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When I lived in Illinois, I had managed to develop a bit of a green thumb. Since moving to California (7 years ago now), that thumb has turned cold and dead – even with plants that I should be able to keep alive. At least I think I should be able to!

I love violas. I have bought several violas over the past few years, with no success. I thought I’d try again this year, just because the plants at the store were soooo pretty and healthy and thriving. Please see pic below.

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I made the silly mistake of planting my beauty in an unlined terracotta pot. I believe the problem with that was the plant would dry out, I’d water it, the clay would absorb the water, I’d water it more, then the plant would be over-watered and the leaves would turn yellow and die. If I didn’t water the plant so much, the soil would dry out and the leaves would turn yellow and die.

Then I transplanted it to a plastic pot. The plant, though much smaller now, seemed all right. Then I gave it a little fertilizer. I don’t think it liked it. It started to wilt, continuing till it completely died. RIP, my poor little viola.

I felt very sad about the lonely pot, so I gave it a new friend. These gorgeous pom-pom marigolds are only supposed to be annuals, but I’m hoping that with a little TLC I might be able to nurture them through a CA winter. Hope springs eternal, right?

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As for actual crochet news, I’m still working on the wedding afghan, but it is getting close to being done. Here’s a little sneak peek –

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This is a photo of the side diamond panel with the cable/rope edging. I think the ombre effect turned out well; I’m pretty sure this one’s going to turn out great – keeping my fingers crossed!

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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….

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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

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.

Since spring is here and many flowers have shaken off their winter inertia, I thought I should come up with a seasonally appropriate post. Plus, I just recently joined Crochet.Community (an online group) and they hold quarterly competitions where the winner is awarded $50 and a t-shirt. This current competition is, of course, flower themed. The only really good flower I’ve made I gave to my mom, and didn’t take a photo of it beforehand. So instead I entered a very elegant (if I do say so myself!) Poinsettia Potholder. Not the spring flowers the CC had in mind, I’m sure, but it didn’t get kicked out either. So we’ll have to see. Results will be in on May 1st – just in time for my next post.

Earlier today I was perusing Pinterest and came across some of the most gorgeous crocheted flowers. BTW, as a general rule I don’t like crocheted flowers – too kitschy for me I guess – but these are definitely the exception. Enjoy!

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Happy Patty Crochet offers exquisite floral patterns and products at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyPattyCrochet (I just love carnations!)

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Japanese fibre artiste JungJung at http://www.jungjung.jp Museum quality work!

 

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I loved this flower so much I wanted to show you two versions!

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Posted from postila.ru from sheru.ru Wonderful Irish crochet and more

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by postila.ru on Pinterest, originally from cmpana mam

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Duitang.com 3-D flower

Reposted from http://www.duitang.com/blog; photo states https://dikulya67.ru/ Love this little flower! Definitely could see this on the bottom edge of a scarf with pearl centers.

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And lastly, my Poinsettia Potholder. Keep your fingers crossed I win!

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