysta-tygrysiesploty

 

 

mandala eggs

 

Mandala Eggs – http://www.echtstudio.nl/pakketten.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Duckies  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/karla-fitchs-ravelry-store

rubber duckiessweet lamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Lamb – http://www.sewrella.com/2016/12/little-crochet-lamb.html

                   And the Big Man Himself, Grandpa Easter Bunny

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www.bonanza.com/booths/CrochetedButterfly

Happy Easter to All, and to all a no-upset-stomach, no-sugar-high, blissfully quiet night!

(All photos reposted from Pinterest. I do my best to give the correct URL to each photo, but I can’t be responsible if the site has taken the page down or if there is no pattern. I consider this type of blog “inspiration”, and if a pattern is available, that’s just a happy bonus!)

A little while ago I spotted a crescent-shaped scarf/shawl and fell in love; ever since I have been chomping at the bit to design one. This couldn’t be all that difficult, could it? Little did I realize what I was getting myself into!

This adventure began at the beginning of March. I decided that I wanted to have a curved ridge to mimic the crescent shape and to give it a more modern look. Then, since I have also fallen in love with gradient color schemes, I chose to use Michael’s Loops & Thread Woolike yarn in ivory, beige, and cool gray with just one row of charcoal to strongly define the edge. Seemed like a plan to me. Ha!

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Gradient bands of color

 

I am now on the third version of this scarf. (Amazingly, the yarn did hold up to all my frogging.) At first I tried to figure this out by myself and failed miserably. Then I found a free crescent pattern to give me some guidance, but after a few rows I didn’t like the extreme “U” shape it was taking, so that was frogged. Then I tried my own version, but that turned out too straight. Finally I came up with what I have now, and I think it’s going to be all right. Up to this point my designs have been very simple, so I just wasn’t ready for one to give me such a fight!

There are still two problems, though. 1) It seems that when you start a crescent shaped scarf with a short neck row, you end up with a separately curved neckline from the body of the scarf (see photo below). This has happened to me three times now. I’ve seen a video where this was mentioned, but I also saw a photo of a full crescent shawl without this problem, so I’m not sure if it’s just me or not. I am hoping that I can correct this with an inside edging of some sort. 2) I wasn’t thinking clearly enough to realize that on some row ends I had three stitches and some I had four. The four makes a little bump-out that I don’t want (see top of photo below). I can easily correct this in the written pattern, but I am hoping again that I can correct this with the inside edging of some sort.  (Insert deleted expletive of your choice here.)

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Wonky neckline and end of row bumps

I have one or possibly two more sets of the three-color bands to go, and then to come up with my miracle edging. But I won’t give up on the scarf/shawlette after this one is done, because I saw such wonderful designs while researching this project that I’ll just have to keep on going!

P.S. – If anyone knows of a solution to the wonky neckline, PLEASE let me know. I will be forever in your debt.

I couldn’t resist the allure of Irish Crochet Lace for this most wonderful of Irish holidays, St. Paddy’s Day!

Paraphrased from Wikipedia, “Irish crochet” was originally developed in mid-nineteenth century Ireland as a method of imitating expensive Venetian point laces. Irish crochet lace is characterized by separately crocheted motifs, which were then assembled into a mesh background.

This lace is made with a very fine steel crochet hook and fine crochet cotton or linen thread. It begins with an outline of the pattern on a piece of cloth. Each motif is then crocheted separately, using cotton cord for volume and shaping. The finished motifs are then basted (sewn with a loose stitch for temporary tacking) onto a cloth in the shape of the pattern. The motifs are then joined using chains and picots. When all the motifs have been joined together forming one piece of lace the basting stitch is removed from the back cloth revealing the completed lace.

I’ve gathered the following examples of Irish lace from Pinterest, all coming from Russian sites. However, I did find a wonderful Facebook group called Irish Crochet Lab that is run by Larisa Chilton, who is an instructor and has developed an online course for those who want to learn Traditional and Modern Irish crochet lace. You can find Ms. Chilton’s site at https://www.facebook.com/videotutorialsandpatterns/ . Enjoy!

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From postila.ru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish crochet 3

From postila.ru, a type of Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish crochet 6

https://www.livemaster.ru/item/17305403-odezhda-vintazhnyj-kaftan-suvenir

Irish crochet 5

http://www.facebook.com/Asia-Verte

Irish crochet 7

http://www.facebook.com/Asia-Verten

Oh, yes, just one more thing. Today is my brother-in-law’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Craig!

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The Wedding Afghan

This is the afghan I have been working on for my nephew and his new wife. The wedding was last Saturday and everything was just perfect – the bride was stunning, the groom and his men were so handsome, the bridesmaids were gorgeous, the venue was beautiful, the food was delicious and the music selection was wonderful. I truly don’t think I’ve ever been to such a perfectly planned and executed occasion, and really feel quite fortunate that I was invited and could participate in their special day. Congratulations, Tim and Chelsea!

But now back to the crocheting. I wanted to come up with an afghan for them that would be more contemporary looking than a traditional afghan; they just aren’t the lacy shell types. Plus I wanted the afghan to “talk” to their wedding and the beginning of their life together.  So here is what I put together –

—Three panels of a diamond lattice pattern to represent their past, present  and future together. The diamond pattern also represents my wish for them to make it to their diamond (60th) wedding anniversary. I told them after that they’re on their own.

—The two panels of a modified brick pattern (that’s what I’m calling it and I’m sticking to it!) represents the foundation of their relationship they’ve already laid and the life that they’ll be building together.

There is only one thing I wish I’d included – a cable stitch to represent the life line they may need to throw to one another at some point, because occasionally life can throw you a curve ball. But then again, I heard I have another nephew getting married this September. I believe I’ve just been given a chance to perfect this design!

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Last year I posted several fantastic crocheted hearts for Valentine’s Day (see For the Sweethearts), but I didn’t really want to repeat that, lovely as it was. So for this year I decided to gather some adorable, amusing, and all around delightful examples of small, miniature, or micro crochet to honor the romantic holiday.

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Found on Pinterest by http://lomets.com/pin/crochet-valentines-projects/

I just love these two! I copied them from Pinterest (where I’ve gotten all these pics), but I couldn’t find where they originally came from. If you know, please post the info in the comments section. And as an added bonus, several of the following offer free patterns!

micro-heart

Micro Heart  by Kim Lapsley at http://kimlapsley.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-tiny-heart.html

elfin-thread

 

Bigli Milgli FaceBook Character by Elfin Thread at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bigli-milgli-facebook-character

heart-with-arrow

 

Valentines Necklace from HoKiou at etsy – https://www.etsy.com/listing/85874591/valentines-necklace-crochet-red-heart?ref=tre-1721547086-10

heart-birds

 

 

Little Lovebirds by Flo and Dot at Sarah-Jane Hicks Ravelry store,  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-lovebirds

heart-corner-bookmark

 

 

Heart Bookmark at http://knitted-patterns.com/knitting-for-home/4388-heart-bookmark-crochet-pattern-free

heart-chain-scarf

 

 

 

 

 

Sweetheart Scarf from TheHatandI https://www.etsy.com/listing/91413683/crochet-pattern-sweetheart-scarf-a

bird-with-rose

 

 

 

Miniature Crochet Bird by Jose Heroys at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoseHeroys?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Lips Amigurumi by Kat Jorge-Rodriguez at http://katthecraft.blogspot.nl/2015/04/lips-amigurumi-free-pattern.html?spref=pi

And with those lovely lips, I will blow you all a big kiss and wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!

turkish-cuff

Posted from Pinterest, designed by Turkish artist Sebahat at https://www.etsy.com/shop/irregularexpressions 

Sometime in the fall of last year I was rambling through crochet pages on Pinterest and happened upon “cuffs” (aka “cuff bracelets”, “Turkish cuffs”, or boho/shabby chic bracelets), seemingly a combination of bracelet and an elaborate cuff. Of course, I was completely enthralled and searched for more.

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I have fallen completely in love with this style and it is definitely on my agenda for this year to create one of my own. However, at the rate I’m going, this year may need to stretch out to about 16 months. Anyway, all the photos were taken from Pinterest, and the crochet artist and shop are as follows, top to bottom –
Wedding Jewelry by Emelie at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Emeliebeads
Beaded Bracelet by Stanislava at https://www.etsy.com/shop/stasiSpark
Crochet Cuff Bracelet by Kremena at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSZCrochetTreasures
Flower Crochet Bracelet by Stanislava at https://www.etsy.com/shop/stasiSpark

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Yes, it’s almost time for one of my favorite holidays! Getting spooked and having chills run down your spine are such wonderful guilty pleasures, but these two little cuties are only here to have fun. The original pattern is by Gateando Crochet and you can find the free pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ghost-amigurumi-2. (The designer didn’t put his/her name on the spider pattern, so I can’t give you the URL. I designed the hat but didn’t write down the pattern.)  Anyway, I hope you all have a delightfully scary Halloween!

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IMG_0435ASo in my last post I let you know I had gotten a job as a crochet teacher at Needles, Hooks, and Yarn in Glendora, CA. I’ve certainly been quite busy since then, not only with students but with creating items to promote yarns, classes, or just crochet itself. Yarn companies have a notorious tendency to omit crochet when making samples, so it’s my job to bring this art to light for Needles, Hooks and Yarn!. The other reason I’ve been so busy is that Nancy, the owner of the shop, came down with shingles at the beginning of August and asked me to keep the store open for her while she recuperated. Thankfully, she is well on the mend now and back to her old self again.

I have reworked the poinsettia and now have an official pattern available in my store. I do want to make a cream and pink version, but those are on the back burner for now because I’m busy making a very cute ghost and will be starting a witch’s hat soon.

Below is my VERY FIRST top that I’ve ever made, and it was created using Weekend DK by Berroco. I call it “The Weekender” (yes, I know, but I thought the name was appropriate). I was so happy that it actually fit the mannequin! The original pattern I saw is free and was written by Emma on her blog Gathering Beauty at http://www.gatheringbeauty.com/2016/04/diy-granny-square-crochet-top.html. However, the pattern Emma found is free and posted on Maria Valles’ blog atIMG_0450 - CopyA http://www.mariavalles.com/blog/i6k6696x8q4zkndhkqf7tko06iyj8g. I have written a very detailed pattern for my version of this top, but ethics dictate that I too should list this pattern for free. I’ve put a lot of work into this pattern, though, so I don’t want to do that. I’m thinking that if I let people know where the pattern is available for free and give them the option, that should let me off the “ethical hook”. Please let me know your opinion!

For those of you who aren’t aware of ‘the Dark Side of Crochet Patterns’, unethical people will take other designer’s free patterns, rework the graphics a little and/or make minor changes to the pattern, then SELL the pattern on their site. Of course this is much easier to do than to come up with an original design and write the pattern from scratch. Technically, this is what I’m proposing to do with The Weekender, but if I give the URLs to the free sites before someone purchases my version, then they can decide for themselves. I don’t see a problem with this, but please give me your feedback. Sometimes I get tunnel vision and need other people’s objectivity. Thank you for letting me know what you think.

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