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Classin’ up the Place

I will be a guest instructor at Rook and Brush’s arts seminar series to be held at Advanced Education in Lanoka Harbor NJ next month.

Beginner crochet class will include how to choose yarn, hook sizes and learning a basic stitch enabling you to complete a project scarf. $15/one hour class, materials provided.

Watch this space for more info, or contact the organizer at Rook & Brush – a fun time will be had by all!


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Crafty Time!

Just a quick note, I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be selling some of my crochet and candlework at the Lacey United Methodist Church flea market Saturday, July 21. I’m looking forward to a great day and to meeting some fun and interesting people.

Blog visitors who are looking for further information can contact me at, thanks!


“psst…tell a friend!”

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On My Hook

Baby blanket I am making for my son’s teacher, who is due back from maternity leave next month. I’m not sure how much bigger to make it – it’s about 32 inches square before blocking. Does anyone prewash their baby/cotton items in Woolite or Dreft? I’m also trying to figure out how to finish the edges, I don’t know if a picot or shell would be too much, considering it’s five colors, including the variegated.

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Some Crochet Links for October 2008

Political Puppets by Lion Brand Yarn
Free pattern for each candidate.

10 Gift Ideas For Crochet Lovers

Rachel gets crochet inspiration whilst window shopping.
From her free pattern site.

A Matched Set
Spanish language blog featuring photos of women posed with their dogs and wearing garments spun from pet hair.

Martin makes a crocheted ring bracelet.

Another great holiday (or anytime!) gift idea, Crocheted Nesting Bowls at the design blog Apartment Therapy. Look for the diy links in the comments section.

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June 3rd is National Cancer Survivor’s Day


A lot of us who crochet like to give our treasures as gifts to family and friends, some also donate their creations to charities. There are hundreds, if not thousands of large and small groups who make, collect and distribute to those in need. It’s very easy to get involved, and it’s a wonderful feeling knowing you did something constructive for a good cause.

Project Linus was started in 1995 after a Parade magazine article featuring the photo of a young cancer patient clutching a blanket spurred Colorado resident Karen Loucks Rinedollar to begin making blankets for her local children’s hospital. It is named after the “Peanuts” cartoon character by Charles Schultz (who actually coined the term “security blanket”), and has chapters all across the United States and abroad. The organization provides handmade blankets of all types to children who are ill or in need.

If you’re interested in crocheting “Chemo Caps” – soft, comfortable and attractive (or sometimes funny and p’d off, like Sharon Osborne’s) hats that some cancer patients wear when they lose their hair due to the rigors of chemotherapy – Bev’s Country Cottage has pages of patterns, including knit, crochet and sewing, for you to choose from. She also has patterns and links to pink ribbon items to make supporting breast cancer awareness.

The Breast Cancer Site, which funds free mammograms for underpriveledged women, is aiming for 6 million clicks this month. If they reach their goal, they will receive an additional $20,000 in sponsor funding. I subscribe their daily email reminders and try to click every day. You’ll get a free pink ribbon pin if you decide to sign up, and they also have buttons that you can use for your site, blog, or email signature (mine’s on the right if you scroll down) . Click this link to help:
Fund Free Mammograms @ The Breast Cancer Site

Lion Brand has a full page of pattern links, as well as an extensive database of organizations that accept donations of goods and yarn. It’s searchable by keyword, zip code or organization name. It’s a great resource if your knit or crochet group is looking to make a donation.

Whether you make booties or grannies or afghans or hats, just for today, think of how a caring crafter may have comforted or raised the spirits of a cancer patient. We have a lot of opportunities in life, and sometimes the smallest thing we do can mean the world to another.

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Bagged today…

flowerprintpantfab3.jpgAwesome cute print on a thrifted pair of pants. I want to make a felted clutch in a matching dark/medium pink and use this fabric for the liner. I love the colors. I think they look modern, but the pants are pegged and appear very 80’s in style.

I bought a few skeins of Patons classic merino (petal pink, old rose, burgundy, rich red, that’s pink, and paprika) that would be perfect for this. I intended use them for a ripple to match an Ikea rug that my sister-in-law owns. I’m inspired by the fabric, so that’s a start. I have been reading too many patterns and new books and not crocheting enough lately. Oooh, I just figured out that if I can get a jump in on this, I may be able to have it ready in time for the 2007 Color-A-Long on Craftster! And my neice’s birthday is in July, so I could give it to her as a gift…

The image is from a scan, I need to get my camera fixed so I can post my progress on a few more things. The nikon had an unfortunate accident last weekend involving gatorade and first-grade soccer practice – a nice excuse for a new digital SLR though, no?

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Stripes The Long Eared Bunny

Is he or isn’t he?
Is He or Isn’t He?

So I picked up my first Rachael Ray magazine last night. My husband and I used to enjoy her old $40 a Day show way back when. (Yeah, we’re cool, we were into her before she sold out and went mainstream, man.) I’ve always thought she was a bit too “chummy”, like your goofy friend that the boys make fun of but secretly like. But hey, that happens to everyone, right? No? Well, nevermind then…I know she’s quite in vogue these days with all the tv and the Oprah and I’ve read the amusing net backlash as well. (“Raytard”. Enough said.) I only bought the issue because cooking is not my forté and I’ve been hearing that a lot of her recipes are simple, and, for lack of a better term, man-pleasing. Superbowl steak sandwiches. Chili. She wrote a book called Guy Food, for goodnes sake, And since my beloved will barely eat what I do prepare, I thought she deserved a chance.

Enough of the backstory. I’m surveying the mag after a late night grocery trip and finding nothing simple nor manpleasing. Since it’s a bit of a lifestyle magazine as well, there are cute tablesettings and household tips and such. I reach the “Everyday Faves” section, which showcases the current must-haves in fashion and home items. And what to my wandering eyes should appear? A forlorn little bunny with floppy striped ears! As surprised as I was to see crocheted toys advertised in a hip mainstream magazine, I was immediately saddened by a mental picture of the poor sweatshop workers having to mass produce them. It looks like all single crochet with color changes every three rows…I get a blister just thinking about it.

I halfheartedly closed my new useless recipe book and dragged the kids to bed alongside my sickly (and possibly malnourished) husband and fell asleep without further thought about cooking or sweatshops. So, imagine my surprise this afternoon while surfing some blogs when I saw this post pointing to a “cute, snuggly knitted bunny”. I know there is enough polarization in the fiber community, and may the great Skein in the Sky forgive me if I am wrong, but I do not believe in my heart of hearts that this animal is knit.

Rachael’s got it listed for sale at, a site which gives no indication of the thing’s construction. A quick google reveals he’s (and let’s call him he for the sake of argument, shall we? I’m sure no one is questioning the gender of a stuffed toy) made by Schylling and sold by dozens of progressive Ikea type boutiques online. Some sites, including Amazon, say he’s knitted, while others have been saved by the don’t ask, don’t tell policy popularized by today’s military. Notice also that he can be “long eared” or “long earred”, which only serves to add more fire to the stew. Though what really caught my attention was the total lack of copywriting originality. Each site seemed to be remixing each others’ descriptions like I did when I copied my term paper out of an encyclopedia in the 7th grade.

Down and Dirty in the trenches

Listen, I know it’s tough enough to crochet in a world that caters to knitters, so let’s set the record straight if we can.

By passing over all the rhetoric, maybe we can out this bunny and bring a peace unto a nation of crafters.

Perhaps it’s true, by Stripes we can all be healed.

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