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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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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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Christmas scarves

I’ve got two in the works, hoping to have something ready for holiday gifts.

One is from Rita Weiss’ “24 Hour Crochet Projects” which is just a simple sc, ch 1 in alternating rows. The book shows it in a multi stripe, but since it’s an easy stitch I’m using Bernat Softee Baby in a pastel rainbow variegated (#31415 Candy Baby) and I don’t know if it’s just luck, but I’m getting a great pattern of large diamonds running up the center. When my fakakte scanner is back up, I’ll add the pictures…

The second I’m also very happy with. It’s the shell scarf from Bev’s Country Cottage. If you’re not familiar with her site, please check it out – she has a multitude of charity cap and blanket patterns, hospital items to make, and many other handcrafts including knit and cross-stitch. Her patterns are always pretty, and so far very easy for a novice like myself. Often, when I’m browsing or googling for a type of pattern, I’ll end up there again and again.

My purple one-skein chenille scarf looks like a big dook, even after the cabbage-beet-grape juice (yum!) bath. I have a few ends to weave in and then I’ll wash it out again and fabric-soften the heck out of it. I made it with a big hook, so it’s very open, but it wraps my neck twice with a lot of extra length left over. It will be functional, at least to wear to the bus stop in the cold weather.

I also made a quickie wreath-shaped xmas ornament with some old green yarn by sc around the edge of a plastic milk bottle ring and increasing for two rows to make it ruffly. I’m totally happy to recycle and NOT end up at the craft store; it’s ridiculous how easily I lose my mind and begin “stockpiling” when I get in there. Not that there’s anything wrong with that ; )

Speaking of Christmas, does anyone have a good idea for a skein each of red, green and white worsted that all have a silver strand running through them? I feel like I’ve had them forever, and each year, I think “yes, I really should use those” – and my mind goes blank. If someone comments with a nice link or something I can actually make before the 25th, I’ll send you my extra copy of the ’07 spring issue of Crochet Today that I bought a duplicate of recently. Note: I just checked my stash; the red and green are Caron Christmas Glitter, but look quite a few years old. The white is Jamie baby from the same era but the strand on this one is pearl, not silver.

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All was well in Sanibel

A work in progress, it’s a shawl I started while I was on vacation. Whatever posessed me to start a woolen garment while in the warmth sunny Florida, I don’t know. Maybe to prepare for coming home to the chill of NJ. Seeing that winter is well upon us and it’s still not finished (!), I figured posting it here would hold me accountable to finish it soon.

It’s Berroco in salt and pepper tweed, a washable wool blend. Honestly, I only chose it for this project because I bought 11 skeins (ebay again) and thought I could use most of it. It’s my largest/most ambitious item to date. Plus I was excited to try this cute rosewood hook from Laci’s, it’s got some decorative turning on the end and looks impressive…

The pattern is “my own” (woohoo, a designer is me!). It’s just a double crochet with decreases on each side, started from the widest part. The dc means it’s kind of open, especially for winter wear, so it’s probably better suited for fall. The yarn is a blend of wool, acrylic and a little cotton and nylon. I’m not sure if it’s the fiber or the shellac on the hook, but there’s this little squeaking friction thing happening when the yarn passes over the neck of the hook where it begins to slope. That’s probably what’s delaying me, I can’t seem to work on this for more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time. But since the rows are getting shorter, it’s progressing faster, and that encourages me.

Also in the works, a hemp twine soap saver/scrubby, a gold and silver tiara for a gift, and a Jets team cap. Right now I have a three year old who wants to play rock and roll hairdresser, a stitched up german shepard who’s wearing a big plastic cone, and a house in desperate need of de-cluttering. I’m gonna close my eyes and dream of the beach for a few moments….

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Baby needs a new pair of…pants?

Another rainy morning after my oldest has gone to school. And just to let you know how it started off, we decide to walk to the bus stop since the rain’s not so bad, and put up our hoods because we can’t find our umbrellas. And, as it usually goes with boys and puddles (not a sexist comment, but the girls were yelling “guys, stop you’re gonna slip and fall!”), my sweet child fell. Into the dirt. Which had a LAKE of water on it. So now he is crying while I assess the damage. No way is sitting by the heater next to the bus driver gonna iron this one out. This is underwear and sock wet. I let him wipe his hands on my two for five dollar craft store t-shirt – the new one with no stains or droopy hem (that one I’ll save for tomorrow) – and of course now is a good time for the bus to pull up, which I try to wave on, while my youngest, who insists on bringing a backpack every day even though he won’t start school for another 3 years, is nowhere in sight among the crowd filing obediently up the steps. Other bus stop mothers (and dads!), I praise thee! Thank god for extra sets of eyes, because as we walk to the sidewalk, oldest reconsiders going home to change clothes and has a meltdown while trying to chase the bus. I am physically restraining him amid the sobs, and I spy youngest casually leading the way back to the house.

Now, I know what your thinking – it can’t get any worse from here, right?
(What, are you waiting for my head to explode?)
Thankfully, no. Get home, change, drive to the school, no harm, no foul. So why do I sit on the couch with my hands twitching?


And I love the way it matches his eyes.

Youngest wants to play baby doll (see non-sexist disclaimer above) and I blurt out “Oh, baby’s cold, he needs a new shirt! Mommy can make one!” Happy agreeance ensues and we’re off. After a few minutes of pondering (once I thought I could make a shirt for myself this way *giggle*) I finally figure out how to construct it in one piece – you would think I’d be better at it, given the fact that following patterns is not my strong suit. We find a giant blue wad of Red Heart, which I made from a pounder skein when I was trying to make center-pull balls.

I make an easy rectangle, then crochet past the edge on both sides to start the sleeves. Two or three more rows and I chain 9 or 10 and skip that many sc’s for the neckline. Baby’s got a huge head (it hurt just seeing that thing squeeze through such a narrow hole – ladies, you know what I mean) so I have to frog the neck once or twice. I repeat the process in reverse, folding to check that everything matches up. Then it’s an easy slip stitch up the sides to seam it. So what if the shoulders look a little funky, in less time than it took to finish writing this, everyone is warm, clothed and sheltered, and mommy doesn’t need that shot of bourbon after all. Ommmm.

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The Hat I Made for Gabby

Pattern from here.

Worked in rounds, it came together pretty quick.
The transition from the top to the sides looks nice and crisp with to a back loop only dc.
If I do this pattern again, I’ll move the stripe down to the bottom of the band, and try a smaller gauge.

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