Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pineapple Spoon Rest

#10 thread of choice for Bookmark
#5 or #7 steel hook
~ or ~
Sugar & Cream Crochet Cotton of choice for Spoon Rest -
Size E hook

Gauge -

Spoon Rest - 11 1/2 inches
Bookmark - 6 1/2 inches without tassle

Special Stitches
Shell (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp
Side Shell - sl st into ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp
4dc cl w/ picot- ch2, holding last loop on hook to create cluster: dc in ch2sp, 2dc in next ch2sp, draw thru all 4 loops, ch3Picot - ch3, sl st into top of cluster.


ch5, sl st to form loop
Rnd 1 - ch3 counts as 1st dc now and throughout. (2dc, ch2) 4times, (2dc, ch4), (2dc, ch2) twice
or - (2dc, ch2) 7times - without hanging loop
sl st into top of ch3

Row 2 - side shell, ch2, shell in shell
Row 3 - side shell, ch1, dc in ch2sp, ch1, shell in shell
Row 4 - 12 or as many rows as needed for length - side shell, ch1, dc in next dc, ch1, shell in shell
Row 13 - side shell, (dc, ch6, dc) in next dc, shell in shell
Row 14 - side shell, ch1, 8dc in ch6 sp, ch1, shell in shell
Row 15 - side shell, ch1, (dc, ch1) in the next 8dc's, shell in shell
Row 16 - side shell, ch1, sc in ch1 sp, (ch3, sc in ch1sp) 6times, ch1, shell in shell [6 ch3 sp's]
Row 17 - side shell, ch2, sc in ch1 sp, (ch3, sc in ch1sp) across, ch1, shell in shell [5 ch3sps]
Row 18 - Repeat Row 17 [4 ch3sp's]
Row 19 - Repeat Row 17 [3 ch3sp's]
Row 20 - Repeat Row 17 [2 ch3sp's]
Row 21 - Repeat Row 17 [1 ch3sp]
Row 22 -
side shell, ch2, sc in ch3 sp, ch2, shell in shell
Row 23 - side shell, shell in shell
Row 24 - sl st into ch2sp, 4dc cl w/ picot

Tie off. Weave in ends. Block.

Bookmark Tassle
- cut 9 strands 9 inches long. Fold in half and pull thru for tassle.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

what I'm up to now

It seems like forever since I've posted. I missed you all!

As you can see below I did make the tree and an angel. They both fit in an 8inch square frame. I'll post pics once I get them framed. Mom's bday is coming quick so it'll be soon.

I'm on a whole new designing roll here. I want to make kitchen stuff. Hotpads - especially for my baking pans! round ones for my casserole dishes - one's for under my saucepans...

Custom sizes for my cookware that I don't want to put directly on my table. The coolest thing is 'custom sizes' is still pretty much the same size for all the different brands. If you guys have anything in a specific size that you'd like to see jsut let me know.
I guess I should say something about my extended absence.
My step mom died from cancer December 17. Now my Dad lives almost 200 miles away and my husband works weekends. I've been going crazy and wracking up miles on the car driving my daughter back and forth - she had to be here for school and with me on weekends cuz she's 11 and too young to be home alone all day. Basically, my Dad needed me and I was there. Quite honestly - I don't want to talk about it.

I'm just doing my best to try to get back into the swing of things and I have a new focus for my designs.