Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby ghans for Christmas

Yes - I've actually crocheted and took pictures! It's been a while. You guys know that I blog in phases. Unfortunately, I wrapped the other presents before I thought to take pictures but at least I got the baby ghans.

This is your basic 12 point round ripple. The color combos are endless. The edging possibilities are endless. I prefer to make a nice tight edging on baby ghans. This way they can hold up to some abuse. This one has a tri-color rope.

Another one for one of the guys at work. Another basic 12 point RR. This one is done in 2 strands and the shaded 'monet' technique.

My newest baby. The 5-10 point Starburst Round Ripple.
If you like it the pattern can be found on Etsy

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Make paper snowflakes online - share with friends!

It's that time of year again!

Let's make SNOWFLAKES!

Need a Snow Day?

If you want to look for mine use the search function for


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

5-10point STARBURST Round Ripple Pattern up for sale.

Hey guys. I know it's been a very long time since I posted. I haven't been crocheting much lately. I do have a new for sale pattern for ya'll tho. Hope you like it! You can find it @ my Etsy store.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hey guys! I know, I know - I've neglected my blog for far too long.

I've also neglected taking pics of my finished projects too. Life's been crazy hectic lately. Anyways - I thought I'd share some of my FOs that I actually remembered to take pictures of.

The Butterfly Hat that turned into
The Pony Tail Hat

The doily I made from a really good picture!

This was a gift for JoBug. It was drying
(didn't want starch on the counter)
Never did get a pic of it after tho.

RR for Mom.
Sensations Boucle & 2 strands of RH
N hook

Serafina Prayer Shawl for a
dear friend from church.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Corrections made to Diamond Ghan Pattern

I just wanted to apologize to anyone who has tried this pattern and found it difficult.

There was a typo brought to my attention this morning and I am happy to tell you that it has been corrected.

Please remember that this is an older pattern of mine and my pattern writing skills have much improved since then.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby girl round ripple w scallop edging

1 Caron Pounder in Lilac
3 Red Heart Super Savers in Baby Pink (just a little bit more than 2)
J Bamboo Handle Bates Hook (which is more of an I 1/5 than a J)

Ghan measures 42 inches from point to point.

The round ripple.
It's just a round ripple pattern. Use which ever one makes you happy. ( I do 2 rounds of 2dc shell and 1 round of Vst) you can fudge this at the end if you don't have the right counts. I turn every single row until the border.

When I had 10 dc between the ch2 and the valley I switched colors
Starting with 11 dc from ch2 to valley - 1 row pink
1 row purple
3 rows pink
1 row purple
1 row pink

Then I did 3 rounds of purple (17 dcs from ch2 to valley) and did a boring old scallop st with a picot in the points.

Border Round 1
If you can't figure out where to start it where your yarn ends up then start in the point.
-attach w sc in ch2 sp, (sk 1 dc, in next dc work 5dc, sk 1dc, sc in next dc) 4 times,
- 4dc in valley sp, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, repeat 4 scallops up the other side.
- in ch2 sp work (sc, ch3p, sc)
- at end, sl st in 1st sc to join

Border Round 2 - do not turn
slst into 2nd dc, ch1, sc in same st, 3sc in center dc, sc in next 2 dcs,

- to work scallops - sc in first 2 dc, 3sc in center dc, sc in last 2 dc, slst around sc into previous round
to work valley and make popcorn (you will have slst'd in the last sc on the side) insert hook into front of 1st and back of last dc, yo and draw thru, slst around sc into previous round and continue working next 3 scallops.

- to work point - (last scallop)
sc in 1st 2dc, 3sc in center dc, sc in next dc, ch2, sc in loop of picot, ch3P, sc in loop of picot again, ch2, skip 1st dc, sc in next, 3sc in center dc and continue on as a normal scallop.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

... and the winner is ...

... as chosen by Jimbo.

The best name for a hook in production is.....

The HookAwl

dobertoni is the winner!


Since her entry was sent in by email because of blogger's problem with being viewed in IE on some computers I will be contacting her by reply and letting her know to give jimbo her home address so she can collect her prize!

This was so much fun. I hope I get to run another contest with jimbo again someday.

Hook naming contest is closed!

I'll be working with jimbo,

(if he can tear himself away from
his new pooping apprentice)

to pick the winner.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

only 3 days left to enter the hook give-away!

Just a quick reminder that there's 3 days left
to enter to win the new Jimbo hook!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Problems accessing Blogger

It has been brought to my attention that there some people have been having a problem accessing my blog while using IE. This is a known problem with Blogger and there is nothing that I can do to fix it.

For the Hook Naming Contest, if you know of anyone who is having a problem accessing my blog, please let them know that they can contact me thru my ICD email and make sure you give them the link to the full size picture so they can see what up for the winning. I will post in the comments for them. Their hook name will be entered into the contest.

I apologize for any inconvenience, I'm doing my best to work around it. I will reply to your email and let you know that your name has been added to comments.

I can be contacted at

inspiredcrochet (at) bellsouth dot net


Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Naming Contest has begun!!!!!

(click on pic to see it full size)

... and this is the winner's new Pokey Hook,
Jabber the Hook, RoseRed's Pokey?????

Come on guys -
we really need some help picking out
a name for this new style of fabric hook.

It started as an idea and bloomed into reality.
It took a couple tries before we got it just right.
Even took a broken one so we knew what wouldn't work.

This new style of hook has been tested by
yours truly with the 'felt test'.
If it'll go thru a piece of felt and slide
back out in one piece it'll survive
any dishcloth or fleece blanket
that you put in front of it.

Just be careful because you can hurt yourself on that hook.

Hook Stats:

The handle is Padauk and
the hook itself is Bamboo.

It's an H and is 6" long.

Shank (including point) is 3 3/8".

(I'll be posting pics soon of some different styles of hooks
that you can order directly from Jimbo.)

He's even making one from his chopsticks so that
the proceeds go to his FARA fund.

Contest Rules:

Leave your ideas in the comments section.

You can leave up to 5 different name ideas.

Contest will end Midnight, February 19.

The winner will be chosen by Jimbo and me.
Whichever name we like the best will be the winner.

You will need to send Jimbo an email
with your address so that he can
mail out the hook to the
winning name giver.

Jimbo can be found on his front porch up
at Deadman's Crick:

Jimbo's Front Porch


Crochet Games of Ancient Greece begin Friday!

Amy and Donna are at it again over at

It's time for the:
2010 Crochet Games
Ancient Greece

They begin with the
Opening Ceremonies on Friday 2/12

and end with the
Extinguishing of the Flame
Closing Ceremonies Sunday 2/28

That gives us 16 days to complete a
project that is a personal challenge.
You can compete individually or with a
Team of Awesome Cheerleaders.

Check out the Rules and General Info
for more information and to join.

Last time I took a Silver Medal at the Games. I didn't quite make it. I finished my giant round ripple with points a day and a half late. I did, however win the awesome drawing prize from Coats & Clark which was an awesome Redheart Tote filled with a new pattern book and the
yarn to make my pattern of choice.

So, come on out and join. It's tons of fun, lots of chatting and a great excuse to crochet your heart out without getting grief that everything else is lacking for those 16 days. heehee


Thursday, February 4, 2010

WARNING! Contest Ahead

Thought I'd give everyone a heads up here.

Jimbo & I are hosting a


for the new fabric hooks.

The winner will receive their very own ____ hook!

The contest is going to be pretty simple. Leave a comment with your ideas for this awesome hook. It'll run for about a week, I guess. You can leave as many names as you like. When the contest is over, Jimbo and I will pick our favorite name and contact the winner for their mailing address. Jimbo will send out the hook.

I've personally tested 5 different hook sizes/styles. I even broke one of them so Jimbo knows that that one didn't work well. We even came up with an excellent way of testing their strength. We call it the felt test. If it doesn't break going thru a piece of regulation felt - it'll live long and prosper as a fleece/dishtowel hook.

Pics will be coming shortly!

Jimbo (good thing I just love that man) wanted to call them RoseRed Pokeys and other variations of that. He also thought of Jabber the Hook. So, PLEASE- start thinking of some names here peoples.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jump Rope 4 Heart

It's that time again. Gotta love school fundraisers.

If anyone is interested in helping out or donating -
I've set up a webpage for Amber.

Jump Rope 4 Heart

Thank you.


Friday, January 22, 2010

I've been conspiring with Jimbo

You read that right - conspiring, I tell ya!

But what about?
About a specialty hook.

I gotta tell you guys that I just LOVE working with jimbo.
He's such an awesome person.

I contacted him about creating a
specialty hook to work thru fabric.

It is such a pain to try and crochet thru a tri folded dishtowel! It's a pain to try to crochet thru fleece without something to make the holes! I don't want to pay for an edgerdy-doo or a skip blade.

So - we conspired and concocted and
came up with some GREAT ideas!

We came up with a super pointy (and I mean hurt yourself pointy and put a cover over it pointy) hook that tapers so you can push it gently thru the fabric like a knife thru softened butter. He sent me the proto-type (laugh - I'm just being fancy-schmancy here) of the hook and it was a wonderful surprise!

Instead of making the hook from bamboo knitting needles or a chopstick he made me a 'special' jimbo style hook as a thank you for working with him. I told ya - he's AWESOME!

So, I tried it out, made my recommendations and had to send it back. It's going to be a well traveled (9,000 miles) hook by the time it comes home!

The whole reason for the knitting needles and the chopstick is simply cost effectiveness for you guys. Instead of whittling down a chunk of wood (which I'm sure he would) if you place an order for a fancy one, by using the knitting needles he can make them much more quickly and therefore,
cost effective.

The hooks that he'll make from the chopsticks
will go to his FARA fund.

So, I'll post a pic of my awesome new specialty hook when it finds it's way back home! Till then -
my dishtowels are waiting.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Crochet Cafe is OPEN!

I've been busy this afternoon working on a new forum.
It's not actually my forum - I'm just helping out and setting it up.

Crochet Cafe

I had recently joined a CAL that was even more recently closed and deleted. Most people moved over to Ravelry. It's under the same name if you didn't realize where it went.

Coffee House on Ravelry

I guess continuing the conversation must've been a great idea since more than one person wanted to.

I LOVE Yuku forums. They're just great. I host a Health Support Group there to. They have smilies and it integrates with photobucket and lots of pretty backgrounds. I don't really care for the look or layout of Ravelry Groups or even Yahoo Groups for that matter.

Anyways - all this typing and I still haven't told you what I'm writing about. The new group called The Crochet Cafe is open! There's no members there yet but I hope it takes off. It's open to everyone and anyone that shares a love of yarn and chatting with friends.

Come check it out! Chit chat and hang out for a while.
Share your latest projects.

Hopefully, we'll get enough members to maybe do CALS and SWAPS and fun stuff like that. That's still far, far away but for now grab a cup of coffee or tea and hang out for a while. All you need is a yuku account to post (but not to lurk) and they only ask for a name, email and password.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I think I'm going to submit a pattern.....finally

The model is my Bailey. There's a whole story behind him. Basically, I got him at 5 1/2 months old. He was a product of a puppy mill. Believe it or not he's supposed to be a chiwawa. He almost has the same body shape as Poppy from Beverly Hills Chiwawa but he's 12 pounds!
He certainly has the temperament.

Ambi calls him her GermChi because he looks like a miniature German Shepherd.

Anyways - this sweater has taken close to a dozen attempts to get JUST RIGHT. I've written up the pattern so that it's made in a solid piece staring at the neck and working down to the ribbed edging. The sleeves are crocheted directly onto the sweater. I'm just having a heck of a time writing them out. A full blown migraine with a trip to the
docs office might have something to do with that.

I have several vests that I've made him that he really enjoys that I think I'm going to write the pattern up for and add to my free pattern collection. I was thinking etsy maybe, but it's my first dog sweaters and the only size adjustments really come from changing hook and yarns.

Not sure what I'm going to do there.

I gotta tell you - he LOVES his sweaters. He's so spoiled!

It's going to be very hard to give him to Mom
when we go home to visit over Spring Break.

Heartbreaking, I tell ya, BUT:

He's for my Mama and she's already in love with his total cuteness. Big sad eyes and a personality to love.

He's such a love puppy - so affectionate.

Wow, and I thought this post would be about the sweater -
not the dog. LOLOLOL

Till next time ...


Monday, January 4, 2010

Just me

Just a Christmas pic I came across.
I love my antlers!
Posted by Picasa

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season this year.

I stopped making resolutions a long time ago -
I never seemed to keep any that I made.

What's on the hook for this year?

Right now I have an Aran ghan for Dad. I finally got around to making it. YAY!!! It was supposed to be done for Christmas but I only have about a 1/3 of it finished.
All those post sts wear on my hands.

I also have a Joann's Sensations Boucle rectangle ghan on the hook for Mom for her bday in Feb. I LOVE the color striping in the Sensations yarns. This has to be my most favorite yarn to work with right now.
I know, I know - my favs keep changing.

I did a bunch of ornaments for Christmas but forgot to take pics of most of them. So, for those of you that come for the eye candy (which I've been hopelessly behind on posting) I'll share what few pics I did take.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Problem with Blog

It's been brought to my attention that there's been some problems accessing ICD.
I have no idea what the problem is or how to fix it.
There were a few days when I couldn't get on it either.

I hope Blogger clears it up soon.