I don't have access to a baby these days, and I just finished a design using Modern Baby by Lion Brand.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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
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
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.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
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
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!