Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2010 Snowflake

Special Stitches
P3 - ch3 picot - ch3, sc in 1st ch
trP - Triple Picot - ch5, sc in 1st ch made, ch7, sc in 1st ch made, ch5, sc in 1st ch made, st st into 1st picot to join
shell - (2dc, ch3, 2dc)
trshell - (2tr, ch3, 2tr)


ch7, slst to join

R1 - ch1, sc, ch8 (dc, ch7), *dc, ch7* 4 times, dc, ch3, tr in 1st sc

R2 - ch2, turn, (dc, ch3, 2dc) in same chsp, ch3, P, slst in next ch, ch3, *shell in chsp, ch3, P, slst in next ch, ch2* 5 times, slst into top of 1st dc

R3 - slst into ch2 sp, (ch1, sc, ch2 for 1st tr), tr, ch3, 2tr,
{Point - ch3, P, ch3, trP, slst in next ch, ch2, P, ch3}, trshell, ch3, P, slst in next ch, ch3,

Repeat - 5 more times- *trshell, ch3, P, ch3, trP, slst in next ch, ch2, P, ch3}, trshell, ch3, P, slst in next ch, ch3*


2009 Snowflake

Notes -
you can substitute p3 for the ch3 between the 2dcs
you can substitute (sc in next 2 chs) for the ch2 at the base of the trP

Special Stitches
P3 - ch3 picot - ch3, sc in 1st ch
trP - Triple Picot - ch5, sc in 1st ch made, ch7, sc in 1st ch made, ch5, sc in 1st ch made, st st into 1st picot to join


ch5, slst to join, ch1

R1 - in loop work ch6, *sc, ch5* (4x), sc, ch3, dc (6 ch loops ending in the center of last loop)

R2 - ch3, turn (counts as 1st trc) work {2tr, ch2, 2tr}, ch1 in each ch loop, slst to join round at end. (6trshell, ch1)

R3 - ch1, turn, *in ch1 sp (sc, p3, sc), ch1, in shell sp work (2dc, ch3, 2dc, ch2, trP, ch2, 2dc, ch3, 2dc, ch1) 6 times. slst to join at end.


Watch this space.....

Coming REALLY soon:

2010 Snowflake Pattern

I'm sorry it's so late this year.

I try to make at least 1 free snowflake every year.
I'll also post the 2009 Snowflake for anyone that missed it.

If it's not up later today it'll be tomorrow.

Thank you guys for putting up with my way to far-in-between posts.

Hopefully, I'll be posting regularly again after the holidays.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Winter

This page is way too much fun!

I miss snow!

Need a Snow Day?

I haven't been crocheting a whole lot lately.
Right now I'm doing the mad rush for Christmas.

Hopefully when things slow down a little
I'll get back to blogging.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

2 more serafinas

Both of these were made with
JoAnns Sensations Boucle yarn.

The red one was make wth an L and then a K and a half hook. It's a little stretchy for my taste. This is almost 2 pounds of boucle. My model is 5'3" and the shawl comes down to her mid calf.

The pink/gray/black on was made with my Bamboo Bates K hook and I think it's just perfect for this yarn. This one was made for DDs teacher/principal. She's always cold and she is just the most wonderful woman.
I just love her to pieces.

She saw me making the red shawl and asked (in a joking around kind of way) about when I was making hers. She was shocked when I came in a week later with her very own shawl. It was great - she was having a bad day so the present was just perfect timing.

She's about 5'5" and and adult small/medium
and it's the PERFECT fit on her.

After almost 3 pounds of serafinaI was very happy
to be finished with the pattern for a little while. lolol


Monday, September 21, 2009

Gift for a dear friend.

This is a 13 round square that I found the chart for somewhere on the net. I changed the last round and added the beads for weight. This was made to be a glass cover.

I used Royale in baby pink and
my trusty Bates #4 steel hook.

It was a well loved gift.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Edgings for Diamond Ghans

The edging on the beige ghan is AA's Pearls and LAce (I think that's the name of it) and the edging on the red ghan is just a simple scallop.

I didn't write down the edging and I gave these as gifts as soon as they were finished.

I'm sorry that I can't be more helpful with the edgings but any edging you choose will work wonderfully on this pattern.

What I do remember about the edging on the beige ghan is that it's a few rows of (2dc, ch2, 2dc) shells with 2 in each corner.

Diamond Ghan - why it took so long to post

I created this pattern almost a year ago. I did not post it because I didn't want to infringe on any copyrights. It is similar to the Extra Easy Diamonds lapghan that yarncat makes BUT ithis ghan is very much my own. There are MANY differences between them.

Now that Bernat is also hosting a free diamond ghan pattern I know for sure that I'm NOT violating any copyrights - cuz they're doing the same thing and they're legal department would have stopped them if there was a problem.

I always put my 'inspired by' patterns up for free here on my blog. Many of you will remember the ghans pictured in the pattern. Those of you that do will know just how long I've been holding onto this pattern.

Even according to AmyS's idea about copyrights - if you put the original pattern away and come up with it on your own without referring to it then it's yours - this pattern is all mine.

What I love about the way I wrote this up is that you can make this any size you want to. You can make 2 or 3 diamonds for a scarf, a babyghan or a full sized ghan. It's a wonderfully, deceptivelly simple pattern that looks great!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

adding points to a round ripple

What I do (and I hope this makes sense)

I find the midpoint then count 2 sts down. Attach with a sc and ch1 (makes your first dc) then continue down into the valley, skip the 2 in the center and work your way back up to the same st on the opposite side.

As you go back and forth working the point the decreases will happen automatically every time you skip the 2 in the valley.

When I get to the peak - work it until there are 2 dcs on either side, ch2 or 3 (personal preference - I use 2) and sl st into the opposite dc and tie off.

In this ghan I finished the point with a round of sc.

In the round following the added points I work a 4dcdec in the valley to keep the stitch count correct so it doesn't ruffle.

When it cools off a bit I'll be finishing another spidey ghan. I'll post a tut with pics when I get to it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

more of what I've been up to

I also made Dad a 6 piece set of 96s in red to go with his chair blanket (in red) that I forgot to take a picture of. I'll have to take one when I go back down to visit. To go with the big red ghan he's getting for Christmas
(or his birthday - whichever one it's finished for)

Played with my own puff st coaster pattern
and made a set for another swap gift in multicolors.

I'm not sure if I shared this doily with you guys yet.

This was my BIG SWAP gift for a dear friend.
A jimbo hook with soft, thick case,
a custom needle holder and scissor case.
(no - I didn't write down the patterns)
(and yes, that's the flutterby on the case)

... and I'm halfway thru my next spidey round ripple.

It's August in Florida -
it's too hot for ghans bigger than baby size right now.


What I've been up to

I'm so bad at blogging. I've been doing lots of swap presents and since I know that almost everyone I sent to reads my blog I just couldn't put them up here until everyone received theirs.

I bought the most awesome little doily book -
99 Little Doilies
and completely fell in love with #96. This is funny - I so totally fell in love with it that I had to go and change it and make it my own. This has turned into my sitting around braindead project that just keeps my hands busy. It's amazing how just by changing the color changes the whole look.

Before we get to that - here's a couple other
coaster size doilies
from the same book.

(This one lives on top of my printer )
I just had to make one for me.

#96 in solid, flowered, patriotic and sunflower.
With the sunflower I did the same edging,
I just did it in the front and back loops and
alternated the points so it looks like a flower.

close-up of #96

(lots and lots of multiple post stitches)


Sunday, June 28, 2009

I know I haven't been around lately

I just wanted to let you guys know that I haven't been feeling well at all. My health problems are getting the best of me.

I'm crocheting a little bit here and there but not a whole lot.

When I get to feeling better I'll be posting more often.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Jimbo has AUTOGRAPHED hooks up for bid!

The sign of a true artist! He's signed his work!

Check them out at:

Jimbo's Front Porch


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Error in the Round Ripple Pattern has been corrected

I cannot apologize enough. It was brought to my attention that there was an error in the 12 point Round Ripple pattern.

It has been corrected both here on my blog and in the pdf on my download page.

If you have the original copy of the pattern please update it to the correct version.

Once again - my apologies. I always do my best to give you the most accurate and correct patterns that I can.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Jimbo's Running a Contest!

Have you ever wanted a Jimbo hook but never
thought you could afford one?

Well, he's running a contest with a free hook as the prize.

It's an H hook in White Oak.

So, go check out the Front Porch and see if you've got
what it takes to win a Jimbo hook!

Jimbo's Front Porch


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Most wonderful Swap Gift!

I have my very own 8 Pocket Tote now.

My very dear friend Ann made this for me as a swap gift. I just love it! The colors are a little deeper in real life and they go so incredibly well together. The lining is just amazing! I wish I could do linings like that.

It is the PERFECT size. It hold 3 Caron Pounders or in this case 2 pounders and a cake in the center with room to stuff a ghan in it too. You can see the red and blue, the cake is black and this is holding the latest spidy ghan that I'm working on.

I've gotten so many compliments on this
when I take it out with me.

I just had to say another great big

Thank You!


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another Gift Doily

I love making doilies. Not one I would keep for myself tho. It still needs to be blocked. I love the center with the diamonds and spiderwebs but I'm not thrilled with the zig zags. I thought they would be a little more prominent.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Camera Cozy's

With Popcorns & Puffs

I just love these little camera cases. Hubby got me a great little camera for Christmas. I'm such a clutz I was afraid I would drop it and wanted something adorable and cushioned. This is what I came up with.

The popcorns are great for cushion. The front and back don't match. There's room for the closure in the front. The popcorn and the closure made is so thick across the front that I just was not happy with it.

I wasn't sure what to do with the sides. I already had the front and back cushioned. I settled on puff stitches. The cozy's just looked silly with popcorns sticking out of the sides. You'll have to use your imagination on that one.

These are made with Simply Soft. They whip up in less than 2hours for me. (Yes, I know, I crochet fast) and I can use up my little scrap balls of leftovers.

You can make these with bigger yarn and bigger hooks and they just get bigger and bigger. Notice a trend here - the bigger the bigger.

Please don't mind me tonight - I'm in a silly, silly mood.

The pattern is tested and it'll be up in my Etsy store really soon. It's been a hectic couple of days or it would already be there. It's going to be nice to have a day to sit still tomorrow.

I'd like to thank my testers for doing an AMAZING job!
I couldn't do it without them.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Simple Faith Series

I am so happy to introduce my new afghan series -
Simple Faith.

There is a Prayer Cloth Throw, a Simple Cross Afghan and a 3 Bar Cross Afghan.

All three can be found at my Etsy Shop -

Inspired Crochet Design

The Prayer Cloth Throw measures 4x4 1/2 feet.

The Simple Faith Cross and 3 Bar Cross Afghans
both measure 4x6 feet.

There are many new patterns coming very soon!


Sunday, May 24, 2009

RoseRed's 12 Point Round Ripple {free pattern}

by Michele Shirley

or you can download the pdf file here
RoseRed's 12 Point Round Ripple


Round 1 –
ch3, working over tail place 11 dc in first ch made, sl st to top of ch3 to join. Pull tail to close center.

Round 2 –
ch2, turn, dc in same st as ch2, 2dc in each st around, sl st to top of ch2 to join.

Round 3 (For a solid center) –
ch1, turn, Vst in next st, *dcdec over next 2 sts, ch2, dc in same st* 10 times, dcdec over next 2 sts, ch2, dc in same st, (to join the round - begin as you would a dcdec) yo, insert hook into next st, yo and draw thru st, yo and draw thru 2 loops, sl st into ch1 to join and draw thru all 3 loops.

Alternate Round 3 –
(For a lacy center) ch4 (counts as 1st dc and ch2), turn, dc in same st. 1st
Vst made. Skip next st and Vst in every other st around.,

Round 4 –
turn, sl st in next 2 sts, ch1, Beg shell in ch2 sp, shell in each ch2 sp around, sl st into ch1 of Beg shell to join.

Round 5 –
sl st into next st, ch2, turn, *skip next 2dcs in center of the valley, dc in next st, shell in shell, dc in next dc* 11 times. Skip next 2dcs in center of the valley, dc in next st, shell in shell, sl st into top of ch2 to join.

Round 6 –
turn, sl st into next st, ch2, dc in next st, Vst in shell, dc in next 2 sts, *skip next 2 dcs in center of the valley, dc in next 2 sts, Vst in shell, dc in next 2 sts* 11 times, sl st into top of ch2 to join

Round 7 –
sl st into next st, ch2, turn, *skip next 2dcs in center of the valley, dc in next 2sts, shell in shell, dc in next 2sts*, 11 times, skip next 2dcs in center of the valley, dc in next 2sts, shell in shell, dc in next st, sl st into top of ch2 to join.

Rounds 8 –
completion' Continue working in established pattern (Shell, Vst, Shell) increasing in the shell rounds only.

Make sure that your last round before the border is a shell round.
It gives it a much nicer finished edge.


Notes – Remember to look at the center of your round ripple. Make sure that the right side is facing.

It really doesn’t matter if you turn your work or not for the sc border so long as the right side is facing.

Round 1 – ch1 turn, (or not) sc in each st, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in each shell and a ch1 in each valley, sl st to 1st sc to join.

Round 2 – rev sc in each sc except in peaks and valleys.

- To work each Peak: – The shell is (2sc, ch2, 2sc) - rev sc in 1st sc, skip 2nd sc, 2rev sc in ch2 sp, skip 3rd sc, rev sc in 4th sc).

To work each Valley: rev sc down the side towards the valley, skip the last sc, rev sc in the ch1 sp, continue placing a rev sc in each sc until you reach the shell in the Peak.

Copyright 2009 ICD
Items made from this pattern are NOT
to be sold on the internet.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spidey Ghan is Finished!

YAY!!! I started this way back before I had my carpel tunnel surgery. I had 4 rounds and the border left to go and I ran out of the blue yarn. So, without further chatter- here it is!

I've finally figured out my own way of adding points without getting the dreaded ruffle! Yippee!

The webbing is made from
top stitching chains across the ghan.


Caron Pounders
Red - 1 pound
Blue - just over 1 1/2 pounds
Black - under 1/2 a pound

I Bates hook

It measures just under 6 feet across.

Color Coding - every 4th row is an hdc in black for the webbing.
The red and blue sections get bigger with each block of color.

Round 1 - black
Rounds 2-4 - red
Round 5 - hdc black
Rounds 6-9 - red
Round 10 - hdc black
Rounds 11-14 - blue
Round 15 - hdc black
Rounds 16-20 - red
Round 21 - hdc black
Round 22 - red
Round 23-26 - blue
Round 27 - hdc black
Rounds 28-30 - blue
Round 31 - red
Round 32 - hdc black
Rounds 33-36 red
Round 37 - hdc black
Round 38 - red
Rounds 39-41 - blue
Round 42 - hdc black and added points (which should've been red)
Rounds - 43-46 blue
Round 47 - sc black
Round 48 rev sc black


Saturday, May 16, 2009

50 Questions

Before I begin, I just want to say that I've seen a lot of these in different forms with different questions. I like this one because it's really not a personal, share you entire life on the internet one.

If anyone would like to play along just Copy & Paste the list,
delete my answers and add your own.

50 Questions

1. High heels or boots? High heeled boots
2. What time did you get up this morning? way too early
3. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
4. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Rise of the Lycans
5. What is your favorite TV show? Bones, NCIS
6. What do you usually have for breakfast? COFFEE
8. What food do you dislike? Liver
9. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Enya Aramantine
10. Favorite sandwich? PB&J - strawberry of course
11. What characteristic do you despise? liars
12. Favorite clothing? Blue jeans and tank tops
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation? Jamaica
14. Are you an organized person? not even close
15. Where would you like to retire to? an RV
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? I try not to remember them
17. What are you going to do when you finish this? Finish my coffee
18. Favorite drink? water
19. What's your sign? Gemini
20. Morning person or a night person? night
21. What is your shoe size? 8
22. Pets? Boston Bull Dog
23. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? I don't share my personal life online
24. What did you want to be when you were little? a hairdresser
25. What is your favorite flower? Roses
26. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? May 28, last day of school!
27. What was the last thing you ate? brown sugar/cinnamon pop tart
28. Do you wish upon stars? not in a long time
29. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? dark red or amethyst
30. How is the weather right now? beautiful
31. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? my best friend
32. Favorite soft drink? I don't drink soda
33. Hair color? red - this time
34. What was your favorite toy as a child? barbies - i used to cut their hair
35. Summer or winter? Summer
36. Chocolate or vanilla? depends - ice cream is totally vanilla
37. Coffee or tea? COFFEE - the elixir of the gods
38. Favorite Food of all time? pizza
40. When was the last time you cried? none of your business
41. What is under your bed? whatever didn't fit in the closet
42. What did you do last night? Discovery Channel
43. What are you afraid of? poisonous creepy crawly things and big red wasps
44. Salty or sweet? both - ever had chocolate covered pretzels?
45. How many years at your current job? not relevant
46. Favorite day of the week? Wednesday
47. Positive or negative? Positive
48. Favorite pastime? Crocheting or cooking
49. Beach or mountain? mountains
50. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? it's cute but I don't usually remember any of it later.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hawk on the BBQ

I was walking into my dining room and saw THIS when I turned the corner!

There was nothing but a screen door between us.
I wish it was a bigger picture but I'm lucky I got it at all -
my battery was just about dead in the camera.

After it got a good look at me it decided it was time to leave
so he just turned and flew away.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Can't find the camera cord

I'd love to show you guys the doily I just finished up but I can't find the cord to connect the camera to the computer. (UGH!)

I saw the coolest thing the other day. We have a smoker grill out on the back patio. The smoker grill has a metal tube that sticks up out of it to let the smoke out. I go walking thru the house and there was a hawk sitting on top of the smoke stack!

Just sitting there looking in the house, looking around, looking all proud and regal. (I guess he didn't realize that we cooked his cousin, Chicken, on the grill) I did manage to get 4 pics of it before he flew away.

But, like I said, I can't find my camera cord so I can't share my pics just yet.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We're finally home!

Hey guys!

We just got back from 2 weeks of visiting back home. We had such a wonderful time - wonderful but busy.

I came up with a couple AWESOME little patterns while I was up there but silly me didn't write them down. I was just happy to be crocheting away. That's ok - it was a matching eyeglass case and cell phone holder so it'll be quick and easy enough to make another one.

It is so great to have my hands back since the surgery. Somehow I did manage to hurt my left on. (Lost my balance and caught it with my hand instead of my face) and the swelling is finally starting to go down.

I didn't get a whole lot of crocheting done.

What I did do was get my Mom on DSL so she can enjoy her time on the computer!
Hi Mom!!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pineapple Sundae (unblocked)

Click here for full size pic.

This is a beautiful doily.
I got really tired of doing all those trcs tho.

I used #10 thread and my #6 bates hook w/
1 strand of purple sewing thread.

I finished it off with 2 rounds of white to give it a border.
(Actually, I ran out of thread)

I just LOVE the look of it with the color added in.

It's about 16 inches across.


Monday, April 6, 2009

On the hook

At the moment I'm working on a vintage doily called Pineapple Sundae. It is GORGEOUS! It all trcs. ugh.

It's my first piece using sewing thread to color it. I love the look of it except I ran out of thread!

I have 2 rounds left to go so I'm doing those in white to give it a border. Not quite the look I was hoping for but I'm too close to finishing it to stop now.

The last row was the first round of the border and it's a solid trc around. Of course I screwed up in the beginning of the round and had to pull the entire round out. That really put a damper on finishing this up. But - I'm determined.

The very last round is all scs but I don't like it. It just doesn't look finished so, of course - I'm just going to have to change it. I already have a pretty good idea of how I'm going to finish it off. I just keep thinking that if I didn't screw up it would be finished by now. I hate that feeling - it just makes a project hard to pick back up.

We're outta here for a couple weeks. We're going home for Easter. I'm hoping that by the time we get back I'll have enough strength and dexterity in my hands to block my newest doilies. They're going to look gorgeous when they're finished.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My 2nd Love Doily

My hubby has been so wonderful since I had my surgery that I was just compelled to crochet hearts. Red ones. Every time I see these I'll always remember what a wonderful man I married.

I haven't had a chance to block either of them yet but
I just couldn't wait to share.

I didn't care for the edging that came with the doily so I made up my own.

If I make another on I think I'll put more spaces in the diamonds, maybe bring them all the way down or something. I just love the way the Celinda Matthews made the hearts.

You can find the pattern here.

It measures about 12 inches across before blocking.

I used #10 thread and my #6 Bates steel hook.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Can you believe I'm hookin?!?!?

It's true. I can work with thread again. I chose a small doily to try. I'm only working at about 1/4 speed but I'm crocheting.

The doctor that did my carpel tunnel surgery is a brain surgeon and he just couldn't get over how intricate the pineapples were. It's like WOW! I wowed my brain surgeon!

I did the Hearts Around by Celinda Matthews. I'll get pics up tomorrow.

I also did the Patricia Hewett Flat Pineapple Angel.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cabled Purse

This was a Swap gift for a dear friend. I had to wait until she recieved it before I could post a pic of it. This was finished before my surgery.


This was made with:

TLC Essentials Off White and

Beige Sugar and Creme Cotton held together;

and a K hook.
The surface crochet is only on the front side of the purse. Using the 2 strands together makes for a very nice colorplay and a sturdy but thick facric.
Those of you that know me know how much I hate to sew things together. So, I guess it's not a really big surprize that this was made entirely in one piece. The side seams are put together with with a surface sl st that goes down the front and the back sides of the purse. This makes the seams much sturdier and gives the illusion of width in the bag.
Yup - those are hdc's. As long as you make your cables with trcs you can get away with using hdcs instead of scs for you cables.
I didn't write up the pattern this time but I have a feeling that I'll be making this purse again.
Back view.



Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gettin' Better Every Day

I have to say that I am AMAZED at how well I'm doing after my first Carpel Tunnel surgery. The 1st 3 days were tough and painful but it's been getting better a little every day.
My stitches come out next week and the week after I go in for my other hand.
I gotta tell ya - I miss my crocheting. I miss my yarn. I really can't wait to get back to it.
For those of you considering surgery - I say :
Go For It!!
The pain, heaviness and stiffness is gone. It's just not there anymore. The doc told me that some people find immediate relief and I guess I'm one of those lucky 'some'.
Anyways - I've been busy fighting with this new laptop of mine. Reinstalled Windows twice already. I hope that this is the last time I have to do that. Once I'm sure it's working and going to stay working I'll be adding my pics to it.
As exciting as a new computer is - the reality of it is a pain in the butt!
Till next time - hook on for me!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lupus Advocacy Day

Today is:
The Lupus Foundation of America's
11th Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

There has not been a new drug created for Lupus
in 50 years!!!

They're trying to change that. Thru funding and research we can help the 2 million people that have been diagnosed with this awful disease 90% of which are women.

My dear friend Joann is one of those women.
My Father-in-Law is one of the other 10%.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. Normally the body's immune system makes proteins called antibodies, to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign materials. These foreign materials are called antigens.

In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself. These antibodies cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.


How can you help?

Take Legislative Action
and contact your congressman.

Donate Online directly to the LFA

Other ways to Donate to the LFA

Become an e-Advocate

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Donate thru the Mail

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-349-1155


Friday, February 27, 2009

Surgery went well!

I don't know how long my hands will be down for.
I had my right hand done yesterday and my left will be done on March 17th. Hopefully, when I'm all healed up and recovered I'll have my hands back.
In the meanwhile - I do have pics of lots of things I haven't shared yet so you guys will still see yarn, glorious yarn.
btw - it's really hard to type left-handed.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

All my free PDFs in 1 place

ICD Free PDF's

Thanx to Google Sites,

I now have ALL my free PDF Files stored in one place.

This is soooooooo cool!

You can download the PDF for the

Survivor's Ribbon Shawl,

Gingham Ghan,

Prayer Cloth


Feel the Wuv Coaster
(with tut pics)

Check it out at:

ICD Free PDF's


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Deer in my side yard this morning

This was a total surprize this morning.

The pic is clicky for a better view.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

a couple of My Serafina's

I can finally post some pics of swap projects now that my partners have received them.

I did both of these with 2 strands and an N hook to make them warm and cozy.

I do NOT like the TLC Essentials varigated yarn. It is limp and very hard to work with. It was a lot better using 2 strands but I won't be using it again.
Which is really surpising considering how much I really enjoyed working with the TLC Essentials in the solid color. It's a little thinner than Red Heart and thicker than Caron Simply Soft.

I didn't get pics of Ambi modeling before I sent these off. I hope the recipients enjoy them.

Crochet Cable Scarf

Crochet Cable Scarf
from Coats & Clark

Is really so much simpler than it looks. I made this one for my MIL. She prefers shorter scarves that she can tuck into her coat. One well placed button and a few chains added to a sc border and WALLA!

This is my very first cable project and they are so much simpler than I ever could have believed! The best part about this pattern is that it's made with hdc's so it was lots easier on my hands than a sc pattern would've been.

If you can front post you can do cables!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Argyle Scarf

Many thanx to mama24boyz for coming up with such a sensational idea.

It never ceases to amaze me how simple a stunning pattern can be! The hardest part is thinking of it in the first place. Even the figuring it out is easier than thinking of it.

I do have to admit:
That I didn't actually buy the pattern
(and I already spoke with her about it) -
so mine is not exactly like mama24boyz's.

I did do a couple of things differently:

- I did every row on the right side
- I knotted my pink at each crossing
- my edging is my own
- I added fringe

You really just cannot improve on
an awesome pattern!

For more information check out:

mama24boyz Blog
mama24boyz @ Etsy for the pattern


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Feel the Wuv Coaster - Free Pattern (Intermediate)

Materials & Finished size:
with small amount 4ply ww yarn and I hook - 4 1/2 x 5 1/2"
with small amount cotton and an F hook - 4 x 4 1/2"

Pattern Notes:
Refer to the pictures on page 2 if needed.


ch 8, sl st in 1st ch to form ring
Round 1 - ch2 (counts as 1st dc) and 16 more dc in ring, sl st into top of ch2 to join (17 dc)

Row 2 - ch1, turn, (sc, ch2) in same dc, (hdc, ch1) in next 2 sts, (sc, ch1) in next 5 sts, (sc, ch1, twice) in next st, (sc, ch1) in next 5 sts, (hdc, ch1) in next 3 sts, do not join

Round 3 - turn, (sc, ch1) in next ch-sp, (hdc, ch1) in next ch-sp, (dc, ch1) in next 2 ch-sps, (hdc, ch1) in next 4ch-sps, (dc, ch1, twice) in next ch-sp, (hdc, ch1) in next 4 ch-sps, (dc, ch1) in next 2 ch sps, (hdc, ch1) in next sp, sc in last ch-sp, sl st into top of (sc,ch1), ch2, sc in sp between the top 2 dcs of the first Round, ch1, sl st into 1st ch1

Round 4 -Do NOT turn, ch4, hdc, in ch-sp, (ch3, hdc) in next 2 ch-sps, (ch3, sc) in next 5 ch-sps, for picot in bottom point - (ch4, sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch1), skip next 2 dcs, (sc, ch3) in next 5 ch-sps, (hdc, ch3) in next 2 ch-sps, (hdc, ch4) in sc, slst between the 2dcs of the 1st Round, ch3, sl st into base of the first ch-4 sp

Round 5 - Do NOT turn, ch3, (sc ch3 twice) in next ch-4 sp, (sc, ch3) in next 7 ch-3 sps, (sc, ch3 twice) in center of picot, (sc, ch3) in next 7 ch-3 sps, (sc, ch3, twice) in last ch sp, sl st into sl st, and sl st into the first ch coming out of the sl st to finish.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Tutorial Pictures

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Items made from pattern are not to be sold online.

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