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Take your needle my child and work at your pattern it will come out a rose by and by. , Life is like stitch at a time taken patiently.

Oliver Wendell Holmes 1867

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Crochet Christmas Gift, it's not what you think.

What's doing?  I'm having my mornin cuppa, and took the opportunity to wrap some gifts. My youngest son & husband are camping with the Scouts this weekend.Waltzing the washing machine, and enjoying some time for me self :)

The other day I went to our library here in town and as I always do perused the Crochet books, it seems for a while they seemed to have nothing new but I found a gem, this might be a good Christmas Gift for someone, a new Crocheter, or someone like me who has been crocheting for years but still have to have so much to learn. It is a small sized craft basket or purse book, just right, but it is comprehensive.  I'm not being endorsed for writing about this, just passing along good  useful information for that special hook mover or aspiring one.  I told a co worker about this book, and she said it is what she has been looking for. I've seen her crochet and it looks painful, she is trying to knit with her hook, but insists she can't undo the learning.  I tried to give her a few pointers, but if you are a visual this would be the perfect book. I think this will help her.

Calamity-Free Crochet
Troubleshooting tips and advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter.
by Catherine Hirst

Here is a picture of the cover of the book

Friday, November 28, 2014

On the hook...

Another Cloche Hat...( see previous post about the pattern ).I stopped by JoAnn's and found some chunky yarn as the pattern calls for. I couldn't find the exact cranberry color in solid yarn as I would have liked, but did find a nice varigated which does have a lovely cranberry mixed in, and I think it will do fine. The last time I made this hat I used 2 strands of Caron Simply Soft. Worked fine, but I wondered how much better it would work out if I used the the correct yarn for the pattern. It may make no noticeable difference, we'll see.
I bought Deborah Norville Serenity chunky weight yarn, the color Red Bayou.

 The camera didn't pick up the cranberry color, but it's pretty don't you think?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

My favorite holiday!  Soon the hearth will be filled with the scents of Thanksgiving.
I hope your day is filled with specialness and togetherness with those you hold dear.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Finished up the Cloche Hat...

Just in the nick of time,

 11 degrees this morning....Put on your woolie boolies!

I did crochet this with Caron Simply Soft, that is what I had on hand, it makes lovely garments, soft and shimmery. I need to fashion up the rose on it, and it will be ready to debut, just in time.
Since the pattern calls for chunky/bulky, I used two strands of the Caron Simply Soft, and I didn't have a 6 hook, but a 5.5. I crochet on the loose side with yarn, and the next one, maybe I'll go down a size hook/ or crochet 1 less row before the brim. 

 It will be a nice warm hat. 

The flower I have in the picture is one I fashioned up for something else. I really like the sparkling
accessory, it looks Vintage. I may use it on this hat.