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Friday, September 26, 2014

Old Women & Small Dogs

       I always swore I wouldn't be one of those old women who goo-gooed at small dogs.You know, the aging stars with pancake make up and rhinestoned cat glasses and a herd of bow trimmed Yorkshire Terriers or Poodles following behind them. I, in my hol(e)y sweatpants and unbrushed hair will not be mistaken for an aging starlet anytime soon, but I have been known to goo goo at Mika. Especially when I'm trying to persuade her to do something she has no inclination to do.
       I don't have access to a baby these days, and I just finished a design using Modern Baby by Lion Brand.
 I LOVE this yarn! A 50/50 blend of acrylic and nylon, it is an absolute dream to work with, especially used double here with a strand of orange and black held together.
Baby back zips are a favorite of mine to design and this is a really easy one, all dc and sc. The blanket is done in the round and has basically no finishing. We're in production with the pattern at the moment. Don Patty took the photos, and we're making sure that the unique construction for this sweater and tips to deal with THE ZIPPER will both be part of the pattern.
Is this a long suffering good dog, or what?! She liked the nonsweatered shot better....
Yes, my Sweetie Pie Boo Boo is a Very Good Girl!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Grrrls Just Want to Have Fun

This time of year, it doesn't take much to persuade me to pop a bowl of popcorn, melt an indecent amount of butter to pour over it, and pour some cider to go with. Must have coasters!  Black Cat Coasters!(that's how my mind works....)
I decided I wanted to back them, so when I went shopping for felt, I found beyond Halloween cat prints felt and button....
Makes me want to watch Josie & the Pussycats while I eat my popcorn! One skein of Lion Brand's Kitchen cotton made all four coasters and the towel topping. Meow! These are definitely for year round use!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

One for Everyone!

It's getting to be that time of year, when the question of "Am I really going to make a scarf for EVERYONE in Johnny's class, my church group, the Thanksgiving food pick up list, my extensive FAMILY, or whatever list you have in mind?????" comes to mind and is a really truly better-start-now! moment. Because I enjoy making a living at what I do, I'm going to suggest the following:
get a subscription to www.mainlycrochet and look up the Worsted Sync Scarf pattern, and go to town with it! Whether you want to buy yarn for these scarves, or use up scraps from your stash, the pattern is a dream and will get your goal met in no time. Well, maybe, not NO TIME, but as painlessly as possible. And then you'll have the other 196 patterns to do when you're done with these!
         Many thanks to my great nieces Rachel and Samantha Carter,my brother Frank Maks, my sister Pat Bloss, my grandsons Leland and Aiden Dyke, my brother-in-law Charles Bloss, and my great nephew Jared Carter for being my models for these. All photos by Don Patty.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sisterhood of the Travelling Hooks

                                                  It's International Crochet Day!
                    I am so blessed!The people I know within this strange and tangled industry of Crochet are the most wonderful and supportive and creative bunch of people that could ever be imagined, even by someone with as large an imagination as mine.
You know who you are.... I'm not going to embarass anyone by naming names or embarass myself by forgetting, however temporarily, anyone.
If Rumpelstiltskin were to put us all in a room to hook our magic together, the world would explode with the energy in that one place.
Bless you, ladies, for the work you do is holy, even if your language and feelings are sometimes obscene. We are a colorful bunch. long may we upset the yarn carts and hook til the cows come home.Never miss the chance to mix metaphors!
       I am so typically celebrating today by duct taping myself to the couch in order to get my current project DONE. There are also boxes upon boxes of yarn just waiting my hook- EVERY day is Crochet day here!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Comfort Me

                                                with apples, for I am sick of Love- KJB
It isn't all that unusual to have people turn around in the driveway here. It IS unusual that they are selling things when they stop. The car was filled with boxes of bags of apples, so I purchased a half bushel. A reminder that it is September, no longer summer (the heater kicked on in the kitchen this morning), and this supposedly horrendous Winter we're supposed to have is lurking just ahead.
                                                An apple a day.....I'm set for a while!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


I LOVE getting boxes in the mail! Today's mail brought a new Bonnie Barker design (and yes, I am really NOT going to show it all to you yet- meanie michele!), but it also had a wonderful selection of glass buttons in the box. I LOVE buttons! Remember that song "I Love Onions", the one hit wonder by Susan Christie in the 60s? Well, replace "onions" with "buttons" and there you have it!
          I have been known to use buttons as decorative elements in my designs....
So has Sue Solakian, in her Elves' Buttons design, in production now.......
Julie Grinstead models a simple button trimmed scarf, pattern below. Model photo by Peter C. Thompson.

Skill Level: Easy/Beginner
Size: 8 inches X 48 inches
·         Lion Brand “Wool-Ease” article # 620-402;(3 oz/85g:197 yd/180m skein): 2 skeins # 402 Wheat 
·         Crochet hook size 10/J OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN REQUIRED GAUGE
·         44 buttons, assorted sizes and colors; sewing needle and thread to match
·         Scissors
12 sts and 8 rows = 4inches with size 10/J hook over hdc
WHY THIS YARN? Wool-Ease is an easy-to-work with wool blend that provides the warmth of wool with the easy care (machine and dry) or a blend.
Ch 25. In 2nd ch from hook and every ch across, make 1 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2- 109: Hdc across all sts, ending ch 2, turn. Take care to maintain 24 sts throughout. Fasten off.
Sew buttons on ends of scarf as per photo, sewing buttons from each side at same time to hide your knot.

                                             Pull out your button collection and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


"in a nervous, tense, or edgy state" as in "she's totally wired" is the way the dictionary defines it

I would add a bit more detail- the house is full of yarn; more yarn is on its way; every time I actually write a pattern and define it, 30 more pop up into my brain; the house is full of projects that need photographs, which more than subtly implies models and props and location arrangements; and oh, yes! CHRISTMAS is coming! It probably doesn't help that it's nearly 80 and the humidity is killer and I've had no sugar for a week now (yes, after the first 2 days, the hyperactivity has been shocking-who knew?), and I have some commissioned projects that are approaching deadline.

Even Mika is exhausted..............
Anyone who thinks the life of a designer/publisher/editor is glamorous should get a look at my outfit today. Then again, I will spare us both that indignity!

Don Patty photo above, my design, stitched by Denise Cloutier, ready to publish a bit further down the road. Yes, there IS a Christmas tree in my living room in September!