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.